Allison Williams in Oscar de la Renta at the Winter Ball for Autism

Posted on December 04, 2013

We suppose it would be pointless to complain that she dresses like a socialite when she’s attending a “YAY! AUTISM!” ball, which is like Ground Zero for socialite gatherings.


“Girls” star Allison Williams attends the Winter Ball for Autism at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in an Oscar de la Renta gown.

And while we wouldn’t go so far as to say this mitigates her tendency to dress way too old for her age, it’s venue-appropriate and she looks pretty great in it. At least it’s not deadly dull.

But that face of hers is reflecting WAY too much light.





[Photo Credit: Cindy Ord/Getty Images]

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  • Karen Belgrad

    It looks like she is wearing Lydia Deetz’s prom dress.

    • bxbourgie

      Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!

    • If I ever wanted to go back and have a fancy wedding, I think Halloween would be fun and I think this dress would be magnificent.

  • I just wish the waist hit her in the right place. An inch lower and, BAM.

    • marlie

      This trend of the slightly too-high waist is driving me nuts. NUTS, I say!

    • conniemd

      That probably explains why I thought her ladies looked awkward in this dress. Probably another case of a dress made for a tall skinny model who is more long waisted than the average woman.

      • Bridget Smith

        The opposite problem, actually: I’m guessing Allison is more long-waisted than the woman this dress was made for. I can sympathize, as I’ve yet to find a dress or coat with a built-in belt that didn’t hit me too high. Too many waist seams hugging my ribs. (Duchess Kate has this problem, too.)

        • melisaurus

          I find that skirts often suit me better. I recently acquired a hand-me-down Jcrew coat where the waist hits me right under the shoulder blades.

        • conniemd

          Doh. Brain cramp. If you are long-waisted the dress waist will be too high.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Her chest looks so strange…the sheer-but-not-sheer is just odd here.

    • Erica

      I keep looking for nipples–which seems kinda wrong, really.

      • Jessica Freeman

        Thus what makes it so odd.

    • Rhonda Shore

      At first, I thought she had a white bra on. And they need a new name for that event.

      • GeoDiva

        Don’t know if it is part of the dress or an undergarment. Either way, it’s weird.

    • kimmeister

      All I can see is her chest and her lips.

    • Snailstsichr

      That’s why the over the shoulder picture was my favorite!

  • I’m sorry, what? What did you say? I can’t hear you over Allison’s lipstick.

    • Darcy H

      Ohmygosh, yes. I was just coming down here to be like “damn that is some bright lipstick” but you already said it way better.

    • mshesterp

      I know, but I have such a fear of bright red lipstick (I don’t think I have the face to pull it off) that I admire anyone with the chutzpah to do it. I think she looks beautiful.

  • Anna_Cecilia

    I have to admit, I love the bottom half of this dress. I’ll pretty much seize any opportunity to wear anything tutu-esque.

    From the satin cummerbund thing up, it’s as octogenarian society matron as octogenarian society matron gets.

  • jw_ny

    It’s a lot of dress…I wonder how this would look without all that tulle. Feels bulky at her hips and too high at her waist. That closeup of her ring/clutch show what appears to be a pretty fabric beneath…if I’m not mistaken.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Halloween dress, makeup by Casper the Friendly Ghost.

  • Getting the right bra with a backless dress is a challenge, I admit, but surely she has the resources for that?

  • I know it’s the holiday season and all, but it pains me that somehow the default colors seem to always be red, black, silver, and “winter white”. This is a gorgeous gown and she wears it very well, but wouldn’t it be more fun, somehow, with a nice powder blue purse? (What we down here call “Carolina Blue”.) Or maybe candy cane pink? I don’t know, something to inject a little whimsy. This is all so very SERIOUS, despite the yards of tulle.

    • To be honest, to get whimsy into this it’d have to be on a whole different woman. I just don’t think this girl has a whimsical bone in her body.

      • decormaven

        True! She is not graced with the whimsy element.

