Michelle Pfeiffer in Alexander McQueen at “The Family” Premiere

Posted on October 16, 2013

Girl, those aren’t your pants.



Michelle Pfeiffer attends the premiere of “The Family” at Kino in der Kulturbrauerei in Berlin in Alexander McQueen.

Alexander McQueen Fall 2013 Collection


Painful. Mainly because putting her in that jacket could have been a stroke of genius. But almost no one on the planet could possibly make those pants work – and the ones that can are all models under the age of 20. No, Miss Michelle definitely needed a more conventional pair of pants to make this work. Although truth be told, we think she could have paired the top half with a simple black skirt to the floor (with a demure slit) and wound up looking stunning.


[Photo Credit: Clemens Bilan/Getty Images, Away!/PRPhotos.com, alexandermcqueen.com]

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  • RussellH88

    I don’t suggest any woman wearing a pant where the waistband is in danger of touching your nipples.

    • Lauren Dorsee Dillon

      Quick, find a very short elderly man in need of black dress pants.

    • Nelliebelle1197

      I love you, Russell

  • marlie

    That jacket THRILLS me, and the pants make me equally as sad. Not quite a scrolldown “fug,” rather than a scrolldown “sadface.”

  • Lauren Dorsee Dillon

    Not her pants, nor her face or hair. Someone pulled a Hannibal Lechter here.

  • Sobaika

    All I’m seeing is a fancy matador.

  • StelledelMare

    You took the words right out of my mouth. Gorgeous jacket.

  • alyce1213

    The jacket and blouse (love the buttons) are so beautiful but what a tragedy below. Her hair looks a little . . . raggy, matted?

  • teensmom99

    Just watched Age of Innocence with my teen & I won’t have you say a bad word about Ellen Olenska. (But agree that the pants are doing her no favor).

  • Blair Sylvester

    Isn’t she on the tall side? I am surprised the pants are sitting so high on her, they are quite a bit lower on the model

  • Angela Langdale

    If they would have at least hemmed them up a little, so that her toes peeped out like the model’s, she could have closed the jacket and gotten away with it. Glad she did NOT go for the big neck ruffle, though!

  • Bad pants! How could you do this to the Queen of the Fairies?

    • Adriana_Paula

      Hasn’t poor Madame de Tourvel been through enough?

  • MilaXX

    Poor thing still looks awful on the RC. Like she wants to be anywhere but there. I do agree a pencil skirt would have been more in her wheelhouse, although I wonder how Diana Argon would have looked in this.

  • frannyprof

    Girl, that’s not your hair and makeup.

  • Rhonda Shore

    the whole get-up is doing something really strange to her proportions…it’s a shame really.

  • bellafigura1

    I love the whole thing, pants included (yep, needed two inches off), she looks like the longest, leanest, seventies-stylin’, rockin’ her mid-fifties beauty.

    • Violentcello

      Mmmhmm. Agree. Just a little shorter rise and it would’ve been perfect. Luuuuv her.

  • In_Stitches

    I acknowledge the flaws, but I kind of like it. It’s daring and fun.

  • Tracy_Flick

    AGAIN with the thick black liner applied all around the inner eyelid. So unflattering.

  • quiltrx

    That jacket is fabulous! Everything above it (the hair, ugh) and below it (those pants, yikes) makes me sad.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    BWAHAHAH Michelle Pfeiffer has a wrinkle on her face! She is mortal after all! I feel so powerful right now. So what if on my very best day I will never look as good as she does on her very worst day? I will only eat half of the ice cream bucket today. OK, maybe 3/4 of the ice cream bucket. With hot fudge. Sigh. She’s perfect. But yeah, that jacket is jaw dropping, and so is she.

    • sagecreek

      Yep. Michelle Pfeiffer, making me feel inferior for, oh, about 30 years now.

  • Kelly

    Yeah, the pants are too long and too high — the whole outfit looks too big and out of proportion. I love the idea of the jacket, but I think it looks much better close up; when you’re further away, you can’t see the exquisite detailing, and it looks like an ordinary working-woman blazer. I wish she’d opted to keep the model’s Elizabethan ruff. Then she’d have had that whole, fun 16th-century vibe instead of just looking like a well-put-together middle-aged woman in professional dress.

    • Constant Reader

      I loved the shirt on the model, too! It definitely kicks the jacket up a notch.

