Jessica Alba in Elie Saab Couture at the 2014 ESPY Awards

Posted on July 17, 2014

Jessica-Alba-Elie-Saab-Couture-2014-ESPY-Awards-Red-Carpet-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Jessica-Alba-Elie-Saab-Couture-2014-ESPY-Awards-Red-Carpet-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (2)Jessica Alba attends the 2014 ESPY awards in an Elie Saab couture dress from the Spring 2006 collection accessorized with a Corto Moltedo clutch, Melissa Kaye Jewelry ear cuffs, rings by Bulgari, Casato, and Graziela Gems, and Brian Atwood shoes.







[Photo Credit: Getty Images, IMAXTree]

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  • Thomas

    I see that she stole my tin foil. What am I supposed to wrap my leftovers in now?!

    • Glam Dixie

      Have you seen Foil, Weird Al’s take on Royals? You just brought that video to mind with your comment. It’s a hoot.

      • Thomas

        Haha No, but I’ll have to check it out!

      • mmebam

        Gucci, Fendi, Dolce&Gabana
        Saint Laurent, Dior or maybe Prada
        You can guess, but you’ll never know I made this dress
        From Aluminum FOOOIL

        • Lower L

          Well played.

  • RussellH88

    I don’t think they translated the bustline feature very well. It looks sloppier and less dramatic, so she looks like someone had their Jessica Alba leftovers wrapped to go.

    • mshesterp

      She’s wearing one side hiked up with a tiny strap, and the runway model isn’t. I vastly prefer the model’s version. Much more interesting and dramatic (and thus, anti-Alba)

      • LadyCelia

        Looks like she’s using the hanger loop as a strap.

      • evave2

        I agree, the model’s bustline feature is more dramatic and just cool. Jessica looks pretty though (I think her makeup and hair make her look very soft here, most of the time she is so thin she looks angular and “harder.”) but I don’t like the harsh pink toenails, they seem…harsh.

    • Emily

      Maybe she was trying to make it look like a swan.

      • Heron

        Bawk bawk.

        • Morgendorffer

          Points for the Archer reference.

    • demidaemon

      I thibnk they would have been better off leaving it at the restaurant. After all, Alba is quite bland.

    • Fanny_Trollope

      Agree. Crumpled.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Oooo.. I’m probably having a better reaction than I should simply because she’s looking by far better than any other ladies featured today. I’ll look past the too long hem, since it’s a trend, right?

    • Rhonda Shore

      me too.

  • Danielle

    It almost looks like she had the bustline feature raised to cover more of her chest. The question is, why? For a White House dinner, fine. But for the ESPYs?

    • Victor Beiramar Diniz

      i’m guessing to hide the spaghetti strap that they added (to prevent malfunctions?)

      • Danielle

        Good catch, I didn’t even see the strap the first time. One would think the ESPYs would be a place where malfunctions would be acceptable.

  • MoHub

    The hemline needs to come up an inch and a half.

  • deelup

    Pretty baked potato.

    • Kitten Mittons

      The prettiest one at the buffet.

    • Danielle

      Chipolte burrito.

  • MightyMarshal

    Her dress is doing the disco. I like that kind of faux snake skin vibe, though.

  • Alicia

    It’d be better just above the knee, as on the model, but there is something terribly day-time gameshow hostess about this whole thing.

    • MoHub

      You may well be right. I can see Vanna White wearing this.

  • clatie

    Why was she there? Dress is boring and fussy at the same time.

    • Kent Roby

      Alba seems boring and fussy at the same time, too, so I guess she nailed it!

      • clatie


    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I’ll hazard a guess that the people who put on the ESPY’s want as many pretty young women attending as eye candy for the mostly male heterosexual athletes to ogle.

  • Jennifer Bober

    I think the color looks much better on her than the model. It needed someone with her skin tone to make it pop. The shift in the bust is fine with me, but the hem is a little long.

  • Kitten Mittons

    She looks pretty, but she is still all one color.
    Is shiny a color?

  • Alyssa

    Was there a dress code that stated only beige non-colors allowed?

  • sienna elm

    I like that the one point goes above her shoulder. Makes it look more like a dress and less like a waterslide or serving platter as on the runway version.

  • Yoshio

    I think she is gorgeous. If one must nitpick, I think the hair could have been in loose waves. Nonetheless, it is glossy and healthy looking.

  • holla

    looks better from the side than the front

  • Glam Dixie

    Why is she standing like that? She looks broken. The gold looks good next to her skin but it’s pretty boring, the model is rocking it much better than Miss Oatbiel 2.0.

  • rocketinu

    I think she’s a very pretty lady, but I am getting a Judy Jetson vibe from this.

    • nannypoo

      I had the exact same thought. Judy Jetson in a dress that’s about 4 inches too long.

  • FibonacciSequins

    Was she trying to discourage anyone from getting close to her? Take away that threatening corner on her neckline, and I’m okay with all of it.

  • sojourneryouth

    It looks like Judy Jetson made it out of those metallic rescue blankets. No bueno.

  • Kent Roby

    “…and if you pick me, I promise to promote world peace all around Georgia, and to do my part in fighting childhood obesity by telling all the children to make kale smoothies whenever they want to go to McDonald’s; it’s a vital part of my “JUST JUICE!” platform. Thank you!”

