Dakota Johnson's Suspiria Premiere Dress Is Stressing Me Out

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Dakota Johnson wore this dress to the Amazon Studio premiere of Suspiria in Hollywood Wednesday night. I do not like it.

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The dress, with its bell sleeves, plunging neckline and short skirt, is trying to say: I’m elegant and poised, but I’m also here to have fun. Fine, in theory. But everything else about the dress feels wrong to me: First, the color, which is that of an artificially enhanced cherry. I know a deep, ruddish red is a motif in the movie, but it’s too brash in this iteration, even with an orange-y blush. (Shout out to orange-y blush though, which I love.)

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Second, the fabric itself, which is sequined. Is the shiny yet rumpled texture supposed to tell me you’re having fun? Because it doesn’t, really; it’s too muddled combined with the cut and the color and the draping of the dress. It’s like, you have a dress that makes you look like a disco ball, but then it’s also firetruck red.

The dress is Celine by Hedi Slimane, from the Spring 2019 collection. But in fact, I have a hard time imagining how one would wear this dress in the spring, which is a time of birth and renewal and flowers and lightness. I have a hard time picturing how one would wear it anywhere, except to the premiere of a movie that, at least based on the trailers, wanted to emphasize period blood as a theme (and got in trouble for jacking the style used by a famous feminist artist in her bloody and violent work).

A press release sent by Celine said that the fashion house is “very pleased” to see Johnson in the dress. But I am not very pleased at all. Quite the opposite, in fact. Johnson looked great in a slightly more toned-down red at the Venice Film Festival, and in metallics at the U.K. Suspiria premiere. Here at home, she took a risk, which I admire, but I think in the future she should stick to this more subdued palette, which extremely works for her.

Elsewhere, Tilda Swinton wore bright pink, wide-legged pants and a button-up sweater, as Swinton is wont to do.

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Pretty sure those aren’t bell sleeves. It looks like they have elastic at the end to gather the fabric back toward the arm, while bell sleeves are free flowing. Those sleeves look more like ones you’d see on a peasant blouse.

I agree though that this dress is awful. It looks like a bad figure skating costume. I’m not a fan of the hemline and I don’t think a red that bright should be that shiny. It either needs to be a darker red or it needs to be less sparkly. The color is so loud on its own that the sparkliness makes the dress exhausting to look at.