Sandra Bullock in Roland Mouret at the Gravity Press Conference

Posted on September 11, 2013

Chatting with our Fairy Blogsisters in the tents between shows yesterday (as you do), we were trading notes on the day’s red carpetry and all offered our thoughts up on Julia Roberts’ Dolce & Gabbana dress (we all hated it), when the conversation turned toward the upcoming Oscar race and Sandra Bullock’s chances. This quickly got shelved, however, so we could all take a moment to talk about how much we all love her. It’s a rare thing when four professional bitches like us can all agree on the likeability of one celebrity.

We wish we could stand around every day and chat with the Fug Girls about who’s wearing what on the red carpet. We should all live in a treehouse together or something.


Sandra Bullock attends “Gravity” press conference during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in a Roland Mouret dress paired with Giuseppe Zanotti sandals.

We may have done a tiny little bit of clapping at the sight of this dress. Yes, it’s a skosh too tight and that’s not good, but it’s so great to see her embracing color after being afraid of it for so long.  We think, however, that she could’ve styled this a bit more; as in, bolder jewelry and shoes, for a start. Also, we’re really not loving the chunky hair with this dress.

But don’t let our quibbles discourage you, Sandy. More of this, please. More color and pattern. It goes great with your smile, which 4 out of 4 Fug Girls and T Lo’s agree is much nicer and friendlier than Julia Roberts’.



[Photo Credit: Dara Kushner/]

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  • Kate

    Sandy, I love you, but give that dress to Olivia Wilde.

    • calimon

      I’m not sure that the dress isn’t for SB. But, OW would’ve had better hair, likely a slick ponytail, or at least slicker hair, and better accessorizing.

      • Kate

        This is true, but since this dress requires those deets and Miss Wilde always delivers as such, I figured it should be handed over to the one to give it justice. Sandy looks great in classics like Kors or Pucci.

  • We’ve loved most of her Gravity appearances, yes? I don’t know if it’s a studio provided stylist, or just a serendipitous change in her team, but she’s been all kinds of softer, brighter, pre Vanilla Gorilla Sandy. I wonder is she has a secret lover? She’s giving such good JBF glow lately.

  • It’s great to see her in color. I love the beachy hair, but maybe not for this sort of occasion and this definitely called for a stronger lip. Still: more of this, please!

    • Amen to the stronger lip! I generally think a too-light lip has a tendency to make anyone look ashy, which I think happened here. But I generally love this look– she looks happy and at ease in her skin (and her dress, hair and shoes).

  • RussellH88

    That is some thirsty hair.

    I hope she’s good in Gravity because I’ve been so anti-Sandra Bullock since she won the Oscar for The Blind Side.

    • largishbearishAtlish

      cheap me (who never goes to movies) is curious about Gravity- hearing really amazing things about her acting in it.
      curious enough to maybe spend the 12$ to see it…

      • fursa_saida

        I’ve been hearing amazing things about basically everything about the movie (except George Clooney, for once, which is actually a plus for me because I got really sick of him around The Descendants), but I’m really not sure I can handle it. Heights is basically the only phobia I have, and even just the trailers give me anxious stomach and tingling feet.

        • demidaemon

          I am with you on the heights. Weirdly, it doesn’t bother me so much in films or on airplanes, but just climbing bleachers in real life gives me sweat, shakes, and vertigo.

  • RussellH88

    Am I the only one who thinks that she looks like she’s morphing into Steve Martin, at least in the face?

  • Clueless_Jock

    Interesting print.

  • I love that dress – it’s another one that would be good in 15 colours. Maybe with black shoes and sleeker hair though.

    • Kathy_Marlow

      sleek ponytail, same shoes in black and we’d be singing Hosannahs.

      • decormaven

        Yep! Wish it had been so.

    • Little_Olive

      Agree on all counts. I would add that it doesn’t need the white sidestripe; maybe not such a wide one if removing it altogether affects the dress’ visual interest ability.

