Jennifer Connelly in Chanel Couture at the ‘Aloft’ Berlin Film Festival Premiere

Posted on February 13, 2014

Jennifer Connelly attends the ‘Aloft’ premiere during 64th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin in a Chanel Couture dress.

Chanel Fall 2013 Couture Collection





[Photo Credit:, IMAXtree]

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  • Pennymac

    Hmm. Three things– I find those square bodice plunges unappealing. And this seems to get fuglier the closer I scroll to the bottom. And finally, Goodness, she looks thin in that last picture!

  • TLoFanBoy

    Is she auditioning for a Frida Kahlo biopic?

    • schadenfreudelicious

      I covet those eyebrows….

  • Aldona Dye

    Not the best dress in the world, but kudos to her for finding a recent Chanel that doesn’t look COMPLETELY awkward, overdesigned and unflattering.

  • @Biting Panda

    I want to love it, but it’s just not getting me there.
    I don’t like how stark her hair, makeup and lack of jewelry are making her. The stiffness of the bodice adds to that.
    I like the low slung black belt (band of fabric?) on the model’s dress.

    • Vickiefantastico

      I think the belt would help a lot. The skirt and bodice need the belt as a sort of bridge to each other.

  • Claudia Fernandes

    she is gorgeous, despite what she is wearing.

  • MilaXX

    Too stark. Needs some bolder makeup and/or at least a pair of earrings.

  • boweryboy

    I hate the bust. Plus, she’s yet another ladystar who has worn a dress from this collection and did not wear the belt. The belt is what makes all the looks in this collection. Why would Uncle Karl not allow them to wear the belt?

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    As a bonus, the skirt doubles as a trawling net when fishing!

    • ballerinawithagun


      • As he’s used one of those woven plastic laundry bags for the bodice, I think Karl was targetting one of those shows too.

  • Diego!

    I love how this dress looks on her. It’s quite simple but chic. Love that print!

    • kirkyo

      I kind of love it too. It’s definitely better without the belt/sash.

    • Judy_S

      OK, I’ve been scrolling down looking for a kind word. I like the dress pretty much and I really like it on her (or her in it). There is a touch of severity in the dress and in her face, but also a lot of texture and interest. I think she chose well.

  • Danielle

    Girl don’t age.

  • Ashleigh

    For couture, shouldn’t the boob part fit better?

    • MoHub

      Not when it was originally designed for a boobless model.

  • Jacob Bowen

    I LOVE the print on the bodice, but I’m not sure about that weird neckline. That skirt though…I’m on the fence. I am SO glad that she took away the belt though because I don’t know if it would have worked proportionally with her body. Also WHERE IS THE JEWELRY?!?!?!

    • demidaemon

      On vacation or on strike. Since it’s Chanel, I’m going with strike.

      • Jacob Bowen

        Well, I would GLADLY put that jewelry to WERQ!

  • Chuck Barthelme

    If that was two pieces, I’d like the top half to be paired with some kind of kick ass pant. I could ditch the bottom half entirely. And the fit could be better, but I don’t think that kills it.

  • I remember when she could fill a sweater with the generosity of Mother Theresa. This dress mocks that memory.

    • JauntyJohn

      Oh, that is a gooood line.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Yes, she was such a “ripe” young woman.

    • KinoEye

      Oh, yes. She’s still exquisite, but that figure was one of the only things that kept Requiem for a Dream from being a complete black hole of unwatchable despair.

      • RussellH88

        My mother is a drama queen, everyone is an extra in the bombastic Broadway Show that is her life, and my brother showed her the Ellen Burstyn monologue because it’s an amazing piece of acting. Now, at the time my mother lived in a house with me, my brother (both of us were either in college or going to college at the time, no drug problems), my father (her husband of 30 years) and 4 happy and yappy dogs. So, this woman gives this heart breaking monologue about how she has nothing in her life, no family and no friends and my mother turns to my brother and says “That is exactly how I feel” and my brother could only roll his eyes and say “Mom, really?”

        That is a snippet of my life.

        • KinoEye

          Hahahaha! Silly goose. That part always hit a little close to home for me, because my mom’s widowed and I (an only child) live elsewhere now. But she’s made of much stronger stuff than Burstyn’s character was, I think. And she absolutely loathes commercial television.

      • Monabel

        Grammar police here: Either the only, OR one of the few.

        • KinoEye

          Good eye 🙂 Thank you, Monabel dear!

  • trvra

    Looks better on her than it did on the runway.

  • lillyvonschtupp

    Wrong season for that. And the breast plates are wonky.

  • KinoEye

    I love her, but not this look. She’s so striking, but this is so blah. Reminds me a little of the sheet-and-belt Dior number JLaw wore.

  • MaggieMae

    I’ve never much liked that type of bust.

  • The fit here is dreadful The bodice is too long, since those wings extend up too far for her, and the skirt needs a goo three inches whacked off of it..

  • RussellH88

    I prefer it with the belt, but I think she looks good.

    But I have to love her, she’s the object of Jareth The Goblin King’s affection.

  • another_laura

    mmmmmmmm no. The fabrics are not aesthetically pleasing, I don’t like the overskirt and I really dislike the stiffness of the bodice. There must be something better in Unkle Karl’s Kloset.

  • JauntyJohn

    It feels like one of those dresses that only looks good in a high concept editorial. You know, one of those things with fog and random modern art and running mascara and a dead seagull in someone’s hair.
    I think very little here really flatters.

    • Gatto Nero

      I bow.

  • I really do not like the fuzzy unfinished look on the bodice, hate the plunge, don’t like the way the bodice transitions to the skirt without the belt from the runway and I think she needs jewellery. But aside from that… I think her husband is hot and I like her.

