Meryl Streep in Stella McCartney at the “August: Osage County” Paris Premiere

Posted on February 14, 2014

Well, we can all agree she’s trying, yes? Say what you will about this:


Meryl-Streep-Stella-McCartney-August-Osage-County-Paris-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-2Meryl Streep attends the “August: Osage County” premiere at Cinema UGC Normandie in Paris, France in Stella McCartney.

Meryl-Streep-Stella-McCartney-August-Osage-County-Paris-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-3Stella McCartney Pre-Fall 2014 Collection



But it’s clear Mary Louise is not taking this awards season lying down.

We mostly like it, although the shape goes a little “old school candy striper” on her. Something about the combination of strong shoulder, elbow length sleeve and a perfectly triangular skirt. Of course this would be a candy striper in a Tim Burton movie or possibly Gotham City General Hospital, but still. That was our first thought. She should be handing out playing cards and chewing gum.

But our second – and every subsequent – thought is that this is applause-worthy, considering all the dowdy mother of the bride gowns she had to suffer through before she got to this point; a point where she seemingly said “You know what? I’m just gonna have some fun with this stuff. What the hell, right?” The tights look great with it and the almost invisible shoes were the right way to go this time. No pops of color needed here. We do wonder about jewelry, though. And the zombie eye makeup definitely needs a rethink. But the dress is a fun choice.

Can we just say, though? We’re way behind on our Oscar films, so don’t ask us who our choice would be in her stead, but we sincerely hope she does not win for this performance, as we’d consider it one of her very worst of all time. No lie. She didn’t just chew the scenery, she swallowed it whole, leaving nothing for anyone else in the scene. She sucked up all the air in the room every time. It was a very un-Meryl-like performance. We adore Meryl and we mostly can’t stand Julia Roberts, but we honestly think the latter gave the performance of her career (no lie) just because she was able to hold her own against the onslaught of bellowing and acting tics Meryl was throwing at her. She managed to position herself at the center of the movie and retain that position all the way to the (bitter, stupid) end.

Yeah. We really didn’t like this movie. Don’t hate us, Internet.





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  • Danielle

    One of the less offensive Stella McCartney dresses I’ve ever seen. Glad to see Miss Meryl didn’t opt for florals for spring.

    • Dam_Angel

      But I think it’s time she updates her eyewear.

      • Danielle

        What, you don’t like her Foster Grants? 😉

        • Julie Ree

          Those were my frames circa 1989.

      • Jacqueline Wessel

        Yes, and certainly she can afford some designer frames.

    • KinoEye

      “Florals… for spring. Groundbreaking.”

  • Diego!

    I think she looks pretty good here! It’s a very odd dress but she is enjoying it and it shows. I approve. I haven’t seen the movie yet 🙁

  • Ginger

    Well, this was one of the few movies that was on my radar to watch. Now it’s not. Thanks for saving me that 2 hours of my life!

    • RussellH88

      I actually liked the movie, mostly because it’s very Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?-ish, and that movie is one of my all time favorites.

      • It was! I like movies where people get all stuck together and fight.

        • RussellH88

          So do I. I tend to like movies where it’s a small group of people and they just talk and bicker.

          • KinoEye

            My very favorite film in that mold is Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. “I’m not living with you! We occupy the same cage, that’s all.” I will never get tired of it, and Tennessee Williams was a genius at writing dysfunctional families.

          • lillyvonschtupp

            Do you like ‘The Ref’ with Kevin Spacey and Judy Davis? My favorite holiday movie.

  • RussellH88

    I like it, I want her to take her hands out of her pockets.

    As for Oscar movies, I only need to see Captain Phillips, Her, Nebraska, and The Wolf of Wall Street and I’ll be all caught up on the big categories.

    My picks So Far:

    Best Picture: Gravity
    Best Actor: Matthew Mcconaughey
    Best Actress: Cate Blanchett (Emma Thompson should have been nominated, though)
    Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto
    Best Supporting Actress: Miss Lupita

    • Karen Tamarack

      I have the EXACT same predictions! Nobody can TOUCH Cate in Jasmine; not even Meryl. Not with this performance anyway.

      • demidaemon

        I’m pretty sure Gravity won’t win for Best Picture, just from what I’ve heard. I agree with all the acting awards, though. Gravity will win for Director and a whole slew of technical awards, but that’s probably it.

  • jonnyf8

    I saw the play a few years ago and thought it was terrible. (Pulitzer? Tony? Really?) You would have to pay me a lot to see this movie. After all, everyone has their price — apparently Meryl did.

