Amy Adams in Elie Saab at the 2014 Oscars Nominees Luncheon

Posted on February 11, 2014

Oh, Amy. We really wanted to like this.


“American Hustle” star Amy Adams attends the 86th Oscars Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills, California in an Elie Saab ensemble paired with EF Collection jewelry.

Elie Saab resort 2014 Collection

But because it’s (STILL) Fashion Week and we’re (OHMIGOD YOU GUYS GET US OUT OF HERE SEND HELP SEND CARBS) rather busy at the moment (AND CRANKY GOD WE’RE SO CRANKY), we’re just gonna list the facts. And also the opinions that are stated as if they are facts.


1) Pretty sure that’s not her shade of red.

2) The overall feel is a bit too literally ’70s-retro. Too on the nose.

3) Them pants is crotchy.

4) The Clydesdale hem. Why anyone would think dressing to obscure the fact that you have feet is a good idea (let alone stylish) will probably never be explained to our satisfaction.

Please consider adding to the list. As for us, we are going to put on really painful shoes and hobble off to Lincoln Center in temperatures cold enough to make your ears fall off, darlings. Pray for us. Send chocolate.


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  • Diego!

    She looks like a construction worker… in a porn movie.

    • Jacob Bowen

      Bahaha! Fore(wo)man, get on all fours!

      • Diego!

        hahahahaah xD

    • DebbieLovesShoes

      Nailed it. (pun intended)

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    How kind of her to demonstrate the Hokey Pokey for us in that middle pic!

    • jw_ny

      I think she’s just trying to shake out a wedgie… 😉

      • Danielle

        Ah, yes. The ever popular side step wedgie removal!

    • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

      I totally thought she was busting out a little hustle for the photographers. I hope she was. It doesn’t make up for those pants, but it helps a little.

  • @Biting Panda

    I don’t know who you two have managed to be both miserable and hilariously on point, all at the same time. May the Coffee & A Muffin Gods smile down on you this morning.

    • DebbieLovesShoes

      Right? When I am cranky, I am NEVER hilarious.

      It’s a gift, I tell ya.

  • deelup

    Was this from the American Hustle wardrobe rack?

    • AudreysMom

      seems like a lot of her choices lately, are. I love AA, but there’s no need to constantly remind us what film you’re nominated for.

  • I made a really (though I say it myself) amazing raspberry, coconut & chocolate bar the other day. Totally paleo 😉 – I wish I could send you some.

    ALSO how does a woman that slender end up with thunder thighs? Those pants are mean to her!

    • hmariec19

      Recipe plz?

      • It’s from A Southern Grace (excellent blog, amazing baked goods) – it’s her more-is-more raspberry coconut bars.

        • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

          Popping over to snag that recipe. Those are going to happen today!

          • You might get distracted by several other things – her blog always makes me drool.

        • jw_ny

          Thanks…site is now book marked and recipe is copied. I’ll be making this for an event on Sat. Looks yummy and relatively easy.

        • AnneElliot

          Thanks!! I’m in baking mode lately — my favorite blogs are Smitten Kitchen (Best Birthday Cake is in the oven and we speak) and The Food Librarian, who is the goddess of bundts. TLo, if you come to Texas, I’ll bring y’all a bundt cake!!

    • Mary229

      I’m sorry but if those are “thunder thighs” then I’m literally going to go starve myself. I get not liking the pants because that’s an element of taste but there is nothing “large” about those thighs. At all. Come the heck on.

      • No, there is nothing whatsoever large about those thighs, they are just deeply unflattering trousers that pull too tightly around her thighs and crotch, so that you can see the lining of the pockets. I am sorry you mistook my meaning.

        • TigerLaverada

          I think it’s because she actually has hips, and the pants are FHMO — for hipless models only.

          • Yes – I also think having even a sheer blouse tucked in takes up space that she just doesn’t have to spare. The loose overblouse the model is wearing would have been better, I think.

        • Mary229

          Oh I got your meaning fine and agree that the pants are ill fitted. I just think maybe we could avoid using the phrase “huge thighs” or “thunder thighs” about any woman on this site. It’s just un-necessary to me.

