Keira Knightley in Valentino at the Oscars: too twee or brilliantly unusual?


I’ve combined Felicity Jones and Keira Knightley in posts throughout the awards season, because they’ve disappointed me the whole awards season. Keira used to be such a Fashion Girl. She even got to the point where everything she wore was noteworthy and discussed at length. But that was before the fetus stole her mojo. Keira’s entire red carpet campaign this year has just been… disappointing. A missed opportunity to show off some crazy, awesome maternity styles. Instead, Keira has veered too far into the twee-ness and cutesy crap. Her red carpet Oscar gown was Valentino and… NO. I’m sorry, I can’t with this. I know some of you love it, but I just can’t. The stupid nude tulle, the writing on the dress, the flowers… it’s bad, you guys.



I think Keira knew it was bad too, so she changed into a different Valentino gown for the parties. She should have reversed these gowns – the nude Valentino for the parties and this dark velvet gown for the Oscars.


And here’s the other disappointing British fashion girl Felicity Jones, the only one (??) at the Oscars wearing Sarah Burton for McQueen. It sounded like Sarah Burton customized this gown for Felicity especially, so why is the design so awkward above the waist? Like, I understand the inclination to do a BIG princess dress. This was Felicity’s first Oscar nomination, her first Oscars, why not go big? But from the waist up, I’m sorry, I don’t think this is flattering.




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46 Responses to “Keira Knightley in Valentino at the Oscars: too twee or brilliantly unusual?”

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  1. Santia says:

    I actually really like that halter style with the beading on Felicity. Keira … just, no.

  2. charlie says:

    I LOVE Keira’s look. It’s tailored perfectly, it’s so pretty and whimsical, her hair and makeup are great and the headband fits nicely with the whole look. It might not work otherwise, but because she’s pregnant it really suits her. This might be my favourite look of the night.
    The velvet gown she wore to the afterparty looked good too.

    Felicity looked awful. The shape is bad, the colour is bad, her hair is bad, everything is bad.

    • Nk868 says:

      Felicitys skirt. Girl, who did this to you?

    • Meaghan says:

      I agree, I LOVE Keira’s look. She looks so beautiful, and I love the first dress.

    • sills says:

      Yes. On someone else it might not work, but she has the energy and the personality to pull it off. Whimsical and lovely.

    • Hally says:

      Agree with everything, except I could have done without Keira’s headband. Felicity’s dress reminded me of Amanda seyfrieds high neck oscar dress that made Anne Hathaway change into her pink nips of doom dress. I didn’t like that one either.

  3. Jojar Pinks says:

    LOVED it. she looked amazing.

  4. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    See? Keira can look awesome pregnant. That black velvet gown is lovely. The Valentino has pretty parts to it, but she’s just stunning in something simple and not too cutsey.

    • charlie says:

      Apart from the dress she wore to the Golden Globes, I think she looked awesome almost every time this award season.

  5. Birdie says:

    Keira’s dress was bad. But she looks so happy with her husband and her baby, that all I can see is a very happy woman.

  6. vauvert says:

    I actually liked Keira’s Oscar dress after a season of “girl, you list it!”, but seeing her party dress I agree, it was even better! Wow! She looks great and happy and her long curls suit her. She’s still one of my faves and she and hubby look great together!
    Felicity’ s top was too try hard, and the waist made her look big… If my ten year old looks at a dress and says “it makes her look bigger than she is”, you’d think an adult would have caught on.

  7. A.Key says:

    God, NO.

  8. Brin says:

    I liked the black gown better on Keira but she looked beautiful in both.

  9. Kali says:

    I want/need/will murder people (if necessary) for that velvet gown on Keira. It’s a very Scarlett O’Hara swanning around the house type dress and I need to swan around my flat in it.

    I actually really like that dress on Felicity. I personally wish it was a deeper/darker colour and she had had some hair around her face hair style wise but it’s a beautiful dress overall.

  10. LadyMTL says:

    I generally hate dresses that have been scribbled on (I don’t need to read a dress, TYVM) so I agree, Keira’s 2nd dress was way better.

    As for Felicitiy Jones, nope, don’t like it. I find it looks way too much for her petite frame and I also don’t like the color.

  11. ray says:

    Felicity’s bangs are the least flattering bangs I have ever seen

  12. QQ says:

    EXTREMELY Twee, but that has been her fashion shtick for-e-ver so if anything this pregnancy is in keeping with that horrible Old Turn of the century musty doilies fashions of hers.. the second dress was SO MUCH BETTER

    I have NO WORDS for Felicity.. At No point have i seen this lady wear something either age appropriate (as in not aging her not from a 50s Tea and lunch gathering) or flattering to her looks

  13. lolalulu says:

    Dresses aside, Keira continues to look stunning throughout her pregnancy. She is glowing and her face has almost a softer quality now that she has filled out a little. No intention to body-shame her, but I actually would love to see her keep a little of the weight post-baby.

