Oscars 2013: Sally Field in Valentino Couture

Posted on February 25, 2013

We’d like to point out that we hated this dress last night and here we are, late in the day on our busiest day of the year, softening up a little bit. We are NOT cranky, tired bitches! We’re softies!


Sally Field attends the 2013 Academy Awards in a Valentino red sheer long-sleeve couture gown.

Valentino Fall 2012 Couture Collection/Model: Jac (IMG)

See, on TV, most of what you saw of this dress was from the waist up. Well, that bodice and those sleeves are awfully wrinkly. Given that it’s all sheer, it tends to make her look all wrinkly and we can’t imagine that was the effect she was going for. Plus, we really don’t like the neckline at all. In fact, the whole front of the bodice feels like it’s being pulled down.

This is all kind of a shame because the bottom half of the dress is stunning. If the top wasn’t so wrinkly and sloppy-looking (and had a different neckline), we’d love this. As it is, we only half-love it; the bottom half.


[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans/PR Photos, style.com]

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  • It goes a little bit “old lady” for me.

    • luciaphile

      She is 67. At some point, I think it’s fine to go the “old lady”  route.

      • getouttadodge

        67? wow. She looks damn good for 67.

        • luciaphile

          Mary Todd Lincoln would have been 47 in 1865. Pretty impressive, huh?

          • formerlyAnon


          • adnama79

            47 in 1865 probably typically looked worse than 67 in 2013. 

            But you’re right – she looks fantastic.  I also love very much that in the close ups it looks like she has not had the plastic surgery.  She looks fantastic AND real.

          • rottenkitty

            Yes! I think she looks age appropriate. The skirt is a nod to the sorts of gowns they wore during the Civil War period, and as she was nominated for “Lincoln” it seems right.  And she doesn’t appear to have had a metric crapton of plastic surgery!

    • MarissaLG

      I’d LOVE to wear this dress. I’m 26. 

    • EveEve

      Hillary Swank wore a very similar red Valentino to the post-awards Vanity Fair party and it looked positively dowdy on her.

  • kathryn_dc

    That is one big-ass train!! I loved her bit with Seth MacFarlane.

    • Fordzo

      I liked that dress much better.

    • RebeccaKW

       Loved it, too.  I love that she had fun with herself.  I know he’s not everyone’s cuppa, but I love Seth and I thought he did a pretty good job.

  • nannypoo

    I hated this dress last night and I hate it even more today.

    •  yep.  Your first instincts were right, it’s ugly.  From top to bottom.

  • Julie Liang

    The wrinkly bodice is actually WERQing for me.  It reminds me of a Fortuny gown. 

    • 3boysful

       I thought she looked lovely.  And isn’t it funny how the ladies who were likely to need to go up onstage chose gowns with trains and/or huge skirts, just to make it more difficult on themselves?

  • Introspective

    scroll up fug for sure. 

    red is her color though. and love her hair/makeup. 

  • Pants_are_a_must

    I’m sorry, but that red carpet was so bland in colors, I’m giving her two thumbs up for going full drama in this. Plus, the earrings were the perfect choice with the dress. She is a tiny lady, and she is SERVING IT.

    • jetpackdino

      Amen.  Overall I just get a really happy feeling seeing her in this dress.

  • MissMariRose

    Nope. Still hate it. Makes her look short and matronly. I liked the dress she wore in the flying nun sketch, though. 

    • sojourneryouth

       Yeah.  I love the bottom, but matched with the bodice, it becomes very “sister-wife at the Grand Ol’ Opry.”

    • Judi Townsend

      I agree totally. Not liking her hair or make up either.

    • formerlyAnon

      Agree with you on the dress worn in the sketch.

  • Fordzo

    Did she really wear sneakers?  Or was that just at the parties after?

  • Annabelle Archer

    Hated it.  It was matronly.  I know, she’s a “mature” woman, but the dress she wore for the Flying Nun bit was terrific, age appropriate but still fun and sexy.  I wish she’d worn that for the actual event. 

