Top 15 WORST 2012 Red Carpet Looks: 5 to 1

Posted on December 28, 2012

The WORST of the WORST, bitches! Brace yourselves!


5. Elle Fanning in Prada

Elle Fanning attend ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2’ World Premiere in head-to-toe Prada.

Ah, youth. When you don’t know your ass from a hole in the ground.



4. Zooey Deschanel in Stella McCartney

Zooey Deschanel attends the world premiere of “My Valentine” video hosted by Paul McCartney and Stella McCartney in Stella McCartney.

Her pissed-off face and total lack of movement tell the tale: her nipples are threatening to go over the wall tonight.  This is a dress designed solely for that massive segment of the population known as “flat-chested women about to give birth.”



3. Lindsay Lohan in Donna Dashini

Lindsay Lohan attends the premiere of her new movie ‘Liz & Dick’ in Beverly Hills, California in a Donna Dashini gown accessorized with vintage jewelry.

She’s getting in some practice now before the Adult Video Awards become the only red carpet she gets invited to.




2. Chloe Sevigny in Proenza Schouler

Chloe Sevigny attends the Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2012 event in NYC in a Proenza Schouler ensemble.

She’s special.


And finally, for the absolute WORST celebrity red carpet appearance of 2012…




1. Brad Pitt & Lena Dunham


Lena Dunham attends the L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade culinary event in Culver City, California.


Brad Pitt attends the screening of his new film ‘Killing Them Softly’ at the School Of Visual Arts Theatre in New York City.


You’re both horrible dorks and you should be ashamed of yourselves. The rest of us manage to iron our clothes and put on pants when we leave the house. There’s no excuse for you two. Wear your shame around your necks forever. It will go nicely with your shitty clothes.

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  • I think Chole is the worst dressed

    • SHUSH. she’s a special snowflake.

      • sweetsadness

        She’s a beautiful mental patient.

        • The rest of us manage to iron our clothes and put on pants when we leave the house. …

    • Scott Hester-Johnson

        Her name is CHLOË (not “Chole”), bitch, and she is MAGNIFICENT!

  • NDC_IPCentral

    Well, that wakes one up rather bracingly.  I think all of the Worsts should be awarded full-length mirrors.  More than one, with installation to include right before the door to the rightly judgmental outside world.

    Thanks for these, TLo!

    • They all need 360-degree mirrors.

      • Now THAT’s a good use for E!’s horrible “glam cam” thingy.

  • Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp should form the dirty old men that don’t like to shower club.  (And it’s sad, because if they did shower and groom themselves, they would be HOT.)

    • HOW DO YOU WRINKLE A LEATHER JACKET? Sorry to be shouty, but I don’t know how that happens. 

      • crash1212

         Not to defend Brad, but that jacket is treated to be wrinkled. I saw one in Nieman Marcus the other day. It cost a billion dollars and is meant to look wrinkled. Brad can be faulted for choosing a purposely wrinkled leather jacket, but not the wrinkles.

    • Annabelle Archer

      somehow I read that as “if they did shower together that would be hot”

      • ringthing

        Yeesh, maybe at one time…now, that’s just a lot of hair on the shower floor.

      • formerlyAnon

        Well . . . pondering . . . pondering some more . . . damn. I’m stumped as to which way that frog [e.g. my opinion on this image] jumps. 

        Which surprises me.

    • sweetsadness

      They’re ‘SERIOUS ARTISTS’. Not frauds-for-hire who mouth words written by uglier people and prance and dance onscreen for the benefit of the zoo’s visitors.

  • Excellent choices, all of them. Although frankly Chloe could have filled all 15 spots by herself.

  • Isadora Paiva

    I don’t think Brad Pitt deserves the number one spot, even if it’s shared. The rest I am in total agreement with, though.

  • Chillmer

    Lena Dunham has so much potential to look good on the red carpet, but just never nails it. I thought her Met Ball dress was great and then she went and ruined it with hot pink plastic Barbie shoes. The outfit above? I just can’t even think of the words to describe it. She’s not even overweight but that tenty top makes her look massive.

    • Aurumgirl

       I can think of words to describe it:  bathing suit cover up.
       Still, no excuse for those shoes.

    • vandeventer

       It looks like 1980’s maternity wear. With no pants.

      • guest2visits

        yes, dear God… where are her pants?

  • Don’t attribute that photo to poor Allison Williams!

