Well Played, and On the Nose: Michelle Williams


She knows it’s over, right? She’s not going to win the Oscar? Because someone else already did? And that the movie’s in the can, so if she’s feeling all Method, the time to let go is NOW?

Because this — although lovely — feels a little on the nose when you’re doing PR (STILL MY GOD HOW IS SHE STILL PROMOTING THIS THING?) for a movie about Marilyn. Kinda like if Ralph Fiennes would show up for a Harry Potter DVD release party without a nose. Although. You know. Prettier.

Also prettier:

This might be one of my favorite things she’s ever worn, actually. The color is fantastic on her — pretty and soft, but not overly twee — and the cut of the bodice is modest, the way she likes it, without compressing her assets like they’re being run through the Food Saver Vacuum Sealer. Way to go, kid. NOW GO TAKE A NAP.

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Comments (40):

  1. Gigi

    The first dress might need a belt or sash or something to seem to catch the drapery.

    The second dress just looks like perfection on her. And she knows it. Good going, Mish.

  2. Fawn

    I need to own that pink dress.

  3. LG

    So. Effin. Pretty.

  4. Susan

    You know, I like both too but i might have to put Michelle in the Kate Middleton catagory: pretty girl, pretty smile, pretty dresses, that’s it.

    • Annie

      That second dress SCREAMS Kate Middleton. It has every thing she favors. Or should I say “favours.”

      • Sandra

        You guys say that like it’s a bad thing. I would offer up blood sacrifices to look that good. EVER. Neither woman is a fashionista. Showing up dressed appropriately and looking good is exactly what Kate intends. Michelle should intend it more often, because she can look great when she tries.

  5. Gal

    I love it when she shows her teeth and doesn’t do her “normal” pose – hands at her side… or in front of her like the first picture. She looks lovely in the second picture.

    • Sarah

      I agree! Her face just lights up when she does a real smile, instead of the kind of doe-eyed, modest look. And the dress is gorgeous, and the shoes lengthen her legs so much. Just beautiful.

  6. Emily

    I LOVE that pink dress.

  7. Bella

    Both are nice, but the pink is a standout.

  8. Bubba

    The deep pink dress is just stunning on her!

  9. Natalie

    She looks “Happy”. That helps so much!

  10. Rosa

    She makes me want to take a nap. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

  11. Libby

    The pink dress is fabulous.
    The white one only clarifies how unlike Marilyn this twee waif is. No curves, no va-va-voom sensuality, none of that mixture of confidence/vulnerability Marilyn projected.

    • Hani G

      Though I don’t think she has to or wants to *be* like Marilyn. Her job was one movie. Everyone has their own assets and attractions and hers are different from Marilyn’s.

  12. Mongerel

    Gotta acknowledge that the pink dress is perfection on her, but the photos of her as Marilyn’s not-so-pretty impersonator make me shudder.

  13. Chasmosaur

    I saw that pink dress on a different blog yesterday and hoped it would make an appearance here.

    I’m wondering if she took a look at her retrospective here and said, “You know what? I have frequently looked awesome in fitted, colorful clothes. And when I smiled. Maybe I should go back to that.”

  14. Kylie

    I don’t find the first one terribly literal. It’s just a pretty, soft, feminine dress.

  15. eee

    This is the best I have ever seen her. She looks incredible.

  16. Shelly

    Who makes the pink dress??

    • Katharine

      It’s Valentino : that’s a spectacular colour for her. I wish she’d worn both dresses during the awards season, both are flattering and grown-up. I love Michelle Williams as an actress, but her style on the red carpet is sometimes twee – the Care Bears dress from Victoria Beckham as a prime example.

  17. witjunkie

    I’m enjoying that the coral dress is so perfectly similar to Marilyn’s lips.

  18. mary lou bethune

    She is beautiful and talented. blessings

    I think you all should have a best dressed competition, too.

  19. amys

    I am seriously swooning over the deep pink dress. I’m even willing to overlook the nude platforms. Gorgeous, gorgeous. Very Well Played. Yay Michelle!

  20. Stephanie

    like the dresses just can’t stand to look at her.

  21. Kerina Pharr

    I think Ralph Fiennes is pretty much entitled to show up to any premiere without a nose. In fact, I would love him more if he did. He’d be all like, “HEY-OH, remember me? I was in The English Patient AND half of the Harry Potter movies. WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO ABOUT IT?!”

  22. CJ

    Would have liked to see something with the first dress — a belt, a clutch — but other than that, it is quite lovely.

    Second dress – perfection! If she had 0 degree shoes, I would have given the outfit a full fab, but I adore this dress and I adore it on her. Finally a grown up dress …and it works well with the haircut.

  23. Sajorina

    I love both dresses! The 1st one is gorgeous and would definitely work as a wedding dress! WANT! And, the 2nd one is beautiful with an interesting detail and that color is perfect on her! COVET! I like the shoes as well! This is an all around FAB for Michelle… Well Played!!!

    • Sajorina

      I’d like to add that she seems to dress better when Busy Phillips is NOT around!

  24. Mahastee

    I think the white one needs a belt, those waistlines where the two sets of pleats/gathers meet always look awkward to me. Some earrings would also be nice. She does look good though and I love her lippy.

    That pink dress is fricken perfection. LOVE IT.

  25. Shiitake

    Why was she dressing so twee for the last three months?

  26. Glenn

    It certainly helps that the pink dress is in a rather lovely composed photograph and the background colours compliment her well.

  27. barbarena

    Michelle Williams looks nothing like Marilyn, Michelle’s face is way too chipmunky, and Michelle does not have heavy-lidded “bedroom eyes” like Marilyn, not sure how they even got the eyelid crease to make somewhat of the lid in those pictures, tape? I completely agree, she should stop promoting this movie.

  28. Ann

    That is the most beautiful dress I’ve seen her wear. It is absolutely perfect on her. If she never wore anything else besides this dress ever again, that’d be ok.

  29. crystal

    I love both, especially the length on the first one and (of course) the color on the second. It’s nice to see her out in something besides a crew neck, smiling and looking generally happy and comfortable in her own skin again.

  30. liz_bee

    BLERG why is she so PRETTY?!

  31. Squirrel!

    I love, love, love the pink/coral/watermelon dress on her. (Better yet, on me.)