Sandra Bullock in Vionnet at the 2014 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jane Fonda

Posted on June 06, 2014

We need Sandy to class up the joint after that shockingly vulgar start to your day, darlings.


Sandra-Bullock-vionnet-2014-AFI-Life-Achievement-Jane-Fida-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Sandra Bullock at the 2014 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jane Fonda at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California in a Vionnet cobalt blue crêpe de chine cutout gown with a draped back and contrasting pale yellow lining paired with Jimmy Choo shoes and Lorraine Schwartz earrings.

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Unfortunately, that bodice is for shit. Sorry, girl. Had to tell it like it is.

Great color, though. And we love the contrasting green in the skirt. The shoes are a little heavy. This look doesn’t feel like it was as thought out as, say, her Oscars attire. We suppose if you’re on stage doing a tribute to someone else, you probably shouldn’t try and steal the spotlight by coming out all WERQ and shit, but even so. That’s no excuse for that lumpy top half. A shame, really; because with just a few adjustments, this would look amazing on her.



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  • MmmmmmmmK

    Oh dear. She’s getting Madonna arms.

    • MarissaLG

      We should all be so lucky.

      • MmmmmmmmK

        I just meant that women of a certain age should not feel like they have to look like they could drag a tank on a chain through mud.

        • teensmom99

          Homage to the mother of all aerobics video.

  • Thomas

    That color is glorious on her. A real shame about the fit.

    • suburbanbohemian

      I’m not an expert, but I’m thinking a bit of an alteration would have fixed that. Do stars appear in ill-fitting clothing because the designers who loan it, don’t want it altered?

  • LilyVanessi

    I agree with your comments, but what bothers me even more is that strip that looks like her bra strap.

    • Thomas

      It looks like it’s the same color as the sea mist green under skirt, so maybe it’s all attached?

      • MoHub

        Oh, I’m sure it’s trim in the lining material, but I agree with LillyV that it looks more like visible bra straps.

        • Bra strap was the first thing I thought.

        • marlie

          It definitely could have looked more “intentional.”

    • kbshee

      I keep looking for one on the other side.

    • MilaXX

      I think it’s the dress lining. Just more evidence of how ill fitted the bodice is. Properly fitted that wouldn’t be showing.

  • That top really doesn’t fit at all, does it? She’d need to be 6″ taller and considerably wider to get her shoulders sitting right.

    • Does that weird little triangular cut out in the belly area ever look good on anyone?

      • No one leaps to mind!

        • DuBey2

          Rihanna now leaps to mind. It seems she has an absolutely flawless body. They could mold Barbie Dolls on HER body. I say this, because I have now SEEN all of her body.

          • She comes close – but those little cutouts are just a really bad idea.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I can’t think of anyone on whom that would work-it’s just odd.

    • SugarSnap108

      It doesn’t fit at all, but it’s also just so sloppily constructed, I think it would like shit on anyone. And the stupid flash of yellow looks like an errant bra strap.

  • ovarB

    Gorgeous color but that fabric does not have the heft to support the structure of the dress. The fit would be completely different if a different textile was used.

    • MoHub

      Or if there was some rigid substructure such as interfacing, buckram, or featherboning.

      • 3boysful

        Dang. You sound impressively knowledgeable.

        • MoHub

          I turned out to be a poor seamstress due to poor manual dexterity, but I learned all the techniques and technology, so I can communicate with those who have “the goods.” It’s enabled me to design theater costumes and have others execute while clearly knowing what needs to be done to achieve the proper construction.

  • RussellH88

    That is a sloppy bodice. It’s not structure enough.

  • Introspective

    top half definitely does our sandy no justice.

    that color sings on every woman, she being no exception. it is one of my favorites.

    • marlie

      I would love for this to be the color of the season, even if we’d all get sick of it. It would still be a world better than the light pinks/beiges that look good on almost no one.

  • GillianHolroyd

    Ugh, so difficult to walk with two slit side seams and WTH is going on with the left sleeve? such a dramatic color though, nice and clean.

    • MoHub

      I’m also not on board with the peek-a-boo above the waistband. It looks like an afterthought.

  • Sally

    It doesn’t fit. Odd. It could have been fantastic.

  • Wow the fit on that bodice is appallingly bad. The join to the waist needs to be taken out and reset, and the under arm dart needs to be re-cut for her. OUCH. But that color is great for her.

