Jessica Chastain in red Alexander McQueen at the SAGs: improving or prom-y?

There were so few pops of color at last night’s SAGs, so whenever I did see someone wearing a jewel tone, I immediately liked them more for bucking the black-and-white trend. That being said, just because you’re one of the few pops of color in a sea of black, that doesn’t mean you’ve chosen the right color or the right design.

Take Jessica Chastain in this Alexander McQueen. Does this even look like McQueen?! No, it does not. This looks like Escada or some knock-off prom dress in unfortunate tomato-colored satin. It’s not good. But! I will applaud Jessica for actually getting her dress fitted, because that is one of her most consistent style problems – remember the horrible fit on her Golden Globes gown? Or the parade of too-tight gowns last year? Her necklace is Harry Winston – there were a lot of big necklaces on the carpet last night, and I can’t say I’m the biggest fan of that look (the look = tight satin dress, big diamond necklace, Veronica Lake hair). I think it looks dated in a bad way. And Jessica’s hair looks WORLDS better, right?

Marion Cotillard in Christian Dior – I believe it was just Marion and Jennifer Lawrence in Dior last night? And I liked Jennifer’s more. I think Marion’s Dior could have been reworked into something amazing. Here’s what I would have done: used the teal silk for the entire dress and not bothered with the white boob bandage, then I would made it full-length all over so it would just be a full-on ball gown. If you want to wear a ball gown, just do it. Don’t half-ass it like this. Also: I’m not crazy about Marion’s hair.

And here’s Freida Pinto in Roland Mouret. This is one of those times where I think the dress was a lot prettier in motion – I really liked it when I was watching the red carpet show. But I don’t care for it in these photos. Hot pink can be read in wildly diverse ways, so maybe it’s just a problem with the photos? And she’s so pretty otherwise – beautiful face!

Photos courtesy of WENN, Fame/Flynet.

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  1. Post-Its says:

    I don’t get it. Jessica Chastain is so beautiful, but why isn’t someone telling her that her stylist needs to go. Other than her Oscar dress last year, most of her dresses are just terrible.

    I actually love Marion Cotillard’s hair and dress.

  2. SmokeyBlues says:

    I love MC’s dress! Wouldn’t change a thing.
    I saw Jessica C’s new movie MaMa and it scared me! She was good in it, although the role didn’t call for much.

  3. MisJes says:

    Jessica Chastain looks very meh, although her hair has improved. Not really getting her hype, I barely notice her at these events.

    Marion looks lovely, very polished and well put-together. Beautiful!

  4. Ann says:

    Chastain had a nosejob, it’s so obvious but her entire face looks so plastic and square and artificial, I always need couple of seconds to get used at looking at her because the fair eyebrows and hair scare me.

  5. flor says:

    She needs a better stylist and to stick with an era because her dress choices are all over the place. You either choose to stick to the classic hollywood look or to dress like this shit. Her problem is that even her classic hollywood looks bad.

  6. Birdie says:

    This year is honestly the worst year of red carpet fashion EVER. There wasn’t one dress I liked so far and Jennifer Lawrence makeup team should be fired. What is going on, she is a gorgeous girl. but they make her look horrible every single time! Freida Pinto looks AWFUL, bad fitting and her hair looks worse. She is a stunning woman, what did they do to her? Jessica Chastain is a flawless looking creature in my book and I am constantly SHOCKED what she chooses to wear. So wrong. I hope the Oscars will bring some pretty dresses, but I doubt it.
    Rant over.

  7. MG says:

    I think Jessica looks great!

    And I LOVE Marion’s dress. Love, love, love it! I love the white, it makes the dress pop. She looks amazing.

  8. emmie_a says:

    Jessica’s look is boring and cheap… red satin and a cheesy looking diamond necklace is not a good look.

    Marion’s dress was altered. The runway version looked waay better — it had a full sleeveless bodice. The strapless bandeau looks out of place. I love the color.

    Freida is soo amazingly beautiful that she rarely looks bad. I like the surprise black bows on the back of the dress & love the color.

