Gwyneth Paltrow at the Tom Ford LA event: poorly styled or decent?


Pre-Oscar events are usually pretty well-attended, as stars from around the world descend on LA to get drunk and party ahead of the big show on Sunday. But I swear, I have never seen a more well-attended – by A-listers! – pre-Oscar event than last night’s Tom Ford show in LA. Tom Ford called it a “presentation” of his Fall/Winter collection and all of the A-list ladies came out to support him. And of course Tom Ford dressed all of them. First up: Gwyneth Paltrow. What’s going on with everything above the neck? It looks like she’s having an allergic reaction to something. Is that bad makeup? I know it’s bad hair – she needs to get out of her flat-ironed, center part rut. As for the dress, it’s okay. It’s a decent little cocktail dress. (PS… Goop is presenting at the Oscars!)



Jennifer Lopez was almost the headliner for this post because OMG BOOTS. At first I thought she was wearing grandma-style knee-high socks, mostly because my mind has been on socks lately because I’m on the East Coast Frozen Tundra. But these are boots. Terrible, terrible boots. The dress is not cute either.



In close-ups, Emily Ratajkowski’s lips are too much. But in full-length shots, she looks pretty hot. I’m not in love with this dress but she wears it well. I think the zebra print would be hotter without the lace, you know?


Naomi Campbell… ugh. Do you guys know that I’m not a fan of the one-sleeve thing? I have a general aversion to asymmetry in general, but one of the worst design tricks, in my mind, is to do one long sleeve and leave the other one completely bare. This dress looks surprisingly sloppy, right?


My biggest fear right now is that Julianne Moore is going to wear a custom-made Tom Ford gown to the Oscars and it’s going to be a total disaster. But… her outfit here is pretty cute? I would have liked it more if it had been a green one-piece, but I don’t hate this at all.


Dylan Penn is kind of snooze here. If you’re a would-be Fashion Girl looking to make an impact at what turns out to be the biggest fashion show in LA, don’t wear a blah little dress.


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  1. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I’m not trying to put a number on it, or say women over a certain age can’t be sexy, because I believe the opposite is true, but there comes a time when you just look silly in a miniskirt. Gwyneth has reached that time. Instead of looking at her and thinking “wow she looks great”, I just thought “that skirt length is too short for her.”

    • Santolina says:

      Yes, she looks silly in a miniskirt. She has saggy boobs and a poochy belly, which are all fine and appropriate after two kids and being in your 40’s but doesn’t go well with a miniskirt. Let it all hang out, Gwynnie, but dress with dignity.

      • vava says:

        +1 Her face does look as if it had a peel, and her figure has changed dramatically in the last few months.

    • GingerCrunch says:

      I had the same initial reaction but didn’t want to come across as ageist. Not flattering at all.

      If only Julianne had worn a sexy, collared shirt…love that look with miniskirts!

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I don’t want to be ageist either. And I don’t have a number in mind – like over 30 or something. I think, just one day, most people can’t pull it off anymore. Not that they can’t look good, or sexy or beautiful – they just need to rethink their clothes a little.

      • Jib says:

        I’m 53, so I will say it. I don’t like women over 40 in a very short skirt. Heidi Klum comes to mind, especially, and Goop. And I don’t know what she did to her face, but it looks awful!! I think she is very pretty, but needs softer hair, more around her face. She was gorgeous in “Shakespeare in Love,” really breathtaking, and she had great bone structure, but just looks so harsh with that straightened hair all of the time.

      • homegrrrl says:

        I think Gwyneth and JLO should switch outfits. One would look deranged the other, depressed.

    • Bridget says:

      Is it just me, or does Jennifer Lopez not look silly in her mini? Granted, the outfit itself isn’t good. But then I look at Gwyneth and I agree, that skirt is too short for her. Is it that Gwyneth’s legs aren’t as good as she thinks? Is she too old? I can’t put my finger on it.

      • Kiddo says:

        Yeah, it’s just you, the rest of us LOVE it. It’s pizzazz-al or pizzazz-y.

      • Bridget says:

        J Lo has the pizzazz (and the legs!) to pull off that mirror ball nighty and support hose combo. But I bet she doesn’t eat any pizza.

        Gwyneth has neither the legs nor the pizza. So maybe that’s the difference, not age?

      • Kiddo says:

        NO ONE pulls off that look. Jlo is mess of epic proportions in that.

      • littlestar says:

        JLo has her usual “come F me look” on her face.

