Lea Michele in Roberto Cavalli on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”

Posted on March 06, 2014

Darlings, it’s time. Time once again…

Lea-Michele-Roberto-Cavalli-Jimmy-Fallon-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Lea Michele makes an appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” in a Roberto Cavalli dress accessorized with rings by EF Collection and Elahn Jewelry.

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… to say “Of course.”

It’s just too much. Or in the case of the dress, too little. But the super-tiny dress, the glitzy silver shoes and the scary talons all fairly scream “ON THE PROWL.” This has always been our issue with her style. We’re all for a ladystar dressing sexy, but she almost always dresses like a tacky girl nightclub-hopping on a Saturday night. You shouldn’t walk out onto the Tonight Show set looking like you should be sipping a Long Island Iced Tea through a drink stirrer.  It doesn’t help that the dress is too tight on her.

And to show we’re not total prudes, she could’ve kept the shoes and worn a dress exactly as short as this one – in a basic black instead of a busy print – and a lot would have instantly been corrected here in terms of looking too showy. Alternately, she could keep this dress (but go up a size), pair it with black pumps and a subtle red nail and it too would’ve been less harsh than this look overall. It’s not that she shows skin; it’s that she does it in such unstylish or tacky ways that bothers us.




[Photo Credit: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU]

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  • Lucía Gavello

    Behold: Darth Heidi

    • demidaemon


    • E. D.


    • lundibleu

      Now I want to see Heidi and Lea having a full on Dynasty style catfight. Fish pond and everything.

    • Renaissance_Man_ATL

      BRAVO! I wanted to say something like that, I just wasn’t sure how to phrase it. Thank you!

  • gayle

    I hate those nails so much I don’t understand why they are popular with the lady stars. Also she needs to change up the hair, it always seem heavy to me and it might be the styling but it looks fried to me.

    • Inês Martins

      I don’t get the trend on these nails either…. horrible!

      • mlle

        Agreed. I’m not a strict advocate of short nails, but if you’re going to go long, you should draw your inspiration from manicures in the 1960s, not the “manicures” you gave yourself as a child by putting Bugles on your fingers.

        • Maria Jordan

          Ha! Totally remember doing that!

    • Ginger

      I don’t get the trend with these nails, either.
      1) they look SOOOPER cheap
      2) I’d do eye damage with those things
      3) they look SOOOPER cheap

      • kimmeister

        Eye damage, skin damage, clothing damage, pet damage, you name it!

        • StillGary

          except now, a nice, five-minute back scratch would feel awesome — shitty winter-dry skin — Leah hon, you can make a pitstop over here before having your manicurist correct that After-School Special nonsense.

          • kimmeister

            Ah, but back scratches with fake nails are not as satisfying as those with real nails, both for the scratcher and the scratchee.

          • demidaemon

            I would fear infection, quite frankly.

    • Sobaika

      WITH YOU on the hair. She needs to lop off a few inches and add a few layers.

      She overall looks dated. This was fashion in 2003, the Age of Britney. She’s too young and too talented to be so try hard.

    • The nails make me want to say “Honey, the role of Maleficent has already been cast.”

  • CPK1

    the nails!

    • Aidan B


  • Noah

    Is she preparing to reenact the interrogation scene from Basic Instinct or what?

    • Nexli B

      This outfit makes that scene look demure.

    • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

      Bahahaha! Thank you for saying that, even though it made me nearly spit tea on my laptop!

  • ScarlettHarlot

    The dress is tacky, I don’t love her hair, and I hate the manicure.

  • Danielle

    Who brought back this talon nails trend? They need their eyes poked out.

    • Kent Roby

      they need their eyes poked out…with the talon nails.

    • schadenfreudelicious

      Lee Press On talons need to die, now…

    • Alyssa

      I don’t understand how they function while wearing them…imagine taking out contacts with those! Ouch!

  • Dan_In_NYC

    She has a new album. It’s “pop-inspired.” Do with that information what you will as related to this look.

