Brie Larson in Valentino at the UK ‘Captain Marvel’ premiere: unflattering or dramatic?

The European Gala of Captain Marvel

Here are some photos from last night’s London premiere of Captain Marvel, the first Marvel superhero film with a woman in the lead role. There’s a lot riding on this, just as there was a lot riding on Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman. But I have a lot more faith in the Marvel promotional machinery, so I think Captain Marvel will do really well, despite the toxic bros bashing it at every turn.

I hope I don’t sound like one of those toxic bros, but man, I am so disappointed in what Brie Larson chose for the first huge premiere of her film. I wouldn’t have blamed her for playing it safe in a plain princess dress, nor would I have blamed her for keeping it simple in Calvin Klein or Ralph Lauren. But I wasn’t expecting this customized Valentino couture. I wasn’t expecting drama AND taffeta AND a really weird fit. It doesn’t work, right? Brie has a great figure, and this has too much volume on the bottom, which throws off her proportions. Also throwing off her proportions is the cut of the top, which makes it seem like her boobs are down by her waist. Ugh. So disappointed.

The European Gala of Captain Marvel

I’m not disappointed in Gemma Chan at all though – Chan continues to be such an interesting fashionista. This ensemble is by Brandon Maxwell – that’s quite a train on that crop top. And the trousers are perfect. The color is perfect too.

The European Gala of Captain Marvel

The European Gala of Captain Marvel

Lashana Lynch wore Michael Costello. Love the bright fuschia. The cut of the dress is rather mundane though.

The European Gala of Captain Marvel

Jude Law still qualifies as a “snack” to many people, right? Because damn, he looks GOOD. My one qualm is that… I’m not sure he zipped up his jacket properly???

The European Gala of Captain Marvel

The European Gala of Captain Marvel

And Sam Jackson is FOREVER.

The European Gala of Captain Marvel

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Char says:

    I can’t wait for a woman to save the universe. You can cry now, bros.

  2. Kittycat says:

    Is Gemma Chan missing a bellybutton?

  3. Mia4s says:

    Love the colour, but everything else about Brie’s dress sucks!! Ironically Gemma’s awesome jumpsuit would have been perfect for Brie.

    • dj says:

      @Mia4s I was thinking the same thing. Why didn’t Brie L. wear that bad-ass Gemma Chan pant suit thing? It would have been perfect for Captain Marvel and still kind of made a feminist statement. I am not a hater. But I am not thrilled Marvel cast Brie Larson. IMO I think Jessica Chastain would have been so badass! I would have easily believed she had the real world experience to be in the Air Force but maybe I am taking this too far? I’ll see it but I am hoping to be pleasantly surprised like Wonder Woman.

  4. Eliza says:

    I like Lashana Lynch’s dress…

    … the other two ladies look like they’re in costumes.

  5. Juliette says:

    Tragic dress.

  6. Lightpurple says:

    Seeing Captain Marvel next Thursday! Can’t wait!

    • LB says:

      Me too!!! With two of my daughters, so excited.

    • a reader says:

      Same here! All the bros whining about Rotten Tomatoes FINALLY doing something to stop review trolling set me off…. I was going to wait a few weeks but I immediately purchased tickets that day.

  7. Snazzy says:

    I see what she was doing though – the blue and gold, a Captain Marvel dress. I actually kind of like it, except for the cutouts on the sides, that is.

    And I find Gemma Chan’s top strange. I don’t like it at all. Maybe I’m just weird

  8. Babadook says:

    I like…the concept. But I feel like it looks like the skirt is so heavy that it’s pulling down the top part and we’re just catching it in mid fall.

    • CharliePenn says:

      I always feel like I wish I could go out on the red carpet and yank all the ladies dresses UP! Dresses are always pulling down and looking far too low, gives a very ill-fitted look that completely detracts. I would love to see this dress hiked up, boned properly and fitter properly! The color is wonderful.

      • LivePlantsCleanAir says:

        @CharliePenn ~ I thought it was me being entirely uncool. Agree…dresses that pull a woman’s boobs down to her waist really disappoint. Designed and made by men who don’t have boobs, maybe? Or men who don’t like women, maybe? Why do women accept this? Is high fashion worth looking so discombobulated?

      • Anare says:

        Thank you a million times for saying this. I constantly want to reach in to pull dresses up. It’s so unflattering when they are drooping.

      • TheHufflepuffLizLemon says:

        I worked in a bridal store for several years, and it’s often about construction and undergarments-I totally agree about the boning. Many dresses are constructed to carry the weight on the boobs and chest. We had one designer-the one I chose for my wedding gown-that built his dresses to share the weight on the hips and waist as much as possible, and it made such a difference for both comfort and the need to HOIK the dresses up ever so often. Dresses get heavy when all the weight is on your chest. I always get ragey about strapless dresses that are clearly dragging down breasts and upper body-and the woman’s body language almost always says, “get this off me asap.” Brie’s looks like it was built to carry it some on the waist, but that piece going up to the chest looks too short. If this was on purpose, eewwwwww, ugly. If it wasn’t fitted right…WTF Valentino?

