Natalie Portman’s maternity fashion in Palm Springs: tragic, hideous, or meh?


Natalie Portman promoted Black Swan at the Palm Springs International Film Festival this weekend – these are photos from the photo call on Saturday. I think Natalie got the memo about her bitchface, because she was really exerting the effort to smile for the cameras. Natalie, we understood about the bitchface retroactively, because of your pregnancy. We get that you were uncomfortable. And many of us even liked your bitchface!

Anyway, Natalie showed off her bump in this absolutely hideous maternity dress. I get that she’s probably trying to look a bit matronly and mature, just to be classy and not have it “all hanging out” while pregnant, but still. There is no reason for such a pretty girl to wear this budget-looking disaster. If the white piping on the hem and the white gauze with the black bodice weren’t tacky enough, the designer went and added GOLD accents on the collar and cuffs. Absolutely and unconditionally tragic.

At the festival, Natalie took home the “Achievement Actress” award and she also presented Javier Bardem with the “International Star Award”. When asked about impending motherhood, Natalie said: “I have no idea what it is going to be like so I’ll feel it out.”

Last thing… she was wearing her engagement ring, and I was trying to crop a photo to get a good angle on it. Here’s the best that I got, and if you want to see a better photo of the ring, go here to Us Weekly:




Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Abby says:

    Aww, looks like her belly finally popped! Cute. Too bad the dress is a disaster.

  2. Rita says:

    “tragic, hideous, or meh?”

    Well, you got the options right. *Tim Gunn sheds tears*. The gold trim looks like my first effort at designing my nieces baton twiling uniform (so does the hem).

  3. junk5734 says:

    Her eye color is very unappealing. It’s always the first thing I look at..

  4. FatJennyWearsTightShirt says:

    I like Natalie but bad taste with that hideous dress. The mirror lied to you Natalie.

  5. audrey says:

    I think she looks great! Love her eye-color, too.

  6. Liana says:

    I think she has pretty eyes. The dress, however, is hideous.

  7. malachais says:

    beautiful ring, the dress is hideous.

  8. Susan says:

    At least she’s smiling. That distracts me from the dress.

  9. heb says:

    So far her maternity fashion is turning out to be AWFUL. That dress she wore to the People’s Choice Awards was redic.

  10. brin says:

    That dress is horrible! Can’t tell about the ring.

  11. guesty says:

    she looks like she’s about to hurl…& so am i looking @ that ensemble. hideous.

  12. Gracie says:

    Her eye colour is beautiful, I think she looks great in the dress.

    She’s talented, beautiful and intelligent – sigh, love her and can’t wait to see black swan

  13. Estella says:

    Her outfit makes my soul hurt.

    And the bubblegum pink nail polish is fug on her skin tone.

  14. AngelMay says:

    She is wearing those weird orangey contacts brown-eyed girls wear sometimes. Her natural eye color is lovely.

  15. Ariadna says:

    Her face is glowing but the dress and nail polish are just hideous!

  16. nnn says:

    He or She who made that outfit was on weed !

    As for Nathalie, she has enough beauty and is pregnant, so she’s cute no matter what. Pregnant women are excused of any wrong choice in the dressung department.

  17. Lisa Turtle says:

    Posh Spice is pregnant too! Secret baby boom!

  18. ThirdChris says:

    Tragic. There are lots of great maternity dresses out there now, there is no excuse for that hideous garment. I get that she’s at the awkward stage where she doesn’t look all that pregnant and mostly just thick at the waist. Wear an empire waist, that’s what they’re made for!

  19. Wresa says:

    Ick, looks like a figure skater’s outfit!

  20. Samigirl says:

    I wore cuter maternity clothes than that when I was preggers, and I shopped at Target….

  21. smith says:

    Just not a fan of this woman. Why does she have a rep of being such an “amazing actress?” She’s okay. I haven’t seen all her work, but enough to say meh to the whole thing. She did look good bald in “V for Vhatever.”

    I know she’s on a big oscar hunt – push push push. Funny if she doesn’t even get a nomination. Funny mean but still funny.

    I guess my biggest complaint is that she seems to take her self way over the top serious.

  22. albeli says:

    I think she looks really pretty and healthy. But the dress is fug.

  23. TeeTee says:

    I LOVE her ring and polish combo–clean and simple.

    She looks cute to me, not the best design but her lil stomach is getting bigger, cute.

    LOVE her films! have been a long time fan.

    I actually met her at an NY eatery and she was sooo nice and she sent over a bottle of wine, nice lady she seems shy..after her meal she came over and said she enjoyed meeting me and touched my shoulder and left w/her mom.

  24. KJ says:

    Her eyes are GORGEOUS. And her natural eye color, they just look brighter depending on the angle of the flash bulb. I know a few people who have that vibrant, almost-orange brown.

    That dress sucks, though. A lot.

  25. flutters says:

    I hate the lashes more than I do the dress. The overall effect is to make Natalie look like a clown.

