Gwyneth Paltrow in Prada at the Printemps Christmas Decorations Inauguration

Posted on November 08, 2013

Gwyneth Paltrow is a living Rorschach test.

Gwyneth Paltrow launches the Printemps Christmas Decorations Inauguration at Printemps Haussmann today in Paris in Prada.

Literally. Perhaps she’s sending a message because of all the negative press that seems to be on the horizon for her. Perhaps she’s saying, “I live in the public eye, which means you see what you want to see with me.” Or perhaps she’s saying “I’m mutable and ever-changing! You can’t pin me down!” Or perhaps she’s merely celebrating the birthday of Hermann Rorschach, which is today (thank you, Google).


She picked it because she has a thing for B&W looks and because this one looks pretty cute on her. She’s Gwynnie. This is what you get.






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  • She looks like today’s Google Doodle.

    • Victor Beiramar Diniz

      it’s rorschach’s birthday, so maybe gwinnie is also paying tribute…

  • *yawns prodigiously*
    nice dress.

  • Lily

    Her hair looks like what happens when I sleep with mine in a bun and then don’t brush it.

    • Shannon Beamer

      Mine too. It’s a damn shame that she likely paid someone to do that for her.

    • frumpybiscuits

      Well, considering that look is really on trend – kudos to you for achieving effortless looking hair without effort. Normally, it’s like – blow dry, use a barrel curling iron “randomly” , 4 products and 40 minutes later – you have “effortless looking hair” that goes completely against how your hair looks … when you don’t put much effort in.
      …apparently I have watched too many youtube videos on this.

  • nannypoo

    The shape is fine but that fabric is just awful.

    • sojourneryouth

      I work at an Ag college, so my first thought was, “Spangly Moo Cow!”

  • Karen Belgrad

    Wow… is there such a thing as dress that wouldn’t clash or blend with that insanely decorated backdrop?

    • MilaXX

      What a scary backdrop. That is the thing of nightmares.

      • Karen Belgrad

        It’s like a red carpet set in the “It’s a Small World” ride at Disneyland!

        • cocohall

          You nailed it. Uh oh – song in now on infinite repeat in my head.

          • Karen Belgrad

            “Tom’s Diner” by Suzanne Vega. Earworm replaced!!!

          • marlie

            I hate you so much right now.

          • Karen Belgrad


      • demidaemon


    • Insanely decorated but props for the sassy bears in turbans twirling candy canes.

      • Sassy bears! Awesome.

  • Tatiana Luján

    Who photoshopped her knee in the first picture?

    • AnguaVonUberwald

      Isn’t that bizarre? What is going on there?

    • ConnieBV

      I think the store PR people got overzealous about cleaning up the dirt on their wall and VOILA!

  • aahlife

    It appears she forgot to blend her left eyebrow highlighter.

    • sugarkane105

      And her right knee.

    • BKagainwiththesweatpants

      Is that what’s wrong with her face? I almost didn’t recognize her. Given her generally untouchableness, i’m pretty sure she hasn’t had work done, but this just doesn’t look like her. But maybe my hatred of her is getting in the way.

      • pattyw

        Not just you. I was thinking the same thing — doesn’t look like her.

  • Bokharitt Kinantahz

    Don’t think it works. The dress is too cute for her (possibly too young) and the black and white doesn’t suit her complexion. The hair should be up.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Gee…talk about looking like Zero effort! Hair is a mess.

    • stellamaris73

      It looks like straw, especially at the ends.

      What I want to know is, who associates Gwyneth Paltrow with Christmas?

      • Lori

        “who associates Gwyneth Paltrow with Christmas?”

        People who survived WASP childhoods where the holiday was “celebrated” with tense family gatherings, full of subtext, passive aggression and gin.

        • NYCGlamourpuss


        • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

          Stop, you’re making me all nostalgic.

        • Malibufire

          …except her dad was Jewish and they celebrated Chanukah as well. But I digress.

  • Richard Banger

    Remember when she said shampoo destroys the environment? How do you think she washes her hair?

    • gigi kennedy

      i’ve heard of people using a combination of baking soda & vinegar? not sure how effective, but i do know there is quite a “no-poo” movement around.

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        I gotta admit, I’ve been doing the “no poo” thing for almost five years now, and I’ll never go back. But I don’t use anything fancy – there are ways of doing it on the cheap!

        • It didn’t work for me. I don’t know if it’s because we have really hard water?

          • NYCGlamourpuss

            I have really hard water, and it works for me. The trick is to clarify your hair once a month – so use a mild Low Poo, or just do a once a month shampoo. You know actually what works for me when I need to clarify? I color my hair, which I need to do once a month anyway. I just follow the directions on the box, I don’t do anything fancy, and the haircolor itself clarifies my hair. When I rinse it out, I just re-condition it as usual.

