Julia Roberts in Dolce&Gabbana at the August: Osage County Premiere

Posted on September 10, 2013

We are on our SIXTH. STRAIGHT. DAY. Of New York Fashion Week. And do you know what that means, darlings? It means we have HIT THE WALL. We’re fucking CRANKY, which means it’s just about the right time for us to turn toward Julia Roberts and unleash our vitriol.

Because isn’t that what celebrities are for, kittens? To hang all our dreams, frustrations, and disappointments on? The answer is yes.


Julia Roberts attends the premiere of “August: Osage County” during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Dolce&Gabbana.

Fine, Julia Roberts. You win this round, but this is FAR FROM OVER.

Which isn’t to say we love this. In fact, we think it’s not quite her dress. A little too bell-shaped all over. Plus we hate the color of the shoes. But she’s not inclined to put this much work in on her red carpet appearances in the past few years, so this dress is signalling pretty loudly that the Best Actress Oscar race is so very ON, bitches. This look is the equivalent of Julia double pointing at her eyes and then double pointing at Cate Blanchett’s eyes to let her know she’s got her in her sights.

Shyeah. Good luck with THAT one, girl.




[Photo Credit: Dara Kushner/INFphoto.com]

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  • Diego!

    I love her hair and legs, but dress, make up, shoes and bag are so not for her! This is a look her niece Emma Roberts should wear, not aunt Julie. Maybe she’ll do better next time.

    • Nicole C

      Ha, they could probably swap a few dresses, esp Emma’s winter wear.

  • SewingSiren

    She looks great in the Dolce and Gabbana, but there are others in the collection that I think would have looked even better.

  • Nice dress. Not her’s, but nice. And I would have done a stronger shoe, and bag.

    • Yes – lovely, but not hers. The shoes are too pinky and the almost-but-not-quite matching bag is making my eye twitch.

      • decormaven

        Truly! I want to yank that bag out of the frame. Poor call by stylist.

      • NC_Meg

        I don’t have a problem with the color of the bag but with the size/shape of it. It’s a little square. She is carrying around a little square. It just looks so weird to me.

    • Little_Olive

      She looks like one of the campaign models. We commented it here at TLo. It’s loo literal, IMO. And also too much like a Christmas ornament.

    • We’ve begrudgingly decided to accept shoes that are too big, but these are at least three sizes too large for her. Big gaps at both the heel and toe.

      Ladies over 40 need to stay away from the too-short fuller skirts. Makes ’em look like they’re wearing their daughter’s clothes.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    I was gonna say…
    I’m no big fan of hers, but this look is unexpected in a good way and I had to give props.
    Hang in there, boys!! You are doing the good work. How many more days to go??

  • thecitysleeps

    I love this to be honest. I think the dress is gorgeous.

    • Meg0GayGuys6

      I agree… I think she looks fantastic and this dress is beautiful!

    • PuttyGalore

      Me too. And I love her hair, make-up and earrings. And even the shoes (from afar). Well, at least I’m meh on the clutch.

  • RuthGo

    Wow, I thought you guys were going to eviscerate her for this one.

    I HATE this dress on her. Too tight in the middle, totally unflattering shape, not even sure the color is flattering. I will say, everything north of the neck looks gorgeous.

    Huh. I thought she was double-finger-to-eye pointing Sandra Bullock in the Oscar race. That’s what EW told me.

    • Sunraya

      The dress is too bell-shaped for a grown up to wear. Looks like Tinkerbell. And the maroon polish with the red dress – I don’t like it.
      Did she have something done to her eyes?? They seems to be really big!

    • demidaemon

      She better be, because if she’s doing it to Cate, those double fingers are going to reflect into her eyeballs.

  • largishbearishAtlish

    What, no one thought “OFF with their heads!” Like a modern version of the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. All she needs is a scepter with a heart on it. That said, I love you Miss Julia, you rock. but this is….well I love you Miss Julia.

  • Jacquelyn

    I miss her red hair. A lot.

    The dress is cute but not for her. The shoes aren’t great. But she still has that thousand-watt smile.

    • majorbedhead

      I miss her red hair, too. I had a bit of a girl-crush on her when she had red hair.

  • PlethoraofBooks

    She’s not wearing black. Pause for a minor celebration.

    Now send that off to someone a little younger and a little more twee. But baby steps are good, and you used color Julia, so I am very proud!

