Natalie Portman in Christian Dior at the “Thor: The Dark World” Premiere

Posted on October 23, 2013

We are officially not loving the Dior tinfoil dresses.


Natalie Portman attends the world premiere of “Thor: The Dark World” at The Odeon Leicester Square in London in Christian Dior.

Christian Dior Spring 2014 Collection

It’s just … not doing it for us. The shape is fine. And we’re really not opposed to metallics. On the contrary, we love them. But that skirt is just so heavy and stiff that it fails to reach pretty. For us, anyway. And there’s something a little unbalanced about the dress. The skirt is just so damn focus-pulling and the top is pretty much invisible. She looks like a head floating over a bell. We like the strapless model version more, but we’re still not in love with that fabric. It looks like wallpaper.




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  • Katie Wolf

    But I like the reference to Thor’s armor. It’s a win, IMHO.

  • Laura Renee

    Seconded. I guess she wanted sleeves for the chilly, rainy weather? The back is cute.

  • Anna Vasquez

    This is too… Late 80s Westport society matron at a charity ball. In a bad way, in case that wasn’t clear.

    • Jackie4g

      It’s earlier than that. It’s 70s!

      • Anna Vasquez

        Didn’t realize it stretched back that far! They were still dressing that way when I was growing up in the 80s.
        Almost makes me nostalgic for home.

        Almost. 🙂

      • formerlyAnon

        I think that brocade skirted look is considered “timeless” by a certain aging, well-to-do, conservative demographic.

  • Mallory

    At lesat she looks happy with seems to be somewhat of a rarity for her!

  • PostsYouCanDanceTo

    She looks like a gracefully-aged Audrey Hepburn with that hair. Nothing wrong (and a lot of things right) with that, but the rest of the look is so mature, she looks much older than her age. Also, she’s too tiny for that volume.

    • Ah, I didn’t read this before I posted. I see you saw the Audreyness too.

      • PostsYouCanDanceTo

        Reading before posting is for squares. Be punk rock, post before reading and don’t give a damn!

    • 3boysful

      I agree. I love this dress. It may be a bit too old for Miss Natalie, but the keyhole back youthens it a bit. THe is classy, comfortable chic. Very Audrey. (You’d never catch Audrey in that white-fishnet-jumpsuit from a few posts ago.)

      • Constant Reader

        I am definitely going to use the word “youthen” every chance I get for the next week!

  • MrsAtaxxia

    In her Dior review for The Cut Robin Givhan basically said that these clothes were unwearable for anyone except models, and even then, some of the models were barley pulling it off. I am inclined to agree. If it’s not flattering on the woman repping your brand, you may have issues Raf.

    • Me Again

      I think T-Lo were right that the model version looks better than Natalie’s, because, being strapless, it doesn’t make the entire torso disappear. Also, the model version has the tin-foil detail on the torso pocket, which also helps make the torso not disappear. I’m not saying I like it even on the model, but the model version at least solves the “head floating over the Liberty Bell” problem.

  • Anne

    I think it’s too long for her. The tea-length version on the model is adorable, as is the little shiny boob-pocket.

    • kimmeister

      I think it’s too long in the torso on her. It looks like a drop waist, but I’m not convinced it was designed to be that way.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      Now, I would love it to be tea length, but no boob pocket. Also, another starlet with no jewelry?

  • lobsterlen

    Jiffy Popcorn Skirt … at least Natalie isn’t wearing the boob pocket sweater.

    • SugarSnap108

      oops – didn’t see this before I said basically the same thing.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    She needs a belt, or something. it looks unfinished.

  • WendyD

    Needs accessories, especially Hiddleston arm candy.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Couldn’t we all use some Hiddleston arm candy?

      • NMMagpie

        PREACH IT.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Shall we have a fullblown church- The Church of St. Hiddleston of the Sacred Cheekbones? i’m down with that.

          • formerlyAnon

            I’m down if corporeal visitations by St. Hiddleston are regularly vouchsafed to the devout.

  • This entire getup ages her terribly.

