Girl, That’s Not Your Dress: Cat Deeley in Noir Sachin & Babi at the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy Awards

Posted on August 18, 2014

We honestly don’t understand. Someone explain this to us.

Cate-Deeley-Noir-Sachin-Babi-2014-Creative-Arts-Emmy-Awards-Red-Carpet-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Cat Deeley attends the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California in a top and skirt by Noir Sachin & Babi from the Spring 2015 collection paired with a Christian Louboutin clutch and pumps.

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Is her stylist afraid of her? Has she no friends? Is there no one to say, “Honey, look. I’m gonna give it to you straight?”

Because Honey, look. We’re gonna give it to you straight in a straighforward manner.  This is Not Your Dress. And the reason for that is because it’s too tight in the bodice and waist and it’s giving you muffin top.

There. We said it.

And since we feel like we haven’t stepped in enough shit… this is almost no one’s dress, unless one is a 16-year-old starlet in the Kiernan Shipka/Elle Fanning mode. It’s not a grownup ladies dress. It’s a bit too twee and romantic in tone for anyone over 30 to work effectively. Also: the shoes are terrible, look cheap, and tend to clash slightly with the lining.

And finally: That visible seam inside the skirt is causing our eyelids to twitch furiously.

Sweetie, turn around, get in your limo, and go home, with a stop on the way to get a gallon jug of vodka and some chocolate.


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  • NinjaCate

    It is never her dress. Her stylist clearly hates her. Have you seen the things she wears on SYTYCD? Horrible, horrible, turrible.

    • NMMagpie

      I was literally thinking the same thing. Good on you!

    • Sarah

      Y’know, I hear you but sometimes I’m amazed at how well she can pull of those crazy numbers. She’s pretty good at not looking as whack as her outfit, I’d say.

      • demidaemon

        That’s certainly an achievement. I think she could strive for better, though.

    • spirit52

      I couldn’t agree with you more!

    • ChiKat67

      Apparently she doesn’t use a stylist (at least that was the claim re her outfits on SYTYCD)…

      • scoobysnacks

        She and Olivia Munn need to go halfsies on one asap.

    • Sobaika

      Those are her own choices on SYTYCD – but I think she looks fab 😉

      Her adventurous tend to work more in less formal venues and styles. It never translates to the red carpet as well.

    • Yuju Ti

      I thought she doesn’t have a stylist! I don’t know where I got this impression but I believe Cat Deely never use stylist.

  • StelledelMare

    I will be glad when this crop top trend dies.

    • decormaven

      Can we go ahead and send a sympathy card and a floral spray? Maybe it will hasten the demise.

      • Meri

        Given my track record with TV shows, if I become fond of the trend it will quickly die. Therefore, “I love the crop top look. I hope it stays around forever!”

    • Margaret Grace

      I don’t even think this NEEDED to show stomach. It’s not sitting on her waist; it’s a bit lower, almost if she insisted on showing some skin. Hike it up an inch, closer to her waist which is narrower, and I think this would be, oh, 38% better. Not 100%, because it’s still too tight and has all those other problems. Put it on Elle Fanning!

    • Ali2044

      As someone with an unnaturally long torso which turns everything shorter than a tunic into a crop top by default, I couldn’t agree more.

    • Sam Smith

      This is so horrible, I thought that smidge of pinched skin was a belt.

  • James

    She must have killed her stylist’s dog. That’s all I have.

  • suzq

    This Kiernan Shipka’s dress and boy is she going to be pissed when she sees it on you, Cat Deeley!

  • Kristi Mitchell

    I would have liked it better if it were missing the entire bottom half of the skirt. And it was just a dress. As it is, the way the top and skirt cut off her middle looks like she simply split the seem of her dress in half and is busting out of it.

  • JauntyJohn

    The best I can say is that, deployed correctly, that hem length has some potential to look very pretty on the right gal/gown.
    As for this… feh. Hiddy.

    • jen_vasm

      Exposed seams on this type of hem falls squarely into my abomination category. I’ve moved past eye-twitches into neck spasms.

