Gwyneth Paltrow in Ralph Lauren

Posted on April 19, 2013

Gotta give it up for GOOPy, this is gorgeously dramatic.


Gwyneth Paltrow attends the Tiffany & Co. Blue Book Ball at Rockefeller Center in New York City in a Ralph Lauren gown accessorized with Tiffany & Co. jewelry and Jimmy Choo shoes.

And it’s kind of refreshing to see her showing off some bodypart other than her upper thighs, although we suppose we’ll all be treated to endless soundbites about how her shoulders are superior to the average person’s.

But as much as we like this on her, there’s something a little weird going on in her midsection, as if whatever she’s wearing underneath this (if indeed she’s wearing anything) is screwing up the way the fabric lays. It’s just not as sleek as it was intended to be. Could just be wrinkles from sitting in the limo, but it really does look like she’s got a t-shirt on underneath this thing.

Have to say, we usually hate butterfly imagery on grown women, but that brooch is stunning, and a perfect complement to the look.


[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • ralish

    To me, this looks wrinkly and full of static cling.

  • Jessi03

    Gorgeous. Also, I never realized how similar she and Blake Lively look. She could easily play her mom or fun aunt in a movie.

  • Kathy_Marlow

    She looks like she’s wearing so many pairs of Spanx that it’s squeezed the shape out of her. But the dress is beautiful and love the brooch.

  • lexilexi

    Dress is okay, but still …. it deserved more than just moving the hair part slightly right.

  • TAGinMO

    I dunno, you guys. The color is great on her, and I like the IDEA of this dress, but it sort of looks like there’s some combination of melting and molting going on here.

    • Sarah

      I concur. Too droopy for my tastes.

      • stephbellard

        Don’t you mean GOOPY?

        • Sarah

          Heh, now I do 😉

    • +1 for “melting and molting” Perfect

    • jmorino08

      Yes. And can we stop with those stupid open shoulder holes already?

  • teensmom99

    Top is great but the midsection looks lumpy which seems strange for someone who lives on air with the occasional tree bark smoothie thrown in.

  • ceceliadid

    Ralph sent met this dress as a thank you for some gnocchi that I made him, and the butterfly was handed down in my family. I love it when I can come to a fancy event like this dressed simply, as if I were just relaxing at home.

    • Sarah


    • ha, ha, ha!!! nice.

    • ilikemints


    • LMAO too funny!

    • jetpackdino

      YES. Thank you a gazillion times for this ceceliadid.

    • formerlyAnon

      You win. You may retire with the ceremonial tiara and armful of long stemmed roses from which the thorns have been painstakingly removed. That minion over there will carry the 5 foot silver cup with the laudatory inscription.

    • MK03

      Okay everyone, shut down the internet. Nothing can top this.

  • beebee10

    The color is perfect. Agree with you boys on the wrinkles but other than that quibble, Gwennie looks fab.

  • e jerry powell

    I give up NOTHING to GOOPy, ever.

  • Mismarker

    Wow. Full disclosure: I am currently high on allergy meds, but this looks absolutely stunning.

    ETA: Never mind, I just realized what the wrinkled midsection reminded me of….Tara Reid’s botched liposuction from a few years back. Ick.

    • Ohnoyoudidnt!

      • Mismarker

        OhyesIdid! Lord, help me. I went there.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I really don’t like the brooch. I don’t like butterfly shaped broochs, but that is my problem.
    The makeup is great, but she would have looked much better with an updo.
    She looks amazing in cold colors.

  • I don’t think she’s wearing anything under it which is causing it to not lay right. She looks great though. Love the brooch.

  • Really is a chic gown. Love the color. Love her makeup.

  • The hair is still too yellow and satin never really works for me, but credit where it’s due: this is the best and most stylish she’s looked in a long, long time. Well done.

    • 3boysful

      I share your satin aversion, Space Kitty.

      • Little_Olive

        Me three.

  • ilikemints

    I just can’t with that hair. Fried, limp, half-covering that gorgeous pin, and kind of looks like it’s tucked into the dress.

    • Yes, get your fried hair off of that beautiful pin GOOP!

  • Tracy_Flick

    I actually can’t believe it’s not MORE wrinkled. Did she ride to the event in the back of a hearse? Standing up in a horse trailer? Anyway, like the color, love the jewelry, but (a) I can’t with her and (b) caftan-y

    • I would pay real money to see celebrities get out of a horse trailer at a red carpet event saying, “Well, how was I supposed to get here without looking like I slept in my dress?”