        • gigi kennedy

          i’ve toyed with the idea. thanks for your input. maybe i will just go for it!

        • DTLAFamilies

          I shampoo but far less often than I used to, about every ten days or so (though I do rinse in warm water). Because I have thick, dry, curly hair, not shampooing too often it keeps it from frizzing.

          • NYCGlamourpuss

            Yup you have the same kind of hair as I do – thick, curly, frizzy. Our kind of hair was made for no-poo. For anyone curious about how to do it, there’s a website called Naturally Curly, and there are a zillion people on there who can teach you how to do it. It’s fairly easy once you master it, but it takes a lot of time, patience and experimentation. Lots of label and ingredient reading, etc. Now, all that being said, I have no idea how to do No Poo if you have straight or fine hair. The concept was *originally* created for Curly Girls, hence the other nickname, “The Curly Girl Method”. We naturally have heavier, thicker and dryer hair than girls with straight hair. Shampoo KILLS curly hair. So I learned what I learned five years back, when this was pretty much for curly girls only. However it’s modified now to include all hair types, I don’t know – I’m sure there’s research out there on the internet. And I know that stuff WEN is formulated for all hair types, but it’s a fucking fortune. If you can research and experiment around for a cheaper way to do it for your hair type, do it. You’ll save a ton of money once you get it down.

          • marlie

            My sister splurged and bought WEN and it’s amazing. Costs an arm and a leg, but totally worth it. I’m waiting for her to re-stock. 😉

          • NYCGlamourpuss

            I just can’t. I mean, I get why other hair types would want to, and for all my yapping about it, I have no other advice to give you. But I just can’t bring myself to spend the money to try WEN – the original CG method is so cheap when you just hunt around for the right kinds of conditioners to use.

          • marlie

            My sister and I are both in the process of growing out relaxed hair, so I think we’re both experimenting and adjusting to going natural. I’m open to any ideas. 😉

          • NYCGlamourpuss

            Ahhh, well, I’ve grown out relaxed hair too (both actually relaxed at one point, and Japanese Straight Permed twice – never again!), and the No Poo/Curly Girl method is MADE for girls going natural! The absolute best advice I can give you is to hit the Naturally Curly website – lots of the girls on there grew out relaxed hair and went natural with the Curly Girl method. I know that they do have info on WEN there, but I stick to stuff I get from Whole Foods or the drugstore.

          • alyce1213

            I’ve tried it, it’s wonderful. It seems to last, each bottle has a long life.

    • Sulfate-free shampoo, forged in the fires of Krakatoa, that she picked up in a souk in Morocco.

      • Richard Banger

        LOL. That’s hilarious

  • clatie

    I must say, she looks great. I’m no particular fan of hers, nor am I a hater – I usually don’t care. But, this look is very good.

  • MilaXX

    meh, I don’t like this. I think the dress is pretty standard and really doens’t go with the holiday theme.

  • filmcricket

    Cow dress. If it had been the strapless top and some black cigarette pants I’d be on board, but this is not working for me.

    • Not applicable

      oh the irony since I’m sure she doesn’t ‘do’ dairy!

    • forward_slash_PRS

      yes, Holstein —

  • kipper

    You know that it is Rorschach’s birthday today 129! Check out the google doodle

  • jw_ny

    Christmas decorations party?! I’m guessing Gwynnie was on the naughty list this year because that dress looks like it was pelted with coal.

  • Style your hair woman!

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      And deep condition the friggin’ ends!

    • lexilexi

      Yes, the most beautiful woman in the world would look even better with her hair parted on the side. And conditioned. And styled.

  • Not applicable

    anyone else giddy about the upcoming Vanity Fair story? All the stories about her trash talking them is making for quite a build up!

    • Not applicable

      ps: i have no life. don’t judge.

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      I know, I literally got giggly.

    • I always enjoy good celebrity dirt. Though for what it’s worth, I’ve not really understood the massive Gwynnie hate. She seems privaledge and pretentious, but I’ve never heard stories of her microwaving kittens or beating orphans for shits and giggles. I enjoy her obliviousness to the real life we peasants live, but I don’t think she’s laughing at us, nearly as much as we are laughing at her.

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        You know what? This exactly! I don’t hate her, and truly, I don’t understand why everyone hates her. Okay, let me clarify – I totally GET why everyone hates her. I just don’t understand why the hatred is so raging. So she’s rich as hell and totally out of touch with “the little people” – it’s not like she’s the first.

        But I admit to being all excited to read the VF piece. I love celeb dirt, even if it’s about someone I don’t really bother with.

