IN or OUT: Lena Dunham in Saint Laurent

Posted on April 24, 2013

We’re gonna say… this could have been a lot worse.


Lena Dunham attends the 2013 Time 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City wearing a Saint Laurent dress and pumps accessorized with ForeverMark earrings.

Saint Laurent Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Maria Loks (NEXT)

Saint Laurent Janis Bar Leather Pump

We’re not surprised she’d pick something from the grunge-inspired fall 2013 Saint Laurent collection, but we are surprised she’d pick something so glittery and princess-y. We don’t think the dress is bad for her, in theory. The shape works, for the most part. We’re not in love with the asymmetry of the hem, but we think a straight across hem would have only made her look like a cupcake. Our real issue here is that the glittery gold does nothing for her coloring and that … well… we hate to say this about Saint Laurent, but that’s a pretty flimsy-looking dress. We try our best to keep our Project Runway commentary restricted to Project Runway posts, but this really looks like it was made out of Christmas decorations in 8 hours, while Tim Gunn stood by and expressed his concern.

On the other hand, we kinda dig her makeup, if not her hair. Also: no one is allowed to say Lena Dunham “doesn’t care about fashion,” anymore. Ladies who don’t care about fashion tend not to wear the very latest from the Paris runways with a pair of bone-crunching, kickass  heels.



Vote Now!


IN! It’s a really good effort and I think she looks pretty.


OUT! That is SO NOT her dress.



Charlize’s stumpy jumpsuit was voted IN because it’s being worn by Charlize.


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  • CPK1

    I too like the make-up and the heels are killer. But I am having a hard time seeing how the dress could have been much worse. It is so wrong on so many levels.

    • Lizzyisi

      Completely. Does she always dress like a toddler? Who thinks that’s a good choice?

      • Tom Shea

        Maybe fashion designers who refuse to build to her body type?

        • Lizzyisi

          Please. Hundreds of thousands of women who don’t have ideal designer body types manage to dress themselves without looking like toddlers. This outfit gives Dunham the sway-back pooch belly appearance of a five-year-old in a bikini, which is not the fault of unreasonably standards of beauty or designers who don’t know how to cut dresses for waists, hips, and thighs. It’s the fault of the person who picked a dress with a full skirt, dropped hem and no structure to the top. The belt is juvenile and the fabric is pure dress-up box–neither of which have to do with body shape or size.

          She’s not even slouching–all the droop and childishness comes from the cut of the dress. If that halter had ended in a straight skirt or even a pair of slouchy pants, she wouldn’t have looked like a surly toddler and yet she would still have the same body shape.

          • Tom Shea

            So it IS the fault of the designer. You’re welcome.

          • anotherintro

            You didn’t really adequately state in that how it was her fault for the poorly made dress. It’s her fault the dress wasn’t cut right because she was the one who picked it?

          • vandeventer

            Lizzyisi never said it was her fault the dress is poorly made. She said it was her fault she chose to dress like a toddler.

          • anotherintro

            ” the fabric is pure dress-up box”
            “all the droop and childishness comes from the cut of the dress.”

            That would actually be the designers fault. Not trying to quibble, was just trying to assess where the fault lies in this critique, because as much as I love Saint Laurent this is a poorly made dress. It looks cheap on her because it looks cheap, it’s Dunham’s fault for picking an already cheap looking dress, yes, but it’s still the fault of the clothing for looking cheap to begin with. Now let’s brush each others hair and look up cute cat videos, no nastiness intended.

          • In red carpet posts, the focus is always on the person wearing it first, then the stylist, then the designer.

          • anotherintro

            That makes sense. Thanks for the clarification!

          • Tom Shea

            What does “the focus” mean in this context? Whose focus? Yours or ours?

          • Here. On this site.

          • No, she’s saying it’s her fault for picking a poorly made dress.

          • a five year old in a bikini….i bow to you

  • oldbobbydraper

    i don’t see HOW it could be worse. OUT.

    • Diego!

      Agreed, this is already THE worst! OUT!

    • Sobaika

      I suggest flipping through some of her old outfits to see just how much worse it can get.

      Still, that doesn’t seem like much of an excuse to congratulate her. Out!

      • kmk05

        ‘Still, that doesn’t seem like much of an excuse to congratulate her. Out!’

        You’re hardcore. I wanted to be nice, but you definitely put it in perspective. That is one ugly colour with her colouring. Out!

    • gabbilevy

      Just … use your imagination.

      Still, OUT. Terrible color for her, hideous belt. Try this shape in a different fabric and color, and we’ll talk, Lena.

    • lizajane1776

      If it were not gold but that droopy old-bra color. That would be worse.
      But I still say this is no good for her, so OUT.

  • her makeup looks great, the shoes are too big and while I like the dress, it doesn’t work on her, she looks like she should have a tree coming out of her skirt.

  • jw_ny


    The color is wrong for her skin tone; her sternum is not her best feature; the volume of the skirt is not flattering; and the asymmetrical hem just makes it look like her body shape (or perhaps butt) is making the hemline uneven.

    I really like her hair and makeup here tho, and those shoes suit her.

    • MoHub

      Ooh! You slipped in my impression about the hem as I was typing my message.

      I also had flashbacks to Christian’s terrible prom dress in PR season 4.

      • jw_ny

        ha..but you worded the comment the way I would have preferred to, and yes, it’s totally CS’s prom dress! that was ghastly!

    • Yes, that’s EXACTLY what the hem made me think too.

  • MoHub

    The asymmetry of the hem makes it look as if the skirt is hiking up rather than deliberately made that way.

  • ginnyt20

    The thing is…she’s not a FAT woman, but she insists on dressing her shape like she is. The bottom of that dress makes her look like she’s got some huge belly. On the other hand…her boobs in this actually look like female boobs instead of fat man moobs.

  • Tom Shea

    IN. I like it on her. Not perfect, but it will suffice.

  • butterflysunita

    IN. I hate the dress. But I have seen her on the red carpet in a shirt with no pants. This is a huge step forward and I want to encourage it.

    • Chickadeep

      Ha! You do have a point, but I am tired of grading her on a curve because whatever craptastic, painfully ironic anti-fashion fashion statement she trots out isn’t “a shirt with no pants.”

    • aesteve212

      agreed! I think her hair is great, makeup passable, and she has looked SO MUCH WORSE.

