Maggie Gyllenhaal in Christian Dior

Posted on June 26, 2013

We don’t expect a lot of agreement on this one – and really, we don’t blame anyone; this is a TOUGH dress – but we’re going to continue our stream of goodwill and encouragement  for this one:


Maggie Gyllenhaal attends the premiere of ‘White House Down’ at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City in a Christian Dior dress paired with Christian Louboutin pumps.

Christian Dior Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Bette Franke (VIVA)

Like we said, it’s tough; tough to wear and tough to like. We’re not even sure if we like it, really. But we like what it represents for Maggie; a commitment to style that’s refreshing to these two cranky style bitches. She or her stylist knows that her looks call for the unusual in fashion. She responds well to the odd; much better than she does to any sort of half-assed attempts at style. In other words, we’d rather see her go for a full-blown weird dress like this than showing up in some old sundress or schoolteacher’s outfit. In fact, if she continues to dress like this, we will be forced to conclude that she’s learned her style lesson and no longer needs us berating her.

Then we can move on to her makeup, because child? That lipstick?



[Photo Credit: Janet Mayer, Marco Sagliocco/PR Photos,]

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  • Annarosa

    no, no and again no. so much disappointing.

  • TLJezebel

    Lose the peplum and it would be perfect.

    • gabbilevy

      I mean, it’s the literal embodiment of grandma chic. Crocheted peplum. Can’t hate.

      • Little_Olive

        But –it’s not only a peplum. It’s a knit deep-sea creature. Complete with the algae and everything.

        And while we are at it, this skirt is a veeery literal take on fisherman’s… wife? mistress?

        (and now I see little boats on the top, which was the part I liked).

        • ThaliaMenninger

          I interpreted the peplum as the life preserver in her Ensemble Aquatic.

          • drdarke

            THE ENSEMBLE AQUATIC WITH MAGGIE ZISSOU, @ThaliaMenninger:disqus !

        • drdarke

          @Little_Olive:disqus wins the Internet for today!

          That’s absolutely right – it’s a nice gown ruined by the Krakken she chose to wear around her wait.

          Her lips are fine, TLo – yes, they’re a bit red, but it makes a nice “Pop!” to the rest of her makeup which is just – there.

    • SugarSnap108

      Yes. The peplum looks like a deliberate move to wreck what would otherwise be a pretty interesting dress. I’d still hate the hem length, though.

    • Lucas

      Agreed. Love the crochet and the colors. The length doesn’t bother me and she seems to like it to fall mid-lower calf. But that peplum thing… man, kinda kills the look. And I wish she hadn’t worn black heels with it.

  • 3boysful

    The dress kinda grows on you, but I think it needs a leggier gal. She’s working it, tho.
    I can forgive the lipstick, but the hair – it’s like a permanent knit skull cap. I am fine with short, but it needs a little fluff.

    • MoHub

      The hair, indeed. It’s helmet hair and needs to breathe.

  • OMGosh. This is a great of example of expecting something different after viewing the thumbnail or the top of your photo. Haha. This is the lat thing I could ever imagine of the bottom two thirds of the dress. I love Maggie; I HATE this dress. It is freaky.

    • From the thumbnail I was expecting the Wave off Kanagawa in dress form. That’d be fun.

    • Amy909

      Agreed! I saw the thumbnail and thought, “ohhh soooo chic…nice top half and dior..they can’t mess this up!!”

  • StellaZafella

    Where does the roll of toilet paper go?

    • ballerinawithagun

      Yes, it is a toilet paper cover, complete with doll on top.

      I like the lipstick, Fuchsia lips are very hot this summer!

      • majorbedhead

        I really need to scroll thru the comments before leaving mine. I just said the same thing.

    • Introspective

      somewhere between where her thighs and her calves hit. In this getup MG would look perfect on the back of my grandma mildred’s toilet in the bronx ca. 1986.

      and the red lips does actually remind me of the creepy doll that used to sit atop the knit toilet roll holder… so while a classic case of scrolldown fug, at least she’s committed.

