Pairs Division: Bullock & Clooney at the Gravity Premiere

Posted on August 29, 2013

We were right. They’re gonna ace this poledance. Given the early buzz on the movie (which could take it all the way to the Oscars), this could be an epic poledance for the ages.

Not that these looks are problem-free, of course. As always, we have judgment to render. But if nothing else, the two of them together simply demand attention, regardless of what they’re wearing.


Sandra Bullock and George Clooney attend the Opening Ceremony and ‘Gravity’ premiere at Palazzo del Cinema in Venice, Italy. Sandra Bullock is wearing a J. Mendel siren red silk wool gazaar strapless bustier gown with asymmetrical draping paired with Roger Vivier shoes and bag and Martin Katz jewelry.

J. Mendel Resort 2014 Collection


SHE: Absolutely refuses to do the hand-on-hip, crossed-legs, gotta-pee-because-I’m-just-a-girl pose, and for that, we love her. Still, the slit here is more than a bit too high. Love the color and shape on her, though. As kickass as those shoes are, we think they might be a bit too heavy for the look. Not loving the hair much either. Score: 7.5/10.

HE: Is wearing the same over-sized tux he always does. It’s a shame, because we can’t think of one male celeb who looks more like he was born to wear a tux than George, and yet his actual tux is kind of disappointing. Score: 7.5/10. And most of that’s because he simply can’t look bad in a tux, no matter the fit.

Combined Score: 7.5/10. That seems about right. She occasionally does well for herself, but for the most part, these are not the most fashionable of stars. Then again, they don’t really have to be. We’re just grateful they are neither pulling a Jolie or Pitting all over that red carpet. Quibbles with the looks, yes, but these two are at least savvy enough to know that they’re supposed to show up having put some effort in.

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  • Introspective

    hating Sandy’s shoes, but still think she looks fantastic otherwise. George definitely needs a slimmer fit in the pants. and I wish the fabric on his tux werent so shiny.

    all that said, they are still so damn fabulous to look at!!! movie stars just being all starry indeed…

  • Karen Belgrad

    She seems very…tense. He’s doing his smirk/smile shtick, but she looks a little frozen (not in the Nicole Kidman way). I do think she would’ve looked better (at least more relaxed) with her hair down.

    • AudreysMom

      maybe she’s in shock to be in a film earning good reviews for being a quality film (not a popular comedy) or in discussion of Oscar talk for a film that doesn’t get there just because it made a lot of $$.

    • ampg

      She looks like those shoes HURT. And I can’t blame her. A lighter shoe would have helped the look and probably made her look more relaxed to boot.

  • I love her look from the waist up. Below decks, not so much. He slit spreads too far open and those shoes are too industrial looking. His tux is tragically bad. Cummon George you can pony it up for a bespoke tux from Saville Row that will fit like a dream, and forever.

    • Just Me

      All of my exact thoughts. Thanks for saving me the key strokes.

    • SugarSnap108

      Exactly. Except I’d say I love her look from the waist to the neck. Not loving the makeup or the hair cone atop her head.

      • I will grant you that. Mostly for me any dislike is the sloppy look of the hair. This dress requires more polish.

      • AudreysMom

        or the color. It looks pretty darn dark (v. her usual dark brown).

      • sojourneryouth

        Yep. It’s a little too Lard Lad for my taste:

    • decormaven

      Oh, for a correctly-fitted custom tux in a very fine hand of fabric. It would be perfection on him. He’s soooo close- just this little fix and it would be a happy sigh for me! He still looks great here. I love this color on her, and even though the shoes are a bit heavy for my taste, she is giving the look life.

    • housefulofboys

      I totally agree on George’s tux deficiencies, but I wonder if perhaps he just really likes to be comfortable when he has to sit in a theater for a couple of hours, and still do the poledance before and after. I’ve also wondered if he wears a back brace when he has to be standing and sitting for long periods of time and needs the extra room to accommodate it. I think he still suffers a lot of back pain from past injuries.

  • kmk05


    They’re not perfect, no, but she’s at least a little adventurous in what she wears (vs Jodie Foster, for example) and that’s going to make this poledance fun.

  • NinaBoo

    Pairing up celebrities is my version of fantasy football. These two have been my #1 pick since forever. This poledance is going to be my Super Bowl year!

    • H2olovngrl

      I would TOTALLY play that game! I do wish she was giving one of her big ol'” Sandy smiles, here.

    • H2olovngrl

      Another enjoyable game is Fantasy casting. You know, where you take a book or old movie and recast with current actors. My husband and I were recasting The Thin Man the other day. Wouldn’t that make for a fun remake? Maybe Hiddleston or even George here, as Nick Charles..we got a little stumped on Nora, though. Maybe Olivia Wilde…?

