Julianne Moore in Louis Vuitton at the “Mr. Turner” Cannes Premiere

Posted on May 16, 2014

We like this a bit more than we probably should.


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We would call this “striking but awkward,” which puts it squarely in the middle of her wheelhouse, since “striking but awkward” is pretty much her entire red carpet history described in three words. This one’s perhaps less awkward than some. At least it’s not one of those weird asymmetrical Lanvin numbers she used to favor. We like the basic idea here, but the problem is that it’s all quite heavy and thick-looking. If you’re gonna wear a dress that looks like it weighs 50 pounds, you might as well go for the full-on couture explosion. It’s not worth the back and shoulder pain to haul around this weird leather-and-feather thing.




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  • this is like two competing dresses. Imagine how much better it might look if it was all the same material and color at the top and just a simple chic sheath.

    • VicD

      Yeah, I can see that the skirt would have worked so much better with a simple light top in black, or that the top would have worked well if it had been an A-line knee length dress, but it doesn’t work together. I do remember those swirl style skirts from the ’70’s though – haven’t seen one of these in years. And, LOVE the earrings.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Love the skirt.

  • imperfectlaura

    For me, the most annoying thing is the hair. I think if she had a fuller, bouncier hair style the dress wouldn’t look like it’s weighing her down so much.

    • FibonacciSequins

      You’re right, that does make a difference to the overall look.

  • Angela_the_Librarian

    I think for her this is a step in the right direction, even if the top looks like it’s made of fruit roll-ups.

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      lol!! you’re right!!

    • YoungSally

      Or meat products…which of course it essentially is.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        And this season Louis Vuitton brings you…..the beef jerky bodice.

        • YoungSally

          Gluten-free and low carb — just like the stars who wear it.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Indeed-and it would be artisanal, lovingly crafted in small batches.

  • FibonacciSequins

    It’s weird, but not in an off-putting way, to me at least. The skirt is really cool. I like the finish and color of the leather, but I think it would look better as a jacket – it’s awfully heavy for a bodice.

    • Kitten Mittons

      Yes, I like the leather a lot, but it looks odd with that skirt, I suppose. It would be lovely as a jacket.

      Didn’t we see someone wear a dress with that same design on the skirt? I can’t remember who. But it looked stiff and awkward then.

      ETA: It was Diana Agron. I actually like this skirt better than Diana’s, after looking at them both again.

  • TrixieConQueso

    That dress is a 10 on my Hate-Meter.

    • Ginmaru

      So that’s what happened to my Dad’s Barcalounger! Too bad about the skirt, it coulda been a contender!

      • Lilithcat

        Ha! That was my reaction exactly! Saw the photo, thought “Somewhere, someone is wondering who cut a patch out of his Barcalounger!” Great minds, etc.

  • Betsy

    The fact that her face looks so beautiful and so real (ahem, unlike Nicole Kidman of yesterday’s post) really helps me to enjoy the dress.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I’m so happy to see a woman who’s comfortable showing that yes, she actually has a few lines and she can live with that. The dress is a mash-up, but I’ve seen far worse.

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    Uh…NO! Heavy, Heavy, Way Too Heavy!

  • @Biting Panda

    Damnit. I so desperately *want* to like this. I just can’t get there, though.

    • kmk05

      Same here. It is unflattering at her midsection, and I think it’s due to the heaviness of the leather top.

      • PlethoraofBooks

        Yes! And the fact that it’s leather. Weather at Cannes is in the 70’s. I just look at that and feel sweat. Also, didn’t the Uncles agree that leather dresses almost never work on the red carpet?

        • kmk05

          They might have! I am just horrified at the sleeves and the heavy back with the exposed zip. No way this works in spring/summer (or frankly, ever. It’s a FMO top if I’ve ever seen one).

  • AnguaVonUberwald

    This is, um, terrible? I just do not understand this at all. What is that skirt even made of? At first I thought it was a musical note print, but now it looks like it might be paillettes? feathers? Hanging chads? Confusing.

  • Anna

    Nope. The top looks like it was vintage luggage in a past life and I really hate the sleeves (I have cycling jerseys that have more flattering sleeves than that) and the fish scales/sateen combo on the skirt isn’t working for me.

  • SewingSiren

    Louis Vuitton really should stick to luggage. This is bad. In every way.

    • Valdri8

      It looks like she is wearing a tote bag with sleeves.

      • Ginmaru

        Bowling bag?

  • Cannot jump on board with this one. Awkward is kind, really.

  • I liked that skirt the last time we saw it – can’t remember on whom – and I like it now. That leather top though… it looks so stiff and heavy and sweaty!

    • Sissy

      sweaty is the perfect descriptor

    • Kitten Mittons

      I think it was Diana Agron?

      • I think you are right!

