Naya Rivera in Lublu

Posted on May 15, 2012

We might as well go on record with this one right now because it’s obviously become a “thing.” We hate that blushy, mauve-y, dusty pink that’s been showing up more and more on the RC.


Naya Rivera attends the Fox 2012 Programming Presentation Post Show Party in a Lublu dress paired with Giuseppe Zanotti sandals. Clutch by Kotur. Earrings by Lana Jewelry. Ring by Vram for Gray Gallery.

At least there’s some contrast with a gal like Naya, who has a little brown in her skin tone. The light-skinned girls tend to look awful in it. We pretty much like everything about this dress except the way the waist sits on her. We don’t like mullet skirts at all, but this one really looks chic. We also think she could have used a little color – other than pink – on her face to counteract all the monochromaticness that’s happening below the neck. A contrasting clutch would have been nice too. The shoes are gorgeous. And while Naya can rock the big ol’ hoops like no one’s business, we tend to think something a little showier would have been called for here.

There. Tip to toe ASSESSED.

NEXT! Come on, people. Let’s move it. We don’t have all day here. Lots of red carpet ladies breathlessly awaiting our opinions.

[Photo Credit: Darla Khazei/, Janet Mayer/PRPhotos]

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  • annie_wonder

    Loving those shoes but there’s no way she went home that evening without the bottom of that dress ripped to shreds.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Especially since they didn’t hem the skirt or the sleeves. There would have been runs starting in the knit as soon as any stress was placed on the fabric.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Nice gams.  Nice shoes. 

  • DaringMiss

    The top fits weirdly.  It pulls across her bust and throws the neckline off.  Let’s face it, that neckline wasn’t going to do her any favors.

    With the the color, mullet skirt, belt and odd choices in the bodice, it looks like a space girl uniform from some 1980’s geek movie.

  • amf0001

    I hate mullet skirts though this is a good iteration,  but I would have still liked it to be a smidge longer in the front and a smidge shorter in the back – she’s going to trip on that train any second now.  and it’s weirdly corporate on top (that top could be in any board room meeting) and chorus girl at the bottom,  which also doesn’t work for me

    But I quite like the color 🙂

  • Let’s see:  mullet dress, dusty rose, too much blush …  I’m surprised she didn’t just wear nude peep-toe pumps while she was at it.

  • Vaniljekjeks

    I think the blushy color is only workable if you have really dark or really pale skin, and nothing in between.  I am of the really, really pale variety, and that color is stunning on me. 

    So, not her dress, not her color.  

  • It is a horrific color, but she pulls it off better than most.

  • dramamajor

    The top of the dress makes her look bulky and her boobs look gigantic. Not cute.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    I feel like this is fashion police boot camp.

    “MOVE, KITTENS. You hesitate, you THINK instead of instinctively JUDGING EVERYONE and YOU’LL NEVER SURVIVE. THIS IS FASHION WAR.”

  • Anathema_Device

    It is all rather blah. That color is gorgeous on her, though.

  • girliecue

    Mauve is the woman of color’s equivalent of dirty pantyhose color on white ladies. Notice how it does this gorgeous girl absolutely no favors at all. Hate, hate, HATE mauve! Not too bad for a mullet dress, though. Although the fabulous Miss Rivera can rock the hell out of just about anything. 

  • The cut & color (along with those earrings) is very 1980s to me.  Hello Laura Ashley!

    • Celandine1

      That is the color of the upholstery of chairs and tableclothes used in rented hotel meeitng/ballrooms in the 80’s and 90’s. ICK. 

    • mountainFashionista

       The whole thing — color, fabric, silhouette — is a dead ringer for my high school choir dress, circa 1987.  We, too, thought we looked amazing in them…

  • poggi

    The color looks good on her.  I don’t love the waist or the darts in the bodice (maybe they go up to high).  Her legs and shoes look great!  I might be convinced to go the mullet route if my legs looked like hers 

  • VeryClaire

    Love that color.

  • elleg929

    From the waist up her dress looks like it belongs on a sister wife.

  • She is so freaking gorgeous, it hurts my eyeballs!
    I love this color on brown-skinned ladies, I think Naya is about as light as this color should go. I WANT THIS DRESS!

  • this colour?  PUCE.  No colour named PUCE can be a good thing.

  • I find this dress unflattering on the gorgeous gal.  Long sleeve top with a mullet skirt.  I’m not really convinced the shoes and accessories go either.  It kinda of reminds me of a romper, with a mullet skirt. Not Awesome.

  • Lilithcat

    If you’re stepping on your hem, you need to have your dress shortened.  That is all.

  • Qitkat

    I almost bought a tablecloth this color the other day.

  • Spicytomato1

    I like the tailored aspect, it’s uniquely unfussy. And long sleeves are a nice change from typical arm-baring styles. I’m not fan of that color but she pulls it off. 

    The only nitpick I have is the hem being too long in the back. It looks like an accident waiting to happen.