  • aeb1986

    The biggest issue I have with this is the color on her skin tone. Overall I’m gonna say out. But “almost” a barely-in…?

  • BrooklynBomber

    TERRIBLE. The dress itself looks like crap, and isn’t the least bit flattering to her. Hair and makeup look great, but from the neck down this is an out.

  • Ick. OUT! You are being far too easy on her. That shape is NOT her friend. And those shoes? On anyone else with this dress you would say they are far too heavy. Lena, you can do much better!

  • It’s an OUT. Head and feet look ok, but the dress is a mess on it’s own (hate the whole ballerina thing) and is doing nothing for her (either color or shape)

  • Out. But kudos for the hair and makeup, that’s a vast improvement

  • drop the waist an inch and add a more substantial belt and this might work. her hair and make-up are pretty, which is what a gold floofy dress calls for

  • Jennifer Coleman

    A cool jacket would have helped, I think. Also, the TIme 100 orange background is not very nice to pale complexions. That said, it’s still hideous.

  • christinewithanx

    This made me frown. Latest from Paris or whatever, it looks like it’s from the Princess Potatosack line, color and all.

    She has really pretty eyes, glad she made them up!

    • jetpackdino

      Princess Potatosack, *snort*. Love it. Stealing it.

  • DaveUWSNYC

    Accentuates her bottom half, correspondingly minimizing her top half. I think she needs the exact opposite. OUT

  • She bugs me. I have no idea why.

  • I’m going with a cautious IN. Though the dress plays up her short-waisted frame a bit too much, as you gents said, its a huge improvement for her. And them shooz are smokin’

  • Jessi03

    In. The dress isn’t great, but I love her makeup and shoes, which is a huge step forward. Also, I never realized how absolutely gorgeous her eyes are.

  • Sara Brams-Miller

    God she is so awful at dressing herself. Oy.

  • You’re right. Her make up and hair look great. Unfortunately, that dress makes her look like she’s a box. (Which totally fits with your Christmas theme.) Out.

  • lobsterlen


    I am not sure it could get any worse. I really don’t want to even contemplate it.

  • Catiline

    OUT, I think that plunge hits her at the worst possible spot. But I don’t totally hate the effort.

  • OUT!!! Doesn’t she have any friends or family to tell her she looks dreadful before she gets out of home???

  • mmc2315

    OUT. Girl looks great in some bright COLOR. This gold is not it.

    I’d like to see if she could pull off something more elegant looking. This dress, as you say, is so cheap looking!

  • Even though I don’t dislike her, she’s an eternal OUT for me

  • I’m going with OUT because I think that dress makes her look a lot chunkier than she probably is. Also, her hair is way too flat. Makeup is very nicely done and I’m digging the shoes.

  • Chartreusite

    In for serving up a personal best.

  • Chickadeep

    OUT. You guys summed it up perfectly: “…this really looks like it was made out of Christmas decorations in 8 hours, while Tim Gunn stood by and expressed his concern.” In this case, YSL did not make it work.

    • tereliz

      Because YSL did not make it. “Saint Laurent Paris” did. The new head designer has dropped the Yves. And quite a bit more, in my opinion.

      • Chickadeep

        Ah, hadn’t been following the change in designers or branding, thanks for clarification. I always associated St Laurent with sleek, often menswear-inspired looks and this seems to be made out of stuff from the sale table at the Hobby Lobby.

        • tereliz

          Exactly! While the Spring show was filled with looks that reflected the history of the brand (if a little too familiarly), the Fall show was like something that fell out of Courtney Love’s Hole.

    • alyce1213

      It’s worse than that. Not 8 hours on PR — 1/2 hour at the crafts store.

  • In—if only because I saw the photos of her in this dress (with Amy Poehler) and it worked. Looks weird on the red carpet, but I’m willing to grade her on a curve.

  • In a different color, I’m fine with it. This one a) isn’t great on her, and b) reads as burlap to me rather than gold until you get really, really close in. So Out, but *just* out. Like standing on the porch knocking, rather than way out in the backyard, smoking a cigarette.

    The shoes are to die, though.

  • theblondette

    Everything about the dress is awful. The fabric is all bunchy around the waist, making her look thick-waisted, and while she’s not a skinny girl she is NOT as big as this dress makes her seem. The fact that she isn’t wearing a bra also makes her look wider, because it means her boobs slide out toward the sides. Yes, Lena, you can wear a halterneck dress – IF you wear it in a different colour, fabric and with a higher neckline that shows off a cute bit of decolletage, not a great expanse of space-between-boobs.

    • Tatiana Luján

      I don’t know why did TLo say the shape of this dress was flattering

    • Yes… all that extra fabric is a bad idea on anyone who isn’t a runway model.

  • caroline miles

    Yikes. YIKES.

    And not in a good way.


  • Out, both because I hate the color/shape/style/everything about the dress, and because I find her personally annoying.

  • Tatiana Luján

    The shape isn’t flattering at all.
    Makeup is very pretty and the hair is clean and in place.

  • xmixiex

    Seriously? Does this girl check the mirror before she goes out to be sure she looks as frumpy as she possibly can?!

  • OUT. killer shoes, forever 21 dress.

  • TAGinMO

    OUT. The color is awful with her skin tone. (Frankly, it’s not great with the model’s either; I’m thinking this is a dress that requires a woman of color to truly rock it.) And I disagree with TLo on the shape; it’s really not her friend either.

    It’s too bad ‘What Not to Wear’ has been canceled, because she needs an intervention from Stacy & Clinton.

    • xmixiex

      WNTW was cancelled?!?!?!

      • TAGinMO

        Yup, saw a news item on The A.V. Club a couple of weeks ago.

      • This is the last season. I didn’t think it was cancelled so much as Stacy and Clinton have great gigs in other places. I’ve always loved the show and learned a lot from it, but in the last few years it’s really felt repetitive. Which made me sad.

        I TOTALLY miss Trinny and Susannah!

    • MoHub

      Or better still, Trinny and Susannah.

      • Tatiana Luján

        They were so much better.

    • Tatiana Luján

      What not to wear was cancelled? Why??
      Stacy and Clinton or Trinny and Susannah, but this girl needs help.

  • ralish

    Out out out. Wrong color, wrong shape, wrong… belt? Is that what that is? It kind of looks like a fake halo.

