Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Monique Lhuillier at the 2013 Emmy Awards

Posted on September 23, 2013

“Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus attends the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California in a Monique Lhuillier dress paired with an Edie Parker clutch, Martin Katz earrings, a Lorraine Schwartz ring, and Christian Louboutin shoes.

Monique Lhuillier Resort 2014 Collection





[Photo Credit: Jennifer Graylock/INFphoto.com, Jason Merritt/Getty Images, style.com]

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  • Jane

    That’s not a dress anyone should wear. It’s more 1950’s cheap motel drapes than anything else.

    • Denise

      Ehh, Not to sound stuck up but I think this dress would look fabulous on me :P. On her not so much. I do want to give her an A for effort though. No one can say she didn’t try.

    • MK03

      This is the kind of dress that looks good on a hanger and nowhere else. Not even a model could make that monstrous skirt work.

    • chubby ballerina

      The fabric is actually really lovely. There’s just way too much of it in the skirt and the bodice isn’t fitted at all.

      • nowlo

        Agreed. This dress would look amazing with a bit of tailoring. The same seems to be true of many red carpet fails. I wonder what Hollywood has against alterations?

  • Emily Dagger

    Ulch, it is also not her more-awful-than-usual hair and crazy pants eye makeup.

    Whatever stylist did this to her should be flayed in the town square.

    • Imasewsure

      I’m willing to guess that there was no stylist involved at all. This is DIY for sure

      • nyll18

        I don’t think you can get a custom gown made without some assistance. Which when you think about it– this dress was made **just for her** and it looks like it doesn’t fit. What happened?

  • CT14


    The thumbnail doesn’t look so bad, but when you see the whole thing…just awful.

    • OffToSeeHim

      See, that’s it. When I just saw the top, I was like, “They’re crazy, that’s stunning!” I should know better than to second guess TLo. Because that dress is TERRIBLE. If it went straight down all the way down we’d have something to work with.

    • Judy_S

      I also felt that the thumbnail looked very good. As TLo note, the colors look great on her, and she gets to show off her tats, and she looks happy. The princess-at-the-ball skirt is the disaster.

    • Danielle

      Exactly. I thought she looked great in the thumbnail.

    • Ugh, yes. In thumbnail, I thought “WOW that is a gorgeous” and then when it opened, I audibly gasped and recoiled in horror.

  • Carrie

    That fabric IS lovely, but that dress is so lacking in shape, I don’t even know any of the fashion goddesses like Blachette or Swinton could really pull this one off. I do agree though that she’s trying. But she seriously needs a new pair of gay uncles to help her out.

  • AnneElliot

    Oh, honey, no. Just, no. Other than that, I’m rendered speechless.

  • Susan Collier

    It’s so nice to see her standing up straight though. Sigh.

    • drdirection

      She appears to feel beautiful in this dress

      • alyce1213

        Wait till she sees the pictures.

      • twocee

        I thought the exact same thing — she looks/acts like she thinks she looks fantastic. The dress obviously makes her happy. Is it possible that it looked much better in person and didn’t translate to still pics?

        • sojourneryouth

          Doubt it. I think Lena is just quite clueless. I would find it charming if she weren’t lodged so high up her own butt.

  • charlotte

    A commenter over at Vulture said that the dress looked like a teepee and that she could be hiding an entire village under it. Sounds about right.

    • decormaven

      So true! I was encouraged by the thumbnail; but upon scrolldown, the dress just seemed to get bigger, and bigger, until I figured the whole frame would be engulfed. Not good.

  • Meg

    She tweeted on Friday that her sister gave her “the truest compliment” when telling her that her dress looks like “the Delia’s catalogue made a red carpet dress.” That sister was throwing some serious shade, and Lena just did. not. get it.

    • sojourneryouth

      Too funny! Her sister is so right.

    • pookiesmom

      Um, it sounds to me like she totally got it. Lena’s a smart girl. She knows what Delia’s means, she knew what she was doing when she shared that comment.

    • Introspective

      im with her sister–that’s pretty much how i see this thing too. your local mall throwaway duds get dressed up for the prom.

      such a shame too because there are so many woman of a certain size who get it right on the RC that she or her team can easily figure out what to do…

  • teensmom99

    Strangely, others have liked this. And sadly, it’s a crazy miss because her hair looks super flattering & her face looks beautiful even with the green shadow.

    • Rhonda Shore

      i agree about her hair and make-up…she looks quite pretty and it is a lovely textile in an unfortunate cut.

