Amy Adams in Prabal Gurung at the “Her” Premiere

Posted on October 14, 2013

Does any celebrity really know what time of year it is? Does any celebrity really care?


Amy Adams attends the premiere of “Her” during the 2013 New York Film Festival in a Prabal Gurung dress accessorized with Casadei suede pumps and EF Collection jewelry.

Prabal Gurung Spring 2014 Collection

We’re not gonna bitch (too much) because every famous person who left their house last week was apparently contractually obligated to dress all in black. Seriously. It was a weird week. No one died but everyone came dressed for a death.

But lavender was not the color we had in mind when we shrieked about our dire need for more color. We try not to lapse into old-style thinking about what colors should be worn at certain times of the year. No one should feel they absolutely have to wear pumpkin orange in October or pastels in May. And our “Ditch red&green” Christmas style campaign is getting bigger each year and pretty soon, we’ll be giving those “War on Christmas” folks a run for their money. But it is kinda hard to reconcile the chilliness outside our windows with the gentle spring breezes wafting off this red carpet.

As for the style, it’s the usual crisp, suited Nicole Kidman-lite thing she tends to favor. We wish she didn’t, because it seems to us to be, like Kidman’s style evolution, a wall put up between her own personality and the outside world. Regardless, it’s a beautiful, eye-catching suit. The cut-outs are a bit much, but they – along with the neckline and the color –  keep this from looking like a governess’ uniform.

She looks pretty, colorful, and head-turning. That’s all a win. But the color’s off-season and we wish she wasn’t so suited-up all the time.





[Photo Credit: ACE, Dara Kushner/, IMAXtree]

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  • I don’t think she has the presence for the dressed-for-heart-surgery look. The underarm gussets are useful if there is no aircon, I guess.

    • AnneElliot

      “Dressed-for-heart-surgery” — LOVE IT. Why else would you wear such a plunging neckline?

    • Mary229

      I don’t know if I’m comfortable with the assertion that only certain women have the “presence” to show off their breasts if they choose to. Adams wears low cut things enough that it’s clear she’s comfortable with it. It may be something she likes about herself. The color and style of this dress is confusing to me in October but I have zero problem with her wearing something that shows off her breasts. They look great. It’s not just the over the top divas who have enough “presence” to show boob if they feel confidant enough to do so.

      • Katesymae

        In my mind, it’s not about showing them off at all, it’s about HOW you show them off. Obviously, if you read this site often, you understand that certain styles accentuate certain body types and also that celebrities are nearly always attempting to cultivate or confirm a certain image of themselves to the industry and the public at events.

        I don’t want to put words in fcAlicia’s mouth, but I assume the “dressed-for-heart-surgery look” refers to the low-cut-jacket-no-top thing Amy Adams is trying here. That look is often employed and tends to look good on tall, slim women, often with smaller chests. Also, women with vampy/sexy personas. Amy Adams is about the furthest thing from both those attributes.

        She can totally show off her cleavage if she wants – ain’t nobody here got any problems with that and you’re misreading if you think that’s what this is about – but she should pick a look that works for her. Because this one does not. *end rant*

        • Mary229

          I’m not misreading you. I’m just disagreeing that only women who have “vampy/sexy personas” are allowed to wear things cut super low. I think it’s a really bad thing that we put women in boxes and decide that only certain kinds of women are “sexy” and certain kinds of women are “pretty” etc. I believe it’s ok for women to step outstide of the role people have put them in if they so choose. I don’t like this particular suit—especially the color and the white band. But in another color? I might have liked it. I don’t think that women have to conform to one idea of sexuality in the image they choose to cultivate.

          • Katesymae

            I get your point, but I don’t think you’re understanding me. It’s not the women who are or are not sexy or pretty. Almost all celebrities are traditionally pretty AND sexy. It’s about their public image. In the world of Hollywood, it IS possible to defy or change the image/stereotype people have of you, but if you do it, you’ve got to do it big, in a noticeable way. If Amy Adams was making this outfit work, no one here would be saying anything bad about it. Unfortunately, she’s isn’t.

            I predict we WILL see more sexy looks from Amy Adams, however, as she rolls onto the American Hustle publicity tour because of her character, and if she wants to be seen in a more sexy/adult light, then that’s a good opportunity for her.