    • Jessica Freeman

      Her over promotion on Instagram got her unfollowed by me. I know she is devastated too.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Also don’t just take your hair out of a pony tail and walk on stage either. I see your pony crimp girl.

  • Kent Roby

    Let’s see: Um, her face looks cute. But, oy; I’m uncomfortable at seeing these screen caps; I feel like I need to be wearing rubber gloves and a doctor’s coat in case she shifts her legs

  • misstressofsylar

    Also, the beachy waves with the dress, shoes and nails all scream “Jersey Shore” to me. I can totally see J-Woww rocking this.

    • Daisy Walker

      Don’t forget that AWFUL make-up to complete the look. Ugh.

  • Betsy

    Isn’t this her problem all of the time though? Too showy, too desperate for love, admiration and attention? Maybe it isn’t true but at some point, perception becomes reality. She must have some uncles to help her out, yes??!

  • Akemi

    I don’t know what is up with this nail trend, but I hate it a lot.

  • sojourneryouth

    She is just so very, very thirsty. It’s too bad she can’t dress herself well, because she is talented and pretty. I can see this dress working better if it weren’t too tight, or were in a solid color, but I would still have an issue with sitting on a talk show in a gyno-short dress. It isn’t a good look to have to clench your crossed legs shut the entire time or risk everyone knowing the exact nature of your grooming situation.

    • ScarlettHarlot

      Malin Ackerman had this problem on Conan the other night. Her dress was WAY short.

    • butterflysunita

      Yes, this look could work in a different context–but it is totally ridiculous to wear this dress for sitting on a talk show. That’s what gets the “of course”.

  • DagnyReardon

    I see her as a lounge act singing “Hey Big Spender.”

  • MilaXX

    This one is several chapters of #BeMeOrDoMe. She was on GMA earlier this week and I had to turn. She’s trying to continue the grieving widow thing and promote her awful one CD. iCan’t She’s just insufferable and sadly while she can carry a tune, she is neither Idina Mensel nor Audra MacDonald. Her show tunes voice will does not carry over album sales.

    • Jessica Freeman

      For a bit there her wardrobe was slightly more tasteful. I figured that wouldn’t last for long.

      • MilaXX

        Not when she’s got an album to shill. I’ve heard that she also did another Terry Richardson photoshoot, but I refuse to click on any of the links I’ve seen since every article I’ve read talks about how risque they are.

        • Jessica Freeman

          Anything TR requires a NSFW banner. I find his work gross, and do my best to not participate in looking if I can help it as well.

          • demidaemon

            Exactly. The day TR produces a subtle, artistic ‘editorial” is probably the day he goes blind.

    • Kayceed

      So we have moved through the full and second mourning phases, and are on to half-mourning ensembles perhaps? I fear for the next phase.

      • alyce1213

        The “after a respectable period of time, I’m on the market again” phase? I can only imagine.

      • decormaven

        Yes, this gal is sending mixed messages. She’s got a song on the album that addresses her loss. Then she dresses in a way that pushes the red line on provocative. She’s got talent, but it’s not being well-managed; her PR team needs to get in a huddle, figure it out, and get her a better stylist, tout de suite.

    • alyce1213

      I should hate myself for snarky feelings about the Widow Monteith — the head tilted, forced yet still sad smile in the first shot (Awwww).
      But I don’t because . . . Of course.

    • Kent Roby

      Before Glee started a hundred years ago, I saw her starring in “Spring Awakening” on Broadway; she was terrific. However, many great stage voices wouldn’t do as well with a pop CD; it would be kinda like hearing Ethel Merman belt out a Captain and Tennille song.

      • filmcricket

        …I am kind of sorry I have never heard that, actually.

        • Kent Roby

          She (and Jonathan Groff) are on the original cast album; you can also see the Youtube video from the 2007 Tony Awards (and, remember, this was all pre-Glee)

      • MilaXX

        That’s my issue with Lea. I think she’s a great Broadway singer, much like I think the girl next door image fits her persona better. However she doesn’t appear to want to be that. She appears hell bent on being viewed as sexy and now she seems to think she can be a pop star. Neither really suits her.

