Emmys 2014: Gwen Stefani in Atelier Versace

Posted on August 26, 2014

We were actually disappointed to find out she wasn’t wearing pants with this top. It would have looked so much better, to our way of thinking. Especially since that skirt looks like it’s ready to make a break for it. And by “make a break for it,” we mean, “fall to the floor.”


Gwen-Stefani-2014-Emmy-Awards-Atelier-Versace-Red-Carpet-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Gwen Stefani at the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California in an Atelier Versace ensemble paired with Neil Lane jewelry.

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It’s all made out of tiny Swarovski crystals and she complained to Giulana Rancic about how heavy it was. We don’t think it’s our imagination that it’s only staying on her through the sheer force of willpower. She looks like she’s actually pushing her stomach out to hold it up. Even if it didn’t look like it was ready to bolt, we still don’t love the idea of the skirt. It’s too long and unbroken. It needed a little something-something. Granted, our idea of Swarovski crystal pants doesn’t sound particularly practical either, but don’t we all agree that the bottom half of this look isn’t working while the top half is pretty awesome? At the very least, let’s all commend her for styling herself like Donatella, because that’s the only way to make most Versace looks work anymore.





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  • imperfectlaura

    With pants, a little less cleavage, and no belly showing, I think this would be a great outfit for Angelina Jolie.

    • @Biting Panda

      I wonder if they are still friends. As much as I hate pap photos of the kids, she and la Jolie after an afternoon together looked like my idea of play date for the kiddos.

    • Trent

      So in other words, an entirely different outfit on an entirely different person! And I completely agree. ( :

      It’s a shame because I usually LOVE Gwen’s everyday style…

  • Carrie

    Still not sure why she was there, but hey, at least she looked fab while butchering Colbert’s name.

    • Vegas Girl

      Because she joined The Voice, and it was nominated for best reality competition or some such thing last night.

      • Carrie

        Thanks. Guessed as much. Wouldn’t be an award show if the net hosting didn’t pump its talent.

    • Jackie Stewart

      She and Adam Lambert were only there because they’ll be judges on the upcoming season of The Voice, which just happens to be on NBC (go figure).

      • forwarddad

        I think you mean Adam Levine?

    • ireneY

      The silicone and Botox has seeped into her brain. She looked lost on stage.

  • @Biting Panda

    I’m getting more Sci Fi than Rock n Roll.

    • Mona_Visa

      Mhm. Sci Fi pajamas.

  • Kerri

    White leather (very fitted) pants and I could get on board with this.

    • higgledypiggledy

      Nailed it. Skintight white leather pants would be more in keeping with Gwen’s style. Not super-appropriate for the occasion, but she could have really worked that look.

    • Sam Smith

      Or even the mini the model is rockin. This was too heavy and regardless of venue still didn’t seem to feel appropriate.

  • hughman

    a) Did not even recognize her.
    b) Just say “NO” to the Madonna look.

    • Vegas Girl

      I was just typing the same thing. if they hadn’t announced her, would not have known it was her. That is not her look.

      • random_poster

        Yes! Even from the close-up I wouldn’t know it’s her.

      • Sarah

        Shoot, they announced her, and then when she came out I was like “No. That’s not her.”

        • @Biting Panda

          I feel as if there may have been a little too vigorous during the going to be on HDTV preparations. And/Or she’s finally hit the point where extreme “perfection” is not only unrealistic, it is more noticeable. She is impeccable in her presentation, she works hard for her appearance and image, and she has the right to look any way she chooses. But like, say Nicole K, there will be a tipping point.

          • Sarah

            Excellent points. She looks just fine in the pap shots of her walking around in full daylight, so I’m thinking that’s got to be a ridiculous amount of crap on her face. Wash it off and be you, Gwen.

          • Imasewsure

            Yes I don’t think it’s surgery yet… just a tremendous amount of Donatella makeup

          • Nixonesque

            Nope. That’s the Melanie Griffith package she’s got in her face.

          • ailujailuj

            yes—nicely articulated. I was really taken back when I saw her face. I guess we will continue waiting for that hero.

