Diane Kruger in Alberta Ferretti at the Jaeger-LeCoultre Gala Dinner

Posted on September 03, 2013

God bless the major European film festivals. They clearly intimidate the stars into dressing quite a bit better than they would any other time. We’ve been enjoying the steady stream of sartorially nervous celebrities over the weekend. Not that Diane really needed the boost to get her fashion shit together. She’s always dressed for attention.


Diane Kruger attends Jaeger-LeCoultre Gala Dinner celebrating its 180th Anniversary at Teatro La Fenice in Venice in an Alberta Feretti gown accessorized with H.Stern Stars earrings.

Alberta Ferretti Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Daphne Velghe

Like so.

We have to say, this is working for us, despite the description. See, we have this thing about describing a garment out loud if you’re not sure about it. Something about hearing it classified and described helps put it in perspective. So when you say “long-sleeved, high-necked, deep purple gown,” out loud, you might be forgiven for leaping to the conclusion that this was some sort of overblown, too-serious mess of a dress. But it’s really not. It’s lovely, in fact. Granted, we don’t think most ladies could pull this off without looking over-wrought, but Diane has a knack for minimalism, even when it’s rendered in eggplant-colored velvet. All the styling choices – from jewelry to hair – are just right for the look. She looks low-key without looking sister-wife; she looks luxurious without looking tacky. We’re digging it.

But she must be sweating like crazy.



[Photo Credit: INFphoto.com, style.com]

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  • Dorothy & Michael n/a

    A little too Maria Von Trapp-dressed-for-the-ball for me.

    • Judih1

      I agree. And she is dressed like she is going to a Xmas ball at that.

  • Diego!

    Amish girl on the red carpet…. I don’t know… that dress looks too heavy and thick (as in its fabric) for summertime… As you say, her back must be a waterfall and let’s not go even down under!! Anyway, I like her earringas and make up. But this dress is for Christmas season only.

    • TaurusKW

      I completely agree. This dress should only be worn between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Hell, even her earrings look like Christmas tree ornaments!

      • Diego!

        And her purse looks like a child’s gift haha 😛

      • Rhonda Shore

        Yes, seems way too early in the year for full-on velvet.

  • TLJezebel

    That ring is sick!

  • Jennifer


  • SewingSiren

    Velvet lover, I am.
    And I love this dress on her. THe belt would have been even better. I think it’s too early to wear velvet though.

  • Jacquelyn

    She does look pretty but I think I had a similar dress when I was 8. It was my Christmas dress. However, I do love the earrings.

  • Loving this. What a color! Just the right choices, letting the dress do almost all the work.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I love the velvet and the fact that it isn’t crushed.
    But I think this dress needed a belt.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Beautiful dress but a belt would have put it over the top. There is just too large an expanse of purple velvet. I see a black beaded girdle for something extravagant, or a gold chain belt that would dangle and sway as she moves.

      • demidaemon

        That might have been a bit too drag fabulous for Miss Kruger. She is German, after all. 😉

      • Tatiana Luján

        The beaded girdle would look amazing!

    • Coleen

      The dress on the runway version appears to have a belt, so I wish she would have stuck with that.

  • Jessica Freeman

    It really needs better accessorizing, certainly a belt or some bright color or something to give it a little ‘oomph’….

    • lobsterlen

      Yes better accessorizing. A crown would complete the look.

  • filmcricket

    I adore velvet, but I can’t imagine wearing it right now. However, she does look amazing. I think she should have kept the belt.

  • MilaXX

    Is it possible to get stank body? Gorgeous look but she has to be hot under lbs of velvet.

  • carnush

    Love her. Love this dress.

  • BrooklynBomber

    I like the idea, but not the execution. I almost never default to, “it needs a belt!,” but in this case I think the version on the model is better (but, even so, I don’t think it quite works).

  • I want to love. I’m so close to loving. And then I think she looks like a fancy wine bottle hostess gift and I am unable to love it.

    • filmcricket


  • Julie Ree

    A belt would take it in to bridesmaid territory, IMHO.
    I bet that dress just feels divine on- and it shows.