          • So you understood that I was talking about the clothes and not body snarking and you still wanted to make a point about it? Cringe away.

    • Eve Farren Farber

      please send all home-made chocolates to me. then i will wear bootleg pants to accentuate my knobby-knees and hide my big old chocolate thighs. thank you.

    • kimmeister

      Sonsie? Is this another Australianism that I’ve never heard of?

      • Nope, that one is Scottish! Can either mean pretty or plump.

    • allcapsERINN

      Yikes, if those are thunder thighs, mine are about to crush the entire world. :-

    • conniemd

      Bootleg trousers – heh. I always see that as a fit of jeans, with no idea what it meant. In the 60’s we called them bell bottoms.

      • Yeah, I think these actually are more of a bell-bottom/flare. Bootlegs do widen from the knee but in a straighter way, less of a triangle, more of a wide tube, if that makes sense. Stupid women’s magazines tend to recommend bootlegs for bigger girls because they say it “balances” the shape, when in fact it emphasises that the vast amount of fabric flapping around your calves is what it would take to cover your thighs. Not that I am bitter about those magazines or wedded to straight or tapered leg jeans, at all!

        • MissusBee

          Yes! The Giant Bootleg Lie. I spent 1,000,000,000 years wondering why no jeans fit/suited/flattered me, then tried a high-waisted skinny and was like, oh.

  • Jacob Bowen

    The dress in that photo would have been SO much better! I don’t necessarily mind the red, but WOW. Those pants are bad.

  • RussellH88

    70’s Disco Ranch Hand Realness.

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    TLo, may I please please please title my memoir “Them Pants Is Crotchy”? I promise to give you royalties!

    • DebbieLovesShoes

      I know. TLO made me laugh AGAIN! with that one. Love.

  • SewingSiren

    Orange is the new Elvis.

    • mjude

      that would make a great tshirt! 😉

  • YoungSally

    Quick — hop on the 1 train and go to 14th street — right on the corner is the Donut Pub…..carbs carbs carbs…the best kind….then you can toddle over to the meatpacking district for another show.

    • Trent

      OMG, the Donut Pub is NIRVANA after a late night bar/club run. And it’s been around since the 1960’s! LOVE that place…

      Topic? The sheer-sleeved top the model on the right has on would have been a more interesting choice, IMO. And where are her feet?

  • filmcricket

    I can cope with all of it except the hem. Scrolldown fug.

    • Mary229

      She looks happy to be there which gets points. The hem is an issue that seems to pop up all over the red carpet these days and I don’t get it.

      • filmcricket

        No, I don’t either. Even SWINTON can’t make it work for me.

        • Mary229

          Someone decided it makes you look “tall and lean” and people jumped on the bandwagon without taking into account that it also makes it impossible to walk.

          Also…I always think of how dirty your pants or dress are at the end of the night.

          • filmcricket

            I don’t think it even does that, though. I like boot-leg pants as much as the next non-model-shaped gal, but there’s a difference between boot-cut and flare-cut, and there’s an even bigger difference between both of those and we-can’t-see-your-feet. It just makes you look like a kid playing dress-up in your mom’s closet.

    • leahpapa

      Clydesdale realness.

  • sagecreek

    Oh, dear. 1972 flashback.

    • Ginger

      But not in a good way.

  • Ginger

    Amy dear, as a fellow redhead with the same coloring as you, I can say with all certainty that this shade of red is NOT our friend. Find a red with blue undertones, not orange. Off you go now. Love the shirt…not the shade.

    • demidaemon

      Yeah, you just nailed another problem that I had but couldn’t put my finger on. There is a major color clash going on between her hair and her outfit. No bueno.

    • KinoEye

      Another pale redhead chiming in here — that was my first thought. She needs to stick with darker reds, with blue/purple undertones. That rule that redheads can’t wear red is nonsense, but it does need to be the right shade.

  • sienna elm

    Charlie’s forgotten angel!

  • Ediths_Head

    Them pants IS crotchy – because they’re too tight. You can see the pocket screaming against her thigh. This is something that is endemic to red carpets these days for reasons I don’t understand. When you’re dressing an actress who is tiny perfection (like they all have to be these days), why make the clothes too tight? Poor fit is poor fit, it never shows the garment or the gal to perfection. Also, the sleeves are waaay tooo looong.

