Amal Clooney wears vintage YSL to Berlinale ‘Caesar’ premiere: fab or fug?

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As predicted, Amal Clooney walked the Berlinale Opening Night red carpet with her husband, George Clooney, for the premiere of Hail Caesar. Before we get to Amal’s whole look, let’s take a moment to focus on George, since it is his film that they’re promoting. Does anyone else think he’s still got significant back problems? It feels like half the time we see him these days, his shoulders are hunched and he’s mid-grimace.

As for Amal… let’s start at the top and work our way down. Historically, Amal has always had great hair. She likes to wear it long and curled, but she occasionally changes it up with a fluffy blowout. I like when she tries new and different things on the red carpet, but this hairstyle is a miss. It makes her hair look damaged and wig-like, and the whole effect is very aging. I also think Amal should rethink this particular shade of red for her lipstick. Does it looks too harsh? Now, the dress. It’s vintage Yves Saint Laurent, from 1981. She either bought or borrowed it from William Vintage. While I like it more now that I know it’s vintage, I still think the sheer overlay with a dust-ruffle bottom is bad. The top half is fine though, very flattering and pretty.

Meanwhile, during the photocall and press conference for Hail Caesar earlier in the day, George was interrogated by a Mexican journalist about his humanitarianism. The journalist asked George to “detail” what he was doing to ease refugee crises beyond, you know, making movies and talking about stuff. George got pissy and replied:

“I spend a lot of time working on these things, and it’s an odd thing to have someone stand up and say, ‘What do you do?’ That’s fine, knock yourself out. I have gone to places that are very dangerous and I work a lot on these things…. I’d like to know what you are doing to help the situation?”

[From THR]

Oooo kitty likes to scratch! You know what that journalist is doing? He’s not putting himself out there as Mr. Hollywood Humanitarian Saves The World. That’s what the journalist is doing. I kind of love the cojones on that guy to be like, “Seriously, what do you do?” I respect Clooney’s work in some respects, but even I sometimes wonder if the hype around him matches his actual efforts.

Clooney also told the journalist that he was planning on meeting Angela Merkel while in Germany, which… sure, I guess Merkel will definitely do more for refugees if George Clooney requests it. It’s not like Germany has already pledged to take in more than a million refugees, right? Thank God she’s got Clooney coming in to take credit for everything!

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  1. GlimmerBunny says:

    I think she looks great, glamourous and yes, vintage. An 80′s throwback look in a good way.

    • Achybreakyback says:

      Totally agree- she had never looked better

    • Mgsota says:

      I agree. I like the whole look from top to bottom.

      Whenever someone says “vintage” I think 1950′s. 1980′s?? God I feel old.

      • KiddVicious says:

        Exactly. As I scrolled down I was thinking “total 50′s” and I love it. That dress should be on Cary Grant’s date.

    • Sarah01 says:

      Yup, she is so beautiful, her skin tone, hair, makeup, dress and accessories – perfect.

    • Sabrine says:

      Amal looks gorgeous. What a beautiful dress!

    • Sarah(too) says:

      Completely agree. I’ve no problem with any part of this look.

    • Locke Lamora says:

      Wouldn’t a nod to the 80s be retro, not vintage? What is the correct terminology?

    • ya says:

      In my opinion this is the best thing she’s ever worn – she looks amazing. Drop dead gorgeous.

    • BooBooLaRue says:

      @GlimmerBunny, thank you, I so don’t get all the Amal-loathing. I think she looks lovely!

    • raincoaster says:

      Exactly. This is staggeringly glamorous, but it also is very contemporary, referencing the sheer skirt trend without falling for it. I agree the hair isn’t helping her, and a darker blue-red lip, like Chanel Dragon Lady (? I think that’s what it’s called) would be perfect. The orange red may be in right now, but it doesn’t work with her colouring, and it’s too bright.

    • Madge says:

      The only reason Clooney is grimacing is because he’s in a contract marriage with a skeletal woman who he doesn’t like. I’d be grimacing too. Re the dress I like it but Amal is not stunning. Candice Swanopoel is stunning. Angelina Jolie was stunning 10 years ago. Charlize Theron is stunning. Amal is an ordinary very thin woman with an angular face who does look glamorous here. But the truth is most men wouldn’t be interested in her. Too thin and her face is not beautiful.

