Jessica Chastain in seafoam Calvin Klein: tragic, unflattering or not so bad?

I was sitting here, debating with myself as to when I should cover Jessica Chastain’s Golden Globes appearance last night. Like, I wanted to put it off because Jessica has begun to bring up some severely mixed feelings for me. I saw Zero Dark Thirty this weekend, and while she was great in the role, and I really liked the movie overall, I’m still not sure if I think she should sweep all of the awards for Best Actress. I respect her talent and everything… but I’m still not sure if she gave that kind of performance. And then there’s the other stuff too… like, she still doesn’t know how to do all of the extra stuff, like dress like the leading contender for the Best Actress Oscar.

Jessica wore this Calvin Klein gown which… OMG. Let me just say one nice thing before I completely lose my mind: it was a pretty color on her. The color made her beautiful ginger hair stand out. But this dress was a total g—damn disaster. It added about 20 pounds to her, all in the breast and midsection. Jessica has a lovely small bust, and her girls are perky… but you wouldn’t know it from this disaster of a gown. It made her boobs look like they were at her waist. The cut was definitely off, but this is just a really poorly designed gown overall. Like, it aimed to be a pageant gown AND IT COULDN’T EVEN PULL IT OFF.

Add to that… Jessica hair style was doing her no favors either. She has that beautiful red hair, and it looks healthy and long and like she has a natural wave to it… and she doesn’t really know what to do with it. So she just got out the AquaNet and sprayed the hell out of the sides…?

One more nice thing – I did like Jessica’s speech:

I’m also adding Lucy Liu in Carolina Herrera, because Lucy was one of my other Worst Dressed of the evening. It was just… overkill. It was too big, too much, too fug for a TV actress who was only there as a presenter. It was too “Look at me!!” And beyond that, the fabric was just hideous.

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet and WENN.

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  1. carrie says:

    Chastain’s dress was unflattering:he gained 20 pounds on the tummy with the dress and her breast looked in washcloth

    • Pandy says:

      The color was lovely though – so fresh! I loved LL dress – thought it was one of the best of the night. loved the braid with it as well.

  2. Eve says:

    Tragic, unflattering and REALLY that bad.

    The hairdo made her look like she had a fivehead — better put: a tenhead. Awful, awful.

    • T.C. says:

      She looks like a cross between an alien and an elf with that hairdo. Someone should have stopped her before she left the house.

    • Amilu says:

      A side-part or sweeping bang would’ve done wonders. Or a color touch-up — her roots are so light, that it looks like she’s going bald at the part.

      • JPC says:

        ^^ I thought the same thing about her part. I have red hair, and because it’s not natural, you REALLY have to watch the roots. Horrible.

      • Nina says:

        +1!! I couldn’t take my eyes off her part… looked like blond or gray coming in. Tragic and amateur.

    • Lori says:

      Agreed. Ghastly.

      • tracking says:

        Yes! It’s bizarre to me that her stylist didn’t fix the hair color problem. The dress color is divine but such an unflattering fit.

  3. Sisi says:

    I actually loved Lucy Liu. It seemed one of the few dressed that was tailored perfectly

    • gee says:

      I loved Lucy Liu’s dress too!

    • Darlene says:

      I love it too. I think she looked spectacular. Although watching her put her dress in front of Debra Messing’s was hilarious.

    • vic says:

      Loved it too. Love her especially in Elementary.

    • Nan209 says:

      I agree. I thought it was a unique print, actually quite lovely. I do, however, think the dress was a bit overkill….nice dress, maybe wrong event? Oh, well, what do I know about red carpet protocol.

      • Apples says:

        I think your thought about “overkill” was right, but, I think it was an intentional, strategic decision on Lucy’s part.

        She has a network show, in its first season, on TV that needs to continue building up attention and stay in the forefront of people’s minds. Sometimes, any attention is good attention.

    • JPC says:

      Ditto. LOVED Lucy’s dress. Gah. What I wouldn’t give to have that in my closet.

    • Jen says:

      Loved it too!

    • wonderwoman21 says:

      I like Lucy Liu’s dress too; the print looks very ‘garden of Eden’ or reminiscent of a Greek mythology themed Renaissance painting such as Boticeli.

    • Moore says:

      I liked it as well.

    • Nympha says:

      I really liked it, too. And it was rated top 5 by the audience of a major russian gossip site that I frequent. Oh, and by the way, Jessica’s dress was voted the worst.

    • Katie says:

      Agreed. I love that dress

  4. annabelle says:

    Jessica’s dress was an affront to breasts everywhere. Tragically unflattering, yes.