    • Tatiana Luján

      Or a charm bracelet.

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    I give a tentative IN. She looks like she’s having fun, which is a huge selling point considering how uncomfortable she’s looked on the red carpet before.

  • So very OUT! I think Lena would do well to go for dresses that have some more structure to them, instead of flimsy puffy dresses that add volume. I will say that her make up is very pretty. And those are some fabulous shoes!

  • OUT. She does care about fashion and she always has, but what she cares about more is purposefully looking ill fitting or non flattering so that she can once again tout her little indie horn about the standards of beauty and how we don’t like her because she’s not the “ideal” beauty norm and shame on us all, blah blah blah. She grates my damn nerve. She’s smart, she’s funny, there’s no reason she can’t be intentionally attractive.

    • DinaSews

      Thank you for pinpointing what I have been unable to. OUT.

    • Colleen Byrne

      I want to give you a prize. You are exactly right about what she’s really doing and it makes me crazy. Well done, you. ETA: a big OUT.

      • drdarke

        OUT – a gilded potato sack is still a potato sack, and a deliberately frumpy Privileged White Girl is still a Privileged White Girl. I suspect Ms. GIRLS dressed like this hoping for a smackdown, so she could whinge about “discrimination”…. Or something….

        My wife is also short and stocky, but despite having considerably less money than Lena Dunham, when she dresses to impress she knows to wear clothes and style herself so she looks professional and well turned out. This is a Girl, That Is Not Your Dress if I ever saw one….

    • bellafigura1


    • Little_Olive

      Yesyesyesyesyes to everything!!!!

      • Little_Olive

        And I add: those who don’t care, say so without intentionally looking bad. They just do a muted thing (I’m thinking Meryl… Maggie Gyllenhaal I haven’t quite figured out yet). If what you want is to be defiant about it, there is Helena B-C for you to learn from.

        • Exactly!!

        • AmandaCathleen

          Exactly. If you really don’t want to put in the effort, invest in a classic little black dress, or a pair of nice slacks and a simple silk blouse. You can look put together and presentable without spending much time on your look. Taking the time to deliberately pick out something that looks bad to make a statement that you don’t care about fashion seems really silly to me.

          In related news: OUT.

    • schadenfreudelicious

      Totally agree, she cares enough to look great from the neck up, but always seems to purposefully look shlumpy and unattractive from the neck down..That dress is painfully unflattering OUT.

    • Scimommy

      While I agree with you that this is what she has done in the past, I don’t see it in this dress. Here I thought that she tried to look conventionally pretty and mostly succeeded. But I appear to be in the minority here.

    • This, this, so much this, OUT!

    • KAP

      SPOT. F8CKING. ON! Also, it looks like the back is tucked in her panties. Bleh. OUT OUT OUT.

    • TheAmericaness

      Exactly. What did Tim Gunn say? You can’t control how others perceive you, but you can control how you present yourself. Don’t wear absolute FUG in every way, including the wrong color for yourself and then go off about beauty norms. Blah. Argh.

    • random_poster

      I want to make sure my big old OUT gets counted beyond the Vote Up that I did on this post for my grated nerves.

    • charlotte

      Exactly what I’m thinking.

    • Qitkat

      I think you have explained it the best for me. I could not take her show, I’m certainly very far from her demographic, but I have seen enough comments on her here and there to realize she is very polarizing, and I never quite knew why.

      • I’m only slightly older than her demographic and I’ve never even been tempted to watch her show. Blech. Not my kind of humor.

    • berkeleygirl

      What she really needs to do? Stand up straight! As a larger woman, I know that posture can right a multitude of perceived wrongs.

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      Thank you. She is an asshole.

  • Verascity

    OUT. Everything above the neck and below the ankles is great, but that dress is absolutely awful on her.

  • teensmom99

    OUT but an improvement. I think the dress stops at the wrong place on her so there is a proportion problem. It would be better longer. Make up is great but a tad too mature.

  • Maluca

    This is the epitome of an OUT. It doesn’t even work as a “it’s out of my comfort zone but I’m gonna rock it” way. Everything is wrong wrong wrong from the tits down.

  • tereliz

    In. She just needs a wider belt and some bracelets, imo. Her head looks fab.

  • bellafigura1

    OUT. Mommy’s shoes (and stop turning your toe in like that, you are not five). Regrettable tattoos, highlighted. Cheap, Hedi Slimane pyrotechics with icky fabric. Terrible color. Sits in the wrong place on her waist for her figure. And that neckline is just Not Your Bodice, honey. She makes me itchy. Pretty makeup though!

    • Guidosdaddy

      Why should she regret her tattoos? And “pyrotechics” isn’t a word.

  • Meredith_P

    Ahem…LOVE the shoes…but that is all. I’m an old fart and only have the vaguest notion of who she is, but this is just a horrible dress on her. The color, Louisa!

    • mmc2315

      Agreed. The color is a major factor. In my closet, as we speak, is a beautiful elegant embroidered gold blouse. I fell in love with it, but even I have to admit, the color looks TERRIBLE on me. I never wear it. I should donate it to someone with the coloring to pull it off!

  • She looks pregnant. Out.

  • Pennymac

    Tim may not have really expressed his concern over this 8 hour Christmas decoration dress, but I am. I’m “expressing my concern like breast milk”.

  • I just can’t imagine someone looking at that dress and saying “Oh, wow, I want to wear that.” So unflattering for anyone. Her face is pretty, but the rest – OUT!

  • From the neck up, she looks great. There’s nothing about the dress that seems to work for her. The color is wrong, and the fit is off. I HAAAAATE the asymmetrical hem. And the shoes are kickass, but at least a size too big for her.

    So yeah, it’s an OUT from me. But, like I said, her hair and makeup look great.

  • Angela_the_Librarian

    Out. Sorry, but that looks like a cheaply made Rockettes costume and is really unflattering. I do agree that her hair and make-up look nice.

  • Jessica Goldstein

    OY. Aweful. And I disagree about the shape: I think this dress requires a long, lean, and small-cupped frame to pull off. OUT!

  • NiseiShonagon

    I have never seen Lena Dunham’s mother but I think I can guess what she looks like after seeing this. NOT YOUR DRESS, HONEY.

