Met Gala 2014: Lena Dunham in Giambattista Valli Couture

Posted on May 06, 2014

This is kind of… not … terrible?


Lena-Dunham-Giambattista-Valli-2014-Met-Gala-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Lena Dunham attends the 2014 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in a Giambattista Valli Haute Couture strapless silk dress paired with Giambattista Valli shoes and a Fred Leighton 19th Century diamond and blue enamel ring, an Art Deco diamond and onyx ring, a diamond marquise ring, and diamond drop earrings.

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Lena-Dunham-Giambattista-Valli-2014-Met-Gala-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (3)Giambattista Valli Couture Spring 2014 Collection

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Oh for God’s sake. Stand like an adult.

When we say “not terrible” we mean it’s actually kind of a pretty dress. As per usual, though, she chose something with a rather difficult shape to it. The bodice is fine, but that skirt is tricky and we don’t think she’s quite the gal to make it work. Also, the Ramona Quimby hair and the fact that she can’t even be bothered to put her shoes all the way on bugs the shit out of us.

We do think the Met Gala requires more than a cocktail dress, even if it is couture. We can’t be bothered getting obsessed over the theme of the night, since “White Tie and Decoration” is about as vague as you can get (for the ladies, at least). And the Charles James aesthetic is not something every woman can pull off. It doesn’t bother us that it wasn’t a sea of exuberant ball gowns last night, but we think an above-the-knee skirt is kind of pushing it.



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  • thecitysleeps

    I’m gonna go against the grain and say that I think she is pulling it off, so she has thighs, and a waist and arms, I think she looks fab. And those straps on the shoes probably just won’t stay on (I know the kind).

    • TheLaurenJean

      This has nothing to do with the fact she has thighs, waist and arms. It has to do with the fact that she can’t stand up like an adult, and insists on presenting herself like a toddler dressed her.

      • Carrie

        I’m honestly surprised she turned up here. She seems like the last person who would go to this given how she’s never looked comfortable at these kinds of events. The overly-youthful presentation seems to be how she deals with it and it isn’t attractive.

        • VictoriaDiNardo

          Actually, she’s been very interested in fashion since she was a kid. There was a companion piece in Vogue when she was on the cover, might have just been on-line, reprinting a story about her and Jemima Kirk and I think a Schnabel when they were ( annoyingly precocious ) pre-teens inNew York. Even at eleven she was talking about liking Jil Sander and Calvin Klein and what she wanted to wear. I think she just doesn’t know how to interpret it for herself now that she has access.

          • DollyMadisonWI

            What a great way to put it – that she doesn’t know how to interpret it for herself. I feel that way for my own style especially when I’m trying to translate the magazines to my closet.

        • MilaXX

          She’s not comfortable because she doesn’t know how to wear clothes fashionably, but she clearly wants to be part of the pretty people. I have no problem with it. She’s trying, shes just not there yet. This dress is actually a step in the right direction in terms of shape for her, but she’s not quite there yet.

          ETA: VictoriaDiNardo said it much better than I did.

      • Right? Who said anything about her waist, thighs and arms?

        • Lanus

          Yeah, I actually think she might have warranted at least an “Attagirl” if she’d had better posture. Structured, dramatic silhouettes like this can actually look better on women with a frame to stand up to them, where wee little slips of a girl just look silly. but Lena’s slumpy shoulders look so put-on casual (LOOK AT ME, I DON’T CARE ABOUT FASHION EXCEPT I DO) that it actually detracts from her better looks. I wish someone would teach her how to strike a pose, it would be refreshing to see a larger framed, tatooed woman making it work. Poor Queen Latifah can’t do it all by herself, damn it!

          • demidaemon

            I have no problems with the dress. It just isn’t event appropriate.

      • greymain


      • Levedi

        Or like she IS a toddler. The cutesy-poo “tee hee, I’m in a pwetty dwess” look is half toddler, half middle schooler. Grow up and stand up straight. Or at least scrub that hideous eye make up off.

    • Paigealicious

      Then choose different shoes?

      • Toni

        With the shape of my feet, slingbacks just WON’T stay up. Which is why I STOPPED BUYING SLINGBACKS. I can understand that these shoes are pretty perfect with the dress, but maybe some of that tape they use to keep a bodice in place would help out if she insisted on wearing them?

        • Haha – I just said something similar.

          Do you have quite a high arch? I’ve been told that could be partly why I can’t keep them on.

          • 3boysful

            Me, three, and yes I do.

        • Paigealicious

          Exactly, the clear tape stuff is exactly what I was thinking.

        • MilaXX

          Those types of sling back are annoying. That back strap always falls off. I have a pair I keep meaning to take to the shoe shop and get another strap added to for this very reason.

          • Call me Bee

            I had a pair similar to these for years. I kept the sling strap up with a shiny black ribbon around the ankle a la ballet slippers, and it worked well. Got many compliments on those shoes….

        • muzan-e

          Yup. Wide across the toes + skinny little ankles makes slingbacks a comedy routine when worn by me.

