Gwyneth Paltrow in Matthew Williamson at the Kids Company Charity Event

Posted on November 27, 2013

Gwynnie is here to ring in your holidays, darlings.


Gwyneth Paltrow hosts dinner for Kids Company with Matthew Williamson in London.


We keep trying to come up with something bitchy to say  but we can’t. We love the dress. It looks fantastic on her and we’re all over a blue-and-gold holiday color scheme. We’ve let you down, darlings. We’re awash in good will and good tidings. We’ll try and correct that promptly and come up with something scathingly bitchy before the day is out.

We know you’re counting on us.




[Photo Credit: Getty Images]

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  • princessricky

    i hope its a dress… not and some crazy stella mccartney pansuit camouflaged by christmas

    • bless

    • PastryGoddess

      shhhhhhhhh….Don’t speak it into existence!

    • I dunno, I think it’d be a pretty fabulous pantsuit.

    • mlle

      I know Matthew Williamson has done long dresses but can’t remember jumpsuit monstrosities. So I think we are safe?

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      I hope it is the crazy, um… your second choice.

    • Aurumgirl

      Exactly my thoughts. But that embroidery, and the colouring–so beautiful. It cannot be Smelly McCartney. Says my 5-year-old fashion designer mind.

  • Karen Belgrad

    Just what I always wanted… a Gwyneth Paltrow floating head Christmas ornament!!!!

    • Constant Reader

      She’s less annoying to me camouflaged by the background. Her smugness seems less obvious.

  • I can’t decide if I like the dress, since I can’t see it…

  • IraKi

    I kinda hate it actually. I love the colour on her, I’ll give you that, even though putting something blue on a blue-eyed blond is not exactly the most earth-shattering of ideas. But that’s it.

  • cmb92191

    When the Christmas tree upstages your dress, it’s time to rethink your wardrobe.

  • teensmom99

    I’m with TLo–maybe a GOOP personal best.

  • Though the dress is obscured a good deal by the glitz around her, I do like it, rather more than most things she wears. And saturated colors are something she should consider more often.

    • tereliz

      Her usual style is so much more minimal than this, it’s kind of a nice change. The softer side of GOOP.

  • filmcricket

    Can a BK with more photographic knowledge than I explain what’s going on here? Gwynnie looks sharp (ish) but everything behind her is blurry to the point where I wonder if the trees are slowly rotating back there. Either that or this is actually a Christmas card that’s had some post-exposure work done on the photo.

    The dress, from what I can see of it, looks good.

    • tereliz

      Part of it is the glare of the camera flash. The tree and ornaments actually are in focus—she’s practically INSIDE that tree—but the lights are reacting weird and the ornaments on the other side of the tree are glinting through the branches, too.

      The blue/purple vortex over her left shoulder looks like a tree outside, seen through a double-paned window.

      I would have pulled back the highlights slider in Camera Raw to tone down the shininess on her face, but that would have toned down the lights and it does make for a very Christmassy atmosphere as is.

      • filmcricket

        You’re right, I think that is a window in the first photo. Yeah, it’s the 2nd pic that was making my eyes wonky – those twinkly lights are very blurry. The explanation below of the wide open aperture makes sense, though. Thanks to you both!

        • tereliz

          Oh, it’s definitely the aperture, too. You can only go so wide open before sacrificing shutter speed, though. No one is going to tell Gwynnie to hold still and don’t move for three Mississippis. 😉

    • alyce1213

      Depth of field. I think that it’s dark at the event so the cameras, even with flash, shoot at low f-stops (meaning the camera opening — aperture — is bigger). If the photographers focus on her, the background and foreground is out of focus.

    • Heather

      I, too, find this visually confusing… reminds me of the Lawrence Welk bubble machine?

  • Denise

    That backdrop is nauseating. It’s impossible for me to even know what that dress looks like on her.

    • alyce1213

      ?? It’s a Christmas tree for the event, not a backdrop.

      • Denise

        Doesn’t really matter what it is, either way, it’s bad.

  • mmebam

    Ornament realness with that background.

  • decormaven

    That is a gorgeous gown; could it be shown against a different backdrop? Somebody’s stylist didn’t get the memo on the event interior.

    • Lori

      I think the issue is with the lighting, not with the fact that she’s standing in front of a tree.

      • decormaven

        You may be on to something. Heck, I couldn’t even tell it was a tree in the background. Photographer/lighting fail.

        • tereliz

          I feel bad for any photographer at this event. Low light+moving people+crazy lens flares usually = crappy shots. The one saving grace is that it’s a holiday party, so it’s not a big deal if the photos have a lot of weird circles of confusion, it just looks festive!

          • decormaven

            Yep, this was a tough shoot. I’m just curious about the details of the dress- maybe it will show up at another event where we can get a better look at it.

  • Lesley

    i can’t even tell if it’s a dress or a jumpsuit she blends right into that tree – how festive

  • GorgeousThings

    It looks like someone hung Gwynnie’s head on the tree, the dress blends that closely.
    Of course, lots of people would like to hang Gqynnie’s head on a tree, i’m sure.

  • H2olovngrl

    I can’t even see the dress. That background hides everything.

  • Talk about blending into the wallpaper……

  • SylviaFowler

    How can you even SEE the dress to tell if you like it? It’s just Goop surrounded by blackness and blurry reflective things.

  • mlle

    That’s a spectacular dress, though I wish I could see more of the shape.

  • cmb92191

    I also don’t get the huge red and white Elvis tree ornament near her head.

  • marlie

    Y’know, I rather love this dress on her – it’s beautiful. And her hair looks shinier and healthier than usual, plus her makeup is pretty. Good job, Gwynnie!