    Although quite honestly it’s not all hr fault, since I hated the collection this was from with a firey passion. Aside from a few nice outerwear pieces (and the huge tacky powder blue sweater which I was kind of partial to) it was hideous and most of the clothes in it could have come from The Limited circa about 1995. I thought grunge was one of the few styles that the fashion world had a gentlemen’s agreement to leave dead and buried where it belonged, and if this ends up as the first wave of it coming back then I feel I may cry.

    • tereliz

      Totally agree about this collection. Some nice outerwear, but all the flannel and baby-doll dresses felt so trite and out of place.

  • CatherineRhodes

    OUT. The dress is shockingly horrible and she looks awful.

  • MissMariRose

    I’m going to call this an IN so as to encourage her to move in the right direction. Because she will read this and care what I think, obviously. Also, because I’m hoping she’ll contact me and give me those fucking awesome shoes.

  • nacogdoches

    Out, but I like everything from the neck up. That’s just an awful dress for her…she doesn’t have much of a waist (neither do I) and the thing to do for that is NOT to wear a dress with fabric that bunches up around your midsection and then add a sparkly belt to draw attention to that bunchiness

  • B_C_J

    OUT – The dress both on the model and on Ms. Dunham reads as cheap and poorly constructed. The shoes are great but not enough to save this outfit. Her makeup also needs to be taken up a notch.

  • Her makeup looks great. She definitely likes fashion, but I think she’s made a decision to wear what she wants, instead of dressing to her body’s advantage. And that’s okay. Just like when my 6 year old insists on wearing a striped t-shirt and camo shorts.

    • So by extension, Dunham has the fashion sensibility of a 6 year old. You made that sound nicer. LOL

  • Little_Olive

    Also: no one is allowed to say Lena Dunham “doesn’t care about fashion,” anymore. THANK YOU. I hate the pretend “I don’t care / everyone is OK just the way they are” and then you walk a red carpet wearing falsies.

  • RebeccaKW

    In. It’s not my favorite look, but of her looks, it just might be. Yes, it could be better, but I’m going take her side on this one and encourage her to keep going.

    I actually wish she’d gone for the runway look. I really think that would suit her-black tights and kick-ass boots would give her some edginess that I really think would suit her.

  • she should take a cue from the adele book for styling…this is horrific.

  • Mb

    OUT. The skirt of that dress makes her bottom half look even larger than it is.

  • formerlyAnon

    Conflicted In.
    I don’t think it’s the greatest dress, but I am forced to recognize my deeply entrenched, societally conditioned bias: my biggest real negative reaction to this is that it’s “not flattering.” In this case, what I think that objectively means is that “She could look thinner.”

    And honest to god, I wish I was past that kind of thinking. She has a good shape, looks healthy, pretty and carefully groomed. It offends me that I react negatively because she might look thinner in a differently constructed dress, when the dress is not making her look misshapen. I’d like her better in a different (jewel toned) color, and I think the belt is a bit gimcrack, but if I’m honest those complaints wouldn’t keep her from being in.

    • Pants_are_a_must

      I love your comment. Personally, my qualm with this dress is that it’s really a concept dress more than anything else. It’s not even flattering on the model, making her look like a wine bottle in a gift wrap. I just don’t think Lena Dunham is the person to take a dress like that and know how to werq it. I don’t think even Diane Kruger would.

      • butterflysunita

        I so agree that the dress looks terrible even on the model. if the model looks bad, a normal woman should not even attempt it. Lena Dunham is a beautiful young woman….no reason for her not to look good on the red carpet.

    • Little_Olive

      Don’t feel bad. I think your idea that “she could look thinner” is in the direction of it just not being aesthetically pleasing because it is a shape made for a slim body -especially a slim midsection.

      So no one is saying a woman (she) is not beautiful if they are over 120 lbs, etc.; not even that in order to look better you should try for the illusion of being built like a model. Different types of bodies require different types of clothes. In a phrase, it’s the PROPORTIONS that are off.

      Boy is it hard to say these things while being political.

      • random_poster

        Exactly. Think of all the non-model-body-type women who find dresses in proportions that work for them. There are plenty of us out there.

      • drdarke

        No, you’re absolutely right, Little_Olive. That is not a dress for a slope-shouldered stocky woman – in fact, it makes her look like she’s wearing a school bell rather than a dress. What she would look good in, I think, is a well-tailored Forties period homage outfit, with built-up shoulders and a nipped-in waist and seamed stockings, and maybe a bit of a slit in the side of the skirt for an occasional flash of leg.

        Also, that dress doesn’t go with the decidedly masculine hair and makeup she’s sporting – every time I look at her from the neck up I keep thinking “Gene Kelly circa THE PIRATE?”!

      • Well said. It’s not about what size she is, or even how big she looks. I look at the model as a guide for how the dress was intended to look on a human, and the cut of the dress looks best on a body without curves. Not every dress on a runway is cut that way.

    • Qitkat

      You have made your point very effectively, and honestly, I wondered if my *out* posted just a bit ago reflected similar thinking. I’m a pear shape myself, and would never choose this in a million years, but I also disliked it on the model, irrespective of the grunge element, so I think I just hated the dress. It IS shapeless. Lena has a very striking face, pretty but unconventional, nice shiny groomed hair, good makeup, and great arms and legs. She’s thick in the middle and needs to wear a bra. I think that’s a fact and not prejudicial. I think halter necklines are not her friend, but they don’t flatter a lot of people. I think it has to do with sloping shoulders. I agree with you on the jewel tones for her.

  • nannypoo

    I really don’t think this could have been much worse. In fact it kind of pisses me off. She is not an unattractive woman but she seems to go out of her way to look bad. The rest of us are making an effort and somehow the idea that she is scoffing and smug about her bad choices feels disrespectful. She has just achieved the top spot on my Rational Hate List.

  • Janet B

    Halters are a much better way to show off her tattoos than strapless, but gold is not her color.

  • Laylalola

    Out. The cut of the top works on her. But everything below the belt is ridiculous. She’s not carrying THAT much extra weight.

  • AmeliaEve

    Gutter Tinkerbell. I’d actually prefer to see the whole look taken to the obvious trashy conclusion, with smeary Courtney Love lipstick, Vamp nails, and a skewed tiara.

    And yet, in context, I agree that it’s an IN for Ms. Dunham.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    No no no no no NO. I fully disagree with you about the shape, the make up and the concept. Good lord, she cares about fashion, okay, but she still has no idea how to actually DO fashion in a way that’s not entirely terrible. OUT.