        • Kitten Mittons

          I like this version better, because the black fabric looks sturdier and holds up to the patterned portion. Diana’s looked flimsier, like it was pulling or something.

          I like both of these pieces, and I like her so much, but it’s just not quite coming together for me

    • kimmeister

      I remember thinking it looked like an avalanche.

  • KES4K

    Not loving the mixed-media trend in designer/couture formalwear these days. With so many beautiful options – why cheapen each of them by slapping ’em all together on one garment?! Also ‘leather’ (pleather?) and ‘gown’ don’t belong in the same description, I don’t think…

  • Cee Layton


    • I see your nope, and I will raise it with 24 hours of chanting no.. like nononononononononononono

      This dress makes me want to take a vow of chanting no. 😉

      • demidaemon


  • Missy

    It’s as though she was looking through a book of couch upholstery options and was like: You know what? Give me some of these IN A DRESS.

  • decormaven

    The top is one step away from tuck n roll upholstery. Not a good look for her.

  • Sissy

    beating a dead horse here, but seriously wtf is going on with these wacky fabric pairings? I guess it’s 2014 and designers are just running out of ideas…

    • If you had to beat anything, dead or alive, that top fabric would make a perfect apron material. Stuff that got on you from the beating would wash right off. Handy!

      Which of course leads me to say it should never be seen as a dress! 🙂

      • Sissy

        lol, good call on the apron. sounds like a much more practical application.

  • blogless

    I feel like her hair color clashes with that top.

  • ktr33

    So. Ugly.
    Pretty hair and face tho

    • 3boysful

      Agree. Love hair, face and earrings. The rest is a fail. And I’ve finally found a poor soul more short-waisted than I am.

  • Sarah

    The shape is good for her. I definitely think the top is too heavy. I also think that color is clashing with her hair in the worst way. If that was a teal or purple and made of something form-fitting, though, I’d totally be on board.

  • lexilexi

    This might work for winter… but CANNES? The beach? Glorious weather? So wrong.

    • MilaXX

      Like the year Salma Hayek wore all those heavy Gucci dresses.

  • gitchygitchymama

    She must of been paid some good bux to wear that. A truel clothes whorse.

  • MilaXX

    Girlfriend loves her a frankendress. I mostly like this, but the top has weird detailing. I’d prefer if it was either a smooth leather or even better a fabric. It doesn’t look bad, it’s just a little off kilter.

    • demidaemon

      It’s true. She should be renamed Mrs.Frankendress, wife of Dr. Frankendress.

  • Fanny_Trollope

    I would like to try that skirt with a cool, crispy oxford-cloth shirt with 3/4 sleeves. A la Emma Watson at Windsor Castle. Could be divine.

  • Noah

    I really wish that was a knee-length skirt instead of a full length gown-ish thing.

  • rigoletta

    Isn’t that the same skirt but longeryou liked on Dianna Agron not too long ago? Or am I imagining that? I think the other skirt had actually metallic pieces on it rather than a pattern.

    I don’t like the look only because the top and bottom don’t go together well. It’s like it’s some sort of exquisite corpse where one person styled the top and another styled the bottom.

  • vitaminC

    Fruit rollup boobs.

  • Imma Mäder

    Yes, it’s a bit too heavy-looking, but I really like it on her nevertheless, I think somehow she makes the leater look cool. My biggest quibble is that the neckline is a bit too low, it makes her look just a skosh too naked up top and skews the proportions

  • GillianHolroyd

    dear god, this is the ugliest thing I’ve seen all year.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    It’s weird for sure, but unlike her other weird choices this one flatters her figure. I like the skirt better than the top, so I’d swap that out for something not leather.

  • gloriana232

    Nipple seams.

  • mjude

    I adore her but do not like this at all

  • Definitely thought that was sheet music on her skirt. Sheet music that had gotten wet near the bottom, and was blurring together.

    • tallgirl1204

      I thought music too. Which I kind of like.

  • tallgirl1204

    ohhh, are those twisty skirts “back”? I tried one on at the thrift store last week and hung it back up thinking it looked a little too…. ’80s prairie? Maybe I need to go back and pick it up.

    • Mary

      I remember the swirly stripes skirts from the 70s. I was envious of my older sister’s skirt in the mid/late 70s.

  • Valdri8

    You need to be a size -3 and 20 to pull off that shit.

  • Qitkat

    I like this, and adore her, but have no way of defending my opinion, as this is one odd combination. Leather top, in May, in a resort seaside town? Thank goodness she is one redhead who wears her own hair, and strives to flatter the skin that nature has given her. Very cute earrings and interesting bag.

    And to look this good in sunlight defies reason.

  • Danielle

    I really love the headsuit, though.

  • AlisonS

    She should have pulled a Sharon Stone and just worn a t-shirt with the top. Maybe not a turtle neck but a simple scoop neck tank would have helped this look immensely.

