Naomi Watts for Town & Country Magazine

Posted on August 14, 2014

Miss Naomi is the epitome of Betty Draper-style retro ladylike chic for the cover of T&C. And is that not exactly what one should be for the cover of T&C? The answer is yes.


Naomi-Watts-Town-Country-Magazine-September-2014-Issue-Rochas-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Naomi Watts covers the September 2014 issue of Town & Country magazine photographed by Victor Demarchelier.

Rochas Dress | Donna Karan New York Belt | Jimmy Choo Shoes | Harry Winston Necklace and Bracelets.


On her role choices: “I’d rather be a character actress and have longevity—as much of it as I can—than kid myself into believing I’m always going to be a leading lady, you know?”

On the prevalence of plastic surgery in the industry: “I’m really just feeling my way. This being an industry town, that self-consciousness just pervades. There are days when I feel victorious that I have, you know, gotten this far [without plastic surgery]. But there are a million days when I look in the mirror and think, ‘I’m going to do it.'”



Naomi-Watts-Town-Country-Magazine-September-2014-Issue-Rochas-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (2)Rochas Fall 2014 Collection

Naomi-Watts-Town-Country-Magazine-September-2014-Issue-Rochas-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (3)


We have to say, she takes to the look as well as January Jones does (which is to say, very well), but that hair looks like she slept on it and just woke up.

Major kudos to the stylist, who totally re-envisioned that dress with some judicious pinning and flouncing.

Also: “I haven’t had plastic surgery yet, but sometimes I seriously think about it,” is celebrity for “I’ve had some procedures done and plan on having more in the future.” Trust. Call us cynical if you must, but we wrote the book on the matter.

Okay, we wrote A book on the matter.



[Photo Credit: Victor Demarchelier for Town & Country Magazine, IMAXTree]

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  • SewingSiren

    Oh my word. Thank you for not wearing the brocade skirt under the dress Naomi Watts. And to Jessica Alba, if you want to do the Miss Pretty Lady look, this is the way it’s done.

    • MoHub

      Exactly. Note the white stiletto pumps.

      • kimmeister

        Sans platform!

    • evave2

      The underskirt that the model wore just made me go “huh” because it looks too much like ‘WAY too much.

      But everything Naomi Watts wore was lovely and so “right.”

  • Lex

    The hair makes me weep. Hiddy. Love the dress though

  • Nikko Viquiera

    I don’t know. I think she’s being honest. She attended one of our fundraising events and she had fabulous lines all over her face (which was obviously photoshopped away here) and she looked beautiful. That’s why I applauded when I read her answers. :)

    • Kathy

      I wish they hadn’t photoshopped her. I’m all for showing how people really look.

      • alyce1213

        Only one magazine did that only one time — Cate Blanchett on the cover “Intelligent Life,” March 21, 2012.
        The rest is all a blur.

        • Kathy

          I’m in my 50s, and I feel like I’ve been waiting a long time for us humans to be more accepting of our looks, especially women’s looks.

          ETA: I’m not saying we can’t choose to wear makeup, etc., but I know women who won’t go down the driveway to get the newspaper without full makeup. That’s probably just my generation.

          • alyce1213

            I’m of your generation, a little older actually, and I feel comfortable going out without makeup, even now. Maybe it’s from my youth as a hippie, very natural. My mom, on the other hand, is the type of lady who would not go to the mailbox without makeup — but she came from the generation that wore gloves and hats. (And she always looked so nice, I must say.)
            On that cover, if you’ve seen it, Cate Blanchett is wearing makeup, just no Photoshop – and every line is gorgeous!

  • papillon

    I love the dress in the second picture but I dislike her hair and how busy the background is.

  • Dany

    Sorry uncles, in this certain case I will have to disagree. I’ve seen her at a few red-carpets and such in person, and she definitely has a natural face with lines. Really, no work done at all.

    Beautiful dress, beautiful woman, and intelligent woman. I like.

    • Nikko Viquiera

      That’s what I just wrote in my comment below! She also attended one of our fundraising galas and she had fabulous lines all over face and she looked wonderful.

    • Kathy

      Wouldn’t it be cool if we embraced aging as being beautiful? There’s so much money in convincing us to chase youth though.

      • Anna

        Word. To the power of infinity. See: Charlotte Rampling as the face of NARS.

        • alyce1213

          It is an excellent choice, she’s such a beauty. I’ve noticed that ROC also uses a mature woman (looks somewhere in her 40s) for their TV ads, not a 20 year old. A little progress here and there.

          • Anna

            Just found out as well that Jessica Lange is the face of Marc Jacobs Beauty and that there was a Mac/Iris Apfel collaboration a couple of years ago (WHUT. How did I not know about that? I LOVE that woman!)