  • @Biting Panda

    As Uncles say, she is naturally set to the “Easiest” setting; tall, thin, and blonde. Yet, time after time, she is in something unforgivable. It’s a shame really, because every account of her I’ve ever read says that she is kind, funny and genuinely a decent person. Shame she never kills it on the RC.

    • demidaemon

      Genuinely decent people often have trouble with the word “no,” which is what I am going to blame this monstrosity on.

    • scoobysnacks

      I’ve heard that too. She’s gorgeous and nice and I always root for her on the reality hosting thing (well, now that Tim’s got his Emmy) because I adore SYTYCD. I feel like this is what you get if she wanted to wear a crop top and look like a Disney theme park princess at the same time.

  • joancarol

    But..But.. I look thin from the side!! (that’s how I always decided if a dress looked good on me.)

    • RoseJB

      She would too… because her boobs are squooshed.

  • MilaXX

    Is it me or does homegirl have some big, wide feet? I mean we know that’s not her dress, but are those Sasquatch’s feet?

    • Are you saying the shoes are making her feet look big, or are you making fun of her feet?

      • MilaXX

        I’m saying those shoes are doing nothing for her feet.

        • Samantha Riches ♡

          What you were actually doing was making fun of her feet, hence the focus on her ‘feet’ at least twice in your comment and then mention of Sasquatch. Come on, let’s not be nasty here and then pretend that you weren’t being nasty. Because you were.

    • mcbishop

      She’s a tall woman, with her feet crammed into pointy-toed shoes which (let’s face it) aren’t shaped like ANYONE’S feet. As someone with wide feet–sorry. If she has ’em, it’s how she’s made. Feet-shaming’s as bad as body-shaming.

    • kimmeister

      They might be normal, but she has very skinny ankles, so the contrast makes her feet look big.

    • It’s also the angle, but they are looking a bit canoe-like.

  • ivfive

    In the first photo Julian Assange is giving her the stink eye. He agrees with you TLO.

  • Carolyne

    Is it just me, or is that an “elastic mark” on her tummy just above her skirt?
    Aside from that, I’ve lost all words to discuss this with in a way that makes any sense at all.

    • Anglow

      The top of a pair of Spanx, maybe?

  • bassfemme

    I suppose the dress needed to be interlined rather than lined, due to the heaviness of the skirt. But c’mon! The asymmetry of the hemline makes that seam a strong focal point! Too bad, too, because I LOVE the Delft pottery pattern of the fabric.

  • I kinda didn’t mind it when I glanced at it and thought that was a peach ribbon around the middle. But after looking at it…God, no.

    • TwiddlyStun

      I saw it that way, too! That tummy stripe is tied with the visible seam as the worst parts of this look.

    • Jane Duff

      Me too – Flesh belt

  • Kitten Mittons

    I agree with everything said. I would only like to add:
    Don’t go in the store yourself. Send someone in to get the liquor and chocolate. Do not give anyone the opportunity to take more pictures of you in this.

    Because, Honey, this is B-A-D, bad. As in, worse than usual. Which is saying a lot.

  • KinoEye

    “My muffin top is all that, whole grain, low fat, I know you wanna piece of that, but I just wanna dance!”

  • Yeah, that interior seam makes me want to cry! Its clearly visible, cover it, or finish it correctly.

    • PinkyK

      The lining should cover that seam! It looks like a beginning sewing 101 project that earned a C-

      • Sarah

        That and maybe it’s the clashy shoes confusing me, but I feel that that lining is not the right blue to match the dress.

      • Jackie4g

        Not if the skirt is constructed in the flat and that seam is the last thing that gets done. When there is a graduated hem like that, and you try to stitch the lining all around and turn it inside out, there is always a part of the hem that is on the bias and gets all wobbly, and gets worse as you try and fix it. In order to present a smooth outside curve, this might have been done in the flat, and turned as a big arc, with just that off center seam left to be sewn. In which case, they still need a better seam finish on the exposed seam. Maybe press it flat and whipstitch a bias ribbon over it.