    I liked Lucy. She can wear just about anything, IMO, and you where else but the Globes could you were such a dress?

    • Dianne Adrian says:

      “an affront to breasts everywhere” .. lmao

      • Heidiho says:

        A perky-breasted female classmate of mine in HS wore a getup like that when she dressed up as a grandmother. Two oranges in a pair of pantyhose.

    • JandJ'sdarling says:

      Agreed. “Affront to breasts everywhere”? BWA-HAH.

    • andrea says:

      LOL… The front of the dress looks like bedsheets to me. Jessica has a nice figure but the shape of that gown is just all wrong. These new “fashionable” shapes that designers are putting out are just not body-flattering.

  5. QQ says:

    I lost my mind all over twitter over that sad saggy boob disaster! it was horrendous: everything about it Color, fit, hair, the makeup ughhhhh she is too pretty for this mess

  6. Merritt says:

    Great color, terrible dress. Chastain seems to pick really unflattering gowns.

  7. ds says:

    On screen, in motion it didn’t look that bad but it’s just not a good dress for her. Why can’t someone just help her get a stylist? She’s so pretty, and she was sooo hot in The Help. And Lucy Liu wore the worst dress; when women feel the need to pose holding their dress like Cinderella it’s a bad sign.

  8. marie says:

    I’m convinced Jessica’s stylist hates her, if the dress actually fit-it wouldn’t be bad and that hairstyle, just NO.

    Lucy dress would have been pretty if it wasn’t so big, there’s just too much of it.

  9. Izzy says:

    Jessica’s dress is awful. And is it me, or can we see in those pics that she bumps up the ginger? I could swear you see roots. Get them done before the awards shows, FFS!

    • Lee says:

      First thing I noticed was roots as well. I know they’re not grey, but boy, do they give that effect – old-lady white-ish roots. So unfortunate. Obviously she darkens her hair – she’s more of a strawberry blonde than a redhead.

  10. ds says:

    No sorry Lena Dunham… second worst. What’s with the walk? I just don’t her appeal.

  11. DanaG says:

    The top part of the dress is so bad didn’t she look in the mirror? Bad hair seemed like the in thing Stacy Keibler the girl who only get’s to walk the red carpet with George Clooney had the same look but more stringy and oily. I like the blue in Lucy’s dress it is just a little to big and too fussy, pretty sure my Nonna had drapes made from that material. There were a few fails this year Sienna Miller looked shocking her taste in clothes just get’s worse we get the sixties thing but a dress made from crochet doilies is not a red carpet gown.

  12. pinkheart says:

    like someone said in the earlier blogs “titty sac” as for lucy ‘s dress it was my grandmums breadspread.

  13. Mia 4S says:

    I adore Jessica, she’s truly talented but needs a new stylist who loves her.

    Lucy Liu looks like my great grandmother’s sofa. Seriously.

  14. amanda says:

    My HUSBAND came in and looked at the screen and said why is Lucy Liu wearing Martha Washington’s dress? Or is she wearing curtains ala Scarlett?

    I looked at him askance that he was making comments about dresses and realized he was right!

  15. Jenny says:

    Liu looks like she pulled a Scarlet O’Hara and pulled the drapes down to make her dress. Jessica, looks like her boobies are at her waist. Beautiful woman, great actress, horrifying dress.

  16. Vivian says:

    Agree with Jessica’s dress; worst; I really like Lucy’s dress. It was refreshing and fit her well.

  17. Jennifer says:

    Not a good choice for Jessica. This gown is great for someone super skinny because somehow it gives some extra volume. The color is beautiful but not on her. She looks very pale and boring.

  18. chloe says:

    I think Jessica should wear darker jewel toned dresses to off-set her fair skin and red hair, and her hair good God why does she look like she’s balding. This girl needs a stylist stat.

  19. flor says:

    she looked lovely. very old Hollywood glamour and I LOVED how nervous she was. You can tell she really cares about her work 🙂

  20. Melymori says:

    Like I said on friday, I’ve never seen her wearing something nice, her stylist is crap so it was no surprise to see this disaster on the red carpet…The dress is beyond ugly and her hair is even worse, she looks like she’s bald in the middle. Why did anyone stop this from happening?

  21. bella says:

    i couldn’t get past the hairline which saved me from noticing that atrocious dress.
    why would she wear her hair in such a way that made her look balding?

  22. DebraSam says:

    Oh wow, I had curtains in the late 80’s that looked just like Lucy’s dress.

    As to Jessica, I can only shake my head.

