Meryl Streep in Alexander McQueen at the National Board of Review Awards Gala

Posted on January 08, 2014

Mary Louise is playing the “flighty American cousin” to Emma’s “wacky British aunt” schtick, it seems:



Meryl Streep attends the 2014 National Board Of Review Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City in an Alexander McQueen dress paired with a Louis Vuitton coat and Robert Clergerie shoes.

Like Emma’s, that’s not the best coat in the world for photographs, but she looks really cute here, we have to say. More put together than we’re used to from her, even if it’s all black and grey. We’re happy to see her not fall victim to the pressure to go bare-legged, but we wish she’d picked a less satin-y shoe – and one without a white lining. Still, if we were scoring this – and grading on a curve – we’d place it pretty high on the Meryl scale.




Alright we can’t hold it in anymore. That was enough kindheartedness. GIRL, your purse looks like you snatched it off a spinner rack at the CVS. GET RID OF THAT SHIT. You’re Meryl Fucking Streep. Karl Lagerfeld will give you a clutch, for God’s sake.




[Photo Credit: Kristin Callahan, Nancy Rivera/ACE/, Janet Mayer/]

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  • Diego!

    I agree, clutch must go; but she looks stunning! Way to go Meryl!

    • MoHub

      Even the glasses are a step up.

  • mjude

    TLO SAYS “GIRL, your purse looks like you snatched it off a spinner rack at the CVS. GET RID OF THAT SHIT. You’re Meryl Fucking Streep. Karl Lagerfeld will give you a clutch, for God’s sake.”
    seriously LMFAO at my desk. I needed that!

    • decormaven

      Beat me to it! That comment is one for the ages. When I think of all the fab purses she threw down in “The Devil Wears Prada”….

    • Mary229

      I laughed pretty hard too. But I can’t help it. I kind of love it that so many of these phenom actresses are clueless when it comes to their clothing sometimes. Makes them…human.

      • Spreecord

        I love seeing celebrities who just don’t have fucks to give about being style icons.

  • ampg

    She is all kinds of adorable here. And you can only see the purse in one shot, so I can’t work up too much outrage about it.

  • @Biting Panda

    Something with the hair, the glasses, the smile, I don’t know exactly what, but she looks years younger. I love her so, so much.

    • marlie

      I was just thinking that she looks particularly fabulous here!

    • Mary229

      I think it’s the smile and the sexy librarian glasses 🙂

  • MilaXX

    I kinda like this look, but I can’t help thinking this is Frances Conroy’s outfit.

    • TAGinMO

      I’m liking this mostly because I’d love to see Ruth Fisher in a red-carpet post!

      • MilaXX

        I was thinking more along the lines of her current American Horror Story looks.

    • zenobar

      Just so! I was thinking all it needed was a pair of red leather gauntlets. She is serving up Stone Cold Myrtle Realness.

  • SophiaPehawkins

    I like her bold glasses. Actually I love it when any woman wears them on the red carpet.

    • I like her glasses too. But then, I would!

      I think her brooch looks a bit cheap though.

      • SophiaPehawkins

        We must have all been born from the same vision-impaired, but stylishly so, mother.

        • Sarah

          foodycatA actually LOOKS like my mother (circa 1958) in that avi. It is somewhat comforting 🙂

        • MilaXX

          As I’ve gotten older I actually refer my glasses over contacts a lot of the time. The only exceptions are when I want to do a dramatic eye.

          • SophiaPehawkins

            I’m 23 and I have no desire for contacts. I love my glasses. The only real eye makeup I do is a cat eye or a nude eye. Realized color eye shadow is not for me, so I guess it works out for me, because glasses and color eyeshadow don’t really mesh.

          • MilaXX

            Oh I think eyeshadow and glasses work out fine. I have trouble with wearing false lashes with glasses, but that’s only because the lashes tend to touch the glasses.

          • demidaemon

            Personally, I could never do contacts or Lasik surgery. The thought of having either to stick a finger in my eye or being shot with lasers gives me the heebie jeebies. Also, my current near-blindness prescription probably require too thick lenses for contacts anyways.