  • rainwood1

    A mauvey mullet dress is never going to work.  Plus it doesn’t seem to move very well, based on how the seams look when she walks or moves her arm.    

  • Lina_bee

    Yipe, no. This is not her dress. It doesn’t fit, the fabric is too thick for those darts, the skirt is terrible, the waist is awkward, and the color belongs on a deep African skin tone and no one paler. I’m not happy with the earrings, either — at least not with her hair back — because they give her a conehead.  /crankypants

    •  *yes* – “the fabric is too thick for those darts” That’s something that bothered me but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it until I read your comment.

  • understateddiva

    If you’re going to wear a dress that looks like a drab curtain rising, at least put shoes like those on stage!

  • Where were you two when I was getting dress for Prom in 1978? I was one of those light-skinned gals in dusty rose. All these years later, the color still doesn’t work – regardless of skin tone.

  • AthenaJ

    Yay! I’m 2 for 2 today on being in sync with TLo regarding shoe opinions. Love these! (the other was Elizabeth Banks’ swoon-worthy shoes)

    Oh, and I also hate that damn dusty pink color. It reminds me of the Mary Kay blush my mom would buy me when I first started wearing makeup.

  • Super_Red

    I’m having a hard time with this dress… I want to like it, and I think that Naya is freaking gorgeous, but I just don’t like the dress on her. It doesn’t seem flattering, color or otherwise(though, admittedly, I loved a very similar color on Lea earlier) and I’m starting to get aggravated with Naya because she never seems to dress in a way that adds to her ridiculous beauty. 

  • ummm… she’s stepping on her skirt. Those proportions are all over the place and those waistline details are weird. Am I the only one that thinks this is unflattering and a total mess?

  • I had about 4 bridesmaid’s dresses that color.  At least there’s no lace on it.

  • What is with all the mullet dresses this summer?  Ugh!
    Love the color, but not on a dress.  But those shoes are super sweet!

  • BrooklynBomber

    The color is odd, I agree, as is the mullet, and yet there’s something interesting and chic about it. 

  • greyhoundgirl

    She looks boxy and matronly in this and we know she ain’t that.

  • Saucysusan

    I hate everything about this dress..mullet hem..blush color..wonky seams..unflattering neckline. But somehowthrough some weird alchemy she makes it work.Somehow unstuffy,streamlined,dare I say classy? I think she could have done better with hair(down & wavy?)&jewelry. The hoops are too casual. A nice drop earring would have been a good choice.I don’t comment often but like to support non-slutty fashion!

  • Beth G


  • SewingSiren

    Awkward fit. I could have been saved perhaps if the length was half way between the front and the back all the way around.

  • Snailstsichr

    She looks lovely in this color, but the dress needs some “oomph.” Or maybe big jewelry??

  • RebeccaKW

    Is this made out of neoprene?  Is she about to snorkel to some evil island lair and thwart a plot to destroy the world?

  • CatherineRhodes

    I think she looks fabulous, head to toe. 

  • Wasn’t this Gwyneth’s go-to color in 1996 or so? I seem to recall her championing this color and Calvin Klein back in the day.

    I have less problem with the color than I do with the fabric and cut of this dress. It could have been a lovely floaty dream in silk chiffon, or an elegant dupioni silk number, but this feels heavy.

  • Judy_J

    Love the shoes.  Hate the mullet skirt.  Top half of the dress is OK.  The color doesn’t offend me, but it’s not a color that everyone can wear.

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    I pretty much hate everything about this dress — makes Naya look matronly.

  • guest2visits

    She’s very pretty and the shoes and clutch are cool;  but this is just a not too pretty mullet dress.
    It’s a little bit StarTrek – bridesmaid.

  • Jessi03

    Her legs look amazing. Way to go, chickie. 

  • If it was to the knee I would love it for work, but then live in fear that as a fair skinned woman it made me look naked from a distance.

  • She too often goes for these weird nearly pastel colors when her skin tone is CLEARLY calling out for bold jewel tones, blacks, metallics and icy whites. She’s a stunning woman and could wear just about any color so long as it’s bold and she could wear them so easily. This is just…Evening style nurse Ratchett and it makes her shoulders look too broad and thick. Jesus, I wouldn’t mind it if she were difficult to dress, (like a Christina Hendricks for instance) but she’s not that kinda chick. 

  • HATE the boob darts. Also the way it pulls when she lifts her arm. Bad fit. Color is gorgeous but not for humans. Maybe a couch? Shoes are to die. But ponytail? Blah makeup? Kind of looks like she was raiding the costume closet after school, took a 60’s suit, added a matching tablecloth and got snippy with a scissors, and then went out on the town. Meh.

  • formerlyAnon

    That is a beautifully cut dress on her – would be more so if it weren’t a mullet hem, but she and I, we’re not going for the same thing when “ideal look” pops up in our heads.

    She’s so adorable that I cannot think past that, though. No doubt she’d hate to be seen as adorable.

  • kimmeister

    I like dusty rose when it’s about 2 shades darker than this.  I just don’t like the style of this dress at all.

