Kristin Scott Thomas in Armani Privé at Cannes

Posted on May 23, 2013

We think Kristin is fabulous and we cant even count the number of roles she’s played that we wound up adoring, but we just can’t love this look as much as we want to:


Kristin Scott Thomas attends the premiere of ‘Only God Forgives’ uring the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival in an Armani Privé sequined gown paired with Chopard jewelry and a Swarovski clutch.

Armani Privé Fall 2012 Collection/Model: Phenelope Wulff (VIVA)

It just doesn’t feel … balanced. Or finished, maybe. First, that sleeve length is awkward combined with the skirt and the neckline. Better to have wrist-length sleeves, skip the huge bangle, and add a small pendant to set off the cocktail ring and earrings. That would have done a lot to balance the look out a bit more. But we’d still have the problem of that trunk of a skirt. Slightly more fitted with a demure, below-the-knee slit is what we’re thinking. There. Corrected. Wouldn’t the world be so much more fabulous if we were given a magic, style-correcting wand? Rhetorical question. Of course it would.

And since we’re so full of ourselves at the moment, we might as well just be total bitches about it and say that she SERIOUSLY needs someone to spend a good half a day or so treating, cutting, and styling that hair back into shape.


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  • I would shorten the dress, leave the cleavage-baring to a minimum, and burn her Homer Simpson style makeup shotgun.

  • Gah. Again with the green earrings and blue dress. It bugs.

    • 3boysful

      I was about to type the same thing! Makes it look like little girl dress-up.

      Her makeup looks nice. But I think she looks better as a blond.

      • I agree on both counts. Hate blue and green together and she looks much prettier as a blond.

    • MilaXX

      I like it, I think it makes for a nice pop of color. I would also accept a deep purple.

      • Tatiana Luján

        I like it too.

    • gabbilevy

      TLo has so thoroughly ruined me that of course I immediately thought ‘blue and green! Kristin must be feeling confrontational! Or adulterous!’

      Unfortunately, Janie Bryant does not costume design the red carpet.

    • j_anson

      Yeah, I think that’s the biggest issue with this look, which I otherwise mostly like (though agree with TLo that at that length fitted would be better – the heaviness of the material combined with the looseness of the fit makes it look sack-like below the knees).

      • drdarke

        Seeing how that dress hangs on her while she’s walking, I kept thinking “And Kirsten Scott Thomas as ‘Torgo’ from MANOS, THE HAND OF FATE!”:

        “The Master ordered me to WEAR this dress, but ::heh-heh!:: I’m wearing this dress…!”

    • conniemd

      When I was about 8 years old I ate a jawbreaker that was blue on the outside and green on the inside and it made me totally nauseous. Since then I have a hard time seeing blue and green together (without some other color).

  • That guy on the right in her third photo: what do you call those pants he’s wearing? Capris for men?

    • sagecreek

      LOL. I hadn’t even noticed that. I’m guessing it’s a British thing?

      • DinaSews

        I was wondering why there was no commentary on the genie pants!

      • marlie

        Cannes is an international festival, so he could be from just about anywhere!

    • MilaXX

      Look like he’s wearing native garb as pants paired with a regular suit and shoes.

    • The movie is a Thai co-production. I believe those trousers are traditional.

    • julnyes

      They appear to be a take on traditional Thai pants.

    • drdarke

      I think it’s some Southeast Asian thing, @MishaFoomin ….

  • sagecreek

    I love KST, but no, she needs to sit down with La Mirren and get schooled.

  • she kind of looks like jessican chastain crossed with florence welch. + sparkly.

    • travelgirl28

      I keep seeing Marilu Henner.

      • mitchg

        My thought exactly!

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    Gimme the jewelry..I don’t care about the dress. And I always thought KST had blonde hair, no? Maybe it was just in some movie that I identify with her.

    • sagecreek

      I cannot recall ever seeing her as a blonde…are you sure you’re thinking of the same person? Her sis, Serena (?), frequently is blonde.

      • MilaXX

        I’ve seen her both as a blonde and a brunette.

