Lea Michele in Dolce&Gabbana at L’Oreal’s Women of Worth Event

Posted on December 04, 2013

We’re way past over the D&G lace widow’s dress thing, but this is so far outside Miss Lea’s normal style that we really had to stop and take it all in .



Lea Michele attends 2013 L’Oreal Paris’ Women of Worth event in New York City in a Dolce&Gabbana dress paired with Christian Loboutin heels.

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Sigrid Agren

First, we’re happy she’s not wearing some of the more literal “widow’s weeds” dresses from the house (i.e., the endless succession of black lace dresses) because it would just look way too morose and even self-indulgent considering her own personal loss this year. There’s nothing wrong with dressing like you’re in mourning if you’re actually in mourning, but we’d question any overt displays like that on a red carpet. It would come across unseemly to us. Second, we’re surprised at the extent to which this works for her. The beading goes a long way to make it look upbeat and a little youthful. The red is definitely her color and a perfect (if perhaps expected) choice for a December event. But that sleevelength does nothing for her and the hem length isn’t so great either. Bring the hem up to the knees and the sleeves up past the elbows and this would look fabulous on her.

Not that it looks bad now. It’s a head turner. But once our heads were turned, we started noticing the things that didn’t quite work. But that’s just us. Couple of bitches.

Makeup is nicely underplayed and we suppose we can accept the big honking braid.






[Photo Credit: Getty Images, style.com]

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  • marlie

    You know… I love this on her. The sheer lace trend won’t die, but this time it works for her. Lea likes to show off skin, but this is a good way to do it, without being TOO showy. Also, she looks beautiful and sexy, without showing boobs or legs or both. The shoes are find, but too big, however I hate the braid.

    • Little_Olive

      Agree! I even prefer this sleeve and hem lenght. It makes it a bit different and gives the dress a bit more movement.

    • Sarah

      That braid is for the birds. Does she have anything against updos? Jeez.

    • CPK1

      I like it but the braid is terrible

  • this needs to be shorter, its making her look more way more bobble head-y

  • Me Again

    I’m just happy that she has appeared to stop wearing the “of course” dresses. Take some interesting fashion risks, Lea. Some will be hits and some will be misses, but you will have a lot more fun.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I think the beading is too much frippery. It’s really hard to visually take it all in. I do not give her a pass on that honking braid. It’s ridiculous.

    • marlie

      I love the beading – it’s my favorite part of the dress, and is what sort of saves this from being another sheer lace dress over underwear (to me). But that braid IS awful.

      • Jessica Freeman

        I would agree the dress needs the beading, I’m just not so sure about the execution.

      • tereliz

        I have to agree about the beading, it keeps this red lace dress from being too commonplace (I can’t believe I just had to type that. *headdesk*)

    • marlie

      Also, half of the braid isn’t even her own hair. It’s OBVIOUS that the last 6 inches or so are extensions.

      • In_Stitches

        If only…she’s had that terrible ‘ombre’ trend far past it’s shelf-life. That’s her real hair, burnt crispy into an ugly, dead color.

        • marlie

          UGH. I don’t know which is worse. Probably if it’s her real hair. At least you can take the extensions out at the end of the night.

          • Introspective

            i feel sad to think that the lighter part of the braid, which looks more like yarn than hair, actually started out in this world growing from follicles rather than in a shrink wrapped bag.

    • kimmeister

      It’s particularly ridiculous because you know if definitely got caught on the beading and looked a mess by night’s end.

  • Nikko Viquiera

    I guess this is her interpretation of what a “woman of worth” would wear. Whatever that means.

    • sagecreek

      That is an obnoxious little tag line, isn’t it?

  • Mona_Visa

    I think she looks quite lovely, but– maybe I’m just worried here– she looks a bit thin. I know she’s had a terrible year. 🙁 I hope she has a nice mom to feed her soup and make sure she eats.

    • Mona_Visa

      I didn’t mean that to come off as “body-shaming” or anything; it’s just that Lea Michele looks very much like my own daughter, so… She kinda brings out the worry in me. I think she’s beautiful. But I also want to call her, take her shopping for warm sweaters, feed her soup, get a status report on how college is going, make sure she’s getting enough sleep, and give her gas money.

  • Though I’m delighted to see her in something more ladylike for a change, this is not the ladylike look I would have hoped for. The hemline is at the wrong point, the sleeve length too doesn’t hit at the right spot. And the messy braid thing can NOT die soon enough for my taste. On her this dress looks, “madame”.

