Charlize Theron in Dior Couture at “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” Premiere

Posted on April 12, 2016

Charlize Theron attends the premiere of Universal Pictures’ “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood, California.

 

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We wonder if there’s some sort of bug motif in the film. We can’t recall any such thing from the first one. Still, this is the second time she’s gone out with insects all over her this week. It’s officially a thing with her.

And we don’t like it.

We’ve been ranting about all the forced whimsy going on in fashion right now, and while this is somewhere along the same lines, we’d say there’s a fair amount of wit in the design  – if you stand far enough away from it. Stand too close and the whimsical little bugs disappear because all you can see is the illusion netting, which never stops giving off the whiff of ballroom dancing and ice skating costumes. We’re also not much digging the harness and pulley system that appears to make up the back of the dress. And when you take away the gimmicks, you’re left with a dull LBD and perfunctory styling.

We hates it, kittens.

Style Credits:
Christian Dior Dress Embellished with Insect Appliqués from the Spring 2016 Couture Collection
Harry Winston Jewelry
Christian Louboutin Black Pump

[Photo Credit: Getty Images, Kazuki Hirata/PRPhotos.com, INFphoto.com]

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  • Sarah

    Clearly the left sleeve was holding the lid on the bug container – so, when it fell, the bugs were released and are walking all over her now. There’s no other explanation, really.

    • Sophie

      Or those are only the bugs that were hidden under the left sleeve – the others are still crawling under the rest of the dress.

      • Donna Tabor

        Now running and screaming…

  • lexilexi

    Agreed. Also, the netting in the back makes it look like she has back fat rolls … and she definitely does not.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      The illusion netting in the back is wrinkling, and that is bad, bad, bad. It looks like an attempt to re-envision the LBD, not buying it.
      And Dear Fashion Baby Jesus, enough with the craft store style embellishments.

      • evave2

        On first glance I thought the insects were on a half-necklace ‘string’ and I liked that; but when I saw the way they looked on her back (sort of like one of those lines of bugs you get when you spill sugar on your porch, if that has ever happened to you, and you don’t clean it up immediately — kind of a conga line of bugs) AND the wrinkled netting on her back, I decided the whole look makes me fell uncomfortable to look at.

        BTW, I have always loved your name.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          If there were fewer insects I might have felt a tiNY bit less annoyed, but the dress is what it is (shudders).
          Thanks- heavens knows my name suits me, or at least my online persona

          • livesarah

            I wanted to like it when I saw the bugs, but just how bad it looked from the front was already enough to elicit an ‘eww’ from me. The wrinkled illusion netting on the back just made it worse. How is it even possible to make Charlize Theron look bad? I can’t remember a single thing she has worn of late that I have liked!

  • Pennymac

    Well, at least the netting matches her skin tone. (Some what)
    I am officially over whimsy.

    • tryinnottobetoojudgy

      I was over whimsy the minute it started showing up on the runways. It just looks ridiculous 99% of the time.

  • I like the shoes.

  • This dress is my worst nightmare.

  • BlackCatBitch

    Siggggghhhhhh, gurl pleassssszzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzz zzzzz.

  • GemFemme

    This dress needs sprayed with Raid.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I’m seeing Tracy Turnblad and her posse coming after Charlize as they do ‘The Bug’!

  • Tejanala

    Yikes, bugs are crawling down your back and I’m itching!

  • Bernd

    The diamonds in her ears are fab. That’s all I got

  • KateShouldBeWorking

    This dress is dumb; what is going… Wait, nope. Nope nope nope

  • TheLibrarian28

    The bugs creep me out!

    • Sanglots longs

      Exactly the words I was about to type. I am completely creeped out.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I don’t hate the bugs as much as that piece of fabric hanging of her arm. I think, I might like the bugs.

    • random_poster

      The bugs could be the only thing I like about the dress.

      • Jessica Freeman

        They should have really went for it with the bugs. This half assed attempt is not working. I don’t have a fear of bugs, so I don’t mind them from that aspect.

        • random_poster

          I hate real bugs, but these are cute. They deserved better than illusion netting and a wonky-back dress.

  • Bland Gland

    Terrible dress. It really does take a terrible dress to make Charlize freakin Theron to look not so hot. The HD make up is a touch too Kabuki too.

    • Grazi diMenti

      Yeah, I really thought the powdery white around the eyes is unforgivable. I don’t b understand how MUAs regularly b make that mistake.

  • cicada

    The ring and the shoes are fabulous. The dress was probably better left on the sketchpad.

    • Ediths_Head

      I find the shoes, combined with the carpet, hoof-ifying.

  • stellavision

    From far enough away, I thought, “oh, the illusion is that she has jewels scattered on her shoulders. Not bad.”

    Then you get up closer and it’s BUGS CRAWLING ON ILLUSION NET. No!

    • JLou

      I saw jewels as well in the thumbnail. And then I realized that there were bugs climbing out of her cleavage, crawling over her shoulder and down her back, headed for her . . . . . .