      • fursa_saida

        I think the framing the stripe provides is good–that pattern is gorgeous, but all the way around I think it would start to look busy and kind of blur the outlines of the wearer’s shape. (I especially love the print because for some reason it reminds me of the aesthetic of a lot of sci-fi illustration, which fits the movie she’s promoting in spirit.) But to each their own, and all!

  • disqussant

    Better shoes (or even the same shoes in black patent) and a little styling serum would have made this an A for me. But she still looks pretty damned great.

  • Latin Buddy

    I would LOVE to see a return to REAL Hollywood. An Oscars with Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks, Sally Field, Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock, George Clooney…Kim Kardashian who?

    • demidaemon

      It could possible happen this year, with a dash of Oprah and a couple of newbies, as it should be.

  • CeeQ

    You know, I love Sandra too. Julia is great but she’d always come off a bit….put on….at times? Not quite sincere? I use question marks because I feel like she COULD be lovely for reals but I’m not getting that vibe.

    But no, I’m not digging the hair here either. Loved the sandals though!

    I wish I could have sat behind you 4 and eavesdrops on your convo =D

  • Beth513

    I would die and go to heaven to hang with Uncles T and Lo and the Fug Girls. Die, I tell you Die.

    I hate Sandy’s hair here, but otherwise, LUV HUH.

  • Adrianna Grężak

    She looks incredible, still can’t believe she’s 49. (My mom’s 50, my point of comparison)

  • Sarah

    TLo + Fug Girls = awesomesauce. And, as a chunky hair owner, I generally approve of it, but in this instance, it does seem a bit much. Like her head is echoing the bottom hem of the dress.

    • TLo + Fug Girls = Dream hang out over drinks team.
      Where I would be frozen from my crushing need to be funny and insightful among people who excel at such things.

      • Sarah

        Yes, you’ve nailed it. The desire to be clever attracts those who share it to one another, for sure!

  • CatherineRhodes

    Dress: 7
    Oscar Chances: 0 (sorry, but Cate’s a lock.

    • madscntst

      Hair: 3

    • alyce1213

      Probably so, but you know Oprah is gonna be campaigning.

      • demidaemon

        Yes, but Cate and Sandra are clearly in the Best Actress field while Oprah is in the Best Supporting Actress category. And does Oprah really need to campaign? (I know its part of trying to get the naked gold man, but she really shouldn’t have to do a thing.)

        • alyce1213

          My mistake. I haven’t seen The Butler and thought O’s role was leading. No she doesn’t have to campaign, but I think she might for the good of the show, boost Oscar buzz, more ticket sales.

  • aahlife

    Different strokes. I have always found Sandra quite ordinary with average talent and terrible taste in men and clothes. She does look improved here.

    • DTLAFamilies

      Totally agree.

    • filmcricket

      Pretty much where I am, too. She seems perfectly likeable as a person, which is great, but she’s never been a “must-see” star for me.

      • demidaemon

        Probably because she does one serious film and then a string of hit or miss comedies. But I do respect an actress who not only gets the Oscar and the Razzie in the same year but shows up to accept both.

        • demidaemon

          I think she should be in the Best Actress category as well, but there are some weird rules about who goes where, which I admit I have no knowledge of and, even if I did, still probably wouldn’t understand.

  • MilaXX

    I like the dress, but I’m not crazy about the hair or the shoes. That said, Sandy is definitely on my celebrity wanna have a drink and chill with list.

  • flamingoNW

    LOVE this from head to toe. Can I be her best friend, please?

  • Ashley Ellen Wilson

    I like the hair! It mirrors the pattern in her dress–chunky and randomly overlapping

  • Imasewsure

    Love the dress… hate the shoe color. Good start

  • ashtangajunkie

    Love her, love this dress, love this dress on her. I don’t love her hair or shoes as much, but I’m willing to forgive Sandra Bullock just about anything.

  • filmcricket

    I’m okay with the shoes, but that hair is dreadful.

  • LaSylphide

    Great dress and very suitable for her, and I like the shoes. But the hair is a constant annoyance. If she wants to keep it long, at least have it shaped, and introduce it to a comb.

