Sean Penn and Charlize Theron at the Christian Dior Fall 2014 Couture Show

Posted on July 07, 2014

Oh, how the mighty have fallen. There was a time when Charlize could put on a gold dress and have the world fall at her feet, praising her as a goddess.


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Now it just looks cheap. It doesn’t help that she looks like she’s going to bust out of the back of it. Or that the hem looks like Christmas tinsel. Or that she’s wearing nude sandals with a gold metallic dress, which makes no kind of sense to us. Also, blondes have to be very careful about metallic golds, because they can look really brassy if you don’t pick the right one. She needs a warmer gold than this. More importantly, she needs a dress that doesn’t look like it’ll go up in flames if she gets too near a heat source.

It’s a sad state of affairs when Sean Penn in a banker suit and no tie is put together better than Charlize Theron. We’re sad now. Come back to us, Charlize. We’re all ready to worship you again. If we close our eyes and wish real hard, you’ll look like this again when we open them, right?





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

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  • sherrietee

    It also doesn’t help that she looks pissed as hell to be there.

    • Snoskred

      I’d be pissed if I showed up and this was the outfit they gave me to wear.. that gaping back is not pretty. :(

  • W. Frame

    Are you sure that’s not Charlene of Monaco?

    • alyce1213

      Well, she sure has a sad face on.

  • Beto

    Is that dress saggy on purpose? WTF is going with that hem. And her legs are now very… thin. If you have very thin legs, cover them. The only thing I liked on this ensemble was her hair. Discusssssss!

    • Violentcello

      I have to disagree with both points: that her legs look thin and that anyone with thin legs should feel they have to cover them.

      • Beto

        Maybe is the colombian and caribbean in me who’s speaking. We guys here like big beautiful legs (and asses), or at the least have great legs. And no, thin frail legs are not material for a mini skirt. I’ve seen girls and women here in my birthplace (Barranquilla, BTW, go Sofia Vergara and Shakira!) who have skinny/thin legs using mini skirts, not the best sight in the world. My humble opinion.

        • Bridget Smith

          You’re free to find whatever you want appealing, but just because a woman’s body doesn’t conform to your personal aesthetic standards doesn’t mean she needs to conceal it.

  • muelonil

    Is it just me or does it look like the dress is totally unzipped?

    • FibonacciSequins

      It’s not just you.

    • Anna

      Either that or the back seam ripped when she sat down.

      • smayper

        I gasped and thought “Oh my god it came unzipped.”

      • Sophie

        After seeing that fringe on the bottom, I’d be inclined to agree with you. It just looks like really flimsy fabric.

        • Kristin McNamara

          To me, it looks like the gown was supposed to be three feet longer, but the bottom got caught in an office paper shredder, and this was the result.

          • Alicia

            Like Whoopi Goldberg in Jumping Jack Flash.

      • MoHub

        Even someone with as smashing a shape as Charlize sometimes need to go up a size. Or two. Or three.

        It’s not just the back; it’s pulling across the chest, and the sleeves look as if they’re cutting her.

        • Anna

          Insisting on the too-tight dress seems to be celebrity/couture version of, “If it fits, I sits.”

    • demidaemon

      Thought that too.

    • Tanagra

      It’s kind of Disco Hospital Gown from the back.

  • smh4748

    The color isn’t amazing, but the fit issues are the biggest problem* here. That back is just bafflingly bad.

    *Biggest problem on the whole is that guy holding her hand. Booooooo.

    • Thomas

      Charlize is slowly falling off of my Irrational Love List with the “rape” comment and her man.

      • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

        What rape comment?

        • Thomas

          She compared the lack of privacy for celebrities to rape. It was right after Gwyneth Paltrow’s “war” comment.

          • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

            What douche bucket thing to say.

          • Thomas

            I’m hoping Sean Penn has just been a bad influence.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            That comment disappointed me;Theron has usually come across as more thoughtful in interviews in the past.

    • EveEve

      The biggest problem is that yet another bright attractive successful actress suddenly is so helpless that she can’t walk ten steps in public without having to hold onto her man for dear life.

  • Henry Maler

    Of all the nonsensical hollywood couples, this one is up there.

    • Kent Roby

      Yeah, this just makes me sad for some reason.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Have you checked out the interview with Theron in the current issue of Vogue? She said that she and Penn have been longtime friends and that the romantic side just recently developed. At least that’s what she is saying for publication. Who knows?

