GQ Men of the Year Awards – The Ladies

Posted on November 15, 2012

We told the men what they got wrong yesterday, now it’s the ladies’ turn for some T Lo-style judgmental bullshit! Hit it, gals!


Ashley Madekwe in Kelly Wearstler

 No complaints here. That’s a snappy little frock.


Christa B. Allen in Catherine Malandrino

 This, on the other hand, is not your friend, Christa.


Dakota Johnson in Gomez-Gracia

 We’re about ready to declare the black lace top to be OVUH. Still, she doesn’t look bad. The silver clutch was a nice touch.


Emily VanCamp in Reem Acra

 Cute dress; terrible accessories.


Hannah Simone in Talbot Runhof

 Six inches lopped off that hem and it would have worked for us. Anyone else thinks it looks like a Lite Brite board?


Jaime King in Oscar de la Renta

 Not loving it. The proportions are awkward and the blue sash isn’t helping.


Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Amanda Wakeley

 Don’t like the neckline. It makes her look broad up top. Weeping over the matchy shoes.


Jennie Garth

 It’s all right. The gold peep toes look a little tacky.


Jessica Pare

 Not at all crazy about the dress – and the black pumps are kind of a boring choice. We dig the hoops and hair, though.


Jessica Szohr

 Cute top, but the shorts are off-season.


Julianne Hough in Temperley London

 Great jacket; stumpy legs.


Katie Cassidy



Krysten Ritter in Dolce&Gabbana



Rashida Jones in Marni (Top), Band of Outsiders (Jacket), Giorgio Armani (Shorts)

 Top half: cute. Bottom half: tragic.


Rihanna in Calvin Klein

Is it us, or are the ladies dressing a little … slutty for this event? Lots of leg, lots of sheers, lots of plunging necklines. You don’t see them dress this way for WOMEN of the year parties. Were they all looking to get laid by a Man of the Year? If so, attagirls.

Granted, this is downright demure for Ri.


Teresa Palmer

 Cute. Great use of the pop o’ color.


Willa Holland

Enh. S’alright.

The boys definitely did better than the girls for this one.

[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • BuffaloBarbara

    Lite brite=definitely.  It was all I could think of even before I got to the commentary.

    • ecallaw1977

      Dead on.  Way more apropos than my immediate thought of disco ball.

    • TonyGo

      Thanks alot, T-Lo.  Now I’ve got “Lite Brite, makin’ things with light…outta sight makin’ things with Lite Brite” stuck in my head.

      • So do we!

      • MilaXX

         UGH! That was one earworm I could have done without! Thanks a lot.

    • turtleemily

      I just got sad that T Lo had to put a link to show what a Lite Brite is. Do kids these days not have them anymore? I was born in ’85 and had one.

      • DeborahJozayt

        I was addicted to mine. We passed ours down to our younger cousins. That thing was built to last!

        • snarkykitten

           I had mine until the dog ate all the little plastic pegs! 🙁

    • Monabel

      -But in a good way?

      • BuffaloBarbara

         There is no bad way to appreciate the Lite Brite.

        • Monabel

          Phew! Thought so.

  • Ugh, Rihanna looks… sticky?

    • venusvelvet

       That was some shiny cleavage.

  • Imasewsure

    No stylists used for this event unfortunately…. I think they all read “GQ” (aka “slutty” girls only) but forgot about the “Men of the Year” accolade which should have classed the joint up a bit

  • First, what is going on with Emily Van Camp’s horrifying tan lines? You can pay someone to even those out.

    Second, I’m just glad that Rhianna is not actively flashing her cooter on the red carpet. Seriously, is she *always* naked? Put some pants on, girl!

    • Kristin McNamara

      *Burn lines.

  • Sobaika

    No brainer, if I were at to this event, I’d dress slutastic too. 

    • TonyGo

       I’m scared to think what you plan on wearing to the Maxim Men of the Year Awards.

      • Sobaika

        If their invite list included the same caliber of man, I’d be there too – tits out, JBF hair, and sheer/lace fabric because apparently faux-naked all the rage. No shame in my game.

        •  Attagirl.

        • pop_top

          You’ve given me everything I need with this comment.

