September 4, 2012 Premiere, Runway To Red Carpet

Keira Knightley In Chanel Couture – ‘Anna Karenina’ London Premiere

Posted by Catherine Kallon

Keira Knightley made a welcome return to the red carpet this evening for the World Premiere of her latest movie, ‘Anna Karenina’ which was held at The Odeon Leicester Square in London.

As we know she goes one of two ways for a major premiere; Chanel or Valentino.

On this occasion she choose the former, selecting a pink gown from Chanel’s Fall 2012 Couture collection, which is our first look of this collection on the red carpet.

I’m going to be honest and say I’m not crazy about the gown.

I love the delicate sheer flutter sleeves and the decorative floral appliqués which cascade from around her neckline, down the front of the gown, but I can’t get over how stiff the whole look feels; the skirt is particularly bothersome.

Smoky eyes and a side parted updo completed her look.

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62 Responses to Keira Knightley In Chanel Couture – ‘Anna Karenina’ London Premiere

  1. Tiger Nueng September 6, 2012 at 11:06 pm #

    This is really romantic for me.

  2. Buradzhy September 6, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

    I didn’t like Chanel Couture FW2012/13 at all and Kira didn’t make me change my mind.
    I prefer to see Valentino on her.

  3. Pene September 6, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    am done waiting for another oscars vera wang moment from her. this will just do

  4. Zara September 5, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

    Looks much better on her than the model!

  5. tom September 5, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    it does kind of overwhelm her

  6. Colleen September 5, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

    It is very pretty…perhaps if it was knee length?

    I scrolled back up after reading the other comments and I think it may be growing on me. The more I look at it, the more I like it & feel that it fits her style. (I still think it would be pretty knee length!)

  7. EmmaWoodhouse September 5, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    If anyone else were wearing this, I wouldn’t really be crazy about it. But despite the stiff skirt, heavy belt and stuffy rosettes, Keira manages to transcend it all and look beautiful. She’s winning me over to this look with her poise, flawless hair and makeup, and presence.

  8. abasss September 5, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

    I hate the dress from the knees down, but from the knees up, I don’t think I ever seen her so pretty, and that’s saying something, because I always like how she looks. The neckline frames her face beautifully, the hair and make up are perfection. BDOTW nominee for me.

  9. Kim West September 5, 2012 at 10:58 am #

    Im also not so crazy about the gown. THough I would say that her makeup looks really nice.

  10. Glenda September 5, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    Having said that she looks stunning in this particular dress, I still hope to see her in the following gown (from the same collection) as well:

    It’d be another triumph on the red carpet for Keira for sure. I actually expected her to have worn this gown when she said that she already had a Chanel couture gown lined up for the AK premiere in London.

    • dee September 5, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

      Wow, that gown would look stunning on her.

  11. alex September 5, 2012 at 9:15 am #

    have to say i disagree with fc! i think she looks lovely, yes the dress is a bit stiff but somehow Keira makes it work. I really do like this on her. Hair and make up flawless as per usual.

  12. Kateryna September 5, 2012 at 8:22 am #

    Where are her boobs? She looks so flat, the skirt looks like a lamp cover and her posture is awkward. She looks like a teenager boy.. Only someone else, more feminine than Keira, wearing this dress can redeem it.

  13. Luckyvoice September 5, 2012 at 3:09 am #

    FC personally I think you have chosen a rather unflattering image to post.. Ive seen some incredible pictures of the gown on Keira. She Rocks this dress. STUNNING!

    • Natalie19 September 6, 2012 at 10:06 pm #


  14. Lizzybet September 5, 2012 at 3:04 am #

    I ADORE this!! So beautiful, and those who don’t like it clearly haven’t seen further images of it.The sheerness mixed with more structure is perfect, in footage she looked incredibly comfortable in this dress. BDOTW for sure!!

  15. d September 5, 2012 at 1:54 am #


  16. Grace Patricia September 5, 2012 at 12:53 am #

    Very elegant, though I don’t like the skirt.

  17. morgan September 5, 2012 at 12:26 am #

    I absolutely love this! Without a doubt a BDOTW contender for me

  18. Miele September 5, 2012 at 12:13 am #

    Kiera looks gorgeous, but that dress is just NOT working. It’s a beautiful dress , but the fit is unfortunate, the top half being hopeless. A few adjustments could possibly have saved it. As it is, not attractive.

  19. oksana September 5, 2012 at 12:07 am #

    i think this is so beautiful like dress made up for her

  20. Natalie19 September 4, 2012 at 10:43 pm #

    This looks simply AMAZING!!! I was not a big fan of Kiera’s choices for red carpets, but this is gorgeous!

    Plus, i thinkg it’s just this particular photo, that she looks a bit stiff. I was just lokking through a whole bunch of fotos from the premiere.

    BDOTW for sure!

  21. Moxie September 4, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

    The skirt looks like a bathmat.

    • carolina September 5, 2012 at 3:03 am #

      Hah – yes, exactly! This is a mess of a gown.

  22. asherlev1 September 4, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

    Oh man. This was a knockout for me!

    BDOTW please!