  • Jessica Freeman

    The dress shape is all wrong for her, hair is not doing a great job and those shoes are quite bad. I love me some Julia, but no girl.

  • MilaXX

    Feh, irrational hate and all that. I think she & Katherine Higel tie for the number one position on my list.

    • filmcricket

      Agreed, I find her unbearable. She makes GOOP look down to earth.

    • alyce1213

      Ditto. I just can’t with her.

    • SRQkitten

      Yes! Glad to know I’m not alone with my irrational hate of those two! Throw in Kate Hudson and it would be trifecta. Just never got the Julia-luv.

    • livesarah

      Same, actually. And her recently-frozen face is bugging me too. But I actually like the dress on her in spite of that!

  • Frank_821

    Yes this isn’t quite her dress but it’s a pleasant surprise

    But eyeing Cate-not bloody likely. She’ll have enough trouble with Sandra Bullock. Hell she’ll have enough with Meryl since they’re in the same movie

    • par3182

      She’s going Supporting, apparently. Eyes on Oprah.

      • teensmom99

        Haven’t seen any of the movies yet, but she might win–as a mainstream Hollywood type in a Sandy Bullock kind of way.

        • demidaemon

          Hoo boy, there is another one she is clearly not on par with. When Oprah decides to act, she ACTS. There ain’t no compare.

  • pattyw

    I love this on her — color, hurray! I suspect that when it comes to Oscar, Julia will be competing in best supporting actress.

  • Julie Parr

    Ageless. Love this so much.

  • majorbedhead

    WHY ARE JULIA ROBERTS’ SHOES TOO BIG????? *head, wall, bang* I give up.

    • Loola234

      Maybe she needs to size up to get width around the toes??

      Her head looks good. Not really a fan of hers, but love the hair & make-up.

  • erikagwen

    I could have sworn she was holding a maxi pad in her hands…

    • schadenfreudelicious

      In that second shot i was convinced it was a burger…*fumbles for glasses*

      • kimmeister

        That would be the most hilarious thing ever.

  • Introspective

    her face looks lovely. her legs are fantastic. nothing else here moves me. at all.

  • Why is she wearing Natalie Portman’s dress? I like Julia (I know, many others DO NOT) so I’m happy to see her big toothy grin and will enjoy watching her touch-arm-toss-hair-flirt her way down the red carpet. though, she’s going to have to start looking more comfortable and confident if she expects people to buy in.

    • kimmeister

      Yeah, this is one of those rare times when the dress would look better on a shorter gal.

    • RebeccaKW

      Natalie would be good. I was thinking Amanda Seyfried.

    • Alloy Jane

      She scarred me for a few years in Pretty Woman (small children should not watch movies about prostitutes) but we’re ok since she was in the modern Ocean’s 11 movies. Although the part where Linus says she’s the best part of his day made me laugh harder than any of the bickering the brothers did. And I think they’re pretty darned funny.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    I actually like the dress, but those shoes are type awful. I’m not even opposed to the nude, but simple pair of non-platform nude pumps would have won the day for me.

  • Claudia

    I really like the style of the shoes; could she have picked another colour that would’ve fared better? Agree about the shape of the dress on the bottom. Apart from those things, I was wondering what you might find fault with because I thought she was looking rather radiant… Don’t fret; someone WILL fudgeup! x

  • Kate

    This woman could wear a trash bag and her face would still look like and angel.

  • Carla_Charlton

    How about using an iron and pressing the hem?? And the shoes — the dull color, the tacky shininess, the clunky style (that’s trying not to be clunky with the 3 straps) — awful.

  • carnush

    HA HA! Yeah. That Oscar is Cate’s. It was from the second she got the script for Blue Jasmine.

  • YoungSally

    Harlot’s mantilla.

  • MoHub

    Victorian flocked wallpaper.

  • teensmom99

    Strangely unflattering and matronly on top. She looks broader than she really is–not a look most of us are aiming for!

  • leahpapa

    Nice stems.

  • TerryMH

    As my grandmother used to say, “God gives with one hand and takes away with another.” JR is a stunningly beautiful woman but doesn’t have lick of sense when it comes to style,

  • Mismarker

    In the immortal words of ZZ Top, she’s got legs.

  • wonderdivaEtsy

    Her stems look lovely, but I really don’t like the dress on her.

