Naya Rivera in Michael Kors at the Giffoni Film Festival

Posted on July 25, 2013

We couldn’t figure out what was bothering us about this dress.


Naya Rivera attends the 2013 Giffoni Film Festival photocall in Giffoni Valle Piana, Italy in a Michael kors dress paired with Monika Chiang stilettos.

Michael Kors Pre-Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Cora Emmanuel

Monika Chiang Zinc D’Orsay Stiletto

Until we realized that nothing is bothering us about this dress. It’s a fabulous dress and she’s rocking the shit out of it. The silver ankle straps are giving us life, as is her perfect ponytail, which makes us absurdly happy to see because we constantly tell the ladystars about the wonders of the ponytail. We’re also absurdly happy to see her in pretty much the perfect pair of earrings for this look. Again; jewelry’s something the ladystars need to be told about, apparently. It’s a fabulous look from head to toe, serving up DAT ASS on a platter, and we applaud whoever helped put it together.

But you know what? It’s the lip color that’s bothering us. It’s what made us originally think the dress wasn’t quite her color. But the dress is fine. In these pics, her lips look too pale and undefined; like they’re floating about an inch off her face. It’s a pretty minor complaint, when the rest of the look is so great, but it really threw us and it took some staring to figure out what was bothering us here.

Cue the tiny percentage of T Lo readers who are straight men, now burning with jealousy because our job consists of staring at Naya Rivera’s ass, among other things.



[Photo Credit: Stefania D’Alessandro/Getty Images,,]

    • Tatiana Luján

      The dress is great, in a Legally Blode sort of way.

      • gabbilevy

        I was going to say, this is straight out of Barbie’s Dreamhouse wardrobe, complete with metallic shoes, ponytail and weird lip shade.

    • Victor Beiramar Diniz

      wait! are there straight men here? really? 😉

      • Elizabeth Phillips

        Not just HERE. Are there straight men ANYWHERE? The single ones, I mean.

        • Sobaika

          If you find them, help a girl out.

        • formerlyAnon

          NO. NEVER implore the universe to send you single, straight men without putting severe, if basic, restrictions on the request. NEVER.

          Because there are many, many, MANY single straight men. Who are single for very, very, VERY good reasons. Stories. I could tell you stories . . . (and I bet you have your own, now don’t you? You were just doing some unconscious editing . . .)

          • RebeccaKW

            Yes. I need a straight man who bathes and has all his teeth and has a job and doesn’t live in his childhood room.

            • Miss_Malapert

              And is also kind to animals and small children and doesn’t want dance around in a skin suit.

            • drdarke

              If you don’t mind that he’s bisexual, Far Right Wing and has the attitude of a caveman towards women, @miss_malapert:disqus – my kid brother qualifies….

              Well – he is currently living the spare room of my office, too.

        • drdarke

          ::raises hand:: But I’m married and have been for over 25 years, so that may disqualify me for @facebook-1180174329:disqus….

      • Nikko Viquiera

        lol! I’d like to find out too. If you’re a straight man, please raise your hand!

      • JulieK

        Once in awhile I send my husband a link to a specific post – mostly Walking Dead or Mad Men posts. But I’m not sure that qualifies him as a Bitter Kitten. He’s Bitter Kitten Adjacent, at best.

      • Susan

        My boyfriend (a straight man) loves to read this site with me! He favors the Walking Dead/Mad Men recaps but he enjoys dressing well and has actually learned a lot about proper hem length and fit from our stand-in gay uncles T and Lo :)

      • formerlyAnon

        Yes, I know some.
        [edited to avoid unintended misinterpretation]

      • olsonam

        I’ve seen my husband look closely at all the pictures of (I think) a Thom Browne collection that had a military theme. But AS FAR AS I know he doesn’t participate in the comments.

    • ConnieBV

      I must be hallucinating a retainer.

      • Qitkat

        There is something strange about her teeth; she doesn’t look like this in other photoshoots. I’m puzzled.
        But the dress is gorgeous on her.

      • IMNAngryLiberal

        That is exactly what I thought — it is her teeth rather than her lipstick that bothers me in these pictures. Wonder if girlfriend had them too aggressively whitened or if she had on those clear braces.

      • iwittmann

        I thought she was using braces! Her teeth are so strange in these photos!

      • nancymae

        First thought bubble that popped over my head: “Invisilign???”

    • annabelle archer

      The lipstick is porny. Don’t care. She is my number one girl crush right now.

    • Liz

      I am not a straight man, but I am burning with jealousy. I’m going back to staring at Naya’s ass now. xo kisses (AGREE on the lip color)

    • Karen Belgrad

      Barbie lipstick doesn’t really work with her skin tone. Or mine. Or most people over the age of 16.

