Keira Knightley in Chanel at the UK premiere of ‘The Nutcracker’: fab & frothy?

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Screening

Here are some photos from the big London premiere of The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, the Disney film that I guess a lot of families will be seeing during the holiday season. This film was not made for me, and I’m fine with that – I’m not into ballet, generally speaking, nor am I into The Nutcracker specifically. But I can still enjoy the promotional tour and the fashion, and there was a lot to enjoy at the premiere. Keira Knightley wore this frothy Chanel Haute Couture gown which… might be the rare Chanel gown that I’m okay with. On another woman, I would dislike this. If I saw it in person, I might dislike it. But it kind of suits Keira, doesn’t it? It works on her, and it works for the premiere of this film in particular.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Screening

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Screening

Ellie Bamber also wore Chanel, and this is very “ballerina” look – I’m okay with this as well, although I think the whole dress would be improved by taking out the belt?

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms European Gala

Mackenzie Foy in Rodarte. Pink gown with sparkly-metallic polka dots? It sort of works, right? She’s so young – she’s only 17, about to turn 18 in a few days. It works because of her age.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms European Gala

I don’t know why Misty Copeland decided to go for such a dark dress when all of her costars went for pastels, but here we go. Misty wore Fendi – the fabric looks like upholstery and the detailing on the chest is tragic. Ugh.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms European Gala

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Louise Anne says:

    That’s interesting because Misty’s dress is my favourite, I love the detailing.

    I wish Keira had gone for a different shade of lip colour. Even something more plum (!) Aside from that, I hear her performance is the saving grace of the whole movie. I love her, she seems like such a great person

    • Susannah says:

      I like Misty’s dress too. I guess we’re bad, black swan types!

      • Yup, Me says:

        Another huzzah for Misty’s dress!

        Also- Kiera’s dress would be perfect if she was in swan lake, too. Her dress looks like it’s made of down or confectioner’s sugar…. or toilet paper.

    • mk says:

      Yes the makeup doesn’t work with the dress – I don’t mind the red lip, but the makeup overall has too much of an 80s feel which clashes with the dress IMO.

  2. Mia4s says:

    Well….it’s definitely the dress for the premiere of a Nutcracker movie.

    I’m not so sure anyone with be watching this movie. Reviews are horrid and it’s projected to open to $20 million….on an at least $130 million budget. That’s….bad….really bad.

    Somewhere the makers of Solo A Star Wars Story and A Wrinkle in Time are cheering. They’re no longer the biggest Disney disasters this year! 😬

    • Scarlet Vixen says:

      @Mia4S: Aw, that’s a bit of a bummer a out the reviews. My daughters (ages 7 & 5) have been dying to see it for weeks. We just got back from Disney World & they already had tons of merchandise, etc for this film.

      Normally I would probably hate Keira Knightley’s dress, but I love her, and for this premiere it totallys works. I think they all look lovely!

      • NeoCleo says:

        I think this will be a good venue for kids and your daughters will probably love it. I won’t go to the theaters to see it but it’s Disney and I know I will watch it at some point.

    • Melania says:

      I was hoping the movie was good because I love The Nutcracker ballet

      • Mia4s says:

        Apparently there’s less than ten minutes of dance in the whole film. Misty Copeland (who does have a great dress) just has a cameo of about 5 minutes or solo dance.

        Given the names involved I’m facscinated to know what went on here behind the scenes. Totally off the rails.

    • Ellaus says:

      Well, I will be going this afternoon with muy daughter (she’s 8) , so our 15€ may contribute to the box office xD … It is a fantasy movie loosely based in 2 books by Hoffman and Petipa. It is a children movie and Keira’s dress is actually con point because she playa the Sugar Fairy… I love Misty’s dress, she looks amazing but she stands out in all black.

      • Birdix says:

        Nerding out here—its Hoffman and Alexandre Dumas père. Petipa was the choreographer who brought Dumas’ adaptation of Hoffman’s very dark tale to life as a sugary sweet ballet (with Lev Ivanov).

    • Veronica S. says:

      Unsurprising, considering this is the first time I’ve heard about it. Not sure how you mess up a classic, though. All the hard work is already done for you.

    • MaryContrary says:

      I’m taking my 10yo tomorrow. I get that the plot is a convoluted mess, but it looks stunning and OTT-so I’m happy to sit there with my popcorn and junior mints.

    • BorderMollie says:

      It feels like Disney’s banking so hard on their Marvel and regular Star Wars franchises that they’re not even bothering with the rest. Shame, because this could have been an awesome picture. The idea is so cool.

      It does seem like the kind of movie that’d be popular on the international market though, especially in Asia, so it might not be that bad.

    • Montréalaise says:

      According to the reviews I’ve read, the movie has only a tenuous connection to the Nutcracker story and there is very little dancing – so people who love the ballet and go to see the movie because of it will surely be disappointed.

    • Marianne says:

      Visually from a set/costume perspective its probably good. But yeah i got major Tim Burton alice in Wonderland vibes from the trailer so I cant say Im looking forward to that one.

    • tealily says:

      I saw it and really enjoyed it! It’s more of an fantasy/adventure movie that a ballet or Christmas movie. Lots of stuff about family, etc. etc. I thought it was cute.

