Jessica Chastain in velvet Givenchy at TIFF ‘Martian’ premiere: pretty or fussy?


Here’s a hodge-podge of TIFF fashion photos from some of the people that probably weren’t going to get stand-alone fashion posts. It’s not that I think all of these looks are overwhelmingly bad OR good, it’s just that most of them aren’t really noteworthy either way. Also: I’m actually picking out some of the more interesting looks from some of these celebrities who had multiple fashion moments. Here is Jessica Chastain at the premiere of The Martian. Her dress was velvet Givenchy. Chastain’s style is so hit-or-miss, which makes me sad because I really do think she’s beautiful. I don’t really like this on her, because it looks too “old” and it ages her.


Kate Mara, also at the premiere of The Martian. She wore a Valentino Fall 2015. I know it’s a weird dress, but I kind of love it? I would love it even more on someone else (sorry not sorry). I really think her haircut was such a mistake.


Evan Rachel Wood and Ellen Page at the premiere of Into the Forest. Evan is wearing Gucci, because she’s a long-time Gucci girl. I like when she does menswear-inspired stuff, but I think the colors are really throwing everything off. If this had been monocromotic, it might have looked great. Like, if everything was navy, it would have been tight.


Julianne Moore is adorable and since I’m a ‘90s girl, I still have such affection for black-tights/black shoes and a print dress. That combination is adorable, although this dress in particular is kind of fug.


Rachel Weisz in Louis Vuitton for the premiere of The Lobster. This is just a really strange ensemble on such a beautiful woman. I wish she would go back to wearing a lot of Narciso Rodriguez, because she always killed it in Narciso.


Elle Fanning at the premiere of Trumbo. Her dress is Gucci and it’s adorable, I just wish the V wasn’t quite so plunging. If it had been just a little bit higher, it would have been one of the best looks, totally.


Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet, WENN.

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  1. Ann says:

    Love, love, love Kate Mara’s pixie cut. Makes her look so fresh and hip. Long hair on women is overrated.

    • Jayna says:

      There are many great shorter styles and lengths on women that can be more flattering than long hair past the shoulder on women or just a nice change, but the pixie cut has not been flattering on most of the stars that have tried it, far from it. It does look cute on her, though.

      • Ann says:

        Not so. Here, for example are some women who look better with short hair: Halle Berry, Charlize Theron, Annette Bening.

      • sills says:

        I’d also add Sharon Stone, Winona Ryder, and (though many disagree) Scarlett Johanssen.

      • teacakes says:

        @Ann and sills – I’d add Natalie Portman to that list too. She’s got a stunning face but with long hair, it just looks conventionally beautiful, while with her post V-for-Vendetta pixie cut she was absolutely stunning. And I say this as someone who can’t stand her.

        Rihanna works the hell out of short hair too, but she looks good with hair of any length and style so maybe she doesn’t count.

      • Ann says:

        @teacakes and @ sills: add Juliette Binoche also to the list. Beautiful either way but stunning with shorter hair.

    • Naddie says:

      I think it made her look stocky.

    • MG says:

      Agree, she looks great with that pixie. I think Kaiser hates short hair and we know she hates bangs.

    • Ronda says:

      i love it too, just not with that lip stick

    • Franca says:

      I completely agree. She has the perfect delicate face for a pixie cut. This is the beat she has ever looked.

    • Ann says:

      @sills. Thank you, totally agree with your list!

  2. KR says:

    Jessica and Rachel are my girl crushes, and those outfits just make me wanna cry.

    • Esteph says:

      good cry, bad cry? Both are bad cries for me…The illusion on the top of Jessica’s dress is just no, and the short sleeve/sleeveless combo on Rachel’s dress is weird

  3. Lucy says:

    I don’t particularly like any of the dresses here, but my god, Jessica Chastain is so gorgeous.

  4. smcollins says:

    I’m not much of a fashion person, but I’m not really feeling any of these looks. Elle does look the nicest and I like everyone’s styling, but these women are too beautiful for these not-so-beautiful ensembles. Better luck next time, ladies!

    • Astrid says:

      My thoughts exactly!

      • sills says:

        +1 I kept scrolling down looking for something to love or even like… Fashion disappointed! Esp. Jessica Chastain, so lovely but her red carpet looks can be so awful.

      • teacakes says:

        @sills exactly, Jessica Chastain’s stylists never seem to know quite what to do with her on the red carpet. Sometimes they get it right, like her first two times at Cannes and her first Oscars (2012 I think? with the Alexander McQueen dress) but the kind of matronly, ill-suited, ill-fitting things she ends up in on red carpets the rest of the time makes me want to howl.

  5. Jayna says:

    They may as well have let me dress them if with all their style and fashion connections that’s how they ended up. I could have done a better job than either they did or their stylists did. Ugh.

  6. Anna says:

    I was working right by where she was doing press for the Martian on Friday and she is not friendly at all. She was rude and dismissive to fans and rushed by all of them. Matt Damon on the other hand was really nice and signed autographs and took several pictures with fans (same with Sebastian Stan). I wasn’t there when Chiwetel came but fans reactions seemed to be positive so I’m guessing he was friendly as well!

    • Tiny Martian says:

      I assume you are talking about Chastain? That actually surprises me, she usually seems to go out of her way to be perceived as super nice and sweet. There’s something that I find to be not very genuine about her though. I worked on a set of one of her films, and she was frankly pretty whiny and attention seeking, which wasn’t what I expected from her at all.

  7. Moxie Remon says:

    What are those movies names? The Lobster? What comes next? WTF

  8. JENNA says:

    Elle is the only one who looks good here. Also, that pixie cut really suits Kate’s features.