  • Rihanna’s hair, makeup, and jewelry are gorgeous, but she obviously forgot to change out of her comfy, getting-ready-for-the-red-carpet-fits-well-under-stylist’s-smock clothes and into her actual red carpet clothes.

  • Edith Justice

    Rihanna is definitely wearing the red version of the naked dress from Sex and the City.

    • stardust462

      It reminded me of the Calvin Klein dress from Clueless that Cher wears.

      • tereliz

        YES! It must be CK from 2010, right?

        Would you have died to see her wearing the “trench” with it?

        ‘Cher, what are you wearing?’ ‘A dress!’ ‘Says who?’ ‘Calvin Klein!’ ‘Well, go put something over it!’ ‘Duh, I was just going to!’ 

    • getouttadodge


  • They all look terrible. I know it’s the event for the boys but that doesn’t mean they can go as half-arsed as the boys do when it is all about the girls.

  • Sara__B

    There were  two popular styles of dysfunctional dressing for this event:
    1) “Were they all looking to get laid by a Man of the Year? If so, attagirls.”
    2)  Borderline matronly

    Thank you, Ashley Madekwe, for finding an attractive place somewhere in the middle.

    • Introspective

      seriously, Ash for the win cause she seems to be the only one that knows how to render sexy intelligently, as in fashionable and not trashtastic.

  • nc17

    Julianne Hough has moved into “of course’ territory for me. 

    • MilaXX

       what the hell is going on with her makeup? Eyebrows too dark, and the foundation looks cake-y.

    • lovelyivy

       She’s a very pretty girl who can not pick out clothes to save her life. I blame the years of tacky ballroom dance costumes.

      • Mismarker

        I really hope she’s just bad at dressing herself.  The only other option is a stylist that is fucking with her.  

        • lovelyivy

           Well now I like that theory better, primarily for the lolz.

    • Kristin McNamara

      She perpetually looks three times her age, EVERY time I see her on this site (which is the only time I ever see pictures of her). Unreal how young she actually is…

    • Introspective

      Seriously. As in- “of course julianne, thank you for being a friend. Meet you later on the lanai gurl!”

      • nc17


  • filmcricket

    If Paré had only gone with a pair of metallic strappy sandals instead of those pumps, she’d be the clear winner here. As it is, enh. Probably still give it to her, only because RiRi is once again letting down her fabulous face and bod with a sub-par outfit.

    • tereliz

      I thought the shoes were a bit basic, but I loved Paré’s hair and dress. 

      Rihanna, OTH… It’s like one of those mixed up fashion plates where the head and the torso and the legs are all different pieces. Her hair looks so sleek and elegant. Then the minidress that looks like my 5 yr old niece’s nightie. Yikes. But her legs look great. Which is something to be proud of at the GQMotYA, I guess. 

    • MilaXX

       I thought her hair & makeup were nice, but the dress looks too short & tight.

  • VioletFem

    Hanah Simone: Lite-Brite? Yes, but that is what I like about this dress. 

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Did these ladies get dressed in the dark?  The whole range is from “Meh” to “Eww”.

    • Meg0GayGuys6

      If they did, that lite brite could have come in handy 🙂

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    If they ever make “The Priscilla Presley Story”  I nominate Jenna Dewan-Tatum for the role.

  • Rihanna, that is essentially a slip. Please go find a dress to put over it.

  • Damn I am bitchy today, but there is a lot of tragic up on that RC.

  • Judy_J

    As far as I’m concerned, the black lace top was over before it began.  Ditto for the black lace skirt.

  • Willa Holland is so beautiful. Also I really like her dress and Emily Van Camp’s 

  • The ladies sure are doing their best not to pull focus from the boys, aren’t they?  Some of these looks are downright fugtastic.  I love Rashida Jones, but that makeup is not at all flattering to her (I am pretending her outfit doesn’t exist).  And is it just me, or does Julianne Hough look like she’s just come from the set of a biopic about Jessica Savitch?

  • JasmineAM

    Is Rihanna wearing a slip?

  • fanneydg

    I first thought Julianne Hough was Sharon Stone.

    • JimMcC

       Nah. There would be a lot more crazy behind the eyes AND the pants would be better tailored.

  • julnyes

    Dakota Johnson reminds me of Gillian Anderson.

