Oscars 2014 GTNYD: Julia Roberts in Givenchy

Posted on March 03, 2014

Did we just not get this dress?

Julia Roberts attends the 86th Annual Academy Awards  held at the Dolby theater in Hollywood, California in a Givenchy dress accessorized with Bulgari jewelry.

Because it seemed like the initial social media response to it was overwhelmingly positive and that puzzled us because we weren’t feeling it at all. Granted, it’s no disaster, and Julia’s one of those lucky people who happens to look amazing in black, but we hate the peplum and we really hate the lacey neckline. The whole thing looks so fussy in a very non-Julia Roberts kind of way. After all, “fussy” isn’t a word we’d ever think to use to describe her style. And that shape is doing nothing for her.

Girl, That’s Not Your Dress. Pack it up and ship it off to … we don’t know… someone super-tiny and super serious. Kristen Chenowith in a bad mood or something. Natalie Portman in a funk. The point is, it’s not working for you, dear, and you need to set it free on the wind so it can find the lady who should be wearing it.

On the other hand, we kind of love the hair.

 

 

 

 

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    • Evan

      Terrible. And it made her look thick on the bottom. Even though it was a joke, I love that Cate said, “#SuckIt” to Julia during her acceptance speech. I tried to imagine that Cate was actually being a bitch to Julia and it made me grin with delight.

    • marlie

      Put on some red lipstick and a better bra, and this would have been a WERQ for her. I sort of loved this, which even surprised me. Her hair looks great, I’d cut a bitch for those earrings, and the shape of the dress – including the peplum really flatters her because it doesn’t seem to add bulk to her actual body.

      • mshesterp

        That’s my issue–the mumsy top. I don’t think the wide paneled V is doing her favors.

      • Gener1c

        I agree wholeheartedly with this analysis. My only complaint is that it isn’t at all a winner’s dress. I guess the goal was to look good and look comfortable knowing that she didn’t have a snowball’s chance…

        • marlie

          That’s true, but this is a marked improvement over a lot of what she’s been wearing leading up to the Oscars. I guess she wanted to end out the season on a (relatively) high fashion note.

      • Carly Clement

        Agreed! It just need a little better fit and it would have been amazing! And she looks so happy in the dress and that makes all the difference!

    • Frank_821

      I didn’t realize how much lace was on this dress.

      It’s too matronly on her

      • 3boysful

        I had no idea there was some bodice detail until I saw the close-up stills. I think she may have been acknowledging the death of a family member by going black and low-key.

      • EveEve

        My reaction last night remains: she should have left this one on the rack in the Lord & Taylor “evening wear” corner, where it belongs.

    • alyce1213

      Anyone else want to grab a pair of scissors and cut that lace thing off her right shoulder? I don’t like this Givenchy. It’s dowdy and matronly.

      • shirab

        I am running with those scissors right now. Was that supposed to be asymmetrical, or did they forget to add that piece to the other side?

        • marlie

          Don’t run with scissors!!

        • SierraDelta

          The lace on the bodice doesn’t seem to be symmetrical, which is making my eyes twitch. And I think Julia should give me her earrings; I’m sure she has lots of other ones at home.

      • Miss Ruth

        That is precisely what I wanted to do. Kind of like that show where they rip up the mom’s wedding dress right in front of her. Clean that sh*t up! I did think the jewelry was fantastic, though.

      • jen_vasm

        It’s like she rubbed up against a rough surface and it got frayed. Plus, she has really sad boob going on. I liked this dress on Mindy Kalling better last night.

      • MaryMcClelland

        I don’t like ANY Givenchy anymore. WTH is going on over there?

        • alyce1213

          That’s so true. GIVENCHY used to mean penultimate elegance, now we have Tisci calling that Kardashian thing an icon. What a world, what a world.

          • demidaemon

            Not a world I want, that’s for sure.

      • agentilities

        Oh dear…Julia Roberts arrives at a Ghanaian funeral. This is what the ladies in my country wear to funerals.

    • Lucía Gavello

      The fit does not look great, and fussy is the exact word for all the lace action.

    • @Biting Panda

      Ugh. Obvious Star is obvious. Black lace = Mourning, but the show must go on, Darling.
      The dress is hiddy.

      • rosie5215

        I didn’t think that at all since she so regularly wears black on the red carpet, including the year she won an Oscar.