  • thecitysleeps

    I feel sorry for her because she obviously thinks she looks soooooo good. I think she needs to go back to her roots, ignore the princess dresses and go for something that is really more her style.

    And this is not about her size considering I saw Mindy Kaling who is also not a small girl and she looked amazing. At least I thought so, I don’t know what t&lo will say. 🙂

    • Sobaika

      Mindy Kaling didn’t look amazeballs great, but she is almost always far and above what Lena manages. She has a better instinct when it comes to fashion even though she has comparatively less heat and budget.

    • Vickiefantastico

      Oh , I agree about Mindy Kaling! I thought she looked beautiful!

    • NC_Meg

      I LOVED Mindy’s dress. She looked gorgeous!

  • Flavia Pantoja

    I like the dress. I like the color, the print and the big skirt. I wish we could see it in the runway or else, so we knew how they would have styled it. But this is clearly not HER dress. And the eye shadow is really, really hurting me…

    • poggi

      Yes, I can’t stand the eyeshadow. Why have it so pronounced int he inside corner of your eyes. It’s very distracting.

  • Jessica Freeman

    It’s unfortunate that they went over board with the shape and size of the skirt. Had this been better fitted on top and more flow-y on the bottom, this would have really been her dress. The matching of the eye make up to the dress, no girl. it is not 1999. Stop that.

    • poggi

      I know, the horrible unstructured bodice and too much skirt really ruined what could have been a great dress on her.

  • PastryGoddess

    That fabric is gorgeous. That shape is so so wrong for her and probably anyone who isn’t pregnant.

    Lena, in general you want to ELONGATE your torso, not shorten it to the point of invisibility.

  • If this was truly custom done for her, which it must have been, then whoever the fitters were should be lined up, and shot through the head. The bodice is oddly crumpled under the bust, when the fit should be smooth. The cut is over large through the chest, and the hem of the skirt needs to come up an inch or so. She’s drowning. Lessen the volume in the skirt, and address the fit issues in the bodice and this could have been a personal best.

    • formerlyAnon

      I love it when you get strict about craft.

      • It especially makes me mad, when it comes SOoooooo close to being a great thing, and fails from lack of final fit attention.

        • formerlyAnon

          I can’t help but feel terrible for her when she saw the photos and realized she didn’t look as amazing as her happy face and body language seem to say she thought she looked. (Or maybe I’m projecting!)

          • Imasewsure

            I think she is so clueless about fashion, makeup and what looks good, etc., she will not even see that this was horrible. More power to her but I wish we didn’t have to experience it as well….

          • formerlyAnon

            I hope you’re right. No matter what circles you move in or how hot your work is this minute, a custom Prada dress is a BIG deal, unless you’re truly in the stratosphere of fashion. I’d hate to think of this being ruined for her. (Yes, I am a peasant and usually a soft-hearted one.)

      • Call me Bee

        And it makes me wonder why you work in a hardware store!!

    • Sobaika

      This was CUSTOM?

      • HAD to be. She’s not a sample size, so it would have to have been custom done. Its appallingly bad fit wise.

        • Sarah

          Do you think boning would’ve helped? I kind of think the back is sweet, but yeah, the front of the bodice is just a flappy mess. I’m thinking a long column for the skirt would’ve been better, too. More sophisticated.

          • It wouldn’t have hurt. Honestly though, if the bodice fit correctly for her, the dress would have some shape. Looking at it again. I would have cut that skirt on the bias grain for her, and left the underpinnings out entirely.

        • BerlinerNYC

          That’s what I was thinking. I was puzzled, wondering what size that could possibly be, and if Prada even makes dresses in that size, and then wondering who had a body that that dress would actually fit well. More than for Lena, this is a disaster for Prada. It looks like the results of one of those dreaded plus-size challenges on Project Runway, where every designer makes their non-size-zero model look like shit (all they don’t do is dump a bucket of blood on them à la Carrie).

    • oohsparkley!

      You are exactly right. I kind of love the dress, but the fit is off. The colors and the print are great and should have been great on her, but the fit is off. I still think she looks quite a bit better than she has in the past.

  • The eye makeup bothers me even more than the hideous dress. She has such beautiful eyes, why would her makeup artist want her to look cross-eyed?

  • jeneria

    Does that dress have a bustle? Because the bustle look is cool if the top is fitted but that just looks weird.

