Jessica Chastain in Dolce&Gabbana at the 2013 Giffoni Film Festival

Posted on July 22, 2013

Jessica Chastain attends the 2013 Giffoni Film Festival in Giffoni Valle Piana, Italy in a Dolce&Gabbana strapless macramé dress paired with Christian Louboutin sandals.

Dolce&Gabbana Strapless Cotton-Blend Macramé Dress




[Photo Credit: Stefania D’Alessandro/Getty Images,]

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  • princessricky

    dress is cute. ghastly shoes

  • clairellis

    It makes her look big in places she’s not. Odd fit. Not feeling it.

  • Ruth Preston

    Dress does weird things to her boobs (blaming the dress, just to be clear!), and the shoes are Tradge.

    • kimmeister

      Yes, I think the molding of the cups is too narrow for her boobs.

    • Jessica Freeman

      I hate boob cup/molds for this reason. They always look wrong.

      • alyce1213

        Sometimes cups or molds work for support, to prevent uniboob, etc. but they must be soft and light, fitted perfectly and INVISIBLY. These are not. Ick.

    • omg_dora

      Okay, I like the dress a lot, but now that you’ve mentioned the strange fit of the bra (or whatever it is that’s doing that to her bust), it’s ALL I CAN SEE.

  • Random Compliments

    Love me some Chastain, but those shoes look like they belong on an ice skater.

    • Ruth Preston

      …or someplace close to a pole.

  • gabbilevy

    She apparently likes this flyaway ponytail. I apparently do not.

  • SewingSiren

    I like the whole thing. Even the Cinderella Spring-O-Lator glass slipper shoes. I only wish they had transparent grapes on top.

  • Meh. Its a forgettable dress, except for the color, which I think is overwhelming her a tad bit.

    • conniemd

      I was thinking the red color was too strong for really pale skin and fine red hair.

  • Chuck Barthelme

    Not really loving the shoes. And her hair is meh. Also, jewelry wouldn’t kill you, lady! She looks great in that dress, though.

  • Danielle L

    The color is a little overwhelming, but I find myself really drawn to the casual ponytail.

  • DuBey2

    She really embraces her pale-ness, doesn’t she?
    As to the dress, strapless dresses only flatter a certain kind of figure (i.e.: the model’s), they FLATTEN most other figures. Length of neck and torso probably figure in somehow also, but all I know is, there are way more strapless dresses in America than there are women who look good in them.

  • jilly_d

    Terrible dress but lord what a smile

  • d4divine

    Wow, finally someone dressed well and appropriately for the season. Well done Jessica!

  • LadyCelia

    How is a lace dress called “macrame”?

    • random_poster

      Yeah, that word gives me images of homemade flowerpots suspended from the ceiling.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Yes, very weird description. I would have to consult my Claire Schaeffer’s Fabric guide to know what lace that is for certain; but I bet that Kilted could tell us.

      • GillianHolroyd

        Looks like Venice Lace (or maybe it’s Venise… can’t check it right now) or Guipure?

    • Macrame sounds like the designer is clever. From a distance, the dress looks like old lady lace. Up close, the texture is much different from lace, but it truly is not macrame either.

  • Oh…oh no. This is not good. That shade of red is not her friend, the boobs are tragic, the fit in the waist is hella unflattering and the shoes are tacky as all the fucks. Burn it all and start again.

    • LipstickForPigs

      “Tacky as all the fucks” is my new go-to insult. Well done.

      • majorbedhead

        Tacky as all the fucks. That’s awesome.

    • marlie

      “Tacky as all the fucks.” You are awesome.

  • Nariya

    Something about this look is very harsh. Neckline? Aggressive red? Lipstick? Pulled back hair? Maybe a combination.

    • Gloriana Reginata

      Perhaps also the blue light bounced around by the backdrop behind her. It makes her skin look veined and thin since she’s so fair, and makes her bone structure seem more prominent, which is always more severe. Perhaps a softer colour than the red might have alleviated the effect.

  • kimmeister

    The red on her lips clashes with the red of the dress.

  • flamingoNW

    Wow, I really like it. WERQ

  • Jessica Freeman

    Necklace? Belt? Fab earrings? Something? Also, girl, you have on expensive plastic shoes. No.

  • Jeremiah Capacillo

    Oh God we live in a world where Christian Louboutin makes plastic strap shoes.

    • kimmeister

      Well, we did see Balenciaga’s “rocker” shirt last week. :-/

    • majorbedhead

      Chanel makes jelly sandals. Come, weep with me.

  • Little_Olive


  • Lori

    Expensive plastic shoes hurt my soul.