    • Jessica Freeman

      Its the lack of any accessories for me. She could have done some really great things with that dress, but jsut the shoes and a pair of stud earrings were not enough. The lipstick is horrible, though.

    • flamingoNW

      LOVE, from head to toe. Agree about the lipstick, though.

    • Aurumgirl

      Oooh, yes. A red lip would have completely made this look.

    • teensmom99

      Love it with the jacket, too.

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      Yay!! I kept thinking “if there is something wrong I don’t see it!” – Whew!! I love this look – agree on the lip, but wow – she’s rocking this look!!

    • Diego!

      Had she been wearing a bracelet in one of her wrists, this would have been a WERQ! But as you said guys, she is rocking the shi*t out of it. She looks stunning!

    • twocee

      Can we get an amen for heels that are not platforms? It makes me so happy to not see horse hooves.

      Also, these particular heels are gorgeous.

    • Tanya Wade

      She clearly has her masters dergree in ponytailolgy. And I love the shoes and earrings. Smashing.

    • conniemd

      What blows me away is how very sexy the dress is without the jacket. The model looks like she jumped right out of the 1950’s with the jacket. It also looks much heavier and tweedy with the jacket. It’s like two different outfits.

    • Latin Buddy

      Can I be completely honest? I know this is unfair and I’m not privy to the private lives of celebrities…but I felt uncomfortable seeing her in such a fun color, smiling…after her co-star died. Again, it’s unfair to expect her to be mourning or that she isn’t coping in some other way but just felt weird

      • sweetestsith

        Everyone is different, she may be very private in her mourning. After my dad died I didn’t want to talk to ANYONE about it, except a very select few. I put on a public face, and didn’t let people into my personal business. Obviously a different situation, but just a thought.

    • thecitysleeps

      This outfit is perfect except nothing about it says Giffoni. Way too severe.

    • Danielle L

      I’m pretty sure it’s just the angle, but her teeth in picture 2 are giving me Enobaria vibes.

    • Haley Buchanan

      I loved this look, and had no idea what T Lo was going to point out about what was bothering them. However, now that I have read their thoughts on her lip color, I cannot unsee it! Damn you, Gay Uncles!

    • MilaXX

      It’s very odd, because that first shot does make the lip color look too pale & chalky, but in the profile shot a few pictures down the lips look fine. i’m not sure if she got new PR people or what but Naya is suddenly everywhere and girlfriend manages to nail her looks 95% of the time.

    • jmorino08

      Yeah… that lip color set me off right from the start. It just does really weird things to her mouth.

      • largishbearishAtlish

        Agree….I kept looking at the picture thinking her teeth were too bright or something…and your eye keeps coming back to her face/mouth.. very good call T’lo.

        -I also kept thinking the shoes were blue, but its the silver picking up the colors around them..interesting.

    • TLJezebel

      Is it tweed? In July?

    • Meg0GayGuys6

      Her lip color is wrong, and I’m going to have to disagree about the pony. I think many times it can be great, but I don’t like when it looks shellacked to your head like that. Other than that, fantastic!

    • marlie

      I loathe the lipstick. LOATHE. And I love the entire rest of the look on her, though the dress is tweed, no? Tweed in July?

    • Shawn EH

      She looks great. I hope she has the jacket, too, if it gets windy!

    • Richard Banger

      I dunno… It looks like a fitted bath towel. It needs a belt, no?

      • random_poster

        Yes, a belt would make it.

      • largishbearishAtlish

        I would be really curious to feel that material…is is ‘nice’ or ‘bath mat’, very hard to tell…(and I agree)

    • Janet B

      Love the look on her.

    • Sara Brams-Miller

      Barbie lips do NOT look good on her. The rest of her looks amazing.

    • joancarol

      Her ass is her jewelry.

      • JauntyJohn

        This. Brill.

    • jen

      This bitch. She looks fab.

    • histrogeek

      OK that’s weird because the f-ed up lip color was the first thing I noticed. Pale pink only works for the Fannings, Gwennie, or the other SPF 2K crowd. On someone like Naya, it might as well be clown makeup.

    • Nicholas

      There is something very Jessica Paré about that look.

    • Lanx

      Something is so strange about her mouth area besides the awful lipstick shade. In general, she needs to stop messing with her face. 26 is too young for that imo. Her body is slamming tho.

    • Heather Chandler

      What’s bothering me about this dress is that no one should be wearing a tweed dress on a sunny July afternoon, though it is “pre-fall season.” Also, it’s Michael Kors so this dress is almost definitely lined in silk. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt, and say it’s a breathable polyblend fabric, but still. Point being, a spring/summer color does not diminish the fact that tweed just looks incongruous in July.