            Finally, I don’t know how to say this, but your comment that women shouldn’t have to conform to one idea of sexuality is off the mark in this forum. Not to speak for anyone else who reads/comments here, but the content on this website ISN’T about the average woman or women generally. It’s about celebrities and celebrity fashion. A celebrity like Amy Adams is not the average woman who looks into her closet before a night out, picking out her own clothes and thinking, “How can I truly be me?” Like it or not, there are stylists, fashion houses, and all other manner of helpers/voices that stand between a celeb and her red carpet outfit, with varying levels of input or direction from the celeb herself. If you think there’s not image-crafting going on there, you’re fooling yourself.

            I feel like if you want to have a greater discussion about women and public image, we should take it somewhere else, because the nature of this site is light and wry and wholly focused on celebs.

          • NYCGlamourpuss

            I have no issues with her going the sexy route. It’s just that this dress is the wrong dress to go sexy. A fairly boob-exposing top front, yet the rest of it looks like a Mary Kay lady dress – it’s just all off, and that’s not really her fault.

      • I didn’t say her boobs weren’t pretty and I didn’t say it needed an over the top diva. There is a world of space to occupy in between mouse and diva. Everything else about her presentation is Junior Prom Chaperone and she doesn’t wear it with the confidence to make it work.

        • ConnieBV

          Yeah, it’s not that I have an issue with the depth of the plunge, but rather how it’s worn. JLo can wear something cut to her navel and I just feel like “WERK, gurl” but this just makes me uncomfortable, and it’s because I think she isn’t selling it. Maybe pull it up an inch or so, but the way it gaps open due to her superior (to the model) boobage just looks like she forgot to button it, not clean and intentional. Tailoring.

    • cbt22

      I totally read your comment to mean that she was dressed to perform heart surgery. And I was all “Oh come on, even in Hollywood no heart surgeon would wear THAT in the OR.” But then I got it. Ugh, Monday morning. Carry on, nothing to see here.

      • What do you think they wear under their scrubs? The lavender tones with the green.

  • YoungSally

    It would be interesting to see the back — but I have to wonder if the no armpit look is there for function (look Ma – no sweat stains) as it is fashion. I saw some Imelda Marcos-based costumes recently and noticed that the big puff sleeves were open at the armpit. In that case, I was guessing that it enables better arm movement — but maybe it is also a defense against the tropical heat.

  • Kelly

    Sorry, but I don’t really find this a “beautiful suit.” Eye-catching, yes, but imo, for all the wrong reasons. The contrast between its overall primness and the overly-plunging neckline is too great. Instead of an interesting dissonance, it just creates something that looks like it’s working overtime to shock — like that scene of “satanist nuns” in the 1970s movie version of “Joseph Andrews,” where “nuns” wore full habits with sheer front panels that bared their breasts. Cleavage can be enticing and erotic, but there’s too much here; it looks clinical, as if she’s waiting for a medical exam and hasn’t pulled her hospital gown closed.

    Then there’s the matter of that line-ruining white band around the skirt. I understand that the outfit needs something to break up the monocolor-suit look, but this just looks choppy, like someone needed to lengthen a skirt and had to make do with whatever fabric remnant was on hand.

    About the arm-pit cutouts, the less said, the better.

    • 3boysful

      I had that precise reaction, Kelly–demure sweater set and LOTSA CHEST does not work.

      Otherwise, Amy looks great, shoes are boring.

      • Kelly

        I did, too! (see Chicago when I was in college, I mean). Still like them.

        And I’m with you — Amy looks great (because she herself always does) and the shoes — meh.

  • clatie

    I love you, AA, but you need to hire a new stylist. You are young and beautiful and have some serious va-va boom potential. But, time and time again, your look just misses. You deserve so much better!

    PS Can the hair-stylist, too.

    • ConnieBV

      The hair is on a whole ‘nother. Sub-basement of NO.

  • Tess Danesi

    I’ve never been known as one who was averse to showing cleavage, ahem, but to my eyes it just looks like she forgot to put on a top. It looks fine on the model as is, but perhaps because Amy is bustier, the neckline seems just too wide for her to wear without something under it.

    • Constant Reader

      My first thought was one of those nightmares in which I’ve arrived at my destination only to discover I forgot to put on a shirt, pants, or other vital piece of clothing.

      • mlle

        I used to live a few blocks away from work and go to a gym equidistant between my apartment and my office. Because the showers at the gym were way better, I liked to work out in the morning and get ready for the office there, and this usually went pretty well.

        Except for the time I got back to the locker room and realized I’d forgotten to bring a bra with me.

        • Tess Danesi

          I’ve done that. Forgotten fresh undies, a bra, or tights. It’s always something 🙂

  • Kate

    Sweat for women usually gathers under the arms and under the boobs. Not today for Miss Amy.