          If only I had the resources and raw cash necessary to get a cute set of heels custom-made to match my special-occasion dress –

          well. I would. Wearing those – as is – when she could have anything – is ridiculous.

      • MoHub

        Maybe half a size larger? And I’m shocked considering what we usually see is shoes two sizes to big.

    • Amel

      Gotta agree — the hair and styling is not totally there but I think this dress in itself is hers

      • demidaemon

        Yes. She just wore it to the wrong event. It would be perfect for the premiere of her show or something similar.

    • MilaXX

      Then why wear them? I think she could pull this off with a strapless bra and if she stood up straight. I don’t give a fig about her thighs. She’s not pulling this off because of the bad makeup, lack of a foundation garment and horrible posing. She looks like a giant toddler.

      • Trent

        PREACH. Also, I am by no means a tattoo hater, but I saw a shot of this from the back and the two houses she has drawn back there are fighting this dress to the death. Sigh. At least she’s *trying* to pose…baby steps.

      • 3boysful

        Yes! And since she doesn’t (seem to) want to do anything with her hair, it might be time to investigate a cute, short, wash and wear kind of cut.

      • myandyleigh

        I read somewhere her saying she’d been instructed to pose that way, that it was the way to make you look better, like the models do it. I think it looks terrible, whoever told her that should be permanently silenced. The way to enhance what she has is to stand up straight and quit with the pigeon toes and knocked knees. She could really be stunning if she threw that bad advice away.

        As to the dress, I thought if it had been gown length it would have been beautiful. I’m not crazy about the shape of the skirt at this length. But so much could have been remedied with better posture.

        • MilaXX

          I heard the same thing about the yellow dress she wore. The thing is Lena is not a model and doesn’t know how to hold her body in a way that works.

        • pepita

          Maybe she should learn a bit about Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth). She’s tall, and she owns it when she’s on the red carpet (posture speaking at least).

    • Let it out

      City, I *think* what you meant is that you like the dress, and her in it – you just made an assumption that there was an objection to her body type, which there wasn’t. Also, you didn’t say anything about the posing, which I’m guessing (hoping) you hate. Anyway, I like the dress, and her in it, too.

    • livesarah

      I agree she is pulling it off. It actually suits her. But it’s not enough dress for the Met.

  • queeniethebold

    i have to disagree. i think she looks terrible. But even if the dress/hair/makeup/shoes were better, it’s that stance and her embarrassingly bad posture that ruins every last thing.

  • TheLaurenJean

    I don’t feel like I’m asking to much by wanting her to stop dressing and looking like a toddler. No one over age 7 should have that hair cut, and certainly no one her age and in her profession should be so incapable of standing in heels and putting makeup on that isn’t raccoon like.

    • Sarah

      The haircut doesn’t bother me, really, but she could have done something more formal with it – a sparkly clip, a few curls, etc.

    • butterflysunita

      I know–that hair! Those raccoon eyes! The dress is fine but with that hair and makeup it’s hopeless.

  • Danielle

    Just stand up straight and pose like a normal person and I’ll give this a pass.

  • Scimommy

    Not the worst thing on that red carpet. In fact, if she only did her hair and stood up straight, it might’ve been an “Atta girl!”

    • TheLaurenJean

      It says a lot that standing up straight and doing her hair is all we feel comfortable asking her to do at this point.

      • marlie

        I’ll even let her have the hairdo.

        • Introspective

          i wont.

    • VicD

      I really appreciate that it is longer on her than the one on the model. It may just be that the model is 7 feet tall and Lea Dunham is not tall, but I am willing to give it a pass just because it is not coochie baring length on her. From the placement of the flower embellishments (“decorations,” dare I say?), it does appear that more fabric has been added to the length. Thanks for that!

  • Carrie

    Look mom and dad, I’m at a big girl party!

  • Anna

    “I am NOT a pest!” Lena told her big sister, Beezus.

    • greymain


      • Anna

        Was thinking it would make a good caption for the last photo based on the expression she’s making.

    • Karen Belgrad

      Wouldn’t it be wonderful if she topped the night off by cracking a (not-so) hard boiled egg on her head?

      • Anna

        And Anna Wintour reprimands her in her office for being a show-off and a nuisance.

        • Karen Belgrad

          I wonder where she keeps her “NOSMO KING” signage…

        • Kent Roby

          And then Anna gives her the cover. Of the September issue.

          • Anna

            Don’t give her any ideas! (Although it wouldn’t surprise me at all).

      • Frankie Carter

        It’d be even better if a dog ran off with those shoes. Paper towel slippers would be an improvement

    • Le_Sigh

      Now I want to figure out who the Beezus of this party was.

      • Kitten Mittons

        Gotta be Wintour. The hair, she looks perpetually annoyed, and their dresses even have some similar colors in them.

    • Introspective

      nailed. ftw

  • Qitkat

    Everything TLo said.

    Because if I don’t get away from these all too addictive posts, I will get nothing done today.

    • formerlyAnon

      Too late for me.

      • Qitkat

        But honest, I only came to check notifications…
        The Vortex….heeeeellllppp mmeee….