        • withbreaththatisbated

          I thought I heard “Stefani” but then when I looked up, I said “who is that butchering Colbert’s name?”. I never would have guessed it was Gwen.

      • Violentcello

        Yes. Me too. It kind of hurts my feelings that she doesn’t look like herself.

        • Vegas Girl

          It actually makes me feel sad because I always thought she was too kick ass to fall to prey these hollywood shenanigans.

          • Nixonesque

            B.S. She has always been a model posing as a rock star. Always hated her for killing the Riot Grrrl movement.

    • imspinningaround

      She looks…refreshed, no?

      • jen

        Yep! She’s got botox brow and what look to be new boobs.

        • poorellensmith

          I wondered about the boobs, too. Her youngest is, what, 6 months or something? If she’s breast feeding, maybe the increase in natural? ::scratching head::

    • FuhUgh

      It was really weird – she looks like the Madam Tussaud’s version of herself, at best, and someone from the Walking Dead at worst. She must have OD’d on Botox right before this. Perhaps we can blame her verbal slip on an inability to form words through her frozen lips.

    • poorellensmith

      I didn’t recognize her, at ALL, and I think at least 50% of it is because she’s not wearing her signature red lipstick…

    • A Shiny O’Connor

      She had that look of the Kidmans about her at the VMAs as well.

    • bassfemme

      I thought it was Tori Spelling

    • Rachel

      Thank you! I didn’t hear them announce her so I was wondering who the hell this woman was that was messing up Stephen Colbert’s name.

    • Stubenville

      Seriously, what IS Madge’s look? If her last appearance on these pages is an indication, it may be “high priced chavette.”

  • smayper

    If you sit down on a hard surface, is there a crunching sound? Do you leave a pile of tiny sharp shards for the next sitter? Is your butt pierced? I’m desperately curious.

    • Kent Roby

      One does not sit when one is covered in Swarovskis; rather, one stays in the light and spins to release one’s inner disco ball.

      • demidaemon

        Too bad this outfit didn’t have some of the innate structure of a disco ball.

  • Yoshio

    I don’t like that shade of blonde on her so it’s hard to get past that. Regardless, this is not one of her better looks.

  • random_poster

    I understand wanting to Donatella the look, but it I would not have recognized her as Gwen Stefani.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      She looks like she’s is dressed as Donatella for Halloween. Now, THAT is a scary costume.

    • stellavision

      The Donatella hair is okay with me…but oh my god, the makeup is not.

  • Synnae

    She actually said she was channeling Donatella – which made me thinks she reads this site.

    Love the upper half and while I prefer this long skirt over the micro on the model I agree it needs something else. I just wonder what you can wear with the top while still making it Emmy appropriate. For the VMAs I have a zillion styling ideas…

  • Frank_821

    I hated the way she looked, going all Donatella

    I actually wished she wore Julia Roberts’ outfit. She would have killed in that look

  • TheGrandSophy

    I reasonably like the top, but the skirt is just strange and hanging there.

  • Anna

    I got more Gwyneth than Donatella.

    • MoHub

      Really? I immediately glommed onto the Donatella impression.

      • Anna

        I guess it could go either way. When they were all BFFs in the late ’90s/Aughts, they all wore their hair that way.

  • sienna elm

    I think it’s nice she’s celebrating Christmas so early ~

  • Garcia Loca

    It pains me to say this, it really does. But. Gwyneth did it better in Calvin Klein at the 2011 Oscars.

  • Call me Bee

    Wow–I love this! I once had a pair of beaded pants, and by evening’s end, they were a good 4 inches longer–those beads just weighed down the flimsy chiffon they were sewn onto. I can see the same thing happening here….

    • Wendi126

      I like it too..she looks stiff and not very comfortable and I don’t like the hair but I think she looks kind of fierce

    • Kent Roby

      This “fabric” isn’t likely to stretch; it’s probably the same as when you buy wide rolls of Swavorskis, where the mesh holding them together doesn’t give. But this outfit would definitely be heavy. It must have looked amazing in person.

