IN or OUT: Naya Rivera in Donna Karan Atelier

Posted on January 28, 2013

We wanted to yank this one out of the lineup and shine a light on it for a moment because it sums up the major trend of the night -strapless mermaid dresses in neutral colors – but manages to separate itself from the pack, which can only be seen as a good thing.


Naya Rivera attends the SAG Awards 2013 in a Donna Karan Atelier gown accessorized with Neil Lane jewelry.

Obviously, the one element that sets it apart is the pleated, rough-edged bodice. It’s something you either like or hate, we’re thinking. We like it, That rough-edged deconstruction thing is getting a minor spotlight on the RC lately and we like this iteration. But yeah, the bodice looks ripped open and roughly finished. Basically, it comes down to a T v. Lo thing again. T likes it, but thinks the bodice could’ve used a touch more polish to it. Lo thinks it’s perfect as is. Both in agreement that hair, makeup and jewelry are gorge.

Et vous?

Vote Now!


IN! That’s one hot mermaid!


OUT! She looks like she was mauled by an animal.

Voting on Jessica Lange’s too-complicated dress is still wide open, darlings.


[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans/PR Photos, Getty]

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  • TSkot

    Rumpled mess: OUT

  • MaryanneGirl

    Out – it looks like she’s having a wardrobe malfunction, and I can’t stop staring at her breasts. It just feels like it needs a little more structure. 

  • Belvane

    I don’t know — “deconstructed” looks an awful lot like a Project Runway item that didn’t get finished before Tim dragged it to the judging. Not really IN, not really OUT… kind of standing in the doorway.

  • f_yeah_marie

    I have to say OUT.  The bodice looks half-assed and overworked at the same time.

  • Out. It looks like the black gills on the underside of a mushroom.

  • OUT – no underboob, please.  And if you’re going to do rough edges, for god’s sake keep it symmetrical – what’s with the horizontal pleat on the left?  ANd, too tight and riding up through the hips.  NO

  • OUT OUT OUT, pure unflattering awfulness.

  • Sobaika

    IN! For what it’s worth, it came across much better on television. Either way she still looks hot.

    • NinaBoo

      I agree with everything you write, including the JT comment from earlier. I vote IN!

  • It isn’t well executed (the bodice), IMO. Not a fan. Out. 

  • mjude

    i think i have to go with OUT

  • In!!

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Out.  From these pics, it just looks cheap and messy.  SHE however has the perfect coloring to wear black.. if that makes any sense.  Gorgeous skin, hair, make up…

  • I’m going with IN here. I’m not straight, but her boobage kind of makes me wish that I were a woman…and lesbian. Love the jewelry!

    • kimmeister

      She does have an enviable rack indeed.

  • Kathy_Marlow

    OUT, inverted boob’s all I can see

    • Thank you!!  Inverted boob curtain indeed!  OUT 

  • Jecca2244

    I always want to love DK dresses. but the construction is always done with what looks like such tacky material. I hate that the seaming is so obvious. but now i’m just being cranky because i’m going to be trapped at work for another few hours. 

  • Out, oh how awful…. looks like it was zippered and the zipper broke….or…something, the back looks like a lining got ripped off…

  • imperfectlaura

    The bodice irks me a bit, not that it’s deconstructed but that it’s TOO deconstructed. But the styling is really great, and Naya really is owning the look. For those reasons…IN.

  • charlotte

    Out. Not only because of the ripped bust area that makes it look like she just survived the Hunger Games. The skirt doesn’t seem to fit right, either.

  • Verascity

    “… manages to separate itself from the pack, which can only be seen as a good thing.”

    Not in this case. OUT.

  • Violina23

    I like the overall look, but it draws attention to her boobs in the worst way. have to say OUT despite the other good things going on here

  • SassieCassy

    in but her makeup artist could use a lighter hand. that is pancake face.

  • stagmania


  • Call me Bee

    Not crazy about this dress, but it is interesting.  Hair and makeup are very good, and the jewels she’s wearing are beautiful–I wanted to see more.  So…IN, albiet a baby in. 