  • poggi

    Head and heels are in and everything else is out.

  • mhleta

    Oof, no. It doesn’t even look that sparkly. It just looks…tan. OUT.

  • appliquer

    Out. That dress shape does nothing for her and the shoes are too big. Makeup is great, however.

  • lehen

    out. no.

  • trixietru

    In. Hair, makeup, shoes fantastic. Dress color not ideal. Not crazy about strapless or halter styles on her because they accentuate her upper arms (which I don’t find flattering). But she’s far too young and hip to have to wear sleeved evening wear which can be dowdy. Think she’s headed in the right direction.

  • geans

    Tentative in, but the deep v and the asymmetrical hem for me just make the dress look like it’s melting and sliding down the front of her. Not her fault, for once. Love the shoes.

  • Fordzo

    I never thought that she didn’t care about fashion, but I get the impression that she wants us to think that she’s too cool to care. Which annoys me more than if she really didn’t give a hoot.

  • Girl_With_a_Pearl

    Great makeup, hair and shoes. But, that dress is too blah of a color and is emphasizing her butt and hips. Bleh!

  • I thinks it’s the color and belt that are ruining the look for me. She has beautiful skin and smaller breasts so I love the neckline. Her makeup and hair look fantastic. I also agree this looks like a project runway 8 hour dress out of cheap gold tulle.

  • Heather

    OUT!! I respectfully disagree with Tlo – I don’t think that silhouette is her friend. Also, the belt looks like a craft project. And she needs to learn how to pose.

  • crash1212

    OUT. That is a nothing of a dress and only partially works on the model due to grunge accessorizing. Worn as a “dress”, it simply does not work. I love the head and the shoes, but not enough.

  • Introspective

    So out it makes my teeth hurt. She needs a dress that lets her wear a good bra and that doesnt wash her out.

    Whatever. so tired of this chick and her voice of a generation angst.

  • BobStPaul

    Out for sure. Yes, her hair and makeup look great. But that dress! Makes her look positively huge. And the shoes, while possibly kickass, make her feet look huge as well.

  • OUT, simply because that is a dreadful color on her.

  • IN. Best she’s ever looked.

  • MaryMitch

    She’s hopeless.

  • ringthing

    Her head and shoes look great, but that is one unflattering dress. I wonder how it would look in black? Overall, out.

  • Scimommy

    Wow. People really hate it, don’t they? Perhaps I am grading her on a curve (of other Lena red carpet outfits), but I am giving this an IN. I think she looks pretty and like she put some effort into looking pretty.

  • BitterOldQueen

    Oh dear. I normally loves me some Lena, but this is just tragic: The hair looks like it died several days ago, the makeup (really, boys, you like it?) makes her face look flat, lifeless, and washed out. The dress is an unmitigated disaster that does nothing to accentuate and complement her curves: it just hangs there making her look fat and sloppy. I agree the material is pretty horrible, too. The shoes are interesting as sculpture, but look ridiculous (and too large) on her feet. Not worth the pain.

  • Kristy Evans

    OUT. That color does nothing for her, and I do not think that dress is flattering at all. I Also do not understand why she always puts her eyeshadow all the way up to her eyebrows. It can just stay on your lids! Really!

  • carnush

    SO NOT her dress. Her head looks pretty though. OUT.

  • Snailstsichr

    OUT. I pretty much agree with every other commenter who gave her an out.

  • Out. The charm bracelet belt doesn’t work for her; might have liked it if she’d rocked the military boots, too.

  • MilaXX

    OUT! Not her dress and judging from the gap between her heel & the shoe Not her shoe either. Hair and makeup look great, but she or her stylist have not figured out how to dress her shape.

  • Out. A bit of tinsel from the Christmas tree is not a belt.

  • stellamaris73

    Every bit of this is awful– hair, makeup, drab sack of a dress, shoes that don’t go; even the bright red backdrop (not her fault) washes her out horribly.

    Lena would look great in bold jewel tones and cool to neutral makeup colors. As a fellow non-twig, clothes with more structure would suit her infinitely better.

  • In_Stitches

    That neckline really works wonders for her. She has a small enough bust and she’s young enough to go bra-less. My main quibble is the fit in the waist; it shouldn’t bunch and bag like that. Needs to be taken in a bit.

  • itsnotoveryet11

    OUT, the shape is killing me, it just looks awkward. The belt doesn’t seem to work here either. Hair and makeup are pretty for her at least. God I want to style her just for one day

  • Sara__B

    OUT. Her hair and face look great, but the rest does not. (I suspect she did that intentionally.)

  • INnish. I sorta like the dress and the shoes are killer. And I like her hair too.

  • GorgeousThings


    Neck up she looks good. Good, not great.
    Neck down is a tragedy.

  • Jitka Pavlíková

    Why are you even asking whether this is in or out? She never ceases to surprise me with her red carpet wear – sadly, not in a good sense.

  • Out. She totally cares, she’s just bad at it. I will say this for the ladies and gents in my generation: I’m so tired of all y’all pretending like ya don’t care about ANYTHING. You care! A lot! Stop being using “lazy” as an excuse for ignorance (in your style… and yea, everything else).

  • Jangle57

    That dress is soooooooooooooooo not her dress; how could anyone put that dress on, look at the mirror, see that reflection and think: hey this is smoking on me! Is she severely far-sighted and didn’t have her glasses on? And I think the shoes are hideous with the dress (actually I think the shoes are just plain hideous period except when worn with pants). OUT OUT OUT

  • Le_Sigh

    OUT. face is lovely, shoes are fierce, but dear god that dress is all kinds of wrong for her – especially that color. yipes.

  • JosephLamour

    “This could have been a lot worse.” ::SCROLL DOWN:: Me: How?!?

  • Definitely OUT. Ugh. This dress is the wrong shape for her. The wrong color. The wrong accessorizing (to make this dress work relative to the concept of the collection of YSL which makes this dress not so great considering it really cannot stand on its own without looking like a 5 minute 5 yard metallic tulle purchase from Joanns). Hair and makeup In. Don’t care for the shoes and still hate the tat.

  • Girl, That Is Not Your Dress. Frankly, I’m not sure whose it is, but I’m sure it’s not yours. Out.

