Girl, That’s Not Your Dress: Lea Michele in Alon Livné

Posted on May 23, 2013

She’s covered up, her makeup is toned down, and she’s not vamping like an insane person for the cameras. This is all refreshing to us.

On the other hand…


Lea Michele attends The Beverly Hilton unveiling of the redesigned Aqua Star Pool By Estee Stanley in Beverly Hills, California in a pink gown by Israeli designer Alon Livné accessorized with a Fendi bag and EF Collection jewelry.

… she’s blowing kisses and wearing that.

It seems to us that Lea finally heard all the people bitching at her that the micro-minis combined with the fuck-me heels and the to-the-navel necklines were all getting a little tired and desperate-looking. But she seems to be going too far in the other direction. This is borderline sister-wife. We think the shape is pretty and we don’t object to her being relatively covered-up, but we’d like this a whole hell of a lot more if we weren’t looking at a satin-y dusty pink and – hold us, we’re scared –  gold lace.

It just looks way too much like an old lady’s night gown. We’re all for toning things down a bit, but she must’ve consulted with her granny-chic-loving castmate Dianna on this one. Honey, no. You can still be vivacious and even show off the goods a little if you want. Find a middle ground.

We should use “vivacious” more. What a great word.



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  • aeb1986

    It’s too bad because I think the shape and length of the dress flatters her. But the colors and detailing ruin it

    • veriance

      That color (mauve?) is tough to wear.

      • Glammie

        More like a dusty rose. Mauve is more pinkish-purple. Lea needs more saturated hues. Also, her shoulders are broad, so she needs some sort of neckline that’s not straight across.

      • I’ve been looking for a nail polish in that shade, actually.

  • Oh LEA!!! Now we all love you that you have so clearly been listening to us; props for that. But wearing the dress your granny wore to a wedding in 1972 is not the step forward we were hoping for.

    • gabbilevy

      Or your granny’s haircut.

    • Oh, but you can totally wear those bridesmaid separates again. THat skirt is perfect for the opera, and what a sassy blouse to wear to the bank!

  • Straight from the Golden Girls wardrobe rack. Who thought this was a good idea?

    • 3boysful

      I was thinking the same. Also, the mauve color (which I irrationally hate anyway) doesn’t contrast enough with her skin.
      ETA: I guess it’s more blush color than mauve. Still don’t like it.

    • MikeW_Vegas

      It looked better when Blanche wore it.

      • Yeah, Blanche would know better than to wear it to a pool launch party.

      • demidaemon

        It pretty much is her nightgown from the opening of Golden Girls, isn’t it?

  • decormaven

    This child has a disconnect. It’s an event for a hotel pool opening, and she’s covered to the neck.

    • marlie

      There’s a party with a step-and-repeat for a POOL opening. WTF.

      • Wow, I missed that. A pool opening. There’s a party for a pool opening???!

        • SewingSiren

          I my neck of the woods it;s more like a stamped when the pool opens.

      • RebeccaKW

        I was thinking as I read this, ‘how difficult must the life of a celebrity be? Your friends ask you to dinner, but you have to decline because you have to get ready for the hotel pool launch, and then tomorrow is the party to launch summer. And you can’t miss the brunch to celebrate the first Sunday in June or the cocktail party to celebrate a new lipstick color from MAC.’ Seriously, some of these events are ridiculous.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    Junior high prom, circa 1975, i have pictures!

  • Janet B

    Will she ever try that middle ground?

    eta: Disqus stop messing with me.

    • Yeah disqus is having a trying morning. (sighing)

  • marlie

    Meh. I still don’t like the makeup. I’m never going to like lips that are the exact same shade as the face. And this dress… I can’t say anything about it except “NOOOO.”

    • Mary229

      Yeah I don’t like it either. Her skin looks overly tan to me here and I don’t think it’s flattering.

  • sagecreek

    Fit is nice, but boy, is that a shiny, shiny dress. And not in the cool Firefly way.

  • mhleta

    What should one wear to the unveiling of a pool? What a weird skill set required of these people.

