Rosario Dawson in Matthew Williamson at the “Cesar Chavez” Premiere

Posted on March 12, 2014

Rosario-Dawson-Cesar-Chavez-Matthew-Williamson-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Rosario Dawson attends the premiere of “Cesar Chavez” during the 2014 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas in a Mathew Williamson dress paired with Jimmy Choo shoes.

Rosario-Dawson-Cesar-Chavez-Matthew-Williamson-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (2)Matthew Williamson Pre-Fall 2014 Collection

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[Photo Credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images,]

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  • Needed the belt to draw attention to the peplum. Without it, should have got rid of the peplum too. However, love that blue & orange and love her face.

    • BayTampaBay

      Agreed! She needs the belt as shown on the model.

    • JauntyJohn

      The belt ABSOLUTELY makes the peplum. I’m generally not in the pro-peplum camp, but it’s so subtle here that with the belt I thought it looked sensational. Without, it’s just like a pleat that over-achieved.

      • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

        Now I’m trying to say “pro-peplum” over and over really fast. Thanks.

    • Danielle

      Can we even call that a peplum? They look like mini mudflaps.

      • I was a bit torn. Proto-peplum? Hip-awnings?

  • Mothra

    Cute! Love the print, but is it too snug?

    • kimmeister

      Maybe a smidge, but she has no underarm bulge so that’s a win!

      • 3boysful

        I suspect she cannot breathe–compare the model’s fit. So yes, kudos that she is not busting out!

  • dea

    The color and shape of the dress look great on her. Hate the “just got out of bed” hair.

  • deelup

    Best she’s looked lately.

    • Rhonda Shore

      Definitely. And it’s just right for a SXSW film premiere.

  • crash1212

    Love the print. Hate the hip flaps. Can hip flaps, peplums and any other hip related frippery die…NOW? Also, she’s a gorgeous woman.

    • sienna elm

      Hip-frippery. 😀

  • Sarah

    I wish the print was as vibrant on Rosario as it is on the model, but I love it anyway. I think the peplum detail may be extraneous given the busy print and the piping. Also, I don’t like where it hits Ms. Dawson and I want it to be a couple inches shorter on her.

    • Kitten Mittons

      It does seem muted on her. Is it just the flashes? I hope so.

      I agree on the length, just a smidge shorter would be nice.

      • Sarah

        Yeah must be the lighting. Or perhaps some photo enhancing? Either way it is a really cool color scheme; I dig it.

        • Kitten Mittons

          Orange and blue is having quite the moment. As a Broncos fan, I’m all over it.

  • charlotte

    I wish she’d gone up a size and I’d have preferred a less busy dress, but I do love the print.

  • hughman

    Ok, now THIS I can see her running in.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    The color is so right, I can forgive the other little nits.

  • Anna

    Not quite. Fit seems a skosh too tight and hair looks messy. Looks better styled on the model, but I love the colours on Rosario.

    My God though, is she beautiful.

  • Courtenay P

    It looks so gorgeous and expensive in the model photo.

  • Her hair is the worst thing about this look.

  • Joanna

    Why is her hair always a hot mess? I love her, and her in that dress, but that hair . . .

  • alyce1213

    It’s a Chinese ginger jar, and not flattering for her slim body.

  • Julie Chase

    Too tight, and her hair is a mess. But the colors are super gorgeous.

  • RescueMe23

    Brush the hair! Oh that look drives me nuts!!

  • lobsterlen

    The HAIR and a belt. A belt would have broken up the pattern. Why do the lady stars hate belts?
    I love the print on the dress. I am birder and have Audubon dinner in a month I’d love to wear a printed dress in Mandarin ducks and cocktails.

    • sagecreek

      Oh, this dress would stop the show at an Audubon dinner!

      • lobsterlen

        Do you think Matthew Williamson would loan me the dress for the Audubon dinner? 😉

        • sagecreek

          I think it’s either a) ask him or b) take out a second mortgage, so give it a whirl 🙂

  • MilaXX

    Needs the belt and she needs some jewelry.

  • sagecreek

    Love the print. And as much as I hate to criticize my hometown festival, who chose that backdrop? It makes everyone look bad.

  • Stefanie Argudo Mackenzie

    Cute…more hair though.

  • quiltrx

    I’ll be glad when we can stop seeing this hiddy backdrop.
    I like the dress especially the fabric. I think it needs the belt, though.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    She needs to go up a size. Otherwise, cute dress.

  • Alyssa

    Definitely needed the belt. And it seems to me she’s Pulling a Jolie with the hair/makeup.

  • Sofia

    i love the colors in this print on her. and is that a martini glass in it? i love it even more! i don’t think her hair is messy, she looks relaxed and approachable, which may be appropriate for a film festival. maybe the dress is very slightly tight, but she is curvier than the model and standing with a hip cocked. speaking of the model, i have always hated booties with dresses and skirts. it’s been going on for quite a few years now. when will it end, please?

  • marlie

    Pretty girl, but boring dress (despite the pattern). And she – just like Jennifer Connelly – is sporting errand-running hair and face.

    • Imasewsure

      I was thinking “office hair” to go with a nice dress for the office but I think you are right.. it’s errands… Pretty still but not great

  • kimmeister

    Best I’ve seen her look in a long time. Agree that the belt would have helped, but she benefits from the peplum anyway because her waist isn’t very defined naturally. Sooo glad she didn’t wear booties.

  • Pennymac

    By the reading the comments I suppose I’m in the minority, but I really don’t like that print. It reminds me of curtains from a historic house one might tour in Williamsburg..

  • Jacob Bowen

    Do celebrities know the color of the background they will be standing in front of when they get to an event? I am guessing no, but if they did, there is NO WAY she should be in this dress. The three colors just make my eyes hurt when together in one photo. I LOVE the dress, but that background is killing the mood for me.

  • Trickytrisha

    Okay dress, but the print is bizarre. Clashy-clashy with the backdrop, which has been mentioned here and with other celebs at SXSW. She’s looking lovely.

  • butterflysunita

    She looks beautiful and I love the color and the print–but don’t like the way the dress is bunching up a bit. Maybe it’s too tight?

  • Tracy_Flick

    I love those colors, and I love them on her. But she needs to go up a size.

  • Aurumgirl

    Up a size.

  • Sister Parrish slip cover. Make the backdrop go away.

  • Badriya Al-Badi’a

    As a cocktail-imbibing birdwatcher, I have to approve of this dress on general principles, but I agree with the general consensus: up a size.

  • Sister Parrish …HA!

  • peachy

    that is one fabulous face! nicely done makeup and hair. that said, that pattern on her dress is similar to wallpaper my mother had in her formal dining room when i was a child. it was based on a williamsburg va colonial replica wallpaper.