  • savicevic

    Sloppy. OUT.

  • Viktor Luna did a rough edge on my wedding dress and I have LOVED the concept ever since.  Plus, it looks rock n roll. IN!

  • karena10

    Out.  The bodice is a mess.  In other pictures, that didn’t show as much detail, it just looked tacky.  This looks unfinished and tawdry.

  • IN! She looks like she was mauled by an animal.
    Also, she looks amazing in emeralds.

  • procrastinatrice

    Out. I absolutely hate that bodice. The whole thing looks so cheap and tacky.

  • TheLaurenJean

    I love the top, but I hate the bottom. Looks so cheap and ill fitted. So a big OUT for me.

    • dashransome

      Agree – I don’t love the look, but I’m feeling like the top is pretty cool and edgy.  As it is, it doesn’t seem to go with the bottom. 

  • Vera L-

    All I see are puckering and frayed edges. While it looks good from 10-12 feet away, it looks messy up close. 

    I don’t know who she is, but wonderful eyes. rita hayworth. 

  • Jessi03

    I love it.  Love love love.

  • I love it. Gives a fresh twist to a tired trend. And yes, her hair and makeup are stunning!

  • tereliz

    I personally think these sheer corset-style bodices are super tacky, and the front looks like they hot glued some crumpled up opaque fabric on when they realized they could see her tits. Hair, makeup and jewelry are going a long way toward classing this up, but rear view with the exposed corseting just kills it for me again. I can’t. 


  • Flora O

    IN. You go, black swan.

  • Sharon Weiner

    A young and modern take on a classic gown. Love the back.

  • Stubenville

    Spoiled by too much side boobage. Out.

    •  It certainly exemplifies that trend from the night – boob-abuse was the theme for the evening. She looks wonderful in emeralds but they cannot save this. OUT.

  • belfebe

    Lovely dress, but I feel that it’s make for someone less chesty than her.  She looks pretty, and it’s a pretty dress that does not look pretty on her.  With a heavy heart, it’s an OUT for me.

  • pdxmcollie

    The pleated bodice is interested, but I just cannot get behind the mesh. It irks me to no end. OUT.

  • jw_ny

    IN…very IN.

    I like the rough edge as deployed here…I may not in other instances.  She looks like a glamorous movie star, and her hair, makeup and jewelery are beautiful.

  • amaranth16

    It looks like ill-fitting H&M. Out.

  • rloliveira

    Out. I really dislike the netted, ripped-open bodice. I like the idea of the unfinished edges up top, but they have ruined it with the scar down the middle. 

  • OUT – because in a number of TV shots you could see down the front of her dress & when she leaned forward her boobs on the verge of falling out of that bodice.

  • bookish

    OUT. It’s way too much boobage. All I see are boobs when I look at her, since they’re basically framed by the cut away portion of the dress. I guess that could be appealing, but for me it’s too much.

  • kelsita421

    she looks gorgeous, but the bodice is awful. and unfortunately i find myself staring at the bodice more than her loveliness. OUT.

  • OUT. It looks like her cat attacked the dress.

  • geans

    Anybody else tired of everyone’s boobs? 

  • appliquer

    Out – not a fan of this messy, unfinished style right now.

  • IN because of her confidence and the styling.  

  • Super_Red

    Out Out Out. hair and makeup is good, but holy crap that dress is ugly. I hate the bodice with a passion. 

  • Annabelle Archer

    Sexy IN! She is polished, dripping in gorgeous stones, perfectly done up in a deconstructed, well fitted gown.
    My big time girl crush.

  • alyce1213

    OUT, this is just a horrible dress — front, back, up and down.  Her hair looks kind of stiff and plastered to her head.

  • homofascist

    Out.  She is so cute and I do like that bodice in theory but that skirt is just so stiff and long and boring.  And as much as I like boobs it is getting into vulgar territory, although at least it doesn’t look like they are being crushed.

  • jilly_d

    She looks so beautiful, and I’m in LURV with that jewelery.  Unfortunately, I just can’t with that hideous bodice, so OUT.

