The ATAS Cocktail Reception Red Carpet

Posted on August 22, 2012

The Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences held something called a performers peer group cocktail reception, which makes it sounds like a particularly dreary management conference when it’s really just a pre-Emmys party. But surprisingly – and we mean really surprisingly – pretty much everyone showed up looking good to great. What’s THAT all about?



Amy Poehler in Veronica Beard

She’s always had a problem picking dresses that flatter, which always struck us as odd because she’s got a great little bod. This dress is perfect for her, and while we think the shoes are just a bit too much, they make us smile so we’re willing to overlook them.


Jason Ritter

We always feel bad critiquing him because he’s always got the most adorably sweet smile on the red carpet. There’s no “too cool for school” attitude with this one, which is notable because he grew up with a very famous father and Hollywood Brats are not known for growing into likeable adults.

So we say this with love: hem those damn pants and ditch the square-toed shoes, Jason.


Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Oh, Jesse Tyler, those are NOT your frames. Leave them to the 20-something to wear ironically. On you, they just make you look like a dorky algebra teacher. The rest of the outfit’s cute, though.


Julie Bowen in Christophe Josse

Nothing earth-shattering, but she looks cute. She tends toward very severe looks, so its nice to see her getting in touch with her softer side (which sounds really dirty when we word it that way).


Lily Tomlin

The pants are a little too full and we’re not in love with the boots, but this is a great outfit for her.


Max Greenfield

Very cute. But GET YOUR DAMN HANDS OUT OF YOUR POCKETS. Otherwise, we’re just gonna call you “LadyHips” from now on.


Mayim Bialik in Tadashi Shoji

Give it up for Blossom, folks. She just barely managed to hold on to all 5 fingers after a bad car accident and here she is, showing up on the RC looking pretty damn good. The sash is a little sad, though.


Sarah Paulson in Isabel Marant

 Cute dress, and her hair looks awesome, but those shoes make us wince.


Sofia Vergara

 This is fine, but we think another inch on the hem would have made this look a little better, from a proportions perspective.


Zoeey Deschanel in Dolce&Gabbana

Very cute, but we hate the pumps. We wonder if she just doesn’t like the way her legs look in pictures because she’s constantly wearing tights and hose with outfits that don’t really need them. Or maybe she only shaves once a week.



[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • Sweetvegan

    I don’t like this new nude lip that everyone seems to be sporting (like Christina Hendriks at the Playboy party). But the outfits are good. Nothing earth-shattering.

    • Tashina Savage

       I read that a nude lip is supposed to take years off of your age. Maybe they read the same article.

  • I agree, everyone looks pretty great – what a surprise! Though I do think that Sophia V’s black hose are from the 9th level of Hell. Otherwise, well done everyone.

    • MilaXX

       I agree they aren;t the most flattering, but I think she wore them in an attempt not tone down the sexy, although a longer hem may have done a better job at that.

      • I think you’re right, but it just gives off the effect of, “I know my dress is way too short, so I’m gonna pair it with some bad hose that I picked up at Rite Aide on the way over.” Another option would be, just wear a dress of appropriate length.

  • Gotta say, some of the looks for the ladies are looking rather prim and a bit aging to my eyes. Mayim’s dress in particular strikes me as rather too matronly. I’m sure the long sleeves are partly to cover the cast and bandages. But maybe not this dress. Jesse Tyler, I will forgive you the glasses, f you will just call me.

    • S_Swift

       I think I remember reading somewhere that Mayim is usually in long sleeves and knee length dresses because of her religious beliefs. I might be wrong.

      • Sobaika

        I’ve read the same. She is Jewish I believe.

        • MoHub

           She was raised in Reform Judaism and has moved to Modern Orthodox—less sexist, stringent, and literal and more socialized than traditional Orthodox—which explains the covering up. As a rule, Reform, Conservative, and Reconstructionist Jews are less constricted.

          Interestingly, her husband and mother-in-law are ex-Mormons who both converted to Judaism.

      • If so, then I retract any commentary about her attire, forthwith.

        • mjude

          she also was on “what not to wear”  because her style is normally so sloppy. 

