Carey Mulligan in Christian Dior at the “Inside Llewyn Davis” Premiere

Posted on October 16, 2013

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Carey Mulligan attends the premiere of “Inside Llewyn Davis” during the 2013 BFI London Film Festival at the Odeon Leicester Square in London in a Christian Dior yellow dress paired with Christian Dior pumps.



Color rendered in a fairly boring way, but still. COLOR. And the trend seems to be (among celebritykind, anyway), “Fine. If I absolutely must wear something other than a dour black dress, then I’m going to dress for Easter in October.” Weird. Style historians will no doubt look back on this period and be able to tell us why it all went down. Not being historians, we’d rather speculate wildly right now. We’re going with something in the water supply. Or spoiled grain. Poor waste removal practices, possibly.  A witch’s curse. Whatever the reason, Hollywood collectively lost its style bearings in fall 2013.

Anyway, we hate to say it, but she’s so dour lately that she’s almost managing to make a Tweety-yellow strapless Dior dress look funereal somehow. And we think we’re coming to the realization that we’re not fans of yellow-and-black pairings, for the most part. Too “bumblebee.”

You’re in Dior, for God’s sake. Put on some fucking earrings or something.

Sorry. It had to be said.


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  • dorkopolous

    She always looks so dead and bored.

    • mshesterp

      I know, and I’m over it. Pretend to be just a teeny bit enthused over ANYTHING. Lordy.

    • Tatiana Luján

      in photographs, because she seems joyful and fun on talk shows and interviews.

  • Diego!

    What a gorgeous dress! It fits her like a glove! Sadly, her attitude is ruining everything here and the lack of some big earrings too. Carey honey, if you’re not in the mood, just smile for the fact you’re a movie star.

  • Nicholas

    Horsewoman of the Apocalypse realness.

  • SewingSiren

    Way to stand out at an evening premiere. The color is fabulous and with such a bold color, the simplicity works too. The shoes aren’t my favorite. She looks a little pained , though, like one item is extremely uncomfortable.

    • 3boysful

      Funnily enough, the shoes are about the only thing I do like! The seaming makes the dress look inside-out to me, and it could stand to be shortened about 2 inches. But, oy, her expression.

      Do appreciate the color.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Girl has got to work out her make up issues. This is way too harsh. Necklace, earrings, something….how does one make a bright yellow dress this boring?

  • cindiaune

    She looks like she needs to be stoned to even tolerate the red carpet.

  • GillianHolroyd

    Well, I’ll never like acid greeny-yellow but aside from the bitter color, she looks great, hair and shoes and that little smirk in the bottom photo.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    She is now topping my IHL. This is part of your job deal with it and smile damnit! But question, is the dress on backwards or does it really zip up the front like that?

  • teensmom99

    Yup, it did have to be said. It’s all too sad because I love the shoes–there’s potential there.

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  • Dorothy & Michael n/a

    That was my first thought, too – where the hell is the jewelry?!?! Even a watch would have been something.

    • leahpapa

      She often eschews jewelry – not sure why.

  • sagecreek

    I’d like to see Viola Davis in that dress.

    • alyce1213

      Yes. The color would work better on her, also ARMS!

  • KellsBells

    Is she wearing this backwards? That looks like a closure in the front. Weird.

    • Rebecca Harvey

      That’s what I thought. It looks like there’s a covered zipper right down the front. Maybe she just realized, and that’s why she’s giving the photographers such a sour face?

    • ovarB

      I thought the same thing!! Why is that dress on backwards??? It actually looks like it was a skirt hoinked up and turned around to be a dress.

    • tereliz

      Yeah, not a huge fan of the dress in fit, or design. That zipper is like a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen. And while I love the color, I don’t think it’s Carey’s best shade.

  • alyce1213

    I’m not a fan of that shade of yellow, especially against fair skin, but the dress is pretty, has a beautiful fit. If it were a buttery yellow, I’d swoon. Feels more summer to me than Easter. The shoes are great, but yeah, bumblebee.

  • formerlyAnon

    Nice dress, better shoes. Perhaps not ideal together. Jewelry needed, or maybe more interesting hair. Jewelry would be easier, probably.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Obviously the President’s fault – part his socialist agenda, don’tcha know, to have everyone to dress in drab, mournful colors.

    (That yellow is so wrong on her, by the way.)

    • OneBonBonIsPoison

      I was just gonna say, maybe stylists are furloughed as non-essential personnel during the shutdown? It’s the only explanation I can think of.

      • BrooklynBomber

        You might be on to something there. . .

  • clatie

    The combo of her depressed looking face and that very bright yellow are giving her a Heppy B look. Shoes are adisgusting choice. Almost anything other than black would have been better, even Barbie feet nude.

  • Snailstsichr

    I’d vote for a witch’s curse, but I don’t know any witches who are that mean.
    p.s. this is dreadful – are we sure she doesn’t have food poisoning? or maybe consumption? (I really don’t know what consumption is, but I imagine one would look a lot like this if one had it.)

