Jennifer Connelly in Givenchy at the “Noah” Mexico City Premiere

Posted on March 12, 2014

Well. That’s … certainly something, all right.


Jennifer Connelly attends the premiere of “Noah” in Mexico City, Mexico in a Givenchy couture embellished gown.

Givenchy 2009 Couture Collection

The shape is great; we’ll give it that. And if this look is working at all, it’s working because of that silhouette and her striking looks, because the rest of it – from the color, to the over-embellishment, to the overdesigned frippery of it all – just looks terrible to us. It looks like a dress made out of a duvet cover  with a ton of craft store embellishments hot-glued to it.

Besides, even if we liked this dress, we’d probably still be ambivalent about the look overall, because she’s totally Pulling a Jolie here. “Brush my hair, wash my face, put on a hundred-thousand-dollar gown. Done.”

Seriously, honey; it’s Givenchy couture. You couldn’t manage a bolder lip and some earrings?




[Photo Credit: Victor Chavez/Getty Images,]

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  • tallgirl1204

    I think the frippery cheapens the fabric, which might be better alone. The shape of the dress is beautiful, but the beading just distracts from it.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      This has the potential to be really striking, had it been done with the Michael’s bedazzler embellishment.

      • tereliz

        I’d really love this without all the gee-gaws. The two fabrics, especially the one that’s been added to the sides, are pretty enough and combined with the draping and pleating, they’re definitely interesting enough. I do like the pop of hot pink—it would probably be a little too bland without it—but there has to be a better way.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I agree that the construction of this, with the draping and pleating, plus the contrasting fabrics are enough elements to create visually striking gown. The beadwork might be lovely by itself, but it just looks as if it was added as an afterthought.

  • another_laura

    I can’t with the bedsheet pink shiny fabric and the bedazzling. I do love the shape, though.

  • Queen Frostine

    That embellishment reminds me of something one might visit a gynecologist to treat.

    • jen_vasm

      I think open pustule couture went out in the 1990s.

  • gayle

    I agree a bolder lip would be nice. I am just so happy she is back on the red carpet, she always makes interesting choices.

    • murt


  • Sarah

    Oversized gems and tiny hot pink doilies ALWAYS say “couture gown” to me. I mean, what is wrong with taking a great fitting and flattering luxe dress and attaching a bunch of hideous crap to it? Nothing! Shoot, she didn’t need any makeup because she knew everyone would be complaining about her doilies.

  • A Shiny O’Connor

    Yes, this gown looks like it’s made out of the kind of bed covers that make you sweat in the coldest of winter and bits that fell off those kiddy silver plastic princess tiaras.

    Unrelated: I would consider swapping my first born for her eyebrows.

  • deelup

    The spring look for the General Zod henchmen.

  • crash1212

    I could live with the beading, it’s all those stones that absolutely kill it for me. What a shame. Coulda been great.

  • Loramir

    That is the cheapest looking hundred-thousand-dollar dress I’ve ever seen.

  • alyce1213

    What she’s wearing is much improved from the runway look, in terms of shape and fit. But I’m not a fan of the decoration. This is a dress that I’d like to see in person to see what the hell is really going on.

    • Betsy

      What is happening on the runaway. Cutouts??

      • alyce1213

        Looks like it — bare sides, and the back too.

    • marlie

      I’m SO glad she eliminated the cutouts.

  • Jacob Bowen

    The jeweled suns directly on the crotch kill this dress. It looks like she’s wearing pasties on TOP of the dress because her dress may be see through. The bodice is also so tricky and I don’t like the weird neckline.

  • Once you see the beaded ovaries, you cannot unsee.

    • Miss Ruth

      Oh, you’re so right! It’s like a diagram from health class, a la Michael’s.

    • decormaven

      It looks more like exploding uterus to me. Either way, not a good look.

    • Deb_Lynn

      V! Is for Vagina!!

