Gwyneth Paltrow deigns to admit two peasanty fashion faux pas in her Goop-letter

You know that I rarely recommend reading Gwyneth Paltrow’s weekly Goop-letter. I got tired of reading them a long time ago, and these days I go out of my way to avoid covering them. Gwyneth is what she is – an out-of-touch elitist snob deigning to advise the peasants – and while I’m sure she’s kind of bored with this whole Goop project at this point, it’s her “thing” and she feels obligated to continue giving us the gift of Goop. It’s Gwyneth’s sense of noblesse oblige.

This week’s Goop is half-decent, but only because she comes close to admitting a small flaw! She admits WAY at the end of the post, after she lets some of her fashion friends talk about what Spring/Summer 2013 is going to look like in fashion. At the end of the Goop-letter, Gwyneth does a short Q&A (with herself, I think) about her style, her Oscars looks, and whether she’s ever made a (GASP) fashion faux pax.

What inspires your style?
Gwyneth: I am most inspired by women friends who are incredibly stylish in their own way. Stella McCartney always looks amazing. She has a way of making you covet her sweatpants and t-shirt, she just wears clothes so well. I love Rashida Jones’ hot nerd vibe and Beyonce’s playfulness in trying different trends. I love Cameron Diaz’s ability to rock silver nails and layer tons of tiny gold jewelry. I am also very inspired by street style in London where I have lived pretty much for 10 years.

Q:What are your favorite fashion moments?
Gwyneth: I have to say that since I started working with stylist Elizabeth Saltzman and have put my red carpet looks in her hands, I think they are all pretty maje. I can say this because I have just about nothing to do with it. Standouts for me are the pink Prada dress at the 2011 Venice Film Festival, and of course the white Tom Ford from the Oscars last year.

Q: Any fashion faux pas?
Gwyneth: Well, I started being photographed in the 90′s so of course there are a few glaring ones. Two that come to mind are looks I wore to the Oscars in 2000 and 2002. The first is the Calvin Klein. It’s an okay dress but not Oscars material. I chose it because I wanted to disappear that year. Also, the goth Alexander McQueen I wore a few years later. There were a few issues; I still love the dress itself but I should have worn a bra and I should have just had simple beachy hair and less makeup. Then, it would have worked as I wanted it to – a little bit of punk at the Oscars.

[From Goop]

I’m including photos of Gwyneth’s favorite looks – the Prada (which I’m meh on) and the caped Tom Ford – and I’m using the photo array from Goop for her “faux pas” looks. I still don’t find anything of value in that goth McQueen look – I don’t think a bra would have helped, nor a hair change. It was just the wrong dress on the wrong woman. The Calvin Klein cocktail dress… I actually had no memory of that. So she did successfully disappear that year (eye-roll).

Photos courtesy of Goop, WENN, Fame/Flynet.

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  1. carol says:

    does she know that people hate her?

    • Lune says:

      No. She thinks anyone who criticize her is a hater. That’s why she’s besties with Beyonce, they are forever up each others glory holes

    • GoldenState says:

      Speaking of celebrity hate, am I the only person who actually finds snobby Gwyneth now more charming than–dare I say– the “serious actress” Anne Hathaway? Anne’s devotion to her new wispy, child-like voice (so different from Princess Diary days!) and speeches lacking emotional sincerity really grate on my nerves. Her affected way of being is almost worst than snobbery.

    • GoldenState says:

      Yes, affected meaning persona! If I am going to be more on the generous side (and put my psychology minor to use), I’d argue that, after Anne’s incident with the duplicitous, criminal, cheat-of-a-boyfriend, she became hyper-aware of herself, her public persona, and media exposure? Combine that situation with maybe a little too much ego and insecurity, and voila! Ice queen who is invested in portraying a “proper” woman of means and character that is a “serious” actress.

      • carol says:

        Oh dear, she is giving way too many f*ks and should take herself less seriously, then. I think she should see a therapist – in fact I think that almost everyone on the face of the planet would do well to see a therapist, but that’s beside the point

  2. sirsnarksalot says:

    I said it before on the Miley post and I’ll say it again. There is nothing “punk” about a $3000 outfit. Try again.