      • H2olovngrl

        Haltered to both sides of the trailer so they don’t fall over going around a corner?

  • VicksieDo


  • MilaXX

    This is a good look and she used the Tiffany accessories wall thoughtfully. I’m gonna cut her a break and blame the weird midsection on limo wrinkles.

  • YAY! She parted her hair a half of an inch from the middle! The curse is broken!!

  • nannypoo

    Beautiful color. She looks great, except of course for her hair which always looks shitty. Maybe she has some tips for herself on goop.

  • warnerave


  • You know those cold water spray stations they have at amusement parks in the summer? Those things that just spray a fine mist of cold water to help cool you down? Someone needs to invent a steamer version of that and have them standing at the entrance to red carpet events to avoid wrinkles like this. Lady star walks out of the car, walks through a cloud of steam, shakes things out a bit and voila! Wrinkle free satin dress for all to enjoy.

    • EveEve

      I’m thinking limos tall enough to stand up in, with hanger straps to hold onto.

  • stubbornthoughts


  • Trisha26

    DROOPy is more like it. Not a fan. Same old hair and meh makeup.

    • What’s one better than “snort”? A “guffaw”? Whatever it is, that’s what I just did.

  • Much as I love the color, I can’t get on board with this dress. It looks like she’s holding it up in front of her and the sleeves are just hanging off the hanger. The neckline to the midsection doesn’t work to my eye, but then down to the hem it has gorgeous movement.

  • Carla_Charlton

    Nice manicure.

  • marilyn

    Her face looks too old for the surfergirl hair. She has the face of a mature woman, very well preserved, but not young any more. It would have been nice if she had put her hair in a chignon (?)-twist of hair at the nape of the neck(?) I wish Royal Kate had worn her hair that way at her wedding. Oh well, nobody asked me in advance.

  • Hate it. Hate the slumpy shoulders, hate the fit, hate how it makes her look weirdly lumpy, which is insane because so is her body.

  • VicD

    Swinton would have knocked this one out of the park. And Swinton Gwyn ain’t.

  • bertkeeter

    What, no back shot? I like the dress but a fabric with more body or weight would give it a more luxe feeling!

  • Imasewsure

    This is WERQ worthy for me. Guess it’s a bit subtle though for a full on group WERQ though. Still she looks great.

  • Fabulous. I love the color, cut and accessories. This is probably because I love the designer. Well done, Gwynnie!

  • BayTampaBay

    TLo stated: v”Have to say, we usually hate butterfly imagery on grown women, but that brooch is stunning, and a perfect complement to the look.”

    I hate butterfly brooches. She needs a massive waterfall Eisenberg Ice brooch from the 1950’s.

  • filmcricket

    Wish she’d worn her hair up, but otherwise she looks pretty damn good. I’m blaming limo wrinkles, lighting, & flash photography for the weirdness in the midsection. She should wear this colour more.

    I want to wear blue gowns & get to try on Tiffany jewels! I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to be a celebrity more. ::pouts::

    • bellafigura1

      Also, I think it’s a bias cut, they tend to do that across the middle.

  • conniemd

    Really the perfect dress to show off Tiffany diamonds. I am so tired of the long straight fried hair look, though.

  • lrhoff

    I agree, are her granny pants bunching?

  • Peeve

    This dress has a couple of things I usually hate: shoulder cutouts and juvenile butterfly pins, but she looks really great in it. I love that dusty blue on her, as well. Said very reluctantly.

  • formerlyAnon

    She looks lovely. Not entirely sure about how the fabric drapes on the arms, but that may be my imagination. Now if she’d only cut enough off the ends of her hair so that it wouldn’t look straggly, I’d even let her keep the non-hairstyle without complaint.

  • I’ve got to hand it to her, this is pretty great, head to toe.

  • TheAmericaness

    Oh. My. God. It’s not a t-shirt you guys. It’s a robot that has replaced the real Gwyneth Paltrow – it has no belly button and has only a replica of her real hair.

  • I think she has bikini underwear underneath.

    She needs an upsweep of the hair of some kind.

  • CommentsByKatie

    Stunning. Killer. I even like the butterfly, which is so annoyingly Gwen, but still works for me.

