Allison Williams in Vintage Geoffrey Beene at the 2013 Exploring The Arts Gala

Posted on October 10, 2013

We’re sorry, we don’t care how preppy you are or what your pedigree is or even what you do for a living, this is way too mature (and frankly, boring) a look for a freaking 24-year-old on the red carpet.


“Girls” star Allison Williams attends the Exploring The Arts Annual Gala 2013 in New York City in a vintage Geoffrey Beene dress paired with Christian Louboutin shoes and Fred Leighton jewelry.

She looks like a Chief of Surgery’s wife attending a hospital benefit.

We look at her gingerly letting the world see a hint of her calf, parting her lips and looking over her shoulder (as her big unflattering blousson top billows away from her) and think, “Oh, honey. Living on Privilege Island really did a number on you, didn’t it?” This is why the Girls girls are such shitty red carpet denizens. Because even when they’re trying really hard, none of them seem to ever understand that need to really sell an image in order to keep your standing in your career. No hunger. Here’s Allison doing her best to look pretty and get her picture taken on the red carpet and she just looks dull and timid. This is a look for someone old enough to be her mother and she’s an actress on a hot show on the red carpet. We can’t tsk hard enough. Sure, it’s an art gala, but still. That’s not an invite for 24-year-olds to dress twice their age.

And we’re not suggesting at all that she dress sexier or anything. You wanna do the fashion princess thing, Allison? Fine. Click on the “Kiernan Shipka” tag here for a lesson plan. Sure, she’s almost a decade younger than you, but trust us, you need to be yanked in the other direction.





[Photo Credit: Bryan Bedder, Larry Busacca/Getty Images]

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  • Stella Zawistowski

    I don’t understand the point of the satin-edged napkin.

  • Nicholas

    I think she’s got some kind of FLOTUS complex going on.

  • This is a dress for a mature woman with tons of innate style, who with the right accessories will lift this dress to orbit.

    • Nicholas

      I think it’s still “demure” at best, and definitely something someone Williams’s age couldn’t wear.

    • MW

      I’m thinking send it off to Julianne Moore.

      • She could rock it!

      • alyce1213

        Julianne fits the maturity bill, but I’m not so sure about innate style, which I think she lacks (though it seems to be improving lately). Her sass and confidence could still pull it off.

        • Bexxx

          I agree that she lacks innate style, but in lieu of that, her boldness could carry the dress. And, unlike Allison, she ALWAYS puts the effort in.

      • NYCGlamourpuss


    • Jenna Marie

      It’s so funny, I’m wanting to agree, but I just can’t. I’m a 24 year old woman and I think she looks chic. I would wear a similar dress anytime. I keep trying to see this as mature, but I just don’t.

      • queendarlene

        I agree. i thought she looked chic and fabulous!

  • Courtenay P


    • NinaBoo

      Every time I see her I think, “The Most Boooooooorrrrrrring Woman in the World”.

      Kind of like the Most Interesting Man in the World but incredibly not.

      • E2_Remote

        That top spot used to go to Kate Bosworth, who has now slipped to #2.

  • Add to that, it’s not even flattering. The makeup is overbearing, the colors meet at an odd place on the body, doing her natural shape zero favors, it looks cheap from behind. This is just not her dress, but sadly, I do suspect it is her personality.

  • YoungSally

    Agreed — too matronly. That said, if she wants to wear vintage Beene — there are so many great choices that are a lot more fun!!

  • Nice earrings, but I think Julianne Moore would wear the dress better.

    • Bexxx

      This is SO Julianne. Great call.

  • RussellH88

    That thing over the top white portion is driving me insane.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    So I don’t know much about her – other than she is Brian Williams daughter. Is she awfully snobbish or something?? She seems pretty down to earth. I assume it’s not the girl that pisses off T & Lo, but the style (or lack there of)?

    • Bexxx

      I think their argument is that she shows no effort to cultivate a red-carpet persona and a marketable style- whether she is a sweet, grounded girl or not, she just doesn’t appear to be putting in the legwork on the style front, which is a huge part of being a celebrity.

    • Lori

      TLo aren’t complaining that she’s snobbish. They’re complaining that her privilege is showing, which isn’t the same thing. She comes from a world where if you have the right pedigree success is 8/10th showing up, looking nice and not doing anything that’ll scare the horses. She has no concept of needing to really work for it, so she either doesn’t know how to sell herself on the RC or doesn’t bother. Instead she keeps showing up wearing things that would work fine if she was the former débutante wife of an up and coming thoracic surgeon, or some other denizen of privilege island, but which are made of FAIL for the RC.

