Nieves Alvarez in Ralph & Russo Couture

Posted on May 21, 2013

Supermodel Nieves Alvarez attends premiere of ‘Jimmy P. (Psychotherapy Of A Plains Indian)’ during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival in a custom strapless raspberry red, silk crepe Ralph & Russo Couture gown with dramatic gazaar bustle, silk tulle underlay and rose gold detailing.


[Photo Credit: Getty – Sketch:]

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  • gabbilevy


    (Seriously, even if the similarity between this gown and Sansa’s at the [SPOILERS…ish] wedding to Tyrion [/spoilers], that spiky bag is totally Iron-throne esque.)

    • Jessi03

      That was my thought, too!

    • spoilers indeed : /

      • gabbilevy

        That news is two episodes old… at some point… sorry?

        • It happens, I do my best to avoid GoT related posts, so I just wasn’t on guard. I blame my quick reading eyes. Damn my ability to scan read!!

          • gabbilevy

            Alas, I was hoping the brackets and the caps lock would provide enough warning for those who were behind on their viewing and wished to remain unspoiled. That being said… catch up! Catch up! The last two eps of the season are coming and they’re going to be. so. good.

    • jetpackdino

      I haven’t seen the episode either, but… this is just my guess… did Sansa wear a gown like that because she had to smuggle Tyrion somewhere?

    • plinkiedoodle

      Very bad form to spoil, my dear.

    • gabbilevy

      Ok, @annabelle_archer:disqus @plinkiedoodle:disqus , you guys got me curious because I thought I was well within the bounds of reasonable Internet spoiler etiquette. Turns out, at least according to these unofficial guides from relatively reputable sources I was:

      Gawker: Just like TV networks get credit for everyone who watches a show on DVR a week after its initial airing, that is how long you should keep the details of a scripted television show a secret.

      Vulture: (Narrative TV shows) Unmarked spoilers allowed in text of article: The day after the show runs in its normal time slot. Spoilers allowed in article headlines and non-show specific articles: Three days after the show runs in its normal time slot.

      So, as this particular plot point was revealed in Episode 5, which aired on April 28, I figured marking it as a spoiler was beyond the requirements for considerate Internetting.

  • That is one super-dramatic over-the-top growth she is sporting.

    • drdarke

      Pardon me, Miss – but I’m really a very good surgeon. I could probably get rid of that goiter your gown is spotting….

  • marymaryk

    hm. you know, if she posed the bustle the way it’s presented in the sketch, with a visible void between her body and the poof, I miiiiiight like it better. maybe.

    fantastic color, but a half-erected tent attached at the hip doesn’t really do it for me.

    • Coolekat

      Maybe if it had been a true puff in the same color dif material like organza or whatever. The fabric looks so heavy

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Definitely has “WOW” factor!! I don’t know if I love the gold and the bustle, but it’s very dramatic and the color is amazing!! The hair and makeup are not perfect – but I’ll blame the weather.

  • Sara__B

    My 1960 Barbie doll has a ballet pink gown much like this, and that may be why I LOVE this updated red version. I’m not a fan of the styling, though — especially not that very ordinary hair.

    • MoHub

      Know that gown well, except the side train on that one is soft and drapey. It came with a fake ermine stole and full-length white gloves. I loved that gown.

  • charlotte

    I expect someone to be hiding under that thing (which I associate with a withered tulip).

    • My first thought was, “why is there a cloaked figure latched onto her hip?”

  • wish it looked more like the drawing… that’s just a weird gold mouth vomiting fabric!

  • MilaXX

    Pretty but that’s a lotta dress. Some of these fashions make me wonder if the women wearing them workout just to develop enough strength to carry the darn things.

    • Hah. You made me wonder how it looks when she’s moving — for one thing, it would just trail limply behind her on one side, plus she must be limping or favoring one side, that thing looks heavy!

  • titaness25

    She should have had a minion dutifully trailing behind her, posing the floof/bustle for maximum effect. Like Beyonce.

    • Qitkat

      It’s large enough for a small minion to be inside. A trojan horse bustle.

