Lena Dunham in Rebecca Minkoff at the L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Event

Posted on September 30, 2013

Well… the color’s pretty on her. We’ll give her that. And she at least knows to pick a thematically appropriate color for the event. But she still seems to have an aversion to flattering shapes and no idea at all how to accessorize.



“Girls” star Lena Dunham attends the L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Event in Culver City, California in a yellow crepe dress by Rebecca Minkoff from the Fall 2013 collection paired with Rebecca Minkoff boots.

Rebecca Minkoff Fall 2013 ‘Kirk’ Low-Back Crepe Dress

Rebecca Minkoff Gio Too Leather & Suede Studded Ankle Boot


Those shoes are just plain wrong for this dress. We don’t even much like the idea of black shoes here, but the model shot shows that you can possibly make it work with the right shoe. These gigantic clodhoppers are absolutely awful. She picks shapes that obscure or exaggerate her own shape and we think she does that on purpose. She couldn’t choose a pair of proportionally appropriate shoes to go with such a girly, revealing dress. She had to pick the ones that look like weapons. The thing is, we’d respect that approach if we thought there was some real point to it and if she was making interesting choices. But she just picked a dress and a pair of shoes from the same designer and kind of mashed them together, like a kid playing with her food.

We also, deep down, respect that part of her that gleefully exhibits her body at every opportunity, in full defiance of a culture that says her body should not be celebrated. But the back view here is horrible – and not because she has tattoos or a back roll. The way the back of the dress plummets to that awkward horizontal line placed right over a skirt designed to make every wearer’s butt look flatter and wider is just about the most unflattering back of a garment we’ve ever seen. It looks horrible on the model. Everything about this is awkward and only some of it is deliberately so, to our eyes.



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  • Jessica Freeman

    My eyes are burning. It’s bad. All of it.

  • Emily Dagger

    What the blooming piss.

    The front is like she’s an extra in a Community theatre production of “Hairspray,” and the costume department focused on finishing the leads’ outfits and didn’t bother to fit hers.

    The back …. let’s just say I made the same face when I saw it that I made the first time a friend of mine told me she thought her IUD was in wrong because she could feel it moving about.

    • marlie

      The back of the dress looks like it’s inviting someone to peek down the back of her skirt.

      • alyce1213


      • H2olovngrl

        I haven’t a problem with the amount of skin on display, but the fact that it fits her like a sad sack and may inadvertently end up in a puddle around her ankles really, turns me off of the whole thing.

    • d4divine

      I literally shrieked.

  • Jennifer Bober

    Good lord that dress is fugly.

    • Emily

      It looks just as bad on the model which should be a red flag to EVERYONE.

      • demidaemon


  • thecitysleeps

    I must say, I admire her tremendously. But those shoes are terrible and that back is way too low for a size 0 even.

  • Emily Smith

    I can’t think of anyone that I believe that dress would be right for. What a sad, shapeless, bright yellow sack.

  • SewingSiren

    I think from the front it’s great. Sort of mod and deliberately comic at the same time. The back is too low. If they had altered the design slightly and left a low back, but not completely bare , It would have been cute.
    Also I know (most ) everyone else hates them, but black tights would have given the whole look a boost, in the direction of Stephen Sprouse,

    • GillianHolroyd

      ha. I’m just picturing black tights with this… with the waistband showing in back.

      • Rhonda Shore

        ha ha.

      • H2olovngrl

        My thoughts exactly, but at least you wouldn’t be able to glance down and see her vertical smile!

    • Rhonda Shore

      I’m a black opaque tights kinda gal, but it might be a bit too bumblebee here. When i saw this outfit i thought, oh dear…but mainly from the back. I don’t think the front of the dress is so bad, but those shoes are more of a skinny jean shoe.

      • J. Preposterice

        Right? Like, picture this outfit instead:

        top in the same color, with an open back like this one. dark skinny jeans, same shoes. BAM. How cute & fresh is that?

        • Rhonda Shore


    • Lower L

      The version on the model has the “mod and deliberately comic” look you mentioned, but I blame the designer for (among other things) improperly scaling the pattern for a larger size. The shoulders are much farther apart on Lena than on the model.

    • Carrps

      I’ve loved black tights since I was in high school and used to buy them in bulk (well, nearly) at Albert’s Hosiery in Century City. I’m closer to death than high school these days, but I still love black tights.

  • mjude

    that does not look good at all from the back. good grief.

  • charlotte

    The back of the dress makes it look like a designer hospital gown. The wristband doesn’t help.

    • Scimommy

      OMG, just noticed the wristband. Did everyone at the event wear it, or is it Lena’s little addition to the ensemble? If it’s the latter, then she is definitely messing with us. “Is this a red carpet dress or hospital gown? Hmm?”

