Oscars Well Played, Halle Berry


Okay, let’s just say what we’re all thinking: Krystal Carrington TOTALLY wore this to some charitable function held at Chez Carrington, where she was just trying to raise awareness about sad angel clowns or whatever but ended up getting derailed by something terrible (slash awesome) that Alexis engineered and then found herself closing out the evening face down in a lily pond. She was. I know it. You know it. Halle Berry totally knows it:

That doesn’t mean it isn’t still kinda awesome.

[Photo: Getty]

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Comments (66):

  1. Maura

    You have brought up Krystle Carrington more often than usual lately. I am just saying.

  2. BrownEyedBetty

    Someone somewhere today described this as looking like a Letter Opener. Can’t get that outta my mind, sadly. Nice that she put the girls and some skin away for a change.

  3. linda

    She ended up on some worst dressed lists, and I don’t get that. I think she looks AMAZING.

    • Kate

      Totally agree. She was one of my best dressed of the night, and I do not understand the hate at all. She looked amazing on TV – doesn’t look quite as awesome in the pictures, but it still looks super fantastic.

      This was different, edgy AND flattering. Love it. I do also love this silhouette and sleeves in general, sooo… Also, this is reminiscent of the shape Jane Fonda wore, and I LOVED that too.

      • Sandra

        Um, yeah, but Jane Fonda is 30 YEARS older. There must be something between bare and old lady.

    • Jacquilynne

      I saw that too, and was totally confused. She wearing the hell out of that dress and it is amazing.

  4. Kara

    This didn’t really land for me; I wonder if I would have liked it more without sleeves?

  5. esther

    i don’t know how it’s possible for someone with her amazing body, but somehow with the lines on the dress and the shading it looks like she has a tummy sticking out…

    • hoover19

      THIS! If a dress makes a lady who obviously has a bad*ss body look like she has a tummy its a no go for me no matter how Dynastytastic it is.

  6. Jean

    I swear to gawd that I yelled “it’s a Krystal Carrington dress!!” to my husband when she was on the red carpet coverage. Those shoulders! All that it’s missing is a pond and a cat fight with Joan Collins.

  7. kaat

    I think the ballgown was too much (since this isn’t her usual silhouette). She isn’t an Oscar level actress and I’m not sure why she was asked to present. At the GGs this would have been fine.

    • kaat

      oops – that was meant for the Jen post

      • Edith

        Heh! I was wondering, given that Halle has an Oscar AND was a Bond girl, and thus was perfect to introduce the Bond piece at the Oscars… Agree about Aniston, though. What was she doing INVITED to the Oscars, much less presenting at them?

        • Bianca

          Aniston must have the best publicist in the world–I think he/she issues a press release every time Aniston sneezes, and obviously was successful in crowbarring her into the Oscars for god knows whatever reason. Her only films are romcoms with the same plot over and over–geez.

  8. Mongerel

    What is bugging me about this…the colors? Sort of dingy. Pattern? I’ve seen Deco done better than this. The sheer sleeves? Big mistake when the big ol’ shoulder pad shows right through. Fit? Pretty tight, inch too long. Muppet hair and that grey eyebrow pencil again.

    I guess the only thing I approve of here is its comparative modesty.

    • buttercup

      I, too, am confused about how the shoulder pads can peek through on such an expensive dress.

  9. Helen

    It’s a gorgeous dress, and Berry’s gorgeous, but the two do not work together.

    The proportions are wrong, is the thing, which is a mistake she almost never makes. This belongs on someone just a few inches taller.

  10. ellenderavenous

    I’m thrilled that she’s wearing a dress that doesn’t have a huge chunk of missing fabric around the torso. She looks lovely, and I’m pretty sure everyone can still tell she has a hot bod.

  11. Feena

    Love this!

  12. pantsonfire

    I liked this one. I usually loathe her red carpet style, but this strikes the right balance of sexy but tasteful and interesting and appropriate…it’s finally, finally not trying too hard to be the sexpot.

    • Jilly

      I totally agree. When I saw her my first thought was that she was finally dressing like a grown-up.

  13. Anita

    I loved this in motion but standing still, she looks like a really fancy toy soldier, or palace guard.

  14. Charlotte

    I think the dress would have worked better without the sleeves, but it’s still one of my favorites from last night. It’s just so cool and unexpected.

  15. Sophia Loren

    Lovely. She and Keibler could be in a retro outer space wrestling match. They have bested Naomi Watts…

    • Melly

      No nothing could best Naomi but the three of them space wrestling, wow.

  16. Other Emily

    I loved it. I even gasped a little when she came out. Slinky, sparkly, structured without being stiff — gorgeous. Only teeny quibble: her hair is a little too stand-up-ish for me. Just a little shorter, please.