    • marlie

      I’m not feeling the pastels, but this would be a great opportunity to deploy nice jewel toned accessories. Maybe a deep plum, an emerald blue, or even gold (if you want to stay away from reds and greens). But yes, with an all-black dress, there was a missed opportunity to add in some color – aside from the lipstick.

    • housefulofboys

      Ha – here in Chapel Hill we are big on “Carolina Blue”!

  • As beautiful and boring as they come.

  • marlie

    Aside from the face that the bodice is squishing her boobs (which could be mitigated by better foundation garments), this is pretty fabulous. She looks really stunning in this gown. The red lipstick is a beautiful touch.

    BUT. Yes, the makeup on her face is way too light. Also, anyone else think that she doesn’t actually look like herself here? I’m getting Jennifer Connelly (though they could probably play sisters in a movie).

    • I can see where you are getting that from but I love Jennifer Connelly with all my heart and this girl inspires merest feelings of politeness, so no.

    • kimmeister

      She always looks like Amanda Peet to me.

  • bertkeeter

    Had potenetial…but entered dullsville with the proportions!

  • nannypoo

    Her makeup is scary. She doesn’t look anything like herself. I like the dress.

  • SewingSiren

    If you’re gonna wear black, this is the dress you want to wear. Nicely done pretty conservative dressing girl.

  • Mona_Visa

    Deathtulle. And this girl is too young and pretty to be wearing it.

    • Shawn EH

      She’s not that pretty. Snap!

  • Kate Andrews

    I’m actually good with this! Which is surprising, since I don’t like black lace especially (and particularly not now that it’s had it’s neverending moment).

  • amaranth16

    By far the most interesting thing I’ve seen her wear.

  • anneshirley

    Pretty sure I have seen Brooke Astor in the same dress.

  • Little_Olive

    She looks very beautiful and I love a fair-skinned brunette who can carry a black dress. On a closer look, though, pancake boobs.

  • Autism yays you, Allison. Autism yays YOU. Gorgeous.

  • Kelly

    I don’t like the beige undergarment. Not only does it look like one of those painful old-fashioned “foundation garments” that squeezed women 70-80 years ago, but it looks naked without being naked, which is very disconcerting.

    • Tracy_Flick

      I agree, it looks like she had a nipplectomy. And it gives her bustline an odd shape, like she’s smuggling a whoopee cushion in there or something.

      Other than that, I think it’s a gorgeous, classic dress. That lace stands out in a sea of black lace as particularly lovely.

  • beebee10

    I think she looks stunning.

  • Fordzo

    I’m getting Brooke Shields from the last picture.

  • KT

    She looks 45.

  • Sabin

    I wanna see an autism ball with a bunch of autistic teens dressed in the jeans and t-shirts that are the only thing they’ll wear because anything else feels like wearing boa constrictors (says my aspie 16-y-o daughter).

  • MilaXX

    It’s pretty but ageing.

  • quiltrx

    It’s a lovely gown, more interesting than what she usually wears.

  • Imasewsure

    Nancy Reagan wants her fabulous gown back

  • boweryboy

    Lower the waist and this would be perfection for me.

  • This dress is gorgeous, and she looks stunning in it (bright face and all). But what bugs me about her is – I’m not sure if she’s trying so hard to stay famous, or be famous.

  • Trickytrisha

    Dunno, I keep expecting her skirt to start barking.

  • If you’re going to go full ball gown, that’s the way to do it.

  • E.W.

    Fellas. “Yay! Autism” as a subject for snark? I mean, I hate a socialite as much as the next regular New Yorker, but as parent of autistic kid I wince a little. Love you guys, of course, and agree with everything else you say here, esp. too-light face.

  • VicD

    Why doesn’t she just get ON with it, marry some Wall Street guy, and disappear to Bedford or Westchester?

  • jjjoy

    yikes at that mask of hers. that is a lot of too-pale foundation

  • Gatto Nero

    Beautiful gown, but she bores me.

  • Belvane

    Personal best for her, in my opinion.

  • pookiesmom

    Egads, I HATE this dress. It’s like she rolled around in glue and then a funeral confetti bomb exploded on her.

  • MissFern

    she looks a lot like her dad with a red lip. is that weird?