Natalie Portman in Christian Dior Couture at the New York City Ballet 2013 Fall Gala

Posted on September 20, 2013

This is the very definition of a “I”m happy to be here, at arm’s length” dress.

Natalie Portman attends the New York City Ballet 2013 Fall Gala in Christian Dior couture.

Christian Dior Couture Fall 2013 Collection

There will be no hugging of Miss Portman tonight.

It does kind of look like it’s made out of LEGOs, but that’s really not such a bad thing, is it? We think she looks pretty damn gorgeous here.






[Photo Credit: Kristin Callahan/ACE/, IMAxtree]

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  • I love it. Absolutely.

    • alyce1213

      You Better Get Someone! The avatar is a hoot, did you find out how to make a ringtone?

      • Fanny_Trollope

        “The Mask” by The Fugees.

      • No. I think I would have to find the episode, isolate the piece and create one. Way more effort than I am willing to make for a joke, no one outside of my fellow BKs, would get. I’ll settle for the visual joke instead.

    • marlie

      Your avatar is KILLING me.

    • Shawn EH

      Agreed. It’s bizarre, but somehow chic and perfect for her!

  • MilaXX


    • mjude


  • Domo_Konnichiwa

    Celine Dion in a strapless bathrobe.

  • webslice33

    that face! one of the most gorgeous faces ever..

    • Clueless_Jock

      She’s never been more beautiful.

      • PeaceBang

        Except I think she went out and bought Marlo Thomas’ eyes.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Her head is perfect – almost any dress would have worked with that. The dress is ok… not great.

  • I don’t think the little points are actually stiff, or she wouldn’t be able to put her arm down.

    • Fanny_Trollope

      My arms hurt just looking a that.

  • Alyssa Caruso Ivins

    susan lucci, anyone?

    • Julie Parr

      I was thinking Jane Seymour.

    • mshesterp

      I first thought Giada de Laurentis. :-

      • demidaemon

        They do resemble each other, don’t they?

  • j_am

    Love it.

  • RussellH88

    I bet she was the prettiest urchin at the dance.

  • teensmom99

    I do love it but even with a change, I’m seeing all of this year’s Dior’s as something a 1950s Barbie could have worn.

  • bellafigura1

    I love it too, it’s striking and unusual. She looks comfortable and glamorous, not easy.

  • uprightcitizen

    Do you massage your butt and legs every time you sit down in that?

    • 3boysful

      I’m always the practical one–how DOES one sit in that? Even if they bend, are they then forever mashed down?

  • HobbitGirl

    I was thinking her dress looked like it was covered in nipples. Still, the colors look good on her.

  • Diego!

    I love it, LEGO Dress or not, she looks fantastic!

  • Ms Pamela Espinoza D

    She’s just so beautiful

  • Kerri

    Does anyone else remember those “magic” shirts from the 90s that started off the size of your palm, but then stretched to fit your whole torso? For some reason, this dress is totally reminding me of those. I mean, it’s a very pretty dress and the colors look great on her, but the texture is provoking some unfortunate fashion memories.

    • snarkykitten

      that’s exactly what that dress made me think of. my local walgreens is still trying to make it happen.

      That or those jelly spike bracelets that were a thing for the raver goth kids in my HS

    • mlurve

      YES! If those shirts had not existed I think I would’ve really loved this dress. But those shirts did exist so…

    • Kate

      All she needs is one of those neck tattoo chokers to go with it.

    • fursa_saida

      Oh, GOD, I had so successfully forgotten about those.

  • MmmmmmmmK

    I don’t care for the yellow band. Almost any other color would have been better, like a sea green or a periwinkle, but that’s a design complaint. It’s otherwise gorgeous and so is Natalie.

  • flamingoNW

    Wow, love it

  • lobsterlen

    Interesting. I wonder how the fabric was created. The fabric slightly reminds me bandhani fabric from India

  • snarkykitten

    Her hair looks terrible though.

  • NoveltyRocker

    Really simple and cool, with an interesting, unusual texture. I love the watch accessorizing and she just looks effortless and beautiful.

    • fursa_saida

      I completely agree. I think without the texture we’d all be complaining about how this was boring. I can’t remember her generally going for things that are offbeat, so I feel like this is a good one for her–simple and clean, which she seems to like (the horror of her Oscars dress aside), but with just enough interest.

      • NoveltyRocker

        I’ve seen a lot of premiere looks that seemed to have just a little something offbeat to them. And then there’s her shaved head period that added an offbeat note to just about everything. I think it’s something that is a part of her natural style but she’s just never really loud about it. The texture and color combo here does get it out of the “too safe and boring” zone she can veer into.

  • Monday1900

    The makeup is absolutely stunning but the dress…it’s not a success when I can’t figure out if it was crocheted or molded out of plastic. The colors of the dress are nice though.

  • Amy Rouleau Munson

    reminds me of minky dimple baby blanket fabric.

