The 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards Red Carpet

Posted on September 18, 2012

Darlings, it was Latin Ladies Night at the Alma Awards, where the ruffles ran free! Let’s assess.


America Ferrera in Carlos Miele

Kinda dreary-looking. Like an evening gown for a nun.


Ana Ortiz in Lela Rose

That’s one hell of an impact dress. Kinda dropped the ball on the hair, though.


Angelica Celaya

Gorgeous. Fantastic color for her.


Aubrey Plaza

Shapeless and colorless. A space waitress dress.


Bella Thorne in Bibhu Mohapatra

Pretty, if a little standard. At least she’s dressing her age somewhat. Don’t like the boob ruffles.


Chelsea Rendon

Would’ve loved this with the skirt at cocktail length.


Chiquis Marin in Tadashi Shoji

Christina Hendricks got there first, but this dress and its variants are clearly a gift from God for the curvy gals.


Christian Serratos

It’s a chic look, but the color’s not right for her.


Constance Marie

A bit much, sweetie.


Christina Aguilera in Michael Kors

Credit where it’s due: sure, this is pretty draggy, but we would expect no less from her. The important part is, it’s not several sizes too small on her and she’s not flashing 90% of her skin at us. Also, the hair’s a little aging. But we’ll take it. She looks like a diva, which is what Xtina should look like.


Dania Ramirez



Daphne Wayans



Edy Ganem

Also pretty.

Geez, throw us a bone here, ladies. Somebody wear something ugly.


Eva Longoria in Monique Lhuillier

Well, it’s not ugly, but there’s definitely too much going on here. And her Miss America 1955-style posing is ridiculous.


Fernanda Romero

Too dark and serious.


Gina Rodriguez

It’s a bit on the tacky side and the way the fabric gathers is hellaciously unflattering on her.


Gina Torres

Killer dress. Awful shoes.


Jackie Guerrido

Pretty dress, but that’s not her color.


Jennifer Aspen

Way too washed out.


Judith Reyes

Great. Now our eyes are mad at us. Thanks a lot, Judith.


Julie Gonzalo

Enh. Give us a pop of color somewhere. And a belt. And hair that looks a little less Head Cheerleader.


Kat DeLuna

Someone’s looking to FLAMENCO!


Lana Parilla

It’s okay, but it really needed some showier jewelry.


Lindsey Morgan



Maria Canals-Barrera

Pretty color, but a bit too much going on in that dress.


Marisol Nichols

That bodice is kind of cool. We’d love this a lot more without the slits. Two slits to the thigh is never not a little tacky.


Mayte Garcia

Believe it or not, we almost like this. It’s too much, but there’s something a little drag-fabulous about the look.


Natalie Morales

Pretty, but washed out.


Olga Segura in Hervé L. Leroux

Great color. Don’t love the neckline or hair.


Sandra Vidal

Baby heads.


Stayc Reign

Looks like she got her head stuck in a cotton candy machine.


Zoe Saldana in Gucci

Gorgeous dress. We go back and forth on the suitability of the color.



[Photo Credit: Tina Gill/PR Photos]

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  • AudreysMom

    Lana Parilla = Solo in the Spotlight. 

  • Sobaika

    I’m giving this one to Ana Ortiz. That is one helluva dress even if the styling could have been better.

  • Michelle Cunningham

    Gina Torres is SUCH a gorgeous woman.  And her wardrobe on Suits… *swoon*

    • MilaXX

       YES! The wardrobe truly suits the character cause she looks like she would eat those male lawyers for lunch.

    • AngelaGreen

       She is number 2 on my lady crush list, just behind Christina Hendricks!

    • She is fabulous, but she will always be Zoe to me.

  • hape_dex

    Her name is Judy Reyes, not Judith. 😉
    Her dress is really ugly btw

    • AngelaGreen

       Precisely, and Nurse Carla Turkleton?  I expect more from you than that.

  • Lori

    Not only are two thigh high slits never not tacky, to me they always make the from of the dress look like the big cleaning flaps at a car wash. I’m pretty sure that’s not what Marisol Nichols wanted me to think about when I looked at her. 

    • Call me Bee

      Yes–those awful car-wash dresses in the 90s.  Stupid. 

    • In_Stitches

      For some reason, it always makes me think there’s a crazy ‘hair’ situation going on ‘down there’ so she put the flap in just in case. 

    •  I think it would be really awkward to walk in a dress like that…

  • I’m disagreeing with you on Christian Serratos. I like that it matches her skintone and the black accents match her eye makeup. Okay that sounds a lot worse than I meant it. But I like the look.

    Is Eva L wearing bike shorts under her gown? I know I’ve done that in the past.

  • Call me Bee

    Oh my gosh those hems dragging on the ground are making me so mad I want to run around in circles!  I suppose it’s just a fad, but it makes a beautiful gown,  like the green that Dania Ramirez is wearing,  look like drapes puddling on the floor (which was a stupid trend as well…) 
    Ergo, I’m giving thumbs up to all those gals who don’t have their hems dragging.  No matter how ugly the dress is.  So there. 

