Julianne Moore Style Double Shot: Cannes Edition

Posted on May 20, 2014

Julianne starts the day off simply and cleanly, like a farmer’s wife or something:



Julianne-Moore-Nina-Ricci-Maps-Stars-Premiere-Cannes-2014-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Julianne Moore attends photo call for “Maps To The Stars” during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France in a Nina Ricci dress paired with Christian Louboutin sandals.

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Nina Ricci Fall 2014 Collection

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See? Exactly like a farmer’s wife. We’re so good with our analogies.

This is a pretty color and we like how cool and chic it all comes across, but the shape is awful. Either belt that thing or have it taken in. Not too crazy about the big sleeves, either. It’s like they couldn’t just make a pretty dress. They took a look at it and said “Hmmm. Let’s make the sleeves and the waist entirely disproportionate. That’ll totally make it fierce.”

Later that evening, Julianne went batshit crazy:


Julianne-Moore-Chanel-Maps-Stars-Premiere-Cannes-2014-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Julianne Moore attends the premiere of “Maps To The Stars” during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France in a Chanel couture dress paired with Christian Louboutin sandals and Chopard jewelry.

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Julianne-Moore-Chanel-Maps-Stars-Premiere-Cannes-2014-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (3)Chanel Spring 2014 Couture Collection

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There’s a big part of us that thinks this is fabulously insane and that she’s exactly the lady who should be wearing this thing. Then there’s another, bitchier part of us that thinks she looks like she had this made out of the pullings from her dryer’s lint trap.



[Photo Credit: CHP/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES, Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images, IMAXTree]

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  • lexilexi

    Both dreadful. One bland nothingness and the other itchy scratchy horrible.

  • BlairBear

    If your dress is sticking to your face you are doing it wrong

  • I wish the first one was the deeper lilac of the runway version and I wish the second one didn’t exist at all.

    • kmk05

      I can’t believe the second one is Chanel. The fact that her hair and the feather things match each other in their uncombed state is the sour cherry topping on a cake of awful.

      • lundibleu

        I am choosing to believe that the Chanel brand is taking a break, and Mad Uncle Karl is steering the evil twin from the attic in to take it’s place. I hope the actual brand comes back soon.

        • kmk05

          You mean, the same way Dior is taking a break?

    • SugarSnap108

      Yep. I’m imagining the first one in a deep blue, with a belt, and the situation gets much better. I’m also imagining the second one doesn’t exist, and the world becomes a much better place.

    • mshesterp

      I think the color of the first one is tragic with her skin tone. I just don’t understand how she looks at some of these garments and thinks they’re flattering–in color, shape, effect, whatever. I’m getting to the “of COURSE.” stage with her. Argh, Julianne!

    • VicD

      That color on the first one is really the dismal gray of day old dishwater – just awful! It’s probably one of the worst colors for a play redhead (or blonde – this would look equally bad on a Fanning sister). It would take Lupita to give life to this sad rag.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I’m not sure that Lupita could make that first dress work, even given her magical presence.

  • PlethoraofBooks

    I wish she had done that first dress in the purple, especially after seeing Jessica Chastain in purple for a premier and how fab it looks on redheads.

    • Alyssa

      Me too…I think that purple would have looked amazing on her!

  • FibonacciSequins

    In #1, she looks cold and uncomfortable and it’s all I can see. #2 has one foot in greatness and one foot in crazyland (those giant buttons up the back, for example). I like that Julianne goes for the really extreme stuff, at least.

    • KES4K

      She looks like she’s molting in dress #2! I like the idea, but maybe not the execution?

  • Anna

    Sooo confused. How does such a talented, beautiful, A-List actress end up with such consistently bad clothes.

    The first look is all kinds of dismal and dull, and the second look reminds me of that scene in Home Alone where Kevin turns the fan on and blows all those feathers all over Joe Pesci.

    • BlairBear

      I’m pretty sure her stylist used to be Anna Wintours first assistant and the first assistant in The Devil Wears Prada. I guess her taste is questionable

      • Jessica Freeman

        I was really excited to hear she hired a stylist. And then this continues to happen. There is no hope.

        • BlairBear

          I think she has had the same stylist for awhile . Not positive though

      • Anna

        Terrible instincts, all around. Sure, the stylist does the legwork and the sourcing, but Julianne must have some kind of final approval in the whole process, maybe she just has the equivalent of beer goggles on whenever she gets dressed. She sees fierce, the rest of us see deranged.

