Blake Lively wore Prabal Gurung to her husband’s ‘Free Guy’ premiere

The New York premiere of  'Free Guy'

During the American coverage of the Olympics, we’ve been gifted with endless previews for Free Guy, Ryan Reynolds’ latest movie. Every time I see one of the previews, I’m like “wait, is that Jodie Comer?!?!” It is. Jodie Comer is Ryan’s costar and I bet they had a ball working together. Jodie didn’t bother flying in for the premiere of Free Guy though, so Ryan’s wife Blake Lively had to provide the glamour on the red carpet. Did it work?

Blake wore this Prabal Gurung gown to her husband’s premiere. I… do not understand. Why this dress? Why this vibe? I was shocked to find out that it is Prabal Gurung – it’s so Vanna White, so game-show-hostess. I get that cut-outs and midriffs are “in” for Pandemic Year #2 style, but this is a terrible example of how to do the trend! It just looks cheap. Oh well, at least Blake and Ryan look nice together. I like that he wore his glasses on the red carpet – I actually think he looks more handsome with glasses.

This was apparently Blake & Ryan’s first red carpet together in two years! Most of that is because of the pandemic and Blake hasn’t been working that much in recent years, she’s been at home with the babies (which is work too!!).

The New York premiere of  'Free Guy'

The New York premiere of  'Free Guy'

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  1. Lee says:

    I apologize in advance, because I am sure there will be tons of comments on here saying how sweet and nice she is, but everytime she steps on a red carpet she has that smug “look at me, look at me” grin and I can’t see anything else.
    That dress looks cheap and tacky. Can’t see why some people consider her a fashion icon.
    I wish Jodie could have made it to the première, she’s amazing.

    • minx says:

      I get what you’re saying. It’s like she got her nose job, eyelid job and teeth capped, and then married her cute successful actor husband, and she’s all set.

      • Lee says:

        Yes, exactly. And luckily for her Reynolds had tons of chances to become a big action star, even after all those flops. I still think he basically plays the same role over and over and his sarcasm is getting old, but that’s just me, I’m sure many people still find him so funny.

      • UndineSpragg's Vanity says:

        That’s a bit unfair, Minx. She is successful in her own right and has carried off many performances in a lead role. She may not be the most emotive actress but is very watchable on screen. The famous husband probably elevated her profile but she was well known pre Ryan Reynolds thanks to Gossip Girl and her indie films. And as for cosmetic surgery, it comes with the territory as a Hollywood actress. No judgment from me.

      • minx says:

        IMO she’s a serviceable actress who got a higher profile and more money thanks to RR’s later lucrative roles…not back when he was doing, say, Definitely, Maybe. So I agree with what Lee said that BL emits “I’m a STAH!” in her more recent red carpet appearances.

      • Sankay says:

        I agree with you @Lee. However, I think they are both smug. Her look at me I’m an awesome mom, wife, and have a great body and I do my own hair and makeup, and he with I’m playing the same role again with a beautiful wife that puts me first. (Not like Scarlet, where he had to be #2 and stand behind.).

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        Well, she’s female so it’s easy to attack her by claiming her path to success was always to have plastic surgery, land a successful husband and stop working. That is the sum of the comments against her right?

        She had her own career, had good work done which she paid for herself, kept her dating life surprisingly low key and is now happily married to an actor that at the time they were dating Scarlett J (A bigger name with more sway than the national lampoon guy) was actively trying to blackball as fallout from a bitter divorce.

        I get people hate the smug look, but we all have a resting face. And sure the dress is awful, but she’s taken risks others wouldn’t before and looked amazing.

        I never got the Blake hate.

      • Jegede says:


        The irony is that Blake is actually more successful than Ryan.
        Outside of Deadpool, he’s meh.

        Lively’s enjoyed acclaim in Simple Favour, Shallows, Cafe Society, Age of Adaline et al.
        Plus, Gossip Girl was part of the NY conversation the way SATC was, good & bad.
        But way cool, to diminish her career as only being Ryans+1🙄🙄🙄

      • superashes says:

        @Jegede and @Wiglet Watcher

        I’m with you both on this. Honestly, I think her showing up in this dress with that stance is a product of how insecure she was about her weight and not being able to fit into the red carpet clothes available to her after her third pregnancy, and the limited red carpets between now and then after she lost the weight.

