Ruth Wilson in Erdem at the 2014 Laurence Olivier Awards

Posted on April 15, 2014

Ruth-Wilson-Erdem-Laurence-Olivier-Awards-2014-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLORuth Wilson attends the 2014 Laurence Olivier Awards at the Royal Opera House in London in an Erdem dress from the Spring 2014 collection paired with Charlotte Olympia ‘Sandrine’ sandals.







[Photo Credit: Landmark/,, IMAXTree]

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  • marlie

    Girl, that is SO not your dress. I don’t think that’s *anyone’s* dress. Add to that the fly-away hair, and the bland makeup, and this is a world of NO.

    • Kiltdntiltd

      So very true. And the smirking expression says loud and clear, “I think I look like an asshat in this, but my stylist says its great, so,..”

    • MilaXX

      Can we also burn feathers on the bottom of dresses along with lace?

      • Danielle

        Just burn all of it. Go home, start over. Yikes.

    • SugarSnap108

      The dress does provide a good synopsis of all bad things in fashion right now.

      • greymain

        amen sista!

      • demidaemon

        It’s a visual effigy just waiting for a lighter to send all the fashion sins of the last decade back to the dark abyss they came from.

    • holla

      agreed! everything is horrible about this look.

  • Claire


  • Emily Dagger

    I’m taking this as a personal insult because I LOVE HER so much, but that is a bunch of nonsense schmatta made out of a black bathrug and my mamaw’s old mourning hankies, with a pair of giant drawers visible underneath.

    I do love the toenail color, though.

    • skitzfiggitous

      Excellent work finding SOMETHING to praise. She’s so brilliant, but nothing about this look backs that fact up.

    • greymain

      perfect critique

    • Judih1

      you said it!

    • Kent Roby

      Now that you’ve pointed out all the unconventional materials this dress is made of, I kinda love it (but only for a very specific occasion, like the funeral for a friend-of-a-friend’s pet parakeet).

  • jspark

    Girl that is so not your smirk. She needs some mirror practice, I can smell the smugness through my monitor.

  • LipstickForPigs


  • Danielle Colman

    Those are some truly terrifying eyebrows.

    • Daisy Walker

      Those things may give me nightmares tonight! Yikes!

    • CPK1

      right? they even surpass the dress in terms of awfulness.Some regrowing and radical reshaping is in order.

    • nannypoo

      I think she has fabulous eyebrows. Intense, but fabulous.

    • kimmeister

      I fear they might attack me, The Birds style.

    • Deedles

      Yep, it’s a bitch what a Botox’ed forehead does to the eyebrows.

  • thecitysleeps

    What the actual fuck?

  • International Model

    Nominated for a BAFTA for “Jane Error”

    • portlandmermaid

      Snappity snap snap snap! I loved her in Jane Eyre, and thought she was too smart to wear something that looks like a grab bag of things that do not go together.

  • Alicia

    I am so sick of sheers.

  • hughman

    Serial Mom II

  • Anna

    Now THIS is perfect for Coachella.

    • Imasewsure

      With stank boots and a stupid hat… and drugs… lots and lots of drugs

      • Anna

        Yes, Vanessa Hudgens specifically would don this monstrosity.

  • Aidan B

    She’s never boring, I’ll give her that.

  • Emily Smith

    I’m so confused right now.

  • MilaXX

    I love her because of her role as crazy Alice, but this dress is all kinds of wrong starting with the dress part being too big and ending with he granny panties underneath. Also I’m sorry but she needs to smile. She has natural duck lips and not smiling makes her look ridiculous.

    • ScarlettHarlot

      Alice deserves better! I agree about the lips, I actually think the same thing about Scarlett Johanssen and Jolene Blalock.

  • Beardslee

    How anyone, starting in the designer’s workroom, could think that dress is a good idea just baffles me. “I’m concerned.”

    • Kiltdntiltd

      And well you should be. This design is so over thought it is pain inducing. While the sheer tunic with the ruched tulle border, (I don’t think that is feathers, gang) is potentially striking and elegant, the needlessly complex, focus pulling under dress, and granny panties, take it more than just a bridge too far,; its more like a 12 lane interstate too far.

      • Rhonda Shore

        She’s getting ready to lay an egg.

  • JauntyJohn

    In “Saving Mr. Banks” she put me in mind of a young Charlotte Rampling and I loved her. In “Luther” she scared the pants off me, and I lost a bet that it was the same actress from “Saving Mr. B.”
    On this RC I am back to fear – she looks like she could go off at any moment, and all that would be left is a little pile of black feathers floating to the ground.

    • zenobar

      Kind of like the Chicken Lady from Kids In The Hall?

    • DTLAFamilies

      See her amazing performance in Jane Eyre and get turned around again. She is incredibly talented but a nutbag when it comes to fashion.

    • demidaemon

      So she’s Katie Kaboom in the flesh?

  • Capt. Renault

    Is the earring on loan from FTD or Goodyear?

  • decormaven

    This is laughably bad. And the shoes do not flatter the feet.

    • kimmeister

      I think the shoes might be messing with her circulation or something – her skin actually looks yellow in the openings above her big toes. Weird!

  • Jaeda Laurez

    I live for her eyebrows, but this dress is type awful. And I’d love the earring/ear cuff, except she wore her hair down, so the effect is rather spoiled.

  • @Biting Panda

    Sweet Jesus. No.

  • Chuck Barthelme

    Pretty sure the only women who could pull this off are size nothing with no real curves to speak of. Not even my hetero senses tingle looking at this. Seriously not right for her.

    • marlie

      The model on the runway isn’t even pulling this off. It’s awful.