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    How sweet for someone to knit her an oversized vagina cozy.

  • I applaud the effort, though on principle I think the notion of a knitted ruffled peplum is an offense to all thinking creatures. This is, issues aside, a major step in the right direction for the delightful Maggie G.

  • Janet B

    Interesting dress. I’m not sure whether I like it or not, but I do know I’d rather see this worn closer to October than June.

  • marlie

    Get rid of that fugly peplum, and take this dress off and bring it back in November, and maybe we can talk. That peplum thing is truly awful, and she’s wearing a cabled, knitted garment in JUNE. DURING A HEAT WAVE. I’m getting heat stroke just thinking about it.

  • amy_raks

    Posing lessons should be required for wearing this dress. No hands at the hips for this one. A not-too-bright red lipstick would have been great, especially since she opted for no jewelry. (But would it be too matchy with the red peeking out from the heels?)

  • ChristySchiff

    I don’t understand – is it possible that my computer is playing a joke on me and changing the picture? ‘Cause I don’t think we’re looking at t he same dress. The dress I see is NOT tough to pull off: You hank it off with both hands and drop kick it into the trash.

    • zenobar

      You could also go the longer but infinitely more satisfying route of unraveling the entire thing.

      • Domo_Konnichiwa

        Hold this thread as she walks away….

        • watch her unravel, she’ll soon be naked…

          • Domo_Konnichiwa

            If she’s on the floor, she’ll come undone!!!!!

      • marlie

        As a knitter, it is CRAZY satisfying to completely unravel (or “rip” in knitting terminology) a project that you’re not happy with. It might have taken you a while to accept that fact, but once you do, rip away!

  • gloriana232

    I kind of love it. The knitted texture is just not right for a peplum, but I really love the graphic quality.

  • bellesprit

    I’m not a fan of the dress, but this is another step forward for Maggie. She doesn’t look dowdy anymore and seems to be playing with fashion. I look forward to more fashion hits than misses from one of my favorite actresses. (Praying to Saint TLo that she will never never go back to frumpiness.)

    • ankali

      You’ve articulated my feelings about this look. I recognize that the dress is problematic, but yeah, at least she doesn’t look frumpy. She looks daring.

  • mhleta

    This is a Jerry Maguire dress, as in “I love it for the dress it wants to be. And I love it for the dress it almost is.” Love may be too strong a word. The whole church bazar, knitting class element is death.

    • ankali

      I had such a problem with that monologue. Such a bad way to think about a relationship.

      • mhleta

        Yes, they were doomed. You could almost see the future with him having a post-wedding Benjamin Braddock moment. Spots on a leopard.

  • PastryGoddess

    She is wearing her grammas knitting over her hooha. Let go of the granny Maggie…let go.

  • rkdgal

    It’s not a frumpy schmatta, so that’s a real step forward. Baby steps…

  • teensmom99

    I love it on her . . .for all the reasons you cite. But gotta say that lately the Dior dresses look like what the original Barbies wore and this looks like the version that someone’s grandma crocheted for Barbie (yes, I’m bitter. My grandma–to my great distress– never would have crocheted a Barbie dress).

    • PastryGoddess

      I really miss John Galiano sometimes

  • It’s weird, but it’s not old lady weird, and that constitutes an improvement in her case.

  • Danielle L

    I weep everytime a pair of Louboutins are paired with something like this.

  • PinkySlinky

    Lanvin…this girl needs Lanvin (quirky but cute).

  • Emily Dagger

    It looks remarkably like a dress I made for my Barbies by cutting the toe off of a white tube sock and stitching yarn braids to it.

    • Chipster

      So funny…the first thing I thought of was a bunch of tube socks gathered around her waist!

  • GillianHolroyd

    In theory, I like the dress, but it has that je ne sais sliding off the boobs quality and my thighs are sweating in sympathy. Ask me again in October.

