Evan Rachel Wood in black, beaded Elie Saab: stunning or “too old”?


I was surprised when Evan Rachel Wood lost for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries – I thought she was a lock! Evan might have thought she was a lock too, because look at this stunning dress. This is the kind of dress you wear when you think you’re going to win. It’s Elie Saab, and I love it. ERW has been going through a menswear-inspired phase, wearing lots of pantsuits and tailored pieces, so I was surprised to see her in this vintage-looking gown.

Can I just say something? A lot of you defend someone like Kristen Stewart when she slouches and eye-rolls her way through a red carpet, claiming that it’s just nice to see a young actress who isn’t flashing her bits and pieces. My rebuttal: Evan Rachel Wood. A young woman with a killer body, dressed conservatively and elegantly, and like she’s still figuring out her style, but like she cares very much about how she presents herself. Does she look older than her 24 years? Sure. But I like that about her too. She can pull off this “older” look without looking like a kid who got into her mom’s makeup.

My one complaint? The hair. The hair is a miss. She chopped it off months ago, and in Toronto and Venice, Evan was mostly doing it spiky and mussed-up. I would have liked to see a more David Bowie hair style with this dress, because these pin curls (? Is that what they are??) are not the most flattering. The hair makes her neck look thick, right?

I added a little Guy Pearce too, just because.





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  1. cmc says:

    It is so surprising to me that she is incredibly elegant and likeable. She’s been annoying for a few years, and now suddenly she’s one of my favorite celebrities. How did you do that, ERW?

  2. gab says:

    She looks lovely lately. I think she was one of the best dressed last night!

  3. BigHair&Pearls says:

    STUNNING. STUNNING. STUNNING! She looks absolutely amazing. If Paltrow had any sense of style (or sense period.) she would’ve worn this dress. Spectacular.

  4. Heatheradair says:

    Cate Blanchett would have known what to do with the hair :) Sleek gown, go for playful, spiky hair……

  5. serena says:

    THe dress is really too much. Meh on this one.

  6. lucy2 says:

    She’s one of my red carpet faves. She really does step up and look elegant and sophisticated (except for the back tattoo, I wish that weren’t there!) and I like how she often has a vintage vibe.

  7. etwo says:

    Gorgeous. She is a star, and looking at her dress is like looking at the stars in the night sky.

  8. Kit says:

    She looks great. I used to really dislike her but now i can’t remember why?

  9. curleque says:

    Those would be a bad attempt at finger waves.

  10. Aqua says:

    ERW just keeps getting better and better in terms of her style and in her performances.I think she will be one to watch for many years to come.

    One of my favorite dresses of the evening.

  11. ladybert62 says:

    The dress is beautiful – the hair is not.

  12. Micah says:

    She looks gorgeous!

    The dress fits her perfectly, and looks great on her.

    I will admit though, typically Elie Saab dresses bore me.

    I don’t know why, but I always find them beautiful yet boring……

  13. Enny says:

    Bad hair. And while the dress is lovely, the exposed tats are not.

  14. Danziger says:

    I still dislike her. Her ordeal with Marilyn Manson, her interviews.. ergh. She’s pretty, but she looked like a bad expy of Dita von Teese for such a long while that I still cringe when I see her with red lipstick and 30s hair or anything obviously vintage.

  15. photo jojo says:

    I think she looks unbelievable. Just flawless.

  16. Harley says:

    Love the dress. She always looks fabulous! Love this girl’s style.

  17. kimmy says:

    no doubt she is talented, but i want her to be likeable too. she’s definitely making me like her….especially in her red carpet interview w/ Ryan Secrest. i think it was just because the Marilyn Manson thing creeped me out. I mean, how can’t it??

  18. Happy21 says:

    I wanted to dislike this look but really can’t. It suits her. She looks great.

  19. WillyNilly says:

    So what are you saying, Danziger? That ONLY Dita can do vintage? Then you’ll also have to tell Scarlotte, and Katy Perry and every other uninspired clone of the 20′s and 30′s. It’s a fun era…why wouldn’t she want to emulate it?

    Why don’t we ever give Rose McGown shit for being with MM anymore? Oh that’s right, because that was when she still looked normal. Good times.

  20. observer says:

    I love the dress, and Evan looks amazing in it.

  21. Liz says:

    Eh, I wish people would let the MM thing go – she dated him when she was rather young and all things considered, Manson is actually an extremely intelligent and profound person, although this isn’t so noticeable via his shock art and debilitating drug issues. She dated a guy not famous for being well liked, I think if anything, this might make her more interesting. That said, I’m starting to see a tinge of ‘smug’ from her at her rcarpet appearances…. :(

  22. shocked&appalled says:

    Now THAT is a dress. Best of the night.

