Red Carpet Watch: The Les Miserables Press Tour

Welcome, well-coiffed revolutionaries and tuberculosis-ridden prostitutes! Now that the film’s big release is here, it’s time to judge ALL the fashion from the epic Les Mis press tour.

ANNE HATHAWAY at the London premiere
gown by Givenchy

Photo: Dave J. Hogan/Getty

In the tradition of my people, I spent Christmas Day at the movie theatre, and I am fairly certain that I cried literally the entire time Anne Hathaway was on screen during this film. Girl’s certainly got many major nominations coming to her, and I would be unsurprised and very pleased if she nabbed an Oscar, even for such a relatively small role. But you can tell how bad a bitch wants that trophy by the looks she wears to the major premieres, and this white Givenchy gown announces to the world that Annie’s ready to take home the gold. This is certainly weird, and maybe just a touch too long, but I think the textured, white-on-white pattern is incredibly beautiful and unique. I don’t love all the volume in the drapey sleeves, but the embellishments on the cuffs are beautiful, and the silhouette is incredibly flattering on her body. I love a dress that shows off the shoulders – I think that’s one of the most elegant, sexy ways to show skin – though I’m not sure I love that ring right below her neck that holds the dress together.

Photo: Doug Peters/PA/ABACA

I really fell in love with this when I saw the back, which is draped and fitted beautifully. I love the straps, the V-shaped ruffle below the exposed back, and the general antique-meets-new-wave vibe of this crazy gown.

ANNE HATHAWAY in New York City
dress by Nina Ricci, purse by Jill Milan, shoes by Stella McCartney

Photo: Dave Allocca/Startraks

Love the delicately skinny spaghetti straps, the dress’s gorgeous pink and metallic colors, and the purse. But the silhouette isn’t particularly flattering, and I think the shoes were too summery. Love the hair and lipstick, though.

ANNE HATHAWAY at a New York City screening
gown by The Row, purse by Jill Milan, ring (on right hand) by Graziela
Photo: Dave Allocca/

Photo: Dave Allocca/

I thought this was another unique and interesting gown, even if the little balls attached to the sleeves are just too weird for my tastes. The color of the gown was lovely, and she styled it with lots of fantastic jewelry, including this fabulous Graziela ring:

Graziela A Peachy Moonstone Ring - $1,600

Graziela A Peachy Moonstone Ring – $1,600

Such a fantastic statement ring, and the kind of rustic, elegant vibe fits in beautifully with the rest of her look.

ANNE HATHAWAY on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
dress by Cushnie et Ochs, shoes by Casadei

Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty

That is one perfect little white dress. Once again, the textured white-on-white design is working wonders on her, and the shoes are perfect for a little pop of fun holiday season glamour.

ANNE HATHAWAY at the London premiere after-party
cape by Burberry, top and skirt by Altuzarra, shoes by Casadei

Photo: Splash News

I know I shouldn’t like this, but Anne brings such confidence and fierceness to the look that I can’t help but thinking, “Ugh, why doesn’t EVERYONE wear a velvet cape to an after-party?!”


Much more wearable, sharp, and put-together without the cape, but what’s the point in having weeks of constant premieres and parties if you can’t throw a cape on once awhile?

ANNE HATHAWAY on The Late Show with David Letterman
shoes by Aldo

Photo: Donna Ward/Getty

I’d kill to have this dress hanging in my closet – the color and print are just beyond perfect – and the matching lipstick is to die for.

ANNE HATHAWAY at the Hollywood Walk of Fame
dress by Prada, sunglasses by Karen Walker, shoes by Aldo

Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty

Too wrinkled, the shoes are boring, and the sunglasses are more appropriate for a street-style look than the red carpet. But the collar and belt bring this LBD to new heights of chicness.

ANNE HATHAWAY at the Tokyo premiere
dress by Antonio Berardi

Photo: Louie Angelo/WENN

Oof. I don’t know which is worse, the cut-outs or the massive keyhole or the generally fucked up proportions of the entire look.

ANNE HATHAWAY at a New York City luncheon
top and skirt by Carven, shoes by Aldo, earrings by Jamie Wolf

Photo: Amanda Schwab/Startraks

I hate the way the shirt swoops in at the shoulders, and I think the combination of that top and skirt is bulky and unflattering. The black stockings and matching shoes add nothing to the look, and even the lipstick isn’t as good as usual. But I did dig the adorable little button earrings she’s rocking:

Jamie Wolf Scallop Stud with Pave Edge earrings – $1,890

Sadly, they’re a bit small to make up for the rest of her look, but at least she’s got on something lovely.