        • They could even have cut a narrow strip of the fabric, mounted back side up and mounted it over the seam. This looks awful. The other answer is you cut the lining out exactly as the skirt, but with a 1/8 grade down in size per piece and hand stitch the hem together. This ain’t hard to do, plus look at how puckery the turn up is on the hemline.

          • PinkyK

            Even if the skirt was constructed in the “flat” that seam should not be visible. The lining should have been sewn, pressed and attached to the outside at the hem and the whole thing turned right side out.

      • There IS no lining, which is the singular problem here. Sighs heavily.

  • PinkyK

    So so soooooo many trends in one outfit! I can’t look again for fear of having a seizure.

  • msdamselfly

    Except for the hem, I like this. The color and fabric look great on her.

  • DeniseSchipani

    It’s so sad that we/you have to call a tiny pudge of flesh on a superskinny person “muffin top.” And yet, there it is. (That said, I WISH that was the kind of muffin top I had!)

    • I agree, but it’s also true that this is an unnecessary problem by putting her in a too-small skirt and bodice.

      • DeniseSchipani

        I know! It’s like the skirt and top had to work really, really hard to find whatever squeezable bits of flesh that woman has on her frame!

      • 3boysful

        There’s no reason Cat should have this problem. 50 lashes to her stylist.

    • You’d be very disappointed if you bought a muffin and that was all the muffin top there was.

      • DeniseSchipani

        I had the same thought!

  • Anna

    Muffin top AND polterwang.

    I feel like the theme of the Creative Arts Emmys was…”No One Ever.”

    • demidaemon

      I think that is the theme every year. Everyone probably figures that it’s the least cared about awards show, so they really crack it up before choosing their fashions.

    • MartyBellerMask

      OMG DYING!! I just scrolled back up. I don’t know how I missed it before. Distracted by all the ugly that I didn’t notice she was packing.

      • Anna

        LOL, that’s the “beauty” of this dress and this look, I suppose. Your eyes just don’t know where to go!

  • kimmeister

    Not only is it giving her a muffin top, it’s also giving her flapjack boobs. Guess she’s serving up breakfast.

    • leahpapa

      Flapjack boobs are one of the rare sartorial mishaps that are even more painful to have than to look at. I’m short of breath just from having seen these pictures.

    • MartyBellerMask

      And sausage! (As Anna pointed out above.)

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Put some fringe on it.

    • Jackie4g

      You’re a genius.

  • Sarah

    I can’t help it – I actually know someone who won an Emmy at this and I keep hoping to see her and my BFF who was her plus-one in the background somewhere. And from the FB selfies I saw, looking WAY better than Cat. LAWDY this is bad.

  • willworktomorrow

    I don’t love the dress either, but that is not a muffin top. There’s not nearly enough muffin there to count.

  • ashtangajunkie

    If you doing your job leaves Cat Deeley looking like this, you’re in the wrong line of work.

  • ctopine

    This is what happens when you suck in your stomach for the final fitting. No one can hold in their stomach for 5 hours at a time. You’re bound to have to let it out at some point.

    That seam is really inexcusable though.

  • spirit52

    O.M.G. how awful. The only bright spot, was your commentary!

  • Lori

    She looks so uncomfortable and unable to breath that it’s giving me sympathy pains.

  • Miss wks

    That skin belt is frightening….

  • hughman

    She looks like an air freshener.

  • Glam Dixie

    That dress is at least a full size, possibly two sizes two small.

  • Even pockets didn’t save this. Sad.

  • susan6

    Mutton dressed as lamb. I mean, Cat is not “mutton”, but that dress is so “young starlet” that it would make anyone over 30 look desperate, even if it fit perfectly (which it does not).

  • Sean Pflueger

    Cat has stated that she doesn’t use a stylist for appearances and for So you think you can dance. This outfit is too bad because she can do a lot of fun things on SYTYCD.

  • uprightcitizen

    I love her because she truly cares about the contestants on her show, and she usually looks terrific ON the show. This is just tragic for all of the reasons you mention. It’s a dress for someone who still imagines herself to be Cinderella. She should have whoever dresses her for SYTYCD dress her for all public appearances (and possibly, her everyday life).