  • anabel22

    We have similar body shape, but while I applaud her for being comfortable in her own skin – LEARN HOW TO DRESS YOUR BODY!

    • mlle

      Also, if you have tattoos, either ensure that they are showing OR covered, unlike her half-cut off lower back tattoo. That just looks sloppy.

      • anabel22

        Her back tattoos are so tacky.

        • snarkykitten


          I swear I rant about this every time she comes up but I don’t care.
          It looks like some drunken idiot did her tattoos in a dingy basement.

          • anabel22

            She had to had been drunk/high when she decided to get them.

            Blerta, where are you?

      • marlie

        Honestly, while I’m not a fan of her tattoos, I don’t think it’s necessary to dress FOR them. She needs to focus on wearing clothes that fit, period. And getting a decent haircut. Whether and how much of the tattoos show is almost a non-issue to me.

    • MaryAtRealityTea

      Yes! She and Kim Kardashian both!! I am hoping they cover her latest atrocity at PFW on here. It’s so sad.

      • anabel22

        Kim k in that sheer black number… No please! However, I like the hair.
        But everything screams it’s Kanye’s idea

  • colleenjanel

    I don’t think I even need to comment on the dress. What drives me batty is the weed whacker hair. Why does she have an undying desire to look like a 3-year old who got a hold of the scissors when Mommy wasn’t looking????

    • WendyD

      LORD YES!! I barely even notice her clothes because I can’t get past her head.

  • Contralto

    It’s really a shame, because she has a beautiful smile which lights up her whole face.

  • teensmom99

    First of all, bless you for that final paragraph.
    Does she know that you can pay people to help you look your best? I don’t watch Girls (after the first episode I just didn’t feel compelled to) but I actually think she is pretty in a “real person” (not celebrity way) and I love the idea of being happy with who you are. But then she just seems to flaunt her bad taste and I don’t get it.

    • marlie

      And even though she’s a really popular celebrity right now, learning how to dress in a way that flatters her body will only help her career in the future.

  • kipper

    All I can do here is revert to my Southern roots and say : ” Bless her heart “…..

  • You didn’t even mention the hair.

    • christinewithanx

      Her hair looks like my 2 year old’s when I say “cut it really short so we don’t have to come back for a while.” Maybe she squirms in the chair too :/

  • decormaven

    Playing with her food, indeed. Those shoes are totally inappropriate and the dress is improperly fitted. I first thought she had on a cute coordinating bracelet, but it’s the event ID. I’m not wasting time or emotion about her style choices; she’s going to tack into the wind every time with the freak flag flying. Sail on, sister.

  • leahpapa

    It’s a terrible dress and those are terrible shoes. I struggle with LD’s self-presentation most of the time, but I lay the blame for this one pretty squarely at Rebecca Minkoff’s doorstep.

  • Jenna Marie

    This reminds me of so many of my friends who really want to look good, but have no idea to go about it. They try interesting things and when it doesn’t work, they laugh and say they couldn’t care less about fashion. It’s a normal insecurity problem and I find it interesting to see so plainly on the red carpet. Painful, but interesting.

  • And she’s back to tap dancing on my last nerve.

    • demidaemon

      I’m trying to be more forgiving with her, because she’s trying different things fashion-wise, even if 90% of them (I’m being forgiving, remember?) don’t work. However, Zosia will get the entirety of my ire. Miley, I’m just done with. That girl was on my last nerve two months ago.

  • majorbedhead

    She’s obviously struggling to keep the shoulder straps from falling right off her and the way the back is gaping means it’s too big. Not to mention, really poorly designed. It goes too low in the back and makes it look unfinished and as though, if she doesn’t keep her shoulders hunched like that, she’s going to show everyone her underwear, too.

    • penguin momma

      What underwear?

      • demidaemon

        I was thinking the same thing. She looks like she’s gone commando. Peek-a-chu alert!

    • marlie

      I said it elsewhere, but that dress was designed so as to invite people to peek down the back of the wearer’s skirt.

  • giddypony

    The dress is awful period on anyone. Looks like something I would make, wrong fabric and not understanding the patternm

  • Sort of reminds me of the mid-80s pinafore dresses that we wore with tshirts underneath. A la Meg Ryan in Top Gun. They weren’t flattering either.

    • marlie

      This one would have been better with a t-shirt under it.

  • flamingoNW

    Oh dear… Completely unflattering. And such bad make-up too.

