BAFTAs Well Played: Joely Richardson


Okay, nobody is wearing bracelets anymore, apparently. Is there a devastating bangle shortage in Hollywood? Do we need to throw a benefit concert at which The Bangles will play, bewailing the near-extinct wrist jewelry and the cruel anti-arm movement that has extinguished it? Will they sing “Walk Like An Egyptian” and add in several referenced to the fact that doing so would require a lot of bracelets IF ONLY THERE WERE ANY TO BE HAD? Because I will promote that gala.

That said, I like the gown. Maybe that’s kooky of me, but the massive spiky sun made me smile. She looks glamorous and different and, indeed, like she’s fond of the Ancient Egyptian art of gilded drama. And she also looks like someone who might bring stuff in her bag for doing people’s Zodiac charts in the powder room, which would be totally fine with me as long as she stacks the deck for ol’ Leo a little bit and stops telling me things like, “Check with your cell phone provider this month to see if you can get a better plan.” BORING.

[Photos: Getty]

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Comments (17):

  1. Gypsy Danger

    I have had a slight obsession with ancient Egypt since I was a kid, so I love this dress and agree that she is missing out on the opportunity to accessorize with some fab jewellery, like a necklace that mirrors the sun detailing and gold bracelets.

  2. Art Eclectic

    I really love that gown. Shame her makeup isn’t doing it justice.

  3.  TaraMisu

    I think this is very pretty, agree on the NAB and NAN.

  4. Sandra

    Oh Joely, your original face was so lovely. You never needed work done. Neither did Natasha, for that matter.

    • marylou bethune

      Are you sure she did? Vanessa never did. Joely looks like she is aging well to me.

  5.  HelenBackAgain

    I’m telling you, it’s The Year of the Infamous Bracelet Thief.

    Great dress and hair, needs jewelry.

  6. filmcricket

    I’m less concerned about the bracelet shortage than the apparent lipstick shortage, good golly people!

    Anyway, this dress is quite awesome, but it is pulling too much across her hips.

  7.  Pouncer

    I love the sunburst. Go Joely!

  8. Bottle Ginger

    A dress as AWESOME and DRAMATIC as this needs no accessories!

    Normally I agree with all the NAB posts, but not this time. This dress is its own accessory.

  9.  Snowedintoday

    It’s like she is wearing a fancy flag an yet, I still love it.
    Disagree with NAB: the dress is the dress AND the jewellery.
    An up do would have been nice.

  10. Katkat

    The dress is awesome, but oh… the face…

  11. Shanti

    You Fug Ladies would hate me – I never wear bracelets, because I have tiny wrists and bracelets invariably slide around my arms and up my hands in a very irritating manner. I stopped wearing watches for a similar reason. I guess I should stick to dresses with sleeves. :)

    On topic: I love that dress. It’s awesomely bold and happy and fun, and I miss the sun because it’s snowing AGAIN today.

    • Beachlibrarian

      I have the same tiny wrist issue which is why I am so glad cuffs are in now. Adjustable!

      • Lerie

        Me too. I have never been able to wear bangles. I can squeeze out of handcuffs! lol It’s a talent. ;)

  12.  AM

    I think she needs to tone down the blond. She was always the most beautiful woman, but as she’s getting older, she’s looking a little too “done.” and she doesn’t need to. Her dress is very pretty.

  13.  sarah

    I love this dress, the placement of the starburst is different but unexpectedly really flattering. I saw this on a worst dressed list somewhere and could not understand it, glad I’m not the only one who liked it.

  14.  Tamburlaine

    Gosh, Richardson is looking more and more like her mother every day. I sincerely thought that was Vanessa Redgrave looking amazingly young.

    Love the dress.