        • formerlyAnon

          Hahaha. Funny because it’s true.

          (Proof that one can in life continue indefinitely to find new weaknesses thanks to new technologies.)

    • Kent Roby

      Everytime I have glanced away from my screen today for a few seconds to, um, do actual work, I come back to a new post with 800 comments.

      • marlie

        That’s what happens when you have misplaced priorities. 😛

  • j regan p

    Ouch @ those shoes and the hair is an unnecessary evil. (I’ll hold back my opinion on the ink factor.)

  • Tricia Rose

    “Shoulders back makes the ‘ladies’ sing” so said my grandma Mutz… it’s truth people… please let’s stop crumbling and contorting them inward- LET THEM SING!

    • Kristi Mitchell

      My adorably petite 24 year old sister and her gaggle of friends call it the “sorority pose” – Hands on hip, shoulder down and forward , they say it’s supposed to make you look thinner.

      • Betsy

        The “skinny arm” is actually quite flattering. If you are pictured with another girl, turn 3/4 toward each other, grab each other at the waist, and lean out. Works every time.

      • You should still do it with the shoulders rolled back though – I bet your sister doesn’t slump into it like that.

  • Sarah

    If this lost the hip wings and went all the way to the floor in a column, it would be the best thing I’ve ever seen her wear. It would then have the added bonus of obscuring the damned pigeon toes that she refuses to stop doing.

    • sojourneryouth

      Agree completely. There is always something off about what she wears, and this is just too short and too complicated.

    • Kent Roby

      I could even deal with the hip wings as a sort of exaggerated peplum if there were a fitted black column under it. This is not the event to show off legs, whether you are Lena, Bey, or Queen Lupita.

  • Betsy

    The dress is pretty but strapless without sleeves is so very unflattering on her. And she’s a smart woman–standing like that is the equivalent of “baby talk.” It irks me and it seems counterintuitive to her whole vibe.

    • formerlyAnon

      Yes, her physical presentation is at war with the “competent successful professional” she is, and which she seems to want people to recognize.

    • Sarah

      I don’t think strapless without sleeves is a problem for her. This dress is a tad short-waisted, which I think if she stood up straight would be evident in the bust, but her arms and shoulders are just fine. I am in total agreement regarding her baby talk standing, however. For chrissake.

      • MilaXX

        If she had on a long line strapless and she stood up straight, we’d have a come to Jesus moment like when Bianca showed Adore how to cinch her waist. Not only that, it would elongate her torso because the ta -tas would be up where they belong.

        • Sarah

          I believe you’re right. The posture is such a problem with this girl that she probably has no idea what good undergarments could do for her.

        • VicD

          Ah, thank you for the shout out to RPDR … I keep coming back looking for last night’s recap, but I guess it’s a bit much to ask with the Mad Men style post due tomorrow and the Met Ball last night!

          • It’s coming later today, though! Promise. Working on it ATM.

          • MilaXX

            No pressure I missed it last night cause I was watching 24 and only just watched. It was on my mind when I wrote the post so it was the first example I thought of.

      • embers618

        The way that the strapless dresses always seem to be poorly fitted for her makes me wonder if she slouches like this during adjustments, too. It always looks like if she actually stood up straight the bust would be too low. She needs to have someone put her into some decent support garments and make her stand up straight during the fitting… and maybe put her in a corset until her posture is trained properly.

        • MoHub

          Or build the support into the bodice.

          • embers618

            The support in the bodice would be great if they had time… I was thinking that making her wear a corset for a month or two would fix the root of the problem, which is that her posture is atrocious every single time I see her, RC or not.

        • Sarah

          Very much what I was thinking. Let’s put a book on her head!

    • VicD

      I just recently saw a rerun of the 30 Rock where Tina Fey hires the hottest new female comic to show that “women ARE funny,” only to find that she dresses like a sexed up teenager and talks like an infant. And, I guess we don’t need to ask why I am suddenly reminded of that episode.

  • flamingoNW

    The shoes, hair and make-up, and the slouch, leave me with the impression she’s just playing dress-up with someone else’s clothes….

  • Lucía Gavello

    I love that you guys typed “Med Gala” because it looks like most of these people were actually on heavy meds, or should be.

    • MoHub

      Ess-zack-ly! Please, please, please don’t correct it!

  • formerlyAnon

    I think it’s a pretty good dress for her. BUT. If your escort is (or is supposed to be) in white tie, I don’t think this is the dress for the occasion.

    I could be wrong, since white tie affairs have never been on my social calendar.

  • Shawn EH

    Definitely not terrible. And her eyes are great!

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    I was puzzled to see short dresses for the gala. A gala’s the time to pull out the stops and wear that long gown, ladies. That said, this is Ok for Lena. It is a rather tricky skirt for her, but the fabric is lovely. Now get your hair done, and stop standing as if you’ve to got to pee.

  • VFinn

    The second I saw the photo, I sighed and said, “Still slouching.” I said it out loud. If anyone was with me, they’d think I was a loony.

  • charlotte

    I’d rather say not completely embarrassing. Which is a compliment in her case.

