Laverne Cox at the 2014 Critics’ Choice Television Awards

Posted on June 20, 2014

We want to give her all the finger snaps and neck rolls in the world for this, but despite the high glam factor, we’re going to have to withhold them.

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There is such a thing as too much trim, you know. We love ourselves some glitzy beading as much as the next two queens, but she’s got two entire crystal chandeliers encircling her armpit and sideboob. It’s not so much the amount of trim or the heaviness of it; it’s the way it’s utilized and placed. And it’s a shame, because when you combine the dress with the jewelry and the bag, it all becomes way too much – but we really like the accessories here. They’d have been shown off to so much better effect if she’d paired them with a much simpler dress.

And girl? We say this with love: It is time to rethink that wig.


[Photo Credit:, Getty Images]

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  • RussellH88

    That trim is just way too chunky and it sets her proportions off a bit.

    It’s also not the best dress for camera flashes, can anyone else see that it becomes a bit see-through in certain pictures?

    • marlie

      Maybe it is the camera flashes. But yes, it’s a little too sheer in places.

      • MoHub

        Not the camera flashes at all. It has sheer panels.

        • BlairBear

          Yeah but you can also see her underwear and belly button which is unibtentional i think

        • marlie

          Yeah, there are sheer panels on the sides, but I don’t think the front of the dress is supposed to be see-through.

    • JP

      Yes, I wondered if the sheerness was intentional or a result of not considering camera flashes…

  • shuaib

    It’s…Yeah…its speaks for it self

  • marlie

    I don’t mind the bling on the dress, but the dress itself is WAY too tight. I don’t think the dress (aside from the sides) is supposed to be see-through, and it almost is; I feel like I can see her underwear through it. And a dress shouldn’t be so tight that you can see the navel. Also, yes, the wig needs a serious makeover.

    SO… the dress is an “almost,” her makeup is very pretty, and her hair is “no.” She’s done better.

    • Danielle

      I wish she kept the shorter locks Sophia was rocking in the last third of the second season.

    • She needs to hook up Tadashi Shoji. I bet he could do wonders with her (caveat: I have seen what he did to Mayim Bialyk recently).

      • marlie

        Other than that serious misstep with Mayim, I’d agree with you. Shoji could do some fabulous things for Laverne.

  • Thomas

    The hem actually bothers me more than the trim.

  • Emily Giovanni

    I feel like I need a red carpet rundown of all the OITNB ladies at this event. Uzo looked amazing, as did many others.

  • Emily

    This just looks cheap to me. I feel like this is an ongoing problem with her style – 9 times out of 10 it looks like she got her clothes at Forever 21.

    • RussellH88

      Which I assume probably comes from designers not lining up to dress a transwoman. I can imagine she’d turn a lot of pieces out, if given the chance.

      • Glam Dixie

        My thoughts as well, I’m sure she isn’t getting loaners from designers yet. Hopefully soon.

      • Emily

        She certainly could – her face is flawless and she’s got amazing presence. After being routinely let down by her clothing choices, though, I admit I do wonder whether it’s a question of what’s being made available to her, or if she just has questionable taste.

        • ballerinawithagun

          When is Jean Paul Gaultier going to step up for this woman?

          • Fuchsiaforever

            Yeah! That’s what I’m talking about!

        • Jay

          I’ve seen here in the street in New York looking quite lovely, so I am willing to give her the benefit of the doubt for now.

          • Emily

            Phew! That is a relief.

      • MilaXX

        She’s doing alright. That’s a Alice & Olivia dress and she was previously featured wearing Monique Lhuillier. I think as her star rises, designers are stepping up.

        • Maybe they’re not offering them in the right size?

          • marlie

            That’s a problem that a LOT of the ladystars featured here have to deal with. The designers loan the stylists the only (or one of the only) versions of the dress that they have in the showroom, regardless of whether it’s the size that actually fits the client.

          • Men suffer as well, judging by the range of ill-fitting suits we’ve seen. I guess they figure most of the public won’t judge the designer for how the celebrity fits the clothes — it’s enough that they got them on the body attached to the recognizable face.

