Emily Blunt wore a minty Balmain for the Paris ‘Oppenheimer’ premiere: hideous?

Most big-budget movies try to hire at least one “fashionista” actress. The purpose is not to get the film to pass the Bechdel test (heaven forfend) but rather to give the promotional tour some pizzazz, so it’s not just meaty bros standing around and posing together on a red carpet. See also: Scarlett Johansson in the Marvel movies and Jennifer Connelly in Top Gun: Maverick. For Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer, he cast two fashionistas to perk up the promotional tour: Emily Blunt and Florence Pugh. Pugh is a busy bee, so she could not join the cast for the first big premiere event this week in Paris. So Emily had to be the flower among the bros.

I guess Emily’s goal here was to provide the kind of fashion moment designed to go viral, either good or bad. Because this is hideous!! A mint-green satin Balmain with giant shoulder pads and a prissy color and neckline. Egads!!! I’m sure the idea here was that Oppenheimer is a period piece and maybe Emily wanted to evoke the 1930s/1940s. But I swear, most women didn’t wear sh-t like this during WWII.

Meanwhile, Cillian Murphy looks like he just asked me if I want to know how I’m going to die. He can’t wait to tell me. Either that or someone showed him a plate of cupcakes and he just froze like that dog Stains. His suit is actually nice, but the flesh-colored button-down and tie is very… unsettling.

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  1. seaflower says:

    That dress is just awful.

    • Bettyrose says:

      I like the color but the whole execution is off. The shoulder pads, the satiny twist. I might have worn that to my 8th grade graduation dance with kitten heels.

      • Bbb says:

        I like the colour too. It’s summer in Paris- What it needed was to be a thin strap with some kind of detail and then a different bust line/neckline that was drapey and then the bottom would be fine. The neckline, sleeves and bust are just a mess and too much,

    • PrincessOfWaffles says:

      Awful dress. So stuffy. I can only see Kate Middleton wearing this and getting positive comments about it.
      And how old is Murphy? 150?

      • JP says:

        My first thought was literally, “That’s a Kate dress”.

      • Christine says:

        Is this the same designer Kitty wore to Wimbledon, to flirt up Roger Federer??? It’s the same shade of green, but no buttons.

    • Chica says:

      Think it will look good on Kate Wailes though

    • Snappyfish says:

      Bridal satin? Seriously? The color is lovely though, all else…not

    • HeyJude says:

      I know nothing about fashion but these look like my mom’s fancy sitting room curtains around Easter time back in the late 1980s. That doesn’t seem ideal.

  2. Southern Fried says:

    Fugly dress, satin and that green belongs only on mint lozenges. She can do so much better.

  3. Ginny says:

    I would really like the bottom half as a skirt paired with a nice crisp white top! Or maybe the dress would be improved simply by being in a different fabric? But yeah, as is, it’s a no from me 😬

    • It’sJustBlanche says:

      I think maybe a different fabric. The cut itself is exaggerated 40s but with the satin, it’s just awful. If she was going for a wartime 40s look, there are so many better, modern options.

      • Bee says:

        I agree. You can totally see what they were trying for (’40s x oversized) but it’s a flop. For modernized vintage the best pop culture example I can think of is the Batman movie that Prince did the soundtrack for.

        This skirt design is timeless, and one of the most flattering styles in existence. The top is overdone. The collar is too big and the shoulderpads are all wrong. If you’re going to do vintage knockoffs, just copy the pattern directly and change other things. Or use vintage prints in modern style lines. Most modern “updates” to vintage style mostly miss the mark imo.

        The other thing they could have done to modernize it is to have some of the fabric with the matte side out. Most satin has a shiny side and a matte side. They could have used the matte side with some of the draped parts over the hips, and reflected it in the drape of the skirt (a matte section and then switch to shiny – just through fabric manipulation, no seams needed).

