Anya Taylor Joy in Dior at the Critics Choice: fug leotard or ballerina-chic?

Here are photos from last night’s Critics Choice Awards, a pretty boring awards show overall, and definitely lacking in the kind of drunken shenanigans of the Golden Globes. Anya Taylor-Joy wore this beige/flesh-tone Dior which… it’s bad. In general, I dislike when pale, wispy blondes go for beige/nude/flesh colors, but in this particular case, I think the issue was definitely the skirt and the granny panties. No disrespect to granny panties – I wear them myself. But this Dior is definitely giving “budget leotard” and not high-end couture.

Michelle Williams in custom Louis Vuitton Not the best, not the worst. Design-wise, it seems a bit meh, but she looks pretty and sparkly.

Kate Hudson in Oscar de la Renta. I really liked this? Was it something we’ve seen a million times before? Sure. But was it also a very good version of something familiar? Also yes.

Julia Roberts in Schiaparelli. I was shocked that Julia wore something with such a simple, sleek and elegant design and I was surprised that this was Schiaparelli, a label which is known for putting giant boob hooks on dresses. Anway, I loved this and I would wear it.

I truly cannot get over Lily James in this Versace. It’s SO BAD. Ladies, never wear a dress that does this to your bust. And just avoid stiff, stripped, tulle ruffles.

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  1. Lucy2 says:

    I like Julia’s the best. So tired of see-through skirts. Michelle‘s dress looks kind of uncomfortable and her necklace is fighting it.

    • Barrett says:

      Its subtle but Kate Hudson got her lips done and cheek filler. I notice it when she makes faces at the camera.

    • SquiddusMaximus says:

      Agreed. I am sick of see-through skirts like I am sick of cut-outs. So overdone and a poor concept to begin with. Sheer? Potential for gorgeousness. But this see-through nonsense just trends toward ugly.

      I do like the structure of Anya’s dress. And Julia looks shockingly elegant.

      As a side note, there was some British award festival 2 months back or so, and pretty much all the dresses/outfits were drop-dead gorgeous and spectacular. I was blown away. What’s up with the recent shit? I’m both puzzled and irritated.

  2. Lilium says:

    Lily James always posed with her mouth hanging open and her nostrils flared like that. It’s a very stupid pose.

    • AnneL says:

      I know. I’m tired of her looking like she’s trying to catch flies. She also half-closes her eyes. She tries so hard to look sultry and it’s annoying.

      I don’t even think her dress is that bad, I just can’t with the expression on her face.

      • Silver Charm says:

        Have you seen video of her getting into those poses and how she adjusts her face? It’s bewildering.

  3. Emily says:

    I kinda like Anna Taylor Joy’s dress, but wish her makeup was bolder. Also, did she get that awful bucal fat surgery?

    • Normades says:

      Could be. I think she actually looks like she put on some weight and looks much better (she was looking really frail for a while).

    • detritus says:

      Yeah she did.
      That look ages like Bethany Frankel. Literally.
      So many starlets are going to regret it.

    • bananapanda says:

      Anya’s dress didn’t look this see through in motion. There’s a clip where she’s complimenting one of the red carpet correspondents and she seems breezy, cool and comfortable in this dress. I was shocked to see the terrible pics come out. TBH this event was so close to the GGs it seems like everyone just came w/their backup looks and less fuss.

  4. Jay says:

    I have to disagree with you. I like both see through dresses and can appreciate the styling with nude dress. All the others are ill fitted and boring. But thanks for the write up,

  5. SarahCS says:

    Does someone really not like Lilly James? I know this is part of their jobs but imagine having to go out in public wearing that. I feel for Anya too, she can look spectacular and this does not do her justice. Please stop with unlined dresses.

    • AnneL says:

      I really don’t like her, but I’m not dressing her.

      She can’t blame the stylist for the goofy “sexy” open-mouthed expression she always has on her face on the red carpet.

  6. Lucy says:

    Hmmm I actually love ATJ’s dress. It’s perfect for her aesthetic.

    • Kirsten says:

      I love it also, and agree it’s a really good fit for her style. Michelle Williams is my favorite though — the gold dress with that necklace is perfect.

    • Twin Falls says:

      I love it also. She pulls the whole look off, hair, make-up, dress, and looks amazing.