  • PastryGoddess

    Would it kill her to whack 6″ off the hem. She doesn’t have the height for this length

    I know grannies who wear skirts shorter than this

    • demidaemon

      I want to know these clearly awesome grannies.

  • marlie

    I like this – pastel, Easter-ness aside, though I think the cutouts under her arms are a bit unnecessary. Her pits need ventilation? That’s the first thing I get.

  • It’s Slutty Granma. But I love it anyway.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      It totally is Slutty Grandma and I find it tacky. On the model it looks good, but on Amy here, it’s more “LOOK AT MY TITS!” Just a little more left to the imagination and I’d love it.

      • Julie Ree

        I saw stripper Mother of the Bride instead of Granma.

        • ShaoLinKitten

          OMG that is even better! Or how about “brothel madam crashing the society luncheon”? She even kind of looks like Kim Dickens’ character this season on Sons of Anarchy…

          • We’ll not speak of that hoor here. ; )

            i know Amy’s look is problematic, but there’s something so HER about it. I think she enjoys balancing sexy and prim, and that’s a tough landing to stick every time.

        • Introspective

          slutty grandma or stripper mom of the bride would make for the most interesting attendees at a wedding though. i know id want to be at their table getting sloshed.

          oh yeah, amy: no girl. put them away. and find a more interesting color for your skintone. kthanxbai.

          • Sue Shea

            why has she not figured out her skin tone needs black or JEWEL TONES?!

        • NYCGlamourpuss

          I love you. “Stripper Mother of The Bride” totally sounds like a Michael Kors insult!

          • Julie Ree

            My day is made with that comment!

      • TerryMH

        Agreed. I feel uncomfortable looking at Amy wearing this. It seems like a disconnect to her persona, all that bosom exposed. She needs to pack this up and send it to Sofia Vergara who will save it for church on Easter Sunday.

    • mlle

      My first thought was Slutty Easter.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I think everything here is a no. The dress needs to be shorter and the plunging neckline needs to be more tasteful. Lavender is not her color…no girl. This is all very bad.

  • KateMaryC

    Pit vents generally don’t work for me.

    • Targettaste

      Do they work for anyone?

  • MoHub

    Is it my imagination, or is her skirt stiffer than the runway version? The runway look seems to have a little more ease and movement to it. I’m also wondering whether the skirt is a size too small. It’s pulling across her backside, and the rear slit is gapping.

    • Lori

      Amy’s skirt is a size too small, which is what killed the movement in it. It would have looked better all around if she’d gone up a size. I wish people could really get it through their heads that tighter isn’t always sexier.

  • kikisayshi

    So, are those cutouts there so she doesn’t get pit stains? That’s the only logical reasoning I can come up with for why in the hell they are on this dress.

  • nannypoo

    Her face always looks pretty but I usually don’t like what she wears. This is no exception. Terrible color. I can’t think of anyone I would like it on.

  • jw_ny

    look at my boobs everyone!


  • Really love her hair & makeup. But the outfit puzzles me because, despite the plunging neckline, it still somehow manages to look old lady-ish.

  • Joanna

    For some reason, I have a hard time wrapping my head around AA in this suit. She is a beautiful woman, but I don’t equate her to “sexy vixen” – the plunging neckline feels cheap on her, and I feel like she does better with more sophisticated styling.

    • Katesymae

      I totally agree. Other aspects of the suit are so prim, too, that the breast-fest neckline is jarring. Like she forgot her shirt on the way to church.

    • Mary229

      I don’t like the suit at all. But don’t you think it’s kind of bad thing that we put women in these sexuality controlling boxes? The truth is that the concept of “sexy vixen” is controlled by a male gaze dominated media. It’s more than a little unfair that we decide that certain women get to be “sexy” and some don’t. Amy is very sexy. I support her right show as much as skin as she wants. I just hope she chooses something in a better color next time. 🙂

      • Joanna

        Sure, she can do whatever she wants. I just don’t think an underboob brand of cleavage works for her – it feels cheap. That’s the disadvantage for us larger-chested girls. There’s nothing in the world that will make that kind of neckline look sophisticated for us – we will always just look like we’re out to show boob. Thems are the breaks.

  • Katesymae

    She looks so self-satisfied, as though she has no idea how unfortunate she looks. This suit is for a tall girl, honey. Any petite lady can see that.

    And the armpit holes? What the shiz are those?!

  • MissMariRose

    The suit is absolutely beautiful and, as a bonus, you don’t have to worry about pit stains.