      • taxi says:

        Her face is androgynous & her bold features lack any feminine delicacy. She usually does make-up and hair well, but I see better-looking women at PTA meetings. Tilda Swinton, also androgynous, is beautiful. Cait Blanchette is somewhat androgynous & gorgeous. Amal? Her face would look better padded a bit.

        Other excessively thin women (Angelina) don’t parade scrawny thighs in overly short skirts. I want to throw her a double cheeseburger. People criticize Kate Middleton for short skirts or fly-ups, but Amal has most of her dresses shortened, then climbs stairs ahead of crowd & stands on open balconies in hers (de la Renta, in Venice.) Bony biscuits aren’t attractive.

      • bella says:

        I’m one of the dissenters, too.
        Shocked is what I am every time I read posts about how gorgeous she is.
        She is harsh looking and she ALWAYS has too much going on with her fashion/makeup choices.
        It hurts my eyes.
        Had she worn this gorgeous gown with nude lips, hair down and simple diamond stud earrings, it would tone down her harsh look.
        And, GOD, could Clooney look any more staged?
        Every pic of these 2 looks so unnatural, staged…a sham.

    • Liz says:

      I think she looks lovely and the dress is great.

    • Petra says:

      George hasn’t once mentioned all the German women who were sexually assaulted by refugees in Cologne. Do they not matter to him? Boycott George Clooney’s movies. Do not support his career financially. And tell your friends and family to do the same. Until he supports our freedom to walk around without being sexually assaulted we will not support his career.

    • IMOnow says:

      She looks so tacky. Fake boobs, Hair extensions, YES she is wearing hair extensions in back of her head, there is a photo where she moved her hair a bit and hair extension was exposed.
      I remember when she first came on the scene people said how Amal would be Never set foot on red carpets like a starlet, posing like George’s previous contracts. Well she has, the woman is a total Famew…re. IMO

  2. Me says:

    Yes but then the journalist replied with a long list of things she was doing to help with the situation to which George turned to Channing Tatum at the end of the presser and said mouth “bitch” about her. He’s a peach.

    • Locke Lamora says:

      I always liked George, but this was bad. These Hollywood people live un such a bubble, it’s insane.

    • sandra says:

      George has some serious problems with being held accountable and perhaps facing reality.

      Also, I don’t even think he likes women very much. I don’t mean he’s gay – gay men often love women – he’s just an immature twit.

    • Sixer says:

      Yes. The narcissist got the better of the humanitarian with him in that little exchange. Sorry, George, but it was revealing.

    • Montréalaise says:

      I read the article in the DM about George’s little hissy fit – they had pictures of George when he was replying to the reporter and man, does he ever come across as arrogant and condescending! Lots of eye rolls, lots of facial expressions as if to say “How dare this little nobody reporter question ME, the greatest humanitarian of all time?!?”

      On a side note, I love Amal’s vintage YSL dress. Elegant and timeless.

    • Geekychick says:

      But on the other hand, Clooney said something completely different than reported here about meeting with Merkel: he implied that in USA people are not aware enough and that he’ll meet her to talk anout it and what message and how should he try to get across. I’ve seen it on TV: I don’t think he was claiming Germany isn’t doing enough (I think that would be ridicolous) or that he’s doing something great.

      • CentralParkSouth says:

        …”he implied that in USA people are not aware enough and that he’ll meet her to talk about it and what message and how should he try to get across…”

        Well, take a seat, or have several, George, because the average American has a much higher awareness level than you, Klooney, and your inarticulate narcissistic tantrum pretty much proves that.

    • Pandy says:

      Really? Must check out that video st home. Glad she called him on his posturing. I like Amals dress but it gives me a 60s negligee vibe more so than the 80s. Lipstick is a bit too red on her.

  3. AG-UK says:

    I like it but he always seems to be stooping he doesn’t stand up straight.

    • OrigialTessa says:

      Apparently his back injury on Syriana was debilitating for him. I’m not sure he can stand up straight without pain. It’s that bad.

      • AG-UK says:

        Poor guy. Maybe he needs one of those back braces? That might make him “feel” really old so maybe not.

      • sandra says:

        He should stop drinking. That would help his pain but I think he’s an alcoholic so it’s not like he can just quit.

  4. CornyBlue says:

    She looks nice. The hairstyle is not good tho. Makes her look dated.

    • Beth says:

      I think I’m one of the only people that thinks her hair never looks good. It’s so damaged. But yes, this style is dated.

      I do like the lipstick though

  5. lilacflowers says:

    Oh, George, enjoy the meeting with Merkel. Have you ever considered meeting with Paul Ryan?