  • I have a lot of thoughts. I think this is a lovely, sexy thought of a dress, and I too would be tempted to wear it. It looks incredibly easy to wear, like a lot of her clothes. You can literally throw it on over your naked body. And it has a sexy element – the low back. And I rankle at the idea that she should “dress her body,” meaning she should “dress her body so that it fits the shapes/style that we have currently agreed are the most pleasing to our eyes.” If she likes comfort and to highlight her face, her legs, and her back, then she has dressed her body perfectly here. I love the assumption that she might be dressing to fuck with those exact presumptions. Fucking go for it, Lena. You are powerful and successful and if you want to wear this dress which looks super comfy and is in a cute color, then DO YOU, girl. Do you. She is the age and gender that is forced to participate in these cattle calls and she is participating in a fun way that makes her feel comfortable. Participating and resisting. I love it.

    • sagecreek

      I love the idea behind it, but if you want to sell the idea, you have to sell the idea, which means not going out looking as bad as she looks here — bad by any standards, not by current body shape standards. IMO, anyway. Also, LM, is that you?

      • mlle

        Agreed. If she had better makeup, accessories, and a grown up’s haircut, I could easily say “she was using her body as a dialectic on beauty standards,” but the way she presents, I just think “girl, you’re a mess, go home and try again.”

    • VioletFem

      I don’t see how dressing in a way that is flattering to your body type and dressing comfortably should be at odds. From personal experience, I feel uncomfortable wearing clothes that clearly make me look terrible. I think she just has not quite grasped how to fit her personal style and comfort with the fashion of the red carpet.

      • They for sure don’t HAVE to be at odds, but for women, and especially for women in Hollywood, they often are. Heels, bras, tighter clothing, make up, fancy hair. These are requirements placed more frequently on women.

        • Synnae

          Bras? Unless you are flat or very small, your boobies need support. And if your bras are uncomfortable, you need to get new bras. (Tip for bigger boobed girls here, the fit of Marlies Dekkers and Primadonna bras is insanely good. Well worth the money)

          As for the rest of the requirements I certainly agree that women get more requirements placed on them in general and especially in Hollywood, but dressing for your body shape does not equal uncomfortable outfits.

          I do get that is more difficult for Lena for the red carpet, not being anywhere near sample size and very much a pear, to find good dresses especially as she likes the more fashion forward hipster designers who so don’t design for normal sized pears.

    • marlie

      I don’t think there’s any implication that she should dress to conform to any particular standards of beauty. Rather this dress is just unflattering on her – and as many other commenters have said – unflattering on the model as well.

      I think LD should be able to wear whatever she wants, as long as it fits her properly. If I show up to work wearing clothes that are two sizes too small, or two sizes too big, my appearance is going to raise eyebrows, and possibly even affect my career, whether or not it should. And as LD is in an industry where appearance is *everything,* she really needs to have someone on her team who recognizes and appreciates that fact. A professional stylist should be able to merge her own personal aesthetic with the right shapes and silhouettes.

      • I guess I wonder what “flattering” really means to her. If she’s happy and comfortable, does her waist need to be accentuated? Style often centers around society’s idea of what a woman should look like. It’s refreshing to see someone playing with that.

        • marlie

          Noone said anything about accentuating her waist… This is a shift dress, one of the most universally flattering cuts, and it looks like a tent on her because it’s too big. And the cutout in the back would be unflattering on anyone.

          She doesn’t have to accentuate her waist if she doesn’t want to, but she should still wear clothes that fit. That’s the point that everyone is making.

          • Totally – I was just using that as an example. I’m just trying to argue that “style” and “fit” will always be relative.

    • demidaemon

      I could almost agree with you, except I don’t think she is resisting at all. Just participating and fumbling, as many starlets tend to do when they are in the throws of first fame.

      • Synnae

        She obviously likes fashion, I think colour wise on the red carpet she actually pretty good most of the time, but the right fit and shape are still eluding her.

  • mshesterp

    From the hair to the pose to the dress, she just strikes me as an overgrown toddler. It’s aggravating. It’s Hannah Horvath playing dress-up. But you know what? She thinks she looks good, and bless her for it. I’d love to be as unselfconscious as she is.

    • Qitkat

      Politely disagree. I think this is screaming self-conscious.

    • alyce1213

      I see her as more unaware than unselfconscious.

  • shorty j

    I feel like one of her problems is that she gets hung up on dressing “around” her tattoos – it seems like a lot of her fit issues are because she thinks she has to have her backpiece fully exposed at all times (hence the strapless and open-back dresses and the lack of bra). I get it. I really do. From one tattooed, slightly chubby Brooklyn girl to another… tattoos are an accessory, not the center of attention. They don’t replace, for example, your face. You have to think about them when you dress yourself (I’m heavily tattooed on my arms, lower legs, and upper body, so I’m constantly having to balance the colors and patterns in my clothes with the ones on my skin depending on how much I’m covered, etc.) but not to the extent where you ignore all your other features, or wear an ugly piece of clothing just because it frames your tattoos the way you like. Hell, sometimes wearing things that only let bits and pieces of your tattoos poke out is even more visually interesting. (I have several low-back-but-not-so-low-you-can’t-wear-a-bra vintage dresses I would shove this woman into in a heartbeat if we were real-life friends.)