  • ellabob

    That bodice is just annoying.. and the skirt is so wrinkled around her hips. Hair and make up look good..

  • in!

  • schadenfreudelicious

    that bodice simply cannot be born! OUT, i will happily relieve her of the jewelry however…

  • MK03


  • MsBusy

    Nope. Out. There is no concept to this dress — it just looks messy and half-assed.

  • snarkykitten

    The netting bothers me more than the unrefined edges. Looks hella tacky

  • librarygrrl64


  • Out. Interesting is one thing; straight-up ugly is another.

  • Renaissance_Man_ATL

    In!  Naya is a goddess.

  • I don’t love the dress, but she is so gorgeous that I’m tempted to give it an IN.

  • kolokOlchik

    Unenthusiastic IN

  • Jarethee

    From the neck up she’s perfect, her jewelery is sublime, I just hate that dress, so thus, OUT. So close! 🙁 

  • OUT! I don’t like the bodice at all.

  • Imasewsure

    In for the woman in the dress who looks lovely but yuck OUT to the dress itself. Hate it from the waist up

  • ojosazules


  • MilaXX

    IN. She looks great and she’s young enough to have boobs perky enough to wear a look like this. In fact for Naya I think it’s a personal best.

  • out.  too much cleavage….

  • Alyssa

    OUT. I think I like the idea of the rough-edged bodice, but here with the pleating and the sheer and the fact I’m worried she’s going to have a wardrobe malfunction if she turns to the side, it’s just too much. I do love the hair, makeup, and jewelry though!

  • What sets this apart is NAYA . And that, my boys, is an IN

  • E. D.

    OUT – love the dress, don’t love the earrings or the lip color, hate the ring.

  • MissMariRose

    That kind of pleating always reminds me of that fug “couture” gown Michael Knight made in the Paris episode of Project Runway. Didn’t like it then; don’t like it now. 

  • Hate the bodice, but love the accessories. Going to have to give this an OUT on balance.

  • barbarienne

    I don’t particularly care for the dress, but I’m going to give her an IN for the earrings. They make me say “Dress? Was she wearing a dress?”

    My specific dislike of the dress is that the “deconstruction” makes the bodice asymmetrical in a bad way. The left side (viewer right) is reasonably put together, but the right side (viewer left) appears to have gotten caught in the sewing machine.

  • Sorry, Uncle Lo, but I’m with Uncle T and I vote OUT.  I want to do…..SOMETHING… that bodice to make it better.  Right now she looks a little Vampira-ish.

  • IN; I like!!!

  • Merneith

    OUT. Also, tacky.

  • Hair and makeup look great, but I hate the dress. OUT.

  • unbornfawn

    I rather like the technique used on the bodice, it is just used badly here. Can’t stand the boob window. One too many mermaid looks. Unoriginal. OUT.

  • PaulaBerman

    OUT. It’s just fugly from head to toe.

  • Frank_821

    marginal out. That dress needs to be in a cheery color

  • melanie0866

    OUT. That is all.

  • MoHub

    I NEVER want to see more than the top of anybody’s breasts ever again.

    • j_anson


  • Lilithcat

    I like her ring.

    That’s about it.


  • rumcg66

    I’m going with OUT, because while I don’t mind the rough edging, I think the overall effect of the dress is simultaneously boring and tacky. It’s a shame because she’s GORGEOUS, but she just never gets it quite right.

  • Nayasabrina

    out. looks like there should be a tightrope walker crossing the gorge from boob to boob.

  • Louise Bryan

    Hmm, I’ve only read a few comments, but I’m going against the pack and voting IN.  I found the peek-a-boob window off-putting at first, but the whole look grew on me.  For one thing, I would say it is her dress, and not many other women’s.  I would have preferred a non-sheer back to the bodice, but overall I think this is a good look for her. 

  • Anne At Large

    Styling is amazing, but dress is sadly out. Any chance of an earrings closeup?

  • ballerinawithagun

    Out. Looks as if the bodice didn’t fit and they had to do an insert at the last moment. The men probably loved it though. But loved the unfinished edges on the top and bottom of the bodice.