    • SophieCollier

      Have to admit, I was underwhelmed too. Peplum, tube skirt, chest-hair lace, not a great look.

    • Blair Sylvester

      I have to give her credit for one thing. She has seemingly left her face alone or hasn’t gone overboard with the work. I mean she has lines on her face and that takes balls in my book

      • Evan

        Thank God she wasn’t giving the crazy eyes like usual.

      • butterflysunita

        Yes, and I think she really looks beautiful because of it.

      • http://mothereseblog.com/ Kristen @ Motherese

        Amen! I love the way her nose is crinkling in that third shot. I couldn’t figure out why at first and then it hit me: ahh, she’s a grown woman in Hollywood and her face is moving!

        • Blair Sylvester

          I love that she has lines around her eyes. not to mention it must make her better as an actress that her face can register emotion.

          • largishbearishAtlish

            could Goldie Hawn tell what facial expression she had, if any?

            sigh, I miss the (no pun intended) old Goldie..

            • Blair Sylvester

              yeah she has not aged well and its hard to conceive of how surgery hasn’t played a huge role in her current appearance.

    • Chris

      It’s not horrible but it’s just not flattering. The shape is not good for her and her bustline looks suspiciously low from the side. I’m also not loving the nail polish color and her hair. It’s all just mediocre. The Oscars is one time where you should bring your A Game. Come loaded for bear and all the other cliches. There were some pretty dresses last night, but as TLO says, few gasp worthy ones.

    • Tracy M

      I just like that her face is natural, with smile lines and actual forehead movement- not pulled tight like a too-small Vaselined kabuki mask.

    • Jessica Freeman

      On TV I didn’t even realize the whole thing was lace, which makes the lace panel at her chest make more sense. You are not alone though, Uncles. I did not get this dress either. Also this red heads that want to be blond, no girl. Go back to your red hair.

    • DoctorBelle

      It’s not kind to the boobage and it makes her look a bit too funeral-tastic. Lover her head though.

    • butterflysunita

      I’m with you, uncles. The first thing I thought when I saw this dress was: why, if you are a gorgeous actress with your pick of designer dresses, would you choose to wear this dress?

    • http://expatriato.blogspot.com/ Muscato

      Add some jet beads and chiffon sleeves and it could have been made for Marie Dressler or Margaret Dumont – it’s a classic ’30s dowager dress. What was she thinking?

      • Farthingale

        It felt like she was intentionally aging herself. Don’t give up SO easily. J–you’re not even 50 yet.

        This is very “mother-of-the-bride”

      • rh33

        Exactly! Add a pompadour and a corset; Voila! A Gibson Girl.

    • Coleen

      Switch dresses with Camilla Alves, just to mess with our brains.

    • DominoEstella

      I like this dress, hate the nails with it, I want red lips with it.

    • DinaSews

      Her face and hair are stunning. The lace looks cheap to me and there is way too much of it.

      • Jackie4g

        That lace is Chantilly. Yes, there’s too much of it, but if you saw in IRL, you would be amazed at the craftsmanship.

    • Carrie

      Matronly funeral dress. Not offensively horrible, but definition of ‘not your dress’

    • Anna

      Funeral lace. The earrings though, are fabulous.

      And I have to say I cracked up when I saw Whoopi Goldberg’s take on the oxford shirt/strapless dress combo.

    • shirab

      Would have loved to see her in something from the Lady Mary, Season 4, eveningwear collection. And not blond.

      • Jackie4g

        Julia Roberts has become way too curvy for any real 1920s look, but translate some of the Lady Mary appliqued lace and beading details, and you’ve got something there.

    • Akemi

      The initial reaction on social media was positive? Wha?

      Maybe people were just responding to her bubbly personality? Because that dress is hideous.

      • ccinnc

        My son’s girlfriend, age 30, loved it. I thought it was a raggedy mess. A Miss Haversham nightie.

    • Deb Oswald

      Now granted I teach HS and see this a lot, but the lace looked like a tattoo from afar! The tiny preview shots look like ink, especially where the lace is on her shoulder. Just an unbidden thought I had as I was looking through those thumbnails.

    • Introspective

      great hair. fab jewels. dress is a mess. that lace feels like a stuck on afterthought. even without the lace this dress still feels like a whole lotta meh.

    • MK03

      What’s to get? It’s a shapeless mess.

