Girl, That’s Not Your Dress: Naomi Watts at the “Diana” Paris Premiere

Posted on September 09, 2013

Bless her heart, this smells like desperation. The movie’s getting such viciously bad reviews that we can’t help thinking of this as the quintessential Defensive Dress. The thinking goes like this: “If I really pile it on, from shoes to hair, then everyone will stop talking about this thing I don’t want them to talk about.” A fine plan, honey. Except you’re standing in front of a backdrop reminding everyone of why you’re here.


Naomi Watts attends the premiere of “Diana” in Paris in a Marchesa dress paired with a Reece Hudson clutch.

Marchesa Spring 2013 Collection/Model: Marine van Outryve

Not that there’s anything wrong with that dress. It’s a pretty dress, if a little over-wrought. But it truly isn’t her dress; not really. She doesn’t look right in these floofy, fluffy, spun-sugar dresses. She needs sleek and sophisticated.

Perhaps not coincidentally, this is about as far from the real Diana’s personal style as you can get.




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  • Jacquelyn

    I can barely see the dress with the backdrop. It is not working for her at all and from the look on her face I think she might know it. The dress reads a little “nightgown” to me.

    • Introspective

      a little? id say a whole lotta nightgown is going on here. the dress is positively vomiting nightgown. and i also think her face suggests she knows this too. hence the hesitant body language.

      girl stop & put it away. cause its no one’s dress.

    • 3boysful


  • Um,….ouch?

    That’s so wrong for her personality and even for the venue, that its giving me a migraine.

    • decormaven

      Is the technical term for this look “foofy”? This is so not in her wheelhouse.

      • I think we need an acronym. FL for Foofiness Level.
        This would be an 8.3 on a scale of ten.

        • decormaven

          I concur.

          • demidaemon

            I would rate it at least a 9.3, personally.

  • nannypoo

    It’s like a wedding dress for Twiggy.

    • Rhonda Shore

      Yes, it’s very 60s!

    • I was thinking a negligee for Elizabeth Taylor!

      • Heather

        Reminds me of Trudy’s pregnant peach nightie, just in white!

        • Katesymae

          With accents of angel, milkmaid, and ice princess!

    • Little_Olive

      Now that is what I call snark precision!

  • Eric Stott

    Oh Honey, those knees, bless your heart..

    • carolie_king

      I’m not seeing it – her knees look perfectly fine to me.

    • CPK1

      I wish my knees looked that good

    • Sobaika

      I didn’t know knees could be criticized (and I don’t see what’s wrong with them) . Ugh, I am NOT looking forward to getting older.

    • Danielle

      Yet another unrealistic standard for women. -.-

    • Adriana_Paula

      I love her knees!

      • Eric Stott


  • MilaXX

    It’s pretty but far too twee for her

    • marlie

      Cheesy Lifetime movie or not, I’ll watch it. I love Gina Gershon, and I’ve heard she’s really good, too. Plus, Enrico Colantoni as Gianni, and Raquel Welch? I’m there.

  • JulieTy

    I feel like Betty Draper wore something like this on her wedding night.

    • Judy_S

      It looks like the nightie set I planned to wear on my wedding night (only I got too drunk to bother).

      • sagecreek

        Oh, I wore it. What can I say, I was young and quite stupid.

    • leahpapa

      Had a similar thought: “Ooh! I hope this shows up on Trudy next season in a bedroom scene!”

    • SylviaFowler

      It’s what Mia Farrow wore on her wedding DAY to Frank Sinatra.

  • fiestyfashionfem

    I like the shoes?

  • teensmom99

    Scrolldown fug if I ever saw one. The thumbnail amost seemed like a late period Diana lace dress–I imagined a column. Not my thing but it could have worked. This is truly unfortunate.

  • Julie Parr

    I was just wondering when babydoll dresses would return the other day – especially considering that we’re in a 90s revival. Am I too old to wear one anymore? That would be sad.