  9. Lilacflowers says:

    TIFF 2015 has pretty much been an example of “How Not to Dress.”

  10. Micki says:

    The only ensemble I like is Rachel Weisz’s.

    • j.eyre says:

      I really like it too but it took a little while to grow on me.

      What is the weird circle thing under the shirt below the cinch? I have not been able to figure it out.

      • Micki says:

        I had to stare really hard.
        I think that her green belt is heavily padded and therefore hart, but the thin belt makes a small crease (the shadows of it) and that gives such a weird effect.
        Otherwise I have no idea…

  11. Naddie says:

    Jessica is so damn gorgeous, and classy.
    Rachel is striking as usual. I don’t know if she’s into plastic surgery, but she always looks stunning.
    Evan Rachel should be arrested for this choice of colors.
    Elle looks washed out, but pretty.

  12. Cc says:

    Jessica… just no.
    I actually like Rachel Weisz’s dress on her, she’s stunning.
    Kate Mara, also no.

    • Tiny Martian says:

      I actually like Rachel’s as well, and I have no idea why. Kate’s looks like a Christmas ornament, and Jessica’s is just dowdy. And I don’t understand the nude effect right at J’s bustline? All are beautiful women, though!

    • teacakes says:

      I love Rachel’s dress, the tshirt-like top and obi belt make it really different from the standard red carpet dress. At least it’s interesting.

  13. Lucy2 says:

    The only dress I like here is Elle’s, but it’s a bit much for a teenager.
    Can’t wait to see The Martian, the book was so good!

  14. Catelina says:

    I don’t like her outfit, but I do think Jessica Chastain is gorgeous and really talented and has said some good things about sexism in the industry before so I like her.

  15. Tig says:

    Saw a theatrical trailer for Youth yesterday-can’t wait to see it! Rachel looks good in the sage, tho that top doesn’t make the skirt pop. I like Jessica’s dress, and agree, she is stunning.

  16. Balm says:

    Is this a worst dressed thread? Jessica never looks that bad! I still don’t believe my eyes. Kate Mara looks like someone shrunk her head and the dress is a shapeless cocoon thing. Evan Rachel Wood and Ellen Page have the worst colours on and poor Julianne looks like she’s wearing an art smock for primary school kids. Weisz and Ellen Fanning look casual smart and cute respectively.

  17. Mia4S says:

    Thank heavens for Rachel! And…I’ll leave it at that.

    Many woman look amazing with pixie cuts…just…not in this thread. 😐

  18. Dtab says:

    Rachel Weisz is ridiculously beautiful….That face can make anything look amazing, she is timeless to me.

  19. sassy says:

    Sigh its days like these and pictures like these that i am thankful i’m too poor to wear designer dresses cause ALL of these are hideous

  20. Clovermuncher says:

    Julianne Moore looks phenomenal. I’d love to see this look more often.

  21. meme says:

    NO to all those dresses except Elle’s – that Gucci is gorgeous. Don’t get the fuss over her at all.

  22. Miss M says:

    All in all, this is thread of bad fashion. Is it on purpose to really ignite the #askhermore movement? Anyway…

    I give a pass to Julianne Moore because I love black and white. Elle’s dress was good, but the plunge was way too much for a teen. I think Rachel has a timeless’ beauty and I kind of like her dress. That being said, I wish the green part had a different fabric and that she was wearing a bra (she is not wearing one, right?).

  23. QQ says:


    JessiccaAmyIslaChastainFischerRyan is looking Like she is a well to do hostess in the mid 60s I can Practically see the shag carpet she’s standing on

    Kate Mara doesn’t have the ears/face/coloring for this hair/lipstick situation, Also It looks like when you wrap lame in place to a barbie to make her an “outfit”

    ERW and Ellen page win Here

    Julianne Moore is like a 13 year old going to her friend’s fancy Party

    Rachel’s dress looks a Lot Like a home ec, Bottom of the list Project Runway person’s offering

    Elle Fanning: The Red Lady Emoji

    • Redhedshoper says:

      Lol QQ, you have the best commentary. I agree!

      There is something so mysterious and appealing about Kate Mara. Her outfit choice is not flattering to her petite stature however. And the pixie cut does her no favors.

      Jessica in my opinion has never had a good fashion moment. Shame!!

      Rachel is fighting the hot.

  24. Angie says:

    That looks like a curtain! Almost like the dress Scarlet O’Hara put together with her drapes since she was broke. Just no.

  25. Alice says:

    Jessica is a goddess.

  26. AlmondJoy says:

    Chastain’s dress is hideous in my eyes. She looks gorgeous though, and very happy to be wearing it, so good for her.

    I love the print of Mara’s dress but not the cut of it. I don’t find it figure flattering.

    Rachel Weisz looks amazing, but I do think she should lose the leather belt.

    Elle Fanning is too young and rich to be wearing that cheesy looking gown!

  27. Gina says:

    Oh, Rachel had her boobs done. Too obvious, but nice

  28. bella says:

    Evan Rachel Wood is gorgeous and I love her outfit outfit on her.
    Call me a 90s girl as well someone posted upthread. I just love Julianne’s look and I don’t think the dress is as ugly in person – I’m sure it isn’t – just love the look.
    Jessica is always gorgeous and while the stress is matronly it’s obvious that she’s trimmed down. Not that she needed to but this dress in particular shows off her trimmer waistline.

  29. Anare says:

    Jessica Chastain would look beautiful in a simpler deep blue velvet dress. That color looks great on her. Too bad the cutout lace top on that dress is too busy and overwhelms her. Everyone else on this page looks fug.