Kirsten Dunst in black Christian Dior: too fussy and smug or spot on?

I’m really loving Kirsten Dunst lately. She’s impressed me with how well spoken yet down to earth she is in recent interviews, and I think she’s conquered her demons and is ready to conquer Hollywood. I want to hear more news about her landing leading roles. I also love that she became a German citizen and wants to do a German language film, it’s ambitious but seems genuine since her dad is German.

Last night Kirsten announced best supporting actress along with Owen Wilson. You could tell she was a little nervous, but she pushed through it and I found it endearing. I have to say that If I was just looking at these photos without paying much attention to her otherwise, I would find her bitchface off-putting.

Her black Christian Dior gown was just the right mix of fashion-forward yet classic. In some photos the ribbons along the neckline looked fussy, but on screen the dress was lovely. I really liked the sheer hemline and the ruffles and ribbons on the skirt. Her hair and makeup weren’t the best but overall I think she got it right here. Look at that gorgeous Harry Winston tennis bracelet and those amazing earrings. I would love to wear those diamonds just for one night.

There were a lot of black dresses last night. Chloe Moretz wore a black Chanel gown with fluffy sleeves and a diamond shaped jewel detail at the neckline that just wasn’t pretty. Still, she’s a kid at 14 and it’s nice to see her dressing like one. (Kirsten has also worn a fug jeweled Chanel in the past.) Her shoes are very similar to the style that Kirsten wore, but Kirsten had on Jimmy Choo while Chloe’s shoes were Rupert Sanderson.

Fellow young actress Shailene Woodley was up for two awards: Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Descendants with George Clooney, which went to Octavia Spencer, and Best Young Actor/Actress, which went to Thomas Horn for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. I looked at these photos and assumed she was in her teens. Woodley is 20, and this lackluster styling is really doing her a disservice. She’s wearing Calvin Klein and while the dress may look elegant in theory, it falls short for me on the red carpet. She’s so pretty and she needed to do something more with her hair and makeup.

Melissa McCarthy was also up for Best Supporting Actress for her hilarious turn in Bridesmaids. She’s won an Emmy for “Mike and Molly” and I’m hoping she takes home some awards for Bridesmaids too. She was in David Meister and it looks like a lot of the other dresses she’s worn this season. She loves blue and purple jewel tones and sequins. I’m not a fan of her style, which tends towards pageant-wear (credit: Kaiser on that one). I also think her earrings and necklace are too matchy-matchy. Her hair and makeup are really pretty though.

Judy Greer is one of my favorite supporting actresses. She usually plays the goofy best friend role, and in interviews she’s funny, gracious and upbeat. Her dress here is a little underwhelming and those shoes are odd, the design makes her feet look stuffed into them, but I like her styling a lot.

Finally poor Penelope Ann Miller of The Artist is looking like an old lady. She’s only 48, but this hair color ages her 10 to 15 years. Is she just letting it go naturally gray? I’ll be honest, I started going gray in my 20s and I would look like this too if I didn’t faithfully dye my hair every month. I also don’t like her gown, which is too monotone, or her styling at all. This look screams “makeover!”

Designer IDs thanks to Just Jared, The Fashion Patrol and Red Carpet Fashion Awards. Photos credit: Apega/ and KM/FameFlynet Pictures

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25 Responses to “Kirsten Dunst in black Christian Dior: too fussy and smug or spot on?”

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  1. Hip-ster says:

    That Calvin Klein dress is WOW.

    • brin says:

      I think so too, I like it more than any of the others.
      WTH happened to Penelope Ann Miller….I didn’t recognize her with the grey hair!

    • Vera says:

      I love Kirsten, but the Calvin Klein was the winner of the dresses. Her makeup and hair doesn’t do it for me with that dress, though.

  2. Zelda says:

    Melissa McCarthy’s makeup is terribly drag-queen.

  3. Rose says:

    I don’t know who Penelope Ann Miller but I find her stunning, i actually love the hair colour. I find it really refreshing when someone has ‘old’ hair and a youthful face, it makes them look younger. If she had really dark hair it wouldn’t work

    • Heather M (Heather) says:

      She’s normally a strawberry blonde, and IMO her hair made her. Redheads are so unusual! If you “knew” her prior to this you’d probably have a different opinion, but I respect your view! 🙂

  4. amanda says:

    Wow she really does look young!

  5. Liz says:

    I think Kiki looks wonderful.

    I’ve only ever seen two of her films (so I’m not really a fan) but I especially love her hair.

  6. The Other Katherine says:

    Don’t be baggin’ on Penelope’s hair color, it’s beautiful! She just needs a gown that’s an actual color, that’s all. Too much monotone here.

  7. Marianne says:

    Really like Kiki’s dress. Hate Chloe’s. I know she’s a kid but those sleeves were ugly. Melissa looks better, but she still hasn’t nailed it. Shailene looked like she might pop out.

  8. Sara says:

    Love Kirsten’s dress!

  9. Sandra says:

    Good for you, Penelope! Embrace the grey, girl! I would love to see her hair down, I think the style was the problem, not her color.

  10. spinner says:

    Kiki looks incredible. She is spot on right down to the shoes. She has such beautiful skin & she IS a good actress.
    Love her.

  11. stephanie says:

    i love judy greer! unfailingly hilarious.

  12. chloe says:

    Love Kiki’s dress and makeup. I think the reason she does the smug closed mouth smile is because she has those snagly front teeth and she’s trying to hide them.

  13. Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

    Kirsten Dunst is on many lists of bad tippers and apparently has big boobs – come on girl show the money when you get served and the cleavage.

  14. Heather M (Heather) says:

    Wtf, Penelope! Kelly Osborne can get away w/the gray hair thing, but Penelope is at the age where gray hair makes her look like an older woman who “looks good for her age,” when she’s actually a young woman who looks old for her age! And the oddest thing is it looks colored. Like she began seeing gray and said,”screw it! Let’s just go all the way!” Bad choice. Hope it’s for a role.

    Kiki, OTOH, looks fab & the extensions really work for her, w/her round face & fine hair; it was just what she needed. I actually thought she was beautiful in All Good Things. It was the extensions.

  15. Fabianne says:

    Kiki just looked perfect. And she’s probably thinking about her “moonface” with all that red carpet lighting on her. Melissa and Judy Greer looked great too. Shailene’s look was too simple. IDK abt Chloe’s dress but it must be hard to find sth suitable for a 14yo. Worst look is Penelope,sorry.

  16. Shelly says:

    Kirsten is a beautiful lady. I think she looks perfect.

  17. joxjooze says:

    Kirsten looks absolutely fabulous!

  18. original sandy says:

    kirsten is a very good actress, i like her look, I’m pulling for her, i have always liked her.

  19. cecilia says:

    I like Kirsten Dunst’s dress – it suits her.

    Chloe Moretz’s dress is terribly unflattering. She looks like she’s wearing a thick sweater under it.

  20. Saundra says:

    Kirsten to me will always be a “Coutney Love in Training”. She lacks talent, sophistication and class.

  21. Penelope Ann Miller is a Gray-be! says:

    I dig the gray hair on Penelope Ann Miller. It is sexy on her. She is glamorous and classy. And nice on a hot mom with 3 year old. Aging gracefully much better than plastic in Hollywood!

  22. Cindy says:

    Penelope Ann Miller looks stunning!