      • Monabel

        Whatever became of Vulva?

    • CT14

      Ugh, I was thinking this wasn’t so bad, and if a stronger model wore it it might work better…

      …but now beaded ovaries. They cannot be unseen.

  • Anna

    All I could do was shriek in horror. And I like to think that somewhere out there Hubert de Givenchy did the same.

  • TheLaurenJean

    I actually really like it. I would have placed the womb frippery differently, but overall, I think she looks good. Don’t hit me!

  • Miss Ruth

    Did anyone else think it sort of odd that, here she is, wearing a frillion-dollar couture dress…from 2009? Because she didn’t get enough wear out of it originally, or everything else was at the dry cleaner, or what? I mean, the I-don’t-give-a-rat’s-ass hair and makeup are another thing altogether, but it just seems like an odd choice all around.

  • JauntyJohn

    Dynamite shape to it, yes, but with the color and the… extras… it looks like something the main alien from “V” would have worn to meet the president or something.
    “And here, at what your race calls my ‘crotch,’ is a star map of our home world.”

    • Kitten Mittons


      Her waist is positively tiny. /endnicethingstosay

    • MRC210

      I see the sci-fi aspect too in those wingy shoulder pad thingies. Captain Kirk’s latest squeeze.

  • jw_ny

    The gown’s base has an opalescent glass feel to it, which is kind of pretty imo, although I’m not sure it works with her skin tone. It’s tough to say though because these photos give her skin a greyish/purple tone. All the glued on gems and crap is obnoxious and tacky. I can see her opting for no earrings because of all the glitz on the dress…simple diamond studs or a diamond tennis bracelet would have been a nice touch. Probably would’ve been best to just ditch that gown though…

  • @Biting Panda

    I has confused. It’s weirdly sci-fi with a hint of twee and some bedazzling thrown in on top.

    • Intentional, I am sure. This is “PLEASE GOD talk about the dress and not how awful this movie looks and please don’t ask me about Russ tweeting the Pope”.

    • Roz

      Yes! Looks like it was designed by a comic book artist.

    • starrika

      It’s exactly what she’d wear if she’d said yes to Jareth in Labyrinth!

  • KT

    The dress is godawful, but she is almost pulling it off, amazingly. Agree that a lot of that has to do with the fact that she’s very beautiful and has a kind of natural presence about her, and I actually think that color looks nice on her (though I generally hate pale pinks), but yeah that dress is totally bonkers. It’s like a space age/barbie/lady gaga/craft store confection and it’s so strange to see her in something like this… I don’t even know. Props for getting a little outside her wheelhouse, though…? I guess?

  • Aidan B

    Beautiful shape, TERRIBLE fabric and color scheme. She looks like a humanized pink eye infection.

  • Stella Zawistowski

    I don’t mind all the extras on the shoulders, but farther down they just emphasize the giant arrow pointing to her crotch.

  • RescueMe23

    All I see is an arrow pointing down to a bedazzled va-jay-jay

  • carnush

    Just plain ugly.

  • Judy_S

    I have to agree re. her lack of personal embellishment…. it’s a shock to see a woman so utterly natural-looking in a gown that is so insanely over-artificed. Still, I am enjoying looking at the photos–as I also did with Tilda’s pale fringed tenting yesterday. There’s something fascinating about these beautiful women in expensive but (in one way or the other) ugly clothes.

  • Noah

    That has to be the worst lighting on a red carpet that I have ever seen.

  • Alyssa_T_Robot

    huh? she looks gorgeous! i’d lose the big gem things but even with that weirdness she still looks amazing. you crazy.

  • Tracy M

    I just can’t. The frippery of the gown combined with the undone face, hair and overgrown brows all scream “I tried this on at a hot July yard sale!”

  • Looks better on her than on the model.