  • Drunken Housewife

    She needed to go up a size. It’s pulling across the front, and it hurts to look at the sides of the back. Also, those sleeves are no good. It would be infinitely better sleeveless. One size larger – the sleeves + some different shoes would have been delightful. Oh, also that weird little hem flourish should die in a fire.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      In short, she needed to choose a different dress.

  • Jeremiah Capacillo

    Oh sweetie.

    Loving her hair and makeup though.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      The dress Charlize is wearing in the ad is simply and fabulously perfect for the ad. Oh Dior, and Charlize, you both have fallen. Now, both of you, pick yourselves up and do better!

      • demidaemon

        I love that ad. Still makes me sit up and take notice when they play it on TV.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          That ad is iconic.

  • Ashleigh

    that commercial gets me every time, especially since they use “The Gossip” for the music.

    • Shawn EH

      I don’t like the Walking Dead moments.

  • MarissaLG

    So unfortunate she forgot to zip her dress (and to ditch her date!)

  • hughman

    She looks like she’s leaving Court with her lawyer, Robert DeNiro, after she was convicted of making potato sacks from contraband glitter.

  • Alicia

    The world would still fall at her feet. She just needs a better gold dress. One of the ones from the J’Adore campaigns, perhaps.

    • Joanna

      I propose that she also needs a better date.

  • Wink

    “… hem looks like Christmas tinsel.” Exactly!

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      The dress looks like the sad end result of one of those Project Runway challenges in which a designer miscalculated how much fabric they needed.

  • ChaCha_70

    She looks like a goddess dressed in a cheap dress…but she’s still a goddess.

    • Sartorial_She

      Yeah…Dress and boyfriend aside, her face stopped me in my tracks.

      • Kristin McNamara

        Her whole head looks breathtakingly gorgeous.

  • Tricia Rose

    Well the dress wins for making Charlize Theron appear “frumpy” and “dis-proportionate”. How is this even possible?!

  • Carolyne

    Nobody does ‘grumpy face’ better than Sean Penn! I love him.

  • Carleenml

    I love how posed she is in the last shot. “Posed? Moi? This is always how I look.” Being insanely beautiful must really get tiring sometimes.

    • nannypoo

      And he’s looking at her like he can’t figure out what happened to her. Is it wax or the real thing?

    • kimmeister

      She often asks herself, “Is there more to life than being really really really ridiculously good-looking?”

  • brown-eyed girl

    Trying too hard? Why?

    • alyce1213

      Trying too hard to look like she’s not trying. Does that make any sense?

      • brown-eyed girl

        True. Not grasping why he’s considered such a sleaze ball. He looks like a thug, true, but then he always did.

        • CatLady

          It’s because Sean Penn is abusive. He beat Madonna with a baseball bat multiple times and he also tied her to a chair and hit her for hours. He’s done jail time for attacking other people, too.

          • brown-eyed girl

            Ah. I’d not realized that he was abusive. (I’ve not paid a great deal of attention to Sean Penn over the years; never got the attraction.) It’s a sad commentary.

  • KinoEye

    I don’t have much of a memory for commercials, but I’ll never forget the original for J’adore. One of the sexiest commercials I’ve ever seen without a hint of nudity, even though she’s stripping. So confident and just FIERCE. And also WERQing the hell out of a gold dress. This is a sad little insult to that memory.

    • conniemd

      Same here. She was amazingly beautiful in that dress that was more strings than dress, IIRC. Just watching her walk through the crowd totally owning it. She is just sooooooo gorgeous.

  • MilaXX

    It this going to be the summer of the too tight mini dress? This needs an inch or two on the hem and a good inch on the seams. She looks low rent. Anytime you have to drap the arm to cover the fine china, you’re doing it wrong.

    • lunchcoma

      The summer of the too tight mini dress? Have Lea Michele’s prayers finally been answered?

      • Carleenml

        or a universe correction for all the fall/winter runway looks marching around in the heat of June?

        • lunchcoma

          I’d like to think so, but given the state of the fashion industry, we would quickly see a bunch of too tight black velvet minidresses with long sleeves everywhere.

    • J.W.

      Definitely a little longer because I can see cellulite. We all have it, but we don’t need to see it.

  • boweryboy

    I’m assuming she’s wearing Dior. So, to be fair, most ladystars who have worn Dior lately have looked like shit through no fault of their own (yeah, I’m giving you the evil eye Raf Simons).

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      And I”m right with you, giving Raf the stink eye.