  • Adrianna Grężak

    If you want a look out of Swarovski crystals, just wear a gown – that would’ve look Grecian and chic. This looks like a step above all the shiny VMA looks we’ve seen. The top is cool though, kind of wish she saved it to wear elsewhere with pants

  • Lily

    Dress. dress. blah. blah. That make up makes me want to break out a chisel and sledgehammer, followed by an industrial-sized sand-blasting gun. Honey, even for the carpet, there’s just such a thing as too much, and to be quite honest, I don’t know what to do with a pink-lipped Gwen. Red’s your color, dear. Stick with it.

  • higgledypiggledy

    Gwen, no, please. Don’t hide your funky light under a Versace bushel. The Paltrow hair and tasteful makeup make her unrecognizable. At least, I’m hoping it’s the hair and makeup, and not a more radical change.

  • Akemi

    Her face looks weird.
    And the skirt looks like it’s melting into the carpet.

  • Terri Terri

    I dislike everything about this get-up.

  • Kent Roby

    She looks….good, but I think she looks better (and more herself) when out and about town or wearing her own designs.

  • Freynika

    Did she recently have some work done to her face, or is it all the makeup? She doesn’t look like herself at all.
    And who the fuck mispronounces “Colbert Report?” Dumbass.

    • Sarah

      It was rather astounding how badly she muffed that. I suspect she’s been living under a very glamorous rock n’ roll baby mama rock for the last, oh, ten years.

      • Kent Roby

        I wonder how many non-Republicans have seen a couple of minutes of the show (after The Daily Show) and not realized that Colbert was playing a character.

        • Sarah

          Ha. If you’re actually watching Comedy Central on purpose for the Daily Show (or anything else) than you have no excuse to not know it. However, I wouldn’t put it past some channel surfers to have been duped in the last nine years.

      • Imasewsure

        I bet she was just nervous and f*’d it up

    • JasmineAM

      TBH, there’s a Colbert county in my state that is pronounced like col-BERT so I sometimes find myself saying it like that. I think the show even went there a few years ago.

    • Chattygal

      I couldn’t stop hearing, “We need more Colbort license plates in the gift shop!” after that.

  • frannyprof

    Now that you mention the whole pushing out the stomach thing, I can totally see it. She looks terrified of standing up straight, which is not a flattering or fun look for anyone.

  • dawnboo

    Did she have work done on her face?? I know it’s a different look for her, but she’s completely unrecognizable.

  • Sarah

    I did not realize last night that her skirt had all that…weirdness going on. No need for a johnny collar on yer hip, Gwen.

  • Thought this was Kesha from the thumbnail, omg.

  • CB

    I feel like Gwen is better than that corpse-y pancake makeup.

  • BobStPaul

    My reaction when I saw this last night was “that’s not Gwen Stefani!” I actually thought the photo had been mislabeled. The top may look okay but otherwise I pretty much hate everything about this look, particularly the hair and make-up. And what is up with her face?

  • I thought it was very “Judy Jetson Marries Fredo Corleone in Reno.”

  • Yeah, this is my least favorite of her public appearances in the last year or so. I don’t like any of it — especially hair and makeup.

    • decormaven

      Absolutely. She could have worn any of her “running to the accupuncturist” outfits and her signature lippy and I would have been fine with it. The world already has Donatella; there’s only one you, Gwen.

  • alyce1213

    What did they do to her face? I wasn’t sure this was Gwen, I’m still not. Anyway, I hate the Donatella hair, love the top, agree about the skirt. Gwen –where are you?

    • schadenfreudelicious

      Me no likey doppelganger Gwen…

    • Chattygal

      I know people thought she was Cher at first. Flubbing “Colbert” added to the suspicion.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    I think she looks bad, and her several flubs during her presentation made me roll my eyes. Really, the Colbore Repore?

    • kerryev

      Fallon actually tricked me into thinking that was done for the joke.

    • DollyMadisonWI

      I hate it when presenters don’t rehearse saying the names of the nominees and the winners. It’s so unprofessional and it taints the win for the recipient.

