Scarlett Johansson in Dolce&Gabbana at the “Her” Rome Premiere

Posted on November 11, 2013

Is it us? Are we being weird here? Are we starting the week off all cranky?

Because this just doesn’t look right to us.


Scarlett Johansson attends the premiere of “Her” during the 2013 Rome Film Festival at Auditorium Parco Della Musica in a Dolce&Gabbana print mini dress paired with Jimmy Choo sandals.

Is it a “Girl, that’s not your dress” thing? Because that would be bad, what with her being the face of Dolce & Gabbana and all. Or can this be styled more toward her strengths? We have to say, the sexy shoes and the heavy jewelry are pulling focus, and her face and hair feel curiously underdone. We think we would have simplified the accessories and played up her own features more. Even so, that’s a busy-as-hell print. We’re not even sure we’d call it pretty.

We just can’t get past the half-assed pony tail, with two pounds of diamonds dangling off each ear. We suppose whoever styled this was going for an “earthy Italian glamour” feel, but we can’t think of a worse person to embody that style than Scarlett.




[Photo Credit: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images,]

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  • rag254

    I did not expect the short skater style skirt. It went from interesting to ooooooohhhh once I saw that. It was oddly informal for all those diamonds.

    • AnotherCelia

      Yeah. I think one of the things, for me, that makes this look not work is the length of the dress. It looks like she’s wearing a tennis dress that some child has scribbled upon. And is the little wrist bracelet a tattoo??

      • Supernumerary

        The wrist bracelet is a tattoo, yes. I’m strangely delighted to see that it’s a tattoo of Thor’s hammer.

    • Lanus

      Yeah, I was ready to like it and then I scrolled down to the skirt. Hate the silhouette. Too short, too flared. And, I just can’t EVEN with that hair.

    • tereliz

      The too short flared skirt makes her legs looks chunky, which they are SOOOO not. If the skirt was a few inches longer it would work. Just bad proportions. Which sucks, because the color is lovely on her.

      • decormaven

        Yes, and the heavy straps on the shoes just pull her vertical look downward even more.

        • The dress ain’t so bad, but the shoes are just flat out ugly, IMO. Tin foil realness.

    • Rhonda Shore

      that’s the problem, the tennis outfit aspect of the dress…the bodice really works, looks great from above the waist.

    • kim bunchalastnames

      that’s exactly it. if this were a knee length sheath, i think it’d be gorgeous.

      • fursa_saida

        I like the way the back is flaring out with the pleats, so I’m thinking maybe keep the overall shape but just make it longer. And change the shoes for some with similar coloring but a more chilled out style.

  • NMMagpie

    Looks like someone decided to do something with the leftover Italianate wallpaper that was in the closet.

    • janierainie

      Or vintage barkcloth kitchen drapery. And I don’t mean that in a good way.

  • Sobaika

    Her tattoos are ugly. That this was still worth commenting on after a Miley Cyrus post is saying something.

    She never looks that great in D&G. Her wheelhouse is more old school American glamour.

    • gabbilevy

      Isn’t it amazing how a couple of poorly thought-out tattoos can make even the most beautiful woman look seriously tacky? The lazy hair and the too on-the-nose gladiator sandals aren’t helping.

      • maggiehuck

        I thought the same thing about Alyssa Milano on Thursday’s PRAS. Pretty dress, then she turned around and all I could see was shoulder tat.

    • Faerie Nuff

      The thing about tattoos is, when she got them she wasn’t thinking about your opinion. They might not be your cup of tea, but they don’t have to be. They are her ink. The only person who has to like them is her. I think they are beautiful.

  • Shannon Beamer

    It also seems seasonally inappropriate. Isn’t she freezing? Also, that yellowish ring looks like it came from a gumball machine – although I suspect it costs more than my home.

    • marlie

      Ditto on the ring. It just looks… cheap.

  • I don’t know, I don’t think I mind it. She doesn’t look GREAT, but she doesn’t look bad. I do love the shoes.

  • Danielle

    I don’t think it’s terrible, but it’s not her best either. I like the lip color with that dress, though.

  • Emily Dagger

    Wearing this to a premiere in Rome is the designer version of the tourists who spend their whole visit wearing “ROME!” t-shirts screen printed with the Colosseum that they picked up at the airport gift store.

  • It really isn’t her dress, even though the fit is admirable and the shape is fine. Its all about that focus pulling pattern. She’s really at her best is solids.

  • xmixiex

    it’s very, very italian. which, duh, it’s d&g in rome. so.

  • Jangle57

    Or they decided to make a dress out of old Italian upholstery fabric. I think the whole look is pretty ugly head to toe; I just can’t decide which I think is uglier: the dress or the shoes.