  • therealkuri

    She’s joined the parade of stars with too big shoes! I’m sad for her now.

    • I noticed that, too. Ill-fitting shoes are one of my pet peeves.

    • OrigamiRose

      I have been wondering about this, to the point where I thought I was wearing heels wrong if they didn’t have a big gap in the back. Too big shoes are uncomfortable to walk in, so I am at a loss for the point of why so many stars wear them.

  • PeggyOC

    Out. Hair is good, makeup is good. Shoes are killah. But that shape is (as always with her) doing nothing for her. It’s emphasizing her middle, making her chest look saggy and her hips look ginormous. It’s a bad call for her.

  • Out. So far out. That shape is terrible on her.

  • The dress looks cheap (inexpensive). I love Lena, and I think she will gradually get more stylish. Her posture looks better in these photos. Lena needs a stylist, or does she have one now?

  • OUT. I do like the top of her hairdo, though.

  • OUT. It’s like Tinkerbell gone wrong. It’s just not at all flattering. Though I do like the makeup and hair.

  • stubbornthoughts

    I love the last picture, and then I realized I can’t see the hem in that one. It’s a big ‘ol “MEH” and “Uhhh oh no, well maybe” from me.

    Since she’s getting a ton of Outs, I’ll be the strange one to tip the scale to IN.

  • Sorry, OUT. That dress is awful.

  • Halter tops are made for people with shoulders, and dresses that flare out at the waist are made for people who don’t have hips. A pear-shaped person should take one look at this dress, even on the hanger, and know to steer clear. Also, NO to matching your eye shadow to your dress.

  • She looks like a deranged ballerina. Is it a reverese mullet or just hitching up in the back? Keep the shoes, burn all the rest.

  • marilyn

    Out. You are right. The dress is flimsy. It does nothing for her figure. The color is bad for her. The shoes do not work either. Why not throw a tattoo into the mess?

  • Kenisha Hill Phillips


  • anotherintro

    While I detest her, her show, and her popularity I am giving this a hesitant IN. It shows effort and improvement, which should be lauded lest she leaves the house in clothing meant to be ironic.

  • OUT. “Could have been worse” doesn’t mean “good.”

  • TSkot

    Train wreck: OUT

  • clevRcat

    “bone-crunching, kickass” and ill-fitting heels.

  • shelley514

    IN. I think Lena looks fantastic. I seem to be in the minority here though.

  • Would be a better look if the “V” was all way to waist as on runway… It’s too safe otherwise! Is she ever gonna get that faded tattoo finished or have it removed?

  • Judy_S

    IN. She looks pretty even if the dress does look like something over which Tim should express concern.

  • ventureforth

    That belt should be featured on Regretsy.

  • surfergirl70

    Those shoes are pretty fucking fierce, but they are wrong with the dress, and the dress itself it awful – terrible color and flimsy looking. OUT

  • OUT. That dress is a disaster – I really can’t believe it was sent down a runway – but it’s all wrong for her and she can’t pull it off.

  • another_laura

    Sorry, no. Out. That dress is awful under optimal circumstances. The color is bad on her. But you’re right, nice head and nice legs/feet. Too bad the 4 or so feet in between is taken up by that dress.

  • P-dog

    OUT and awful!

  • Imasewsure

    This is one of her worst and she has had a string of them… OUT so OUT all of it OUT this girl does not own a mirror

  • fashionzombie

    OUT. Terrible. Eye searing. So bad that it seems in-your-face deliberate, as many others here have commented, but the overall impact is less defiant and more like someone in early adolescence that is still trying to figure out what flatters her.

  • If she’d styled it like the runway, I might have loved it on her. It would just to be more *her.* As it stands, the color is washing her out and somehow the whole thing feels lacking.

    I was shocked to see this dress was Saint Laurent. It looks really cheap (at least in the images) like something you could pick up at Target or TJ Maxx.

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    OUT — with the fishnets and the boots and the plaid shirt, this is grunge (and I feel ancient — how can I be old enough that grunge is coming BACK). Without them, this is just a really shitty dress.

  • maretha2

    I vote “IN” her make-up, shoes, and even her hair. Her head and feet look great.

    Unfortunately, that gold flimsy wine gift-bag she chose to wore is ugly and doesn’t do anything for her. I don’t like it on the model, either, so this is not a case of body-judging. Her body’s fine. What she chose to drape over it is not. (p.s. I do like halter necklines on her. Much better than when she does strapless.)
    Overall: OUT.

  • Emily Roach

    Out! oh oh out.

  • maggiemaybe

    That dress is baaaad — the shape is terrible on her, but the shoes are outta sight and the makeup and hair are gorgeous.

  • IN.

  • Hmm. I’m not a fan of the fabric of the dress, although I like the idea of the shape. LOVE the shoes.

    I think my main issue is every time I see her I feel like I’m looking at someone who purposely gets it just *that* bit wrong. I’m not trying to body shame her at all, but by now she should know what suits her and can still break the rules to stay true to her own sense of style. One of my favourite people is Tess Munster – a plus size model who constantly wears clothes deemed unsuitable for larger ladies and she rocks the bejeesus out of it. With Lena, I feel like she wants to make a social commentary based on what people say about her fashion choices, and she’s not plus sized or an abnormal shape. It’s almost offensive and exploitative.

    Then again, I could be over thinking it. It’s been known to happen!

  • Trisha26

    “This is horrible!” – said in a shrieking voice. I agree it’s flimsy – it looks like the tissue-y stuff you arrange artfully in a gift bag, belted with a bedazzled hair band. Hate the shoes too.

  • Not her dress. All that volume in front of the skirt makes her look in a family way. She’d look better in a more flow-y style.

  • Qitkat

    Ohh, groan, so very OUT. This could not possibly be less flattering. It’s bad on the model too, just a glittering tissue pulled out of the Christmas wrapping paper closet. It can only take on the shape of the person it is supposed to enclose, because it’s so far from looking as if it came from a prestigious design atelier. That pretend belt is nothing more or less than miscellaneous twisted fringe and shiny ribbon mangled together.

  • That color makes her look sickly and the belt/floofy skirt combo are doing her figure no favors. OUT… even if the heels are completely kick-ass.

  • This is so unflattering on her. It looks cheap and makes her look heavy. It’s an OUT for me.

