One of our photo services categorized this under “puffy,” and I thought, “how RUDE. Her face looks fantastic!”
Then I saw the dress. And that the OTHER category listed was, “BIG SLEEVES.” That’s not even the half of it.
[Photos: Getty and WENN]
And NOW I see where all the material for those giant pterodactyl sleeve-wings came from so… yeah, mystery solved, Velma.
What with the lovely hair and great shoes, this could have been so sleek and elegant. If only the dress had a little more back and a little less sleeve.
Wholly agreed. This saddens me more than anything because it’s so close to being sophisticated and simple and elegant. Instead it veered off into Crazytown and got lost in the midst of Pouffville.
Agreed! I had such high hopes for this, then …… fug.
ARE THOSE SONSABITCHES ATTACHED?!
Hah! Same thought I just had. I kind of like a big sleeve, but attached to the hem is just a big bowl full of wrong.
If they had just been big sleeves, I could have considered her pulling this off. BUT then I saw they were attached, and immediately started wondering how the hell she finagled herself into that thing, and then thought about how awkward it would be to pee in it, and then all hope was lost.
The sleeves on my master’s degree gown were not as long as this. And I giggled over using them to store lip balm and tissues at the time. Who designed this monstrosity???
Can we hang this on Stella? CAN WE HANG THIS ON STELLA?!!!
No unfortunately we can’t – Tom Ford is the culprit- UGG- this is like a horror movie come to life- I am going to get nightmares about this- it creeps me out – was he inspired by BIRDS?
I wish we had like buttons here. Liked, ML!
The sleeves and the skirt are joined, which makes her a giant pretzel – a shocking thing to do to such a beautiful and talented woman.
Don’t hate me, but she still looks great. It’s a crazy dress, no doubt, but I think she’s kind of pulling it off.
i don’t hate you! i think she’s pulling it off too. i mean look how good she looks in spite of this crazy dress!
No hate here! I think she’s rocking it in a way she hasn’t done in a while. It’s unexpected on her and looks groovy without being too mod-1960s. It’s a great updating.
I agree with all of you – I think she always looks pretty great, and this is surely no exception!
Yeah, I kind of don’t hate the proportion. Scale-wise, this is great on her figure.
One question, though, is this Naomi Watts? I can’t absolutely tell.
She’s looking very Christina Applegate-y, here, to me.
It is. She is attending the premiere of a movie in which she stars.
With this hair, which I love, she reminds me of Julie Christie. Whom I also love.
I didn’t read who it was before clicking through, and I really thought it was Christina Applegate, especially the first picture.
Me too–I was so confused! Weird.
Thank you! I honestly didn’t know who it was. Watts? Applegate? Is Jewel somehow coming back? (I didn’t check her teeth, obviously)
Thank YOU, scone. It was a toss up between Naomi Watts, Jewel and any miscellaneous actress from a CW show that I don’t watch. I DID check the teeth and rack and decided against Jewel…
I agree. I think its fun.
What? Maybe this event is at a high rise and she may need to deploy the parachute sleeves as she jumps off the balcony when the emergency evacuation goes awry. It totally could happen. You haters are gonna be sorry when this happens to you and you DON’T have parachute sleeves (remember, Mayan calendar ends in December 2012).
Things I would store in those sleeves:
A change of shoes
A change of dress
In that case, I’ll take one in every color!
Lock and key on the shoe? Isn’t that some sort of fetish thing?
I, uhm… [small voice] kind of like it.
It’s nifty, it’s different, it makes a statement – okay, it’s arguable what that statement IS, but it makes one – and it provides a handy place for sleeve dogs. (And why is the Japanese Chin out of fashion, anyway? They’re adorable, and I’m sure you can get one from shelters, they have everything.)
I suppose it must have taken two sleeve wranglers to keep these from catching on everything and everyone she walked past, but hey, yay for employment!
I love it too, right out loud.
Her face, though… is beautiful, but it doesn’t quite look like the face that I remember.
Problem is, the sleeves look sealed off around the wrists, so a dog of any size would have to get in and out under her skirt. Which is an image I don’t need.
LOL, point taken, Janis!
Maybe we could just cut little slits in the sleeves for a dog each? I know they’d add weight, but it would be so funny! And then she could keep them forever, and wear the dress at home so they could hang out in it.
Now I want to make a short film about this.
Your image of a little dog peeking its head out (a French bulldog, preferably) has charmed me.
If Naomi is more into cats, you and she could reenact the St. Ives riddle.
You remember: “As I was going to St. Ives, I met a man with seven wives. Every wife had seven sacks, every sack had seven cats, every cat had seven kits…”
You could definitely get seven sacks of cats in those sleeves.
It’s not that bad!
In a full-length version, this is something that would be a staple for the Evil Queen in Snow White!
I thought this was KELLY RIPA!
I think it’s cool!
My problem here is actually the hair, which should never be visibly backcombed. Frizz City.