            True about the progress here and there. The thing is, there are girls in their 20s getting procedures done *ahemMeganFox* and it’s just so sad.

      • Dany

        I think it’s already happening a little bit. The younger generations view plastic surgery with contempt and they definitely don’t like it. In fact, my niece told me that everyone in her psychology class had to do a project about it and they all hate it.

        • Sarah

          The longer that plastic surgery holds sway for a certain socioeconomic class, the more they all begin to look the same. It is a weird type of equalizer, and not in a good way. Kids can see that; heck – anybody can see that. It is akin to wearing a mask and obscuring who you really are. Screw that.

        • Kim Elmore

          Welllll, they’re also very removed from aging & being older too.

          • Dany

            True, but I’d say even people in their early 20s are from a generation that grew up seeing how plastic and bad the process can be. I mean, look at whats popular among millenials (grandma chic, hipsterism, etc.) I personally don’t think any of that lends itself to plastic surgery.

          • Laura Renee

            Yeah, I’d like to say that we’re fans of authenticity.

          • BlairBear

            I dont know I’m pretty sure Kelly Osbourne and Nicole Richie who are big in the granny chic look have had a decent amount of work done

        • Gatto Nero

          Let’s hope they still feel that way when they hit 45.

          • Dany

            I agree, age definitely factors into the situation. However, I truly think that this generation won’t need plastic surgery by the time they age due to technological advancements. I think , by then, some form of cream, etc. will be invented instead of having to inject poison into your face.

        • papillon

          As someone who is on the younger end of the spectrum, I know a lot of young people who dislike plastic surgery and who would never go for it (myself included). I don’t hate or look down on people for having it but it makes me sad because I think it’s important to learn to accept yourself as you are and learn to love your flaws.

          I can see though now that I am getting older and struggling with my weight, etc, why certain procedures are popular (I often wish I could just cut the weight off myself and be done with it) but I know that’s not sustainable. And I spent a lot of my teens watching a show on MTV that documented the recovery process of people who chose to get plastic surgery (fairly young ones at that) and it was horrifying. I would never willingly put myself through that for an unnecessary procedure.

        • BlairBear

          I think it is easier to hate plastic surgery when you have the taut skin and youthful glow that it aims to give people in spades. I’m sure some of those people who hate it now will end up doing it. But I hope I’m wrong

          • twocee

            It IS very easy to say that you hate plastic surgery when you’re too young to really need/want it. I’m rather sad to admit that as I get further into my 40’s those commercials for the “life-style lift” look more and more appealing. And I say this as someone who wears makeup maybe 3 times a year and hasn’t worn heels in I can’t even remember how long.

        • Alicia

          That’s interesting – although I do wonder what they define as plastic surgery. I know quite a number of women in their early 20s who are scornful of plastic surgery but totally on board with cosmetic procedures like botox and fillers.

          • formerlyAnon

            Define “plastic sugery” is probably VERY applicable here. I’m sure it is heavily dependent on one’s socioeconomic status, but a fair number of “regular people” women in their twenties and even teens have boob jobs. I often think of them as the nose job (those also happen young) of our times.

          • demidaemon

            True. And not all cosmetic surgery is negative. Remember that “reconstructive procedures” fall under this umbrella as well.

      • MoHub

        Here’s a great quote from the late, great Lauren Bacall:

        “I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that.”

        That should be a lesson to all the plastic-surgery-addicted.

        • Kathy

          Such a class act that woman was.

        • Gatto Nero

          And Elaine Stritch in WWD (2007): ““I’m an absolute stickler about any kind of plastic surgery. I think it’s bullsh–. I wish women knew that they didn’t have to go into the closet, beautywise. I have lots of signs in my face that I’m the age that I am, and I love it.”

          • NurseEllen

            Elaine always gave good quote.

        • formerlyAnon

          Not untrue. But of all those photos and photosets of Ms. Bacall going around on line the last day or two, only ONE that I’ve seen included a photo of her over 50. And that was in a set of 6 photos.

          Youth and [conventional] beauty still have a powerful value-in-trade and acceptance of one’s imperfections apparently has a price, even after death.

  • Jeremiah Capacillo

    That’s some “Depressed Betty In The Polka Dot Dress The Day After The Dinner Party” hair.

    Great styling and soundbites though!

  • Coco Chanel

    Her skin looks so damn pale in these pictures

    • Alicia

      I don’t think she looks particularly pale – not like Cate Blanchette’s alabaster.