      • Guest

        Huh…she’s got a pretty good entertainment resume… as far as “no concept of needing to really work for it” – Work for what? She’s getting work. Get a Maxim cover? Maybe she is not interested?

        • Lori

          Getting work is not the same thing as working for it, which is sort of the point. She had a much easier time breaking in and starting to get work because of who she is. Connections matter. That doesn’t mean that she doesn’t have talent or that she doesn’t work hard once she has the job, but it does mean that getting the job has been much easier for her than for most people. She doesn’t show any signs that she understands that in show business she needs to sell herself in order to keep the jobs coming. She’s playing the show business game by society rules.

          • HomeOfficeGirl

            Like I said, don’t know much about her. Got to be easier ways to lean on your privilege than comedy, but Ok. I agree that boring style makes her a lame topic for TLo.

          • mlle

            Exactly. What she’s wearing is appropriate, though it skews a little old, for a socialite but it does nothing to cultivate her star persona, so it fails as an actress red carpet dress.

    • Imasewsure

      And remember here… we are not calling her out on her work ethic or her career/talent, etc. We are calling her out on a total lack of effort in her FASHION and particularly her RC looks which are so deadly dull and cliche “ladies who lunch with the hounds” – and in this case, 40 year old rich housewife! It’s all about the fashion folks!!

    • BrooklynBomber

      Crap. Not only did I not know anything about her, but I’m not even sure who Brian Williams is. ETA I looked. NBC news guy?

      The dress is sort of interesting. And it’s vintage Geoffrey Beene! Points just for that.

  • WittyCism

    Off the rack

  • LondonMarriott

    I don’t hate the dress, in fact, I quite like it. That said:
    a) 24?!?!?!??!?!?!?!??!??!!!!!?11!!?!
    b) Spot on about “no hunger”. I would kill to be poledancing for a show. I’d go on, but I can’t with all these flames on the sides of my face…

    • Tatiana Luján

      I really like this dress too and I tought she was at least 28.

    • twigg

      wikipedia says 25, but I still thought she was 28/29!

  • Catiline

    MAJOR scrolldown disappointment! I actually dig it from the waist up, but I thought it was going to turn into a flirty little skirt at the bottom. Not refrigerator doors.

    • Katesymae

      I agree that the bottom half is a matronly snorefest. Hair and makeup look nearly flawless to my eye, though.

    • decormaven

      “Jay, tell them what they’ve won!” “Monty, it’s an Amana side by side refrigerator/freezer. It has pullout drawers and a Frostamatic ice maker. It retails for $1,200.”
      Jokes aside, this is completely the wrong look for her. Tiltd called it; ship it off to a gal who has the vintage jewelry and experience to wear this look well.

      • Imasewsure

        She should have taken the awesome little mini behind door number 2!!

  • MilaXX

    I don’t think it’s the dress, I think it’s the styling and her prim attitude. Take that hair down, put on a red lip and loosen up. And why is she so bumpy around the hips?

    • Kent Roby

      I agree; I like the dress (though the blocking of the grey panel with the white and black cutting in is messing with my OCD), but it needs looser hair and a bright shoe to make it more youthful.

  • maggiemaggie

    Because even when they’re trying really hard, none of them seem to ever
    understand that need to really sell an image in order to keep your
    standing in your career.

    I’ve been definitely thinking this about Lena Dunham – for better or worse – she has never had the need to please people, which to me is why it always seems like she’s trolling the red carpet.

    You could definitely argue that this is a good thing, since women historically have been hobbled by the need to please everyone.

    On the other hand there are still other privileged women, like Sophia Coppola, who look great without needing to please – or privileged women like Miley Cyrus or Paris HIlton who just can’t seem to get enough attention and dress accordingly.

    • LondonMarriott

      I’m ok with it in the case of Lena Dunham, solely because she’s talented and it’s her shtick. The trolling works for a writer/quirk. Allison is, IMO, a pretty girl who can kinda sing and kinda act. She needs to sell herself because there are a million of her out there.

      I do agree with your statement about women needing to please, but Lena has established herself as the type to not only deliver that message but benefit from it. Allison is just… there.

      • maggiemaggie

        I think the thing is though… Allison Williams doesn’t really need to sell herself because of who her father is. She already has that big advantage over other actresses in her talent range.