  • MilaXX

    The entire look is wrong. The dress adds a good 30 pounds to her. The matchy, two toned makeup is juvenile and crazy looking. As annoying as the E! team can be, the dress George Kotsiopoulos picked for her when he was playing “if I was her stylist” would have looked a thousand times better on her. Lena looks absolutely ridiculous here.

  • Here’s the thing. I’m going to be the lone argument against this, I’m sure. While I agree that this could be seriously improved upon there are things that I love. specifically because it is her. She clearly LOVES it. Either that or she’s on E, because sister is euphoric. Secondly, it’s a bright and interesting contrast that was the snooze fest of strapless, boring dresses. Much like Maggie G, she is nearly aggressive with putting her anti-hollywood ideal breasts in our face. So while the fit is wonky and wrong, it’s her signature. She made sure the length was perfection. Her make up is fun and her hair is cute. It was clearly one of the most unique looks of the night and I’m giving it a lot of grace.

    • MrsAtaxxia

      I agree with you. She looks so happy to be wearing it. I love the pattern and that she is wearing something she clearly adores.

    • turej

      Not alone. This is a gutsy choice and a long, long way from being the worst that Lena has served up on the red carpet. Fit, hair and makeup all need work, but the print is fantastic on her and she’s damn well wearing that dress rather than the other way about. She looks happy and comfortable. I bet she looked brilliant in person.

    • VioletFem

      I love the fabric of the dress, and the coloring is perfect against her skin. I don’t hate this as much as TLo does, but the fit and shape of this dress is really unflattering. This is too bad, because this dress could have been spectacular if her stylist had really paid attention to those problematic issues.

  • VioletFem

    It’s too bad this look is such a fail, because that is a really lovely fabric. I can see why she wanted to wear it, but she clearly had no direction as to how.

  • Diego!

    OMG… what a disaster!!! Let’s start from above!

    Hair: AWFUL
    MakeUp: HIDEOUS
    Dress: Interesting dress I must say, but CLEARLY NOT FOR HER
    Shoes: Non-seen!

    • yllas

      I have to agree. She looks like a clown, a homely clown. But you know, that’s OK. Every show needs one. As for that hideous print, there’s a comic strip called The Dinette Set by Julie Larson. One of the characters wears a green blouse with orange flowers nearly every day. Perhaps this dress is a tribute to the strip, a big F.U. to the world – “I am who I am and proud of it”.

      • Diego!

        hahaha I kinda like the dress, but not on her! It’s very interesting, but it doesn’t suit her at all! Her make up is terrible!

  • I love that fabric so much. I just wish it were used for, like, a sheath maybe? With a higher neckline? Better fitted? Shorter? Something. I only want good things for that fabric. I’m not a Dunham fan, but I do wish this were just styled better because that is a great color on her. But why is that bodice so fucking baggy?

    Her hair is painful to look at. It makes me hurt, because I got that haircut at age 13 and it was a MISTAKE.

    • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

      I completely agree about the dress. My first thought was, “what a tremendous waste of gorgeous fabric!”

    • Imasewsure

      My sister had that haircut too…. not good (but good ammo for teasing her later on).

      And there is no saving this look – I’m afraid we have another Ginnifer Goodwin on our hands – although this one is almost always smiling which is good!

    • WendyD

      The hair is the WORST. Nothing wrong with short/pixie hair, but there is something wrong with hair that looks like you cut it yourself with safety scissors. ESPECIALLY if you’re wearing CUSTOM anything.

  • wontons

    From the general waist area up: not bad. And I agree about the coloring.

    When I saw the thumbnail (and didn’t look too closely), I thought it was cocktail length and better fitting–wonder whether that would have worked.

    Close-cut hair to broad, overlong hem…. a sack. No one wants to look like a sack.

  • Claudia Fernandes

    And the hair: I think she is thrilled by Angela Merkel winning, and she is asking to be her in a future biopic

  • ewes_urn_aim

    I like the dress more than I like her.

  • boweryboy

    She looks like one of those toilet paper doilies Iola made on Mama’s Family.

    This makes me sad, because she really is a pretty girl. She should have hired the stylist from her fashion editorial a few weeks ago.

  • I love the colour but dear lord “custom”? Custom for who?! Definitely not her. Possibly her and a couple of friends?

  • Trickytrisha

    It was obvious that we were gonna have a field day with this one. It seems there are no mirrors in the Dunham household. Nor are there any gays to steer her in the right direction. That eye makeup is “oh my gawd” awful, and you know… she looks so happy here. Poor girl, she’s going to take a trashing over this and Prada deserves its share as well.

