Elizabeth Banks in Elie Saab at the “Hunger Games” Germany Premiere

Posted on November 13, 2013

It was very thoughtful of Elizabeth to choose outfits for this poledance that helpfully illustrate some universal truths about pale blondes and color choices. Just as it’s mostly true across-the-board that they should stay away from acid or neon yellows, it’s also true that they can rock a metallic silver like it was invented for them.


Elizabeth Banks attends “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” Germany premiere at Sony Centre in Berlin in an Elie Saab couture gown.

Elie Saab Fall 2013 Couture Collection

Attagirl. Werq dat butt.

We think the silhouette’s a little off somehow. It looks fuller on the bottom than it’s supposed to, leading us to think her belt’s a skosh too heavy and a skosh too tight.In fact, we suspect this would have looked better on her with no belt at all. We’re not in love with the slightly clashing silver of the clutch against the dress, which is more of a pewter in comparison. Still, the dress is a great choice for her.

But oh, honey. It’s time for a mayonnaise-and-cling-wrap treatment for that hair.






[Photo Credit: John Rasimus/PacificCoastNews, Away!/PRPhotos.com, IMAXtree]

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  • aeb1986

    Wow she looks SO good in that. I would not have expected that dress to have that kind of impact on her. Best of the Hunger Games premiers so far.

  • jspark

    Julie Bowen called she wants her eyes back.

  • filmcricket

    She looks like Julie Bowen and Heather Locklear had a baby.

    Gorgeous dress though.

    • filmcricket

      Looking at the runway picture, it appears she’s wearing a “bridesmaid” dress. Is this a commentary on her place in the film’s hierarchy? Is she the Pippa Middleton, upstaging the bride (JLaw)? (She certainly did for most of the last HG poledance.) I am probably over-thinking this, but it amuses me.

    • MikeW_Vegas

      I was thinking that it WAS Julie Bowen and our dear Uncles T& Lo were having post-marriage fatigue and mislabeled.

  • marlie

    I *LOVE* this. This dress is gorgeous on Elizabeth. I like her earrings and I’d kill for that ring, but the clutch is a little off – the style of it doesn’t work. The biggest misstep is her hair and makeup.

    • Hair is haystack-y. As a person who has very thick but very fine hair, I can sympathize. Moisture, in the form of oil, conditioner, and NO HEAT is her best friend.

  • JasmineAM

    My mom swears by the mayonnaise and cling wrap technique. Throw in some olive oil too cuz that hair looks like a broom stick.

    • Lily-Rygh

      Wait, are you serious? People actually put mayonnaise in their hair?!? I thought our uncles were just making that shit up!

      • Ginger

        Oh, that is a decades old treatment for fried hair and it works like a charm! Gross…sure, but the results are well worth it.

      • Sobaika

        Mayonnaise, eggs, coconut oil, some avocado… I didn’t come out the womb with shiny hair, just saying.

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        Mmmm hmmmm… it’s been a hair conditioning solution for decades – and for good reason.

      • alyce1213

        It’s good for conditioning thick or coarse hair. Not so good for fine or thin hair because it’s heavy and causes flatness for a long time. If you try it, be prepared for a lot of washing out.

        • Qitkat

          So what’s the best home treatment for us fine, thin haired gals? when I pay for a salon treatment it lasts about a month or more, but costs $60.

          • KiwiFanGirl

            Speaking as a fine, thin-haired gal, I had an olive oil fiasco back in junior high and never tried again. Had to tell my mom I was sick and skip school. Spent the entire day washing my hair multiple times. I recently got on the argan oil band wagon. Avoided it until my barber applied some, mostly on the lower half of my longish hair. LOVED it. Absorbs, doesn’t leave a mess. Silky to the touch. But I stay away from the top of my head.

          • 3boysful

            I’ll second the argan oil thing. AND, you can buy it at the drug/grocery store.

          • nowlo

            Argan oil and/or pure aloe vera juice (not the green or blue kind you buy for putting on sunburns). Don’t dump the oil on your head. Gently smooth a few drops on, starting with the ends, then comb to distribute. You can go crazy with the aloe vera–it won’t ever weigh down hair.

          • Qitkat

            Thanks so much! Can’t wait to try this.

          • alyce1213

            I have fairly fine hair. I haven’t actually tried this yet but a friend recommended:
            Avocado + coconut milk. Mash and mix until the consistency of conditioner, leave on 15 min, wash out. Not nearly as heavy and greasy as olive oil or mayonnaise.
            Argan oil is very good, much lighter than olive oil and is absorbed well into the hair, little or no greasiness.

          • Qitkat

            Thank you. Another good suggestion.

  • Danielle

    Stunning. I have quibbles with how it makes her look “hippy” but much, much better than yesterday.

    • Ginger

      I’d cut a BK to look that “hippy”.

  • Diego!

    Attagirl indeed. She looks gorgeous!!! It’s a pitty her hair is so uninspired! But she is rocking this red carpet!

  • MilaXX

    I like how she looks in the dress, although I agree the belt may be a bit too tight, however I dislike the bag and she could use a bit more color on the lips.

    • DaringMiss

      Yes….lip color please!

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    With except of the sad hair, this whole look is making me say “yes” repeatedly. Yay, Elizabeth!