    Also that hair makes her look like the end of a baton.

    Hot weather makes me cranky.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    The sad clown of life gave her his neck ruffle.

    This is a combination of Tumblr fashionista and Regretsy. The bottom half looks like one giant leg warmer.

  • Sonja Brisson

    Please bring back (the sober) John Galliano immediately, Dior. It doesn’t even look good on the model; it is impossible. It is not actually a peplum around the waist — it is bad potholders knitted by pot smoking grannies, randomly applied.

  • Kimbolina

    Crocheted. Peplum. Just NO.

    • Garcia Loca

      Without that one detail, it would still be a plenty interesting dress.

  • zenobar

    YARN BOMB!!!!!1!

  • JP

    I like that it’s quirky but doesn’t make her look like a bag lady. Go Maggie!

  • majorbedhead

    That peplum. It makes her look like one of those crocheted toilet paper cover dolls.

  • In_Stitches

    It’s funny, she looks younger in a tea length crocheted skirt than usual…I love it. Love the subtle play of navy and black together as well. Definitely gets an IN from me.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I should hate that dress, I hate it on the model, but on Maggie it looks kind of onteresting and she looks beautiful.

  • A Shiny O’Connor

    I totally love it. I am partial to a cable knit (from the land where Aran sweaters are sadly almost exclusively tourist shop fodder).

  • plinkiedoodle

    She looks good in the photograph where she is smiling. But this dress make her look like one of those toothpicks with a ruffle on it, like the ones you use to spike that piece of cubed cheese. Not a good look for anyone.

  • spinachleaf

    The dress looks like it’s falling down her body. Or that she’s shedding skin like a snake.

  • luluransom

    Oh man, I love this! I must be in an extra good mood about something today…

  • Kristobel

    Is that a sweater skirt? LOVE. I don’t care how crazy it looks, I LOVE it.

  • Judy_S

    I think her posture has improved. Otherwise, well, that is certainly an odd dress.

  • jen

    Why is she wearing a sweater dress in freaking JUNE???? And that peplum is all kinds of no.

  • anotherkate

    It’s weird, but she’s rocking it. She looks like she loves the way she looks, and isn’t that the point?

  • MilaXX

    I dislike the dress because the top completely obliterates her boobs & the peplum ruffle sits a bit weird. However, I want to give her an “atta girl” for at least making the attempt at fashion.

    • halleygee

      I love the top because I am tiny in the boob area and always avoid anything strapless but I think she is pulling it off.

  • It’s a little Send In The Clowns, but y’all know how much I love Maggie. This will do.

  • Jessica Freeman

    The cable knit sweater skirt would have been enough, but Grandma’s Crazy Crocheted Peplum makes this entirely too much. Agreed with the Uncles though, at least she is committing herself to style instead of looking horrific on every red carpet. Golf clap.

  • Anniebet

    Well, damn… she does look pleased, doesn’t she? As well she should, at least about everything north of her armpits. She looks pretty and happy, which is waaay better than drab and glum. The less said about that dress the better.

  • Rand Ortega

    It ain’t frumpy. Mad props for that alone. It’s chic & interesting. It’s like she got the memo & turned the ‘grandma glam” moniker on its head. Not a WERQ because she didn’t style the look (no jewelry & boring shoes), but still a welcome leap forward.

  • Toto Maya

    I really really really really want to agree with you guys but I just CAN’T. It’s impossible. If the skirt wasn’t navy blue I might be able to stomach it, but no. It’s wrong. I really hate her hair too. It looks like a bad wig.

  • Patrick Cleary

    I kind of love it, but it would be, I imagine, terribly annoying to wear, because where do you put your arms? At rest, they’re bumping into that giant crocheted peplum all the time.

  • Zaftiguana

    Lol, love it, love everything about it. If she wants to do Eccentric Old Lady Chic, a Dior peplum dress that looks like it was made out of upcycled vintage sweaters is the way to go.