  • MilaXX

    This is a cute look, but Lena is simply not the one. She can’t sell this look to save her life. The hair is wrong, as is the makeup. There’s a picture of her out there in her bare feet waiting for the her car to take her home. NASTY! Why not wear a pair of shoes you could actually stand to be in? At the very least slip a pair of those Dr. Scholls fold up ballet flats in your bag. I shudder to think of all the yuck she was standing in. iCannot with this one.

    • Carleenml

      replying just to say loving “iCannot”

  • Speaking as a person who cannot keep slingback shoes on her feet, that’s something you learn pretty quickly in your fancy-shoe-wearing life and you MOVE ON TO OTHER SHOES. I really like this dress, but everything about how she has styled it is wrong.

    • Anna

      I have that same problem! Had to come to terms with it recently and move on. I love slingbacks though 🙁

    • Toni


    • ampg

      I think they might be too big – I almost always have to wear slingbacks a half-size smaller than normal.

      • MoHub

        The way the straps are hitting, I’d say they’re more likely too small.

  • cmb92191

    Ramona Quimby hair.. that is just too much! This language arts teacher loves it!

  • Janet B

    If only this were floor length, she wore one major piece of jewelry and had styled her hair.

    • Carleenml

      yes, but she still wouldn’t stand up straight and would ruin it.

  • Judy_S

    It doesn’t look that bad in these photos, but I remember scrolling through the “arrivals” last night and stopping with a gasp of dismay when I saw her. I actually felt she could look good in something ball-gownish–even a longer version of this–but the little-girl esthetic just does not fit.

    So how come you guys know who Ramona is?

    • I seem to remember them saying that TLo are richly blessed in nieces – that’s possibly the Ramona connection!

      • Sarah

        And Beverly Cleary is not gender specific. I assume the Uncles were youngsters once, too.

      • Nieces AND sisters. But people forget that Beverly Cleary first started with the Henry Huggins books for boys in the 1950s, where Ramona was first introduced.

        • I did not know that!

        • Kitten Mittons

          And Otis Spofford (sp?)!! And Ralph S. Mouse!!!!
          I always loved Ellen Tebbits, though.

        • MoHub

          the 1950s? Really? Where was I, then. I was born in ’51 and don’t recall being aware of or reading Cleary.

        • Mr. J.

          Henry Huggins. I remember Henry Huggins. Thank you for making me remember Henry Huggins.

          • And his dog, Ribsy!

          • Mr. J.

            Henry and Ribsy. Oh yes.

          • Sarah

            Ribsy was my favorite 🙂

        • Bonnie Blue

          I still have my well-worn Ellen Tebbits, Ramona the Pest, Beezus and Ramona, Ribsy, and Henry and the Clubhouse books. I still read them every now and then! I love the old illustrations by Louis Darling. I confess I did not have to go far to look them up…they’re right in the next room!

    • Sara__B

      Maybe it’s mostly an Oregon thing (Beverly Cleary and Ramona are from Portland), but Ramona books are still being checked out from school and public libraries. And they’re still in print, after all these years!

      • Sarah

        Oh, no. I’m in Virginia, and they circulate at my library plenty, too. Just good kids’ books.

      • Nathan

        I’m (relatively) young, and I read the Henry Huggins and Ramona books obsessively as a kid. Beverly Cleary captured growing up in suburbia in a way that still feels relevant now.

  • Meg0GayGuys6

    What was the theme? It was the Met Ball last year, whose theme was punk, right? I’m not seeing any connective thread between the dresses this year.

    • MilaXX

      The theme/dress code was fairly generic; White Tie & Decorations. The gala itself was dedication to designer Charles James.

  • Laura Krause Sedor

    I really love her make-up here. She’s not always great about her face. And her hair is thin and that’s shitty to work with. But still I hear you on the dress but T&L kind of come across as clutching their pearls. But I get it. I’m the same way about bridesmaids wearing flip flops. WTF grow up.

    • MoHub

      The theme was Charles James. Google his work, and you’ll see the connection.

      Except for this dress.

  • LeelaST

    Just another woman who doesn’t seem to give an eff about dressing for her size and shape, or wearing what’s flattering. It’s not like she’s a slave to what’s trendy (like the sausage casing teens who squeeze themselves into stretch tops and too small jeans because their super skinny friends do) so why not pick something that fits her body and personality? The dress is very pretty – love the high-low hem in this context.

    • MilaXX

      Say what? She’s wearing a Spring 2014 couture dress. That’s as trendy as one gets. As in fresh off the runways trendy. She’s also wearing shoes she a)can’t keep on and b) hurt her feet so bad she couldn’t wait to get in her car to take them off. That’s pretty much being a slave to fashion. She’s trying, she just hasn’t gotten it quite right.

  • lamamu

    I think this dress really works for her. She’s a gal who should stay far, far away from floor-length gowns, if she can help it. Baby steps…

  • Sarah Thomas

    I want the bodice about an inch longer and the skirt to hit her knees. Then I’ll like it.