  • valerie747

    I think she looks GREAT!

  • Tatiana Luján

    you need a super long torso to pull off those pants. I like the jacket very much.

  • boweryboy

    Everytime I see her all I can hear in my head is, “I want a C-O-O-L R-I-D-E-R.”

  • That jacket deserves better pants. Maybe 2″ lower waist band, and just to the ankle with a nice taper.

  • Julie Ree

    If your pants are dragging the ground HEM THEM. This dragging the ground looks favors no human or ethereal being.

    • Shawn EH

      It is a look right now, though, so the stylist probably gave the okay.

  • tarqueeny

    I agree with everyone else, the trousers kill an otherwise great outfit. Love the jacket. She still looks gorgeous!

  • Judy_S

    I’m not sure what’s wrong with me, but I think she looks great, except I’d like to see her toes. For some reason the high waist just seems like part of the look.

  • neonseattle

    I don’t see a problem with the pants, other than that they should be hemmed. GORGEOUS blazer.

  • ryenerman

    No. I cannot do high waisted pants again. I just can’t. The 80s ruined it for me forever.

    • formerlyAnon

      I’d advise rushing out to stock up in your favored waist height, then. The signs are that we’re headed into a couple of years where high waisted will rule.

      • Supernumerary

        Me and my birthing hips sure as hell hope so. That low-rise trend + wide hips = a baggy ass and gaping at the back, and no one needs that in their view.

        • Sunraya

          God, I agree!! I hate “hip huggers.” I hated them in the 60s and 70s and I hate them now. I hate having my ass crack hanging out with a big gap at the back, and I hate looking at other people’s asses and thongs. I don’t get what is attractive about them at all.

          Give me pants that close around my belly button any day!! So much easier to wear!

      • tinyredlocks

        Short waisted me will never wear high waisted pants. They are of the devil. Low rise rules!!

    • NOLA_gal

      Dunno, they’re not high waisted on the model – I suspect they got hoiked up in a hoped for hem-avoidance (that’s a lot of h’s – sorry). It didn’t work, though.

  • formerlyAnon

    That jacket is wonderful. Agree the fit of those pants is not for her, but I feel her hair is also underachieving. It looks like it’s trying too hard to compromise between a juvenile look and something more suited to her age, ensemble and the capabilities of the hair itself.

  • Micaela Cannon

    the pants wouldnt be that bad if they didn’t swallow her feet.

  • Ashleigh

    The pants are a bit “balero/bull fighter”, but I don’t think she looks so bad…

  • bertkeeter

    Jacket yes! Pants, NYET!

  • Shawn EH

    She needed the ruff!

  • AndreaSkates

    Miraculously, Alexander McQueen has made extra-long pants that cut 5″ off a woman’s height.

  • OldPandaDayz

    This is sad because I really do love the jacket and blouse! I think it would really work for her with a tailored ankle pant and some great heels.

  • understateddiva

    bah – that jacket is giving me LIFE, and the pants just ruin it.

  • Gatto Nero

    Great jacket and blouse on her. But the pants are too high-waisted, with an iffy fit; her torso isn’t long enough. And I agree with TLo — don’t know if anyone could make them work.
    Is that a different pair on the model? The rise looks lower.
    What a shame.

  • Trickytrisha

    Gaahh, I hate those pants with a white hot passion. Who is responsible for these monstrosities? The whole flared at the bottom, cover your whole foot, make you trip when you walk up stairs, and for the cherry on top… make you look stumpy, deformed, and in need of prosthetics thing. Oh hell… can bell bottoms be far behind?


  • why are her eyes so red? she certainly looks like she’s been up to something. and those pants are giving me a yellow submarine hallucination.

  • swanpride

    It’s not the pants…it’s the top. The pants would have been perfectly fine with a top to wear above them like the model did. And without the ruffles, the top makes the jacket look old.

  • putacorkinit

    I don’t have a problem with the trousers. It’s the hair. She just refuses to get it done before a show opening or a red carpet. She just won’t. She’s got better things to do. Read a novel, eat an apple, add another few dots to her pointilliste canvas that will never be shown to the public. If the monkeys don’t like it, fuck ’em.

  • Joey Melliza

    that’s too much mcqueen on one gal. good thing she had enough sense in her to stop her stylist from making her wear the ruffled collar