  • I’d like to see Melissa McCarthy in this.

    • Jessica Freeman

      Good call, much better spin on the black and white dress she wore just a few days ago.

  • Lilithcat

    We really didn’t like this movie.

    Neither did any of the reviewers, as far as I can tell. And the more likely one was to have seen the play, the less likely one was to have liked the film.

    • gabbilevy

      I didn’t get a chance to see the play, but the it felt too big for the movie. I imagine that it would benefit from the kind of larger-than-life acting that works in a Broadway theater but not when there’s a camera in your face.

    • editrixie

      The weirdest thing about the marketing campaign was when I saw an ad calling it a comedy. I was just…what the fuck? I mean, there are funny lines in the play and I’m sure they added more to the movie version, but calling a three hour family drama with excoriating cruelty a comedy…no wonder it didn’t go anywhere.

    • amanda lynn

      The movie chopped about an hour off of the play. It’s a pretty epic experience. If you’re at a bad production of it, it’s an endless effing show.

      I was at a production that the director later said that he “loved the script! it was just so funny!!” and wondered what script he had read. There are moments that are bitter black comedy and a few amazing zingers, but a comedy show? That’s a bit of a stretch! Which also explains why I didn’t really like the way that he directed it and attempted to turn it into a sitcom. Blech.

      I very much approved of the edits made to the play’s script to cut down the movie time. I did the show a few years back (Ivy/Julianne Nicholson) so was very protective. There was one bit from the show that they didn’t include in the movie and I wish that they had… but all in all a good adaptation. Please don’t avoid the stage version if you hear of a good group doing it. Don’t go see a high school version (oh god I hope that’s not a thing).

      …Margo Martindale was incredible. But that goes without saying. 🙂

  • hyperionic

    She can’t try a bit harder with her hair?

  • I really enjoyed the movie, but agree that Julia Roberts was better. Also I didn’t recognize Ewan McGregor until 5 or 10 minutes of screen time. I used to have the biggest crush on him so this is significant.

    • RussellH88

      I liked Julia Roberts too. I thought she was really good, and that’s saying something because I’m bitter about her beating Ellen Burstyn at the Oscars. I also had a similar experience with Sandra Bullock in Gravity, I couldn’t stand her after she won for The Blind Side, by now she’s in my good graces.

      I take the Oscars way too seriously.

      • Ditto about Sandra. I also take the Oscars way too seriously in that I try to watch most of the films beforehand. This means none of my friends understand me.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I think this dress is a bit on the youthful side, maybe it’s the length? Glad she’s not in peep toes with hose again.

    Haven’t seen the movie, it’s still on my list for the reasons the Uncles stated. I must see this whole Meryl-steals-the-scene-while Julia still-manages-to-give-a-good-performance.

    • Tatiana Luján

      I also want to see all the other amazing actors. The story might suck, but I’ll give myself a chance to be amazed by the preformances.
      (I’m not a Meryl Streep fan)

      • Evan

        You might be the first person I’ve ever seen say they’re not a Meryl Streep fan. I love her because she doesn’t just play herself and fully inhabits any character she plays.

        • Tatiana Luján

          I know I must be alone in this, but I feel that she overacts a lot. I’ve also never seen a comedy character she has embodied well.

          • fiddlecub

            I love her in Death Becomes Her, which is the best comedic performance she’s ever given.

          • Tatiana Luján

            I’ll watch it, maybe I need to reevaluate what I think of her comedic skills.

          • lundibleu

            Definitely. That was exactly what popped into my head to post ’til i scrolled down another line and saw your comment 🙂

          • demidaemon

            She is AWESOME in Death Becomes Her. I actually also like her in Mamma Mia. I think Meryl does pretty well across most genres, personally.

          • lundibleu

            Whenever I watch it, I almost wish that her and Goldie had done more comedies together. Then I wonder if it could’ve been a one off hit, but they were BRILLIANT.

            I do generally like her a lot, though I kind of wonder if she’d ever take on an HBC eccentric character these days… ’cause that could be fun.

          • demidaemon

            I think she would, actually. If you look at her career, she has played a pretty wide variety of women.

          • lundibleu

            That’s certainly true!

  • filmcricket

    This is an incredibly practical dress. It has POCKETS, it has dark areas under the arms so damp patches don’t show, and it has light shoulders, so that if you get flaky that doesn’t show either. Too bad the back shoulders appear to be in black.

