Michelle Williams in Jason Wu

Posted on February 28, 2013

What’s wrong with us? Why do we not like this?


Michelle Williams attends the premiere of ‘Oz The Great And Powerful’ in Moscow, Russia in a Jason Wu gown.

Jason Wu Pre-Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Martha Hunt

We’re total suckers for a black-and-gold combo. We like the chevron effect. Thus ends the compliment portion of our program.

Is it us, or is this making her look thicker than she is? Doesn’t her hair look awful, all of a sudden? Don’t you think that cuff/watchband thingy on her wrist was a bad idea? Like she should’ve chosen more delicate jewelry?

Don’t we have a lot of annoying questions?

We’re just gonna say it: It looks like something a Golden Girls cast member would have worn to the Emmys in 1990.


[Photo Credit: Getty, style.com]

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  • Tatiana Luján

    I love this, minus the hair, that does look kinda weird.

    • Me too, and I don’t love the hair but I don’t think it’s horrid either.

      • Lisa_Cop

        I think the hair is a vast improvement over the pixie (though I’m biased because I have almost the same haircut). The dress just doesn’t flatter her figure.

  • mmc2315

    Gold is not her color.

    • Kristin McNamara

      And gold rick rack is not anybody’s anything. I know this is supposed to be like a wavy chevron, but all I see is rick rack. Very tacky looking to me.

      • And then the weird non-rick rack belt? What is up with that? I just don’t understand it..

  • Apocalipstick Now Redux

    That hair is totally Flock of Seagulls.

    • Adriana_Paula

      A Flock of Seagulls was awesome!  And I like this.

  • ceceliadid

    I think it’s just the crummy post-breakup period, before she decides to be hot again.

  • She’s growing out the pixie.  It’s going to have some rough days. Edited to add: I love this dress!

  • teensmom99

    does make her look thicker. 

    • TRSTL

      I think it’s a combo of the awkward 3/4 photo shot and the matchy matchy background that is creating the “thicker” apperance.  Sometimes chevrons and bias stripes, when shot from the side, can be really widening.

      • lindsmh

         Yep. The angle of the photos and the background make it difficult to see her waist, which is obviously teeny-tiny if you look at her belt.
        Hair looks good in the first two pictures, not so much in the third.
        Not the best photos, but I love this dress.

    • conniemd

       Yes the model looked much better. The Chevrons should “V” into a clear waist, then spread out into hips giving a female body look. The model accomplishes this. Michelle William’s middle looks thick and loses the female proportions.

  • Kathy_Marlow

    It’s the same neckline/sleeve she usually wears too.  This isn’t great on her. 

  • hmariec19

    I think this is an instance of “Girl, That Is Not Your Dress.”  It’s making her look very broad in the shoulders.

    • aeb1986

       I agree. I was trying to think of why too. Maybe because she’s so tiny this dress is too much for her? I feel like someone like Blake Lively would look great in this dress if she did old hollywood glamour hair and makeup.

    • oldbobbydraper

      i just wrote “it’s not her dress” and accidentally hit page down, to happen upon this comment. you’re totally right.

      this is rosie huntington’s dress or blonde amber heard’s dress . but it’s not michelle williams’ dress.

  • pax540

    Whaaa? TLo you crazy. I agree regarding the hair, but everything else works like gangbusters.

  • ChiliP

    I’m not sure why you don’t like it, but I love it. Minus the hair, which is kind of “Flock of Seagulls.”

  • I think it IS too mature a look for her. and its desperately in need of a hemming job. But I kinda dig her hair.  

    • StellaZafella

       Chop it off just below the knee and Estelle Getty would have worn it to lunch at Spago’s.

      • oh you are too, too cruel.  Which, of course, I love you for.

      • Imasewsure

        With Ernest Borgnine….

  • lexilexi

    1.  You guys are obsessed w/ the Golden Girls, and
    2.  Agree it is a little thickening around the middle, and
    3.  Love her longer locks, but
    4. That model is NOT a “Martha”

    • StellaZafella

      1. Martha Hunt walks the runway for The Blonds…I don’t see her in the lineup from the recent post, but I’m sure I’ve seen her in their stuff before.