        • BlairBear

          Thats fair although if the stylist presents only bad looks then she has only those to pick from. That being said my guess is her stylist and her have similar instincts and so they go for the same looks and there is nobody saying I’m not sure about this guys.

          • Anna

            Your guess sounds spot on, she clearly needs a third party with taste on her team.

          • BlairBear

            Haha maybe hollywood stylists should have an oversight committee chaired by T and Lo who disperse get a grip people to celebrities and their stylists. Also this should be filmed as a reality show.

          • Anna

            That should already be a reality show!

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            TLo Present: Girl, That’s Not Your Dress!

          • BlairBear

            T and Lo present say no to that dress

          • bitchybitchybitchy


          • GillianHolroyd

            IIRC I saw a list of her stylist’s other clients and they look reasonably presentable most of the time. I think this is on JM.

          • demidaemon

            To also be fair, she probably says to her stylist, “Here is what I’m looking for.” And, if they have been together for as long as you insinuate, the stylist probably has a good idea of what Julianne will go for. In other words, Julianne needs a new stylist or different taste.

          • BlairBear

            I’m not sure that is it so much as having two stylists with different tastes might help balance out and if they all can find something that they like maybe it will have broader appeal.

          • demidaemon

            That sounds like a reasonable solution that will probably never happen, unfortunately.

          • BlairBear

            thank god for that. Well not in Julianne’s case because I love her. But I like seeing insufferable celebrities looking like smacked ass on the red carpet. it instills a sense of poetic justice

          • demidaemon

            Like Miley Cyrus and Lea Michele? 🙂

          • BlairBear

            yes they definitely qualify. Also the Jolie Pitts

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      That’s a great image. Now I can imagine Uncle Karl after a few too many glasses of Champagne smearing a muslin with glue and then throwing feathers around the room with multiple fans blowing. Only then can I think of any justification for that gown’s existence.

      • Anna

        HAHAHA. Your explanation for the win!

  • mjude

    I adore her. but I do not care for the 2nd look, makes me itchy.


    At least she looks better than the models in both outfits. Chanel should just give it up and go home. They are becoming most distinguished for making gorgeous people look really bad.

    • GrungellaVedder

      Karl Lagerfeld turned the brand into a joke.

      • BlairBear

        I mean he fucked up Chanel handbags. How is that possible. How can you ruin a black quilted lambskin bag with gold chains but he managed to do it

        • GrungellaVedder

          I know! It’s perfect in itself! But he has to turn into a sick, “avant-garde” joke that only PMK would think is classy. (The image won’t load but I’m talking about the big, beach body bag that is the size of a hula-hoop)

          • BlairBear

            Haha I was hoping it was the image with the snout girl who is my hero. How are you Grungie? And that burlap chanel backpack. like really ?

          • GrungellaVedder

            That was the pic I am trying to post but damn Dicksux! You know Karl is just powertripping over everyone with that burlap monstrosity to prove that as long as you slap a Chanel logo on any crap, monied people will buy it.

            I’m doing well, Blair. I hope you are too!

          • BlairBear

            I kind of admire him for it but also think he is tapped out and needs to retire. I am great. and only tacky monied people buy it

    • Vtg Fashion Library

      Dior’s doing the same thing.

  • BlairBear

    I love how her face in the first picture in the molting bird dress is like yeah I know bad right?

    • KES4K

      “Molting” was exactly my reaction as well.

      • BlairBear

        the worst for me is the fact the feathers are sticking to her face. I mean that must be so uncomfortable and it just looks so wrong. would be a terrible dress without that though. The only place I can see this working is a Vogue spread where an actress checks into rehab for exhaustion and wears the most glittery feathery pajamas to therapy.

  • lamamu

    There is simply no earthly way that a woman’s backside can look good in that second dress. Droopy bum. That makes me sad for her. I kind of like it from the front though. (But I’m a sucker for feathers…)

  • That second dress looks like the Muppet the other Muppets don’t want to talk about and “forget’ to invite to the family reunion.

    • demidaemon

      It’s the one Jim Henson put through the shredder but somehow survived.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I am trying very hard to like the second look, but it looks too annoying to wear, like you’d spend the entire night discreetly scratching your face and trying to keep the damn feathers out of your lip gloss.