    Oh, and thanks for the earworm, TLo. Now I’m going to have Chicago in my brain all day. 😛

  • Mary229

    Color is odd to me in October. She looks very pretty but I couldn’t stop thinking that it looked like an outfit that belonged on Easter Sunday. Maybe if it was a dark, eggplant purple? Nice rack though.

  • decormaven

    Maybe the plunging neckline is a nod to some of the low-cut dresses she’ll be wearing in the upcoming American Hustle. Other than that, I don’t see any reason for this outfit to be trotted out on the RC. The color doesn’t complement the season or her in particular, and the jacket is just bizarre.

  • lobsterlen

    I love Amy and the suit but just not together. Her coloring and having boobs ruins the look of this suit. This suit belongs to a flat chested black haired woman … Rooney Mara’s Easter suit?

  • Not applicable

    they always do this b/c they try to wear the latest line- fashion is always a season ahead. Not that this doesn’t make me CRAZY. How many stars were in long sleeves & stank boots until July this year?!

  • Sam Smith

    I post to note that I painted my hallway this color yesterday, it is a lovely color for a hall way, especially with white, high gloss trim (like the white bar in the skirt).

  • cocohall

    It looks like she has come ready to wet nurse a small village of children. And then lead the Easter egg hunt for their older siblings. What a multi-tasker.

    Seriously, I love her work. She has tremendous range. Perhaps that is the problem, she can play Disney princess (Enchanted), Southie girlfriend (The Fighter), and down-on-her-luck crime-scene cleaner (Sunshine Cleaning). I can see her thought process as she was picking this: “I want to be able to play the lovable heroine so I will wear a sweet pastel purple, but I also want to signal that I can give a blow j*b in the back of a car, so I will expose my cleavage to my navel. That’ll keep the scripts pouring in!” At some point, one must pick a lane. I’m not suggesting that she can only wear one type of look, just that she choose only one look PER OUTFIT.

    • demidaemon

      These are words to live by. I would also kill to hear Amy Adams say that line. It would be hilarious!

  • epenthesis

    What? No. Just…no. No to the color, the shape, those awful details on the waist and the skirt, and the matchy shoes. Yes to the hair, makeup and earrings, which is good because she can change into something flattering that much more quickly.

  • mjude

    I think it looks a bit cheap & do not like the cutouts.

  • Jennifer McGuire

    Easter parade. And she forgot her camisole. Just doesn’t work on her.

  • leftcoastpickle

    It’s weird and I hate it any time of year. But I just saw The Master, she was amazing. It doesn’t forgive this dress.

  • Trisha26

    The long sleeves & length look bulky & the exposed chest & cut-outs are just awful. Love those suede pumps though.

  • rkdgal

    [clutching pearls] Where on earth does one put one’s dress shields in this dress?! Heloise says: try using them as insoles instead!

  • MilaXX

    Arm pit cut outs? Really? Is it not bad enough she has her tatas on display? I dunno, maybe it’s her personality,cause this looks cool and chic on the model and stuck up and stuffy on Amy.

  • CatherineRhodes

    Way too much boobage.

  • bertkeeter

    Not a big fan if any neckline that gives the wearer what I call “pidgeon breast”…. A sort of rounded, shapeless look.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    If she had a cami underneath it, I might actually like this. As is, the plunging neckline and pit cutouts do not go with the suit’s lines or color. There’s a mismatch of tone.

  • webslice33

    she looks divine, no complaints here!

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    It looks like someone stuck her in this “mumsy” type of easter dress, and then in order to quickly make it look sexier or more youthful, ripped it open at the bodice so that most of her boobs are hanging out.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    She is so lovely and she deserves better than this look. Too long and what are those weird underarm openings?

  • Tracy_Flick

    I hate it. It looks like a bathrobe crossed with an Easter church suit. The underarm vents are the top-half equivalent of a drop-seat – we don’t want to think that much about excretions, thanks.

  • formerlyAnon

    I don’t think the cut-super-low and positioned-a tad-too-wide look makes the prim vibe of the suit more interesting or edgy, I think it’s just incongruous. The cut-outs might be quite interesting (depending upon what’s going on in back.)

    I’d have been fine if the edges of the lapels had been an inch and a half or two inches closer together, This just looks . . . bare without being sexy. Makes me think of mammograms and breastfeeding, and wonder if her apparently flawless skin is real or body makeup.

    Which probably proves I’m just not the audience for this look, not that there’s anything wrong with it.