    • MoHub

      The eyeshadow would be greatly improved by not being applied in the inner corners of her eye sockets. I don’t even mind that the color matches the dress.

      • alyce1213

        Exactly. If you’re going to do something with color, it goes up and out.

  • alyce1213

    Nothing works for me — not the voluminous dress (custom, which doesn’t even fit), the makeup, her posture. Her haircut is okay, but looks like she just came in from a run in the park. With that much effort into her makeup, it needed a little styling.

  • kaycem

    there’s something about her tattoos that just always bugs me… and it’s not tattoos in general, but hers specifically — i generally don’t mind a tatt’d up lady star. idk what it is, but every time i see lena’s tattoos, i wish she’d cover them.

    • coffeeandshoes

      I think it’s because it looks like someone did them with a Bic pen that was running low on ink. EW.

  • SewingSiren

    She always tries to look like a fool, and succeeds,

  • Sara Brams-Miller

    I hate to say this, but I think this would look better on someone with a different body type. And enough with that “she doesn’t care” nonsense. Obviously she does, or she wouldn’t be walking the red carpet. That makeup is what’s bothering me most.

  • AmeliaEve

    My great aunt’s lampshade. This doesn’t fit at all in the bodice. If they are going to put that flirty little tie at the open back to hold the whole thing together, then the front needs a whole lot more structure for a larger gal. If the back went all the way around and she had on some foundation garments, the style could give her a nice shape. I think she could avoid the “drowning in fabric” look if this were more of a rockabilly shape, just below the knee with a big fluffy crinoline, preferably in orange to match the roses.

  • Eric Stott

    If this was a cute short dress that fitted, it would be great

  • LuisaNL

    that dress, shapeless, I can’t even. and the hair? can we talk about that hair??? is all of this a joke? like Gaga’s egg?

  • JMB_edits

    Not only was the dress to big for her, it was too big for the theater! I never saw the red carpet but during the show I kept seeing it pour into the aisle. It was overflowing her seat and row. Took me a while to figure out who it was. I was just waiting for someone to trip over it going down to accept their award. That would top J-Law, if a winner tripped over someone else’s dress!

  • Eric J.

    She looks like she’s wearing a circus tent.

  • Monzerrat Ontiveros

    I love it!!!!! Maybe a necklace would help

  • Jacquelyn

    Looks like she is wearing a tent.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    This is awful. I love the print of the fabric, but that’s about it.

  • RussellH88

    It looks like Lady Gaga did her make-up.

  • estella_nyc


  • Rand Ortega

    Is the haircut on purpose?

  • Vickiefantastico

    Okay, I’ll be the cheese that stands alone here. I actually like it. The hair is atrocious, and the fit on top isn’t fabulous, but I love how it elongates her, and I actually like the print with her coloring. She looks happy, which always elevates an outfit to me. And c’mon, anything is better than those shorts, right?!?! Let’s give her some points for a vast improvement from a year ago or so.

  • Guest

    Oh my god, what was she going for? Those eyes

  • Erica Woods Tucker

    I agree. I think she loves fashion. I think it’s just more of the bullshit that she can’t find a stylist that thinks outside the box. She’s not a size 300 she’s an average woman size. For goodness sake it’s not rocket science. A fitted top and an a-line. There….now add a fabric and for god’s sake someone get her to Bobby Brown!

  • nannypoo

    I would love to see this dress on someone else who can wear it better. I think it’s pretty. She, as usual, looks awful.

  • Frida

    I’m going to go out on a limb and say, aside from the slightly crafty look of the finishing up top, I kinda like this. It’s bold and different and fun. And she looks happy!

  • HM3

    I dunno…I secretly love the IDEA of this dress, and feel like it may have worked if her hair and makeup were different. To me, it’s not so much that the dress is ill-fitting…only that the head does not match everything happening from the neck-down.

  • Constant Reader

    This getup would get laughs at a high school prom, never mind the Emmys. Ugh. I don’t understand. If you’re “not into fashion” (and therefore have no eye for it) but your line of work requires that you bring it for certain events, hire people who are into fashion and have great taste and pay them to make you look gorgeous and event-appropriate. Most importantly, pay them to ignore your input. You do what you’re good at, your fashion/beauty team does what it’s good at, everybody wins.

  • tetisheri

    A bean bag chair came to life and is trying to swallow her.

  • leahpapa

    You know, if you want to Make A Point about red carpets, trafficking in women’s bodies, the beauty myth, and a host of other mechanisms of the capitalist-consumer-patriarchy complex, you can always just skip the photo call/step-and-repeat.

