Amy Adams Double Shot

Posted on June 11, 2013

Miss Amy turns to the past for her Super-poledance.


Amy Adams attends the world premiere of ‘Man of Steel’ in New York City in a Nina Ricci dress accessorized with Tiffany & Co. jewelry, Casadei sandals, and a Christian Louboutin clutch.

Nina Ricci Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Aline Weber (NEXT)

This is pretty much the quintessential Amy Adams red carpet look. She’s always been enamored with this sort of cleaned-up version of a Rita Hayworth style. We don’t blame her because it suits her very well. We tend to get a little bored with it, however. For one, it’s not very fresh. It’s fine to take inspiration from ’40s screen sirens and work that into your personal style, but if your go-to red carpet look is to emulate them outright, you should probably rethink going to that well so often in the future.

But like we said, we can’t argue that it works for her. And what better decade to look to when you’re playing Lois Lane, right?

We’re not super-in-love with the lace panels, but the dress definitely needed some visual interest so we’ll take it. And we would have preferred a hairstyle somewhat less stiff and lacquered than that. Still; it’s a good look for her overall, if not a particularly exciting one.

She’s INFINITELY better when she gets to dress down slightly:


Amy Adams makes an appearance on ‘Good Morning America’ to promote her new movie ‘Man of Steel’ in a Diane von Furstenberg dress paired with Jamie Wolf earrings and a Dana Rebecca Designs ring.

Diane von Furstenberg Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Cara Delevingne

She’s still in that 1940s wheelhouse, which makes us wonder if this is going to be a deliberate choice throughout the Lois Lane poledance tour. The wild prints keep it from looking vintage or too literal. She looks awfully covered-up for a humid, east coast June day but it’s a fabulous dress for her and you just can’t deny that the lady clearly loves how she looks. .



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  • I’m not in love with the fit on the bodice of the black dress, but the hair and makeup are great. I love the second look, unreservedly.

    • deathandthestrawberry

      Yes, the second look is gorgeous.

    • 3boysful

      I agree on all counts, and moreover, I hate the lace panels. What’s the point? Nina Ricci should know that that can be a body site where there might, even on a skinny celeb, be some issues, what with chicken cutlets, little pouchy or jiggly bits, etc. Especially when there are bodice fit issues. Why on earth say “Look here!”?? It’s not like we need to have the bra-lessness pointed out–no one sports a bra with strapless these days.

      • IMNAngryLiberal

        Those aren’t lace panels — the whole back of the dress was see-thru lace. The dress was definately more interesting form the back than from the front.

  • Lizzy

    Both are classy… but the second one, yeah…just not a summer dress. You can keep the Lois Lane vibe and yet look fresh.

  • That DVF dress is to die for. And the shoes too. The first dress, I have to say that I cannot understand why anyone seeing that thing come frumping down the runway would say, ‘that one! I want that one!’ ick. bleh.

    • Rhonda Shore

      Yet, at first look i thought the lace panels were sheer and that Amy had gotten some really intersting tattoos, lol…I like the first look a lot. I actually don’t love the second – maybe it’s the angle of the photo, but i think it looks like too much fabric resulting in her looking wider than she is. And since I’m dealing w/East Coast humidity, i feel hot just looking at it…

  • Diego!

    She may be in those ’40 wheelhouse but in both cases she looks amazing! Like the comic version of Lois Lane! 😉

  • I wish the second dress was the shorter length the model is wearing. But I love both these. And her, despite my jealousy.

    • l_c_ann

      That fabric is better when less of it appears.

    • drdarke

      So do I, @lizlemonglasses:disqus – the longer length looks too severe for a fun print like that on her.

      I’m very much in love with the first look, though – that is runway class, and even the side-panels fit the look. She just needs black opera gloves to complete the Rita Hayworth of the New Millennium look….

  • FancyPhilly

    I’m a little tired of the term “poledance”. I think the BK should come up with a new one.

    • demidaemon

      Why? Suggestions?

  • Chris

    I thought she looked beautiful in the first pictures and I love her hair for a polished evening look. The second look seems more 70’s to me, kind of like the stuff (only more demure) she has been wearing shooting that new movie (with Christian Bale I think?)