      • sagecreek

        Oh, it’s the same reason I hated W. Born on third base and thinks she hit a triple.

        Anyway, word is that they’re revealing an affair she had, which really is the only thing that explains her vitriolic response. I’m popping popcorn over here.

        • NYCGlamourpuss

          Ooooh, an alleged slab of beef on the side? Sweet! Gettin’ that issue for sure!

          • DTLAFamilies

            Billionaire slab of beef. So she’s still better than you and me. *eyeroll*

          • NYCGlamourpuss

            But of course! LOL!

        • Jackie4g

          Gather those transfats while ye may.

      • Plus, I find her endearing as Pepper Potts.

        • sagecreek

          I have to agree with you there, and I really do hate her, so that says something.

      • marlie

        She bugs me because she’s so up her own ass that she doesn’t realize how she comes across to people when she’s espousing her way of life. She can only live like that *because* she has a privileged life, and sometimes it seems like she doesn’t even realize her advantage.

        • sagecreek

          Bingo. She thinks it’s all because she has “chosen” her ultra macrobiotic lifestyle.

          Sad, because I always loved her mom.

          • Shawn EH

            Her mom is a class act. Must have skipped a generation.

        • Not applicable

          yes. this. I recall back in the 90s when she was dating Pitt and then Afleck she seemed like a cool girl. I love Shakesphere in Love. To me all of this really began after she moved to London, got an accent, named her kid “Apple” became besties with Madonna and Oprah and then… that website. The last of this she brought this on herself. Listing out a ‘summer must have wardrobe” that cost 50K under the auspice of being ‘one of the girls’ is more than out of touch- it’s a total ‘look at me’ and it’s obnoxious.

          She may not be purposely setting fires, but she’s no angel. And this bitchery being reported about how she’s trying mean girl on Vanity Fair just sort of validates that sense we have about her. She’s a snob… and kind of a jerk.

          • conniemd

            It’s a mystery!

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    I cannot even *believe* that she wore THIS dress on Hermann Rorschach’s birthday! Hilarious, I swear!

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    Gwen looks very nice, except for the droopy hair!

  • Danielle

    Wish she had brushed her hair.

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    The hair and makeup underwhelm, but the dress is okay, I guess. Meh.

  • embers618

    I don’t even care about the dress – I’m still laughing about a Christmas Decorations party put on by a company that’s name literally means “Springtime.” I keep getting discombobulated by the background, seeing “Springtime” plastered all over that Christmas scene.

  • SewingSiren

    It’s pretty and all, but I think you should wear red and green to any event with Christmas decorations in the name of it.

  • cocohall

    It looks like someone was crafting with preschoolers and was making potato stamp designs. Which begs the question why black? If the design were in color, it would be festive. In black and white, it feels clinical and sad.

  • GoAwayKardash

    I might be alone in this, but to me this is a GTNYD

    • sagecreek

      Me, too. Not your dress, and wrong season besides. Also, that backdrop ain’t ANYONE’s backdrop.

    • kimmeister

      It needed a belt, because it’s making her look super long waisted.

  • Anplica Fiore

    Well, it IS Hermann Rorschach birthday today and all…

  • Janet B

    Hmmm. I’m having a bad reaction to Gwyneth this morning.

    The dress deserves a great big hat and some sunshine.

  • pattyw

    She’s an Oscar winner. Hosting a Christmas decoration “inauguration.” Trying to let that sink in.

    • decormaven

      Everything goes better with cash.

  • CurbGirl

    Just once I would love to see her in a cape from Brazil!

  • Coco Cornejo

    Rorschach? I see…holstein.


    • forward_slash_PRS

      I had the same response as you, but hours later. You’re not from Wisconsin too, are you?!

      • Coco Cornejo

        Nope. Not from Wisconsin. But I lived through the holstein design craze of the 1990s. Moo.

  • Tippi123

    I’m not sure if a b/w combo is doing her complexion any favours.

  • Valdri8

    Project Runway meets X-Files

  • Heather

    Hmmm. Looks very White House Black Market to me.

  • Paula Pertile

    Blotches of tar.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Okay, I hate the dress but I looooooove that she is at a Christmas Decorations Inauguration. The world is a weird place.

  • Miss WKS

    WOMAN! You’re in PARIS! Do something the fuck with your HAIR!

  • Shawn EH

    Quintessential Gwyn-Pal. Passably cute, but more importantly, expensive looking.

  • Cheryl

    The shoes look like they fit horribly in the first photo. Someone explained to me here, that not only are the dresses and jewellery borrowed but shoes as well. Especially since no one wears hosiery this really brought out the ‘EEEWWWWW” in me. Gross, gross, gross. How many people have been wearing that same shoe? I know people try shoes on in a store, but hopefully not with their naked feet and not wearing them for hours at an event.