  • nannypoo

    A pinafore made of upholstery fabric is never going to be a good look.

  • Kristina Sadowski

    Greco-Roman Skater Dress.

  • Little_Olive

    Is she 13 again and we are at the premiere of “The Horse Whisperer”? Because that is the only way this infantile and fug dress makes sense.

  • TheAutisticStepmom

    It’s the informal skirt that’s wrong for me, too. The top is awesome, and then…ice skater. I’d wear this to the grocery with some fishnets and combat boots.

  • alyce1213

    There’s definitely something wrong here, maybe everything. I’m done with women in little girl dresses.

    T-Lo: last paragraph air > ear. The diamond earrings are beautiful but so wrong with this look.

  • procrastinatrice

    I think she looks pretty fantastic. I love the dress and I think she is wearing it well. I think the hair, make up and the earrings bring a touch of lightheartedness that contrasts with the print in a good way. The shoes are the only thing I don’t like here–the color is fine but they cut at her ankles and make her legs look quite short.

    • Sobaika

      I think it’s more the ankle strap shoes. They cut her legs off at the wrong point.

      • procrastinatrice

        Yeah, that is what I meant…sorry I was being unclear.

  • lexilexi

    She has gorgeous athletic legs… this dress does not flatter them… is it too short?

  • Eh, she looks high. I think her dress is too short and paired with those heavy shoes, she’s made her legs look stubby. Also, is it significantly warmer in Rome in November? This reads so very Summer weather.

  • It’s the color of the print that’s messing this up for me. It doesn’t suit her at all, nor does the tacky orange lipstick. Feel like she’s swimming upstream in this one.

  • kepsternyc

    If “The Sound of Music” had taken place in Rome instead of Salzburg, Maria would have made the kids’ playclothes out of this fabric and the girls would have been wearing this.

    • conniemd

      Ha, Ha. I said it looked like Heidi in the Italian alps. Same idea.

  • elemspbee

    not the shoes for that dress, not the jewelry for that look, not the hair for that occasion. and not her dress. send it to some pre-teen actor.

  • Miranda

    Hmmmm….no..but she does look radiant as always…but that dress…naw.

  • Saturnine

    Skirt length.

  • Carleenml

    I thought apron. I was afraid she was going to turn around and be naked. Which may have been better than the print only on the front making it look even more aprony.

  • Not applicable

    the length and cut of that skirt is really unflattering- which is weird, because she’s gorgeous and could wear a potato sack and look good.

    Oh wait, this IS a potato sack. I stand corrected. 🙂

    • Snailstsichr

      My daughter (a cross fit devotee) also looks terrible in this length. You’d think this length would flatter toned legs, but not in this case.

      • Jackie4g

        Some dresses should just be knee length. This is one of them.

        • demidaemon

          If it were knee length and more of a pencil skirt shape, I think it would look infinitely more flattering and sexier.

      • Not applicable

        I’m like you- when someone is gorgeous, toned, etc- you just expect they can drop on any old thing and breeze out the door…I *guess* it’s good to know that even super-fit people have to pay attention to things like hem lengths.

  • MilaXX

    There are times when a skater dress doesn’t work because its too young looking for the wearer. This is one of those times. Everything else is equally wrong.

    • Exactly. She is young but not that young. The length makes it look too juvenile even with her killer legs. It’s all so off.

    • Katesymae

      I agree. Sometimes, as a short girl, I am tempted to try one out because they’re one of the few dress styles that don’t need to be hemmed on me. It’s always a mistake. I suspect she or her stylist fell into this same trap for the sake of time/convenience, because look at how long and weird the straps look too.

  • Michelle Wilson

    It’s a horrible, awful dress. No one could have worn it any better because it’s a horrible, awful dress.

  • Nicholas

    It looks too folksy, I think—like something out of the Miss Universe competition.

    She’d look great in a small European village, but this isn’t red-carpet material.

    • marlie

      And this would be considered demure and boring by Miss Universe costume standards. She’d be one of the ladies saying “F it… I’m ready to hit the hotel bar.” 😉

  • It’s not her length – I think maybe 2″ longer would have saved it. And dear god, it’s November, put on a cardigan.

  • sara crabtree

    Her earrings and lipstick don’t go with the dress at all. Her head just doesn’t match.

  • Michael_Jones

    I didn’t like the print to begin with, and then, when I saw the back of the dress, I was even more confused. It’s like someone drew all over the front of a white sundress but didn’t turn it over to do the same on the back…

    • Magatha

      What I thought was decoupage, and I can only get behind that if this dress is just a little something that granny made for her in a crafts class.