      2. Golden Girl is my go-to buzzer for any sassy “dame” of a certain age, myself included in honorarium.

  • Anne At Large

    Love the dress, hate ALL the styling choices that went with it.

  • gabbilevy

    Maybe it’s where the belt is happening, but it looks too big on her.

    • Agreed- I think, since it’s too big, and the gold accents are different widths, the chevrons are hitting in all the wrong places. I think it looks much better where they hit on the (taller) model.

  • I don’t know if it makes her look wider, but it does look a little… matronly? On the other hand, it’s nice to see her in something that’s not so twee. 

  • Tamara Hogan

    >> We’re just gonna say it: It looks like something a Golden Girls cast member would have worn to the Emmys in 1990.

    1970. All it needs is a dusting of cocaine.

  • Hell Yes, I Would!

    I like it. I think it’s the angle of the photograph.

    • TRSTL

      Completely agreed!!

  • neofashionista

    Its Not HER dress
    I think thats the issue here

    • tvmovielover

      I agree-it is just too much for her.

  • tallgirl1204

    I want to like it, too.  It should be prettier, and I think it could be on someone else.  I think maybe it’s a ‘girl, it’s not your dress’ moment–  even though the stripes in theory should make her look taller, they’re not– maybe because it’s way too long on her. 

  • joything

    You nailed the era.  It would have been bold in the 1980s, suitable for mature divas in 1990, and now it’s just … eh.

  • claudemtl777

    i was thinking “Mrs Roper goes to Studio 54″…

  • PastryGoddess

    I don’t mind the dress, but her hair looks like a combover

  • I feel Ms. Williams’ dress has less gold and throws the proportions off? Almost accentuates her thighs instead of her hips.

  • Slightly surprised she didn’t dress with a nod to playing Glinda in her outfit, seing as most people who play witches in films these days feel the need to dress like them for photocalls and premieres. I’m fine with the Blanche Devereaux realness but that sad little cuff-wristband thing needs to go.

  • kayleymaybe

    I think a big part of the problem is the backdrop, honestly.  She kind of blends in.  In front of a different background, I don’t think it would make her look as thick.

    The hair I can’t explain.

    • EditKitten

      SO AGREE. If it were a different backdrop, I think it would be a different story entirely.

  • MilaXX

    For me it’s the hair. It’s too casual for this dress. In order to glam it up like the model, she would need to finger wave it to sex it up. With the overly casual hair and muted makeup it just looks like a glittery tshirt on her.

    • RebeccaKW

       That was exactly my thinking.  The hair and makeup is way too casual.  This should be mega-glam, like the model.  Better hair, heavier eye makeup, red lips.  Better jewelry. 

      • Alyssa

        I completely agree. She needed a bold, dark lip, a smoky eye & tousled hair for this.

  • Jessi03

    It makes her look shapeless and the accessorizing looks dated.  That’s why!

  • Vlasta Bubinka

    Would’ve been FAB on Bea Arthur, with her height and strong bearing.  I don’t find this person interesting enough for this much glamma and dramma.  I don’t even remember who this is.

  • Judy_J

    My 81 year old mom could rock that dress.

  • Thank you for being a friend, TLo, and for giving the tough love assessment she needs. Now, let’s all head off for some cheesecake. 

  • xmixiex

    I think she looks great. 

  • Sobaika

    It is thickening, especially considering these are angled shots. I don’t think it would have the same affect face on.

    It’s a bit out of her comfort zone (especially the color scheme) and I am digging it.

  • ojosazules

    Way to much dress for this delicate woman. Her hair is awful.

  • It’s gold lame ric rac.

    (edited to take the ‘k’s off – too early)

  • I like it on her, despite the bad hair. Maybe I still can’t get her out of my sistem, but the hair and the silhouette feels like Anne Hathaway.

  • tereliz

    I think this is a case of “Girl with Boobs, This Isn’t Your Dress.” 

    Damn boobs! Always ruining perfectly good prêt-á-porter fashion! (srsly, designers [well, maybe not Donna Karan]. as we all learned at the oscars this year, ladystars have boobs. sometimes they have to cover them up with fabric. maybe you could design some clothes that allow for them. kthanxbye!) 