      • formerlyAnon

        I would propose Helena Bonham Carter.

        • H2olovngrl

          Oooh, I like your thinking. She could do glamorous, tipsy and savvy all very well.

  • She has clearly changed stylists, as the all the heavy, black, sultry is gone and now we are being served color and glamour and Star! Love the shoes here, love the drama of the dress. I do wish her hair was a little less bumptastic.

    He is terminally baggy, but is looking like the George we all fell in love with, before learning he may or may not contract his girlfriends in his epic fear of commitment. Suave is the only word that comes to mind.

    They are pros and if they keep up with this close, physical, open body language, the combo of good movie and professional stars pimping it is going to be a throwback to way it should be. Bring it!!

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      Terminally baggy! That should look worse than it does here on George. Haha!

  • stellamaris73

    I agree about the shoes– they’re a bit heavy for the look, but overall Sandy B. looks gorgeous. She seems to be aging mostly naturally and for that she can do no wrong in my book.

    George is rattling around in that tux like the last piece of candy in the box.

    But they look like they genuinely enjoy each other’s company and are having a good time.

  • Chickadeep

    I heart them both, and they generally look divine without even trying hard, but her shoes make it look like she’s wearing one of those court-ordered ankle monitors.

  • Laura Stechschulte

    George is the only star (lately) that can shoot his cuffs and not look like a douchecanoe while doing so.

  • filmcricket

    Agreed on nearly all the quibbles, although I don’t mind the slit in the dress. That tux actually belongs to the Cloons, and as such I don’t know why he can’t get it tailored.

  • Jacquelyn

    Really not liking Bullock’s hair and I think she could use a small something at the neck. George looks wonderful, even if the fit is off but you guys nailed it: the man should just wear a tux everywhere.

  • lobsterlen

    Since many male stars do it …

    Is there some reason for the too long pants? I am curious maybe there is a reason. Does it look better on TV? Does it make them look taller in person? Are the actors are too cheap and if they alter the suits correctly they own the clothes? Are they delusional about their actual size and height?

    • Kimbolina

      I’m thinking not wanting to put in the effort (or maybe not being allowed?) to hem borrowed clothes?

    • housefulofboys

      You know, my boys always insist on wearing loong pants because they don’t want too much of their socks/ankles to show when they sit down. Proper break be damned!

  • Diego!

    I disagree…. my scores:

    SHE: Is rocking the sh*t of that un-orthodox (?) dress and looks abolutely STUNNING & PERFECT! In fact, PERFECT score: 10.- Sandy you brought your heavy weapons and it shows! That color looks amazing on her.

    HE: Mmmh some things need to be mended: Lenght of the hem, lack of belt, change the make up ASAP too! His score: 6.2. George, you need to improve dear.

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      If I force myself to look, I know you are right. I just got done writing “he is perfection” and I must admit it’s because I’m lost in his stare… 😉

      • Diego!

        I know how you feel, same thing happens to me with Patrick Dempsey hahaha xD

  • pattyw

    The hem on those pants makes me sad. Apropos of nothing, I love that the British press calls her hairstyle a “quiff.”

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    You guys were right – this is going to be fun!! Delicious together.
    He is perfection. She needs to take a cue from him and relax a tad – the hair is too tight and high… Just a skosh looser and softer.

  • OrigamiRose

    They are wonderful together but can anyone explain why he sticks with baggy tux pants? I’m no expert when it comes to fit for men and even I was distracted by the extra fabric around his ankles.

    Pics of George always make me want to propose to my longtime love who is a GC ringer. But not in those pants 🙂

  • Rand Ortega

    But their demeanor makes me smile & happy to see them, as they’re not on the poledance merry-go-round where I roll my eyes because it’s the grillionth time I’ve seen them, they truly look like they’re enjoying each other. I don’t know, maybe it has nothing to do w/ them & everything to do w/ my unbridled excitement to see this movie. Love the dress, the shoes, the clutch. Not loving the hair or lack of jewelry. A diamond drop earring & matching bracelet would have made all the difference.

    • mlle

      They also don’t seem annoyed that they’re famous, and so they aren’t grimacing as they poledance.

  • leahpapa

    It’s not perfect, but they look like two competent professionals at work.

  • Mrs. Julien

    “Hello, my name is George Clooney, the love child of Cary Grant and Clark Gable. I am charming for a living. Watch me smile. Oh, I also make movies, but you knew that, didn’t you?”