    • S-k-s

      She actually styles herself for the show – shes Ade a big deal of it in some interviews
      Not sire what happened here, but I love her anyway for how awesome she is with the contestants.

  • decormaven

    Leave these twee two-piece outfits to starlets. She deserves a fierce outfit, yet rarely ever gets one.

  • Matthew Davie

    Oh god. She deserves SO much better. Her outfits of SYTYCD (yes, using the gayfanboy lingo) are hit-or-miss – alternating between total stunnner and outfits that make go “huh?’ But man, when she does hit it…she looks AMAZING.

  • mommyca

    OMG the lining!!! Did they think nobody would notice????? Ugghhhhhhhhh

  • Kent Roby

    Wow, it took me awhile to realize that she’s not wearing a thick brown belt. And that visible inside side seam would earn a “D” in Home Economics 101. Cat, Sweetie: step out of the dress and give me 15 minutes; I’ll join the top to the skirt and shorten the skirt to an even tea length; you’ll be able to wear it while having lunch al fresco with your besties.

  • Cindy Claussen

    Terrible. She is a gorgeous tall gal and this makes her look short!

    • picadillos

      My exact thoughts! I feel she was aiming for that on purpose.

  • OwnsHairlessCats

    I would love the print rendered in a nice duvet cover or pillows. Not so much in a satin dress.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    She seems like such a delight personally, but her clothes are type-awful.

  • sundaynightaddict

    When I first saw the picture, I thought, “Oh wow – Blake Lively put her boobs away for this one.”

  • bookish

    Wow. I really didn’t notice that was skin until I read the words “muffin top.” Then I was just confused, scrolled back up, and then very surprised. That’s just sad.

  • Hoffa_w_HerHead

    I thought her muffin top was a belt at first glance. Jeeeez

    • AndieJay

      So did I.

  • Little_Olive

    Oh, my, in the facebook picture I thought it was a belt!

    At least it distracted us from her constricted chest. She should at least get a mammogram out of that boob squeezing.

  • understateddiva

    A puppy purse is the only thing missing here. (my apologies to Miss Quvenzhané)

  • RoseJB

    I feel like this is Hailee Steinfeld’s dress.

  • AndieJay

    She’s probably a size 2 or a size 4, but that dress must be a size 0 because she looks like she’s going to burst out of it any second.

  • marlie

    The fit of this dress is giving me sympathy pain for her. pack it up and send it to Kiernan.

  • sherrietee

    I don’t understand it either. Then again, I also have no idea who this person is. I feel so out of the loop.

  • Mothra

    She must have lost a bet. That is the only explanation.

  • MarissaLG

    Wow. Terrible.

  • quiltrx

    It’s like this was picked for someone else and they crammed her in it at the last minute.
    I love the skirt portion (still doesn’t look like it’s for HER though)…but why, oh why, didn’t they finish that inner seam with the lining fabric instead of the outer fabric? It’s so stupidly eye-pulling.

  • e jerry powell

    The Guardian was eating this up for some reason.

    • demidaemon

      Apparently, someone sold them some of the PR judges’ stash.

  • kategs

    I read somewhere that she doesn’t have a stylist?

  • deech_sea

    Cat Deeley doesn’t normally choose anything this girlish, does she? It seems a surprising choice. On the other hand, a gallon jug of vodka and some chocolate sounds really good! I don’t know if Cat will take your advice, but I will!

  • Eddie Verdonk

    I like looking at everyone in the background who seems to be judging her.

    S’kinda sad though, honestly. Make that two jugs, though that’d kill the poor girl.

  • frannyprof

    I always find it strangely comforting when celebuladies with oodles of cash and unlimited style resources make unforgivable (and avoidable) mistakes. Because it reminds me that, hey, they’re just like us. But not really.

  • Mrs. O

    It isn’t muffin top, boys; it’s muffin belt. And then the other pieces of flesh revealed by this sorry excuse for clothing are unattractively strained-looking feet. Have mercy! Whoever sent her out in this is just bad.

  • GemFemme

    The problem with Cat is that her style is all over the place. On SYTYCD, one week she’ll come out in a twee, fussy old lady dress, the next week in a sexy 70’s era YSL pantsuit. I think she could really benefit from having a stylist help her to find out just what exactly her style personality is.
    It’s a shame because she’s seems really down to earth and gorgeous.