        She is an actress that has had a solid career and three children, who has been consistently acting since 2005 with a new movie announced in 2020. Maybe she could have done more between 2018 – 2021 as her husband as done, but maybe she also just prefers to spend time with her three children. I don’t see anything wrong with that, and apart from Deadpool, I’ve also viewed her as the more successful of the two. Ryan has had more product, but it also lands all over the spectrum, whereas her projects on the whole tend to be more successful.

    • Lee says:

      Totally agree!

    • Lily says:

      What, like women can only be likeable if they are coy, modest or self conscious? Cute but don’t know it? Smart but doesn’t show it? Successful but not at the expense of being polite? Need to make themselves smaller so others feel comfortable around them?

      Oh the patriarchy.

      • Heather H says:


      • Mcmmom says:

        Lily – I totally agree with you.

        So WHAT if she’s self-satisfied about her body, her marriage, and her life? I think it’s great when women (and men) are excited about how they look and feel.

        My issue with Blake was the plantation wedding, which was a really bad idea. They apologized for it.

        I like Ryan – he doesn’t seem to take his success for granted because he knows just how badly he can suck on screen. Also – The Proposal is one of my guilty pleasures.

      • UndineSpragg's Vanity says:

        @Lily & Jedege: Well said. I admire women who are unapologetic about beaming in the spotlight. She put in the work & it’s very insulting to insinuate that she got there based on whom she married, she has been working consistently in the industry all her adult life. Also, I don’t think she looks smug here, it might just be her camera face. But if she does to some people, well she earned it!

    • Twinkle says:

      I have heard from two different people that she is a major BITCH. One worked on Gossip Girl. She had no problems keeping the entire crew and other cast members waiting for hours until she felt like getting out of the trailer to shoot her scenes. It would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in budget overages to pay everyone OT because of her whims. The other person worked on L’Oréal commercials with her. Same BS, but also giving a lot of attitude to everyone. These are people close to me, and ever since I heard these stories I cannot stand her. Her taste in fashion and jewelry are so tacky too.

      • Lily says:

        Who are these people ‘close to you’ who think it’s ok to call a woman a bitch? You need new friends.

        Let’s be real, when beautiful and/or smart women get called names, especially *bitch*, it has a lot more to do with the fragile ego of the name caller, that the integrity and worth ethic of the subject.

      • Ronaldinhio says:

        I’m really surprised by these comments about Lively.
        I think she is a star in her own right.
        They also feel quite far from the ethos of this board

        That dress is an abomination, whomever made it must hate her

    • wow says:

      I get they’ve apologised, but these two literally chose a marriage ceremony in a plantation. I don’t get the black hole of romance that is an Enslaved Persons compound. Apart from his comedic writing- WHY are these two remotely interesting?

    • Isabella says:

      I have a soft spot for Blake because I loved her in “The Town,” which Ben Affleck filmed in Boston, always a plus for me. Blake played a discarded good-time woman with a kid. I never watched Gossip Girl.

      “Do I look like I got in a fight?” That was her first line.

  2. Soni says:

    I’m shocked at how ugg that dress is!

    • SarahLee says:

      And how with all that skin showing, it really does nothing for her body. She looks thick in the middle and I’m 100% positive that she is not thick in the middle.

      • Embee says:

        I have this problem as well. Even when I am super fit in many clothes I look thick in the middle. And I also suffer from the delusion that because (when) I’m at fighting weight I can wear “anything” (I cannot). She looks like she’s feeling herself so kudos to her!

      • julie j says:

        I couldn’t agree more. Maybe it looks great in movement and that’s what sold her. Unfortunately the dress makes a tall thin woman look trunky and broad. Bad choice by the stylist. Or if she’s still styling herself, as she likes to proclaim…

    • Teebee says:

      It looks like a Home Economics project. Yikes!😬

    • Jo73c says:

      It’s bad enough in profile with the upside down cleavage – then you see the front view and somehow it’s even worse!

  3. Tulipworthy says:

    It looks like an ode to I Dream Of Jeannie.

  4. Lexilla says:


  5. MsIam says:

    Those outfits look weird together. He looks like a guy at the company picnic and she looks like she’s wearing an ice skating costume that had fabric added to make it a gown. I thought stylists were supposed to prevent this type of mishap? Yeeks!

