Emma Roberts in Lanvin at the 2013 American Music Awards

Posted on November 26, 2013

This is not a very nice thing to say about someone’s style but we never claimed to be nice, so here goes.

“American Horror Story: Coven” star Emma Roberts attends the 2013 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California in a Lanvin dress paired with Casadei shoes and a RODO clutch.

She makes everything she wears look cheap. Ouch. We would weep if anyone said that about us.  But we’ve been looking at her red carpet attempts for years now and in every case, we have to double-check to make sure she really is wearing something high end (like, say, a Lanvin gown) because it always looks like some sort of knockoff when she puts it on.

Granted, there’s a reason this isn’t a “Girl, That’s Not Your Dress” entry and that’s because we really don’t think anyone could make this metal sack look good. Yeah, the bridesmaid accessories don’t help and yeah, she never quite seems to get the whole hair-and-makeup thing, but we can’t put the blame entirely on her this time. It’s possible a Tilda could turn this into something icy and fabulous, but this really isn’t a dress for anyone, as far as we can see.





[Photo Credit: Peter West/ACE/INFphoto.com, Jennifer Graylock/INFphoto.com]

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  • Paigealicious

    I feel like someone just threw acid in my face in a public restroom!!!

  • Karen Belgrad

    I assumed your follow-up to “This is not a very nice thing to say about someone’s style but we never claimed to be nice, so here goes.” would be….
    She has none.

    See you’re nicer than me!

    • misstressofsylar

      I don’t know. if you don’t have style , you can easily hire a stylist. making everything look cheap seems incurable somehow, something that even the best stylist in the world can’t change.

      • That’s the next hot concept in reality TV: stylist competition! Who can make this starlet look good? Who will be the champion stylist?

  • BayTampaBay

    I think her make-up looks great.

    • kimmeister

      It is the prettiest I have ever seen her face look.

      • lifeisastory

        Agreed. Her face is beautiful. Too bad that baggy saggy lamé
        thing draws all the attention away. That is the dress of a much larger, tackier person.

        • Rhonda Shore

          It’s an awful dress that references all of the worst aspects of the 1970s. This dress made me shudder and there’s no reason anyone who looks this way should cause such a reaction. Hire some decent stylists, for pete’s sake!

    • jay

      but her hair is KILLING me

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    But that is a hot mess – not that she has any kind of real style, because I agree there. But this would be a mess on nearly anyone, I think.

  • I thought it was a shitty jumpsuit. Now I’m horrified that it’s a shitty dress.

  • nannypoo

    Oh! I just remembered, I have to take the trash out.

    • NYCGlamourpuss


    • Targettaste

      I’ll start the Jiffy Pop

  • teensmom99

    Metallic hefty bag

  • tereliz

    This dress actually made me mad when I saw it come down the runway. I agree it would look cheap on ANYONE, but the matchy bridesmaid accessories—and the crunchy JBF hair—aren’t helping zhuz it up any.

    • Agreed. I understand why she went for hot pink, and I think that was a smart choice (even though hot pink on a blonde is always a bit Barbie), but not horrible satiny hot pink. Maybe some strappy hot pink sandals, and a really structured/modern clutch would have been better choices.

      • lunchcoma

        I think that would have helped, especially if she’d put her hair up or pulled it back. It’s still a terrible dress, but she could have at least tried to work the sleek, modern angle with it.

    • CPK1

      The hair is def not helping. It needs freshening up

  • MoHub

    I will at least give her points for not matching her lipstick to the purse and shoes, which is what I would have expected.

    • Sarah

      But eyeshadow to dress, and earrings to dress, shoes and purse is pretty bad. Terrible, even.

  • This dress is AWFUL

  • Miranda

    Its like a dare.

  • Nika E

    This is a LANVIN!? That is shocking.

    • decormaven

      More like an ANVIL.

      • Nika E

        Right! Lol

  • Ginger

    It looks like a (insanely shitty) dress made out of those metallic blankets that they wrap around people after they finish running a marathon.

    • kimmeister

      It sure does! Or, an old school way of working on your tan.

      • sk8tfan

        Oh yes! Or those thingies you put in your car window to keep the car cool when it’s parked in summer.

  • HeatherMcIlrath

    I think her ability to make everything look like a knockoff has to do with how a feel about her as an actress: the knockoff Roberts. I’m not saying Julia is some kind of goddess of acting, but this little Roberts will never quite feel like a real star to me like her auntie does (even though I irrationally hate her).

    • MilaXX

      THIS^ and I say this as someone who cannot stand her aunt and only marginally likes her father. This chick doesn’t have half the acting chops of either relative.

    • NinaBoo

      I feel the same way about Blake Lively. Her sister, Robin Lively, is a good actress and Blake is the blond, long-legged knock off…who makes everything she puts on look cheap and tacky.