        • demidaemon

          To be fair, the record companies are probably trying to capitalize on her Glee “popularity.”

          • MilaXX

            I’m sure they are but except for a few remaining diehards, Glee’s ship has sailed.

          • demidaemon

            True. But considering how long it takes to make a record–especially when the person is not writing their own material or is collaborating–I wouldn’t be surprised if this was put in the works about two to three years ago at the height of Glee’s popularity.

          • MilaXX

            I agree. She would have been better served putting out a single when things were hot and then working on a cd.I think people assumed the early iTunes success of songs from the show were an indicator.

      • JR Labrador

        You need to track down a copy of Ethel’s disco album. Mere words can’t describe the joy.

        • Kent Roby

          In that album she sang disco versions of Broadway standards. It was so bad that it was pretty much perfect.

  • I hope they get the cushions cleaned regularly.

  • Chris

    It’s a shame because in all the paparazzi photos of her out shopping in her own clothes she usually looks really cute, stylish and unfussy. Almost every time you see her dressed for a TV show, awards or some event it almost doesn’t look like the same person. I think she was told that because she is not a “conventional” beauty she has to play up the “sexy” angle all the time. Unfortunately her stylist reads sexy as tacky most of the time. If they just let her dress in a dressier version of her “personal” clothes she would look a thousand times better.

    • ampg

      Come to think of it, does anyone know who styles her? Because so many of her looks just scream, “I did this myself!”

      • Chris

        I know she has a stylist because there was an article with the two of them together I saw once online. It was a woman but I don’t remember the name. Her personal style is so much cuter than 99% of what she wears on the red carpet etc.

        • JS

          Her stylist is Estee Stanley.

  • SewingSiren

    Long Island Medium fingernails.

  • elemspbee

    that dress is tiny. and apparently, so is she. that’s a lot of work trying to keep it all in and hidden.

  • lunchcoma

    That is not a dress you wear if you’re going to be photographed sitting down. Standing room only, Lea!

  • megohd

    It’s a good thing she’s not a bigger star or Anne Hate-away would have nothing on her. Something about how hard she’s trying makes her so unlikable!

  • PeggyOC

    She just hasn’t figured out that she’s not this kind of sexy. She’s an attractive girl with a bangin’ bod, but she’s geek sexy. She never looks comfortable or believable doing sexy this way.

  • Judy_J

    Nothing I can say that hasn’t been said already. I will say that I really, really, REALLY hate those talon-shaped nails. They remind me of those fake fingernails you could get when I was a kid, the kind that looked like a ring and you just slipped them over your fingertips. They were only sold around Halloween, as I recall, so you could be a witchy-woman.

    • …and the ones you thought were so glamorous when you were six…

      • Judy_J

        Yeah, the ones that came with the fake mink stole, elastic-strap heels and plastic wigs.

  • Mismarker

    I hate what this is doing to her body when she sits down. It takes a special dress to make A cups look droopy.

  • Aidan B

    Yikes. That’s really all I can say, since TLo made all the important points.

  • Stacey Summerville

    I was watching the Tonight Show when she was on wearing this, and Jimmy Fallon LITERALLY said “Wear more clothes” in his response to her saying that it was so cold.

    • Alyssa

      Love this. If you don’t dress seasonally appropriate, you can’t complain. If you (like me) are one of those people who is almost always cold, but you dress in accordance with this fact, and yet are still cold…then complain away.

    • kimmeister

      Oh man, he gets all of the points for that.

    • Kitten Mittons

      That is fantastic. I need to be watching his show more often.

      • Danielle

        He’s really done an excellent job with it so far. I think he’s in it for the long haul.

        • Kitten Mittons

          I hope so. I’m still in the “Conan got totally hosed” corner, but I can admit Fallon definitely has a broader appeal, and he does it without sinking to the lowest common denominator. I can appreciate that.