    • Frank_821

      What he said 😛

      but yes I am surprised how ill-fitting the bodice is and things were not done to correct it. She is an A-lister after all

      • There is only so much they’re allowed to do to a borrowed frock. Anything they do to alter it must be removable without leaving any marks. The bodice on this could not have been altered to fit Sandy without the changes being visible after returning it to its original state.

        • random_poster

          Does that mean they re-use the garment after it’s returned? If so, is it actually put out for sale? I know they do that for returns at department stores, but I’ve always wondered what the higher end designers do with the returned clothes.

          • DuBey2

            Yes, please tell us, someone. I want the answer to this. And if so, where do I buy the things returned by a 5’3″ actress who wears a 6-8 and also a D cup?

          • A single garment might be leant multiple times. Various publications might ask for it, as well as stars. As to where or how they are sold off, I don’t know. I suspect that they get marked down and sold off somewhere, unless a museum donation is in the offing.

          • random_poster

            Thanks, Kiltdntiltd. They’re much like a rental tuxedo in that regard. It does make sense, especially for the pieces that are more one-of-a-kind or editorial in nature. As for mark-downs/sales, it’d be interesting to find the second-hand stores that make those purchases. I’m guessing they aren’t TJMAxx and Marshalls.

        • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

          It always puzzles me why actors in her cash sphere don’t just buy the garment and have it properly tailored. If you know you’re going to be photographed, why not look your very best? It may cost more but at least you won’t end up on the worst dressed list.

          • If Dita Von Teese can mange to always be perfectly turned out, they can too.

  • OhSheila

    Bodice totally doesnt fit. It’s a great idea, though.

  • Tanya Wade

    It’s so past time for a hair-tervention.

    • Leah Elzinga

      this. picture her with about 6-10 inches hacked off and a soft blowout (if she wants to keep it long). But what I REALLY want for her is a sharp bob. Her jawline is screaming for it!

      • SweetJess MeanGreen

        I don’t think she’s confident enough in her looks enough for a bob. The long hair softens her face but when she flat irons it to death it looks harsh anyway.

  • teensmom99

    I think she looks great so gets points for the overall look. & I like the peel of the acts as a tribute to the goddess of aerobics videos.

    • teensmom99

      Okay, I want to be nice but I am no longer looking at this on an iphone and now I see the problem with the bodice.

  • SugarSnap108

    To say something nice, I do love a contrasting lining, and this particular color combo. And her face.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    I love, love the color, but the bodice is indeed for merde. Enough with the bleeping cutouts.

  • decormaven

    Strange shoe choice, but love the color of the dress on her. Others have more succinctly stated the problems with the bodice.

  • Danielle

    Love the pop of green, but just like with Carrie Underwood, tummy keyholes have got to go.

  • crash1212

    If only the bodice fit properly, this would be a total win. I love the fabric and the color is fabulous on her. Too bad.

  • Antes de engordar el astuto Tributo, su tanera celebral ,te acumula como opcional que a bote suyo opto y a ti te excluyo,,,, pues sabes lo que te digo hatate cobarde una y otra vez,,,,,,,

  • Peri7473

    actually, i think that the whole thing is a size too big. even the skirt looks roomy.

  • Steve Ek

    Just asking…but does a woman likely worth well into the 8 figures (and maybe more) really need to borrow a pair of (not all that large) diamond studs from a jeweler? You’d think she’d have purchased a pair of her own by now.

    • FrigidDiva

      I always wonder that too. If I was an actress that made that much money I’d be building up an Elizabeth Taylor worthy jewely collection.

  • Janet B

    She should have said, “find another dress in the same color, now”

  • boweryboy

    I was totally on board with this until I saw the weird cutout and those hideous shoes.

  • SweetJess MeanGreen

    Sandy darling… we all love you but we have a few slight suggestions/criticisms.

    Try a new hair stylist. I don’t want to see you at the Guys Choice awards in this hairstyle.

    Have a really skilled tailor on speed dial. You have an excellent figure and you shouldn’t be caught dead in public with something so ill-fitting.

    You are a A list movie star, try developing a relationship with a designer so you can make a stealth transition into age appropriate style for events. That means no peep holes.

    I think that’s about it for now. Say hello to the baby for me.

  • marlie

    The bodice looks like it’s a size or two too big, and the waist just a skosh too tight. It’s a shame because that blue IS beautiful, and I love the colors together.

  • FibonacciSequins

    That whole dress is a size too big for her. Was she a last-minute addition to this? Otherwise, girlfriend should have had it together.