    I actually cannot even stand her on general principle, I dislike her writing and I reeeeally hate “Girls,” but we are a lot alike in some ways (similar bodies, belief systems, neuroses) so I really just want this woman to succeed. at least when it comes to dressing herself. if it was just a shift dress that fit a little better and she hadn’t worn those horrible shoes, I would have actually gone for this because it’s a bit silly (in a good way) and unfussy.

    • Bexxx

      Slightly chubby tattooed New York girls unite. I agree with every thing you said here.

    • Coleen

      I feel like if she’d gotten the back a little more v-shaped she could have shown off the upper backpiece and it would have been much more striking. (And I agree with you on the dislike and the wanting her to succeed!)

  • RussellH88

    She really needs someone to just teach her how to dress her body. It doesn’t really matter what size you are if you don’t know how to dress yourself.

  • bxbourgie

    She’s such a joke. I just can’t with this chick. I know she’s supposed to be “thumbing her nose” at convention and bla bla bla but it all seems so forced and uber annoying. The dress is awful, the shoes are beyond awful, her hair is awful, posing is awful. SHE is awful. Please go away already.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    You know, if this had been the correct size (1 size smaller actually) and she wasn’t doing all that stupid disjointed leg posing nonsense I could get behind this look. Even though the color is more July event instead of September it’s fun and cute. Gotta cut off last night’s concert access pass though that’s not a real accessory.

    • Fanny_Trollope

      Absolutely agree that this is a size too large. It’s actually slipping off her shoulders. You can always tell by the shoulders. I’m fine with the color; it’s a lemonade color, so props for appropriateness. Go down a size, get that back modified so it’s actually flattering, change your shoes, and please let those bangs grow out, girl. You are not a little Dutch boy.

    • marlie

      Looking through some of TLo’s archives, it seems like her biggest misstep here is with size. Without getting into shapes and proportion, just about everything is straight up too big. I’m not at all saying that her clothes need to be “tight” or “body conscious” if that’s not what she wants, BUT they shouldn’t look like she’s swimming in them, either. Her people need to have a good tailor on retainer, because I’d bet that it would make a world of difference.

      • Erica_Vuitton

        Oh no no I agree it doesn’t have to be skin tight. The dress looks big on the model too. I wonder if it’s a case of getting it in her normal size but the garment itself is not … “true to size” is the only way I can think to describe it.

  • GorgeousThings

    Rebecca Minkoff should have her designing license revoked for that dress.

    • Stella Zawistowski

      She should stick to handbags, it’s what she’s good at.

  • sagecreek

    No way. Like the unks, I suspect she is trying to send some kind of subversive message about the way women’s bodies are judged. While I’m all in favor of that in theory, honey, it ain’t workin’ for you. Not the way you’re doing it.

  • crash1212

    Horrible dress, for anybody (see model). The shoes are FIERCE, but DO NOT go with this dress. Those dorky short, spikey bangs aren’t doing her any favors. This woman obviously does her hair and gets dressed in the dark. Someone should should see about her electrical outlets.

  • NinjaCate

    She is doing this on purpose now. If Octavia Spencer can find gorgeous flattering designer wear for her shape, so can Lena. She is just purposely wearing shapeless shit that makes her look bad, and then bitching about body shaming when people point out that she doesn’t look good. STHAP! You can look pretty without selling out Lena! It is possible. It is NOT that hard to properly dress her figure.

    • Bexxx

      I think she’s trying to resist the idea of flattering. Which is not the worst thing.

  • SportifLateBoomer

    Yeesh. There’s got to be away she can subvert the conventional beauty system and still look better than she does.

    If I was Lena, I’d want to be a good feminist and yet still be sexy and show off, but my vanity would have the better of me and I’d want to dress in a more flattering way while doing it.

    I love the shoes, though, not with that dress but with a pair of amazing jeans.

    I’m glad she seems to be having fun.

  • Chartreusite

    Agreed on all fronts. I don’t know her work that well, but I have massive respect for what she represents to the classic Hollywood/celebrity/entertainment industry and kind of wish that she had the staying power to show up all the haters.

    That being said, from a fashion perspective, fully agreed. the back opening is unflattering on everyone and kinda looks like it’s unopened and missing a piece of fabric or something. The front looks alright but the color is not a good choice for her and ultimately the silhouette is not something I’d personally go to.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    Nope. Accepting your body is awesome. Dressing in incredibly unflattering clothes is not. This is ugly, and makes ZERO sense with those shoes. To be honest, from the front, it just looks like her dress is unzipped.

