Sandra Bullock in Stella McCartney at the 2014 Oscars Nominees Luncheon

Posted on February 11, 2014

This dress is having an identity crisis and just doesn’t know who it is or where it wants to go. Haven’t we all been there?

Sandra Bullock attends the 86th Oscars Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills, California in a Stella McCartney dress paired with a Roger Vivier clutch and Brian Atwood sandals.

Stella McCartney Spring 2014 Collection

Is it a kicky, sexy floral? A sporty stripe? Widow’s weeds? It is all of these things, darlings.  We were wrong. This dress isn’t having a crisis. This dress is embracing its many sides. This dress is Chaka Khan singing “I’m Every Woman” at the top of its lungs.

Which sounds great on paper screen, but actually winds up being a kind of ugly Frankendress.

Additional Discussion Point: Her inability to do anything with her hair except iron the shit out of it and part it in the middle is now reaching epic status. We may have to start a Sandy Hair Watch.




[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans/,]

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  • Hazelnuts

    It’s too bad, too, because the fit in the bodice is quite nice. It’s definitely time for a new hairstylist.

    • Trent

      It’s hideous, and yet…on the runway the dress doesn’t look THAT bad. Is it…the lining? Sandy’s depressed expression? The fact that she refuses to do anything to “work” the dress for the red carpet? I’m honestly confused here…

  • sienna elm

    On first glance in the first pic it looks like she’s wearing crazy angled yellow drop earrings!

    • That’s exactly what I thought! Funny how the backdrops affect the strangest things.

    • kmk05

      Which would have improved the look considerably. I actually really like the fit in the bodice: it’s too bad about her hair and the actual Frankendress.

    • Saturnine

      I would have worn the shite out of crazy angled yellow drop earrings in the 80s.

    • DebbieLovesShoes

      I saw the same thing, and was bugged by it

  • Jacob Bowen

    Up close the seaming on the boobs makes me feel like she’s a Fembot ready to shoot. And WHY does she look so stiff and dour in the first photo? I almost feel bad that they’re taking her photo.

    Side Note: I am SO glad the school I’m at today doesn’t have a block on TLo’s pictures! Sometimes I have to try and look at the pictures on my phone so I can comment about them. AND, I have AMPLE free periods today!

    • Mary229

      My first thought when I saw this was that I would like the dress a lot more if it came with the trademark Sandy smile. That smile can make me like any outfit no matter how ugly. True story.

    • demidaemon

      Yeah, I also really dislike the seaming in the bodice. So distracting. Stella can’t just leave a good thing alone, huh?

  • MilaXX

    If it wasn’t for that hideous stripe in the middle this dress might have had some hope of being not so eye searingly bad, but with it it manages to not only be a franken-dress, it’s also a wearable scroll down fug. Ihave no idea who told her she wasn’t allowed to curl her hair anymore.

    • DebbieLovesShoes

      Whoever it telling her to do that with her hair is clearly being passive-aggressive. SO not her friend.

  • I think a different belt would let the skirt and bodice work better together, but the fit in the boobs just isn’t good.

  • filmcricket

    Wow this is… not good. Is the advance word for Blanchett so strong that Sandy decided to not try anymore?

    Erm… her face looks good and I envy her shoulders. There, that’s my positive affirmation so far this morning.

    • Mary229

      Her shoulders were the first thing I noticed. I would kill to be able to wear a strapless and not have side boob/fat hanging over the side. She looks so strong here. It would have been a better outfit with the trademark Sandy smile. 🙂

    • formerlyAnon

      She does have great shoulders.

    • filmcricket

      I didn’t notice the Stella credit at first. Now all is made clear.

      Oh Sandy, Stella came and she lent you a dress-y,
      And I have to saaaaaay
      It’s messy!

      • Glam Dixie

        Me too, I was all, God that dress is ugly, scrolled back up to see who would perpetrate such an eyesore and then I was all, ooooh, of course. I should have known.