  • Constant Reader

    The dress brings to mind Barbra Streisand’s handprint pajamas in The Owl and The Pussycat. And yet, irrationally, I like it. Hate the handbag with it, though.

  • CPK1

    she looks flammable.
    Marchesa and Stella McCartney = i hate nearly everything they make (although I am sure that they lose much sleep over this fact)

    • AnneElliot

      After I saw the first shot and read “Marchesa,” my first thought was “of course.” Overwrought, overly lacy, just tacky.

      I love Naomi but this dress (and from what I’ve heard, this entire movie) is a serious misstep. She was so great in The Impossible. So sad.

      • lobsterlen

        Yes and poor Sayed from lost (Andrew Naveen). It breaks my heart he is in this clunker.

    • Kimbolina

      Yeah, the netting looks so cheap and flammable. Like a princess canopy for a little girl’s bed. Such a weird fabric.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I really don’t like that dress at all, but I think she is pulling it off.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Or just wear a really ugly dress and hopefully they’ll talk more about that than the movie.

  • Lesley

    Marchesa is usually nobodies dress.

  • jw_ny

    More appropriate as a negligee for her wedding night…

  • LadyCelia

    1968 pegnoir.

  • Mrs. Julien

    “Oh dear god, that is hid– it must be Marchesa.”
    That’s what my brain just said. Thought you should know.

    • We hold these fashion truths to be self evident.

    • Robin Murray

      Blech – Marchesa. Overwrought gimcracks hand appliqued onto mountains of charmeuse. Estrogen gone bad.

  • lobsterlen

    Is Naomi auditioning to be the next love interest of Don Draper?
    I bet that dress smells like a Halloween costume.

  • Karen Belgrad

    That dress belongs to a virginal bride on her wedding night.

    • lobsterlen

      Which is another to say this is no ones dress.

  • majorbedhead

    That’s not anyone’s dress. It could be someone’s negligee, but it’s definitely not a dress.

  • YoungSally

    Good dress for Kate Hudson

    • sagecreek

      Oooh, that was mean. And so very accurate.

  • meowing

    Are there pix of her in Diana makeup? She looks nothing like Diana, to me, so I’m wondering how the heck a make up artist will pull that one off.

    • lobsterlen

      Yes there are pictures. There is a horrible trailer too. Diana was a beautiful woman. Noami is a very attractive woman too. Noami is not attractive in costume as Diana. From the little bit I saw Noami looked weirdly looked very ordinary and pedestrian. Something like tourist on holiday in the UK. Even Noami in the formal wear wasn’t working for me.

      • NC_Meg

        I agree. She looks nothing like Diana, even in makeup. And the WIGS. Don’t get me started on those wigs. I wish Natasha Richardson could have played her. She would have been perfect. :

  • jmorino08

    Yeah, no. Big nos all around.

  • Tarquin

    I CAN NOT wait to see this shit-fest of a film!

    • sagecreek

      I know, me too! It’ll be on RedBox before November, I’m guessing.

      • Tarquin

        I know, right?

        It’s sad that a film like this gets a World-wide cinematic release, whereas the amazing Behind the Candelabra aired on HBO. I was [briefly] barred from my local cinema for shouting, à la Annie Wilkes, “What the F**K!?” during Sex and the City 2; I hope to have a similar outburst when watching Diana…

        • demidaemon

          It’s the “Hollywood is a bunch of dumbasses” syndrome. Something awesome like BtC gets shoved to cable, because it is “too racy,” whereas this half-assed biopic gets a full film release. So, Michael Douglas and Matt Damon lose out on what should have been Oscar nods and possible wins and must settle for Emmys (which one of them is all but guaranteed to win) and Naomi Watts will get skewered by critics and possible take a big hit to her career for signing on with this mess.

          It is very sad.

        • Iva

          Haha. Where do you live that you were barred from the local cinema?

  • this reminds me of the night-gowns that the women on mad men get to wear if the story needs them to look particularly silly and frivolous.