  3. BooBooLaRue says:

    She needs that new invisibility cloak so she can disappear.

    • Hakura says:

      xD I was about to say something in reply, but I don’t think it’d come across the way I mean it to (It’s absolutely NOT meant to be a threat). Ah, WTH.

      There’s more than one way to make her disappear >=) …Maybe put her in a car with LL? (I know, so wrong x3) I find the idea of GP having invisibility powers disturbing. (I could see the average woman using said ability to drive a douchebag ex insane (but maybe that’s just me. xD)

  4. Lisa says:

    Everyone knows she can be insufferable, but good grief, I love that Tom Ford. The top part of the Prada(minus the neck scarf), looks like Hathaway’s gown.

  5. T.Fanty says:

    I love you, Gwinnie. Never stop being you, in all your superior, insane glory.

  6. Hubbahun says:

    Isn’t that last dress basically AnnE’s Oscar dress with a different neck and a slightly poofier skirt? Oh God, imagine if those two bred…

  7. Chicagogurl17 says:

    What’s even worse is that I hear her nasally Connecticut accent with a twinge a try-hard-britishness speaking the responses. Her voice is so grating to me.

  8. LadyMTL says:

    As much as I dislike Gwynnie, I seriously adore that Tom Ford ensemble. I would shave off all of my hair to have it in my wardrobe. Of course, I’d have nowhere to wear it but I could at least take it out and sigh over it now and then.

  9. ladybert62 says:

    Dont like any of the outfits except the white cape one.

    She hair looks better shorter and well cut.

  10. arock says:

    she just had to get in that part about London- “where ive lived for 10 years.”
    you might not care or notice it if others were to say it but when she drops its to get you to remember that international-woman-of-mystery/practicly-a-princess routine she been doing. (for 10 yrs)
    trite. contrived. yawn.

  11. The Original G says:

    That Tom Ford is one for the ages.

  12. Talie says:

    It’s interesting how sun damaged her skin is… I would’ve thought she would take better care seeing as how she is such a diet fanatic.

  13. Michelle says:

    She is looking more and more like her mother.

  14. littlestar says:

    That Prada dress she is wearing has the exact same poor darting as Anne Hathaway’s Oscar dress this year. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Prada is a terrible designer, and judging by those two Oscar dresses, a terrible dress maker as well. And if no one believes me, check out Prada’s hideously designed shoes.

  15. Guesto says:

    While the Tom Ford white dress/cape is really beautiful, and it does look lovely on Goopy, it’s nevertheless a case of all style and no substance. Take it away and all you’re left with is Goopy. That’s an outfit for a Cate Blanchett or a Tilda, women who have the talent, the wit, the bearing and the worthiness to carry off the stark and beautiful simplicity of it.

    To misquote Quentin Crisp, Goopy is a perfect example of someone who refuses to live within her income of applause.

  16. Elisabeth says:

    I recently hear she breathes, farts and shits like a real human being but I don’t believe it.

  17. WendyNerd says:

    Here’s the thing that cemented my feelings on Goopy: Her fucking GOOP cleanse. Her fucking $425 cleanse. She is literally saying to us: for $425, you can shit just like me! (You know, and have it not stink, just like mine!)

    After reading about that, I was done.

    But yeah, DAMN that Tom Ford outfit was G-G-G-G-G-G-GORGEOUS!!!!

  18. Bird says:

    I am unapologetic about loving her. I can’t help it.

  19. Debbie says:

    Can’t stand her but sweet Jesus that Tom ford look is flat out perfection. PERFECTION!!!!

  20. bea says:

    That last dress looks a lot like the Anne Hathaway nipple dress. Ugo.

    Everything but the white dress is a fail, imo

  21. Mrsjennyk says:

    And what about the horrid pink dress she wore when she “won” the Oscar?