    • “the love child of Cary Grand and Clark Gable” – perfect description.

    • Rand Ortega

      Quote of the day! & it’s early here on the west coast.

  • 3boysful

    I’d score her higher. The slit is downright demure compared to recent sightings (goodness, all that VMA dreck has lowered my bar!). I just don’t care for the cone-head that bump is giving her, nor her orange lip.

    George, I assume you are sporting braces, but for goodness’ sake, employ someone who can hem your pants!

  • Monday1900

    Sandra Bullock always looks a bit awkward to me (unlike that model!) but she still looks great.

    I’m really curious about this movie. When they showed the preview in the theater people were laughing out loud at the pretentiousness but now it’s getting all these glowing reviews.

  • Stella Zawistowski

    I disagree about the slit being too high. I think one more inch and we’d be nearing Heidi territory, but this slit says “I’ve still got it” — QUIETLY.

    • Getoverit

      Agreed! I love the dress and the shoes, but not together. Her hair is whats bothering me the most. Its almost like she had an itch on her forhead and scratched away leaving her hair bumped up.

  • Damien W

    It’s true, I just love to look at them. But she could relax the hair. Also, maybe she’s reached the point in her life where smoky eyes are no longer called for. — because they are set farther apart than most, too much smoke draws attention to the brow wrinkle. But God love her for leaving that wrinkle alone.

  • MilaXX

    I’m not sure I love the back shoe with her dress. Kinda wondering if a metallic would be better. He looks fine, but his tuxes always look a hair too big to me. No quibbles with the scores.

    • mlle

      I don’t mine the black, but the giant ankle strap is chopping up the line of her leg.

  • Janet B

    They looked better riding in the boat. Still, they look much better than most and maybe that’s just because they have “it”.

  • hillmad

    Professional Movie Stars! They both make me so happy! Especially after that VMA s**t storm!

  • frannyprof

    She was born to wear red. His smile kills me every time, ill-fitting tux notwithstanding.

  • Poeta Paz

    I love the way she looks, even the shoes. She looks better than the model who desperately needs a hair brush.

  • Judy_J

    Dear George, As the Cary Grant of the new millennium, please take a page from his book and have all your clothes tailored. Your handsomeness deserves no less, and you would make millions of women very happy.

    • Donna Tabor

      Actually, a suit of any kind is already “tailored”. It needs to be altered to fit.

      I’m declaring a war on the misuse of the word “tailored. Right here, right now.

      • formerlyAnon

        Since you’ve chosen your windmill, I will provide you with a lance and a broken down donkey. Your choice of Dulcinea optional.

        Go with God.

        • Donna Tabor


      • Judy_J

        Excuse me. George, please have your clothing altered to fit. Thank you.

  • marlie

    HE: Wears a suit/tux the way my dad does… always a skosh too loose, but who the hell cares when he still looks so darn dapper.

    SHE: Love the dress, and I like the shoes, but her hair is a little bit too high.

    Still, it’s nice to know that the two of them aren’t going to be “phoning it in” over the next few weeks.

  • August in Italy just screams wool-blend dress…

    • Donna Tabor

      Actually, wool can be quite comfortable in warm weather, especially if it’s a lightweight fabric like gazar. I used to teach a class on wool.

      • IMNAngryLiberal

        I agree — I had a killer summer weight wool suit made when I was in Hong Kong and I was perfectly comfortable in the summer (of course, I live in the PNW, so summer is relative).

        • Donna Tabor

          Men wear tropic-weight wool suits all the time in the summer. And the Bedoins’ robes are wool. In the hottest desert on the planet.

      • I know it can be – it just wouldn’t be my first choice!

  • teensmom99

    I love that she has tan lines. Really-she just seems like your friend at the beach house. And it’s because of dresses like this that people keep trying the napkin–it looks great. I even love the wide slit.

  • elemspbee

    love SB’s shoes, though do think that it’s not to go with that dress. For a minute, I thought the conversation between the dress and the hair is somewhat interesting. At least not the mop head the model is sporting; though the model’s shoes is equally quite heavy.

  • sk888888

    Still. Hubba hubba!

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    “I Love Them Together SO MUCH!” Part 2: He looks perfect. It’s Georgie, it’s a tux, what else could you want? I love it! As for Sandy, I’d have left the hair down, maybe in a wavy Veronica Lake side part style, which I’ve never seen on her, and which would rock the dress. The slit is fine for me – it’s about in the right spot. I would have gone with a slightly less-heavy shoe, but this one’s not bad.

  • KingCrazy

    I kind of dig the shoes with her dress. Call me crazy.