    • marlie

      And dressing in horribly unflattering clothes does NOT equal accepting one’s body. Quite the opposite, actually.

  • What an awkward dress! And those shoes just terrify me.

  • BPlease

    I’ve always thought Rebecca Minkoff’s products were wildly overpraised and that it’s just an ugly, ugly line, even the handbags. This confirms it.

  • cocohall

    She genuinely looks happy. I don’t think she is trying to subvert the conventions of Anna Wintour style. I think she has crap taste in clothes. Or a bad case of Fashion Blindness. Look, we all have friends like this (well, I do) that wear colors, shapes, and hemlines that are peculiar and unflattering. They are responding to something particular about the garment (the color makes me happy! I like the butterfly sleeves!) and really cannot go the next step in imagining how it will look “in situ.” I actually think her hair is cute and she looks like she might be fun to spend time with (although I can’t with her show. If you find Girls pretentious and tiresome, do watch the Tina Fey send-up from SNL. You will piss yourself laughing.)

  • Miss WKS

    woulda did better to wear it backwards…

  • Not applicable

    I am warming to her brazen defiance of the beauty ideal. That said, I still wish… I dunno, I wish she could do that without looking ridiculous.

  • Miss_Led

    The way she stand pigeon-toed annoys me. I don’t think she is actually pigeon-toed.

    • mlle

      It seems like a cutesy affectation. It bugs me.

  • MartyBellerMask

    OMG I would feel naked in that. How can she not? OMG OMG. Revealing AND loose. OMG.

  • Adrianna Grężak

    I think what makes me angry is that her approach to dressing for these events is that she’s being childish. You wouldn’t show up to a business meeting in a romper, why would you wear ill-fitting clothes to a press event?

  • Kinda of a weird dress, and I love that she released her hair from the tyranny of the soccer mom cut.

  • Violentcello

    I’d like to propose a question: Who WOULD that dress look good on? It’s one of the ugliest dresses I’ve ever seen.

    • mlle

      A mannequin, provided said mannequin was in a dumpster.

    • marlie

      No one, as evidenced by the numerous people saying it looks like ass on the model, too.

  • M. H. Leader

    The thing about the back of this dress is that if you a lady with curvy butt, as she does (and as 99% of women do), the hem at the back hikes up and just looks fairly terrible. And the loose fit, I’d bet dollars to donuts, comes from her discomfort with her tummy and mid-section (also true of about 90% of women). She deludes herself that loose garments disguise her size and shape, whereas something more fitted would actually make her look smaller. She needs to watch a few episodes of WHAT NOT TO WEAR. I think most of what she wears is at least a size too large for her and/or needs to be tailored to fit her properly.

    • Sue Shea

      she needs stacy and clinton B A D. but i doubt she would take their advice.

      • M. H. Leader

        I suspect you’re absolutely right. But Stacy and Clinton could make her look like a superstar!

        • Sue Shea


  • alyce1213

    As if the dress and flowbee haircut weren’t bad enough, the coy posing pushes this over the edge for me. I can’t with her anymore.

  • Vaniljekjeks

    This reminds me of one of those paper gowns they give you at the gynecologist. In yellow. The fits about spot-on here.

  • Angela_the_Librarian

    It was okay from the front (if a bit on the too large side), but the back really does ruin this. I honestly don’t want to see any dress on any one (regardless of body type, etc.) that nearly shows the butt crack. Also, she could have taken a page from the 90’s comeback fashion trend and paired this with Doc Martens instead of those ugly shoes.

  • MilaXX

    Not her dress. That wasn’t that great of address on the model and it does nothing for Lena. At least her face looks nice here.

  • Miranda

    oh…oh…oh no…..*cries*

  • She looks like the love child of Edith Bunker and a hard-boiled egg yolk. *smh*

  • Shawn EH

    Why would a skirt be gathered in the back and flat in the front? Why? It’s like they forgot the bustle! Oh, Lena … anti-Werq again.

  • Mary Featherstone

    When I first clicked on this page, I was like huh, not too bad Lena. Then I scrolled down and, my God those shoes. Scroll down further and it’s like MY GOD THAT BACK. Honey, no.

  • Laura Renee

    Yes, this is upsetting. She could so easily wear something flattering for her body shape and make similarly-sized women rejoice, but…this is not helping. This is perpetuating the idea you cannot be attractive with that body shape.

    She does have a lovely smile, though.

  • CPK1

    that is an awful awful dress

  • Danielle

    IT NEEDS A BELT. For the love of Pete, it needs a belt.

