Emma Stone in Valentino at the “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” Tokyo Press Conference

Posted on April 02, 2014

On the model, this is a super-cute look. On Emma, in this setting, it’s not really working for us.

Emma Stone attends “The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise Of Electro” press conference in Tokyo, Japan in a black Valentino dress with multi-colored feather detailing accessorized with Christian Louboutin pumps, Jennifer Meyer earrings, and rings by Dana Rebecca Designs and Red C.

Valentino Pre-Fall 2014 Collection

The collar’s too high and fussy for sitting down and a shapeless black dress probably isn’t going to photograph well under less-than-optimal lighting conditions. We’d love to see her wear this on a red carpet, in the daylight. But she’d need to wear her hair up and switch out those shoes for something more fun. This hair is … not great. And the shoes are fab, but the dress feels more modern than that. We actually love the footwear the model’s sporting. It takes the dress to “young” and “cute.” It’s like all Emma’s style decisions were arrived at in order to take the dress to “sophisticated” and “grown up,” but she’s best working the young/cute side of the street.




[Photo Credit: Getty Images, valentino.com]

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  • Better hair and kneehigh boots.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      Just thinking the same thing.

    • Sophie

      Perhaps if she pulled it back in a ponytail or a twist? It would let us see the bit of neck her dress isn’t hiding.

  • Feather bib?! That would make a FABULOUS baby shower gift (so that everyone knows you’re gay, or that you want the kid to be gay), but on Emma it just looks silly.

    • Kent Roby

      I was just about to post GTNYFB (Girl that’s not your feather bib)!

  • Nappysue

    What is the fuzzy thing in her lap in the last picture? A sweater or throw for modesty?

    • jw_ny

      I was thinking her legs were cold, but you are probably correct with the modesty throw. Not a good skirt length for sitting on a stool on a stage.

  • NMMagpie

    This just needs a do over. The dress is too short for a sit down interview (hence the modesty shawl) and the hair… oy vey.

  • If you have to throw a pashmina across your lap to prevent a photo of your undies, the dress is too short. Does anyone else see this working as a tunic top over a pair of leggings? Maybe?

    I do love the “Spider” clutch she is carrying–on point without being ridiculous about it.

    • Kitten Mittons

      I like these ideas, especially the leggings if she were to wear shoes like the model.

      There’s still something about the feathers up near her face that I don’t care for, but maybe it’s the hair and make-up that’s distracting me.

    • FrigidDiva

      Totally agree, especially if the hair was up. I can’t really tell how I feel about the whole feathered bib deal with her hair down like that.

  • MartyBellerMask

    You guys hit it on the nose last time; she’s going to be out of outfits pretty soon.
    Doesn’t excuse the makeup & hair situation though.

  • lobsterlen

    Clearly for what she was doing the dress is too short if she needs to deploy a modesty throw. BTW would that be a skirt merkin?

    • Constant Reader

      A skirkin?

      • demidaemon

        That sounds like a mythical animal or a demon. Possibly both. Hilarious word, though.

  • I just gotta say that when a designer allows the actual shape of their garments to be photoshopped, it does no one any good whatever. I actually like this better on Miss Emma than the model, I could only have wished the background for her wasn’t unrelieved black.

  • Tara

    Seriously, her hair and makeup make her look like a bank teller with twin toddlers from Pine Bluff.

    • Constant Reader

      I think we had the same “office attire” idea at the same time!

  • Constant Reader

    That dress looks like a dress you wear to the office when it’s Friday and you’ve had a horrible week so DAMMIT, you’re going to wear something fun and cute and go directly out for drinks at 5. Not that I’d know anything about any of that…

  • elemspbee

    Agreed with all. It’s a cool dress but between the hair and the shoes, the entire look is deflated and flat. Missed opportunity to highlight the colors and fun of the dress (collar).

  • MilaXX

    Is she wearing a fur modesty cloth? I like the dress & shoes, but the hair and makeup are wrong.

  • Pssst, you guys probably want to split up the “valentino emma stone” tag.

  • sagecreek

    So, back in December everyone was wearing sleeveless shifts and now in April everyone’s got jackets and long sleeves? I do not understand this industry.

    • Beardslee

      Thank goodness for the “pre fall” conceit. At least now these women have a fighting chance of being warm.

  • @Biting Panda

    A feather dicky? That is what I’m seeing, right? Honey, no.