    • Constant Reader


    • Hmmmm, I don’t think she was trying to Make A Point here. Everything about this says she put lots of thought and effort in. It’s missing her usual heavy doses of irony and feigned indifference.

  • ballerinawithagun

    Love the fabric! I’m seeing Nicole Kidman in this because her erect posture would hold the bodice up in the correct place. I know Nicole doesn’t dress this way anymore, but I wish she would return to the days when she looked so fabulous on the Red Carpet.

  • LA

    I LOVE THIS DRESS SO MUCH. Just not on her.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    It’s the eye make up and the extra volume of the dress that makes this not work for me. I do love the print but not the execution.

  • Tom Shea

    What’s interesting about it to me is that it makes her appear about 12 feet tall. I happen to like it. Not crazy about the hair, though.

  • styrch

    I do wonder what it would be like if the skirt was less – less full, less long. It might have been a big win for Lena. Because the top looked pretty good on her, in my opinion.

  • Orange Girl

    I actually love her eye make up. It really makes her eyes pop and works well with her coloring. But the dress is just crazy.

  • marlie

    Her haircut and makeup are AWFUL. And that is beyond the wrong dress for her. I rather like the dress, but this one belongs on one of the tall and willowy ladystars. Lena needs to hire better “people.”

  • MarissaLG

    I absolutely love this dress. It’s not great on her, but I think the main issue is her hair. No matter what she wore, it wouldn’t look great because of that dumb dumb haircut.

  • formerlyAnon

    If you ignore the shape of the dress she looks right pretty. So, red carpet fail.

    • sagecreek

      I always look really pretty if you ignore the shape of my dresses. I also look like a size 2.

      • formerlyAnon

        I’d say that’s a gift. 😉 Last time I looked like a current size 2, it was a size 7/8. No matter what you think about the shape of my dress!

  • Anne

    STAND UP STRAIGHT, LENA. Love, your fellow size 10.

  • HobbitGirl

    I agree about the structure of the top, but she looks like she feels pretty in it, and that’s all I really care about.

  • ashtangajunkie

    What a waste of gorgeous fabric. This should have been so good.

  • crash1212

    Custom made. CUSTOM made. Prada MADE this FOR her. It IS her dress. It’s just an awful one. The fabric is stunning – the rest – including that horribly casual flat hair – is tragic. She’s boring me.

  • Laura Renee

    D: It looks like she’s birthing the next generation under that thing.

    • valerie747

      Dance of the Mirlitons, from The Nutcracker Ballet.

  • therealkuri

    I love this fabric so much – I just wish it was in the form of a cocktail dress.

  • largishbearishAtlish

    But….It.Got.Her.Talked.About.On.Here….. and I am sure a lot of other places, I sure it will show up on many ‘oh no she didn’t!’ type list….etc…etc…. and its all about milking the fame isn’t it? I have never seen the show, but she seems to be all about the un-conventional thing, so this is a ‘good move’. (it reminds of something form the movie/musical Hairspray personally).

  • luluransom

    I’m confused. How does a custom-made Prada end up NOT fitting?

    • Laura Renee

      Because to work at Prada you must be on some very special drugs. Their collection at Fashion Week convinced me of that.

  • Wendy Kaufman

    Dear god, who puts waist/hip pleats facing forward??? No. Someone at Prada played a cruel joke on her. Pleats facing forward, and the skirt is too GD long, no boning in the bodice. It’s like they were hoping to embarrass her with a wardrobe malfunction with the way that bodice gaps on her. Though not a model, she is a beautiful young lady and they had to work to make this look so bad on her.

  • semirose

    Cocktail length and it’d be able to survive on how great the fabric looks even if the top does nothing for her but did she do her own makeup? Girl if you’re getting custom dresses I’m sure you can find someone to do your makeup for you.

  • janierainie

    She looks like a sofa. It’s tragic. She should block Prada’s phone #.

  • LipstickForPigs

    I love that print, and the colors are gorgeous on her. Her hair makes me really sad. It totally reminds me of the haircut my friends and I gave each other at age 6 when we played “Beauty Shop” with my mom’s shears.

  • RedRaven617

    A lower waistline and less fabric in the skirt may have worked. Too bad. She has the most gorgeous skin. I hope she never puts a tattoo on her decollate, because that would be a crime.

  • veriance

    Close. Your. Mouth.

