Pairs Division: Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves at the Palm Springs International Film Festival

Posted on January 06, 2014

We don’t get it.



Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves attend the 2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala. Matthew is wearing Saint Laurent and Camila is wearing a Mikael D gown.

Are they trying to look like a sleazy mobbed-up nightclub owner and his stripper girlfriend? Is there an irony thing here that we’re just not hip to? Because we honestly find it a little hard to believe that neither of them can see how tacky they look. Sure, the world of celebrity is often outrageously tacky, but there’s usually a line for those people who have aspirations to get on (or stay on) the A-List. Does this look like a guy who’s at the top of his acting career, getting a lot of critical acclaim and Oscar buzz? Don’t even get us started on her. The Real Housewives would be revolted by her lack of class. We suspect they either don’t use a stylist or don’t pay much attention to the one they do use. Is there no one in their sphere willing to say, “Hey, how about something a little classier for her and classic for him?”

Unless you’re Cher, shit like this doesn’t get you Oscars. That’s all we’re saying.








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  • Frank_821

    I actually dig Matthew’s jacket but the proportions look funny and awkward on him. I just don’t know what to think about her dress. There is something very amateurish about it in terms of design. If you’re going to pull a Cher, PULL A CHER!

    • Scott Cooper

      I agree with you on MC. The cut and fabric are just a little too youthful. Eddie Redmayne or Justin Timberlake could pull this off. This ship has sailed for Matthew. Her dress is the stuff of a bad Charmed episode.

      • formerlyAnon

        Eddie Redmayne. Not so sure about Mr. Timberlake, lately. Maybe.

  • KateShouldBeWorking

    I’m just impressed that her hair is shinier than his jacket.

    • WendyD

      I love her hair.

  • hughman

    I, for one, applaud Corny Collins for all the joy he’s brought us with his dance show in Baltimore.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Bowing.down. for that “Hairspray” reference, sir! Matthew is looking awfully shiny-since when did YSL go in for tacky, shiny fabrics?

      • Aurumgirl

        YSL is all about the tacky and ugly now. Poor Yves, spinning so fast in his grave that time seems to be reversing.

      • Evan

        Since Hedi Slimane was named Creative Director and they changed the name to “Saint Laurent.” *Rolls eyes*

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I has a sad-I have memories of wonderful collections from the late, lamented Yves St.Laurent.

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      Aaahhh haaaaaa!! Awesome!

  • EEKstl

    I’m going to go out on a limb here and say I actually like Matthew’s jacket. But as someone else said the proportions are off and he HAD to have actually taken a second to shave. Had the jacket fit well it would have been fun, loopy and a little sleazy, not unlike Matthew himself. I have NO defense of her. How can such a beautiful woman be so clueless about how she appears in public?

    • Its one of the reasons I still bemoan the loss of the studio system which never allowed their actors to appear anywhere looking less than perfect, ever.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        One of the reasons I loved the book about Liz Taylor (How to Be a Star in Hollywood) was its discussion of the studio system and how it worked.

      • Tom Shea

        Or anything less than straight and white.

    • lunchcoma

      I don’t hate that jacket in and of itself, but it’s a terrible choice for McConaughey. That’s the sort of thing that only an otherwise proper, classy sort of guy can pull off, and he already has a talent for making ordinary clothes look sleazy. Putting that on him just amplifies the effect.

      • 3boysful

        I think part of it is his head looks weirdly long, I guess as part of the massive weight loss for Dallas Buyers Club.

  • Glam Dixie

    He kind of always looks sleazy to me and she seems to be pulling a ‘look how hot I am’ instead of trying to look pretty of classy. It’s all bad. And that is so not his haircut.

  • @Biting Panda

    He looks like he’s got two shows a night, in The Starlight Piano Lounge, at the Atlantic City Tropicana. She? Is getting a nasty fungal rash, from those cheap “satin” sheets, she’s wrapped herself in.

  • msdamselfly


  • MilaXX

    His tiny Tim goes to Vegas jacket is so very wrong. Her I’ve popped out 3 babies and still look hot dress is both tacky & ugly. Together they look like stoners wearing loaner clothing from the props department.

    • Imasewsure

      Tiny Tim wore this better

    • Nelliebelle1197

      Can someone explain her hair?