  • majorbedhead

    I don’t care how his tux fits. If this poledance means I get to see lots and lots of photos of George being George, then I’m just FINE with whatever he’s wearing. He’s divine.

  • NDC_IPCentral

    Intern George.

    Makes my day.

  • I definitely see the effort but I am with you on George and his oversiized tuxes. Why George why?
    As for her, I like her in less dramatic looks. The dark eyes and severe dresses just don’t work for me on her. And I really don’t like the hair.

  • Wellworn

    I know SB is a) too old, b) too successful, and c) too maternal, to attract GC but I would so love to see this happen. They are so classic old black and white romantic comedy fodder.

    • Qitkat

      Please I hope this does not happen.
      However, I would die to see them together in a genuine old-fashioned black and white romcom.

  • Addicted2Glamour

    Sandra’s dress is gorgeous, but who signed off on those House Arrest Ankle Bracelet shoes?

  • Coco Cornejo

    Regarding the tux, it’s hearkens back to the cut that was favored in the 1950s–Aunt Rosemary’s heyday.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Absolutely refuses to do the hand-on-hip, crossed-legs, gotta-pee-because-I’m-just-a-girl pose, and for that, we love her.

    And God bless her for that. TAKE A LESSON, AMY ADAMS!
    I hate that tablecloth origami dress, though.

  • GillianHolroyd

    Not loving the pompadour; her face is too narrow for this hairstyle and I think bright red taffeta always look cheap so this look gets a pass from me. Nonetheless, I can’t wait to see this movie.

  • stubbornthoughts

    “Absolutely refuses to do the hand-on-hip, crossed-legs, gotta-pee-because-I’m-just-a-girl pose, and for that, we love her.”
    – YES.

    I was reading a few early reviews of Gravity this morning, and holy crap, this sounds like a classic in the making. Couldn’t have picked two better stars to headline it! Loving this combo of Sandy and George.

  • bertkeeter

    If you want to shorten your legs…wear shoes with wide straps across the top of your ankles. VOILA…shorter stubby legs!

  • Darren Nesbitt

    My first thought when looking at this dress was that she would open it and there would be some little ghosts of christmas shackled around her legs. Odd I know.

  • formerlyAnon

    Her hair. I wince.
    But they are pros (or hire pros) and it shows even when not on the top of their game. Imagine the pair of them at your dinner party.

  • kimmeister

    Her shoes look strangely . . . athletic in comparison to the dress. The dress is gorge, but it’s unfortunate that it is the exact same color of the red carpet so it doesn’t stand out as much as it should.

    • formerlyAnon

      Even if it’s just her stance, there’s ALWAYS something strangely athletic about Sandra B. For me, it’s part of her charm. It’s as if she is the slightly gauche spiritual granddaughter of Katherine Hepburn.

      • kimmeister

        You’re right, I think it’s more that the shoes emphasize her athletic legs, rather than being athletic in and of themselves.

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    And as the pole dance continues, poor Sandy will have every one of her numerous fashion choices critiqued … and George will (probably) change his underwear. It just isn’t fair…

    • formerlyAnon

      True. (ETA: It ain’t easy being a girl!)

  • Tatiana Luján

    Her dress is slashy in a great way. The shoes are too heavy and her hair looks just the way I put mine under the shower cap when there’s no time for washing it in the morning. 7.8

    His pants are loo long and too wide. 6

  • CeeQ

    Thank goodness for SB and her normal lady pose on the red carpet. Agree with you – the shoes are all wrong. Don’t mind the height of the slit that much.

  • flamingoNW

    I love the dress on Sandra, her legs look fab and I love the shoes! The hair is a little weird, but overall I would have given her an 8.5. Clooney gets a 9.5 in spite of the oversized tux because *sigh*

  • unbornfawn

    It is early in the pole dance, give them a little time to hit their stride. Don’t like her messy bump-it hair and the ankle bracelets have got to go. He looks standard George Clooney. Would that the other boy stars could look that good on an OK day.

  • Qitkat

    Sandra looks a little bit apprehensive, and George looks his usual natural self. Even though I don’t care for the dress, they both look mighty fine for the first time out here.

  • AnnPopovic

    He’s notoriously funny, has a reputation for being very smart and yet, not an ass. She has the ‘girl next door’ look but the reputation for being SO much more than that and also has a reputation for fun, pranks, and general mischief. I SO want to tag along with them on this! That said, that dress is just ugly. And I like her better in her weird leather getups; it speaks more to who SHE thinks she is and less to who we keep trying to want to make her.

    And George looks distinctly like George. That’s good enough!

