Dakota Johnson in beige Valentino at the ‘FSD’ premiere: cute or meh?

Premiere Of Universal Pictures' "Fifty Shades Darker"

Here are some photos from last night’s LA premiere of Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel to the massive hit film Fifty Shades of Grey. Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan actually filmed both sequels (FSD and Fifty Shades Freed) at the same time, just so they wouldn’t have to come back a year later and play these dumb characters again. Plus, the main plot of the three books takes place over the course of (at most) a year. Fifty Shades Darker picks up just a few weeks after the end of Fifty Shades of Grey, which (SPOILER) saw Ana leave Christian after he went full Fifty Shades on her in the Red Room of Pain.

All of which is an explanation for why Dakota Johnson doesn’t have those terrible “Ana Steele bangs” anymore. This is the prettiest she’s looked in a while, and it’s because she no longer has to keep that tragic haircut they gave her for the franchise. At the premiere, Dakota wore this Valentino sack dress which… is not great. It’s actually sort of pretty and sexy from the waist up, but the dress as a whole isn’t good. She looks like a beige bell. Jamie – who also changed up his hair recently – wore Valentino too.

Premiere Of Universal Pictures' "Fifty Shades Darker"

Premiere Of Universal Pictures' "Fifty Shades Darker"

Other photos from the premiere. Rita Ora plays Christian’s sister. She’s in the book a few times and she’s really not important, but Rita is trying to steal everyone’s thunder with this Giambattista Valli dress. Try-hard.

Premiere Of Universal Pictures' "Fifty Shades Darker"

I had to look up who Bella Heathcote plays in this movie – she’s Leila, Christian’s (CRAY) ex-girlfriend. She’s wearing Saint Laurent. I feel like she got the mood of the premiere and Rita did not.

Premiere Of Universal Pictures' "Fifty Shades Darker"

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  1. hmm says:

    That’s a horrible dress.

    • Lahdidahbaby says:

      I like the top of it, but the rest of it cancels that out. Nice color on her though.

    • Bachelorpod says:

      Dakota’s styling and dress are absolutely smashing. Elegant, unembellished, smoothly erotic. Took my breath away! I don’t know about the movie, but girl makes me wanna see it!

      Rita Ora looks like she’s wearing something I wash my dishes with.

    • Janetdr says:

      Funny as I see a lot of people like the top and I dislike it intensely. Some support for the girls please!

  2. Sarah says:

    Well, I like Rita Ora’s dress.

  3. Lindy says:

    I think I’d have liked the dress in a bright color, maybe blue or bottle green, but I actually love the cut and style on her. It’s revealing in a sexy way without being too try-hard.

    I feel bad for her being in these movies.

  4. tan says:

    the dress has too much fabric.

    maybe some other color, and a necklace.

    WTF happend to Jamie? he is such a hot guy and he looks so unkempt here.

    better go day dream about sheriff graham of OUAT

    • Raquel says:

      Cause he hates the movie and wants to move away from that fan base without coming out and straight up alienating them?

  5. Chetta B. says:

    Meh? Ugh. Going braless doesn’t add to anything. If she makes one wrong move her whole boobage would be exposed.

    • Pandy says:

      I agree! What’s with these braless deep plunge looks? I don’t care how young someone is – they look like their breasts are sagging. Taraji’s dress at the SAGS was hideous. Gave her pancake boobs. This dress is like that too. Not pancake but droopy. Why do that to yourself?

  6. Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

    If it had been a different colour maybe but it does nothing for her and she is a pretty girl.

    I have never gotten the appeal of Jamie Dornan -ever.

    • detritus says:

      I think if you watch those clips from ‘Jamie Dornan is strong’ you’ll get an idea.
      He’s not my cup of tea, but I’m sure he looks lovely in the buff.

    • Yeahright says:

      Watch The Fall!

    • Anon33 says:

      I will keep telling this story until I’m blue in the face because this dude TRICKED ME. I used to have a crush on him myself–until I read the interview where he explained that he broke up with Kiera Knightley because he believes the man in a relationship should be more accomplished than the woman.

      SORRY. NOPE.