          • marlie

            Oh, definitely. And, depending on the cut of the suit and the guystar wearing it, sometimes the poor fit is even more obvious than it is on the ladies.

          • Heather

            Exactly. 99% of Americans have no clue about fit anyway. That’s why we need TLo. 🙂

        • Fuchsiaforever

          This Alice + Olivia sux!

          • demidaemon

            I’ve never been a big personal fan of the line. I just have never liked their stuff, and, seeing the designers on ANTM, just reinforced my dislike, as they seemed a bit high and mighty.

          • Fuchsiaforever

            What’s ANTM?

          • demidaemon

            America’s Next Top Model.

  • FibonacciSequins

    I like the concept, but those plastic beads are much too big. Makes the whole thing look cheap, as does her wig. Sorry. I like the accessories separately, but they’re not jelling for me.

  • ashtangajunkie

    God, she’s just so gorgeous. The dress isn’t the best, but her face is a perma-WERQ.

    • Courtney

      That’s what I was thinking! That face she’s giving to the camera? GORGEOUS!

  • MilaXX

    LOVE the bag and that emerald bracelet, but do not like this dress on her. In fact it looks better here than it did on the show last night so she deserves credit for attempting to sell this look. However Uzo and Danielle both looked GORGEOUS last night, especially Uzi since her transformation from her character and her real life personal is such a high contrast.

  • FuhUgh

    Too much muchness here, but I do love that first shot of the dress. And, um, did she take her shoes off, ‘cos what’s with that hem?

  • Raspberry2012

    Yeah, the trim is too much and too big. Less of it, and smaller bits, would have worked.

  • Noah

    Laverne, darlin’, you are too high rent for this.

  • Glam Dixie

    That dress in going quite sheer under the flashes in addition to the crystal race tracks and the wig.

  • Imasewsure

    Can never really get past the wig with her unfortunately but she is in very good company… appreciate her efforts though… love a glam girl on the RC even if it doesn’t quite work

  • mjude

    the wig bugs.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Agree with all the points here – but the other thing that is missing is a bit of sass in the pose (and I don’t mean the take a deep breath side pose). The dress is kind of cool…but I don’t think you can just stand there in it.

  • Shalhevet

    If you’re already wearing a wig, why have the top part darker in parody of grown out roots?

    Is there a chance this is just a lot of extensions? I wouldn’t think so because the hairline is so typical for wigs, but that’s the only way I can explain the darker top?

    • formerlyAnon

      For the same reason so many of the celebrity women have intentionally dyed dark roots (the ones whose roots are actually grey) or wear the same grown out roots look? I don’t get it, but it’s clearly been a “look” for a while now.

      • Shalhevet

        I was completely unaware! I saw pictures of celebrities with grown out roots but has no idea it was on purpose. Shows what I know. celebtrends can be more ridiculous than you think to look for. Say everyone started wearing tissues stuck to their heels, would you think trend or simply embarrassing coincidence?

        Is it related to the ombre thing that was popular a while back?

        • formerlyAnon

          God only knows. It makes no sense to me.

  • formerlyAnon

    What bothers me most is the hem. It’s too literally Morticia Addams. I don’t mind the bling from the front, but it is too heavy from the side and I don’t love the sheer panels.

  • MoHub

    I think it’s time to burn the wig.

  • Danielle

    The face tho? The face is flawless.

  • Gatto Nero

    What the uncles said.
    Plus the jewel neckline is not a good choice — that vast expanse of fabric in the bodice would be fine on a flatter-chested woman but does Miss Laverne no favors.. And the sheer panels are unfortunate.

  • LadyVimes

    The dress is a Daddy’s Edgy Princess prom dress. You’re better than that kind of dress, Laverne.
    Loving the accessories though.

  • ballerinawithagun

    When you already have shoulders, don’t add to them.

  • Dandesun

    I want to see her done up like punk Storm from the X-Men so badly I can’t even deal.

  • The proportions are way off with this – it makes her look really long-bodied and short legged, which hasn’t been the case in other things she’s worn. It might have been better as a mid-thigh cocktail dress. Keep the emeralds (DEFINITELY her colour), get a choppy young haircut/wig and embrace some colour in the lipstick.

