Gwyneth Paltrow in Alexander McQueen

Posted on June 17, 2013

Gwyneth Paltrow attends Gene Siskel Film Center Gala Honoring Gwyneth Paltrow in Chicago in an Alexander McQueen white pleated drop waist dress paired with Giuseppe Zanotti pumps.

Alexander McQueen Fall 2013 Collection

Giuseppe Zanotti Crackled Metallic Peep-Toe Pump




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  • Ramon Figueroa

    Too young for her, especially in that color. And the nipplage is making my eyes twitch.

    • H2olovngrl

      Girl needs a bra desperately!

  • Tatiana Luján

    too tight, too juvenile and it required a bra.

  • Everything is too white and beige. And those nips? I dunno if that’s quite the vibe to go for at this event.
    Then again she IS the Most Beautiful Woman In The World, as we have all been told. So what do I know?

    Addendum: I am a total McQueen lover, and that said, the way the pleats hit the hemline is making me crazy. It calls far too much attention to the depth of the hem turnback underneath. Either leave the pleats entirely unpressed, or press them all the way down to the hem.

    • quiltrx

      Thank you…I was trying to figure out what looked ‘off’ about the skirt portion and couldn’t quite identify it!

    • Lesley

      perfectly put. now that hair, she needs some toner asap it looks like she dipped her head in a urinal.

    • drdarke

      What Paltrow’s wearing doesn’t look a thing like what the model’s wearing, which at least has some features of interest to it. What’s she’s wearing looks – too white and too blah for something as White White White as she is.

      Her hair and face look like she took a dip in bleach right before arriving – maybe that’s why the ligature marks around her calves…?

  • Monzerrat Ontiveros

    You missed to put the “of course” line..

  • Soooo…nipple darts…are officially a thing now? Awesome. Now we can all look like Jen Aniston. Let me just flat iron my hair and part it harshly in the middle and call it a day.

    • conniemd

      I made the same comment about the Amy Adams dress, darts showing off the nipple. Maybe it is a new thing. Argh.

    • TheAmericaness

      ^/pollyanna^ I’m glad there aren’t any side panels. ^/pollyanna^

      edit: had to use the “up” sign otherwise it recognizes it as html. didn’t realize 🙂

    • demidaemon

      I love the sarcasm here.

  • She was wearing some kind of tight socks before the event, based on the mark just below the left knee? Hee hee.

    The model’s right arm! Nightmares!

    • MoHub

      Yep! That’s how I saw it. She’s got an indent mark from formerly wearing knee-highs.

      • VictoriaDiNardo

        Kinda nice to know it’s not just me…..

      • Or little capri leggings? OMG did she just come from yoga? Vom.

      • makeityourself

        You would think she would have people for that.

        • homespunner

          Are there people for that? People who remove indent marks from stars’ bodies? 😉

    • drdarke

      Oh, is that what those marks are from, @yahoo-QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE:disqus ?

      And here I thought she just came from a bondage shoot….

      EDITED TO ADD: Yes – I really went there.

  • Chase

    A pale girl with pale hair in a pale dress. All she needs is a big scoop of vanilla ice cream to complete the picture.

    Oh, and a better bra.

    • Kristin McNamara

      How about *a* bra?

      • marlie

        I honestly don’t think she owns one.

  • jonnyf8

    Gene Siskel Film Center Gala Honoring — She really does have the best publicist in the world.

  • jmorino08

    Gotta love those knee-high marks just under her knee. Is Gwennie trying to bring trouser socks back?!

    • Ginny Ellsworth

      She was probably going to wear sheer knee socks with this twee outfit and somebody talked her out of it!

    • MoHub

      I’m actually rather fond of trouser socks. But only under trousers.

    • Griffinqueen


    • Lisa McKissack

      I stared at that for a few minutes wondering if that’s what it was.

    • formerlyAnon

      I scrolled through the comments specifically looking for someone to have called those out, (because I knew in an entire morning someone here MUST have), as they are the only thing worth commenting on.

      She looks fine, considering the dress is a tad goofy and a tad young. But it is SO NICE to know that Everywoman Gwennie also changes into the white dress at the very last minute, lest it gets messed up. (which is how I choose to interpret those Marks of Knee Highs.)

  • Lisa McKissack

    I like the runway dress better than the one Goopy’s wearing. GP’s wearing too much white and it’s washing her out.

  • Annarosa

    even though I can cope with this look, I can clearly see in the 4th photo the sign of knee-high socks, and I don’t know in US but in Italy they are strictly forbidden as they are too ugly!