ANNE HATHAWAY at the New York premiere
dress and shoes by Tom Ford

Photo: PA/Landov

Listen, if Annie wants to let her dark side out once in awhile, she’s got the right. Just because America likes to see her as their sweetheart doesn’t mean she can’t have a bondage moment on the red carpet. But sweet Jesus, Anne, why on earth would you choose the NYC premiere of your huge film to wear something THIS hideous and overwrought? If it didn’t have the ridiculous layer of fabric in the back, and it wasn’t a full-length gown with a too-high slit worn with what are unequivocally the most hideous-looking “shoes” (really, they much more closely resemble torture devices) I’ve ever seen, this look might have a chance. But it’s actually aggressive in its ugliness, don’t you think?


The view from the back solidified my hatred of this look. She looks like she’s wrapped in trash bags that have been puffed out with crinoline, and that’s not a look that works for anyone, even when you can’t see the BDSM boots.

EDDIE REDMAYNE at the London premiere
suit by Burberry Prorsum


Our delicious Marius, better known as Eddie Redmayne, had quite the string of successes on the press tour. I hadn’t seen him in anything but My Week with Marilyn, but I found him adorable in that and extraordinarily moving in Les Mis. More importantly, he seems to be giving Andrew Garfield a run for his money as the best dressed man on the red carpet. Exhibit A: this stunning Burberry suit, in a sort of velvetty midnight blue-green that I can’t stop staring at, it’s so lovely.

EDDIE REDMAYNE at the New York premiere
suit, tie, belt, and pocket square by Alexander McQueen


Exhibit B: Shiny blue McQueen suit, with the perfect printed pocket square and matching tie. I’d have gone with a brown or gray shoe instead of black, but everything else is just delectable.

tuxedo by Thom Browne


I could just stare at that giant mouth and those freckles all fucking day.

AMANDA SEYFRIED at the Sun Military Awards in London
gown and belt by Alexander McQueen, shoes by Rupert Sanderson

Photo: Daniel Deme/

Amanda, for the record, this shade of lilac is so your color. The film’s Cosette went for a romantic, ethereal McQueen gown and accessorized it brilliantly with that metallic bow-shaped belt and the sexy strappy peep-toes. Love the soft, silky hair, the black nails, and the makeup, but she could definitely have used some more jewelry.

AMANDA SEYFRIED at the New York premiere
gown, belt, and purse by Alexander McQueen

Photo: PA/Landov

The skirt is too big and too long and the belt is kind of distracting on top of the detailed bodice, but it’s still a strong look overall. If someone had bothered to ensure that this actually fit her, and maybe swapped out the belt, it would have been a near-perfect look. But let’s get a close-up on that hair and makeup:


Amanda’s got those fabulously dreamy bedroom eyes, so she doesn’t need this metric shit-ton of eyeliner every day. But I’m glad that for such a big event, she went all-out with the uber-dramatic black-and-bronze eye makeup, and I think the braided bun looks sophisticated and elegant.

AMANDA SEYFRIED on The Late Show with David Letterman
dress by Michael Kors, shoes by Alexandre Birman

Photo: Henry Lamb/Photowire/BEImages

I can’t resist a dress with pockets, particularly when it’s accompanied by Disney princess hair. The shoes are underwhelming, but it’s a sharp little look all the same.

AMANDA SEYFRIED at a New York City screening
dress by Marios Schwab, shoes by Rupert Sanderson
Photo: Dave Allocca/

Photo: Dave Allocca/

It’s a pretty dress, but I think she looks better in the more ethereal vibe than something this architectural. And though the pink peep-toe platforms are very sweet, I’m not convinced they were the right choice for this dress.

AMANDA SEYFRIED at the Hollywood Walk of Fame
coat by Burberry, purse by Alexander McQueen

Photo: Jim Smeal/BEImages

Perfect trench, statement purse, groovy sunglasses. What more could you want?

