Jessica Alba in Christian Dior at the 2013 Variety Power of Women Event

Posted on October 07, 2013

Jessica Alba attends Variety’s 5th Annual Power of Women Luncheon Presented by Lifetime is a Christian Dior dress paired with Jimmy Choo shoes, a Christian Dior clutch, and jewelry by EF Collection, Elahn, Joan Hornig and Reframed.





[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans/]

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  • Not loving that stiff shiny textile at all.

    • ConnieBV

      It’s like a PR challenge where you have to make your dress out of only the chicest of oilcloths.

      • Sarah

        Duct-tape challenge, redux.

      • Beth

        Or that flannel-backed vinyl that picnic tablecloths are made from.

      • oatmealpie

        It looks like the placemat dress that Bradon reworked this week.

  • RussellH88

    She looks nice.

    I love houndstooth, but the fabric looks almost like houndstooth duct tape or something. The texture looks weird.

    • Jessica Freeman


    • majorbedhead

      Ha! I just said the same thing. I really should read the comments before adding mine.

  • VioletFem

    I love the houndstooth pattern, but what material is this dress made of? It looks like she is wrapped to tightly in plastic.

  • her boobs look like they’re being squeezed within an inch of possibility and it’s nagl.

    • omg_dora

      Raf Simons is not a friend to boobs. Sometimes I think he has a boob-phobia, like Carrie’s mom.

  • Sobaika

    My breasts are pained in empathy. And those are terrible shoes.

    • Diego!

      I disagree, I love those shoes, maybe if the length of the dress would be shorter, they would stand out

      • Sunraya

        That is what I thought about the shoes, too. The shoes come up too high for the length of the dress, not allowing enough open space for balance. With a shorter skirt, they would have been kick-ass! High shoe, leg, shorter skirt = good balance.

        Ah, these stylists need to understand negative space.

        • Diego!

          Since they don’t know it, we can’t call them stylists! 😛 LOL xD

        • Renaissance_Man_ATL

          My take exactly!

    • gabbilevy

      That was my first thought, too, about the shoes. Seriously unflattering.

      • kimmeister

        Especially with that length of dress.

    • I didn’t even notice the shoes from the sympathetic breast pain.

  • Garcia Loca

    Cute outfit, but the neckline needs to be yanked up ~2 inches. Call me old-fashioned, but I feel such display of boobage unbecoming of a mother (of two young girls, one might add).

    • Hifigoddess

      Moms still have boobs, as well as a right to display them any way they please. Jour comment seems pretty judgey since your avatar has way more boobs showing than Jessica Alba.

      • Garcia Loca

        While you are correct vis-a-vis the amount of boobage in my pic (thanks for noticing, BTW!), it is worth noting that I am not a personification for a brand of organic baby products or a prolific mommy blogger.

        • Hifigoddess

          It’s true that she is both of those things, but that does not exempt her from being able to be sexy when she wants to. I don’t love the dress, and think it’s not very flattering, but to criticize it based on how you perceive her role as a mother to two daughters is slut shaming, not fashion.

          • Sunraya

            It is not slut-shaming, it is an opinion, and isn’t it great we can have divergent ones about women who don’t give a damn what we think without criticizing each other???

        • Hifigoddess

          Garcia, I apologize that I went overboard with my pro-boobalicious commentary. I did not intend to criticize you as a living, breathing person, though re-reading my post I can see that I did. Sorry.

          • Garcia Loca

            No offense taken. All in spirit of lively discussion.

      • OUT OF LINE. We are not here to critique each other.

  • leahpapa

    Looks like the Con-Tact Paper my mom used to line our shelves with.

    • Mismarker

      I was thinking vinyl tablecloth. Either way, blech.

      • SugarSnap108

        Vinyl tablecloth. That’s it exactly. “Blech” is also it exactly.

      • leahpapa

        Upon closer inspection, it does in fact look like a glazed woven material, like a vinyl tablecloth or those horrible plastic-textile folding lawn chairs. You’re spot on.

    • Introspective

      I used to wrap my old textbooks for grammar school with contact paper! you (and this hiddy dress) totally took me back in time!

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    Shiny houndstooth. It’s a shandeh.

  • boweryboy

    The dress is a skosh too tight. It’s pulling and puckering around the bust, stomach and hip area. Make-up is nice. The hair is bland. And while the shoes are fierce, they don’t go at all with the dress.

  • That’s a lot of half assery.

    • Mismarker

      Half assery and baby heads.