    • Dorothy & Michael n/a

      ‘s exactly what I thought. I made my daughter a bathrobe out of that fabric, mint green!

  • LadyCelia

    It looks like it’s made out of the squishy roll-up-in-a-ball, buy-em-at-CVS t-shirt materials.

    • tereliz

      LOL, that’s what I said too.

  • Amanda Welliver

    I think she looks lovely but the yellow pulls my eye straight away from her face to her waist. A different contrasting color would flatter her more.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    Those little nubby things pick up highlights and cast shadows that give the solid colors life. I love it and hope they are soft and not pokey. She’s giving good face and hair too.

    • alyce1213

      I bet they’re soft and I bet they feel fabulous to the touch. That fabric is giving ME life.

      • fursa_saida

        I REALLY WANT TO TOUCH IT. Not while she’s wearing it, though. That would be weird.

  • Lesley

    love this, it’s feminine and edgy and that face of hers, pure perfection!

  • traced89

    I find the dress a little goofy, but it says a lot that it took me awhile to notice because she’s just looking so beautiful. She actually manages to pull this off.

  • knockknockknockpenny

    Looks just as good on her as the model, and she’s a wee 5’3″! Best I’ve seen her look in ages. Werq, girl!

  • SugarSnap108

    I wonder if the dress’s quills extend when she’s threatened. I do think she looks pretty great, though.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    She looks amazing, and she actually looks like she really doesn’t mind being there, unlike every other red carpet she has ever attended.

  • Jacquelyn

    She’s covered in spikes!!!!!
    The dress is slightly odd but man does she look good.

  • Glam Dixie

    She looks like the cake at the end of my daughters cake decorating class.

  • tonibaloney

    I must touch this dress. Love the colors on her and it’s nice to see her so smile-y!

  • She’s stunning, but that dress needs to go. It looks like something you’d step on when you get out of the shower.

  • GillianHolroyd

    Dynamite look. Glad she wore her hair down.

  • vitaminC

    Love this! Does anybody else see young Catherine Deneuve here?

  • boweryboy

    I want to touch the dress.

  • Diana Giese

    LOVE this. She looks amazing. However what is up with the watch? It’s hideous and does NOT go.

    • Qitkat

      She does love that watch. Maybe it’s a baby monitor?

  • Miss WKS

    Is it me or does Miss Thing look very ‘refreshed”?

    • imspinningaround

      Totally agree. Glad I’m not the only one.

  • MichelleRafter

    Love it. But honestly, if you don’t look at the fabric too closely, it looks like those crinkle tops you used to be able to buy for $15.99 at Rite-Aid.

    • Donna Tabor

      And if it’s made of that stuff, it must be incredibly forgiving. Just the right dress to wear on one of “those” days.

  • smayer

    Looks like a fancy minky blanket!

  • Claudia

    Really gorgeous. Can they make a dress out of lego? That would be pretty cool. We’ll put it on Cate and she’ll give it gravitas.

  • marlie

    I love this – she looks fabulous. Everything (except the watch) is perfect.

  • Monabel

    Reminds me of the Japanese technique for doing tie dyeing, shibori. It leaves little points like that.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I really liked it until I scrolled down and saw it was floor length. It would have been better at knee length. It is gorgeous.

  • estella_nyc

    Something about the first picture reminds me of Susan Lucci.

  • tereliz

    Can you shove it into a bag and go?

  • formerlyAnon

    I may be conflating her beauty, here, with my opinion on the dress, but this is a win.

  • Kate4queen

    I love it. I had a Issey Miyake cardigan which had the same fabric effect in black.

  • AshBookworm

    Hey TLO, speaking of ballet, do u guys know who Roberto Bolle is and can I request at least one picture of him every week? Cheers.

  • Blair Sylvester

    I think it would be more figure flattering if the skirt was not textured (it adds a bit of bulk) but i love the bodice/sash part

  • BrooklynBomber

    Cool dress.

  • filmcricket

    She looks amazing. She looks so much older, too. I don’t mean that in a bad way, just… even when she was heavily pregnant, she still looked about 16. Now she looks like a grown woman. It suits her.

    • I agree. She’s finally looking womanly. People have been saying “refreshed” but I don’t think it’s that.

  • Epic fashion bitch, and I mean that in the best possible way. SNAPS.

  • RoseJB

    It looks like that weird, stretchy fabric you see a lot at flea markets.

    • I think that’s what it is. “Popcorn ruching”

  • kirkyo

    Remember this one at the end of the year.

  • Janet B


  • Vainte

    She’s channeling Morticia Adams with a pop of color.

  • crash1212

    Stunning. Head to toe. Nicely done Ms. Portman.

  • Denise Plank

    Blow fish!

  • sweetlilvoice

    Is the texture soft, do you think? Or spikey? If spikey, did she have red bumps on her arms after the evening was over? Like when you have a rash from sequins?