    • Maybe she just came from some kinky school girl cosplay? Maybe that explains the remaining tweakage and hard sell of the the Vanilla Good Girl? I’m grasping at ways to make her more interesting, aren’t I?

      • Annarosa

        yeah maybe

  • Heather

    Why is GOOP getting an award?

    • Rand Ortega

      Because, to quote jonnyf8, she really does have the best publicist in the world.

      • Heather

        Of course! I thought it was for having a pizza oven in her backyard.

        • Rand Ortega

          HAHAHA! I’d respect that reason. It’s better than the non reason of “achievement in the excellence of the Cinema” or some such empty nonsense.

  • Is it possible that what we’re seeing are the dart seams? Those “nip” bumps are awfully distracting. Otherwise, I love the fit. This dress in black or a dark color would have a different vibe that might work for her age. It’s a cute dress. Nice design.

    • MoHub

      Reads to me as real nips above the darts, not the ends of the darts themselves.

  • hughman

    “One day my BFF, Alex McQueen, and I were playing tennis on the court by my backyard bread oven when I said “Alex, I love my $1500 cashmere short set but can’t you make me something more sportíf? It really is a must-have for your cottage in the Hamptons.”

    • Garcia Loca

      Nice touch, calling him “Alex” 🙂

    • makeityourself

      Actually, she probably would have referred to him as “Lee,” as he was known by his friends. But maybe his very BBBBFriends called him Alex, so that would explain Gwynnie’s nickname for him. Also, we now know that the backyard oven sits unused as she and her family are gluten free. Perhaps she can give us instructions on how to convert it to a playhouse for the children.

      • hughman

        LOL. You’re assuming she really WAS friends with him and that she really USES that oven. It makes a great feature in Goop tho.

        • makeityourself

          Oh Hughman, I admit it — I read GOOP for the nausea factor. One post last year featured a pizza she had made for guests in the backyard oven, and if was completely scorched. She said she and her friends had been drinking wine and that’s what happens when you’re not watching the oven. Oh Goopy. You are so real.

  • Heather

    I don’t even sit around the house without a bra, let alone attend an event at which I’m being honored with an award (of dubious merit, but still). This is actually tacky, like showing plumber crack at the Oscars.

  • Sunraya

    The bust is too loose, and the torso is too tight. I blame the dressmakers for allowing these women to wear their dresses when they don’t fit.

  • Laylalola


  • Sorry for this extremely basic question, but here it comes: What does “whiteboard” mean? Thanks.

    • “Note: Posts categorized as “Whiteboard” are meant to serve as our own little Pinterest-style postings. We don’t have the time to provide commentary for every picture or video that crosses our desks, but we do like to slap them up on the front page just to give our kittens something to talk about.”

      Taken from the first Whiteboard post. It’s TLo’s way of keeping the BKs entertained while they are writing the posts that slay us with humor and biting insights.

      • Thanks, Annabelle. Even after seeing posts without commentary, I didn’t figure that out. 🙂

        • marlie

          Also, it’s kind of like taking the lessons that Uncles T and Lo have taught us and seeing if we can apply them. It’s like a test, but a really fun, snarky test.

          • I’ve learned so much here at the TLo U. I came here years ago for the Lost commentary and while I am a pop culture fan (junkie) I did not know fashion. Now, it’s one of my new favorite art forms. The Bitter Kittens are smart bunch, some of their references send me on google searches and I get lost in the rabbit hole. There really isn’t another website like it.

          • marlie

            Same here – I think I got sucked in with Lost, as well. And I’m also amazed at the wealth of knowledge of the other Bitter Kittens. And for the most part, everyone generally offers thoughtful, insightful comments.

    • Garcia Loca

      Means no commentary from T&Lo to accompany the pics.

  • alyce1213

    What is she, 12?? In any case, she needs a bra. And a haircut.

  • MoHub

    She seems too young to be mutton dressed as lamb, but that’s the vibe I’m getting. Also, how much is this the same dress as the runway version? It’s barely the same shape, and all the interesting bits from the original are missing in GP’s version.

    • majorbedhead

      She’s in her 40s, so I’d say this definitely qualifies for MDAL. That was what first popped into my head when I started scrolling. Well, that and the massive amount of of-course-ing and eye-rolling I did.

      • MoHub

        I’m in my early 60s, so early 40s seems young to me! But she’s definitely dressed as a preteen.

  • stephbellard

    Why do her nips look like finger guns?

