Alison Williams in Altuzarra at the “Wish I Was Here” New York Screening

Posted on July 15, 2014

Okay, fine. This isn’t bad.

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If that sounds begrudging, it’s because it is begrudging. She’s been hitting the red carpets of the world in boring, too-mature outfits from the second she got a little attention. We’ve always found her aesthetic as dull as dishwater; bordering on inappropriate for her image and career. And while this isn’t exactly pushing any envelopes or wowing us with its drop-dead chic, it is a pretty great look for her. We feel like we’re saying this a lot lately, but we would have brought the hem up an inch or two and indulged in the yellow or pink pump mini-trend we’ve been seeing all summer. “Pop of color” is a cliche sometimes, but this is definitely an outfit that could have benefited from it.

Still, it’s a great “summer in the city” look. Not particularly exciting, but not something straight out of Charlotte York-Goldenblatt’s closet either.





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  • RussellH88

    I hate this. Those random lines (like on her shoulder and waist) look like loose threads that care clinging to the dress.

    • halleygee

      I thought they looked like the cord to her ear buds.

    • thecitysleeps

      I thought this too!

    • Fitzperry

      I thought they were pockets until I noticed the one on her shoulder.

    • Kristin McNamara

      I thought she had floss stuck to her from getting ready this morning.


      Silly string.

    • demidaemon

      Exactly my thoughts. So distracting. And the placement of the cutout (which I hate generally, anyways) is bad as well. HATE.

    • Man Dala

      I agree. I seriously hate that rhomboid of skin under her breasts.

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    Man, she makes Jessica Biel look edgy and scintillatin…..zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    • Man Dala

      I agree, I fell asleep.

  • NBG

    After looking at the hot mess that was Kate Hudson’s makeup, this is actually refreshing.

  • marlie

    The cutout is unnecessary. The print would be ok if it didn’t look like there were loose strings all over the dress. But the color of the dress compliments her eyes very nicely. Hair and makeup are pretty, if standard, but holy crap I wish she’d pose with her mouth closed.

    • Kent Roby

      I would normally not care for the cut-out, but without it the dress would be investigated by Genevieve Bujold.
      ETA: referring to the movie “Coma”.

      • Wendi126

        Wow a Coma reference. That movie gave me the willies

        • MoHub

          Better than the book, since Robin Cook couldn’t write.

        • Kent Roby

          The movie creeped me out, too (I was basically a fetus then, as I’m sure your were!), but I remember also being rather intrigued by the nearly-naked suspended bodies!

      • L’Anne

        Interesting that both she and Hudson have some sort of abdominal cut out afoot.

        • smayper

          I read that as cut out foot — imagining a huge cut out in the shape of a foot…ok I’m really tired.

      • smayper

        I love Genevieve B. And her name.

        • Kent Roby

          It is impossible for me to say her name without exaggerating it; it’s like music!

          • smayper

            I wonder if she was lucky enough to be born with it.

    • conniemd

      Yeah those random pipings (?) looked like loose strings at first glance. Really one shouldn’t have to peer intently at a garment to figure out if there has been some kind sewing mistake or someone didn’t examine the garment to check for loose strings or wrinkles to steam before letting the star walk onto the red carpet.

    • StrandedFashionista

      The color does nearly match her eyes.

  • Victor Beiramar Diniz

    was the (sort of) triangular midriff cut-out mandatory for ladystars at this event (vide kate hudson)?

    • sienna elm

      She’s doing it far better than Kate Hudson, imo.

    • smayper

      I hate this cutout. It’s just distracting.

  • lynnlee

    Her hair and face look fantastic!

  • gsk241

    I like the color on her, but the bare/cutout midriff will never not be pornstar/stripper to me.

  • Kitten Mittons

    “Advertising space for rent. See your company’s name here!”

    What else is a girl to do with her abdomen?

    • smayper


  • Aidan B

    Well it’s definitely the most interesting thing she’s ever worn.

  • hughman

    44 year old former Supermodel who now hosts skin care infomercials on late night teevee. “Dr. Speckle, why IS this product so effective?”

    • Imasewsure

      So funny… so true… At least her future is laid out for her…

    • Man Dala


  • nannypoo

    It doesn’t bother me at all that she dresses like a socialite because that’s exactly what she is. But even socialites can wear pink shoes, which would go a long way to liven up this look.