    • Jules says:

      Why would he waste his time on that useless POS ryan?

      • Amelie says:

        This is a completely inappropriate comment.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Because Germany is doing a great deal more than the US on these problems, which the US helped create. We need to do more and the ONLY person who has the ability to get Congress to do that is Paul Ryan. And yes, it must be Congress because a president cannot re-write our statutes. Ryan controls Congress.

      • Amelie says:

        Lilacflowers:
        Although there are GOP majorities in both houses of Congress, that in no way equals GOP/Ryan control. If it did, Obamacare would have been rescinded per the recent bill.
        In any case,IMO the European Union, UN, US-everybody-messed up badly in not dealing with the Syria situation years ago. And now, it is not possible to relocate the entire population of a country. Turkey-who is one of the countries feeling the brunt of this issue is resurrecting a proposal they made years ago. They want to establish a safe zone with refugee camps just over the Syrian border, Folks will be kept close to home with the hopes of returning home and receive support from many nations while the Syrian conflict is resolved. And if anyone caught the recent hearing in Congress on the security risk that the Syrian migrants present, James Clapper testified that ISIS is deliberately inserting operatives in the migranst to infiltrate other countries. As has been previously discussed, the idea that this particular group of migrants can be vetted, as the infrastructure of Syria has been destroyed, is not being honest. More and more european countries are reacting to this potential threat. Paul Ryan & GOP verbalized a plan to more carefully vet the Syrian migrants, Not Permanently Refuse Them Admission. If folks pay attention, Dems are also concerned-Diane Feinstein-former head of Intelligence Committee-was also recommending increased scrutiny. No one is dumping on her because she is a Dem, Anyway, your post touched a nerve with me and that is why I am expounding here.
        Lastly, if George really was following this issue, he would have done like Angie who has visited the refugee camps several times… I think starting in 2012. Admittedly, she is a special envoy for the UN. George is late to the game and it unfortunately looks as if there is some self serving aspect to his current statements/interest.

    • GreenieWeenie says:

      For the life of me, I do not understand why this man gets an audience with Merkel.
      I used to feel that way watching Palin run for office.
      Like “I am 100x more qualified than this woman [because she is -100x qualified] and yet she is there and I am here.”

      • Esmom says:

        I was thinking the same thing. Doesn’t she have better things to do?

      • Nanea says:

        I think the meeting was a talk between Chancellor Merkel and David Miliband, who is now the head of the International Rescue Committee that the Clooneys are supporting financially.

      • littlemissnaughty says:

        Well, does he though? For real? Cause listen, I didn’t vote for the woman and I never will but last year, when sh*t really hit the fan, I’m glad she did what she did. It didn’t do her any favors politically and we’re going to be dealing with her decision for decades to come, in more ways than one. But I respect her for it and for some Hollywood boob to come to the Berlin Film Festival as his FIRST stop in Germany and to drop this little turd during a press conference like “Oh yeah, after this I might drop by the Kanzleramt to see Angie.” is SO disrespectful. No George, you wanna meet Merkel? Fine. But don’t make it one stop on the tour. I like the man but we do NOT need him to highlight anything. Thanks, we KNOW.

        If he really wanted to highlight sh*t, he could’ve dropped by one of the refugee camps in Greece years ago.

        Having said that, Amal looks lovely. Fried hair or not. The weird tulle portion of the dress is unnecessary but looks very 80s to me, so appropriate.

        ETA: Yup, they met. Good gawd.

      • lowercaselois says:

        When I saw on the news channels that George and Amal were meeting with Ms. Merkel, my first reaction was WTF. The trouble is, she’s elected by the people of Germany, not by Americans, however sincere they may or may not be. So why take an hour out of her day to speak with them. Well, I hate to say this, but Bernie Sanders is right, power and money is everything. If a group of young American College students or young American veterans, who have been fought in the Middle East, wanted to sit down with Merkel, for an hour and talk about what is going on in Germany,would they get an audience? Hate to be a cynic, but no. I am not sure what he has over other people watching the crises .I know lots of money. I wonder if he wrote a big check to help her out or opened up his house in Lake Como to some immigrant families. Sorry, but I had a hard week at work, trying to earn a pay check to pay the mortgage. Sometimes this stuff just gets to me.

      • Crispy says:

        George has a need to be taken seriously.

