Halle Berry’s gold brocade suit: tragic, tacky or not that hideous?


Here are new photos of Halle Berry at last night’s premiere of Frankie & Alice, that dumb-looking movie where Halle plays a chick with split personalities – on a be-afro’d cage dancer, the other a old Southern lady who wedding crashes. You can see the trailer here – it looks rough. Rough as in “Halle could do so much better.” Anyway, last night Halle didn’t go for some goddess gown or simple strapless cocktail dress. Instead, she went for this Balmain monstrosity. It’s a brocade suit – and the fabric is super-shiny black and gold. This looks like a shower curtain from a 1970s blaxploitation film. Something nice: beyond the fabric, I really like the cut of the pants. You can tell that Halle actually put some thought into this hideous suit, and that she probably got it tailored.

Halle brought along her French lover too – Olivier Martinez walked the red carpet solo. They’ve been together since at least the end of August, which means they just hit their three month mark. They both look tired and happy – endless French sex can do that. Olivier looks kind of worn down, right? Halle must be a demanding lover.



Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Candice says:

    I like her suit. It’s really cute.

  2. susanne says:

    I’m feeling Prince, circa Purple Rain.

    Not good.

  3. Roxanne75 says:


  4. Hollowdoll says:

    @susanne that was my exact thought too. Look who’s been raiding prince’s closet! 😉 Yet it somehow works.

  5. spinner says:

    Good Lord…I’m feelin Elvis with this suit. How tragic.

  6. Susan says:

    Too much, Halle. I think the jacket with a solid color pant or a solid color jacket with the patterned pant could work.

    This get up screams Sharon Osbourne.

  7. K-MAC says:

    come on–I freaking love that suit! you have got to be bad-ass to wear something like that!

  8. Praise St. Angie! says:

    lol! susanne, you took the words right outta my mouth! Only I was going to say “circa 1990”.

  9. JuJuBee says:

    The cut of the suit is nice, but the fabric is a bit much. Halle on the other hand has amazing skin. LOL, my old ass now notices the neck and decollatage area and Halle’s looks phenomenal.

  10. Wench says:


    Suit jacket + blouse is pretty but adding the trousers has just resulted in a whole heap of mess.

  11. Kaboom says:

    That view might induce seizures, you should put a warning pop-up on it.

  12. Bronwyn says:

    Ye Gods!!! Maaaaybe the jacket alone. With lots of black. And low lighting.

  13. brin says:

    Just add some gold chains and call her Halle Vegas.

  14. guesty says:

    tragically hideous. upholstery fabric is not a good choice. & he does look tired…halle tho…not so much. ha. AND he’s so much hotter than gabriel.

  15. KateNonymous says:

    I like the jacket, but not the pants (on top of everything else, they look too long).

  16. devilgirl says:

    I like it in an Elvis Presley sort of way.

  17. heatheradair says:

    I don’t hate it. HOWEVER – there’s so much going on, and it’s so INVOLVED, I wish she’d nixed the pointy-toed shoes and gone with some barely-there strappy sandals. Would have lightened it up a little?

  18. hay says:

    Yikes – the proportions are all wrong here – the pants don’t work. She could have pulled it off if the pants were a skinny leg and slightly cropped to show off an amazing shoe like a YSL Tribute. Regardless, the fabric of the suit is pretty ugly.

  19. PrettyTarheel says:

    Halle looks gorgeous, and Olivier looks like he got hit with the Leanne Rimes ugly stick!

  20. chasingadalia says:

    I agree with everyone else – change to black pants.

  21. hellen says:

    Channeling Susan Hayward as Helen Lawson in “Valley of the Dollas”.

    Yeah, I’m old.

  22. Ferguson. says:

    ew, no

  23. dahlia47 says:

    Definitely tragic! OMG!

  24. dread pirate cuervo says:

    I bet it looked much better in person. I also think it would look better with a pencil skirt.

  25. lola lola says:

    Tragic suit. Gorgeous woman. Over exposed cleavage.