  23. Post-Its says:

    She is so pretty but her style…

    The best she looked was in the McQueen dress show wore at the Oscars last year.

  24. CF says:

    I think her speech was one of the best. Very articulate. The dress is horrible. I thought it was bad, and then she turned around onstage and it looked even worse from the back! It made her look like she had back fat. And I agree with the comment about the hairline, it did look like she was balding. Her face would change from very beautiful to very severe depending on the angle. Good lord put her in a beautifully tailored jewel tone or maybe a navy blue strapless dress with some detail. It’ll be boring but allow her face to be the star

  25. Miss Kiki says:

    I do not hate Lucy’s dress, I mean I would never wear it but I just don’t hate it. Jessica on the other hand, there’s no excuse for that dress it’s hideous. FYI for ages I thought she was related to the actress that plays Jessica on True Blood.

  26. GoodCapon says:

    Awful, and it’s sad because I think she’s quite pretty. I looked at her hair parting, is she graying?

  27. T.C. says:

    Kaiser you’re not the only one who didn’t think Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty was all that. She was just O.K. Much better in Take Shelter and The Help. I think people who really love the movie or Kathryn Bigelow are over praising an ‘eh’ performance.

    As for her dress, hair and makeup at the globes I think this women needs so much help with fashion. Her roots also are a much lighter color than the rest of her hair so I’m thinking that’s not her natural hair shade.

    • Naye in VA says:

      I think she was much better in the Help. all I remember of her from Take Shelter was the underground scene, because Michael Shannon STOLE that whole movie. And I promptly forgot about her in Zero when Joel Edgerton and Chris Pratt showed up, mmm I love me some beard. Whooo!
      I like her in general though, she was also pretty decent in The Debt

  28. lucy2 says:

    I couldn’t get over how bad she looked. The hair. The hair! Seriously why did someone do that to her, and why did she look in the mirror and OK it? Horribly unflattering and just strange.
    The dress is a pretty color on her, but it didn’t fit her right at all. She’s a big star now, time to get a real stylist and do these things right.

    • mia girl says:

      “And Moses stretched out his hands over Jessica Chastain and her hair was divided.”

      • Brittney says:

        @ mia girl… hahaha, thank you for this. Divine intervention is just about the only explanation for how forcefully and violently that hair seems to have been separated from itself.

  29. mkyarwood says:

    Call me, Jess! I will be your stylist for free. Growing up in a house with only sisters means I can help you out <3

  30. DeltaJuliet says:

    The dress wasn’t great but the hair was AWFUL. I couldn’t stop staring and thinking wtf?

  31. Merman says:

    Chastain was good but I liked Marion better in Rust and Bone.But what a shame to have such a beautiful face and then style it like this

  32. clay basket says:

    She looks like Gary Oldman in Dracula.

    • lucy2 says:

      Thank you! I kept staring at it trying to figure it out, and knew it reminded me of a guy in a period piece movie, but couldn’t place it. That was it!

  33. ernie says:

    Chastain and Lawrence cost me a lot of nerves last night. It’s tragic what they keep doing to them on carpets with all that money and access and those sick bodies of theirs. And there are so many good clothes out there. Girls, if your stylists are failing you, just scour all the designers’ websites and buy your own dress or something. I would.

    • LadyLupton says:

      Here’s what I found out the other day: Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica chastaine share a stylist.

      I’ll let that sink in for a moment.

      Doesn’t that just explain EVERYTHING?!

      • ernie says:

        But of course. And that person must be a failed actress posing as a stylist and getting her revenge. Or on Lohan’s payroll.

      • hally says:

        Everything makes sense now! who is this person who makes two gorgeous women, and imo the best new actresses around look like they take styling advice from katherine heigl?

  34. Jenna says:

    She looked so matronly with this. It actually hurt my feelings between the hair and the tailoring. Every time I saw her, “do you boobs hang low” automatically played in my head. -sigh- Oh, Jessica.

  35. Marianne says:

    I hated Jessica’s dress. And I hated the hairstyle. I think it would have been better if they unpinned it, and had more framed around her face.

    I hated Lucy’s dress, because it looked like grandma’s comforter.

  36. L says:

    Oh Rachel Weisz was the worst for me (which broke my heart as I love her)

    I’m bummed Naomi watts didn’t win. I thought she was better in her role than Chastain was.

  37. hoya_chick says:

    The color is fantastic. Her hairstyle makes her look like she is balding. What the hell is going on there? Just terrible, the whole outfit is terrible.

  38. MG says:

    Couldn’t agree more…color was great. Disaster everywhere else. It made her look like she had a 90 year old lady’s boobs!