  9. Becks1 says:

    I almost like Brie’s dress. It has drama and is a gorgeous color (I hate when they blend in with the carpet though.) But the fit isn’t quite right, or there’s just too much going on around the waist – something about it looks almost “deflated” to me.

    Gemma Chan looks gorgeous. She’s my current “can do no wrong” person.

    Jude Law…..well he’s Jude Law. Samuel L Jackson looks fantastic.

    • Esmom says:

      Agree with all your assessments. Gemma is my new girl crush, I think. She is Fashionable with a capital F, owning pretty much anything she wears.

  10. Clare says:

    Explain the cut/fit of Jude Law’s trousers to me.

    Above the neck he looks great. The hair transplant has worked, and looks natural!

    • Josephine says:

      I agree – the pants are a bit tragic and the jacket is making it worse, I think.

      But Mr. Jackson brought it as usual. That man can wear clothes, and he looks fantastic.

    • SM says:

      I agree. Let’s turn in around on men. I actually think Brie’s dress is not that bad. And I am saying that as someone who unfortunately does not have much expectation from Brie fashion wise. She never hit the mark in fashion. Now. The thing Jude is wearing is just what? I first thought he came to the premiere in sweat suite and probably right after a work out session in a gym.

    • Esmom says:

      I feel like Jude just pulled some old pants out of his closet. They look dated and are too wide and too short, yuck. But otherwise he looks good for him. He went through a phase where he was looking pretty rough to me.

    • SK says:

      The brown shoes are wrong for this outfit too.

      I had to do some research on hair transplants for a medical tourism report and the newer hair transplants (FUE) are absolutely incredible.

  11. tempest prognosticator says:

    The men look comfortable.

  12. Alex says:

    Love the dress!

  13. Lucy2 says:

    Everybody looks great, but I don’t care for Brie’s dress. The cut is too strange for me, but the color is very nice.

  14. minx says:

    Brie’s dress needs a few tweaks and it would be a win. Love all these vibrant colors.

  15. Lala11_7 says:

    I LOVE Brie’s dress…

    I see what they were going for…and to me…that GOT IT!

    It looks like at any second she can slip that dress off and be “Captain Marvel”!

    It’s dramatic and bold…and what I want to see at this type of event…

    I think ALL the folks above look HAWT!!!!

  16. Lizzie says:

    i love sam’s jacket. i would like to get my husband a jacket that looks exactly like that.

  17. Eve says:

    Jude Law has been ageing really well. The pants are a disaster though.

    Samuel L. Jackson is looking like his usual cool self.

  18. Case says:

    Love the idea of Brie’s dress, and the back of it, but it’s not perfect. I LOVE Gemma’s look though.

  19. Juju says:

    I wonder if the ladies coordinated? It’s interesting that they are all wearing saturated colors with no patterns, embellishments etc.

  20. Kitten says:

    I know he’s a punk but I totally still would with Jude.

  21. Anare says:

    Is it just me or do the crop-train and pants on Gemma not match? I’m seeing slightly different shades of orange/red. Maybe I’m finally going blind from staring at this damn iPhone for hours.

  22. Veronica S. says:

    Whatever work Jude Law has had done recently is really working for him. He had a rough period there, but he’s looking really good now. Too bad he’s a total dog. Meanwhile, I’m fairly certain Sam Jackson is only showing his age because even vampires get a little grey around their 10,000th year of life.

    The cutouts on Brie’s dress are so tacked on. It takes away from the whole flow of the garment. Gemma’s is a much better example of how to incorporate peekaboo details in a flattering way.

  23. KidV says:

    I almost love Brie’s dress, the top needs to be different, or hitched up, or maybe not the awkward “sleeves”. I hope she doesn’t have to raise her arm for anything. Love the skirt, though.

    I friggin love Gemma’s outfit! As I was scrolling down I was thinking it was just another cut out dress, then I saw it was a crop top and pants, THEN I saw the side view. And now I want that outfit. And she looks gorgeous in it.

    I do not like the fuschia dress.

    Jude’s pants are too short and too wide.

  24. Grant says:

    I like what Gemma is wearing here way more than what she wore to the Oscars.

  25. livealot says:

    Ok after her Oscar look I can see that Brie Larson just has this “out of bed” look going on and that’s her thing. Because this blue dress is gorgeous but she isn’t bringing it. The dress is wearing her. Not sure if she’s going for effortless or “undone”, but wish she would bring a little more oompf. Like Gemma Chan.

  26. FF says:

    I actually like the dress, just not the slit in the lower half.

  27. SpilldatT says:

    I saw the dress from the back shot which was going around on twitter last night and was dying to see the front.

    Boy, am I disappointed.

    It doesn’t fit her bust at all and looks so wrinkled. She doesn’t have to do figure hugging or revealing, but a custom dress from Valentino should not look like it’s falling off her torso.

    But otherwise, please let this movie break box office records, please, please, please. More movies with women, especially non-white women, as superheros, villains, etc.

    The fanboys can go away and dust off their their big-busted anime wifu figurines in their parents’ basements and stay there!

  28. uninspired username says:

    Brie’s so little!

    I’m not judging. I’m jealous. lol.

  29. Naddie says:

    Men looking casual and women going out of their ways to look fancy, it’s not fair.