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        All she’s missing is a little Frost & Tip on that hair, and the whole new level of tacky would be complete.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    I feel like he always looks like this. When did his need to wear too-tight, too-shiny suits begin?

  • Fraggle

    They look exactly how I think they are – never got any vibe of class of either one of them.

  • That THING she has on, well, sort of has on at any rate, is one of the most tortured, overwrought messes I have seen a very long time. And he really looks like an over-bronzered third rate lounge act performer in in Reno. Horrible.

    • filmcricket

      It kind of looks like that peek-a-boob Dior JLaw wore a couple months back mated with JLo’s “here’s my THIGH” dress from the Grammys last year.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      She is a lovely woman, and could look so much better. Considering that Matthew could be nominated for “Mud” and “Dallas Buyers Club”, they both ought to be working with a good stylist for upcoming RC appearances.

    • Spreecord

      I can’t help but think that is a dress designed to either a) hide an early pregnancy or b) start rumours of an early pregnancy.

  • CPK1

    her dress is beyond hideous.

    • 3boysful

      I would have sworn it was out of the Frederick’s of Hollywood catalogue (if that is still around).

  • Eric Stott

    My first thought: Sleazy singer / club MC introduces the first act of the evening, who he’ll be pimping later that night.

  • ConnieBV

    It’s so bad I kind of dig it.

  • kimmeister

    Someone should tell her that if your brown hair looks gray in photos, you have too much shine product in it.

    • Robin Murray

      Also: Why does her hair look black/grey at the roots and brown/blond at the ends. Is this a purposeful multi-ombre (*shudder*) effect?

      • 3boysful

        It’s like she’s ageing before our eyes.

  • ashtangajunkie

    “Are they trying to look like a sleazy mobbed-up nightclub owner and his stripper girlfriend?”

    If someone were to write a book about these two, that could be the opener. At any time, not just this particular appearance.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    My first thought: He’s playing Corny Collins in a trashy Palm Springs dinner theater production of Hairspray, while she’s in The Great Trailerpark Musical in a tent outside.

  • crash1212

    I kind of like his outfit…if it fit better or if the proportions were better…or something. There is no excuse for her dress. She sure has pretty hair though.

  • in our household, head scratching like that can only mean one thing. creepy crawlies…

  • bellafigura1

    He is wandering into Mickey Rourke territory, I fear.

  • Coolekat

    He seriously needs some more meat on his bones. I miss the old heart-throb Matthew.

    • GillianHolroyd

      he’s looking better here, not as gaunt as he has for the past few years but I know what you mean.

  • marlie

    My first thought was host/maitre d’ at seedy nightclub, but “mobbed-up nightclub owner” works too. He needs to button his jacket for pictures, and his pants could have used some hemming. And her dress looks like it got mangled in some sort of industrial accident.

  • Sif

    I’m sorry but Matthew McConaughey is too fat to wear Saint Laurent. Now where can I get his jacket? 😉 #asiansize #sorrynotsorry

  • GeoDiva

    oooohh… been waiting all day for you guys to do a post on his jacket. There is something both ugly and cool about it. I applaud him for going outside the box, but it was a miss over all. Don’t get me started on her…

  • Jai Piper

    very Frederick of Hollywood circa 1979

  • Rand Ortega

    Mikael D? Really? Anybody ever hear of him? Sounds like the pseudonymous designer that threw crap on LiLo when she had to poledance for “Liz & Dick”.

  • rondele

    Matthew is wearing the strangest tux I’ve ever seen. It’s almost like the jacket doesn’t go with the pants, boring as the pants are. He needs the cummerbund, maybe? As for Camila, her dress is very complicated. Simple would have been better. Both are just weird.

  • Sly

    I like what he’s wearing. I don’t think he looks that tacky. Her on the other hand…

  • nannypoo

    He looks like a Big Band leader from the middle of the last century. I don’t know what she is.

  • Trickytrisha

    Obviously they’re trying out for the lead roles in the Robin Thicke biography film on Lifetime Movie Network.

  • alyce1213

    She — is beautiful and usually chooses better. What comes to mind is the magnificent black gown she wore to the Oscars (2012 or 2013?).
    He — usually (but nor always) looks that way, cheesy.

  • Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

    to me it looks like she doesnt give a shit at all.