    • poggi

      I think consumption is tuberculosis. And contrary to Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge, I do not think it makes someone look slightly flushed and then get a little dizzy after a strenuous song and dance number with Ewan McGregor (that is most likely just exposure to Ewan McGregor). I completely agree with you; this looks like consumption to me. Maybe we should just rename this consumptive yellow.

      • formerlyAnon

        Consumption is tuberculosis. According to all the best period fictions, at some stages of the disease, a “hectic flush” results from the combination of an otherwise pale and wan complexion and a low grade fever. I have not done any research into medical fact, however.

  • nannypoo

    She looks awful. It’s hard to understand how a woman who looks beautiful and animated in her movies can be unable to pose for a simple photograph. She needs to practice a face and default to it every time. And the dress is hideous. So is the hair.

  • Yellow should be banned from apparel unless it’s used as trim. I remember one designer on Project Runway this season who loved yellow and was compelled to use it for many challenges. I thought that once she got eliminated, the yellow would be eliminated, too. Not so. I’ve questioned the designers’ judgment in their choice of colors this season.

  • Fordzo

    Is it on backwards?

    Also, no jewelry? Not even some earrings? Was she mugged on her way over? Someone even stole her makeup!

  • filmcricket

    I really like this on her, but ye gods, where is the bling? Did they all decide they aren’t wearing any until there’s peace in the world or something? If I were a celebrity I would drape myself in ropes of diamonds at every opportunity. Also, the hair wants zuzhing.

    • decormaven

      Hear, hear! Heck, if stars can’t trot out some bling for the RC, when is it to be worn? Casual errands? Lounging about the house? Work? What really gripes me is stars have access to loaner jewelry. I would be a walking jewelry counter if so able. (Very tasteful counter, though.)

      • decormaven

        An aside: Helena Bonham Carter said in an interview that she insisted on wearing REAL jewels for her role as La Liz. Knowing of her affection for fine jewels, HBC made a point of this in portraying the actress. Dear uncles, will you do a weecap of tonight’s performance?

  • amanda d

    I’m sorry it looks backwards. why is the zip in the front?

  • Little_Olive

    It’s certainly not the dress’ fault. Hair, jewelry, a smile (SO over her usual “waiting for my loved one who went to war” expression”), 3 inches off the hem and different shoes, and that dress shines. Maybe on a different person.

  • lobsterlen

    When the lady celebrities finally start wearing color does it have to be yellow? No to yellow clothes unless you are 4 and I even then I’d call a 4 year old out for wearing yellow anytime but spring. Hey life is tough. People judge, 4 year olds better get used to it.

    • Fannie Wolston

      I have an irrational hate for yellow houses too, and iirc I do not have a single yellow garment in my closet,

      • lobsterlen

        I understand. I hate yellow cars too.

        • demidaemon

          I am totally the same. My mom gets on my case about it all the time–“Do you hate yellow flowers? What about yellow animals?” I hate man-made yellow, not natural yellow.

          • lobsterlen

            Well I do like marshmallow peeps at Easter.

  • Needs a bracelet. But thank god she is wearing lipstick.

  • Janet B

    Buzz, buzz.
    Way to bring down a dress, she should have stayed home.

    This bright yellow dress screams Spring, not Autumn.

  • J Law should wear this./

  • Jewelry is not a crime.
    I’m surprised at how much I like this dress. The lippy is working too.

    • ashtangajunkie

      I second your entire post. I like the lip a lot!

  • bertkeeter

    That dress is a tad tired and ill fitting on it’s own!

  • Aaminah Khan

    I like the dress and the shoes separately, but maybe not together. And she definitely NAB at the very least.

  • Lori Sandstedt

    I think the color works for Fall because it’s saturated, not pastel. So, what color shoes would you pair with this? Help us out a bit, would you?

  • marlie

    Her pursed-lip smile always indicates that she doesn’t want to be there, and it brings the whole look down. Just a change in facial expression could have improved this look. As it is, the DIY hair and makeup don’t stand out enough (despite the lip color) for a Dior dress. And she needed some killer jewelry. I could be ok with the shoes if all the other criteria were met. Though she missed an opportunity to wear some really bold, colorful shoes here.

  • Tracy M

    She’s pulling a Kristen Stewart. For hell’s sake woman, you’re in Dior on a red carpet. Is it really excruciatingly painful to smile? To let your eyes reflect SOME emotion? Have the damned Dementors stolen your soul??

  • NOLA_gal

    Ummm… it’s on backwards?

  • tereliz

    Blame Anna W. for the pastels. She seriously REALLY wants me to buy a pastel winter coat. I know because she’s told me so. In EVERY. SINGLE. CONDÉ. NAST magazine I’ve picked up this fall.