  • Oh honey. Marchesa is never the answer.

  • sagecreek

    This looks painfully like a wedding night negligee I owned in 1984.

  • GorgeousThings

    I figured that she and her stylist came up with the whole “dress up as an angel and remind everyone that Diana is in heaven and maybe they’ll be nice to you” thing. Because that dress looks like a costume from a couture Christmas pageant.

  • MissMariRose

    Oh, I don’t know. The first few years of her marriage, Diana’s look was all floofy, fluffy, spun-sugar dresses. Her wedding dress was the epitome of that. It wasn’t until after she separated from Chuck that she started getting sleek and sophisticated.

    In any event, Diana’s foofy dresses were hideous and so is this Marchesa.

  • OrigamiRose

    I have to say, I have those shoes and nothing makes me feel better than putting them on in the midst of a shitstorm 🙂

    • alyce1213

      Those are ass-kicking shoes, the only thing I can look at in these pictures. The rest is tragic.

  • NDC_IPCentral

    Baby-doll nightgown for a very young newlywed’s wedding night. One with bux, of course.

  • marlie

    It would help tremendously if she tried to to look more comfortable. This expression on her face says that she’s *really* uncomfortable.

    • Janet B

      She is an actress, right?
      Stand up and own this silly dress.

  • alyce1213

    That dress is tasteless and ostentatious. She looks ridiculous, which is not a good way to look, considering.

  • H2olovngrl

    Straight from the Trudy Campbell boudoir collection.

  • Heather

    I do love her shoes and her pedi.

    (My mother: “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything.”)

  • Little_Olive

    She looks much better than I would have thought had I seen the dress alone before, so there is that. Christmas tree angel.

  • Joey Melliza

    the absolute worst to wear in a premier in Paris…. and don’t get me started on those stripper shoes!!!! desperately seeking redemption!

  • The dress might be interesting if the bodice weren’t so busy. I think it’s an ugly dress; it’s awfully busy. I almost like it on the runway. Almost. No, I don’t like the top. I chuckled when I read about the bag Naomi is carrying. What bag? It is hidden in the skirt.

  • mrspeel2

    Looks like something a bride would have worn back in the 60s, on her wedding night.

    • 1964edithgrove

      Was about to make that exact comment! In fact, I owned it!

      • mrspeel2


  • Danielle

    Someone needs to introduce Georgina to another concept. The illusion netting is tired.

  • pop_top

    Oh my. It looks like an ice skater’s negligee.

  • Chris ‘Supermarky’ Maher

    one thing I’ve learned from this blog is how models can put across a dress in a way not at all bad looking women just fail to sometimes. mmmm maybe if it had been longer it wouldn’t look so silly on her. . .

  • conniemd

    Shame. Naomi Watts is such a fine actress and seems like a really fine person, with a hunky Liev Schrieber arm candy. She deserves better.

  • Big Bear

    It’s like the dress a slutty middle aged ‘Mrs Robinson’ type would wear in the ‘seduction’ scene of a B grade comedy.

  • wontons

    She is so beautiful, and this is so wrong for her. I’m trying to figure out who can wear it. Maybe someone very young and darker-skinned.

  • Not that there’s anything wrong with the dress????? Wha???? That is an atrocity! It must have been in her contract to wear Harvey’s Gal. Seriously. It’s one step above a baby-doll nighty. ugh….

  • guest2visits

    It’s a nightie of a dress – but I still think she looks very pretty. Love the shoes, not the clutch.
    Can the movie be anything but the worst idea, with a big lapse in judgement and taste…Why!

  • Cate

    Oof. In the thumbnail photo, where you can only see down to her shoulders, the dress actually looked pretty. I was imagining it continuing down in a darker, sleeker, more form-fitting shape. But instead it looks like somebody’s grandma put her ratty old curtains outside her house in a Free Box and Naomi snatched them up to make the skirt and sleeves of the dress.