  9. Eleonor says:

    I really like the Dior dress, don’t even know why. I think it’s that blue,it is wonderful.

    • T.C. says:

      I think it’s Marion Cotillard’s outrageous beauty making that dress work. It wouldn’t work on any other actress.

      Jessica Chastain looks ready for high school prom. The dress is too tight giving her buldges everywhere. The bright color makes her hair look duller.

      Frieda Pinto looks wonderful. Pretty girl.

  10. V4Real says:

    Jessica pretty face, ugly dress. Freida dress seems more appropriate for a much older woman. I actually like Marion’s dress, it looks young and fun.

  11. La Calabaza says:

    I haven’t seen Marion until now. Wow! She looked amazing. Again I have to disagree with you, Kaiser!

  12. cmc says:

    I like Jessica Chastain’s dress- if it had been another color. A deep blue or a bright green would have worked!

    Did Freida cut her hair or is it just curled under?

  13. Faye says:

    Jessica Chastain looks awful. The dress is way too tight, and the material is cheap-looking and clashes with her hair. She really perplexes me – she always looks so put-together and flatteringly dressed when she’s out and about in her daily life, i.e. when she dresses herself, but is so hit-and-miss on the red carpet. She needs to fire her stylist and start picking her own gowns.

    It may be a bit unconventional, but I think Marion Cotillard’s gown is great. And I love her hair and makeup.

  14. Dani says:

    I thought Jessica looked really good. I LOVED Marion’s dress, but not her hair.

  15. lucy2 says:

    Marion looks amazing, esp. considering she is sick! I love the color – I wouldn’t like the dress on many others, but it suits her.
    Jessica – boring and a bit prom-y, but what a huge improvement over her Globes dress. And much better hair!
    Freida looks good, dress is OK.

  16. Marianne says:

    Jessica Chastain was much improved….but the dress still wasn’t perfect. I felt it was too tight across her hips.

    I loved Marion Cotillard’s dress last night. And I like Freida’s dress…but from the side. It kind of makes her look wide from the front.

  17. chia says:

    The teal color in Marion’s dress is beautiful though and I appreciate that she can rock the shorter hair.

  18. flor says:

    LOVED Marion dress. It looked classy and elegant.

  19. annabelle says:

    Marion was one of my favorites of the night, full stop.

  20. MaraJade says:

    Oh, I quite like Marion’s hair, in that it’s not fussy and it really flatters her face. I also love the dress, but most especially, I WANT her shoes…

    Freida Pinto is so gorg; whereas for whatever reason, Chastain for me never rates higher than a ‘meh’.

  21. Ruffian9 says:

    I believe that Ms Chastain’s dress to small, and doesn’t do her figure/proportions any favors. She’s a beautiful woman, why is this so difficult to get right? Marion, as an earlier poster notes, is perfection.

  22. Cats says:

    Loved Marion’s dress. Wouldn’t change a thing. That colour really makes her eyes pop.

  23. mia girl says:

    Marion’s hair and make-up were amazing.
    The dress is lovely, particularly the blue, but it reminds me very much of the dress my friend had her bridesmaids wear at her wedding.

  24. serena says:

    Love Marion’s dress, just one of the few beautiful ones during the SAGs.

  25. Stubbylove says:

    I’m sure Jessica’s necklace is $1,000′s but in this pic it looks like something my niece bought at Claire’s for her winter formal.

  26. rebecca says:

    Marion looked amazing I thought.

  27. andrea says:

    I love Marion’s dress. Most other celebrities would’ve probably over-accessorized and ended up looking like a gift-wrapped mess, but Marion has a great knack for subtlety and finesse.

    Frieda should never wear her hair like that again.

    As for Jessica, she chose the wrong dress in color and fit. From the front she looks almost waist-less and quite short. I hope her Oscar dress is much better.

  28. Apsutter says:

    Jessica’s dress is ok but her face is GORGEOUS! Look at the jaw line! I have a major girl crush on her!