        • Every celebrity needs to sell themselves. Gwyneth Paltrow’s parents were major-league Hollywood connected and Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ parents are billionaires, but they both understand that they alone have to work to sell themselves to the public.

  • Fannie Wolston

    Okay, but maybe she is not there to come off as some kind of fierce for this one gig. She’s obviously working the ladies who luncheon crowd., circa geoffery beene 1965

    • Imasewsure

      I think the point is… she ALWAYS looks this dull on the RC (pretty but not one to “scare the horses”) and it’s boring boring boring

  • clatie

    I must say – I LOVE the dress. She just doesn’t have enough personality to make it shine.

  • cocohall

    She’s seems to have gotten into her Ooompa Looompa make-up kit. Her cheeks are ORANGE. She knew she needed some color, but honey change the dress, and leave the Halloween make-up for a few weeks from now. You cute little pumpkin of privilege. Actually of the four GIRLS,, she bothers me the least. She does dress too old for her age, but she is not wearing an eye mask on her boobs or a dress four sizes too big, so within the very small domain of GIRLS on the red carpet, this is a werq.

    • mlle

      She’s the only one of them who isn’t straining to prove how little she cares about fashion (while wearing several thousand dollars of it). Her outfits are boring, but at least she understands that dressing up is part of her job.

      • demidaemon

        Damning with faint praise, true as it may be.

    • i love all the girls on the red carpet. they have each developed their own identity, and i find each of them entertaining in their own way.

  • msdamselfly

    I like it

  • crash1212

    Huh. I’ve seen her on talk shows and she’s quite sweet and nice and unassuming. She keeps her tongue in her mouth. I think she is dressing her personality and I think she looks great. I love this dress…I’m not seeing the “age” thing, but perhaps I just don’t have an educated eye. I do think if her hair were softer/down it would’ve hipped it up a bit. I say let Allison live people.

    • Bexxx

      You have come to the wrong blog. No one is safe here, no matter where they put their tongue.

      • crash1212

        Well aware of this blog as have been following since day one…I just like to express different point of view on occasion. Tongue firmly implanted in cheek!

    • SylviaFowler

      The entire line of criticism of this girl that I see from people around here has the distinct smell of envy, to me. There is no actual meat to the criticisms. She’s a pretty girl. She has more than one credit on her IMDB. She always looks very nice and not like a bum or a hooker. I appreciate these things.

      And I fail to see much difference at all between Kiernan Shipka’s style and Allison Williams’. In fact, what Kiernan wore to the Emmys and what Allison wore to the BAFTA Tea Party are virtually identical.

    • Tatiana Luján

      I agree with you on that she seems to be dressing accordingly to her personality. I like it, so what if she dresses a bit too mature and not like all the other Hollywood 24 girls.
      She always looks clean and well presented, it’s clear she makes an effort to dress up.
      I’m all for Hollywood diversity and that includes people who dress too mature for their age.

    • this can be a new standard for young starlets: she keeps her tongue in her mouth. i love it. it’s like the former bar to reach: she keeps her legs together when she arises from her limo.

  • lose the kind of see-through bib, shorten the dress to knee-length, have some more fun with hair and make-up, use some fun bangles and this could work, I think.

  • But… But… She’s wearing kitten heels! She’s being a role model for not torturing the feet of ladies for the sake of having sexy feet. Or something like that.

  • SewingSiren

    This is the most interesting gown that she has ever worn. So good on her.

  • Bexxx

    You hit the nail on the head about the Girlsgirls’ lack of hunger. I’ve been trying to figure out why I hate them, and that’s exactly it- is there anything worse than watching someone luck into great success and not even give a shit? On that note, Lena Dunham, who I used to DESPISE (and I’m still not a fan by any measure) seems to care about her work and her red carper appearances, so she’s beginning to grow on me. Of course she likes to act like she doesn’t care, but that’s just part of the hard work of cultivating an image, isn’t it?

    • SylviaFowler

      Wait, so Lena Dunham consistently looks like a troll on red carpets and she acts like she doesn’t care about success; this means she DOES care about success and is working hard for it.

      Allison Williams always looks very nice on red carpets, and she acts like she doesn’t care about success; this means she really doesn’t care about success and isn’t working hard for it.

      It’s odd how Dunham’s lack of care and effort are an indicator of actual care and effort, but Williams’ actual effort means she actually doesn’t care. That’s some interesting mind-reading ability everyone seems to have.

      • Please find a way to express your disagreement without being snide about it.