      • lirko says:

        J Lo’s body looks good (as always) but, ugh, her dress is all over the place. Sequins, cut outs, lace, random patches of fabric…it reminds of a Cavalli dress-very unedited. I wonder if Tom designed it with her in mind, or if she just picked it?

      • Wolf says:

        It’s so desperately sad and cringe-worthy, especially paired with that open-mouthed, squint-eyed look. It’s all very tired. She and Madonna really need to accept their ages more gracefully.

      • moo says:

        the black at the crotch is too distracting.
        otherwise, she has a great body.

      • C3 says:

        No, it’s not just you–she looks terrible.

      • Susan says:

        I think JLO should wear “real” clothes instead of her cringe-worthy sequin show girl crap. Waaayyyy overdone…….

    • Sticks says:

      I feel like the skirt length is fine. Just a bad dress. Makes her look like she has a short neck. Poorly done cut outs and looks slightly baggy. It’s doing nothing for her at all.

      • Aila says:

        I agree, Sticks. It really shortens her when she’s long and lean. I can’t stand Goop but her legs are fine, it’s the dress.

    • Twinkle says:

      JLo is older than Gwyneth and look at her. I think JLo is also another one that is desperately trying to hold on to her youth.

    • DrM says:

      I am NOT a Gwynnie fan, emphasis on the NOT. But I do think girl has good legs. Her face however looks like someone who doesn’t get any decent fats in her diet. Her skin looks parched. When I saw the pics I thought ”her skin looks like parchment paper…” JLO looks amaaaazing….even if the dress and boot things are 50 different kinds of horrid.

  2. Cali says:

    Oof. They all look rough. But I admit that I do like gwyneth’s dress. Would love to see her do something different with the hair.

    Julianne’s skirt is cute but I don’t like the top. J-lo is a hot mess. She can be so on point and then so far off the mark. Wow.

    I feel like the oscars are going to be a fashion fail this year. I hope I’m wrong.

    • MissyD says:

      Perhaps it’s just me, but Gwynnie’s looking a little thicker, or maybe it’s the dress. Her legs always appear so slim, and perhaps it’s the angle of all these shots, but it’s not flattering…

  3. Kiddo says:

    Dylan Penn is gorgeous. She hit the lucky genetic lottery, but her dress is meh. Lopez’s dress made me snort. I just love the vagina panel. lmao. That dress is constructed from the remnant reject sale of pieces that NO ONE wanted on Project Runway. Tim Gunn is rendered speechless. All I can see with Goop is sunburn. Julianne Moore’s top is too small and fitted.

    • Bridget says:

      J Lo looks like she threw the remnants of a mirror ball over a lace nighty.

    • zinjojo says:

      I was just coming here to comment on the vagina patch — run out of fabric or what? As noted, JLo is a hot mess. I agree with Kaiser about the one arm look, it’s terrible and even Naomi Campbell can’t make it work. Julianne Moore had potential, but it didn’t really come together.

      Gwyneth looks like smug supreme in the top photo, although why, I have no idea because she looks like she’s baked herself and her hair is horrible as always. I think her makeup artist must secretly hate her because she looks rough!

  4. Doc says:

    Do JLo and Nomi have the same… shoes? Both of them did not match those well with their outfits, what went on there??

  5. dr mantis toboggan says:

    Julianne Moore looks great.
    I feel like Dylan Penn is another Ireland Baldwin. Pretty girl but she just doesn’t have it.

    • Kiddo says:

      Dylan Penn has stronger features, where Ireland is more, for lack of a better word, doughier and softer. I think Dylan has more of the sex appeal characteristics where Ireland is plain pretty, if that makes any sense.

      • Bridget says:

        I agree that Penn has more striking features, but I also see what the other poster was saying. She doesn’t have any pizzazz that sets her apart from the other wannabe models and actresses. I actually liked her dress, but she’s not selling it.

        Also, any day that I get to use “pizzazz” is bound to be a good one.

      • Kiddo says:

        “pizzazz” is a good word, and so close to pizza. mmm, pizza.

  6. Birdie says:

    JLo’s dress seems to create a bush illusion “down there”.

    • Elisa the I. says:

      hahahaha! now i can’t unsee it! 😉

    • lucy2 says:

      I don’t know how anyone designed that as anything but a joke. And I’m sure she wore it knowing it would get tons of attention. I think the whole look is incredibly trashy.

  7. **sighs** says:

    Gwyneth looks like Kelly Ripa. I agree about the one sleeve thing. Julianne Moore? *shakes head*

  8. Adiellybelly says:

    Gwyneth looks like she went tanning and is still a bit red. JLO. Why are those boots different lengths? Wtf? Dylan Penn is beautiful!