  • RescueMe23

    Wake me up when real celebs wear something interesting…

  • JynxTheCat

    I am of the design principle of “why?” These little key holes need a reason? It’s like an after thought or hail Mary pass to save a dull as shit dress. It does not suit the design even as a juxtaposition to the rest of the garment.

  • MoHub

    I don’t know whether the midriff window was meant to give this an edge, but it just looks out of place with the conservatism of the rest of the dress.

    • smayper

      Ah, you expressed perfectly what I was thinking. Meant to be edgy but just comes off trying to be edgy. “Tits on a bull” comes to mind. It’s not integral to the dress at all.

  • MilaXX

    As dull as I find this it’s the first outfit that feels right for this event. James was under dressed, Kate was over dressed and this feels right in the middle. The sternum cut out works to make this feel a little more youthful than the NYC socialite drag she usually favors.

  • Thomas

    Cause everybody needs a sternum window.

  • SayWhaaatNow

    Is it just me, or is there some sort of “Superman Midriff” trend happening?

    • demidaemon

      Definitely seems to be one, although I would much prefer it on Superman than any of these women.

  • kimmeister

    I’m physically recoiling just looking at this, because the placement of her sternum window is exactly where I cannot handle being touched. The open window is just saying “please aim here.”

  • Anna

    “Wish I Was Here” New York Screening Dress Code Policy:
    No suits or fully covered midriffs will be allowed to enter AMC Lincoln Square Theater.
    Normcore and cutouts only.

    Thank you.

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    Is this the same event Kate Hudson and James Franco attended? Is there no one giving an approximate dress code for these events? They’re dressed for three different events.

  • decormaven

    Right below where she has her hand at the waist, the print or weave of the fabric makes it appear there is a poorly-executed patch pocket. It’s weird! Oh well, at least she’s broken out of her Jr. Deb mold.

  • Alyssa

    Boring…seriously though, colored shoes are fun! Embrace them!!! Also, stop with the sternum windows.

  • katavina

    It is kind of amazing how she’s able to take a dress with a midriff cutout and make it look like staid businesswear. It’s like her X-Men superpower.

  • another_laura

    The greys are really good on her. Yeah, it’s not flashy or particularly style-heavy, and I don’t like the cutout, as usual. However, overall, it’s venue-appropriate, fits well, looks good on her. Let’s applaud her for reaching out, shall we?

  • martha jones

    I hate cut-outs with a passion. And this is the worst one I think I have ever seen! Why? Why does this dress have an underboob cut-out?!

  • Sarah

    She’s pretty, but minus the superfluous cutout, this is what my fiance looks like when he’s wrapped up in that ratty Mexican blankie he likes so much. Except he’s more edgy. Also, sorry but that zipper pull in the armpit is bothersome. I keep thinking about how that would feel rubbing against my upper armpit flesh – not good.

    • kimmeister

      No doubt it has a hook-and-eye fastening right at the top of said zipper in the armpit too. I hate those.

    • FibonacciSequins

      Once upon a time zippers would routinely be covered/hidden by fabric. I mourn the loss of well constructed garments.

      • Sarah

        As do we all, of course. Linings! Interfacing! French seams! Alas.

        • demidaemon

          It’s apparently a lost art. :(

  • Gabby

    Don’t love the little skin patch there. Just seems oddly placed/shaped and not necessary.

  • Gatto Nero

    This is fine, as long as I don’t have to listen to her talk.
    Sorry to differ with the uncles, but if I see one more pink or yellow pump, I will scream.

  • Isana Leshchinskaya

    the dress is working but it (and she) needs a nice straight lob (with that jaw, why would you do the boring mermaid hair? ugh), a turquoise earring, and a fuchsia sandal. cmon, alison! you’re almost there this time!

  • @Biting Panda

    Stop with the cut outs. Enough!

  • mjude

    again with the cut outs. over them

  • AndieJay

    What an odd part of the body to want to showcase. “You have a lovely sternum” — is that a thing now?

  • OldPandaDayz

    The dress seems boring. It looks like something a mediocre Project Runway contestant would throw together as a “second look” halfway through the challenge- spare fabric in a simple shape with an obligatory “edgy” cutout.

    • demidaemon

      With silly string appliques to connect it to their “avant garde” look.