        • sagecreek

          Ah, thanks. I sit corrected.

      • schadenfreudelicious

        The English Patient 🙂

        • IMNAngryLiberal

          Ahh yes, that would be it. First movie I ever saw her in, I think.

    • The English Patient, I think.

      • C. C. Winslow

        And Gosford Park.

        • I’d totally forgotten she was in that!

          • C. C. Winslow

            And Four Weddings and a Funeral!

  • MilaXX

    That hair color is horrible. Definitely loose that big honking bracelet. I agree the dress might look better shorter, but I don’t mind this length that much.

    • Dam_Angel

      Yes, hair color is too dark and it is aging her. But I like this look.

  • I loved this until the close-ups. I think the idea is great, but shorten that dress, burn those earrings and we can talk.

  • Diego!

    That Hair is KILLING the the whole look. It’s awful!!!

    • I totally agree. I LOVE the sequins so much and the hair just ruins it.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I disagree agout the dress. She looks amazing in it.
    The shoes seem like an uninspired choice and the hair loos as if she cut it herself with the help of a kitchen bowl.

  • At first I couldn’t figure out what in the world Marilu Henner had done recently that put her on the red carpet. So there’s that.

  • shirab

    That hair color is too dark and one-dimensional. Has a DIY look. Also reminds me a little of later-episode Rhoda.

  • It’s just too old for her. The hair is aging and even if she is playing the mother of adult sons in this I think she should leave the Jane Fonda realness for another 10 years.

  • CeeQ

    The hair, it ruins all. I couldn’t even see anything else but the fug hair. Sorry Kristin – you are fabu – your hair is not….=(

  • flamingoNW

    I don’t mind the dress, from most angles, at least, but the hair…..

  • Elie Saab knows hoe to make a sequin gown like this look young and sexy. This is heavy and old….sorry Giorgio!

  • cowper
  • mmc2315

    Sleeve length and hair.

  • veriance

    I absolutely love the cuff and the dress. but she looks like Rhoda with that hairstyle.

  • GorgeousThings

    That haircolor is also just too harsh. I can speak from experience – at one point (before I lost my hair thanks to chemo) I had dyed it too much and it was a dark, solid red. I saw Emmett and he (god love him) said to me, “Ann, that color ages you. It’s too dark.” He was so right! After a certain age, a solid color just looks bad.

    The dress? Reminds me of one I wore back in the 80s. Shorten it and peg the skirt and it might work. “Might” being the operative word.

  • It’s very Meryl Streep.

  • C. C. Winslow

    I’ve had a giant girl crush on her forever. She always looks glorious to me.

  • Heather H

    When I saw the thumbnail on the main page, I thought “Does Marilu Henner have a movie out or something?” Not a good look at all.

  • marlie

    I like this, in theory. As it is, it’s a little “mother of the bride.” But that color is gorgeous on her. Make TLo’s alterations, and we’ll be in business.

  • AlisonS

    I got at the way down the page and started reading the critiques and realized I hadn’t even looked at the dress. I was so entranced by all the emerald she was wearing. I covet that ring, those earrings. Please may I have them for my wedding?!

  • Jessi03

    She looks like Joan Collins.

    • marlie

      The dress is something that Joan Collins might have worn on Dynasty.

      • urbantravels

        Just add shoulder pads, a big necklace and giant hair and it’s perfect.

        I really feel like there should be SOMEthing much more interesting going on with the silhouette. The blue sparklies are a bit too costume-y.

    • marlie

      I just went to IMDB to look someone up, and the front page told me that today is Joan Collins’ 80th birthday!

      • Jessi03

        Happy Birthday, Ms. Joan!

  • appliquer

    I think the shoes are too heavy for the dress. It is heavy itself, and strappy sandals would lighten it up a bit.

  • I love, love that midnight blue, but not with whatever is going on on her face and with her hair. That pains me to say, because she is so gorgeous.

  • carnush

    I adore her, but this look is aging her quite a bit.