  • Diego!

    I think she looks great. I’m not fan of the honking braid though. But she looks very chic indeed!

  • colleenjanel

    She doesn’t look happy to be wearing this. Like she’d much rather be in an “of course” dress, but she knows that it’s too soon to be dressing like that.

  • Nan

    “…because it would just look way too morose and even self-indulgent considering her own personal loss this year. There’s nothing wrong with dressing like you’re in mourning if you’re actually in mourning, but we’d question any overt displays like that on a red carpet. It would come across unseemly to us. ”

    What is the value in criticizing something that has not happened? Your Walking Dead review has the same sort of thing. To me, it comes off as pompous. Obviously you can write whatever you want and your readers can choose to read or not. I enjoy most of your pointed reviews. But this kind of thing makes me sad.

    • It’s called “making conversation.” It’s apparently not your thing.

    • Mona_Visa

      One of the reasons I love this blog is because T&L have a pretty good handle on fashion theory. They know the how’s and why’s of what’s appropriate and what’s not, and I always appreciate it when they share tidbits like that. Just my opinion of course… I don’t feel like they crossed a line in any way here.

    • But we often talk about why one item was selected from a collection instead of another. It was a collection of red & black lace, she went with the red to good effect, the black would have possibly been in poor taste. What on earth is wrong with that observation?

  • BayTampaBay

    NO! The hair is awful and the shoes suck!

    • BarniClaw

      Upvoting your comment for its simple eloquence.

  • Carleenml

    You can accept the big honking braid? Why? WHY?

    • Not applicable

      agreed- that’s how we wore our hair in high school track… Red carpet?? No! just NO!!

      • muzan-e

        And at Anglican Schools for Girls. Braided right down the back, if it was long enough to touch our collar unbound. And this is such a surprisingly pretty dress on her, too..

        • Not applicable

          she looks great in red– and a bit covered up! 😉

  • manina

    Did D&G do their entire collection in red lace? It looks like their inspiration was a red boudoir-like gipsy parlor from the 18th century.

  • TrixieConQueso

    Hmm…I’m gonna say Girl, That Is Not Your Dress. Hand it over to Jane Fonda and let’s try again.

    • marlie

      Now THAT I want to see. Or Helen Mirren.

  • decormaven

    A bit shorter in hemlength, a pair of gold dangle-y earrings, and a sleeker hairstyle and this would be in WERQ territory. It’s still very pretty, but it could be so much more.

  • I am on record as offering her few graces, and this is no exception. As Uncles noted, the hem and sleeve lengths are problematic. That’s a metric ton of fake hair, knotted up like forgotten yarn. And rarely will I ever really like a red, lace dress. Overall, it’s a poorly done, Blanche Devereaux Holiday frock.

    • Constant Reader

      THAT’S what it reminds me of– Blanche Devereaux’s funeral dress.

  • sagecreek

    She still looks so sad.

  • MilaXX

    Yeah, I’m not loving this look. The dress either needs to be altered for her proportions like you suggested, or worn by someone taller. The hair is just horrible. I don’t mind a braid, but this is too big and bulky.

  • Latin Buddy

    Guuuuuurl, you need to wear this shade of red more often. As a latin queen with the same tan, I’ll tell you that red makes us glow!

  • crash1212

    Short girl in a tall dress. Pretty though.

  • Agree 100% about the hem, which seems to be the perfect length on the model’s photo. I can live with the sleeve length, and the braid (as I am such a vitriolic hater of the “cocker spaniel hair” trend), but she definitely needed some drippy earrings and different shoes. Not sure what would work–perhaps something metallic and a little more open? (although not one of those barely there strappy things, and certainly not a bootie style)

  • jw_ny

    It’s a pretty dress, but I feel it’d be better suited for a more mature woman, one with more presence…perhaps CZJones or P Cruise? This just seems to hang on her too, and her hairstyle doesn’t go with the dress.

  • cocohall

    It is pretty, but it looks like a little girl playing dress-up in her mom’s closet. But I applaud her for going in a different, more becoming direction. Color is lovely.

  • Lesley

    i hope this is a sign that she’s finding; fashion wise what works for her. the over the top sexy look doesn’t work for her but this does. although i do feel like this dress is played out- editorial wise alone..it doesn’t bother me because this is such a step in the right direction for her i don’t mind at all

  • clatie

    the braid is so juvenile for such an adult dress. plus, how can I say this, her face needs hair around it.

