Alison Brie in Anthony Franco

Posted on May 11, 2012

Oh, Trudy/Annie. We just don’t think so, hon.


Alison Brie makes an appearance on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in an Anthony Franco suit from his Spring 2012 collection.

A white track suit on TV? Sitting down? Oh, sweetie. Do you mind if we gently laugh at your naivete and hilariously awful instincts for a couple minutes? We promise we’ll stop after that.

But hey, balloon animals. That’s pretty awesome.


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  • Kimberly Southern-Weber

    Phhhbt.  I love it.

    •  I think she looks adorable. It might not have been my first choice, but I think she looks great.

    • BerlinerNYC

      Me too! It is sassy and disco-ready.

  • kingderella

    oh boy.
    i love her – and she deserves success so much more than deschanel – but this is awful.
    the make-up is kinda trashy, too.

  • unbornfawn

    Oh no…. An outfit about a stripe.

  • She looks decent,if a bit boring.. it’s just that her style is usually more feminine than this.

  • Super_Red

    I actually really like this– it looks sharp, and, unlike many starlets, I don’t feel like gyno looking at her. yay alison! 

  • Rebecca Johnson

    She’s dressed as the Pillowtown/Blanketsburg fight referee. 

    • suzanne77

      I love that you know this, Piece of sushi, birthday cake, stop sign, snowman, umbrella. Annie Edison

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    could be worse. also, she’s way further ahead in the running for, um, our sweetheart than, um redux, lea m.

  • fussbudget1

    cute and memorable without being you know…! 

  • makeityourself

    White is not a good choice for tv, which already makes you look heavier than you are.  That being said,
    WHAT THE HECK IS UP WITH GARY SHANDLING”S FACE????   Could there be more filler or botox injected into it?  It looks like he took that ballon pump and filled up his head.  I’m so sad.  I loved The Gary Shandling Show and all of his early appearances on Johnny Carson.  It looks like he has succumbed to LA syndrome.

    • drdirection

      I didn’t even recognize him

    • He’s looked like that for several years. I actually thought he was looking better than usual in this clip. Maybe I’ve just gotten used to it.

    • alyce1213

      It’s not just the fillers.  He’s put on a bit of weight.

  •  I was thinking marching band uniform.

  • filmcricket

    Without the stripe on the pants it would just look like a chic little white pantsuit. With it, it’s unfortunately Sue Sylvester Has an Evening Out.

    • Twinzilla

      I want to like this post more than once!

  • I can’t even look at the clothes I’m so taken aback by her makeup. Awful and overdone-her face doesn’t need it.

  • Lina_bee

    Oh, Anthony Franco, really? THESE pants??  I don’t know this girl, but she looks uncannily like a young brunette Alicia Silverstone.

    • filmcricket

      Go back through the Mad Men posts, you’ll see her a lot. She’s quite the chameleon; she doesn’t really resemble either of her TV characters.

  • Le_Sigh

    I kind of lurv the look – but I think its more appropro for the red carpet when she’s standing as opposed to sitting down and trying to have a “natural” tv convo.  I feel like only darker colored/patterned suits work well for the sitting down – or something in a more comfortable, lighter fabric.

    The white material for her suit looks super stiff and uncomfy sitting down – plus under the talk show lights obscures all the chic little details, as well as making it look like a cheap ol’ pair of sweats. 

  • If it weren’t for the black stripe down the sides of the pants, the outfit would look quite classy and stylish.

  • E_bee

    She looks like an exact cross between Drew Barrymore and Eliza Dushku. Plus racing stripe.

    • Super_Red

       THANK YOU! Yes! Eliza Dushku! She reminded me of someone here and I couldn’t place who it was.

  • Judy_J

    I don’t think it’s a track suit, I think it is a white tux. She looks adorable, and way classier than some of those chicks who show up in micro minis.

    • Super_Red

      for sure!

  • Peri7473

    isn’t it supposed to be a B&W tuxedo, not a track suit?  didn’t old tuxedo’s have a grosgrain stripe down the pants?  

    •  That was my reaction, too.  It’s a white tuxedo with a black grosgrain ribbon down the side just like a black tux would have.  I

    • filmcricket

      It really is the stripe taking it into track suit territory. You can see the tuxedo lapels on the jacket and they look sharp. I think I’d just have forgone any embellishment on the pants, if it were up to me.

  • I’m liking it. No shots of her standing, so fit is hard to assess, but I’m reading pant suit, not track suit.

  • formerlyAnon

    It looks like it is cute when she’s standing up. Not the most flattering for sitting on t.v. – but LIGHT YEARS better than a micro mini length she has to be obsessed with lest the t.v. gods have to pixilate her privates/undies.

    No way Cameron Diaz could have made balloon animals the other week, her hands never strayed from her hem for more than a minute – IF that long.

  • Megan Patterson

    If it did not have that crazy stripe on the pants, I could like it. 

  • Twinzilla

    You must remind yourself that in real life she is an actress who p l a y s Tweety.  She is not, if fact, Tweety.  Tweety is a character she created.   And that suit was cute standing up, but the moment she sat down… Ka-plouiee.

  • JimiG

    She’s adorable, but she looks like a drum major.

  • ccm800

    thats a tux

  • butterflysunita

    Anyone who goes on Jay Leno without flashing the good china is IN in my book.  