    • demidaemon

      Where would you belt it though? It would go around flesh, which would look even worse.

  • halo323

    Love love love those shoes, but they need to be rocked with a pair of slim-cut jeans or black pants, not this fugly dress.

  • Sue_Asponte

    I really appreciate this: “We also, deep down, respect that part of her that gleefully exhibits her
    body at every opportunity, in full defiance of a culture that says her
    body should not be celebrated.” Well put, guys. While I couldn’t handle a back that low myself, she seems happy with it. The dress is such a fun color and swingy style. Unflattering, but she doesn’t seem to give a rat’s ass. And really, I have to thank her for that. (I just wish she’d picked better shoes.)

    • alyce1213

      I respectfully disagree. I think she does give a rat’s ass.

      • Sue_Asponte

        Interesting… I think she’s trying to sell the unflatteringness of the dress. She is very consistent about this. She seems to be doing it deliberately, like Swinton not wearing eye makeup.
        I should say that I have never watched Girls so I am missing some of the frame of reference. Perhaps I am assuming too much.

        • She’s consistent about it because she has no understanding of fit or proportion. I can’t even fathom the idea of “selling the unflatteringness.” She wore a custom-made Prada gown to the Emmys (which was equally as ill-fitted as this, by the way). She’s not someone who hates fashion or wants to expose fashion somehow. She is, quite clearly, someone who doesn’t understand fashion.

          • Sue_Asponte

            It’s entirely possible you’re right. I was looking for a theme, because I keep hearing how smart she is. Although I haven’t watched Girls, I saw Tiny Furniture, and throughout it she wears clothes that are aggressively unflattering. She has seen herself on the screen a lot, so I find it hard to believe she’s not aware of the fit and proportion issues. That’s what makes me think she’s trying to redefine what’s acceptable, or at least follow her own muse.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    On the upside i suppose if she wants to go as Spongebob Squarepants for Halloween she should be able to fashion a costume without too much trouble…..

  • Kathryn Tewson

    What I don’t get is why she always looks so awkward and out of place when dressed up. And I don’t mean “why does she go out of the house like that,” I mean “what is it about her presentation that gives that impression?” Because she always does — she always looks like a bridesmaid trying on dresses at David’s, like she has the dress on but no other part of the whole Look.

  • Anne

    Okay, I get it. She’s a normal-sized woman in a size 0 industry, and that’s great, and she should flaunt her body by all means, especially if she loves the way she looks. But to me this look doesn’t say that she loves the way she looks. The front says, “I’m uncomfortable with my body so I’m going to go up a size and hide it,” and the back says, “I’m a normal-sized woman in a size 0 industry and my publicists tell me that I have wear revealing clothes to make a statement.”

    I’m built a lot like her, and I almost never like the way I look when my clothes are too big. It’s all about fit. I think if this dress were tailored right to her curves, I would like the whole look a lot more, and the open back would make more sense.

  • Darren Nesbitt

    I think she loves every inch of her body and can care less about about fashion. I feel like she is making fun of us. I really think she is having fun at our expense lol.

  • YoungSally

    She’s the “bee girl” from the Blind Melon video.

  • Cold Fire

    The jokes are literally writing themselves here. I just cant take it. Yet I cant stop looking bc its too damn good.

  • gksp

    Love her and love her in this regardless

  • mommyca

    the whole thing is a mess… but I appreciate she has mosquito-bite scars in her legs… like I do… it’s endearing…

  • Clair Ellis

    I feel like she tries really hard to dress horribly. Like she puts effort into just looking 100% ridiculous. You don’t have to like the pole dance but at some point someone is going to call your bluff and you’re going to have to dress like you give a shit.

    • marlie

      I think Zosia makes the effort to look ridiculous. I actually think that Lena wants to put on a pretty dress and pose on the red carpet, but she keeps choosing the WRONG dress.

      • Clair Ellis

        From what I understand about her, she is not about the red carpet. This is my small understanding just because I don’t much care for her. Zosia makes my eyes bleed and I don’t like her at all. But I’ve never seen Lena look good other than the recent magazine cover that the Uncles covered.

  • Janet B

    I just don’t have the energy for this today.

  • kimmeister

    Why do she and Zosia hate their eyebrows so much? Just minimal effort and their brows would look 100% better.

    That is the worst open back I’ve ever seen. It’s not right for anybody.

  • tereliz

    This girl more than ANYONE needs a TAILOR!

    I get it, the dress is probably on loan, but the top needs to be fitted to her torso better. An a-line is a good shape for her, but the open back makes the bodice look like it’s about to fall off her shoulders. It needs to be taken in beneath the arms and on the shoulders to hoik up the skirt in the back because I think I can see her underwear. 🙁 Shame. This girl needs to only wear clothes that can be tailored. Seriously, though, it’s not like whoever loaned her this Minkoff in a size 12 is going to loan the exact same one out to another celebrity. Just give her the effing thing and make her come for a fitting if you want her—and by association, your clothes—look good.