  • KingCrazy


  • Adrianna Grężak

    I can only imagine how red her arms were at the end of the night…

    • It’s a type of ruching. It doesn’t hurt. Remember the Michael Jackson/Janet Jackson Scream music vid and the tops they wore? Same material, I think.

  • Sara Brams-Miller

    that’s a pretty amazing feat of a dress. She looks fantastic in it.

  • kimmeister

    I’ll bet that dress would be an awesome back scratcher.

  • Great dress. She looks fantastic and like the grown-up, married, mother that she is. Not like a gal in costume, which, let’s be frank, she was starting to look like a few years ago.

  • Tafadhali

    I like this, but I’m not sure I like the black with the brighter colors? I might have preferred a dark grey or something.

  • guest2visits

    Beautiful, Natalie’s looking amazing. Love the texture.

  • Tapetum

    She looks lovely. And very sharp.

  • Tom Markiewicz

    But how do you sit DOWN in that thing?? Wouldn’t your ass feel like it’s getting skewered??

    • I think it’s popcorn ruching. Google popcorn shirts.

      • demidaemon

        I would assume, anyways, that it is heavily lined for comfort and ease of getting in and out.

  • Trickytrisha

    Love it all, except for the yellow part. Don’t like the yellow part. Nope.

  • Contralto

    She is absurdly lovely.

  • Miranda

    I love her no matter what she wears…even if the dress can be a weapon.

  • kikisayshi

    I know it’s Dior and all, and she looks fabulous, but don’t you think it would be boring to wear the same designer ALL the time?

  • Oh man popcorn fabric is coming back? Man, remember all those baby-doll sized tops that magically stretched and you thought you looked like a Spice Girl or a member of TLC but you just looked really spiky and formless?
    Uhh maybe that’s just me. And I swear I thought it was called popcorn fabric but now I can’t find anything on google about it so I am probably wrong.
    So yeah, it’s not spiky, it’s just a weird form of ruching, unless I’m mistaken.

    • guest2visits

      Google popcorn tube tops. Lots of pics. That’s what that material was always used for when I was young.

      • Tube tops… noooo. I had a red/black shell that made me look like I was covered in extremely hostile ladybugs. I thought I was so fly.

        • guest2visits

          Texture is back! I think that shell would probably be very in now. Tube-tops….not so much!

          • Aw man, you’re kind of making me miss it. But that material was never very flattering – it looks good on Natalie here because she’s like an inch wide, but I definitely remember it making me basically look like a brick because it would stretch out over the boobs but stay ruched on my waist, essentially obliterating shape.

          • guest2visits

            HA – next time remember to put DIOR on your shopping list! I’m sure that’s the trick.

      • OOH and see also the Michael/Janet Jackson Scream music video.

        • guest2visits

          Oh yeah – so right. That’s a great video for visual effects – I remember it.

    • J. Preposterice

      The Walgreens near me still sells those things. They have an AS SEEN ON TV!! sticker on the tag.

  • quiltrx

    Wow, she looks fabulous!
    And if the dress is as Koosh-ball-ish as it looks, the paps would have a field day watching alternate-universe-famous-me play with my dress. 🙂

  • SorayaS

    I can’t stand her and I think the dress is hideous but she does look gorgeous.

  • Aziza

    The dress looks like it was inspired by superheroine costume (and then rendered in fabric inspired by ostrich). Awesome! Does Aquagirl Tula have a brainy, Oscar-winning superfriend?

  • What a great choice! Perfect.

    I barely recognize her. She’s too young to do anything to her face. What is different?

    • Lilak

      Motherhood (you know how it changes one’s face slightly) and lighter hair color? with a hefty dollop of eye makeup?
      (That’s all I got.)

    • Datura

      Her eyebrows are rounder than usual, and that’s softened her features a bit. I feel like a weirdo for noticing, but I’d previously admired her somewhat masculine, straight brows.

      • You may be onto something. She’s wearing an awful lot of eye makeup which could be part of it. Many women’s faces slim down at around age 30. Maybe that’s part of it. I might have the years wrong, but if you look at the cast of Friends, for instance, the faces of Rachel and Monica (especially) became thinner with iess emphasis on their jawlines. I wouldn’t have recognized Natalie in these photos without captions. The uniqueness of her face has disappeared.

  • MoHub

    Hedgehog dress.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    I have always found her dreamy. These photos are no exception.

  • Pretty hair and makeup, but the dress looks cheap. Who thought those colors would work?

  • demidaemon

    I like the dress but hate the shoes. They just don’t seem to go here and feel underwhelming.

  • Tatiana Luján


  • rage_on_the_page

    I think it looks like she’s piped all over with frosting! Very cool dress.

  • Anna

    Even if she had – for some bizarre reason I will never understand – to wear a watch, this is the watch that she thought it would look great with a gown?

  • Kent Roby

    This dress is fun, and it is PERFECT to wrap fine china in for a big move.

  • Lizzy

    I really really want to touch it.

  • She’s turning into Susan Lucci.

  • kathrineb

    I love the colours but it kind of looks like she is covered in nipples.