Tina Fey in Oscar de la Renta at the 2013 Mark Twain Prize For American Humor

Posted on October 21, 2013

Oh, Tina. Not you too. We really hoped you’d avoid the whole widow’s weeds trend.


Tina Fey attends the 2013 Mark Twain Prize For American Humor at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC in an Oscar de la renta lace dress.

Death. Death to black lace. Who’s with us?

It’s not that she looks horrible (although she does look a little dour and dowdy); it’s that she’s following a trend. Really, Miss Tina? What’s next, granny panties? You know that’s not your style, dear. Classic chic, smart tailoring, and old school Hollywood glamour all work like gangbusters for you. Stick with that stuff. The next time a stylist tries to convince you to wear something trendy, throw water in their face.

Sure, it’s not a big Hollywood event, but it’s also not a funeral. There’s a happy medium, we’re thinking.





[Photo Credit: Kris Connor/Getty Images]

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  • A Shiny O’Connor

    Half of the Kardashians’ latest kollection looks like the top half of this dress. ‘Nuff said.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      You know, “Kardashian Kollection” say it all.

      • A Shiny O’Connor

        Absolutely. Much more succinct.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    I don’t want to go to there.

  • marlie

    This doesn’t actually bother me. I really like the silhouette, and I think it fits her well (mostly).

    • Lucía Gavello

      Well, a nice fit doesn’t make up for a lack of oomph. Personally, I think I have a problem with how heavy it looks and the fact that she’s wearing such a somber and boring dress to the “Mark Twain Prize For American Humor”. I’m not expecting her to show up in clown shoes and a squirting lapel flower but she usually looks miles better than this so I hold her to a higher standard.

      • marlie

        I don’t think this dress has a lack of “oomph” at all, BUT you’re right that this might be too serious for the occasion.

        • RebeccaKW

          I would be fine with all these black dresses if these celebs would brighten it up. Wear hot pink shoes, wear big gaudy earrings, something.

      • Aurumgirl

        Exactly my thoughts. It’s the very definition of “funereal”. And it’s a comedy award named after Mark Twain! A little lightheartedness in the dress selection would have been appropriate.

        • Kathy

          Maybe she’s trying to reference his “rumors of my death…” quote.

  • Clueless_Jock

    The lace makes her arms look hairy.

    • YoungSally

      And there is something in the bodice that gives her a four boob illusion.

      Four boob illusion – is that a fancy form of French lace?

  • Sara__B

    I spy at least three different designs of black lace here. Death to black lace, and triple death to triple lace!

  • SayWhaaatNow

    If there wasn’t a black dress trend on the RC right now, would this be considered chic?

    I guess I just don’t understand what’s so wrong with the lace…

  • Rand Ortega

    Widow wear. Not feelin’ it.

  • SewingSiren

    I am a black lace lover. Don’t love this dress on her, though. It would be fine for some ordinary woman out on her big night away from the kids. But Tina can do so much better.

  • Noshmek

    Is this her announcement dress for the Dowager Countess of Downton Abbey prequel?

  • charlotte

    Good God, Lemon!

  • Nancer

    What is happening with her hair? I just.. don’t get it.

  • Her face is very fetch in profile.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Pretty dress but it doesn’t flatter her at all. And is it me or is that a pregnancy bump in the profile?

  • BrooklynBomber

    I see Tom & Lorenzo on horseback in front of a teeming crowd of BK villagers, shouting, Death! Death to black lace! Who’s with us? And the BK villagers are cheering, of course.

    • another_laura

      I’ll grab the torches and we’ll storm the castle!

      • BrooklynBomber

        I’ll get the swords and maces.

        • decormaven

          Can I unleash the hounds of hell now?

          • BrooklynBomber

            Please do.

  • Lori

    I’m with you. I don’t have a pitchfork, but around here I can probably borrow one. Death to black lace!

  • Coleen

    I have to say, I love it. I know it’s been done to death (GEDDIT!?), but I love her in this.

    • stonecoldcuddlewhore

      I agree and it feels appropriate for the event.

  • MilaXX

    UGH! This looks like something she would have worn back when she was trying to find her style groove.
    I got the pitchforks, let’s burn all the widows weeds! Who’s with me?