    • alyce1213

      I agree, and about the hair — no center part, the side part is nice for a change.

    • kimmeister

      Her eyebrows are visible this time around. Thumbs up!

  • Danielle

    *squints* Hard to tell, she blends in so well with the background.

  • Fordzo

    Christmas Camouflage. Or, Olan Mills circa 1989.

  • ashtangajunkie

    FINE. The dress is gorgeous and she looks good in it.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    She looks good. Love the dress, hate that it’s competing so much with that background. The hair and makeup are simple, which is what you need for a dress that spangly. Maybe the hair could be a tad sleeker, but I wouldn’t have gone heavy on the makeup, so I have no complaints.

  • procrastinatrice

    Yes, she blends in, whatever, still I think it is easy to see that the embroidery is beautiful, and looks amazing against her hair.

  • I can’t really see what shape the dress is but I want to stroke the embroidery.

  • Janet B

    Okie dokie Gwyeth, you win this one.

  • bertkeeter

    Bah, humbug!

  • BrooklynBomber

    Looks great, from what I can see of it.

  • MilaXX

    Not working for me. Too busy against that backdrop

    • formerlyAnon

      Too busy, full stop.

    • sojourneryouth

      It is hard to tell with the tree behind her, but I think I might like this on someone else, busy as it is. I think it overwhelms Miss Gwynnie, though.

  • d4divine

    Give the ups when the ups are due.

  • amber.

    that hair is tragic

  • SugarSnap108

    I just looks like a giant Gyweth Paltrow’s Head ornament on an X-mas tree, to me. Can’t detect the dress enough to judge.

  • alyce1213

    Happy Thanksgivukkah, Gwynnie.
    The dress is dramatic and festive, and looks like it could be velvet, in which case I like it even more.

  • These are actually neat shots. I coined the term “anti-Gwyneth Paltrow activities” back in 2000, but I’m thawing. There’s just something about her that says, “LOVE ME?!?” lately that makes me want to give her a hug and say, “Sure.”

    • Shawn EH

      Still waiting for that Vanity Fair article, though, no matter what!

    • Lori

      You’re a better person than I am, or at least a softer touch. That “LOVE ME?!?” thing makes me want to make like Cher in Moonstruck, slapping her and yelling “Snap out of it!” That level of neediness in an adult with a life just isn’t right.

  • jw_ny

    I’ve no problem saying something snarky….it looks like she’s wearing one of those tacky paintings on velvet…especially with that intense blue on black.

  • Cynica

    She’s perfectly camouflaged. All I see are head and hands.

  • mrspotts66

    looking at the legs under the fabric, i totally thought it was a fugly jumpsuit type thing.
    either way, i’m not loving the fabric at all.

  • Randy Noak

    Where does the dress begin and the tree end?

  • Violentcello

    Looks like a Rorschach test. With big question marks on her abdomen. Maybe she’s confused on the camouflaged-pantsuit-or-dress issue too.

  • KT

    I can’t even tell what’s happening because it looks like she is actually a part of the tree — like this event decided to hang up an ornament of Gwyneth’s head. Worst ornament ever, btw.

  • Sunraya

    Her hair looks greasy. Is that bitchy?

  • Cheryl

    WTH? Where is she? I see her head, but the rest, I can’t tell where the dress, I’m assuming it is a dress, begins or ends.

  • Big Bear

    I only clicked on the post to read horrible stuff about her. So glad the kittens didn’t let me down.

  • formerlyAnon

    Y’all have been seduced by the decorated holiday greenery against which she is posing. That outfit has some lovely embroidery/beading/applique but it’s not a lovely dress.

    It is the evening gown equivalent of the Holiday Sweater, without the redeeming (or damning, depending on one’s opinion) Holiday Theme.

  • I wish I could see it without the busy background, so I knew what I was actually looking at but… I don’t actually hate it. I’m shocked.

  • LJCdoc

    It’s probably the dark and busy background, but that looks like a jumpsuit to me. A horrible, horrible jumpsuit. As a dress, I begrudgingly admit it’s probably actually pretty.

  • E. D.

    Looks OK and at least she changed up her hair.

  • giddypony

    She blends into the tree, at least on my monitor. A very odd effect – look who is hanging on my tree!

  • Evan

    At least her hair isn’t pin straight like it usually is.

  • TigerLaverada

    Y’all’s monitor must be way better than mine — I can’t make the shape of the dress out at all against the dark tree. Or is it (shudder) a jumpsuit? The embroidery looks nice, what I can see of it.

  • andi56

    Shouldn’t we be talking about her terrible, terrible hair, and that permanent smirk that was apparently tattooed onto her face? And speaking of “face,” a little foundation never hurt anyone. Should I be nicer, because it’s Hanukkah?

  • Trickytrisha

    Can’t really see the dress well enough, therefore no opinions to be had. The person in the dress… meh.

  • CT14

    She blends into the background.

    I don’t think that’s what she was going for.

  • Imasewsure

    She looks 10 years younger some how with this hair and makeup. Dress is cool too… can’t hate

  • Lilyana_F

    Face and hair don’t go with the dress.

  • Gatto Nero

    Agree. Great dress on her, and the face is fresh and understated.
    No worries. There’s plenty of other fodder out there.

  • Ann VerWiebe

    It’s too bad the background is so busy – it’s a little floating headish.

  • styrch

    Well, there is the fact that she’s totally blending in with the background except for her head.

  • StillGary

    See what I love about you and all the Bitter Kittens — and I can’t adequately express this to OTHERS — that is that this site is in a class of it’s own — it’s the most non-bitchy bitchfest in our little web world. Jennifer Lawrence would so approve!