    • fairi5fair

      Oh! Its a “floof”.

  • I think it’s breathtaking. Sure, she has a giant fabric tumor sticking out of her hip, but it’s eye-catching and dramatic. Brava.

  • Yeah, no. It looks like she has a tent pole embedded in her hip. With the tent still attached.

  • I thought she was hiding a leg a la Jolie.

  • mmc2315

    I find I’m trying to like it. Points for bringing the drama! But, no, I really don’t like the execution.

  • CommentsByKatie

    Yeeeeeees. Love it. Even if she’s carrying the same spiky clutch we’ve seen 100 times, and it looks like she’s missing half of her hair, the dress makes up for it.

  • Attaching a gigantic waterfall of fabric to the side of a plain, if nicely colored, column dress doesn’t make it interesting.

  • Well damn.
    Attention future ladies who attempt a dramatic red dress: It’s been done and you likely won’t do it better. Reconsider.

  • Clueless_Jock

    Wow I’ve never seen that silhouette. What would Nina say?

  • l_c_ann

    I’d love to have seen her tickets:

    One would read Nieves Alvarez

    The other would read Gazaar Bustle

    And they better be seated together

  • The perfect dress for smuggling in an extra person.

  • Crystal

    I dislike this. I am not sure why it is necessary to attach a big ass train/tumor thing to the SIDE of a perfectly good dress.

    • conniemd

      Word. Pointless looking growth out of her side.

  • MandyM

    Gazaar bustle indeed! And if you don’t like her dress, she’ll stab you with her purse!

  • A nice sheath that somebody added a big huge drape to so that it would look “dramatic.” Whatever. The placement is not interesting or pleasing; you just kind of want to rip it off. It must be pretty great to feel all that silk gazaar around you and hear it rustle, though!

    I’d like to see it styled like in the drawing — with the hair up and a dramatic retro black hat.

  • An ordinary (albeit beautiful) dress with an unfortunate growth.

  • Love it but I feel this is neither the time nor the place and definitely wrong with the half-arsed hair.

  • nannypoo

    There seems to be an odd metal projectile included with the bustle. If they were both eliminated this would be a simple yet beautiful dress.

  • Janet B

    Somewhat pedestrian hair for such a dramatic gown.

  • Anniebet

    I wish the pic showed more definition between the main dress and the bustle as does the sketch. Interesting dress, but kind of gimmicky. Good publicity for the designers. Gotta say, in the third from the bottom pic the walking lady in red kind of pulls the focus off the “super” model.

  • The model turned around while the designer was sticking the bustle on the back!

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    Her purse looks mad at her.

  • TSkot

    Looks like they threw a red tarp over a seamstress still making alterations.

  • mom2ajs5

    I love the couple in the background of the 4th picture. They look like they’re seriously rushing to get somewhere. I don’t know why I fixated on them, but I’d love to know their story.

  • quiltrx

    It’s always nice to have a gown that has a built-in place to hang your wrap.
    And good luck sitting down.

  • j_anson

    WHAT? NO.

  • TheAmericaness

    I just hope it detaches for sitting.

  • ballerinawithagun

    I’m so interested in the people running this way and that in the background…

    Drawings (Erte for example) are fantasy and often much more beautiful than reality.

  • frannyprof

    She looks like Michele Bachmann.

  • hailtree

    pardon my ignorance
    if she’s in Cannes, and she’ll be for a showing of her (or whoever’s movie)…
    how will she sit in a cinema chair?

  • WHY? It must be a hell of a lot of work dragging that thing around all night with lots of, “please….you are standing on my goiter!”.

  • decormaven

    Tressy doll bustle.

  • carnush

    Love it. Dramatic and elegant.

  • Diego!

    Jessica Rabbit? Her make up is scary, everything else is flawless!

  • It has the unfortunate effect of making me wonder if one of her legs is missing.

  • ankali

    I think it’s very clever to wear a dress with a built-in hook for your coat.

  • Louise Bryan

    Oh dear! She’s hemorrhaging fabric at the hip!!