  • PastryGoddess

    Call Interpol. Someone has stolen ALL of the jewelry in the world

  • Aurumgirl

    Does that dress actually have a fly front? Ugh. It’s way too home economics utilitarian simple for me. What the hell is happening to these design houses? First Yves Saint Laurent and now this. Everyone else’s work is far more interesting. And maybe that’s why this girl is so dour.

  • Andrea

    Yay color, but the dress looks like it’s on backwards.

  • quiltrx

    I don’t care for the “is she wearing it backwards?” zipper in the front. Otherwise, I love the way it’s shaped/fitted (though I hate that shade of yellow, it makes me look like a corpse).
    And I’m surprised to say it, but I kind of love those shoes.

  • “You’re in Dior, for God’s sake. Put on some fucking earrings or something.” belongs in a trashy, poolside book. I love it!

  • Tracy_Flick

    I think she might have the flu. And her dress that cost more than my car is crooked. I’d rather see widow’s weeds and a smile.

  • Imasewsure

    Marital bliss has made her not give a rat’s ass about fashion I guess…. thanks for the color but that’s about it. Oh and I like your shoes Mrs. Mumford

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    Love the way the dress hugs her curves but why is there a very long fly down the front?

  • JP

    The dress style is fine, but this is definitely a Girl, That’s Not Your Color, Hair, Or Makeup moment.

  • H2olovngrl

    whenever I see her looking so down and depressed, it makes me want to go put on Doctor Who, Don’t Blink and watch smiley, cheerful, exuberant and animated Carey Mulligan for a little while. Seriously, she’s such a pretty, sparkly girl, naturally. Cheer up, chick! Oh, and lose that god awful makeup!

    • Julie Ree

      I’m with you- my first thought, “Why so sad Sally Sparrow? Why?”.

  • MilaXX

    It is indeed amazing how she is making a bright red lip and yellow dress look as serious as the black the rest of celebritykind is stuck on. I get the minimalist look, but how could she or hey team look at this and not think she needed some kind of jewelry?
    My theory is that Hollywood’s version of being sensitive to the government shut down is to wear all black and no jewelry.

  • Sadie-Ann

    I really don’t think her face is as bad as everyone is saying. Yes, it would be better if she was smiling, but she just looks calm.

    She could have the teen star angry/I’m over it face on. That is so, so, so much worse.

  • Lauren Dorsee Dillon

    I’d look sad if someone put me in this color, too. White women have a hard time with bright yellow. We need to come to terms with this fact and move to a different spectrum. This exact dress in a deep wine would have been smashing. She might have even smiled for once. Marcus Mumford, I know you’re all flannel and acoustic but buy your wife some fricking jewelry! And write her a song or something, anything to make this woman happy!

  • genetic engineers have now perfect the first lemon with a zipper! that lipstick is horrible. looks like she sucked on a lemon.

  • JauntyJohn

    You know, I just re-watched Dr. Who’s “Blink” the other night in which she is the lead, and while yes, she was playing a role (Acting!) she seemed so much more buoyant — had such a lighter energy then. She may be one of those who faces the red carpet experience like it’s a firing squad.
    With that said, though I’m not crazy about the color I like the dress, and the piping in the bodice (and at least it seems to fit correctly – so many don’t) gives it real interest. I think she looks pretty good, actually.

  • Randy Noak

    It’s not an easy color to pull off. And she’s not.

  • Rhonda Shore

    She looks sort of angry in that first picture, maybe the eye make up is to blame.

    • Gatto Nero

      She looks quite tired to me, or fed up.

  • tarqueeny

    I think people are being unfair. There are loads of other pictures where Carey is smiling and laughing. A lot of the ones with her costar Isaacs, for example. I think this dress is amazing and definitely would not have worked if she still had her blonde hair.

  • Constant Reader

    I like the dress and the lipstick, just not together, I like the shoes, but not with that dress. I like Carey Mulligan, but not with those wan, sad expressions. Also, I like jewelry A LOT and there isn’t any here AT ALL.

  • kimiakay

    Lately she hasn’t looked too happy on the RC. This dress looks to me like it should not be strapless, for some reason. That zipper up the front almost makes the dress look like it’s on backwards. I’m not sure about the color on her, I agree her hair color may make it work o.k. The shoes, no. She’s done some magazine layouts that were gorgeous–come on, Carey, find that stylist and go!

  • A bracelet, anything to look like she didn’t get changed in the car.

  • jif

    Ladies! The “waiting desperately for the loo” stance is not a good look! Love the dress.

  • Camille Chapman

    Is she afraid of her teeth??? Also make up is so white and zombie looking!

  • putacorkinit

    Great dress, worn well, but where did the top of her head go?

  • MzzPants

    There has to be dental work gone wrong. It’s the only explanation.

  • AndreaSkates

    I mean, obviously the darts tell the tale — but doesn’t that terrible (slightly crooked) front zipper make it look like she put her dress on backwards?