Keira Knightley in Chanel couture at Tribeca premiere: lovely or unflattering?


Here are some photos from the closing premiere event at the Tribeca Film Festival, the premiere of Begin Again. Begin Again used to be called Can A Song Save Your Life?, which I think we can safely say is a terrible film name. I’m just not sure Begin Again is better. The film stars Keira Knightley, Adam Levine, Mark Ruffalo and Hailee Steinfeld. Unfortunately for all involved, Ruffalo did not walk the carpet… and Adam Levine did.

First, let’s get to Keira. She wore this Chanel Couture Spring 2014 look with lots of sequins, beads and Karl Lagerfeld’s new design/optical illusion trick for making women look like they have Barbie doll waists. This dress isn’t my taste at all, but Chanel rarely is – I find the designs too fussy and saccharine. Keira’s a Chanel girl (she’s the face of Mademoiselle) and she wears a lot of Chanel on the red carpet. I don’t think this look was a victory for her, but it seems consistent with her taste in couture. The sleeves & shoulders are whack, right? Or is that just me?



Hailee Steinfeld wore this Valentino Fall 2014 look – very mod, very young, very cute. Hailee is such a pretty girl and I don’t have a problem with this. I would take off the leather cuffs, but that’s it.


And here’s Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo. Behati seemed to go really low-key in this navy dress, so much so that I kind of wonder if she knew the background was going to be black. She just blends in. I couldn’t find the designer ID on this, but some people thought it was maybe designed by Adam. Doubtful. Anyway… ugh, I can’t with his face. I don’t understand how he gets supermodels.



Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. GiGi says:

    For all her bemoaning people talking about her weight – this is the third time she’s worn this silhouette… and it very obviously makes her look extremely thin. Whether this is just illusion is irrelevant. You’d think she wouldn’t want to exacerbate the talk around her figure.

    • bsh says:

      ITA. If she is really bothered by the constant debate on her thin figure, she needs to avoid this kind of outfit, which doesn’t do her any favour (and not only weight-wise.. she looks ridiculous. It looks too princess-y and at the age of 29, it’s not an appropriate look on the red carpet).
      Hailee is lovely, I hope she stays away from drugs and other Bieber-esque nonsense!
      Behati.. plain and boring, I can’t see her appeal, there are dozens of better-looking young girls walking the streets to their regular jobs everyday. She also has nasty yellow teeth (chain smoker) and zero charisma.
      Adam Levine needs to go far, far away.

    • VoR says:

      Absolutely not.
      If people insist on talking nonsense about her weight and/or claiming to know she suffers from a debilitating mental illness based on no evidence whatsoever that’s all on them.

      Blaming the victim is completely out of order. No matter what she is or isn’t wearing.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I think “victim” is a little bit of an exaggeration.

      • flotsam says:

        Agreed. Keira should wear whatever she wants. I can’t believe people would say that a thin woman dressed in a tailored Chanel dress is “troll baiting” the public. What, btw, is the alternative? That she dress in sheets a la the Olsons?

      • GiGi says:

        ::insert DEEPEST eyeroll::

        Listen. This is far from “victim blaming/shaming” and to say such a thing really belittles actual victims.

        We’re talking about a person who is in the public eye, by choice, who has stated she can’t stand the way people talk about her weight, who then goes on to wear, not once, but three times, an optical illusion dress which makes her look not just thin, but extremely thin. What’s one to think?

        For example – I have very large breasts and I don’t like people to stare at them. Should people be able to not stare at them? Of course. But they do. So, when I don’t feel like my breasts being the center of attention, I don’t wear revealing clothes. If I don’t care/want people to look at them, I put them out there.

      • Isadora says:

        But imagine if things were reversed: would we really talk about an outfit that shows that someone is obese? (Because obese people most likely also have an eating disorder – like binge eating etc.) Would we say, that she is not “allowed” to wear such things because she’s fat and people talk about her weight? No, because it would be “fat-shaming”. But “skinny-shaming” on the other hand is okay.

        I don’t generally like this dress, but I really think it works on Keira. And while the first photo has a rather weird angle, on the second photo she looks slim around the waist, but not extremely thin as some were stating.

      • flotsam says:

        But that’s your choice, GiGi. Are you going to tell an overweight woman who doesn’t like being fat shamed that the shouldn’t eat in public? Or that she shouldn’t voice her disconcertion at being fat-shamed because she continues to do so?

        I just can’t behind the rationale of: Because you voice concern over other people’s bad behaviour in reaction to you, you are then necessarily obliged to avoid their behaviour (in this case, concern trolling and nasty comments) by changing yours.

        Also, what about the idea that she LIKES the optical illusion dresses that Chanel’s been making–like, for aesthetic reasons that have nothing to do with how they emphasize her waist?