    Now that I’ve disgusted everyone with that: I don’t really plan to see the film either. I saw the play a few years ago and don’t want the bloom rubbed off that.

  • withbreaththatisbated

    Something about this is off for me, but I can’t pinpoint it. Maybe it’s just too “Beetlejuice” for me.

    I loved the movie, but I admit it had numerous problems. Definitely one of Julia’s best performances. Also, Margo Martindale was amazing in it.

    • sagecreek

      I adore Margo M, she was the best thing in Paris, Je T’Aime.

      • E2_Remote

        Love her too! Justified, Season 2 – she killed it!

        • decormaven

          Justified! Yes!!!

      • She’s always good – whether you are hating her in Million Dollar Baby or crying for her in Dexter.

        • Cheryl

          Yes, Paris Je T’Aime! Her’s was my favourite segment. Such a good actor, seen in many parts, but not known that much.

      • travelingcat

        She breaks my heart in Paris, Je T’Aime and makes me love her at the same time.

    • Gatto Nero

      Margo M is always terrific and usually underappreciated.

  • sagecreek

    I actually think it’s cute, and cute on her. She’s been wearing loose-hanging schmattes for so long, I forgot that she actually has a figure.

  • RohanMBN

    I think at this point they are just nominating her because she is Meryl, not because of the performance. It is unfortunate because I bet there are some lesser known actors with strong performances who would benefit from the attention a nomination brings.

  • A Shiny O’Connor

    I didn’t like it at all. It tried so hard to be bitingly depressive, but was just boring as all hell.

  • CraynoChic

    It’s very “Beetlejuice’s Mom”

  • MilaXX

    I think this is okay, but in need of some tweeks. I wish the skirt wasn’t a triangle, the eye makeup has got to go and she needs to wear something besides hoop earrings. I haven’t gotten around to seeing August Osage, because of my Julia hate, but I do want to see it before the Oscars.

  • bellafigura1

    I love this look for her. It’s fresh and swingy and youthful, without trying too hard. I would have loved a cobalt-black combo, I’m a little meh about the ivory, but terrific. And legs/shoes combo works, although it would have aged down with the booties as shown. Still, excellent.

  • Anna

    I love her expression in the third photo and I’ll give this one a pass as far as Stella dresses go.

    I’ve never seen the play but felt utterly depleted after seeing the movie. Can’t imagine what it must’ve been like to work with that so props to Julia (and the entire cast) indeed.

  • shopgirl716

    I haven’t heard anything good about that movie. I think she looks good.


    HATE this dress……… I would rather see a MOB shroud than this, any day. Ugh…… And the movie, I really liked it. It was almost exactly what was written for the stage and faithfully rendered. Agree Julia hit it out of the park though.

  • Susan Velazquez

    Dress is improving but hair and make up are being left behind.

  • crash1212

    I love this dress and I love her in it. Totally unexpected…from her and that it’s a Stella that I actually like. Perfect deployment of tights and shoes. Her makeup always looks the same to me, so no comment there.

  • formerlyAnon

    It’s nowhere near perfect, but that ensemble, hair and make up are pretty darn successful. She looks fine and a good 15-20 years younger than in her usual red carpet garb.

  • AC Simons

    She looks like Bernadette on “The Big Bang Theory.” Bernadette would rock this look.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I would like the dress a lot more on her if it hit below the knee. An A line skirt above the knee loks a bit juvenile on her.

  • Janet B

    Please, more jewelry less red eye makeup.

    • sagecreek

      She is looking a little Bob Costas-y, isn’t she?

  • amanda siegelson

    the outfit is fine – but couldn’t agree with you more about the movie/meryl’s performance. i think A:OC is one of the worst films i’ve ever seen. the only thing i don’t agree with is that julia is above reproach – because everyone (save ewan – but that’s only because i love him and he’s barely in it) should be so fucking embarrassed to be associated with this revolting vehicle. but most especially, meryl.

  • Alyssa

    This is a cute dress, especially for Stella. I picture this on say Emma Stone…I think her red hair (assuming it’s back to red, don’t prefer her as a blond) would be adorable with the dress, and she has the personality for it.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I don’t mind this – she’s looking much more comfortable on the red carpet lately, which goes a long way. I think this would be better with a straighter skirt, closer to pencil skirt fit on bottom. Less goth candy striper, more Beetlejuice-chic.

  • stellamaris73

    If those stripes were a shade narrower, she’d be a referee. I’ll pass…

  • gayle

    I give her an attagirl for this one, it is not great and not necessarily her dress but much better than the usual she wears.