  • thecitysleeps

    Not to sound PSA-y but I think a lot of people would have had a lot less problems with Lena Dunham’s look if she wasn’t the one wearing it and instead it were Allison Williams with her size 0 legs.  That is just my opinion. I agree that the shirt/tunic is hideous.  Anways, I still think Elle’s Prada disaster remains the worst look.

    • Isadora Paiva

      That’s true, but I don’t see why that’s such a bad thing. Everyone should dress in the way that is the most flattering to them, and there are much larger girls than Lena who manage to look much better than her (see Octavia Spencer, on the Best Dressed list).

    • Lori

      Eh, IDK. There’s another website, near & dear to the hearts of TLo and many of their readers, whose motto is basically “Look into pants!”. They say it to size 0 gals all the time and their readers agree. Wearing a shirt as if it’s a dress is never a good idea, I don’t care how good your legs are.

      Also what Isadoea Paiva said.

    • SewingSiren

      All of the women in the top (bottom?) five are revealing skin in an extremely unflattering way.

    • Laylalola

      It does sound PSA-y, especially as Lena probably has a size 6 body, tops. Why and how she manages to make herself look plus-sized all the time is a mystery, and in any case this is just a flat-out bad look on her.

      •  Yeah, there’s nothing wrong with looking plus-sized if you are actually plus-sized.  But if you constantly look plus-sized and you are clearly a slimmer person, you are just dressing yourself in a weird and unflattering way.

    • BrooklynBomber

      There have been many, many pictures herein of teeny weeny celebs wearing dresses-that-are-not-dresses, and these pictures never fail to elicit plenty of that’s-a-tunic and left-yer-pants-at-home? comments. I’d say TLo and the commentariat are pretty much NOT size-ist when it comes to Oops: Forgot My Pants! pictures.

  • That picture of Brad Pitt makes me want to cry.  It is the definition of “boner killer.”

    • Le_Sigh

      Wondering if Angelina Jolie sucked the sexy out of him?  There’s still hope for him yet – he hasn’t gone the way of the DiCaprio – may his pretty RIP.

      • editrixie

        Nah. He was often pretty freaking gross before her, and probably will be again after her (since he’s a serial dater/marrier, apparently). He subscribes to the “I’m gorgeous and so I will downplay my gorgeosity to be taken seriously” newspaper.

  • Introspective

    brad pitt looks greasy and homeless. lena’s urgent need of pants and a toilet fails, yes, but not as badly as the great unwashed with whom she shares her spot.

    and chloe again! her ubiquitous presence on this list, with her multiple personalities and multiple RC disasters, is so cray its heartwarming. I was rooting for her to take it all. (and I secretly think she should be #1, cause she’s earned it dammit!)


    • bitchybitchybitchy

      That dress is so unflattering that it really should be burned.

      • libraangel

        Why the big bow?! WHY WHY WHY???!!!!

  • Sarah Clever

    Elle Fanning’s is truly horrible. She only misses the #1 spot by being given the benefit of the doubt because of her age.

    • mhleta

      It is awful. It actually makes me angry it’s so awful.

      • Sarah Clever

        Though Lena’s crossed-legs gotta-pee pose kills me. Like that’s gonna help.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      The dress is bad, but the shoes-MY EYES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jangle57

    I’ll go with Brad ‘winning’ for the men only because he could look sooooooooooooo much better with so little effort.  I would cut Lena some slack as I’m assuming she’s wearing shorts under that ugly top, it’s just hard to tell for sure.  Personally I would have given Chloe the ‘win’ for her look.

  • Little_Olive

    It amazes me how most of the worst looks for women fall into the category for(among others) one thing so simple and fixable as sad boobs. 

    • halleygee

      Zooey is suffering from clinically depressed boobs in that photo, but agree.

  • Little_Olive

    Hey, weren’t there a couple of schizo Prada or Peter Pilotto dresses (esp one on Elizabeth Banks)? or was that 2011?    

  • Crumpled leather.  How/why?  Furthermore, he looks like he smells SUPER bad, like bongwater, 5 day drinking/coke bender and wee wee.

    • YoungSally

      Covered up with loads of Axe body spray!

      • tmchale

        Axe is basically equivalent to a shower anyways.

    • maggiemaggie

      Who knew it was possible to have a leather jacket that looked like it needed ironing!

    • Call me Bee

      Oh my gawd that is making me gag. 

  • call_me_schmeg

    riddle me this — what do you have to do to a leather jacket to get it to wrinkle like that???

