Emma Roberts in Cushnie et Ochs at ELLE’s Women in Television Celebration

Posted on January 24, 2014

If we were teachers, we’d get out our red pen and write “SHOWS IMPROVEMENT” over these pictures. And because we’d be fabulous and very gay teachers, we’d then decorate them with star stickers and glitter.

“American Horror Story” Star Emma Roberts attends ELLE’s Annual Women in Television Celebration in West Hollywood, California in a Cushnie et Ochs dress paired with Christian Louboutin heels.

Don’t get us wrong. It’s a little on the boring side, but what’s important here is that it’s nowhere near the tragic side, which is where she’s usually situated. We’re holding out hope that she’s finally learned that, no matter how much she may personally like them, metallics are not and never have been her friend. What she needs to do no is figure out what colors work best for her because this is a gal who desperately needs some color in her look.

The top’s a little tricky, but cute. Are cat-ear boobs the next thing? Also: she makes those diagonal-strap shoes work. We’ve hated them on almost every foot we’ve seen them, but her feet and ankles seem to be the exact proportions for them. What do we all think of the new hair? It’s a little business-like, but it’s still a step up, as far as we’re concerned.




[Photo Credit: Angela Weiss/Getty Images]

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  • @Biting Panda

    Love the new hair!! And her makeup is really pretty too. But I hate the Indecent Proposal top paired with the fine dining table cloth skirt. But one has to admit, there are improvements being made.

    • rainwood1

      Even I, who never remembers anything about who wore what, recognized the top as a knockoff of the Thierry Mugler dress Demi made famous. Did they think no one would notice?

      • DaringMiss

        I even had a knockoff of that dress back in the 90’s!

  • MilaXX

    Major improvement/ Also kudos for her for being the first person to make those shoes work. I’m assuming it takes very tiny, narrow feet to look good in those. I like everything she’s doing here. Hair looks cleans, clothes are flattering and makeup is good. Attah girl Emma!

  • TAGinMO

    Cat-eye glasses: Retro chic.

    Cat-ears bodice: Deeply unsettling.

    • demidaemon


  • Qitkat

    The best she has looked in quite some time.

  • Karen Belgrad

    I know she’s Julia Robert’s niece, but whenever I see her just think “Diana Agron’s trying-too-hard sister”…. I have no idea why she reminds me of our favorite puritan, she just does!

    • marlie

      I’m getting “Anne Hathaway’s blonde sister” from these pictures.

      • In_Stitches

        I got the exact same sense. They’re similar; very skinny white bitches with big mouths that people generally just don’t like. Now with short hair!

        • marlie

          Ha. I didn’t mean it that way, though. They have similar shaped faces, big eyes, and yes, wide(er) mouths/smiles. But I rather love Annie, despite her haters.

          • In_Stitches

            I see the physical comparison as well AND am on board with Annie. The depth she brought to Catwoman, a role that could have been laughably bad, was impressive.

          • marlie

            Anything is better than Halle’s Catwoman.

          • In_Stitches

            You’ve gotta love her showing up to accept her Razzie in person for it though.

          • demidaemon

            You know, I kind of enjoyed that movie. It’s a lot better if you just forget that it has anything to do with the actual Catwoman, which I easily did in the first five minutes.

      • JudyP

        To me she’s a blonde Lizzy Caplan in these pictures.

    • Anna

      I get Dianna Agron too, especially with the new haircut.

    • deelup

      It might be my age but this is reading Debbie Gibson to me.

  • KinoEye

    Not bad, baby Julia. Not bad at all. The hair is a little business-y, but it looks healthy and clean. Good makeup.

  • geans

    unfortunate pedicure mishap!

  • marlie

    Her hair and makeup are lovely, and the dress is interesting, but she needs a little something to makes the cups on the top not look like they’re imploding. And I like the shoes, but I’m not sure if I like them with this skirt.

  • Sarah

    Her head looks good. I dislike cat-ear boobs. Esp when they don’t stay where they belong (a la pic numero dos)

  • SierraDelta

    Emma dear, if you’re going to wear Louboutins, make sure your nail enamel isn’t chipped. The devil is in the details.

    • Erica

      Wow, that was way harsh, Tai.

    • Claudia Berry

      Right? $800 shoes with a chipped pedi? So cheap.

  • mjude

    for some reason I don’t like the hair color & normally I could care less. she does look kinda cute.

  • Laura Renee

    Wow, she looks really grown-up here compared to her last few appearances! I approve. Especially of the new hair.

  • PlethoraofBooks

    She looks great with that cut – I still hate her being blonde personally though.

    • fursa_saida

      Same. I would even accept a darker shade of blonde or a very light brown, if she has some aversion to deeper brunette. This color washes her out. But the cut really is great.

      • RebeccaKW

        I agree, I don’t think this color suits her. But I do like it better shorter. Probably because there’s less of it.

  • crash1212

    I love the new hair. In fact, I don’t think her head’s ever looked better! As for the dress….it’s OK and I don’t absolutely hate the cat-ear boobs, but I don’t condone wrinkled, deflated cat-ear boobs…somebody should’ve done some better fitting in that area. Love the shoes on her feet.

    • MoHub

      Exactly. the boob fabric just ain’t lying right.

  • Rand Ortega

    Cat ear boobs. I can’t breathe!

  • Danielle

    Good God I want a gold star from the Uncles.

  • lobsterlen

    Once you see cat ear boobs you can’t unsee them.

  • Laylalola

    I saw this earlier this week. I thought it looked asinine.

    • Pennymac

      I’m pretty sure it still is.

  • Sabin

    Where Jenna’s bodice resembled my grumpy Norwegian Forest Cat, this one looks just like my love-bug black Oriental. So I have to like it.

