Who had the best dress & jewels at the Tiffany Blue Book Ball in NYC?


Here are some photos from Friday night’s Tiffany Blue Book Ball in NYC. Four major actresses/celebrities came out for the event, and considering they were all DRIPPING in fabulous jewels, I totally believe that Tiffany’s paid them all to be there, looking fabulous and wearing certain high-end pieces. Those ladies? Jessica Biel, Diane Kruger, Reese Witherspoon and Naomi Watts. I’m trying to include some close-ups of the jewels too.

First up, here’s Jessica Biel in The Row. I’m starting with the worst, just FYI. While Mary-Kate and Ashley’s The Row is a well-respected line, I always struggle to understand why anyone thinks this looks good? This dress looks so cheap and basic. Biel doesn’t help the underwhelming dress either, she was aiming for less-is-more and she just looked like she was in desperate need of lipstick and a hairstylist.



Diane Kruger knows how to stand out. This Kaufmanfranco look would have looked ridiculous on another woman, but Diane is killing it. Also, Diane got the BEST necklace. Diamonds, emeralds, aquamarines, sapphires, possibly some tourmalines? It’s really gorgeous.



The silhouette on Reese Witherspoon’s J. Mendel dress is incredibly flattering, but I still don’t really care for the look as a whole. I think the flower applique/beading sort of morphs into something moldy-looking. And I wish Reese had done something else with her hair. Still, the necklace she got to wear? Perfection.



CB loves Naomi Watts while I’m sort of meh on Watts and her style. She never looks hideous, but sometimes I do think Watts is stuck in a style rut. This Prada is a good example – I know why Naomi picked it, it’s because she thinks ice-blue looks good with her coloring, and because she likes these frothy, light dresses. But no one on her styling team realized that the ice blue was very similar to the “Tiffany Blue” of the background, which means Naomi looks like she’s blending into the wall. That’s a rookie mistake, IMO.



Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. savu says:

    REESE’S NECKLACE. I wanna lick it. Why do I wanna lick it?! IT’S SO PRETTY.

  2. Elisa the I. says:

    Diane Kruger for the win. Her hairline looks scary, though. O_o
    And Jessica Biel should fire her stylist. How can someone with such a great body and pretty face look so bland and frumpy??

  3. Magnoliarose says:

    Diane Kruger looks the best. My only complaint is her hair color and style coupled with the muted makeup. It deadens her face.
    Naomi’s dress I like but like you said it doesn’t pop with the background.
    Reece’s necklace is beautiful and versatile for formal occasions. I like the idea of the dress but the proportions are not flattering.
    Mrs Timberlake doesn’t even belong in the lineup. Her look is as blah as her career.

  4. InvaderTak says:

    Kruger wins this one.

  5. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I’m not a fan of Tiffany jewelry, especially. I would love a diamonds by the yard necklace because they are so light and delicate, but they are ridiculously overpriced. But, even though I love big jewelry, especially when it comes with history, these new pieces look gaudy to me.

    • teacakes says:

      I think the Elsa Peretti bone cuffs and Schlumberger brooches are gorgeous, but yeah, Tiffany jewellery for the most part is just not my thing.

      (come to think of it, precious jewellery in general isn’t – I had an adorable little cluster of purple glass grapes with leaves on a black suede cord that I wore in college and I have a cute little flea market floral brooch that I pin to the lapel of my parka in winter, but other than that, nothing)

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I can look at some pieces of Tiffany jewelry and appreciate the beauty. In fact, I went to a lecture about Tiffany at Winterthur Museum, and I enjoyed it very much. Some of their older things were gorgeous. I think it just has to do with this day and age and where would you ever go in one of those necklaces? It seems so of a different time, or too showy or something. I would be more charmed by your little glass grapes, something unique with meaning to you, not some big honkin’ load of gems around your neck.