    • BayTampaBay

      Get rid of the peplum and it would be “ok” but just “ok”

    • Molly

      Not anyone’s dress! I want to trim the shoulder lace off. It looks itchy and would drive me to distraction!

    • Jacquelyn

      Yeah I hate this dress.

    • unbornfawn

      Not her dress. Makes her look dumpy.

    • TheLaurenJean

      I just want to put her head on some other dress. It’s such a good head, and it’s been way too long since her hair has looked that good.

    • Janet B

      Jewelry and head are gorgeous.
      I think she needs a better bra and a different bodice, but the skirt is okay, sorta.

    • Leah Elzinga

      those diamonds, though!

    • Lilithcat

      I’d call it an “old lady” dress, but this old(ish) lady would never wear that.

      • MaggieMae

        Even with that (somewhat revealing) bodice, this dress reads MATURE. Hair and make-up are beautiful.

    • msdamselfly

      SO dowdy

    • jw_ny

      Hated it!

      I immediately saw a hairy chest…all that lace is way too fussy for Jules. wtf with that nail polish?! Her boobs are at her waist too…not flattering!

      I do like her hair and makeup though…and especially like her jewelery.

    • Sally Spannagle

      I thought she looked beautiful in the dress. I like the lace over the neckline, maybe without the peplum and a tighter fit. Julia looks great as a blondish, too.

    • ScarlettHarlot

      Ship it off to Eva Green! She would rock the shit out of this dress!

      • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

        Good call.

        • ScarlettHarlot

          Thanks, Uncles! You replying has brought some sunshine into my snowy Virginia day!

    • crash1212

      The jewels were stunning. Her head looked great. Maybe the dress wouldn’t have read ‘fancy widows weeds’ to me if the lace inset at the bodice had been whisked away? Or keep the inset and 86 the peplum? I’m officially over peplums – of any kind, size or fabric. O-Ver.

    • littlemac8

      That smile still dazzles, the dress does not. it’s a dowdy look made worse by the fact she needed to hike up the girls. I can’t believe that hair color is attractive in person – she is a brunette in her best looks!

    • formerlyAnon

      Lace at the neck was too lacy. Or jaggedy-edgedy. Or something. Other than that I’d call it good, nothing special. Hair looks good on her but doesn’t work with the dress, IMO. It’s a more . . . serious dress than that is the hair.

      • demidaemon

        When faced with something like this, English often fails us.

    • SketchyCat

      The thing that bothered me most about this dress is that it looks itchy.

      A question occurred to me as I was oogling all the ear bling last night, as a gal who loves herself some flashy earrings. I’m hoping a BK can enlighten me. Some of these earrings look like they weigh a ton (e.g., Blanchett’s, these), and I’m wondering what is used to keep the earlobes from drooping. I have some heavy, dangly earrings I’d love to wear, but I’m also of the opinion that my earlobes grazing my shoulders is a big ol’ fashion “no.” Can someone please drop some earring knowledge on me? :0)

      • Monabel

        Earrings can be made with portions that go up behind the ear to distribute the weight. My MIL, whose ears were unpierced, had a little gold ramification that nested in the outer part of the ear, where we all put earbuds now. It can be done.

      • decormaven

        Lobe Wonder. Google it.

        • SketchyCat

          Brilliant! Thanks so much for the info. I see that they even have them at Walgreens for about $6. Ah, Walgreens, that bastion of product randomness…

    • PeaceBang

      It’s reads as very Miss Kitty Gets Classed Up For the Oscars to me. I hate the corpse-dead nail polish and the garish blonde is awful (although I love the hair style itself).

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

      Don’t like the dress and I suspect her kids did her nails with liquid paper, but I love the bling. So many diamonds!

    • schadenfreudelicious

      With some slight variations the Dowager Countess could rock the shit out of it…

      • Farthingale

        Yes, just grab a pair of Sleevey Wonders and Violet would be ready for dinner.

    • kmk05

      THE DOLCE AND GABBANA ITALIAN WIDOW. Prowl, Julia!

      It’s a bit…dowdy and overwrought, no? I suspect it’s the lace.

    • decormaven

      “Widow’s weeds” was my first thought when I saw this on the RC last night. I do like her hair and jewelry- did not need to see that mani color, though.

    • Verascity

      She looked GREAT from the neck up, but ugh, that dress.

    • Monabel

      I’d rather look at the lace than another damn sternum.

      • alyce1213

        You make a very good point.

    • DagnyReardon

      Arm candy is delicious though.

