WERQ: Maggie Gyllenhaal in Prada

Posted on May 01, 2013

Darlings, another ladystar has heeded our constant and unrelenting bitching and complaining about her style and made the recommended changes. Our power increases by the hour.

And make no mistake: this ain’t no “positive reinforcement for baby steps” WERQ. This is full-on neck-rolling and finger-snapping time:

Maggie Gyllenhaal attends Catherine Martin And Miuccia Prada Gatsby Exhibition Opening Cocktail Party in New York City in Prada.

Good heavens, Miss Gyllenhaal. You’re beautiful.

We really should just take the rest of the day off now. And we’ll accept that Nobel nomination as well.


[Photo Credit: Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images]

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  • Wow. Two words I never thought I’d see here together “Maggie” and “WERQ.” It’s quite pretty. The earrings bug me a bit. They need to be a bit shorter or worn with something that has a more open neckline.

    • If she’s going to ascend into the WERQ firmament, then, yes, the earrings are about a half inch too long. But judged on a relative scale? Orders of magnitude better.

    • Actually I’ve been waiting for the Maggie Smith WERQ for a long time by now

    • VicD

      Apparently hell has frozen over… What I like best about this look is that she’s still true to herself. It’s still rather effortless, and it’s covered up -as her looks tend to be. We don’t need everyone out there in bustiers, crotch curtains, and spangled spandex cutouts. This is “attainable” fashion.

    • Yes, the earrings need to be two crystals shorter. Otherwise, a great look.

  • carnush

    She looks really, really pretty. The shoes are just OK, but still a fantastic look.

    • Sobaika

      Yeah, the shoes are the one bit that aren’t totally amazing. Still, Maggie is werqing this look head-to-ankle and I never thought I’d see the day.

      What’s next? An Olsen in fitted clothing?

      • JLo in something not reeking of desperation while not making the smells onions face?

        • Tilda in Marchesa?

          Oh wait – that’s the opposite direction we want to go.

          Carry on.

      • Meg0GayGuys6

        A Fanning with a matte face?!

      • Just. Stop. “An Olsen in fitted clothing?” nearly cost me my coffee AND my iPad. Too funny. Thanks for that @Sobaika:disqus

      • MilaXX

        An Olsen in fitted clothing may indeed be a signal the end is near.

      • JosephLamour

        You would need to provide smelling salts for me if that happened.

  • Jessy_N

    Holy crap…never thought we’d see this day!

  • Without question, the loveliest and most put together she has ever looked. Full Stop WERQ. And mighty well deserved, too.

    • DebbieLovesShoes

      love this

  • jw_ny

    I’ll give her a lot of props for this because it is a huge improvement over what we’ve seen in the past, and it still remains in her style. So, good for her. However (and I’m sure ya’ll knew there was going to be one…lol) I hate pretty much everything she’s wearing. The earrings are silly, and the shoes, clutch and dress are matronly, The only thing I really like is her hair and makeup…she looks pretty.

    • DeborahJozayt

      I hate it, too. The dress reminds me of childhood nightgowns of the 80s. Just needs Rainbow Brite, Strawberry Shortcake, or the Popples plastered on the front, and it’d be an exact replica.

      • jw_ny


    • drdarke

      No, it works given it’s Maggie Gyllenhaal – her clothing style has always been a cross between “Republican Wife” and “Crazy Cat Lady”.

      This is at least well put-together Republican Wife….

  • atelier482 .

    She’s radiating! WERQ indeed!

  • Oh, Ms. Maggie G, you are stunning.

    Truly, this makes me kind of appreciate her typical hippie-earth-mother-gives-no-damns look–lady must know she can rock it, and doesn’t feel the need to continually impress.

  • Baby Jeebus is smiling.

  • Krista Seidl

    I don’t understand the earrings, but the rest is gorgeous.

  • Janet B


  • Catiline

    Maggie!!! I knew you could do it!!

  • Hell just froze over, y’all.

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    Wow, she’s absolutely glowing. I’ve never seen her look this gorgeous, and I’m a longtime fan of hers.

  • My girl! I told y’all, she’s freakin fantastic. It’s her retro style but all gussied up and looking spectacular from head to toe.

    • ballerinawithagun

      I knew she had it in her!

  • She even kept a touch of her senior-citizen aesthetic! She does look lovely, and I’m glad.