      I need a shower. Now.

  • Gatto Nero

    “Forced whimsy.”

    Thank you!

    • Little_Olive

      Whimsy needs 1) a sense of humor in the wearer (see: Helena Bonham Carter); 2) perfection in the execution; 3) boldness.

      This is shy ahd half-assed on an ice queen. So no.

      • Gatto Nero

        Plus illusion netting, which always looks like a lazy and cheap design “solution.”

        • Little_Olive

          I know! Do clothes makers really think there is added design value because the garment makes you wonder (for a milisecond) how it’s holding together?

  • SugarSnap108

    I’m a fan of well-deployed insects/animals in fashion — The cases where you go, “That’s kind of a cool print–OMG that’s a giraffe, I LOVE IT.”

    But when it looks like your illusion netting actually caught some unwitting bugs … not so much.

  • wisenhar

    The seam where the netting meets the dress is a disgrace for couture!

  • BobStPaul

    I think this is one of her worst looks ever – from the dress to the make-up.

    • random_poster

      Make-up looks fine from far away, but absolutely not in the close-up.

  • MilaXX

    Too.Many.Bugs! I actually could have tolerated this dress if there was maybe 1 bug in front and no more than 3 or 4 in the back.

  • Lily

    “Charlize, Halsey. Halsey, Charlize.” Now go in the bathroom and change dresses so the star looks like the mother1234ing star, and the singer looks like she belongs on the carpet where the singer belongs. Oh, and Charlize, do line the dress, deary.

    This is a star phoning it in if I’ve ever seen one. And here we complain about boys not showing up.

  • Sam Smith

    I love the bugs. I’m over the whimsy trend, but yes for cool bugs on the red carpet.

  • glorious head, but death to illusion netting.

    what do you say, BKs? should we protest next fashion week?

  • KinoEye

    She’s got bugs falling into her cleavage. Sigh. This dress is almost as mundane and frustrating as my work day.

  • Katie

    Your clothes are falling off and you’re covered in bugs. Go home, Charlize. You’re drunk.

  • Imasewsure

    I don’t hate it since it’s so much better than the awkward things she’s been sporting lately, but I don’t love it either (more importantly, I don’t understand it). Still, she looks gorgeous in a LBD

  • Anna

    If you took off the fly trap, you know who would wear this dress? Jennifer Aniston and probably Kate Hudson.

    Which means it’s not for you, Charlize.

  • bessann28

    Wondering what the thought process was when they thought “illusion netting with bugs crawling all over it” would be a great design choice…

  • jen

    Nope. If you’re gonna do bugs, go there and make them bigger and really bejeweled. Those teeny bugs look like a half assed afterthought.

  • kimmeister

    Even if the bugs and bug netting weren’t there, the LBD alone is not working for her. There are better ways to enhance those lovely athletic shoulders, since this is definitely not one of them.

  • Imasewsure

    These cute little bugs on a fancy tank top or a tank dress, jean jacket, etc. would be really cute… I like sparkle and I like cute little touches (but not here of course! – this makes no sense at all)

  • alexa11221

    Take away the gimmicks and you are left with Charlize. Can’t complain.

  • Gatita

    I have a very high tolerance for well-executed whimsy but the shiteous dresses being foisted on us lately look like someone threw doodads onto fabric and then just sewed it in place. Hideous.

  • Erica

    I never even knew how much I dislike illusion netting until I started reading you guys. If I’m not watching the Winter Olympics, I don’t want to see it. And sticking bugs all over it makes it even ickier.

  • Suzannah Gordon

    the moment I saw it, I thought, “It looks like she has bugs crawling on her.” Then I looked at the next picture and sure enough. Don’t care that they are fake bugs…this sucks

  • another_laura

    What the everliving eff, Christian Dior?!?

  • Little_Olive

    Yeah, whatever. Going for whimsy, ending up with silly… which we are seeing way to much. Don’t like it at all.

  • paginatrix

    Dress is trying like hell for Whimsy, but the cut and lines are very matronly.

  • julnyes

    The definition of a Monet. Everything looks great from a distance, but the closer you get the worse it looks. The illusion netting and the overly pale foundation are disconcerting up close.

  • Ssquared1105

    You think when you sign a deal with Dior that you’ll have dozens of beautiful gowns to wear… and then they send you an LBD illusion netting and a harness back.

  • I’m always dazzled by her, so the dress is a rather Meh item.

  • Michele

    I have this itch on my back, just below my shoulder where I can’t reach it …

  • GillianHolroyd

    A point could be made that faux insects don’t necessarily have to be on *illusion* to be effective.

  • If the dress were longer and the insects were gorgeous this concept could work. It’s not the bugs per se, it’s that they look like something that came home in your 4 YO birthday party goodie bag.

  • Belle239

    I choose to just look at her beautiful face, which is usually all I see anyway when she is featured.