          • kimmeister

            I saw that episode!  I’m so pleased to see her hair and makeup looking so polished here.

          • mjude

            i should have added that she does look really great. 🙂

        • S_Swift

           I thought the same thing about her dress, though. Conservative does not have to = matronly.

      • G

         Still…. there are much more stylish and youthful ways to dress, even with arms and knees covered.

      • Susan Crawford

        Yes, I seem to recall that she is Orthodox.

    • MilaXX

       I don’t mind Blossom’s dress. She’s never been a showy dresser so I’d be surprised if she ever showed boobs & legs. I do appreciate that when she was ready to get back into the biz, she did What Not to Wear, took their advice and hired a stylist. The again, I like how she has managed her life; education > marriage > kids > career, so I may have a teeny bit of a girl crush on her.

      • The more I read about “Blossom”, the more I wish I had here as a BFF. She has managed a great life…and walked away with a hit TV show while the rest of the BIG BANG THEORY just stood in awe.

    • Violina23

      Others have already brought up her religious emphasis on modesty (before I posted), but I’ll add a link to her blog post about the event. She’s pretty funny as an author, although I don’t agree with her on the immense pressure to adhere to attachment parenting techniques: 

      I agree with TLo — the dress is cute, but the sash kinda hangs limply. 

    • True story: he’s dating my former PR intern. I see pics of those two gallivanting around the world on Facebook all the time, and it’s by turns cute and gag-inducing, as all celebrity-mortal pairings must be I’m sure.

      • See, it would be far less gag inducing if he were dating me. I’m a much better choice.

  • Amy Poehler looks awesome. I love her face.

  • Jessica Rowe

    Zooey Deschanel’s tights mystery explained:  She uses them as a safety blanket.

  • Sobaika

    Who would have thought Blossom would ever get nominated for an Emmy?

    • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

      If you haven’t seen her on Big Bang Theory as Amy Farrah Fowler, she is hilarious and has brought a real warmth to the show that it lacked previously.  Love.Her.

      • Blossom has turned a bit character into a major draw for the show. Love her. Perfect comic timing. Love. Her. Too.

  • MoHub

    I think Lily Tomlin looks fabulous. Age-appropriate, comfortable, and not sacklike or frumpy. And I have no problem with the pants.

    • Really. To me she gets lots of slack for being Lily Effing Tomlin! Where what you want, Edith Ann.

      • Susan Crawford

        “And that’s the truth.” *making razzberry noise*

    • Billie_Dawn

      The only thing that bothers me is that her necklace makes it look like she has scales. But otherwise, she looks great. Love her jacket.

      • l_c_ann

        Yes to the nth on the scales.

        First time I saw her in this it was just a glance.  I had a cousin who had throat cancer and her talking flap looked just like that.  Only she only had one. 
        The rest of the outfit…great, but that necklace was a real gross out.

    • NCDFan

      Lily looks better than any other 73 year old woman I know!

    • AudreysMom

       me too. Lily clearly is dressing for comfort. Smart woman.

  • there is a sad lack of colour in this series.

    poehler is wearing something very basic, and shes still making all kinds of mistakes (the bust doesnt fit, the length is bad, the shoes dont go). underwhelming.

    bowen is wearing that dress as well as one could, but god, is it a hideous design.

    tomlins jacket and necklace are fantastico!

    • filmcricket

      I think Poehler’s suffering from a problem common to most women: after you have kids, your body just doesn’t look the way it used to. I’m guessing she’s not the kind of woman who’ll hire a trainer to get her back to the pre-pregnancy bod, which in her case was elfin to a ridiculous degree. If Parks & Rec keeps going, maybe she’ll finally get comfortable dressing her new shape.

      • is she dressing worse since she gave birth? im not really following her on the red carpet.
        she doesnt look thick to me here; in this case, the dress actually seems to be too large for her above the waist.
        anyway, i adore her and parks & rec, which i maybe should have said to counter my fashion bitchery ^^

    • AudreysMom

       once again Julie Bowen seems to be working so hard to convince us she has an eating disorder. This piece just hangs on her. She needs a better trainer and nutritionist to help her fill out and ditch the emaciated look.