  • numenah

    Gorgeous shiny hair. As a woman of a certain age, I wonder how she achieves that. Aside from the color of the leather on her, I like nothing else about this seasonally and venue inappropriate frankendress

  • Paula Pertile

    That’s not a ‘franken-outfit’? That skirt is awful. I’m cranky. tgif.

  • SugarSnap108

    I like the skirt, for reasons I cannot grasp or put into words.

  • alyce1213

    I don’t understand this outfit. The top is heavy, too textured, and overly seamed. The skirt just doesn’t work with the top. I hate it.

  • KinoEye

    The one thing that’s working 100% for me is that HAIR. Shiny, red goodness. I want. But yeah, this is super awkward. It just looks so uncomfortable. I like the skirt, but wish she’d paired it with something a little more minimal and light on top.

  • Joanna

    The fit is HORRID. If it had been properly fit on top, this would have been a knock-out on her. I actually like it otherwise.

  • heartbot

    It’s basically one of her typical frankendresses, but the colors look great on her and the silhouette works.

    • Imasewsure

      No this is much better than her typical frankendress but it’s still not quite making it. Do love the color and silhouette as you mention though. Baby steps away from the usual mess so props to her for that!!

      • heartbot

        True. Different materials, and if the dress were more flowy/one color, it would look a lot better.

  • Fuchsiaforever

    As usual you guys, your judgement is spot on. Yes, I agree I like this more than I probably should. It’s a very interesting gown, (the skirt fabric is fascinating) but it’s got issues. I think maybe if the top part was made of fabric it would be better? If it were an out/in? I’d give it an OUT. Sorry Julie!

  • artgirl9

    The top looks like naugahyde and the sleeves are a weird boxy shape.

  • Really, really UGLY! Nuff said!

  • Mr. J.


  • EEKstl

    I love the skirt, wish the bodice were simple and black to allow the skirt to sing.

    And speaking of feathers, PLEEEEEZE give your Bitter Kittens your opinions on Cate Blanchett in that crazy/beautiful Valentino gown she wore the other night with the feather collar. That look DEMANDS the TLo Treatment!

    • CPK1

      I like everything except the vile top. It clashes with her hair and looks thick and lumpy

  • kategs

    It makes her look thick and we all know she isn’t.

  • Denise Rambo

    LOVE the skirt – HATE the top. WHAT is WITH those stitched places where her nipples would be? I do kind of like the neckline though.

  • suzq

    Hate the skirt. Wish it was shorter. Yuck.

  • Um, Uncles..do you feel well? Do you perhaps need to take a BC powder with a cold glass tea and have a bit of a lie down in a darkened room with a cold rag on your forehead? Funeral parlor fan furnished for any vapours encountered. Em, I think so. This outfit is HIDEOUS. Think about it..

  • JaCory Deon

    I like this dress just NOT on her. It needs someone with a different coloring and either more curves or less (like a model). The hair and makeup looks awful too. The whole effect is just so damn harsh looking.

  • marlie

    Not bad! Everything is a skosh too stiff and wintery-looking, but I like the idea behind it all. Julianne looks gorgeous from the neck up, though. This is a good interpretation of JM’s style, without being TOO crazy ‘out there.’

  • JauntyJohn

    Sorry, that thing looks like it weighs a hundred pounds, and if I have to work as hard as I’m working to find it flattering then in fact, it isn’t.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    I like her hair.

  • Little_Olive

    Frankendreadful. Nothing in this dress is salvageable, and WHY DOES NO ONE NOTICE THE TOP DOES NOT GO WITH THE SKIRT.
    Her ass should be really, really angry.

  • ItAin’tMe

    It’s leather? It looks like Naugahyde.

  • Dagney

    wait, what? when I was a child, we had a formica kitchen table and yellow vinyl chairs to match. THAT shirt was made from those chairs and then dyed red.

  • P M

    Well, at least she has her original face, more or less.

  • nannypoo

    Just awful.

  • CKMia

    It’s tragic. And not Marc Jacobs “OMG It’s sooo tragic! Squee!” Just bad.

  • Kbear

    The “feathered” skirt looks like a school project. How many nauga’s gave their life for that top?

  • Jennifer McGuire

    NO. Nonononononono. NO. Yikes.

  • alliekat9090

    Why doesnt she age? Seriously. Why doesnt she AGE?

  • bluefish

    She is so beautiful and easy to like. Why does she do this to herself? Really, really ugly and awkward looking. Her hair looks great though and love those earrings. I love a gal confident enough to show up sans nail polish!

    • demidaemon

      I think she always bites off more fashion than she can handle, probably due to whoever is styling her.