  • ANWrootbeers

    This dress makes me angry. I like the idea of the bugs, but that strap “falling” off the shoulder and the illusion netting are just terrible.

  • Froggae

    I like the little bugs, but that netting is horrid. And in the close up shot of her back the dress looks cheap and poorly made where the netting hits the black material..

  • chelseaad

    I don’t understand why anyone would want it to look like they have bugs crawling on them.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I hate the illusion netting the most.

  • oneWEIRDword

    She doesn’t usually go for fun or whimsical looks so I’d like to encourage it; nice to see humour.

  • Gingerblu

    the bugs are actually made of fake jewels which is kind of cool but it looks so random that it does nothing for the dress. And the added bonus is the creepy crawly feeling one gets looking at it…….not a win Charlize!

  • I’d spend the entire night catching sight of one of those bugs out of the corner of my eye and jumping. I don’t have steady enough nerves for this sort of whimsy. Which is a pity because I have a pile of this sort of flatback jewels cut off an old sweater of my mums, so I could DIY it in a minute.

  • SherryN

    Why would you want to look like you have bugs crawling all up your back?

  • OrangeChia

    Oh dear.

    Every single starlet should have a pair of those earrings.

  • Judy_J

    I hate this dress, too. But I was somewhat gratified to see that she’s got moles and freckles just like me.

  • AmyO

    It seems she was sent Nicole Kidman’s dress (and shoes!) by mistake and instead of packing it up and shipping it to Ms. Kidman, she decided it was easier to just throw it on instead of finding something better to wear. In the words of TLo, pack it up and send it off to its rightful owner.

  • Kaonashi

    I like the insects. It’s the rest of the dress I can’t stand. So boring.

  • Pamdela

    Howevah…must call out that that diamond gobstopper is worthy of Furiosa.

  • DyanSwan

    I like it.

  • jilly_d

    What the……what?

  • Annmarie Kane

    Her face is starting to resemble Nicole Kidman’s, and not in a good way. I hate the dress too…

  • cocohall

    I had such an urge to go find my fly swatter. This is horrible. Who the fuck wants big bugs crawling on her skin? Not this girl. I can’t even focus on ANYTHING other than BUGS. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  • Shouldercat

    This is a personal low for her, which is rare. This dress is somehow fussy and plain. I think it would work better full length.

  • Byodo-In

    They are not even cute insects.

  • Sennalina

    Wasn’t one of her costumes in the first film made out of insect wings (or at least decorated with them)? Maybe a nod to that, but not well done at all. I hates as well.

  • EEKstl

    As a bug hater this dress is my worst nightmare.

  • ladybane

    This has the amazing ability to make her look solid and thick-waisted, which is astounding since she is a tall, golden willow of a woman.

  • No. No bugs on dresses, EVER.

    I HAVE SPOKEN.

  • A_guy01

    Charlize is the queen of bees. She can control them and affixes them to her dress to let you know she can control mortals too …
    Actually, this dress is fugly, but that face …

  • OffToSeeHim

    But if you take off the illusion netting, turn it into a gown, and take those bugs, bling them up with real jewels, and apply them to her skin as appliques, you’ve got a drop-dead gorgeous look.

  • Robert Sanchez

    This dress does her a horrible disservice!

  • runjuliet

    too much whimsical bugs and maybe too much face powder? girl so white…

  • frosty dufour

    The finishing on the back, where the netting is sewn to the dress, is WOW-level bad. Besides being a miss overall I mean.

  • The straps bother me most of all for some reason. Why is one of her straps askew to reveal the small path of bugs over her shoulder and back? WHY? Why not just make it a single-strap dress? And the back… no. None of that please.

  • FuhUgh

    Yep. This “bugs.”

  • I’ll take the earrings. The rest can go straight in the trash.

  • AnneElliot

    Too tricksy. And enough with the bugs!

  • Suzanne JPaul

    One can’t help but be impressed by how vastly boring and yet how piercingly repulsively a single garment can be.

  • That dress makes me itchy.

  • quiltrx

    EW NO.
    I find this really aging on her, too.

  • There was a clear transition in her costuming in the first film, moving her from organic elements to insectile exoskeletons–she has a dress made out of beetle wings (like the famous Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth dress) near the end of the film. It wouldn’t surprise me to see that motif repeated in this film, and consequently, I’m rather fond of the bug deployment here.

  • shelley514

    It’s a monet for sure.

  • MannahattaMamma

    This dress makes me twitch and itch and kind of freaks me out, ultimately. Like, how does she know those things won’t come alive and be… you know, ON her. Shuddering.

  • Freynika

    I like the bugs, but the back of that dress was resolved in the worst possible way. Solid black would have been better, or a color of netting that doesn’t exactly match her skin, making it look like she’s 30 in front, 85 in back.

  • Monabel

    Bugs can be done much better than this.

  • mila_8

    I bought bugs on shear…for nursery drapes.

  • Reality Fan

    My say something nice: I’ve never seen an illusion fabric better matched to a skin tone.