  • Barbara Thomas

    She looks like a little girl playing fashion show with the Christmas tree skirt and her mother’s heels. Shoes that fit and decent posture would have improved this a thousand-fold.

  • Linderella

    Would be better without the embossed fabric, which screams “Bathmat” at me.

  • I agree with TheLaurenJean- it’s NOT about her body~ it’s about the fact she still looks like she’s wearing Heathtex and not couture. #growitupLena

  • CanIbeFrank

    I love her hair. I think it totally fits her. So there.

  • Sam Smith

    She at least looks happy and pleased to be there. But, what is up with the Girls’ girls, why can’t they stand up straight.

  • mjude

    not everyone can wear a dress that does not have straps & I am one of them. so to me it always looks so unflattering. girl, those shoes?

  • Trickytrisha

    Thanks be to the gods of mercy that the dress isn’t as short as the one on the model.

  • She does not have the legs for that dress. Other than that, it’s a very pretty dress, and I like her choice of shoes. But would it have killed her to wear some jewelry?

  • Vaniljekjeks

    I just started watching “Girls”, and this is such a step up from what I am used to seeing her wear, I’m going to say she looks fantastic. Considering that show is “created” by her, one would imagine she’d figure out a way to put her character into more flattering clothing.

  • Jennelle

    What always bothers me about her is that she has this “PigPen” vibe about her… like she looked perfect when she walked out the door and then within 5 minutes, she has her skirt hoiked halfway around her waist, sling backs not slinging, hair flat, lipstick half chewed off…all she needs is a dust cloud following her…

    • FibonacciSequins

      She’s proof that fashion isn’t for everyone.

  • Cheryl

    I like this dress, and her head (I think this haircut suits her), but it’s the damn standing like a little kid, that bugs me. And I hate, hate, hate the shoes and the fact she doesn’t actually have them on. Surely there must be someone who can instruct her on how to pose? Hey, you can give me lessons too, while you’re at it, although my problem is the opposite of Lena’s.

  • KayEmWhy

    Oh dear……. She just doesn’t care does she.

    • Wink

      She does seem to care, and she is trying. But she just can’t get it quite right. Backhanded compliment: she has looked much worse!

      • KayEmWhy


    • boweryboy

      She cares enough to wear couture.

      • KayEmWhy

        She needs a stylist.

  • SewingSiren

    She tries hard to look the fool, and succeeds more often than not.

  • semirose

    I think without the belt might have made this work a bit better for her. It works for the model but it cuts weirdly on Dunham. Wish it was longer (if keeping mullet, front at knee, back at ankle) and that someone told her to rethink her headsuit and grab maybe a large but simple cuff.

  • GorgeousThings

    The best thing I can say is that her makeup is pretty.

  • Anne

    I actually like the Ramona Quimby hair–it’s better than the sort of uneven, unkempt look she had going on before. And I think this is a cool dress on her, if she would only stand up straight! The waistline is in exactly the right spot, but I don’t think those extra flowers and bulky business around the middle are doing her any favors.

  • Denise Alden

    I don’t like the dress at all, so I’m going to let this one go. However, I cannot shake the feeling if she did a modern Liza Minelli/Halston thing, she’d look amazing.

  • CT14

    I thought she looked nice, grading on a Lena Dunham curve.

    The local morning show savaged her, though.

  • marlie

    I would actually think that this would be a great interpretation of the theme – for her – except I can’t get past the burning urge to scream, “FUCKING STAND UP STRAIGHT.”

    See, Lena, you made me swear.

    And agree about the hair and shoes.

  • ballerinawithagun

    Her eyes are beautiful.

    • Gatto Nero

      Aren’t you nice!

  • BLauD

    Good gravy. The Tinkle Pose has got to stop. I think that would solve about 85% of her fashion woes.

  • TigerLaverada

    I don’t think that’s a pretty dress at all, myself, on her or on the runway. Too arts and crafty — reminds me of a cinched-in crinkled-up lawn and leaf bag on which somebody hot-glue gunned a bunch of kinda crappy looking fake flowers. The fact that it makes her look dumpy is just insult to injury. I’ve seen her look far better than this.

    She looks happy, though, so there’s that.

  • Michelle Amanda Cantave

    Just when I think I can’t love my gay uncles any more they go ahead a say something like “Ramona Quimby hair” and I know that I’m wrong. Thanks for both nailing that hairstyle and bringing up some great childhood memories of reading those books

  • FibonacciSequins

    Is she attempting that model pose where you put both hands on hips and round your shoulders forward, to make your collarbone stick out?

    • alyce1213

      She always does that, she always looks ridiculous. It’s as if she’s never seen a picture of herself.

      • FibonacciSequins

        Maybe she looks worse if she doesn’t do it. Kidding/not kidding.

    • I always think that pose looks like they have bad period pain.

      • FibonacciSequins

        I will never again see anyone doing that in a photo without thinking that!

  • Stephanie Gustafson

    i don’t think the shoes were a laziness factor – those straps ALWAYS fall down… it’s just a terribly designed shoe, and we’ve all fallen prey at some point.