    • janetjb

      Any hem on the ground whether on a gown, pants or drapes just says lazy to me.

  • siriuslover

    I adore those tangerine dresses. That color is just amazing. I like Zoe’s look, though I’m not sure that color (is it mauve?) works.

    • In_Stitches

       I’d say it’s between dusty rose and peach and it works for me-it looks romantic. 

      • Kristin McNamara

        Works for me too! I quite like it.

  • jilly_d

    That’s the best Xtina has looked in ages. Love your bracelet, girl!

    • I know she should get a ribbon or a plaque or a medal…

  • imspinningaround

    Why do so many of these dresses look so…MOB?  I feel like I’ve seen them in the window of Bridal Sophisticate on Baltimore Pike.  Lookin’ at you, Mayte Garcia and Maria Canals-Barrera.

  • VicksieDo

    These are mostly good!  All I need is the one on Christian Serratos and a place to wear it.  That is spectacular.  Would look better on a brunette though.

  • cheesebomb

    I would love to see Christian Serratos’ dress in a deep teal instead of that weird nude.

  • kat89

    Xtina looks like she’s auditioning for Evita…

  • VioletFem

    I LOVE the Tadashi Shoji gown. That man knows how to dress curvy gals. 

    • MilaXX

      YES! I hope he gets more play come awards season. 

  • Xtina is channeling Peggy Lee. Not such a bad thing (but where’s the turban?).

    • IMNAngryLiberal

      That is EXACTLY what I thought when I saw this picture … had to go look up a couple of pictures of Peggy Lee to make sure I wasn’t imaging things … nope, Xtina could be auditioning for the Peggy Lee bio pic here.

  • Le_Sigh

    Man, Judy Reyes looks PISSED to be caught in that dress.

  • pokokpuding

    The contrast between Angelica Celaya’s I-am-FIERCE-goddammit pose and Aubrey Plaza’s Yeah-take-my-picture-whatever pose is hilarious.

  • M_E_S

    The orange is STUNNING on Edy Ganem.  I’m not usually a big fan of the color, but she has the perfect skin and hair to pull it off.

    The color on Zoe’s dress is a bit too pale for perfection, but it still looks lovely on her.

  • ZOE FTW!

  • Anathema_Device

    Serratos’s dress would be a decent color if her hair color were right. That is an awful blonde with her skin tone! And the nude lip is so cadaver-looking.

    I really like the severe bodice on Romero’s dress.

    The “our eyes are mad at us” line made guffaw aloud.

    • That hair and those roots are straight up chola.  The make-up is only half chola, she needs more eye makeup and thinner eyebrows to go full on.

      And I LIKE Constance Marie’s dress and the way she spread only one bat wing.  Ok I hate the shoulder treatment.  Like, really.  But that pattern is so fun how can you not flap it around?

  • Bella Thorne has red false eyelashes on her boobs….that’s all I can think when I see the dress..

  • I suppose it’s a good thing – if boring – that no one wore anything truly cracked out, with the possible exception of Judith Reyes. Sure, there are quite a few that are totally the wrong dress, but no true WTFs. I’m disappointed.

    LOVE the color of Zoe Saldana’s dress!

  • Eva_baby

    Holy  baby Moses in a basket!  I did not even recognize Judy Reyes. Dang she looks mad. Mad cuz she’s wearing that hiddy dress.

    Ana Ortiz FTW with Zoe Saldana ready to assume her responsibilities if for any reasons she no longer carry them out.

  • tired_mommy

    Dania Ramirez looks like she’s standing on a platform or box otherwise her legs would be freakishly long.  Without the platform, her dress would be freakishly long…

  • kschwarting

    I saw a photo of Xtina from the side in that dress yesterday and wondered whether her bum had been, er, enhanced.  Whether it’s by the dress, shapewear or otherwise.

  • MilaXX

    A whole lotta black going on here, but except for Stayc (really?) and her cotton candy hair, no real train wrecks.
    BTW even though it’s an improvement I saw some close ups of Xtina and sheesh! that girl needs a Stacy & Clinton level intervention.  Awful drag queen contouring at the hairline & a weave that looks like pookie & em’ did it with hair pieces from Hairworld. The only saving grace is that the clothes actually fit.

  • Kayceed

    I’ve not come across her before, but wow – something about Lana Parilla is absolutely compelling to me.

  • didnt like plazas dress at first, but the more i look at it, the more i like it.

    aguilera looks pretty good, and still 100% aguilera. but still, too much make-up and a hair-colour that makes her skin look radioactive.

    kind of like the top half of longorias dress. the bottom half, not so much.

    gina torres! looks like wash got his slinky dress after all.

    vidals dress is actually kind of fabulous, but the boob  situation is distressing.

    reign has obviously a problem up there, but the dress is actually pretty cool, and the shoes are a good choice.

    sladana, red carpet heroine.