    • Chic says:

      Are they attending the same event? Ryan got the invitation to the PTA.
      And Blake to the country club dinner.
      That’s an ugly dress, part drag, part ice skater and part aging Vegas lounge singer.

      • Carolnr says:

        Ryan looks is dressed like a nerdy professor & Blake looks like Mrs. Howell ( Lovey) on Gilligan’s Island.
        That dress just had way too many cutouts going on & was terribly ill- fitted!
        If it wasn’t for her smile, it would have been a total disaster!!!

    • Astrid says:


    • minx says:

      Right? He’s wearing a plaid shirt, no tie, rolled up cuffs. And she’s wearing…whatever TF it is.

    • Green Desert says:

      Exactly, MsIam. This is why Blake NEEDS to work with a stylist. She sort of brags about not, but then she chooses horrible red carpet looks. If she could work with someone like Law Roach, OMG the possibilities. A stylist would also make sure Blake’s and Ryan’s looks match up. Blake I know you’re reading, girl – get a stylist! 🙂

  6. LaraW” says:

    OMG I swear I saw that dress when I was rewatching Star Trek Original Series yesterday.

  7. Lucy2 says:

    I’m not sure why, but my first thought was fembot or terrible “sexy“ space costume.
    And what a difference from the side versus the front.

  8. minx says:

    Yikes! I’m sorry, that is one sh*tty, tacky-looking dress. From the side it didn’t look so bad but as I scrolled down…it’s just cutting her body in all kinds of weird ways. Makes her rib cage, of all things, look broad.

    • TIFFANY says:

      And the top looks too small for her chest. Like she is about to burst out of it.

      Vanna would never.

      • Ange says:

        I feel like if the top part was a bit lower it would shape her body better, it’d define her waist nicely.

  9. June-O says:

    I was trying to see value in this dress from the side, but the frontal view removed all the good will. Blake has a lovely figure, but the cut outs remove her waist entirely, and the shapeless drape of the skirt portion is tragic. Something nice: I love the colour on her.

  10. Cat C says:

    Looks like homemade Halloween costume

  11. Ariel says:

    I think the dress is pretty. Now she is a knock out and has certainly worn better, more interesting, more flattering things.
    But it is pretty, and i hope she had fun glamming up after spending so much time at home with three children under the age of 6(??).
    She probably sees a lot of eveningwear for Barbies these days.

  12. Leskat says:

    Honestly, she looks awful. The dress is some Winter Olympics fug and it cuts her in the worst places. It makes her look dumpy and I know she isn’t! The color is incredibly unflattering on her. And as a couple, their outfits don’t compliment each other- like did they not discuss what they were wearing? Throw it all in the garbage and start over, Blake.

  13. Diana says:

    Everyone up thread, agree totally. I’m not feeling it. She is beautiful and would look good in a sack, but she could’ve done better. I don’t mind the skin, but the sparkle is too much.

    Fire the stylist.

    • Monette says:

      She is very proud of not having a stylist and doing all by herself. So yeah, this is ALL HER.

  14. TIFFANY says:

    I was a Robyn Lively fan girl back in the day and all I see when I look at Blake is Robyn with blond hair.

    Lively genes are strong.

    • ClaireB says:

      I loved Robyn too, and I always forget these two are related because I don’t see a resemblance at all! Funny how two people can see different things in people’s faces.

  15. Julia K says:

    If her husband Really loved her he would have requested that she re examine her clothing choice. Or is she auditioning for some future role?

  16. Nikomikaelx says:

    I feel like maybe that was her backup dress, that she didn’t try on or something? cause in many photos she looks like she knows it sucks too. She only really smiled when she was hugging Ryan and you couldn’t see the dress from the front. Or maybe she just really liked this uggo dress, for whatever reason, people have different taste.

  17. Liz version 700 says:

    That dress is so gig. It takes a lot to make Blake Lively’ look bad, but lord this did it. They look very happy to be out on the carpet!

  18. Mary Mae says:

    It could be as simple as she lost a bet to Ryan over what she would wear. I’m not a fan of the dress, but I also feel like it could be on theme for the movie. It gives me a video game/alt world vibe.

