Andrea Riseborough in Elie Saab

Posted on March 27, 2013

Andrea Riseborough attends the world premiere of ‘Oblivion’ in Buenos Aires, Argentina in an Elie Saab gown.

Elie Saab Spring 2013 Couture Collection/Model: Cora Emmanuel (ELITE)



[Photo Credit: Getty,]

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  • Its an interesting dress, and the shape is fine on her. But I’m not sure its HER interesting dress with a fine shape.

    • She needs to give that dress to Halle Berry.

  • Rachael

    I wish the dress fabric was a different color. I have never understood why someone would go out in clothing that makes him/her look naked!

    • Naked but with a insane body shape – like a really out of shape mermaid!

  • Very soft and romantic. I don’t love the black lace paired with the pastel florals, but I don’t hate the dress as a whole.

    • don’t like the faux basque waist created by the black lace

  • the makeup is dreadful and i also wish she had her hair up. the dress is pretty though.

  • gabbilevy

    I love that she went with naturally curly hair, but it seems too casual for this dress, and it’s making the whole look feel off-kilter.

  • Sam Corbett

    She’s a beautiful woman with classic features and, one would think, at least two or three years of being able to afford a professional makeup artist behind her. So… WHY can’t she ever get her face to look right?

    • Qitkat

      I’m not being snarky here, I really want to know. What is wrong with her makeup? I find myself asking this question on many posts. I guess I just don’t see what others see. She looks lovely to me.

      • Sobaika

        I don’t think there’s anything necessarily wrong with it, but it just doesn’t look professionally done. The eye makeup is rather heavy and isn’t blended well, there’s little in the way of contouring or mattifying. Maybe fresh and dewy was the look they were going for but it could certainly have been done better.

        • Qitkat

          Thanks, Sobaika and kimmeister. I see it now, after enlarging the screen. It does look a bit unfinished and hastily done.

      • kimmeister

        For me, it’s the way her eye makeup stops abruptly right over her pupils. There is no blending from the outside corners as thr makeup heads inward.

  • Sobaika

    Is the skirt meant to fall so… awkwardly?

    • Ithink it is. Take a gander at the runway look. It’s just as long on the model, and does precisely the same thing.

      • Sobaika

        Yeah, very strange. That sort of thing that might work for a two minute walk down the runway for a long-limbed model but in any other situation will only make the wearer look dumpy.

        • ballerinawithagun

          That horrible bent length on the model also. The black lace detail is so gorgeous at the hem, I just don’t understand why Elie Saab wouldn’t want to show it off. If they couldn’t shorten it even for the runway they should have put a crinoline under it. Such an unusual and stunning combination of fabrics.

    • ankali

      I’d like to see the back — maybe it’s gathered oddly? Whatever the reason, I don’t care for it, and the interest provided by the color/pattern/sparkle work doesn’t entirely compensate.

      Also, she’s always been a big ole nuthin’ to me; it’s almost like she has negative charisma, where you have to actively work at noticing her.

  • maretha2

    This would look smashing on Marion Cotillard or DIane Kruger. I think she looks like she’s a bit overwhelmed by this dress — her face does not look confident in it.

  • Qitkat

    Beautiful. Subtle and sparkley, a rare combination.
    I’m fascinated by the background. At first I thought it was pirate ship rigging.

  • The back is a little weird, but she never looked so pretty before.

  • random_poster

    It’s strangely blah. A pretty girl wearing a pretty dress…kind of like a paper doll.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    i would have preferred if the color on the bodice continued for the entire dress, the pastel colors in the middle look awkward to me…

  • marilyn

    I should not like this dress, but I do. The black lace set over the print should be too much. Perhaps it helps that she is standing in front of a pirate background. It might look awful if she was standing in front of the standard sponsor logos emblazoned on an uninteresting background. This dress should be in Pirates of the Caribbean. And I mean that in a nice way.

    • Sara__B

      I thought so, too, at first, but the background ISN’T pirate ship rigging, it’s a destroyed bridge. (Oblivion must be another one of those post-apocalyptic movies.)

  • The beige ain’t my favourite. But, DAMN, that dress is gorgeous!!!!!!!!!

  • In that last picture, she’s just discovered that the middle of the gown doesn’t work with the bodice or the hem. Oops! Next time look in a full-length mirror before leaving the room. Meh.

  • kimmeister

    The dress seems too grandiose for the occasion.

  • Sara__B

    The more I look, the less I like. The background color of the gown does nothing for her coloring. The gown’s been shortened, but not enough. Her hair is pretty, but too casual for such a statement gown.

  • I’d look down at myself in bemusement if I happened to be wearing this dress too. She did her hair and makeup expecting a different frock entirely.

    • bd73

      thank you. i’m wondering why there’s all this long wavy tresses. pile it high and trail it down. the dress is big time drama. rise to the occasion.