  • Glam Dixie

    It all just seems so…..bland. I do covet those black shoes from the second look though.

    • Qitkat

      I’m really curious as to what your closet looks like if that DVF print is *bland*!

      • Glam Dixie

        Haha, not the print so much as just how she looks in general. I guess I just don’t find it particularly appealing.

        • Qitkat

          Fair enough.

          For your amusement:
          bland (from an online dictionary)
          Definition: tasteless; undistinctive
          Synonyms: banal, blah, boring, dull, dull as dishwater, flat, flavorless, ho hum, humdrum, insipid, milk-and-water, monotonous, nerdy, nothing, pabulum, sapless, tame, tedious, unexciting, uninspiring, uninteresting, unstimulating, vanilla, vapid, waterish, watery, weak, wimpy, wishy-washy, zero

          • Glam Dixie

            Exactly, I was bored by both looks. Perfect description.

  • Introspective

    badly wanting that DVF dress that she is knocking out of the park, but knowing that I wouldnt look nearly as good as she does in it…

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    I like the second dress, but it’s an odd choice for a TV appearance to go for such a busy print. Still, I take it over an uterus skirt.

  • Twitchy!! The bottom of the black dress and the print on the second are making my teeth itch and my eyes twitch. She’s a classy lady, and I appreciate that, but neither of these dresses are doing a single positive thing for me.

  • I don’t like the skirt of the Nina Ricci. It doesn’t have enough of the tucky bits to be clear that they are intentional and not creases.

    • JP

      My thoughts exactly. It looks like it got bunched up in the limo on the way to the event.

      • Perditax

        Or someone ironed it wrong and the fabric melted together!

  • JP

    I’d say the second dress is a ’40s vibe, but with a fugly ’70s print.

  • majorbedhead

    I love that second look. She doesn’t look all that comfortable when she’s super dressed up, so the first look is a bit meh for me. The skirt on that is making me itch. I thought it was all wrinkled at first, but no. It’s flowers. Or something.

  • Qitkat

    Well, sometimes I am a bit old-fashioned, thus I adore Amy in both these looks. Smocking! oh my, but the lace looks like a weird tattoo. DVF! what a terrific print combo, so retro, yet it works very well here, and the color compliments her lovely hair.

    • l_c_ann

      Lace as tatoos might make it more interesting.

      • Qitkat

        Sounds painful, but imagine an entire bustier tattooed as lace. One could wear all sorts of garments with peekaboo panels without looking so naked!

        • what a concept! you may have happened upon the next great tread. might be better to do a henna tattoo, though, in case it goes out like the edsel

  • bertkeeter

    She’s more about Style than Fashion. Smart move!

  • LipstickForPigs

    The tucking on the first dress looks a bit too much like wrinkled eye holes. I love how fresh and comfortable she looks in the second.

    • JennieSignUp

      Eyes or vaginas?

      • LipstickForPigs

        Could be either. :p

    • i like the detail on the bust (would look so much better without the sheer panels, though.) but it looks like there’s a similar detail on the skirt which doesn’t show well at all, even on the runway model. just looks like it was wadded up in a dry cleaning bag for too long. this is another reason for this dress to be in a color, like midnight blue or plum. the details are so often lost on black. AND if i see another black dress……i don’t know, i’ve run out of threats. the fashion world does not seem to care about my well being.

  • marlie

    I’d cut a bitch for the shoes she’s wearing with the second outfit. And the dress too, FWIW. I like the first dress, but I don’t like what’s going on in her hip area.

    • Gwyndall

      Seriously… who made the shoes?

      • marlie

        I wish I knew! They have a red sole like Louboutins, but I didn’t see them on the website.

  • jw_ny

    Amy was on Jimmy Kimmel show last night…she looks much younger on camera than she does in photos. I like that she cut her hair, finally, but this is a bit blunt. Better tho.

    Her outfit on Kimmel was shockingly horrible…I thought for sure it’d be featured here today. Fuzzy bust and sheer panel at the midriff…not a good sit down top.

    • demidaemon

      She was on Chelsea Lately recently, and I though her choice there for a sitdown interview wasn’t quite appropriate either, though I don’t remember what exactly the problem was. It might have been the length of her skirt, but I could be wrong.