      • KB says:

        Is there a link to him saying that? I couldn’t find it.

      • detritus says:

        Well I feel very justified now in my fence sitting, now.
        Thanks Anon. Booo to that nonsense.

      • mia girl says:

        Anon33 – to echo @KB – can you provide a link or where the article might have appeared?

        I became such a fan from watching The Fall so I would be sad (like you) if he said something like this. I’ve seen others make a similar comment to yours on other post about him, but whenever I try to find it via Google I come up with nothing really close to that.

        The only quote that I see repeatedly mentioned from him about Knightley came from this article where he talks about fame. And this doesn’t seem like what you are saying. (He only says he will never be as famous as she is).


      • mia girl says:

        Also, the only thing I see about him having issues with her is repeated references to an article in Britain’s Daily Star
        “A source is quoted in Daily Star newspaper as saying: “Keira went through hell with Jamie, because he couldn’t deal with her fame.”

        I’m just really curious to read where he spoke about it directly.

  7. ell says:

    i love dakota, she’s so so funny, doesn’t take herself seriously at all and i think she’s a good actor as well. i’m not interested in these films though, so i’m looking forward to see her in something else.

    the dress looks like a tent though.

  8. Lucy says:

    I must admit, I think both Dakota and Jamie look very nice, and like they get along better, too. Bella looks lovely as well.

  9. Nicole says:

    Oof that dress is not cute. The blonde looks the best out of all of them.
    Seems like the sequel is trending down from the first movie so looks like it’s going to take half of what it did last year

  10. VirgiliaCoriolanus says:

    Lol, wasn’t Rita pretty much bragging about her role in the first film, about how hard she worked to get it……….and then she was in it for like 2 minutes tops!

    • Neelyo says:

      Pretty much. Blinked and you missed her. Not to mention she was wearing a Sally Bowles bob wig so she was unrecognizable. Her fame game cracks me up.

    • Fluff says:

      Tbf she probably filmed more that got cut. They always film loads more than what ends up onscreen.

  11. Maria says:

    she looks very beautiful and also sexy. It does look a bit like a night gown, but it is also a very crips and clean look, so I do not hate it.

    Hate Rita’s curtain dress.

  12. grabbyhands says:

    Dull beige, much like the character she plays.

  13. Shijel says:

    I also like it from the waist up.

    Man, who’da thunk that I would ever actually come to like Dakota? As an actress and a celebrity? I’ll say this one thing though. That’s a lot of forehead. Coming from a person who also has a lot of forehead. So I can understand the bangs.

    • Naddie says:

      Count me in. The first thing I notice is how big a forehead is because mine is such a fivehead. I love bangs and I think almost everyone looks better with them, including her. Still, she’s beautiful despite of this detail.

  14. edith says:

    I love her dress but I’m kind of thrown off by her forehead…. maybe just because she had those bangs for so long… I guess the producers wanted to hide it? She looks good tho

    • TotallyOld says:

      In some of the other photos, Dakota looks very strange because she has chipmunk cheeks. Actually it looks like she had cheek implants and they are moving around. In some of the photos she has pinched her cheeks like she just ate an entire lemon. I didn’t see the 1st movie and have no intentions seeing this one either. I do like Dakota, she has great comedic timing and I hope she does more movies where she can showcase her skills.
      I hope this movie doesn’t do very well, I dislike the author very much and do not like the way she & her hubby handled the entire production of this 2nd movie. I’m also no fan of Dana Brunetti the main producer.

    • KB says:

      No, the bangs were so she’d look like EL James, the writer of the books. They made her look like a prettier, younger EL James.

    • Lauren II says:

      I did not recognize Dakota initially because of her high-shiny forehead. Bring back the bangs.

  15. pretty says:

    yesterday, i tried to watch the 1st movie of this series. i just couldn’t…. i just couldn’t. i am very cringe sensitive and you just get a second-hand embarrassment so hard you just want to hide in a dark corner because the cringe-worthyness is too unbearable.. omg i couldn’t last past the scene when Dakota was interviewing Grey.. ugh!!!

  16. Kristen says:

    I’m just here for Jamie Dornan.