    • BerlinerNYC

      I thought Aubrey Plaza looked lovely and charming. Just under-styled a bit. Maybe just a necklace or something. Doesn’t need to be BLING, maybe just beads for a pop of color or something? There are so many worse things to look like than a space waitress. Can’t wait for the return of P&R on Thursday!

  • Gina Torres looks like one big damn hero in that dress! Love it!

  • Knightley

    Angelina Jolie has a lot to answer for.  I twitch every time I see someone wearing a dress with slits.  I would KILL to have that Tadashi Shoji dress, especially since I think it’s a dress I actually would look good in. 

    And I think Zoe–er, Gina Torres takes the win on this.  She is absolutely amazing!  Love her!

  • Lily-Rygh

    Mayte Garcia actually looks less drag-ish here than she has in years, which is saying something.  And speaking of Mayte, did anyone see Prince on The View yesterday, sporting a mini-fro? 

    • YoungSally

      I saw him — what a change after so many years.  As to Mayte….how can one not be drag-ish when in the company of Prince?  It’s like saying, “Honey, I really hate purple.”

      • His hair has been “layed” longer than I’ve been alive, so iono how I feel about it yet, but I still Adore (heh) him, so…

        • Lily-Rygh

           I don’t know what “layed” means, but I appreciate the “Adore” reference! 

        • YoungSally

          Ok — now I feel really old. I dated a guy jr yr in college who dressed like Prince…..he was really hot….even when he borrowed my plum eyeshadow.

          We were partying like it was 1985

    •  Are they still married? I wondered if that was the same Mayte.

      • Lily-Rygh

         Nooooo.  They had their marriage annulled a few years in.  It was all woo-woo and new-agey at the time, which probably had everything to do with the very tragic death of their son…

  • Scott Hester-Johnson

    Christina Aguilera = Eva Peron at the end of the Rainbow Tour (cough cough).

  • I expected more cray cray fantabulosity.

  • gabbilevy

    I need more Gina Torres in my life. That is all.

    • We all need more of Gina Torres in our lives!

      • But not when she is Jasmine! She can have my back as Zoe Washburne any day though.

        • I love that there are Whedon geeks on a fashion blog — LOVE.

        • kimmeister

          She will always be Sydney Bristow’s arch nemesis Ana Espinosa to me.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Daphne Wayans, FTW.

  • melanie0866

    I think Lana Parilla, whomever she is, is a WERQ. 

    Zoe Saldana’s dress looks like the prom dress my sister made for herself out of a new miracle fabric, “Qiana,” in 1975.

    • Those kind of pleats always remind me of the Lawrence Welk Show.

  • Monabel

    Maria Canals-Barrera’s dress is the best of the lot for me.

  • Ms. Cotton-candy hair should be slapped just for “Stayc”.  Ridiculous.

  • PinkLemon

    Zoe wins, per usual.

  • Rebel Wilson from Bridesmaids also wore the short version of that Tadashi Sohji. On Jimmy Fallon I believe. Looked fantastic.

  • Everything fits and is in the right place on Xtina. Glad she’s toned down the Mae West bit, but she really would look so much cuter if she’d dress not so old.

  • Kristin McNamara

    Wow, I don’t know who she is… but Lindsey Morgan looks remarkably like Emmy Rossum!

  • Favorite is Daphne Wayans – GORGEOUS!

    Least favorite is Judith Reyes, who needs to go home, and think about what she’s done.

  • Love Gina, and Lana looks pretty fantastic to me.  I do not like that dress on Zoe, at all.

  • unbornfawn

    What is it with these gals who feel the need to stand spread eagled when wearing a dress with a slit? They look ridiculous. 

  • quiltrx

    Ana’s dress is KILLA…love it!

  • H3ff

    Angelica Celaya’s hair is fucking fabulous. Kate Middleton wishes hers looked like that.

  • This was a very well dressed red carpet.

  • kimmeister

    Eva’s look is HIDEOUS.  Low-slung belt + mullet hem + high ankle straps = her legs look 3″ long.

  • n a

    i got distracted just imagining how fierce this event must be.  can you imagine trying to get space in front of the bathroom mirror for a touch up?! 

  • Despite some very beautiful gowns, I couldn’t concentrate after you wrote SPACE WAITRESS. I can’t stop laughing. 

  • neofashionista

    love the descriptions of the nun wardrobe and the space costume, absolute perfection thx

  • Candigirl1968

    If Christina could get her makeup right and tone down the hair, she would have been perfect.
    Zoe looks great, but Daphne Wayans has set a bar too high for anyone to come close to here.  

  • ccm800

    the problem with the color story on Christian Serratos is that damn awful blonde hair. Find a good colorist to hook you up with a rich brunette color and never do this to yourself again. 

  • Are we sure that’s Natalie Morales?