  • quiltrx

    She is SO beautiful! I’ve always loved her. The dress indeed has a wonderful shape–first thing I noticed. Then of course I noticed the excessive bedazzling, especially in the ladypart area. And it’s a pretty enough color taken by itself…but not for clothing. I don’t think this would do much for anyone.

  • Lilyana_F

    She looks like she’s just trying this thing on and not wearing it at a premiere.

    • Kitten Mittons

      Excellent way to put it.

  • SewingSiren

    Whilst I agree with your list of criticisms, I find myself loving the dress and wondering were I could purchase the gigantic rhinestone and hot pink plastic dollies. A gum ball machine perhaps?

    • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

      The dollar store. I promise you, you can get all of that at the dollar store.

  • kimmeister

    It’s like something Molly Ringwald’s character in “Pretty in Pink” would make, with the same horrifying results.

    • lobsterlen

      I just saw pretty in pink not the long ago. Molly did ruin that vintage dress. It was cuter before she butchered it.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    I wish Cate Blanchett comes and takes that dress from Jennifer to teach her how to work it.

  • Janet B

    The embellishments are horrible and ruin what might be a beautiful dress.

  • ballerinawithagun

    I’ve done this dress with my 5 year old granddaughter!

  • SportifLateBoomer

    Agree that she is pulling a Jolie, unsuccessfully. Except she doesn’t have the sheer VAVOOM that Angelina does, so that she looks amazing all the time. Plus she’s wearing a gown that’s wearing her. And with too much foofaw glued to it. Still, nice to see her again, where has she been? Always thought she was a natural, relatable beauty.

  • MilaXX

    Definitely pulling a Jolie and that dress is hideous. If it didn’t have that crap glued on it,, it would be a passable dress but her hair & face are still lacking.

  • don’t like the top part of the gown or the toddler princess kit jewels

  • That is one butt ugly dress.

  • Patrick Cleary

    Her dress has the measles.

  • formerlyAnon

    I want very badly to like this dress. The fit, her awesome proportions, the very mannered feel of the basic shape, all appeal to me. But somehow the fabric is simultaneously too flimsy and too heavy to go with the cartoon pink “jewels” with which it is embellished. The whole shebang just descends into minor train wreck.

    • Pennymac

      Its like the concept started out well, and then lost its way with those warty embellishments.

  • Jahna Peloquin

    It’s very…vaginal.

  • Trickytrisha

    God help us. I hope the intention wasn’t a misguided attempt to pander to the perceived tastes of the Mexican culture. Mexico City is a modern, cosmopolitan, HUGE city. This dress looks like it would sell to tourists in Tijuana for 60 US dollars.

  • Kate4queen

    I kind of like it…. slinks away…

    • littlestars

      Me too…I find it strangely striking.

      • Kate4queen

        Fist Bump! Dress Buddies! 😉

      • marlie

        Me three!

    • alliekat9090

      Thank you for saying it. I didnt have the guts………….

      • Kate4queen

        LOL I just turned 50, I don’t care anymore. I would look awesome in that dress. 🙂

  • pookiesmom

    See…I think her face & hair are gorgeous, but that is one hideous dress. It’s like some kids got a hold of a sheet, a staple gun, some buttons and glue. That said, the fit is impeccable.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    If she put her hair up she’d look like some alien ambassador’s wife on Star Trek (the original).

  • mickiemonkey

    I like the bedazzled gynecology dress on her but for the love of Pete, PUT YOUR HAIR UP AND PUT ON SOME LIPSTICK.

  • jonnyf8

    she’s even less interesting than her imaginary daughter: Kristen Stewart

  • RussellH88

    There’s such a sad love deep in her eyes.

    The shape is great but everything else is…kinda meh.

    I’d forgive it all if she were wearing the dress to a masquerade ball hosted by David Bowie.

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      I want to go to a masquerade ball hosted by David Bowie!

  • jilly_d

    My God, she is breathtaking. That said, girl, burn this dress.