  • Mary229

    No, I disagree with this one totally, boys. Sorry but I love it. And not just because I love Ms. Adams. I think this is a totally hot outift and I think she’s killing it and selling it. You can’t be too “on the nose” when you are having fun promoting a film in which you play a disco era former stripper. Her face and hair are fabulous and she looks happy to be there. And she lost one of her best friends last week which means I’m even more willing to cut her some slack since out of all the celebs who publicly “mourned” Hoffman, Adams is one of the few who actually ::was:: good friends with him. I like it.

  • SylviaFowler

    Somebody please get this girl a library card and a copy of “Color Me Beautiful”.

    • Sue Shea

      yes! i hate that she usually dresses in colors that wash her out and i’m always screaming “AMY! JEWEL TONES ARE YOUR FRIEND!” at the tv. but this is not a good one for her. 🙁 how amazing would she look in blues, teals, and greens?

  • Jessica Freeman

    5) She should have kept the model’s version.
    6) You are not IN American Hustle anymore. So stop dressing like it.

    • Mary229

      4 weeks ago, everyone was telling her that she should only dress in 70’s clothes from Hustle forever while she was selling the movie.

      I point this out only to show how fickle we are when judging these women and their choices. Half the time they do exactly what we yelled at them to do and then the peanut gallery decides it still wasn’t good enough.

      It’s just funny.

      • jw_ny

        I think the 70’s inspired clothing is totally in her wheelhouse as well does seem to be on trend. My only criticism with her as that it’s come off a bit literal and costume-y. There are ways to modernize the looks, and I’m not sure she’s doing that here.

      • Jessica Freeman

        For the record, I was not on that bandwagon. I’m sure that its planned for her wardrobe to call back to the movie during her pole dance, but I never cared for it.

        • demidaemon

          I actually prefer this to her normal Kidman-lite, but I do think she could do it in a more modern way without being so literal.

  • MaggieMae

    I wanted to like this too. Agreeing about the color, fit, hem length. Don’t give up on the lady pants, Amy!

  • Crotchy? Would you say it’s making you… CROTCHETY? #rimshot #imsosorryguys

    My mother does the clydesdale hem to make her legs look longer. I’m not a fan and constantly have to be like, “NO, TAKE ANOTHER HALF INCH AT LEAST” when I go to the tailor with her. Sigh.

    I was really hoping this was a cute shirt-dress. That blouse is fab and she could rock the 1950s retro perfectly – she wouldn’t even have to change her hair. Add some fab chunky earrings – thinking maybe a dark turquoise to lightly reference the 70s – and bam, fabulous.

    Meanwhile, send the pants to me, I’ll hack a foot off of them (because I have short legs as opposed to long celebrity legs – celegs for short) and swan about in them as soon as WE STOP GETTING SNOW IN NY. Who pissed off Punxsutawney Phil?

    • demidaemon

      Gaby, you are fighting the good fight. Best of luck.

      As to your last question, I would say “his shadow.”

  • Danielle

    I think I would have been a little more on board with the red if she had opted for the dress. The high waisted, high crotched pants are doing NOTHING for me.

  • Anna

    She looks like a combination of Tony Manero AND Stephanie Mangano.

    • Gatto Nero

      You just blew my mind.

      • Anna

        I love me some Night Fever, just not like this.

  • In_Stitches

    I think she’s working the color. Maybe it’s a monitor issue, but the orange-red really sets off her hair and skin in a great way. She looks luminous.

    Also, gotta say I love the pants. They make her look strong and sexy. I might not be so forgiving were she not flogging a retro movie, but she is and she’s having fun with it.

  • BrianaJC

    5) those should not be functional pockets – they should be sewed shut – if you were intent on keeping the pants.
    6) you can see her bra in the first shot. you should not be able to see her bra.

  • Sif

    She looks like she’s glued to the red carpet.

  • Kate Andrews

    Just put some Timberland boots on, boys!