  • MissusBee

    This sort of hair seems to be a thing. Luckily, mine does it naturally (usually teamed with old sweat pants and a caffeine-deprived squint).

  • Jacquelyn

    Needs better jewelry for sure. But the dress is great.

  • quiltrx

    Love the dress. Not loving the shoes, but they’re a step (huh huh) in the right direction from her usual too-heavy-for-the-look ones.
    I’m fine with the hair, it could just use some Argan oil or something. Beckinsale has had this hair (and most of it not appearing to be hers) for years and no one seems to mind.

  • E. D.

    Don’t mind the hair, but I’m definitely side-eyeing those shoes.

  • Cz

    I can has dress?

  • crash1212

    Love her. Love this dress. And if one MUST do a naked sandal, THIS is the one.

  • sagecreek

    Wow. Flash back 15 years, who could have imagined Sandy pwming Julia Roberts so thoroughly?

    Go Sandy!

  • Trickytrisha

    Great look for her, but by golly…those shoes MAKE it work. Kudos to her stylist for shoes, points off for wrinkly dress.

  • AnneElliot

    Sandra Bullock is my imaginary best friend. Julia Roberts scares me a little.

  • Monabel

    Can’t imagine how the hair could look worse.

  • formerlyAnon

    She looks good. The hair is questionable. All of my opinions are skewed positive because I, too, find myself irrationally fond of Ms. Bullock.

  • lillyvonschtupp

    I think she looks rather cute, save the shoes. She should have gone with black.

    I wrote all of that just to exclaim my extreme hatred of Julia Roberts. My gal Sandy can’t stand her, either.

    • Michelle Wilson

      I love the shoes. She looks pretty fabulous.

    • Lilak

      I just try to brush J.R. away like a fly. Our gal Sandy appeals as the very opposite of ‘Juno descending from Olympus,’ of studied charm and bonhomie. And unlike J.R., she never resorts to waving some sort of Exclusive Club membership card in our faces.

  • MoHub

    The dark V in the print hits at a rather awkward place over her crotch.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    The shoes go past nude and are toeing the line of orange. Black would’ve been better and one size up too. And with a deep conditioning treatment. OK I’m done.

  • marlie

    Sandy looks great! I love this dress, and I really like the shoes too. The hairstyle may not have been the best to go with this look, but isn’t still looks good overall.

    And don’t pit Sandy against Julia. I love them both!

  • procrastinatrice

    Hate the shoes with this dress, and hate the lipstick even more.
    I will take the dress though:)

  • Lucas

    I LOVE this look. I don’t really know what to add to that. She looks beautiful here.

  • Fannie Wolston

    I know these girls, SB would pull up a stump and join you at the bonfire, guffawing and gossiping whereas my other friend JR would be bothered by the smoke and retire without notice to go back inside the house to curl up on the couch by herself.

  • jilly_d

    Homegirl’s hair is looking a little fried, but that’s a great dress on her. Is it weird that I really want to spend the day golfing and bbq-ing and drinking beer with her?

  • Leann

    “We wish we could stand around every day and chat with the Fug Girls about who’s wearing what on the red carpet.”

    Hello – you should be pitching this concept as a television show!

  • Getoverit

    Love it! I think she looks great! She gives me that “every woman” look instead of a glammed up starlet look that those of us without stylists could ever hope to achieve.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    Y’know, normally, I have high hopes with the thumbnail, only to have them dashed when I click on the full page. This, I think, is my first time of doing the complete opposite. The thumbnail made me cringe, yet when I clicked, I was pleasantly surprised. I really really think this is great on her! She needs just a little spray and a brush to tame those flyaways, but other than that, I love it!

  • wonderdivaEtsy

    She used to be my role model for great hair and haircuts, but lately I have been hating her hair.

  • kathrineb

    love the big smile. The dress is OK

  • manina

    The only comment I am going to make is that she is probably the only one that I’ve seen that knows how to wear those high, high heeled sandals and her feet don’t look tortured of coming out of the front edge. She looks great.