  23. Noemi September 4, 2012 at 9:52 pm #

    First of all I appreciate all the work that there’s behind the making of the dress, which is very elaborate. Said that, it’s really not the most flattering gown, that’s sure. I agree with all the comments about the heavy belt and that she looks flat etc. I expected something better from this premiere, and I’m looking forward to see the film because I loved the book. The only thing that I really like about this look is the beautiful make up because I’m not crazy about the hairstyle, too.

  24. JMW September 4, 2012 at 9:41 pm #

    I love it BDOTW so far for me, even though it has a been a very tough week.

  25. Kathy September 4, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

    The skirt looked much more flow-y on the runway, just judging by the photo. I haven’t seen the show video so I wouldn’t know.

  26. Aline September 4, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

    Leave it to Keira to make me like a Channel gown. As everyone else said, she looks so chic and elegant and just so classy. Besides, her makeup is just to die for. She looks lovely.

  27. Anna September 4, 2012 at 9:08 pm #

    She looks gorgeous, love the dress!

  28. catdog September 4, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

    I don’t love the dress but she’s kinda making it work.

  29. Ack September 4, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    The appliques on the front of the dress really bother me. Not to be grotesque, but they almost look like scabs. It’s hard for me to look past that, but otherwise I like the shape of the skirt.

  30. Pablo September 4, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

    I’m gonna have to politely disagree with FC 🙂
    I loooove this look. Delicate as only Keira can be. BDOTW contender for me!

  31. Rahel September 4, 2012 at 8:40 pm #

    It’s a fluffy mess.

  32. Lisa September 4, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

    Facially, she is simply gorgeous. The gown is nice but I hate how stiff it looks. I’m sure its not, but the way it sits on her looks too rigid.

  33. leeanntb September 4, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

    She would look great in a bin bag which would have been an improvement over this.

  34. Rebecca Z September 4, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

    I agree about the stiffness of the dress–it is a detraction. I like the belt and the sleeves and the bodice. I love her hair and makeup–she looks very beautiful and classy.

  35. Glenda September 4, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

    Stunning. But then again, did we expect anything else from Keira? I’m going to take a quick guess and say that she will remain my best dressed of the week with this beautiful gown. Everybody else might as well give up already…

  36. eni September 4, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

    I love it! Beautiful as always. BDOTW contender.

  37. Lola September 4, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

    This dress is incredibly beautiful! Keira is as always incredibly elegant and chic. Stunning and one of a kind

  38. Lene September 4, 2012 at 7:45 pm #

    I don’t really like it, tbh. The dress looks better from the back. She looks beautiful though.

  39. caro September 4, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

    As usual, she looks so classy and elegant. She has a unique style, so amazingly chic, personal and feminine.

    • Mol September 4, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

      Well said,I agree completely – where many others would have failed, I think Keira pulls this off beautifully!

  40. Francois B September 4, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

    I think she’s really pulling it off!

  41. Ana September 4, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

    Love it! BDOTW contender for me!

    • Liana September 4, 2012 at 11:31 pm #


      I don’t mind the stiffness of the dress on this occasion and on Keira. She looks WOW.

  42. Zerina September 4, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

    I LOVE IT.

  43. alex September 4, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

    i think she looks beautiful.

  44. Nat39 September 4, 2012 at 7:13 pm #

    Incredibly stiff indeed, she looks really uncomfortable, not a fan of the belt – a bit too harsh for this delicate gown, a thinner more delicate belt would’ve worked better, the ‘do feels matronly. Her bad posture doesn’t help. The whole thing looks rather uncomfortable.

    • Dhppy September 5, 2012 at 8:01 pm #

      I agree. My first thought was “Wow! She looks uncomfortable.” And I feel the same way looking at her, as a result. She looks like a very fashionable mummy.

  45. Malinda Jane September 4, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

    The skirt on that thing is horrid. Not even the bodice can save it, because it does absolutely nothing for her chest. All it does is highlight how flat she is.

    • CreoleLady September 5, 2012 at 1:16 am #

      Lol! This dress is another example of Chanel run amok, imo. Some of the elements are attractive but the whole is far less than the sum of its parts. If I keep seeing looks like this, I’m going to start lumping Chanel in with Marchesa — everything-but-the-kitchen-sink couture.

  46. dee September 4, 2012 at 7:11 pm #

    I agree on the stiffness to the look but I still think she looks lovely.

    • bas September 4, 2012 at 9:01 pm #


      • DivaDebbi September 4, 2012 at 9:32 pm #

        +2. Hair and makeup= flawless!

    • Alina September 5, 2012 at 5:44 am #


  47. TL September 4, 2012 at 7:11 pm #

    Agree with FC that the dress looks stiff, but Keira still maintain her always-elegant vibe. Don’t like the belt, maybe a thin gold belt would be better?!

  48. Chloe September 4, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

    This could have been amazing had she picked a better belt. This one is way too heavy for this gown

    • Kyriaki-Cyprus September 4, 2012 at 8:19 pm #

      My thoughts exactly.

    • Kathy September 4, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

      It’s the same one as on the runway, maybe it comes with the dress.

      • Christine September 4, 2012 at 10:52 pm #

        I agree but I kinda like the look. But something is missing here.

  49. Serena September 4, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

    I love this!

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