  • I loved watching them stumble repeatedly over how to say Swarovski. Then when Guiliana said something about that being ‘Dope’, I had to leave the room…

  • marlie

    I like this. It’s totally “her” glam look. I don’t love where the skirt sits on her waist/hips, but I still think this works for her, overall.

  • teensmom99

    Couldn’t see beyond the hair which I thinking is so unflattering. I really didn’t recognize her which is so weird to say about someone who usually has such a distinctive look.

  • queeniethebold

    i’ve always thought she was really beautiful, and so stylish. But this getup is So Not Good.

    And what did she do to her face?!

  • She looks refreshed.

  • Denise Rambo

    I keep looking at the photos of her from last night and I SWEAR it doesn’t look like her at all – especially that first picture.

  • Chattygal

    Is she forsaking her signature red lips? Second awards show in as many days they’ve gone missing.

  • StrandedFashionista

    I didn’t like this. The first couple times I saw Gwen I didn’t think it looked like her at all.

  • Nika E

    Im sorry (not really) but ole girl looks busted. Her face look busted, her lace front is busted, her outfit is busted. This is not the glamorous, edgy, sexy Gwen I grew up with. This is a real housewife.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    Did she do…things to her face? Sincere question. I thought she looked different at the VMAs too, but here I just wonder if it’s a bad makeup job.

    • FibonacciSequins

      I just asked the same question up above (or below, depending).

    • conniemd

      Her face looks heavily pancaked and puffy. She looks older not younger.

  • JenR

    She looked like herself at the VMAs, recognizable. I hope she isn’t playing with fillers and such, because she is an amazing woman just the way she is.

  • Pepper Pan

    Is it only me, or this getup looks waaay better from the side than the front? i like it, anyway, at least it’s refreshing and interesting opposite to all the standard gowns of the event.

  • Julia

    SO CHER. I love it.

  • FibonacciSequins

    Last night I only saw the top, which I thought was very interesting, in a good way. I like it less now that I see the skirt. Also, I would never have recognized this woman as Gwen Stefani. I’m not sure if it’s because of the flat-ironed hair, the makeup, or if she’s had work done on her face.

    • alyce1213

      All of the above.

  • E. D.

    Is it the hair that is making her face look long or is she pumped full of Botox?

  • alliekat9090

    Please Gwennie, don’t start with the face mutilation! Stop now before it’s too late. I like the gown but I had to look twice to make sure it was her..

  • GinnyThePainter

    Not liking this Gwenatella persona.

  • BayTampaBay

    I have to admit I like because I am a sucker for Atelier Versace and Gwen Stefani. I think she is pulling it off and no else, other than Donatella, could pull this off.

  • Trickytrisha

    Good grief, another one bites the dust. Do they all want to end up like Martha Graham?

  • Pound of Salt

    Wow, I didn’t realize that was her. So rare and refreshing o see her without the bright red lips and pulled back hair!

  • Wink

    It’s a VERY bad sign when nearly half of the comments are about how she is unrecognizable (instead of about her clothes & styling). Ease up, Gwen. This is probably how Joan Rivers started.

  • MissusBee

    The top works but together it’s draggy. The head I do not like as it looks like a different person. Also that hairstyle makes her neck disappear.
    To fix: skirt in black, hair slicked back, usual Gwen red lip, ring and bracelet switched for a single, more edgy piece. Thus suitably glam, while still true to the rockmama we know and love.

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  • gloriana232

    The more I look at this, the more I like it. It’s just different and interesting enough with sufficient styling effort that I’ll give it a thumbs-up.

  • Glammie

    I like the top and I like the shape, but not the weight of the skirt. However, I don’t think it’s a great color on her and I also think it’s time for Gwen to let go of the platinum and go for a softer shade. Platinum’s harsh on most women–Gwen’s done better with it than most, but I don’t think it’s working any more.

    Still, at least it’s a different look and it’s not fussy, which too many gowns are.

  • smh4748

    That’s one unique neckline, though it loses some of its impact when the wearer has any semblance of boobs (as opposed to the model).