        Instead they chose a giant collar. Which is one of the worst things to come out of the ’70s! LOL. They could have even done the collar matte side out and proportional. Then it would pop without looking like a clown costume.

  4. Lucy2 says:

    I just like everything about the dress, the fabric, the color, the style, all of it.

    • michyk says:

      i kind of like it too. or maybe the idea of it? i love the color, although i’m not sure she’s pulling it off. i just think it’s not fit right in the bodice, maybe?

      • teecee says:

        It’s a great dress, but it doesn’t suit her coloring. I think on someone with dark skin it would really pop.

      • EBS says:

        Yes, I think this would look gorgeous on someone like Jodie Turner-Smith (who I think can wear literally anything) but Emily isn’t making it work for me.

    • JW says:

      +1 for the dress from me too.

    • Alex says:

      Same here. Plus perfect pick for the occasion.

    • Huckle says:

      I love it as well. She’s working a ’40s glamour vibe that I really enjoy. She really pops in that pic with her costars.

    • lucy2 says:

      LOL I just saw that I wrote I like it. I mean to say I DON’T like any part of it! 😀

  5. Pinkosaurus says:

    These are delightfully terrible.

  6. Um…. just no to that mint thing that is covering her body.

  7. Reborn Rich says:


    This post was enjoyable and hilarious, especially the part about Cillian Murphy and the dog. I went to the link and howled.

    • GoldenMom says:

      …and now I will never be able to look at him again without seeing Stains & the cupcakes – hilarious! Probably will be sitting in Oppenheimer, laughing inappropriately. THIS is why I love CB.

      Stains has seen some stuff….

    • BeanieBean says:

      It was the ‘just asked me if I want to know how I’m going to die’ that cracked me up!! Kaiser is Fuego!

    • Ely says:

      Same – I laughed out loud!! Chapeau, Kaiser! 🤣🤣🤣🤣

  8. M says:

    Are you sure that’s her? Her face looks totally different. I honestly can’t recognize her.

    • Carrie says:

      So agree.

    • Kate says:

      Came here to say this.

    • Polly says:

      She’s been messing with her face for years and I really wish she would stop.

    • SAS says:

      She’s been brushing against Instagram face for a year but she’s come out full Real Housewives here (the dress doesn’t help).

    • Erin says:

      I agree, what happened? I remember her starting to mess with her lips and now she is almost in Madonna territory with that weird smooth skin where she looks like an older woman who has had work done to try and look completely wrinkle and crease free and she’s only 40!

    • Kokiri says:

      I thought she looked different, drastically so. I thought perhaps it was the colour, it’s so bad for her complexion.
      But she just looks shiny & it’s such a shame. She was pretty.

      • Toast Panda says:

        It’s sad. Maybe the colour being so uncomplimentary to her skin is supposed to distract us from what she’s done to her face.

        Like, Her face doesn’t look good, it must be that *colour

    • MF says:

      Yep, WAYYYYY too many fillers in her face. I’m not at all against fillers or plastic surgery, but these things tend to look best when used sparingly or at least in moderation.

      It is a bit disappointing because she’s a great actress who doesn’t need to rely solely on her looks to get cast. She has such great range that would be better utilized if she wasn’t trying to look 22.

    • Wednesday Addams says:

      Same! I had to do a double-take. I wish she’d leave her face alone. She was perfect as is.

    • TreeHugger says:

      I was looking for this! Truly didn’t recognize her—this looks *nothing* like Emily Blunt. And I know we’re all asymmetrical, but I don’t remember her left eye being so much smaller than her right…has she messed with her face so much that it caused that??

      This is so depressing. She was perfect as she was.

      • M says:

        Botox gone wrong can cause droopy eyes/squint face. They can try to correct it with more Botox, but sometimes that makes it worse. It honestly looks like Emily snatched Elizabeth Olson’s face or something. It’s bizarre.

    • Lemons says:

      Agreed…I thought it was weight gain, but she looks as thin as ever…which would put this in the fillers category. She didn’t need it, and if anyone told her she did, I really hate them for it!