    • demidaemon

      Does that make it quarter assery? Or one-eight assery? I’m not good with fractions (or math, really, since leaving high school).

      • Train A leaves New York at 9:12 am and Train B leaves LA at 2:48 pm, does a tree falling in the woods make a sound if no one is around to hear it?

        Yeah, I suck at math too.

  • ewes_urn_aim

    Really? Those shoes with that dress? Ew.

  • Sara Brams-Miller


  • Karen Belgrad

    baby heads and a duct tape dress?

  • ThaliaKat

    It looks like a Project Runway alternative materials challenge. Perhaps a picnic tablecloth or some of those placemats so popular this season?

  • lobsterlen

    It kind of reminds me of a dress teenagers make out of duct tape for their proms.

  • crash1212

    Powerful women should be able to find dresses one size up. Too tight, too stiff…looks like car seat upholstery.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Looks like duct tape.

  • GillianHolroyd

    That last photo pretty much sums it up.

  • nannypoo

    In the thumbnail she has the word “Lifetime” behind her shoulder, and I thought she was getting a lifetime achievement award. I wondered what it was for. But, no, she’s just standing around in the upholstery from my grandfather’s old Buick.

  • BrooklynBomber


  • Diego!

    I hate that bag, but those are some hot killa shoes!!! She looks gorgeous, her girls look perfect on that dress!

  • MilaXX

    Not her dress. The boobs look smushed and yet she looks straight as a board at the same time.

  • Vanessa

    I’m sorry, but the power of women does not suggest to me a booby tube dress – I’m not asking for an 80s power suit, but she looks more decorative than commanding here. There are a lot of ways to bring fashion and power together (Cate? Tilda?)

  • majorbedhead

    Houndstooth duct tape.

  • Janet B


    If it fit, if the fabric wasn’t stiff/shiny, if…..never mind.

  • MichelleRafter

    It looks like a PR herringbone duct tape challenge dress

  • ashtangajunkie

    No amount of babyhead will ever make her less boring to me.

  • Miranda

    this is….interesting…hmmmmm

  • marlie

    If it didn’t looks like she was suffocating in the dress, I might like it. But her hair doesn’t match the rest of the look. Her clothes and makeup say “sleek and sophisticated,” and her hair says “running to the supermarket.”

  • MoHub

    That there is a wardrobe malfunction just waiting to happen.

  • Sunraya

    I really like it, except for that shiny. In a regular fabric, this would have been gorgeous on her!! She is cute as a button, isn’t she? I always get her name messed up with the other Jessica, the one with Timberlake and the bangs.

  • Qitkat

    This is the placemat challenge dress that what’s his name ought to have created for PR.
    [I erase their names the minute the episode is over these days.]

  • jen

    Girl. Go up a size. It’s okay, we’ll all still think you’re hot.

  • River

    This whole thing makes me feel sad.

  • Beth

    I love a houndstooth (am wearing a houndstooth sweater right now, as a matter of fact!), but that shiny waxed cotton, or whatever it is, is gross, making the dress somehow simultaneously boring and ugly. The sandals are killer, though!

  • manina

    Great textile for patio furniture. Bad styling all around.

  • demidaemon

    BLAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Also, way too much shiny everywhere. break it up a little, girl.

  • teensmom99

    I’ve been thinking this whole Dior line looks like 50s Barbie. This one looks like the Barbie dress I made when my mother gave me some left-over wrapping paper.

  • Lily-Rygh

    I guess it took so long to smash her boobs into that dress that she ran out of time and had to leave before fixing her hair…

  • bertkeeter

    Amazingly unattratcive dress in the most simple way!

  • Pull. Up. Your. Dress.

  • Too tight, too shiny, too long, and the shoes are terrible. Other than that…..

  • Trisha26

    Project Runway challenge: make a boob squishing dress from lawn chair fabric.

  • joanna dash

    I feel so alone. I love everything. I think the dress is fun and the length is hot and the shoes look terrific with it.

  • MannahattaMamma

    it’s like she made a dress entirely out of shelf-liner paper. bet it’s an easy-wipe-off fabric, just the thing for those pesky champagne spills.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    One size up and two inches off the bottom and it would be perfect. I actually like the silver shoes and the purse. And the hair and makeup is so so pretty.

  • Sam Smith

    I like this dress, but too tight and too low.

  • Cindy Bartlett Zigler

    she’s one deep breath away from a mammary disaster! how does she actually breathe in that bodice?? and the fabric is nasty – looks like linoleum. a total ‘girl, that’s not your dress’ look.