      • MilaXX

        wait, they’re related?

        • NinaBoo

          Half-sisters, if memory serves. I believe they have the same father.

  • lunchcoma

    I’m sure SWINTON could pull this off, but much like models, the wearability of clothing should not be judged by her standards. Those of us whose home planet is earth can’t hope to compete.

    • I feel like it would take a Tyra Banks type personality. Boobs, body and fierce presence are required to balance out this shittastic fabric and shapeless construction.

      • Sarah

        Yeah. SWINTON would never sink so low as to wear a tube of silver lamé.

      • Imasewsure

        Yes but Tyra would also pile on some tacky crap… still it would fit and be in her basic wheelhouse… who is showing this crap to her? Who would even think she could come close to pulling it off? Mean Girls… that’s who…..

  • Richard

    You know that tarp they put Ariel in after she becomes human, because she’s naked and that and some rope was the only thing laying around? This is like a “night time” version of that thing, just minus the rope and talking sea creatures.

  • I had to break out the online thesaurus, to find another way of saying it, because this girl is hellaciously meretricious. In the interest of kindness during the holidays season, I will say that for once, I really like her makeup.

  • marlie

    Her hair looks a little fried (and the dye job is bad) but I really like her makeup. And that’s a dress that would look good on exactly NO ONE. It looks like the thermal blankets that runners get after a marathon.

    • TonyGo

      She looks so good with blond hair and black roots its like not even funny.

  • JulieTy

    Yikes! This looks like a PR hardware store challenge concoction. Bottom 3.

    • alyce1213

      The AUF for using all silver insulation foil.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      Or Leatha Stella’s Hefty Bag dress.

  • alyce1213

    If Tilda wore it, it would be ‘fabulous Tilda’ in a garbage sack and we’d be mesmerized by her face, her presence.
    This gal is really nothing but nepotism gone wrong.

    • StellaZafella

      Tilda could wear this barefoot, with no discernible makeup and we’d all be bowing down…that’s just Tilda being Tilda.

  • Sarah V.

    I’m suddenly craving Jiffy-Pop.

    • Terri Terri

      Yes, my mind made the same leap!!
      “It’s as much fun to make as it is to eat!”

  • Danielle

    Go home and start over. Atrocious.

  • Tatiana Luján

    Do you remember when Ariel turned human and had to dress with an old sail and a piece of rope she found on the beach? This is the same, just in silver fabric.

  • MilaXX

    ITA: Everything is always wrong with this one from the bad hair color choices ( even when not dyed for a role), unflattering makeup, and poor fit issues. This look is one hot mess. How could she see this on the runway and think it would work on her tiny frame? How could any stylist think these accessories were the way to go?

  • lobsterlen

    If there was ever a biopic about Ke$ha, Emma Roberts is shoe in for the title role.

    • jay

      …I admit that I would actually watch that.

  • Sarah

    IF you were trying to make that dress work, and I’m not saying anyone SHOULD, you might be better served by belting the heck out of it with a big, wide belt. So as to keep that heinous blouson action from swallowing your (assuredly) tiny waist.

  • Belvane

    If I may paraphrase Truman Capote, that’s not a dress, that’s fabric.

  • kimmeister

    I’m miffed at Casadei for making pumps with the heels attached like that. Do they sell them with crutches? They appear to be fundamentally structurally unsound.

  • It looks like the dress was balled up and pulled out. I wonder what it looks like pressed.

    • quiltrx

      I’m guessing a melted blob?

  • AnnPopovic

    I’m convinced every designer throws one or two of these things in just as a test of their own abilities. If people declare this sensational they know the Emperor has no clothes and there’s no point in continuing, but if they get called on their bullshit, they know they’re NOT crazy and they can carry on as planned.

  • ashtangajunkie

    The tinsel we hung from our Christmas tree when I was a kid looked more expensive than this.

  • Imasewsure

    She starts with bad choices and then goes downhill from there. Think it’s a family curse although her Auntie isn’t quite as bad as this (close sometimes, but not this bad).

  • myristica_fragrans

    disco garbage bag.

  • msdamselfly

    Shower curtain

  • lalahartma

    Why would anyone choose this dress?

  • madge

    haha it looks like the schmatta that ariel wraps around herself when she first emerges from the ocean with human legs.

  • imspinningaround

    It’s Claire Danes’ wacky yellow pregnancy Lanvin in silver lame.

    • MilaXX

      at least Claire could blame it on the pregnancy.

  • Kent Roby

    If she’s trying to connect with her small-screen role, she was successful, because one look at her in that outfit and I think “That is an American horror story”.

