Penelope Cruz in Nina Ricci at “The Counselor” Photocall

Posted on October 08, 2013

Sweetie, no. We realize photocalls are not as formal as the average red carpet, but that’s no reason to show up looking like you’re headlining a business conference.



Penelope Cruz attends “The Counselor” photocall at The Dorchester in London in Nina Ricci.

Nina Ricci Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Chiharu Okunugi (NATHALIE)

She looks like she’s about to deliver a talk on exciting new business development opportunities in 3rd world markets or something. She also looks like she can’t afford to have her clothes properly fitted, which we know isn’t true. It’s a nice suit, but it’s mature and serious and not particularly flattering. Plus it’s just plain wrong for the venue. Kind of a head-scratcher, really.





[Photo Credit: Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images,]

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  • RussellH88

    It’s nice, but that’s really odd for a red carpet.

    It kinds of looks like something Regina from Once Upon a Time would wear on a date.

  • marlie

    All of the fault in this look comes down to the fit. It’s fitted SO badly, that I can’t even think about whether or not the style/shape are good for her/the event.

  • Scimommy

    That jacket is the most unflattering thing I’ve seen on Penelope… ever.

  • Imasewsure

    I could live with the weird jacket if she were sporting some awesome skin tight lady pants instead. And I want her to be my CEO…. much better than the frumpy dude we have now!!

    • Jessica Freeman

      Oh the pants would have been a good call!

    • shorty j

      I was literally just thinking to myself, “man, that top with some cigarette pants wouldn’t be half-bad.”

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        Cigarette pants could save many an outfit!

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Had to scroll up and down a few times to figure out how all the drama got sucked out of this dress! It’s like one of those “find the 10 things” game… 1. the sleeves are pushed up, 2. the nude lip, 3. the watch, 4. pumps with bows, 5. not enough collar bone to pull off the top, 6. what else?…. the skirt is plain, no seam detail, 7. Wrong lighting for that color of red, 8. The words “The Counselor” so many times behind her is making her look like one, 9. hair too soft, 10. the whole fit is kinda off. I guess that will do it…

  • zenobar

    Nice early-80s cashz sweater draped around the shoulders, there.

  • alyce1213

    Spanish church lady.

  • msdamselfly

    I saw these photos elsewhere and thought she looked amazing–The photos here arent doing her justice. She really looked flawless

  • Jessica Freeman

    Your business jacket should not have a built in scarf, either.

  • What fresh Nancy Reagan Hell is this?

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      There you go!

  • Lessee. Doesn’t fit through the torso. That portrait neckline is not working for her. The big flopping bow thingy, also, not working for her. Hemline needs to go up a couple. The only thing right is the color.

  • hughman

    “Hello, my name is Penelope. I am your Tennis Court Appointed Lawyer. Hopefully you won’t serve time.”

    • You’re so punny.

    • Kent Roby

      Love. All.

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      I just put my head down on my desk and cackled in the most undignified manner.

  • Boulderista

    I lived in Spain for awhile … Her clothing choices are definitely moving in the direction of Spanish Lady Style rather than Amercan … i.e. Not a lot of bare skin but fairly form-fitting, somewhat conservative and potentially matchy-matchy. It’s like she’s quit being Hollywood and gone back to her roots. I like it.

    (I can’t imagine shoulder baring at a business conference, it seems to risqué and the red suit is giving me flashbacks to 80s/90s power dressing.)

    • Lori

      There are very few businesses where that suit would be very remotely acceptable at a conference.

      • kimmeister

        Agree. Maybe for fashion magazine editors, or if you are Mary Kay.

  • CatherineRhodes

    The dropped shoulders take it out of corporate boardroom territory, but truly it’s an odd hybrid. At first glance, I thought she had a sweater wrapped around her neck.

    • RebeccaKW

      Exactly what I thought. It’s weird.

  • wisenhar

    These are actually promo pictures for “The Counselor”, a new “Office”-style style sitcom starring Penelope Cruz as a Business Consultant/Motivational Speaker. “If you can see it an believe it, you can achieve it.”

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      You read my mind. I was just thinking, “How ironic is it that the movie is called ‘The Counselor’, and she’s dressed like one?”

      • cbt22

        Ironic? Or intentional?

        • demidaemon

          If it’s intentional, the fit should have been flawless and we shouldn’t be second-guessing its purposefulness.

          • cbt22

            Oh, absolutely. I’m not pretending that it’s successful. I’m just wondering if her stylists were actually aiming at “sexy counselor,” because it’s the only thing I can come up with to explain why anyone thought this was a good idea.

          • NYCGlamourpuss

            Oh, no, I was totally joking in my post, LOL! This is not good.

  • Qitkat

    Boat necks only look good on French sailors.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    On the model it’s amazing, but there that jacket looks three sizes too large for her.

    • marlie

      The more I look at it, the more it seems like she’s swimming in the jacket. It’s almost overwhelming her body.

  • Nancy Reagan: After Dark

  • Glam Dixie

    Does she own a full length mirror? Odds are against it.

  • rkdgal

    I’m actually wondering where this WOULD be appropriate, as the bare shoulders aren’t exactly business professional. Maybe a mother-of-the-bride for a more casual wedding?