  • Sarah

    Hells no. Put that goddang pot scrubber hem in a wood chipper, line the top, and then GIVE HER SOME PANTS. Then I could MAYBE get on board, but as it is, I am hating it so much it’s pissing me off.

    • Gatto Nero

      This. ^
      The bodice (lined) has potential as a top, maybe. The rest of it is frightening.

    • Qitkat

      You crack me up, Sarah.
      Especially when thinking some people may only know you as a serious librarian (I’m assuming).

      • Sarah

        Nobody knows me as a serious anything :)

    • demidaemon

      I’m surprised you could find it in yourself to edit this monstrosity. A+ work here!

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Who is Ruth Wilson?

    • Sarah

      She’s British, but she was in The Lone Ranger & Saving Mr. Banks, among several English TV projects.

    • schadenfreudelicious

      She is likely best know for her role on Luther with Idris Elba, she plays Alice, and she is bat shit crazy in the best possible ways…

    • Agent Sculder

      She played my favorite Jane Eyre ever in a BBC miniseries, which was how I first encountered her. Maggie Smith’s son Toby Stephens plays Rochester.

  • Kathy

    Did she accept a dare?

  • bunnydiet

    Not a good Ida to wear a dress in public that could be lingerie and impossible to tell the back from the front!

  • Danielle

    Oh good LORD no.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    That’s got to be a worst of the year contender right there – hideous!!

  • Crystal


  • Rhonda Shore

    Is she going to lay an egg?

  • boweryboy

    The dress is ruined by that thing in the back. The transition from short to long is too harsh. If it were a much more subtle transition (or removed altogether) and if she had it lined (no to grannies panties, just no) I would like it. And it looks like she put no effort in on the hair and make-up front.

    Oh yeah, hate the shoes.

  • Wink

    Her eyebrows and smile are very “Jack Nicholson as The Joker.” (Yeah… the only way this dress could be worse would be if she had gone commando.)

  • CB

    She looks batshit crazy (dress AND head).

  • sagecreek

    Oh, mon Dieu, NO.

  • lamamu

    To wear this hideous dress well, one has to be as shapeless as the dress. Miss Ruthie is not shapeless, at all. In fact, I detect a va-va-voom figure beneath that sheer shift of death. Bring it out into the light…with form-fitting opaque fabrics, if you don’t mind.

  • LeelaST

    Oh dear, as if there weren’t enough already going on we also get white lining and visible panties. The train needs to go.

  • skitzfiggitous

    I can’t find two things on this dress that I like on their own, but everything together is a nightmare. And it looks like her ears are trying to shank me.

  • Garcia Loca

    Don’t know who she is, but that is some fierce eyebrow game. It’s like her eyebrows are speaking to you, subliminally.

  • ojosazules

    Those drawers look particularly bad from the back.

  • Raymond Dnomyar

    oh god panties

  • lunchcoma

    Way too much dress for her. Possibly too much dress for anyone.

  • Janet B

    Any attention is good attention?

  • nannypoo

    She looks like an ostrich. And not, of course, in a good way.

    • SugarSnap108

      Definitely not a good ostrich.

  • Lori

    This is kind of nutty, but it would work better if I was seeing less panties.

  • somebody blonde

    Oy. This would be so much better if the whole undergarment thing wasn’t so obvious. Not that it would be good, just that it wouldn’t be horrendous.

  • formerlyAnon

    That is one weirdass dress.

  • jilly_d

    Yikes! Sweetie, we love you and want you to succeed. Back away from the sheer crow pelt.

  • SugarSnap108

    The angle of the last shot makes it look like her legs have been cut off at the knees. Unfortunately, the dress is still there.

  • B_C_J

    Omg! Did her dressing room not have a mirror!? This dress is horrible on the model too.

  • Anglow

    I don’t know who she is, but she has attractive legs and feet, IMO. The dress is awful.

  • judybrowni

    A tail, her dress has a long enough to be stepped on, fuzzy tail.

    What a good idea.

  • Celticharpist

    First thing out of my mouth was, “Oh, nooooooooooo.”

  • mrspotts66

    those shoes look painful.

  • demidaemon

    That’s some crazy hair and a crazy dress. I think she needs to dial it back about 1000%.

  • MinAgain

    I love her face. Her eyebrows are amazing. The dress is just weird and unflattering.

  • quiltrx

    This dress is just a shame. I actually really like it above the bellybutton…then everything goes horribly, horribly wrong.
    This only halfway works on the model…and that halfway is only because she’s straight up-and-down and the overdress sort of floats around her. It wasn’t mean for anyone with any actual curves or angles.

  • BluesD

    This dress is a disaster.

  • conniemd

    Such a strange, awful dress for Erdem, who generally designs in the clean, simple and sophisticated daytime wear aesthetic. I can’t imagine why she picked it.

  • ankali

    Oh, Ruth.

  • Vtg Fashion Library

    Payless shoes.

  • MannahattaMamma

    really the only thing to say is “what.the.fuck?” I think the uncles might consider that as an entirely new heading, for when “girl that’s not your dress” is simply insufficient. And who the hell is Ruth Wilson and what is that thing crawling along her ear?

  • Kim Elmore

    And this is why you go to the dermatologist for botox.

  • kmk05

    Um, NO. There is nowhere where looking like a sloppy peacock attending a funeral is okay.

  • Krysta

    I hate mullet hems. They should just die already.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Alice would never.

  • KayEmWhy

    Let’s ban frozen foreheads please. Hideous mullet dress and with grannies panties.

  • Stella Zawistowski

    God, usually Erdem is so much better than this. What gives?

  • Fred Vaughn

    It’s a doily-slash-duster!!