    • sk8tfan

      Seth MacFarlane didn’t realize when he sang the classy and erudite “We Saw Your Boobs” that he was referring to women who were clothed at the time.

  • cabbagericepuddingmutton

    That’s totally a dress my gramma would wear to the theater.

  • Valerie Jones

    How do they make one of the tiniest women in the world look busty?

  • decormaven

    Not her dress, not at all. Makes her look thick-waisted and dumpy, and we know that’s not the case. 

  • geans

    I think it’s the sheer “sleeves.” Imagine this as a halter and you’re in business. 

    • Little_Olive

      Hmm. Better than halter, I’d cut a square-ish ample cleavage with 1-inch straps placed at the edge of her shoulders.

  • meowing

    Ah, the Golden Girls comment fit what I was thinking:  too old for her.  Sounds nuts because the model looks lovely, but real live people in real live settings aren’t models.  I was thinking: pack this up and send it to Meryl Streep, who needs to dress more lively.

  • Annabelle Archer

    I don’t know why y’all don’t like it, because I really do.  It’s not the best thing ever, but it’s not offensive. Of course I think she and the cutest dude in Hollywood just broke up, so I’m willing to cut her some slack. 

  • I think it’s because they clearly cut off a huge portion of the pattern for her. On the model the pattern across the chest repeats just below the waist. Without it, the waist looks thick and the top looks heavy.

    I get that she’s shorter than the model…but…this seems like a poor choice of fixing the problem. Fierce dress otherwise.

  • lessax3

    She’s too short for the dress? One of those dresses that you need to be 6’3 without heels to look good in?

    • sk8tfan

      Stacy Keibler might rock this. Mighty munchkin here, not so much.

  • lehen

    disagree – i think she looks great

  • Little_Olive

    Dinner with the Captain at 5.30?
    Except for the hair. In that regard, I’m just happy she ditched the twee pixie. 

  • SewingSiren

    I was trying to figure out what the subtitle of the film was. I finally realized it was Cyrillic (in Moscow, Russia) doh.
    I wonder if the movie is any good. I like Oz.

  • You don’t like this because it’s ugly and unflattering. 


    I’m blaming the matchy backdrop and the 3/4 angle photo shots.  I really like this on her a lot and have no quibbles.

  • I actually quite like this. Her hair could use a touch of help, I’m not liking all the intentional sloppy going on with hair on the red carpet these days. Maybe it’s not twee as fuck and that is what is throwing off the Uncles today. 

  • MoreShoes

    It looks great on the model but not on her.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    I  was first against the ‘belt with everything’, then I saw the sense of it. Now I think it’s way overdone. The belt breaks up with flow of the dress on her, which widens her. But I do really like, just not agains that background.

  • filmcricket

    Golden Girls was exactly my thought. Cocktails on the lanai, everyone! I think this is a “Girl, That’s Not Your Dress” situation we have here.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    The shape of the bodice is very dowdy on her and the chevrons only make it worse. I’m almost expecting dowager’s hump if she moves to the side. There is something very wrong about this.

  • Kristy Evans

    The hair is bad. Maybe she’s too tiny for this. On the model it looks stunning. It needs to go to a tall, willowy blonde. 

  • sma425

    I think the thickness is an illusion created by the angle she’s standing in every picture and the fact that the background blends into the black part at the waist. If she were standing straight on in front of a white background, it wouldn’t look that way. 

  • StellaZafella

    If Helen Mirren wore this, it would be cut lower at the decolletage (maybe as far as to match the first wide chevron) and there might be a slit to the knee in front, just to flash a little leg.
    Unfortunately, she’d be wearing it with black tights and open-toed pumps so the dress would still lose.

  • On the model, this looks sexy. But Michelle just looks frumpy, even though we all know she is far from it.

  • pattyw

    For those who insisted she grow out her pixie cut, this is what you get. I wonder if the whole ensemble wouldn’t look infinitely better if she weren’t standing against such a dark background. If she appears “thick,” it’s because the dark background is visually filling in gaps that would otherwise define her waist (see: runway photo).

  • Janet B

    The pattern totally overwhelms her. I like her hair. 