  • Beardslee

    Apart from everything else, I don’t think black is her color.

  • EveEve

    Charcoal gray. It’s not her color. And the armscye is too small. It looks like it’s cutting off the circulation in her arms.

  • GinnyThePainter

    I see pregnancy gestures and an early-stage maternity dress. And I hope to God feather dickies don’t become a thing.

  • Capt. Renault

    I haven’t seen that hair since high school. Combination of waking up too early, teen depression, and the late eighties.

    • Erica

      Yep. I wore my hair like that in Jr high in the early 80s. Sad then, sad now.

  • Kayceed

    Too much black. She just disappears…

  • Melissa Brogan

    The dress doesn’t work for me at all. It’s a shapeless sack with a weird, fussy bib. But it’s even worse in this context. If she needs to drape something across her lap to sit down without upskirt shots then it wasn’t the right outfit for the occasion. Plus her hair is lifeless 🙁

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I don’t like it on the model, either. A nothing dress with a chest flap.

  • It’s the hair. The hair is bad.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Feathered bib is not where’s its at, Emma.

  • colleenjanel

    I can’t with the confetti dickie.

  • I agree. This is a rare case where replicating the model’s look would have been a good idea. The shoes do not go at all. And I really like the dress, but that’s because I’m a sucker for minimalist designs.

  • jilly_d

    Pretty much hate it on the model too. It’s not your fault, Emma; it’s not your fault.

  • Sissy

    I like her feather dickie. Like, a lot.

  • marlie

    Any time you need a shawl to throw over your lap because your dress is too short, MAYBE THIS ISN’T THE DRESS FOR A SIT DOWN INTERVIEW.

    Anyway, it’s ok, but the black background ruins the dress.

  • Shawn EH

    No to feather accents, especially that near the face.

  • random_poster

    I hate the whole thing. It looks like she gave her hair and make-up people a day off. The comment someone else made about knee-high boots would have helped the outfit.

  • LeelaST

    The hair. An updo would work with these shoes and would show off the collar. That feather bib is odd though; another reason it works on the model – flat-chested.

  • quiltrx

    Way too short for a sit-down, and this is just an odd, unflattering dress. She could have at least done something with her hair–the lack of effort with a tricky dress made a fail certain.

  • kmk05

    That dress is too high on both ends: too high a neck and too high a hem! Her face and hair are criminally underdone.

  • Danielle

    What is that giant block she’s holding in the second to last picture? Is it a strategically placed android phone?

    • kimmeister

      A Spiderman flask?

      • Danielle

        I like where your head’s at.

  • Rhonda Shore

    Love the model’s shoes!

  • Kbear

    The feather bib is silly. The main body of the dress is just a strange generic “black hole” black. It looks like the fabric in the curtains behind her in the first picture. The black in the feathers is a rich color – it makes the fabric of the dress look cheap. The dress fabric needs some texture and depth.

  • mrspotts66

    it’s time to do *something* with that hair, miss emma.

    really and truly.

    the dress? meh. i don’t like it on the model. i like it about the same on her.

  • kimmeister

    Wowzers, the hair/makeup are uncharacteristically awful.

  • sherrietee

    Why is there a dickie on top of a black shift? I don’t like it on the model, either. It looks like Big Bird mourning dress.

  • Jacquelina La Bomba

    Preggers! I think she is preggers! And I welcome the prospect of a cute little Emma/Andrew offspring.

  • JP

    I can’t even look at the dress, b/c I’m weeping over the tragedy of her hair.

  • snarkykitten

    She looks like a keynote speaker

  • MannahattaMamma

    It’s a bib. A feather bib. And that’s just stupid in so many many ways that I can’t even START to count them.

  • appliquer

    Girl, those aren’t your colors.

  • Qitkat

    I unabashedly love this look.

  • Ahhhhhh she’s a floating head dripping feathers noooooo.
    Yeah, black dress against black backdrop entry is problematic.

  • demidaemon

    Yeah, I can’t get behind this. I particularly don’t love this dress. It’s too stuffy.

  • PeaceBang

    That neckline is being really mean to her.

  • amaranth16

    Girl, that’s not your makeup.

  • AthenaJ

    That multicolor feather bib 3rd grade craft project is Valentino? I weep.

  • RuthGo

    I don’t think it’s working so well on the model either. Just not feeling the whole thing.