Catherine Zeta-Jones and Julianne Hough were both bold on the red carpet for the Rock of Ages Los Angeles premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theater. Let me start out by saying (as a 37-year-old woman) that I highly sympathize with Catherine for having to pose alongside an early-20s, hot young thing. Despite the age difference, I am leaning towards claiming a (slight) win for Catherine here. Let us consider the differences.
Julianne’s dress was a chartreuse Kaufmanfranco silk crepe gown that was cut on the bias. The color was an unconventional choice and appropriate for her first (real) big outing (Footloose doesn’t count). From the front, the dress looks pretty amazing, but something bizarre occurs when Julianne turns around for the requisite “behind” pose. The nude panelling seems to gather up and create the illusion of back fat, which Julianne simply does not possess. Also, are those pre-shadowed butt cheeks installed in the dress? Admittedly, the possibility fascinates me, and I’m wondering if this is a “Ryan Seacrest, tie this butt down with a ring” sort of strategy. Despite the cute butt (and all that it entails), the back view is kind of a disaster for a prospective leading lady.
Julianne’s fresh makeup and hair was fairly appropirate and balanced out some of the mess of the dress. I love the unexpected, lopsided topknot.
In contrast, Catherine’s dress was a Zuhair Murad design and would probably be considered a cocktail dress, but the one-sleeve design (by its own volition) would ideally translate into a design that is bold without being too revealing. However, the black lace with nude underpanelling sort of screams, “Hey, look at me, boys!” Overall, Catherine has the chutzpah to pull this look off without looking too try-hard. But just barely.
The closeup view of Catherine’s makeup is a bit iffy but only because she seems to look “different” these days but in an undefinable way.
Malin Ackerman, on the other hand, was far too showoffy in her black Reem Acra gown with very significant cutouts on the left side. This is far too much skin to be showing off when one isn’t playing a leading lady role, but I think Malin’s general look is rather blah and forgettable, so perhaps she took a worthy risk here. Thoughts?
Fergie and Josh Duhamel were weirder than usual together. I guess he dressed for the occasion, but she just looks like a trashy rock groupie, which is also admittedly appropriate here.
Ashley Tisdale wore a short little cocktail dress to the event that will do nothing to shake her Disney-bred image. Perhaps she should try for a bit of glamour during her next movie premiere outing.
Mary J. Blige wore a shiny black trash bag on the red carpet, but at least it was a fitted, asymmetrically-cut trash bag and not a baggy Angelina Jolie-styled trash bag.
Debbie Gibson and her rockin’ bod wore a pretty cute red dress. She looks great, but I don’t ever think she’ll have a musical comeback.
Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet, WENN, and Pacific Coast News
Written by Bedhead
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