          • MilaXX

            I am not squeamish at all when it comes to contacts. In faact the beauty of contacts is they can be full strength with out worry about the prescription strength. Mine is pretty strong. When I order glasses I have to get the highest high index level lens available. You can always get the free sample lens that most eye doctors or contact companies offer and try it out. Then you haven’t spent anything and you know if you can deal with putting in & taking out contacts.

          • demidaemon

            More power to you! I used to get my eyelids stuck under each other, so I’m sure you can understand my point of view.

      • decormaven

        The placement of the brooch bugs me. Would have been better deployed if it were pinned on the coat.

    • Rhonda Shore

      i love her glasses too and also how great black and white suit her.

    • Glasses groupies for ever! I’m dying to go to Society of the Spectacle in Highland Park near L.A. – apparently, it’s the must go place to get unique frames.

      • MilaXX

        why have I never heard of this place?

    • decormaven

      I think somebody’s been reading TLo. Thank the heavens she’s not sporting those pedestrian frames. At least these have some attitude.

      • @Biting Panda

        Wouldn’t that be the best? Surely a handful (or more) do. It’s not like TLo is a well kept secret.

        Just remember, lady stars, we’re mad at your stylists, not you. Love you all. Mean it.

        • decormaven

          Yes, I second this statement. I’m just looking for stars’ support systems (stylists, MUAs, publicists) to do their jobs – and that means top-shelf looks for the RC. Stars do their work on stage and screen, and while they can choose/not choose to present themselves in best light in public, it’s still the support team’s job to steer their clients in the proper direction as best they can.

        • demidaemon

          Unless you proclaim that you do not use a stylist. Then we are definitely mad at you. Fellow BKs know EXACTLY who I am talking about.

    • Sarah

      I have VERY bold glasses. The lady at the frame store was like “What made you pick THESE?” (Sort of insulting, really.) I told her that my fiancé picked them, and that I thought they were bangin’, and an excellent choice.

    • Let it out

      I love bold glasses too, I just wish these fit her face a bit better. The frames are almost right in the width (she was born for a cat eye) – the wing on the temple piece should start right at the outside corner of her eye. The length top-to-bottom is at least an inch too low, making her look like the top third of her excellent cheekbones have gone MIA. Still, kudos for the shout out to nerd girls everywhere!

      • barbarienne

        I wonder if the very large lenses are so her eyes don’t get obscured. The smaller-lensed glasses she wore in a recent post were either rimless or a very fine wire rim. In both cases, there’s almost no chance of a photo being taken at an angle where the frame hides her eyes, which I can picture being a risk in something with bold frames but small lenses.

        • Let it out

          That makes a lot of sense. Also, if the lenses are progressives, the longer length works better. I just think the proportions on these are a little off. Maybe a slightly less thick, smaller frame? It’s kind of awesome regardless.

          • I think she’d be slightly better off with frames like mine – the temple piece on those is a little too heavy, if I must quibble.

  • Jecca2244

    jennifer lawrence in 40 years.

    • formerlyAnon

      Jennifer Lawrence would probably be thrilled to believe that. Ought to be, anyway.

  • Karen Belgrad

    Maybe it’s the hipster glasses, but I feel as though this is Mae Whitman’s outfit!

    • @Biting Panda

      Love Mae. Wish we saw her around here occasionally.

  • crash1212

    Love it. McQueen certainly has his way with a plaid, doesn’t he? Also, upgraded eyewear! HOORAH! My only quibble is I abhor open toed shoes with hose/tights. And these shoes are especially ugly.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I wished she would have gone for nude hose and no peep toe.

  • formerlyAnon

    Just bribe somebody to swap out her worst accessories for better. ‘Cause I’m betting that unless it’s got sentimental value she won’t care, as long as the Kleenex travel pack, lipstick, and wrapped mints she picked up at the restaurant last time she carried the bag get transferred. Might not even notice.

    I love her.

    • boweryboy

      When my friend’s elderly mother died her mother had about 60 purses in her closet. Each one of them contained a lipstick, a hanky, and two dollars. We spent years trying to figure out for what the two dollars were used.