  17. MellyMel says:

    From the waist up she looks gorgeous! I really need to know the brand/color of her lipstick.

  18. Fluff says:

    I don’t understand why people ship them. They still look like they can barely stand each other.

  19. Ellie says:

    I don’t like it, at all.
    And also:what a HUGE forehead!!! She needs bangs asap…

  20. JudyK says:

    I think Dakota is beautiful and that the dress is beautiful and elegant, except that it’s exposing way too much boobage, i.e., first pic (side view).

  21. minx says:

    I hate these extreme cut-to-the-waist dresses. All I can see are boobs, not the dress or the woman wearing the dress.

  22. dancinginthedark says:

    I love Dakota’s gown. She’s got the perfect look and figure for it. I think on a curvier frame it would look like a dirty bedsheet and way too suggestive. But she’s lithe enough with just enough to her and that innocent sort of face to pull it off. On others the dress would be wearing her but on her she’s killing it.

  23. Dani says:

    All this FSOG coverage and the fact that I just finished The Fall is making me batty because she is exactly the type he would go for on the show which makes this even more disturbing. But, they both look really great. I love her darker hair shade and that dress is really beautiful and whimsical. He can wear the hell out of a suit.

  24. Chinoiserie says:

    Dakota’s hair was better even with bangs, she is one of those people with a forhead for them and this hairstyle is odd and makes her face look wierd. Maybe she is still growing her hair.

    Nobody is dressed well.

    • TotallyOld says:

      I agree @Chinoiserie. I’m not sure who told Jamie those horrible brown shoes look good with that blue suit, but if it’s his stylist, he should be fired. And what’s up with his hair and beard? I like short hair and I like nice neat beards but together at the same time…nah. Makes him look older and worn out, he needs to lose one or the other. Could be for a film role but still not an attractive look.

      • Chrissy says:

        I think he’s just trying to distance himself from his character. Last time he had his regular hair and a very shaggy full beard. No one would thing “Christian Grey” looking at him above. Also, the tan shoes with a dark blue suit are all the rage for men right now.

  25. deevia says:

    Is that a “sexy pregnant” dress?

  26. chaine says:

    I like the new hairstyle. Without the bangs, she no longer looks like a female Don Johnson.

  27. QQ says:

    They look Thrilled to be in Each others presence

  28. Bridget says:

    I think they were going for an effortless, nightgown inspired dress to go along thematically for the movie. I like it.

  29. HK9 says:

    Dakota is beautiful but that dress does nothing for her.

  30. Lily says:

    Does anyone else think Jamie and Dakota look like siblings?

  31. Paris says:

    I like her dress, i like her make up, i like her hair.
    She looks young and fresh. Well done!

  32. Tig says:

    Not a fan of the dress on Dakota, and not too
    sure about the color either. She is pretty, and love her in bolder colors.
    Re Jamie- if memory serves, he owned that he had probs with Keira’s level of fame when they were together. My recollection is he also said that he was pretty stupid to feel that way. All that being said-he is a gorgeous man. Does anyone have a clue what happened to his movie with Sarah G- like Seventh Life of Louis Drax? Liked the book.
    Was Kim B at the premier? I am tempted to go to see her- been awhile since she’s been in a wide release film. Don’t see this one making the $$ the first one did- wonder if they’ll blame the (male) director🤔?

    • TotallyOld says:

      I believe it was the Ninth Life of Louis Drax and it bombed big, big time. Didn’t help that it got extremely low scores on Rotten Tomatoes and MetaCritic. I’m not sure that it’s even been released on DVD yet. Jamie has not had any luck with his other films – all of them have been big failures but that’s not unusual for a lot of male stars once they are identified with one specific role, the fans don’t care about them in any other role. He will need to fight his way out of the Christian Grey hole once the 3rd episode is released in 2018.

  33. nikko says:

    I like the dress, color and all. It makes her look long and tall. Jamie looks good as always.

  34. squeezeolime says:

    Love her dress. Subtly sexy. I don’t know why people keep shitting on the bangs, she has a fivehead and the bangs worked for her.