  • quiltrx

    “I just love it when all my friends come over–because they all come to me for everything–and we always end up talking about how beautiful my shoulders are. And I tell them to stop it, that they’re only so broad and strong and amazing because I want to be a pillar of my family and the world community.”

    • Little_Olive

      While it shows her shoulders, which I admit freely are ver nice, the droop-drop sleeves show upper-back arm which, when the rest of the arm is covered, never looks good IMO. Not a matter of Tracy Andersons, just not a good part to choose to bare when the rest is covered.

      I think the first impression here is way better than the result after a closer look.

  • For someone who spends her life (and considerable money) concerned with how she looks, she seems to have forgotten her skin and her hair. And I hate where she parts it. Not center, not side. It’s Centerside, a Goop trademark.

    Had she put the hair up in a low chignon (to better show off the gorgeous neckline), sprayed it and smoothed down the stickyuppies, gone with a decent, non shiny foundation (especially under the eyes), perhaps a bit of powder and swooped some hair across her forehead, this would have been stunning. Also, brooch placement is wonky.

    • PeaceBang

      Yes. Everything you said.

  • Qitkat

    That is my favorite shade of blue-grey, or grey-blue ever. And it even matches the color of the text that says “Tiffany & Co.” Did Ralph Lauren or GOOP do that on purpose? >:

  • pulpytomato

    I really dislike this style of dress. I disliked it when Anne Hathaway wore it too.

  • I would like this a whole lot more if her lank, fried hair wasn’t hanging all over the dress and ruining the neckline and pin. Pin your hand back!

  • Anniebet

    I can just see her thoughts… “I’ll look more majestic and untouchable if I stretch my neck a bit more and I’ll just gaze over the riff raff’s heads… oops, made eye contact! Yuck yuck yuck!”

  • E. D.

    This actually looks too big on her, definitely goopy.

    But the color is nice and it looks like her hair may have seen conditioner this week, so that’s a plus.

  • Sunraya

    Ugh, when you can see her navel, something ain’t right. Plus, horrible hair.

  • Pretty. I don’t really like the dress apart from the neckline and shoulder treatment but she is so very pretty when she’s not speaking.

  • blueberrypanckae

    seriously girl, DO. YOUR. HAIR !

  • oldbobbydraper

    all i see is dramatically wrinkled and oversized…..

  • AutumnInNY

    how does that beautiful brooch not make a hole in this, what looks like very delicate silk blend?
    And I’m w/you Tlo. Thought the same thing about the mid-section.

    • It look like 100% silk charmeuse to me, which can be a really “sticky” fabric when used as a fashion fabric with a lining. I think the funny drape through the bodice is caused by the lining clinging to the back of the charmeuse.

  • jw_ny

    Not crazy about the fabric, but the shape and color are quite nice on her. Love the brooch…wish we’d seem more of them on the RC.

  • plinkiedoodle

    Lovely broach, but get that hair out of the way!

  • ankali

    Not wild about the dress, but the jewelry is sooooo lovely. The butterfly is super-pretty, and that BRACELET! I’d have to see it up close, but I think it’s mimicking in diamonds and sapphires the 19th-century Tiffany stained glass I love so, so much.

  • I love taking the piss out of her, but sometimes she can really deliver in terms of style. Never was a fan of the droopy shoulder thing (God, I hated the Anne Hathaway Bedspread), but she looks pretty great.

  • She annoys me so, but she really does look great here. Beautiful color on the dress, and she isn’t trying to look like a groupie.

  • She looks like Yvaine’s mother – a literal star’s mommy. Neil Gaiman’s ‘Stardust’, if you haven’t read it (can be really recommended).

  • AnotherJulie

    Agree that re: midsection weirdness, the foundation/bra is the culprit.

    GP is gorgeous, dress is gorgeous, brooch is gorgeous.

    The hair continues to kill me (and partly obscures the brooch!). Why does she insist on this look?

  • librarygrrl64

    She was made for Lauren gowns. Beautiful color on her, too. Now I just wish she had done SOMETHING with that hair. A chignon would have been nice.

  • She annoys me with her pretentious interview answers, but this look is indeed dramatic and beautiful on her.

  • Dea

    I love the dress, but it is not her look. This color would be stunning on someone with darker hair (or someone with blonde hair who is Cate Blanchette). The person who wears this also should wear some shapewear – it looks wrong to see a bellybutton break the like of the gown.