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]

    • 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.