  • PastryGoddess

    The best thing about these outfits is that her shoes are the right size.

  • carnush

    I love both looks, especially the Chanel. Fabulously insane is right.

  • GrungellaVedder

    Her Chanel dress reminds me of the dessert cake snowball. It’s like she’s handrolled in shredded coconut flakes.

  • Glam Dixie

    She rolled in Elmers and then was rolled in the bottom of her chicken coop. (There. That’s my farmer’s wife analogy).

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    But what really makes it work are the POCKETS!

  • Jaeda Laurez

    I would absolutely hate that dress in any other setting, but it’s Cannes, and if you’re going to wear crazy, you might as wear it there. I would really like the grey dress in another color- but it’s cute and breezy- not bad. Also…bras are a thing. Just saying.

  • Jessica Freeman

    She has tried bat shit crazy many times, and it’s just not for her. First one needs a jewel tone color and a belt. Second one, burn it. Straight away.

  • Danielle

    Oh my God, the second look almost made me fall out of my chair.

    • demidaemon

      In a good or bad way?

  • Sam Smith

    Belt please on the first look.

    • decormaven

      My kingdom for a belt!

  • I like the first dress, but agree that it needs a belt. On the model, too.
    The second dress…I dunno. But I am amused by her hair’s apparent attempt to mimic the flyaway quality of the dress.

  • Emily Smith

    I personally love the first one, I love dove grey on a ginger and the shape and style appeals to me, as a fellow ginger, who prefers to not have to coat ALL of myself in sun screen every time I leave the house.

  • Lex

    Second dress is a walking allergy attack

  • I assume the second one is a fashion tribute to cellular cilia (those little hairs that protrude from cells and wave around to sense things).

  • Lizzyisi

    I love the sleeve on the first dress and don’t think it needs a belt cinching it in. It’s okay not to hyper-define one’s waist at every possible moment. In other words, I disagree that the shape is awful. I think it is cool and chic as it is. Even in that silver grey color, which does nothing for her.

    The second outfit is very close to something awesome, but does not get there. I love the skirt and I like the long top over it, but the anemic feathers don’t work on the top. I think it’s the wind–when they are not lying flat, they don’t look like a design detail and obscure the collar and arms in a very unflattering way. I think I love the fabric that’s UNDER the feathers–it’s hard to tell–but again, she picks such unflattering colors for herself.

  • alyce1213

    Why did she not wear the first dress in lavender? That might have overridden the fit issues, because Color!
    The Chanel is total whackadoo, but I kind of like it on her because she looks so happy wearing it, like she’s really having fun.

  • majorbedhead

    That second dress looks like a Muppet with mange.

  • B_C_J

    I love both dresses on her. The first has that wonderful simplicity that Julianne pulls off so well because she is so beautiful. The second dress is just absolute fabulosity that requires the confidence of a goddess which she possesses by the bucket load. She understands how to wear a dress that teeters on art. Her smile tells you how wonderful she feels in it.

  • Jennifer Bober

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who saw the first dress and immediately thought “it needs a belt.” See T and Lo, you have your bitter kittens well-trained. I saw the second one and thought WTF? Seriously, the woman has a figure that most of us would kill for and she hides it under that insanity?

  • TerryMarie

    That second dress just looks like it would be great fun to wear, and the hell with how it looks (though I don’t think it looks bad). Fun is always a good thing.

    I would have put her in the purple version of the first dress. With her red hair, that would look awesome.

  • juniper

    every Chanel look I’ve seen on this blog makes me cringe. what happened to channel tweed suits and classic fashion?

    how did Chanel become this batshit crazy?

  • I kind of don’t mind the second dress, although I agree that there is an essential disconnect between the look of it and the name “Chanel”. The first one should be a different, deeper color, and a belt would help it immensely. I do love Julianne but she is so problematic in her style choices for the red carpet.

  • Leah Elzinga

    I actually don’t mind the second dress, but the makeup is letting her down and then some. This is not a look that asked for metallics, and shine, and shimmer. If ever there was a dress that screamed for a clean, soft chignon, a matte face and make a neat and simple winged eye, this was it. As it is, that makeup is just… greasy.

  • MartyBellerMask

    WTF, Chanel? So much awful lately.