  • Nariya

    She’s gorgeous; the dress could be gorgeous; but there’s no taste to how big that bodice opening is. It careens right into attention-grabbing desperation.  I mean, it’s one thing to do a divalicious plunging neck, but it’s another when people literally can’t look at your face because your tits are too THERE.  It’s also looking bunchy on her, obscuring her great shape instead of showing it off.  Weird combination.  Out. But I love you, Naya.

  • Trisha26

    Out. Add a couple slits or see-through panels on the skirt and it’s AVAs all the way. Hair and makeup are gorge.

  • j_anson

    IN. I don’t love it, but I can see what it’s trying to do and I think it’s… fine.

  • lulz – bodice ripper. Now I’m just imagining her on the cover of some shmaltzy romance novel desperately clutching a man in a pirate shirt and knee-high boots; perhaps a young Kevin Kline in Pirates of Penzance. 

    Abstaining from voting because I’m on the fence. The cleavage is a little tacky to me, though, combined with the black satin shininess. 

  • lalahartma


  • more polish on the edges.

  • more polish on the edges – her boobs look perfect!

  • OUT. Craft project top and too much material on the bottom. I think I am still cranky about Sybil.

  • in.  nice boobs.

  • l_c_ann


    It shares the too tight across the hips with so many of its ?sistern (as opposed to bretheren).  The back looks like a cheap long line bra and the front manages to be tacky, unfinished and a gaping mess. 

    She could be wearing almost any other color and it would flatter her more.

  • Out.

  • Carrieanno

    Looks like her boobs suddenly ballooned a couple of sizes and split the bodice, kind of like a superhero. Out.

  • Elleachaudaucul

    Out. The deconstruction is interesting, but the skirt is a rumpled mess and I hate the mesh breast window.

  • crash1212

    OUT. Love the jewels though.

  • Out!  Bodice is just tacky!

  • abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxqyz

    OUT. that ‘peek-a-boo’ cheapens the whole look, neck up she looked fine, while neck down, its simply disastrous. 

  • AuntieAnonny

    There is NO defending that hideous bodice. OUT OUT OUT

  • IN.  I don’t love the dress, but she looks fantastic in it and her hair, makeup, and jewelry are gorgeous.

  • phrenk

    The bodice is all right, but I don’t like the way the skirt fits her.  OUT.

  • Zippypie

    OUT.  She looks like an hooker extra on “Copper” on BBC America.

  • Molly

    ouuuuuut, unfortunately.

  • filmcricket

    Out. She is beautiful, as is the jewelry, but that dress is a tacky, ill-fitting mess and her extensions are insane.

  • ms_kat

    I have no comment on the dress, but she has lovely hands. I notice hands on actresses quite often because they look like crap, but her hands are beautiful.

  • marilyn

    Out.  Sheer back + too open in front=slutty

  • Dagney

    friends don’t let friends put their boobs in cages.

  • capybara_cafe

    If it weren’t for the boobage, it’d be in. The mesh in the front needs to go, and someone needs to tailor that thing so she doesn’t have a huge roll of fabric at the waist right above her bum. 

  • The bodice looks like those carnival booths where you shoot a basketball into the hoop.  And it appears 2 are already in there.  Hate the dress.  LOVE the ring!

  • No fucking way.

  • Aly Light

    Hate it. It looks like her boobs popped the damn thing open. OUT.

  • Jangle57

    Skirt is too tight, don’t like the bodice and I don’t like the hair either – too much product or something.  OUT

  • lrhg

    Out- It looks like someone grilled the top of her dress. 

  • VioletFem

    IN. She looks amazing in this outfit.

  • Nonmercisansfacon

    Out. It looks like a couple of dead crows are cupping her breasts. 

    • LOL, now I can’t unsee that!

  • trisker

    IN. It’s weird, but she’s rockin’ it.

  • frederieke


  • Tatiana Luján


  • Out.

    I cant even think of a witty comment to go with it.