  22. KellyinSeattle says:

    I’ll try to say something nice: at least I don’t think she famehores her kids. I can’t afford her stuff anyway. Hate the pink dress that looks like Anne Hathaway’s. I do think she looks pretty in the first pic.

  23. Tuatara says:

    Here’s an idea: if you want to “disappear” at the Oscars, don’t go!!!

    Stay at home.

  24. kitkerenina says:

    Q: What entitled, snobby celebrity most inspired your cooking style?
    Gwyneth: Martha Stewart, for being maje at reducing ImClone stock.
    Q:Which Historical Figure’s style do you admire most?
    Gwyneth: Nero had such a hot nerd vibe. Playing a violin! And the fire effects in the background. How punk was that? I like to think my $425 cleanses that make peasant asses feel on fire while a global recession rages on is my maje contribution to soothing the unwashed masses in these troubled times,,,

  25. tabasco says:


    Dear Annie,

    *I* can wear Prada boob darts and get away with it, but not you! Hahahahaha!


  26. vava says:

    Another dress she can add to the Thumbs Down List is the pink dress by Calvin Klein that she wore to the Oscars the night she received Best Actress. Hated that dress, mostly because it didn’t do much for her bustline.

    The Tom Ford dress is her best one. I liked her on Glee when she was in jeans and a leather jacket. I think she’s one who does casual street style better than red carpet.

    • Mean Hannah says:

      Ralph Lauren. I saw her – and I’m not sure if it was widely covered, but she had on a pair of those silicone chicken cutlet inserts. They kept slipping down so she had to ditch them. She must have had her fittings with them on, so without them, the bust line literally looked like it was missing something. if you look hard enough, you can find images of her in the dress with the inserts in, and she looks much better.

    • NEENAZEE says:

      I don’t think her pink Oscar dress was CK, but I disliked it nonetheless. A very safe and unimaginative pick, a pale ball-gown like most of the girls choose on their big nights (weddings included).

      And we think girls don’t have Cinderella complexes anymore… how quaint!

      • dj says:

        I think that ill-fitted pepto bismal nightmare was Ralph Lauren. I remember it well that GP was such a “style icon” that almost no one mentioned how ill fitting the bustline was. The McQueen Goth look still makes me giggle. The Tom Ford is a fashiongasm though.

  27. mac says:

    I love reading about her. I know she’s out of touch and not a very good actress but she interests me. And I do think she has great taste in clothes.

  28. NEENAZEE says:

    The Tom Ford cape dress is stand out! I love it!! It will always be on GOOP’s hit list!!!

    Her Prada dress is as boring as Annie’s was on Oscar night. I usually like Prada, but I don’t think red carpet looks are their thing.

  29. NEENAZEE says:

    Btw… it took a big fat eye-roll to get past GOOP’s gushing about Stella McCartney. What is it with her? She’s either a blast to hang out with, or everyone just wants to be associated with her b/c of her dad. It can not be her style. It just can’t.

  30. Trashaddict says:

    Cape dress: how the hell do you get around with that? It looks annoying, like it would constantly be falling off your shoulders! Also too many pale white girls wore white to the Oscar parties this year. It looked like a bad bridal show. I think Charlize Theron pulled it off, but she’s not super pale…

  31. poppy says:

    hahaha. goop’s irked annE is getting all of her nipple attention, she had to remind us she already did prada.
    annE’s dress was also exactly the same as Goop’s met gala prada, just a different bottom. same material, same cut. they both looked equally horrible -though goop looked pitifully desperate with her side boob and too short front -why she didn’t mention that one.
    i knew Goop couldn’t let annE get away with it.

    the humble brag of wanting to disappear, because, you know, she was getting ALL the attention, remember dear peasants, REMEMBER when I was the IT girl?!?!?! -reminded me why i love to hate her.

    goop is jealous. annE can sing, dance, and act circles around her crusty old goop. and now she’s proven she can be just as irrationally (in their minds) hated.
    well played, stephen huvane.

  32. hmm says:

    “Beach hair” equals punk……?