  • calimon

    I think she looks radiant (hair, makeup, legs), and though the dress is an unusual silhouette, I think it’s done well.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    WOW D&G really took over the head to toe styling on this one. She could’ve been part of the runway with that hair and makeup! All she’s missing is a few bejeweled crosses. As nice as her legs look, I think that dress is way too short and those shoes are WAY too high for her. She looks a little desperate.

  • Danielle

    I’m just squeeing because the movie was shot 30 minutes north of where I live!

  • marlie

    I don’t love the dress, but I appreciate the effort. Her hair and makeup look lovely, and I like the dress *except* for the shortness of the skirt. If it were a little longer, I don’t think the shape would be quite so bad. And wrong shoes, no matter how you look at them. And the clutch doesn’t go.

  • nannypoo

    After looking at Jennifer Garner I came back here for another look at her jewelry. She needs some. But look at her engagement and wedding rings. Simple, straightforward, and normal. It seems like every other celebrity has a diamond 20 times that size. Good for her.

    • Joanna

      Wow – you’re right. That wedding band set IS remarkably normal. Is that diamond even more than a carat? From a NYC perspective, it’s downright tiny.

    • filmcricket

      Well she’s married to a civilian, isn’t she? I mean, not exactly – he’s a cameraman or DOP or something – but he’s not an actor. Of course she could have bought herself an Aniston-sized rock if she wanted to, but she doesn’t have a husband to throw sparklers her way. I also don’t think she cares much; I’ve heard she’s kind of a hippie in private life.

  • Granny panties

    I think the dress is nice, but not outstanding. Face looks beautiful.

  • Is it wrong that I wonder how she gets her knees to look so great. Seriously is their some plastic surgery for older knees that I’m not aware of? I don’t think you get knees like that by exercise alone.

    • filmcricket

      Nah, she’s always had great stems. Lucky genetics. And when she shows them off she doesn’t just slap some fake tan on ’em and call it a day – I’m pretty sure there’s camera-ready body make-up happening there; she’s used it before.

  • Monzerrat Ontiveros

    nice legs julia! I love the dress!

  • AnniNoone

    I think she has perma-bitchface. If these were pap shots, I’d applaud that, but you’re at work, dear. Act.

  • Jen

    What do you even put in that clutch?! I think she looks gorgeous, but I am racking my brain to determine why one would cart around a clutch that practically requires two hands and could hold a piece of gum and tube of chapstick….

  • Aurumgirl

    This is Julia doing her best Monica Bellucci impersonation. And it misses by a long shot.

  • stu844

    oh my god, her legs!

  • elemspbee

    the fit of this dress is quite funky on her. And she can’t work this shape.

  • It’s a very Julia R. look but much more put together than usual. I’m on board.

  • Belvane

    Guys, I think you are far too kind here. Top to bottom, this is awful. Sister-wife hair, dimestore makeup, a very unflattering dress in a very unflattering color, and cheap-looking shoes. The hemline of the dress looks like she decided at the last minute that the only thing she had going for her was nice legs (true enough), so they hiked up the hem and used scotch tape to hold it.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    She looks lovely, but she could use a better shape on the skirt part of this dress. I wish I had those legs (although mine are perfectly serviceable).

  • Denise Alden

    How can you two still be so fucking hilarious after SIX. DAYS. ? Love ya.

  • Imasewsure

    So much better than usual and at least it’s colorful and interesting. I’ll give it a half smile and a mild “you GO gurl”

  • This dress looks matronly. Thin legs and thick waist. I don’t really mean that her legs are thin and her waist is thick. I mean that this is the style of dress that a woman would wear as she gets older and spreads in the middle.

    I actually like Julia’s shoes, but they’re too big. Fire the stylist.

  • disqussant

    The antiquated thing that D&G was going for in this collection works far better on younger women. She looks fine, but this isn’t her dress. Those shoes are completely wrong for the dress.

  • Constant Reader

    Through some sort of weird fashion alchemy, that dress manages to look matronly and too young for her at the same time. Killer legs, though.

  • Little_Olive

    I don’t care for it, mostly because it’s kind of not her look. Not that I know so much what her look is.

    • nannypoo

      Refer to the Worst Looks for 2011 post showing the navy pantsuit and you may find your answer.

  • Tracy_Flick

    I like it. It looks very Dolly Parton/Loretta Lynn in the 70s.

  • cowper

    If you have short nails, do you want to highlight them with blood-red polish? Doesn’t look right to me.