  • @Biting Panda

    Bless, perk up Sandy. Are you likely to win? No sweetie, you’re not. And I see that you know it too. But that’s when you dig deep and go fabulous. Prove to us all that it *is* just an honor to be nominated. Don’t phone it with a schizophrenic dress and yoga hair. You’re better than that.

    • AnneElliot

      That dress IS schizophrenic!! It’s the belt that kills it. Total needle scratch.

      • LiliLynch

        Sandy apparently stole the ribbon I used this morning on some Valentine gifts and made it into a belt. It looked better on the gifts!

    • Mary229

      And she’s already got an Oscar. She really can play that whole “I’m just showing up bc it’s nice to be here” thing. I want to see that!

  • Claudia Fernandes

    the hair and dress are really awkward but her face din’t look so pretty in many time

  • Anna

    Why WOULDN’T you use an elasticized tracksuit waistband to tie together a brocade bustier and lace half-slip?

    • Jessica Freeman

      Stella’s Adidas partnership is leaking into her ‘fashion’.

      • Anna

        Ironically, Stella McCartney for Adidas is actually pretty cute and more wearable than her own collection.

        • Jessica Freeman

          I would tend to agree, but some of it is classic Stella Fug, just as it should be.

          • Anna

            True. A collection of hers wouldn’t be complete without her classic Stella Fug.

        • Evan

          Actually, I remember when tennis player Caroline Wozniacki was the face of Stella McCartney for Adidas and I don’t remember one outfit that wasn’t fug.

          • Anna

            Had to Google it as I wasn’t familiar, but I see what you’re saying!

    • Aurumgirl

      Think of all the gowns crying out for that underwear elastic detail right now!

      • demidaemon

        HA! Also, ew.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    See, Sandra? This is why you’re not the favorite for the Oscars.

  • clatie

    I rather like it.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Lets be honest here, most of Stella’s clothes have identity issues. I can actually see the belt/top as a fun little summer dress with a better skirt.

    • imperfectlaura

      I didn’t see this, but I said pretty much the same thing about Stella’s clothes. Glad I’m not the only one.

  • nannypoo

    She doesn’t seem to like it either. Each part is OK, they just don’t belong together. I wonder if the overskirt and the belt are actually one piece, like an apron. That would make for an easy fix.

  • GorgeousThings

    Her makeup is fabulous, though. Nice and soft.

  • NBG

    “This dress is Chaka Khan singing “I’m Every Woman” at the top of its lungs.”

    And now I cannot hate on this dress. Ever.

    • demidaemon

      I still can. Stella makes it easy. Chaka would not approve of the dress, I think.

  • bellafigura1

    This is not my first recent comment about how grumpy she looks lately in what could be her year! Also, I think I could not hate the dress if she had gone with a heavier shoe, a la the runway. These are doing her no favors, and detract from the whatever-that-is she’s wearing.

    • sagecreek

      What you’re reading as grumpy I’m reading as exhausted. I hope she takes a little break before the Oscars.

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  • Sam Erin

    So nice of her to swing by the red carpet after a workout. Should have sprayed down those fly-aways before she left the gym, though.

    • SweetJess MeanGreen

      Best comment ever, you win.

  • CT14

    I think if it were longer…

    And her hair tragic as always. She was cute with a bob. She needs to try something different.

  • imperfectlaura

    Don’t all of Stella’s dresses have identity crises? Isn’t that her asthetic? Sorry, but Stella’s clothes just aren’t my thing.

  • Danielle

    At what point are we going to take a stand against the fug that is Stella McCartney?

    • Jessica Freeman

      I would say we can vote by not buying it, but I can’t afford the shit in the first place.

      • Danielle

        Hahahaha, fair enough!

      • demidaemon

        Our only recourse then is what we always do: Denounce her on the internet! It’s quite refreshing.

  • ralish

    When I first saw this on my phone, the bottom piece looked plain black, and it looked much better than the lace. I liked it that way– kind of like a fancy jersey dress. Her hair is tragic.

  • Daisy Walker

    Very off topic*, but FLOTUS is rocking some major coat porn at the welcoming ceremony for the French president. I covet it.

