Jessica Chastain in shiny green Prabal Gurung: pretty or busted gift wrap?

Kaiser’s already covered some of the attendees at this weekend’s Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala: Angelina Jolie’s Elie Saab sack jumpsuit, Michelle Williams’ quaint Prada, and Stacy Keibler’s busted McQueen. Now here’s a handful of other actors in attendance, starting with Jessica Chastain in a shiny green Prabal Gurung dress with some sort of odd black panelling around the midsection. To start, I do like the color of the dress, which provides a nice contrast against her fair skin and ginger hair. However, the cut is all wrong because the deep v-neck is quite drastic as is the straight up-and-down shape of the shoulders, and the overall effect is blocky and unflattering. Also, the black panels look pretty awkward and make the entire dress look like something under my Christmas tree. Seriously and as the worst gift wrapper ever, I am notorious for using little patches of random colors to fill in holes after failing to measure out enough paper. While it works for gifts that are instantly wrapped open by an eager kid who doesn’t know the difference, it’s not exactly a good look for a dress.

Here’s Olivia Wilde, who presented while wearing a black Monique Lhuillier dress with lace detailing scoops on one side. Her jewelry was Cartier, and her hair was underdone, but the makeup looked nice.

Al Pacino showed up too, but let’s be entirely honest and admit to not caring about who designed his suit. We don’t even need to see the suit. Instead, all the buzz should be about that thing on his head. Behold “the thing.” This isn’t really a Sean Penn situation where one wonders whether plugs or a toupee is responsible for the mess. I mean, no one would intentionally pay for what’s going on with Al’s head, right? So I’m assuming that this nonsense is all natural, and the black bandana is merely Al’s way of asserting his right to look like a total slob.

Oh Al, you used to be such a dreamboat. Now I’m just grateful that you left the blue nail polish at home.

Moving right along, here’s Melissa McCarthy in a royal blue dress that comes from her own plus-sized design line. She looks good, but the neck of the dress looks a bit uncomfortable.

Glenn Close looked positively stunning in deep blue as well. I especially love the sleeves of this dress and how well it flows right down to the very bottom:

Finally, here’s Jean Dujardin looking like he wants to creep into your soul. Or maybe your pants. He’s delicious.

Photos courtesy of Fame

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  1. Luise says:


  2. Jag says:

    On Jessica, the black panels are odd, but that shade of green is lovely on her.

    Glenn Close looks beautiful, but I have to disagree and say I hate the dress, other than the color. It just looks awkward to me. But she looks great.

    Pacino… there are no words!

    • Raven says:

      It just dawned on me that if there was ever a biopic about the Prince Charles-Camilla relationship, Glen could really play Camilla.

  3. Girl says:

    I agree with you on everything but Glenn Close. She looks good but that dress is hideous. Too busy and those pleat things above the thighs are just distracting.

  4. MaryJo says:

    Great color, very unflattering dress.

  5. Lindy says:

    Mmmm Dujardin:) Close looks amazing, even though I don’t love the dress. The green dress is, I think, really pretty. I don’t know who Chastian is, but I feel like she should be wearing the hell out of that shade of green as a redhead and instead it’s all meh.

  6. Sarah says:

    No worries, Al Pacino is currently filming the biography of creepy Phil Spektor, so that’s the reason for the hair!

  7. francesca says:

    I do not think Melissa’s dress is flattering at all. I am plus sized and I would never wear that dress. Ugh.

    • Happy21 says:

      I totally agree. I try to not to bash anyone who is overweight and is happy but this dress is extremely unflattering. There is such a thing as dressing for your body and this dress is not dressed for her body!

    • caityyy says:

      Completely agree.

  8. What is with Olivia Wilde???? She is sooo gorgeous, has one of the best bodies around and she STILL cannot get it together???
    Glenn Close looks amazing! Good for her!
    Loved Jessica in “The Help” so I have no comment.

  9. Cidee says:

    Love Melissa but she needs a new stylist STAT. The dresses she chooses are VERY unflattering.

  10. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    God bless her, but Jessica Chastain is really dull.

  11. ruby says:

    I like Jessica Chastain, she’s gorgeous. Love her hair and makeup here. I have to admit her dress is not flattering, it’s a pity, she should hire a better stylist. The colour suits her though.

    I don’t like Olivia Wilde’s new hair and her dress is not flattering at all.

    Melissa McCarthy’s dress is very pretty. I hope she keeps going with her line, it’s a great idea.

    And Jean Dujardin is great, such a funny guy.

  12. original sandy says:

    call me crazy, but i like Jessica’s dress on her and the color, she looks nice, also Olivia, she looks nice also.

  13. Euphorima says:

    Dear CB,

    Thank you for all the fashion posts you make and the reviews always keep me on my P’s and Q’s when it comes to dressing… for the feedback and comments from everybody, always so detailed and spot-on!! I always look forward to these posts!


  14. Marianne says:

    That Blue dress horrible on Melissa. It does nothing to flatter her.

    Jessica’s dress is nice, wish it had more of a defined waist though. Don’t like Olivia’s…does nothing to help her boobs.

    Al, Dear God why are you wearing a bandana?

    Glenn looks good for his age. Very appropriate.

    Jean is wearing the fcuk out of the suit, and is the clear winner.

  15. Chrissy says:

    I would actually really like this if the whole thing were the shiny green.

  16. Meggers says:

    Glenn Close looks fabulous! The very definition of aging gracefully… and with style. I love Melissa McCarthy, but that dress bedazzles all the wrong spots! The color is nice though.

  17. Meggers says:

    Oh, and DAMN! Is that chick from “House” pregnant? I barely recognized her! Bad hair + added chunk + a series of flops. Someone’s career is over. Oh well, I’m sure her divorce settlement was a princely sum.