  26. Working says:

    Umm that is all sorts of NO. On a different note, what happened to Oliver’s nose? He looks SO much different than his “unfaithful” days…

  27. Eek, not her best but if anyone can pull it off it’s her.

  28. Ellen Smith says:

    Elvira’s sofa fabric. Ugh!

  29. Amanda says:

    I think Demi Moore wore that blouse with a bra top under it. She should have paired the jacket and blouse with jeans, not those awful pants (she makes ’em look good tho).

  30. LittleDeadGirl says:

    I almost wanna be jealous about how good looking she is to pull that off but I have to say I don’t hate it. Now in regular every day life yes it’d be crazy … but for a premier … I mean aren’t we all tired of the little black dress … cute but yawn … she is wearing something insane and I think that’s the fun part of these little movie premiers. I give it a thumbs up.

  31. Ron says:

    fab! Fits her like a dream.

  32. Kaye says:

    I can’t help myself, I think she looks great.

  33. danielle says:

    Wow – she really does look great in anything! On anyone else – probably no. On Halle, yup, I say it works.

  34. 1984 says:

    She should have went with either the jacket, or the pants, coupled with another fabric instead of wearing the whole suit.
    I guess it’s all about being original somewhat, but too much brocade kills the brocade Halle girl!
    She’s still ravishing and has a great figure though so, it doesn’t look too tragic

  35. Deven says:

    I think she looks great!!

  36. Mistral says:

    She looks really good in it. Not many people could say the same thing…

  37. The Truth Fairy says:

    She gives off a “frigid” vibe to me, always has. I think this Olivier Martinez thing is a PR set-up to hype their movie, give him a career boost and to make it look like she’s moved on from her break-up with Gabriel. I’m sure he HAS been having endless French sex, just not with her.

  38. Camille says:

    Hideous. I’m sorry but this is far, far, far worse than Angelina Jolie’s red carpet outfit from the other day. I hate this outfit.

  39. Jojo says:

    You don’t have to be rich to be my girl, you don’t have to be cruel to ru my world!

    Rock it Prince!

  40. heathen says:

    I would say the suit is tragic, but her body saves it, so I’ll vote tacky.

  41. Kim says:

    She is not a very good dresser for red carpet type events. When she dresses casual she looks good but for appearances she typically wears clothes way to revealing, tight or low cut, for a mother her age or leather or some other outfit thats screams “Look at me Im hot – really I am.” Ive never gotten why pretty, successful women feel need to flaunt themselves? Lack of self esteem?

  42. lrm says:

    I love it on her….She is like cate blanchett-she and Halle can both get away with pretty much anything on the red carpet. they are so beautiful and have a sophisticated vibe to them.
    yea, halle is on the edge of tacky here-but somehow, she pulls it off.

  43. lrm says:

    oh, and is it just me, or is she playing to the afro 70’s style on the red carpets lately? as well as doing them solo and not with OM-who is white?

    I’m just sayin’ the way they do this PR stuff is very interesting…and it appeals to the subconscious of the culture or the mainstream alot.

    This kind of stuff matters still to some people.

  44. Jami says:

    Not that tragic, however, it’s way.too.much…

  45. Ruffian9 says:

    On her; Gorgeous, on (almost) anyone else, fail.

  46. Maritza says:

    It’s Halle and she definitely works it! Gorgeous!!

  47. Lynda says:

    yeesh…it would cut my fingertips off.

  48. sasa says:

    Hideous! And as if she wasn’t satisfied with just armchair shiny pants + blazer, she added the low cut glittery thing below.

  49. Zelda says:

    Please please please change up your hair, Halle Berry. Please.

  50. HakuraChii says:

    I think the pants in that pattern are a crime against those of us capable of vision (which may not be too many after seeing those pictures xD)

    But I think it would have worked as just the jacket with solid dark tone pants. That aside, Halle is gorgeous as always.

  51. I Choose Me says:

    I kinda like it. It’s a bold choice.