  • mhleta

    I love those shoes, but they need to be worn by someone who loves, appreciates and understands them. I would like to volunteer to foster them until a suitable owner can be found.

  • Synnae

    Shoes are great but not with this outfit. As for the dress. Just burn it. It is so f-in ugly.

    As for Lena’s dress sense, or lack thereof, I feel she wants to dress like a hipster chick but without realising that with her body shape you have to have make some concessions and just sometimes say no to items.

  • marlie

    I hate this dress on her. I hate it on the model. too. She needs to go home, take off the dress AND the shoes, burn them both, and start over again.

    She does look like she’s having fun here, and while I’m really not a fan of the “Girls” crowd, the fact that Lena seems to enjoy being on the red carpet will always give her a boost in my opinion over her costar Zosia.

  • quiltrx

    What a terrible dress! The shape seems to be for the sake of shape–no thought to flattering ANYONE.
    And those shoes are SO WRONG…the worst is that the shoes are really kind of awesome on their own. I think they’d look great with some sophisticated trousers.

  • Lena, I am begging you to let me style you. I will let you have ALL the colors and ALL “I am mocking fashion” while making you a trailblazer. Trust me. I wear cat ears in my day job in a law firm and they made me a supervisor. WE CAN DO THIS.

  • kittenwithaquip

    I keep trying to write something and can’t. I kinda don’t care how she tries to sell her particular brand of aesthetic fuckery; you just can’t make any converts to the whole “reject societal norms and standards of beauty” when you look like shit doing it. You have to show off your best assets, you have to understand line and color…Most of all, you have to actually think about what you wear and how you present yourself, not just throw on whatever expensive crap someone else hands you.

    And for Pete’s sake, stop picking your scabs. I think by now even Courtney Love gets that much.

  • paginatrix

    She has a really pretty smile. And her hair looks cute. I wish she’d put the same chutzpah into her looks as she does her writing.

  • JauntyJohn

    Every time I see her in one of these cheeky, defiant outfits I think to myself how bulletproof her self esteem must be, and I have a twinge of envy. I echo all the sentiments applauding her for how free she seems in defying some pretty solid cultural norms. I am even a little jealous, and wonder what it would have been like to be that young, that curvy, and that okay with it.
    With all of the above said, it’s maybe time to move from defiance to celebration, and for that it may be time to consult with some professionals.

    Also: Lena, give Beth Ditto a call. I think she might have some answers for you.

  • Vesper Beauty

    “The thing is, we’d respect that approach if we thought there was some real point to it and if she was making interesting choices. But she just picked a dress and a pair of shoes from the same designer and kind of mashed them together, like a kid playing with her food.”

    YES. Thank you. Exactly why I don’t find any of Dunham’s work “groundbreaking”. There’s no meaning behind any of it, just a random mashup.

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  • formerlyAnon

    The shoes are awful.

  • Aurumgirl

    There is nothing flattering about that dress. Even the model looks horrific in it.

  • boweryboy

    Back roll!? Oh, you’re going to come at her like that ? Alright…

    : )

  • snarkykitten

    It looks like a very fashionable hospital gown. Did she run out of her ob-gyn appt to make the red carpet?

  • demidaemon

    Agreed. I saw the back cutout on the model first and I was like, “No.” I appreciate Lena telling the world to shove it on bodies and such, but, girl, do it with a dress that makes you look smoking, not this half-assed two seam shit. Also, shoes need to die.

  • Cathy S

    I was going to say that she should have belted it. Then I saw the back. Oh dear.

  • LaSylphide

    Dear God. Eyes front, Lena. Nobody wants to see that ill-fitting back. And to be fair, the dress even looks bad on the model.

  • MarissaLG

    I’m conflicted here. On one hand, I think maybe she legitimately does not care about Clothes/Fashion/The Way She Looks Publicly, and that’s kind of cool. On the other hand, when she goes around looking bad, it makes people think that there’s no way a woman who isn’t a size 2 can look good, and that’s definitely not the case. Lena isn’t even that big of a girl! She is very much an average size and a supremely talented young woman and I just wish she would look great sometimes.

  • MaryAtRealityTea

    I’m biased because I just cannot stand anything about her. The artifice is of Gaga proportions and it’s really pathetic “performance art” but this dress is an atrocity! Regardless of her decision to so-called defy cultural mores (despite essentially paying attention to them at ever opportunity) she can look much better than this. The color is lovely. The shoes are ick no matter what you pair them with.