    She looks like one of those late 1970’s barbie cakes with bad hair.

  • BrooklynBomber

    This hurts. That fabric is to die for. Love, love, love. And it’s put to such wrong use here.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    TLo said: “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.””

    A-MEN!! I mean, she’s wonderful, no argument. But she’s not hitting it fashion-wise just yet. That doesn’t mean she won’t, but clearly not here. I will agree wholeheartedly – this is so not her dress.

  • I love that print and the color is perfect for her but MY EYES!!!

  • mozzer0906

    The color is great on her, but the shape of the dress would be great on no one. I’ll also say it, there is just no way to class up those ugly tattoos. No matter what she wears that is dressy or fashion, those detract from any sort of upscale look in a very large way.

    • Lori

      ITA. The combination of high waist and overly full skirt would make that dress less than flattering no matter who wore it. On someone as tiny as Lena it looks like one of those dolls old ladies used to use to cover the toilet paper. And that is some sad ink. Nothing to be done about it but sleeves and a higher back.

  • kikisayshi

    Really, though, is anything she wears really “her”? I know there are pieces out there that she could pull off, but she certainly hasn’t found them yet – that, or she hasn’t shown them to us.

  • BobAKABuffy

    She’s a hipster. I’m sure she was being ironic!

    • Not applicable

      and in classic hipster style, she doesn’t have enough life experience to know how to be ironic.

      • Claudia Fernandes

        That is tough…not all hipsters are so ignorant…kerry wanshington has been one, and she is amazing

        • Not applicable

          I work with a huge hipster contingent so I say this from experience. It’s not that they aren’t a smart group as a demographic- it’s just that they have grown up very validated and not always having had to think things through (b/c they don’t have to.) But, it’s also just a symptom of being young. I said/did stupid shit when I was in my 20s b/c I thought I was a lot deeper than I actually was… 🙂 AND I got called out on it by those insufferable baby boomers! 🙂

          btw- i would never think of Kerry as a hipster…she’s like 36 so she’s cusping gen x (depending on where you like your lines drawn…)

          • Claudia Fernandes

            I was thinking in some of her day or casual looks in some events last year….I think we have different definitions of hipster, but I get and agree with your vision about some hipsters, when it only have to do with dress codes

          • Not applicable

            true- she has been known to sport a Fedora hasn’t she!

      • BobAKABuffy

        True, I should’ve said TRYING TO BE!
        Or put a winking emoticon.

  • Lily-Rygh

    That horrible matchy-matchy eye shadow makes me want to weep teal tears on her behalf.

  • judybrowni

    Empire-halter, crinoline-cupcake-skirt, floor-length gown?

    You’re right, no human woman could pull that off.

    Poor Lena.

  • Violentcello

    Oooh, I love that fabric though. So pretty. What a shame.

  • Miss Jen K

    Weirdly, I like the eye makeup. I just don’t like the eye makeup for this look. For something with more of a rocker vibe (at a whole other venue), I think it would be pretty on-point, especially with her hairstyle.

  • conniemd

    I really love the fabric in the dress. A lot of women would have looked great in it. I actually see Kerry Washington knocking this dress out of the park, assuming it was properly fitted. Remember her dress with the horse on the skirt? The biggest problem I see is that the waistline is just way too loose, giving her no shape. It needed to be pulled in and the bodice better fitted. I don’t mind all the volume in the skirt, as long as the bodice fit properly.

  • ConnieBV

    The issue here is that this dress is for someone who has a tiny waist. She can’t rely on a body feature she just doesn’t have. If this had been empire style with less volume on bottom, it would have killed.

  • sagecreek

    Also, Lena, STAND UP STRAIGHT.

    (Yes, I am 112 years old. Thanks for noticing.)

    • formerlyAnon

      Posture was my New Year’s resolution last year. I am not sure if my mother was whirling in her grave or laughing her ass off.

  • Miranda

    These pictures make me want to harm my own damn self…that’s how painful they are.

  • SportifLateBoomer

    Ugh I think she looks like one of those crafted toilet paper roll covers! What the hell is under that skirt! Looks like she’s wearing a crinoline but w/that bod, that does her no favors. (Don’t mean body snarking, am speaking as a formerly curvier girl).

    So sad! At least she think she looks good and is smiling and having fun.

    I do love the colors, the print and her makeup — that’s A for effort, and goes a long way toward helping improve an awful look.

  • broke&fashionable

    It sort of works from the waist-line up. Waist-down, just yikes.