  • Wow! Head to toe lovely. Her make-up is SO much better than it usually is. She is so pretty and when I see her out and about with her too red lips and dreary eye shades it makes me cringe. This is just plain lovely.

  • aeb1986

    WERQ and Maggie Gyllenhaal seems like an oxy moron

  • decormaven

    Hosannas and huzzahs! It’s a fashion miracle!!! Cue the trumpets and let the confetti fly!

  • SewingSiren

    Absolute, no holes barred love!

  • charlotte

    Whatever happened here, I appreciate it. She must have read the “gives up” post.

  • She looks beautiful and still looks comfy! Good for her.

  • Chartreusite

    Its a miracle! absolute gorge. I never wouldve thought of it, but that is such a perfect haircut for her.

    • MissAnnieRN

      I agree. I wish I could wear my hair this way and look this good. But I can’t so I don’t 🙂

  • Lisa

    I saw WERQ and Maggie Gyllenhaal in the headline and thought I’d read it wrong!

  • I got chills; she’s a fashion Benjamin Buttons!

  • Love this. She still has her 1980s geography teacher vibe but so much prettier.

    • procrastinatrice

      nailed it!

  • The combo of her hair and that dress is perfection.

  • lexilexi

    It’s a great look… but I can’t stop wanting to just poof her hair up a bit… just a tad flat for my taste… but a WERQ nonetheless!

  • nannypoo

    This demonstrates the power of a little makeup and an appropriate dress. She looks effortlessly beautiful. There’s nothing here that doesn’t fit with the style she usually wears, but this time it’s pretty, age-appropriate and right for the venue.

    • shirab

      Also, I think she’s wearing a bra! Vast improvement.

  • tereliz


    She looks great when you clean her up. Props to her new stylist.

    • MartyBellerMask

      My reaction too!! Maybe it was a condition of getting the dress- “Only if you wear a bra!!!” I wish more designers and stylists would do that.

  • msdamselfly

    Dress could be a tad shorter and I cannot love the hairdo

  • Chickadeep

    “Good heavens, Miss Gyllenhaal. You’re beautiful.”

    Okay, that line actually made me bust out laughing.

    But it’s true. It’s still *her* but it actually *works*. It’s a bona fide fashion miracle!

  • choco

    I feel like she can see a room of dropped jaws and is smirking at us with a “yes, plebian folk, I can look damn hot when I want to.” expression.

    • eowyn_of_rohan

      Yes, the best part is she knows how good she looks. She looks happy.

  • formerlyAnon

    I really didn’t think she could do it. You gentlemen may rest upon your laurels. Take a long lunch. Go for a stroll, maybe some window shopping. Extra gym session. Early cocktails.

  • gsk241

    My only tiny quibble is that the earrings are a bit too long. A well deserved WERQ, though, no doubt!

  • So pretty! And still very much true to her “style”.

  • Fordzo

    She must have walked there, because there is not a wrinkle in sight on that dress. She deserves a WERQ for that, alone.

  • Lolo Andre

    Earrings, make up and shoes are mehhhhh

  • LOVE this. The earrings are just the icing on this very lovely cake.

  • TheAmericaness

    I know I should be gleeful.. but is this one of the signs of the apocalypse? I’m scared guys.

    Edited for grammar due to fear.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Dear God, she’s resplendent! I want an outfit that nice. 🙁

  • I always knew she had it in her to shine….unfortunately, I think it’s only in her once a decade or so. But at least at this moment, shine she did!

  • MilaXX

    I think she got slammed so hard for that awful rabbit fur jacket/homeless woman look that she remembered that she supposed to put forth some effort for theses things. Well played Maggie. You look great!

  • She looks pleased with herself. As she should! yes, the earrings are a snig too long, but wow, she looks lovely!

  • I like it but it does’t convince me enough to say it’s a WERQ.
    The accesories are not the pretty and the shoes could be different, but hey! Maggie looks good!!

  • Anathema_Device

    I applaud her for rocking the short hair and higher-necked ruffled dress without crossing into twee territory. That is pretty hard to pull off.

  • quiltrx

    All this AND a Thomas Dolby reference? You guys are fabulous! And if there’s hope for Maggie, there’s hope for everyone.

  • stubbornthoughts

    Now that’s something Bruce Wayne would be proud to have as arm candy. Get it, Mags.

