Noomi Rapace in Valentino at the ‘Sherlock Holmes 2’ premiere: lovely or fug?

Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game of Shadows premiered last night in LA. Jude Law/Dr. Watson was not in attendance, which is disappointing. For the last Sherlock promotional blitz, it was pretty much The Jude & Robert Show, with their bromance flourishing on every red carpet. Last night, Robert Downey Jr. just posed with his lovely, pregnant wife Susan, and they looked lovely together.

But the person I was really interested in was Noomi Rapace, otherwise known as “The Original Lisbeth Salander” in the Swedish films of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and the rest of the Millennium Trilogy. Noomi got a lot of attention from Hollywood with her portrayal of Lisbeth, and it’s possible for her to have a big career in English-language films now. Her performance in Sherlock Holmes 2 is seen as sort-of the canary in the coal mine – if she does well, and the film does well, Noomi has arrived. So this was a big red carpet for her – and I can’t say that I’m impressed. Noomi wore this Valentino that… it’s just not young enough. It’s too lacy and precious for my tastes, and then there’s the issue of her hair, which doesn‘t match the “glamour” of the dress. I just don’t want to start in about what is happening with those bangs. She has a beautiful face, and she doesn’t need them. Urgh!!!

Also in attendance – Rachel McAdams, wearing this Marchesa gown. I like the Marchesa better than Noomi’s Valentino, which speaks volumes about how much I hate Noomi’s dress, but isn’t necessarily a compliment for Rachel’s dress. I will give Rachel credit for this, though – she looks season-appropriate. I like that she’s wearing a long-sleeved winter dress in December. Otherwise, meh.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. ShanKat says:

    Ah! A little RDJ after all those mincey poofy British grampas! Marvelous.

    I lovelovelove Rachel’s dress, and her makeup is beautiful.

    I’m officially over sleeveless dresses. Until at least summer. Noomi’s is fine, but the shoulder area leaves me thinking “doughy,” even though her figure is darling.

  2. JaneWonderfalls says:

    I love it! Beautiful Style, Cut, Material!

  3. Aria says:

    Both look amazing!

  4. ds says:

    Noomi looks great. Always thought she was more edgy but it’s fine. Though I love this site I don’t get the bangs hate. Love them more than those boring curls. Guess it’s european thing over us style. The bangs I mean

  5. Elvyn says:

    I love Noomi! She seems like a fun girl.
    Love her dress.

  6. paranormalgirl says:

    Love Noomi’s dress and I think the hair actually goes quite well with it. Simple hair that doesn’t detract from the gown.

  7. Mila says:

    I prefer Noomi’s dress. She looks cool and hairstyle is perfect.

  8. Flan says:

    I thought McAdams was not in this movie. If she still came to hang out, she’s a good sport.

    EDIT: found out that she is actually part of it, though not as prominent as in the last one.

  9. Eve says:

    As soon as I saw McAdams I KNEW that was a Marchesa dress (I hadn’t read the article — pressed the “end” key and scrolled up so her picture was the first I saw).

    Marchesa is the tackiest brand I have ever seen.

    • Amy says:

      I agree that Marchesa dresses are super tacky, but I think Rachel’s is far less offensive than most I’ve seen. I kind of like it.

  10. Luls says:

    Kaiser, YOUR taste in clothes is what bugs! Both these dresses are just lovely, to my eyes.
    Im a regular visitor on here, but seriously,, sometimes I have to wonder what ur smoking.

  11. Raye says:

    You need to show the back of Rachel’s dress to do it justice. The back MAKES it.

  12. Lindy says:

    Agree about the bangs, but I kind of like the dress on Noomi. (Rachel whatever her name is bores me, pretty much always). I hope Noomi makes it over here–I loved her as Lisbeth.

  13. T.C. says:

    Sue me but I think their dresses are equally beautiful, don’t see the difference. On top of that Noomi has killer cheekbones and great skin so she wins by a mile in my book.

  14. Laura says:

    You all have an issue with bangs that I really don’t get. Noomi’s hair looks sleek and glam. Her dress on the other hand… my personal issue is with dresses that have semi-sheer fabric with weird patterns over the whoo-ha area. A little too “LOOK AT MY CROTCH!!” for me.

    Rachel looks lovely. Mrs. Downey Jr. really should have re-thought that foux-bouffant. Really unflattering.

  15. Camille says:

    RDJ and his wife look great.

    Noomi and Rachel though, ugh. Both are very pretty women though.

  16. Anguishedcorn says:

    You are a tough crowd today, Kaiser. I think both those gowns are gorgeous.

  17. Katie says:

    Noomi looks like her face hurts. I think people say she’s pretty only because they compare her with her character on The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

  18. keis says:

    Am I the only one that thought the dresses were by the same designer?

  19. Tonya says:

    Loved Noomie’s London premiere outfit.
    Mrs Downey should take some advice about how to dress from her husband. She makes unflattering and dull clothing choices most of the time.