  • bertkeeter

    God…awful! And learn how to properly wrap that tie!

  • MilaXX

    Suit doesn’t fit and the pushed up sleeves only add to the overall messiness of this look. Besides this is to promote a movie, not one of those “serious” charity events that Hollywood loves. Not venue appropriate.She doesn’t need a full on gown, but a nice dress or even nice lady pant would look better. This looks like movie version of boardroom chic.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    It doesn’t fit, so she looks lumpy, but I like the idea of the suit, especially with the expose shoulders. I think it’s JUST kicky enough to work, well- had it fit properly. Plus I like the hair and shoes.

  • 3boysful

    I could go with this IF it fit better and the shoes and handbag had a little more oomph. They help drive it into cosmetics CEO territory.

  • Eric Stott

    The pushed up sleeves ruin it- a half-assed effort to make it informal

  • crash1212

    Gorgeous color on her – obviously – but it’s too bunchy. WTF? It’s a miss. At any rate, I’m glad she has a movie to flog cuz I like seeing her beautiful face – seems she’s been away for awhile.

  • Little_Olive

    Well, the suit certainly goes with that messy and ageing eye makeup.

  • PastryGoddess

    Does Penny have to pee?

  • GorgeousThings

    Only at a Hollywood event could something like this outfit be interpreted as “businesslike”. If I ever tried to do a sales presentation in a getup like that I would have been marched out of the room and told to come back when I found the top of my jacket.

    And the customer would have laughed behind my back the whole way.

  • love the color! but the thing looks like she wears a sweater over her shoulders with the sleeves dangling in front.

  • Pennymac

    From the corporate corner, you wouldn’t be taken seriously AT ALL if wearing a shoulder bearing suit. And in the buckle of the Bible belt, it wouldn’t work at church, either. I can’t think of an appropriate venue for this (Hypothetically if it was tailored properly) A late summer wedding, perhaps?

    Either way, it doesn’t do a thing for Ms Cruz. I may like the color, but thats about it.

    • JDreesen

      an ex-husband’s funeral maybe?

      oh, sorry. i meant, a first ex-husband’s funeral.

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        “Moonstruck”! “In time, you will see that this is for the best!” “And in time, you’ll drop dead and I’ll come to your funeral in a red dress!”

  • Tatiana Luján

    I love the suit, but the fit is wrong.

  • AndreaSkates

    Also, someone who knows how to properly do the first half of a square knot needs to deal with this neckline mess. It looks like the preschool Flower Girl was allowed to tie her own sash before the wedding.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    Serving up Mary Kay Senior Director realness!

  • Daisy Walker

    Helen Fuckingfantastica would’ve rocked the shit out of that suit.

  • Constant Reader

    The jacket was obviously designed for a life form with four arms, so maybe we shouldn’t judge it until we see it as it was meant to be worn.

  • poggi

    Perfect outfit for a socialite turned business exec who needs to stroll into the boardroom and take charge.

  • A Shiny O’Connor

    That’s one fabulous conference.

  • SouthernGirlRena

    Good grief, look at how that pocket is gaping open. When you see that, you have three options, sigh disgustedly and vow to cut out all sugar and fried food as you hang it back in the closet, call the stylist who sent it to you and get them to get a larger size, or wear really uncomfortable, really tight shape-ware underneath.

  • SugarSnap108

    Awful. Even if she were giving a PowerPoint presentation, this would be awful. The fit is bad, but I think the cut of the jacket is just unflattering for a woman larger than a B cup, even if it fit better. I won’t even speak of the shoes.

  • swanpride

    Rule number one if you have a decent bra size: Never ever add even more stuff on it! It just makes you look fat, no matter how slim your waist is.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I know that this is unfair, but I feel like hair like hers should always be worn down and permanently accompanied by a wind machine. I don’t understand a suit that makes it look like you’ve tied a sweater around your shoulders like the mean rich kids in a Molly Ringwald movie.

  • Nonnah

    Maybe she’s trying to look like a counselor?

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Wait, wait, wait. How can you have a Nancy Reagan 80s Power Suit without the ability to wear a bra? This is some power suit mixed with cocktail wear a la Dominique Devereaux or something. SHE could pull it off, along with a gigantic hat and shoulder pads. Yep. Shoulder pads in a dress with no shoulders. That is just how good Dominique Devereaux was.

  • E. D.

    She’s at least 10 years too young for this.

  • demidaemon

    I think this overall look is just hideous. Hair is bad, shoes are awful, and that suit is just wrong, especially the jacket. For some reason, it looks fine on the model but horrible on Miss Cruz. I don’t know what happened there. And on top of that, it’s the wrong outfit for this venue. What happened, I ask? WHAT HAPPENED?!

  • Renaissance_Man_ATL

    The suit has major fit problems, the jacket needs lots of work and the skirt should be at the top of the knee. The shoes are FAB!

  • SophieCollier

    It looks like a poorly rendered copy of the runway suit. Seriously, the top tie bit looks so… tiny and weird.

  • RoseJB

    I love it so much on the model, though.