  17. Emma

    I didn’t like it. It was sort of severe and joyless.

  18. Soapstef

    It’s nice, but with Halle…I’ve come to expect more than just nice.

  19. TonyG

    Loved this one. Very classy.

  20. Chris

    I hate her hair too much to even notice the dress.

  21. JillC

    Didn’t care for this at all, but it’s the least skin she’s shown in a while.

  22. KB

    I liked this – and confess I was also thinking ’80s nighttime drama, except I was feelin’ more Joan Collins – but would have liked it better with more dramatic hair and make-up.

  23. liz

    We called it “sexy zebra”…..and I think I love it.

  24. Edith

    I <3 this, SO MUCH. It's as if Halle remembered that she is ludicrously hot and doesn’t need to go skimpy to prove it. She looked amazing.

  25. Guerra

    I loved this!! It’s amazing!!

  26. BA

    The first thing I thought when I saw this dress was “Dynasty!”

  27. Laura G

    Man, I love me some Halle, but when I saw this outfit, I wanted to yell “Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!”

  28. witjunkie

    This was reminiscent of King Tut to me. But appreciate her putting it away for once.

  29. kSto

    It is kinda silly in a sci-fi space princess way, but so happy to see something that is not a strapless prom dress, I’m giving it a pass. Plus, Halle Barry. Hard to mess that up.

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  31. Kat

    This looks like Romulan formal wear.

  32. Sajorina

    LOVE this dress, but I hate that I can see part of the shoulderpads through the sleeves! Still, love the art deco style and the sparkle! BEAUTIFUL! One of my favorites of the night! FAB!

  33. googler

    This makes me think 1970s sexy alien. If I saw this dress on a hanger, I’d laugh at it, but on her, it’s spectacular! It makes me so happy to see her wearing something that flatters her and is age appropriate.

  34. Tracey

    I’m surprised at all the love. It completely is a Krystle Carrington dress and I am old enough to know that should not be a good thing in 2013, however, I see magazine’s showing people how to wear blue eyeshadow so I guess fashion problems from the 1980s aren’t seen as such anymore. The shoulder pads! Ugh! George Takei said she looked Romulan… that works too!
    My other nit-pick is that I swear the cut is making her look like she has a little tummy… and this is freakin’ Halle Berry. I think y’all are just happy she’s fully clothed and the Dynasty-vibe has made you temporarily misty. It’s not awful, but it would look better on Helen Mirren.

  35. purplehays

    How can it make her look like she has a tummy pooch? When she’s a double zero? Just doesn’t work for me.

  36. Ellen

    It’s very architectural and also like an old Hollywood movie poster column, but I kind of love it…

  37. Esme

    One of my worst dressed–she looks like she’s wearing the Chrysler Building. I love Art Deco, but she is OD’ing on it.

  38. Matt

    This dress reminds me of the episode of The Big Bang Theory where Sheldon dresses up as the doppler effect for Penny’s Halloween party.

  39. Bonnie Klein

    I thought this was SO bad. She looks like she has a huge belly, and we all know she does not. Also, illusion sleeves? I think not.

  40. una

    One word LOVE!

  41. Sue

    That gray is a horrible colour on her. Her light, warm complexion needs a warmer colour. I am a plus size woman. I don’t have the resources or a stylist that I assume Melissa has access to. And I always look fab! Why, why, why- she is actually very pretty and could look so much better. She needs Octavia Spencer’s stylist.

  42. Pazzy

    When I saw this, I turned to the hubby & said “She looks like the empire state builidng.”
    He agreed.

  43. nmlhats

    Compared to the tacky, over-exposed way she has been dressing for the last couple of years, this is a home run. Another inch of room around the tummy or hips would not have hurt, but I am 98% satisfied with her effort here. She did well to recover from the horror that was her Golden Globes outfit.

  44. smj

    It’s horrible. You can see the shoulder pads through the sheer sleeves. Nooooooooooooooooooooooo! It’s the upper torso equivalent of toe cleavage. Ugh.

  45. Vandalfan

    I like it all but the shoulder pads, and the silly Kewpie-doll styling of her hair.

  46. Chrissy

    I like this. It’s not my absolute favorite, but it’s pretty and different.

  47. Molly

    Female Bettlejuice was the first thing that popped into my head when I saw this.

  48. Hey There

    Halle does get it wrong to often. Not caring WHO wore this dress in the past, no way it looks as awesome on them than it does on Halle. Her fashion sense is remarkable! Point blank, period!

  49. Ellie

    I hate this so much. With fire.

  50. Rachel

    I think she looks like The Bride of Beetlejuice. That being said…. its a good look for her! Maybe they should get in touch?