  • MaggieMae

    Ooooh! She’s got a new stylist, doesn’t she? The wind is shifting! Getting better! She is making this difficult dress work more than I would have thought. I want her to texturize her hair more and use a better texturizing paste/wax on it. Maybe cut out around the ears.

  • stubbornthoughts

    I’m not 100% sold on the knit peplum, but she looks amazing, nonetheless. That hair totally works on her, and I love her in strapless!

  • Tracy_Flick

    That dress is surprisingly flattering. I think she looks great, and don’t even mind the lipstick.

  • carnush

    I agree. Granny chic with emphasis on ‘chic’. It different and it’s a tad crafty, which she likes.

  • unbornfawn

    Along with different lipstick we need to get her to do something with her hair.

    • makeityourself

      Yes, I think just slicking back the sides a bit and getting her some earrings would help immensely.

    • Musicologie

      Her hair makes her look like Susie Derkins.

  • alyce1213

    It’s very chic and eye-catching, but the explosion of peplum is a bit too editorial for the RC. I’d like to see a version without. I’m a little confused by the use of cable knit (is it a summer dress?). Anyway, the whole thing is good visually. I love the top part. Maybe a couple of inchs off the bottom? — still below the knee, but a better spot.

  • j_anson

    I actually agree, at least in the sense that in this dress she looks like a sane, reasonably well-dressed person who made an effort and is pursing a personal sense of style. At least it’s a sort of interesting peplum rather than a droopy little fringe of cheap-looking satin like so many of them are.

  • CommentsByKatie

    In before hip tumors! I think she looks great. Amazed that she is pulling this off.

  • MannahattaMamma

    my great-grandmother did crochet like a freaking madwoman & made these crocheted things that went over teapots. I see that someone at Dior had a relative who did the same thing, b/c the tea cozies have been stitched together & landed on dear Maggie’s hips.

  • Sara Padilla

    Is that a sweater dress? It’s June.

  • decormaven

    A Scrunchie for the waist? What will those wacky designers think of next? I give Maggie props for venturing outside of her wheelhouse for this, though.

    • Not applicable

      waist scrunchie! that’s it!

  • PeggyOC

    It’s not a good dress, but I agree we need to applaud her departure from frump town. And she looks like she feels good in the dress, and that’s a big deal.

  • Shawn EH

    Is that a macrame peplum? Still, she does look chic, somehow.

  • LaSylphide

    That dress looks like my first knitting project when I was nine. Good grief, what is Dior coming to? But at least she’s staying away from the mundane. Now, if she would PLEASE tuck that hair behind her ears so she doesn’t look so much like a fuzzy soccer ball.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    Weirdly, I love it. Even the strange knitted peplum, which I have decided to believe was knitted by her aging aunt and that Maggie placed on the dress in Auntie’s honor. But the purple lipstick has GOT to go.

  • Not applicable

    anything is better than her usual tribute to Bea Arthur…. btw- you notice that Miss Maggie has true bitchface?

    Unlike January Jones- who just does unsmiling fierceness, this one does the ‘go fuck yourselves’ half smile. Are you all seeing that??

  • Pepper Collins

    It looks like she’s wearing a cheap tube top and Gran’s old saggy knit jumper. It’s awful. C’mon, Mags! Get it together, darling!

  • fiddlecub

    I may be in the minority, but I unequivocally love this, and as a peplum hater I cannot believe I am saying this. but I love the peplum too. It’s easy to wrinkle your nose at the grandma chic, but I think the waves in the skirt and the playful peplum turn this dress from just plain weird to weird and fun. It’s quirky and cute and yet the fabric and knitting ground it in tradition. I may be alone in my adoration, but there you have it!

  • melanie0866

    Well, she looks great, but the skirt of that thing looks like the toilet-paper covers my Grandma used to knit.