  • Toby Wollin

    My problem (besides the black issue) is that this dress is neither here nor there. This is a 1962 cocktail dress (and I know this because my mom had three of ’em and one of them WAS black lace –one of the others was a whoop-dee-doo kick-ass humongous floral with navy blue chiffon, which was killer on her because she had red hair and looked like Lucille Ball but that’s another story) worn by the wife of a local doctor or lawyer. This is, as my mom would put it, ‘nothing special’ – it’s the dress you yank out of the closet when you look in there and don’t have the time to shop or don’t really give a hoot about the occasion. She could have done a LOT better. On top of that (what? There’s MORE?), her makeup is so down-scale that her lips basically disappear into her face. How about some massive crazy earrings? Killer red lips? Something!! Help me, Rhonda!

    • Lori

      The whoop-dee-doo kick-ass dress sounds fabulous. Go Toby Wollin’s mom!

  • withbreaththatisbaited

    Something about the Kennedy Center must scream “LACE!” to her. For her own ceremony, she wore a version if this dress, with short sleeve and a shorter hem (also de la Renta, I believe) and for Letterman’s ceremony last year she wore a long gold version of this dress. It’s not good, and she’s been doing so well!

  • I hope she told lots of jokes in the eulogy she gave. People need humor during hard times.
    She looks frumpy. Since we now know what she is capable of, it’s even more disheartening than a few years ago, before we knew she could do so much better.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I like the ponytail.

  • Shawn EH

    Grandma Fey, the hors d’oevres are over here!

  • RussellH88

    Lemon, you look terrible, and I once watched you eat oysters while you had a cold.

  • TAGinMO

    Looks like an actual widow.

  • Karen Belgrad

    I can’t help but wonder how TLo would’ve viewed this if the black/dour trend hadn’t been all the rage.

  • ovarB

    Is there irony a foot wearing widow weeds to receive an award for comedy??

  • conniemd

    I buried my husband on Saturday (not a plea for sympathy, that’s just as explanation of my thought of this dress). I was way behind on this site and on Sunday, finally caught up on all I had missed last week and TLo’s funeral wear comments for last week were so appropriate, because I cannot tell you how many dresses I looked at and my first thought was “that would have worked for my funeral dress yesterday”. I was so depressed to see all that black. Anyway, this dress fits right in those thoughts, “not another funeral dress, please.”

    • marlie

      So sorry for your loss. I’ll keep you in my thoughts. xo

    • Oh, fellow Kitten, my heart goes out to you. I too will be keeping you in my thoughts. You can count on the BKs and TLo to come with the proper mental distractions, even if we can’t show up with a casserole, as proper etiquette dictates.

    • minnye

      So sorry for your loss. {BK hug}

    • formerlyAnon

      Add in my kind thoughts and sympathies and wishes for decent sleep.

    • calbear97

      I am so sorry for your loss. Many bitter kitten hugs to you from across the interverse.

    • We’re so sorry, sweetie.

  • Imasewsure

    Throw Chianti in their faces Tina (’cause you look like an old Italian war widow!)

  • Trickytrisha

    She put on her SERIOUS dress. Srsly bad dress, unfortunately.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Bummer. Especially considering how far she’s come, style-wise. The dress itself is fine, but I hate it nonetheless. Funereal and boring.

  • Let it out

    Would it be weird for to dress like Amy Poehler? Amy’s got *mad* style. Or maybe she could just borrow Amy’s stylist.

  • formerlyAnon

    Fine. Whatever. Not the impact I’d be hoping for in de la Renta.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    DEATH TO BLACK LACE. I am with you. I hate it.


  • bertkeeter

    OY, OY, OY!

  • mightbewrong

  • DominoEstella

    I love black lace and I always will, especially in this woman friendly silhouette.

  • what awful pictures of her, the lighting, the makeup, the dumpy dress and the silly little ponytail. tina, this is not you.

  • NinjaCate

    Forget funerals, this is just UGLY.

  • Gatto Nero

    The fabric and cut of this dress are so aging, and the ponytail so juvenile. Strange mash-up. She can do much better than this.