Tina Fey in Oscar de la Renta at the 2014 Tony Awards

Posted on June 09, 2014

What a gorgeous dress.


Tina-Fey-Oscar-de-la-Renta-2014-Tony-Awards-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Tina Fey at the 2014 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in an Oscar de la Renta gown from the Resort 2015 collection accessorized with Fred Leighton jewelry.

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With the right styling, this could be an all-time personal best for her. The colors look amazing on her and while a mermaid silhouette wouldn’t be our first choice for her (mainly because we’re not fans of the silhouette), she’s rocking the hell out of it. Unfortunately, we don’t think she was styled to her best effect. The jewelry’s fine. Perfectly appropriate and in harmony with the dress. Her face is good too. She’s not the type to sport heavy makeup and besides, the dress doesn’t really ask for it. It’s the hair. It’s not awful or anything; it’s just not doing anything for her or for the look overall. We suppose they were going for a Julianna Margulies/Julia Louis-Dreyfus tight-and-slicked-back up ‘do, but it doesn’t seem to work the same way with Tina’s face. We think we’d much rather have seen her hair down and softly styled.




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  • RussellH88

    So close, Lemon.

    Besides needing some hair, she looks great.

  • Anna

    Who could argue with that adorable expression in the third photo? “I KNOW, right?! EVERYONE wants to BE ME!”

    Hair could be better, but she looks great overall. Love that midnight blue on her.

    • megohd

      So much better back stage than on stage

  • Lily

    That dress (and hipline) demands balance from the head/hair. Some volume would have been spectacular. This way it brings attention to her hips, which is a big no-no. But agree, dress is perfection. And how about those Tony awards last night??? NPH slayed as Hedwig!

    • FibonacciSequins

      It was a great show last night. Full of emotion and excitement.

    • gabbilevy

      And I sobbed right along with Audra.

      • Trent

        Oh my God, I was a MESS. When she told her adorable daughter that “Mommy is nothing without you,” I got teary. And when she thanked all the “strong and brave and courageous” black women entertainers whom she “stood on the shoulders of” I was crying right along with her. She’s a goddess, and that speech *alone* deserved a Tony.

    • xmixiex

      I like hips.

  • Not applicable

    she still looks amazing. I only wish she would remember to stand up straight when presenting and just OWN IT! (I do the exact same then when I present- so, I’m telling her as I’m reminding myself…)

  • joancarol

    I pictured her wearing the Lady Gaga wig, and fell off my chair. I kill myself sometimes.

  • barbarienne

    Almost no one looks good with the slicked-back hair. It always reads “I couldn’t think what else to do,” to me. It’s what I do when I don’t want to take any time to work up a better look.

    It only looks good on people with a very particular kind of face. Virtually no one, male or female or other, has that face.

    • KateShouldBeWorking

      It always reads as Robert Palmer Girl to me.

    • DuBey2

      I agree completely w/ TLo and with barbarienne. Slicked hair demands a certain head shape (the part that will be covered by the slicked back hair must have a certain shape & size) and also a certain face shape & size. But otherwise, perfection.

      • Lisa_Co

        Ballerinas wear that look on stage every night so, as a former dancer and bunhead, I guess I’m just used to it.

        • DuBey2

          Yes, I was thinking of dancers, and especially Flamenco dancers, although they maybe style it differently. I love the look when there is abundant, dark, glossy hair, so it properly frames the face, but I still think its not for everyone’s face/head shape.

    • scoobynacks

      Every time I try to convince myself I have that face, I realize looking back at it in photos that nope, not pulling that off. Not now, not ever.

      • DuBey2

        Oh, my old photos are SO judgmental. They usually prompt a trip to the hairstylist for a change in color. But the most judgmental were taken at weddings when I was dancing – GAH! I keep vowing to not dance again, but then, its just so fun that I give in.

  • MilaXX

    Another one I loved when I saw it last night. I’m not a fan of the slicked back hair, but I think it works here. I don’t think wearing her hair down would have been the ways to go. What style do people think would have been better?

    • mjude

      I thought she looked lovely. no ideas for hair style but the pulled back look doesn’t offend me. I wish i could slick my hair back & go!

    • barbarienne

      A little bit of volume to balance the dress, with maybe a loose tendril or two to soften around the face and put the focus on her eyes and cheeks.

      • MilaXX

        I could see having a bit more volume. I hate tendrils. They look too 1950’s to me.

  • I think all that her haiir needs is a bit more volume up top. Pulled back as it is its making her head appear too small.


    Is it just me, or does she look like she could play Winona Ryder’s mother with this look? Pretty, but doesn’t make me immediately think Tina Fey.

    • amaranth16

      I was just going to say – in that last shot she looks just like Winona Ryder.

    • FibonacciSequins

      Her mother? Tina Fey is only one year older than Winona.

      • OffToSeeHim

        That’s impossible! God, how long have I been asleep? Tina Fey is my age, and Winona Ryder is in her early 30’s, isn’t she?

        • FibonacciSequins

          I know, it’s a shock! Winona was born in ’71, and Tina in ’70. I think we think Winona’s younger because she did a lot of her major work when she was in her teens/twenties, and we still think of her as being that age. And Tina didn’t become famous until she was older.

          • BEARAYMOND

            I agree. I always think of Winona at her Beetlejuice/Mermaids/Shoplifting age & look, even though that was 25 Years ago. They grow up so fast.

  • alyce1213

    She has a small face, so pulled back hair may not be the best for her, but I think she still looks great and give her a WERQ. (I wish for more colorful lipstick, though.)
    Her gala looks have been consistently good choices, I look forward to seeing what she wears. Love her.