      • She also shouldn’t wear dresses like that because they’re fug as hell.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        In our society, skinny is not the same as fat. “Skinny shaming” is not the same as fat shaming, and I am so tired of people pretending it is, and that “she’s so thin” remarks make her some kind of victim. I know there are people who can’t gain weight, and they shouldn’t have remarks made to them like “eat a burger.” That’s rude. But fat people are perceived in a much more negative way than thin people. Their weight is seen as a character flaw. They are seen as lazy, unclean, sloppy, unattractive and stupid. Study after study shows that people trust fat people less than thin people, like them less, hire them less and date them less than thin people. It effects their life every single day in a way that being thin does not.

      • Isadora says:

        Just because being fat has more negative connotations in nowadays society, it still isn’t okay to act differently towards skinny people than you would to fat ones, imho.

        And people who are morbidly skinny (as opposed to morbidly obese) do suffer every day because of their weight. I once was at a university party where an obviously anorexic (or bulimic) girl was having a drink and chat with her friends. People were walking by, openly staring and saying aloud “Have you seen that? That’s SO gross.” I thought that was the most horrid thing to do because at this point it’s a severe illness and they would have never said something like that about someone in a wheelchair. So maybe I’m a bit more sensitive about the topic because of that day.

        But that’s another story, I don’t even think that Keira has an ED or something like that. I just think she is this tall, boob-less body type that’s naturally skinny.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Ok, Isadora, you certainly have a point. No one should ever be unkind about someone else’s weight. I was thinking of people in the skinny, but not anorexic range, but I see what you mean.

    • kri says:

      It looks like bejeweled wart, with bad lines. Now off the subject of Adam Levine, let’s get to Keira’s dress. It’s ugly.

    • Georgia says:

      Yes this dress makes her look thin (which she is) but does anyone else think that maybe she liked it because it gave her the illusion of having a waist/curves? I would imagine it’s hurtful to constantly be compared to a boy, be told you have no curves and are too thin etc etc. Everything I’ve read has indicated that she has a sense of humor about her modest chest/”boyish” figure but I know personally I’m drawn to things that make me look more like an hourglass than I really am

  2. Birdie says:

    Keira’s hair and make up look great.

  3. lana86 says:

    none of those girls is pretty, objectively. The model one is ok.

  4. AG-UK says:

    No I don’t like that dress. And that Bahati or whatever she is cute but she looks like all the other VS girls you can interchange them or if you blink quickly a few look very similar. He on the other hand irks me

  5. Kiddo says:

    I don’t hate the cut of the dress per se, but I hate that dress. It’s too heavy at the top and the bottom resembles Bjork’s swan skirt, but without the whimsy and fun insanity. The shoes seem to want to attend a board meeting…with another outfit entirely.

  6. LoveLee12 says:

    I think Adam has a big…..well…’member’ if you know what I mean?! LOL Just a thought. Plus, he’s in a famous band and that seems to help him out. I DO NOT get his appeal. I will say Adam seems very kind on the voice. My husband is tall, sexy, could be a fitness model, and doesn’t own skinny jeans/leggings. Haha ;) But to each their own!!!

  7. serena says:

    Oh my god, horrible dress ever! And those shoes are the mothers of awfulness!!

  8. Tatjana says:

    I love Keira’s look. Her hair and makeup are perfect, the dress looks great but it’s a bit long. She’s so beautiful.
    Hailee’s dress is awful.

  9. poppy says:

    the dress is incredibly flattering if you are going for a stumpy with a wasp waist.

  10. Helvetica says:

    WHERE is her waist? With that said, I love the texture of the skirt and her hair is lovely.

  11. Tig says:

    I like Hailee’s dress the best. Keira is gorgeous as usual, but this outfit does nothing for her.

  12. Andrea says:

    The dress is ok, but the shoes ruin the look. She should have gone for a lighter color and maybe high-heeled sandals.

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

    Keira’s dress lookslike a barbie dress in 80′s or a Jem dress
    Hailee ‘s dress is totally into her age
    VS’s model looks nothing.I saw her in Fashion Police and she looked better

  14. sighs says:

    I hate this look. It’s a girl as lampshade. Maybe a bit of installation art?

  15. Anne says:

    Keira looks tired. Baby on the way?

  16. Bucky says:

    Even when I don’t love what Keira is wearing, I like that it always reflects the view that women have purpose other than looking hot for dudes (it’s like women are people!). Keira always seems to love what she’s wearing, and wears it with presence, and I like that. When I hear words like “unflattering,” it just sounds like code for, “does not conform to traditional body ideals as outlined by the male gaze.” To which I say, good!

  17. Chinoiserie says:

    Keira’s dresses are usually almost perfect, this is not quite as good but clearly her style. She should change hair a bit in my opinion. Hailee looks nice even tough I am not a big fan of her dress. And I feel that Can A Song Save Your Life? Would have been a good title because it is so memorable and fits the film. But Begin Again sound a bit nicer but it is just so bland.

  18. AnnieCL says:

    She looks like a Christmas tree, & not in a good way! For God’s sake, eat some food Kiera, you’ll feel better! The others – ugh!

  19. What? says:

    Nope. Very bad proportions. Kiera’s lovely and talented, I just can’t say the same for Karl @ Chanel. If he wasn’t working in the Chanel House I don’t think he would be getting as well reviewed.