  • madge

    why does she always go for strapless? strapless is not her look.

  • Gatto Nero

    Bedazzled poodlecloth. And a bad silhouette for her.

  • …again, a situation where proper hosiery would have helped, immensely.

  • R.A.

    Something about her always reads “I went to an AWESOME kegger at a frat house last night and I TOTALLY did a kegstand!” Girl, get it together. You’re smart and successful. You’re better than this.

  • boweryboy

    Ramona Quimby: nailed it. Also, flashback to grade school.

    I can’t with her anymore. I used to give her the benefit of the doubt as far as not giving a sartorial damn, but she’s wearing couture. Couture. And even so, she still looks like a toddler who is putting in about as much effort as she would if she were wearing Forever 21. And enough with the pigeon toed I gotta pee stance. You’re almost 30. Stand up straight and act like a lady.

    With that said, I wouldn’t mind throwing back a few cocktails with her. I think she would be … fun? Or at the very least not boring.

    • decormaven

      And this would be an appropriate outfit for cocktails- high-end ones. I think this event calls for floor-length attire, though.

  • Mr. J.

    The dress is pretty, it looks terrible on her, the shoes are falling off her feet, she can’t even stand up….WHY is she given a Get Out of Fashion Jail Free card over and over and over again? I honestly don’t get it. “She’s looked worse” becomes a superlative when talking about Lena Dunham. Maybe someone can explain…..

  • AutumnInNY

    The length isn’t doing her any favors and agree with TLo, her posture and stance not good.

  • shopgirl716

    I can deal with the dress, it’s super cute. But the hair. Just, no. I have that same type of hair, stick straight and fine, and know how hard it is. But you can do better than that.

  • MK03

    You know the world’s gone screwy when Lena Dunham looks better at a red carpet event that Lupita Nyong’o.

  • Alyssa Ball

    She seems to insist on wearing strapless dresses/gowns, but I can never remember her wearing much in the way of jewelry. Obvious posture issues aside, I can’t help but wonder if a necklace would really help.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    To my old-fashioned eyes this look is crying out for stockings, pantyhose, whatever you want to call them.

  • nicewilliams

    Ramona!!!! Love T + L for their deep cuts.

  • Jennifer Bober

    I always have issues with the proportions of the clothes she chooses. They always make her look like her torso is disproportionally short. Of course, the way she stands doesn’t help. She makes me want to strap her to a board to teach her to pull those shoulders back.

  • TwiddlyStun

    Ramona needs to break into Beezus’ hair product, just a bit. Don’t do it for Henry, dear, do it for yourself.

  • Anita Karenin

    Personal best

  • Nathan

    I really like this dress, but I feel like it’s not for girls with hips. Somehow the proportions just get weird.

  • Lilithcat

    since “White Tie and Decoration” is about as vague as you can get (for the ladies, at least).

    Oh, it is not vague. It means, for women, ball dresses (“long, wide, low-cut”, to quote Miss Manners), over-the-elbow gloves, and grand jewelry. For men, again to quote Miss Manners, it means “black tailcoat with satin lapels, pants with a stripe on the outside legs, white pique waistcoat, starched white linen shirt, white pique bow tie”. If you’ve been awarded the Croix de Guerre or the Order of the Garter, now is when you get to wear it.

    • andi56

      Absolument! That is exactly right, which is why I made the comments that 1) not many were wearing gloves, which is just bad form, and 2) why the men dressed properly, like Benedict Cumberbatch, were perfection. The interesting thing is that for some Saturday nights at the Met Opera, men are still dressing like this.

    • I think you’re confusing the theme with a dress code. It was never meant as the literal dress code for the evening.

  • Susan Carson

    For the love of God would someone please make a dress for this girl to go with her shape. A strapless , blouson top plus tricky hems are not everyones friend and although the dress is lovely it is not for her. It highlights the wrong body parts the topper is it is not a big event dress, if it had been long then we would be having a different conversation.
    Would a nice person please show her how to stand up straight, she would look so much more confident and elegant.

  • Belvane

    I think that’s just how her feet go. She defaults to pigeon-toed.

  • crash1212

    I can’t with the hair…I just can’t. Also, she’s proven time and again that she cannot walk in even the simplest of heels, why would she choose a sling back stiletto? She bugs. Also…don’t care for the dress.

  • Robin Murray

    I’ve been everything from a size 4 to a 14, which has taught me that there is a way to dress any size woman effectively, from pixies to drag queens. This dress is not for a woman this size and shape. The long flat line across the bust makes her look flat chested and wider than she actually is. Ditto the appliqued flowers. The can-can mullet hem doesn’t even look good on the model. The bare minimum this dress requires is STANDING UP STRAIGHT. Monkey posture and couture very seldom mix well.

    • demidaemon

      I love “from pixies to drag queens.” 🙂

  • Jacob Bowen

    I can handle from the neck up, and I LOVE the shoes, but I’m not a fan of the skirt.

  • quiltrx

    The skirt portion actually *kind of* goes to the James theme…just wish it were long (or long-er).