  • FibonacciSequins

    I thought her hair was too severe (she could use a little more volume), and she could have used a necklace. I will say, she looked great walking out on that stage last night. I like the dress in motion even better than in the photos.

  • siriuslover

    Agreed. The first thing I noticed was how that hairstyle just seemed to pull back her whole face in an unflattering way. But a gorgeous dress.

  • LadyVimes

    I *almost* like the hair. I wish it had some braiding around the updo or something, so it wasn’t just slicked back though.

  • SugarSnap108

    Yep, the only thing that’s a miss is the hair. And I care not. That dress looks fabulous on her.

  • Grumpy Girl

    I have to admit I love hair pulled off the face, but . . . No, my first reaction was that her hair was all wrong for this look. It needed to be a softer, looser updo, than this. This is what I look like when I pull my hair back in the office, with the door closed, when having a hot flash.

  • AnaRoW

    This looks like a Sofia Vergara dress. It’s okay but nothing to write home about.

  • Imasewsure

    This dress demands a Diva… not loving it here on a mere (but fabulous) mortal

  • Danielle

    The hair is a snoozefest but she looks killer otherwise. Attagirl!

  • Sadly, her hair looks like she just brushed it back after a workout at the gym. I’m not a fan of hair being seen that way in a glamorous situation. Nice dress. Can I please have her life? I swear I would work hard.

  • nomnom

    I love how Tina Fey is becoming a fashionista and a model for beauty products.

    • Fannie Wolston

      Girl knows her best angle 😉 looks Amazing!
      I’m reading bossypants for the first time now and hooting with laughter.

  • Ray

    More make-up or more hair. One or the other would have fixed it.

  • ktr33

    I agree with TLo re fishtail and the unstyled hair, but the color is fab on her AND I love and admire her SO MUCH I can’t even nitpick this.

  • Heather

    She has GORGEOUS, enviable hair – thick, glossy, naturally wavy. She should definitely do more with it.

    Also: glad to see someone wearing something on the red carpet that they’ve had (I assume, since Miss Tina is 5’4″ or so), HEMMED. See, people, it IS possible!

  • KT

    Very pretty print and colors on that dress, but it looks SOOO heavy and is veering into upholstery land. And yes, the hair and makeup are disappointing.

  • Ann VerWiebe

    Better than Judith Light – what was up with her hair?

  • Gatto Nero

    She is gorgeous, but the hair (especially from the front view) reads as too severe on her. Even a softer updo would have been better.

  • O’Brien

    The dress is so beautiful, and I totally agree on the hair. The thing that always gets me about a mermaid dress is that it will make anyone look at least a little hippish-er than they are, but if her hair had been down, that would have been offset entirely, I think. But either way, she looks just gorgeous, and you can tell she’s really loving wearing the dress.

  • crash1212

    She can’t really ever rock a “soft updo” again, can she? I mean without invoking the dread Beast Palin comparisons. Given that as a possible premise, I’m not mad at her hair. She looks gorgeous. This was one of my favorite looks of the nighe.

  • decormaven

    What a great dress! Soooo close to WERQ-worthy it hurts. Change the hair and we’re there.

  • ashtangajunkie

    When I see a slicked back hairstyle like this, I’m always looking for big, dramatic earrings or a sparkly necklace. As it is, I would have preferred this if she had her hair down in big, soft waves like she had it at the Emmys when she wore that cobalt blue gown. But still, she’s gorgeous here.

  • TwiddlyStun

    In my reader, I can only see the first sentence and no images (so I always click through when a post shows up). I had a pretty good idea that there was a fail in hair, makeup, or shoes based on just that one sentence.

  • BLauD

    Wowzas. That is a gorgeous dress and such a near-WERQ. I’m not a fan of slicked back hair, but I think if a lady star is going that route, she should match it with something else stunning around the face.

  • boweryboy

    The dress makes her look really hippy. I mean, really hippy.

    • livesarah

      It’s not the dress, some of us actually have hips 🙂 I think the dress emphasises her shape, but it’s a perfectly nice shape.

      • boweryboy

        So, are you saying that some women do want to accentuate their hips to that degree? I’m seriously asking. If that’s the case then I get it and she nailed it.

  • smh4748

    Yeah, she’s not a hair-slicked-back kind of lady. I’m not sure that slicked-back hair would work well for anyone in a mermaid dress though–it’s almost like you need some fullness on the head with that dress silhouette to balance out the poofy hem.

  • Angela Cotsones Shea

    That dress took it’s inspiration from Jay-z’s book, Decoded….

  • MissMariRose

    It’s the ears. Her ears stick out too much to wear such a severe hairdo.

    • I remember her saying, years ago, that when she played Sarah Palin, they’d glue her ears down so they didn’t stick out.

  • Gorgeous. But agree, that hair is way too tight on her poor lil head.

  • largishbearishAtlish

    first and only thing I said when I saw it was “The. Hair.”. shaking head….its all I see….was she going to put a wig on and forgot it??

  • CatLady

    She looks amazing. When I grow up I want to be like Tina Fey.

  • altermyego

    Incredibly gorgeous gown. I wonder if she would’ve stood up straighter if the microphone were at the proper height for her.

  • marlie

    I think Tina looks outstanding — but agree that a slightly darker lip color and/or a less austere ‘do would have knocked it out of the park. Still, she looks fab.

  • rhaazz

    God, no. I hate all of it. The dress is heavy, joyless, old, and it takes itself way too seriously. Come on TLo: you all just applauded brocade taffeta.

  • Jacob Bowen

    That dress was BEAUTIFUL! It was definitely my first gasp of the night when I saw it.