      • Madge says:

        Merkel won’t even meet with some of the women who were sexually assaulted by refugees in Cologne yet she has time to meet with an uneducated American actor who wants to discuss the refugees when he’s never even been active in the refugee area? Pathetic. Hopefully the Germans will boycott his movie ….

    • Lilacflowers says:

      @Amelie, Congress DID rescind the Affordable Care Act in its last go-round of wasting time and tax dollars. Obama VETOED their attempt to allow insurers to discriminate against me and millions of others on the basis of disability.

      Not sure how my saying Clooney needs to contact Ryan could hit anybody’s nerve or why you felt compelled to launch into a GOP defense there. My statement was politically neutral. As it stands now, if changes are to be made in current US policy, they must be done statutorily. Which means Congress. And the Speaker of the House at the moment is Paul Ryan.

      BTW, anyone who defends Ryan, who has been trying to deprive this cancer patient access to health care, even though I pay insurance premiums, since the second he took office and wants to deprive me of Medicare in the future, is hitting a lot more than my nerves.

      • Amelie says:

        Lilacflowers:

        Yes, I know that Obama vetoed the bill attempting to rescind the ACA. I was reacting to your statement about Speaker Ryan,” Ryan Controls Congress.” Speaker Ryan doesn’t have much sway over the House-due to the demands of the Tea Party- much less control the Senate. And, frankly, you never stated anything about George contacting Speaker Ryan either. I am not defending Ryan, but the idea of civility. There is a poster here who used an obscenity to refer to Speaker Ryan and I object to that. It adds nothing to the discussion. You may call that defending the GOP, but it wouldn’t be accurate. I say that as an Independent voter who votes the man/woman, not the party. Since you mentioned health insurance issues, I would like to share that I have been in healthcare over twenty years as a clinical provider and assisted patients with both their private and public benefits. There is a lot that gets missed in the discussion of the healthcare issue and I will leave it at that. Peace.

      • lilacflowers says:

        Amelie, in the interest of civility, I am going to ask you politely to look at the very start of this conversation. If you do, you will see that I did state that Clooney should contact Ryan. In your direct response to that statement, you stated that I “touched a nerve.” Again, I do not see how I possibly did so. I am not responsible for the comments of others. The Speaker of the House, whoever he or she may be, whichever party, is responsible for what topics are discussed on the floor of the House. Likewise, the leader of the Senate is responsible for the Senate. So, again, I restate. Clooney should contact Ryan. He should also contact McConnell although I think his past insults towards the Senate leader may make that difficult.

      • Crowdhood says:

        @lilacflowers- sorry
        To hear you are ill. You made one comment that made sense about Clooney contacting Ryan, it was simple and also, true. The rest of the conservative tribune that followed had nothing to do with you. People are funny about what they want to hear and how they want to understand it.

  6. lucy2 says:

    I kind of love that dress, weird dust ruffle and all.

  7. BasicBitch says:

    She giving me Elisabetta Canalis vibes

    • PunkyMomma says:

      She gives me the Maria Callas vibe.

    • Jules says:

      He likes him skinny with fake cans…………

    • Esmom says:

      Yes! I got the same vibe.

    • Kat says:

      Same here. I wonder if she’s still practicing law, because I’m beginning to think that parading for the paparazzi in luxury clothes and soaking in every drop of the public’s attention are her current full-time jobs. Maybe I’m jumping to conclusions — she could just be gifted at juggling multiple careers * eye roll *.

  8. malvina says:

    Sorry, but she’s a famewh*re. There, I said it.

    • alexc says:

      Agreed. I think she practices posing from every angle in between her human rights cases.

      • BearcatLawyer says:

        You mean in between her criminal cases. I read the other day that her firm has long represented one of the masterminds of the Lockerbie bombing, a man who has been publicly quoted as saying the victims’ families were “greedy” for suing and demanding damages from the Libyan government. Let’s not tarnish the work of REAL human rights lawyers and genuine humanitarians by associating this famewh0re and her hard sell husband in any way with them!

  9. Ethelreda says:

    The dress is nice, but it’s the type of gown I’d expect to see on the star of a film, not the +1 of a past his prime actor. And her need for attention is hilarious – there were photos of her posing on her own and hamming it up for the cameras. Since when do the non-celeb wives of actors pose for individual photos as though they were superstars in their own right?

    • Nanea says:

      The one who was really begging for attention among the “Hail Caesar” crowd was Josh Brolin’s girlfriend. She posed as if she was the actual star, and had to be shooed away eventually from the red carpet by an assistant. Amal was tame compared to that.