  • Cheryl

    I love, love, love this dress on her!! Is it because it’s such a refreshing change from the dowdy things she’s been wearing for the past few years? Maybe, perhaps, who knows. I’d like to see some nicer glasses on her, though.

    As for the film, many of the critics agreed with TLo!

  • Jacob Bowen

    DITCH THE MULLET!!! I want to yell, “Hey Billy Ray!” when I see this hair…ugh!

    • Shawn EH

      Really, she’s the queen of hairstyles in movies, can’t she do something with the real thing? Pinning it back for the Chamber of Commerce meeting isn’t enough, Meryl!

  • Joey Melliza

    i don’t know – it looks like a Gurl That Is Not Your Dress moment for me. From Mother of the bride she tumbled all the way into mother of the bride territory.

  • marlie

    I love that Meryl is branching out and trying a little more stylistically, but this dress is a little off the mark. The wide skirt is a little too juvenile for her. Bring it in a little, and I’d love the whole outfit.

    And whatever makeup artist decided that the pinkeye look was a good thing needs to be smacked.

    • Gatto Nero

      She has said in interviews that she’s had the same makeup artist for decades. Seems like this person needs a refresher course in color.

  • Ashleigh

    I wish there was a shot NOT from above…(not blaming you)

  • Violentcello

    When was the last time she changed her hair? I feel like I’ve only seen her in this dorky, half-pulled-back, schoolteacher do for a while now.

  • golden_valley

    Bad eye makeup. Bad movie, couldn’t tell if I hated her character or I hated the way she portrayed the character. Normally I would watch her read from the phone book, but this I did not like.

  • sojourneryouth

    She makes me tired. Love her completely, and I get her not wanting to be fussy about her looks, but with just a lit-tle more effort, she could look truly elegant and stunning. She’s like the Queen of Actressing, and I’m consistently disappointed that she doesn’t claim her sartorial throne. Think MIRREN, Mary Louise!

  • SRQkitten

    Don’t hate at all for your review, saw the previews and said “oh, hell, no” to what looked like an overwrought acting fest. Love Meryl, am with you boys on Julia but even though this movie has a mess of actors I typically like (Ewan! Sam! Chris!) not enough to make me pay theater prices to watch. Maybe for free on tv. Maybe.

    • boweryboy

      Don’t see it if you going to see Ewan McGregor. He and Juliet Lewis were wasted opportunities.

    • demidaemon

      I had the exact opposite reaction the previews. Different tastes, I guess.

  • KinoEye

    An A+ for effort, but this looks like a Zooey Deschanel getup to me. That said, I’d rather see Meryl in a ZD getup than ZD, so there’s that.

    • amanda lynn

      just giving you snaps for your Hedwig icon. 🙂

      • KinoEye

        Thank you, doll! Hedwig is one of my many spirit animals.

  • Bexxx

    Can someone PLEASE get this woman new glasses?

  • Anne Coburn

    It’s a good play. I question the decision to make it a movie.

  • boweryboy

    Thank god she’s finally putting in the effort. Now, could we talk about that hair?

    Also, I agree with you guys about Meryl’s and Julia’s acting in A:OC. Meryl was OVER THE TOP (capital letters to emphasize her performance), and I was totally surprised that Julia held her own (who knew she could toss off F-bombs like that)?

    However, I actually enjoyed the movie – scenery chewing, cliches, and all. But I’m a sucker for slowburn domestic dramas full of dark secrets and deep resentments.

  • Patrick Cleary

    WHAT? Sorry, but that was EXACTLY what was required of that performance. Violet as a character had to suck up every ounce of energy, in order for Barbara’s character to be able to react the way she did. I saw the play on Broadway twice, with Estelle Parsons in the role, and I think that both actresses did the role incredibly well.

    On topic, the dress is adorable, and she appears very comfortable and happy, which is something she’s not often on the red carpet.

  • Sofia Bentivoglio

    i love how the bottom half accentuates her cute legs! the top half of the dress is not so great, but maybe her hands in the pockets is what detracts.

  • ChristopherM

    I still maintain the absolute best she has ever looked on the red carpet is the season when Chris March was dressing her. She looked smashing at both the Globes and the Oscars. His dresses were perfect for her. She is so lovely in addition to being talented that I wish she cared a bit more about her style choices, but I can’t help but respect that she really would rather let her work speak for her instead of her clothes.

