Jessica Chastain in Vionnet at the Critics Choice Awards: stunning or meh?

The 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Arrivals

Real question: did Jessica Chastain get new people? She’s been looking different/better this awards season. I think she might have gotten some new hair and makeup people and maybe a new stylist. Chastain turned up for the Critics Choice Awards in this Vionnet in a lovely shade of green. I’m not 100% on the dress, but it’s pretty and a great color and she styling is good here.

The 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Arrivals

Reese Witherspoon in Prada. I kind of think Reese has gone to these awards shows knowing that she was going to lose to Nicole Kidman and she’s dressed accordingly – she looks presentable, pulled-together, but never look-at-me.

The 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Arrivals

Gal Gadot in Prada… I wonder if I would feel differently about this if I saw it on Lupita? I think I would love it on Lupita. I don’t love it on Gal though. Why is that? I don’t know. It’s like asking, “why does everything look like high-end couture on Cate Blanchett?” Anyway, I think Gal should have gone for different hair here, and that would have made this look so much better.

The 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Arrivals

The 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Arrivals

Olivia Munn sucked as host of the Critics Choice Awards, but as she said during the show, at least she wasn’t TJ Miller (who hosted the show last year). In Olivia’s defense, I think the Critics Choice Awards is just sort of un-hostable, you know? It’s such a budget, shambolic affair, it’s like you’re captain of the Titanic. Anyway, Olivia changed clothes about a million times during the show, but she wore this Prada on the carpet. It’s fine. I dislike it, but it’s fine.

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  1. LizLemonGotMarried says:

    I hate the bust on Jessica Chastain’s dress (HATE) and I think Gal’s dress makes her gorgeous figure look off. It’s a beautiful dress, maybe styling could help?
    Reese looks cute, Olivia is…fine.

    • Josephine says:

      I think Gal’s dress would look better with an empire waist maybe? At the very least, the pleats needed to be eliminated. And I’d like to see her with softer hair.

    • Hh says:

      The fit of that bust is ATROCIOUS. Way too boxy. I actually really liked the fit of Olivia’s dress. And Gal Gadot, well… I’m not sure what it is, but her fashion is always “meh.” It’s so weird because she has a great figure for awards dresses. All the puzzle pieces are there, but the picture is still blurry.

    • lucy2 says:

      Agree about Jessica’s. The color is gorgeous on her, but the style of the dress is odd and unflattering.
      I kind of like Gal’s, even though it’s not great for her amazing figure.
      Reese and Olivia’s dresses are both ok.

    • Amy says:

      I hate Jessica’s gown in general. The cut out is too wide and it pushes her boobs to either side. For some reason, it also looks like a maternity gown and she looks wide in it. I think that is also the problem with gal’s dress—it makes her look wider in the waist.

    • LizLemonGotMarried says:

      So, I went and dug through a bunch of pics of Chastain’s gown, and I think I know what I hate about it. I think those boob panels are shaped with bra padding or whatever, but not given defined structure, and so they’re just limp and off to the sides. I worked in a dress store for several years in college, and the most comfortable and flattering gowns either had a STRONG structure that allowed the gown to support itself without pulling on the body and distributed the weight of the gown well (I had a wedding gown like this), OR they had a loose, flowy style that followed the body lines. Chastain’s gown looks like it wants to be flowy and almost a goddess bandage-y style, but someone at Vionnet possibly didn’t feel comfortable with the way the fabric looked on the rack just hanging there, although it would look and feel gorgeous on a body, and instead stuck two oversized bra pads in it (or she felt uncomfortable with the way the dress felt on without structure). The fabric on the skirt looks amazing, but there’s something in those boob slings. I would bet her skin is irritated under her breast and on the sides of her ribs, no matter how well they finished the seams, just because the skin is delicate in those areas and that type of shaping is annoying as hell if it’s not properly fitted. If you look at the second picture from the side, you can see the line of the shaping.
      I am no expert, but this is just my personal opinion based on my experiences with selling formal and wedding gowns. This has bugged me through three conference calls, so I had to figure out my theory. :)

  2. Babs says:

    I think I just fell in love with Chastain.

  3. Rosey says:

    I have mixed feelings about Jessica’s dress. The color is lovely, but the top part I don’t like at all.

  4. Lilith says:

    Love Jessica’s goddess look.

  5. Katinchicago says:

    I feel bad for Olivia- she’s more difficult to recognize, every time she shows up she has new work done to her face.
    Japanese Potatoes should maybe be avoided if it veers into Kardashian reality show face.

  6. Georgia says:

    My kingdom for Jessica’s hair 😍

  7. A Croatian says:

    I don’t get it – in one article today you say Olivia has a great comedic timing, and in this one she sucks :D

  8. Sullivan says:

    Overall, the styling for this year’s awards season has been atrocious.

  9. Lucy says:

    I hate to say that it’s the first thing that came to my mind, by I actually (and unconsciously) took a second look at Jessica’s mid-section. Bump watch, is what they call it?

  10. Other Renee says:

    Gal and Jessica are perfection. And that includes their hair and makeup. Olivia looks nice but nothing special. Same with Reese.

  11. Kathleen says:

    Chastain looks the best she’s ever looked. Gal Gadot looks fine but it’s obvious that she’s lost all the muscle and weight that she put on for both Batman vs. Superman, Wonder Woman and Justice League at this point because she looks extremely, extremely thin again. I found her so beautiful in the Wonder Woman film but on the red carpet she just looks like a model to me.