  • Lori

    If she wore this in November I’d be inclined to like it. In late August/early September it’s ridiculous.

  • TAGinMO

    Happy Holidays, everyone!

  • Kappyapp

    I think it’s lovely but agree with the others who say it looks too hot for this time of year. If we were further into fall or winter it would be perfect

  • Lola Channing

    love it. Very Vatican City. But in a good way. Although, yes, agree, it is a bit too of a wintery look for late summer.

  • Ashley Ellen Wilson

    I played dress-up as a 6-year old in a dress exactly like this.

  • MissMariRose

    George Costanza would be in heaven.

  • Trickytrisha

    The dress is almost just right, IMO. I suppose it’s the pockets that make the skirt less sleek than the top. She must be wearing some seriously high heels, ’cause she looks *very* long from her waist to the floor.

  • deelup

    The fit is off. Model version screams “draped velvet royalty”. Kruger’s screams “Christmas robe from Sears”

  • Well, I know what I’ll be wearing if my coronation is in winter.

    • Bridget Smith

      With that hairstyle, she does indeed look like she is awaiting her crown.

  • RuthGo

    Too many flashbacks to early 90s winter bridesmaids dresses for me. No.

    • majorbedhead

      Ugh, me too! I had a green velvet and taffeta one, complete with huge ass bow. I ripped it up and turned it into a Halloween costume after the wedding was done.

  • leahpapa

    Weather-inappropriate dressing makes me batty, regardless of how regal one looks.

    • SugarSnap108

      Me, too. I don’t get why it’s so rampant.

  • Janet B

    I really like this look, although it’s better suited for late autumn/winter.

  • cocohall

    Is there a Renaissance Faire in the area that she is stopping by later? In that setting I’d give her a WERQ, but I agree with the other BKs that this looks a bit heavy for the season and the occasion . . .

    • lobsterlen

      I just made the same comment,
      Diane as the best dressed wench at the ren faire.

  • Edwina3

    This looks like something from the Talbot’s Christmas catalogue circa 1989. Besides, jewel tones are better suited to the Katy Perry’s of the world.

  • GorgeousThings

    You think so? The first thought I had on seeing her was “Sister Wife at a Christmas Ball”

  • par3182

    I didn’t recognise her (I’m so used to seeing her in that horse jacket these days) – she looks like European royalty.

    • ConnieBV

      Snaps for The Bridge reference.

  • nannypoo

    Beautiful, elegant, and no doubt sweaty.

  • BazoDee

    She looks lovely, but I somehow don’t love this as much as I should and I don’t hate it as much as I should either.
    I would have done the hair without the center part.

  • marlie

    “Long-sleeved, high-necked, deep purple VELVET gown.” She looks fabulous, but the dress itself still seems too wintery. And I wish she’d kept the belt.

  • Nancer

    Sorry, guys, it really needs the belt from the runway to look perfect.

  • formerlyAnon

    I love this. She could have gone with one flashier accessory, but better this than the wrong one. ETA: And I bet the belt got lost because it ruined the sleek line without defining her waist as cleanly as on the model. Because she’s slender but she’s a 37 year old who usually looks fit, not semi-skeletal.

  • SugarSnap108

    I think she is veering into sister-wife territory. The long sleeves and middle-part hair push it over the border for me.

    • demidaemon

      Sister wives wished they could look this good!

  • OffToSeeHim

    I thought the belt added a lot on the model. Leaving it off was a poor choice.

    • Shawn EH

      I dunno, I think the bodice is fitted enough that the belt wasn’t a requirement.

      • OffToSeeHim

        Shawn, I really meant more from the point of view of visual interest to break up the color, rather than to draw the eye to a fitted waist. I guess for me that’s just a lot of unbroken purple.

        • Shawn EH

          But why break up a glittering column of purple, girl?

          • demidaemon

            Indeed. Let it shine, let it shine!

  • WittyCism

    Thank goodness for those fitted sleeves, otherwise this’d be Lady Macbeth.