  • I don’t know…the girl could be in sweat pants and I’d think she was adorable…

  • MilaXX

    Hair and makeup look great, but that is one FUG of an outfit.

  • paintedfish

    she’s like Kill Bill’s Bridesmaid. She distracts you with balloon animals while Uma slices you up. Super cute.

  • dschubba

    She can do better than sexy Hillary Clinton.

  • nannypoo

    It sure doesn’t sit well, does it? She looks pretty bunchy. I didn’t see this interview, but it looks like it’s going well. I wish he would rearrange his furniture. The previous guest usually gets isolated when the new guest turns to talk to Leno. If I ever get invited to be on the Leno show, like to share my brilliant fashion insights for example, I will make it a point to turn and include the person on the sofa so they won’t feel like a putz.

  • Glammie

    Trudy, I love you, but a white tux with a black stripe is a jogging suit–no matter what the jacket looks like or what the fabric.  Sigh . . . though it does sort of make me love her for it.  Her sense of style is so off that she looks like a real person–but with better hair.

    And balloon animals.

  • This just looks, um, weird. She’s still super cute, though.

  • TieDye64

    From the neck up she looks so damn good. What is up with the tuxedo track suit? Obviously there was no stylist (sucky as some of them can be) was involved. 

  • charlotte

    Thank you for covering this. I saw this and wondered what TLo would have to say about it. It was a fun interview, but all I could focus on was the track suit.

  • bellafigura1

    I like it too although it’s a boring shoe choice.  Ladies don’t realize to unbutton the jacket when they sit though, to avoid that upcreep and rumpling, which is second nature to fellows. 

  • altalinda

    Bad outfit, but she handled the Tonight Show appearance with aplomb.  Atta girl.

  • I don’t know – I think she looks adorable!

  • msdamselfly

    I think she looks great.

  • I actually like it.  She is rather quirky and this suits her well.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    At least I’m not seeing her crotch.  There’s got to be something to be said for that.

  • she looks a bit like a balloon animal in those pants.

  • jay leno.  now there’s someone to put on my irrational celebrity hate list.

    • filmcricket

      There’s nothing irrational about that.

  • It’s a magic pair of pants. They magically took a beautiful young girl who weighs about 45 pounds and made her ass look fat. Definitely magic. Dark magic.

  • Unfortunately that black stripe draws the eye right to her ass and somehow make it look HUGE.  Which it isn’t.  Without the stripe this would have been an unusually chic and refreshingly event appropriate look.

  • Susan Crawford

    I am so impressed at her balloon animal skill that I will give her a pass on this outfit. Besides, for all we know, Ms. Brie will be the drum major at the post-show parade. Her bearskin shako hat and brass baton are waiting in the wings.

  • Stubenville

    D list celebrities on Leno…  yawn.

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  • Vanessak69

    She’s one of the best things about Community. I am not loving that she’s wearing my old marching band uniform but I still think she’s adorable.

  • filmcricket

    I read an interview with her this week, where she talked about going to some hippie-slash-arts college and running around the quad naked, on a regular basis. Her parents sounded like they were pretty laid-back, too. Maybe she just doesn’t care about clothes that much?

    •  My brother-in-law and his wife (does that make her my sister-in-law once removed?) attended the same school in the 80s.   I wouldn’t call it “some” arts college because it has a great reputation and their graduates are usually successful in The Industry because of the alumni connections.  It was founded by Walt Disney so, at least when my husband was graduating from different art school, if you wanted to work for the Disney Corp. in some way, you basically had to graduate from that college.  I don’t know if it is still that way.

      • Lipchap

         Fascinating, I had no idea!

  • I don’t like the tuxedo track suit (or track suit tuxedo) but she’s adorable and come on – balloon animals!! I will give her a pass on this one.

  • pottymouth_princess

    NO! Rachael Ray has been wearing the pants on her show of late and they’re just plain shiteous. Of course Ray is trying to project the image of of professional 40-something hosting her own talk show (and failing miserably) while Brie is just a guest. Still, jeans would have been a better choice. 

  • poggi

    As a talk show guest the out fit fails.  But compared to what people who make balloon animals usually wear, she is the best dressed clown ever.

  • RedRaven617

    Check out the fourth photo from the top. Is she wearing black panties? Or is her butt all wet? She looks terrible and I have no idea who she is.

    • Lipchap

       I think (I hope) that’s Gary Shandling’s shadow?? She’s Trudie Campbell from Mad Men, dutifully and religiously covered by this very blog!

  • leave_Blake_alone

    The thing is, I want to agree with you guys that this is awful, but… it isn’t? She looks pretty good actually. Sorry I’m not sorry.

  • newleaf1

    The prisoners here in Georgia wear those pants to pick up trash along the side of the road.  Really.

  • Wow, I love her, but that’s awful.

  • TheOriginalLulu

    Yeah but Gary Shandling’s face is a thousand times more disturbing than her getup.

  • enchanted216

    Never heard of her, but I think she looks great:)

  • suzq

    She made Gary Shandling laugh.  Who cares what she was wearing?

  • granddelusion

    Track suit was my first thought, too. This just doesn’t work as anything. But hey, is that Garry Shandling sitting next to her? That could be interesting….