  • sk8tfan

    Great color on her but the dress belongs to a taller actress. This would have been great on Anne Hathaway last night.

  • EEKstl

    Ya know, call me madcap but I really think she looks beautiful.  I honestly didn’t notice the wrinkles in the sleeves until these close ups but it doesn’t kill the look for me.  Hair and makeup are beautiful and red is definitely her color.  I’m all IN with Sally on this one.

  • mhleta

    It’s gorgeous on the model, but it’s not good on Sally. It looks like the fabric feeds out of some bottomless portal in her bellybutton. The train is too much. And the wrinkles do make her look wrinklier. Not her color, not her dress.

  • MaryAtRealityTea

    Sleeveless and a different neckline indeed. Or even cap sleeves and a a different neckline, but certainly not long sheer ones for a whole evening of wearing. 

    • CozyCat

      I agree on the neckline–just a little bit deeper V would have been much more flattering. 

      But the skirt is stunning.

  • But isn’t this almost the same dress that Rihanna wore at the Grammys and also Hilary Swank at the very same Oscars? Am I going crazy here?

    • NC_Meg

       I don’t think Rihanna’s had all the frippery (pleating, ruffles, gathering, etc) that this one has. I never thought I’d say it, but I liked Rihanna’s better.

      If dramatic red gowns with long trains are the new thing, sign me up. (For a little while, at least. It might get old fast.)

  • Fordzo

    Is the carpet really fuchsia?  Or is her dress just so red that it throws off the color?

    • Call me Bee

      The red of her dress is really a warm red–on it’s way to orange.  The RC is a cool red–on it’s way to purple.  So they look really different even though they’re both red. 

  • Alyssa

    Yeah, sleeves that make your arms look wrinkly are not doing you any favors. The bottom half is great, if only the top half lived up to it. Also, that runway pic is borderline NSFW, lol.

  • oldbobbydraper

    i LOVED this! top 5 best dressed of the night for me, maybe even top 3.

    the color is perfect on her, and i love seeing older women who have in the past been hesitant or confused by the new fashion game take risks like this.

    well done, frog.

    • barbarienne

       Smokey and the Bandit reference! Woot!

  • Zippypie

    Girl, this was not your dress.  Sally looked so lovely at the other award shows and this was a true disappointment.  Wrong color red for her, wrong fabrication (yes! waaaaay too wrinkly and sheer), wrong neckline and sleeves, shower curtain skirt…  Not her dress.  What a shame.

  • The only reason I like it is because it is RED. And after a see of whites, peaches, beiges etc. it was a great relief to see some color! 

  • Sobaika

    Soft and pretty, even if it’s a bit matronly.

  • ellabob

    Take off the sleeves and lower the neckline a bit and it would have been beautiful …she is just too short to carry this off

  • MilaXX

    I don’t hate this, but I wish the neckline wasn’t so high. Perhaps a slight V, not so much that it shows cleavage, just enough to open her up a teeny bit. I also think I would have liked a skinny belt with this. I’ve always been a Sally fan and hearing her talk about her limo ride with JGL and tying his bow tie for him, made me love her even more.

  • Qitkat

    1946. Serving it!

  • Frank_821

    Thank god you mentioned that neckline. I hated it. It’s what makes her look so matronly

  • msdamselfly

    I really like the overall effect of the gown– ever so slightly recalls a Civil War era dress.

    •  She’s got “all the curtains from Tara” back there!

  • mozzer0906

    I hated it last night and I hate it even more now.

  • afabulous50

    All I see is the movie Coal Miner’s Daughter…Loretta Lynn…

  • Judy_J

    I didn’t really care much for this last night, and I still don’t, but I thought she was awfully cute in that horrible skit where Seth McFarlane was dressed as the Flying Nun.  Girl’s got a sense of humor and it serves her well.

  • decormaven

    This is a lot of look on a petite frame. Short and more tailored would have been a better fit for her. Stunning earrings, though, and kudos for the emerald ring.