  • kt

    It looks weird in photos but looked glorious while she was in motion. As an aside, that is not her face

  • Lex

    I loved this on TV. It was very edgy and modern and completely different from everyone else. Love the chest details– so cool and funky and unexpected. I love the long skirt- it flowed beautifully on TV

  • Miss wks

    Wow….Tori Spelling’s lookin’ pretty good these days!

  • Salasalu

    What did she do to her face ? 🙁

  • almondemy

    I imagine that a pair of perfectly tailored black + satin tuxedo pants would have been stunning, but probably would have taken this away from Emmy territory.

  • wontons

    Love the top. It strikes just the right note for her.

    Didn’t notice the rapidly slipping skirt last night. Now that I see it, I agree it’s too droopy. What about the mini on the runway model? Would that have worked for Gwen?

  • Tracy_Flick

    I want to critique this look, but I’m blinded by the beautiful sparkles.

  • bessann28

    Has she had work done? It doesn’t even look like her. And once once Gwen Stefani feels like she needs to get plastic surgery…. well we’re all just screwed.

  • MissAmynae

    I love the top. Do not love the styling.

    I like the idea of the skirt, but the execution needed to be better. It’s SO CLOSE to working, just not. quite. there.

  • lundibleu

    The first picture looks nothing like her normal self, but then I started to see it further down. Interesting, as she wasn’t on my list of people who look like completely different people depending on makeup and hair. As for the look, I’m not convinced. It looks heavy and not as draped as it is designed. I do agree, though, about the styling like Donatella. We can all be glad she didn’t go for the same shade of tan though!

  • Skippymom1

    I didn’t realize that there was such a hinderance to wearing this because I think it is spot on, she looks lovely – and so her. But now that it has been mentioned – that skirt must be so heavy as I see it slipping now. Still, she pulled it off spendidly. [Laughed at the Donatella line. Too true. Doplanger.]

  • prettybigkitty

    Are we sure this is Gwen Stefani?

  • ChiKat67

    Is it just me, or does she look like Madonna wished she looked like right now?

  • ailujailuj

    oh my… pants would have been powerful. I do love the metalwork on the top—love love love it. I hate that she looks like she’s had a little werk done… gwennie! That ring pair is going to be mine someday.

    • can you imagine swarovsky crystals (e.g. rhinestones) rubbing together between your thighs? unnerving.

      • housefulofboys

        My first thought as well!

  • Shawn EH

    I’m just wowed by how great she looked two nights in a row!

  • Jacob Bowen

    While “Swarovski Crystal Skirt” sounds FABULOUS, this one looks droopy and not flattering.

  • PinkyK

    The top would be great with jeans! Together it’s just not doing anything for her.

  • Not an Emmy outfit although with a mini skirt, it would have been fun for the VMAs.

  • somebody blonde

    It looked a lot better on camera than it does in the pictures, gotta say.

  • suzq

    Ugh. Versace. Typical. I thought Gwen looked nothing like herself last night. Maybe she had some of Sarah Silverman’s pot before the show.

  • Jeanettesca

    Has she had some work done on her face or is the impact of bright red lipstick that dramatic? I never would have recognized her.

  • Karen Clark

    Something just doesn’t look right with Gwen’s face. I don’t know if it’s make-up or a procedure. Just weird.

    • snarkykitten

      Yeah, I didn’t recognize at her all.

      • GemFemme

        Same here.

  • Linderella

    Ugh, I can’t with this one. Her appeal goes right over my head.

  • anotherkate

    Her face looks…different. Is it the hair? The makeup? She looked unrecognizable in the first few shots. She would have rocked the hell out of the pants version of that skirt, especially with a killa pair of L.A.M.B. shoes.

    • CatLady

      Her makeup and hair are definitely different, pretty much a complete 180 from her usual look. I didn’t recognize her at first, either.

  • mommyca

    The hair looks so weird on her… I love the top…

  • livesarah

    I thought it was Madonna when I saw the thumbnail, so no.

  • Stubenville

    Fabulous Bond villainess look! Just switch in gold jewelry to work with the bodice trim, kthxby.