    • demidaemon

      So right. Pageant Queen 101.

      • scoobynacks

        Yeah. The model’s version of a pageant queen looks like more of a person to promote ‘harsher penalties for parole violators, Stan’ than Jessica’s pageant queen.

        • demidaemon

          It’s true. Jessica’s dress looks like one you would get at a secondhand shop when you are the country pageant queen scrambling to just make entrance fees.

  • FrigidDiva

    Before I even scrolled down to look at the dress my first thought was, it’s going to be a non-color or beige–and bingo, I was right.

  • MilaXX

    This isn’t bad. I just get bored with these bronzey metallic looks she favors. I think she looks much better in bright colors.

  • Anapestic

    I think she looks great. It might be Project Runway aluminum foil challenge, but it’s clearly Project Runway aluminum challenge WINNER.

  • Imasewsure

    Wow what a day for fashion, eh BKs? It must be opposite day. This look also sucks. The good stuff must be coming later…

  • AlexisPayne

    Y A W N

  • Drunken Housewife

    She looks skinnier and less healthy than the model. I suppose that is an achievement.

  • conniemd

    I was wondering how the hell did Jessica Alba get an Elie Saab couture dress to wear, then saw its from 2006. That’s almost vintage.

  • Dino Bonačić

    That face. I just can’t. More teeth-bleech, foundation, fake tan, make-up and hair product than available in whole continent of Africa. I just don’t get that irritating *PEEEERFECT* Hollywood look.

    I miss Helena Bonham-Carter.

  • Jacob Bowen

    This should SING but there’s something off….oh wait, it’s the wearer. The shoes also look a bit too gold for the dress color.

  • SewingSiren

    Jiffy Pop! I love it.

  • International Model

    I’m not a fan of hers, but if she came out with a bronzer, I would look forward to receiving it as my 100 point reward at Sephora.

  • Kara Keenan

    The color is wonderful with her skin tone. But the dress itself, meh.

  • NurseEllen

    It’s a little long but I have to admit that I do like this look on her. It looks better on her than on the model, mostly due to Jessica’s more contrasting skin tone. I like it that she kept her hair simple and the shoes do not clash–no “pop of color” is needed with this sparkler. Yes it’s very akin to what she generally favors but on the other hand you can’t fault her to sticking to what she knows looks good and photographs well. She’s probably not the “fashion experimenter” type.

  • &theJets

    When I watched the awards last night with my son I hoped you would comment on this one! I was concerned she was going to poke her co-presenter with that point.

  • KendraMR

    She looks like a contestant in a futuristic beauty pageant. Why would she wear that to the Espy, but a more important question is why in the hell is she even there?!

  • random_poster

    This is a rest for the eyes after looking at Selena and Christy.

  • Ellen R.

    Judy Jetson

  • Violentcello

    I actually like this, including the long length (although yes, the strap is doing wonky things to the bustline). I guess the coffee’s kicked in and I’m not as bitter a kitten as usual.

  • TLJezebel

    This woman is allergic to color.

  • PinkyK

    I like it.

  • Kbear

    Judy Jetson does red carpet.

  • decormaven

    She looks like a futuristic golden statue. I’m with MilaXX- she needs to work more colors into her RC wardrobe. She rests on these metallic looks.

  • susan6

    I’m a sucker for a metallic and I like the idea of this. Two small quibbles: that top part needs to be starched or whatever, it’s not as rigid as it should be…and the hem is hitting at the wrong place, it should be shortened. That said, I think Jessica looks better in it than the model; her skin tone works better with this dress.

  • ctopine

    Isn’t this a little overdone for the ESPYs? Dress is too long but she looks pretty. Shiny but pretty.

  • marlie

    It’s an ok enough dress. She went the bland nude-ish color route, and I wish she was wearing more of a color, but it’s a far better showing than Chrissy.

  • KT


    That was a little too easy. But seriously, what is happening at the top of this dress? It looks like a tit visor. And Jessica’s version has been out in the sun for too long or something, because it’s looking super busted. Too bad, because she looks pretty (if not a bit basic) otherwise.

  • AndieJay

    It’s fine, in a generic no-one-will-remember-this-tomorrow kind of way.

  • Nicholas

    She literally looks like a piece foil-wrapped caramel.

    Or are they doing a Willy Wonka sequel?

  • Crystal


    *sings ‘what have you done for me lately’*

    • Gloriana Reginata

      Sin City 2. Coming your way this fall.

  • demidaemon

    This is the ugliest Elie Saab I have ever seen. And it’s bad.

  • Bert Keeter

    Tad “Judy Jetson” ….. Lots of sparkle but no pizazz!

  • Plink

    Sorry, cousins, I kind of like it…

  • rebeemoon

    Can’t decide if her boobs are flying or surfing.

  • kerryev

    She styled her tan lines just like the model’s.

  • quiltrx

    I don’t remember this Elie-fail AT ALL. Mercifully.
    Watched ‘The Killer Inside Me’ last night. The violence was a little too over-shown for me, but it was interesting to watch Casey Affleck act circles around both Jessie here AND Kate Hudson.

  • Mona_Visa

    Lovely, but I want to change her hair so much it’s making my eye twitch.

  • St. Ace

    Failed attempt at 60s astro-themed cabaret.