    *just pretending this Stella dress doesn’t even exist

  • Gatto Nero

    Schmatta. Stella does it again.

  • SugarSnap108

    It is the Chloe Sevigny of dresses.

  • jw_ny

    And now Chaka is ticked that she’s somehow associated with that mess of a dress. XD

  • Diego!

    Mmm she looks as if she doesn’t want to be there… This doesn’t look on her. I’m sorry but this is an attire for a teenage girl, not for her. Try something chic-er Sandy!

  • Jecca2244

    i often wonder who in real life wears Stella. I go to a lot of socialite things for the mag I work for (i’m def not socialitey) and have never seen a woman in Stella. Maybe the stuff she puts in the stores is a lot more plain Jane??

  • cocohall

    Take about 12 inches off the hem, pair it with some chucks and put it on a teenage girl and you’ve got yourself a nice Forever 21 frock for $20 for the winter dance. Sandy, you deserve better.

    • formerlyAnon

      Nailed it.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    Those fabrics don’t go together, and the elastic band at the waist looks hella cheap

    • jonnyf8

      I almost think the dress would have worked if there had been anything but that elastic band there. Or an elastic band that wasn’t red and cut everything in 1/2.

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    Damn it, Sandy! Why must you do this?

  • queeniethebold

    i just don’t understand why anyone continues to choose Stella McCartney for clothing, let alone fashion. It very rarely looks good. And there’s almost always something Really Kind Of Wrong And Bad, every single time.

    This getup continues the trend.

  • KinoEye

    “This dress is Chaka Khan singing “I’m Every Woman” at the top of its lungs.” God, I love you. I was thinking this dress doesn’t know what it wants to be when it grows up. But Chaka Khan sums it up much more neatly, I think.

  • crash1212

    I think her head is beautiful. I love the top part of the dress. If that textile continued down into a dress rather than the hot mess that Stella always seems to put together…well, we wouldn’t be talking about it now, would we!

  • iloathethesea

    Hairricane Sandy

  • In that first photo I thought “well at least the dangly earrings are nice” LOL

  • Sally Spannagle

    Are you ok, Sandy? You’ve been looking kinda sad lately. xoxo

    • SweetJess MeanGreen

      I’m not going to lie, as a fan I’m slightly concerned. Is everything alright: midlife cris (50 approaching), lonely, Louis keeping you up? Girl what is it!

  • Akmall Razlan

    u gave all there. hahahah

  • formerlyAnon

    Hairstylist change up. UGLY UGLY dress.

    Also, am I the only one that looks at the first photo and sees the ghost of Mary Tyler Moore, later in life after she’d had a bit of facial surgery? It’s not a good look, Ms. Bullock, keep that smile pasted on!

  • marlie

    Aw Sandy. I always want the best for her, and this disappoints me. I like the top of the dress, and I could *maybe* get behind the skirt if it didn’t have that bizarro belt. And is it just me, or is the underskirt of Sandy’s shorter than that on the model? That’s a “no.”

    Do the hair, get rid of the belt, lengthen the under skirt, and give her some metallic accessories and we might have something. Or, you know, put her in an entirely different outfit.

  • CatherineRhodes

    Of course it’s a Frankendress. It’s Stella McCartney.

  • Call me Bee

    Something really off here and none of us can put a finger on it.
    And–I have an odd question. Do people that design these backdrops for events understand that stars will stop and have their photos taken in front of them? I understand that the sponsors demand their logos be displayed, but often all the graphics behind the stars make them look funny, such as the two sticks coming out of Miss Sandra’s head int he first photo. I couldn’t take my eyes off of it.

    • Yes they do. it’s all about the branding and getting their names/events out there every time and every place this photo gets published regardless of the photog’s angle. The people only matter to the extent that they will move the photo or link the “star” to their brand.

      • Call me Bee

        Oh I get that. But you’d think they’d design the backdrops better. But then, as you said, they probably don’t care their designs are sticking out of celebrity’s ears…

    • 3boysful

      I thought those two long sticks were straight gold earrings!