      • Jayna says:

        Josh really lost out. The gorgeous and elegant Diane Lane for this young 20-something budget “personal assistant.” And he bragged recently he’s never been happier in his life personally and it shows in his work. Diane Lane didn’t make him be a massive binge drinker his whole life. A new younger adoring female in his life doesn’t fix that. He has to fix it.

      • Kitten says:

        I’m just happy Diane Lane got the hell out of there. I’ve always loved her.
        While I’m a fan of Brolin’s acting, I cannot stand him as a person.

      • bella says:

        Diane Lane is FABULOUS.
        Just ask Jon Bon Jovie 8-)
        And I’m hoping the rumors of her and Liam Neeson are true.

    • Madge says:

      You are so right. Amal is being presented like she’s the star of the movie when she is just there to support her man. Where is Scarlett Johansson who was actually in the movie? Amal’s behaviour is wildly inappropriate and if I were in the cast I’d be angry at the way she tried to take over the red carpet in an attention grabbing gown. And Clooney is all about encouraging it and trying to build her into a celebrity lawyer. That’s why he had the famewhore wedding in front of the cameras too, when he could have had a private affair.

  10. cleveland girl says:

    The only vibe I get from her is Morticia Adams

  11. sigghh says:

    She looks great for the most part and the dress is fab. This site has hilariously off and wrong fashion critiques consistently.

  12. AlmondJoy says:

    It’s very glam and I love drama when it comes to a dress. But for some reason I can’t put my finger on whether I love it or hate it… There’s something missing or off here. Is it the hair? Maybe she should have worn it up or pulled back.

    • HH says:

      Same here. I think it may be the event. It seems like an Oscar dress. It’s almost too dramatic for this. And I agree a better hairstyle would have helped.

      Also, has she lost more weight? Her face looks more gaunt than I remember.

  13. mellie says:

    These movie stars that think they are saving the world…smh.

  14. Savina says:

    Love the dress. She looks off here maybe it’s the makeup and hair combo not working for her.

    • sills says:

      +1 This is a lovely silhouette on her, but an up-do and a lighter lip would have really pulled it together.

      • Marny says:

        Agreed. I think this dress looks awesome on her but her makeup/hair is too much and is competing with the dress.

  15. vauvert says:

    Nice recovery from the pants yesterday…. I think she looks great, glam and RC appropriate. I like the lipstick but I think a touch too much blush. I have her hair and colouring and have to apply blush with a very light hand or it looks clownish. Prefer her hair curly or up, but overall this is a nice look. As for why she poses – if paps ask her, she can do two things: accommodate them (she’s a fameho!!) or turn them down (she’s so snooty, who the hell does she think she is?) what would you do??

    • teacakes says:

      yeah, I have a similar colouring and hair to hers too, and blush is something I have to be VERY careful with because it’s so easy to go wrong and over-egg the pudding. (same with the brows, if ever pencils/power are used, it must be with a very sparing hand)

  16. noway says:

    She is sort of giving off a Morticia vibe, but the dress is okay not a fan of the dust ruffle part though. Hate the way she is getting all the attention for his movie and posing for so many pictures sans George too. I’ll laugh if a few of the commentators are right and she ends up in one of his movies. Mainly because it will prove George can’t help himself if he doesn’t pygmalian his lady.

    Also, not sure what was wrong with him at the press conference. The reporter to me didn’t seem to be trying to nail him. She had a hard time with her English, and he just kind of went off on her. In addition he really didn’t answer the question or even deflect it well. He said I work very hard on these issues and I travel to these areas what do you do. The funny part was she answered it very well with she helps with some organization. When you make yourself out to be this great humanitarian you are going to get questions about it. To me he really handled it as poorly as I have ever seen him handle anything. Maybe the fact that people are calling Hail Caesar a bomb is affecting him.

    • Fa says:

      Still tabloids are not reporting this, they are reporting what he said to her not her response of his question

      • noway says:

        I know!!! His PR rep was the same as Charlie Sheen’s for the majority of his career. He kept Charlie’s really crazy under wraps for decades. He quit when Charlie went off the rails completely and wouldn’t listen to him. He just must be really good at his job. Hope George pays him a lot, because am I the only one who gets the feeling that the crazy dam is ready to break with George. Just feel like it is coming soon.