      • teacakes says:

        GNAT, I LOVE looking at beautiful jewellery, but I seem to have no interest in actually wearing it, plus it’s as you said – huge pieces like these just do not fit in most people’s lives, and especially not in the West. Not unless they were customised and modified to smaller and more wearable items.

        and those glass grapes were practically my signature accessory back then, but got lost ages ago. In general, I like jewellery to have cute shapes or really beautiful work – I am a sucker for filigree or a well-shaped pendant.

    • Wren says:

      Those Tiffany locket bracelets and necklaces were all the rage when I was in high school, everybody had at least a knock off version. Some of my classmates’ parents could afford the real thing and I remember my disgust over those useless status symbols. So I have kind of an irrational dislike of the brand that has little to do with the merit of their actual current pieces.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Yes, part of it for me is that you pay a lot for the name, and all that junk “return to Tiffany” and all that just makes me roll my eyes. Why not just wear a price tag on it? And certainly they have some pretty things, and I like it when the queen wears her amazing, arguably ostentatious jewelry, so I’m not sure why I don’t like anything here. I just find it too …something.

      • teacakes says:

        I think it’s really about the sense of occasion – QEII isn’t trotting around in her tiaras to play with her Corgis or go walking in Balmoral, she saves it for things like State visits/dinners/opening of Parliament etc, i.e. times where bijoux are pretty much a statement and rather expected. Most of us just don’t have those.

        Same with the late Elizabeth Taylor – she was an actress, she had plenty of occasions to bust out the sparkle. And she had taste, which helped.

  6. Nancy says:

    I give the win to Diane since she’s dating Norman Reedus (Daryl on WD). Reese looks like Malibu Barbie on acid or a Stepford wife, can’t decide which.

    • khymera says:

      Thought she and Joshua Jackson were back together

      • Nancy says:

        She still may be with Joshua. Norman and she are out promoting their movie, so that may have gotten the rumors started. Personally I’d pick Norman over Joshua in a New York minute.

  7. Jigli says:

    My first thought was: the dowdy patrol. Everyone looks miserable in the photos. No amount of diamonds can help that. I like Reese’s makeup, thought. That’s about it.

    • JenYfromTheBlok says:

      My first thought was, “sometime I don’t feel like going out either”. No one looked -ready- somehow. With social media/twitter etc, these events are becoming underwhelming. I’d rather see a red carpet event than random selfless or re-posted photo shoots on the internet, but these events may become a thing of the past.

  8. Justpassingby says:

    Is Diane Kruger pregnant?

  9. poppy says:

    yes, they are comped to be there. there are very very few celeb appearances at corporate sponsored events that aren’t comped.

    i love Tiffany for small gifts, not jewelry. people LOVE getting a blue box in a blue bag, doesn’t seem to matter if it is stationary/playing cards or a sterling silver baby rattle. it is the fact it came from such an iconic establishment. playing cards, stationary, etc come in an iconic Tiffany blue container/keeper.
    the jewelry is very very overpriced. and not very exciting. the things that have been created exclusively for Tiffany aren’t bad (elsa peretti silver)… but overpriced all the same.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I’ve given all my nieces the Elsa perretti silver heart necklace when they graduated from high school. They love that blue box!

      • Magnoliarose says:

        That is a lovely gesture. Very age appropriate but also something to cherish forever from Auntie Goodnames.

      • teacakes says:

        That’s a lovely gesture, GNAT! I’d love to do that for my nieces when they’re old enough, if we grow up close to each other.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Aw, thank you both. I hope they will enjoy them and maybe give to someone they love later.

      • Clare says:

        The first present my now husband ever gave me was the Tiffany teardrop pendant, and I bought him Tiffany cuff links for his PhD graduation present – so the brand has a slightly special place in my heart, and I can see the appeal of the little blue box.
        Having said that, as a ‘grown up’ I can’t imagine paying that kind of mark up on a tiny piece of sterling silver any more!!!

        We looked at Tiffany weddings bands (because of the sentimental value) and then ended up getting basically the same thing for half the price at Mappin and Webb!

  10. Bettyrose says:

    Naomi Watts FTW. Even blending into the background, that dress is stunning.