  • crash1212

    Nothing from the neck up is suitable for this dress. I don’t even mind the dress so much – but the make-up and especially the hair do not flatter. At all. She’s such a pretty woman and she personifies the concept of hiding her light under a bushel basket…if the bushel basket was a really terrible haircut.

  • Aurumgirl

    Crocheted peplum and a cable knit skirt. Dior is spinning hard in that old grave.

  • sorry darlings, but that peplum looks like she knit it in her nursing home arts and crafts class. otherwise the top and skirt are quite chic. and i’m not a committed member of the peplum police.

  • silaria

    Mmm… nope. I can’t give her this one. The bodice is destroying her chest, and the skirt needs to hit above her knees and be more pencil…ish. Fix that, and I could ALMOST see it, but for my knee-jerk dislike of peplums.

    And her. She’s on my irrational hate list, for very little reason. I think something about her face comes off to me as smug.

  • Tuneful54

    Bjork without the swan head.

  • Maggie, you look really cute, but… I think a sea creature has stowed away on your dress.

  • Cousin_Rose

    Scroll down fug. How can she make a pixey cut look dowdy?

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  • formerlyAnon

    The peplum is too much, in an ugly way. Not sure if it should be toned down or removed. I DO understand the reasoning behind giving this one to her, though.

  • Sara__B

    Crazy Maggie is back, but Retirement Home Maggie is not. That’s good. The crocheted peplum is beyond strange. That’s bad. But you know Anne Hathaway was going to wear this dress if Maggie didn’t, and I think it’s probably better on Maggie.

  • NOLA_gal

    I like it, although she could have used a fluffer for her peplum (whodathunk? peplum fluffer?). Maybe not as successful as it could have been, but it’s striking without being bizarre, and her face looks fresh even if her waist is probably pretty warm. All in all I’d call it a win for Miss Maggie.

  • conniemd

    If the cray-cray peplum fluffy thingy was removed I would absolutely love this dress.

  • kimiakay

    I think the peplum could’ve worked had it been a different fabric, maybe, although with the rest of the dress being a knit that would be tough, too. I agree, she is pulling it off. But honey, tone down your makeup a little, please. The colors of the clothes are striking so the makeup doesn’t have to be so much, right?

  • nannypoo

    Well, this dress looks as good on her as it would on anyone. She’s cute and she looks happy in it, so let’s give her a pass. Oh, and, um, also – I was a schoolteacher, and I never wore any of that shit she used to wear.

  • little_miss_strange

    She no longer looks like she smells like nursing home pee. Unnecessary shit around her wait but fuck it, she actually looks her age and that is a huge step forward.

  • poggi

    She doesn’t look dowdy or frumpy, just a little odd, so I will take it.

  • Virginie

    I think she looks fabulous.

  • snarkykitten

    crochet tumor peplum

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  • AnniNoone

    She doesn’t look 70. I’ll take it.

  • demidaemon

    I’m glad she’s taking risks and putting the effort in. However, this dress should have been vetoed by her and her stylist (if said person exists). 1) It needs a solid hoiking and rehemming. Too short in the bodice (her poor breastages) and too long in the hem. 2) It’s really kind of hideous and overdesigned.

  • I love Maggie, but that dress is ghastly.

  • Louise Bryan

    Bumrolls are making a comeback? Count me out.

  • jjfg

    Hate the dress, but I applaud because I don’t feel as compelled as usual to verify her age. She doesn’t look a day over 50. *cough

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    What fun, lipstick and all!

  • ashtangajunkie

    I hate this dress (except for the top part, which is cute), but she looks very pretty.

  • lalahartma

    She is crazy to wear this dress. But she is looking better!

  • ckokopuff

    I love it. I even love the pink lip. And her shoulders? Wow.

  • judybrowni

    Oh dear lord in heaven.

    A macrame project run amok.

  • MrsBug

    For me, since she usually dresses like a 65 year old woman, this is a win.

  • Mary Lauer

    I just can’t with the knits (cables?!?) in the summer …