    • poggi

      Yes! The strapless and tea length of the model’s version is better, not great, but better.

  • For one, her top is too thin, and you can see her cup thingies. Add that to the waist, which from a distance almost appears to be elastic (the horrors) and it comes off very cheapy looking. Certainly not what you want from Dior. It’s almost like she was going for an Audrey Hepburn feel here and she fell quite short.

    • conniemd

      That drove me crazy, too. My eyes were drawn to the white cups on her top. Why? Why? They must make black ones.

      • I’d like to believe if I had all that money and all that help, I’d be paying attention to the details.

  • Fordzo

    No! No, no, no!!! Put a freaking black lining in that top or SOMETHING! I experience irrational rage when women wear dark shirts and white bras or other forms of breast support. DON’T DO THAT!

    Now I’m going to have to go eat a pint of Cherry Garcia with xanax jimmies and watch Sense and Sensibility just to calm down.

    • Constant Reader

      I love you for saying “jimmies.”

      • Fordzo

        I love you, too! Do you have any french fries?

        • Constant Reader

          Yes, with malt vinegar. 🙂

  • NMMagpie

    At least she went without the pocket.

  • Looks like the top of a Jiffy Pop Popcorn pan.

  • Mary Lauer

    The skirt looks much better at the slightly shorter length the models wore. Too long makes it even HEAVIER.

  • Kimmu

    Her smile says “I am contractually obligated to appear at this premiere. I will wear this incredibly ugly jiffy pop dress in retaliation.”

    I dislike her so much in these movies and her performance is so bad in them I wish Marvel would ax her.

    • Lori

      I think this outfit is the perfect representation of her performance in Thor (and, from the looks of the trailer, also in Dark World.) It should have been fun and unusual and instead it’s just stiff and sort of a drag. I don’t hate her in general, but her performance in Thor was not good. It was like she didn’t know what kind of movie she was in or something. That was made worse by all the scenes she had with Stellan Skarsgård, who clearly knew exactly what movie he was making and was enjoying the hell out of it.

      • Kimmu

        Her performance in Thor was soooo bad and lifeless. You could really see just how much she was phoning in the role, and it’s a shame because pretty much everyone else was great fun. She just sucked the life out of every scene she was in. It also did not help that she and Hemsworth have ZERO chemistry so the “romance” is eye rolling at best.

        • Lori

          Seriously. The chem FAIL with Hemsworth was just, WTH? I have no idea why they cast her. I like the character fine, but I’m hoping they get rid of Jane in Dark World so that for the 3rd one they can hire someone who wants to be in the movie they’re making.

          • Kimmu

            I like the idea of Jane, but the Jane we actually got was so much fail. And from what I have seen from the trailers and interviews, I REALLY hate the “angry girlfriend slapping the boyfriend” angle they’re taking with her. Ughhh, just no. And yeah, I am totally on board with them getting rid of Jane. Hell, you can just get rid of the romance entirely with the Thor movies. He’s had off and on love interests in the comics but they’ve never really lasted. He doesn’t have an iconic, lasting love the way other characters do. Well, unless you count Mjolnir and Loki. Both of which I do lol

            They’re usually pretty good with their casting but they dropped the ball with Portman. Like, I totally am not a fan of Paltrow at all but she brings it as Pepper and her and RDJ have great chemistry. I understand WHY Pepper deals with Tony’s shit and how important she is to him.

  • Judy_S

    It seems to me that if it were shorter, a real New Look length as on the models, it might work better. ?? At least there would be less of it.

  • kipper

    I love it, getting a real Jackie / Lee vibe from the whole thing, and at long last a red carpet where someone knows it is late October.

  • Tanya Wade

    Christmas tree skirt. Just say “non.”

    • Constant Reader

      I’m even seeing string of Christmas lights in the fabric pattern. The big, old-fashioned kind.

  • Julie Parr

    I love the skirt fabric. Shorter sleeves would make it even better. I adore it.

  • sagecreek

    Thank goodness she eschewed the boob patch pocket

  • twocee

    At least she got rid of the boob pocket from the runway.