    • Esmom says:

      I wonder if he was in pain and not feeling well, to me he doesn’t look good here at all. Also, this was about the film so I get why he might be irritated about being asked about tangential topics.

      • Ethelreda says:

        I think Clooney is just naturally a very arrogant and egotistic person. For years, that was smoothed over by his ‘charm’ and good looks, but now that the looks are fading along with his career – “Hail Caesar” is shaping up to be his 3rd flop in a row – the Real George is starting to show through all the PR hype. And it ain’t pretty.

      • Sue says:

        Boy, Ethelreda – did you hit the nail on the head! I’ve always thought his aw-shucks I’m just a small town humble guy was a huge facade. I used to live in L.A. and I would see him driving around – and he would frequently cut driver’s off, pull in front of people without signaling, etc. Granted – how you drive doesn’t reveal all of your character, but I do think it’s somewhat telling. He has always been career driven and now that his star is fading, he’s pulling out all the stops to maintain his place in the Hollywood celebrity food chain. Hence, the marriage . Also, when you’re under stress – back pain, traveling, 3rd flop in a row – the real “you” surfaces.

      • nicole says:

        Ethelreda and Sue, couldnt agree more, the real GEORGE CLOONEY is being revealed and it aint pretty!

  17. PHD Gossip says:

    Anyone notice that GC hair is thicker in the back all of a sudden?

    • susanne says:

      Amal’s giant hair makes George’s look less obvious. Like Kim K using giant braids to distract from her shrinking nose.
      I think if the overlay had been cut differently, a softer silhouette, it would have worked better. It looks too short in back. Just slightly off.
      I do enjoy watching her style. She wins try- hard in general.

  18. roses says:

    Well the journalist has a response to Clooney’s question about what she has done. I think its funny only Variety reported the actual exchange. I would have like to see his reaction on that one. I get that he’s a humanitarian and all but man…
    At one point Clooney was visibly irked by yet another question on the humanitarian crisis when a Germany-based Mexican journalist asked what exactly the actor was doing to assist. “I’d like to know what you are doing to help the situation?” he asked her pointedly. She responded by telling Clooney that she works with an organization in Wolfsburg to help refugees, from organizing movie nights to collecting clothes and toys.
    http://www.celebitchy.com/470657/amal_clooney_wears_vintage_ysl_to_berlinale_caesar_premiere_fab_or_fug/

    • siri says:

      I mentioned this in the last thread about the Cloons. George lost his cool, and the woman answered in an unaffected manner. He made a fool of himself there. He called her ‘bitch’ at the end, looking at Tatum. God knows what he wants to talk to Merkel about, but mostly, what SHE wants with this. There’s plenty of real stuff to do, and I surely don’t understand why it would be so easy for the Clooneys to occupy her time.

    • Crispy says:

      He wants the cred and the publicity without actually doing serious work. I mean, why would him talking about it make that much of a difference? Mythomaniac. And Ang Jolie actually goes into a bunch of refugee camps and makes connections to get coverage for the issue. George is all talk, no action, and his extravagant wife with the billion-dollar wardrobe is a direct contradiction to his humanitarian stance.

  19. Maria says:

    I love the dress but the hair is a mess! Completely unrelated but I’m tired of this narrative of Merkel saving the refugees when Germany and other northern European countries couldn’t bother to help with the refugees crisis until it arrived to Calais. Greece, Italy and Spain had to deal with it and save people after shipwrecks on thedaily for a couple years now without the help of the EU, who’s now threatening to suspend Schengen. And I say this as a person who thinks that we could do more to help the refugees but at the same time it shouldn’t be all on the shoulders of southern European countries who can’t “close the borders”. The relocation of the refugees never really happened like it should have so I find ridiculous that we’re looking at Merkel as if she’s this great humanitarian. End of the rant.

    • Locke Lamora says:

      Yeah, Germany does a lot, but most of the weight is on Southern Europeam countries, and to a lesser extent on Southeastern European countries. If Germany closes it’s borders all hell will break lose. And now they are saying that they will send refugees to the countries they were registered in – they are basically going to punish countries that bothered to follow the rules. Countries that don’t have the money to deal with refugees and countries the refugees don’t want to be in.
      I also think we should do much more tonhelp these people, but the disproportion the effort of different countries in Europe is evident. And that’s especially grating considering some countries were responsible for the mess in the first place.
      The US should be taking many many more refugees.