      • bluefish

        Love your explanation and the phrase “bites off more fashion than she can handle,” which I intend saying, a lot, just as soon as I can. Will never now not look at her without that running through my brain. Very clever.

        • demidaemon

          Thank you. Until today, I didn’t realize that this was her problem and then *bloop* there it was. I hope that phrase gets bandied about a bit. 🙂

          • bluefish

            You know what would be great? If someone took your clever and spot-on diagnosis to her and helped her look the way she could at these events. She’s got it all going on except whatever is driving her to these wild excesses. Definitely a First World /1 per cent problem but I would so love to see her show up on a red carpet looking pretty, classic, and chic. She needs urgent tips from whomever the costume designer was for “The End of the Affair.” Or from you since she’s not listening to TLo.

          • demidaemon

            It would be great. She had a moment there where her only problem was bear trap shoes, but that has since quickly passed, unfortunately.

          • numenah

            Too right. Her figure requires meticulous tailoring, and “pretty, classic, and chic” should be her M.O. She looked divine in”The End of the Affair.”

      • numenah

        ITA. Julianne’s petite, short-waisted figure and delicate features are ill served by the FMO choices she or her stylist prefers.

  • appliquer


  • webslice33

    i think her pits are dripping wet…

  • schadenfreudelicious

    I love her, but oh my, the top looks like a pleather couch, the low plunge must be necessary to compensate for the boob sweat….

  • HATE IT!

  • pattyw

    So, the other day, there was a discussion of why Nicole Kidman was defaulting to over-processed blonde vs. her natural red hair. A number of comments referenced how hard it is to dye red hair. So what is Julianne doing right/differently?

  • stacey

    Naughahyde is not a dress material folks, no, no!

    • DagnyReardon

      Exactly. Could not think of what this reminded me of. Thank you!

  • B_C_J

    Not liking the top paired with the skirt but each individually I am liking quite a bit. I admire her because she always takes risks.

  • traceyishere

    This is ugly.

  • Pennymac

    Detest this. I think the top actually clashes with her hair. The skirt is horrid.

  • kimmeister

    I don’t know what kind of boobs would actually fit in that bodice properly.

    • Gatto Nero

      It’s not at all kind to the girls, is it.

  • deech_sea

    I am so sorry, because I love her, but ew!

  • Her hair and makeup are great. I really kind of don’t hate the dress.

  • TwiddlyStun

    Before scrolling down I loved it. I think if it were a knee-length skirt I would love it still.

  • Pterodactyl111

    I kind of love it. I thought the skirt was music note patterned for a minute.

    • LeelaST

      I thought it was notes too! Paillettes of some sort I guess.

  • demidaemon

    Hate it. Frankendress and looks cheaply made.

  • LeelaST

    Horrible. If it’s not pleather it sure looks like it.

  • cocohall

    I wish the black and white inset panels were much narrower and used just as an accent – visually this makes her look thick and she is clearly is not. I would not want a chair covered in that leather, much less a top. I want to support her unique take on fashion, but it just never feels authentic to me in the way that HBC’s looks do. It all seems too calculated.

  • Jessy_N

    seen “don jon”? my love for this woman was already epic, but her performance in that film made it explode. very charming film, not what i was expecting.

  • WhaleTeeth

    I don’t particularly like it from a style perspective but mama’s lookin sassy. I’ll take this over some pretty, appropriate Elie Saab thing any day.

  • DeniseSchipani

    She’s wearing an ottoman on her top half. How is that okay?

    • m3grrl

      At least it’s an ottoman with interesting nipple stitching.

  • RutGot

    I kind of like it for her. It’s interesting and unexpected. She loves the fashion over the straight up pretty and that’s exactly what this is.

  • that top is the color of dried blood. i love her hair, and we all know i love me some redheads! but that color with her hair? no. the texture of the top is heavy, stiff and shiny. i love the skirt though, beautiful shape and those feathers just make me want to touch them. that would be rude, no?

  • e jerry powell

    I needed to see the longer shot before the closeup. The skirt worked for me; the bodice, not so much.

  • andi56

    I have been out of town, but I came back from Tel Aviv just to express how very dismaying her clothing choices are. Who or what is she trying to be? Whatever it is, it seems to just fail in an embarrassing way, sort of like mothers who dress like teenagers, or people of a certain age trying too hard. Oy vey.

  • Gatto Nero

    I don’t like the dress, for numerous reasons — the various elements don’t go together, for one — but the bodice doesn’t fit her properly; the seams don’t fall where they should. The bottom might have worked with a solid black bodice in a different shape.
    She’d be better off in something with simple, elegant lines. Unfussy.

  • Ali2044

    I think my undying love for her is pulling me from the hate-it camp to the eh-could-be-ok camp. Her face is so gorgeous and lively and non-surgically altered, I want to cheerlead everything she does.