  • I used to *hate* mauve. Now, I see it the same way I see uranium: useful but deadly, toxic in high doses, and dangerous in the wrong hands. Too bad; it’s an interesting dress.

  • I had to wear a bridesmaid dress in this exact same color-halter style, long, satin. And I’m pale. This trend is giving me nightmares.

  • You didn’t address those weird nipple seams? 

  • nancy

    Ack! Just got an awful flashback to my sister’s bridesmaids dresses- same color. Love the shoes!

    • Lilak

      A color I always associate with ObGyn offices and women’s imaging centers.

  • Amy Ellinger

    Pretty. Great shoes. Needed a cray cray clutch and/or earrings.

  • Hetha Innis

    Are you guys tired today? Have a headache? Not enough caffeine? A bridesmaid meets mullet skirt meets blush tone dress and a t-strap sandal (which I thought you hated) and you’re not really sounding too displeased? Hmmm….

  • charlotte

    The top part of it looks like the ballet outfit I wore when I was seven.

  • ccm800

    gorgeous creature. 

  • Glammie

    Wouldn’t normally care for this look, but for some reason it’s all kind of working for me.  Rivera’s vibrant enough that the subdued colors and accessories kind of looking of elegant instead of drab.

  • The 80’s are attacking. 

  • Larkin21

    She looks amazing. Not hard for Naya to do but she does look great. I doubt many other people could pull that dress off at all, much less as well as she does.

  • mozzer0906

    Shoes are fabulous, the rest, not so much.

  • LilyPad

    I tend to personally favor these feminine-edgy looks. I think she looks spectacular

  • Tracy_Flick

    The shoes are gorgeous and the dress fits well. But the fabric looks… hot and polyester-y. Like one step up from what they use to make Hot Dog on a Stick uniforms from. I feel clammy just looking at it.

    She’s gorgeous though, so she’s coming as close as anyone could to pulling this off.

  • sweetlilvoice

    I hate the under the boob visible seam. Ugh. The color looks good on her but most girls can’t pull that off. Out.

  • She looks flawless and completely chic. Wow! I usually hate that color and mullet skirts too but this is working. Or rather she is werquing it.

  • I actually like the color on her, but the fabric and the sleeves scream BRIDESMAID.

  • nannypoo

    I love this color on her, and I like her makeup with it. I think she looks great.

  • unbornfawn

    Not a fan of this color either. This outfit needs something, a contrasting belt, a great necklace and the ghetto hoops are just tacky.

  • aimee_parrott

    When I see this color I can’t help thinking about someone’s winning entry from Dress Libs (which, by the way, when are you bringing that back?  one of my favorites!) where they said a dress this color was “The color of a burn scar.”  I concur, it’s gross and I hate it and it calls up bad memories of my high school wardrobe. 

  • MilaXX

    Agreed , this has many of the things I dislike but it’s working on Naya

  • Buttoned up, toned down and a little matchy. Shoes and clutch rock. In.

  • marilyn

    The fabric says daytime, the cut says costume.  What is she, an Amish showgirl?

  • Allison Woods

    I hate everything about this dress.

  • Lisa

    Nope.  Nope, nope nope.  

    You know, my biggest complaint with the posts today seems to be that the dresses don’t fit these girls.

  • cleep1000

    The neckline is too high and her boobs look like grapefruits. (Are those new?)

  • Yeah, I don’t like that old lady’s bedroom lampshade color either. It flatters exactly no one.

  • granddelusion

    Hate the mullet. Especially when it looks like shes standing on it.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    Oh. My. Hell.  1) The mauve color is straight out of a movie with Sigourney Weaver in 1987.  2) A mullet dress?  3) FUG.

  • Incredibly unflattering.  It makes her look thick through the middle.  Also, I was once traumatized by having to wear a bubble-hemmed bridesmaid’s dress in that color.

  • a_liking

    Aw, I’m a very pale gal and I love that color 🙁

  • The entire thing looks bad.

    I have yet to see a celebrity who can look classy while wearing gold hoop earrings.

  • bluefish

    Mauve, blush, etc., definitely made for olive-skinned girls and darker.  This dress is just a giant no.  It’s all chic 60s office wear from the knees up and then incoherent mullet action on the bottom.  Pretty legs and feet — nice sandals — and an attractive, healthy looking woman with good eyebrows.  This one could be titled When Designers Try Too Hard.

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  • Renaissance_Man_ATL

    LOVE Naya, this dress, not so much.  Maybe in black?  Or Valentino Red?  Mauve-y dusty rose should be banned!

  • Adriana_Paula

    This is a muslin, not a dress.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Danskin, circa 1976. That’s not a compliment.

  • Total win for me, and I hate mullet skirts. I do have a girl-crush on her, tho…

  • Jennifer Coleman

    Well, if you’re gonna do a mullet dress, wear gorgeous, perfectly matched shoes. Well played, Naya, for what it’s worth. I was holding my breath on the blush dress diss because I love the color,but am relieved to get your nod due to my complexion. Whew!