Girl, That’s Not Your Emmys 2013 Dress: Lena Dunham in Prada

Posted on September 23, 2013

This makes us weep.



“Girls” star Lena Dunham attends the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California in a custom Prada gown paired with Neil Lane jewelry.

Because that fabric is absolutely stunning, and does, in fact, look amazing with Lena’s coloring.

But we are constantly amazed by the ways in which white-hot stardom gets people to agree to things they probably never would have under other circumstances. In other words, the people responsible for this look, like her stylist or the rep from Prada, were obviously struck blind by the fact that Lena’s a big deal right now. Because if this was worn by any woman lower on the fame ladder than Lena, everyone involved would have taken it right off her and found something else for her. This OBVIOUSLY is not her dress. The shape is absolutely horrible. We were going to add, “for her,” at the end of that last sentence, but we think it’s a pretty bad shape for anyone. There’s no shape or structure to the top, which kind of hangs on her; the waist sits way too high, and the skirt is almost ridiculously full.

Its time for her style defenders to give up on the whole “She’s not into fashion/this is all just a joke to her/she’s just trolling the red carpet” argument. You don’t wear a custom-made Prada gown to the Emmys because you hate fashion. You don’t match your eyeshadow to your dress because you don’t care. She’s trying to be stylish and she’s largely failing at it because she doesn’t know how and no one’s willing to say “Lena, that’s really not your dress.”





[Photo Credit: Jennifer Graylock/]

    • prettybigkitty

      This makes me laugh.

    • Alloy Jane

      I laughed out loud. Good times. I mean, from the “coppertone baby” posing to the RIDICULOUS, unflattering eye makeup, and of course, that hilarious toilet paper cover dress, how could I not laugh?

    • Mariah J

      It’s a shame that they ruined a lovely fabric by making a horrible dress out of it :(

    • Miranda Prince

      Lena Dunham is way slimmer than that dress makes her look.

    • kalisa

      Sometimes I think they get so caught up looking at the dress (“It’s so pretty!”) that they miss somehow seeing themselves in it (“I look so pretty!”).

    • Ma. Gabriella Dutari

      I don’t like the shape of the skirt. I also don’t like that she matched her eyeshadow to the dress (like January Jones did). But I really like the fabric and think the bodice is not that bad?

    • Jrae

      the eyeshadow makes her look like she has strabismus….

    • jabes

      I like the dress from the side (although she could have used some support in the bust) and from the back. It’s just the front that bothers me, with those weird pleats or whatever they are. And if she had a lighter hand with the eye shadow, I would have liked that, too.

    • quiltrx

      The bodice is way too much Nothing to deal with all that Something in the skirt.
      It’s a shame–the fabric is lovely, and I bet it would have made a great Dior-ish shorter dress.

    • Vera

      Weeping right along with you. What’s up with the makeup?

    • saintebeuve

      Like most people here, I don’t think this is the right dress for LD, but damn if she doesn’t rub a lot of people the wrong way.

    • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

      I think the worst sin of this look is the fact that the dress is HUGE. I’m pretty sure that the so-called “waist” is supposed to hit right below the bust, but this is so ridiculously big that it was bound to look like a tent.

    • demidaemon

      Let’s talk about that eyeshadow for a minute. Not only is it a bad idea to match your eye make-up to your dress, it is also horridly applied. When you notice it more coming out of the crease between your eye and nose than where it should be (on the eye, of course), something has gone horribly wrong in the application. Lena needs to fire her entire team and start over. And also learn to wear a proper bra and give her girls some support and wear dresses that can hide that support–no more spaghetti straps, definitely. Strapless is conditional upon getting a proper strapless bra.

    • kingderella

      the only thing that really botheres me here is the eye-shadow. yes, she looks “big” in that dress, but she *is* big, right? no need to try and “conceal” that, if thats even possible, right? or am i just not getting it? (im a fag, so thats entirely a possibility.)

      • poggi

        I kind of agree, she doesn’t need to hide the fact that she is bigger than the typical woman on the red carpet. But when I wear a dress I generally want to create a nice hourglass with my clothes (maybe a bigger hourglass than any Hollywood star but an hourglass none-the-less). This dress gives her an unflattering trapezoidal shape–it seems to obscure any difference between her waist, chest and hips.

        But I also wholeheartedly agree on the eyeshadow.