    • demidaemon

      Pretty much how I am explaining this to myself.

  • Imasewsure

    I love the shoes… I’d call the HazMat folks and have them dispose of that dress properly

  • nannypoo

    My grandmother always said if you lie down with dogs you’ll get up with fleas. It appears she was right.

    • conniemd

      my old boss said, play with pigs and you get pig shit on you. I guess it’s possible (for me) to admire Sean Penn the artist and dislike him as a person. A lot of genius were self-absorbed assholes.

      • Supernumerary

        I think what grates about Sean Penn is less that he’s self-absorbed, and more that he’s on record as being physically abusive to the women in his life.

        Although International Model did nail it when she just called him the living embodiment of a pack of smokes.

        • conlakappa

          Pack of smokes that were stubbed out at the bar of a gin joint.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I’ve appreciated Sean Penn as an actor, and leave it at that.

    • MoHub

      Credit to Ben Franklin for saying it first.

  • conniemd

    Damn, I didn’t think even Dior could ruin Charlize. She is to me the most beautiful woman in the world (next to Lupita now) and not Gwenneth Paltrow. I’ll echo TLo, come back to us Charlize and never, ever wear Dior again.

  • Judy_J

    My god….that is a hideous dress. I am weeping salty tears because of the sadness of seeing the gorgeous Charlize in that ill-fitting, ugly little dress. And could she and Sean Penn look any unhappier? I’m guessing their unhappy countenance is due to the ugly factor of that dress. It is too depressing……

  • Cyprienne Zed

    -2 million points for broken-down man-cessory

  • Constant Reader

    All I can see is that scene in Jumpin’ Jack Flash where Whoopi Goldberg gets her spangly evening gown caught in a paper shredder.

    • Alicia

      I should have read further down!

      • Constant Reader

        Great minds!

  • mjude

    there there TLO.

  • alliekat9090

    This is appalling.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    She looks like she has a cranky toddler on her arm.

  • International Model

    Everything looks cheap when your date is the living embodiment of a pack of smokes.

    • Jane Donuts

      Seriously! I was just thinking that girl needs to ditch the cigarettes, starting with him.

  • Capt. Renault

    Let’s all pretend this baked potato dress never happened, and never speak of it again.

  • Terri Terri

    I’m so over his pouty face.

    • Frank_821

      In this case he’s got an excuse. That outfit is so bad even he’s repelled by it

      • Terri Terri

        lol! A new standard in dress disasters: Sean-repelling

        • demidaemon

          One that might actually sell!

  • Shawn EH

    I think Dior is worse for her than it for Natalie Portman.

  • Anna

    Charlize: the fairest baked potato of them all.

    • Capt. Renault


  • Mary Lauer

    I am hearing Nina in my head: “Shiny, tight and short is the quickest way to look cheap.”

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Maybe she looks pissed because Sean tried to zip up her dress in the back and he broke it?

  • AlexisPayne

    Ugh, what is happening at the House of Dior?!?!?!?!

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      It’s been assaulted by Raf Simons, and doesn’t show many, if any signs of improvement as long as the owners approve of Simons and what he’s doing. More’s the pity, says I.

      • Lulu

        Christian must be rolling in his grave.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I’ve said this before, but I’ll repeat myself, in wishing that Monsieur Dior would rise from his grave and bitchslap Raf Simons for what he’s done at Dior.

  • Molly

    She still looks like a goddess. Just one in a crap dress. Her hair and makeup are lovely and while I still find it jarring to see her holding hands with Sean Penn, I really do think I’d like their company as a couple. He would bring deep conversation to the table, and she would keep things fun and grounded. I over-think these things, lol.

  • Danielle

    Looks like her zipper is faulty.

  • Caaro3

    I like her hair.

  • judybrowni

    That fringe hem also looks itchy — and it’s so near her hoo has one also wonders if her Brazilian is getting ragged.

  • NMMagpie

    I actually like the shoes, putty and all.

  • Alyssa

    They look utterly dour and depressing to be around. That should never be spoken of Charlize!

  • WinterSantiaga

    I just watched the commercial for the first time. Gossip!!!

  • hillmad

    What an obnoxious joke of a dress!

  • susan6

    Poor Charlize….she obviously had a major mishap getting out of the car. Skirt caught in the door, tore off as the chauffer drove away, and that also split the zipper in the back. Desperately ran to the ladies room and tried to make it work as a mini. Well….at least everything above the neck is awesome.