    • Anathema_Device

      I don’t like the way the lace sticks out on the bodice, extending over her skin. It looks sloppy. My overall problem with the dress is that it isn’t crisp enough to carry off that peplum. It is too in between soft and structured, which makes it neither here nor there style-wise. She seems like she doesn’t really care anymore. Not in a bad way, but like she is doing her own version of “pulling a Jolie,” which Jolie isn’t doing as much these days.

    • tylka5

      I think it makes her look old with that modesty lace in the bodice and the weird shape. Julia is stunning and not old, so don’t dress that way!

    • SewingSiren

      I think she and Jennifer Lawrence should have a cage match to see who can be the most goofily charming and endearing .

    • http://www.lippsisters.com/ Deborah Lipp

      Love the hair, love the jewelry, love the real wrinkles around her eyes, HATE the dress.

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      That dress belongs to a Scarsdale Matron.

    • Judy_S

      I thought she looked good in many ways. The dress had the odd quality of making me want to tuck the extra lace into the straps or maybe trim it off with a scissors. So it aroused motherly compassion as well as admiration.

      In this rendition, the peplum silhouette with the covered decolletage looks sort of Downtonesque. Like, if you added sleeves, Lady Mary might find this acceptable for mourning her Titanic fiance, if not Matthew.

    • Judy_J

      Morticia Addams goes to the Oscars. Or a seriously depressed mother of the groom. It’s just not what I would expect of Miss Julia.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      This is just fugly. I feel like Ms. Roberts is looking for a spot in Fug Madness this year.

    • TAGinMO

      This looks like something Glenn Close would wear, and the effect is equally disappointing.

    • BobStPaul

      I couldn’t believe it when I saw this look being praised. It’s not flattering at all and it’s rather ugly.

    • AzSportsGirl

      Get a proper bra fitting! And she should find whoever styled her in the movie Notting Hill.

    • Gatto Nero

      The peplum is awful (seriously, they need to die a death). The bodice has a blouson shape that obscures her body. The lace is aging.
      And I’m not feeling the pale blue nail polish, which looks juvenile.

    • SugarSnap108

      At first glance, I thought she’d gotten a sternum tattoo. I wish she’d gotten a sternum tattoo.

    • KTBSN

      On the ABC red carpet intro this dress gave the effect of her boobs hanging down past her waist. It was so not flattering. I was shocked she hadn’t checked the mirror before she left and did the necessary alterations/undergarments .

    • MichelleRafter

      JR needs to fire whatever stylist she’s working with, or hire one. She beautiful but she picks things that make her look older, more matronly or dowdier than she is. Sure she’s 46 and a mom, but she’s still one hot mom. And she’s a movie star.

    • colleenjanel

      Speaking of Cheno, I hope she winds up in a Red Carpet Rundown … she looked amazing last night and deserves some snaps!

    • IMNAngryLiberal

      The dress is horrible..thought so at the time and it is even worse in close-ups; however, Julia looks smashing from the neck up and she obviously put in some effort here — which hasn’t always been the case.

    • MilaXX

      Nope, I hated this on her. The peplum was the biggest offender to my eyes. It made her look thick waisted. I also hated the pale gray nails but would have overlooked them if the dress was right.

    • Call me Bee

      Love the hair, make-up and jewelry, but the dress was….IDK…too MOB. I think it would have been much improved with out the lace panel in the front and on the shoulder. Then it would have been a bit more sophisticated.

    • MW

      I’m pretty sure this was a dress her great-grandmother wore to a funeral circa 1910. Someone just chopped off the sleeves and the neckline which originally included a lacy collar.

    • xmixiex

      So not her dress. It made her look so wide, and it’s too frilly for her… Meh

    • bxbourgie

      I am not a fan of lace anything. Not even panties. So this dress is doing nothing for me. Or her.

    • stlellen

      I thought it was an epic disaster. The peplum makes her look wide and thick – and the lace ages her dreadfully. It’s not the right look for someone with her build and stature. Just all kinds of horrible for me.

    • Sara__B

      Awful. The dress. The hair. The styling. Blech.

    • Kelly

      Agreed – needs better support and different dress – the lace over her chest is like NO

    • Michelle Gennari

      Doily.

    • VioletFem

      I was not a fan of this dress either, it’s just not very pretty. Also, I hate the hair blonde is just not her color.

    • Pennymac

      Funeral drapes. No.

    • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

      Makes her look older. And what’s with the death becomes her blue nail polish?

    • H2olovngrl

      I just want to rip that lace napkin clean off her bosom! I think it would be hugely improved were it not there.

    • the_valkyrie

      I know it’s not the actual case, but the material looks really cheap.

    • ChaquitaPhilly

      YES Kristen Chenowith, that’s exactly what I thought last night. It’s much too fussy for Julia. It just looks WRONG.

    • LCTerrill

      Terrible.

      Fancy Downton Ladies’ Maid.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      The top of the dress, especially the lace, looks overly fussy to me. She still has that mega-watt smile, and the hair is good.

    • LJCdoc

      Is she on the verge of giving somebody the finger in picture #4? If so, I might be renewing some of my long forgotten like for her (but not for her dress).

    • Alyssa

      This is very matronly on her…I don’t understand it at all. Hair is very good though, as you said.

    • AnneElliot

      I liked it better before I saw close-up photos — I thought the lace was ONLY in the bodice panel, not all over the entire dress. To me, that would have been great, a much cleaner look with a single lace inset. I don’t like it overall, it’s too fussy, and I hate lacy bits sticking out, I just want to snip them off.

      And don’t get me started about peplums. THEY ARE NOBODY’S FRIEND.

      So, this is kind of a Monet for me. Looked good far away, but up close — disaster.

    • pippitypup

      Look on the bright side. She at least remembered to shave her pits.

    • empath

      Ugh. Her boobs look baggy, the peplum is unfortunate, and the all-over black lace combine to make her look like a wild west widow/retired brothel owner from the 1890s. If this ensemble were up for a vote, it would be OUT.

    • kategs

      I’d have liked this more without the lace collar. Just the inset and the peplum would have worked better. But considering how utterly awful her life has been lately, I think she looks lovely.

    • Betsy

      From far away it looked lot she had some serious chest ink. Anyway, for me, Julia is always annoying–no matter what she wears or how down to earth she tries to appear. Sorry about that but I could never quite shake that “Vera” shirt she wore.

    • mozzer0906

      Love the hair and jewels, hated the dress, the lace looked like it was coming apart and frizzing terribly. And the peplum? NO.

    • Cheryl

      I think that lace photographs terrible. It might be lovely, handmade lace, but it photographs like it was bought at Walmart, and the fact that it is on one shoulder but not the other makes me twitch.

    • Jean Beaton Leavitt

      Shred it.

    • LeelaST

      Black lace-mother-of-the-bride-ish with horrid peplum. Can’t get much worse. Not feeling that gray/blue nail color.

    • http://ediblecville.blogspot.com Libby

      I see this year that Julia is wearing Jessica McClintock. Or is that a Gunnysax? And those nails are wrong wrong wrong….

    • Qitkat

      She’s moved from Pretty Woman to High Class Madam. Miss Kitty might evict her from the saloon, but the cowboys would come from far and wide because she is so legendary. A nineteenth century Do Me.

    • DeniseSchipani

      Her total look is saved by her hair and the fact that she has a beautiful face (and there’s no crazy eye in evidence). On TV, moving and walking, it looked slightly better but the lace is aging and unflattering in pictures. imo.

    • OldPandaDayz

      My first thought when I saw this last night was a TLo GTNYD! But everything from the neck up looks good.

    • brown-eyed girl

      Also happy to see that she left the crazy eyes at home. Not crazy about the dress which looks cheap (and I’m sure it’s not), and I hate the blonde hair.

    • Kamilaa

      See, when I first saw her in it (the shot I first saw was her from a distance), my immediate (and immediately discarded) thought was that she had a big-ass tattoo on her chest.

      That can’t have been the out-of-the-gate impression she was going for.

    • Little_Olive

      I hated it too the second I saw it. It makes her thick in the waist, The peplum is not short/long enough to be graceful, the skirt is horribly matronly. That is not anyone’s dress.

    • traceyishere

      Fabric remnants.

    • mcbishop

      Why is it so hard for a beautiful woman like Julia Roberts to get dressed up? Seems like she shows up in strange, underwhelming, unflattering dresses every time lately. That lace is just awful.

    • GeoDiva

      My 70 year old father said it looked like she tattooed her chest.

    • suzq

      I have trouble with those v-necks. If I don’t wear just the right bra, I look saggy in pictures. What a pain. Anyway…all that lace is making her look older than she needs to be right now. OK idea….really bad fabric choice from Givenchy.

