Kirsten Dunst in Chanel at the Critics’ Choice Awards: elegant or overworked?


At the Golden Globes, I was SO pissed off that Lady Gaga won for American Horror Story: Hotel, mostly because I thought the award belonged to Kirsten Dunst for Fargo. If you haven’t watched Fargo’s second season, you really need to. It was easily the best thing on television in the past few years, and Kiki was doing amazing work on the show. Thankfully, the Critics’ Choice righted that wrong last night, when they gave Fargo the miniseries/limited series award and gave Kirsten the Best Actress in a Limited Series award.

Kirsten wore this Chanel dress that was apparently selected for her or designed especially for her by Karl Lagerfeld or something. Kirsten was one of my best-dressed women at the Globes – her black velvet Valentino is still one of the best things I’ve seen on the red carpet this season – but she’s not really one of my best-dressed for the Critics’ Choice. If anything, this Chanel looks better in photos than it did in motion. It’s not great. It’s not BAD either, but she can and has done better. Also: no Garrett Hedlund last night. Sad.



And here’s another big winner for TV – Crazy Ex Girlfriend’s Rachel Bloom. Rachel has become the darling of awards shows and you can tell that she’s really, genuinely happy to be included. Rachel wore this simple Alexander McQueen jumpsuit. It’s fine. It’s flattering, it’s simple, it’s okay.


Here’s Maura Tierney is a Max Mara two-piece. This isn’t good, but it does look comfortable.



Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Randy says:

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous

    • embertine says:

      Agreed, I even like the bridesmaidy shoes with it because they work with the 1920s vibe. And the red lip is fabulous, I need to raid her handbag.

    • GlimmerBunny says:

      I agree! It’s very Daisy Buchanan.

    • Josephine says:

      I agree. Gorgeous, so refreshing. She’s petite, and this dress is perfection on her. And thank goodness she won, because she was absolutely robbed at the Golden Globes. Fargo was perfection, and she was flawless in it.

    • Shambles says:

      Completely agree, ladies. She looks so adorable and chic. And I’m coveting her hair– that style is so perfect on her and I wish I had the face shape to pull off a cut like that.

    • Elisa the I. says:

      She looks like a snowflake, I love it! The color of the dress is perfect for her.

  2. lilacflowers says:

    Maura just goes for what is comfortable – good for her.

  3. Sumodo1 says:

    Hmm. Kiki’s dress moved nicely and looked chic enough for the event. Chanel just falls short of the mark every time. Under rather than overworked.

  4. Palar says:

    Is she wearing stockings or are her legs turning blue?

  5. serious says:

    I like what Moira T is wearing a helluva lot more than the jumpsuit, its fug. Plus Bloom’s speech at the GG’s was horrifically embarrassing.

    • mee says:

      I actually like Maura’s dress the most. It’s simple and looks super comfy. But that’s my style too and no one’s going to put me in a fashion blog either…ha

  6. Div says:

    I love it and I’ve been very meh on Chanel lately. It has a wonderful 1920s vibe.

  7. Locke Lamora says:

    I didn’t like her GG dress and this one is even worse. From the neck up though – beautiful.
    Rachel’s jumpsuit isn’t flattering at all.

    • StormsMama says:

      Rachel’s jumpsuit is BAD. The fit is wrong. It makes her look square and wide up top and the pants are too short for those shoes. It just doesn’t fit her in a flattering way.

      Kirsten looks gorgeous. I love this dress on her. The whole vibe feels very “inspired by” with out being “derivative of”

  8. Snazzy says:

    I just finished season 2 of Fargo … amazing!! She was so good in it, between my wanting to punch her in the face and my thinking she was the only one that was going to come out on top of the whole mess — just great! I’m glad she won here. She deserves the win.

  9. Betti says:

    Like the dress but her hair ruined it – the dress has a strong 1920’s vibe and she could have finished off that look with something that was similar to that period.

    • Locke Lamora says:

      Wouldn’t it be too costumy then?

    • teacakes says:

      but her hair is in a modern version of a bob – which is basically THE 1920s haircut.