  • LadyCelia

    I think the lighting has a lot to do with the thickening effect.  And her hair is simply wrong for the dress.  The dress itself is pretty fab, if a bit too long.

  • Sara__B

    The sleeves, the makeup, her coloring, the hairstyle, all combine for a very unflattering look. 

  • 2318A

    It’s because she wore the cheap version with fewer chevrons than the runway version

  • Kristina Toma

    Because it fits her like a fancy muumuu. That’s why you don’t like it. 

  • Indigo54

    Lets take those questions in order: 1) HELL YEAH  2) YUP    3) SHO WUZ    4) SHE SHOULDA    5) YES BUT ONLY CUZ THIS OUTFIT IS BEYOND ANNOYING. 

  • bertkeeter


  • I think part of the problem is that you can’t see her shape very well against such a dark background.  But I think she looks great.  I like the belt, the dress, and the hair which veers away from twee without going outside of her wheelhouse completely.

  • Monday1900

    I don’t think she’s tall enough to carry the dress off.  Lovely dress, just not hers. 

  • RedRaven617

    Get rid of the butterfly sleeves, and it would look better. The cut out of the arms is much better.

  • Bwin51

    Well, not being a fan of sequins, this is not for me, but the design of the dress overall is fine.

  • See_n_Sew

    the chevrons should have started getting sparse from her knee level (like the model) instead of at her claves. That’s what is making her look so short (besides the fact that she’s actually really petite). I feel for her and the hair. The growing out phase can produce a lot of bad hair days.

  • janierainie

    I thinnk it makes her look thick too. Don’t know why. It doesn’t make the runway model look thick. It’s hard to see the outline up against the dark backdrop. Her hair is a mess. 

  • Nariya

    The rich gold is making her look sallow. It kind of looks like she was going to dress up as Beyonce and then stopped halfway.  I’d say “tall glass of diva” is just not in her wheelhouse.

  • PeggyOC

    I dunno, I’m kind of ok with it.  It’s a nice departure from twee.  I’d have like to have seen a face on shot.

  • MissMariRose

    I don’t know why you don’t like it but, for me, the wavy gold chevrons remind me of the rick rack trim that was all the rage on grandma-made clothing for kids in the 70s.

  • aristida_girl

    hehehe… love me some golden girls…
    i love the dress on the  model. I think it is one of those dresses that only look good if one has no boobs (i.e. the batwing sleeves will always make a busty girl look frumpy, at least in my experience as a busty girl)… I also hate her hair, she would look much prettier if she would just grow her hair out… eta: i get that MW is not a busty gal but with this dress any boobage may just be too much…

  • BayTampaBay

    It looks bad on Michelle and bad on the LookBook model.

  • Susan Crawford

    Props to the Woodland Sprite for trying to escape from her usual Tweelandia looks. I really like this dress a lot, but I think it is too much dress for a petite woman. I think you need a little more of the Amazon to really nail it. Imagine this on Naomi Campbell, or even Nicole Kidman. But the very fact that she is actually wearing something that does not have bows, or a poufy skirt is fabulous. And yes, her hair is obviously being grown out and looks a bit shaggy, but we can all rejoice in the fact that she isn’t sporting a headband that looks like leaves from the enchanted forest glade.

    • mhleta

      “but I think it is too much dress for a petite woman. I think you need a little more of the Amazon to really nail it.” That’s exactly what the problem is. Thank you.

  • kschwarting

    The sheer flutter sleeves are what is killing it for me.  Also, the fabric looks a little cheap for some reason.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I love her so much that I find it difficult to be objective, but yeah, this is very Bea Arthur at the Emmys. Actually, I love Bea Arthur so much that I might like this, now that I think about it.

  • susan6

    It does somehow have a distinctly matronly vibe.  Kind of hard to figure out how this combination of design motifs goes matronly, but it went there, took pictures, and flew back already.

  • Huh. I think she looks great.

  • Cray. I would totally wear that dress and the cuff! 

  • Pam_bizzy_mom_of_2

    Glitzy Charlie Brown

  • twocee

    Not twee!  Not twee!  That alone gets an “atta girl” from me.

  • stubbornthoughts

    Love the dress on her, hate the hair.

  • l_c_ann

    She should have held out for the identical fabric from the runway version (a case for more gold being better).