  9. Emme says:

    Love, love, love the colour and half of the dress. Change the awful collar/neckline and the padded shoulders, make it sleek at the top to carry the elaborate bottom half of the dress and I’d buy it.

    • JanetDR says:

      I was slowly taking in the horror that is that dress. My eyes were recoiling away from that collar, and what the Dickens is going on at the shoulders?! And those sleeves- ugh! The bodice?! And then, the skirt…ahh… not hideous at all.

  10. Hannah says:

    You just know Kate Middleton already has this sister wife dress on her Pinterest mood board already

  11. Lightpurplek says:

    That dress looks like something that would get the designer in the bottom two on Project Runway but not eliminated because the thing actually fits. I can hear Nina Garcia critiquing the fabric, the collar, the sleeves, and that color!

  12. D says:

    What did they mess up to make the stitching at the waist look like that? It’s like these are two different pieces and they slapped them together at the last minute. It does fit her well and I understand what they were going for but the construction is not good.

  13. Amy Bee says:


  14. MsIam says:

    I think it’s the giant collar and the too long sleeves that make this look frumpy. But I’ve seen worse so its a “meh” from me. I don’t hate the color either and I’m not a fan of green.

  15. Miranda says:

    As a fashion history nerd, I often lament what has become of some of the great fashion houses of the first half of the 20th century, and I don’t think any of them has fallen farther than Balmain. So many of their designs look cheap and ill-fitting, no matter who wears them. Case. In. Point. The bias cut and draping are actually fine, but the overall look is ruined by the sleeves, shoulders, and collar. A more matte satin might improve it. Her hairstyle is also a miss for me; it’s too period and makes the whole thing look costume-y.

  16. Cole says:

    I think the style/cut of the dress doesn’t match the fabric choice. The design reads very fall/winter but the fabric choice cheapens it. In a deep purple, burgundy, or black that dress makes more sense. In a crepe fabric, or in a peau de soie instead of bridal satin it would be a show stopper. But it looks like someone tried to make it read “summer” and it comes off looking like a party city costume.

    • Debbie says:

      Among other things, the design says “day” or something an old-fashioned schoolteacher would wear; whereas, the fabric says “evening gown” or something one would wear to an award show.

  17. Nx2 says:

    Omg – 😂 – just spluttered out my morning tea, oops – that’s a brilliant Cillian Murphy description!!!!

  18. Eurydice says:

    It’s like they combined all of Rosalind Russell’s wardrobe into one dress.

  19. AnneL says:

    I do see the nod to the 1940s and I think it could work in a different fabric and color. It also fits well. But that is Bad Bridesmaid Dress fabric if I ever saw it! Mint green AND shiny?! Yuck.

    And yes, she is doing too much to her face. Why? EM is a great actress. That said, between the way she’s making herself look more plastic all the time and her recent rather snide comments about the United States (except Brooklyn!), a country in which she chose to live and where she has built a successful career, I am really going off of her.

  20. Brassy Rebel says:

    I love the mint green color. Just not on this “dress”. Mint green has become one of my favorite colors although it doesn’t suit everyone. It would be spectacular on a different gown and a person with darker skin. Meghan, for instance, would rock mint green.

  21. LeahTheFrench says:

    Oh, no…Everything about this dress is…wrong. The color, the fabric, the design – and then the styling takes that and makes it worse. Everything about this is severe, dated, and flat. Let’s hope she does better for the rest of the tour!!

  22. Becks1 says:

    Oh I dont think the dress is that bad actually. I think if the collar was different, and it wasn’t that hideous shade of mint green, it would be fabulous.

  23. Eowyn says:

    The first Cillian Murphy solo pic as you scroll down is amazing. He has such a dramatic face 🤣. I love your description of him!

  24. Macheath says:

    Minus the mint colour, collar and shoulders, the silhouette is actually very flattering on Emily. I wish she would go back to brunette/darker hair and more fresh soft matte makeup though.

