Anya Taylor Joy in Dior at ‘The Menu’ NYC premiere: stunning or overworked?

Here are some photos from the big New York premiere of The Menu, starring Anya Taylor Joy, Ralph Fiennes and Nicholas Hoult. Honestly, I thought the movie looked interesting and cool, but Ralph’s interviews are kind of ruining my old opinions about him. It might seem inconsequential because I’m sure the kids don’t care about Fiennes, but he’s the lead of the film!! His name comes before Anya’s name on all of the promotional materials! Plus, it continues to be disconcerting to see Fiennes – a once-delicately beautiful man – turn up at premieres looking like a glum mid-level banker.

As for fashion, Anya repped her Dior contract and wore this Dior cocktail dress, I guess we’re calling it. Several designers have been doing these stiff crinoline skirts and I loathe the trend/throwback. That being said, it feels “very Dior,” and this is admittedly one of the better versions of the trend. Anya definitely pulls off some interesting stuff. I would have probably removed the gloves – the different patterns of the gloves and the lace on the dress is throwing me off.

If you look closely at Hoult, you can see that he’s wearing three layers – a gorgeous greige topcoat over a beige-and-silver button-down, over some kind of sheer white tank or tee. It’s amazing. Just a little pizzazz. I love that his trousers are a bit flared too. He’s SO stylish.

Photos courtesy of Robin Platzer / Twin Images / Avalon.

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  1. Hannah says:

    I flip and flop on Anya. I can’t decide if she is preternaturally beautiful or just plain kooky. Dior seem to have grasped her *preferred* aesthetic in her recent red carpet looks (whimsigoth) Agreed with Kaiser — fishnet gloves with lace not working for me. I would have gone with black latex

    • Barrett says:

      I feel she’s stunning and then odd alien looking all in span of a few second glance. Kinda works like you can’t look away! She can pull off lots of designer, artsy things….

    • Blue says:

      I’ll go with alien mutant for ATJ. I have a hard time looking at her face. Putting her in period dramas like “The Miniaturist” and “Emma” were mistakes. Her “look” fit the Queen’s Gambit character. She’s better as a sci-fi character.

    • NonA says:

      She’s changed a lot in the face area since she first came out as an actress and I prefer a more natural look on her.

  2. girl_ninja says:

    It’s a bit severe on her but she looks great.

  3. UnstrungPearl says:

    ATJ pulls off looks better than most, but yeah not feeling the gloves. Fit of the dress a bit off too?
    In general I like her red carpet bc it’s not boring and she takes risks. This one isn’t the best but it’s something.

    Nicholas Hoult needs to be on more red carpets, I LOVE this outfit. And him 😉

  4. SAS says:

    Nicholas has been KILLING IT at every appearance, Anya has just naturally been the focus. I know there’s fair competition for the title, but he honestly might be the most stylish male star around. And this is going back to his A Single Man days.

    • Normades says:

      Agreed. He has been serving some major lewks.
      I hate the gloves trend. I know everyone is doing it but please make it stop.

  5. Carnivalbaby says:

    I didn’t know much about Anya Taylor Joy until I watched Last Night in Soho – which I only watched for Matt Smith after The House of the Dragon premiered. I thought she was really great in that. This is for me the best look I have seen on her since The Menu publicity started. Everything seems to work.

    Nicholas Hoult however, has been the star for me. He has been killing every red carpet.

  6. Eurydice says:

    There’s something so stretched out and stiff and unnatural about Anya here. Like she’s a plastic Christmas ornament.

    • Elon's Sink says:

      It’s the “too tight” high ponytail.

      • Eurydice says:

        It’s that, and the exaggerated way she’s sucking in her cheeks and craning her neck, the stiff legs in the super high heels, the stiff bell skirt – it’s like an ornament hanging on a tree.

  7. ML says:

    ATJ: this look, though stiff and severe, mostly works for me because I think she does “witchy” well. I also (apologies) like the gloves in a different pattern. What concerns me are the veins in her feet that I cannot unsee every time she wears high heels—she has circulation problems and I wish someone would help her with that.
    NH looks great! I like the mix of neutrals and textures in his clothing.

    • antipodean says:

      Interesting you mention ATJ’s circulation, ML. Looking at these pictures I cannot see past the fact that the men are all rugged up and cosy in their coats and suits, and ATJ is standing in the freezing cold NY evening in next to nothing. That is probably why her legs look like chilblains waiting to happen. I’m afraid I could never make my living by standing about in flimsy clothing, I loath and detest being cold! Not even for FASHION! She is certainly a professional, and earning every penny of her fee.