      • Coco Chanel

        It just looks very pale because of the lighting and the contrast with her hair

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Those quotes seem pretty ridiculous paired with such photo shopping that I don’t know who it is.

  • Funkykatt

    I don’t understand the dish gloves on the model pic, is this for maids of Town and Country readers?

    • Anna

      That made me snort out loud at work. So true about the dish glove-ness.

  • NBG

    So ironic that she is talking about plastic surgery when they Photoshopped her skin so much she looks like a doll. Seriously, where did all the texture on her skin go?

  • Funkykatt

    All those photoshop pics of cover models make them look like hard plastic.

  • Mothra

    Looks like a completely different dress.

  • hughman

    I love how the model is all “Carrie At The Prom” and Naomi is all “Honey, just stand right here on stage and don’t look up at the bucket!”.

  • International Model

    “Also: “I haven’t had plastic surgery yet, but sometimes I seriously think about it,” is celebrity for “I’ve had some procedures done and plan on having more in the future.” Trust. Call us cynical if you must, but we wrote the book on the matter.”

    Good read. Recently, a friend of mine was complaining about a friend exhibiting “hot girl” behavior and I asked, “Is she hot?” and there was a pause. I spoke again, “…did she used to be hot?” and that got a quick yes.

  • MoHub

    Moved elsewhere

    • Fanny_Trollope

      Personally, I plan to die with the same face I was born with. I don’t ever want to see someone else’s face looking back at me in a mirror.

    • Denise Alden

      And that quote is as true for those who choose to have plastic surgery, too, isn’t it? :) (Except maybe for the ‘proud’ part?)

  • MilaXX

    I guess with awards season just weeks away most of the celebs are off plucking, waxing, dieting and whatever else insanity they do to prepare. This is a nice cover, mostly because they styled the dress far better than the crackstatic runway look.

    • Laura Renee

      Which awards season? I thought the main one was in January-February, everything around the Oscars.

      • Tina M.

        Emmys/VMAs are coming up in a few weeks, it’s preseason

      • MilaXX

        As mentioned Emmys are on the 24th, so are the VMAs. After that it’s NYFW starting Septemeber 4th. Then the poledance for the Oscars and the holidays . Then the Oscars themselves. This may be the only downtime many celebs have for some time.

        • Laura Renee

          Ahhh, I see. It’s about to get very busy for TLo indeed.

  • cocohall

    Naomi Watts is pretty, but in a very generic, Barbie doll (actually more like Skipper) way. As hard as it may be to resist plastic surgery, it might be the thing that sets her apart as she ages and allows her to play the character roles. I do admire her honesty about aging and admitting that she thinks about plastic surgery. In the morning when I’m confronted with the jowls of a Disney cartoon dog, it crosses my mind too.

    She is very well-suited to the look of T&C. The photoshopped however, needs to have his/her meds checked. Her face is so smooth it’s almost as if she is wearing a facekini (look it up – now popular face mask for aging Chinese women at the beach).

    • OffToSeeHim

      Disney cartoon dog! Stop, I’m dying!

    • formerlyAnon

      Dang girl, I feel your truth. If my jaw line held I’d be good until my 70s, when the chin/neck wattle thing is in my future. I’d happily grudgingly accept all the discolorations and wrinklings and comparatively minor drooping and bagging if I could hold onto the jaw. Alas.

      • cocohall

        Alas is right. And my children wonder why I’m not a “selfie” fan. Why document the fall?

  • KinoEye

    Funny she should talk about not having work done when her face has been Shopped to oblivion. They’re gorgeous pictures, but she’s a poreless, lineless wax figure above the neck.

  • BayTampaBay

    Love the dress on Naomi, hate the dress on the model.

    • Shawn EH

      She’s a mental asylum escapee, it’s a little epic with the blood red gloves.

  • Gatto Nero

    She looks flawless here. I even like the slightly disheveled hair as a foil for the perfect styling otherwise.

    Thanks for the translation, TLo. I really hope she resists tampering any further with her face.

  • kimmeister

    She’s one of the greatest leading ladies? There’s an elegant way to use the F-bomb?

    • Dany

      I mean, maybe not the greatest but if you look at today’s scope of actors, she stacks up really well. She’s a great actress.

  • wisenhar

    Nana-nana-nana-nana nana-nana-nana-nana BATDRESS!

    • Sarah

      Why, those ARE bats. Funny.

    • AnguaVonUberwald

      It’s funny, after looking at the pictures I was all set to come down here in the comments and defend the bat-wing dress to the death, and then practically no one else saw bat-wings in the dress. I’m saying I might have issues, is all. And I love the dress, bat-wings included.

      • kerryev

        That dress would be a big old nothing without the bats.