  • JuliaInBlack

    Whoo, lawd.  Cassidy, Ritter, and King must have stayed far away from each other at this event.  Those three outfits in close proximity could’ve formed a vortex of fug powerful enough to demolish the entire Greater Wherever-this-thing-was Area.

    ETA: missing word

  • Janet B

    Great look Ashley!

    I’ll stop right there with Ashley.  

  • Rihanna’s dress looks so much like Cher’s Calvin Klein dress in clueless-throwback or “vintage” 1996?

  • Watts

    I think most of these ladies should shoot the photographer – something about the angle of most of these shots is stumpifying everybody. Does anybody else see that?

  • JimMcC

    J’adore Ashley Madekwe and Jessica Pare’s dresses. But lawdy, with a lot of bad on the carpet, Dakota Johnson still sank to the bottom for me. A black lace top will always look trashy to me. But if you’re gonna go there, then GO. If I can see your whole bra, then at least don’t make the bra demure. 

  • MilaXX

    I like Ashley, Dakota, Jennie (despite the shoes) & Teresa with an honorable mention for Rhianna who’s being graded on a curve. Everyone else can go home. That’s too much fug for one room

  • ENOUGH with the cutouts!  Also Mrs. D-Tatum looks like she’s wearing stage curtains.  And when will Ms. Hough stop adding 15 yrs. to her age with the outfits & makeup???

  • decormaven

    The dress worn by Katie Cassidy is a wonderful shade, but a tragic design. The pop of color pumps on Teresa Palmer are well played. Ashley M’s dress is interesting; would like to see it from another angle, without the hip popped out. The mood swing styles worn by Julianne H. are puzzling- what happened to the cute lil gal from DWTS? Men are definitely out in front of the ladies on this RC.

  • Mismarker

    I keep waiting for Emily VanCamp to look as good in real life as she does on Revenge.  Her hair color is sort of mousy here and the muted tones of the dress don’t seem to be doing anything for her.

  • Ashley, Emily and Hannah (definitely Lite Brite) get passes but the others? I’m staging a protest. 

  • madekwe: sassy!
    johnson “doesn’t look bad”? oh, yes, she does. like, really bad.
    king: love the lace top with the blue sash, but the skirt was a step too far.
    pare: whats up with her right boob?
    cassidy: overworked satin nightmare.
    ritter: oh no. and it would have been a cute look with a proper underlay instead of granny panties.
    rihanna: pulling a saldana. not complaining!

  • quiltrx

    Teresa, Ashley, and Emily…whoever the hell you girls are, kudos on the cool dresses.

    And I dig the magical Lite Brite fabric.

  • Christine Marie

    It’s cute how you’re nicer/more diplomatic about the outfits worn by the people you’ve met. 

    • Nice try. We met exactly one person in this post and criticized both her dress and her shoes.

      And when we say “Nice try,” we of course mean exactly the opposite.

    • Amy Ennis

      Why are you criticizing TLO? They Rock!

  • LuluBI

    16 yr old son just showed me a super hot picture of Rashida on his phone. Asked why he has on his phone. Because she’s super hot, no duh … Who knew? Why does she alway look so tragic on the RC?

  • neofashionista

    I seriously wish we could put a federal ban on SHEERS!

  • unbornfawn

    Things are pretty bad when Rhianna is one of the most tastefully dressed ladies in the group.

  • Jessica Paré really does have beautiful colour – you don’t see it so much in Mad Men because of all the slap, but she has a fantastic complexion. (This doesn’t make Megan one whit less irritating mind you)

  • penn collins

    Ashley Madekwe  whoever she is, looks just right- well done. Rihanna (sp) maybe some non-black underwear next time?

  • I like Rihanna’s look- it’s very throwback. The classic Xscape swoop bang, the slipdress mini- she basically said “When you have this body and this face, you don’t need much else.” And she’s right. 

  • Cathy S

    I like the Lite Brite dress and the white suit. But I think Teresa Palmer’s look is the best.

  • I am so disappointed in Jenna Dewan-Tatum’s matching shoes. She should know better, being a fan of this site! (I’m disappointed in the dress, too, for the record.)

  • allaboutthewalterbenjamins

    The upper part of Jaime King reminded me of the Dior dress Marion Cotillard wore at the “Rust And Bone” screening.

  • AnneElliot

    I have no idea who half these women are.  Rihanna’s was the only memorable one.