Jessica Chastain in Trussardi

Posted on May 31, 2013

HAIR QUEENS OF HOLLYWOOD: Can we PLEASE retire the center-part cocker spaniel hair?


Jessica Chastain attends Fondazione Nicola Trussardi Cocktail Party during the 55th International Art Exhibition 2013 Venice Biennale in a Trussardi dress paired with Christian Louboutin pumps and a Trussardi bag.

Trussardi Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Monika Sawicka

It’s just so damn overdone. And while it’s not the worst style for Jessica’s face, it’s definitely not helping this look. Honestly, we wonder why more design houses don’t insist that the star wearing their free frock not cover it up with $10,000 worth of extensions.

Having said that, this is almost-cute, but kind of odd. We don’t love the neckline here, although we’d definitely like it more if her hair was up or back. The purse actually looks a little juvenile. We can see it paired maybe with a sassy, skinny-pants day outfit, but it looks kind of off paired with this dress. And while we’re not opposed to the classic white summer pump, she could have used some light touch of color other than that focus-pulling purse.

HAIR QUEENS OF HOLLYWOOD should totally be a reality series on the Style network. You know it’d be a hit. Honestly, entertainment industry. Must we tell you how to do EVERYTHING?


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  • Rhonda Shore

    ugh…what is that fabric doing around her bust? And white on navy/black is so much better than navy/black on white.

    • StrandedFashionista

      I agree. for once it looks so much better on the model.

  • StellaZafella

    There was Sheer Genius: A ‘reality’ competition show about hair stylists…it ran out of steam after the first 3 episodes involving Asymmetrical Cuts and bad weaves.

    I can’t see the neckline on this dress so the top just looks askew…not intentional.

    • Snailstsichr

      I wonder if, since it was apparently designed to give visual interest under a coat (which it does), it isn’t made to be a stand-alone garment.

      • StellaZafella

        Good point, but then the concept is flawed because it’s ridiculous to design a dress that HAS to be covered up at all times…unless the cover is part of the dress, like a light shawl or jacket ala early Chanel

        • Snailstsichr

          Agreed, it is a flawed concept. But, to me, the dress only looks good under the coat.

    • StellaZafella

      Although, Sheer Genius DID give us Tabatha Coffey.

      • tamsta99

        LOVE her.

    • MoHub

      It had two good, full seasons and then screwed the pooch in the third after changing the host, mentor, and regular judges.

    • MilaXX

      First season was good, season 2 was okay. 3rd season Camilla Avilles came on board and killed it.

      • RebeccaKW

        Agreed. Camilla made it unwatchable.

        I think HQoH shouldn’t be a game show., though. Make it like those cake shows on the Food Network, where each ep follows different bakeries making crazy cakes.

        • demidaemon

          I would love to see Shear Genius come back, but only with Jaclyn Smith as the host. I’ve been watching the first season of Charlie’s Angel’s and thinking, “Don’t we all need more Kelly Garrett in our lives? Don’t we?”

  • 3boysful

    I’d watch!
    This ensemble merits a “C” in my book. I prefer the navy colorway on the model. The bust is kinda wonky. Shoes are blah. Then there’s the hair. Someone wasn’t giving their best effort here. But I love Jessica anyway.

    • Deb_Lynn

      the hair needed to ‘swoop’ up into a french twisty thing (old fashion, or modernized version), to mimic the swoopiness of the front of that dress. And the hair being up would’ve provided her a bit more shape, than the blocky column she currently appears to be.

  • Latin Buddy

    My aunt (she is 47) looked at this picture and said: “She’s a little long in the tooth for that hairstyle”

    Is this true? Is there a certain length where it’s considered “too long” for someone past a certain age?

    • Deb_Lynn

      I think long hair is okay for any age, but the cocker spaniel look should be avoided if you’re so much as over 25 IMHO. To be honest, I think Jessica could probably look fabulous in any length, but if she had shoulder length I’d love it most.

    • Catherine Katz

      I have long hair – longer than the pic – and I won’t go very short anymore. I’m older now and I don’t care. But yes, apparently after 40 (I’m firmly beyond that), we aren’t supposed to be able to grow it long, or we’re too arthritic to draw a brush through it or something like that.

      • MoHub

        Almost 62, and my hair—which has been to the bottom of my bra, buzz–cut, and many places in between—is the longest it’s ever been: almost to my waist now. Heck, Vanessa Redgrave has long hair, although I could never hope to achieve her fabulous bone structure.

        • 3boysful

          I think long is fine, but it is perhaps increasingly difficult to sport the cocker spaniel style the older one gets.

    • MilaXX

      That used to be the case. It was thought that women of a certain age should cut their hair shorter. I don’t think that hold true anymore. My only quibble is the hair look like something besides sheets of hair, hanging lank.

      • StellaZafella

        I remember a time when older women routinely wore their hair in ‘up dos’ at all times. It was considered inappropriate for a woman of a certain age to wear her hair down or ‘un-styled’ (it was the Maid to Mother to Crone complex)..but then, Audrey Hepburn and Vidal Sassoon were making headlines by cutting off her tresses into the original “asymmetrical bob” and Twiggy had shorter hair than ME!.