  • Patrick Scott

    She looks like a foil wrapped baked potato. Which I now see several others noticed as well! :)

  • marlie

    No, no, and more no. I hate the hem, the dress is riding up on her, and that back isn’t doing her any favors either. I sort of love the shoes, just not with this dress (seriously, ladystars, if you want to go with the nude sandal – when appropriate – these are super cute).

  • Mrs. Julien

    Can we get Dior to look like that again, too?

  • Jeremy Thomas Porta

    This is a busted mess.

  • elemspbee

    but gosh she sure is beautiful! that body, that face.

  • another_laura

    That dress is just cheap-@ss tacky. Ugh. Nobody could work that mess. And let us not speak of the shoes. I love her hair, though.

  • stellamaris73

    His mere presence is sucking the hot right out of her.

    It had to be said.

  • kimmeister

    It seems almost impossible for a dress with a back that open to fit properly around the torso (without illusion netting, tiny horizontal straps, etc.). Because physics.

  • Martin

    some awkward hand holding going on there

  • Janet B

    It’s really not a daytime dress. It deserves to be worn while drinking and dancing.
    He doesn’t seem to be impressed either.

  • alyce1213

    She’s still a goddess, it’s just a bad dress. I shake my head at this pairing, yet I do understand her attraction to a person of talent and a certain type of charisma (been there, long ago). I’m curious to see how this relationship plays out.
    As nude sandals go, these are pretty gorgeous and would be fine with the right dress.

    • formerlyAnon

      Agree on all counts.

  • Starling

    It looks like someone ripped the dress in the back and at the hem. Horrifying on many levels.

  • KT

    They look like they just got into a fight. Those are some very tense, rigid expressions.

    She continues to be beautiful, but man that dress is shitty. It really looks like something you could buy at Charlotte Russe or the like.

  • Bert Keeter

    SP to CT “Honey, I’m no fashion expert but that dress looks like CRAP on you”!

  • beckytee

    beautiful woman, terrible dress, WTF boyfriend.

  • Brittany

    Girl, give Blake Lively her dress back.

  • frannyprof

    They seem like such an unhappy couple.

  • Trish Austad

    Looks like she’s having a Kardashian-like zipper failure. Defo not her best look. Dress is icky, hair is matronly but worst of all, why did she bring a beat-up old baseball mitt as her date?

  • Gaby

    This is actually a secret audition for She-Hulk, mid-transformation. It’s slated to be a riveting legal drama where she defends the Avengers in court against class-action allegations of reckless endangerment and excessive property damage (but she defends with public necessity and S.H.I.E.L.D. reps have to come in at the last moment to testify that yes, the Avengers were acting as public officials of a government agency – and then everything about the case is sealed for confidentiality purposes). She wears this dress while at a party with Tony Stark (who is bankrolling her firm) and cousin Bruce, but which Loki crashes because Loki, forcing Shulkie to kick some ass.

    It’s all very hush hush in pre-production tests Marvel stage 3 whatnot.*

    *It’s not, that I know of, but don’t you wish it were? I heard a rumor of a She-Hulk movie and I’ve always said they should hit her legal persona for adaptations. Though I imagine if I had my way it’d be a long-term legal procedural where She-Hulk bails out and defends super-heroes in an Olivia Pope sort of way. Actually, strike Charlize – can we get Kerry Washington to star as She-Hulk?

    • demidaemon

      I’d love to see this more as a TV series than a movie, but I’m weird like that.

      • Gaby

        Oh no me too.

  • FancyPhilly

    It is just the wrong cut for her body, emphasizes her square shape, she’s a killer queen who needed a bit more of a drape, a nip, a tuck.

  • venusvelvet

    “What is it?”
    “What’s wrong?”
    “Tell me.”
    “I’m fine.”

  • agentilities

    All I see is Heidi Klum

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Heidi would probably look better in this mess of a dress, too.

    • sagecreek

      Oops, I posted my comment before I saw yours. Great minds!

    • MoHub

      Even Heidi wouldn’t wear this. Or if she did, she’s make sure it fit a lot better.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    That Dior J’adore commercial is fabulous-Charlize looks like a goddess. After watching it, and looking at these photos.The shade of gold is wrong for Charlize’ skin tone, it’s too short and that tinsely hem is awful;let’s not even discuss the back. I now have a tristesse. this dress is an epic fail.

  • sagecreek

    Did she borrow that from Heidi?

    • Lulu

      She must have. Short tight and shiny has Heidi written all over it.

