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]

    • http://twitter.com/SillyGrrlJen Silly Grrl

      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.

      • https://twitter.com/Gayer_Than_Thou Gayer Than Thou

        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.

        • http://twitter.com/SillyGrrlJen Silly Grrl


      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=559324312 Pablo Ulloa

        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.

      • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

        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?

        • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

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

          • http://twitter.com/herong Heron

            Tilda in Marchesa?

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

            Carry on.

        • Meg0GayGuys6

          A Fanning with a matte face?!

        • http://twitter.com/EmFairbank Emily

          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!

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      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.

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      • 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!

    • http://www.twitter.com/anneofnogables AnneNotHathaway

      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.

    • http://twitter.com/vintagesewing Vtg Fashion Library

      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!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      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.

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      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!

    • http://twitter.com/AnniNoone AnniNoone

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

    • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

      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.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1447060898 Lori Wade Miller

      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!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=571205045 Kent Roby

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

    • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

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

      • procrastinatrice

        nailed it!

    • http://twitter.com/rebs1977 Rebecca Custer

      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!

    • http://twitter.com/SarahVotes Sarah Bailey

      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

    • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

      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. :(

    • http://profiles.google.com/dkbbmail Dorrene BrownButterfield

      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!

    • http://twitter.com/Veriance995 Vera L.

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

    • http://www.facebook.com/conysoledad Constanza Álvarez Espinoza

      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.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1582777135 Melanie K. Morgan

      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.”

    • http://www.facebook.com/AdriannaGrezak Adrianna Grężak

      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.

    • http://howtofaint.tumblr.com/ How to Faint

      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!

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      HOLY SHIT.

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

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001998855370 Fatima Siddique

      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!

    • http://www.facebook.com/abby.t.tucker Abby Turner Tucker

      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.

    • http://twitter.com/mxmstrmnn max mustermann

      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! :)

    • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

      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.