      • Amelie says:

        Locke Lamora:
        There is something called the Dublin Agreement (see below) except no one followed it initially…
        “Under EU law, asylum seekers have to remain in the first European country they enter. This is known as the “Dublin” regulation after the 1990 summit at which the original system was adopted (coming into force seven years later).

        For many European countries including the UK, Dublin is a key tool in a regime of tough border controls, allowing refugees to be deported back to Europe’s southern border countries where they first entered the EU. Countries such as Italy and Greece, with minimal welfare provision for refugees, receive the most Dublin returns each year because so many of the asylum seekers who land there do not wish to stay.”

        I have tremendous sympathy for Greece, Italy and Turkey as they have been handling nearly all of this messy situation for years…

      • Locke Lamora says:

        Yeah, I know about the Dublin Agreement. Very unfair, isn’t it?

      • dippit says:

        @LockeLamora – the theory behind the Dublin Convention is that those seeking legitimate asylum within member-states of the EU do so based on ensuring their personal security and that they are free from harm or refoulement to their original country from which they have fled for cause. It is considered that all countries within the EU are safe third-countries and therefore that an asylum-seeker need travel no further than a member-state which is their first point of entry. Should they choose to do so it undermines the legitimacy of their motivation for migration as being one of a legitimate need for refuge. They are open to accusations of life-style seeking and of being merely economic migrants without proper case for asylum.

        This is particularly relevant as member-states of the EU each offer different conditions in terms of health and welfare entitlements. It became apparent that many countries with more generous welfare and health provisions were considered top choices for economic reasons. This was viewed as unfair on the citizens of those countries to be disproportionately expected to provide for migrants, already viewed as ‘safe’ at their first point of entry, seeking additional economic gain. Short of harmonising the welfare and health provisions throughout all member-states, a political and economic impossibility, it was determined that those seeking asylum must only do so at their first point of entry. However, in order to allow for the additional pressure on those member-states in the South, due to basic geography, the EU distributes extra funding to those countries (as provided by other Northern member-states as net contributors to the EU) to ameliorate for any additional burden.

        What’s unfair?

        Additionally, once an asylum-seeker has had their application assessed and met the criterion for claim and been granted refugee status with leave to remain, they have rights of further movement within the EU.

  20. alexc says:

    Everything has shrunk on her except her boobs. Definitely fake.

  21. Jayna says:

    Wow. I would say she looks stunning. She certainly made up for her baby-doll dress at the premiere over here.

    I think it’s one of her best looks she’s done on the red carpet. The gown is beyond flattering. I’m surprised I like her hair away from her face, but I do. I like her hair and her makeup. I give her look a huge thumbs up and a nice recover from the thumbs down she got in the baby-doll dress.

  22. Marjalane says:

    I’m pretty sure my old time Barbie had this same dress. And it looked better on Barbie.

  23. siri says:

    I like the dress minus the tulle, but I’m not sure if it isn’t a bit over-the-top for Berlin. The hair looks dated, but since the dress looks like a ball gown from the 50s, that hair would make sense.
    However, George looks tense around his wife, all those studied poses, the gazing, her fake coy smile- they obviously have found their red carpet routine. There are pics with him and Tilda, if you wanne see a relaxed George. He NEEDS a success, and fast. This movie won’t be it, but I also don’t think it’ll bomb.

  24. Skipperdee says:

    “Solo in the Spotlight” Barbie dress, circa early 1960s.

  25. I Choose Me says:

    I vote fab. Wish she’d done something different with her hair though. Hair looks too messy.

  26. Crumpet says:

    I wonder why George has not gotten his injured vertebrae fused? They can do wonderful things with back injuries these days.

  27. Sarah01 says:

    George doesn’t have to do any humanitarian work, no one does. But when they do consistently and use their celebrity to bring about awareness to a situation they shouldn’t be accountable for how much they’ve done and what we’re it’s outcomes. These issues are beyond one person. Even if his efforts have changed a single life for the better that is admirable. Everyone should do what they can. I think George answered the question well, he can’t just say hey I’m so awesome and list everything then people will accuse him of bragging and question his humanitarianism. Leave this couple alone. The hate these two get I don’t get it.

    • Locke Lamora says:

      But I think when the humanitarian effort becomes a part of the celebrities persona, and they heavily use it for PR, like George, or even Angelina Jolie, they should be questioned about it. They certainly helped a lot of people, but they profited from it in an indirect way too.