    • maeliz says:

      JLos boots look like they are different lengths because of the way she’s standing. Her leg is bent

    • jen2 says:

      Ms. Paltrow should either stay out of the sun or try a different fake tan. She looks odd. I think Lopez’s boots need to be adjusted as one is falling down her leg like the old knee socks that lost elasticity.

      Shoes–they are either invented by Dr. Frankenstein or a podiatrist who wants more business for the wrecked feet they cause. Yuck.

  9. Bridget says:

    Kaiser, I disagree – I’ve loved most of Julianne’s looks when Tom Ford dresses her. It just has to be streamlined, perfectly tailored Tom Ford, and not showgirl Tom Ford (like what Lopez is wearing).

  10. Ennie says:

    GP face and hair look terrible. JLo, she can do so much better, why, JLo whyyyy?

  11. abbi says:

    Looks like she had a peel. That’s why her face is so red.

  12. Hautie says:

    So are these all Ford designs? I hope not. I not crazy about any of them. And Tom Ford makes such beautiful menswear…

    It looks like Naomi has the same style shoes on that match Lopez’s boots. Neither attractive. Jennifer looks like she is about to hit the stage. Verses attending a fashion event.

    And for the love of all things holy… wear a bra, Julianne. And stand up straight. She is entirely too old to have horrible posture. If you are going to wear thousands of dollars worth of clothes, stand up straight. Put those shoulders back.

    The one thing that makes a mini dress look cheap as hell. Platform shoes.

    It is one thing to have a great strappy heel. Versus a big thick platform.

    Especially when you are already tall. Those size ten platforms… with a mini dress…. are never flattering.

  13. lisa2 says:

    I really don’t know where to start with some of these look…

    So maybe it is just best not to even start at all.

  14. kri says:

    That open shoulder thing makes me so pissed. I HATE it. JLo looks like she took two Ambien and two angry assistants dressed her, woke her up and shoved her into the limo before she realized she looked like a refugee from the cast of “The Best Little Whorehouse in Argentina”. It is a tango outfit gone WRONG.

    • zinjojo says:

      LOL! I like your version of what happened to JLo. And that opens the question — every one of these women had a team of people working on them. But none of them look great or even good (Dylan Penn, maybe but the dress isn’t great). So what gives?

  15. Allie says:

    God, I want Naomi’s hair. Perfect bang/length ratio.

  16. Tulsa says:

    Gwyneth – All sorts of Make up F*#kery. What the hell. The hair does not help either.

    I get that she has nice legs but, the dress is too short on her. I believe you can rock a mini at any age, but you have to be more carful on how MINI it gets.

    If the dress were a smidge longer, not by much 2″ max it would be elegant on her, but this is just awkward…..A dress that short, looks great on someone in their 20’s.

    J.Lo – Ugh. The whole look is awful. It’s like a costume, so not sexy.

    I like all the other looks though, including Dylan’s, she can’t pose for Sh*t though. What with the awkward leg stance.

  17. Suki2 says:

    No one looks good here. Gwyneth’s legs are not as spectacular as she thinks they are. She looks best covered up.

    • zinjojo says:

      But, but, remember, she has the a$$ of a 21-year old stripper and we know that must be true, because she told us so herself!

      • Suki2 says:

        So true! She should have worn chaps.

      • tigerlily says:

        I really don’t get the buzz about Goopie. She has average looks at best and she looks totally orange here to me, not red from a peel. Spray tan? Her mom is the beauty in that family.

  18. Miran says:

    That doesn’t look like a peel to me. I’m an aesthetician and usually with a mid depth peel the swelling and redness isn’t that uniform, even after a few days/week of healing. That looks more like a steroid bloat, like an allergic reaction treated with Prednisone.

    • Bridget says:

      I dont think its enough of a bloat for a steroid; in LA, 2 days before Oscar Sunday, I’m guessing that she did some of sort of procedure to freshen up for Sunday and is just a little puffy and overly tan. There’s always talk of aestheticians renting out suites in one of the hotel and stars slipping in to get ready for the big show. It may not specifically be a chemical peel like you’re referencing, but there’s still a crazy range of cutting edge procedures to choose from.

      • Miran says:

        Not convinced based on what I know about healing times. An enzyme treatment wouldn’t cause that swelling unless she’s sensitive or had a reaction. Doubt she’s stupid enough to touch a laser a week before the oscars, if she’s still red and swollen it couldn’t have been more than a couple days ago, even with a super light depth procedure, which is barely more than Microderm. If it was anything else, she had a reaction.