  • Qitkat

    I normally love polka-dotted dresses, but Zooey’s makes my eyes go off in different directions.
    I adore, adore Lily Tomlin, but even I can admit that the jacket is totally Chicos. (whispers…and I like it too, except I hate that length of sleeve)

  • MilaXX

    I have to hand it to them. Everyone managed to look appropriate for the occasion. The minor quibbles are all there; shoes, hems, pocket!, but it looks like the men put forth an equal amount of effort as the gals and from what I see no one is severely over/under dressed.

  • Sobaika

    Interesting. I would love it if someone came up with skinny-ankle tights, I’ve suffered from bunchy tights (and leggings, and skinny jeans) many a time.

  • Violina23

    Mayim Bialik is an observant [Modern] Orthodox Jew, so I think she deserves extra props for finding flattering and fashionable looks  that meet her standards of modesty.  I think that’s pretty awesome. 

  • Judy_S

    Is this a Black and White Ball? 

  • The hose on Zooey Deschanel make me want to jump through my screen, shake her and yell “who keeps telling you to wear tights and hose?”

    • IMNAngryLiberal

      Speaking as someone who grew up when hose were pretty much required, I still think that bare legs and nice dresses look icky (and I blame Carrie Bradshaw for that and so many other atrocities).  So props to Zooey and Kate Middleton!!

      •  But the difference between Kate and Zooey is light years. Kate Middleton never looks like she’s in cheap hose and I find it totally acceptable, but if you are an actress they shouldn’t look like you just came from the drugstore, ergo my disliking of Zooey’s look from the waist down.

        • kschwarting

          You’re right that it is a quality issue with the nylons–there was a Whiteboard discussion on this yesterday.  These look thick and obvious.  They’re called Donna Karan sheers, Zooey–and even I know about them, and I live in the sticks.

  • Susan Crawford

    Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s shoes are so gorgeous that I want to kiss them! Very bespoke-looking, JTF. I get where he was trying to go with the glasses, but those frames are too much for his face.

    Jason Ritter is just adorable.

    Props to Ms. Bialik, and I wish her speedy healing. I love Tadashi Shoji, but this isn’t one of my favorite looks. However, Mayim is working it – the gal is a trouper!

    Amy Poehler looks GREAT! Super-cute dress with a great fit.

    Attention, Ms. Tomlin: it is imperative that you send that jacket to me ASAP. I have plans for it. And by the way, I’m giving you three ringie-dingies for looking so great, Ernestine!

  •  I’m sorry but that’s not an excuse. She wants to do cartwheels and no one see her knickers? Seriously?

    Also, she’s now been moved from my irrational celebrity hate list to my I have a reason to hate you celebrity list.

  • luluransom

    Speaking as someone who doesn’t like her legs, I’ve always imagined that’s the deal with Zoeey and the constant leg covering. 

  • Mike Rhone

    Can’t believe you guys let Max Greenfield off the hook for those old, scuffed shoes!

  • Judy_J

    What has happened to Zooey’s eyes?  They’re so….squinty!  Where are the wide-eyed baby blues?  I do like her polka dot frock. Mayim Bialik’s dress would look so much better without the ribbon sash.  And Lily Tomlin, god love her….she’s just fabulous.

    • FashionShowAtLunch

      I think it’s the eyeliner.  Whoever did her makeup should be fired. 

      • watchmeboogie

        Ditto – first thing I said (right before, “Euch, hose?”) was “what the fuck did they do to her eyes?”

  • marilyn

    Stop complaining about Zoe wearing hosiery.  It gives a more finished look to an outfit.  Most women don’t bother to wear them anymore, and the look isn’t finished.  No hosiery is fine for casual situations.  But, wearing hosiery finishes off the look. IMHO

    • watchmeboogie

      In person, sure, but not in flash photographs on the red carpet. It’s not so bad with colored tights, but the nude hose just look weird.

    • Qdahling

      I am pro-hosiery! Some women could stand to wear them more often. Go ahead Zooey!

  • FashionShowAtLunch

    I have such a huge crush on Sarah Paulson. I can’t put my finger on it, but I think she is just so adorable.  Maybe it’s the slight lisp?