    • noway says:

      To me this isn’t a hating the couple thing, but George has consistently presented himself as a humanitarian in addition to an actor. While he doesn’t have to be one or owe anything to us he has branded himself as a celebrity ambassador of humanitarian issues. Same as Angelina Jolie who also gets all these questions too, because she has done a similar thing. Before anyone gets upset, I am not comparing their actual humanitarian deeds just the image they present.

      Did you see the video, because it isn’t really a gotcha question. In fact the reporter had a hard time composing her question, because of her English. It seemed like he was pissed before she started talking. It was just not a good response, and I didn’t catch him mouthing to Channing Tatum that she was a bitch, but if he did it seems even more sophmoric. In fairness most of the time Clooney handles these questions beautifully just not this time and it was odd.

      • Sarah01 says:

        I haven’t seen the video, I would like to though. Could you please provide the link.

        If he called the reporter bitch that is uncalled for, especially a woman trying to do her job its wrong.

        You guys are right they have received good PR from it especially Angelina. I do feel that they don’t need to do it and still do is good thing.

    • Blueberry says:

      Just look up the commentary on celebrity mythomania. George shows symptoms.

  28. Grant says:

    I actually kind of … love this? If I had one negative it’s that I’m not crazy about her hair styling.

  29. Nimbolicious says:

    To me she’s just off-putting beyond belief no matter what she wears. The makeup here looks cartoonish to me. All the mugging and posing — sheesh. I keep waiting for her to pull a Blue Steel.

  30. EM says:

    One thing I did like is her hair & it’s usually nice, but this hairdo is awful.

    • Umila says:

      I agree about the hairstyle. I do not think this woman is attractive, but I think she has some good fashion sense. The dress is gorgeous and her most beautiful feature–in my opinion–is usually her hair! It looks awful here.

  31. no says:

    Dress is wrong for Amal,great dress but looks off on Amal!hair is no no too.

  32. Guesto says:

    As a couple, they are so deeply exhausting and off-putting.

  33. Cyra says:

    Soooooo solo in the spotlight! First time I have ever liked her look…

  34. The Original G says:

    If he really wanted to a humanitatian he would stop starring in these bombs and serving them up with a scoop of Chairman of the Board.

  35. Mimi says:

    I always think George looks old next to her…just saying.

  36. kate says:

    i love it. beautiful, smart woman

  37. DanaG says:

    Her hair and makeup are both awful have a closer look she looks way older then 36. The dress is not something someone not a star in the movie should wear it’s the wrong dress for the wrong event. Amal ALWAYS overdresses or just wears bizarre clothes. She is all over the place she is either trying to be quirky or trendy or business like she doesn’t have her own style. She finds out what is in then she buys it and wears it usually the wrong way. As for George and Amal their entire PR is about them being a humanitarian couple so if your going to say you are you are going to get people asking what do you actually do about it? So far we have George and Amal just talking. Amal is even worse then George she protects some of the worse human rights violaters and George saying he goes to dangerous places? That was ages ago and he has bodyguards etc. It seems he is just jumping on the most popular bandwagon. George showed his arrogance and ego when he called that reporter a bitch she asked a question he didn’t like but if he really was doing something to help besides just talk he would have been able to answer the question and not be rude. I don’t think he likes being questioned about anything he better get used to it people are taking a much closer look at the unicorn that is Amal her “career” and George. Thats the problem when your marriage looks like a PR agreement. George is sinking fast he may find it harder to get the money he wants he is box office poison at the moment and his next movie doesn’t sound much better.

  38. CentralParkSouth says:

    Mr and Mrs Fameho Clooney are so ridiculously full of themselves!!! — and it used to be somewhat amusing — but now that they are meddling in global affairs it is becoming truly insufferably offensive.

  39. Jag says:

    Don’t like the hair. Hate the orange blush. The lipstick looks good in most of the photos and it’s a great color on her with her dark hair. Would absolutely love the dress if it didn’t have the sheer part on it; I can’t figure out why the designer would ruin such a gorgeous gown with that part.

  40. Bravo says:

    Amal’s nose lokks much better. The original was not so good. She had other things done, quite subtle, and a boob job. Why not.

  41. honestly says:

    It must be just me as she looks thinner than ever if that is possible- she is veering into Rancic territory.

  42. Classy and Sassy says:

    She’s clearly a highly intelligent, beautiful woman. But there’s something a bit off, and I can’t for the life of me figure out what it is.

  43. Tredd says:

    Bitch, EAT!