  • Janet B

    Love this on her. IN

  • Nonnah

    Out.  This is Project Runway “Haute Couture”.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Out. Hate. That. Dress.

  • CatherineRhodes


  • formerlyAnon

    In. Tom is technically correct. But the too-messy-to-be-a-look part is forgiven for the contrast which elevates a standard gown to interesting. And it look FANTASTIC on her.**

    **Not withstanding the fact that if anyone living a “normal” non-celeb life wore this dress I’d think the mammary assets were a little too fetchingly displayed for good taste. For some reason there’s a whiff of displaying the merchandise that, sadly, makes perfect sense for a SAG event.

  • therealkuri

    I like the bodice, but feel that the mermaid skirt is a bit ill-fitting, which has the effect of making the top look messy instead of purposely deconstructed.

  • Out. This just isn’t my taste.

  • altalinda

    Sorry, this old prude dislikes the cleavage display.  Out.

  • Nazzzy

    OUT. That thing is falling apart before our eyes.

  • Damien W

    Hi, titses!

    Maybe she’s got a fetish for yelling at men, “Eyes up, mister!”

  • margaret meyers

    OUT:  the boring parts are boring and the interesting parts are ugly.

  • TaurusKW

    I love it.  You werq that Wicked Bitch of the West shit, gurl!!!

  • carolie_king

    Don’t like all the frippery stuff.  Don’t like the wrinkles.  Don’t like her showing her under-boob birthmark to the masses.  Gorgeous from the neck up.  OUT.

  • OrigamiRose

    In. I love it and she’s got the cleavage to pull it off.

  • GorgeousThings

    IN. My favorite picture is of the water girls and the megaphone in the last picture. What you don’t see on Seacrest!

  • out: tacky tacky tacky

  • MintaHallWriter

    OUT. Hate the bodice. The rest of the dress is ordinary.

  • Eva_baby

    Out.  It ages her and I feel like her boobs are yelling at me to look at them.

  • OUT! “Oh, dear. The bodice is too tight, and doesn’t seem to want to close.  I know, let’s just pull your Spanxs up under your armpits and pin it in place!”

  • Sara__B

     OUT. It doesn’t seem to fit properly anywhere. Her hair and makeup are stunning, though.

  • Monday1900

    Oh no no no.  Looks like a bodice ripper literally.

  • saintebeuve

    She’s lovely, but that dress includes a tit window *and* a casket lining. And the tit window is giving her chest the appearance of having ears.

  • PhillipWilde

    I weep for her poor boobs in this dress.  I’m just not feeling it.  OUT.

  • subwaycars

    It stood out in a bad way- definite OUT.

  • kikisayshi

    I like it, but the boobs are popping out in a weird way – It’s like side-babyheads – and that’s all I can see. This one’s an OUT for me. 

  • In; it’s different

  • AnaRoW

    Absolutely hideous. OUT!

  • IN! Ininininininininin!!

  • It doesn’t fit her properly or flatter her figure.  Out.

  • out slutboobs

  • Her boobs are half out but this look is completely in!

  • girliecue

    Out. She shouldn’t be wearing any of it. Hand over the jewelry at once, young lady. All of it.

  • girliecue

    Out. She shouldn’t be wearing any of it. Hand over the jewelry at once, young lady. All of it.

  • MGMcD

    I wish the unfinished fabric was more integrated into the rest of the dress as opposed to just plopped on top of the boring satin column mermaid skirt. It looks incongruous.

  • butter nut

    i really want to love this.  but it looks like her boobs are bursting out of the bodice, like the hulk.  it’s all very, “titties smash!”  everything else about this look is fabulous.  but the bodice is too distracting not to be an OUT.

  • demidaemon

    IN, just for that FACE! Also, I don’t mind the bodice so much, though I wish it were a bit more closed.

  • Araina23


  • Carly Warnock


  • ccm800

    In. I must note – this kid is G O R G E O U S…but really seems to film WAY better than she still photos. 

  • L

    OUT. Looks like a mess. 

  • love it. IN

  • hmatz

    Out. This looks like an unfinished mess of a dress that ripped and subsequently got patched up with black nylons. It’s upsetting.

