Amy Adams in Tory Burch at the Time 100 Gala

Posted on April 30, 2014

To paraphrase something two of our patron saints (Karen Walker and Edina Monsoon) have said at various points, honey how exactly do you do that to clothes?


Amy-Adams-Time-100-Gala-Tory-Burch-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Amy Adams arriving at the 2014 Time 100 Gala held at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City in a Tory Burch dress accessorized with Cartier jewelry.

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It just goes instantly drab on her. Not that we love the runway version all that much, but dropping the hem to the floor wasn’t an improvement, as far as we’re concerned. And the top half looks a little like upholstery. Not loving the neckline either, to be honest. Gosh, we sound cranky. Her makeup’s pretty, at least.  



[Photo Credit: Jennifer Graylock/, IMAXTree]

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  • Dany

    Can I just say that that carpet is purely hideous with that background?

  • Miranda

    This is God awful.

  • KateShouldBeWorking

    Between Amy and Carrie, today’s oxymoron seems to be “mumsy cleavage”.

    • MilaXX

      “mumsy cleavage” is the perfect description.

  • Janet B

    Better to be worn short in September with some fabulous boots

  • Imasewsure

    I think it’s an improvement over the runway version but probably not worth the fabric it look to make it work. It’s s’alrite but nothing special

    • jen_vasm

      The runway version is kinda stupid, but it’s all about that belt. Losing it (maybe not THAT belt, but a belt) instantly made this look a snoozer.

  • petitpois

    S’alright. I actually love the runway version if you picture it without the belt or all of the accessories, really.

  • random_poster

    This dress is just flat-out ugly. You can do better, Amy’s Stylist.

  • Mothra

    not only is it too long, but it is way too long on her. It totally puddles badly at her feet like she’s being sucked down to the carpet in a pool of muck.

  • Anna

    Amy is a blocky, upholstered column. With cleavage.

    Miranda Priestly would say, “I think we need a belt here.”

    • demidaemon

      At least. It needs something with some visual interest. These are pictures that make you reach for anti-depressants. Or booze.

  • gayle

    The short belted version is much better but her face is lovely.

  • Fanny_Trollope

    It’s not just to the floor; it’s puddled all over the floor. That neckline does not flatter a woman with breasts. Agree that her face is always lovely.

  • MilaXX

    Some middle ground would have worked. Knee length and keep the belt minus the chain thingy. Honestly I’m getting tired of Amy and these plunging necklines. The face looks great, but the hair is too matronly.

    • demidaemon

      I like your suggestions. At least it would be better than what she showed up in.

  • appliquer

    I would take the earrings.

  • lexilexi

    I just love the way Amy Adams looks… head and hair that is. She looks like someone who is very cool – I want to be her friend.

  • ktr33

    She doesn’t look bad in it, exactly, but it’s a weird dress that’s trying to be edgy but comes off as upholstery, and the earrings are matronly.

  • lamamu

    If the skirt just had to be long, then it needed to be fitted.

    At least, she’ll always have that face to fall back on.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Her makeup is the best part of this. Upholstery fabric top and a too long skirt. What’s to love?

    • littlemac8

      Amy herself is to love. But the dress is a “No.” It looks heavy and totally fall 2014. It’s spring people, lighten up!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Good point about this not being a seasonal look. You’re right-it’s spring, how about some of those florals, or a lighter color?

  • Sarah

    Man, I wouldn’t even buy that couch in a thrift store.

    • demidaemon

      I might. For a dollar. But that is the absolute highest amount that I would spend.

      • Sarah

        Yeah, my catz have ruined the heck out of one of my couches, so after I typed that I was like “well, don’t say you wouldn’t, because if the price was right you could slipcover that mother.”

        • demidaemon

          It is the perfect couch in that case, as you aren’t really worry about it getting damaged. As long as it’s comfortable and easy to clean, who cares what it looks like? Slipcovers are an interior decorator on a budget’s dream tool.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Great face, but dropping that hem to the floor (and adding a couple of inches after it hit) was not in her best interest. Knee-length, add back the belt, change the hair – then we might be in business.

  • sunshine and chaos

    The first picture made me think that the lower part of the dress was a backward mullet. And the carpet appears to be trying to move away from embarrassment but the mighty Time100 wall will not let that happen.

    Agree that her face is great.

  • Betsy

    I see I’m in the minority. Other than the overly long hemline, I actually like this whole look. I think she looks great!

    • Kitten Mittons

      I kind of like it, too. Her chest looks pretty wonky the longer I look at it, but I think it’s more the fault of her boob tape or undergarments (or lack thereof). Lefty looks a good bit higher than Righty, and there’s some weird gapping. I also would not complain if there was a belt of some kind.

      Otherwise, I’m pretty on board with this.

      • marlie

        Me too! It’s not perfect, but I think the adjustments are fairly minor.

        • Kitten Mittons

          Yes! I don’t know why I like it so much, but I do. I definitely like her in darker colors.

          I’d say I’m just in a good mood, but I’m really not at all. So she’s even winning me over in spite of my bunched undies. That’s saying something.

    • Jane Donuts

      Me too. It’s an unusual color combination for the RC, and I think it works. Hate the length though.

    • Violentcello

      Ditto! I like the long version (although this is obviously TOO long).

    • jilly_d

      I’ll join the choir! Maybe not her best, but I ain’t mad at it.

    • GillianHolroyd

      Agree. Just fix the squared-off neckline and the too-long hem.

      Also, were there two versions of the backdrop?

    • EveEve

      This one goes in the win column for me as well. In fact I quite like the fabric, though it doesn’t drape well enough for the chosen neckline. Beats the hell out of all the godawful lace and illusion netting that continues to parade by. Hair and makeup and earrings – stunning.