  • MK03


  • alyce1213

    Oh no, it could not be any worse. Is that even a dress or just a couple of yards of sparkly wrapping around her neck?
    There are just too many things wrong with this to even know where to start.
    Make her go away.

  • unbornfawn

    We may have determined that she cares about fashion, but she has no fashion sense. She has an edgy personality and would do better staying away from the pretty pretty princess stuff, she might do better putting together separates. The color is dreadful on her. Back to the closet young lady. OUT.

  • SewingSiren

    Living Barbie had a swimsuit cover up made out of that exact gold metallic mesh. It always fascinated me.

    • alyce1213

      You nailed it: Barbie fabric.

  • Julie Fountain

    OUT so so very OUT. Even on the model, that dress looks like a cheap Project Runway challenge loser, and even if it didn’t, that’s a terrible shape for Lena.

  • marilyn

    She looks vaguely like Carney Wilson. (not a vote, just a comment)

  • StellaZafella

    Joan Rivers says: “Who?”

  • I’m not sure how this could possibly have been any worse – it makes her look 3x the size she really is 🙁

    I have a sad about this, because I love the material. The belt is a bit wickety wack though.

  • trisker

    I admire and like her, but this dress is OUT.

  • Contralto

    OUT. Trashy and unflattering.

  • prettybigkitty

    Oh no! This gives me the sads. The color and shape do her no favors at all. She’s really not that big of a girl. She needs someone to do a What not to Wear with her. This color and shape should be near the top. OUT.

  • M. H. Leader

    OUT!!! Seriously, HOW can you say that shape works for her??? It makes her look TERRIBLE. That shape is NOT designed for a lady who carries extra weight around her hips. Speaking from experience of my mom, who had a HUGE back shelf on her butt, 90% of that “asymmetrical” hem derives from the rear hem being caught on her butt making it look too short.

    I agree about the color doing her no favors, but I promise you, this dress is NOT her dress. OUT OUT OUT.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    OUT that color does her no favors at all. If this were in a deep russet or a deep green, yes. I also think the proportions are off – there’s something that makes her look lumpy and while we all know she’s not a tiny person, the way the dress is cut makes her look dumpier than she is. Her skin is gorgeous. Creamy. Can’t we play that up?

  • rtuko

    Out. Always out. Even if she didn’t have terrible posture which makes pretty much everything universally unflattering on her, she simply doesn’t know how to dress herself.

  • marigi

    Out, but she looks way healthier than the model.

  • Tamara Hogan

    “And we shall call this color METALLIC URINE.”

    • MK03

      I was thinking “Stripper Vomit.”

  • VioletFem

    OUT. The color is wrong for her really pale skin tone and the asymmetrical hem is throwing off her proportions. It could be worse, but she can certainly do better.

  • l_c_ann


    Although a few more designs like this one, and YSL will become ysl.

  • Kate4queen

    Just No.

  • kaycem

    i would like to perma-OUT lena dunham on the grounds of… her existence. but since that’s an awful lot of paperwork to file, i’ll just say OUT on every post featuring her, like a good BK.

  • AndreaSkates

    IN-ish. Her makeup is beautiful, and the dress looks much better on her curvy self than it does on the skeletal runway model–who looks like a Barbie dressed in something a child made herself by cutting a hole in a scrap of “beautiful” gold fabric and tying it onto the doll.

  • Coco Cornejo

    IN! At least it fits her and that’s a good start.

  • snarkykitten

    she’s on my irrational hate list, so I can’t be bothered to grade her on a curve. OUT

  • SophieCollier

    That is a horrible looking dress. It looks horrible on the model, and horrible on Lena.

  • OUT. It’s hideous. But her hair and makeup are an improvement.

  • OrigamiRose

    IN. We must encourage her, even if this isn’t a perfect look.

  • MaryAtRealityTea

    I’m really not sure HOW it could get worse. Are we sinking to those levels to excuse her now? So yeah OUT. Grow up Lena; just accept that your mommy’s connections got you famous, roll with it, and hire a freaking stylist. Sorry she just irks me to no end!

  • LaSylphide

    “We’re gonna say… this could have been a lot worse.”
    No, it couldn’t. Out.

  • Tracy_Flick

    OUT. This is a burlap sack and glitter project from Pinterest. Unflattering and unsuccessful.

    I think her hair and makeup look good, and I would assault her for those amazing shoes.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    I like her hair, the shoes rock and her makeup is exquisite. But girl, that is not your dress color! Out.

  • I hate the sternum trend but it works remarkably well for her. I just can’t with the wonky placement of the belt, though.

  • KayEmWhy

    I just can’t anymore with her! Out! Then leave her alone ForEVAh! She’ll never change.

  • MGMcD

    The runway styling seems more in line with her goal of maintaining indie cred, she should have copied it – I wonder why she went the princess route but didn’t bother to have it fitted properly.

  • sado

    Lard + Sweat= her

  • sado

    Major eye roll.By the way this is supposed to be DESIGN , by the once great house of YVES SAINT LAURENT……oh the tragedy

  • Out. Not proportioned well for her body and a bad color/fabric.

  • jetpackdino

    OUT. Wish Lena would have worn the runway model’s shoes… and fishnets… but realistically even those wouldn’t have saved this look. She looks really beautiful in the close-ups though.

  • ewes_urn_aim

    Lou Costello.

  • Dagney

    There is so much goddamned WTF-ery going on…..I just can’t…..

    Beyond the fact I am utterly confused about her popularity. Just watched Tiny Furniture two weeks ago. Also known as, “oh I’m so rich and entitled and have had everything handed to me and my life is soooooo difficult…” waaaaahhhh

  • Oh, no, honey. Not that color.

  • lilibetp

    Yes, it could have been worse. But it’s still an Out.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Oh, no. Out. I hate the shape on her figure. Killer shoes though.

  • OUT! This is so not the silhouette for her. The shape is unflattering on so many levels. She has no waist, no boobs, just a belly and hips in this dress. And she has a lovely figure! She is definetly not showing it off. The color is just ok…. Oh Lena dear. If you have stylists, FIRE THEM. And by that I mean set them on fire! They are not doing you any favours.

  • demidaemon

    I am torn here. On the one hand, probably one of her better RC choices all around (styling, dress, etc.) On the other hand, she looks three feet wide and I have a hard time believing she is that wide because she has some killer legs. I am going to go with OUT here, because that dress looks like it was made from gold mosquito netting on a $2 budget. But, Lena, don’t despair. You are improving. Don’t give up now!