    Forgetting the fashion though….honest question about Gal Gadot. She received the ” See Her” award last night at the awards and while I know that these awards are always a little bit BS and that celebs like to act like they are the most important people in the world….they specifically talked not just about Wonder Woman but all the ways that Gal herself has basically been a feminist savior. I mean no disrespect but it felt ridiculous to me. I love Wonder Woman and WONDER WOMAN is a cultural feminist icon but what exactly has GAL GADOT done for REAL women that isn’t about her playing Wonder Woman? She got credit from a page 6 item for supposedly “getting rid of Brett Ratner” for Wonder Woman 2 but then it came out a day later that she had basically nothing to do with it as WB had already gotten rid of him. She supported the “times up” movement but was not a part of the work leading up to it. She’s a super privileged model married to a billionaire. She’s been rightfully called out for her support of the IDF. She has never gone out of her way to denounce the atrocities that the IDF has committed against women of color. Even more disturbing though….there was a fairly detailed account back around November from a friend who accused her of shaming her for rape and traumatizing her when they were models together in Milan. Gal’s team got the piece taken down right away but it’s still on the web and the woman who wrote it is on Twitter and has been verified by some legit people. The really weird thing was that Gal’s stans tried to lie and say that someone had “admitted on tumblr that the piece was fake” but….that never happened. The piece was never denounced, no one admitted it was fake and the accuser continues to maintain that this happened and there are details that can be verified.

    I’m not trying to start anything here but it’s odd to me the way this woman has essentially been canonized our feminist savior when, tbh, I’m not quite sure I can pinpoint what she’s actually done for women outside of playing Wonder Woman and she has some legitimate shady stuff associated with her that she has never addressed and no one has ever called her out on. It feels like hypocrisy because we call out male celebs that have these shady issues but when it’s a beautiful “Fave” that everyone thinks is hot we just look the other way.
    I love Wonder Woman so much but Gal is not Wonder Woman and the canonization of her is kind of scary to me. I know we are all looking for a hero (which is why the rumor about her getting rid of Ratner went viral even though it wasn’t even true) but I’m not sure this woman is it. :::prepares to run and hide:::

    • Plantpal says:

      @ Kathleen I couldn’t find a link to the story you are talking about re GG after an admittedly quick look. Could you post a link, please? Thx

      • Kathleen says:

        @Plantpal, I’m not sure we are allowed to post links here. But if you google Gal Gadot and (trigger warning) rape apologist….the cache is there and there are a few pieces on it. The author of the piece is on twitter and was verified by a singer/songwriter who knows her. Look, end of day, I understand that we can’t believe every little thing about celebs but I also feel like there is a lot of hypocrisy here because the premise of the #metoo movement is about believing women and not forcing victims into boxes where we don’t believe them. That can’t just apply to men. It needs to apply to our faves too. That account is extremely detailed and triggering and I believe her.

    • eto says:

      Yep I read that piece as well…it was ghastly. My heart goes out to that poor woman.

    • Xi Tang says:

      I honestly have no idea what she’s been celebrated for. I mean I don’t think she’s a good actress but she fits in WW, kinda. But other than this what has she done to “champion” women? She also got a standing ovation. So weird.
      I read the story you’ve mentioned some time ago and I thought it’s a hoax. But there are some disturbing details that have been confirmed. Jesus..

  12. JA says:

    Over Jessica and her claim to be an ally by being anything than an opportunist and it breaks my heart because I liked her. That all white women magazine cover hurt given how much she has spoken of change and diversity. Yes I realize she might not be as powerful as those who decided who should be on the cover BUT having a backbone and saying No, was well within her power. Silence and smiling helps no one. Anyways I hold my applause for her until she proves she deserves it including her fashion choices which is just eh because her hair makes the outfit work.

    • Kathleen says:

      @JA, I’ve long felt that Chastain was a great example of a white performative feminist. She’s one of those women who does “work” when you can see her doing it but, ultimately, she wants credit for doing it. It has always rubbed me wrong and I have never bought into her as feminist savior. I don’t buy into Gal Gadot as feminist savior either though (given my above comment) so maybe I just don’t trust any of tehse women.

      • Xi Tang says:

        I love Jessica so it saddens me to admit that she’s all talk. I was an apologist for her but it seems that she’s one of those activist who repeats hollow slogans about empowerment and feminism.
        Look at someone like Emma Watson. I’ve been really impressed by her in the last year or so. It seems she actually LISTENS and tries to learn.

  13. The dormouse says:

    I think I designed Chastain’s dress in eighth grade Home Ec and it wasn’t a good idea then either. Could she be pregnant?

  14. Chloeee says:

    Does anyone else look Olivia and just think she looks like a Megan Fox Constance Wu hyrbrid?

  15. Jessica says:

    Last week I read in EW that for whatever reason, Munn was hosting this thing, so there was no way I was going to watch. I’m glad to hear that she did a terrible job. Please someone tell me that the crowd wasn’t into it either. I’m sure most of them didn’t have a clue who she was, but I’m hoping that the ones who did found her annoying as hell.

  16. Anare says:

    Jessica Chastain’s gown is a beautiful color but the bodice is not working. Reese Witherspoon looks disheveled. Her hair is limp and greasy looking and that dress is a terrible cut and so cheap looking, not to mention it is not formal. She is wearing dark hose? The shoes don’t go with the dress. She looks thick and I’m not fat-shaming it’s the cut of the dress that makes her look stout. Just a mess. Wish Gal Gadot would find another pose. Every picture she is holding her head at that same angle, kind of turned down. She is beautiful. I don’t know why she thinks that is her best angle. Olivia Munns face is extra jacked and that dress makes her look like she is a head on a fake body.