    And I say a big fat “nay” to Sofia Vergara’s sheer black stockings in August. 

  • EAV

    I know that I can do a sweet row of cartwheels anytime, anywhere without anyone catching a glimpse of my knickers.
    Barf, barfing everywhere.

    • Agree, a grown woman with a site called ‘Hello Giggles’ is just icky.

    • RebeccaKW

       And…since when do pantyhose cover up your knickers?  Yes, they obscure them a bit, but they still show through.  And…my mother taught me that when I wore a dress, I didn’t do cartwheels or bend from the waist or sit with my legs apart.  Even if I wore pantyhose.

  • PrunellaV

    Julie Bowen’s dress gave me a flashback to the Seventies when my mom wore something similar with white shoes, a deep tan, and her white lady’s Afro wig.

  • Jason Ritter looks so much like his dad, who was one of my early crushes when I was a tween and he was on “Three’s Company.” (I had to watch it in secret because my mom thought it was too racy!) 

  • mom2ajs5

     I go back and forth with her, but this just pushed me over the edge! Ugh…

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Is there some cocktail reception formal code I’m not aware of? Why are Vergara and Deschanel wearing hosiery? You know, apart from wanting to ANNOY EVERYONE.

  • formerlyAnon

    I adore Lily Tomlin and think she looks great here. Full stop.  Jason Ritter IS adorable. The rest look surprisingly good.

  • joe_tey83

    But… why are they all in black and white? Is it a funeral?

  • Wendi126

    I believe Sofia Vergara has achieved Lea Michele status and a simple ‘of course’ is sufficient

  • Sofia is the one wearing the unnecessary panty hose….why???  Not cute. 

  • Scarlet39

    Sofia Vergara looks really cheap.

  • margaret meyers

    Sorry, Julie Bowen’s outfit crosses the Minnie Pearl Line.

    • and she looks so uncomfortable!

  • RedRaven617

    I love Mayim,(37 yrs old)  and for once she looks professional and well put together.  But the length of that dress is tragic. Compared to 40 year old Sofia Vergara’s too short, I’d have to say Mayim loses. They both would have looked so much better in dresses that hit 2 – 3 inches above the knee. 

  • colleenjanel

    Sigh. Those Ritter eyes take me right back to 1978 and the Regal Beagle. 

  • nannypoo

    Amy Poehler for Most Improved Player.

  • michelle shields

    Props to Mayim for appearing in public so soon after her car accident. My hand looked like that a year ago and I didn’t want to go anywhere or do anything. Hope she heals quickly. I still have issues. 4 months of physical therapy sucked!

  • Call me Bee

    Do you remember the scientist who played the tape of the Indians chanting while sitting on the stage behind Francois Truffaut in “Close Encounters of the Third Kind?”
    That’s who Jesse Tyler Ferguson looks like in those glasses.

  • Julie Bowen is not a “ruffle” person. NO ONE is a triple-ruffle person.

    Please start a new category: Dresses that should be taken out back and burned. This is one.

  • quiltrx

    LOVE Lily’s blouse/jacket thing.

    And give Blossom a little slack…she tied the sash with basically one hand.  I’m impressed. 🙂

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    I think those shoes are making Sarah Paulson wince, too.

  • I’ve always wondered about square-toe shoes for men.  While what Jason Ritter has on is undoubtedly bad, I don’t think square-toe shoes are dated or bad in general.  For instance if the shape is narrow and the end tapers but is squared off instead of rounded off, for me, it gives off a sharper look.  

  • jmorino08

    Sarah Paulson’s hair color is just sad. And I say that as someone who has almost that exactly color hair. I barely recognize her as a non-blond!

  • The woman put in the effort. The guys just show up and hope to get by on their charm. Ritter looks like we need to buy him a comb…and a bar of soap. Greenfield is a mess. Gentlemen: Please study Harry Shum Jr. on tip for classy, casual outfits.

  • sherrietee

    hey now, you try and keep your sash looking perky with only one hand and see how you do.  And as for Zooey, maybe she needs major control top?  

  • GTrain

    Great smile or not Jason Ritter looks a hot mess. Uncanny resemblance to his dad though