  • it makes her waistline look thick, and it’s not.  Who would want that sort of optical illusion?

  • Anabag

    It’s pretty, but I think adding either a belt or just the right necklace would have improved the look.  This dress is somehow glamorous and plain at the same time.

  • miagain

    It’s also a harsh shade of red…

  • Little_Olive

    Do not care for it one bit. Not even the bottom. Then again I hate small ruffles (a really specific pet peeve, I know), so there you go. 

  • Girl_With_a_Pearl

    You know, I like the color and I’ve always liked her, so I give her a pass. It was a long shot, but was kind of rooting for her after Anne Hathaway’s relentless campaigning for the Oscar.

    • formerlyAnon

      I only saw two of the nominated performances, her & Hathaway. Of the two, I’d have given it to her because she *was* the character on screen. Hathaway’s performance kept reminding me how hard she was working to be the character.

      • Girl_With_a_Pearl


  • barbarienne

    At this point I’m willing to forgive any dress that isn’t dishwater beige.

    Also, finding a dress that is age-appropriate yet youthful yet works with her short, slightly stouter-than-Hollywood-ideal frame has to be a bitch and a half. Designers aren’t going out of their way catering to this body type. She could probably find a million things that say “frumpy dowager”; kudos to her for not letting that happen. A less sheer bodice/sleeves might have been better, but I think it might also have been more boring.

  • Stubenville

    Nightgown-with-train and too sheer. Out.

  • Call me Bee

    Loved this on the RC.  A great color–it really lights up Miss Sally’s face.  I do wish the neckline were a bit more revealing…but I can understand why a woman of a certain age would want to cover up  bit. 

  • Monday1900

    I thought it was meh until I saw the train but didn’t even see that it had one until late in the game.  And how did I miss those rocks?!  They’re huge! 

  • VicksieDo

    It reads a bit too literal for me, too Mrs. Lincoln in 2013.  The hair is all frizz too.  She was nominated, she should have had a team to pull her together, alas.

  • shelley514


  • jw_ny

    I pretty much hate the dress….ruffles at the bottom mostly. 

  • This is a tough one indeed. It’s over-worked and under-finished all in one. How is that possible? Too much frippery on the bottom, but it just kinda dies and turns into another dress from the waist up. The top and bottom look like 2 completely different dresses.

  • Carla_Charlton

    It reminds me of a negligee.

  • Lilithcat

    As I grow older, I find that higher necklines are less flattering, as they draw attention to my not-as-pretty-as-it-used-to-be neck.

  • DTLAFamilies

    I don’t care what Sally Field wears. She’s like that picture of the bunny with a pancake on its head. “This is Sally Field. Your argument is invalid.”

  • Mary229

    I think she is working this.  But again, here I come as the apologist.  She’s Sally Field.  I can’t nitpick her.  I know that makes me a fashion blogger’s worst nightmare.  But i just can’t. 

  • margaret meyers

    She needs to get in touch with her inner Emmy Lou Harris and Helen Mirren and embrace being over 60. The dark brown hair is NOT working.  And I say that with love.

    • formerlyAnon

      I go back and forth on her hair, it often looks a tiny bit too harsh to me, occasionally it’s fine, once in a while it looks dreadful. Maybe it’s a matter of lighting and what colors she’s wearing?

      I imagine it’s hard to embrace being over 60, though, when you just got an Oscar nomination for playing a woman 20-ish years younger than you are. You don’t get those parts if directors think of you as a handsome older woman.

  • Hey Sally… Mammie called.. she wants her red petticoat back.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    the dress is all kinds of matronly, but she tied Joseph Gordon Levitt’s bow-tie for him which made me love her a little bit more… 

  • Carrieanno

    One classy lady!

  • Am I the only person who finds this gown oddly similar to Rihanna’s red dress from the Grammys? While there are more ruffles on the train, the color and even the details on the bust bore some resemblance to that look. I doubt that’s what she was going for, but it tickles me to think that The Flying Nun would pick RiRi as her style icon.