    • allcapsERINN

      Looks like chest hair.

    • KT

      Ugh. Funeral curtains. Zzzzzzzzzzz

    • MaryMcClelland

      I just can’t with Givenchy or Tisci since the relationship to the Kardashians and fawning all over them and Kim dressing like recycled upholstery and a laughable fashion victim. So back to this dress, no you’re not missing something: this is terrible.

    • Imasewsure

      She looks great but that lace has got to go. Still not a bad effort for Julia (if you ignore the lace, that is)

    • Jenna621

      I agree with you; it’s not that it’s a bad dress, it’s just so very not her. Everything else though – hair, makeup, jewelry – looks amazing.

    • another_laura

      One word: schmatta

    • ashtangajunkie

      I am no fan of this dress, but her face and hair looked spectacular.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      I like her so much better with dark hair.

    • SportifLateBoomer

      The thing in the middle of her chest looks like the little mini-mantillas we used to wear to catholic church in the late ’60s-early ’70s when things were getting more liberal so you didn’t need the whole veil experience. They are not meant to be worn as bibs. I hate this dress.

    • B_C_J

      I do not dislike the dress. She looks tall & willowy in it. However the lace bib is terribly aging.

    • http://writeslikeagirlblog.com/ nicole @ writes like a girl

      i legit thought she got a chest tat when i first saw it in a thumbnail on twitter last night. weird choice.

    • Constant Reader

      The black lace, the Victorian matron fit of the bodice, and the crazy eyes are all combining to give me Miss Havisham realness.

    • http://weirdinedgewise.blogspot.com ONEWEIRDWORD

      I like it a lot! (Except the lace on the shoulder.) And I love her hair, makeup, and wow, the jewellery!

    • Glammie

      Sorry, that hair and that dress is making me think Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. The hair color’s not bad in and of itself, but it and the lipstick are making her teeth look yellow. The black lace is kind of pretty, but also a little glam matron instead of STAR. Blonde can be weirdly aging on brunettes and it is a bit here.

    • Truthiness2U

      Hated this dress. Not flattering to her. And it had not just lace, and not just a pepblum…but a lace covered peplum. Ugh.
      The hair was a bit light for her, though I guess I assume it’s for a role. I think she looks better with darker hair, but hey, if it’s for a role, I get it. I liked the hair style itself, though. Good for the venue/occasion, flattering to her, and good especially if it was to also combat humidity, and avoid the frizzies.

    • Nika E

      She always looks like she needs a better bra. Its seems like everything she wears would look better if her boobs were sitting a little higher.

    • Molly Lopez

      That ain’t an oscars dress for Julia Roberts, that somebody’s publicist or some other sit fillers oscar dress

    • theblondette

      Haha, over on my facebook we had a good old 200-comment-bitchfest about the dresses and Julia Roberts’s was most often voted the worst of the night. Just awful. That lace makes me feel itchy to look at.

    • http://lazycircles.blogspot.com/ Sam Hawk

      She’s wearing a Cami Secret!

    • http://anibundel.wordpress.com/ anibundel

      The dress looks like it was mauled by a bear.

    • Glenn Gore

      This dress makes her look really OLD. She isn’t a young woman any more, and Julia still looks fantastic, but this is a “last gasp at youth” type of dress that some aging star (not Julia) would choose, with a plunging neckline, but then they stuck the lace doily on when she decided she didn’t want to show that much cleavage. Not good at all it just doesn’t work. .

    • JaCory Deon

      I like this dress but not on her so much. Maybe if she had something subtle on her neck with different hair, a stronger lip, and no peplum (can this trend die already) it might work. It does age her terribly though.

    • ShamelessHWAddict

      The lace across the neckline looks like an add-on from a stylist’s bag of tricks. It does not look like the same lace, and I do not believe it was part of the original design. Without that modesty panel, it could have been a stunning dress.

    • ThaliaMenninger

      I like the hair and the earrings and in general, she looks happy with herself, But the dress… It brings to mind dowager duchesses and such. Not Maggie Smith. More like one of Queen Vicky’s numerous grand or great-grand offspring who wore lace gowns and married their cousins and favored that pouter pigeon silhouette.

    • Daisy Walker

      A black lace dress with a peplum? Nope.

    • Contralto

      Definitely not her dress, but hair and earrings are killer.