  26. Laurie says:

    I wonder if her support for Roman Polanski (child molester) has wavered now that she will have a little one to protect from monsters now.

  27. Kazoo81 says:

    i love love love her ring.

    i wish she’d wear her hair down more often.

    ignoring the dress.

  28. Johnny Depp's Girl says:

    Hate the dress, her make up is too light and she looks sick!

    I love her but damn, she looks like she’s going to hurl.

  29. LolaBella says:

    The dress is hideous, but Natalie looks very pretty.

  30. malina says:

    I don’t mind the dress. I would surely look really bad in it, but I think she looks ok.

  31. GeekChic says:

    She has gorgeous whiskey-colored eyes. This dress would be a good option for “Unfug It Up” on GFY. I think it would have been cute if you had just taken all of the crap off of the top. A simple, strapless black dress, maybe added an empire waist… The hemline in and of itself isn’t bad and could add interest to an otherwise simple dress, but combined with the crap up top it just doesn’t work.

    But, even with saying all of that, she is pregnant and allowed to wear whatever the hell she wants.

  32. Mouse says:

    Blech, what an ugly outfit! Can someone explain to me when the beige and black combo I keep seeing everywhere became popular? Those colors are TERRIBLE together. If she had stuck to either black and gold OR pink and beige, I’d let the matronly look of this outfit go. But all those colors together, plus the shiny cuffs and collar….fail, Natalie. This looks like something thrown together at the last minute on Project Runway. She also looks like she should be at home, off her feet and close to the bathroom.

  33. Marianne says:

    Im hoping she wears some more cuter clothes as the Golden Globes and eventually the Oscars make their way. I mean, her little bump is cute. She should show it off.

    And you can see that bump a little more clearly in these pics

  34. lucy2 says:

    She is very pretty, but that dress is awful! Not crazy about her ring design either, I’m an emerald cut girl myself.

  35. Matt says:

    Someone was hitting the bong HARD when they glued together that mess. Just no.

  36. Stephanie says:

    I just saw Black Swan; it was exceptional. Loved it.

    As for the dress: I’m afraid she could have done better at Target.

  37. Sparkly says:

    It is SO hard to find decent maternity clothes. You’d think someone like her would have legitimate designers beating each other to get their hands on her, though. I think it would be decently cute (as far as maternity stuff tends to go) if it didn’t have all that gold nasty.

  38. Hakura says:

    I have to give her a pass here. (And those who know me would be surprised xD)

    I think it’s probably because she’s not sure how to dress her changing body appropriately. I’ve never been pregnant, but I’ve seen how quickly & strangely it changes.

    She probably has no idea what works, what’s flattering, and what’s ‘fitting’ for a classy pregnant woman to wear. She had enough trouble with fashion choices *before* she was pregnant. xD

  39. Mikunda says:

    Love the dress. Love how she looks! Congrats, Natalie!

  40. Kelly says:

    I don’t know if she’s wearing contacts; grey makes your eyes do funny things under hot lighting. I have green eyes that make me look like I fell out of a mothership when I wear grey liner and I think the same thing’s happening here.

    That dress is so deliberately hideous that I would applaud it’s perversity if it wasn’t for the extreme vanity that it implies in this case, methinks.

  41. DunnoWhatNumberKate says:

    @AngelMay I have the same color eyes as Natalie. It’s probably not contacts. They’re brown with flecks of gold and green, which only really come out when you shine light right into them. So in some light they look normal brown, and in some they look “orangey” because light is shining right in. I think hers (and, ahem, mine) are pretty. Anne Hathaway’s do the same thing, too.

  42. WOM says:

    Rita’s comment (#2) is hysterical.

  43. Ron says:

    I think the dress is interesting, but the shoes she borrowed from my Aunt Geraldine just kill any hipness the dress ever had.

  44. Hakura says:

    @Kelly (#43)- That dress is so deliberately hideous that I would applaud it’s perversity if it wasn’t for the extreme vanity that it implies in this case, methinks.

    I hadn’t really considered that possibility. xD If that’s the case, I wouldn’t be giving her a pass.

    @DunnoWhatNumberKate (#44)- I think that coloration of eyes is very pretty. =)

  45. jzhz says:

    I think this is one of the prettiest hair and makeup looks I’ve seen her rock. Her eyes are lovely. You know what it is? She has a very gummy smile, and I think she photographs better from the front than from the side with her gums showing. Also, did she have a nose job at some point? Her weird side-nostril contributes to her odd photos when she’s smiling, too.

  46. liz says:

    I actually love the dress – -very high fashion and the style not often done. Think it’s great

  47. Kim says:

    I like it. Its not really maternity. Yes a looser style but its not full on maternity wear. She is to newly pregnant to need maternity clothes yet.

    I appreciate she isnt wearing 6 inch heels while preggers but those shoes look cheap and im sure they arent.

  48. janea says:

    Does somebody know the exact brand of fingers and toe´s nail polish? I like it.