  • MintaHallWriter

    I actually thought she looked beautiful last night. Maybe it was the red carpet show I was watching but I caught it first in full-head-to-toe look.  She’s in her late 60s, and contrast this gorgeous look with Meryl Streep’s usual fare.  She was lovely, appropriate etc.

    You go Sally!

  • Snailstsichr

    I like it a lot better than Anne’s gown. It’s a shame Anne didn’t wear her Valentino, then we could have had dueling divas.
    I love this color on Sally and her emerald ring is to die for.

  • foggywood

    OMG – you people suck (hee hee).  She looks amazing!  She’s a nearly 70 year old woman sporting couture on the red carpet of the Oscars – leave ‘er alone!  
    Oy – let’s see your mother, g’mother, or (heaven forbid) YOU look as gosh darn incredible!  
    (plus she “can jog all the way to Texas and back, but my daughter can’t! She never could!”   Aw crap – here it comes…)

  • My first thought when I saw this was how great it would look if it only had a different neckline!

  • appliquer


  • Renaissance_Man_ATL

    My first thought when I saw her last night on the RC was “Loretta Lynn Collection”.  I don’t like it any better on her today.

  • imakeart

    I love the dress, but seeing the closeup makes me feel old.

  • Valdri8

    I love TLo like nobody’s business – but you need some of your crankiness BACK! This dress is a disaster!  She is still so pretty and young looking for her age, and this dress added 20 yrs to her. Jane Fonda and Barbra should have gotten together and bitch-slapped her into wearing something that does not look like the bride’s mother’s second cousin.

  • peachy

    maybe more of a runway dress than a sit-in-the-limo-and-get-all-wrinkly kind of dress 🙁

  • Michelle Wesley

    You’re right about the bottom of the dress and I think it would be a lot better if it had a v-neck.  Not necessarily enough to even show cleavage but just to make it look not so “covered up.”  As it is, all I could think was back to my costume history class “That looks like a fichu! Totally something Mary Todd Lincoln would have worn in her day.”

  • Hated it last night, hate it now. It looks like drapes straight out of the washer

  • bluefish

    I’m ten years younger that Sally and looks like figure at this point is my own on a good day for me.  This head to toe red is really hard to pull off unless one’s figure is perfect and hers is very nice indeed but thick around certain points.  Helen M. could pull this off but wouldn’t go for it because none of the attractive points are made salient.  Too high around Sally’s neck, thickening waist action, and aging sleeves.  And again just too much red going on.   Older ladies can’t pull off those ruffles either around the floor.  Too bad because she looks great.

  • BazoDee

    Not a fan. Maybe someone else could pull it off – but I’m not sure who.

  • I like it better now than I did last night, but MAN is her makeup harsh. I thought it was a bit mother-of-the-bride-ish, but I suppose that could actually be the case. 

  • BrooklynBomber

    Awful. Sure, it’s a cool dress (sort of) but not on her. And the hair! She looked so much better in that Flying Nun video.

  • Damien W

    She needs some new gays. She can still rock looks a little younger than this if she wants. 

  • Judy_S

    T & Lo read my thoughts. Did not like last night, like in the full-length views now. Or at least I can see why she chose it. 

  • MitchellGilburne

    I think she coulda pulled this off sleeveless 

  • formerlyAnon

    I didn’t think it was the greatest bodice, either. She so consistently looks just a little bit worried, or strained, that I wonder if that’s just what her face does, now. Or if she’s just usually tired by the time the photography starts.

    Either way, I thought her performance as Mary Todd Lincoln was excellent. 

  • MrsJoe

    It felt like she was trying to give a knod to her character Mary Todd Lincoln.  It’s a decent attempt to modernize the costumes, but I agree the bodice isn’t quite right.  In my mind, I’m picturing that it would have been so much better without the sleeves, or if she was terrified of showing her arms, at least having the sleeves shortened to elbow-length.  Also, it seems like there was less fabric cinched in on the runway bodice, which also would have helped.