  • Stacy C

    She Taylor Swift-ized the original dress… ugh

  • Garcia Loca

    Too young, skirt looks like a tablecloth, and in transition to real life, lost the only element of interest (gold paneling). Typically limp Gwyneth hair, and whoever fried it into BiC highlighter yellow, needs to be fired. Nice jewelry though.

    • In_Stitches

      The hair is TRAGIC. It has that greenish tint that fake blonds can get after swimming in chlorine.

  • marlie

    Gwynnie’s dress is a far cry from the runway version, but I sort of like it. I wish there was more color *somewhere* and I’m over her “wash and go” hair and makeup. And for fuck’s sake, put on a freaking bra.

  • Lucia Kmaid

    So I guess Anne Hathaway did make nipple darts a “thing” on the red carpet and just when I thought the fashion world couldn’t come up with one more awkwardly placed, unfllattering and distracting fad, they came up with asymmetrical nipple darts. *sigh*
    Oh, and she completely eliminated the interest of the original design by getting rid of the belt and bust treatment.

    • marlie

      Nah, I think the nipple darts have been around far longer than Annie at the Oscars. I’m pretty sure Gwynnie has even been wearing them for a while.

  • DailyDose

    this is what Betty Draper wears on Golf Course

    • Pennymac

      Or tennis court

      • DailyDose

        lol, I meant Tennis court, but I
        typed Golf

  • AmeliaEve

    Is there a special award for making McQueen look prissy?

  • MilaXX

    I guess the air conditioning was on full blast. Otherwise she looks pretty good.

  • Betsy

    It looks less like actual nipples than like BADLY made darts. They come to too sharp of a point, which makes the fabric pucker out. And even though she doesn’t have much in the boobage department, she still needs a bra. Everyone over a certain age needs a bra. Period.

    I’m also SO over the hair-as-straw look. There is such a thing as TOO straight. Not to mention TOO harshly parted and slicked down. It isn’t a sculpture, it’s HAIR!

  • bertkeeter

    Way too young a look on her. Add to that its tight and ill fitting! She’s about ten years past looking good in a dress like this!

  • quiltrx

    YAWN. I feel like I’ve seen this bodice on her a million times. The skirt runs it into twee-town.
    Wonder what made the elastic-band-line on her left leg?

  • Darva Sutra

    Hair is awful. Lay off the damn bleach and flatiron. She bores me more than a Lutheran church service. Who cares?

  • nannypoo

    Her fashion choices range from fabulous to idiotic. This is about an 8, right in the silly range. Her hair is never good so today’s example comes as no surprise.You would think a person who devotes a major portion of each day giving us tips for living could present herself better than this.

  • Rand Ortega

    Weird pleated skater skirt. In winter white. In June. Intolerable.

  • lrober03

    Let’s take an Alexander McQueen dress and take all the interesting elements out of it!

    • Candigirl1968

      It’s really odd that she didn’t go for the original. It seems like something all up in her wheelhouse.

  • carnush

    I like the dress on the model much better.

  • crash1212

    It’s nice to know that somebody I admire (yes, I actually like Gwyneth!) makes the same rookie mistake I do – not taking off your knee socks early enough to make sure the indentations go away before you sport a short dress. Makes her even more endearing to me. I like this look, and think the gold shoes were a nice choice. I do wish she’d find something else to do with her hair though…and those eyebrows are practically invisible….not a good look.

    • Anniebet

      I prefer to think she had a moment of intense nostalgia for the 80’s and wore knee-hi hose. Those suckers could stop circulation in a flash.

  • She took everything interesting about the outfit and got rid of it.

  • imspinningaround

    Take that off and give it back to Kiernan Shipka, Gwyneth.

  • Chuck Barthelme

    All I see are nipples. Dress isn’t bad, but the nips are too distracting.

  • Patricia Gillett

    There is no insanely rare, overpriced tonic that will stop her hair from looking like that?

  • Jecca2244

    her it the lighting? the color of it? the way it is done? So harsh. and dry looking.

  • Julie Chase

    Jesus woman, put the nipples away.

  • Too twee. Do something with your hair. The darts make it look like her boobs are on a Picasso.

  • decormaven

    In its original form, the dress is interesting. Rendered in ice white, it is reduced to boring. And gold shoes! Just suck the soul out of something, for Pete’s sake!

  • frannyprof

    Why is she being honored? Gene Siskel must be spinning in his grave. By the way she’s dressed, she must know this is a sham.

  • frannyprof

    How did she not notice that her nipples are pointing in the opposite directions?!

    • Gwyndall

      She probably already knows.