    • decormaven

      They remind me of those plastic heels you’d beg your mother to buy in the grocery store. The heels would be broken off before the groceries could be unloaded at the house. I don’t think that was the stylist’s intent here. If so, I hope she gave Jessica extra dimes to ride the pony ride before they left the store.

      • SewingSiren

        Yes. I never got to have any . Maybe that’s part of what’s wrong with me now.

        • ailujailuj

          That is really sad. I have fond memories of having very serious discussions trying to talk my mom into letting me wearing those damn things (that were 3 sizes to big for me) every time we went out in public.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I love the hair, the makeup and the color of the dress.

    the shoes are tacky and the shape of the dress isn’t as flattering as it should be. A very similar D&G dress didn’t do Scarlett Johansson many favours either, I’m blaiming D&G.

  • Trisha26

    The fabric looks cheap, even for something described as “cotton macrame.” Not crazy about anything here…

  • JP

    Um, the fabric of the dress is gorgeous, and her makeup looks good. Hair, shoes, and fit of the dress all atrocious.

  • plinkiedoodle

    Never thought I’d say a red dress is boring. Shoes? Ugh.

  • MilaXX

    Cute, but an earring or a bracelet wouldn’t hurt

  • Amanda Miller

    The dress makes her look thick in the waist, which she’s not, and the dress makes her boobs look somehow… Random. Like they were just stuck there as an afterthought. Love the color and thee lipstick, though.

    • Gwyndall


  • dorothea_brooke

    I know this isn’t perfect, but she is just so pretty and ladylike in a very old fashioned way. I want to be her, spending my time at European film festivals that sound really glamorous, even if you’ve never heard of them. No Comic Con sexy appearances for her.

  • prettybigkitty

    Not the worst.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    Pure bridesmaid. She needed accessories, a belt, SOMETHING.

  • YoungSally

    explain to me how this is macrame? I realize that knit, crochet, tatting and macrame are all just fancy ways to say “making knots” but I think macrame in this case may be a marketing term.

  • kirkyo

    What can I say…I like it and I think the fit is just fine. Also, it helps that lazers of joy appear to be shooting out of her eyes.

  • Garcia Loca

    How nice that Leg Avenue came out with the line of formal wear.

  • Monabel

    That does not look like macrame to me. Closer to guipure lace or point de Venise, maybe?

  • LaSylphide

    Am I the only one who thinks redheads should avoid red and pink (as well as black or white)? Those colorsmjustmseem to kill that beautiful hair, which could use a comb, too. Pretty dress; I just wish the color was a rich sapphire or emerald.

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    I like the dress and the makeup is acceptable but the hair and shoes need to be taken to the shed and shot.

  • ballerinawithagun

    Now is the time for black pumps!

  • teensmom99

    I could see liking these shoes as something to try on before TLo entered my life. Thank you, gentlemen, for saving me from coveting shoes like these.

  • Melanie

    I liked those shoes a lot better when I thought they were just really, really delicate sparkly straps.

    I love her hair, though.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Lovely color on her…a redhead who can wear red, nice! That said the waistline is not flattering and her hair is lifeless. What shoes? She’s wearing shoes?

  • River

    Hair is terrible, dress is weirdly proportioned (especially at the waist) and the bodice looks odd, not convinced that this is her shade of red, and the shoes are bleh.

  • Would it kill her to wear some earrings? Must we be subjected to unfilled ear piercing holes?

  • crash1212

    I actually love this for her. I wish those shoes had 100% less plastic and perhaps 82% more cute strappy things. Earrings would’ve been a good thing, too.

  • Cloveradams

    Nice frock, but seems too harsh and overwhelming a color for someone with such pale skin and strawberry blonde hair.

  • Macrame? Love everything except, macrame?

  • demidaemon

    This dress looks oddly heavy for being made of red lace. I am confused by it.

  • Celeste

    Meh. It just looks like I’ve seen this look on her before.

  • She could use a little bit of jewelry. I thought she looked almost perfect until I read some of the other comments. There is something funny happening with the boobs due to the fit. I’m okay with her hair pulled back that way. She’s lucky to have the face and hairline for this style..

  • marlie

    Gorgeous color. I like the dress, but I don’t love it because the fit is a little off.

  • newtonGOTbeaned

    Her boobs are bigger than that. It looks like her tits are squished under the cups, rather than being in them. Ouch.

  • LauraAgain

    She really needs a fantastic pair of earrings with this hair style.

  • Getoverit

    More importantly, she couldn’t spring for a pedi? No polish on those piggies?

  • Make it full-length and it was my prom dress in 1988. And I don’t say that with any pride.

  • guest2visits

    I don’t really like the way this dress looks on her. Fits like a worn out vintage dress made from dated tablecloth.
    She looks stunningly beautiful, though.

  • librarygrrl64

    Allergic to jewelry.