    And I really do love those shoes on her. Weird hair color, tho.

    • girliecue

      Great. Now I’m going to scrutinizing every pair of boobs I see for my pretty Siberian girl and my boy kitty’s ridiculously pink ears. Thanks. 😉

      I love the shoes too.

  • Pencil skirt instead of whatever that is. And a bold cuff in gold. Her hair is amazing. She would be perfect in a Dynasty remake.

  • Melanie

    the hair is business-y but it suits her face. as a lady with a pixie cut that is usually sassy tomboy hipster, with the occasional forays into middle-aged mother of three terrain, i can say that she better be careful to choose clothes with a certain youthful élan or things are gonna get mature & conservative in a hurry.

  • Tatiana Luján

    She needs a top with smaller boob cups, those don’t fit her.

    • kimmeister

      Or she needed to insert something to fill them out.

  • Her hair & makeup are great. Really much better than ever before. I think she needs an “attagirl” for this effort.

  • deelup

    Neither be me nor do me. It’s twee me with a bit of Demi.

  • jbontrager78

    Hate the cat-ear bodice.

  • ailujailuj

    meh. yes, although not real great to start out your career as “less than tragic”.

  • jilly_d

    How glad are we all that we have jobs where no one is taking close up pictures of our bare feet?? Can I get an AMEN?

    • sagecreek

      So true! Although I’m pretty sure she can afford a professional pedi, so what’s her excuse?

  • DTLAFamilies

    I don’t like the shoes because they kind of a Mini Me of the neckline of the blouse and it’s distracting. And her hair color doesn’t really suit her. Something closer to her aunt’s color would be better.

  • Sam Smith

    I think she looks great here, I rarely like her looks so vast improvement. Get a pedi though.

  • JudyP

    While “cat ear boobs” is an apt description, all I can see is an unclipped nursing bra…

  • paginatrix

    So sad about the Secretary Hair everyone is sporting these days. Is this the only remedy to Spaniel Hair? >sigh<

  • Imasewsure

    She looks really cute even though the individual elements aren’t my favorite. Most improved for sure!

  • MarinaCat

    Just like with Rachel McAdams, I don’t think the blond hair suits her at all. She’s so much more striking as a brunette.

  • paintedfish

    butterflies and kitty boobs for 2014 i guess.

    • snarkykitten

      Lisa Frank inspired fashion?

  • CPK1

    “Are cat-ear boobs the next thing”. TLo, you read my mind! This should absolutely not be a thing. And I do like her hair

  • FionaTF

    Titty-ear kitty cups are so distracting.

  • Hermione

    For some reason, despite the blonde hair, she look like Anne Hathaway here.

  • Gatto Nero

    Interesting dress design, but the cups are too big for her and are collapsing against her chest. Not a good look.
    Her hair and makeup are pretty.

  • LeelaST

    Love her hair (mainly because this is my cut right now!). Hate the shoes in general and with that top it’s making my eyes buggy. The cat-ear boobs are distracting and that she’s not “filling them out” is even worse.

  • clatie

    she is like a human chihuahua. not a bad thing. just a thing.

  • kimmeister

    I actually like the cat ear boobs, I just like it better when they fit. I was going to say the same thing about those twisty shoes never working, yet somehow working on her particular set of stems.

  • Claudia Berry

    Didn’t Demi Moore wear a dress with that style top like 20 years ago? And her pedicure is chipping. So cheap.

  • Julie Parr

    On the show, I always think she looks amazing. On the red carpet, no. What’s the deal? Should she hire AHS’s stylist?

  • cocohall

    That top is activating my OCD big time. The cutouts should be even around the cat-ears cups, but they seem to be shifting in each picture. Which is not her fault, but what is the point of wearing something so eye-catching if it isn’t going to be deployed correctly?

  • Pennymac

    Boob eyebrows. Not a fan.

  • VicD

    Do. Not. Like. Her. Agree that the shoes work. The rest of it … not so much.

  • I covet her lipstick shade.

  • quiltrx

    I don’t care for her…but she looks much cleaner and less trashy than she has in a while. Keep headed this direction, young lady.

  • guest2visits

    Very pretty. I think the cat ears are working in her favor. I like the top half of this dress better than it’s white flappy eared skirt.
    The shoes are just ok; I’m thinking of different chic black shoes.

  • LaSylphide

    Don’t like the top, don’t like the shape of the skirt, love the shoes.

  • Pound of Salt

    Girl your toenails!

    • Orange Girl

      I love that she has chipped polish. Makes her seem like a real person.

  • Cheryl

    I like the idea of the cat ear boob, but she needs some of that magic tape. Her unfortunate resemblance to both her aunt and Anne Hathaway, is distracting.

  • AnneElliot

    A slight improvement, but she’s been on my irrational hate list since that terrible Nancy Drew movie, which I was forced to see as the mother of two tween daughters. And I hate the ill-fitted cups on the bust, they’re just sad.

  • prisma

    Those shoes remind me of a pair I bought at Payless Shoe Source in about 1985. Mine were white, though. Equally hideous, though.

  • demidaemon

    Yeah, I am not loving the bust design. Awkward. I also would have loved to have TLo as my teachers if they did that on every excellent project.

  • Little_Olive

    I think we are being kind because her face and hair look good, which is not the rule with this girl. But she is young, rich and definitely skinny -the outfit is just not acceptable to me.

    She should get in touch with Kiernan’s people. Or Lilly Colllins’. Idk, someone with pizzazz please come and rub yourself off on her a little.

    • Little_Olive

      Also, those shoes are not good. Her big toe got somehow placed at the middle of her feet and now it’s like her feet have eyes.