    • BlairBear

      I bet Karl is kind of tapped out. He used to put out exuberantly crazy clothes and now they are more like lazy crazy

  • schadenfreudelicious

    I love her immensely, but she looks like a partially plucked bird the the second dress, a haute couture partially plucked bird, but still….

  • saintebeuve

    second look: if not Cannes, when?

    • Little_Olive


      • saintebeuve

        Touché! Possibly also fancy dress day at the caves of Lascaux. So, really, it’s multifunctional.

  • Laura Abrahamsen

    Shoulder/neckline of 1st dress remind of Sandra Bullock trying on the granny wedding dress in The Proposal-I.e., not flattering. Second dress is not clothing but wearable sculpture and in that vein, kinda fun.

  • Chuck Barthelme

    If the second one was actually hemmed at that weird ribbon, I think it would work. Would look far better as as short dress than a long one.

  • Coleslaw McGraw

    I’m pretty sure that second look is from the sofa cover my cats destroyed with their claws. and then rolled in a dead bird.

  • Paula Pertile

    If she had just cut the bottom off that second one, it’d be OK – maybe.

  • NMMagpie

    First dress: get that woman a belt, pronto.

    Second dress: Refrigerator science projects as couture.

  • Betsy

    The second one has Helena Bonham Carter written all over it.

  • Aunt Tabby

    That Chanel just makes me angry. Is Tim Burton gigging at the House of Chanel now? What woman wants to wear a gown that gives them a dowager’s hump, 40 inch hips and hives???? Arghhh. The smallest measurement on that dress hits below the fanny and the knee. I can’t think of a more unflattering silhouette.

  • Valdri8

    I liked the Chanel until I saw the back, and then it was simply a button too far.

  • ktr33

    I would be ok with the Chanel if it fit her. Karl has been doing a lot of sheepdog stuff lately. The first is pretty, like what a very chic rich woman would wear to a day wedding in 1971. She should’ve gone with the color on the runway. The dishwater grey is not complementing her coloring.

  • lalahartma

    Eww and ewww. Nice legs, tho!

  • TwiddlyStun

    What kind of fabulous things go in her dryer to make sparkly lint?

  • rockin robin

    I think dress # 1 is a good color, but it’s not a good color for her. It washes her out. I kinda love #2 in all its insanity.

  • connie238

    What is happening in couture? Dior and Chanel have both scraped the bottom of the barrel in the last few days. Even without the feathers, this dress has sheer parts, inexplicable horizontal seams, and buttons down the back. No.

  • MilaXX

    First dress looks like she found a sister wife dress at the thrift store and shortened it. It needs a belt and a better shoe. Either a metallic or a bolder color.
    Second dress does both look kind of awesome and kind of like she cleaned ALL the lint filters in the Cannes and made a dress out of the lint.

  • cowper

    Giant plucked chicken! Eeek!

  • SouthernGirlRena

    I am most confused by the first dress. I cannot imagine why anyone would look at that runway dress and say “oooh, I want that one. Here is my American Express”. I do of course realize there was no American Express used in her transaction but wouldn’t the designers hope that wealthy women all around the world would fight over the chance to wear it? Mail order catalogs have offered that dress for $29.95 in 7 different colors for decades.

  • Jan Crews

    Chanel couture nightgown!

  • kimmeister

    I don’t see anything fundamentally wrong with the shape of the first one. It appears to fit her just fine, I do think it would look better with a belt and in the lavender color.

  • Kate Andrews

    B-kok! Chicken flapper!

  • SewingSiren

    The farmer’s wife look is clean, simple, classic, a whole hell of a lot better than her usual. So props. The second looks like it was made of that plastic insulation that the carpenters tack up on new house frames before the put the siding on. It’s much more expensive than you would think, but still. …..

  • Denise Alden

    Batshit crazy=Chanel.

  • Tracy_Flick

    Scroll-down squeak of indignation.

  • 3boysful

    This should be called the “removal” post. If she removed the sleeves from Dress 1 and had the shoulders cut in like a halter, and removed everything below the knees of Dress 2, we could work with these.

  • JaCory Deon

    I know she’s quite tiny but she looks so hippy/wide in her dresses. The clothes she’s wearing would look much better on Lupita. That second dress, thank you Julianne, made me smile/laugh…it’s bonkers!