However, I would not complain if those earrings ended up in my Christmas stocking.
does she have some…grey roots?
her face is lovely in that first photo.
Something’s weird with the hair. It looks to me like she sprayed in a lot of Pssssst dry shampoo or baby power but didn’t get it all mixed in and smoothed out.
Yeah, I gotta disagree here. This is flat-out fabulous. Love that went for something so incredibly dramatic, as she usually looks fairly drab on the RC. My only quibble are the shoes.
there are shoes?
Another “yea” vote for the Stevie Nicks sleeves of doom. I kind of like ‘em and she’s working it, plus bonus points for excellent face & hair. This is the best NaWa has looked in ages.
This is nuts, but I kind of love it.
I cannot help myself…. I love this. It’s so medieval/formal whackadoodle. But gorgeous.
I want the shoes. She can keep the dress.
I’ll fight you for them ! I’ve spent a large chunk of today looking for black girly shoes with not too high a heel, and then I saw these and…yes, we’re going to have to work out who gets them.
One vote for LOVE. I LOVE this. I COVET this. I feel like she’s a glam-retro Morticia Adams.
I’d have said ‘bride of Dracula in a 1970s Hammer House of Horror movie’ but we’re on the same page.
I don’t mind it either. I prefer this to the boring beige glittery be-trained things most of them pull out for movie premieres.
Jumping on board with the ‘likes’ here. If the sleeves weren’t attached, I’d feel better and move ever so slightly to ‘love.’
I love this dress. It fits her, it reveals no unnecessary lady parts (like side boobs), and it has some crazy to keep it interesting. I vote Yes.
I think she looks great. I wish the dress had a little more coverage in the back/sideboob area, but I love the way the sleeves attach to the bottom of the skirt. It’s different, it’s fun, and the hair and makeup compliment the look instead of competing.
As a non-traditional, avant garde dress I think this Tom Ford is more wearable than the Rodarte wearing ScarJo in another post.
Who is this?
I like Ms Appelgate and sans pouffs this would have been a winner.
I would not have guessed this was Naomi Watts, but I actually really like it. It fits her, and it’s really interesting, and her hair and make-up are perfect. And I love the shoes.
To be fair, those are not Stevie Nicks sleeves in the sense most of you are thinking of.
They’re Stevie Nicks sleeves, all right – in that you could probably store Stevie (and the rest of Fleetwood Mac, to boot) in them. With room for a couple of box sets.
That said, I don’t hate this, except for the fact that if ever a post needed a Sleeve tag, this would be it….save for the fact that there are two of them, and Sleeve is reserved for when there can only be one (see Klum, Heidi for a recent example).
It’s a moebius strip dress! It has no end! Once you put it on YOU CAN NEVER TAKE IT OFF.
So then how do you pee? Those sleeves’re gonna need some wranglin’.
Maybe they have a little ribbon or elastic inside so you can tie them out of the way?
Or little pulls like venetian blinds.
I think you could get an entire turkey dinner, with all the trimmings, in EACH sleeve.
On the bright side, it may eventually disappear, to human eyes, into the fourth spacial dimension.
Looks more like a Klein Bottle, to me.
Hahahaha yeah! Mobius strip is exactly right! I’m going cross-eyed trying to work out what the pattern for this would look like.
How could she resist the impulse to flap her arms like she’s trying to fly away? Imagine how fabulous the pictures would look, if she really put some air into those sleeves!
Love the shoes. There, I said something nice.
Since I’m looking at these pictures on my cellphone because my house is without electricity, I totally thought it was Christina Applegate at first, but she doesn’t pull these kinds of shenanigans! So, of course it’s Naomi Watts… She IS gorgeous and those shoes are TO DIE FOR, but that dress is unforgivable! Her hair & makeup are FLAWLESS, though! I’ll FAB the shoes!
That is one ugly dress & sHoes!!
Holy cats! Those sleeves are whack! But between those amazing shoes and her beautiful face, I think she’s pulling it off. She truly does look gorgeous.
Okay, we must be looking at different pictures, because her hair looks awkward. The bangs and sides are all blond and shiny, but the beehive itself is matted and fluffy. It looks like the bleached horsehair topper Marie Antoinette kept in the attic for low-key weekends around the house.
Is this one of those Emperor’s New Clothes things where one person says her hair is great and then everybody else is like “oh I know, it’s a-MAH-zing” even though it’s actually terrible? (And I’m pronouncing “terrible” the way Marie Antoinette would: teh-REE-bluh).
I AGREE one million times about the hair–it IS terreebluh. And for pete’s sake, I had no idea who this was until someone mentioned it in an earlier comment. This thing is a fugging disaster.
I stand by my Jurassic Fug stance here on the sleeves. And unless you’re Stevie Nicks, you can’t pull off Stevie Nicks.
She could camp out in this dress and use her sleeves as a tent?