    • twocee

      A bathing suit?? 🙂

      Oh, who am I kidding. That would imply that they might actually allow pool water to touch their hair and makeup.

    • marlie

      This would be the perfect time to break out the casual sundress or separates, or something like that. Not an evening/night gown.

    • Cautia

      Resort wear, for instance

  • Bless her, she’ll do anything to avoid the dreaded Of Course. Calm down Lea, you don’t have to fashion old satin sheets into an all covering schmatta for us to love you. You do, however, have to stop blowing kisses to the camera.

  • scrappy1

    Does she EVER wear her hair up? It would suit her, I think.

  • formerlyAnon

    There’s nothing wrong with this that a complete change of fabric couldn’t improve 1000%. I also don’t like her makeup, it reads almost as old as her dress, but that’s probably because I associate the nude lip with those who held onto it after it went out of style the first time I remember it, from my youth.

  • Dan_In_NYC

    I’ll be succinct: For the positives, she’s a beautiful woman and I’m liking the general direction of the make-up. However, not feeling the booms, her hair looks like extensions, she could lay off the bronzer, and that dress is not her color.

    It’s sad when someone as genuinely talented as her still often reads “trying too hard.”

  • Ashes of Roses. *shudder* God, this dress is hideous. Hid. E. Ous. And it’s puckering in the back and poking out a little, unless my eyes have totally lost it (entirely possible after Goop and this mess).

    If you need me, I’ll be over in the corner, rocking back and forth and moaning pitifully.

  • MoHub

    Pendulum swing.

  • Eric Stott

    I sort of like the skirt on her, but there’s way too much going on in the top. Another thing – if you’re wearing a dress with that much detail up top you shouldn’t cover it with your hair.

  • julnyes

    Everything is too brown on the face and too peach on the body.


  • Judy_S

    That gown lacks vivacity.

  • I actually love the dress but would love it more with the hair up.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I like this dress. Maybe it’s not the right color for her.
    ETA: I don’t like her makeup, I wish her hair was on an updo and there’s too much bronzer on her face.

  • mjude

    ick on the color

  • Hope someone tossed her in the pool? Would look better wet.

    • Janet B

      First honest laugh of the day, thanks.

  • SewingSiren

    Now, now. I feel as though we should be encouraging rather than discouraging. It’s cute in a way.

    • demidaemon

      Could you be more specific?

  • jilly_d

    God, that hair is awful. Also honey, tone it down with the tan. It makes you look like….a Real Housewife. Or an aging leather bag.

  • nannypoo

    Whenever I see her blowing a kiss I give her the finger. I hope she can see me. I actually like the top, but not on her.

  • jw_ny

    One extreme to the other. ugh…she’s hopeless. Blowing kisses…I want to puke.

  • Diego!

    OMG… this is a disaster!

  • lrober03

    Girl that’s not your hair.

  • l_c_ann

    Guys, There is something wonderful here. Look at the back. What don’t we see? A visible zipper.

    The skirt is cut to use the bias to flatter and has a frickin’ invisible zipper in it. Now the invisible zipper wasn’t perfectly inserted, but nonetheless, it isn’t visible.

    And that is a start.

    • demidaemon

      Small favors.

  • MilaXX

    The only thing truly not working is the length. I don’t think this is a pretty dress, but if this was cut to just above the knee, I’d give everything but the air kiss a pass. Seriously Lea, don’t do that.

  • thecitysleeps

    I’m not gonna complain! She looks pretty and fresh and I like the dusty pink. The white weird Vs like kinda less.

  • alyce1213

    I can’t hate this. It’s got problems, but there’s something ‘nice to look at’ about it that I can’t explain, some good elements.
    Hair, tan, blow kiss gotta go — next!

  • RebeccaKW

    I might like the top as a shirt…worn with some cute jeans or leather pants. Something with some edge. But that skirt is ridiculous and the whole thing together is unflattering.

  • stubbornthoughts

    Unflattering, old, and ugly. If you blur your eyes, her skin and the dress just sort of…blob together.