    If she’s so intent to ignore cultural constraints about what women should look like stay off the red carpet. Or wear jeans. Jeans that fit. /rant over and thanks for indulging me. 🙂

  • d4divine

    Dunham is good friends with Minkoff…friendship only goes so far..she looks like a dancing smiling emoticon.

  • lobsterlen

    Toddler. She looks like a toddler. What woman wants to wear a dress that looks like it could be accessorized with a color coordinated bib and binky?

  • VioletFem

    I couldn’t help but notice that a lot of the comments here mention that she kind of looks like a toddler in this outfit. That description is so fitting because the SNL spoof of Girls this weekend made reference to that. It was definitely the most hilarious skit of the premiere.

    • alyce1213

      “You are weak and soft and dressed like baby.”

  • River

    100% agree on all points.

  • H2olovngrl

    Oy, this girl!!! This is not rocket science! She looks like she repurposed a super thick fabric banana costume, or lemon, or teletubby… I don’t get why she struggles with this. She may have an average (not stick thin) build, but she is certainly not that difficult to dress. Her boobs aren’t extraordinarily large, she is not terribly tall, and she looks proportionally in sync. SO HOW DOES SHE KEEP SCREWING THIS UP???!!! Ok. I feel better now. I just needed to get it all out there.

  • Maev

    I’ll say this for her recent (mostly unfortunate) choices – now that she’s picking better colours, I’ve finally realised what lovely eyes she has – they’re a fantastic, warm, rich shade of brown, but I had never noticed that before. So well done for that at least.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    It’s just an ugly ass dress. End of story.

  • ThatPeterG

    This has got to be one of the 10 worst looks of 2013.

  • Joan Golann

    From the back it looks like a hospital gown with a skirt.

  • FionaTF

    Ugh so bad. Did she cut her own bangs? The dress looks to be a size too big. And the pigeon-toe posing. Just awful. Why does she do this to herself? I don’t think it is making the statement that she is trying to make. Instead it is distracting and ugly and that’s about it.

  • Jamie Klein

    The hair the face the ugly looking house frock…..She’s channeling Edith Bunker, no disrespect to Jean Stapleton.

  • Samuel Joesph Donovan

    I actually don’t mind the dress on her–it fits, for once, and the proportions of it are mostly right. I think the big problem here is comportment–that is absolutely the WORST way to be standing/posing in that look. The dress calls for angles and smooth lines–she’s giving straight on “HEY GURL!” posing towards the camera.

  • gracedarling

    It’s a shift at the front and a… drop-waisted skating dress at the back? Dear God.

  • joything

    It’s a glorious expose of the overall cluelessness of fashion designers. This is a normal woman’s body, and a big name designer has got nothin’.

    • One shitty dress that doesn’t fit correctly doesn’t expose anyone but the wearer and her stylist for being a little clueless as to how to dress her.

  • elzatelzabelz

    I would say this is the most unflattering thing she’s ever worn. But, that’s just not true. Why won’t she hire a stylist? I’m over her.

  • SuziQue

    She seems to love the clothes she’s been wearing recently…but everything seems to not fit and be boxy…this and the Prada she wore at the Emmy’s seem to be stiff and boxy. I don’t know what she’s doing if she has a deeper meaning to it (a la Gaga) but I agree with T&L that it’s a crock for her to say she doesn’t care about fashion. She does…but she wants an excuse if it doesn’t go well.

  • Dreamwr8tr

    With the way the dress looks on her and her accessories, this says, “Designer hospital gown Project Runway challenge”

  • MaryMitch

    I hate that pigeon-toed stance; she looks like a toddler that has to pee.

  • stacey

    this is painful. Her hair looks like a mini-van carpool mom who cuts it herself. Is this a weird feminist ploy to knock traditional notions of female beauty on the head? I guess it works at that level, but it’s just so obnoxious. I think she looks like a four year old who got into the sharpies and the dress up bin.

  • l v

    I just… I don’t like her. I hate her hair and her terrible fashion choices and her whatever-this-is-me persona about things… It just rubs me the wrong way and doesn’t seem 100% genuine. Get a stylist. You don’t have to wear anything super girly or frilly or conventional… But get something that flatters the body type you DO have so you can celebrate it yourself (rather than fitting into anyone else’s mold). I don’t know. Something about her just really gets under my skin.

  • Blackie

    Anyone remember totie fields?

  • elirt

    The whole brooklyn hipster, let’s look terrible thing, is seriously getting soooooooooooooooo old. At least she’s not wearing giant, unflattering, grandma glasses. I see this every day. It is getting so old. When will it die? She’s a lovely girl, no reason to look bad on purpose. It’s not ironic, it’s lame.

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