  • SewingSiren

    I like the color combination, but it looks like a horrible alteration was attempted at the waistline.

  • MilaXX

    Yup, wonky bodice. I wonder if a belt would help? I like the shoes though.

  • ktr33

    In the thumbnail I thought, nice! But then … The little slash of green at the shoulder looks like an errant bra strap, although I love the green lining in the skirt. The bodice is really quite bad. The skirt is better but should’ve fit more sleekly. And the hair should look less like the pretty girl in a 1979 HS yearbook.

  • Guavaberry

    I once met Sandy while having dinner at her Bess Bistro restaurant in Austin. She really was the loveliest lady, she had a private watching party of a cage fighting event. She is as funny and magnetic as she is on screen. One thing that surprised me is just how skinny she is!

  • Lucas

    “With just a few adjustments, this would look amazing on her.” Several adjustments, maybe. I actually like the shoes, that’s not the problem. The first problem is the color – it isn’t a big miss, but it doesn’t work for her, and the eye makeup – which looks heavy – isn’t helping. It’s a shame because the bottom half of the dress, and the way it moves, is lovely. The next problem, the worst one – is the top half. It would almost be forgiveable except for that peekaboo on the belly. It just looks out of place, so much so that you don’t notice the sleeves, which are also unfortunate. And yet still, despite this ugly dress, Sandra Bullock looks fucking amazing. I love this bitch!

  • siriuslover

    I love the blue/green combination, but you’re right, that bodice is horrible. I especially hate that little tummy panel. I just don’t get it from a design perspective.

  • Tracy_Flick

    I think it’s shooting for breezy, but landing on baggy.

  • largishbearishAtlish

    So very glad you mentioned the beautiful under lining. I was horrified that what was her BRA showing on the left shoulder, then finally realized it was intentional! whew.

    Is her spray tan off kilter or is it the lighting? the arms look a little odd to me.

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  • ktr33

    If the bodice had had an alaia kind of fit, the little peephole might’ve worked.

  • Terri Terri

    Not executed very well I guess. That thing on the shoulder looks like a mistake.

  • Lilithcat

    I could do without the midriff hole and the bit of lining at the shoulder that looks like her bra is showing.

    Glorious color, though.

  • formerlyAnon

    This could have been a triumph. Or, if you really hate those little midriff peek-a-boo patches, a painfully near-miss, if only the bodice were fitted and/or structured to have a more definitive shape. As it is, it’s a disappointment, but one that still looks surprisingly good on her from a distance and/or in motion.

  • nomnom

    I thought that little green on her top left shoulder was her bra straps peeking.

    • MoHub

      We all did.

  • smh4748

    I just hate the re-emerging interest in the midriff. It gives me a major sad, every time.

    I do like the color, and pairing it with that green lining. It’s both interesting and pretty, something that seems to be a bit of an elusive concept these days.

  • U left out HOLY with the S–T!

  • Imasewsure

    This isn’t quite working but still this is a great template for all kinds of RC dresses for those women who claim to not care about fashion but still have to dress up. Ms Dunham? Take a look at this pretty little frock…. please???

  • KT

    Beautiful dress, and that color is PERFECT for her, but I agree that the bodice is shitty. We did not need that patch of skin. Shoes are bad, but everything else is great.

  • e jerry powell

    Please. The Cooper Booootaaay got me started with no caffeine. TWO DAYS AGO. I have been well awake since.

  • Trishington

    Great colour on her and I love her hair.

  • demidaemon

    Yeah, that bodice is a No. It looks infinitely better when she has it covered up with her arms in some picks. The cutout is nonsensical and unnecessary.

  • LadyVimes

    I’m afraid that dress has eaten your breasts, Sandy. Seriously unflattering.

  • understateddiva

    Ugh, I hate that hair. It’s so Real Housewives of Wherever. She deserves something so much more chic.

    • livesarah

      Right on. So bad it’s distracting! From that awful bodice lol.

  • quiltrx

    Yucky bodice…looks like it’s falling off AND gives a built-in muffintop. That color is definitely for her, though.

  • FrigidDiva

    That bodice looks like her girls have deflated and had to get tucked into the waistband, I can’t unsee it.

  • FridaStaire

    Oh honey. 1. Clothes need to fit. 2. Cut-outs are nearly always a bad idea. 3. Try lip colour. 4. Wash off that nasty, deadening smokey-eye and try getting by on a lick of mascara.