      • formerlyAnon

        Cab fare. 1962 fares.

        • Fanny_Trollope

          Yep. We called it “mad money.” In case you got mad at your date and had to take a cab home.

          • kimmeister

            I literally just learned that term about a week ago, reading Nina Garcia’s book of the 100 things every woman must have.

          • decormaven

            Mad money- reminds me of the “Mad Men” episode, “Christmas Waltz.”

          • formerlyAnon

            My mom’s definition of “mad money” was money that you could do what you wanted with – not budgeted for something, not accountable to anyone for. So bail-out cab fare would count but I always thought of it as more fun – like going somewhere you’d usually think too expensive or buying something for a silly or selfish “want” – not “need.”

      • decormaven

        Coat check $.

        • formerlyAnon

          Oooh. Good thought. More plausible than out-of-date cab fare.

      • Cab fare?

        Back in the olden days when I was a teenager, my mother insisted that I always must have a dime on me for an emergency phone call.

        • formerlyAnon


          (Yup. I had the same line about phone call change ingrained as well. “You should never have to depend on your date for a ride home.”)

        • At brownies we were taught to have 20c for a phone call.

          • I guess that makes me twice as old as you.

            I actually thought pay phones were completely extinct, but I was surprised to see one the other day in Walmart.

          • That’s 20 Australian cents – in about 1982.

  • Danielle


  • Tatiana Luján

    I love that dress.

  • kimmeister

    I’ll be the cheese that stands alone on this, but I hate this dress on her. That particular plaid reads frumpy in dress form, and it’s creating a weirdly bulky-yet flat illusion in the chest area. The brooch doesn’t go at all, and although I’m glad she opted for hosiery, I’m chagrined that she paired it with open toed shoes. [/rant]

    • GillianHolroyd

      With you. It’s the combo of wide collar on the coat and the diagonal plaid on the bodice. And then the straight-on plaid of the dress making her hips look wider when she takes off that coat. Black and gray? Dreary. LOVE her glasses.

      • SRQkitten

        Yeah, I’ll join the non-love on the dress. The bodice reminds me of the style of dress one of my grandmothers very old friends used to wear, she was a very sweet lady but I do agree the word for the style is “frumpy.” Meryl, you have MULTIPLE of those academy award boys in your home, “frumpy” is not the look for you.

  • Imasewsure

    I love this on her even with all of the quibbles… this is OUT THERE for our dear cousin so I applaud it wholeheartedly (ignoring the clutch of course)

  • barbarienne

    Still loving that she wears glasses on the red carpet. More ladystars (and boystars, but some already do) should recognize that glasses are an accessory that can be deployed to great advantage.

  • Miss wks

    Hey, at least she got herself some new frames….!

  • kat89

    I love the dress and coat, but not together. I agree about the bag. Someone please send her a new clutch!

  • flamingoNW

    THe glasses are fun. So where’s Diane Keaton? Seems only fitting that she shows up.

  • Blair Sylvester

    Now you are kind of making me wish she were on Downton Abbey as Cora’s quirky sister. I could see her be a novelist in the Edith Wharton vein who has an amazing wardrobe.

  • Sunraya

    Love her, love that she knows that women of a certain age should wear hose, I don’t care what season it is. Dress up = hose. And I laughed at the clutch!! She does what she has to do, but she really just doesn’t care.

    • Jessica Freeman

      I’m not a woman of a certain age and believe in hose.

      • Sunraya

        Well, Yay!!! I make myself sound 80, which I am not, but I still love hose!!!

  • Mary229

    I can’t hate on this. It looks pretty cute to me. I love that she rocks her glasses. She looks intellectual and fun at the same time.

  • Kbear

    What is up with the “diaper butt” front of this dress? The dress looks like it might have a bustle in the back. She looks better than usual though.

  • Shawn EH

    I like her in black and gray; this is working for me, despite hiddy purse. She looks artsy, for once.

  • TAGinMO

    I think a non-black background for this event would have helped both Meryl’s and Emma’s looks immensely. Just seems like a bad background-color choice for any red carpet.