  • Candigirl1968

    What a wonderful outfit for a winter holiday party (particularly with the belt on the model)!
    Oh wait, it’s the beginning of September….

  • Shawn EH

    She looks like the prettiest girl on Dark Shadows in 1969. By which I mean: LOVE! Those blood red nails!

  • Joe Schmartin

    Well, at least she won’t be late for her Romeo & Juliet costume party afterward.

  • bertkeeter

    That’s some ‘shiny” velvet!

  • Tatiana Luján

    The model put hr hands in the pockets of the dress and pulled it forward, so the dress isn’t as wide at the hips area as it looks on Kruger. If the dress were sleeker and more fitted to the hips and Kruger had worn it with a belt, this would be a WERQ in my book.

    • conniemd

      Agree, said the same thing about the belt in response to another comment, in that the belt cinched in the waist.

  • sagecreek

    I don’t know, that’s a whole lotta dress.

  • lobsterlen

    Ehh really not feeling it. Honestly all I see is a long sleeved, high neck, royal purple heavy velvet floor length gown being worn in early September. I suppose many of the Renaissance Faires are still going on so if Diane is heading for a ren faire she will be the best dressed wench.

  • Kathy_Marlow

    Those earrings need to come and live at my house.

  • msdamselfly

    Looks so much better on the model

    • conniemd

      Think it’s the belt which pulls in the waistline and gives a better shape.

  • Kimbolina

    I prefer the model version where it looks a bit more drape-y and easy. This just seems far too stuffy. And I know it’s a lighting/photo thing, but the color just looks much better in the model shot. Looks a bit dingy on the red carpet. I think this is one of my main problems with velvet. Because of the texture of the fabric, I just feel like the color varies too much depending on the lighting.

  • Tracy_Flick

    50% little-girl-holiday dress
    45% Colonial Williamsburg
    5% folk album cover circa 1973.

    I don’t like it.

  • Ruth Preston

    “Mom! Mom! I made the senior madrigal ensemble!”

  • LaSylphide

    Venice? August? Velvet? Having said that, she looks gorgeous. Good fit, and the color is perfect on her. Totally love it.

  • broke&fashionable


  • neonseattle

    the idea of a long purple velvet dress makes me sweat. but it looks great on her and the accesories and makeup are beautiful as well. she does her own makeup and doesn’t have a stylist, right? that’s pretty impressive.

  • Qitkat

    Way too early in the season for this gown, beautiful that it is.

  • Pannyx

    Wow, that dress looks ridiculously heavy. I just can’t with it. No.

  • NOLA_gal

    Meh. But I love the earrings.

    • decormaven

      Yes! Those earrings are stunning.

  • Toby Wollin

    Velvet? In August? No wonder she’s keeping her arms down. 🙂

  • MarissaLG

    I like everything about this, but I think it would have benefitted from a some kind of gold belt. Also not great for the season, but I can forgive that.

  • snarkykitten

    I’m not one to harp on dressing for the season, but really? high neck velvet dress in late summer??

  • demidaemon

    I love this. She just looks fabulous and glowing. With sweat.

  • Sara Brams-Miller


  • Louise Bryan

    Minimalist purple velvet … it almost sounds like an oxymoron. Gorgeous color on her, totally out of season dress, perfectly styled. Interesting …. very interesting.

  • I’m sorry…is it winter in Europe? And I am sorry again my well-rested T-Lo but I am feeling sister wife mixed with wicken.

  • quiltrx

    A bit too far to the Renn Faire side for me. Just needs a heavy amulet on a long chain LOL.

  • kathrineb

    I know the 90s are back but I just can’t with the velvet. She kind of convicing me though. I suppose if anyone can wear it she can.

  • Bathrobe.

  • MoHub

    MOB at a December wedding. But I like.

  • Randy Noak

    I love the dress, but the nails are bugging me for some reason. I can’t think of an alternative color, but this one just don’t seem right.

  • Monabel

    Now, that’s what I’m talking about!