Met Gala: Ginnifer Goodwin in Tory Burch

Posted on May 08, 2013

We don’t want to criticize someone who put the effort in, but this look confuses us.


‘Once Upon A Time’ star Ginnifer Goodwin attends the 2013 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in Tory Burch.

The dress is fairly traditional and even conservative, except for the leather details, but everything north of the neck is decidedly … not. Which is fine, but these are two great tastes that don’t necessarily taste great together, you know? It’s like the thinking was “Okay, the dress has LEATHER in it, so I can totally rock the Nina Hagen eyes and Adam Ant hair with it!”

The frustrating part is, she really can rock the Nina Hagen eyes and Adam Ant hair, so it’s kind of a shame she didn’t take the look quite a bit further. It’s even more odd when you consider how often she tends to wear edgy, unusual outfits.

At the very least, she needed some big honking earrings. Her head looks weirdly unbalanced without them.


[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • I like the single earring, but it really should have been more of a statement. Great hair and makeup, strange dress for it.

    • Paigealicious

      Totally. If you’re going to do a single earring, you gotta rock a giant hoop or some George Michael realness w/ a big cross.

  • Scimommy

    The horizontal stripe bugs me. I think the dress would have been prettier without it. And, yes, big/long earrings would have been great here.

  • Cloveradams

    Punk or no punk, she’s brought her usual sourpuss game, and looks like Adam Lambert with a particularly heavy hand at the makeup mirror – though he would at least have carried this off with a little wit.

  • I kinda hate her eye makeup. She has a baby-head syndrome with all this going on, and a grumpy baby-head at that.

    • I want a t-shirt that says “grumpy baby head” on it.

      • MilaXX

        you guys could make a fortune on cafe press t-shirts with all the TLo-isms on them

    • ali meowmeow

      Totally agree. This makeup on her babyface, combined with all her past attempts to be “edgy” have just had be yelling “STOP TRYING TO MAKE FETCH HAPPEN!” every time I see her.

    • YoungSally

      You nailed it – it’s like that commercial for (I can’t remember) when the babies wake up all happy with very weird baby hair — she’s the one that still needs a nap.

    • I was just thinking the same thing. I like the idea, but it’s making her head look weirdly smooshed. Grumpy baby-head is a perfect way to put it.

  • MilaXX

    The face and dress just don’t go. If she had worn Carey Mulligan’s dress with a killer shoe, or even a pair of Dr. Martens, this might have worked.
    Honestly between her and January Jones, I don’t know who has the worse bitch face.

  • Sara

    This would have been perfect if the theme was disco.

  • MilaXX

    a big glittery cross that picked up the dress colors might have helped this work. Right now there is just too much disconnect between face/hair and dress.

  • I love this, but agree that she has two disparate looks going on.

  • I actually kind of love this. The makeup overall is so well-done, it looks like art. Her skin looks amazing and glowy and goes really well with the shimmery dress, and the hard eye make-up pulling from the leather…it works for me. Her style is usually not at all my thing, but I think this is weirdly beautiful.

  • Daisy Walker

    When your makeup is doing your heavy-lifting, you’re doing it wrong.

    • decormaven

      So much this.

  • This was the look I thought had Siouxsie eyes, but Nina Hagen is a good reference too. I also think that the totally nude lip doesn’t work as well as the fashion mags always insist on as going with statement eyes. A touch of pinky gold lipstick would have made the face looked less half-done. I’m not calling for literal red lips or anything, just a little color so that the rest of her face isn’t so washed out.
    It’s those silly cap-sleeves that make the whole dress go dowdy, because if I squint and edit them out, the entire thing becomes edgier and more harness-like, and slinky. As it is, it looks like a rejected dress for the Gatsby premiere (would have been a good contender too, compared to some of the premiere looks).

    You know, I’m surprised we didn’t see more ethereal tulle dresses – a lot of women’s punk looks, as I recall, involved the interplay between princess and guttersnipe (Courtney Love comes to mind, albeit not straight punk). Seems like a missed opportunity – maybe it’s too cliche to wear a leather jacket over a tulle dress, but that would have been easy.

    • Corsetmaker

      Agree on the lips. That old magazine rule of eyes or lips doesn’t work with more extreme eye make-up. That said, I think her eye make-up is awful! Total babygoth starting out effort. Far too dark right up to the brow and no lower liner to counterbalance. (I spent my teens looking like Siouxsie’s wee sister 😀 )

      Yeah, I expected more juxtapositions to punk things up. Leather with tulle, boots etc.

      • I need to get out more so I can have an occasion to look like “Siouxsie’s wee sister” too – I’m jealous, I really want to rock that look but can’t find an occasion to do so.

        • Corsetmaker

          Hehe, well it was about 25 years ago 😀 I’d love to get away with it myself now.

      • louised

        I so agree on the eye makeup. She’s entirely too blandly cute to get away with those eyes. She needed something more nuanced, and *desperately* needed some lip color.

    • Qitkat

      Evidently so many were afraid of being a cliche, that nobody did it, and thus it did become a missed opportunity. I see what you mean about Gennifer’s look here, her face does look washed out, and some stronger lipstick would have helped a lot, and while I love this gown, I see how removing the cap sleeves removes the twee element, giving it more life.
      As an aside, I wore a sweet wedding gown with pouffier cap sleeves in errr…1970, and felt like a princess, but I’ve come to recognize this sleeve can make a dress look more juvenile, but I think they were rather popular back then.

