Jessica Chastain wears violet Elie Saab in Cannes: one of her best looks ever?


You know how Jessica Chastain has famously bad style? Well, maybe I’m being harsh, but there have been more than a handful of high-profile events where Jessica has gotten it wrong. But maybe she’s finally finding her footing because OMG OMG OMG. These are pics of Jessica on last night’s Cannes red carpet to support Foxcatcher (she’s not in the film, I guess she just showed up for fun).

Jessica wore a beautifully vivid violet Elie Saab that was super-dramatic, especially given that it was very windy in Cannes last night. Her makeup is beautiful, her hair is working, she looks great. This is wonderful. Maybe the tide has finally turned? I would love nothing more than for Chastain to become a major red carpet player. She really nailed it here. And for those of you who pish-posh Elie Saab as too “obvious” or whatever – not every woman wants to try or should try the avant-garde high-fashion “intellectual” clothes. This gown is beautiful, well-made and flattering. Why is that a bad thing?



I’m also including some assorted photos from the photocall and premiere for Maps to the Stars, which received solid-to-good reviews. I doubt it will win any awards, but at least they didn’t get booed. For the photocall, Julianne Moore wore a high-necked Nina Ricci dress – I think this is really pretty on her. I would have liked to see her in a smart suit, but this is attractive. Mia Wasikowska is in Valentino. Call me crazy, but I like that a lot too. Also: bonus Sparkles & John Cusack.




For last night’s premiere, Julianne wore a feathered Chanel which… I mean, yeah, if this was Diane Kruger, I would probably be into it. On Julianne, it’s not flat-out awful, but I could think of better stuff for her to wear. Mia wore a deceptively simply Louis Vuitton gown which I would totally love to own.

Photos courtesy of WENN, Getty.

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  1. Kali says:

    Grecian Goddess Jessica Chastain? I’m surprisingly into it.

  2. AG-UK says:

    Jessica’s dress is lovely and the colour good on her. I like John Cusack but after seeing The Paperboy I almost can’t look at him now (: he stilll has that crazy hair which needs a trim

  3. chaine says:

    Can someone give John Cusack a makeover? With the overly dyed, poofy comb-back he looks like a budget Nicholas Cage.

  4. Tatjana says:

    I’m meh on the dress. It’s nice but nothing spectacular.
    I’m surprisingly into Julianne’s Chanel.
    Mia and Julianne are so beautiful.

  5. Shelley says:

    Jessica Chastain almost always looks good to me. Love the dress. That colour would have been wow on a person of colour.

  6. Lizzie says:

    That Elie Saab is a mom dress. It’s so boring I almost collapsed.

  7. in_theory says:

    That violet dress on Jessica Chastain is pretty fab, I just wished she’d gone without that stupid tiny little belt.

  8. Lucy2 says:

    I love the purple dress, especially in the last photo of it. Julianne and Mia look good too.

  9. Penny says:

    Meh, it just looks like a nice bridesmaids dress to me, nothing special at all.

  10. Liz says:

    Mia Wasikowska day and evening looks are fabulous. I’m not overly sold on Jessica’s dress as it quite pretty but very boring.

  11. QQ says:

    JessicaIslaAmy looks Good! (hair a little on the limpy side but listen this is a rousing success for them(her)

    Mia Wasikowska Last dress is FIRE!! (have you guys seen that Stoker movie with her and Nicole Kidman about a female Killer?? super gorgeous, Nicole’s frosty face works for her here and the soundtrack is heavenly)

  12. Antonym says:

    I’m sure someone can correct me, but until then… I think I could make up a series of stories about the looks between Mia and Sparkles.

  13. j.eyre says:

    I am an advocate of simple, beautiful dresses as I can’t always carry dramatic. And I do think the Saab dress is lovely. However, I do want to pish posh something because sometimes, merely saying “pish posh” can improve my whole day. That said, I shall pish posh Jessica’s belt and Julianne’s fussiness (for the formal – love the white). I think Mia looked fantastic in both so no pish posh for her.

  14. blue marie says:

    She looks lovely here.
    I’m not sure I like that color on Julianne.
    They all look great in that final photo..

    Even Rob (I said yesterday I wouldn’t but that suit is making me question my stance)

  15. serena says:

    I don’t like Chastain’s dress that much.. it’s just another peplum.. so what’s the big deal?
    Julianne dresses awfully as always, call me crazy but I guess that’s also a reason why I find her likeble. The white little dress is an improvement, altough the other one is seriously fug.

    • Sugar says:

      Chastain isn’t wearing a peplum, so I’m not quite sure what you mean. That dress is classic Grecian draping all the way.

      Thank goodness she is wearing something properly tailored for once and something in a color. Pale girls (take note Julianne) don’t photograph well in pale colors.

      I do agree, though, that there’s something endearing in Julianne Moore’s rarely dressing well. She’s so gorgeous, yet so uninterested in fashion, but not in that snooty “I’m so above fashion” way of Julia Roberts.