  • Jean Beaton Leavitt

    “Oh for god’s sake stand like an adult” clearly she doesn’t know she has Uncles that care about her.
    Someone tell Lena Dunham! She is wasting a loving resource.

  • DesertDweller79

    Cute dress. She looks good. Inappropriate for the venue.

  • Ros

    This is what I would look like if I went to the Met Gala, right down to the hair and not putting the shoes on properly. So I say it’s a cute dress, it suits her, she looks perfectly fine.

  • Ashleigh

    Who encourages this stupid 4 year old stance? It’s so goofy. Stop it! STOP IT!!

  • JauntyJohn

    I keep waiting for her childlike quality to become irritating to me, but I have to say, to my surprise, it’s kind of growing on me. She’s playing dress up and having some fun with the spotlight, the grind of the RC, etc. Better to have fun with it than let it change you or break you.
    With that said, I think this is a great look on her. The silhouette is dynamite and she looks pretty and happy.

  • texashistorian

    I can’t STAND the hair. And if one has scabby knees, one should conceal them. The Met Gala isn’t a playground!

  • msdamselfly

    Sorry, but no. Her hair looks good, though

  • Sarah Caponigro

    All I can see if how they made her eyes pop… I wish I knew what color they used to make her brown/hazel eyes stand out so much.

  • Adam Christopher Maniff

    It wasn’t until I saw this post that I actually realized how a belt does define a waistline for the better. Anytime I thought about it before, someone didn’t have a belt and someone else was recommending one. I’d imagine it, I guess, but I have never felt that way before. This time it helps. But I think this could have been better had she done a radically grown-up styling. Harsh hair, attitude, poise and different makeup. Like Jamie Lee Curtis in True Lies with the wet hair from a plant. But you’re so right. Grow up Lena.

  • frannyprof

    Enough with the “I have to take a pee” pose.

    • Dagney

      right? i swear….it’s like she’s 10 years old.

  • Call me Bee

    I am delighted that you two know about Ramona Quimby! Having had two daughters grow up in the 80s and early 90s–we had all the Ramona books laying around the house for years! And yes–her head looks just like Ramona’s. In fact, her whole look is…unfortunate.

  • Man Dala

    Ramona Quimby hair – SNORT.
    Her posture and overall attitude are those of a housewife that has just been subject to a EXTREME MAKEOVER and looks herself at the mirror for the first time.
    The dress is pretty yet unflattering on her. she looks better when she covers her back and shoulders (and hideous tattoos) with something, even if it is thin straps.

  • Mothra

    Did a raccoon do her eyes? that is a terrible dress for her. Can’t someone take her on as a charity client and try to find this poor child a style?

  • Denise Rambo

    I want to yell at her to “STAND UP STRAIGHT!” And what’s with the pigeon toed stance?

  • Glammie

    Girl, that is not your dress. Yes, it’s pretty, but you are broad shouldered and short-waisted–*not* a good silhouette for you.

    You can be dressed, Lena. Vogue pulled it off in their editorial. You are connected. The first step is to admit that you have no sense of style. You need someone else to dress you–no, not Zac Posen your old babysitter–but someone who knows how to choose clothes for you.

    And, yep, the hair’s awful.

  • I love how she just “fuck you’s” everyone on the red carpet by wearing things she thinks looks cute on a runway model, but looks totally wrong on her. I would have imagined her more self aware, but I guess when it comes to the pretty dress, she’s going to cram it on no matter what. I love her hair. I still think that from a distance her tattoo looks like she has a vascular problem.

  • Sharon

    I think the proportion is throwing me off just slightly – I think if the inner skirt was a tad bit longer it’d look much more proportional for her figure.

    • RedRaven617

      Agree. If it were one inch longer…

  • Notice that not a single photographer has their lens trained on her. Because she isn’t one of the spectacular goddesses. She doesn’t help her cause by that awkward stance and flopsy hair (& let’s face it, actors are there for the attention and exposure, it’s how they recruit themselves to stay in the biz)

    • Given the number of photographs we are looking at, there was at least a single photographer with their lens trained on her. It’s an event with a big-arse carpet and lots of material to cover, not every photog is going to be focused on the same person at every moment.

      • Compare the 2nd and 4th pictures of Lena with the pictures of SJP – multiple photogs in the background are all jostling against each other wildly trying to shoot her picture – even from the rear. That’s what I’m talking about.

  • Dagney

    and now we have the “i’m so revolutionary because I say fuck you everyone on the RC…” No you don’t. You’re just a rich white girl.

  • it’s not good -but it’s far better than she normally does

  • JP

    I agree with the no-cocktail-dresses for this event, but having said that, she looks happier in couture than we usually see her, so she gets an atta-girl from me.

  • Erinkatezz

    Ramona Quimby hair!!! Ha!

  • LadyVimes

    “Ramona Quimby hair” is a perfect descriptor.

    I would like the shape better if the dress was floor length, I think. And if the waist was dropped down. She can’t do empire.

  • prisma

    Ugh. That tattoo. It looks like she has fungus on her arm so whatever she’s wearing, she always looks dirty to me.