    • Kate’s Jeggings says:

      Same! It’s a really interesting and well-balanced look. I like the Schiaparelli look, too. While the brand has been around for quite awhile, they’re getting a ton of buzz going into 2023.

  7. Sandra says:

    I actually like all the dresses EXCEPT Julia Roberts’. I think It looks very dated.
    Lily James really does need to be more self-aware on red carpets…

    • death by bacon says:

      I actually like taylor joys dress but heres the thing. I HATE SEEING ANYONES UNDERWEAR. there i said it and hopefully I have processed my panty trauma. If that dress was lined it would not be a distraction from the actress. Whew 😬

      • Lolalola says:

        I was just writing the exact same thing! I hate the purposeful underwear thing. Reminds me of the whole Whale-Tail thing from years gone by. #FUG
        p.s. Lily James boobs look like they are posing for a mammogram.

      • Josephine says:

        Not to mention that it’s just unflattering – I don’t think the crotch is a terribly flattering part for anyone. That dress lightly lined would have been stunning. As is it looks unfinished.

      • JanetDR says:

        @Death by bacon, Me too! I particularly dislike it in nude tones, that never looks good.

      • Zazzoo says:

        Came to say this. I hate this visible undies trend but I fear it’s here to stay. At some point it’ll just be bikinis on the red carpet.

  8. Emmi says:

    Anya looks great I think, she just commits to her outfits and her whole demeanor and posing is usually on point for the dress. She’s selling it. Everyone else … not my thing.

  9. HeyKay says:

    I am tired of the see thru dresses.
    Does someone send out a memo of what colors everyone should wear?
    Lots of pale, silver, nude at this show.
    Was it Lily James in black? I noticed her shoes as much as the gown, looked like 5″ heels.
    No way my feet could take it.

  10. Eating Popcorn says:

    Does it depend on your age, not feeling AJT or LJ – the whole see-through skirt seems silly to me. Kate Hudson’s dress is meh, but I’m totally here for Julia Robert’s and Michelle Williams’ dresses and I’m over 50.

  11. teehee says:

    I am not happy with the see-thru skirt, the dress would have been SO cute without that. I mean have we really sunk to having to be in our underwear and otherwise half naked now all the time. Its every womans’ choice, and I support that, but I always wonder who is this choice for really. Really…

  12. Rnot says:

    I don’t hate the dress but I don’t like it either. I wish the color was one shade darker and the skirt were less sheer. Though looking at some of the pictures I wonder if the flashbulb glare made it look more sheer than it did in real life. Otherwise I like the overall design and shape of the dress on her.

    I love Julia Robert’s dress even if it is dated. I’m starting the countdown now. How long until we see Kate Middleton in a version of this dress?

  13. Case says:

    Would’ve loved Anya’s look with her hair less…big. I think Kate Hudson was my favorite look of the night.

  14. Diamond Rottweiler says:

    The nude dress has got to be one of the toughest looks to get right for anyone, photographs poorly in most cases, and I will never understand very pale, white-blonde haired women wearing this look as it’s so aggressively corpse-adjacent. Why does anyone want to look like a recently unburied wraith?? I’m permanently flummoxed by actress’s attraction to this vibe.

  15. bus says:

    I’ve never liked ballerina dresses. I’ve always found them to be fussy and it makes me think the wearer is fussy.

  16. Twinkle says:

    Versace is not doing Lily James any favors. Her boobs are pressed down, they look like tortillas.

  17. Lynne F says:

    I think the silhouette of Anya Taylor-Joys’s dress is quite beautiful.

    Michelle William’s stylist is Kate Young, the same stylist as Margot Robbie and I’m not a huge fan.

  18. Rhonda says:

    I don’t mind ATJ’s dress as much as her shoes. I don’t understand why anyone wears such ill-fitting/poorly designed shoes that their toes are hanging over the edge.

  19. blue says:

    I hate the sheer skirts. I don’t want to see any grannied/bikini’d/thonged crotches or any nipples. Sheers over brunette pubic hair showing through the undies is even worse, which some have done. That look detracts from the style & architecture of the dress. Fabric, fit, and style are far more interesting than shaded views of supposedly “private parts.”

  20. Katy says:

    The see-through dresses always give me the impression that the wearer is asking the viewer, “aren’t I *naughty?* Aren’t I *daaaaaring?*” Aren’t you *shocked?* You should be *shocked.*”
    It tries too hard, and doesn’t look good in the process.