  • teensmom99

    Okay, now you are definitely inventing celebrities. But if you were going to make one up, why didn’t you create one with darker skin (like the model on the runway) so that it wouldn’t look too much like her skin color. It is a great dress for a woman with the right skin tone (and it needs a better boob fit than the runway look).

  • MilaXX

    Pretty, but it feels like the hair/makeup needs a bit more oomph to match the dress.

  • Imasewsure

    It’s a great dress but not her dress as noted better by other minions

  • Sarah

    It sort of looks like my parents’ powder room wallpaper. Upon the accent wall of which my father insisted on putting up Terra-cotta cherubs, which my mother abhorred, and took down, causing years of bitter recriminations. Bless her deceased heart, his new wife hated them, too. So, as for the dress, it both seems romantic and pretty to me, and simultaneously makes me think of thinly veiled domestic abuse. I guess no likey?

    • formerlyAnon

      This makes me wish I knew your father. Though not necessarily live in a place he decorated!

      • Sarah

        He might be entertaining to the non-relative, I’ll give you that. Said cherubs had holes in their backs so that faux ivy could spill romantically down their sides. Classy.

        • formerlyAnon

          I won’t lie. I was wondering just last year if I could get away with an ironic (yeah, that’s my story) wall of terracotta planters much as you describe (though more southwest/spanish than cherubs) on one of the small walls in my very odd kitchen. It was one of my “are the ’80s far enough away to re-visit? moments.” I decided against. But I was tempted.

          • Sarah

            Planters are okay. Placing silk plants in the butts of small naked boys with wings is not. I have actually given up looking for and am making my own macrame plant hangers like you can’t find even at the Goodwill anymore because I like them, dammit. AND I know how to make them, so I might as well. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and all…

  • The dress could work on someone who knew how to sell it. Andrea looks a little timid to be in this kind of fashion arena.

  • VicksieDo

    GORGEOUS, but who is she?

    • PastryGoddess

      She played Wallis Simpson in Madonna’s vanity project a couple of years ago. She’s been in some other movies recently as well

      • VicksieDo


  • Indigo54

    hmmmm. In that first photo, it looks like a piece of the dress broke off. Just as well. It’s ugly anyway.

  • formerlyAnon

    It’s an interesting take on a pretty dress and she looks pretty in it. But I’m left thinking that it could be better – maybe with more sophisticated hair & makeup? I don’t really know. (No need to wonder why *I’m* not a stylist.)

  • PastryGoddess

    She tries doesn’t she?

  • EEKstl

    Boy that dress is gorgeous. Love her hair with it but she needed stronger makeup – either stronger eye or lip (not both, of course!)

  • I *want* to love this, but it’s looking too stiff on her. It’s a gorgeous dress, but there’s something off about it. Her hair and makeup are understated, but gorgeous. Love the earrings, too.

  • frannyprof

    The dress fabric looks like it should be lining a coffin. Not sure if that’s a good or bad thing.

  • The dress interesting, I like it!

  • Io Vee

    I like the dress, but it looks like she’s drowning in it.

  • julnyes

    I like this dress .. it is not her dress however.

  • DiverK

    I liked the silver/grey base color of the dress (that the model had) rather than the beige one on her.

  • AmeliaEve

    I love that dress, and it fits her pretty well. The model has rolls of armpit cleavage. Ugh.

  • Diego!

    What’s funny is that both she and Tom Cruise were here (in Buenos Aires, where I live) for only 10 hours. They must be insane to do that. She looks very nice 😀

    • formerlyAnon

      Insane or contractually obligated.

  • MissAmynae

    She is lovely in this dress, but I do wish her hair was either up, or a bit shorter- cut to right above the neckline of the gown. That one sad little curl is bugging me.

  • Trisha26

    A gorgeous gown like that deserves an updo – or at least something less fussy. And um…I guess I’ve bought into the Hollywood ideal…teeth whitener. Stat.

    • Anniebet

      She’s british.

  • Zippypie

    Talking about a dress wearing her…good grief. That gown can stand up and walk away by itself, leaving this girl naked on the carpet and you still would only notice the dress, not her.

  • MandyM

    I wish the black covered the whole dress. It might be OK then.

  • guest2visits

    It is a neat looking dress – but she looks lost in it; and she also looks like a giant standing next to Cruise in the poster.

  • she’s so over dressed. it’s a movie. and not a good one. gorgeous dress wasted on a stupid event.

  • capybara_cafe

    Not sure if like.

  • demidaemon

    I hate the print of the skirt.

  • ccm800

    Jennifer Lawrence looks TORE Up…oh.

  • Anniebet

    Boy, do I love that dress! She’s rather gorgeous. Didn’t know who she was til I looked her up. This woman played Margaret freaking Thatcher on British TV.

  • DesertDweller79

    I don’t like the color/print of this dress. And she looks very uncomfortable in it. And she also seems overdressed.