  • Tracy_Flick

    I want to like this, but the embellishment is killing it for me. I’m sure up close it looks beautiful and expensive. But the combo of shiny, black and crinkled makes it appear garbage-bag-like in photos. I like the length and fit, though.

    Also, is there some kind of photoshop error in the first pic, around her right knee?

  • marlie

    The dress is pretty, but the shoes are boring. And that’s totally “slept-on” hair.

  • MoHub

    The dress appears to have some kind of reverse leprosy.

  • ojosazules

    A Tar Sands Christmas.

  • alyce1213

    I’m betting she’ll be the next one to get the now-trending pixie or choppy bob haircut.
    Oh to be in Paris, holiday shopping at Printemps, Galeries Lafayette, Samaritaine. Good times.

  • MK03

    Oh boy, my two favorite things! Early Christmas decorations and Gwyneth Fucking Paltrow!

  • Zubair Ghumro

    Except for the limp hair…its a good B&W look.

  • LaSylphide

    Although it pains me to say anything positive about the Goopster, she looks good.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    I think this dress has too much contrast for the rest of her look which is rather bland and colorless.

  • this dress just doesn’t scream christmas. it does, however, suggest a holstein cow with a chromosome defect. why are the teddy bears wearing turbans and sunglasses? her makeup is ghostly.

  • Judy_J

    Bad hair day.

  • Trickytrisha

    One word. Hairbrush.

  • frannyprof

    Maybe she’s ambivalent about the event. But, more importantly, Gywneth Paltrow has friends?!

  • Kelly

    To me, it looks as if she’s been in a food fight — but a food fight Gwyneth-Paltrow-style, with caviar. If she’d rather die than let her kids eat something plebian like Cup-a-Soup, I can’t imagine that she’d stand for a food fight with anything less than the best Beluga.

    • demidaemon

      Like she eats caviar. She’s probably vegan, just to up the obnoxious quotient. Not that I have anything except vegans; it’s just the ones I have met in real life have always been insufferable.

  • TerryMH

    What kind of cockamamie event is this? Are we now living in a world where department store christmas decorations warrant a “celebrity opening?”

  • lobsterlen

    I know one thing Gwyneth could never in million years peddle … HAIR CARE PRODUCTS.

    Her hair sucks!!!!! I am 100% sure she spends more on her hair in one year than I spend in 10 years on mine and my hair looks million times better and I am 10 years older. That hair is tragic. She should get a Brittany and start from scratch.

  • E. D.

    Her hair is just sad.

  • OrigamiRose

    Ugh. Just when I finally erased the “I wanna meet the cow that made this” jingle from my brain…

  • Lilithcat

    Oh, for pity’s sake. A celebrity step-and-repeat event for Christmas decorations?

  • Irish Rodriguez Reyes

    Her dress looks like it’s made of licorice which I find totally appropriate for the event.

  • Tigerfly

    “I want to meet the cow that made this…”

  • bertkeeter

    Doe she EVER stay at home with her family…like EVER! HUNEY..give it a rest!

  • bertkeeter

    I remember a line I heard years ago about actress Sylvia Miles, “She’ll go to the opening of an envelope”….Ditto here!

  • guest2visits

    The dress seems to work for her, at least it’s the right length.

  • rondele

    I don’t know, her face looks different to me. That first picture, I can’t tell if it’s the makeup, or botox, or what. There’s not a line in her forehead. I don’t know how old she is, but something’s off here. The dress, meh. Strapless sweetheart seems a bit much for this venue.

  • Jacob Bowen

    She can do no wrong in my eyes. She is on my Top 5 Celebs I want to have dinner with.

  • quiltrx

    I’m a sucker for a good b/w dress…but this is too ‘craft project’ and random for my taste. The shape is nice and the length is good.
    But she still has ugly hair and (I strongly suspect) an ugly attitude under her fake façade. Yes, I’m feeling spicy today.

  • tixilyttik

    The most over-rated whatever in the history of Hollywood…period…and that is saying A LOT.

  • Tina Power

    Wasn’t it Rorschach’s birthday on the 8th?

  • kalisa

    She probably spends a fortune coloring her hair and then never fixes it. Shame.

  • ItAin’tMe

    That hair, flat on top and middle parted, does nothing for her. As she ages, she is not so pretty that she doesn’t have to try.

  • demidaemon

    This set of pictures feels like a multifaceted nightmare. So creepy.

  • Sue

    What the hell is happening with her knee in the first picture?!

  • Mia Moreno

    Could’ve been gorg with sophisticated updo and clean make-up with a pop of color.

  • annmartina

    the hippie earth mother hair should go.