    • I don’t remember seeing that so wrinkled on the first go around. Seeing it up close now, it’s horrifying. Is that a, shudder, design element? Or did he roll it into a ball and shove it into a suitcase to get it to look so astoundingly awful?

      Poor Lena, bless.

    • SewingSiren

      Throw it away.

    • AnaRoW

      The jacket either came like that or it was put in the washing machine.  The problem I have with him is that nothing he’s wearing fits.  I don’t think he belongs at number one though. I also wouldn’t put Elle in the top 5 (or bottom 5). Lindsay and Chloe are the worst on this page.

  • Cecilia Evans

    Can we get Chloe a Lifetime Achievement Award? It’s really not fair to put her on this list with all of these amateurs. She’s in a class by herself.

    • mhleta

      There’s always the whiff of Meth Addict in her style, which adds a very special level of crazy. 

  • $34630122

    The fugly shoes in each of these looks play a significant role in why these have landed in the 2012 Walk of Shame. That pic of Brad should be a billboard for

  • SewingSiren

    Brad looks like he slept in the gutter. … in the rain.

  • alyce1213

    Brad Pitt looks like something I’d find under my stove.  What a stunning array of ridiculous, ill-conceived looks.

    • AthenaJ

      “Brad Pitt looks like something I’d find under my stove.”

      I’m at work trying so hard to stifle my giggles right now!

  • EEKstl

    A veritable cornucopia of sartorial atrocities!  Delicious!

  • l_c_ann

    ? No Anne Hathaway in the black garbage bag dress that showed her fine china with the shoes that were a cross between stripper boots, football shin guards and sandals? 

    At the very least she could have bumped Maggie G off the list for her boreing blue-green-gray thing with the gray lace jacket.  Memorably bad trumps not memorable at all.

    •  “Memorably bad trumps not memorable at all.”

      Could not disagree more when it comes to celeb fashion. To be un-memorable is the worst thing a star can do for a public appearance.

      • l_c_ann

        Point made (all too well). 

         I remember bad more than good.  Some pictures just sear.

  • Martha Deutsch

    These are bad. I still think Christina deserved to be top 5, but honestly, I don’t know who I could bump out. 

  • MilaXX

    I think Brad’s is worse. How on earth do you wrinkle leather?

  • Kenisha Hill Phillips

    Oh dear, half of the dresses look like they’re permanently tucked into the wearers’ underwear.

  • BeeBeauNYC

    These are all worthy recipients.

  • Monday1900

    First, I love your humor TLo but also that you have the guts to say in your last paragraph what so many of us are thinking.

    Elle and Chloe’s skirts look fairly similar (unfortunately). I think Zooey’s dress would actually be pretty if it fit her, which is a big if in this case.  No arguement on your number ones–no redeeming qualities at all. 

  • Annabelle Archer

    Ack! I had totally forgotten about Zooey and the night she had the saddest boobs in all the world.

  • Tamara Hogan

    I think Sevigny’s ensemble could have been saved by a non-mesh shirt or blouse.

    Question: what’s the deal with Elle Fanning’s perpetual dark roots? She’s WAY too young to feel she has to show them off to prove she’s not gray.

    Yeah, Brad Pitt looks like he just rolled out of bed, picked up clothes off the floor, and got dressed without showering, but IMO Dunham deserves to top this list solo. Uff da.

    • i think i just saw brad pitt sitting on the sidewalk on telegraph avenue in berkeley.

  • Aurumgirl

    I think that McCartney dress is designed for skinny adolescent boys with beer bellies. 

  • Laylalola

    Bravo! This list made my day!

  • Rrroza

    At first I thought Chloe’s top was made of pop-top rings.

  • VicksieDo

    Who is telling Lena she is attractive?  She looks like someone working at the grocery store.  I’m sure she’s funny (well,  not really, I don’t watch her show) but come on.  She has to work a lot harder to get any good attention on the carpet, and this is truly heinous.  Brad….well, he’ll always be THE BRAD to me, so yeah.

  • bitterk

    I know you guys don’t like Brad but seriously?   As bad as he looks, Elle Fanning Chloe look 10x worse.   

    • alyce1213

      I think it’s that the others have some mitigating circumstances:  Elle is young and Chloe is crazy.  There’s no excuse for Brad Pitt’s appearance  — it’s sort of an act of hostility or contempt.

      • i always imagine that there is so much drama and fighting in his relationship with angie that he doesn’t even think about how he looks.  this is not at all based on reality and is merely the script of my private movie about the pitt/jolie’s  which runs in the theatre of my mind.  he just looks like some people i’ve known who are so caught up in their own drama that they’re not particularly aware of the world around them. not that that’s any sort of excuse for looking like a walking junkyard.