    Lmao at your paragraph on Cillian, Kaiser! He looks very sunburnt…and unhinged.

    • Christine says:

      He looks like a serial killer, and I think that might be what he is going for.

      Instead of putting the lotion in the basket, he should apply some to his face. He is so much younger than I am, and he looks like a dried out pig ear, I would give to my dogs.

      Edit: I have to retract. He’s one year younger than I am. Carry on.

  25. Roo says:

    I’m such a fashion noob, and I love reading the detailed comments by my fellow celebitchies about stitching, draping, fit, fabric, etc. Thank you fellow readers for keeping me entertained and educated!

  26. MLE428 says:

    “Cillian Murphy looks like he just asked me if I know how I want to die.” I scrolled a teensy bit further and the pic…I choked on my breakfast! I can’t stop laughing.

  27. Eurogirl70 says:

    Bad or not the oversized collar, and over sized shoulder pads are very much in keeping with the styles of the 1940’s; the era in which the movie takes place. In fact I bet the dress is from their own archives of the era. Even the colour of the dress is a throwback. Context is key at a premiere for a movie about the atomic bomb and the WW2 era

    • Bee says:

      I’m sorry, but the shoulder pads here are ’80s. ’40s shoulder pads were smaller and much more subtle, and also made of horsehair rather than foam. The foam gives a much more dramatic line. It’s a completely different look on top.

      The collar is oversized and looks ’70s if anything. Many ’40s dresses were high necked and collarless, or had small collar pieces. They’re pulling the ’40s aesthetic apart and it’s not an improvement.

      The hips and skirt lines, however, are beautiful and always will be.

      • Eurogirl70 says:

        Sorry but no they weren’t. Take a look at anything from Joan Crawford. Where do you think the 1980s took their inspiration from?

  28. Libra says:

    I usually have a little something nice to say about any outfit but am at a loss for words here.

  29. HeyKay says:

    No dress should be that ugly. The satin, shiny material, and shade of green is unflattering.
    What is she doing to her face? Too much already, whatever it is.

    Cillian Murphy, who is generally gorgeous to me, looks terrible in these pics.
    The nude shirt/tie is really ugly.
    Nobody looks good or happy in these pics.

    • Queenie says:

      I completely disagree! I think Cillian looks like a snack. I love his look and think he looks stylish. His hair, matching shirt and tie, no belt, all of it looks incredible.

  30. slippers4life says:

    “Cillian Murphy looks like he’s about to ask me if I want to know how I die.” I almost spat out my coffee!! Bahahahahaha

  31. AnneL says:

    Oh dear, that pic of Cillian Murphy really is….something.

    I realized I kind of prefer him with his “Peaky Blinders” haircut.

  32. Eating Popcorn says:

    Eurydice – You win the internet today!

  33. tamsin says:

    Hideous. Looking to evoke the forties look here? Hair reminds me of Veronica Lake. Loved the forties shoulder silhouette on suit jackets and pencil skirts. I think the dress could work in some other fabric than satin. The shine is part of the hideousness. In mint green satin, perhaps without the collar and the sleeves and shoulders altogether, although that would reduce it to a run of the mill evening dress.

  34. Ameerah M says:

    I kinda love it. Sorry not sorry lol. BUT – I think it would look better on someone like Cate Blanchett. I don’t think Emily has the gravitas to pull it off.

  35. Lala11_7 says:

    Take off the sleeves…the collar and THOSE SHOES….

    I think it would be LOVELY…

    • Debbie says:

      In other words, redesign it, right? You know it’s a bad dress when people are thinking of alternative designs.

  36. Noo says:

    I laughed at Matt Damon’s little short man heeled boots/shoes. Matt Damon is a douche and he wears douche shoes. Gosh I must be a little grumpy this morning. But it’s the truth!

    • Granger says:

      How tiny ARE all those guys? Or is Emily Blunt just very tall???