      • Bridget says:

        I don’t think she even looks that puffy, but definitely red. But considering the timing and the fact that she’s hitting the party circuit, it’s way more logical that she’s looking red because of something she did to get ready for the Oscars.

      • Ronia says:


        What does it mean “stupid to touch a laser one week nefore”? Gwineth does Thermage. Have you? Because I do, last one just after the New Year’s. With Thermage there is very rarely any sign of the procedure and if there is, it’s gone in 2 days max. Laser however is not fast effect bringing, it takes time to show,months for the face to rstore the collagen. Having this in mind, it wouldn’t exactly bring the necessary refreshment just a week later. Even the Fraxel won’t although it shows more than the Thermage in a shorter time frame.

  19. Jaded says:

    J Lo, Madonna called and wants her look back.

  20. Other Kitty says:

    Gwyneth would look fab IF she had a side-part, wavy bob hairstyle, no? She needs a new hairstyle. Also, that dress would be perfect if it were knee-length. Love Julianne’s purse!!!

  21. daughter of jean says:

    Goop’s legs are amazing but is she sucking on a lemon? Jennifer is a disaster. Why when she is so beautiful does she do this to herself?

  22. Cala says:

    I love Goop’s dress, but I don’t like her hair. Maybe she should go short?

  23. Luna says:

    I can’t help but think that Goop is trying too hard. I think she’d look amazing if she wore something more appropriate for her age and updated her hairstyle. Also, the orange tans are looking worse and worse on her – not that they flatter anybody, but IMO they make women look rougher, and are especially unflattering when a woman is in her 40’s, like her. I’m no fan of hers but I think most of the issues with her appearance have to do with styling.

  24. enike says:

    Julianne Moore is beautiful, but this outfit looks bad on her on top -smashing her girls, mini is OK and color is OK… just the top of the dress is awful and looks uncomfortable…

    Gwyneth´s body is excellent, but her face is ruining it…. change your hair Gwyneth, maybe your face will look better

    The difference between Gwyneth and Jennifer Lopez is unfortunately in their faces….. JLo has a beautiful face and a smashing body….. Gwyneth has a smashing body but a very average face and awful hair…

    • Helo says:

      @Enike: UGH…I must respectfully disagree regarding Goop’s “smashing body”…ewww, no…just no. Goop has a pot belly, and the legs are eh, Lopez has better legs. Lopez actually looks much prettier than Goop. Ick…that smug face.

  25. AG-UK says:

    I like Gywneths legs however if the dress was 3-4 inches longer she looks as if she is in 4th grade. J LO is beautiful great body but over the knee socks or whatever another school girl look.

  26. TW says:

    Gwynneth’s stylist forgot to pre-check the color of the red carpet background. Side-part and elegant waves or shape… something to soften her beautiful bone structure. The other glaring thing to me is Julianne ignoring her wheelhouse. She has all the qualities to go for broke as a supremely classy, elegant woman. Dress too small and a bla, hair is out of the shower… I don’t get it, who are these stylists and what are they charging for their “time?”

  27. Jayna says:

    Gwynneth’ legs are amazing. It’s the awful hair and makeup that I can’t believe.

  28. Jayna says:

    J-Lo, predictable. And I can’t get past she’s back out and with Caspar now that her book tour is over where she was going on and on about how she is learning to be by herself. LOL

    • Kim1 says:

      Casper is a sex buddy not her boyfriend , a girl has needs.She talked about hooking up with exes for sex on Windy Williams Show.

  29. jferber says:

    The smug is permanently plastered over Goop’s face and there’s not a damn thing she can do about it. She looks terrible. In contrast, Jennifer Lopez is looking amazing. Are they the same age? Because Jennifer looks way younger. I’ve loved Julianne Moore for years and she’s gorgeous and talented. I hope she wins the Oscar tomorrow. She deserves it.

  30. boredblond says:

    I’ve always thought Ford designed for thin very young women, and that’s why women like Moore looked so gawd awful in the baftas, her breasts were drooping to her waist..c’mon..she’s a beautiful mature woman without implants..a concept alien to Ford. If he were a real friend, he’d send her to another designer. Toss the stylists, get a mirror.

  31. Carol says:

    WOW. I didn’t like ANY of these outfits! A couple of them would be alright with a few minor changes, but holy moly, this is one cheap looking collection.

  32. Ice Queen says:

    J Lo made me, I’m still laughing. Goop’s dress is blah but nice legs. Julianne Moore has a beautiful smile but horrible style… I mean all these outfits range from blah to terrible.