  • heatheradair

    robin wright makes that hair look AMAZING in “House of Cards.” But it absolutely fails on lil michelle……….is it constantly greasy, these days, or is that ill-advised texturizing “product” wreaking that havoc? 

  • mhleta

    The word “kaftan” comes to mind. 

  • kimmeister

    I has a sad.  I literally just showed pictures from this blog of Michelle Williams from a couple of weeks ago to my hairstylist yesterday, and she gave me that cut.  (I just don’t have it parted quite so far over.)

    So I’m going to be contrarian and say that I don’t think her hair looks awful, and I think she looks great in the dress as well.

    • Joining you in the contrarian corner. Anne Hathaway  sported this cut a couple weeks ago with nary a Flock of Seagulls mention. I never thought the pixie suited her–maybe it wasn’t cut short enough, maybe it was the twee outfits that went with it but she always looked too American Girl Magazine circa 1958. I like this haircut.
      Still dislike the dress. Wide downward-pointing chevrons over the bust are never flattering.

  • VioletFem

    I like the dress but hate the hair. This hairstyle just doesn’t suit her.

  • I think its because the model is so flat chested that it has a better effect on her than Michelle.

    • Dot

       I was thinking the same thing. The model appears to have no breasts whatsoever, so the bodice and chevron pattern just lie flat.

  • jkatkins

    Ab-so-lute-ly HATE this.

  • Nope – I love this, head to toe. 

  • I think part of the problem is the photo – she is posed against a dark background, so you lose the line of her body.

  • peachy

    Looks cheap to me; a la Forever 21

  • AViewer44

    It looks good in two dimensions (i.e., on a flat-chested person — i.e., the model — and seen from the front) because that shows off the geometric patterning.  But it doesn’t work at all once you start getting into the three-dimensional and bustier arena.  

  • To whomever is trying to make Michelle Williams happen: She seems like a nice enough girl, but it’s just not going to happen.

    • You mean previous Oscar nomination voters, casting directors, and her own acting ability?

      • Yes. Sometimes, you could have all the ingredients for greatness, yet it somehow just doesn’t work together.

        ETA: I love her in indie films (Blue Valentine, Take This Waltz, Me Without You) and I think that’s where she shines the most.

  • Does anyone else think that all of a sudden she looks like Nicole Kidman’s little sister? 

  • I think these chevrons are having a “droopifying” effect ™.

  • That is a dress for someone with NO boobs.  

  • erinbinek

    I was just about to say that it looks like something I saw Blanche Devereaux wearing on a very special episode of Golden Girls last night, but then I finished the post and felt validated.

  • It’s the gold sequins. The model photo is so airbrushed that it makes them look more expensive. IRL, under less than ideal lighting, they look chip in a chip way. 

  • Dhammadina

    It’s like she belted a metallic Hudson Bay Blanket around herself. Terrible fit. 

  • MaryAtRealityTea

    You don’t like this because it’s unflattering, hangs wonky, and looks like a Golden Girls costume. And it’s doing weird things to her boobs. Really it’s just… bad 80’s. 

  • libraangel

    You hate the wavy-gravy thing because it is like an acid trip: dizzy, hallucinating, and nauseous- inducing.

  • She’s too short for it, and the chevrons further stumpify her.  The dress looks fine on the Amazonian model, and I bet Charlize Theron could rock it.  But not pixish Michelle.

  • DeGuz

    It’s you, TLo. She looks great.

  • formerlyAnon

    I don’t like it because I want it to fulfill a feeling of sinuous movement down the dress. But the belt interrupts that and completely ruins it for me. Also, I’d like less gold in the gold/black balance on the bodice.

    Basically I’m harsh on this not because there’s anything terrible about it but because it makes me think of a different dress that I wish it had been, and which I’d have liked very much.

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    I think she looks pretty good, but that background is blending with the dress and kind of washing it out. 
    So I beg to differ.
    Is that OZ in Russian?

  • sk8tfan

    You don’t like this because it’s ugly, ill-fitting, frumpy, and makes her look fat.

  • EEKstl

    I think she looks good.  To me the backdrop makes her appear thicker in the waist than the dress actually does; if you look closely and differentiate the two she looks like her slender self.   That said, I do think the dress is a wee large for her.