      • Gaby

        Silk breathes better than polyester.

    • filmcricket

      Her entire head looks plastic. Dat ass is indeed spectacular, though.

    • Gaby

      Her makeup looks drag-queen heavy and it’s really bothering me. A little less foundation, and maybe a touch of bronzer on the apples of the cheeks instead to highlight how glowy her tan looks on her shoulders. And get rid of that horrible lipstick, and maybe go for a sheer plum stain/gloss instead. That’s how I’d have done it. But I sympathize with having shoulders tanner than your face – I assume, like myself, she’s a latina woman who tans easily but keeps her face from burning because wrinkles, but it means when your body is tanner, you need a little bronzer to help your face match or your makeup goes flat and mask-like.

    • colleenjanel

      That ‘Wet n Wild’ lipstick is tragic. A deep berry sheer gloss would have been lovely.

      • Gaby

        Haha jinx! Plum stain/gloss, deep berry gloss – more or less the same idea. GMTA.

    • clairellis

      Love love love. She is gorgeous and the dress is really beautiful. The lip color is a no but the rest is perfection!

    • LaSylphide

      Love the dress, but also live the 50s-style jacket on the model.

    • formerlyAnon

      Oh. My. God. I think I just passed an exam of some sort. I looked at the photos and said to myself “It’s the lip color that’s bothering me about that dress.” And my answer matched TLo’s!

      (This is particularly exciting because I know less about makeup than clothing and I’m not great with color.)

    •!/marcadler Marc

      Straight male reader here. Not particularly jealous, since I can stare at stars’ asses all day long if I want to, too. :)

    • kimmeister

      She looks fantastic except for the aforementioned lip color and also the pointy fingernails. Her boob tape is doing its job!

    • Barbara Thomas

      I don’t have any opposition to tattoos in general, but the little ones on ankles and wrists and hands and feet and whatnot just look silly to me. Like a child drawing on herself with marker.

    • Lesley

      i’m drooling on my keyboard, girl crushing hard. she looks like yummy cotton candy on a stick….however, bad choice of lip color it throws off everything, and everything else is perfect.

    • NoveltyRocker

      Keep wanting to trim half a foot off the bottom. It’s such a sturdy looking fabric in a shouty color, really feels too heavy to me with the length.

    • d4divine

      She looks great!

    • julnyes

      I love everything about this look except that pink lipstick and her foundation seems to be a shade or two too light.

    • mmebam

      I muttered, “It’s the lip color.” when you said you couldn’t figure out what was bothering you.

      See? I’m learning!

    •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      She is ridiculously beautiful and holy shit is that the wrong lipstick.

    • Gully

      (Raises hand?) Straight guy here … graphic designer by profession, love the site since the first season of PR (Project Rungay!). Must admit, I show up for the beautiful women and stay for the fashion tips. BTW, Naya is looking amazing.

    • SewingSiren

      Love the dress on her. And I love tweed for strapless sheath. But it’s all shades of wrong for July.

    • Anniebet

      Wow, she’s really pulling this off with a bang! Usually this length is pretty hiddy on just about any ladystar. I’m just gonna pretend I didn’t see the lips, so it remains a big fat WERQ for me.

    • Lily-Rygh

      Maybe I’m still in a Mad Men fog, but I greatly prefer this look as the model is wearing it, with the jacket. Now THAT made me swoon.

    • Targettaste

      I’m in love with this because IT FITS! No baby heads precariously popping out of the dress, no horizontal ruching of a too-tight fit. Just snug enough to show off and flatter her figure. Heidi, take notes.

    • Trisha26

      I know what’s bothering me – TLo used the phrase “DAT ASS.” Yikes!

    • Sunraya

      I don’t know who she is but she has a beautiful body! Lucky lady!

    • sekushinonyanko

      I’m a huge fan of this look. I need that dress in my life!

    • Dagney


    • embers618

      That hands in the air pose she’s doing about halfway through? Every lady star needs to do that pose in front of a mirror before leaving the house in a strapless dress. If you can’t do it without a mishap, your bodice isn’t fitted properly. Love that she can stand up straight and move around in this without me feeling like I need to give her a good hoick in every picture.

    • MartyBellerMask

      BINGO. A couple lipstick shades away from WERQ.

    • Robert Abesamis

      is it just me or her feet look tired? ditch the color of the lipstick and everything else looks good.

    • Caterina Maria

      I will note that the existence of what is apparently fuchsia tweed is a little horrifying, but yeah, otherwise unobjectionable. It’s the lipstick, which is veering into Jem territory.

    • Jai Piper

      wasn’t she pregnant last month?