  33. Grace says:

    Gwyneth looks pretty good in that dress. She’s got great legs and I love her shoes. She just needs to do something with that hair. JLO looks tragic. Don’t understand anything about her outfit – from those shoes to that Las Vegas dress and the duster she’s carrying. Somebody needs to give Naomi back her sleeve.

  34. Aila says:

    Dammit, Goop, CHANGE YOUR HAIR.

  35. Otaku fairy says:

    I almost like J. Lo’s dress, but something about it stops me. Maybe it’s the weird black lace panel thing at the top. It’s like the outfit is attractive and unattractive at the same time. I like the stockings she paired with it though. I like Gwennyth’s outfit too. Even though it looks a little ordinary, I like it.

  36. C3 says:

    She’s too old for that.

  37. Veronica says:

    I’d have gone with a red lip, and she really needs to cut down on the tanning bed time, but otherwise I don’t mind this dress on her. It’s a nice, simple LBD that flatters her just fine.

  38. jenn12 says:

    Gwyneth’s dress would be lovely at the cocktail length- at this length, it looks too BHHousewife. Same with Jennifer Lopez. You don’t need to hit every possibility (no pun intended); if you’re going to sparkle and go deep cut, lengthen the dress and don’t do the crazy boots. Naomi needs to simplify the shoes and get another sleeve. And Dylan Penn is the only one who understands that if you’re going short and sparkly, keep the hair and shoes simple. You need one accent, not 15.

  39. tracking says:

    Surprisingly budget-looking, the whole lot.

  40. Tania says:

    Sorry but if these are all Tom Ford, then I most certainly do not like his work.

    • Anare says:

      Ditto. This just adds to my opinion that Tom Ford not so secretly hates women.

    • MacScore says:

      I agree! I remember years ago when he was designing for Gucci, he really seemed to have something – elegant, chic, cutting edge designs. But these???!!!! whaaaat? Everybody looks _terrible_. They’re all “mutton dressed as lamb” – the dresses are far too short and unflattering, there’s nothing original here; J.Lo looks like a streetwalker…. I’m really speechless. You do NOT have to wear a micro-mini to be sexy – quite the contrary. I also _hated_ the cheapo gold mini that ScarJo squeezed into. Dreadful. What happened to style and good taste?

  41. vauvert says:

    Everyone needs a shower, a nap, a decent hair stylist and simpler, better fitting clothes that don’t try so hard. Here’s a thought, I will charge whatever you pay your stylists for a day and take you all shopping – not crazy designer boutiques, just an upscale department store (Holt Renfrew for Canadians). I promise you will all look better coming out!
    It is really sad how these women, all good looking and with a stupid amount of money, go out looking like this.
    I mean JLo we know always tries so hard to look like she is sex on legs – not sure why she is so insecure that she has to keep doing the same shtick over and over again… Lips parted, slick hair, skirt short enough to show her bits… Ugh. And the result of all that hard work for what, Casper? Girl, you need help!! And my dear Julianne, she could have looked fab with a few changes, such as a proper bra, a slightly lower neckline, a different shoe.
    Question here: why did women stop wearing nylons? On the RC I mean? Not everyone has the best legs to show naked. Seriously, so many of them have bumps and marks – sometimes veins or bruises or whatever, and they would look so much better covered with hosiery. When has that become unacceptable? Don’t get it.

    • Jib says:

      Seconded here for the hosiery on the RC. Seriously, when I was 18 and tan I had gorgeous silky legs and could get away with no hose. But many of these women are older, as I am, and our legs have some marks and scars and veins, etc., which hose would hide beautifully. I don’t find Kate Middleton a fashion icon in any way, but I do love that she always wears hose so her legs look smooth.

  42. lucy2 says:

    Julianne looks great in green but I don’t love that combo. I would like Emily’s more if it had solid fabric instead of the lace.
    I dislike sleeve cut outs almost as much as bodice cut outs, so Gwenyth’s dress is a no for me. Her coloring looks terrible here. She reminds me of a few red heads I know who bleach their hair blonde and cake on the makeup to cover freckles, instead of embracing their natural coloring.

  43. Reece says:

    Goop looks good.
    I like JLo’s boot for special occasions, at home, with a particular person…
    I can’t with the dress.

  44. DocG says:

    Although Julianne Moore looks great in her short-but-not-quite-mini-skirt

  45. Gracie says:

    Too much bronze, heavy smoky eyes and pale skin…

  46. Alexa says:

    Damn – they all look good! (I am in NO position to criticize any of these women as I probably couldn’t wear any of these dresses even as a BRACELET!)