  • jetpackdino

    I like the way it looks in profile.

    From the front though, it needs help. Let’s lose the top, keep the skirt but make some armholes and sew a bit here and there…

    Voila! A sleek pink sheath dress.

  • j_anson

    I think I like the top in the close up. If it didn’t have lace and the overall vibe of the dress was more “sportswear” and less “nightgown? But yeah, as is… no. And the blowing kisses crap, come on.

  • SylviaFowler

    1984 bridesmaid

  • Louise Bryan

    Drab dress and booms. *sigh* with *head shake*

  • jenno1013

    The top of that dress, sans sleeves, screams “gymnastics competition leotard” to me. Gigantic white chevrons pretty much always scream “gymnastics” to me.

  • tvmovielover

    It is really ugly and old looking-there is no way to save it!

  • Crystal

    Vivacious really is a great word. And that dress should be another color. Almost ANY other color in the universe would do.

  • Tracy_Flick

    She must have taken you up on your horse-trailer-for-starlets idea. I didn’t think it was possible to wear 14 yards of heavy satin, wrinkle-free.

  • I have to just admit that I sort of like sister wife. The more women look like Piper Laurie in Carrie, the happier I am. Also, her hair is nice for once.


    That is so ugly. How could anyone not know how ugly that is?

  • ballerinawithagun

    Disqus wouldn’t let me on earlier…Bodice is a quilt top made of old ladies nightgowns from the thrift shop. Very well made though.

  • This dress is aggressively ugly.

  • LaSylphide

    Looks like a Home Ec sewing project. That got a ‘D’.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    It just looks like she tried to bronze herself till she blended in with the dress. And I hate it when JLo does that, and I hate it here, too.

  • amber.

    that hair is so fucking tragic. i see it on her all the time and it just makes me want her in a pixie cut to try something different. or a bob or something. come on now wendla.

  • Donna Tabor

    That dress looks like a 4-H project.

    Seriously. I’ve judged a LOT of 4-H competitions. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen that exact dress.

  • PrunellaV

    I can’t get past the hair to look at the dress. Clip-on bangs and obvious extensions. WTF!

  • Anniebet

    Wait… the event is an unveiling of a swimming pool? Good grief? Hollywood PR peeps would probably have a photo op for Ke$ha clipping her toenails if she did it in a good venue and the clipper company was willing to pay her.

    Anyway, to her – nightgown in the back, sports garb on the top, phony woman inside.

  • PLH

    Any excuse for the attention whores to gather and preen for the cameras….

  • Damn, girl is never giving up that self tanner, is she?

  • conniemd

    Nice lounging pajamas.

  • demidaemon

    Screw the dress. I can’t get over the description of the event. Holy crap. And what inspired her to wear what amounts to an embellished nightgown to what is essentially a pool party?

    • VictoriaDiNardo

      I will be rolling out and uncovering my re-briquetted Gas-Grill designed by Weber at a Barbecue Event in the Middle of Nowhere, New York this weekend. Maybe she’ll come and wear the matching house coat!

  • PeaceBang

    Awful! The nails alone… the make-up is toned down and still looks troweled on. The dress is indescribably bad.

  • quiltrx

    70s elementary-school graduation dress.

  • Wait, her skin tone matches the color of the dress. No.

  • I think she looks cute 🙂 Refreshing compared to her usual looks. This is like Dancing With the Stars, isn’t it? Where you rate people based on how far they’ve come not compared to everyone else.

  • Blowing kisses and winking annoy the hell out of me.

    This outfit looks cheap. The fabric either needs ironing, or it stretched or both.

    The fit looks cute from the side, the way her butt slopes, but from the front, there is no shape at all, and the skirt is too long. The skirt isn’t cut well at all. I don’t think the fabric and design work together.

  • Lisa Utter

    My mother described me as vivacious when I was 13 or 14. The word always makes me smile.

  • TooTrue2b

    Ugly dress.

  • Jake

    Give the dress a slut cut (or at least a shorter length cut) and it wouldn’t be AS awful.