  • poggi

    The bodice visually lengthens her bust (not a good thing).  Combined with the high neckline, it makes her look matronly.  On the model, with a smaller bust, the top hangs better and it looks more youthful. 

  • bxbourgie

    TLo, I’m surprised at you guys!  I love this, I even like (not love) the hair.  The dress says 70s but the hair says 80s, so that’s what’s throwing this off a little, but other than that… bueno!

  • Needs a taller, more statuesque person, I think. Give it to a Tilda or a Cate and that gown will sing.

  • carolynmo

    I don”t think this dress could flatter anyone.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    I think it’s too much dress for her; it should be shorter.

  • Trisha26

    She looks great, the dress just isn’t for her – way too mature.

  • warnerave

    it looks like a curtain.. from ikea…

  • chitowndg

    I like it – she wisely kept the makeup soft.  I don’t know what is wrong with you guys.  🙂

  • momogus

    It’s too droopy. Hem it up 2″ and it would have looked much crisper.

  • BrooklynBomber

    What’s wrong with us? Why do we not like this? 

    Nothing is wrong with you. You do not like it because it is ugly.  You think you should like it because anything is better than that monstrosity Florence Welch is wearing. But that doesn’t make it good. (And, yes, it does make her look thick.)

  • I love the hair.  I think the dress was designed to look good from one angle only, on a flat-chested model.

  • I like the dress, I’m just not convinced she’s really owning this look. It’s really unusual for her. She doesn’t normally wear such dark colors or such bold patterns.  The accessorizing and hair definitely could have been better. 

  • Imasewsure

    Yes don’t like any of this… just off for all of the reasons you mention

  • Change the hair, cut off the sleeves, and lower the neckline, and I’d wear this look from head to toe.

  • the three quarters pose against the dark background is contributing to the overall broad effect.  she doesn’t look very happy to be there wearing this.

  • frannyprof

    TLo, this isn’t so bad. Have another cup of coffee, come back, and reassess.

  • Louise Bryan

    It would have been nice to have a straight ahead picture of the front.  I’m sure she is as tiny as ever, and this is a bad angle mixed with a bad background.  I like it quite a lot, although not the wrist thingie so much.  Why not a plain gold cuff (not two; no WW stuff)?  I think the hair is just a growing out thing, and short of her wearing a wig, this is actually kind of cute.

  • Anniebet

    Matronly is the word, I think. And did she always have those bosoms? Nice hair and face. 

  • Zippypie

    Eeeek!  More ugly black and gold Auntie Mame wear.  Please take it away.

  • MissAmynae

    I think its the background- the green is reflecting weirdly.

    Cute, love the hair.

  • Cautia

    I think it’s not a dress that would look good on anyone with boobs. 

  • The only thing not working here is her hair.

    Besides that, the dress is a WOW! And I like that bracelet/cuff.

  • JaneDC

    The bodice hergives belle poitrine a matronly look.

  • deep red lips is all she needed for this dress!

  • Iroqhard

    Yes to the idea that this needed a dark red lip, yes to the complaints about the bodice. And it needed to be shorter! Knee length. All the way to the floor makes the matronly top part look even MORE matronly. 

  • Nancy Dunn

    I love it! Banish me to the Back Room for Bad Taste!

  • E. D.

    I don’t mind it, but if it was a halter (no sheer sleeves), she wouldn’t look as big overall.

  • AmeliaEve

    I’m pretty sure my aunt had this dress in 1975.

  • It’s a hipster disco dress. Which means I love it.

  • It’s you. It’s a total werq!

  • I think her hair looks fantastic but that dress looks like KMart all the way

  • guest2visits

    Yes, yes, and yes to all the above.  But I think she has the same effect on ALOT of things she wears. They end up looking kind of
    square-ish and frumpy or middle aged mom-twee.
    Either she has a case of bad-bras; or she just picks out things that do not fit her shape.

  • kathrineb

    I don’t know whats wrong with you guys. I LOVE this on her and the subtle make up saves it from looking so 90s.
    I think it’s a werq.

  • ccm800

    Im sure Ether Merman performed in that dress