  • KinoEye

    Another venus flytrap ring!! I agree with the uncles — I absolutely love the accessories, but I can’t muster up love for the dress. I think it could have been saved with some editing: shorten the hem, and dial back the embellishments on the edges. If that embellishment were a bit more delicate, and the sheer panels not quite so wide, I think it would be lovely on her. But that’s not the dress we’re looking at.

    Will second the kittens who say she should go for the shorter style she had in season 2 of OITNB. Frames her face beautifully.

  • dschubba

    I liked this more on TV, when I could only see her from the front and I couldn’t see her underwear.

  • PastryGoddess

    I confess, I am a magpie who likes glittery shiny things.

    I will sit here on my bejeweled couch alone

    • Alexa42

      Not alone, PastryGoddess. I have a Pinterest board labeled “Magpie”. Miss Laverne looks stunning to me in all her blingy glory.

  • KT

    Mmmmm not into it. Looks a little tacky and homemade. REALLY not feeling the hair.

    I still love her though!!

  • Alloy Jane

    I would like the beading a whole lot better if it ended at the sleeves. I actually don’t mind the sheer sides but it’s the slight sheerness of the rest of the dress that kinda bugs. Plus, it’s too long. That train is less “glamorous” and more “fabric puddle” and that bothers me more than the rococo beading or even the awkward sheerness of the body of the dress. And this is probably one of the few times that kinda hair/wig does not bother me. I feel like it keeps the look from becoming too “Bedazzled Stripper Morticia.”

    But I love her makeup. It’s dramatic without veering into Joan Crawford territory. She needs to send her people to Kaley Cuoco, who transcends Joan and goes straight to Baby Jane.

  • YoungSally

    Is it me — or is the lace front on that wig showing?

  • kimmeister

    I know it’s just a trick of the lighting and angle, but the closeup of the bag makes it look like a bejeweled iron.

  • Dan_In_NYC

    I’m actually fine with the wig – for now – as I think it helps to make her recognizable and consistent as her star continues to rise. For now, I’m ok with thinking she’s keeping things consistent with be brand. Now the dress – that is a lot of LARGE embellishment. I’m with you guys – love the accessories, but this dress isn’t doing what it could for her.

    • AnnaleighBelle

      I would love to see her in some natural hair.

  • AnnaleighBelle

    But that face though.

    I just started watching OITNB – late bloomer – and I get pissed at her character’s selfishness, but I love her anyway.

  • Ray

    Get a manicure before every (EVERY) red carpet.

  • littlevase

    The usual questionable taste level. I can’t even with the trim on the dress. She needs a makeunder.

  • Fuchsiaforever

    I don’t think the jewelry goes with the trim….methinks the jewelry is mismatched, the proportions are weird…and she needs to hydrate her hands and arms with lotion. (The opposite of JLo)

  • boweryboy

    Amen about the wig. Does anyone even know what her real hair looks like?

  • demidaemon

    I don’t love the trim and I think it needs a more open neckline. It’s giving her short neck when I know she has fabulous neck.

  • Kent Roby

    She’s had really bad wigs; she can certainly afford (or be given) a pretty lace-front. But I love Laverne; she’s one of my imaginary best friends.

  • quiltrx

    I really like the trim if it were made up of smaller pieces, and only on the front of the dress.
    That fabric is really cheap-looking–we shouldn’t be able to see all her front business through a black dress. Maybe stylists (and stars without them) should do some sort of a camera-flash test before going out.

  • Fannie Wolston

    scroll down disappointment for sure, too much dress on the floor, and would like to see her hair in an updo once in a while.

  • Jeannie Shmina Greenwald

    I spy side-boob.

  • Orange Girl

    I actually like the “fabric puddle” hem and the accessories are gorgeous, but I agree, too much with the dress. Agree on the wig, although that color really works on her.

  • yethica

    Also: brown lipliner. WHYYYYYYYY?!?!?!?!

  • JynxTheCat

    Yeah, def time to upgrade from the Wendy Williams wig collection dear.