  • lbl

    She’s suffering from the same problem that everyone wearing this skirt back in may had. She’s too short. The fact the fabric is so heavy and focus pulling just makes it worse.

    • 1964edithgrove

      You are so right. Her little feet sticking out remind me of the Wicked Witch of the West.

  • Jackie4g

    If you hadn’t told me Dior, I would have guessed Oscar de la Renta 1970. Not that that’s a bad thing. That style isn’t exactly ground breaking. I love Natalie and would rather see her in something more befitting her youth. This is a kind of middle aged dress, it longs for one’s “good” pearls.

  • ashtangajunkie

    She’s been on my Irrational Hate List since Black Swan ruined two hours of my life a few years ago so I have no problem hating this entire look. That being said, the fabric makes a bad skirt anyway.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    It looks better in the length it has on the models, and though I don’t in general mind the trend away from strapless, this one needs lots of skin on top to balance lots of tin foil on the bottom.

  • jonnyf8

    So how long do we have to wait until we see Tom and Chris’ red carpet looks?

  • SugarSnap108

    And I’m officially behind you TLo. At least she left out the tin-foil boob pocket the models are wearing.

  • Lilithcat

    I love the fabric, but there’s just too much of it. Thank god, however, that she’s not wearing the boob patch.

  • KinoEye

    Reynolds Wrap: for all your couture needs.

  • kat89

    At least it’s seasonally appropriate with the Halloween colors…

  • MissMariRose

    Suddenly, I feel like having a baked potato.

    • Constant Reader

      I really did LOL!

  • BobStPaul

    She actually looks, and I hate to say it, dowdy.

  • quiltrx

    You should not wear your Old Navy top with your tin foil tea cozy skirt.

  • Christmas Toilet Roll Cover Barbie

  • crash1212

    Didn’t like them on the runway. Don’t like them on the red carpet. Natalie is looking lovely as usual though.

  • boweryboy

    If she didn’t mess with the porportions by lengthing the skirt and adding a long sleeved bodice to it, it could work, just barely. Or maybe she’s just short?

    I dunno. I think this is a runway/editorial dress only.

  • MilaXX

    It’s very heavy and ageing on her.

  • Would have liked this better if it was tea length. Shame about the bra.

  • sk8tfan

    Reminds me of the old quilted asbestos oven mitts. And the top needs to be lined (or she needs to wear a black bra) so she doesn’t get boob-flash when the lights are on her.

    • RebeccaKW

      I was thinking a cheap sweater with an old bedspread, but oven mitts work too.

  • GorgeousThings

    How to make a 30 year old woman look like an octogenarian? Put her in Grammy’s dress.

  • Jessica Freeman

    What TLO said….boring top and the fabric a skirt does not make.

  • Miss WKS

    Jiffy Pop II

  • TrishR

    Sorry. I only got as far as “Thor world Premiere.” It’s almost here!! No, she sure isn’t a high point, but I still can’t wait!! A movie my 9 year old son and I are equally excited about seeing? Priceless!! But yeah – weird skirt.

  • marlie

    Oh, NO. The skirt is all wrong. It’s weirdly shaped, and stumpifying.

  • I keep picturing her saying, “I’m Audrey Hepburn for UNICEF.”

    • BrooklynBomber

      Very Audrey from the waist up. Very Mother Ginger from the waist down.

  • hellkell

    Girlfriend needs a lint roller. That skirt looks like a giant oven mitt.

  • JauntyJohn

    Ballet teacher at the Holiday Recital.

  • YoungSally

    Yesterday’s Dior balloon was better — less stiff. But this with the T–shirt harkens to Sharon Stone and her Gap + Couture oscar outfit.

  • Nelliebelle1197

    The skirt fabric looks like a housecoat my magnificently chic great aunt owned. Of course, she would have never left the house with it on…

  • thecitysleeps

    I like this. I just don’t like that she seems to be wearing some under garment of sort in front (not a bra since there are no straps in the back) and apparently they run out of the black version. It looks white and garish under the top. I don’t know.

  • NOLA_gal

    To be succinct: Blech. Or maybe fooey.