  • IN, but only because this is much better than usual. i like her hair and make up.

  • Sad ballerina tutu with faux grunge belt and shoes. No. This looks like someone’s idea of edgy, but it comes off as simultaneously pretentious and tone deaf. Which doesn’t surprise me since it’s Lena Dunham – those two words rather sum her up for me. If you’re going for hard edged princess grunge you have to commit. Courtney Love would have pulled it off. A number of other women would have too. She did not and it has nothing to do with her weight/measurements.

  • OUT. She looks pretty but awkward. I think the shoes are a terrible choice, the color is a terrible choice, and the belt is icky.

  • Out. Makeup looks nice and the color is ok, but that dress looks like she’s wearing her younger sister’s fairy costume. And the shoes are 1/2 size too big for her.

  • barbarienne

    OUT. Because, that’s why.

  • ojosazules

    The front mullet is very bad. Incredibly unflattering. Out!

  • Beth513

    Her make up looks nice. OUT

  • Anniebet

    Out the door. Chin to eyebrows she looks nice. The rest is ick-worthy.

  • Sorry, but it’s an OUT. The color is totally wrong for her complexion, and I agree the dress is to insubstantial. If it were a richer color, that might have helped. Also, the black shoes are too intense for such a flimsy dress. I do like her hair and makeup though.

  • PeaceBang

    OUT and I need some kind of cocktail to recover. Jeeeebus, that’s hideous.

  • All I see here is an earnest, parochial indie melodrama. In other words: null pointe.

  • kikisayshi

    OUT. I’m not gonna go there about whether or not she cares about fashion because, let’s face it, she has a difficult body shape to dress well. I don’t know what would work better but this is not doing it. It might be the plunging neckline combined with the foofy skirt. Maybe one or the other for her. She also doesn’t seem to choose the best colors to accentuate her assets. It’s always dumpy browns or washed-out colors like this one.

  • NO. SO unflattering. Really, there’s no reason for that. It makes me think that she does it on purpose; it’s a form of performance art for her. She provokes a reaction. If so, well played, Ms. Dunham.

  • Valdri8

    Please tell me how it could be worse? If it were on FIRE! Wait, that would be an improvement.

  • MandyM

    OUT! Her hair and makeup is fine but that dress looks like a fallen Christmas tree star. It is not at all flattering on her either. OUT OUT OUT

  • Out, it’s not a good shape for her. It makes her look really big.

  • Out, out, out. All of it.

  • elzatelzabelz

    OUT- That looks ridiculous.

  • OUT. I had an instant, “Ohhhhh honey, no” reaction to this. It’s unflattering and the waist hits in a weird place. It would have been better a few inches lower. I like the shoes though.

  • disqus_ZZAw9xrNPj

    This is beyond OUT! Nothing about this says fashion, or attractive!

  • Louise Bryan

    Sorry, no. OUT!

  • ItsDicey

    O-U-T. The face looks pretty, but this ill fitting dress doesn’t make her endearing. Just annoying.

  • Coolekat


  • LOL! Out. Oh, my god. So very, very out. On the bright side, it’s the first time I’ve laughed at something she’s done, so well played, Lena.

  • akprincess72

    GOOD GRAVY, someone PLEASE teach her how to dress! It does not work in theory & the shape is atrocious. Maybe empire waist, a line skirt & a less deep vee? I don’t know what but I know this is NOT working…
    From the neck up & the ankles down, all is good.

  • Breasts up – IN; Below – OUT

  • IN.

  • This could have been worse? How?

  • Carly Warnock

    out. nothing really needs comment.

  • Swiftlytiltingplanet

    Oh dear god in heaven. The baby jesus is crying.

    I am also going to take this opportunity to say: I find Lena Dunham insanely annoying. I have not seen “Girls” – not do I have any desire to, based on all I’ve read (positive and negative) but she is currently at the stop of my STFU list.

    Thanks so much. I feel a lot better.

  • bd73

    the shape works?

  • ankali

    I really can’t assess her for an IN or OUT; the politics of her body and persona totally throw me. I will say, though, that I hate this Saint Laurent collection, but I LOVE those shoes.

  • julnyes

    Hair and make-up are quite nice, but THAT DRESS is a monstrosity – OUT.

  • gracedarling

    OUT. A belt at the waist should never be slung like that. It makes her torso look like a bedazzled tree trunk.

  • Lisa_Co

    The kind of “tough” styling of the model makes the organza dress alot more palatable. Lena’s is not styled that way and I don’t think her makeup looks polished enough. So big OUT.

  • abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxqyz

    i admire her ability to ruin every single designer piece on every single occasion. this simply reflects the plain fact that money can’t buy taste. its purely trash on her.

  • OUT. Not her color, not her shape, and the only reason to wear t-strap shoes is if you are actively participating in professional dancing.

  • Tuneful54

    Evokes John Belushi in a toga in Animal House.
    If she wants to be a rebel, there are much better ways to do it.

  • It’s pretty, but the skirt is way too bulky, especially in the front. It shlumps in the waist, which is LESS than flattering. I would ditch the belt and have some rad necklace instead.

  • m0r0

    Oh my……hideous. Don’t get her at all.

  • OUT. that color is awful on her. and does she have the shortest waist in the world or does she just dress to make it look that way? makeup is pretty, but her hair is so flat. she just looks silly in this getup.

  • musicandmochi

    “While Tim Gunn stood by and expressed his concern.”
    Oh, TLo. What would I do without you?

  • Toto Maya

    Scrolldown atrocity.

  • guest2visits

    Hair and make-up are cute, I like the shoes except they’re not made to stand like that.
    Not crazy about the dress for her; especially the scratchy looking Christmas fabric.

  • Kirsten Kirsten

    OUT. This is one fuggly dress- I can’t imagine it looking flattering on anyone. That neckline, that hemline, and the fabric -gah!

  • librarygrrl64

    Ooooo, honey, no. Out.

  • OUT OUT OUT. That dress can only be worn by models – women with breasts and hips need not apply, because the bumps ruin the line. Excellent shoes and makeup, though. And I actually dig the hair.

  • mhlmh

    the only thing I think is really bad is the color for you skin. IN.