    • MsGnomer says:

      Agree about the douche machine, but when exactly did that happen and how did it happen. I once loved him and now I can’t engage with his performances on screen. Bland Man, the new super power in the internet age.

  37. Lionel says:

    Cillian Murphy can’t wait to tell me how I’m going to die.


    This is the funniest this I’ve read all year, precisely because it’s so true! Can’t stop laughing.

  38. It’sJustBlanche says:

    Yes, it’s hideous and I’m saying that as someone who secretly loves some of Princess Kate’s clothing, so you know it’s really awful.

  39. Flower says:

    I am really curious to know how Cillian and Emily vibed on set, especially given Cillian’s misanthropic tendencies and Emily self casting herself as the femail equivalent of Hugh Grant i.e ‘posh’ English totty.

    I need that tea so badly.

    • Queenie says:

      Misanthropic? Really? I know he’s a pretty big introvert but I didn’t realize he has disdain for humanity. I’m intrigued and want more context haha 🧐

    • Polly says:

      From his interview with The Guardian: “His established bond with Blunt (they co-starred in A Quiet Place II) meant “the audience gets something for free”, he says. “You can be immediately vulnerable and open, and try stuff. There were moments where I remember saying, ‘I couldn’t have done that if it wasn’t with you.”

      I’ve never heard anything about Cillian not getting on with his co-stars, it seems like it’s just the media he doesn’t like.

    • Hannah says:

      Misanthropic? Definitely not. I’d say more *reluctant celebrity* He is incredibly decent irl. Quiet: yes. Introverted: definitely. I would not be surprised if we heard that he was either retiring from acting or taking a sabbatical

  40. Mrs. Smith says:

    That color is so hard to wear and risky, as we’ve seen here and on Kate recently. It’s got to be the exact right shade for the wearer. If not, it brings out the puke-face undertones and makes even the most beautiful people look seasick.

  41. Jaded says:

    Cillian Murphy always gives me serial killer vibes. The dress is horrible, maybe sleeveless with a cowl neckline would improve it but it’s just too much, especially with those football player shoulder pads. And the colour is bilious.

  42. Becca says:

    Are we sure that’s Blunt and not an Olsen sister?! Her face looks so different.

  43. Plaidsheets says:

    The crankier Cillian Murphy looks, the more endearing I find him.

  44. MaryContrary says:

    Apparently I’m in the minority of one here, LOL, but I LOVE it. I love the color, I love the 40s style, I love her hair. And even though Emily Blunt has completely fillered/new teeth/botoxed herself into a completely different person-I think she looks fabulous!

  45. ShoppeGirlMN says:

    In other news, she is talented, smart, gorgeous and knows how to make Ana amazing potato.

  46. Normades says:

    It would look so much better by just eliminating the collar.

  47. Aurelia says:

    Emily is starting to look like Madge

    • satish more says:

      i said the exact same thing! i hadnt read any of the other comments when i wrote mine lol. perhaps i should, to cut down on redundancy lol

  48. MsGnomer says:

    I think she’s going for a minty fresh lewk to ease us into the reality of a nuclear war drama. Thanks, Em!

  49. satish more says:

    Ms. Blunt’s face looks quite different, a bit bloated? too many fillers, maybe? She quite reminds me of Madonna when Madonna began overdoing it on the fillers and the botox. I have faith that Emily Blunt will not take it all the way to Scaryville, like Madge did. she seems much more grounded than Madonna

    also, ive never liked that blonde shade on Emily Blunt, unfortunately she seems quite committed to it, she has had it for years at this point. I strongly prefer her as a brunette

  50. Oswin says:

    “Prissy color”? It’s a terrible dress, but the color is gorgeous. Since when is mint a prissy color on its own?

    The fabric, shoulders, and cut of the dress is just awful, though. And I do wish she’d go back to her brunette hair, blonde looks so gauche and washed out on her.