The bad news is that I think I’m over Ralph Fiennes.
Are you sure that the dress-code for this party didn’t say: “Dress like you come from the past”? Because both Voldemort, Damien Lewis&Prom date and the last girl both look like people that dress in “fancy” costumes from randon past eras…
About the Furious Love cast, I’m going with Olivia Wilde as seen here: http://howlingantiquity.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/olivia-wilde-dans-la-peau-de-liz-taylor_119806_w460.jpeg
I believe she looks the part, but I don’t know about the charisma. (Andt they can still use La Lohan for the older years…)
Ruth Wilson is an amazing actress (try catching her in the first season of “Luther” on Netflix) and, although I know I shouldn’t like the outfit, I kinda do.
But can anyone explain what happened to poor Ralph Fiennes?? He is not aging well and I seriously hope that he managed to finagle a seat next to the always divine Mr. Darcy at dinner to get some tips on how to grow old gracefully. I guess the karma of dumping Alex Kingston for Francesca Annis is finally catching up with him.
I completely agree with everything you said, just came here to add “…Luther – starring the swoon-worthy Idris Elba…”
Also adding to the Ruth Wilson/Idris Elba/Luther love. That is some epic TV.
As for Ralph Fiennes, while the angle does suck – and double breasted just isn’t flattering except on the thinnest of men – I think he isn’t aging terribly well. I say it’s karma for dumping/cheating on Alex Kingston, who is aging well (at least face-wise, if not always sartorially).
And I didn’t fully read your comment, @Carolina Girl. Blame this afternoon’s massive workout. But great minds think alike.
Do you think he looks at her in all those great River Song costumes and wonders “What the hell was I thinking?”
Agree about Luther.
I lost any shred of respect I had for Ralph Fiennes after the incident on the plane when he had sex with an Austrayan air hostess, while the plane was in the air, flying. So, so irredeemably tacky..
Ruth Wilson’s outfit is amazing!!!
And I really hope she gets her “moment”. She was great in Jane Eyre and delightful in Luther (on a show that really needed one delightful character …it’s a very grim show).
That said, she’s no Liz Taylor. Ruth has a very deep voice. She’s more Ava Gardner in my opinion (with contacts, obviously).
Just give the role to Cate Blanchett. Somehow she’ll contort herself into the right shape and figure out the accent. And when they recreate Suddenly Last Summer in the film, she can play both Hepburn AND Taylor, thus winning herself another Oscar.
Now that Felicity Jones’ moment is over, I hate her less! Hee. She looks less twee, thank goodness.
Ah, thank you! I’d been trying to remember what I’d seen Ruth Wilson in. It was Jane Eyre.
Hot pink! I like Ruth Wilson’s outfit too, but without the fussy bit on the bodice. It calls to mind the fabulous gowns Judy Holliday wore in Born Yesterday. They were designed by Jean Louis and my favourite was the open skirt worn over slim pants. I think the top part had sleeves…
Oy! indeed. Formal-dress-over-pants needs to be choked out now. It’s bad enough above the knee, but this just looks silly. Pick a look and go with it. Also, I will be soooooo glad when Movember is over and all the guys shave off their skeeve-’staches. I’ve never seen a red-head who can pull that off. Though it might be more to do with the pale skin than the red hair. M should send Bond out to destroy whoever told her to wear that dress. It’s the sartorial equivalent of oatmeal. Blecch!
I had a very interesting conversation with a friend the other day about how the latest Bond movie portrays Daniel Craig versus Judi Dench. Both are mature actors (Craig is obviously younger than Dench, but he has that craggy look), but her point was that Bond is sexy while M is frumpy (her word). I hadn’t thought of it that way, and I’m not sure I agree (Dench as M is by far the most interesting thing about Skyfall). But it’s also possible that I am blinded by my adoration for Dame Judi.
Wow, that was really OT. It’s just that the oatmeal comment made me think of the frumpy remark. So let me just tie it all back together: Dame Judi, we all know you are MUCH BETTER THAN THIS.
I thought Felicity was Rashida Jones at first. It must be because their bangs both do the tiny pair of pants thing. I am not feeling the red lipstick with Ruth Wilson’s pink, um, gown (?).
Your instincts on both questionable bodices are correct … both are clearly thrill-seekers dancing on the edge of wardrobe malfunction drama.
Oh honey, it’s Ralph’s face & hair that makes him look old!
Especially his hair. If ever there was a need for a hair transplant, he is it.
Maybe he should just go Bruce Willis….
Totally, it’s really Fiennes’s hair that’s the worst for me. Plus, he’s getting a bit of spread in the middle, and the suit isn’t great with it. I just saw Skyfall (Fab!! Dame Judi is like the love interest who gets fought over! Bond is an interesting CHARACTER for once!) and RF totally looks like the fuddy-duddy he plays (till he’s sort of redeemed). His hair recession pattern isn’t great, but surely some clever hair stylist should be able to work with it? And some clothes-stylist could perhaps get him a better suit? He used to be so badass…
We watched the 2011 film of Coriolanus with Fiennes. He had a shaved head in it, and looked rather nice (and sometimes scary), so I concur.
I blame the declining Fiennes hotness on the strange angle these pictures were taken from. I don’t think it flattered ANYONE.
I think it’s the lights, too. Rafe may not be aging as well as Mr. Darcy (and in fairness, who is?), but rent “Coriolanus” to be reminded that he’s still got it (by which I mean both hotness and serious acting chops).
I think they all look lovely and stylish. The Pink over black is great and she carries it off. They all carry it off, because they are great British actors. bar none
I do love Damian and Helen- he is very funny I read.