      • BLauDGaspode

        I kept looking at it and thinking, “Those are bats. Yes? Yes. Or are they dragon wings? No. No, they are definitely bats. Hmm. I like them.” Design that makes me talk to myself is design I like.

    • Jacob Bowen

      See to me they look like nets that are being thrown onto something to catch it, but I can see why you see bats.

      • Meri

        I’m seeing a mix of bats and spiderwebs- like something Mortica Addams’s prim little sister would wear.

    • Lower L

      Marilyn Munster!

  • PinkyK

    Doris Day drag to perfection!

    • Imasewsure

      I was thinking Kim Novak but I see Doris Day for sure here too

  • Laura Renee

    Even if that was her stance re: plastic surgery, the level of photoshop makes her look like a liar. Bit embarrassing.

  • mmgk

    I think it’s more code for, “I’m friends with Nicole Kidman, so I don’t want to say anything too damning about plastic surgery.”

    • Imasewsure

      Oh yes…. and “I want to work in this town so I better not sound too opinionated or rigid about not maintaining my money-maker”…

      Hopefully she’ll resist! She will be a cute Lady of a Certain Age if she allows herself to be one….

  • Frank_821

    She does look great. And I agree with otheres strange irony about the photoshopping

    Last night the hubby and I watched The Impossible. Damn that was an exhausting film. The flashback sequence near the end made me wince terribly. I can only imagine what Naomi went through filming it

  • jonnyf8

    Perfection. She is a great actress.

  • Sarah

    I like those poufs on the couch. I would like to have those.

    • kimmeister

      There’s no other way to describe them! They’re certainly not pillows.

      • Sarah

        I loathe that word, but I had to use it because what else do you call them? Mini-ottomans? Overstuffed cubes?

        • Heatherbelle

          I love love love them too but I think you can easily sit on poufs. Maybe these are poufettes? minipoufs? poufikins? pouflets!

          • Sarah

            Yes, pouflets!!

  • SophieCollier

    Can’t believe that’s the same dress! Looks miles better in the photoshoot. The runway version is tragic. A waste of awesome fabric.

  • msdamselfly

    Awesome (except for the hair). Gorgeous fabric

  • Mary Alice Davis

    Since when did she become one of the greatest leading ladies?

    • Ali2044

      The only movies that come to mind that she was “leading lady” in was that awful Diana movie and movie about the killer video tape.

  • Danielle

    If I designed that dress, I would be falling all over myself to thank the stylist who improved it.

  • crash1212

    Gorgeous dress as envisioned by the stylist. She looks stunning.

  • formerlyAnon

    Fantastic dress on her, even if some of the style came from the stylist.

  • decormaven

    She’s gorgeous, but that hair reminds me of Julianne Hough.

  • marlie

    I think Naomi looks beautiful. The Betty Draper/Grace Kelly drag suits her, and I don’t mind the tousled hair because it makes it a little less costume-y.

  • ashtangajunkie

    There’s something about her that I really like. I don’t think it’s her hair. I think it might be Liev Schreiber, now that I think about it.

  • Comfy

    I’ve seen her with her family and they photoshopped he hell out of this lady. At first glance, it looked like Scarlett Johansson. In real life she’s super tiny and has noticeable wrinkles. She’s still genetically blessed in every way but I believe her when she says she hasn’t had surgery. I think ppl ask her about plastic surgery bc of her friendship to Nicole Kidman. Trying to get her to say something bitchy.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Serving up some serious retro realness here-brava, Ms. Watts. Nicole’s coming after you for this dress.

  • Mr. J.

    That looking-right-at-you, parted-lips pose…..more than a touch of Marilyn.

  • Shawn EH

    You’d think all she’d have to do is look at Nicole and be warned away.

  • Columbinia

    In an era of the short, snug, minimal dress (see Taylor Swift), I love seeing the luxe, full folds of this skirt and the richness of the fabric. I also love that the stylist didn’t go for a pearl necklace.

    And thank you, uncles, for confirming my complete disbelief that a Hollywood leading lady over the age of 40 has not had some work done. I don’t care if they don’t want to own it, I just dislike when they talk about it but deny it.

  • JynxTheCat

    She is the LEAST recognizable person of celebrity I can think of. She could rob me at gun point and I would not be able to ID her. WTF is that? Se is so nondescript.

  • anotherkate

    Those shoes! They are so sparkly and delightful! She looks pretty, if a little poreless (it’s rude to photoshop the life out of someone and then ask them about plastic surgery, right? Like, are they trying to freak her out?)

  • Winterlight

    Very nice! Just, please do your hair. Scruff does not go with this look.