  • luluransom

    Hmm, Meryl Streep and Stella McCartney were not two names I expected to see together in a TLo headline. Its…not terrible?

  • YoungSally

    She wants to do the remake of Chicago — as one of the inmates — no Mama Morton for her!

    On another note — is there a particular reason that the film’s title isn’t translated as Août à Osage County? Is it because the French (and most of Europe) go on vacation for August so n’est pas possible that something happens in Août?

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    It’s not terrible. I’d still like to see her really pull out all the stops because she’s fabulous, but this isn’t awful.

  • colorjunky

    She needs a new or any hair stylist.

  • AnniNoone

    I love her beautiful, aging face.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    Do the BKs have any idea why Meryl would get a nomination for this role? I’m wondering if it’s just irrational Meryl love on the part of the Academy. However, that implies that there were no other great performances by women that maybe were more deserving, which I’m sure is not true.

  • ellabob

    Totally agree about the performance and the film – thank god I saw it at home – I could multi task all the way through it..

  • Gatto Nero

    This isn’t her dress. (It may not be anyone’s dress). But the dark hose and closed-toe shoe is a great improvement.
    And may I just say that brown eyeliner — particularly that hue — just has too much red in it and is very aging and sick-making on most people.
    But the lip color is nice, and I love her smile (and everything else about her).

    • in a pickle

      If you don’t mind my asking, this is the second time recently I’ve heard about brown shadow/liner with red undertones having an aging effect. I wear brown almost all the time and am now worried. Do browns with gold undertones do the same? Is there another color I should be going for? My coloring is very similar to Meryl’s. Sorry if this is presumptuous, but you sound like you know far more about this than it turns out I do.

      • Gatto Nero

        Hi — I’ve studied color a bit, but I’m far from a makeup expert. I made this observation some time ago, and a technician I know who does permanent cosmetics (tattooing) confirmed that she tries to steer most clients away from brown eyeliner for this reason.
        I’m not sure about browns with gold undertones; I think all brown hues have some red in them.
        You might try playing with soft blacks (pencil) and muted grey/greens (shadow), depending on your exact coloring. I’d recommend that you go to a high-end cosmetic counter and have an associate help you experiment a bit. Have fun!

        • in a pickle

          Thanks! I guess I’ll have to do that. I have gone in fairly recently and nothing was said about browns (which I was buying), but you’re the second source I’ve recently read recommending that the aged stay away from brown.

  • Karen Tamarack

    That was the point of the character. I actually looked at her in August and thought “My god; she is my mother.” I guess you’d have to be at dinner to know what i’m talking about. But that dress is horrible. It reminds me of Beetlejuice.

  • demidaemon

    This is actually pretty cute on her. I doubt Meryl will win, just because it seems like Cate B. has this one in the bag. From the clips I’ve seen, though, I think I would like this movie. I’ll have to see it in its entirety before I give my final critique, though.

  • LambeeBaby

    No! Too circus tent.

  • lillyvonschtupp

    Its a pretty Stella McCartney dress, which means average for any other designer.

    As for that movie, I’d rather watch a marathon of Honey Boo Boo.

  • GillianHolroyd

    I read the line “Meryl Streep in Stella McCartney” and dreaded clicking on the link. My fears were justified. This is all-over-bad.

    The black/white stripe is too graphic, too harsh for her coloring. The wire rims are still granny. The black tights are both aging and too Zooey. This looks like an outfit her daughters convinced her to wear because her other gowns are so dowdy. I can just hear them saying, Mom, you’ve got to get with it! Ugh. Remember what you wore in Devil Wears Prada? Find those people.

    Give Queen Helen some competition for god’s sake.

  • quiltrx

    That is not your length, Mary Louise.
    And for a Stella, it’s not overly offensive…of course we’d criticize it from any really good designer.

  • cocohall

    There is a athletic field somewhere missing a ref. But a good try on Meryl’s part to do something a bit bolder and different. As for the film, I agree she was chewing the scenery, but I think that was sort of the point. She was playing a person who sucked the air out of the room. Which is not to say that I enjoyed her performance or the film. That is two hours of my life I will not get back. It was not funny; it was just exhausting. I hate movies where there is not one person, no matter how flawed, that you are rooting for. This family is the type that if you were seated next to them in a restaurant you’d ask your server to reseat you across the restaurant, and PRONTO. I really wanted to like the movie with so many capable performers, but no. I often go to movies by myself and come home and give my husband a report (I’ll happily see a good movie again and again). This was definitely what we call “I took a bullet for you” in our house.