  • julnyes

    love everything but the dress – have to say OUT

  • DesertDweller79

    This is borderline for me.  Her hair and makeup look great. Might be the best makeup I’ve ever seen on her. However, the dress looks a bit wrinkly and I think the bodice could use a teeny bit more structure.  I very reluctantly give her an out, but it is close.

  • susan6

    OUT.  It looks like the classiest dress to be found at the Adult Video Awards.

  • Ann

    Her boobs are trying to roleplay Moses, parting the Black Sea and saying “Let my people go!”.

  • Gross. Out.

  • NO :O 

    Her bodice is SCARY

  • Claudia Fernandes

    Out, to young to this sexy widow gets russian millionaire

  • decormaven

    Not a fan of the netting, and the bodice is a bit too deconstructed for my taste. However, the jewelry is indeed divine. Note to hair stylist: that’s a wee bit too much product in her hair. 

  • bluefish

    Out.  Surprised this is a Donna Karan.  Shiny, messy, and self-conscious.

  • In, but the hem is giving me fits.

  • Hermione_Granger

    HOT. In.

  • It’s not the bodice I have a problem with–it’s the formal-bridesmaid skirt.  Yuck.  OUT.

  • warontara

    I liked this better on the move last night, and I love her….lowercase in.

  • Sara LaBatt

    In!  I think it’s interesting and I like the rough edges actually.  But really my in is for her eye makeup, her eyes have an amazing shape and the makeup really shows that off.

  • Cathy S

    I don’t like it but her bracelet’s gorgeous. Out.

  • greyhoundgirl

    I wouls usually say out but her face looks so radiant I’ll give it an IN

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    OUT.  Don’t give me something de-constructed and ripped and rumpled unless I am Helena Bonham Carter.  OUT OUT OUT.  Plus, babyheads.  OUT.  Did I mention OUT?  OUT!

  • joancarol

    Two half grapefruits behind a fence.

  • Out.  Looks like a Project Runway mess.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    OUT.  Love the jewelry, though.

  • fashionzombie

    OUT, I guess. I can’t stop staring at her cleavage, though.

  • mhleta

    OUT. This dress is perfect for a funeral themed dinner cruise from the dowager shade of muddy black to the Ursula mermaid skirt to the creases across her beam. Frayed bodice = deck chairs on the Titanic. This depresses me enormously.

  • Kristy Evans

    Sigh. OUT. That boob window is too weird. Also, boring black. Hair, makeup and jewelry are perfect though.


  • OUT.

  • Best ever look! Go Naya! In!

  • mznormann

    Definitely mauled by an animal or a make a red carpet look in 30 minutes challenge on Project Runway.

  • Lily-Rygh

    Great hair, great make-up, great accessories, HORRIBLE dress.  OUT.

  • alaskahyoung

    I’m going with an In.

  • Athenrein

    Theoretically I don’t like the dress much at all, don’t like mermaid dresses or weird bodice frippery, but I have to say IN just because I am distracted by her hotness. She has quite the body. Damn. Okay I’ll stop lusting now. …okay, NOW. Sigh.

  • Out, the bodice is overworked and the skirt is wrinkled (too tight) and cheap-looking. Hair, makeup, and jewelry are perfect.

  • Out. It looks like something an evil sea creature would wear (which SOUNDS awesome now that I type it out, but it looks rotten). Her hair is enviable, though.

  • No. Out.

  • libraangel

    MOI: no. All I can keep looking at is her boobs (and I’m straight) with that ruffly wrinkled monster thing trying to push them together.

  • littleblondie

    UGH TERRIBLE. Seriously, I feel like she just put her boobs on a platter and shoved them in my face. Not at all impressive.

  • Jessica Knoch

    Big IN on this one.

  • Lola67

    Out. Way too much going on in the bodice. Sheer, frayed edges, gathers, smooshed girls… and makeup are beautiful. 

  • Terrible_Person

    OUT, sorry. Hair, make-up and jewellery are all beautiful, but they can’t save the bodice.

  • Gener1c