  • teensmom99

    It’s the 1980s all over again. I’m having flashbacks to a big, fancy NY wedding I went to . . .

  • luluransom

    Cupcake liner.

  • estella_nyc

    This would have been a WERQ for Nancy Reagan

  • formerlyAnon

    Oh no. It’s all the negatives of your a brocade-skirted dress and matching jacket for holiday parties. (Stiff, overly formal, associated with the stuffy and the elderly). Only worse because it’s shiny and shinier.

  • Agatha Guilluame

    Is that dandruff on the top?

  • Janet B

    She’s too young and tiny to wear that skirt. The runway length is prettier.

  • KateMaryC

    It needs that cocktail length, which I think is charming. As a full-length dress, it isn’t long ENOUGH on her. But she should have had it shortened.

  • Tracy_Flick

    At least it doesn’t have that hiddy houndstooth pocket. It still does look like what you see when you take the glass part off a light fixture. Random stiff-looking metallic stuff.

    • JDreesen

      but….but….without the pocket, where will she stash away her panty liners and lip gloss?

  • steeg of their own

    She looks like a barbie doll cake, one of the ones where the cake skirt is obviously supporting the tiny doll torso.

    The shape of this dress is terrible. The fabric wouldn’t look so heavy and stiff if the shape of the dress didn’t pouf out so much right at the waist and make it obvious that the fabric is stiff enough to support its own weight.

  • Trisha26

    Cheap bedspread.

  • Laura Krause Sedor

    Is it just me or does she look like Gloria Vanderbilt circa 1984?

    • formerlyAnon

      There’s a resemblance. I’d swear, (without evidence), that at some point she went through a phase of leotard-ish tops with elaborate, almost quilted long full skirts. Except Ms. Vanderbilt didn’t do a ponytail this long, she had her hair shorter (above the shoulders), pulled way back behind her ears and then there was some kind of weird upward flip at the ends that from the front stuck out from her head like they’d been shellacked. Or at least, that’s how I remember it.

  • CommentsByKatie

    The alterations she made were a terrible idea. The original looks chic, her version looks like Little House on the Prarie in Space.

  • Noah

    Do my eyes deceive me, or is Natalie Portman wearing a white bra under a black top like a rookie?

  • I think it looks like material for pot holders & oven mitts, the special sparkly kind to use over the holidays.

  • VictoriaDiNardo

    All I can see is – god love her, but – Gloria Vanderbilt circa 1980.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Floating head, indeed. She looks like a pinhead stuck on an unrelated dress form. Nothing about this is working for me.

  • NoveltyRocker

    The skirt fabric is crazy but in an interesting way. I could see this working with a hem just below the knee and a simple fitted bodice with thick straps, maybe creating a square neckline, all in the same fabric. It’d be a lot to look at but I think simply styled, as she is wont to do anyhow, it’d be a cool look.

  • Strapless is much better. The skirt needs a different fit on someone with an edge.

  • Samantha

    I actually think this is kind of pretty but would have liked it more if it was like the runway version, with a foot of fabric removed on both sides.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    I realize that the interest in this dress lies in the skirt, with the heavy fabric and the print,but that top looks as if it was basted on as an afterthought.

  • Harbormom

    Even I know to wear a black bra under a black bodice. Keep seeing these ‘headlights’ on celebs, tho.

  • Katie

    She looks uncomfortable.

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  • MichelleRafter

    Paging Audrey Hepburn. I don’t think it’s bad, but if she really wanted to channel the 70s, she would have put a big something at her waist (belt, sash, something). And worn a black strapless bra.

  • ItsDicey

    That skirt is way too 1970’s trailer park wallpaper. Yikes.

  • Levedi

    Wallpaper. Hideous, hideous metallic kitchen wallpaper. It’s like having a flashback.

  • MK03

    …is that William Wallace in the background?

  • Fuchaforever

    I agree 100% with this analysis TLo. She looks like a 70 year old Audrey Hepburn

  • lalahartma

    Looks like a giant quilt.

  • not applicable

    Hersheys kiss…