  39. Diana says:

    When I first saw her on the screen I groaned loudly. I mean, damn! she has a nice body and beautyful hair and that stylist of her totally ruined her. It was bad all over. I screamed in excitment when she won, that was the bomb!

  40. Velouria says:

    I don’t think it’s the dress necessarily, I think it’s her head: face & hair. Gah, awful.

  41. A says:

    Too loose in the chest area…Both she and JenLaw had dresses that were unflattering in the bodice. Actually, I thought she was great in ZD30…it wasn’t a showy role where an actress got to shout and cry. It was a very constrained character with very little backstory…and the fact that she managed to bring to life such a character impressed me. That said, I still think Riva should win.

  42. Melly Bee says:

    I’m going to teach a class about hair in Holllywood. Middle parts and bangs are only for a select few! Do NOT let your hairstylist convince you that this is a “Must have, everybody’s doin’ it, happenin’ thing to do! Very few women can actually pull of middle parts and bangs! *Here endeth the lessson*

  43. Vanessa says:

    Didn’t she cut her hair short recently? I am guessing those are extensions. Why go through all the trouble and end up with that? She can do so much better.

  44. Shannon says:

    See the replay. You see how when Jessica’s name gets called, the ones who just lost are clapping madly? They’re thinking, I can always try again next year, but the photos of that gown will last forever…

  45. bea says:

    I usually LOVE anything by Calvin Klein, but Jessica’s dress was a disaster. I cannot believe how bad the cut was – the rumpled top connecting with the waistline with pleats DID add 20 lbs to her. Terrible. The color and fabric looked good.

    I actually liked her hair and I thought the shade of lipstick she was wearing was fantastic.

    IMO, her performance was good, but hardly Oscar-worthy, so I hope she enjoys her GG!

  46. Ravensdaughter says:

    Chastain’s dress did not come off so well on the RC, but she looked great accepting the award!
    Lucy Liu, meanwhile, looked like Scarlett O’Hara wearing the draperies!

  47. Janet says:

    The color is pretty. Everything else about it was godawful.

  48. Lisa B. says:

    I must be batshit crazy because I actually think she looks good. She looked better on video than on photos, imo. Of course the dress is a bit weird on the boob area but apart from that, I don’t see anything wrong. It’s simple, classic and the color is beautiful. I liked the Old Hollywood hair and the bold lip color as well. I don’t know, maybe my girl-crush on Jessica is speaking louder here.

  49. Kosmos says:

    Jessica Chastain appears to be so sweet and authentic, and I love actresses who have this quality. About her appearance, well, the hair bothered me the most because of the part in the middle along with the color or something. It just didn’t look like she had hair in the middle of her head, not a good look. A sexy side part would have been much better. The dress color was gorgeous on her, but the style not so good…ah well.

  50. Camille (TheOriginal) says:

    Jessica is a beautiful woman, but this look was bad from head to toe.

    And Lucy’s dress was ridiculous. Ugh.

  51. Maritza says:

    I totally agree with everything in this article.

  52. citygirlsf says:

    Jessica’s makeup looks beautiful here.

    Love the color of the dress, but the bodice is terrible.

  53. Emma says:

    I like that color on Jessica. The hair though, just bad.

  54. Twez says:

    I can’t see anything but that nearly half-inch of greying regrowth at her part! She must have pissed off her stylist.

  55. Suze says:

    I love Jessica Chastain. LOVE HER. Love her unusual for Hollywood looks, her talent, her intensity.

    Her style and hair/makeup choices make me want to cry. Don’t waste all the loveliness, girl!!!

  56. Caroline says:

    She has such a beautiful face, but everytime I see her on the red carpet, she just!

  57. Shelly says:

    Jessica is beautiful and a superb actress. I love this color on her, but the fit is awful. Poor Jessica! Her makeup looks great though and her hair looks fine to me. I also loved her speech! She is humble and appreciative and she had to work hard to get where she is. Love her!

  58. Calimero says:

    the dress is not made for her, she’s beautiful it’s a shame, oh apparently she’s datin Hiddleston, strange I thought she said her bf was not an actor

  59. Tara says:

    Love Lucy liu’s dress. I think we should dress like that all the time.

  60. snappyfish says:

    i loved the color, too, but the cut was wrong, wrong, wrong. why were her boobs down to her waist? what was the weird bunch in front? it reminded me of a project runway episode, where tim would say, “this gown worries me.”

    having said that, if the dress had been fitted to her and her hair had been a side part, with maybe a jeweled hair clip, jessica would have looked amazing.