Michelle Pfeiffer, 55, in a Dolce & Gabbana ballerina dress: cloying or timeless?

'The Family' Paris Premiere

Here are some photos from last night’s Paris premiere of Luc Besson’s The Family, the “mafia dark comedy” starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert DeNiro and Dianna Agron. I’m only covering this because I liked the photos and because I still have a great deal of affection for Michelle.

Michelle wore Dolce & Gabbana – a full-skirted, black “ballerina” dress which I usually associate with Sarah Jessica Parker. What are your thoughts? Michelle is 55 years old, and this dress could have easily veered into some age-inappropriate look, something much too girly for Michelle. But I think it kind of works on her because she has the figure for it. She’s always been slender and, frankly, small-breasted. This kind of neckline and bodice works well on that body type. It’s like the Audrey Hepburn thing – instead of looking cloying or inappropriate, you look timeless. PS… Michelle’s heels are Sergio Rossi.

Dianna Agron wore Valentino Fall 2013. I’m pretty sure this dress was seen during this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Who wore it? Someone too young, I seem to remember. I’m thinking Dakota or Elle Fanning. I’m actually okay with the stiff-looking material (is that a heavy taffeta?) for the skirt, but I wonder if the sleeves could be better? There seems to be too much material, and it looks like she’s wearing leg-warmers on her arms. I don’t think Dianna’s styling does her any favors either – she’s a pretty girl, but she needs some volume or something with her hair.





Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.

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  1. Eve says:

    I love the blazer she wore to the photocall (not a fan of the high waisted pants though):


  2. Froggy says:

    She looks gorgeous. For ANY age.

  3. Hautie says:

    I love both of those black dresses. Love.

    I am just so happy to see any female on a red carpet dressed like they have a brain. I am so over the hooker/ass hanging out fashions… that tend to show up now a days.

    Plus I love the look on DeNiro’s face.

  4. aims says:

    I think they both look lovely. I’d wear it, but sadly it would take a lot more fabric to cover up my girls.

  5. MacScore says:

    Go Michelle! She looks lovely – and natural – not even worrying about the upper arm thingy…. (I wonder if she might have looked even better in the Valentino dress, and Dianna in the Dolce & Gabbana? Whatever). I’m looking forward to seeing the film.

  6. BW says:

    I love both dresses, but I love the New Look style. Both ladies needed necklaces, though. Those necklines were crying out for great necklaces.

  7. Janet says:

    Pfeiffer’s dress is lovely but she should have worn Agron’s shoes with it.

  8. Kiddo says:

    The dress is classic, but I think she’s done a lot to her face.

  9. Jackson says:

    Hmmm. I like both dresses. If Michelle’s dress were shorter it would read juvenile, but at this length it looks ’40s or ’50s old school to me. I vote ‘timeless.’

  10. TG says:

    I agree with others on here. Love both looks but wish Michelle had not worn platform shoes since that takes away from the sophistication.

  11. sasa says:

    Michelle looks good but not great. I don’t like her makeup or the shoes. And younger or older upper arms aside, I don’t think those type of sleeves look particularly good on anyone.

  12. Laprincesita says:

    Michelle is perfection!

  13. lucy2 says:

    They both look good. Michelle looks amazing, and Diana has such a pretty face.

  14. Miss so and so says:

    I think overall Michelle looks lovely… but the shoulder/arm area seems off. To be the front top of her arms show her age… they appear to be “crepey” if that makes sense.

  15. Beep says:

    I think if they switched dresses they would have been perfect, Michelle in Diana’s dress and Diana is Michelle’s.

    • Sloane Wyat tt says:

      Beep, that is exactly what I thought too!

      Although both are gorgeous dresses, Michelle’s normally aging crepey arms could have used sleeves, and Dianna Agron would have shone in the tight bodice and sleeveless simplicity of Michelle’s dress.

  16. Grant says:

    I’m ready for Michelle Pfeiffer to have a career resurgence and win her long overdue Oscar.

  17. MavenTheFirst says:

    Sadly, she has a face now where nobody is home, there has been no history made. Something to aspire to, I guess- ever the mannequin.

    I prefer the lived in look on faces, but that’s just me. And the dress is too young on her.

  18. QueenHoa says:

    I absolutely love both of their dresses. I want! I really like this style of dress but I don’t know what it’s called. Does anyone know??

  19. janie says:

    Michelle looks phenomenal!! She’s such a class act! She’s a terrific actress… Does anyone remember “What lies beneath”? I think that’s the title? Harrison Ford? Good movie..

  20. Penelope says:

    Michelle looks wonderful but needs to tone down the aging black eyeliner. And the sleeves of her dress don’t work for any type of arm IMO.

  21. MollyB says:

    I’m surprised we all haven’t discussed the stories about Dianna Agron being left out of the Glee memorial episode because all the actors and writers hate her. (Or did we discuss it . . . I don’t remember). What’s up with that?

  22. aemish says:

    The style of the dress ages her unnecessarily.. and the color is depressing, especially when there’s that amount of fabric. It’s a movie premiere! Not a funeral in 1950.

  23. maggie says:

    Michelle is beautiful but I agree with the other posters. She should be wearing the other girls dress. I don’t like the shoes either. her hair looks great!

  24. SummersReign says:

    Diana’s skin is radiant!

  25. Camille (TheOriginal) says:

    Michelle looks as gorgeous as ever. She is still one of my main girl crushes. Adore her.

  26. Timber says:

    I think both women look fantastic and Robert DeNiro is loving it too!

  27. Jeanette says:

    Love her, that said..she has the kind of eyes that I do, no matter how minimalistic you try to go with the eye makeup you always look like you have a lb of make-up there. Also, I like the dress but not on Michelle. Like a lot of us..she has a bit of a under the bicep wing problem. I think if the 2 women swapped dresses it would be awesome.

  28. Mrs. Darcy says:

    I think her skin looks amazing, especially her chest area, note to self: stay out of sun! It’s sad people are zeroing in on a little arm crinkling, her arm is bent/smushed -and besides so what? She looks amazing, plastic surgery or no. I think the dress is great on her, and I like Diana’s too, if they were reversed it would be the obvious way to dress their respective ages, and sometimes rules are made to be broken. I do wish Michelle would lowlight and warm up her hair, the not quite dip dye thing isn’t working for me.

  29. Shoe_Lover says:

    Ballerina dress? seriously? that’s not a ballerina dress. Its a classic vintage style. Its very New Look

  30. lucy says:

    Michelle looks totally dishy in that dress. And besides the dress. Class.