  14. moi says:

    I think hannah bagshawe was also wearing Burton

  15. Loulou says:

    Aww I loved both of Keira’s gowns! Thought she looked beautiful last night.

  16. Grace says:

    I loved both these ladies’ dresses and they both looked very lovely

  17. Lucy2 says:

    Keira’s party dress is great, but her award dress is too twee for me. The writing is so distracting.
    I did not like Felicity’s look. As a best actress nominee I can see wanting to go big, but that seems too big, yet is also kind of dull. Maybe it’s prettier in person?

  18. Ginger says:

    Keira is so pretty so I kind of looked past that gown. I didn’t like the styling with the headband either. I think you are right in saying she should have switched the gowns. Every time I saw Felicity’s dress I did not understand it. Is it supposed to be a ball gown or a form fitting gown? It just seemed like two weird dresses they cobbled together at the last minute. And the parts around her waist were so big on her petite frame. I get that they were going for a “princess” vibe but it just didn’t work. Her makeup and hair look great though.

  19. Marianne says:

    I would prefered seeing her wearing that black dress on the red carpet. The other dress was just TOO Girly for me. I could see it on like a 14 year old girl…

  20. Marianne says:

    I liked the beading on Felicity’s gown, but the skirt part was sooo ugly and gave me 80s vibes….

  21. eribra says:

    I loved Kiera’s because honestly I am so sick of super tight pregnancy gowns. The head band- that was a no. But the rest was beautiful.

  22. senna says:

    I kind of love Keira’s tulle extravaganza. Come on, how much better is her dress than Natalie Portman’s maternity towel look a few years ago? The writing keeps it from being too one-dimensionally floral and I love the delicacy of the flowers on the tulle.

    As for Felicy’s gown, it has a split personality: sexy alien corset up top, belabored ball-gown on the bottom. I would have preferred more of the alien corset look.

  23. Adiellybelly says:

    Ugh. I saw amagazine editorial with Felicity and her face is Beautiful but man she dissapoonts here. That dress makes her look bigger. Like 20% bigger everywhere. Very strange effect. She also didnt seem comfortable in it. The writing ruined that dress for me but the cut was lovely. Keiras beautiful!

  24. Sabrina says:

    Keira’s Oscar dress was not too bad and definitely better than some of the other outfits she’s worn this award season. Her Vanity Fair dress was definitely the better option though.

    I dislike Felicity’s dress and think she could have done so much better.

  25. scout says:

    I loved Felicity’s dress expect it’s a bit wider at the bottom of the waist than necessary but she looks like a princess. Keira’s black dress is like a butter, love it and love how she looks these days, prettiest pregnant woman I have ever seen.

  26. Sarah says:

    Kiera’s dress was not pretty but she seems so happy I can’t begrudge her anything. Regarding Felicity – when I saw her I said “Finally! She got it right!” I still think that. She looked lovely.

  27. Amanda says:

    Felicity Jone’s dress was the best by far.

  28. Chihiro says:

    I liked both Keira’s dresses. I mean if you can’t be twee at the oscars then when can you be twee? I hated Felicity’s dress, the top and bottom look like they don’t belong together.

  29. Chinoiserie says:

    I think Keira’s pregnancy fashion has been very original and while the other dresses were not good I liked these very much. She did not try to have a big moment but to look nice and herself I think the twee dress was very fun.

  30. I Choose Me says:

    I love Keira’s dress and I love it on her. And I covet the black velvet she wore to the party.

  31. Curious Cole says:

    If Keira’s red carpet gown had been a vibrant color like magenta, instead of nude, I would probably rate it as one of the best dressed. I’m happy she’s avoided the skintight pregnancy dressing. The velvet Valentino was stunning on her, but she was radiant in both dresses.
    I wish the waistline would have been slightly extended on Felicity’s dress, so the skirt didn’t swamp her frame, but otherwise I like it.

  32. Alexa says:

    I LOVED Kiera’s “terrible” gown with the writing on it. LOVED IT! And I also loved that silver gown on the other gal. So – What’choo talkin’ bout???????????

  33. Jaybee says:

    It looks like Angelina and Brad’s kids got ahold of Keira’s dress, too.

  34. kri says:

    No.more.twee. I am tweed out.The velvet was just fine though.

  35. lenje says:

    Yeap, among those who LOVE Kiera’s gown!