      • BeanieBean says:

        I noticed her red knees & feet, too. Definitely a circulation issue, compounded by it being far too cold for such an outfit.

  8. Mvptp says:

    She is a great actress and Im happy she is getting booked but her Fashion sense is just off. She always looks like something is off. At first I thought her and Law( her former stylist) where just a bad fit but her new stylist is also great and with his other clients like Taylor Russell are killing it, so now I think she is just a “try hard” she wants to be a fashion girl really bad, and create an iconic fashion moment but by trying so hard she comes up short.

  9. MaryContrary says:

    I do not get her appeal. I tried twice to make it through Queen’s Gambit. I find her really odd looking-so whatever weird outfit/styling I think it’s on brand.

  10. Faround says:

    I think she is stunning! But her hair confuses me. She has so much of it and it is so thick and full, but obviously bleached. Is this look feasible without some “help” in the extension department? Obviously jealous and want to know ALL the details of her hair game!

    • Aliyah says:

      I think her hair is naturally dark blonde so doesn’t have to be lifted as much as darker hair, avoiding a bit of the damage. Also a few extensions perhaps

  11. Josephine says:

    I don’t love it but it’s not a disaster. I’m just here to express thanks for having fashion to look at (and critique) again! It’s nice to see celebs back to the fashion game even if it’s not always successful. When the red carpet first returned after the worst of Covid, it felt like celebs were pretty drab and safe in their choices, so it’s fun to see some more diverse looks.

  12. dlc says:

    Ralph Fienes is NOT aging well. Nicholas Hoults styling game lead me to ordering my SO a velvet blazer for Christmas.

  13. Jules says:

    She looks stunning but that make-up is HARSH as heck.

    Nicholas’ outfit would be an A+ but those sneakers ruin it immediately in a way that everything looks less coherent and flattering.

    Wasn’t Ralph Fiennes always a bit meh in interviews, to a point where you knew he was a conservative old git? I feel like his current interview tour is not the first where he made weird comments but then again, a lot of people like to ignore beloved character actor’s horrible takes on politics and social issues.

    • AMA1977 says:

      I love the sneakers and think he looks fantastic head to toe.

      Ralph is not aging well and does look like a schlubby banker, and I agree that he’s just being who he always was in interviews, he just doesn’t have the convenient distraction of otherworldly good looks to fall back on anymore. Methinks he’s getting the face he deserves.

      Anya looks cold, but she’s working that lewk. It’s not my taste, but I applaud her commitment to presentation.

  14. Mcali says:

    I think Ralph Fiennes looks great here.

    • DouchesOfCambridge says:

      the comment of Ralph being a once beautiful man and comparing his outfit to one of a banker is harsh. i see nothing wrong with the outfit

    • Blue says:

      How many people look as good at 60 as they did at 30? Very few. Fiennes is a talented icon. He looks better than if he’s gone the bad-toupee route as son many others have done.

  15. jferber says:

    Eurydice: agree.

  16. JanetDR says:

    I feel that Anna’s whole look is of a cartoon character. I don’t dislike it, she just doesn’t look … I don’t know….real?

  17. JustMe says:

    How do women walk in shoes like that…it’s like they should fall off cause the toes are barely in them…I’m just grumpy today. It’s been a hell of a week and it’s only Tuesday 🥺

  18. Aliyah says:

    I don’t get some of the comments about her being odd or alien looking. She’s stereotypically beautiful to me. Maybe her weight loss and styling is throwing people off?

  19. ej says:

    I find it painful to look at her. She’s so thin.

  20. Houltonaminute says:

    If Idris Elba doesn’t get the James Bond gig, Hoult should take it.

  21. Jane Wilson says:

    I think this look is perfect for someone who wants to go about their day to day business… grocery shopping, dropping off shoes to be mended, picking up grass seed… and simply doesn’t wish to be recognized in real life!

  22. Solidgold says:

    She will fit great in the Mad Max world, but her red carpet style is too try hard.

  23. LizzieB says:

    She looks awful. As a fellow paler than pale person, I normally chafe when people tell me to get some fake tan – but you can tell she has make up on her top half and no make up on her legs, so she looks two-tone. And that dress is too low, I just wanna yank it up to prevent nip slip lol. She’s a great actress and has a really unique look, but her styling or her decisions really let her down.