        • kategs

          I think she nailed it meself…

      • Bexxx

        Alright, so my argument was poorly articulated. What I was trying to say is that this one shows up in a snoozefest of a pretty dress every time, looks fine, but never really takes any fashion risks, whereas Lena is clearly experimenting in and having fun with her fashion. When it comes to two dull, privileged rich girls who have talent but got their foot in the door thanks to being born connected, I’ll take the one who takes risks over the one that just puts on the pretty dress. Part of being a celebrity is cultivating an image. Allison has yet to cultivate an image any different than the norm. That feels lazy to me.

        For the record, if you read through comments on this blog, you will see disagreements tend to be voiced with humor and civility, which makes for the friendly but stimulating environment that keeps people coming back. Your disagreement is more malicious than humorous and civil. This is TLo, not a Yahoo news article.

        • demidaemon

          I think your point was fine and well-stated. It was your respondee who was bit attitudealicious. (I made that word up, if you couldn’t tell. ;))

      • i think you present an interesting conundrum. just that last sentence got a little too snarky.

    • Catiline

      I guess for me, I basically see this dress as the lady equivalent of a male star who shows up in a perfectly acceptable suit. It’s not a groundbreaking moment in fashion, but everything’s tucked in and fits OK and doesn’t clash horribly. The type of outfit where everyone goes “boring” or “bank teller” or “but he’s so hot, who cares?”, and then generally moves on.

      I’m not saying Allison Williams needs to be handled with kid gloves or that nobody’s general RC persona can ever be assessed (if I did I wouldn’t be coming here!). But this particular look? Is just… so inoffensive. It’s not anywhere near the level of Zosia Mamet and her stupid shorts. Working up to “hate” over a basically average look starts to verge on “ladies need to look flawless, men just need to not look like they’re going to Home Depot” double standard territory to me.

      • Bexxx

        You’re totally right about the double standard thing. That’s an excellent point. My hatred stems from the fact that these “girls” do not represent my diverse and nuanced community of young women living and working in New York and I am sick of them acting like they represent me.

        • Bexxx

          So my responses to their public appearances are a bit more personal than most peoples.

  • Rhonda Shore

    I don’t like that the napkin is angled…it just looks off.

  • Snailstsichr

    This is a pity especially because she can really rock strong color and defaulted to blah.

  • I love the phrase “Living on Privilege Island”. And they nailed it, that is a woman who lives with no hunger. I dress up to go to the gym, to go grocery shopping, to go to the bathroom. Then again, I grew up in “Wagon Wheel Trailer Court” so nothing will ever be glamorous enough for me until I take a bath in pearls.

  • Erica Woods Tucker

    They don’t need to sell the show. They’re all from very comfortable families.Doctor’s wife, actress…it’s all the same to them. They don’t give a -ish if the show continues or not. They’ll continue to wear granny drawers on the red carpet and go about their business.

  • halleygee

    Why is it so bumpy on her bum? Is that the dress or her undergarments? Can’t tell but looks strange.

  • mlle

    I hope she bought this, since it’ll look great when she breaks it out for her 35th birthday party.

    • queenceleste

      you mean 45th?

  • momogus

    Jeez – I think she looks terrific. It’s okay for someone young to look elegant and poised.

  • kategs

    Sometimes I just don’t see it the way you two do. I think she looks elegant and sleek, perfection for an art show.

  • demidaemon

    I don’t really see the aging properties. However, I do think this is just a horrible dress for her. The length is wrong, the bodice is WTF, askew, and wrinkly, and her head is too severe in both hair and make-up. It’s a fail before you even get to appropriateness for age, venue, and poledancing effect.

  • Sly

    Geoffrey Beene is never boring. He is one of the greatest and most loved, American designers. Designers today take inspiration from him: cut-outs, see through, menswear for women… It may be mature for her, but make no mistake, that is not a boring dress.

  • queenceleste

    I think I’m going to have to channel my inner Nina Garcia here. i think if her hair and makeup were younger, this could have been amazing. It’s the whole package that is so off putting.

  • AmeliaEve

    Also, this type of color blocking always ends up making one breast look bigger than the other.

  • i don’t see this as a mature look. boring, yes, and just a little odd, with the see through flap on one side. but i do like the accessories, even if they are matchy. the black metal earrings with diamonds are a playful twist, and the bracelet is a different iteration of the same shape. but, geoffrey beene is best left to a more seasoned veteran, i’ll give you that.

  • Gatto Nero

    Everything she does bores me.