  3. terra says:

    Eh, I’d wear Misty’s before I’d wear the others.

    I almost like Keira’s, but there’s just something that’s keeping me from feeling anything but “meh” about it. Maybe if there were less volume around the neckline and her shoulders? It feels a bit top heavy. Considering how big the skirt is, that’s quite an achievement.

    Ellie Bamber’s looks awful on her. The bodice makes her look like a rectangle. The belt is trying to cinch her waist a bit and help give an hourglass appearance, but it’s not working. Plus, those are absolutely the wrong shoes for that dress.

  4. Mrs. Harrison Ford says:

    I think a thin leather gold belt would look perfect with Keira’s dress. The wide pink ribbon is too much with the rest of the frothiness.

  5. Case says:

    These are al appropriately themed, so I approve!

    I don’t think this movie will do very well. They started advertising for it A YEAR AGO and I feel like any initial interest has died off.

  6. Harryg says:

    This movie looks like such a mess.

  7. Elisabeth says:

    no pics of Matthew MacFayden? boooo

  8. Melania says:

    Keira’s dress is so perfect for The Sugar Fairy (her character in the movie). I like it.

  9. Becks1 says:

    I love keira’s dress. For anything else – no. But for the premiere of the Nutcracker? It totally works.

    Misty’s dress is alright in my opinion but omg her leg muscles. Wow.

  10. Maddy says:

    I don’t care about reviews. I have always loved The Nutcracker. I will be seeing it and I know quite a few people who have also expressed an interest in it. And I love all the dresses! Perfect choices, imho.

  11. Veronica S. says:

    As somebody who is quite fond of ballet, I can tell you the Nutcracker’s one of the less interesting ones. You have to wait quite awhile for the story to get to the more interesting, dance-intensive parts. Now Swan Lake? There’s a reason that’s a mainstay of modern ballet.

    I didn’t recognize Misty without her ballet gear (and with her hair down!). I think she looks lovely.

    • MarcelMarcel says:

      When I was a little girl I saw the Royal Ballet Company from the UK perform Swan Lake. I love ballet and I’ve been lucky to see a few live. But Swan Lake remains my favourite! And Tchaikovsky is my favourite composer. He created such beautiful soundscapes so I love listening to his music even though I can’t afford to see the ballet.

    • Montréalaise says:

      I agree with you about the Nutcracker, but kids absolutely love it. I went to see it last December (the venue was full of kids, most under the age of 10) and when the last curtain fell, one little boy, about six years old, stood up and proclaimed loudly enough of everyone to hear, ”That was SO, SO good!”. He made my evening.

  12. Birdix says:

    Kaiser come to San Francisco and I’ll change your ideas about ballet! It can be so many things, not just tutus and Nutcracker, etc.
    That said, this movie is not great for ballet companies who make a chunk of their annual budget on Nutcracker. So much easier to just see the movie…

  13. ValiantlyVarnished says:

    Keira’s dress is perfect for the event and the film. I really like it and Im usually a bit on the fence when it comes to her red carpet looks. Mackenzie Foy’s dress is pretty and age appropriate so no complaints.

  14. Scal says:

    Misty wears ballet pastels and tutus all the time-if I were her I’d want to wear something different on the red carpet to. She’s stunning.

  15. Beach Dreams says:

    For some reason Keira’s dress reminds me of Little Bo Peep. I actually like Misty’s dress, weird chest pattern and all.

  16. Maum says:

    The dress is perfect from the premiere but the makeup seems too harsh for it.

  17. Misty says:

    I like Keira but the look as a whole falls flat for me, mainly due to her hair (just looks severely pulled back) and to the lipstick which is too bright red in contrast of the pink ribbon. Maybe if she lost the ribbon overall that would help.

    Ellie’s look is not flattering at all. Misty’s is okay but I like Mackenzie Foy’s overall look–dress, hair, makeup–the best. It’s age appropriate and suits her.

  18. Marianne says:

    Keira looks so much like Michelle Dockery in these pictures. It made me miss Michelle who I haven’t seen much of lately.

  19. Pandy says:

    Beautiful dress, but her lip is too harsh. I LOVE that dress on MacKenzie, it’s very sweet.

  20. Charfromdarock says:

    I love all these dresses.

  21. Shelley says:

    I think Keira is PERFECTION here. I love everything about it, including that particular red lipstick with that particular pink belt. She looks classy and timeless, imho.

    May be off topic – but has anyone else seen the PBS special documentary about Misty Copeland? It shows sort of a typical day-in-the-life when she’s performing. And then she visits the first (I believe) woman of African-American heritage to dance the lead in Swan Lake (which is what Misty is performing in the documentary). This woman is by now elderly in the documentary, but Misty shows her so much reverence and it’s so touching when they go over a few of the steps together. I feel privileged and so fortunate to have stumbled upon the inspiring, interesting documentary on tv a year or so ago.

  22. Meh says:

    I love and so appreciate that Kiera has faint lines on her forehead instead of being botoxed completely still. Now that I am close to 30, I’ve begun to look for beauty icons I can aspire to age into, and she looks as beautiful as ever and still very human and like herself.

  23. Redgrl says:

    Just saw Keira Knightley in Colette – she was fantastic.