  • Veronica1022

    Its like everyone has switched outfits today. Matthew send that outfit to RDJ and Camilla send that dress to J-Lo

  • GillianHolroyd

    Yep, I like this look on him… if only he’d finessed the details a bit. He is actually looking healthy here. Her, don’t care.

  • elzatelzabelz

    Disagree, I am digging the coat and the whole nightclub vibe Matthew’s giving off. Then again, I have dug him for the last two decades or so…I may be biased.

    • guest2visits

      Er… same here. I love his take on some cool threads for the evening. Suits him and I’d like to see a few more guys try the same. Her…. while she’s beautiful, I think the dress is a bit tortured. Less would have been more with all the twisty cutouts and lace insets.

  • Her hair made me gasp in a bad way. Anybody know what in actual fuck is going on there? Because I could actually applaud a bold ‘fuck it, I’m going gray’ but not with those cocker-spaniel ears drooping at the end.

    He’s not even worth discussing, as his style has never – to my knowledge – surpassed drunk uncle. How do you make Saint Laurent look so crushingly cheap?

  • majorbedhead

    I know! Matthew is just stopping by before going to play Chuck Barris in the docudrama about The Gong Show.

  • cocohall

    Did they think it was the ALMA awards, where a certain kind of over-the-top style is what is expected? Or perhaps the CMAs? They just look out of place. He’s looking a bit like Lyle Lovett actually. Maybe they just did this for a giggle. She was on the View a few weeks ago and is a funny, clever woman.

    • demidaemon

      She is actually quite intelligent and hard-working. However, she will remain in my head as one of the worst hosts in reality competition show history who helped to almost single-handedly kill Shear Genius.

      • cocohall

        Sadly, my reality TV viewing seems to be lacking and I am not familiar with this show! Dreadful of me. Anyway, Heidi Klum has a lot to answer for, in that she gave many many models hope of transitioning in their careers from clothes horse to host, and it is much harder than it looks. When I think back on the first seasons of Project Runway, Heidi was nearly unintelligible and generally just repeated whatever MK said. It is to her credit that she has improved as much as she has, although offering the critique” I would/would not wear that” is not especially insightful. Perhaps Camilla, once she is done making little McConaughy’s, will find her footing?

        • demidaemon

          Shear Genius was a show about hairstyling, and where Tabitha Coffey, the Hair Witch, made her first appearance. TLo used to blog about it, so you can probably find posts about it (and how awful Camilla was) in the archives. I don’t know if she could improve, and Bravo certainly wasn’t giving her the opportunity. She replaced Jacqueline Smith (of Charlie’s Angels fame) as the host. It was a HUGE step down, and that is an understatement. Heidi may have been stilted and slightly unoriginal in her commentary (and may still be unoriginal in her commentary) but Camilla made the slew or PRAS hosts look like $100,000 an appearance public speakers.

  • willworktomorrow

    She is beautiful and also completely stoned. The only thing surprising about that is how obvious it is.

    • Nelliebelle1197

      Oh! That explains it.

  • Introspective

    i think they believe their attractive faces will do the heavy lifting for the dreck theyre wearing. alas, no.

  • quiltrx

    They look like two really cheap, sleazy people who think they are wearing high fashion, but really got the stuff at the mall.
    She is SO beautiful…if he wanted to look stupid, there’s no reason for you to. Someone needs to teach him how to Willis it up, and she and her stylist need to spend many hours looking at pictures of Fan BingBing.

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  • Sunraya

    She looks totally stoned and he looks like a Vegas nightclub singer, one who sings on a side street. If there are side streets in Vegas. Haven’t been there, not my cup of tea.

  • I’ve said this before – there’s a thing I look for when I see couples on the red carpet. Whenever there is a star at his/her event, in other words, he/she is the object of attention, I look for the date/partner/spouse to melt into the background. Dress modestly, simple everything, and look with adoration at the star. Put the attention where it belongs. I always think it’s interesting when I see a couple like this. He is having a significant moment. And she isn’t standing back, letting him have it. Instead, she’s grabbing attention herself… and it’s not HER moment. I find this annoying and I always wonder about the sticking power of the couple when I see this kind of thing.

  • e jerry powell

    It’s like the Dolce & Gabanna, only shinier.

  • Garcia Loca

    Something nice: her hair looks super shiny. There, mom!

  • SpillinTea

    She is giving me all kind of Ciara realness right now…

  • Imasewsure

    Paula Patton and Robin Thicke must be so jealous

  • bertkeeter

    How many “bitchy pills” did you guys take today?

