GTNYD: Susan Sarandon at “For The Love of Cinema” Celebration

Posted on April 18, 2014

Susan Sarandon wears a dress that looks like it was made out of discarded corporate logos. We can’t say it any plainer than that.


Susan-Sarandon-For-The-Love-Cinema-Dinner-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Susan Sarandon attends the “For The Love of Cinema” celebration during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival held at the Urban Zen Loft in New York City.

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Sweetie, no. Nothing here is working; not the tricky sleeves or the flare of the skirt or the kind of matronly shoes. Let’s get you in some pumps, some jewelry, and a fitted skirt, where God intended you to be, girl. Leave the drab necklines and tricky shit to the hipster girls. You are a CLASSIC and need to be dressed like one.

Girl, That’s Not Your Dress. Pack it up and ship it off to Emma Roberts, who probably won’t look any better in it, but they’ll both be much happier with each other.




[Photo Credit: Jennifer Graylock/]

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  • barbarienne

    I don’t mind the silhouette of the dress–it’s flirty, and in the right context with the right accessories, that’s a look Ms. Sarandon can work well.

    But the positioning of those wonky…symbols? design elements?…is tragic. I don’t think this is anyone’s dress, really. It’s too weird to be classic, but not weird enough to be weird.

    And totally agree on the shoes. Those are not her shoes.

  • JP

    I thought they were the “round things” from the TARDIS.

    • WendyD

      I see Cybermen a bit in the skirt.

    • ScarlettHarlot

      It’s the Torchwood logo, but Captain Jack would not approve.

      • JP

        Article 5,322.f/apple of the Shadow Proclamation covers misuse of the Torchwood logo. The team should bring her in. *g*

  • Snoskred

    I believe this dress is trying to communicate with us in some kind of code. :)

    • Kent Roby

      She’s reminding us to cut up 6-pack can holders so they don’t strangle baby dolphins or turtles if they inadvertently end up in the ocean.

  • sagecreek

    Oh, dear. It hurts me to criticize Janet, but you’re right.

    • Trent

      “Dammit, Janet, I love you — but not that dress.”

      She does look great otherwise, though — and ageless. How is she 67?

      • sagecreek

        She’s my nemesis. She’s always been 15 years older and 15 times better looking than me. I love her anyway, which is testimony to my generosity of spirit.

        • TrixieConQueso

          LOL. I am going to try to be more like you in spirit.

  • aahlife

    She always looks a bit rumpled. And she never deals with her hair issues well. And is that a safety pin earring? No!

    • Judih1


  • Karen Belgrad

    Sometimes, when I watch Project Runway, I have a hard time finding the correlation between the inspiration and the finished product. But this was clearly a Weapons challenge right? Design inspired by brass knuckles?

    • BrooklynBomber

      And here I was thinking they’d gone to the Natural History Museum, and some designer had gotten utterly fascinated, no, swept away, by the multifaceted wonder of fly eyes, which reminded him of his brilliant and beautiful but emotionally unavailable entomologist mother. He then put that memory, along with heart, soul, and needle-pricked fingers, into designing and making this dress, which he’s absolutely thrilled with, and which the model is absolutely rocking down the runway.

      • Constant Reader

        I thought it was an ode to the beleaguered honeybee whose colonies are dying due in part to pesticide use. See how the honeycomb also sort of looks like the barrel of a gun? It’s symbolism, y’all.

        • demidaemon

          My comment below states it is an ode to six-pack plastic rings. Somehow, it all leads back to nature. Maybe.

          Or it’s just a jacked-up design. Either or.

          • BrooklynBomber


        • BrooklynBomber

          I can see it, I can see it!

  • Carrie

    The slight flyaway hair gives this an edge of crazy. Time for her to go home and try again.

  • Hallie

    all the props in the world for not picking something boring, i guess

  • Darren Nesbitt

    If those things alien markings were black this would be a cool tonal look.

  • marlie

    That looks like the molecule structures from chemistry class. And I really hate the safety-pin earrings.

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    I hope she cuts up her sleeves when she recycles the dress, otherwise fish will get caught in those rings.

    • alyce1213

      And birds.

    • demidaemon


  • Danielle

    She’s adorable, but that’s Diana Agron’s dress.

  • B_C_J

    I love this woman but I do agree that this is not a flattering dress. The shoes are equally not the best.