  • filmcricket

    Not wild about either of these dresses, but her head looks amazing in both. The soft waves suit her so much better than the slicked-back look she was sporting so much last year. Her face in the second one in particular is perfection.

  • nannypoo

    I am not feeling any love for the second dress. The fabric is so busy that I can’t tell what’s going on in front. It seems to be some kind of cutouts or cleavage. But the skirt makes her hips look huge and the overall impression I get from this dress is Optical Illusion Sister Wife.

    • ConnieBV

      I’m with you. I think it would have been loads better if she had shortened the skirt. That length is no good for a girl her height.

  • Toby Ziegler

    “Is this how we dress for the office? You look like a blood clot.”

  • MilaXX

    Firstl look is coma inducing boring, but I love the second look.

  • Ros

    I totally thought the lace panels were well-hidden tattoos. Also, who was the PR contestant who was in love with making those fabric roses? He’s obviously found a job.

  • shirab

    Boy, the glasses/red pumps lady is really trying to hurry her along, isn’t she? Or protect her, perhaps.

  • purpleprose78

    I want that second dress. I want it badly.

    • Donna Tabor

      Easy, just shell out a couple grand and it’s yours.

      • purpleprose78

        LOL….I suppose I don’t need to pay my mortgage.

        • Donna Tabor


  • NOLA_gal

    Oh, can the sheer panels PLEASE end? Pretty please?

  • RuthGo

    The DVF is a fantastic dress but it’s so long on her that I feel like she’s overwhelmed by all the pattern. You can see on the model that it’s supposed to be knee length and that’s an appropriate amount of print. On Amy it’s just too much. A few inches chopped off and it would be great.

  • SewingSiren

    The daytime look is top notch.
    The evening look is okay, but the lace side panel on the bodice casts an extremely unfortunate illusion on first glance.

  • Mary229

    She looks like vintage Lois Lane to me in the black dress. I like the print. It’s fun and she looks fun wearing it. I heard she’s very good as Lois Lane. She has nice chemistry with Henry that should get explored more in a sequel.

  • theblondette

    I love that she is letting her face age naturally. She is a very beautiful woman, but close up, she looks her age. And this is not a bad thing. Yay, Amy!

  • the DVF dress is FAB. it’s too long on her, but it would be PERFECT on me. I WANTS IT.

  • Shawn EH

    Top look: I like her better in jewel tones. Maybe she’ll break out the red/gold/blue? Bottom look: knew it was Diane before I read the caption, just so perfect and elegant. That’s the right way to do a 1940s silhouette. They should have had Diane do the costumes for the Women remake.

    • it’s the quintessential DVF wrap dress. j’adore.

      eta: love the detail on the cuff. little touches like that set a designer dress apart.

  • jackiecoh

    how tall is she? dress 2 would be a maxi on me!

  • j_anson

    I like the second dress in principle, but when I actually LOOK at the skirt the print is making my eyes hurt.

  • decormaven

    The day that lace inset panels fall by the wayside will be welcomed indeed. Pity the second look is too long; if shortened, this outfit would really sing on her.

  • l_c_ann

    From elsewhere on the web, the lace panels aren’t just at the sides, there are additional fabric edged panels in back, but they don’t meet, there’s a gape, except for the top, where good wishes hold it together and the waist which looks normal.

    IMO it’s worse from the back.

  • PeaceBang

    I just got such a strong surge of shoe lust for the second pair with the DVF dress I almost passed out.

  • lalahartma

    That black dress looks like that one project runway designer got at it.

    • lalahartma

      Yes, Ven!

  • PrunellaV

    The black dress looks like something Ven would do.

  • demidaemon

    I don’t like the first dress at all. I appreciate the idea of the second one, but that length is awkward and neither here nor there.

  • bellafigura1

    Right on, boys.

  • murt

    I really like the DVF dresses from this last collection…………. the prints are fantastic and they look great for work – think I’ll pick one up.

  • quiltrx

    Like them both very much!
    I veto the positioning of the sheer on the black…looks like she’s busted out two underarm zippers at once.