      • OldPandaDayz


  • Imasewsure

    Would have been a nice dress without the random cut out but I agree with our dear uncles that this is a major improvement

  • BrianaJC

    I’ve never really felt a need to air out my sternum…

  • trisker

    The title of this movie really drives me nuts. I wish I WERE there.

    • alyce1213

      I made the same comment on the James Franco post. I wish it were correct.

    • MoHub

      Depends. If there is a remote possibility something could happen, was is correct. If there is NO possibility, then were is correct.

      • demidaemon

        If it’s a movie where something possibly could happen but never does, I’m sure it’s scintillating.

  • Danielle

    I hate it because I irrationally hate her.

  • BLauDGaspode

    I wish the fabric were there on her sternum. Kate’s too. Ugh.

  • Lex

    Not to be mean but this dress emphasizes how flat-chested she is– what girl sets out to do that?! In the words of GOB, she’s a surfboard here.

  • nycfan

    Apparently the photo call for this specified cut-outs.

  • Ashleigh

    AND Kate Hudson showed up with a cut-out?! Oh, hell no!

  • nicole @ writes like a girl

    did someone silly string her on the way out of the limo?

  • GeoDiva

    So is the trend now to match your dress with your eye color?

  • Jessi03

    It’s like PowerGirl going to a funeral.

  • Kbear

    did she superglue her left hand to her hip? is she holding her undies up?

  • LJCdoc

    Is today abdomen cut-out day? I missed a memo.

    • suzq

      Kate Hudson sent it out.

  • suzq

    In the deep recesses of my imagination, Stella McCartney collects a $1,500 kickback for every item a designer creates with a cut out. Maybe it’s $1,500 per cut out. And if her application with the US Patent and Trade Office goes through, she can up it to $5,000. Get those cut outs in while you still can!

  • numenah

    I will never like cut outs except (possibly) at a beach/resort. Just seems like lazy design. I do love the soft, sultry, expertly blended makeup. Kerri Russell, Charlize, and Robin Wright always seem to have that look down as well.

  • evave2

    I think the design of the dress is fine, Agree that the look needs some color. Maybe the dress could be in a vibrant color as well. I agree about a yellow or pink pump. Actually it looks like Amish colors!

  • StrandedFashionista

    I’d call it ‘New York Socialite With An Edge.’ I bet a lot of her fashion decisions are made with the fact that she’s Brian William’s daughter in the back of either her, or her stylist’s mind.

  • Bert Keeter

    Loose the closed toes…better!

  • jjjoy

    Looks like a boring office dress (minus the cutout)

  • Shawn EH

    Personal best! Attagirl! Don’t usually think of her as sexy.

  • cocohall

    For Allison Williams, this is very very good. Plus she finally looks relaxed and comfortable, instead of vaguely embarrassed. I don’t mind the cut out-she is small-chested so there is no concern about her underboobage making an appearance. The squiggly lines are a bit weird, but I’m guessing they don’t read like a dental floss attack in person. But it is hard to reconcile Kate, Allison and Franco all at the same event, given their attire.

    • makeityourself

      I think she looks self-conscious as hell.

  • smallgirlsaretrouble

    Nope, it’s bad

  • uprightcitizen

    The color of that dress with her eyes is amazing! She’s always been really pretty, but in every shot here, you almost can’t look away from her eyes.

  • d4divine

    That dress was attacked by silly string.

  • d4divine

    I have yet to see her not look boring.

  • kfizz

    I think her gateway to actual personal style (aside from hiring the right stylist, I guess) would be to cultivate bitch face. This dress would work better on her if she weren’t smiling like a pageant contestant. She should be allowed to smile for 4 of 5 photos. Not because she should do it generally, she’s got a gorgeous smile, obviously. But it seems like it would be a good exercise for her fashion-sense-building if she would just repeat, over and over in her head, “I don’t give a fuck about any of you,” about every photographer she sees for the next year. It could be the beginning of a whole transformation, right?

  • Frank Lithium

    Omg, she is only showing a tiny sliver of her upper-stomach and she already looks uncomfortable in the pictures.

  • Nappysue

    Brian Williams in drag. That’s ALL I see when I look at her.

  • kategs

    As per usual I like what most everyone else loathes. She has her own style that she prefers, suits her and that she feels comfortable in. The only other person everyone hates more is Shailene. Don’t get it, never have.

  • lalahartma

    That cutout is terrible.