  • Mazenderan

    I don’t like this at all, and think it was very unflattering. 

    To be honest, I think Sally needs a bit of an overhaul.  She looks great for her age – but her current hair, makeup and clothes are making her look a bit scarecrow-like.  I’d love to see a more polished look.

  • kat89

    I have to say that I LOVE that she hasn’t gone the Jane Fonda/Barbra route and had massive amounts of work done. She looks so naturally pretty without all of the “freshening” they’ve had done.

  • pylgrym

    Why does she look as though she’s listing in a high wind? Is the dress causing that illusion? 

  • Corsetmaker

    She needs to sort her undergarments out. Better bra and something to firm up her waist. I thought that in her BAFTA dress too. The skirt is lovely though 

  • ferngilly

    Hmmm…I say she looks damn fine.  One of the best looks of the night.  She is obviously paying tribute to MTL without looking costumey, which I am a big advocate of.  Excellent role, excellent movie, excellent cast.  Sally Field is gracious and gorgeous and she looked as such last night.  

  • mila_8

    If Anne’s Valentino was from this same collection, can more easily understand her last minute switch.  Maybe that purple one in the background of the runway shot.  Hmmmmm…..

  • 4JJ

    I don’t think orangey-red is a good colour on most people, including her.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Lovely color, but I said it the first time I saw it, too. ‘Colonial Bedspread’.

  • Trisha26

    Agree completely.

  • joepatrick2


  • greyhoundgirl

    She is fierce and real.

    • boweryboy


  • LittleKarnak

    I liked it and I loved when she and JGL walked the red carpet together…too cute!!!!!

  • capybara_cafe

    I think the color looks great on her, but the dress reminds me of those creepy crotcheted doll kleenex box covers.

  • kathrineb

    I must be crazy. I think shes killing it. That colour is beautiful one her.

  • Kim Wheeler

    I thought this was chic and modern looking. I love her because she’s not all plastic. She still looks like herself. This wasn’t frumpy at all…I think her bio says she is 70!

  • RzYoung

    God I just love this fashion for insanely green emeralds popping up everywhere, I love green. I need me an emerald!!

  • She looks sexy, definitely channeling the “hot flying nun” and “Gidget” moments Seth referred to. Way better than the Globes, I think.

  • B_C_J

    I love her hair, her makeup and her earrings.  From the neck up she looks GREAT!  I am not loving this dress. I am reading granny’s curtains and the wrinkles in the bodice are not flattering at all!! Also, the train seems to be a bit extreme in length. 

  • libraangel

    You stop saying bad things about my Miss Sally! Yeah, a little wonky the bodice, but she looks GOOD!

  • labellazitella

    To me, the dress is a startling riff on the lovely gown Juliet wears in the first scene of Franco Zeffirelli’s “Romeo and Juliet” film.

  • littlemac8

    I hate the bottom and the top!

  • Guest

    in upcoming 2014 Oscars, actresses must wear a long-sleeved, round neckline dress that looks very appropriate like Adele and Sally Fieldwore a long-sleeved dress.

  • Firdaus Rizal

    In upcoming 2014 Oscars, female celebrities such as songstresses (such as Adele, Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry) and actresses (such as Emma Thompson, Jane Lynch, Ming-Na Wen and Kelly Macdonald) must wear a long-sleeved, round neckline dress that looks very appropriate like singer-songwriter Adele and actress Sally Field wore a long-sleeved dress.

  • Firdaus Rizal

    In upcoming 2014 Oscars, female celebrities such as songstresses (e.g. Adele, Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry) and actresses (e.g. Emma Thompson, Jane Lynch, Ming-Na Wen and Kelly Macdonald) must wear a long-sleeved, round neckline dress that looks very appropriate like singer-songwriter Adele and actress Sally Field wore a long-sleeved dress.