        • formerlyAnon

          I find it so reassuring when someone confirms that I’m not the only one who runs little mental puppet shows, featuring people they know little or not at all, through their brain.

    • If Elle or Chloe or any other female star showed up at the premiere for their movie in ill-fitting jeans, a wrinkled t-shirt and jacket, hair flicked behind the ear, and beat-up boots, there would be no question that she deserved to be at the top of the worst-dressed list and virtually no one would respond with, “Seriously? I know you hate her and all, but…”

      • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

        I totally understand your voting.  Elle and Chloe are deliciously cracked out in that Showgirls way.  Brad dresses like… well, me.  That’s just sad. 

  • schadenfreudelicious

    Elle also has a lock on “worst hair color of 2012”, that shot from the back is particularly cringe worthy

    • vandeventer

       Someone needs to give that poor girl a more natural color.  What do they do, just soak her hair in peroxide?

      • schadenfreudelicious

        it reminds me of an attempt by a cousin to dye her hair blonde from a box in about 1975, the color and rootline was identical as i recall…the shade may have been called “wheat” or in Elle’s case “straw” 🙂

  • Ceur

    Before I saw these 5 I was prepared to complain that Kristen Stewart’s tacky outfit should be higher on the list. I can’t say that now. These 5 are truly the worst. I do forgive Elle Fanning for being young and adventurous, though.

  • Imasewsure

    Definitely the top of the bottom… I forgot about that horrible green ensemble Lena wore… simply awful…I thought you were being too hard on poor Elle, until I scrolled down and realized I had mentally blocked out those horrible shoes (and now I must block them again). Great list!!

    • libraangel

      It looks like Elle can’t even walk in those damn things!

  • theblondette

    I KNEW Lena would be no 1. What a shitty outfit. As I said at the time, that is the kind of shirt I would wear only because I have enormous period bloat and don’t have to leave the house.

    Who else is done with Brad Pitt right now? His lack of effort is actually almost offensive. 

    • libraangel

      HA! Period Bloat! Me too – big shirts all the way!

  • BrooklynBomber

    It’s for a role! Just kidding. But my thoughts run along these lines:

    Brad Pitt had just stepped off the set of “The Nick Nolte Story,”


    Lena Dunham was in rehearsal for her new project in which she plays both the title roles: “Judy! and Liza! Get Happy.”

    • libraangel


  • Stefanos Mantyla

    Lohan missed number 1 simply by merit of having taken it the year before, hasn’t she?

  • schlomosteel

    I actually laughed when I saw Brad & Lena. Sometimes clothes are so bad, they’re good. And then they’re bad again.

  • kalisa

    I love that you used that Brad b/c that was one of my all-time favorite TLo posts EVER!!!

  • susan6

    That last picture of Elle is what I imagine her doing after someone yells “From your roots to your toes, everything about this look is wrong.  Hang your head in shame, go back to your hotel, kick your stylist’s butt, and try again.”

  • Call me Bee

    Wow.  I missed Lohan in that get-up.  She has some nerve showing up in public with that on.  It is an insult, as, I’m sure, was that movie. 
    I never thought I’d say this, but Mr. Pitt has landed firmly in the Land of Douches.  May he be happy with the life he has chosen. 

    • libraangel

      Maybe Lindsay thought she was channeling Liz Taylor?!

  • formerlyAnon

    Ms. Fanning & Ms. Sevigny would have been my #s 2 & 1, respectively (Mr. Pitt remaining at #1 as well). Ms. Dunham inarguably looked *worse* (dear god those flats with that shirt/shorts thing) but I don’t expect as much from her. 

    If la Lohan didn’t look so rough and used up, I’m not sure she’d even squeak into the top 5. The dress is awful, but it’s not it that’s making *her* look awful.

    • libraangel

      It almost seems like Lena is “tongue in cheek” and trying to look awful. Isn’t Lindsay supposed to be in the forthcoming ‘Linda Lovelace’ movie? Looks like she’s trying on the outfits already!

  • j_anson

    Well, can’t disagree with any of THESE.

  • Nancy Dunn

    Brad the Dirty. Entitled asshat who doesn’t have the respect to dress halfway decently for his fans. Perfect # 1 pick!

  • libraangel

    o.k., this time i agree with you guys entirely. I laughed myself silly over what you said about Zooey’s nipples and giving birth?(How did Stella McCartney become a designer? Most of her stuff is horrible!)