  • decormaven

    Step away from the Stella! And please, pretty lady, find someone who can do your hair to best advantage. Whoever was in charge of this look did you no favors.

  • Blair Sylvester

    I could get behind any two of the three elements . Like the bodice . This is petty good for Stella

  • demidaemon

    The hair style is bad. The seaming in the bodice is distracting. And it’s a Frankendress. What a perfect visual example of Stella’s design aesthetic. IT’s really bad.

    • 3boysful

      Agree-hair atrocious, but makeup’s ok. I just think Stella has a tendency to make the cups too small–the bodice looks weird.

      • demidaemon

        With everything else going on, I am impressed that you noticed the make-up at all.

  • teensmom99

    Reminds me of when a certain teen I know well (and gave birth to) puts together a top and skirt that don’t go at all and I totally restrain myself from making a comment because I don’t want to give her a complex. Except in her case, it’s a skirt and top–in dear Stella’s case it’s a dress that she designed to be like that.

  • SweetJess MeanGreen

    I think doing the Oscar dance when you know you’re not going to win is exhausting. Way different than 2010.

    With that being said the dress is just no, earrings no, and hair = heavy sigh.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    She looks decidedly unhappy in that dress. Or maybe it’s the hairdo tipping her over into I DON’T WANT TO BE HERE expressions.

  • ScarlettHarlot

    Lose the belt and I’m in.

    • largishbearishAtlish

      you read my mind…the belt kills the outfit…(with out the belt I think the purse might make more sense)

  • Trickytrisha

    I know where that dress wants to go…. in the trash, ’cause it knows it belongs there.

  • MannahattaMamma

    Plus the background is giving her weird head-dress looking things.

  • seelebrennt

    i always want to shriek STOP TRYING TO MAKE STELLA MCCARTNEY HAPPEN! SHE’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN! but unfortunately the fashion world keeps disagreeing with me. i really j’deteste stella mccartney.

  • bertkeeter

    A dress with zero point of view…unless you consider FRUMPY a point of view worth trying to attain?

    • kerryev

      It takes a real knack to cut a bodice that low and still attain frumpdom.

  • Sabin

    I wonder how she’d look in a spiked pixie? With her bone structure and angles I’ll bet it would be amazing. And a style intervention away from pretty princess to something more edgy and hip.

  • Columbinia

    It’s as if McCartney ran out of ideas and steam, and sometime after midnight, in a moment of desperation, said to herself if I put three disparate elements together it must be a design. In this case, disparate and desperate are pretty much the same. The real question is who decided to put Sandra Bullock in this?

  • Qitkat

    I think throw out everything except the clutch, the bodice of the dress, and the kicky striped belt. But then she would get arrested, so perhaps a plainer skirt would be in order.

  • SierraDelta

    I do realize that couture gowns are costly, but surely the budget for the event could be raised to allow for more jewelry than an inconspicuous pair of earrings. Where’s the bling, Sandy?!

  • Bethany Fairbrother

    OYE! Too much going on with this dress! It was good that she kept the hair subdued. She tried to tie the bag with the belt. By the way, is it me, or does everyone standing against that backdrop look like they have dangle gold earrings?

  • judybrowni

    It’s still February, even in L.A., Sandy you’re making me cold.

    Put on a sweater, and real shoes.

  • quiltrx

    I think it’s time for Sandy to have a hair makeover. Several inches off might force her into doing something interesting with it.

  • Fred Vaughn

    Ummmm…. HELL NO!!! Too sloppy.

  • PastryGoddess

    At this point making fun of Stella McCartney is like shooting fish in a barrel

  • AzSportsGirl

    re: here hair – she should either:
    A. Embrace the long thick lusciousness and indulge in decadent blow-outs; or
    B. Chop it off. Her features were MADE for a pixie.

  • GeoDiva

    It’s an 8th grade homec project gone wrong.

  • Renaissance_Man_ATL

    LOVE the clutch!

  • How about a Sandy hair intervention?