  • jonnyf8

    Is she Kristen Stewart’s mother?

  • Anna

    Another weird-around-the-bust dress, what gives?

    • SugarSnap108

      The fashion world’s ongoing War on Breasts. I think they have a pin you can wear.

      • Anna

        What did women’s breasts ever do to you, fashion world?!!

        • They were all, all curvy and hard to fit! Women should be completely two-dimensional, like paper dolls!

          • Anna

            I would think that for how tiny the the vast majority of them are, celebs would be the last group of people to fall under the hard to fit category.

            But yes, perhaps the biggest crime that women’s breasts (and hips, etc) have committed against fashion is existing in the first place.

  • MoHub

    That bodice just screams: “I hate women!”

  • lamamu

    This look isn’t so bad, imo. But, then again, this girl is a world-class dress wearer. She can elevate anything…so maybe it’s actually terrible?

  • SugarSnap108

    I like the print, and I like the belt the model is wearing. J-Con(why not?) should’ve kept it. But I hate the breast-denying bodice.

    • Jessica Freeman

      It seems the current trend in Hollywood is no belts or jewelry. Its an ongoing problem.

      • Is it the Hollywood version of taking your shoelaces when you go to prison?

  • jw_ny

    Really don’t like the cutout on the bodice, as well dislike the dust-ruffle at the hem. I do like the big belt as on the model…masks the abruptness between the 2 fabrics at the hip seam. Jennifer is a beautiful woman, but I don’t think her makeup is doing her justice at all.

  • sojourneryouth

    Yeah. Noooooooo!

  • Gatto Nero

    Something about the (mis)alignment of patterns between the bodice and skirt — sans the belt — makes this look like a hash-up.

  • Tricia

    I actually like the top, but not the bottom.

  • frannyprof

    Depression in dress form.

  • marlie

    I kind of like this. I’m not totally on board with the shape of the skirt, but overall, it’s a interesting dress. I think she needed bolder hair, makeup, and earrings, though.

  • Pepper Collins


  • Jessica Freeman

    Well I see sternums are in style for spring. Great.

  • Qitkat

    What a cute top, oh wait…

    • Qitkat

      I have somewhat resigned myself to the breast flattening, yoke bearing, pop out tops, but on second and third glance, I think I only like the fabric. I just can’t with the little house on the prairie tulle skirt.

  • Tatiana Luján

    Beautiful dress. Wish the makeup were a bit stronger.

  • paintedfish

    that wack-a-doo dress needs the belt.

    • susan6

      I agree. It’s a frankendress, and that large black band at the waist served to separate the two very different parts. Sort of a breather for the eye.

  • Alyssa

    No offense to her, but she’s not anywhere in my list of who I expect to wear Chanel Couture. I think this look would be improved by adding back the black belt, a darker/brighter lip, a smokey eye, and looser hair.

  • crash1212

    I’m always curious about tops like that. It looks like the entire bodice stands away from her body by about 3 inches. If you’re a tall person and look down, can you see all of her boobs? Is there something that fits into the breastplate that covers the boob? Seem like it would catch a lot of crumbs.

  • I think she’s pulling it off. Her face has near-perfect classical proportions, so it would be quite easy for her to default to pretty lady, pretty dress every time. I appreciate that this is a bit more challenging. Leaving that big black beltish thing off was a good choice, but the dress should have been hemmed to meet the floor (not pool around her feet.) If it is loaned, I can see why they couldn’t tack the sheer bits with tape. If it was custom couture, no excuse. I wish she had some geometric obsidian jewelry though, a necklace and a bracelet. I also think she could have found a better black bag for the look. That prom-y satin clutch is all wrong. The look is striking in monochrome, and the dress is already visually busy, so I think a pop of color would only distract. Normally I hate those blocky front cutouts, but I think in this case while the element is not pretty on its own it’s doing amazing things for the line of her neck.

    Whew. I had a lot to say about this one.

  • Janet B

    If the dress fit, I might like it.

  • ovarB

    Give me the child. Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered, I have fought my way here to the castle beyond the Goblin City to take back the child that you have stolen. For my will is as strong as yours, and my kingdom is as great…

    • It does have an air of Bowie’s end-of-movie “Fear me, love me, I will be your slave” ensemble about it.

      • ovarB

        And I bow to thee and thy gorgeous avatar!! I so wanted that dress for my wedding dress!!

  • demidaemon

    This dress must have boob repellant in the bodice for it to hang like that.

  • Nancer


  • Kent Roby

    Well, that dress is “different”; I’ll give her that. I’m okay with the bodice, but the treatment of the netting overlay on the skirt is kicking my OCD into overdrive.

  • Clydette Wantland


  • Julie Ree

    When I first looked at this, I thought Peter Pilotto- and that is not a good thing.

  • Trickytrisha

    Rather ickity.

  • webslice33

    she used to be so beautiful..she still is, but i wonder what happened to her..she kinda went out the limelight for a few years..

  • quiltrx

    She’s so beautiful–my hubby and I both love her. And I really like this bodice–needs a necklace, but looks good on her. I choose to ignore the skirt.

  • lilazander

    The skirt part is OK, but I hate the bodice.

  • FrigidDiva

    Rabbit ear bodice?

  • sunflower

    I’m not wild about the dress in general, but I think it looks better on her than the model

  • GeoDiva

    No way is that Chanel!

  • nycfan

    She is a woman who nearly begs for deep, jewel tones, and nearly always defaults to harsh or drab. This one is odd. Works to the hips but the skirt? No.

  • anotherkate

    I don’t love that dress, but I don’t even care because I love her and I NEED those brows.