        • scoobynacks

          I agree that Jimmy’s got a natural talent for this kind of thing. I wish him well, and I’m glad I can watch the Tonight Show again. I just flat out refused after that last mess. I think he’s safe from getting tossed. NBC’s committed to not going back to Jay this time, I think. It’s new leadership and Jay’s not got a show on the network right now.

          I’m Team Conan, but there were understandable contract numbers that they were loyal to, not people, and Conan was doomed from the beginning without even knowing it. I hate what they did, but the reason they did it was clear. One of the reasons they fired Conan and brought Leno back was that they both had penalty fees if they got fired, and by the time they negotiated things out, it saved NBC $100+ million to keep Jay and fire Conan. Lousy isn’t it? I think Conan thought people would give him a chance, but he didn’t realize it as more than his own contract he had to keep in mind.

          • Kitten Mittons

            Well said, Scooby. It was all about the business deal, which is hard to argue. It sucked, but I really think it may end up for the best. The longer I watch Conan, I just don’t know if he appeals to a broad enough audience. I don’t think my parents find him that funny at all, but I definitely think they would laugh at Jimmy’s happy-go-lucky antics, the songs and games, and the way he gets celebrities to participate. Jimmy’s more Carson-esque in those respects, and he can entertain your grandma and your kids at the same time. As long as Conan can keep his own show (which he probably gets more control over anyway) then I can live with the outcome.

  • traceyishere

    She is practicing her look for the day she becomes a cougar, in 20 or so years…….

    • what not

      This exactly. I’m all for older ladies doin’ their thang, but there’s a stereotypical look of “smaller, tighter, and glitzier will get more attention”, which is read as desperate. And so Lea always reads as desperate–for stardom, attention, etc. If she’d just go for highlighting the cute young thing she is, she’d come off way better.

  • JauntyJohn

    I more or less qualify as a fan, but I am forced to admit, so much talent, so little taste.

  • Future Star of the Vegas Strip. (Put on some lip color, not everything needs to look naked.)

  • Tatiana Luján

    I love the shoes and hate the dress.

  • kimmeister

    I have to marvel at the perfectly taut backs of her thighs. Not a single dimple, even when crossed. That being said, something’s wrong if I can see the backs of her thighs when she’s seated.

  • wisenhar

    “One snap of my fingers and I could raise hems so high, the world would be your gynecologist.”
    “Oh, I see somebody already has.”

  • marlie

    I said “of course” the second I saw her walk out on stage when I was watching the show last night. What we don’t see here is how she had to hold her skirt down when she sat, and then had to fidget a little to make sure that everything was in place.

    But she still should have saved this dress for the step-and-repeat, so you don’t have to worry about it being so short that you risk flashing the good china or busting a seam when you sit.

    For real, though, those nails are horrifying.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    Lea, with love: you need a stylist with the balls to tell you “bitch, this is tacky”.

  • GorgeousThings

    “Mame, shouldn’t you have gone to purple by now?”

  • sugarkane105

    The Talon Trend Must Die.

  • jw_ny

    oh girl…you gotta git Oliva Munn’s tit truss to wear with them shoes!

  • MoHub

    Did she know she would have to sit down?

  • DominoEstella

    god, I HATE the way she dresses.. Loathe it.

  • mlle

    It’s a pity she’s made such pretty detailing look so tacky. I’d love if the dress were turned into a top then paired with loose black trousers and nails (of the non-talon variety) that were a deep colour just a bit off from black. Not that the reigning champ of Of Course would ever make a public appearance with so much fabric covering her up.

  • CT14

    The nails! They look as though she had fake nails added, and they’ve grown out a bit, and then she just polished over the whole thing.

    Am I the only one seeing the bump a quartr up from the quick?

    And I hate the pointy nail. Yicky.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    I can see this working had Lea access to TLo’s advice on the right dress size, and accessorizing the dress with black shoes.

  • OhSheila

    She looks a mess overall, but I’m seriously the only one who likes the nails? The almonds can get very very talon-y, but I actually think that’s the perfect length for them.