  • Kristobel

    Maybe I’m just a whore for sequins, but I LOVE this. Her hair is not great, and she definitely did not need so much jewelry, but that dress is amazing.

  • PrunellaV

    She looks sort of like Valerie Harper here, on whom this would be a WERQ.

  • CommentsByKatie

    Omg, this is the third 80’s tastic beaded/sequined Laurence Kazar dress we’ve seen this week. Taylor in the blue beaded bit, the hideous sequined floral print, and now this. Please Jesus don’t let this be coming back. Ladies, you look awful. If you want to wear beads and sequins, visit Jenny Packham and she will show you how it is done; with modernity and grace, not primacy color tackiness. Ugh. That is all.

  • Anniebet

    This is an actress I admire, so seeing this pains me. I’ll just focus on the hair… holy cow girl, your colorist hates you. Obviously your stylist too.

    That bracelet, it’s a snake or salamander or something? Isn’t it? Is Cannes the world capitol for reptile jewelry? Do jewelers everywhere say “Gasp, it’s Cannes! Pull out the serpent stuff, Ollie!” Blech.

  • Judy_J

    Never mind her…I’m digging the dude wearing the Yul Brynner King of Siam pants standing next to her.

  • I love the runway look but don’t like the dress on Kristen. She’s too small/short to wear this garment.

  • JP

    OMG, on the thumbnail, I thought, “Surely that’s a typo. Surely TLo meant Marlo Thomas.”


  • Tr16ia

    I’m the same age, with the same colouring, and I have to say, Kristin girl, dark hair at our age is not flattering. Soften it. That’s the whole problem with her look, actually, too harsh and sharp around the edges. The fifties are fabulous, and hell no would I go back to being 25, nor do I want to look 25, but we have to embrace soft tailoring, soft colour palettes and soft makeup.

  • unbornfawn

    Ditto to what TLo said, I have to add I don’t think that eye-make up is doing her any favors either.

  • crash1212

    I would like to know what’s going on with the gentleman to her left in the 4th photo from the top. Oh…yes Kristin – agree with all TLo comments, but must give giant props to her for NOT wearing the cut-down-to-navel model version.

  • Jennifer Ford

    Under a Cherry Moon, people. Saw it in the fricking’ theater. One of the dumbest movies I’ve ever seen, but I’ve loved Kristen Scott Thomas ever since.

  • TSkot

    You’re nitpicking. All in all she looks dynamite.

  • Lola Channing

    Yes, the hair could be less Anton Chigurh more Grace Kelly but you know what? Since she is supremely talented (as opposed to many red carpet bimbettes one is happy to find fault with), I just can’t say anything bad.

  • guest2visits

    She’s lost under that hair and the dress overpowers her. She’s very pretty but lighter hair would soften that haircut, and a shorter dress was my thought too.

  • Adriana_Paula

    The hair bugs me more than anything else (shape more than color). But I adore her, have since Body & Soul.

  • Qitkat

    It’s the elongate, legless, carnivorous reptiles of the suborder Serpentes that can be distinguished from legless lizards by their lack of eyelids and external ears season on the red carpet!

    😉 thanks, Wikipedia

  • quiltrx

    I’m good with the bodice (something about that neckline and sleeve length rings ‘First Ladies’ to me, which isn’t bad), but the skirt is SO heavy and shapeless. Looks like it was cut much closer to the legs (which I bet made it hard to walk) on the runway.
    Hey, at least she didn’t show up in her scary Donatella-drag from the film!

  • Tuneful54

    “I’ll have the Dorothy Hamill, please… a bottle of Loving Care… and a consignment dress from the Golden Girls.”

  • Sara__B

    Great gown. Bad styling.

  • Joey Melliza

    it’s Liza with a Z!

  • librarygrrl64

    I like the gown on her, but the accessorizing and hair are problematic.


    All these ladies in the shimmering blue dresses remind me of yodels.

  • lilyvonschtupp

    I’m a jewelry whore so she passes because i’m salivating for the ringl

  • Respectfully disagree. I think she looks gorgeous. I love it all, dammit!