    • emchicago

      women’s faces get harsher as they get older and long hair can exacerbate that effect (so do thick eyebrows). shorter hair just tends to look better for older women . . . softens their faces . . but if you can get away with long hair, more power to you. plus I guess some long hair styles can look too girlish for women in their 30’s.

    • swiss_miss

      In my opinion, to say that all women should cut their hair if they are a certain age is bullshit. However, often when you get older your hair starts to get thinner ect. and so often (but not always) it will look better shorter. But there are also some young people who don’t have the right hair to wear it long. Of course many of those celebrities do have some help anyway, so their hair will usually look better than the average 40/50/60 year old.

  • Annarosa

    what the hell is happening to Hollywood stars?

  • Deb_Lynn

    Oh and yes, the purse looks dorky. You’re right, it makes her look juvenile. Wonder if it is stocked with Crayolas and Lip Smackers?

  • MilaXX

    I was willing to overlook the frizz in Cannes where I understood they were having weird weather. However, why no one has come at her with some sort of leave in conditioner to tame that hair is beyond me. The bag needs to be given to one of the ‘tween stars.

    • l_c_ann

      Or there is the possibility that she pays people to do that to her hair.

      That, or she doesn’t have a stylist.

  • conniemd

    This dress does horrible things to her figure. It needs a waist and belt as she looks thick around the middle.

    • e jerry powell

      But I like the higher hem, at least.

    • filmcricket

      Yeah, it’s really not flattering. I think it’s meant to be worn by women with no bust at all, so that it can give them the illusion of one. Anyone who’s got some up top naturally is just going to look dumpy.

  • My thoughts go to Lombard Street in San Francisco when I look at this dress. Weird.

    In the runway look, the dress looks like it got caught underneath the coat, and the top needs to be pulled down.

  • Donna Tabor

    That neckline, especially with the windowpane check fabric, reminds me of when we used to tie dishtowels around the necks of the little kids when they were just learning to feed themselves. And honey, that’s not a good thing to remind one of when you’re a Hollywood glamour girl.

  • nannypoo

    The wonky plaid in the bodice looks like an optical illusion.

  • GillianHolroyd

    Looks like she left her stylist team back in Cannes. This look is a disaster from head to toe.

  • I want to tug at my own neckline just looking at this. It makes me feel Chokey, even just a picture of it.

  • judybrowni

    I also call TITSCREPANCY: or, at least, it looks that way from the weird sideways plaid drape.

    And no, I wouldn’t like to wear that chokey neckline, either.

  • decormaven

    That dress is all kinds of wrong. I just want to yank the bodice and straighten it, which probably is not the designer’s intention. And that bag is ridiculously out of scale to her. Might as well be carrying a coin purse. Let’s not even go there on that hair!

  • kimiakay

    Jessica, this is not your dress. The top and bust seem to be too loose, even though that’s the way it’s styled. There. Now, Hair Queens of Hollywood: And the Contestants are: Sarah Jessica Parker, Hillary Swank, Sofia Vergara, and who else?

  • Judy_S

    I hate that dress. It looks like something I made for myself 30 years ago and then never wore because that pattern was a mistake and the fabric didn’t help. Just a bad idea.

    • l_c_ann

      Yes. Except I made the mistake in the white on navy and at about the same size squares.

  • R.A.

    I WISH you two were in charge of all the entertainment TV programming. That would be glorious.

  • bertkeeter

    JC to her stylist, “Please find me a dress that makes me look the size of a barn… an old barn if possible”. Mission accomplished!

  • JP

    What is with this chick? She either looks amazing or like she just rolled out of bed — there’s no middle ground.

  • luciaphile

    I can’t look past the shoes. They appear to be simultaneously too big and too small at the same time. Can’t they buy their own shoes at least?

  • Cautiously Pessimistic

    I ditched my center part sometime last year on account of seeing how poorly deployed it is many times. My hair won’t lie symmetrically anyway, so it was for the best.

    And my stated reason for my last haircut was that the ends were starting to get a little cocker spaniel. I’m not sure if that makes TLo a good influence or a bad one. 😉

  • Table cloth turned dress. Love the bag!

  • This dress looks twisted. I’m uncomfortable looking at it.

  • Kirsten Kirsten

    The bust looks lumpy and awkward.

  • hac51

    The fabric is evoking my office job. In 1992. *hives*

  • Virginia McMurdo

    I feel like she doesn’t have a super sense of personal style so she takes a lot of looks and smushes them together hoping it comes out chic. Like the purple beaded dress STUNNED ME with beauty and then the hair just made me sigh. I am tired of sighing, JC, you have potential. Enough is enough.

  • commish24

    Can we discuss how bad this looks on her chest? It makes her look saggy!

  • The dress in black would have worked better on her. Hair is a mess.

  • MoreShoes

    Nope. That’s a picnic tablecloth.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    A hot mess from the chest up.