  • Ashley Alvarez

    Sorry, I think she looks desperate, not pretty.

  • crash1212

    I don’t hate this…but I would love it more if that gigantic, deeply “V”d neckline was pulling out so wide. I’m generally not a fan of this neckline, but I can tolerate it if it’s like the one on the model…deep V but a narrow V. This is a lovely color on her – time of year notwithstanding. Not crazy about the weird stripe on the skirt. Summed up – nice color on her, otherwise this is a “meh” for me.

    • formerlyAnon


  • Cubana Loca

    Without the cutouts and boobs showing, she’d be all set to join the Board of Directors for NYCB or MOMA or something like that. Lovely for a real-life luncheon or meeting, bland for a premiere. All that said, the girls look pretty good here.

  • Mazenderan

    I would like this much better if the top half had retained the structure it had on the model. It doesn’t cope well with larger breasts, and just looks like a gaping dressing down.

    Also – pale lilac is a bad shade on redheads which doesn’t do the complexion any favours. This could look so much better in a deep berry or green.

    Also also – evil cloggy mascara and shiny eyeshadow situation going on.

  • sagecreek

    Oh, my. It’s as if an Atlanta real estate agent had too much chardonnay at lunch and decided she’d seduce her next male client.

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      “Eudora Mae! That is NO way to try and unload a condo!”

      • sweetestsith

        “Bless your heart, dear.”

    • BrooklynBomber

      Too much Chardonnay – ha! Perfect.

  • sweetestsith

    Maybe I’m weird, but I like the dress. However, I would have set the boob tape in more so that it was a plunging neckline (the gaping neckline isn’t flattering, imho), and put her in black shoes & belt. Black & lavender can a sharp pairing (I think it would continue the angles/soft lines theme in the dress shape), and it would have been more interesting and a bit closer to season appropriate.

  • alyce1213

    How did she get into Jenny McCarthy’s closet?

  • Heather

    My hiking rain shell has pit zips. This also seems to have pit zips.

  • MaryAtRealityTea

    I personally find this suit goofy. I mean it’s over-worked for sure. The cream satin strip is so silly, along with the underarm cutouts. Wha…?! I also do not like the slicked back wet-look hair. I think this look is a mess, personally.

  • Adriana_Paula

    What’s funny is that lavender is a funeral-appropriate color too (I wore a lavender dress to a funeral when I was five, as black was considered too severe for children).

  • LaSylphide

    It may be too springy, but that color is gorgeous on her. I hate it when redheads wear black or white: neither does anything for her coloring. This is great, though. Just wish i liked the dress better: too lowcut for a street-length dress.

  • melanie0866

    What is with the armpit openings? Easy re-application of deodorant?

  • It’s kind of “slutty secretary” to me. Not my taste at all.

  • neonseattle

    well, the color is nice on her.

  • Tatiana Luján

    The outfit is bad when you need to show underboob to take it away from granny territory.
    Her face and hair look gorgeous.

  • judybrowni

    Girl is beckoning bronchitis: “C’mon, bronchitis, I dare you!”

    Does anyone need underarm cut-outs, even in Spring, Prabal?

    Or ever.

    But definitely never in October, in New York.

  • River

    But…armpit cutouts???

  • Imasewsure

    So sick of that ridiculous plunging neckline!

  • jeanmarie

    She is wearing Fall-like suede shoes, at least.

  • blondie707

    I really love the color on her, but I want to yank the lower two or three inches of the neckline together. The wide plunging neckline doesn’t work with this dress and really isn’t that flattering.

    • Gatto Nero

      Really too much boobage on show here.
      And pit slits? Why??

  • Vulgar in every way.

  • BrooklynBomber


  • Sara Hottman

    That is SUPER Easter Sunday.

  • jmorino08

    OMG! Pit slits?! Is that a thing? A part of me (the stinky part) is kind of all for the airing out idea, but for real? Is that where we are now? Um. No.

  • all she needs is an easter bonnet and she’s all ready for mass. oh, and a blouse, can’t forget that. but peek-a-boo arm pits? just no.

  • A Shiny O’Connor

    Handy if you are already out of the house and realised you forgot to apply deodorant.

  • Shawn EH

    Also, the model’s skirt seems more full, which is better for the look.

  • kalisa

    And why are the arm pits missing?

  • macwell

    That is TOTALLLY not her dress…. (

  • superemang

    the armpit vents are…disconcerting.

  • demidaemon

    I don’t love this at all. Color is wrong, shoes are awful, and the neckline/cutouts are weird. It’s a no for me.