  • Pennymac

    It’s November in Italy too, right? This is so…summer-y!

  • Lucas

    Sorry TLo, but I think it’s just you being weird. Her hair could use a bit of love here, but otherwise she looks really good. Happy Monday!

  • The dress looks like it’s a little too small. It might look better if it was a little longer too. It’s not working.

  • Introspective

    miley pissed me off, so i can understand that TLo isnt sure if that filtered into their read of scarlett here. but no honey. this shit dont look right.

    girl bye.

  • AC Simons

    Toned down Miss Universe contestant?

  • E2_Remote

    That is no one’s dress. That print is so bad, I involuntarily flinch and wrinkle my nose every time I scroll back up for another look, which is making my dog cock her head at me with a look of deep concern.

    • Snailstsichr

      I would totally buy this print in a linen tea towel. It would go with all my other kitchy towels.

  • Carla_Charlton

    Honestly, it looks homemade. Did you notice the thread hanging off the back in the fourth photo? And it’s too short. And it’s seasonably inappropriate. And the shoes are ugly. And the styling is messy.

    • decormaven

      Yes- my eye twitched when I saw the thread. Stylist, take a look before your client heads down the RC. A string hanging off a couture outfit is a huge no-no.

  • dashransome

    I don’t care for the shape, material, and pattern on the dress (not horrible, but I don’t care for it); however, unlike many other people I think the colors of the dress and makeup are absolutely gorgeous on her – including the orange lipstick. I love when people with peachy complexions wear coppery-autumn shades (and really don’t care for when they wear black and white). To me she looks luminous, healthy, and natural. Love it.

    • Lower L

      I like the idea of an orange lip here, but she’s wearing the wrong shade. If it were less bright and coral-hued, it wouldn’t fight with the flowers in the print as much as it does.

  • Anne

    I think it’s too short. If it were knee-length or even a little longer, it would have more of a vintage feel and the proportions would work better on her.

  • Janet B

    Girl That’s Not Your Fabric.

  • girlsaturday

    It’s the straps for me – well, and the hair…that hair…

  • YoungSally

    Too short, too summery and there is an annoying thread hanging from the hem in back.

  • MannahattaMamma

    um…should we talk about the print of the dress hitting her in such a way that she’s got a big ol’ face staring at us all out of her ya-ya?

  • Katesymae

    The proportions of the dress are wrong. She made a classic petite girl mistake – thinking that if you pick the skater skirt, it’ll be short enough that you don’t need alterations. ALWAYS get the alterations, girl – ALWAYS. Because now your straps are too long and droopy but it looks like you’re wearing a doll dress. Pairing it with heels (even little ones) definitely emphasizes the too-short-skirt problem.

    • conniemd

      Yep. My first thought was “girl, your skirt is waaayyy too short.” I’m not sure what this dress is trying to be. If it was longer, I’d think garden or tea party. The print does not fit in the sexy cocktail venue. It feels like Heidi visiting the Italian alps in summer.

      • demidaemon

        I definitely got that Heidi feel too, which was really weird considering all the other factors involved.

  • flamingoNW

    The shoes kill it for me

  • Jaeda Laurez

    No. She needs to take it off and give it to Selena Gomez. She looks like she’s trying to wear an outfit made for some 20-year old starlet, not an established-career-possessing grown woman.
    note: if it were tea length, I might love it.

  • SassieCassy

    That’s a very summery face and hair look

  • mrspotts66

    i could deal with the dress (skater skirt and all) if the shoes were different.
    the shoes screwed it all up for me.

  • Kelly

    Too short and too young for her, and I think it would have been both even when she was 20. She’s always had a more mature look about her. (And I mean that in a positive way, not in the sense that “mature” is sometimes used as a synonym for “matronly” or “too old.”)

  • Nah. It’s not only you. I agree about the underdone makeup and hair. It would have been killer has a straight knee length dress. Probably skater skirts/dresses just doesn’t work for her shapely body. Especially, since the skirt is slightly too short. Maybe if it was 2 inches longer…? Maybe.

  • Cynica

    She looks like she should be serving drinks at Caesar’s Palace.

  • Terri Terri

    Caesar’s Palace cocktail waitress.

  • ms_kat

    I think the dress is just ugly. The print is odd and arresting, but it looks like it’s on fabric that has a strong grain which makes it weird. Then there is the blank back which is awful. Also, the string dangling from the skirt makes her look unkempt.

    I personally love this shape, but it’s making her look blocky. She does better with something a little more formfitting.

  • boweryboy

    It’s definitely a GTNYD moment. Everything from tip to toe is wrong here.