    • Kitten Mittons

      They’re a little longer and pointier than I would wear them, but I’ve seen so much worse. These I can deal with.
      Maybe it’s the color that adds to the talon-factor for everyone else? Black definitely moves them in that direction. Red would, too, I think (bloody talons, ick). Grey might work better….

    • embers618

      I don’t think they’re meant to be almonds – I think they’re supposed to be stiletto nails, but they’re just not executed well.

  • mjude

    I do not get those goddamn fingernails.

  • lobsterlen

    Well you give her this at least she is able to walk across the stage, sit down down and hold a conversation while wearing this dress. I’d be so distracted with a fear of a nip slip or china flash I’d be unable to string two words together. It would take all myconcentration.

  • MM4321

    For me, it all starts and ends with THOSE TEETH. I just can’t.

  • shirab

    Why are her bangs so unevenly trimmed? Looks like she took a nail scissors to them in a fit of pique. At age 7.

  • KT

    Oh god, we’re about a half second away from a Basic Instinct moment. OF COURSE!

  • Imasewsure

    Tacky tacky tacky… but I do like the shoes

  • ALW

    What size is a dress when it’s too small for Lea Michele? Is she wearing toddler sizes now? Also, her nails are terrifying; they look like little leeches stuck to her fingertips.

  • Sally Spannagle

    Too tight, too short, too naked!!

  • snarkykitten

    ugh, she needs to fire her manicurist, STAT. I can deal with the almond shape if it’s done well, but her cuticles are uneven and maybe it’s just the lighting, but the black nail polish looks really streaky.

    what? I could have just said “of course” :p

  • dickylarue

    She looks like a Drexel Sorority girl on a night out in Atlantic City.

  • Columbinia

    Wow, Dragon Lady nails! I can’t remember the last time I saw nails filed to a sharp point. Whose idea was that?

  • Blair Sylvester

    My main problem isn’t it doesn’t feel organic to me. Like she is looking exactly how she wants to look/ if she weren’t famous she would wear cheaper versions of this look. It just looks like she feels she needs to dress like this to get attention and to me thats sad

  • d4divine

    Totally agree…she is a style mess

  • I openly guffawed during the interviewed when she exclaimed, “It’s so cold here!” and Jimmy responded, “You just have to wear more clothes, and it’s not so bad.”

    • formerlyAnon

      The Extremely Long List of reasons why I like Jimmy Fallon has a new entry.

  • embers618

    I can’t imagine that she tried sitting down in that dress before she decided to wear it. If you are going to be seated for most of your appearance, try sitting down and talking for a few minutes – if you have to adjust yourself more than once, or you have to exert energy clamping your legs together, the dress doesn’t work.
    That said, if she followed any of TLO’s advice above, this could work on a step and repeat.

  • Trickytrisha


  • formerlyAnon

    Sorry. Not enough dress. It would only have taken another inch or two.

  • Jecca2244

    im sorry but you can’t do short, strapless, and high strappy heels and make it seem approp for a tv appearance.

  • Dagney

    And again…hemline, in the opposite direction. I mean two measly inches and the dress would still read “sexy.”

  • MzzPants

    Her thighs had to be gorilla glued together in order to keep her from flashing the world.

  • decormaven

    Gotta laugh – an ad for her album is running on this site. Good luck with that, promo people!

  • NinjaCate

    I WAS CROSSING MY FINGERS YOU WOULD SAY “OF COURSE”! Oh my goodness… I really like her makeup though.

  • John11581

    The minute I read “nightclub hopping on a Saturday night” all I could think was, “Picture it, Webster Hall, 1996. The Bridge & Tunnel crowd….” And, yes, I thought it in Sophia’s voice too.
    And thanks to that, this is the first time today (my birthday) that I actually feel old, not only because of The Golden Girls reference, but because I WAS the damn Bridge & Tunnel crowd in 1996. UGH!