  29. Cool Phosphorescent Shimmer says:

    MC’s dress is perfection. I might’ve gone w/ different shoes, but she didn’t “half-ass” anything.

  30. jess says:

    LOVED Marion’s dress. So gorgeous. I think if she’d done what Kaiser suggested (all one length, all one color), we’d all be complaining about how boring and prom-y it was.

  31. Hubbahun says:

    Never rated Jessica as a beauty but her face looks nice here – the dress is hideous though. Marion is just heaven,her eyes are too die for and Freida is just heartbreaking beautiful..sigh…girl crush ahoy

  32. akmuffin says:

    Marion is simply magical. She is literally perfection from her amazing asymmetrical bob, to her smoldering shoes.
    Side note, did you see how excited she was for Jennifer Lawrence? It was so genuine. Sigh, I adore her.

  33. Christina says:

    Marion looks amazing.

    Jessica’s dress is at least a size too small for her. Honestly, looking at her, and at Julianne Moore in the other picture, you’d wonder why these people bother employing stylists. These dresses are worth thousands of pounds. You’d think someone would at least take the trouble to make sure the damn frocks fitted correctly.

  34. vixo says:

    Marion was perfection, best dressed imo !
    Jessica’s look was indeed a major improvement, but in some pictures i’ve seen on other sites, we can see her belly button, not very classy.

  35. Happy21 says:

    The fit of Jessica Chastain’s dress is all wrong. Girl can almost never ever get it right.

    Marion Cotillard looks gorgeous as she usually does.

    Freda Pinto doesn’t do it for me here.

  36. StaCat1 says:

    Jessica looked gorgeous…real old school Hollywood glamour! I liked that she kept her make-up toned down to contratst with the va-va-voom factor of the dress.
    Marion looked lovely. not a conventional dress..but she wears it well!
    Frida- though a beautiful woman- is not pulling off the hair and dress…she is veering towards soccer mom with the hair, imo.

  37. JPC says:

    I *LOVE* Marion’s look. Love her dress. Love love love.

  38. Emma says:

    Marion always looks great no matter what she wears tbh.
    I really want to like Jessica but something about her irritates me, kind of like Anne Hathaway but less in your face. Perhaps I just don’t like nice people haha

  39. Maria says:

    Marion’s Dior dress has actual pockets. INSTANT WIN.

  40. Tig says:

    Forget what Jessica wore- how did she lose to Jen Law? I did like her in SLP, but Jessica’s performance was mesmerizing- you felt her character’s determination to honor her friends and to complete the mission. On a totally random note- the actor from “Safety Not Guaranteed” was in ZDF- he was the best part of “Safety”.

    Also did like Marion’s dress

  41. G says:

    Tig I heard that SAG voters barely had a chance to see ZDT before voting so Jessica’s people pretty much thought she wouldn’t have a chance anyway… I think Lainey said this today. I’m with you I loved that performance & character, I’m her new biggest fan!

  42. lrm says:

    Marion’s dress was amazing!!!! And so is her hair-the asymmetry of the dress and hair was genius! A lovely modern dress….
    She carries herself with grace, style and dignity, so she’s almost like kate blanchett and can get away with anything….

    Chastain is beautiful-agree, the dress color is all wrong with her hair and skin-major clash.
    Also, that type of dress with her hair length, does not work. I think her hair up would have been an improvement-showcase the necklace and bodice a bit more….Too much long, fine hair….clashing with the dress.

    I actually find J Lawrence’s make up too heavy….it makes her look harsh or worn when she is naturally very pretty with a unique look. She’s still finding her own style…..the dress and color are nice on her, though…..

  43. GoodCapon says:

    Jessica looks fab from the neck up ;)

    Marion is a 10.

    Is it just me, or does Frieda look really old in the photos? Maybe it was just the dress.

  44. Amy says:

    I have a summer strapless dress just like MC’s dress. White at the bodice and navy blue for the rest of the dress and it’s one of my favorite dresses! It’s obviously not as ball gowny and it ties in the back, but the fact I’m seeing MC wear it on the red carpet makes me happy!