  • Did not look like Gwen, probably because this dress was appropriate for this occasion.

  • SoAnnaPropriate

    I love that top! And I’m okay with the skirt, although I get your criticisms. I think she looks fabulous.

  • MyFavoriteColorIsGlitter

    Oh no
    Et tu, Gwen?
    Sad face.

  • yayito83

    her face looks weird, or is it just bad make up?

  • kimmeister

    I like her manicure, that’s it. She looks like a blonde Kardashian.

    • MilaXX

      That white out french manicure is my pet peeve. I know in a world of pinterest nails it’s a weird thing to hate, but I’ll take crazy colors over nails that look like they were polished with white out any day of the week.

  • quiltrx

    LOL I cannot with ANYONE styling themselves like Donatella! I really don’t like the hair and her face looks harsh. that’s a terrific top, though.

  • MilaXX

    Missed opportunity because hip hugger pants would have made this kinda cool.

  • supri_supri

    I’d love to have seen slouchy crystal shorts with this!

  • SophieCollier

    Is it just her hairstyle that renders her nearly unrecognizable? I mean, this is a gorgeous woman, but I only barely see Gwen Stefani here.

    • housefulofboys

      Yeah, I’ve always loved her quirky/pretty features, but I wouldn’t have recognized her without the caption. Too bad.

  • Evil Edie

    Skirt is an after thought. Get rid if it. Now. We mean it. Kill the beast.

  • Sophie

    Maybe she’s wearing suspenders underneath the top? The skirt comes up on both sides. Just unclip it and put on a pair of trousers.
    She might have to style herself like Donatella for everything to work, but I’m not a fan of the hair.

  • Julie Ann

    When she came onstage, I couldn’t believe how beautiful this was. It didn’t even seem real. Unlike many, I don’t normally care for her style, and I certainly don’t care for Versace, but this was absolutely amazing.

  • Dan_In_NYC

    Is it just me or does she look, um, … “refreshed?” You know, like, cosmetically.

  • TLJezebel

    How is it possible that she never has dark roots?

  • BLauDGaspode

    That does not even look like Gwen to me. Did she send Drag Gwen in her place to have a quiet night at home?

  • gitchygitchymama

    Oh look, it’s Helga Klum? …….Heidi’s younger sibling!

  • Fannie Wolston

    Wow! Ice queen meets vampirella

  • Raspberry2012

    I love it! I commend her for keeping the skirt up, because I do love the whole look and think she looks amazing!

  • webslice33

    i love it! she is gorgeous!

  • ktr33

    When I saw this pic in NYT slideshow I was SURE they had miscaptioned the pic. I could barely believe it was Gwen under that Gwynnie hair!

  • stonecoldcuddlewhore

    I never thought of her as hanging on too hard to the past until now. She’s always pulled off a look that seemed organic to who she is as a person while still somehow able to transgress all age related laws of style but she needs to hit the reset button.

  • AzSportsGirl

    I cannot forgive her for the slaying of Colbert’s name.. unless she hands over the jewels.. All of them.. And then I’ll consider it. Throw in Gavin Rossdale and it’s a deal.

  • cowper

    Gwen Stefani looks like a female Saruman.

  • I freaking loved this. Except I don’t think it needs the cutout in the skirt and I would’ve lengthened the top. But different and gorgeous and the minute you see it you KNOW it’s Versace. WERQ!!!!!

  • LibKat

    Agree with the uncles that the skirt is a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen.

    There comes a time in life when women have to admit that center-parted, pin-straight hair is no longer in their wheelhouse. I think Gwen has reached that point.

  • Nataki Vickers

    You have the backbreaking job of looking fabulous, walking out onto world stages, and being adored by fans……the very LEAST you could do is pronounce someones name correctly.

  • Tuneful54

    Love the dress, hate the hair and makeup, too bad, because I think getting those right would have been slammin’.

  • guest2visits

    Pretty, but not very much like herself at all….I thought at times she looked like a blonde Megan Fox.
    (Who I think is beautiful, but often stuck in a certain look).