    That seam!

  • musi_

    look at the top of the skirt, it’s so tight it’s giving her a weird bulge in the front…

  • cocohall

    My guess is that a few things went wrong here. One, she spends a lot o time around very young dancers on the show and knows that the audience for the show is also made up of youngsters, so she purposely chose something that a person in that demographic would wear. Two, she has to stick to rather straight silhouettes on the show as she ends up standing very close to the contestants during the judging phase. She saw the Emmys to be her opportunity to go in a different direction. I am being charitable, because my teen daughters and I love the show and love her. HOWEVER, the dress is too twee for her, and any dress that can give her the illusion of a muffin top is NOT the right dress. She is as tall and model-like as they come. The good news is she has such a sunny disposition, that I doubt this will require much more than a gin and tonic to wash away.

  • demidaemon

    I didn’t think it was too bad until I saw the midriff. WORST MIDRIFF REVEAL IN ALL OF FASHION HISTORY.

    Girl, you need to beat who ever convinced you this was a good idea, even if it was yourself.

  • largishbearishAtlish

    oh crap, now I can’t unsee that seam… (that I missed on first glance) <>

  • Rachel

    i have been reading TLo since they were Project Rungay (with much appreciation!) – i have never commented before, it’s just not my thing. but OMG that’s MY SISTER! with the beautiful red hair and peacock feathers! my brother-in-law (behind her, looking squinty and handsome) was up for his 4th Emmy for dialogue editing, lost to Sherlock Holmes, but he did win last year for American Horror Story! holy cats, my sister made it on to TLo, i am beside myself!!! thanks so much, uncles…xoxoxo

  • MannahattaMamma

    Plus it’s so much dress & it looks hot as hell — she’s sweating and I am imagining how totally uncomfy she must be in the too-tight non-breathing fabric, and the too-tight shoes, and the hair all sweaty on her back.. That vodka had best have a lotta ice cubes.

  • Kelly

    That top is so obviously two sizes too small that I find myself taking deep breaths as I look at her. And that inner seam is a Sewing 101-level mistake. But to Cat’s credit, she’s doing her best to sell it, uncomfortable though she must be.

  • Linda Leeson

    That isn’t any body’s dress. And the gapping and wrinkles at the waist indicate cheap fabric stretched too far

  • DebbieLovesShoes

    I remember opening those Pillsbury biscuits in that tube — you know, the ones you struck against the counter to make them “pop”… as the raw dough seeped out the open seam………that’s what the tummy area reminds me of….. makes my toes curl.

  • Dhppy

    To be fair, the shoe color does match the print on the dress.

  • Columbinia

    Looks like she raided the closet of someone going to the junior prom.

  • Martha Anderson

    Me I love the print of this dress for a basic cotton, summer fun sun dress.

    the sateen, the bare midriff the hem line treatment took it all to ridiculous. looking forward to when designers catch on that real women don’t have the bodies for these designs. There dose not really appear to be allowance for breasts in this bodice. Everything sort of scrunched in there.

  • MartyBellerMask

    Wowowowowwow. So much bad. Scrolldown fug. Go up a size. Can’t form proper sentences. Killing my brain.

  • MartyBellerMask

    Actually, I could see Mia Wasikowska in this dress. Or not, because it’s ugly and I think Mia has better taste than that. She’d take one look at that seam and burn the dress. But she could work it.

  • FibonacciSequins

    Oh God, the expressions on the people behind her when they’re looking at her.

    • BLauDGaspode

      I especially love the man in that first shot.

  • Bad Idea Jeans

    Yes, WTF WITH THE VISIBLE SEAM! Also, there is something wrong with this alleged dress if it is giving HER a muffin top.

  • paintedfish

    thank you for noting that visible seam! if you’re making a mullet dress, then line it!

  • gitchygitchymama

    suddenly i’m craving a blueberry muffin!!!

  • Colleen

    I legit thought that was a weird tan belt, not her skin. This looks awful.