  • Danielle

    It looks like baroque upholstery.

  • juniper

    I MISS KAREN WALKER. “honey what is this? what’s going on here?”

  • NMMagpie

    The hair what is getting me. It’s just too severe for this look.

  • StillGary

    I can’t ever say that I’ve seen “dowdy” with a plunging neckline — well, it’s a first — but girl can shake it off, she’s pretty and talented!

  • tallgirl1204

    I love the color on her.

  • GeoDiva

    If you are going to lengthen a dress, then please make sure to hem it properly. Annoying!!!

  • B_C_J

    Hair & makeup are beautiful. The dress is conceptually ok but I don’t understand who would send her out to an event with a dress that is at least 6-8 inches too long. Either tape it, do a temporary shorter hem or send the dress back

  • Bert Keeter

    It’s called “BRIDGE DEPT”! What’s with the foot long hem draging on the floor in the front? New trend that I missed?

  • marlie

    I really like this dress, but I agree that it loses something in the translation from runway to red carpet. Perhaps it would have been better if she’d kept the belt.

  • NurseEllen

    You would think after her “American Hustle” wardrobe she would have been OK with keeping the “plunging to the navel” neckline, which might have offset the extra length rather nicely. I do love her hair & makeup.

  • decormaven

    In the first shot, I wondered “are forward trains a thing now?” But how could a train – train- if it were in front? Then I realized it was a too-long hem. Bad choice; I’ll also throw in another vote against another plunging neckline on her. Not that she can’t wear that look, but it just makes me think, “oh, yes, no Oscar for American Hustle.”

  • altalinda

    It’s ok. Unfortunate backdrop, though.
    In other news, I finally saw American Hustle and she was terrific.

  • MinAgain

    I don’t hate it, because the color works on her, but the draggy hem and gaping bodice are not good.

  • crash1212

    Head is great. Widening that deep V for the long version was a mistake.

  • LeelaST

    The “front train” in that first photo transforms her into a Lego character.

  • Betsy

    And what’s with Amy always playing “peek-a-boob”?? I’m getting REALLY tired of that one. Choose another neckline, darling!

    • Wink

      Yes! She’s making this neckline her ‘signature’ look — but she shouldn’t. Sweetie, darling… that is not your look.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Its really the colors that make it drab. She could have at least used a belt or…something.

  • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

    I’ve been rendered blind by that background.

  • Constant Reader

    The dress reminds me of those vest-and-pants suits that were briefly in style as office attire in the 90s. Fabric, color, everything. It wasn’t a particularly great look even then.

    Hair and makeup are gorgeous, though.

  • conniemd

    Just think how interesting the dress would look if the brown had been a color like red or teal. The brown is just so drab looking.

  • Shawn EH

    Definitely needed the socks, the bling and the short skirt: model wins.

  • ballerinawithagun

    Table runner and couch pillows. She’s beautiful though.

  • QFClothing

    I think the runway version is much better-first off, can we make sure we have a waistline? If the dress doesn’t naturally hang that way, belt it. Second, it was originally a plunge neckline and the Amy version sort of looks like she slapped in a swatch of fabric to cover that. We’ve seen American Hustle, she can totally pull off a plunge neck.

  • sagecreek

    Seems like she never gets it quite right. Not Maggie Gyllenhall levels of cluelessness, but approaching it fast.

  • formerlyAnon

    If the skirt were . . . shorter, better, more interesting, had shape . . . this would be great on her. The top has waaaaay too much cleavage for me, but between 40 and 75% of all women’s red carpet looks on any given day have too much cleavage for me, so that’s not an automatic disqualifier.

  • lunchcoma

    I feel like this is what happens when someone refuses to say, “Self, that’s not my dress.” She should have just sent the original version to Emma Watson.

  • Michelle Gennari

    Much tooooooo long. She needs jewelry to zhuzh it up too.

  • nannypoo

    The sort version is much better. She needs boob tape.

  • cocohall

    I suspect this looks quite a bit different, and one would hope, better in person. It photographs terribly. Although sad to say, Miss Amy rarely does well on the RC. I wish she could figure out a look that suits her and just stick to it. She is lovely and such a good actress. There is no joy in critiquing her. It feels like being mean to a puppy.

  • icm

    Not a top dress by any means,but not offensive either. I must say one thing about Amy is that she always looks clean and polished not like some girlstars and boystars that usually look greasy and in need of a bath.

  • msdamselfly

    I think she looks great here. Love the color palette-very glamorous and not her usual choice

  • BrooklynBomber

    I kind of like it but I think if she’d have worn her hair down it’d wouldn’t have looked so drab.

  • LadyVimes

    How does she walk in that? Does she sling the skirt over her shoulder or something?

  • demidaemon

    This was a dress that was not meant to be a gown. But gownify it she did, and now I am sad.

  • MissusBee

    Her hair looks blah with the dress, and her skin is a bit tan, which isn’t helping. As someone with mid-brown hair and warm skin I cannot wear anything brown without looking drab and sad. It is a burden.

    Amy, green is your brown. Trust.

    The mini version would look great on Michelle Dockery.

  • AnneElliot

    Her boobs are giving me a sad. That just is just wrong — drab color, too long, and it’s crying out for a statement necklace. I can just hear Karen Walker saying , “Oh, honey, NO.”

  • YanTanTethera

    If she were standing against a different colored background, this would be fabulous.

  • Dan_In_NYC

    Further, this is teetering seriously close to Bea Arthur tunic length, which – well – isn’t great if you aren’t Bea Arthur. And may not be great even if you are.

  • Sue Shea

    i love amy adams but please amy, do yourself and all of us a favor and GET A NEW STYLIST!!! that face, that body! you are so beautiful! own it! you need to let your light shine girl!

  • JynxTheCat

    all she needs is branches