Helen McCroy is a fascinating actress. We don’t see enough of her. I’ll never forget her as Watson’s Freudian psychoanalyst wife in a Rupert Everett Sherlock Holmes (with Michael Fassbender as the murderer) plus Cherie Blair in at least two movies. That said, this dress does look a bit too Holmesian.
First, I read the title of this post as the “Long Evening Standard Theater Awards.” Oops, but kind of funny. Second, you know those dog costumes that have fake legs? In the thumb nail/quick first glance, I thought someone had sewn fake legs to Ruth’s pink dress. And third, my friend just commented how Ralph was no longer handsome (maybe 10 years ago she snarked and then said she can’t unsee him as Lord Voldermont), and I defended him (maybe a little out of pity) and this picture of him kind of confirms what she said. Oh Ralph, sorry.
I kind of lost interest in Ralph Fiennes when he cheated on Francesca Annis with Sirin Lewenden, then cheated on Sirin Lewenden with an Australian flight attendant (whom he’d just met) in an airplane bathroom.
Every time I look at Ruth Wilson I think that she’s holding the strangest purse that is fashioned to look like a pair of pants…
“I say that as someone who really loves Burberry and has spent hours standing in their store, patting their trench coats.” Nice to know I’m not the only one!
Much as I adore Colin Firth, I wonder why his wife had to wade through blood to get to the party.
I agree that the camera angle contributes to Ralph frumpiness. But a more modern take on the tux would have helped also.
Damien: please, for the love of red-headed men with a overbites (yes, I do), loose the mustache.
Without the ‘stache I like Damien Lewis’s look!
It kills me to say it, but I don’t think Colin Firth is aging all that well, either. He looks better here than in other recent pics of him I’ve seen, though!
Look at Colin Firth’s face and compare it to his wife’s beside him. What if he had married someone his own age? Men “mature”, only women age. Plus ça change…
Sometimes it puzzles me what you Fug Girls let slide. Surely the ill-fitting bodice on Felicity Jones’ dress is a fug, not a caveat?
I like the the rest of it, and I think that overall she looks nice. I don’t think that bodice kills it. YMMV.
Ummm….isn’t Jessica Chastain wearing that SAME fug outfit as Ruth Wilson on the cover of Marie Claire???
I remember seeing it on the rack at Duane Reade and being like…uggggg…wtf is that thing and who would ever wear it??? I guess I’ve received the answer to my second question- but I’m still not quite sure WHAT that is.
If Ruth Wilson’s dress came without trousers and without panties, it would be incredibly Lindsay Lohan-esque.
Ralph Fiennes is beginning to resemble Prince Philip, who also has a fondness for some double-breastedness in his suits…thus, I’m going to hope & pray this is for a role.
Don’t tell me if it isn’t. I won’t be able to handle it.
Ralph Fiennes not only looks old in that suit, he looks short. Which he is not. Also, JDench can do NO WRONG! Whatever she’s wearing, she looks perfect. I imagine she was the chicest comfortable person at that event.
I think we all need to take a moment to admire Olivia Williams’ arm candy – I mean husband, Rhashan Stone. That is one damn handsome man.
I was just thinking how there needed to be a mention of him. Delicious. He looks perfect.
They look madly in love, as well. Very cute to see.
Colin not looking as yum as Gabriel Aubry in this slice, but still appreciating the view!
1) I love the pink and black, she’s definitely pulling it off;
2) Why can no one fit a strapless dress properly?? The ultra low look just makes the girls look deflated and sad;
3) Ralph is getting old and just accepting it, I like that about him;
4) Dame Judy rocks every look, period.
Mr. Darcy from the neck up, Mr. Bond from the neck down. OK, it’s working for me.
And I frankly love the dress over pants thing, but I’m more used to seeing it on middle schoolers. But hey, I have no beef.
PS Dame Judi could wear a phone book and I would still <3 her.
I love me some Colin Firth but he is starting to look like James May from Top Gear. Still sexy, though.
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Still, better James than Jeremy.
I love dresses over pants – but it only works with A-line, knee length dresses. It really helps a pear shapes gal out as it hides any builder’s bum/muffin top issues if you wore the trousers with a shorter top and also hides fat legs if you want to wear a dress- win, win. Mr Fiennes just needs to shave his head or go for plugs. His hair isn’t committing and a receding hairline of that magnitude needs some kind of action.
Pear shaped sorry! Tiny ipad keys!
Ok, there is an obvious Pride & Prejudice joke here about Mr. Firth’s wife:
“Yes, and her petticoat; I hope you saw her petticoat, six inches deep in mud, I am absolutely certain; and the gown which had been let down to hide it not doing its office.”
Gemma Arterton’s shoes make me happy. Not with the trouser socks or with rest of the outfit but in general they make my little (Too old to be a proper) Goth girl heart sing with joy.
I was distracted from your comment about the fit of Jourdan Dunn’s bodice, by the fact that I can see practically every bone in her arms, calves, and collar. Please EAT, missy!
Everything looks better on Ruth Wilson, but even she isn’t enough to make that crackballs outfit look good.
Already forgot all the rest.
I can see you patting Burberry trench coats.
Somehow it sounds sort of creepy. Like a trench coat fetish.
The only things I liked were Felicity Jones’ whole outfit & Olivia Williams’ clutch! There’s a lot of FUG in this slideshow!
Can not comment about Dame Judi’s clothes as am always entranced by her beautiful face. Love her.
I think that pink dress with the pants would be awesome if the pants were a bit more fitted, or maybe even leggings.