  • imperfectlaura

    1) The color is the most jarring thing about this get-up.
    2) I don’t know. I feel like if it was in another color I might like it for it’s 70’s fabulousness.
    3) YES. Once you see the crotch on those pants, the color is not near as noticeable.
    4) Definitely a pet peeve on the red carpet. We all know you’re wearing heels. What’s the point of the pain if you aren’t going to show them off?

  • KinoEye

    Once again, I’m of a mind with the uncles — when I first saw the photos, I said to myself, “Girl, that’s not your red.” Let’s change the color to a gem tone, add a belt of some sort, hem the pants, fix the makeup, give her a real necklace, a massive, obnoxious cocktail ring, zuzh the hair, and we might have something here.

    • I think everything can be improved by a massive, obnoxious cocktail ring. I can never decide whether that or a fuck-off bracelet is my favourite piece of statement jewellery.

      • KinoEye

        That’s a tough call. My favorite piece that I’ve worn almost every day since I got it years ago is a fairly big amethyst cocktail ring, set in white gold. Like you said, an automatic improvement to every outfit. I need a fuck-off bracelet though. Everyone does!

      • kimmeister

        While I love both, I’m going to vote for the ring because:
        1. My hands are prettier than my wrists
        2. I’m constantly having to remove my bulkier bracelets at work because they interfere with my mousing. I also have to remove them to put on my coats that have narrow sleeves.

        • I know what you mean. And some of my bracelets get snagged in knitwear.

      • Sue Shea

        what is a fuck-off bracelet?

        • For me it is a beautiful, obvious bracelet. Possibly with enough diamonds to be visible from the moon.

          • Sue Shea

            omg. i need one.

  • Lower L

    I love the term “Clydesdale Hem.” But can I get a definition of “crotchy”? Does it mean 1) too tight in the crotch, or 2) the crotch of the pants is actually at the wearer’s crotch, instead of several inches below? Because I’ve seen complaints both here and at the fairy blogsisters about pants that commit the apparent sin of–in a non-camel-toe way–following the contours of the wearer’s body, and I’m a bit confused.

    • Jessica Freeman

      I took it to mean there is a whole lotta crotch there. It seems to go up past her navel.

      • Gatto Nero

        The rise is very high, and they have that regrettable, sans-a-belt closure, too.
        This is actually too ugly to be genuine ’70s.

      • bellafigura1

        I took it to mean “drawing too much attention to the crotch for whatever reason”.

    • kimmeister

      I took it to mean that the crotch just doesn’t fit right, so that the subsequent wrinkles bring unnecessary attention to that area.

  • Sally Spannagle

    Where are the accessories???? Her face looks so plain for such a strong outfit.

  • Sara__B

    Definitely too literal. If the trouser hem were a bit shorter, the shoes had big honking platforms, the earrings were large hoops, and the blouse were white, that would be me, 1974. (My trousers fit better than that.)

    • formerlyAnon

      Color it all black. Top had subtle silver strands shot through. Kind of a hippie/indian cotton reference. But with a skinny strappy belt like the model has, not the sansa belt closure she’s wearing. The pants would be very, very slightly less tight (I knew better than to have them so you could see the outline of the pockets through the fabric.) That’s me. Fall dance. 1975 or ’76.

      With different tops, those pants were my go-to for almost two years. My father hated them. I, of course, thought I was Queen of the fucking May.

  • acevedob

    She should have picked the dress.

  • Tanya Wade

    Charlie’s Saddest Angel.

  • Tatiana Luján

    Fix the hem, add some earrings and I’m totally on board with this look.

  • elemspbee

    To the more important issue: T’Lo did you eat anything, get some hot chocolate and bagels?
    Amy A: she’s had this look on her face throughout American Hustle, like she’s doing something risky. No.

  • I think hot chocolate would be better than solid chocolate! Try to stay warm.
    As far as Miss Amy: I don’t mind the red, but the fit on those pants is all kinds of wonky and not flattering at all. I think maybe it’s the “sansabelt” closure at the waist that is throwing it all off. 100% agree on the hem–why, indeed? The shirt looks kinda spiffy and I would have loved to see it on her paired with some skinny jeans–and not at the Oscar luncheon.