      • ahoyhoy says:

        Agreed. Modern bob– longer makes it modern. Also the tucked bangs, and lowlights keep her hair looking fresh and not too matchy w/ the dress.

        I also want to say that it’s nice that Kiki seems fine rocking her natural flat hair, without filling it with weaves or whatever. Obviously she colors it, but I am SICK of fake hair everywhere. Kiki’s is a lower-maintenance look we can actually aspire to.

  10. tracking says:

    I loved the idea of this dress, but something about the fit, or where the tiers hit, was not quite right. Not as flattering as it could/should have been. Meh on the others. Rachel Bloom is not good at giving acceptance speeches.

  11. Esmom says:

    Love Kiki’s look from head to toe. Maura looks good, although a bit reminiscent of that Oscar getup Sharon Stone wore years ago. Rachel’s jumpsuit was ok to me until I scrolled down and saw the cropped legs — terrible.

  12. Rice says:

    I thought her name is Kirsten not Kristen. Anyway, the dress is nice but her boobs have vanished (is that a bad thing?).

  13. Capepopsie says:

    Kristen Dunst looks beautiful!

    The others, not so much.

  14. What's inside says:

    There is something about the middle of the dress and the bottom that is wrong. Her hair and makeup look great.

  15. StumpyCorgi says:

    No offense to Kirsten personally, but that dress is not working for me. To me it looks like some kind of ill-intentioned mutant vegetable, a cabbage – celery hybrid perhaps…. from space. She deserves better.

    • embertine says:

      It absolutely does look like the kind of ornamental cabbage that you get in modern flower arrangements and now I can’t unsee it.
      (Still think she looks great though)

  16. Moxie Remon says:

    I love Maura.

  17. Mrs. Darcy says:

    I feel like Kirsten’s dress needed to be tiers all the way down…or just two tiers. It’s kind of a mish mashed effect to me. But I am SO happy she won, that Golden Globes snub was a FARCE. I kind of like Moira’s because it’s so 90’s and minimalist and comfortable looking. Does this woman never age?

  18. Janet R says:

    I love Kiki’s whole look, except for the lipstick which others seem to really like. I feel that a peachier tone (or at least less vibrant red) would look better overall.

  19. Jag says:

    The lower two ruffles need to go, but she looks pretty.

    That jumpsuit’s top is awful.

  20. lucy2 says:

    These looks are all just OK in general, but I will say that I like Kirsten’s on her – probably wouldn’t on another actress. It seems to suit her.

  21. JeanGray says:

    Eh. I’m not feeling that lipstick on her especially with that color dress on. It makes her look jaundiced and it makes her lips looks way too thin. A better MUA would have applied a more flatterng red in an”ombre” technique and it may have made her lips look better.
    The dress blends into her skin tone. Not realy a fan of that look.

    I don’t find that jumpsuit flattering at ALLL.

    Maura looks flowy and easy going. Not my favorite look but I dig it on her.

  22. teacakes says:

    It would have been a gorgeous dress if it had the tiers all the way down instead of ending in that sad afterthought petticoat. It had an interesting structure, and the icy colour looks great on Kiki’s Nordic blonde vibes but there are some dresses even she can’t save.

    Still, I admire her for taking the risk in the first place – her red carpet choices may not always be 10/10, but she has style, and it involves way more than “what dress is going to show off my tits/legs/arse to best effect?”.

  23. clarencebeeks says:

    I don’t care, she WON!! Hurrah! Kirsten was amazing in Fargo! She should win everything!

    I like her hair and makeup.

  24. Farhi says:

    Not a fan of Chanel lately. But I like Kristen’s work.

  25. LAK says:

    I have a soft spot for Kiki.

  26. bluevelvet says:

    With all that money, they should be able to afford decent stylists. Jeez. Ugg ugg and ugg

  27. Dani says:

    I agree, I kind of really love this look! It’s weird, I used to not like her (I couldn’t stand her, if I’m being honest, even though she’s starred in some of my favorite movies), but lately she’s been growing on me.