  • AmeliaEve

    The sleeves wouldn’t even need to be shorter if they were narrower. Why do designers put that big floppy shape right at the waistline where it makes the silhouette look so large?

  • Totally agree on the hem length. This is a woman with a stunning set of pins, to wear something that hits the widest part of her calf muscle does them no favours at all. Just at the knee would be perfect. I’d even accept this sleeve length if the sleeves narrowed at the wrist.

  • TLJezebel

    The beading is beautiful.

  • ashtangajunkie

    On the plus side, I don’t think any of us have rolled our eyes at this ensemble so LM appears to be heading in the right direction.

  • In_Stitches

    That hair! It looks great from the front, but the back…she looks like she’s ready for dressage. Hem the sleeves to the elbow and she’d be fine, but as is, the awkward sleeve length and dress length puts this firmly in OUT territory for me.

    • marlie

      Dressage. HA!

  • boweryboy

    She does not look comfortable or even happy wearing this.

    I bet if you put a slit up to her hoohaa or a neckline down to her belly button, she would be smiling and posing like there was no tomorrow.

  • Joanna

    The hem and the hair are my complaints with this one. Otherwise, it’s definitely her color and shape for sure.

  • SewingSiren

    This is a wonderful look for her. Not at all “of course” although it is sexy. Sadly, I don’t think she likes it.

  • kimmeister

    Nice calves, girl!

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    I can’t get past the duckface in the first picture. When did people decide that was attractive?

  • NarieSue

    Beading like that is hell on a braid, or long hair at all, I can attest from experience. She shoulda gone with an up-do…Also, her foot tats look terrible in those shoes.

  • Jane Russell from “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” with a Yentl twist. Please stay down this path!

  • Beth513

    I really love this on her.

  • CommentsByKatie

    She looks like she hates it; say what we will about her ‘of course’ looks, but at least she loves the way she looks in them.

  • Shawn EH

    It’s a beautiful dress. Deserved better hair and shoes.

  • YoungSally

    I misread the title
    “L’Oreal’s Women of Worth Event”

    To read “A World’s worth of L’Oreal on Women”

  • conniemd

    One always wonders why fashion houses want to employ really tall models when most of the women who will be wearing their clothes are shorter and it results in dresses of awkward length and proportions on the runway. Yeah, I know the tall models look “great” on the runway, but when your dress is worn by a star and it looks off, how does that help your sales – or are all the sales done with and they just want the “name” out there?

    • Sabin

      I asked that question … somewhere … A few years ago. The only answer I kept getting was “models are clothes hangers.” Well yes, but that still doesn’t answer the actual question about the dress looking good on a mere human.

  • Kelly

    I want better shoes! Boring black pumps that are too big in the back and painfully-squeezed in the toes and just generally look like a Minnie-Mouse knockoff? LM can do better than that.

  • VioletFem

    Finally. I hope this is the start of a new trend for her. I don’t know why it took so long for her to discover that rich colors like this red looks so good on her. The only thing that would have made this better would be if the dress was customized to have the same proportions on the model for Lea.

  • Meredith

    Wow. That is the best that dress has looked on anyone IMO.

  • KT


  • quiltrx

    I don’t know…it does weird things to her middle, and makes her look stumpy (I think the sleeves are adding to that). And that braid looks like she did it in the car.

  • Laylalola

    She always looks like she’s trying way too hard — it distracts from everything else.

  • Imasewsure

    Hate the dress… hate the dress on her and hate the stinking braid. There…

  • Trickytrisha

    Proportions are way off here, so much so that I find this whole thing distasteful. And FFS, plain black pumps, even if they are Louboutins? And TBHB is pretty awful. All in all, this just doesn’t work.

  • megohd

    I can’t accept the braid.

  • Jacob Bowen

    SUCH an old lady hem and sleeve lenghth. And WHY the black shoes???

  • Snailstsichr

    She looks scared in the first picture. I hope she is not afraid of all the fabric she is wearing! I love this color on her and hope to see more in this direction.

  • mllej9

    Loving the braid … for a different outfit.

  • Don’t love the braid or the shoes, but I’m surprised how well the dress is working. More like this.

  • PeaceBang

    I sigh with happiness at the runway version.

  • Coco Cornejo


  • Lilithcat

    She looks really unhappy.

  • Fatima Siddique

    The dress looks cheap. And the braid looks terrible. Too bad since she tried to step out of her “of course” zone.

  • Constanza Álvarez Espinoza

    For God’s sake, just ship this to Helen Mirren!!!

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    She just looks so sad.