      • Yeah, I love a good cap sleeve, but they’re a little too sweet to be able to be toughened up with a few strips of leather. 1970 – so was it a regency style dress? That’s a little after when Hello Dolly came out, and TLo has mentioned that there was a revival of those styles around that time. Ginnifer’s dress has a little regency flavor too – I can’t really imagine a punk regency dress, so that’s part of the problem – I don’t think it meshes well.

  • gabbilevy

    I was thinking one of those ear cuffs was called for.

  • e jerry powell

    I think she went with the punk theme on the face, which I appreciate, but it just didn’t work with a dress where black was only the accent color. Two wildly different looks where one does just fine.

  • roble ridge

    She has a really square face and wearing a square neckline just makes her look…squat and puggish. On top of it, the crazy eye makeup makes her look even shorter than she is.

  • MzzPants

    Frank-N-Furter wants his eye makeup back.

    • Tracy_Flick

      And Joan of Arc wants her fancy-occasion tunic.

  • watchmeboogie

    You two are so nice – I thought the whole look was a horrorshow.

  • She’s all Siouxie Sioux on top and Blanche Devereaux on the bottom. Sigh.

  • Corsetmaker

    The eye make-up is atrocious!

  • formerlyAnon

    Oh sweetie. When you have a cute little girl face, you have to go all out to give yourself some edge. Otherwise you just look half-a**ed.

  • Sarah

    I love how that dress has graduated paillettes. It’s really amazingly made. Could’ve been so cool in a differently styled setting, but this one is totally a butterface moment. (Not that she’s ugly, but that everything looks good except her headsuit.)

  • Nimble27

    Why does that dress have sleeves? I like the shiny

  • Angela_the_Librarian

    Too bad no one got a picture of her with her eyes closed. She would have looked like a living anime character (freakishly large eyes!)

    • decormaven

      Or when Calvin drew eyes on his eyelids so it would look like he was awake when he was napping during class.

  • flamingoNW

    This whole event is like one of those Project Runway challenges that sounds good on paper but yields supremely disappointing and unimaginative results…

  • kimiakay

    Ginnifer is always so “tidy.” Even here she appears that way at least as far as the dress is concerned. I love the dress. Her hair and eye makeup, I just don’t know. The facial expression makes a huge difference. Is she mad, or is she going to cry? If she projected a different attitude I think I would feel differently about the total look.

  • SewingSiren

    I like the eye-make up . It’s kind of an ode to early punk. The punk influence on the dress is minimal. The harness I guess, but it’s a stretch.

  • j_anson

    Ehhhh… you know, I like this. Agreed that better earring choice would have helped though.

  • Looks like she was doing a Kelly Osbourne imitation. Not very successfully.

  • Drag queen eye makeup.

  • sekushinonyanko

    Frankenfurter’s eye makeup is hard to lift to high fashion.

  • Bakerlooline

    She’s just not hard enough for this hard look. Nice manicure, though.

  • bellafigura1

    Her eyebrows hurt me.

  • quiltrx

    The dress, in and of itself, is gorgeous. But it looks like she got it for the Great Gatsby premiere and wore it to the wrong place.

  • pulpytomato

    I love that she always goes for it. In this case, however, I agree that she went for two different looks. She looks great neck up and neck down, but they don’t go together.

  • Stubenville

    Why does she always look bitter?

  • To me, it looks like she just shot up some form of injectible drug, passed out for twenty minutes, then woke up in the cab arriving here and looking like this. It’s not too cute on her.

  • It bothers me so much that she always looks so pissed on the red carpet. Get over yourself.

  • JauntyJohn

    The eyes look better when you get in closer. The more I looked at it the more I liked it, to be honest, even though I am not sure its an especially flattering shape,

  • I. just. can’t.

  • Imasewsure

    It’s a great dress for her. Too bad she wasted it here – she’ll probably wear an edgy punk thing to the next event (since she gets it wrong wrong wrong every time). Do appreciate the hair and make up though!!

  • OMG.

  • LauraAgain

    What happened to the Ginnifer Goodwin from “Something Borrowed”? She was glowingly gorgeous in that film, and now … I’m at a loss for words.

  • ugh. I can’t with the eye/brows.

  • tereliz

    It’s possible to do punk princess but this look just isn’t jiving. I think you’re right about earrings, but I don’t think that alone would save this. Not even earrings and an expression that’s not of disgust.

  • jackie cohen

    it looks like she lost an earring instead of it being purposeful.

  • If the skirt was short, maybe. Gowns just aren’t punk, unless they’re in rags.

  • I can NOT with the makeup. Can NOT.

  • so right about the honkin earrings!

  • Did all the makeup artists think that shit-tons of black eye shadow = punk? God.

  • maggiemaybe

    Totally agree. The hair and makeup (Yea Nina Hagen!) are totally on point and the dress is beautiful but together it’s a very odd mishmash.

  • bitterk

    There is something endearingly disturbed about this young lady.

  • Damn. Daniel Radcliffe looks pissed.

  • kathrineb

    I ranted about lack of effort but all her effort has gone into….THOSE EYES. Those eyes are truly messed up LOOK AWAY!