  • unpious

    I think this is the first time I’ve ever looked at a dress and wished it was a jumpsuit. Ugh, I feel wrong just typing those words. But I do. I wish this was a jumpsuit. It would at least make some kind of sense. (Those shoes would never make sense in any situation, obviously.)

    I have to go douse my keyboard in rubbing alcohol now.

  • Kathy

    This dress may not look good, but it receives 900 channels.

  • Shawn EH

    Unless you love Lanvin, which I do! Nicest shapeless sacks available anywhere! You just don’t also need to be apathetic and Gen Y when you wear them.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    It’s an unflattering dress. I doubt that even one of our fashion divas (read Tilda) could make this work.

  • rloliveira

    I looked in my closet and had nothing to wear, so I went into the garage and got the camping tarp and sewed some elastic in and wow, doesn’t it look cool?

  • rebeemoon

    Still. I would kill for those earrings.

  • Tracy_Flick

    Slightly more wholesome Lindsey Lohan.

    • MilaXX

      not if the rumours are true

  • conniemd

    Sometimes you feel like a trash bag, sometimes you don’t

  • CeeRich

    This is downright awful. She needs an entire set of new friends. Who let her out like this?

  • LadyLuck777

    This needed to be fitted a little better and have a fabulous mid-length white faux fur coat as an accessory. It would be a little Christmasy, but I think it could work.

  • Carleenml

    who in their right mind puts on a trash bag and thinks Yes! this is IT! WHO???? Gods, I can’t stand the trash bag fashion.

  • quiltrx

    I like the color of the shoes, if they weren’t satin.
    Sorry, that’s all the positive I’ve got. Her hair and makeup look like some trashy late-teen girl I’d see at the grocery store. And that dress…Lanvin should be ashamed for even putting that thing out.

  • Well, at least she’ll be able to make her own foil swan to take home leftovers.

  • Lauren

    Why so concerned about staying nice about a domestic abuser? Of course she looks cheap.

  • CPK1

    As I scrolled down thru the pics I said to myself, TLo is going go say that everything she wears looks cheap. Because it does.

  • bertkeeter

    MOST Lanvin looks as if it was fitted on Alber Ebaz…n then just thrown on a skinny model! HIGE! Check out Neimans or Barneys at last call ..they are all still there!

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  • cocohall

    Is it possible to get dressed with LESS effort? I’m all for comfort and ease, but why bother hitting the red carpet in a garment with less construction than a shower cap?

  • sk8tfan

    I wish they’d stop trying so desperately to make her happen. She’s an utterly bland and forgettable young woman with no sense of style wearing an ugly, unflattering sack made of tinsel. At least she’s in the holiday spirit, since she looks like part of the tree decorations.

  • Yes, the dress looks like a trash bag, and the accessories are straight out of Payless bridal, but her hair and makeup are cute and I like those earrings on her.

  • jonesybj_notreally

    odd. I actually liked that makeup job for her. scrolldownfug, tho.

  • Sadie-Ann

    I think it is time for her to go dark on the hair again.

  • Aurumgirl

    To be fair, Tilda has, in fact, worn a gown that basically had the shape of a one-sleeved full length hefty bag. That was not her best day. This is a tube of very cheap metallic fabric with a seam sewn in hastily on the top, plus a seam sewn in in the middle. Both seams create little tunnels were you can thread the underwear elastic that will hold the damned thing up and make the most rudimentary waistline you could think of. This is how I made Barbie clothes out of fabric tubes my mother would sew up for me to keep me preoccupied while she made clothes real live people would wear.

  • Vanessa Reyes

    It looks like a fashionable attempt at a sauna sweat suit but I do like her makeup.

  • save_the_hobbit

    I can’t help it. I know she’s bat-shit crazy…but she is inexplicably hot to me. I can’t quit her.

  • LondonMarriott


  • gigi kennedy

    oy vey…

  • Diego!

    That looks like a trash bag with awful shoes. Girl, NO!

  • elirt


  • Sarah Winningham

    She never looked cuter than when she wore all those little preppy plaid outfits as Nancy Drew

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Cheap trash bag is not fashion.

  • Lilyana_F

    Oh God, this is atrocious.

  • valerie747

    This hideous dress is vying for “worst of the year”, don’t you think?

  • Akemi

    This looks like something someone puts on after they lose 140 pounds, just to emphasize how big they were before they lost weight.

    Of course in this scenario, said person was so big, they only fit in Disco Trash Bags.

  • Gatto Nero

    Metallic Hefty bag, with leftover bridesmaid’s dyed clutch and shoes.
    Queen Tilda could *maybe* pull this off — in a different color and styled fabulously — but I don’t think she’d choose this dress in a million years.

  • Jessica O’Connell

    Garbage bag fashion at its worst!