  • I feel like Clooney’s suit fit is a holdover from the 90s. It’s a pity – he should by all rights be rocking out the Mad Men styles.

  • BitterOldQueen

    I think whoever styled the model got it right: the gorgeous angularity of that dress pretty much demands a softer down-do rather than Sandra’s odd look here. And if she’s going to insist on wearing it up, then she really needs some jewelry or something to break up that vast expanse between where her chin stops and the dress starts; the angles and constructiveness of the gown aren’t quite enough to carry the unadorned look.

  • Luke Pacheco

    I FLOVE the shoes… maybe not for that particular dress… but oh my god. And I agree, he was born to wear tuxes.. but please get one with better fit.

  • JauntyJohn

    You know, at the end of the day, Ms. Bullock has a lot of class. I think the up hair is “I am going to be on an open air boat and then on the carpet and I don’t want to have to constantly eff with my hair every two seconds because there are a million photogs doing their thing right now while I do mine.” I think overall she looks great — I don’t mind the shoes but I do wish the slit in that dress was a bit more to the side.
    He is a Movie Star. Period.
    In some ways, despite our valid critiques, this is American Glamour at the top of its game.

  • Kelly

    See, this shows what an old fogey I am. Yeah, Clooney’s trousers are a tad too free-flowing and long, but otherwise, my first thought was, “thank god, *finally* here’s a guy who is NOT wearing a too-tight, too-small suit.”

    I understand that men with lovely bods don’t have the same opportunity to show them off on the RC that women do, so tight clothes might be their only option to flash the physique. But lately, to me they all look like kids who’ve outgrown last year’s suit, and their mom tries to tell herself, “oh, it’s not so bad, he can get another couple of months’ wear out of it as long as he doesn’t move too much or breathe too deeply.”

    I look at all these little suits with the barely-long-enough pants and the jackets that look as if the wearers are one breath away from turning their buttons into lethal projectiles, and I think, “um, aren’t your armpits chafing? Isn’t your crotch screaming? Aren’t you getting light-headed from taking all those shallow breaths?” Clooney at least looks like he has enough room to expand his lungs.

  • Aw. Suddenly, I ship it.

  • Tracy_Flick

    Often when TLo say a suit doesn’t fit, I have to squint and turn my head sideways, and still it usually looks pretty good to me. This one, though – OY. He’s swimming in that thing.

    Her hair looks gross, and her shoes cut her off at a weird place when see with that big slit.

    Still, they do both have that star quality.

  • cowper

    I have no idea what the hell “silk wool gazaar” means, but “siren-red” seems appropriate.

    Also, these two have to get together. They NEED to get together! For the sake of the internets.

  • JaCory Deon

    I love how these actresses dress when they’re in Europe: less makeup, less jewelry, not perfect hair. She looks good, but she always does at these things really. He looks, well, as he always does. Meh.

  • Trickytrisha

    Her hair makes my (imaginary) OCD kick in – too lumpy, bumpy and skewed. Other than that, and the rather attention diverting shoes, she’s lovely. He’s George, and that’s enough.

  • Laurie Landry

    That dress is absolutely stunning my friends! Shoes are awesome as well, sadly not with the dress.

  • TigerLaverada

    Yeah, a quibble here and there, but basically that’s how you do it. They look like true movie stars. And being personally tired of the current fashion of too tight, too small suits and tuxes that pull unflatteringly all over the place, to me GC looks fine.

  • Sandra looks beautiful. Her dress is boring, maybe because I come to this site every day and I read other things on fashion. The red is a great color with her black hair. Yes, that slit is way too high. I used to love ankle-strap shoes, but there are so many of them now.

    George reminds me of a favorite uncle. The good-looking favorite uncle whom everybody likes because he’s jovial, charming, but no lady-killer. I think it’s the fit of his jackets that keeps him from being fully debonair in my eyes.

  • Valdri8

    They need to make a fabubaby together.

  • Sunraya

    Love her hair, and most of the dress except for the slit. Horrid. He looks fine. Not great, but fine.

  • Contralto

    George, you suave bastid.

  • LauraAgain

    I think her legs are a little too muscular for such a shoe … the part around the ankle looks like bondage. I like the dress, but would have chosen a different color, since it matches exactly the red carpet. I’d rather it stood out, like in a midnight blue or deep purple.

  • HobbitGirl

    That style of shoe just always reminds me of old-timey prison manacles. Why that look is fashionable, I don’t know. They break up the nice line of her otherwise killa legs, too.

  • clairellis

    I love the shoes. Not with this dress but I do love the shoes.