  • andreawey

    I think it’s kind of cute, her hair looks like she cut it herself tho….

  • largishbearishAtlish

    At first I thought it was one of those horrific christmas sweaters…made into a ….dress?

  • largishbearishAtlish

    And the winner of ‘worst female shoulder tattoo on the runway” goes to…………

  • Jecca2244

    sometimes her tattoos ruin the look for me.

  • Susan Velazquez

    She needs a necklace or some statement jewelry

  • Kelly

    Seems pretty close to terrible to me. A mullet skirt made out of what looks like upholstery material or someone’s old mouton coat, and decoration by kids let loose in a craft store.

  • Tricia

    I love this woman so much, but so often I hate her outfits. This one included.

  • You know, she could have worked that hair with a bejeweled hairclip – something with a 1920s flair. And a pretty little delicate necklace, maybe with a deep blue sapphire, would have set off the lovely tone of her skin around her shoulders.

    And if she was going to go mini, with her supposed “fuck it” attitude I wish she’d worn white knee-high gogo boots or something. She’s supposed to be the representative of us millenials but I want more post-modern genre/decade mixing from fashion icons of my age-group.

    (ETA: Not that I think she’s a fashion icon, but she’s certainly pushed as this iconic millenial representative of… something.)

  • malarson2

    I just want – so hard – for her to stand up straight. She can keep the ‘aw-shucks-look-at-me-I-can’t-believe-I’m-at-The-Met-Ball posing, but she could do it with good posture. It would lengthen her and sell that dress better. It’s actually driving me so crazy I might have to go lay down for a spell.

    • ItAin’tMe

      I so agree! There was another photo of someone else that caught a side shot of Lena. She was completely hunched and round shouldered. And the turned in toes…the dress is not meant for a shy and retiring pose.

      • malarson2

        She’s no shy, retiring flower…as my Granny used to say. I actually didn’t know that was a thing. Thanks for making my day.

  • jif

    Could have been great with readjusted proportions.

    • Candigirl1968

      … and better jewelry and makeup.

      • jif

        Undoubtedly. But, bottom line, fixable.

  • Yuju Ti

    I don’t think it’s her not bothering to put her shoes all the way up. The straps just don’t want to settle on her ankles. I have a pair of heels that do this to me. I didn’t walk around when I tried them on in the store, so I didn’t realize they hate my ankles until I was on my way to the stage to get my doctorate diploma. It was the longest 20 yards I’ve ever walked!

  • BuffaloBarbara

    Agree about the venue. Shouldn’t half the fun of it be indulging the regal fantasies? At what they pay to attend this shindig, I say, go all-out fantasy. If you don’t want to do it, why bother? Stay home and Netflix something fun instead.

    Something about her rubs me the wrong way, anyway, and this isn’t helping.

  • Imasewsure

    Sorry but this is kind of VERY terrible… although she doesn’t win the worst of the night… “Ramona Quimby hair” … so funny

  • DollyMadisonWI

    Adorable dress. It got me thinking: I wonder how a designer feels when their garment is chosen to be worn by an actress that the designer knows will do a style disservice to the outfit?

  • KinoEye

    “Ramona Quimby hair.” Perfect. But not for the met gala. I’m not sure if the proportions work for her either, but damn would it help if she stood up straight and stopped with the pigeon-toed nonsense.

    The makeup, however, is fantastic. Her eyes pop.

  • kategs

    This gala was one of the most boring ever. I could have sworn I read that Anna W. picked the guests (of course) and who wore what. If so she blew it high wide and handsome. This dress exemplifies that. Charles James would laugh and say I cannot dress someone like you.

  • Andrea Lentz

    I love this, i think it’s HER with actually being decently styled and looking good!

  • GhostOfMisterPamuk

    I’d just like to point out the fact that Anna Wintour also has Ramona Quimby hair. That is all.

  • MartyBellerMask

    She looks great, her body is rockin’… but her dress looks like a cake.

  • elemspbee

    Neck and north of, she looks terrific.

  • lalahartma

    A bit short, but pretty and nice, shoes. 🙂

  • judybrowni

    Would a necklace have killed her?

  • Columbinia

    The dress is meant to show off the legs. The smoothing effect of hosiery would have helped her here. And yes, find shoes you can put on and keep on.

  • E. D.

    Too bad it wasn’t tea length. I hate that pose.

  • demidaemon

    Exactly what I was going to say. Cocktail length is not appropriate for this event. FAIL.

  • macwell

    I’m sorry, but….does being a feminist mean YOU CAN”T BRUSH YOUR HAIR OR TEETH?!!! OMG WOMAN!….:(

  • MM4321

    If she’d just put her darn arms down at her side, it’d do wonders for that dress. For anyone but stick figures, that pose just makes you look bigger.

  • Town

    I actually think she looks cute.

  • Dhppy

    I think it looks young, fun and fantastic. I don’t have a problem with shorter length dresses at black tie events. Especially when they’re Giambattista Valli.

  • If I wore that, my boobs and legs would be out!