  • Jacob Bowen

    I LOVE that jacket and I LOVE that dress…just not necessarily together. But she is MERYL FUCKING STREEP, she’s ALWAYS fabulous.

  • Introspective

    loving the juxtaposition of emma thompson and meryl here doing their wacky woman of a certain age fashion.

    its kinda like dowager countess isobel and martha levinson: the younger years. im sorta here for it.

  • quiltrx

    I am kind of loving this! I feel like she discussed this outfit with HBC, who gave her seal of approval, before stepping out.
    Except HBC would set that clutch ON FIRE…she always has such killer purses.

  • PeaceBang

    She is so, so cute. I love the neckline of the dress. And her. If I haven’t already said that. She always seems so happy and interested in life. That’s a great beautifier right there.

  • Anathema_Device

    I wanna see her in the dress without the coat!! Wah! I love her. She looks so cute and sassy here.

  • In_Stitches

    Both the coat and the jacket are some of the most tailored, body conscious clothes I can recall her wearing. It’s such a drastic departure; I love it.

  • Tanya Wade

    Adding my voice to the “I love the glasses” chorus. Those are ones to covet, for sure. The dress is aces, too.

    • Valdri8

      Aren’t they Emma’s glasses for Harry Potter?

      I do love MS, but I was rewatching “Manhattan” the other night – I know it was 30+ years ago, but I always find it hard to believe that THAT Meryl and THIS Meryl are the same person.

  • nannypoo

    Last time she appeared here one of the BKs said she needed more stylish glasses. I can only assume she reads our comments because wow are these ever stylish.

  • She plays one Okie, and suddenly she’s wearing gingham? Maybe the cold has frozen my heart, but I just can’t with this. Hate the coat. Hate the black hose – nude would look better. Hate the purse for evening. Hate the shoes – why would anyone line black shoes in white? Something looks off in the fit on the midriff – maybe that’s why she’s wearing the coat. I do like the shape of the glasses, but don’t like them being so dark with this outfit – she wore them with a light-colored outfit to the Obies last year and they looked really nice; here they just look heavy.

  • Trickytrisha

    Is that from the Alexander McQueen for the Matronly Collection?

  • DeTrop

    Well, MS has always shown a certain insouciance about her wardrobe, so this is not so shocking. However, this is a Gala she’s attending and this outfit is something to wear to a business meeting.

  • rebeemoon

    Both these gals may have prioritized dressing for the icy cold. Then again, I have no idea when these pictures were taken . . .

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    You know, Meryl’s wearing McQueen, that’s such a step in the right direction. And yes, a McQueen merits a better clutch.

  • paintedfish

    I want to see this movie with the wacky British aunt and her flighty American cousin. I smell an Oscar!

  • lillyvonschtupp

    Like her rims. That is all.

  • Isabel

    Steal Helen Mirren’s stylist!

  • msdamselfly

    Love her outfit

  • GTrain

    Love this look!

  • e jerry powell

    I’m actually way more interested in what she had to say than what she was wearing while she was saying it. Dock me some gay points if you must, but what the lady had to say was so on that she could have been wearing sackcloth and ashes, for all I care.

  • Sam Smith

    I’d love to see the look without the coat. I think that dress is pretty fab and I think she looks super great.

  • carnush

    The glasses are the only thing I like here.

  • Rhonda Hanson

    why are you critiquing Meryl Streep? she is not a fashion plate nor has interest in it. I feel the focus should be on Helen Mirren since she enjoys dressing.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    I just want to sit down with Meryl, Emma and Helen Mirren for a long, boozy lunch and dish. I love them all.

  • Ann VerWiebe

    Unlike most of the girls prancing daily handbags to the press, I’ll bet Miss Meryl actually has things like car keys and chapstick in her bag.

  • demidaemon

    I just wish she had left the clutch at home. Or in a dumpster. Option two would be better. For Meryl, this is pretty awesome.

  • slb

    Who makes those fabulous glasses??? Does anyone know?

  • MiaNY

    anyone know the brand of eyeglasses Meryl Streep wore at the Golden Globes?