Jennifer Garner in Roland Mouret at the BAFTAs: classic or boring?

Jennifer Garner supported her husband Ben Affleck at last night’s BAFTAs in a snore of a dress by Roland Mouret. She was probably going for classy, and she achieved that look somewhat, but I feel that her styling really dragged the whole look down. Maybe with some more daring hair and bolder makeup this would have worked, but it just looks too staid to me overall. Her makeup artist didn’t even fill in her brows and her lashes look non-existent. The black and white color blocking on the gown along with the goofy peplum and v-strap neckline just make it look like she’s wearing an apron. (Credit: Kaiser, I wouldn’t have come up with that on my own!) Something nice: I love her jewelry, I would wear the hell out of those gorgeous drop earrings, and check out her bracelet.

Garner’s man Affleck earned best film, best director, and best editing for Argo. (Here’s a complete list of winners.) I recently saw the film and while I enjoyed most of it I found myself furiously taking notes wondering how much of it was historically accurate. I guess that doesn’t matter if you suspend disbelief, but to me a lot of plot points seemed improbable and they were – just about all the high drama that I questioned turned out to be invented. It’s a great movie, though, and an uplifting story of American triumph, with some help from our friendly neighbors to the north. (The Canadians can take way more credit for that rescue than they were given in the movie, btw.)

Here’s another chick who got it wrong at last night’s BAFTAs, British singer Paloma Faith. I’m just adding her here as I want to make fun of her hair. Is that an entire hairpiece or is her own hair worked in there somehow and not just swept up underneath? I just complained about Garner’s brows but they could be much worse.

Oh and here are photos of Ben and Jen at a pre-BAFTAs party on Saturday night. The first one below cracked me up. Her hair and makeup look better for this night out than at the BAFTAs.

Photo credit: FameFlynet and

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  1. Maria says:

    i saw pics of Jennifer at Getty and i really liked that i could see wrinkles on her forehead. its actually one of my pet peeves, i have to look at womens forehead and see if they wrinkle. i just saw too many botox faces.
    i want to see women who are aging gracefully.

  2. Kate says:

    I’m cool with Jennifer Garner not making it all about her. She’s there to support her husband, so she shouldn’t be dressing to pull focus.

  3. RocketMerry says:

    Safe look. Very “wife of”. Still beautiful, though.

  4. Hannah says:

    I thought Jennifer and Grant Heslov’s wife were really adorable when Argo won Best Picture. They were so proud and moved.

  5. Katie says:

    I don’t really like the hair, but Jennifer is always beautiful. Love her.

  6. Amelia says:

    Oh, I love Paloma Faith, she’s hilarious, and a great singer to boot.
    Good to see Argo and Ben get another few wins.
    Side note – Ben’s beard is growing on me.

  7. Jayna says:

    I actually thought it was a great gown, unique, and like most said, not trying to take the spotlight off her husband, who is the nominee. I thought I had see a photo of the back of the gown and it’s beautiful. I may be mixing it up with something else, though.

  8. TorontoE says:

    Thank you Celebitchy. Up here it has always been referred to as the “Canadian Caper”…but I guess the lingering shower scenes didn’t leave time for the facts.

  9. Miss Kiki says:

    Her eyebrows are making me really unhappy. The dress is so blah, even just changing the colour of the top part might have made me sit up an take notice. I do’t hate it the dress I just can’t muster any excitement about it.

  10. DanaG says:

    I think Jennifer looks great she could have used a little more makeup but she is supporting her husband not making everything about her. Unlike George Clooney’s arm Kandy Keibler who makes everything about her. Where was she? Don’t tell me George has dumped her before the Academy Awards? Palamo is interesting no one can call her boring I do love her dress the hair not so much.

  11. tracking says:

    I have to say I think Garner has been rocking these simple, classic looks on the red carpet. Really beautiful.

  12. Viv says:

    Beautiful gown, but better hair and make up could have made this a stunning look. I wouldn’t be surprised if Jennifer did the make up herself, being in the UK- she doesn’t seem like the type to bring her stylists abroad.

  13. serena says:

    I think she looks gorgeous. She went for classic and elegant, it looks really appropriate and good.
    Still, she’s young and can dare some bolder outfit.

  14. JL says:

    Jennifer is a beautiful woman but that is a matronly look. However she was there for her husband and didn’t make it all about her..her preparty look was adorable!

  15. i'm french don't kill me says:

    she looks good but she needs to stop fillers in her lips

  16. Micki says:

    The dress totaly looks like an apron, with a bib on it too.

  17. Ally says:

    I don’t think you’re supposed to take Paloma’s look seriously, it’s all part of her act/performance.

    During the show the camera zoomed in on Jennifer Garner and she looked stunning. I think her beauty is often overlooked.

  18. Riana says:

    LOVE Paloma, vaguely remember when awards show fashion used to be fun and eccentric. Now it’s controlled to the point of suffocation.

  19. Lucy2 says:

    I don’t love Jen’s dress, but she looks good and it seems appropriate for her role at the occasion.