    • SorayaS

      My first thought was “matronly”. The nude lips aren’t doing anything to up the glamour either.

    • Betsy

      Hate the dress. Love the hair. Love the makeup. And, especially, LOVE the bling!!

    • e jerry powell

      I can’t fairly evaluate the garment because I dislike the wearer so much.

    • webslice33

      doesnt she have a stylist? this isnt good at all…it looks like the laces were glued the last minute..

    • Carrps

      It looks like a 1950s negligee…in a bad way.

    • yulaffin

      I think that gown makes her look matronly.

    • JulieTy

      Morticia’s wedding night negligee.

    • Mirakel9

      Really, you love her (bleached, messy) hair?? Ugh. I liked nothing about this look (but truth be told, I really can’t stand her, she always seems so smug, as she does here!). The dress is ugly, from the lace to the fit, and hate the hair and make up. Plus the 12 year old “anxious girl who chewed her (blue) nails” is unattractive and not really Oscar-worthy…

    • LambeeBaby

      My initial thought was “Holy crap! Julia Roberts has a chest tattoo?” then I came to my senses. Nonetheless it’s not a good reaction.

    • Kimberlini

      My initial impression was that she made a dress from the curtains in a funeral parlor. My opinion hasn’t changed.

    • largishbearishAtlish

      The front lace, to me, looks like a) chest hair or b) a really big loud tattoo…

      and no one pointed out the (thankfully hard to see) pale blue nail polish….wtf?

    • ellaquince

      That looks like a dress Katey Sagal’s biker granny character on “Sons of Anarchy” would snap up for a fancy-dress date with the pimp. But she’d the skirt to about 3 inches below her hootchie.

    • guest2visits

      Didn’t like this one – at all. Perplexed on the admiration for it. I just saw an inexpensive lace dickey and it didn’t get any better in the scroll down. How is it she settled on this one, I’d really love to know. Gorgeous face, hair… I’m ok with black lace but the dress was too old, too dowdy for Julia.

    • CPK1

      You are Julia Roberts and have your pick of any dress in the whole world. And this is your choice?!

    • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

      It’s a raggedy dress. No one should wear a raggedy dress to the Oscars. It looks like she forgot to trim the loose threads when she took it off the hanger.

    • Joey Melliza

      upholstery

    • MandyM

      This is Maggie Guyllenhall’s dress.

    • demidaemon

      I think everyone in the TLounge referred to this as the fungus dress and, well, that is the most apt description. NO.

    • MM4321

      It makes her look so matronly. And I hate the hands-on-hips pose no matter what (looks like these ladies are doing the chicken dance or something), but it especially does not work on her.

    • EEKstl

      No, you got the dress. You got that it’s not a great one.

    • smh4748

      I don’t like this. The little blob of lace adrift on her right shoulder really kind of sums up why I don’t like it–you just shouldn’t have that kind of a situation at the Oscars. I agree that her hair is nice, though I think she looks better a little less blonde and more brunette.

      I’m really confused by her fingernail polish choice. Sure, it’s fun and springy, and she could totally have fun wearing it pretty much any other week in the next few months… but it just feels wrong for the Oscars.

    • d4divine

      Mother!!!

    • bringbackbeatles

      Did not like this dress. The way the skirt flares at the bottom reminds of that pink gumby legged jumpsuit she wore to another event and I don’t want to be reminded of that, lol. It’s just too fussy, just mot her and I hate that lace bit at the neckline, the shape is just not flattering. But, hair, makeup, and smile were perfect!

    • KinoEye

      The dress is heavy, dowdy, and decidedly lacking in the WOW factor. The days of the streamlined Valentino miracle are past, it seems.

    • kt

      She’s wearing a witch costume. Perhaps a nod to her role?

    • Nicole Little

      It’s a mourning dress.

    • GillianHolroyd

      I was prepared to dislike the dress, but it is growing on me, like fungus, like those fungus-colored nails! Which are horrid. I think it would have worked better in a dark navy.

      Okay, it’s reminding me of a style from the early 1900s, one of my favorite eras for women’s clothing; that’s what is attracting me. Still, better than Jennifer Garner’s.

    • insertclevername_ici

      Its the fit. She looks like the dress needs to be yanked up and taken in by an inch at the shoulders. I’m 5’1″, and this is how nearly every dress with straps fits me until I get it altered. I think it would be perfect without all the extra room at the top.