  16. PunkyMomma says:

    Love Mia’s look, day and evening. I find the Chanel on Julianne to be another reason to support the Karl Must Leave Chanel movement – those pockets on that dress! No, no, no! And FFS Sparkles, it’s CANNES – put something on your feet besides Adidas.

  17. Hissyfit says:

    I love the dress but in the second photo, she looks rough.

    • Clara says:

      Yeah, I agree. Let’s hope Blonde won’t end up like Granny Freeze’s Grace. Sure, they’re not even comparable but still by the time she’s starts filming she’ll prolly be 38 already considering all the other projects she has in production. Sure, nobody acts with theri neck but the neck betrays your age, one of my pet peeves. And honestly it feels like overkill, My week with Marylin is pretty recent and the book’s already been adapted for tv. I wish she’d chose a more inspired project.

  18. Cora says:

    Julianne is as beautiful as ever, but I really want her to put some pantyhose on.

    • ataylor says:

      Thank you for saying that. I adore Julianne and think shes ageless but today is the first day ive looked at her and said….yep….shes definitely in her mid-fifties. Those legs look like they belong on my 68 year old aunt. Some pantyhose, self tanner or even tinted moisturizer would have done wonders.

    • justme says:

      Yes, I thought the same thing – pantyhose. I’m a few years older than Julianne and so I’m not being ageist. Self-tanner would be silly – she is a pale woman and if her legs were tan it would look odd. Just some light colored pantyhose would do the trick. She’d need to lose the strappy sandals, but that is just because the pantyhose police would have a mental breakdown if she wore open toes with hose.

  19. magpie says:

    Did Jessica change stylists? Her style was horribly bad during her last Oscar campaign, but she’s been really getting it right lately.

  20. flotsam says:

    Who’s the cute girl in the strapless number, right hand of bottom photo? Those crossed arms make her look green to the red carpet.

  21. Asra says:

    I don’t the dress is anything special

  22. Clara says:

    Jessica usually nails it at Cannes, it’s the rest of the award red carpets where she’s floundering in hopeless dresses. This is a case where the actress is not a fashionista per se and her stylists aren’t always looking out for what’s best for her to wear. Except Cannes – exception to the rule – and her first Oscar attendance, never the Globes, never the Sags. Even the styling is hopeless at the latter two. Her casual style is passable chic though.
    Same thing with JLaw.

  23. shellybean says:

    I love Jessica Chastain. I love her face. She is so beautiful.

  24. Maggie says:

    Jessica Chastain is so beautiful. I love the dress but her hair has looked better. Doesn’t matter…..she’s gorgeous, one of my favorites. Jullianne’s hair is too severe imo. She needs to lighten it up a bit and start wearing stockings. She’s got great legs.

  25. Abby_J says:

    Love Mia Wasikowska’s outfits. She sometimes looks like a younger version of Tilda Swinton to me. I guess choosing her to play her little sister in OLLA worked well.

    I think Jessica’s dress is nice too, but my very favorite part of the picture at the top is the photographer behind her who just looks so excited! Maybe he got caught mid yawn or something. :)

  26. Etheldreda says:

    I love purple, I love Elie Saab and I love Grecian goddess gowns.

    So why do I not love this dress? I dunno. It looks sort of clumsy and ill-fitting, especially around the feet. And I’m not sure if that shade of lavender suits Jessica. Perhaps it’s the type of dress which looks much better in ‘real life’?

    • ataylor says:

      Love elie saab gowns but something about this dress doesnt fit right. The dress looks mega bulky up top. Like when someone comes out of breast surgery and they’re all bandaged up? Yep. Like that. That teeny belt doesnt help either.

  27. HHazel says:

    The dress is just OK, it reminds me of Diane Krugers dress (Giambatista Valli) also from Cannes but I prefer Dianes dress. But I think it works well on Jessica she usually gets it very wrong.

    I wished Mia wore Juliannes dress + shoes for the photocall.

  28. Bread and Circuses says:

    I nearly squealed at my work desk when I saw that top photo. So pretty!

  29. Anne tommy says:

    The ladies all look lovely, and while I agree his hair needs sorting, there will always be a special place in my heart for Mr Cusack.

  30. A.Key says:

    The only dress I like is the last one that Wasikowska is wearing.

  31. Isadora says:

    Love Jessica’s dress, very beautiful colour on her! And I’m a sucker for the Grecian thing, can’t help it. Her shoes are debatable, but as you can hardly see them I’ll give it a pass.

    I like Julianne’s dress & hair style but something (make-up, colour of the dress?) washes her out in this photo. Mia looks lovely at the photocall in Valentino but I hate the shoes with a passion.

  32. taxi says:

    Has Jessica gotten something done to her face? It looks different. Fillers? Glad she’s wearing color.

  33. Jag says:

    The dress is beautiful but why does she look so miserable?

  34. NeoCleo says:

    Chastain looks like a goddess.

  35. Lili says:

    The dress is amazing. It really suits her. But in some of the pictures, she looks as if she’s gonna start crying any minute now.

  36. James says:

    Stunning looks! I admire the work done by Elie Saab. The dresses are all beautiful and believe it or not I didn’t dare to look at the