  • jetpackdino

    She looks amazing! Brothers and sisters, Maggie has been saved!! How great is our joy, when one prodigal returns.

  • Kathy_Marlow

    Who is this beautiful woman? She never looks this good!

  • GTrain

    wow, she looks great!

  • MrsDanvers

    Wow, is she even wearing a bra? Right on!

  • butterflysunita

    Love that dress. From WREQ to WERQ in one great leap. You go, girl.

  • LOOK how CUTE she is! She looks 50 years younger! Yay.

  • another_laura

    It’s … it’s … well … it’s just so great for her that I’m almost speechless. It is stylish, it seems to fit her requirements that she not be fitted out as a sex bomb, which I totally support, it fits and she looks fresh and fabulous. Brava, dear, brava!

  • alyce1213

    I knew she had it in her.

  • CatherineRhodes

    NEVER thought I’d see this happen — especially after the “Maggie gives up” post. Snaps, indeed. She’s your “fair lady.”

  • The make up alone is a huge, vast improvement. Normally those ruffles would irritate me but they seem to suit her

  • julnyes

    Based on the one time I saw her on the street – she has fabulous street style covered, so I am happy to see that translated to the red carpet. Werq it Ms. G!!!

  • MartyBellerMask

    Gatsby, huh? Really does suit her.

  • shelley514

    Not WERQ worthy at all. Next.

  • Qitkat

    The love fest has already been said, and rightly so, but I might add that the dress length is absolutely perfect for her.

  • Go home, TLo, you’re drunk–wait. Waaaaaait. She really is a WERQ. Hot damn! It’s going to snow in Arizona tonight!

  • KayEmWhy

    Sorry respectfully disagreeing here. What up with those earrings and the old lady shoes. Although it’s better than that last grunge look.

  • Dagney

    uh, no.

  • Melizmatic

    It’s better than anything else she’s been seen in lately, by far.

  • notterriblybitter

    I am relieved to know that Maggie’s not living on the streets and dressing herself from those bins where you can donate shoes and clothes.

  • Adriana_Paula

    I forget what lovely legs she has!

  • Trisha26

    Best for her in ages! Love the earrings.

  • Candigirl1968

    Perhaps Maggie G saw Julianne Moore in the lovely McQueen dress and realized that she didn’t have to wear overly complicated unflattering outfits either.

  • Colin

    What’s sad is that she’s wearing something picked out for her, guaranteed We’re not going to see any style improvements overall from her

  • AlieMichelle

    She should just pretend like she’s attending a Gatsby exhibition opening every day. She could really work some flapper-girl chic.

  • thecitysleeps

    That dress is gorgeous. Adore the hair and the earrings. Not in love with the shoes but Werq for sure!


    Girl, you have found your look. Now hang on with both hands, and don’t let go!

  • Ummm….Nope. Don’t like the shape of that dress and those earrings look bizarre on her.

  • SRQkitten

    Wow, didn’t really think she had it in her. The Nobel Prize for Accomplishments in Fashion Miracles has your name on it for this one boys!


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  • MandyM

    Wait, wait, wait! Did you really just put Maggie G. and WERQ in the same sentence? Really?
    Scroll…… Woah! I totally agree! She looks devine!

  • Amazeballs! WERQ it MG!

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    Wow, she looks great. I never realized she had such a lovely figure because all those other outfits totally hid that.

  • Love it. It still has a hint of that old lady-y vibe to it that she seems to be so attached to, but in a snap worthy way.

  • bd73

    and it’s so easy to do. she looks great.

  • bellafigura1

    Love, want. Gorgeous.

  • kathrineb

    Maggie is WERQing the shit out of all of this. Gorgeous look. I LOVE it! 🙂

  • Indeed a personal best for Maggie, but she’s always kinda cute to me even when her fashion is a hot mess.

  • BPlease

    I like the hair, makeup, earrings and the color of the dress on her, but don’t find the shoes or the dress itself all that great.

  • guest2visits

    She looks good, and wow younger. Clothes do make a difference. Earrings a little big.

  • ccm800

    I never thought I would live long enough to THIS get a Werq GOOD LAWD!!!!!!!! FIRST of all – SEE how complimentary a proper fitting BRA can be!!!!!!!! its transformative.