  • Carolyne

    “Clydesdale hem.” I have a new term to love, thanks to T&L. I’ve never understood women’s pants that do what hers are doing. I also sort of don’t know what the alternative is. Can someone explain the options?

    • MilaXX

      A regular hem?

    • IMNAngryLiberal

      When I was wearing things like this in the 70’s, the “rule” was pretty much that the hems should be very close to, but not touching, the floor … which meant that you had to make sure you were always wearing the shoes you had on when you had them hemmed. With the wide bottoms, any shorter hem looked ridiculous….especially with our big, clunky 70’s platform shoes.

      • Carolyne

        I never wore this style and didn’t understand or like it. Your explanation helps a lot.

  • Sharon Weiner

    She was quoted stating that for this movie she was showing her true style as opposed to what she has to wear to awards and carpet events…
    Honey, that’s why you have a stylist.

    • Jessica Freeman

      Lord, that is a Blake Lively sound bite right there.

  • Reminds me of the outfit the Kate Jackson “Charlie’s Angel” doll came with.

    • Sue Shea


  • Ashleigh

    SHE’S FIFTY!!!!!!!
    (get it??)

    • jw_ny

      Sally O’Malley realness! XD

      • Dan_In_NYC


  • MilaXX

    She trying entirely too hard to rock the 70’s vibe and failing miserably. This looks awful. The pants look cheap, and that is nor her shade of red.

  • marlie

    I love the color, and I think it looks great on her, but she could have used a belt to break it up a bit. Also, she could have gone up a size in the pants AND hemmed about 2 inches off. It’s VERY 70’s referential, but I don’t mind it. Plus (hopefully), she’s only going to be doing the 70s schtick for a few more weeks.

  • formerlyAnon

    I like it. I wore stuff very much like it 35+ years ago (HINT to stylists: that means it’s probably TOO LITERAL) and was hot shit, let me tell you. But it’s not Significant Actress Red Carpet Appropriate for all of the reasons you mentioned. The biggest sin is the fit of the pants. That tight, for a red carpet, the fit has to be impeccable.

    • demidaemon

      I’m sure you are always hot shit, formerlyAnon! Agree with everything you said here, of course.

      • formerlyAnon

        You are so kind! But nowadays I’m merely an ordinary (and very “mom” looking) middle aged person who’s not dead yet and tries to moderate a critical tongue and penchant for the f-word with kindness. “Hot shit,” or as I really like to call it “Queen of the fucking May” was very situation-dependent even when I had youth and a certain benign stupidity on my side!

  • Laura Renee

    Please excuse my schadenfreude that men’s dress shoes are as hobble-inducing as women’s. 🙂

  • formerlyAnon

    Swear on all you hold holy that you will REPLACE ALL SHOES WHICH ARE PROVEN INSTRUMENTS OF TORTURE before your next trip. No one expects you to show up in 6″ stilettos, there’s no reason to perpetuate the suffering now you’ve figured out which shoes are the culprits. If you’re super hard to fit, go cold turkey on new outerwear for a year and call it birthday & Christmas and Valentine’s day presents rolled up together and have a couple of pair custom made. I’m sure it seems a ridiculous extravagance, but you have to take care of your feet & your teeth, as the old folk say.

  • nannypoo

    Her pants are too tight. How can you be thin and your pants are too tight. Also they’re ugly, and so is the blouse.

  • ovarB

    Tortured Lady Pants!!!!

  • kimmeister

    Well, her tushy looks cute, and that was probably a major selling point for her.

  • Charles

    Love the idea of it too, but the execution is terrible. It’s Boogie Nights meets 9 to 5. A different top in say a black box cut and dressier jewellery. If you’re going to go disco, at least go for Studio 54 regal rather than chiffon cowgirl.

    • Tracy_Flick

      I was just thinking this had a Dolly vibe. The problem is, Amy Adams (as beautiful as she is), is no Dolly.

      • Charles

        She’s definitely not the woman to channel that kind of outfit. I

  • Aidan B

    Agreed on all counts. Too red/too seventies/why bother covering your feet like that?

  • We already know she’s gonna make it after all, so perhaps it’s time to step away from Mary Richards’ wardrobe.