  23. 4Real says:

    Oh I like it!! VERY VERY NICE!!

  24. kieslwoski says:

    I love this Elie Saab on Evan, my favorite look of the night!

  25. LeeLoo says:

    Rachel should have gone for a flapper tassle style dress. It would’ve matched the hair. The dress itself is cute but I can go without the train. This particular dress should only go knee height.

  26. Bill Hicks is God says:

    She looks great, she knows it and I’m wondering if Dr. Bronner’s makes Smug Remover.

  27. Mary Jane says:

    “I added a little Guy Pearce too, just because.”

    Thanks, Kaiser! I’ve loved Guy since “Priscilla” and he is SUCH an amazing actor and just gets better with age!

  28. Kat says:

    She looks lovely. Beautiful dress, so elegant.

  29. Memphis says:

    Not many in young Hollywood could pull off a vintage/mature look like this without looking silly. And with the exception of the hair, I think she nailed it.

  30. Mandi says:

    she’s pretty but i hate that material, with the beads or whatever it is. Usually a bitch to wear too

  31. JaneWonderfalls says:

    After seeing the back of the dress,I have to say I love the entire look and fit. The one thing is I wish it was in color and a different material, but other than that she looks stunning!

  32. MuñekitA says:

    I just LOVE her!
    I think she is GORGEOUS, talented & SEXXXY as hell! .. OMG i’m a straight woman i swear, but i have a girl crush on her…! big time!
    And the dress is fabulous…by the way…

  33. Debsa says:

    Evan look stunning and Guy doesn’t look to well…

  34. Jayna says:

    That dress is stunning on her. Gorgeous dress Hair not so flattering.

  35. Madison says:

    Stunning dress she looks great.

  36. Camille says:

    I think she looks beautiful.

  37. smh says:

    I’m sick of retro, and this is a boring look on her. She needs to change her hair and make-up as well. Enough of this “oh I’m so glam old HW” crap.

  38. MorticiansDoItDeader says:

    I’m with @Danzinger, she was emulating the ex-wife (Dita Von Teese) of her creepy “shock” rock boyfriend (Marilyn Manson). Then, after she saw the attention her cast mate (Anna Paquin) got for announcing her bisexuality, Evan began talking about her bisexuality in interviews (at least the last two I’ve read). We get it Evan Rachel, you’re “edgy” *eyeroll*

  39. Jen34 says:

    The dress is beautiful, but I hate her hair. It makes her face all jaw line and gerbil cheeks.

  40. MorticiansDoItDeader says:

    Oh, and there’s this blind item about Evan Rachel being a C U Next Tuesday to Kate Winslet.

    “Some more co-stars who despise each other. Apparently the root of this feud is that the younger B- list actress said some very nasty things about this A list actress and the reasons why she split with her husband. The pair did the tiniest amount of press together for their movie, did not speak forever until the Emmy Awards and did not speak while being photographed.” (CDAN)

  41. Marianne says:

    Stunner for sure. My top 10 faves were :

    1. Cobie Sumlders
    2. Martha Plimpton
    3. Lea Michele
    4. Kate Winslet
    5. Sofia Vergara
    6. Evan Rachel Wood
    7. Jayma Mays
    8. Jennifer Carpenter
    9. Emily Blunt
    10. Dianna Agron

  42. LittleDeadGrrl says:

    Love her and love the dress.

  43. qweruiop says:

    Ugh, agreed with the dislike other people have for Evan.

    You can’t go one minute looking all gothic, with pale skin, black hair and nails, and an overall emo demeanor, with a matching boyfriend who looks like something out of a Rob Zombie nightmare, all doom and gloom and shocking and controversial all of the time…

    …and then suddenly jump into this Ms. Starlett ensemble, with sudden interest in the spotlight, fashion, modeling, the Ritz, high class and culture, and expect everybody to just suddenly let things pass.

    This 180 degree switch does not work. You can’t live one lifestyle this year and then come next year live another and expect people to take it seriously.

  44. Shelb says:

    I think this is actually the best she’s looked in a while. She’s hot as eff though, not sure why she tries to play it down. You can be sexy without being slutty.

  45. shaishai says:

    @qweruiop: Oh please! How old was she when she was with MM? 19? At that age you change personality every WEEK! She was trying out identities for a while and maybe still is. Shouldn’t we at least give her credit for behaving more maturely the older she gets? Better this than LL who is a write-off as a human being at this point, Kristen Stewart who is stuck in eyerolling hipster mode or Taylor Swift who is 21 going on 12 and seems to be stuck there as well. At least ERW seems to be evolving.

  46. sara says:

    don’t like the dress, but she’s got gorgeous skin.

  47. Laura says:

    Guy Pearce needs to get in my pants