  • Tanya Wade

    The fuck? It looks like corrugated cardboard was attached to a black dress.
    Even Blanche Deveroux would shudder at those “Anthony’s of Florida” shoes!

    • decormaven

      Shoes are giving me a sad for sure.

  • Funkykatt

    It looks like beginning dress from Homeec class (that’s what we used to call it;;;’;homeec’ and ‘bachelor living’.. I used to tell my brother bachelor living was for losers who couldn’t get girls.

    • boweryboy

      Or gay guys (and we used to call it “homeec” too. I thought I was alone in that).

      • Lori

        We called it homeec. What do other people call it?

        • demidaemon

          Well, today it is called consumer science. No, I don’t know why either.

          • Lori

            Calling it consumer science seems like a bit of an over-sell, unless they’ve changed the curriculum a lot. Homeec was a pretty good name for the class I took.

          • demidaemon

            When I was student teaching, I was friends with the consumer science teacher and she covered the following subjects: emotional development and leadership, cooking, sewing, child development and family planning.

          • Lori

            That’s pretty different than what we had, so I guess a different name makes sense. We did cooking, sewing and some financial ed—basic budgeting & how to comparison shop and some rudimentary ad-proofing. The development stuff was in a different class that covered basic psych and family planning was covered a little in sex ed, which was part of bio.

        • Linderella

          My high school divided the topics into individual classes. You could take Cooking (which I did), Sewing (which I’m still kicking myself for not taking), and Family Development (which I didn’t think I’d ever need–nudge, nudge, wink, wink–though somehow I ended up with two kids; who knew?!).

    • Alicia

      There was a class called “bachelor living”? That’s amazing!

  • throwaneyeonthis

    I think that is a great sleeve for a 60+ year old woman. Would have even been better if the dress was cut as a sheath. I’m so tired of designers being too lazy to figure out how to put sleeves that will flatter most women into a garment. No matter how thin or buff you may be, the skin on the inside of the upper arm changes after 50.

    • Beardslee

      Alas, so true.

    • Constant Reader

      Oh great. Something else to look forward to. (Not that I’m buff, just that I never knew I’d have to worry about the skin on my arms.)

      Edited to add: I’m almost 51.

      • cocohall

        I’m 53 and I’m developing a belated appreciation for many parts of my body that I just didn’t notice before they started to go. Now as things start to slip and slide and take on the appearance of wool crepe, I’m sadly realizing I should have been a bit more appreciative before. Then I remind myself that in 10 more years, I will wish I was still 53! Perspective is everything.

  • ccinnc

    I don’t care what she wears. My god, she looks freaking amazing.

  • SBG

    I’m actually most offended by the shoes.

  • boweryboy

    Love her as an actress, but I don’t think I’ve seen her in anything awesome or drop dead gorgeous ever.

    • Wink

      Her fashion choices always have been a little odd… as if she waits until the last minute, rushes into a store and just takes whatever is available.

      • boweryboy

        I can respect that, but still she’s a successful respected actress with access to all sorts of designers, fashion, and stylists. She should just go for it every once in a while. It doesn’t have to be all the time, but occasionally would be nice. Even Meryl does it.

  • LadyVimes

    Get thyself a better bra! That one is doing her no favors, especially compounded with the dress.

  • MarissaLG

    Terrible dress, even worse hair.

  • LeelaST

    Someone went crazy with their 3-D printer.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    As a woman who’s wearing her age very well, Ms.Sarandon deserves better than this dress. I suggest a confab with Helen Mirren-maybe over a bottle of good burgundy or Bordeaux, and then playing in Queen Helen’s closet.

  • International Model

    >You are a CLASSIC and need to be dressed like one.

    Perfectly expressed. I think a rule for anyone who starred in “Rocky Horror” should be, “You don’t need folderal, it’s already been immortalized.”

  • Jessica Freeman

    The cut outs are so oddly certainly is not working.

  • Boop

    I think I did the same thing once with some folded paper and a pair of scissors. T&L – I totally agree. That’s not anybody’s dress. And those shoes are…just…I can’t. ugh.

  • gina1953

    Whoa! I think you’re all insane — she looks great. The dress is interesting and graphic, and it’s startling how well she carries it off. .

  • alyce1213

    She’s such a great broad, really one-of-a-kind, but she’s never had good taste in clothes so this doesn’t surprise me. I’d really love to see her in something chic and beautiful that flatters her still amazing shape.