  • uprightcitizen

    You guys pretty much nailed it. The bell-bottom is TOO on the nose 70s (that shape just doesn’t look modern), and that hidden feet stuff is ridiculous. I would just add that the tab-front, sansabelt waistline reminds me of every P.E. coach I had in the 70s. But her ass looks amazing and the idea is kind of cool, with a couple of tweaks. Love the one-color look of it, and you’re right … another red, or another color would have been great for her. As a redhead myself, I know that purples, rusts and greens are my best friend. Doesn’t every redhead know that?

    • Sue Shea

      they should!

  • teensmom99

    No need to add because I for one can’t get beyond the hem issue.

  • demidaemon

    My problem is that it looks like she rose from the carpet and/or is part of it, permanently entrenched. Really, Amy? You thought that color of red (with no shoes) would be good for the RC?

  • Kat

    Too 70’s for my liking. And that is a funky fit in the crotch.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Yup. It’s literal 70s. Do the Hustle for your Hustle movie! Except I don’t think we wore our polyester pants that long. We wanted to show off our nifty suede Thom McCan platform shoes.

    • 3boysful

      I had those–Buffalo sandals! (Why that moniker?? No clue.) Wore them with striped toe socks!

      • ThaliaMenninger

        I think Buffalo was a brand, wasn’t it? The ones with the wavy wooden soles? My Thom McCan’s were baby blue suede platform Mary Janes (not sandals) with a dark blue heart on the toe. Oh my goodness, I loved those shoes. I also had sandals with wooden platforms, with a hole cut through the platform. Loved those, too, but they were really hard to walk in and really easy to fall off and twist an ankle.

  • ScarlettHarlot

    Too costume-y for me.

  • A Shiny O’Connor

    I laughed out loud when I saw this look. She looks like she’s playing satan in the body of a mag editor in a crappy rom-com. This gurl is on fire and not in a good way.

    • I would LOVE her to play satan in the body of a mag editor!

      • A Shiny O’Connor

        Why not? She’s got the wardobe!

  • Qitkat

    I think she should have gone for the look the model on the right is wearing, with a belt. And visible feet, in black. I don’t mind the red on her, it’s just not a great fit.

  • E. D.

    Can’t see the shoes and it needs a stronger necklace.

  • SierraDelta


  • Dam_Angel

    I don’t understand why TLO are wearing painful shoes. How can a flat shoe be painful?

    • Shawn EH

      Some of the cool ones clamp on like vises!

  • Shawn EH

    Love the blouse and the hair, but if she wants to go 70s, she is such a long, tiered skirt kind of gal. Just admit it already, Amy!

  • LeelaST

    Two words: Hip Pockets. For anyone not model size (which apparently includes Amy) they are unnecessary and bulky. Just like Breast Pockets on women’s blouses/shirts. Ugh.

  • largishbearishAtlish

    oh….no. First glance I assumed it was some kind of wonderful coat thing…then it just got worse….and worse…and worse…. and um….is this ‘outfit’ actually part of the red carpet?? don’t stylist have swatches or something of the color OF the red carpet(s) so this kind of horror does not happen?

  • I think she raided the closet of my 6th grade social studies teacher in 1977.

  • AnneElliot

    Too orangey, too 70s, hate the waistband — reminds me of Sansabelt slacks. And WHAT HAPPENED TO HER FEET?
    Amy, go home and try again.

  • quiltrx

    Oh, Elie Saab, what fresh hell is this?
    Sidebar–her hair looks great.

  • H2olovngrl

    I have a feeling she is going to pull an “Anne Hathaway”, where she fills us all with irrational irritation during her pre Oscars poledance, but then we wake up refreshed, having forgotten it the day after.

  • kerryev

    Even buttoning one more button would have helped #2. Probably assisted by the in-motion shot, all I can see is John Travolta’s white suit.

  • Jitka Pavlíková

    Can’t stop thinking about The Clockwork Orange.

  • VioletF.

    Definitely not her shade of red but boy is it matchy for that red carpet. I do like her hair. And make up though her lip color clashes with the outfit.

  • PeaceBang

    I totally would have gone with her if she had struck the “Saturday Night Fever” poster Travolta pose.