  • GTrain

    I feel like every time I see her she’s pregnant so maybe she wanted something to show off her body when she’s not? Regardless, the dress is fug.

  • Her dress is both tacky and boring, and he looks like he’s in-character for a movie I wouldn’t watch.

  • decormaven

    I would be more supportive of his look if the jacket and pants were correctly fitted. Not a fan of her peekaboo look with the puddle train. He’s got a real shot at the awards this year; his PR people need to hire a GOOD stylist for him, or both of them, stat.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    Oh my god, just tacky tacky tacky! Two tackies for the price of one!

  • carnush

    Oddly enough nothing bothers me more than his pinky ring. And I had so much to choose from.

  • CatherineRhodes

    It’s hard to imagine someone is so tone-deaf. For my money, his performance in “Dallas Buyers Club” is the best of the year, but you’re right — the Academy wants to award serious actors.

  • boweryboy

    He has always come across as smarmy and sleazy to me. The only time that worked in his favor was Killer Joe. I suppose the sleaze is contagious.

  • formerlyAnon

    Matthew has either never been able to see when he’s being tacky or never cared. Or both. Her, no explanation.

  • ewes_urn_aim

    According to a Yahoo post, little Matty picked out his clothes all by himself. He was very proud.

  • Erica

    O.k., I’ve been pondering these two for a bit, and here are my theories:

    SHE: Has bad taste, but she’s drop dead beautiful, so no-one comes out and just says it, like they do with Lena Dunham (for example). It’s like Heidi with her short, tight, and shiny, when we all know she has bad taste and would do better to let someone else dress her.

    HE: Doesn’t really have bad taste, but he suffers because he’s a lean, not tall, blond, curly-haired, tan man, and for some reason this can cause one to look oily in outfits that would look quirky or fun on others. A good friend of mine is married to a very nice man with similar hair, body, and general skin tone and features. He wore a very nice white tuxedo jacket to his wedding–he looked kinda cheesy in it, unfortunately. Picture Matthew’s jacket on a number of other men, such as Idris Elba (oh, my!), George Clooney (although he would never wear it), even an older guy like Clint Eastwood, and it stops being cheezy, oily, whatever it is here.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      While I agree with your general premise that his overly tanned, wavy-haired, chiseled-faced look makes the shiny suits look more cheesy, I have to say that he is not short, and I don’t think too many men could pull this off regardless. It’s a younger man’s look. Michael B Jordan could rock it, maybe Bruno Mars. Definitely NOT Clint Eastwood or George Clooney, who would look ridiculous.

      • Erica

        Perhaps not actually short. My husband and every other male in my family is 6’2″ or taller, so perhaps I’m a bit skewed in what I consider “not tall.” We’ll have to agree to disagree on older gentleman in this jacket.

        • ShaoLinKitten

          According to official sources, he’s 6’0″, and those shoes probably add an inch. So he’s a little taller than average. The thing about the jacket is, I think it would make most guys look like a game show host or some sort of Vegas nightclub act (as it does McConaughy, but he seems to be aiming for that). As we saw with the Michael B. Jordan WERQ of earlier today, he can get away with a lot more flash than most guys. I feel the same about Bruno Mars. Something about a younger man makes me more forgiving of the urge to be shiny. It seems more like youthful exuberance and less like corny smarminess. YMMV, and I probably spent way too much time thinking about this.

  • bukker

    Not that crazy about her dress and his jacket either, but that was a bit harsh.

  • Morales Mike

    She’s like a slimmer, taller Kim Kardashian…and that’s NOT a good thing. His jacket is decidedly low rent Rat Pack…like Joey Bishop or Peter Lawford would wear it but not Frank or Sammy.

    • sisterb67

      Bishop? Yes. Maybe even Norman Fell. But Peter Lawford wouldn’t have been caught dead in that jacket.

  • MzzPants

    They’re too stoned to care.

  • ivfive

    I see these two and always think “serious head size discrepancy”.

  • Jessica O’Connell

    I’m really ashamed of myself right now for how attractive I used to find him…

  • bertkeeter

    Editing opinions? Hmm….

  • bluefish

    American Hustle for sure. Glad he’s having a good long stretch. He’s a terrific actor. She’s just a girl from Minas Gerais.