  • Bexxx

    I’ll take her body but leave the carrot lipstick at home.

  • Jessica Freeman

    If I were wearing that dress, I would wear all the focus pulling items I could so no one would pay attention to the dress. That is really no one’s dress.

  • Ezmartin

    She looks cute.

  • marlie

    The straps are too thick AND set too far apart. Plus, the overall silhouette of the dress is a little too juvenile for the print, and for the persona she’s supposed to be representing. All of the different pieces/elements don’t go together.

  • CT14

    I don’t like it, and in theory, I should.

    It’s too short and making her legs look bad.the hair is awful, I don’t like her lipstick, but as I start nitpicking, it still doesn’t come together.

    Go home and start over.

  • Lilithcat

    The placement of the print is, shall we say, problematic. You should not have someone’s head in your crotch when you’re out in public.

    • marlie

      You should tell that to Miley. 😉 Someone’s face doesn’t belong in the crotch area OR on the ass.

      • demidaemon

        I’ve been thinking about what patterns and words do when placed on the ass. It reminds me of something they sold at one of my alma maters. There were sweatpants and shorts with the word “Chatham,” where I went to school emblazoned on the ass. Unfortunately, it wiould end up with “CHAT” on one cheek and “HAM” on the other, which is what every woman wants. This outfit and Miley’s from before have similar problematic placements.

        • marlie

          That’s why I’ve always loathed a certain brand. Why would someone want the word “Juicy” blazoned across their rear end?

  • Jecca2244

    she literally looks like she has no makeup on.

  • Jackie4g

    If ever a dress needed to be knee length, this is the one. The proportion is not graceful, chopped off as it is. It’s good that they matched the print on the bodice and for once, I am glad it is plain on the back, other than the coin print that dots the straps. This dress would be OK for an afternoon event in the summer, with some lighter sandals. Poor Scarlett, this outfit is wearing her.

  • Lattis

    This is a classic example of “it looked good on paper.” It’s like someone planned all these elements (ponytail, lip color, jewelry, shoes, dress) on their sketchpad, but forgot to actually LOOK at the woman they were styling. Because all of those elements are wrong for Scarlett’s figure, coloring. But, God bless her, she’s giving it her best shot.

  • LadyCelia

    It reads Caesar’s Palace hostess, to me.

  • aahlife

    The straps are not placed right, they appear to be in the brink of falling off her shoulders. It isn’t just the placement, I do not think she has the right kind of shoulders for this dress.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Yep. Too much print on not enough dress. And wonky hair.

  • lunchcoma

    I was willing to consider it from the front, but the blank back (and the stray thread!) just look cheap.

  • KSuKim

    More skirt, less shoe.

  • SophieCollier

    That is a ticky tacky dress, and nothing but an overcoat could save it.

  • CommentsByKatie

    I think it’s the shoes. It’s kind of a ‘boxy’ hem because of the way the dress lays flat in the center and poofs out on the sides. It draws a really straight line across the legs and then the shoes create a really straight line across the ankles. The result is your eye being drawn in straight to her knees, because there’s this huge box around them. Very weird. I almost think this would be improved by nude pumps. Or maybe some nice cream lace pumps, since we hate nude pumps.

  • Joanna

    The issue, for me, is that it is just a tad too short – it reads “Italian cheerleader” to me. It just needs to hit right above the knee, and I’d be fine with it. Maybe back off a little on the earrings, too.

  • She’s too old for this dress. Give it to a 16 year old starlet. Scarlett, you need a more sophisticated look.

  • cocohall

    Location, location, location. It’s not just for real estate. If she were at a farmer’s market in the country wearing flat sandals in August, I would think, how fresh and cute! The funky pattern would seem playful and the length, just seasonally appropriate. But in November, Red Carpet? No no no.

  • another_laura

    It’s an homage to those 1950s Italian gladiator “sword and sandal” movies. As such, I’ll give it a pass.

  • housefulofboys

    Let me count the ways: skirt too short for the style, stumpifying shoes, orange lipstick doesn’t suit her, half-assed hair, earrings better suited to a black-tie affair, A THREAD hanging from the back hem (pic…#4?). Oh, and I don’t care for the dress, either.

  • J. Preposterice

    the proportions are wrong for her. a few more inches on the skirt and we might have something, or shorten it into a peplum top and put on some cigarette pants. but the length it is just makes her look weirdly shaped in the hips and legs, which she isn’t.

  • LaSylphide

    The earrings are too dressy; the hair is too casual; the skirt is too short; the shoes look like something out of Plan Nine from Outer Space. Aside from that, I like it.

  • AzSportsGirl

    The hair and skin just don’t look healthy?