  • Columbinia

    The first (day) dress looks a bit like an Amish undergarment. The second (evening) dress looks like something one of Grimadi women should be wearing, being as it’s from the crazy end of Uncle Karl’s closet. There’s nothing attractive about this partially feathered dress. And yet Ms. Moore seems to enjoy the heck out of wearing it.

  • Hysterectomypants

    I think the first one is actually really pretty on her, and her hair and makeup are just wonderful in that. The second one is certainly batshit, but….I like it. I think she looks kind of amazing in a silly, completely OTT way. I hope I’m not losing my mind.

    • Nope, you’re not losing you mind; I’m with you. And I feel sad for the poor model in the first dress because Julianne is wearing it so much better.

  • E.Nelson

    The first dress is a color she should wear much more often – and I’m sorry but in that second dress? She looks like a fucking MOVIE STAR.

  • Gatto Nero

    The first one is sort of fresh and pretty, but the waist of the dress hits her too high. The overall effect is a bit blocky.
    There’s something about her attitude and the styling in the second set of shots that rescues this look. I think she looks kinda great..

  • MrsDanvers

    my mind went to cat hair

  • marlie

    I sort of like the first dress for a daytime event, but I wish she was wearing the same color as the runway version. As for the second dress, I said “What the HELL?” When I saw the first photo, and then when I saw the FULL LENGTH SHOT… “WHAT IN GOD’S NAME? This is CHANEL???” Feathers and sheer… Wha… I… I don’t know what to say.

  • what not

    Wow, these are not her colors at all.

  • Pennymac

    She looks so nervous that the skirt on dress #1 is going to fly up, I’m giving her a pass. But I’m not a fan.
    I wonder how she managed to not scratch and swipe at the frizzy feather concoction tickling her neck all night? Ugh. It looks like a moulting, sparkling, buttoned-up mess.

  • unbornfawn

    Neither of these looks are working for me. She is a gorgeous woman and both of these looks are awful, for very different reasons.

  • livesarah

    I like the first one, but I’m 100% sure I would detest it on anyone else. The second outfit is actually a ghillie suit.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Wow-Julianne did go batshit crazy. That is one wack-a-doodle dress, and the batshit quotient is upped by yet another sheer skirt. This must stop.

  • cocohall

    I love the idea that someone thought a dress covered in feathers needed pockets. When you are creating a look that says “molting eagle chick” how do pockets even appear on the design horizon? The first dress is at least understandable. There are some good ideas that went horribly astray. The fact that Miss Moore picked BOTH of these looks for Cannes shows how far gone she is in terms of fashion. A cadre of gay uncles could arrive by jet ski on the beach to stage an intervention, and I think she still would find a way to subvert their help and get her picture taking looking nutty as a Snickers bar.

    • pdquick

      But that’s how you know it’s a garment, and not the molt of an eagle chick. Which is a fabulous image, by the way.

  • smh4748

    My car happens to be the exact sad color of that first dress. My brother once compared it to “spit-out toothpaste,” and he’s completely correct–totally on point for the car, and for this dress.

    No one should wear a color that can be compared to spit-out toothpaste.

  • Carina Green

    “Tarred and feathered” isn’t a fashion statement.

  • demidaemon

    She looks like she is shedding in the second look. Not good.

  • katiessh

    You know what’s more insane than this dress? I just finished watching boogie nights and this bitch has not aged

  • deech_sea

    It makes her look like a Lhasa Apso–a chunky one. She’s thin and beautiful and can do better.

  • P M

    Oh, I don’t know. It takes advantage of the sea breeze in Cannes, the second one. That’s a plus, right?

  • SophieB210

    Is she allergic to nail polish? I don’t care to see anyone’s unvarnished toes.

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  • traceyishere

    That dress is eating her alive.

  • vitaminC

    Gotta admire that cloud of fuzz exploding off her Chanel coture in the wind gust photo.

    Oh wait, no I don’t.

  • judybrowni

    Remember the crazy chicken lady from Mad TV?

    I didn’t until just now, when Juliana borrowed from Chicken Lady’s closet.

  • DesertDweller79

    Uncle Karl, I don’t understand that dress. Are you sure you meant that to be a dress? Really, are you sure?

  • musi_

    the first dress looks terrible on the model!

  • pdquick

    I just read an interview in The Guardian where she says she hates this part of the Cannes experience.