AMANDA SEYFRIED at the Tokyo premiere
dress by Brood


I like the dress, but the different tones of black in the dress, stockings, and shoes are a little distracting. This would’ve worked much better without the black accessories and with her hair up, I think.

dress and coat by Prada, shoes by Christian Louboutin

Photo: Abaca

Everything she’s wearing is individually quite nice, but she looks absurd wearing three different pieces in three different primary colors, don’t you think? And the lipstick is all wrong for her coloring.

AMANDA SEYFRIED at a New York City luncheon
dress by Nonoo, shoes by Rupert Sanderson

Photo: Amanda Schwab/Startraks

Sweet and inoffensive, but a little on the bland side.

AMANDA SEYFRIED at a New York City screening
dress by Alexander McQueen, shoes by Alexandre Birman

Photo: Dustin Wayne Harris/

That length is all kinds of wrong on you, Amanda. The dress ends up working as an optical illusion that makes you appear to have the world’s shortest legs, and those proportions aren’t good on anyone.

AMANDA SEYFRIED at the London premiere
gown by Balenciaga, shoes by Alexandre Birman

Photo: Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage

This was my Spring 2013 red carpet prediction for January Jones, but this modified version of the skirt really ruins a lot of the appeal that the original runway version had. I thought the straps and neckline were gorgeous, but the skirt is far too long on her, throwing the proportions of the dress out of wack and making this dress a lot less flattering than it should have been.

AARON TVEIT at the New York premiere

Photo: Marco Sagliocco/PR

Aaron Tveit, in a wig that should win its own Academy Award, plays the revolutionary Enjolras, and if you don’t already know him from Broadway’s Next to Normal or that time he was on Gossip Girl, get ready, because he will be your new dream boyfriend from the moment you see Les Mis until forever. He’s got the face and voice of a motherfucking angel – you will be begging him to storm your barricade by the end of the film, I promise.

SAMANTHA BARKS at the New York premiere
gown by Stella McCartney, shoes by Jimmy Choo


Samantha Barks gave a stellar performance as Eponine, and not just because she meant that we did not have to suffer through Lea Michele over-emoting or Taylor Swift pop-singing her way through one of the most popular songs in musical theatre history. I’m not a big fan of this gown, as the skirt wrinkles strangely and it’s a touch too long, but the cut of the neckline is mega-flattering and supremely sexy.

SAMANTHA BARKS at the London premiere
gown by Stella McCartney


Samantha, as we share both a first name and a love for belting showtunes, might I offer you some friendly unsolicited advice? You are not, to my knowledge, a competitive figure skater. Thus, it would behoove you to stop dressing like one.

HUGH JACKMAN at the London premiere
suit by Lanvin


Hugh kind of gets out-man-candied by the delectable Eddie Redmayne and the delicious Aaron Tveit. But when Hugh throws on a gray Lanvin suit, he reminds us that no matter how purple in the face he gets from heaving the weight of France over his shoulders, he can still make the ladies swoon with his red carpet skills.

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6 responses to Red Carpet Watch: The Les Miserables Press Tour

  1. Livi

    Anne should get some kind of award merely for having the self confidence to go out in some of those outfits! Girl must love herself a whole lot…

    • democracydiva – Author

      My mom always has the same response when she sees an overly confident woman in a batshit crazy outfit: “We should all have her mirror.” That’s all I could think of during some of Annie’s nuttier looks – we should ALL have the mirror that tells you you’re perfect and beautiful even when you’re wearing a Tom Ford garbage bag!

  2. molly

    Has Anne always done this indie/trying to be a hipster thing or did it come with the haircut? It doesnt work on her, you know what does work on her? Classic looks, she wears those well. Aside from the Givenchy, she was a mess.
    Amanda rocked this tour, she looks fabulous in McQueen, especially the purple gown. I would have loved to see some soft curls with the black and gold gown though, the braid isnt working for me.
    Eddie in McQueen…yum.

    • democracydiva – Author

      I think Anne’s indie shtick is definitely haircut-related. I think some of it works on her, but mostly I agree with you that she’s best in classic looks and shouldn’t really be leaning so hard on this “look how interesting I am” crap. Amanda’s purple McQueen gown was just beyond lovely, and Eddie … delicious doesn’t even begin to cover it.

  3. stacyblaise

    I hope Les Miserables doesn’t bomb like Anne’s looks did. Thanks for sharing.

    Miss Stacy Blaise

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