  • Ashleigh

    it’s a “that is not a cute dress” thing. that’s all.

  • martha

    The shape of this dress is that of a casual summer sundress. That to me is why it doesn’t work.

  • traceyishere

    Dress looks cheap.

  • gubblebumm

    My daughter is 22 and this is what she can wear, anyone over 25 not so much
    ps this is a Gone with the Wind curtains off the wall in Germany moment, but not enough curtain

  • Nicole Little

    Sorry, I like it and I like her in it.

  • jw_ny

    I’d like this dress more on her If this had an underskirt in a dark grey or black, that extended down another inch or so. It just is a bit too short and twee for her, and seems too casual for a RC movie premiere. The orange lipstick is awful, and those earrings do not go. I like the shoes from the side, but not from the front.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    I think that dress is ugly, plain and simple.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    When not styled properly, Scarlett has a tendency to look like the potato faces in the paintings of Carl Larsson. This is one of those times.

  • Tracy_Flick

    I really dislike this D&G collection. It all looks like tourist-shop tea towels to me.

  • Vainte

    Give Ariana Grande her dress back!

    • Trickytrisha


      • demidaemon

        Young singer–I think she is Disney affiliated or something–who is dating a member of The Wanted. I think she has been featured here maybe once.

  • The hem is entirely wrong and the makeup is just strange.

  • Lilak

    That get-up (if it absolutely has to be worn by someone, which I’m not so sure about)), requires a whole nother body type: a tall drink of water with gams. Not a knock on Scarlett’s type, mind you … she’s more than fine – just not playing to it, as TLo say.

  • I feel like the skirt needs to be longer, and possibly a pencil line. The print is fun, but Scarlett is usually dour and I am having trouble reconciling the two. The diamond earring just don’t seem to go at all with the breezy summer dress and the ponytail. The gladiator-esque sandal was expected with the thematic dress, but it’s an ugly version and the fact that the front piece buckles (and it shows with that metallic leather) doesn’t help.

  • that length is doing not good things for her thighs and knees. longer would be better. i love a print dress, and enjoy much of what dolce and gabbana put out, but these prints with the coins, not so much. i think the white background really kills this one, as someone said it’s like a souvenir tea towel. the diamonds are beautiful, but not with a cotton day dress. and very few people can wear orange lipstick. scarlett’s not one of them.

  • It’s also too short for her.

  • melanie0866

    Yes, it’s the length that’s the problem. It’s tennis-skirt length.

  • JulieK

    For her long program, Scarlett Johansson will be skating to Ave Maria.

    • DeTrop

      To quote Casanova ‘eggsachtly’ or something like that. I’m confused why a celebrated beauty like SJ would wear something so unbecoming. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again D&G should be slapped.

  • Louise Bryan

    She looks like an aging five year old.

  • MoHub

    A face right over her ladybits? Not a great idea.

  • DominoEstella

    Ugly dress, ugly shoes

  • Adriana_Paula

    Rooney Mara? Dakota Fanning?

  • Constant Cat

    A penny for your thoughts. A dime for your dreams. Would a shiny new quarter buy a peak at your schemes?

    Libby Mae or Corky coulda rocked this.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I love the makeup. The skirt is too short fr that skirt shape, it makes the dress look too junior.

  • any getup that makes this chickie look this thick ‘n’ stumpy is a major league OUT

  • mom2ab

    Sweaty Roman streetwalker

  • unbornfawn

    Right after the Miley Cyrus get-up it is downright tasteful. OK, deep cleansing breath. The print is too busy. Needs different hair and shoes.

  • Pterodactyl111

    Does she have a tattoo of the hammer of Thor on her wrist? That’s badass.

  • quiltrx

    It’s a cute dress from a distance, but it’s all cluttery up close (what’s that? and that? and that?).
    And the hair is utter half-ass, and that’s one dreadful pair of shoes.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Good God.

  • fursa_saida

    I think if the shoes were less complicated a lot of things would be better. I see how the colors work, but with that length of skirt I think she should avoid ankle straps.

  • E. D.

    The length is no good.

  • Nancer

    I think it’s a color palette problem. This creamy white/orange and brown thing just doesn’t work well for her. I also agree with the comments on the shoes, too heavy and focus pulling.

  • Erica Woods Tucker

    Also…not to be a nit picker…there was a thread hanging from a dolce and gabana outfit!! Yuck!

  • mdcoon127

    the shoes make her legs look less than perfect…not loving it, but not awful

  • Skirts that length with that flare read nothing but “3rd string Ice Capade wannabe” to me

  • lrhoff

    So not her dress…what was she or her stylist thinking?