    • housefulofboys

      That doesn’t bother me at all, I would in fact prefer short nails to talons any day. My nails are small and don’t grow past the end of my fingers without breaking and chipping, and I’m most definitely not limiting myself to pale pink just because they’re not long. In fact, I’m in my 50’s and I paint them all the colors of the rainbow, and I rock them! 🙂

  • Terri Terri

    Wow, she has really beautiful legs, I had no idea!
    What are those sleeves? It looks like choir robe sleeves or something– don’t like ’em.

  • jw_ny

    That dress should be accessorized with a flurry white muff and a pair of ice skates….

  • Getoverit

    Too early in the year for this dress. Looks holidayish.

  • MGK

    Too short, but not so bad. The sleeve shape is lovely, though I think overall it’s a bit voluminous with both sleeve and hem.

  • MarissaLG

    I really like this look. The dress is interesting, youthful (yet age appropriate) and really flattering. I’m not super in love with the shoes, but they still work. I also love the nail color choice.

  • LaSylphide

    Not that she shouldn’t show off her great legs, but the dress just looks out of balance somehow with the short skirt. Shoe/bag color is awful. Otherwise, the color is great on her and the dress is pretty, although it would be better with a longer, less pouty skirt. She still has that great smile, and that trumps everything else.

  • melanie0866

    That dress is super-cute. Reminds me of the Mad Men where Don and Betty are in Italy.

  • jen

    I like this look! The dress is not without it’s issues but it’s super cute and she looks great. The shoes are lame, though. Hang in there boys! The BK’s appreciate all of your tireless work and bitchery!

  • E. D.

    That dress is a disaster on her, especially with those shoes.

    • veriance

      The dress looks like what Isabella Rossalini (sp?) was wearing at fashion week in an earlier post. Not. Good.

  • mhleta

    I think she looks fabulous in spite of this dress. Seriously. She hasn’t looked this good in years. She looks fit, she’s at her idea weight and her face looks fantastic. Bitch.

  • stephbellard

    Except that she’s now campaigning for Best SUPPORTING actress apparently. Which is total bullshit and just the Weinsteins way of keeping her out of the Meryl/Cate showdown in Lead actress, without is LOL because GIRL Oprah is more formidable than those two put together and now way is she losing that Oscar to anyone. Least of all some white girl who can’t even wear a dress properly.

    • demidaemon

      Exactly. See my comment above!

  • Legs, makeup and nails are all working for me but nothing else is.

  • traced89

    I don’t know why I like this, but I do. So retro-y Nancy Sinatra. And the legs look amazing. I might just be influenced by how godawful Abigail Breslin looked in comparison though.

  • A Shiny O’Connor

    Shoes are work of the devil. Really the worst nude shoe I’ve ever seen.

  • Trickytrisha

    This certainly illustrates why this type of bag is called a “clutch”. She has amazing legs, but I don’t recall her wearing such short skirts normally.

    The dress is puzzling. It should be a home run, but I think she only got a single here. Shoes should be burned.

  • Michelle Wilson

    I kinda love that dress on her. It really shows off her great legs.

  • bellafigura1

    No, this is not her dress. I will give her props for the color, and the stretch, because it’s a different direction for her and I encourage it! And man, she has fantastic legs. Most noticeable to me, the tense jaw. Her body language says Get me outta here. Maybe her feet hurt.

  • If that dress had been a different length and just a smidge less bell and her accessories black instead of the requisite red carpet nude, she would have killed it.

  • Lilyana_F

    Killer legs, seriously!

  • surfergirl70

    Great legs. I don’t actually mind the shoes much. But the proportions of the dress are all wrong. Neckline is too high and constricting, bodice is too tight, sleeves are an abomination, fabric too heavy.

  • neonseattle

    she looks great shoulders and up. this dress would’ve been perfect for someone like solange knowles with her cool-girl edge to modernize the dress’ shape.

  • H3ff

    Is it just me, or is her face not seriously scary? Like Cher levels of scary?

  • Wellworn

    That smile looks like Chandler’s when he was taking an engagement photo with Monica. Or was that Harry and Charlotte? Well, same smile.

  • kathrineb

    again with the shoes…..

  • manina

    I disagree. She looks like a flamingo that was fed too much paprika. The hem, the sleeves, the neckline, the shoes, the color of her nail polish, the hair. Enough said.