    •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      I blame Prada entirely for the fit of that dress. She’s paying for custom, which includes someone being knowledgeable and in charge and saying HONEY NO when it’s called for. I know she can come off as a bit of a twit, but this is unacceptable. Poor thing.

    • ReadBarbara

      Oh, I just thought she was trying to make herself look as terrible as possible (and terrifying. That eye makeup makes me jumpy.)

    • berlinmama

      I agree with ReadBarbara: she must be trying to make herself look horrible, I guess?

    • Melissa

      I literally said, “Oh my god,” out loud when I saw that dress. WHAT IN THE WORLD.

    • Miranda Neville

      I want that fabric for curtains.

    • Diana Lee

      She’s in desperate need of a real enough friend to just say no.

    • Mojone

      Love her. Love the fabric. There’s just way too much of it for a chubby person. Maybe Claire Danes should have worn it instead of what she wore. But Lena – save the top and wear it with jeans or a short black skirt.

      • Mojone

        And put an open jacket over it.

    • Toongrrl

      Lena please show off your hip to waist ratio and legs!

    • granite5

      Just wanted to say that I never understood your hatred of this dress. I think it is interesting, quirky, and fits Lena’s body — and personality –extremely well.

    • Alloy Jane

      YES. That is exactly what I thought. TOILET PAPER DOILY. I don’t understand why she always looks so ridiculous. She’s cute and rich. But as the saying goes, you can’t buy good taste.

    • Alloy Jane

      IMO, hipsters are the indie-loving, obscure reference-making, retro obsessed characters who dress like characters from Scooby Doo and microanalyze movies/music/art/social movements until they no longer hold enjoyment or meaning for the people having to listen to their soliloquies. They’re also knitters and home-canners, so it’s not like they’re useless. They’re just obnoxious. I remember laughing at hipsters in Hollywood in the late 90s, so the first wave of formally labeled hipsters should now be in their mid to late 30s. I know the east coasters tend to be trust fund babies, but on the west coast, they vary socioeconomically.

    • SRQkitten

      Rose, you are SO right!that eye makeup is dreadful! I can’t believe she looked in a mirror and said “yeah, this works”. Seriously delusional.

    • saintebeuve

      I wasn’t a big Prada fan until I saw ‘Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations’ at the Met. Granted, I’m still a bigger Schiaparelli fan (her autobiography is enormous fun), but I did gain a better appreciation for MP. The site for the exhibition is pretty good, if you’re interested.

    • gefeylich

      I think Dunham thought she looked great, but by posting her sister’s catty tweet she was covering. “See – I knew it all along! Ha ha! Post-modern! Ironic! Self-deprecating!” And other tiresome hipster folderol.

    • demidaemon

      This was custom? Jesus H. Christ. This is a huger fail than i originally thought.

    • demidaemon

      Some have said it’s a “love it or hate it” dress. I think anyone who looks at that skirt has to say to themselves, would I want to look like the female version of Gulliver trying to smother the entire town of Lilliputians? and says “Yes” needs to be mentally evaluated or just hates Gulliver’s Travels.

    • demidaemon

      The fabric looks super stiff too, so I wonder if they were pretty much forced into this design once the fabric was chosen.

    • demidaemon

      Despite his sometimes crazy ideas of what good is (as a stylist, he is super obsessed with trends, so he just proves a point about the occupation), he usually does pick pretty well for his fantasy clients.

    • demidaemon

      It’s not so much hate as just being not right for her. But, still, the fit and volume are not friends for her. I think annabelle and the others are getting hung up on the fabric, which is gorgeous and gorgeous on her (which probably is what she loves so much about it), when the silhouette is horrible for her.

    • demidaemon

      I think Prada should get the majority of the bashing because they were 90% responsible for this. Lena just had to say yes and wear the dress.

    • demidaemon

      In her defense, one of her co-stars outshone her on the RC, and it wasn’t in a good way.

    • Dagney

      Yeah, agree. The whole “I-am-so-not-part-of-it-all” schtick is so tiresome. Honey, you ARE part of it, okay? You have assistants, people, staff, etc…The gig is up.

    • shorty j

      somebody on GFY pointed out that she could be hiding the entire cast of Girls under there, and I don’t know why but that made me laugh hysterically.

    • poggi

      Maybe, but if the bodice were stiffer and more structured it would probably give her a better shape. But in the stiffness of the fabric in the skirt definitely contributes to the overblown, hoop-skirt effect.