  • Alicia

    But seriously, building the secret code into your dress is a brilliant idea for hiding in plain sight.

  • GorgeousThings

    That would be an auf’able entry on Project Runway.

  • AnneElliot

    The pattern is giving me weird flashbacks to high school chemistry, which is a bad thing.

  • Mothra

    It is as if a black plastic garbage bag, and a paper grocery bag got it on in an overstuffed coat closet and this is what came of it. Ick.

  • SophieCollier

    Give it to Adele, or Christina Hendricks. It needs to be filled out. Those sad saggy sleeves look awful.

  • Alloy Jane

    Wow, three laugh-worthy celebrity looks in one week! It’s not horrible but it is funny, especially with those shoes. I don’t know why though. But I love Marmy even if the print on her dress looks like a honeycomb/gun barrel collection/brass knuckles.

  • onefifteen

    When will this hem length trend die? It rarely looks good on anyone, no matter the body type.

  • formerlyAnon

    I don’t think a dress that’s “perky” in this particular way works on someone with laugh lines and other visible signs of being over 50. (Yes, I know she’s nearer 70 than 50, but I know folks in their early 50s showing no more age on their faces than she is.)

    Which is a shame, because she’s always seemed to me to walk the line admirably between wanting/needing to look younger than – or at least a juicy version of – her chronological age, and refusing to age in a way that fools no one.

  • Tuneful54

    Looks like she took kiddie scissors to a chemistry diagram from some wonky science journal.
    Now. Gurl. You are seeing a guy who’s much, much younger. In addition, you are awesome. I hope you will up your game. For example, I’d much rather see upi om a lower heel that’s cuter than those Grandma FMPs (I say that with compassion, having foot issues myself).

  • Swiftlytiltingplanet

    Oh, Susan. Those are grandma sandles. High-heeled grandma sandles to be sure, but grandma sandles nonetheless. Just no.

  • ReadBarbara

    I actually kind of like the dress, so the comments are instructive that it’s not for almost-50 me. Thankfully, I still feel the shoes are too old for either of us. She is admirably faithful to that hairstyle.

  • MilaXX

    Wow that has to be the worst case of Girl, That’s Not Your Dress to ever grace theses pages.

  • Sophie

    I rather like the sleeves, actually, and the overall silhouette.

  • helene

    in the first two pix, i thought she was carrying a very unattractive carpetbag-type bag. i think that may have been preferable to what it turned out to be. When exactly did she go from being stunningly lovely (Atlantic City, anyone) to this squirrel-y-ish person?

  • FridaStaire

    Shoes wrong and matronly. Dress awkward. But what a beauty she is – and seriously gets better with age.

  • malarson2

    Baby DUCKS are cute!

  • Gaby

    Did they trim this dress with plastic six-pack rings? I guess that’s one way to recycle.

  • Mojone

    Is that earring a safety pin? If so, it explains the dress. But she is gorgeous.

  • demidaemon

    That is one ugly and boring dress. “It is an ode to six pack plastic rings, showing how they capture and kill fish,” the designer probably said. NO.

    • Fuchsiaforever

      Thats exactly what I thought!

  • BluesD

    The sleeves aren’t bad. The dress would be better if they left the pattern off the skirt and changed the silhouette. I think either a sheath or a nipped in waist with a fuller skirt could work.

  • Fuchsiaforever

    She’s wearing safety-pin earrings????? What? She’s a Williamsburg hipster now?

  • judybrowni

    Skirt looks like it’s got a pop top to her vagina.

  • d4divine

    I she going to levitate?

  • amanda lynn

    I like the sleeves.

  • Vtg Fashion Library

    Looks like her chastity belt has broken.

    • sleah_in_norcal

      at her age one would hope so.

  • Nicole

    Is it supposed to be a public service announcement to cut plastic 6-pack holders so birds don’t get stuck in them?

  • Imasewsure

    Dress is ok to me but not that hideous pattern. Ugly frumpy shoes strike again too… there must be something between hooker heels and this!!

  • Columbinia

    Sometimes I just want a Like button to click under what T Lo says.

  • Courtney

    I like the idea of the tricky sleeves, but the placement of the design on the front doesn’t quite work.

  • shelley514

    Handcuffs anyone?