    • Carol says:

      I agree. Naomi looks amazing in that dress. Reese looks better than she has looked in a while IMO. I lover her dress as well as her hair. Not crazy about her necklace though. Booooring.

    • mee says:

      I like Naomi’s dress too and her style. She looks elegant and pretty, always.

      Diane’s dress is ok and her diamonds are pretty. But it looks like her dress might fall down, which is why I don’t love her dress. Plus I don’t know if red is her color.

      Reese’s dress – another frumpy dress. Not a fan of her style (or her personality) at all.

    • GlimmerLinnie says:

      Agreed. I think Naomi always looks beautiful, she was my best dressed at this year’s Oscars too (and her necklace then was BEYOND!)

  11. Jh says:

    Naomi’s hair with that horrible dress is killing me. She’s usually one of my favorites, too.

  12. Azurea says:

    Why do they all look so awkward, both together and posing alone? You’d think they’ve never done this before.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      They do, you’re right. It looks like they had a big fight then had to go out and pose.

    • Magnoliarose says:

      I honestly can see Reece not wanting Mrs Timberlake in her shot. That is the read I see. She’s fine with Naomi because who doesn’t love her and she’s done such good work. She does not put her arm around Diane and she’s posed with a touch of back to Mrs T.

    • Ms. Lib says:

      Right – and they all look like they went to the back of their closet for their clothes and forgot to pack their curling iron.

  13. Ethelreda says:

    Diane seems to be suffering from a receeding hair line, especially on the left side of her head. I saw some candid pics of her a while ago and it was really very noticable.

    • Tania says:

      I get the impression that she doesn’t eat very much.

      • cvb says:

        Yeah not to be rude but I don’t think she does either. I don’t see her having a healthy diet but man her figure looks great in gowns and such.

      • Ethelreda says:

        I read an interview with her a while ago where she said something like ”I’m so busy I forget to eat”. To me that sounds like one of those things very thin celebs say – sort of like how they stay slim from ”running after the kids”. Please. I suspect that a strict diet, combined with years of bleaching, may have led to thinning hair. I notice that she’s gone a bit darker with her hair recently, perhaps for this reason? I do think she looks best as a very light blonde though.

  14. KBeth says:

    Biel looks awful, washed out & the hair is too severe. That dress needs to be fitted, she has a great figure but it’s hidden under that ill fitting dress.
    I think the other three look lovely.

  15. Don't kill me I'm French says:

    All together look very good .Everyone has a detail in their looks who make that I like them

  16. Who ARE these people? says:

    Kate Hudson did it better at the end of “How to Lose a Guy…”

  17. teacakes says:

    Diane wins, hands down – she got the best dress+necklace combo. I’m not into huge jewels but the colour in that necklace is gorgeous.

    Love Reese’s necklace too but she looks like a Barbie.

  18. Bridget says:

    Neither Biel nor Watts chose dresses that show off the jewelry to its best. Biel’s dress makes that fabulous necklace look like a rhinestone bib on the dress, and why would you wear your hair down and covering that necklace that you’re supposed to be showing off? Naomi looks great and likely specifically chose blue for a Tiffany event (though Tiffany blue is definitely not ice blue, so I’m guessing the background got a little washed out with the flashes) and while the dress is actually very pretty, the beading takes away from the diamond earrings. Reese and Diane both styled well to for the event.

  19. AG-UK says:

    Most expensive jewellery has a 100% + mark up. I like the Elsa Perreti jewellery diamonds by the yard.

  20. Lydia says:

    I really can’t understand the center part with pin straight hair tucked behind the ears. Looks sort of alien like to me

  21. SM says:

    Diane gets my vote on this. Her necklace is to die for

  22. lucy2 says:

    All of the gowns seem slightly odd, but I’m having necklace envy of Diane and Reese.

  23. Meadow says:

    Kruger’s dress , Beils’ jewels.

  24. elle says:

    Reese’s face has been looking different lately… her chin looks even more pronounced, but squared off instead of pointy. Weird.