  • Katerina

    There’s always so much Gwyneth hate around here. ^_^ I don’t like the outfit, but those shoes are fierce, and dammit, we girls shouldn’t have to wear bras if we don’t wanna!

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    I’m not sure why this dress exists if not to feature the gold on the original version.

  • MandyM

    That looks like a jr bridesmaid dress. Ugh. Most beautiful woman in the world, my ass.

    • Rand Ortega

      I think her mother deserves that honor more. Loves me some Blythe Danner.

    • TonyGo

      Yep. Bridal and Cheerleader combined.

  • Anniebet

    This must be the Sunday-go-to-meeting, Amish version of the McQueen original dress.

    I like the shoes.

  • silly little thumb

    I wish she would do something to her hair.

  • MannahattaMamma

    Outfitshmoutfit…what is she getting an award FOR? Pepper Potts? Her stint on “Glee,” where she, you know, sang? This whole thing just confuses me: the nips, the hems, the weirdly situated pleats, her career.

  • PrunellaV

    That hair’s not blonde; it’s yellow.

  • wisdomy

    Say goodbye to THESE, Michael!!!


    Too much nipple action. I like it better in black with the metallic accents.

  • Kristobel

    Holy nipples, Batman. Why would you have a dress that you can wear a traditional bra with and then not wear one? I do not understand. I also wish she had kept the bib part at the top. It made it interesting.

  • Danielle L


  • ErmengardeGreen

    Why did she turn that cool dress into a schoolgirl skating costume? Bleh.

  • hellkell

    I don’t know which nipple to look at. The lazy eyes of nipplage.

    This is a bit twee for her.

  • Richard

    She erased all of the visually interesting elements of this dress. The detail around the hips look gross when rendered in that beige color. It needed to stay black.

  • E. D.

    Nope. Wear pasties for God’s sake.

  • l_c_ann

    Shame they didn’t have it in her size and then alter it for a smooth fit.

  • Not applicable

    Nipple pleats, ruffle frills, gold shoes?? Did she not get to play dress up as a child??

  • Charles

    her hair looks acidic against that white and her styling. the dress is meh.

  • Grow up, Gwyneth! Sheesh! This dress would work much better on someone much younger.

  • demidaemon

    I liked the top half, until I realized I could see her nipples. The skirt is stupid and twee. She is still on my irrational (on its way to being rational) hate list.

  • macwell


  • LaSylphide

    She Who Must Not Be Named strikes again.

  • PeaceBang

    I can find something nice to say: the bracelet is fab. I have nothing else nice to say.

  • pugluv

    I like the dress in black with the gold insets but find the white version lifeless and well…unappealing. I also have nothing nice to say about pairing the white dress with gold peep toe heels.

  • Imasewsure

    The black and gold look is great. This is just juvenile but I do like the bracelet

  • DamH


  • ankali

    A) The dress is too juvenile for her in its current incarnation, and b) its current incarnation is deadly boring compared to the awesome one on the model.

  • camdiggidy

    I spy … an in-flight circulation sock imprint.

  • CeeRich

    This woman irritates me to no end so I may not be entirely objective. However, she needs to accept the fact that after having two children, all women need a bra. I don’t care how small you are up top. Bad Easter Dress.

  • ‘Becca’lise Deveaux

    I want that award! It’s beautiful.

  • Sonja Brisson

    Isn’t it time for hemlines to drop a bit? Anything this short is simply not elegant, especially with the pleats, no matter how fabulous the gams may be. Looks like a toddler dress. Let’s all grow up!

  • l_c_ann

    The late Gene Siskal group are choosing to overlook her starring vehicle (as a flight attendant) “View from the Top” which is a really strange movie that probably is best called a farce, when it’s remembered at all.

    It’s on cable some this week.

  • bellafigura1

    I think her boobs look great, and I think it’s kind of endearing and un-Gwynnie that you can see the indent left by her knee sock.

  • Sing4yursupper

    Girl gladiator, kinda sorta.

  • I gave up on this look aged nineteen, which was several years too late. Gwyn, darlin’…

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    Her hair is the same color as banana pudding. No one has hair the color of banana pudding unless you are a cartoon character or unless you recently placed your head inside of a bowl of said pudding.

  • gowiththeflo

    Her hair is fried and desperately needs deep conditioning. The dress is too young for her. But the real shock is that she got an honor for her acting???? at an event that included “a discussion of her career and artistic process complete with a retrospective of film clips from some of her most notable performances.”

  • the shoes are too high for her feet; she’s teetering. And, agree, the look is too young once again. She’s a funny duckie, eh?