  • cocohall

    Does she dress this way to distance herself from her character on Glee? Because despite the less than stellar results, I think a lot of thought and effort went into this look. I think there has to be some middle ground between Rachel’s buttoned up school girl sorts of looks and this tribute to the Jersey Shore and all things Snooki. Lea, even Snooki has moved on a bit. I actually think her face looks pretty and the dress is interesting and could be cute if it were a bit longer and the rest of the styling wasn’t so relentlessly “SEXY.”

    • Gatto Nero

      It’s that this is what “sexy” means to her that makes it so sad.

      • cocohall

        It’s funny, this is how the girls at our local high school dress for prom: short, tight and overly embellished. The same girls that on the regular wear leggings, Uggs and sweatshirts. Is it possible that our Lea just has been working so much that she has gotten stuck in this “teen” version of sexy? She hasn’t had time to evolve her style? She bugs a bit, for sure, but I do have the inclination to be kind as she is still young and she has experienced a real loss.

        • She’s 27.

          • cocohall

            From where I sit, 27 is very young. She turns and weeps . . . .

          • Maybe so, but it’s a decade older than girls going to proms. Any lady closing in on her 30th birthday still dressing like a high school girl is a lady who needs a style re-think, as far as we’re concerned.

          • cocohall

            Oh, we are so on the same page. I am not in favor of this look for her (or even for the local girls at the high school. Prom night can have the unfortunate look of a junior hooker convention). She desperately needs to evolve her style. I think for many young women there is a sort of fashion development process that they have to pass through on the way to finding a personal sense of style and if they start late, it means they will be traveling through the short, tight, and shiny phase many years after their more savvy peers have moved on. And then there are the girls (Allison Williams, Elizabeth Olsen) that want to leap frog ahead and wear clothes more suited to a woman decades older. Which doesn’t work either, but doesn’t come off as so desperate. My guess is there are people near to Lea that know that her style is not really serving her well, but are disinclined to intervene, given her recent loss. As in “should we tell her that she shouldn’t wear that?” “No, just be glad she’s showered and off the couch.”

        • Gatto Nero

          I meant “sad” quite literally. It wasn’t intended as unkind.
          But she does need to educate herself about style — and taste.

          • cocohall

            This is where the internet is tricky – I didn’t think you were being mean. I was agreeing with you! You are right – It IS sad, in the literal sense, that this is how Lea seems to think she should present herself. She isn’t Sophia Vergara (And I LOVE her) and it would be nice if Lea could find a style that suits her singular talents and beauty a bit better.

          • Gatto Nero

            Thanks for explaining. (This is where e-communications fall flat, and why people use those blasted emoticons!) Yes, Lea needs some guidance in discovering what will make her shine.

          • cocohall

            :0) Honestly, I really try to avoid blasting people over the internet as I know how shitty it makes me feel, so sorry. I must remind myself to start replies with “You are so right!” to signal my intent.

  • Alloy Jane

    I don’t find melted licorice nails to be frightening, just ugly and unappetizing. I kinda want to backhand her for going back to looking like a cast member of Jersey Shore. I can’t handle the tacky.

  • CatherineJay

    Can we talk about her fringe?!?

  • Liza Ortiz

    She performed on the show, so really this should be graded as stage wear…

    • She’s not on a stage; she’s on television. And we’re not grading here.

  • Qitkat

    It’s a really, really cute dress that needs to be 2″ longer for sitting in the hot seat.

  • livesarah


  • quiltrx

    The term in my own mind is “Scroll-Down OH…I see.” The bodice was fine and then it was all wow, that’s a lot of thigh. Those nails are awful and, heaven forbid, they look lumpy????
    Yeah, this just reads “beach cover up” sitting down. No ma’am.

  • kategs

    lordie how I loathe that shape nail!

  • greyhoundgirl

    My kid works on that set and I KNOW it’s not heated to 80 degrees. She looks so uncomfortable and unnatural. And not in a fabulous way.

  • sagecreek

    Oh, Christ on a cracker.

  • Ugh, please tell Vampira – enough.

  • Pterodactyl111

    Listen, I LOVE manicures, but those are straight up sea witch nails.