  19. Jillian says:

    Did these two have very different plans after the premiere? Blake is giving “evening gala”, and Ryan is giving “Mother’s Day brunch”. Did they not see these outfits together prior to arrival? I appreciate Blake going for big glamour (why not? Sparkle sparkle), I would have forced Ryan into a black suit to match it

  20. Lena says:

    I’m officially sick of cutouts and required ab exposure. On to the next trend please.

  21. AmieDee says:

    After wearing yoga pants and sweatshirts for 18 months, I could see how that dress would be a change. What’s that? Delta variant coming? Okay, gotta get me some more yoga pants.

  22. Kelly says:

    I wonder if she’s trying to show off how much she’s bounced back from being pregnant. Not a good look for anyone over eight.

  23. Eating Popcorn says:

    I came here to say that the dress was hideous and did nothing for her but you all beat me to it!

  24. Jack says:

    “”Yes, master.”

  25. Case says:

    She looks like Princess Jasmine. Maybe her daughters chose her dress, lol.

  26. Kviby says:

    The pics on her Instagram looked nice But I see why you see cheap here. That fabric is very synthetic looking.
    Great silhouette and colour for her though

  27. Shoop says:

    She looks like a bumper car in human form, or the evil princess from Buck Rogers, which actually makes me warm to it a lot.

  28. Elisabeth says:

    It’s a ridiculous dress, but I love it because it looks like a vintage find from Star Trek. She needed to go with the green skin, really. 🙂

  29. TheOriginalMia says:

    Glad I’m not the only one that said “why?” when they saw this dress.

  30. Green Desert says:

    Fashion aside, I like these two a lot. He’s hilarious. Actually they’re both pretty funny on social media. And I like that they’ve taken ownership over the years for their terrible past racial blind spots.

    • Beach Dreams says:

      “I like that they’ve taken ownership over the years for their terrible past racial blind spots.”

      Huh?? They made one measly and vague “apology” last summer when performative allyship was at its peak. And Ryan has been *slightly* better at recognizing his privilege and biases than his Antebellum loving, Woody Allen apologist wife.

      • Green Desert says:

        Meh. They’ve made some big donations. They’ve both talked in detail about their whiteness and not having to worry about their children in the same way parents non-white children do. Ryan directly addressed their wedding location within the last year or so. I overstated by saying I like them “a lot.” I should have said I like these two. 🙂 So I’m not gonna spend the time to find Ryan’s comments. But he talked about how ignorant they were in the past. I’ve seen stuff that suggests growth. *shrug*

  31. stooppoo says:

    They are The Third Reich of Celebrity Couples.

  32. Ann says:

    The dress doesn’t work. Pair it with the high pony tail and she really does look like she’s going for I Dream Of Jeanie. It’s kind of a sporty hairstyle for the dress. She needs like a jeweled scrunchy for it or something, to go with the vibe.

    I have never seen her in anything. I missed Gossip Girl entirely, was too busy to watch at the time. I’ve liked him well enough in what I’ve seen, which is basically just the early Van What’s-HIs-Name movies.

    She’s a lovely woman obviously but I find her beauty very bland, or something. Maybe because I am a Basic White Woman myself, with virtually 100% Northern European/British Isles blood, and I find my own looks boring. Give her red hair or something and I’d probably feel differently.

  33. Kat says:

    Blake is a stunning woman, almost anything looks amazing on her. This dress screams “80s figure skater” to me.

    • Julia K says:

      My 2 daughters were late 80’s figure skaters. No way would I allow either one of them on the ice in this get up. Coaches allow skaters quite a bit of personal choice in costuming for competitions, but this crosses the line and would have been thumbs down for sure.

  34. Originaluna says:

    I like this couple, sure, flawed, but I do enjoy their movies. I always say this in BL threads but not everyone needs to be Meryl Streep, and I’ve enjoyed most movies I’ve seen her in. The Age of Adaline is probably my favorite, as I’ve watched it twice. There’s room for her.

    As for RR, same applies, I’m actually really looking forward to seeing Free Guy, wity Jodie Comer, whom I adore. Not every movie needs to be gold standard. I love entertaining, fun flicks.
    Anyway… I dislike the dress but I agree with a commenter above, I think she felt she needed to come out with the skinny body after baby no. 3 weight stayed on for a while – which is totally fine and normal.
    Let her shine. Doesn’t bother me.

  35. Kalli says:

    What’s Blake doing wearing JLo’s dress? She’s pulled off some crazy outfits before, but this feels really off.