  • randeekay

    I am going to go out on a limb all alone and say that I loved the dress. I didn’t love the back but overall I think it is stunning. i do think on someone taller (and I hate to say this) thinner it might look better, but let’s face it – she’s not a “traditional beauty” and I like that she rocks something that makes her feel good!

    • neonseattle

      IA. I don’t think this is as bad as everyone’s saying. The color and print are great on her. Tailor the top part better, take out a layer of tulle from the poofy skirt and this would’ve been so much better.

  • ann

    Arghh, new stylist or please use a stylist. She is beyond brilliant come on Lena you know….girl that isn’t your dress…

  • mlle

    What I don’t understand about her and other members of her hipster cohort: why do they want to have children’s haircuts from 1994?

    • Shawn EH


  • Danielle

    I saw the same print at Target this weekend.

    • sagecreek

      I don’t think the print is the problem. Put that print in a well-fitted dress on Kerry W and you have a WERQ. It’s the fit, and the styling, and the general poor match to her persona.

      • Danielle

        And the matchy eyeshadow.

        • bellafigura1

          And the cray-cray faces she is making. She’s gotta do some mirror practice.

  • Imasewsure

    And it just got worse and worse in the close ups. That makeup is eye-gougingly bad… dress is awful and the hair tops the bottom. Some just needs to hand her a formal LBD and try to convince her not to do more than that for awhile

  • Glam Dixie

    That is some drag queen eye makeup right there. Really distracting, it almost made me look away from that train wreck of a dress. Almost.

  • p_capet

    i can’t.

  • Joanna

    This is the first time I’ve ever looked at a red carpet picture and actually exclaimed “GOD NO!” out loud. I think the horrid eye makeup is what put me over the edge.

  • Shawn EH

    I can’t believe she doesn’t want to be pretty; but she really has no clue about what her true assets are. Which is sad for a such a smart girl with visually-inclined parents.

    Lucy Liu could rock this dress, that’s about it.

  • Cheryl

    Aww, this makes me sad, because it could have been great; the colour and the print are lovely, but the too big skirt and shapeless top was just the wrong way to go. I think her face looks pretty here, I LIKE the crazy pants eye makeup on her.

  • Tuneful54

    Thank you for the best laugh I’ve had in a week. Not a great week, but still.

  • CatherineRhodes

    What would be Lena’s dress?

    • Cheryl

      Maybe the same fabric and style, but much tighter – the straps should be much, much more supportive, the tie in the back should somehow cinch her in, and the skirt should be both shorter and not as full. She would still look “pretty” because of the beautiful fabric and print, but just a little more sophisticated.

  • It makes her look about 75 sizes larger than she actually is. No one wants that. But I hate her for wasting the print because I love it. And I love her eyeshadow. Coulda’ used some lipstick though.

  • KatDuck

    Oh dear. I love the fabric and those are great colors for her but the dress itself … no no no. Come here, dear. It’s two hours before the awards and there’s plenty of fabric there in the skirt to use as yardage for another dress. Let’s fix that.

  • Qitkat

    I would never have dreamed this was from Prada. The style is so *home-ec-y* looking with the black trim emphasizing the poorly fitted bodice and waistline, and the tie in the back which is a well gone to so often for last-minute PR sewers. The only redeeming feature is the color which is amazing with her skin, because that skirt is enormous and does her (and probably very few) no favors.

  • Stubenville

    Once again, I question Miuccia Prada’s reputation. All I ever seem to see from her label is boring, unflattering or ugly. And the fabric looks like particularly unfortunate 1950’s wallpaper.

  • Agatha Guilluame

    Why is she giving me an over the shoulder come hither look *shudder*

  • Diva in 4 Inch Heels

    Very true, TLO. She has enough pull to have any designer custom fit one of their designs to fit her shape. Or, they can create something original for her. It’s just sad that she never gets it right for her. She just ends up looking sloppy.

  • mishka

    She looks like Pinterest dressed her..

  • Call me Bee

    It’s an odd choice, but I think she looks pretty good (save for the turquoise eyeshadow. Never match your shadow to your dress, honey.) The waist is high, I’ll bet, because that’s the narrowest part of her torso. (She’s following the Stacey and Clinton rule…) And yes–she should be wearing some kind of support on top. But the fabric is interesting and cool and it’s better than anything else I’ve ever seen on her.
    All in all, it’s not the best look on the runway, but it’s good for her.