  • You just know that Lindsey looked in the mirror before leaving the house and said to herself, “I’m so glamorous.”

    • alyce1213

      “I’m so hot too.”

  • libraangel

    Forgot to add that it looks like a Depends is coming out of Elle’s back skirt.

  • I am convinced that there is no way in hell Stella McCartney would be as famous as a designer she is if she didn’t have such a famous father. It’s nepotism at its finest. If her father weren’t a Beetle, she MIGHT have made it on to Project Runway, MIGHT. She’d have been kicked off pretty early, though.

    • libraangel

      I AGREE!!!

  • sweetsadness

    Good choices for 1=.

    Next year though, may I suggest that you split Guys and Gals into separate categories?

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  • snich11

    A world premiere for a music video? I didn’t know there was such a thing. Especially for a lame-o song like that.

  • Seriously, who is Donna Dashini?  

  • I didn’t know Brad Pitt could actually look that bad.  If I were walking down the street and he pulled up to me and offered me a ride looking like that I’d run like hell in the other direction because I’d think he was a serial killer!

  • it was probably tough to narrow down the myriad horrid looks of lindsay.  i remember something that looked like an old silk pillowcase the color of granny panties and kept expecting it to pop up.

  • myristica_fragrans

    i’d rather look at the front of lindsay’s dress than see her ass through that sheer panel in the back.

  • guest2visits

    You know fashion has gone wrong when it scares you.  Yes I am embarrassed for Lena’s lack of pants, but I am definitely crossing
    to the other side of the road if I see an outfit like Chloe’s coming my way.  Yikes.
    Elle’s reminds me of the giant lumbering teddy bears in the music vid ‘uprising’ by Muse. ScARY.

  • tmchale

    Fishnets belong in the water, or on your lower torso. 

  • If I ever saw that Chloe ensemble, I had forgotten it because I straight guffawed when I scrolled down to it.  And that Lena entry, sososo funny.  Pantsless kindergartener.  Good times.

  • LambeeBaby

    The only event Brad should be attending looking like that is for the school for the blind

  • Brad is beginning to grow into his last name.  When I go past his perfume ads in the mall, I shudder.  He’s looking like the creepy younger brother of Billy Ray Cyrus.

  • ojosazules

    Delightful comedic interlude. Thank you.

  • marilyn

    I think Elle’s little disaster would have only been kind-of-horrible if she had not worn the moon landing shoes with pink ribbons on them.  That was the kiss of death.  This was a live and learn experience for her.

    The Stella McCartney dress speaks for itself.  Lindsay finally found herself. 

    You nailed these people.

  • In addition to tending to their clothes, Brad and Lena need to learn how to wash their hair.

  • MattCooper27

    Pitt looks like something that crawled out of a pit. He had  moments of hotness in his youth when he had short hair, but he needs to take some clues from George Clooney and Anderson Cooper. I wish he’d cut that gross hair, stop dying it, and shave that douchey goatee or whatever the hell it is on his face. Stylewise he ranks right up there with Guy Fieri.

  • There is nothing on this list so tragically horrible as the Lohan.

  • elle:  we used to have shoes like that when i was a kid.  they had springs inside so you could go boingy-boing-boing down the sidewalk.  but they didn’t come in pink satin.  lucky you!

  • I applaud Lena for being a “bigger girl” and having the confidence to expose her thighs but come on, girl.

    IMO, Lindsay should have gotten the top seed. Absolute trash.

  • kolokOlchik

    Every one of these looks made me laugh out loud

  • I want Stacy and Clinton to do a celebrity make-over for Lena. She needs more than a stylist. She needs their special blend of advice and psychotherapy. Her parents are artists and she went to Oberlin for god’s sake.  It’s going to take more than a pretty dress to get her in the red carpet mind set. 

  • When did it become a thing for skirts to look like you tied a couple jackets around your hips?

  • duplicate post

  • KatieKissinger

    That dress that Lindsey Lohan is wearing should be number 1.  While I agree that Lena Dunham should have had one some sort of bottom, Lindsey’s dress is a trash extravaganza.

  • neofashionista

    agree with ALL of the ABOVE
    now why could you have done this with the top 5 BEST

  • Dagney

    That last tie-breaker especially bothers me.  The whole “Oh I am soooo NOT part of the Hollywood machine, I am such a rebel” is just bullshit.  Yeah, you are part of it, get over yourself.