  • marlie

    I love this dress. I think it has really interesting construction, I like the shape, and I like the embellishments. But her head and body are going to two different events. From the neck down, it’s “glamorous movie premiere,” and from the neck up, it’s “running out to the supermarket.”

  • PastryGoddess

    Google Maps giving directions to her lady parts…in dress format.

    Yoooo Hooooo! Here is my BA-GINA over HEE-YAH

  • cocohall

    There’s a Miss Universe contestant somewhere who is missing her dress . . . .

  • Gatto Nero

    This dress, in another color, without all the gee-gaws — maybe. The construction is interesting but still a little too tricky.
    She’s gorgeous, though.

  • susan6

    I thought pasties were supposed to go on the boobs, not the crotch. The shape is great for her body, but….way too much brick-a-brack glued onto that dress. And, you can afford hair and makeup wranglers; make use of them.

  • E. D.

    Cut out most of the bedazzle (leave some at the shoulders) and this would be a huge improvement. The shape is great, but the three nipples are distracting.

  • nannypoo

    A spot on the annual worst dressed list has just been taken.

  • Tracy_Flick

    The combination of asymmetrical embellishment at the top and symmetrical embellishment at waist- and hip-level is making me very angry. Either make it random or don’t. NO MIXING AND MATCHING. Sigh.

    Also that fabric looks cheap, like it’s in the leftover been at Joann’s after Valentine’s day is over.

  • MzzPants

    Beautiful figure. Terrible dress.

  • JynxTheCat

    Intergalactic Barbie wants her prom gown back

  • Aurumgirl

    They don’t look like craft store embellishments to me. The look like bike reflector buttons that have been hot-glued down to the dress.

  • Kirstin McAulay

    I think that the tone of the dress and the undertones of her skin are fighting… or she really is a pale lilac alien who wants information during a really formal reception in 10-forward

  • SierraDelta

    A fallopian tube dress?!

  • uprightcitizen

    “I’ll only bedazzle an arrow pointing to a woman’s private bits, if I can do it with the largest glass pieces possible, and in the most garish color in existence,” the designer said. “Done and done,” said his assistant.

  • Swiftlytiltingplanet

    I’m kind of not impressed by Jennifer Connelly in general. (Except “Labyrinth”. “Labyrinth” is awesome in every way.)

    That said, I just don’t understand this dress. At all.

  • kat89

    I think it’s ok. Nothing earth-shattering, but ok.
    Is it me, or does she always look like she’s depressed or something?

  • kerryev

    That dress is a hoot.

  • Anne

    Interesting…it looks like on the model there are cutouts and this version has been filled in, so to speak. I almost think with that enormous lapel thing, the dress needs the cutouts on the sides to balance it out.

  • kt

    She is my favorite alien/robot. She is so so beautiful and stiff and it suits her perfectly. That is not a face for heavy makeup, that is a “you’re welcome” face.

  • The shape is incredible. I see this in a shade of coral with blue strappy heels and her hair in a regal updo. I don’t mind the subtle makeup; her skin is glowing, let it glow.

  • webslice33

    most beautiful face …along with jolie and portman, but she is not a great dresser…

  • peachy

    the best i can say is that her waistline looks fab. the overall dress looks like a craft project. that’s not finished. made by a child. in the dark.

  • in a pickle

    As mentioned, great shape and she is, of course, very beautiful. But something about the huge V shape with the big shoulders comes off as superhero. Va gina woman? Viagra Woman?

  • Shawn EH

    Help! They’ve bejazzled my wedding dress!

  • coco ebert

    That dress is wearing her.

  • Beckylooo

    How fun! The first time I’ve ever violently disagreed with y’all! (Ergo, my first time commenting.) I’m obsessed with this dress. Gasped in delight as I scrolled. And I dug that she went simple with the make up and hair. Takes all kinds to make a world…

  • LMGordon

    Yeah, except she also didn’t bother to brush her hair. She is a gorgeous woman, so WTF?