  • nancymae

    For all her talk about her loving her body and her parents’ encouragement to love it, she sure seems to wear outfits designed to hide that very body. I mean whatever shape she has (and that recent magazine spread our uncles posted showed it off to great effect) disappeared under this beautiful voluminous shapeless picnic cloth. All that’s left is that hideous tattoo and green eye shadow. Yeesh.

  • CommentsByKatie

    Sad. I am also petite and curvy like Lena, and I learned searching for my wedding dress this year that I just can’t do ballgowns. They make me look ridiculous, like I’m play-acting, and that’s what is happening to Lena here. Keep trying Lena, I’m sure you will find your style soon! I’m sad that she tried so hard for another flop red carpet look.

  • Laylalola

    I’m starting to understand why she prefers to be naked all the time.

  • AnnPopovic

    I just can’t with her. She grates on my last damn nerve and she’s full of it. If you don’t CARE don’t show up but this is just mean to that dress…THAT dress would look PERFECT on ME, damnit! I could TOTALLY give that dress the love and care it deserved.

  • mhleta

    This is such a huge bummer. This could have been an epic moment, because that fabric is so gorgeous.

  • e jerry powell

    All of the upvotes on the internet for this assessment. And all the shots of her with Claire Danes talking to Seacrest was literally hundreds upon hundreds of frames of WRONG.

  • bertkeeter

    She needs to let the air out of that thing!

  • curtains

    The skirt gives her the shape of a dalek. Too much volume and too shapeless in the middle. Girl can do so much better. The pattern and color are nice, and I can see something more streamlined with a more fitted or structured bodice looking really great.

  • jjtxgrrl

    Just Awful. Eye shadow is trying too hard. A teal liner maybe…nope.

  • disembodiedprose

    Makes me think of Annette Bening’s line to her daughter Thora Birch in “American Beauty”: “Jane, honey, are you TRYING to look unattractive? Congratulations, you’ve succeeded admirably.” Great color on Lena, I agree, but the shape is all, all wrong.

  • Lauren Lynch Fox

    Why would she let this be done to her…

  • i thought i liked this last night, since i was starved for color in a desert of black white and nude, but now that i see the “big picture” (you see what i did there?), it is rather awful. this dress is making her look like a barn. a colorful flowered barn. perhaps with a cow pasture out back. i’m loving the makeup, but then i’m more than a little crazy for green. nice try, but invest in some people who will tell you the truth when you ask “does this make me look fat?”

  • The fabric and color is lovely. I don’t mind the volume in the skirt either, but everything else is so awful. The bodice is a crime and then her hair and makeup is horrendous. I look at this and feel like she is trying to look bad, like she is pulling a Courtney Love, in the non fashion years, but then why wear Prada? Just go to a vintage store and throw something together and she would look the same.

  • Dagney

    hate the fucking cheap tattoos. hate her whole “thing”….hated Tiny Furniture. Hate it. and give this dress to Cate. I think with a little tailoring, she could work it.

  • Julia

    I personally would love an accent chair upholstered in that fabric! The dress isn’t super flattering, but I don’t hate it. You need hair and makeup to balance it out though!

  • spooki C

    I kind of love the dress but it’s not doing her any favors, it seems too big. The color does look lovely on her though.

  • snarkykitten

    Attention Lena Dunham: GO HOME.

  • kalisa

    She always wears such heavy dresses. Like she has a need to prove how strong she is. And would it kill her to wear a little color on her face?

  • quiltrx

    I can excuse matchy-match when it looks this elegant. Plus I’m kind of impressed when everything matches this well. 🙂
    I can even excuse the not-color of the dress because it’s such a visually-interesting textile. If I question how it’s made (or what it’s made of), you’ve got me hooked. Plus a deep, dark brunette can pull this off so much better than the pale-haired.

  • She’s pretty and so is the dress and shoes, yet there’s something…perhaps the dress looks too heavy?

  • ItsDicey

    Girl is ageless and I love her to bits, but this is not her look. Needs color.

  • Aaminah Khan

    Bitch DOES NOT AGE. How does she do it?

    The texture of the dress is making me want to reach out and touch it. I wish she’d gone with a slightly bolder lip. Still, with that face, it’s hard to mess up.

  • Diego!

    She looks STUNNING! And I love her!!! <3

  • berlinmama

    LLOOOVVE! Perfection!

  • kathrineb

    This print of the dress is fab. But it is not a flattering cut on her. I don’t like the flimsy straps. I think if the dress had short sleeves and the skirt portion was a fitted /pegged pencil skirt it would look great on her.