  • Ehhhh, maybe it’s that my expectations are just too high. This is a gorgeous dress, but it needs a hoisting and/or more room in the bust. Her makeup is bugging too, it’s almost giving the appearance of bad skin.
    I don’t hate this, but I wish it were done better.

    • MoHub

      Definitely with you on the hoisting. It’s very close to a wardrobe malfunction.

    • kimmeister

      Yes, the dress is causing that dreaded bulge in the underarm-boob connector area.

      • KT

        Eh, it just looks like she just hasn’t pooped yet today.

  • Mona_Visa

    Mmmhm, the derriere is making me happy.

    I need just a little pop of color somewhere in this look though. Lips maybe?

  • Coleen

    I thought it was Julie Bowen in the first dress, which means that it’s time for E. Banks to get back to Armani Prive, stat.

  • JDreesen

    cannot look at any photo of her doing the “turnaround” technique without immediately thinking of putting my bike in her trunk.

    that being said, she looks divine here, save the belt being completely expendable.

    • Nicole C

      At first I went “eww” and then I saw what you did there. Need to dust of that golden dvd…

  • xmixiex

    SNAPPS Ms Effie! I disagree with the comment about the belt being too tight/bottom too full/yatta. I love the curve it gives her.

  • Tatiana Luján

    Not only the belt is too tight, so is the dress on the hip area. Anyway, she looks fantastic.

    • TAGinMO

      She also has a bit too much boob for that bodice. It’s not offensively ill-fitting or anything, but the armpit area never lies.

  • Bexxx

    Julie Bowen looks great!

  • LipstickForPigs

    This made me say “Jesus” out loud in my empty kitchen. Glorious.

  • OOOH. Normally I’m not terribly huge on sparkles for myself, but that dress has me making grabby hands. She looks stunning, though your quibbles are well taken.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    That fried hair is all I can look at.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Sparkly and stunning, which is what a film premiere should be.

  • Little_Olive

    I don’t mind the belt at all. In fact I think it gives her an even better waistline. There is something on her stomach I don’t love and I would have loved a wee pop of color, but she looks stunning.

  • Random Compliments

    My hair looks like this. Sad face. Maybe I’ll try that mayo trick.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    WOW! Perfection! And that neckline bugs me to no end, because 90% of the time, the lady stars wind up with their tits half hanging out, but her top is staying up! Hair aside, she looks wonderful.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    I love the dress and the belt, and love that it emphasizes her hips. The hair deserves some love, but this is not an insurmountable issue.

  • decormaven

    Soooo close, but the hair’s lack of styling and conditioning is a deficit. Still, it’s a stunner of a dress and she looks happy to be wearing it.

  • Mary229

    I love Elizabeth Banks. Such an underrated actress. I am loving this look on her. Yes, it has a few flaws but the overall effect is so glamorous I don’t even care.

  • Sunraya

    We natural blondes who highlight our hair so it doesn’t fade as we get older have to be very careful to not fry our hair. We just don’t have those thick, glossy locks that dark-haired gals have. 🙁 When my hair gets to a certain length, it starts to split all up at the ends. It is so fine, it just splits. And if I color, it gets worse. Being blonde is not easy when it comes to hair care and hair styling.

  • alyce1213

    She’s pretty consistent in her choices and has very good taste. I love this dress on her, just wish she were better coiffed.

  • CommentsByKatie

    This makes me feel bad for J. Lawrence. This poledance is supposed to be all about her, but Elizabeth Banks is slaying her.

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      OMG, yes! Poor JLaw – she looks like a flight attendant compared to Elizabeth B.!

  • Imasewsure

    Much much improved. The minor fit issues aside, this is gorgeous on her and I like the hair (even if it’s a bit fried on the close up)

  • quiltrx

    That’s a terrific dress. But her hair makes me want to cry…SO bad.

  • Anne At Large

    Better, but still nothing compared to how she stole the entire promotional run for the first Hunger Games movie. I wonder if everybody switched stylists for this movie.

  • Shawn EH

    She better hide from Julie Bowen or there’s going to be a blonde metallic war.

    • CC06

      For a second there, I actually thought I was LOOKING at Julie Bowen.

  • mlle

    Finally, earrings!

  • NoveltyRocker

    Smokin’ hot! I agree the bag does not go but that dress is great and great on her.

  • bellafigura1

    Totally love this, yes, this is her color. I think her hair looks great!

  • MissWix

    I have to say…I love her hair! This is clearly intentional with a heavy dose of surf spray, and I think it keeps the look younger. Glossy hair would make the whole thing very costume-y old Hollywood. But I’m biased. I like the matte waves look. I just wanted to clarify that this isn’t about having dry hair.

  • GTrain

    I feel like she’s serving Cheryl Tiegs realness.

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  • CarrieBaby

    Now this is how you’re supposed to dress to a big premiere of your movie! Jennifer is dressing like she’s a guest at the premiere and not the star

  • jabes

    I’m in the minority here, but I don’t like this at all. I think it looks like the dress is sheer and we’re seeing her bare rear end. Ick.

  • Big Bear

    It reminds like of a lampshade my cousin had back in the 1970’s. Tackiest thing I ever saw. Fortunately I had the good sense to burn it so it couldn’t breed but obviously it had at least one baby.

  • Renaissance_Man_ATL