This is not the depth of hue I would associate with Imperial Yellow — that would be Rihanna’s dress — but I know yellow in general is significant in the Chinese culture, so I’m going to work off the assumption that the color choice here was the nod to the theme. And, a welcome change of pace from red.
She actually looks good, except that I wish she ever looked like she did her hair at these things. (It’s a cute style, but it’s very casual.) The bracelets are a delight, and she’s not in beige, white, or black, so VICTORY IN OUR TIME and all that. It’s probably truthfully a dress for the Golden Globes, but then again, I’ve said countless times that in these people’s shoes I would probably be a total coward about accidentally being offensive at this particular shindig. So I can’t blame her for not being more adventurous — and frankly, for K.Wiig, this IS adventurous.
I don’t know what’s keeping me from embracing this wholeheartedly. Maybe it’s that Kristen Wiig often has the aura of looking like she was recently startled by something, and is chuckling awkwardly to cover it. Or that she’s very nervous and about to say something self-deprecating, or that she is trying to get through this quickly so she can find a bathroom. She hasn’t always found an ease about herself yet, and that’s not her fault, but it does sometimes keep her from closing the fashion deal with me. Consider it the opposite of Emma Stone, who could beam her way through wearing a pork pie and have you thinking, “Well, but she’s so CHARMING in it…” I think… I’ve decided it makes me happy, but YOUR VOTE COUNTS.