  • matildarf

    These photos make me afraid for her.

    • matildarf

      I know it’s all about the fashion on this site and I’m sorry but from experience‚Ķ run Charlize, run.

    • Pennymac


  • demidaemon

    Yeah, this doesn’t work. I blame Dior. I mean, can’t really go wrong with that.

  • MannahattaMamma

    He looks stunned by the entire thing, not only the rather awful gold-sackcloth dress but how little of it is actually covering her body.

  • Yoshio

    What a face though…look at that second photo and tell that face isn’t pretty damn near perfect.

  • Linda Leeson

    Remember homeless chic in Zoolander? Maybe there’s going to be a sequel and the viral marketing campaign has begun.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    Yes, that is one tacky-ass dress, but her head looks fabulous.

  • beebee10

    I’m so sad now too :(

  • Jecca2244

    I think his look in general cheapens her aura…

  • gitchygitchymama

    wait………sean penn is at a freakn fashion show?????????WHAT?????????????

  • Ass Kicking Adviser

    I don’t care what she says in her interviews, this relationship is a ticking clock. He can’t stop looking at her and she can’t stop NOT looking at him.

  • Deborah Newell Tornello

    I don’t care for evening dresses that are shaped like t-shirts. And this one isn’t even a well-fitting t-shirt! Oh, Charlize. No. Just, no. There must be a thousand currently-available dresses more deserving of you than this one. Easily.

  • Man Dala

    Such a mismatch, I don’t get it.

  • Mooky1230

    My woman crush has failed me.

  • MandyM

    This looks like the foil from her leftover Chipotle burrito.

  • AnneElliot

    That dress is just fugly. Ill fitting, shapeless, and what’s with the ratty hem? Sad.

  • quiltrx

    To borrow from PR–“this looks….poorly constructed.”
    And yikes, he is a BAD accessory.

  • flamingoNW

    Well, yeah, in some of these photos it’s a crying shame, but still, I’d kill to look as bad as this, any day of the week….

  • Glammie

    Oh dear. Dior goes home ec. And what’s with the zipper?

  • Sally

    She does not look happy.

  • evave2

    The dress looks like something violent happened to it; the back looks unfinished. She looks unsure walking in those heels and what she usually sells is absolute confidence.

    • DeTrop

      I had the same thought. Did she and Sean get rambunctious in an elevator or something?

  • livesarah

    The back is pretty bad, but the biggest problem with this look is Sean Penn.

  • Joey Melliza

    Dior seems like it’s on a mission to redefine beautiful — ugly is the new beautiful WTF

  • teensmom99

    Love the sandals.

  • OffToSeeHim

    It’s the Sean Penn effect. Takes a woman downhill faster than Batman: The Ride.

  • Mr. J.

    Boy, do they look like two unhappy people.

    • Sofia

      They just got in a fight and she’s still mad at him.

  • altermyego

    Oh, honey…..

  • Anna

    I don’t know if it’s just me, but does Charlize seem like she’s aged and dressing sloppier since getting together with Sean Penn? This is a couple that just needs to quit.

  • greyhoundgirl

    Walk of shame dress–ripped back zipper, hiked up too high.

  • Dixie_Sugarbaker

    No matter what she wears she will not look her normally awesome self with that douchebag accessory attached to her. I would get rid of Penn and keep the dress.

  • crash1212

    Of course the head is flawless, but that dress is all kinds of wrong. The proportions are totally off for her body…and it’s ugly. There’s always that.

  • Lilithcat

    Short, tight, shiny? Who does she think she is, Heidi Klum?

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    This dress is making her look like Brigitte Nielsen circa the Flava-Flav incident. Even Penn looks worried.

  • suzq

    1. The wall of flowers is now a thing. Thanks a lot, Kimye!
    2. Cheer up, Charlize! The Dior stylists made everyone look like crap that day. Just turn and look at what they did to Jennifer Lawrence!
    3. This ain’t sellin’ Dior!

  • Clash D

    Bad dress. Baaaaad dress.

  • Sofia

    The dress would be perfect if it was a bit longer. The color looks great on her but what wouldn’t look great w/ a face like that?

  • Call me Bee

    She took a page out of Heidi’s How To Dress book: Short, tight and Shiny.


    The dress doesn’t fit, but her hair and makeup are lovely.

  • JynxTheCat

    that does NOT flatter her torso AT ALL

  • Nora Clancy Mullin

    How does Charlize Theron get a dress that doesn’t fit?