Emmys 2014: Lena Dunham in Giambattista Valli Couture

Posted on August 26, 2014

Someone left the Barbie cake out in the rain.

Lena-Dunham-2014-Emmy-Awards-Giambattista-Valli-Couture-Red-Carpet-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)“Girls” actress Lena Dunham attends the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theater L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California in a Giambattista Valli couture silk taffeta shirt and tulle skirt accessorized with Fred Leighton jewelry.

Lena-Dunham-2014-Emmy-Awards-Giambattista-Valli-Couture-Red-Carpet-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (2)Giambattista Valli Fall 2014 Couture Collection

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She’s a lonely little toilet paper roll cover, whose toilet paper roll has left her.

We are prepared to stipulate that Lena Dunham can wear this skirt. We’re not saying she should, but with the right styling, she could pull it off. It’s clearly designed to be worn by 7-foot teenagers with waists like wrists, but who cares, right? It’s a fun, floofy, ridiculously girly skirt and we’re all for that on anyone who wants to wear it.  What Lena Dunham absolutely should not do, however, is pair this skirt with the top the model’s wearing on the runway because she’s shaped entirely differently and has different needs. Our thinking is, since the skirt is so huge and the waist so high, she probably should have gone for a bandeau top of some sort, or a bustier. She should also seriously rethink the mushroom head, because that is just epically bad.




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  • Dino Bonačić

    Love that you’re not acting like cranky old uncles – acknowledge it’s fun and give her a proper critique.

    For me – I’m absolutely enjoying the skirt with the pyjama top, but think the runway version & that colour order would fit her a bit better.
    Am I alone on this? Or am I just in a serious need of cotton candy?

    ps. I’d love if she wore the bandana on the head – it would be a WERQ in my book!

    • Grumpy Girl

      I think you are onto something. The bandana would be a gazillion times better than her hair . . . and probably enhance her face shape. And having the more vibrant colors near her face would be more flattering to her coloring, too.

      But I have to say that her makeup stinks, and the shirt looks ill-fitting.

      • Dino Bonačić

        Absolutely! I can see only the bangs peeking out of the bandana – with a softer set of make-up it would make a quite chic face.

      • Fitzperry

        The whole thing is ill-fitting. I’m pretty sure the skirt is unzipped at the top???

      • Kristi Mitchell

        I’m probably going to get skewered for this, but bandanas worn like that just scream ‘housemaid’ or the nanny from Gone w/ the Wind to me. I’ve actually thought she would look better with longer hair, to elongate her face more. The haircut as it is just reads 8-year-old from 1986 to me (probably cause my friend had that exact haircut when we were 8 years old back then) I agree w/ the uncles though – a fitted bodice or bustier (and a lower waistline) would have made this really adorable on her.

        • Fitzperry

          Yeah, even on the model that bandana or whatever it is looks like she’s waiting for her pin curls to set.

          • Kristi Mitchell

            Exactly. It’s a cute look, but not exactly “formal” wear.

        • MilaXX

          Longer or shorter would be better. This length is too 7 year old little girl for he.

        • Imasewsure

          I think Lucille Esmerelda McGillicuddy Ricardo rather than a housemaid when I see head scarves but I definitely see an awkward 8 year old from 1986 with this haircut for sure….

      • mlle

        It would also help so much not to have the red blending into the carpet while her whole upper body is a washed out mess (thanks in part to her ill-conceived follicular decision).

        • macaroni

          Yes. That pale pink coupled with her complexion and that ridiculous dye job just washes her out completely. I actually love this skirt and think it could work if the color scheme matched the model’s.

    • Sophia Finfer

      Oh toootally. Especially now with the blonde hair, wearing a color that washes her out like that (even more!) definitely wasn’t the way to go. I agree a different top altogether would’ve been better, but the darker pink runway version would’ve been an improvement at least. Sigh, celebs and their obsession with colors that wash them out..

      Skirt IS very fun though, I agree.

    • cocohall

      I agree wholeheartedly that the choice to go with a different color order did not help her case with this outfit. And her hair has nothing to do with her dress, stylistically. But I saw her talking to the E! reporter Ross (last name?) and she was funny and warm and genuine and I give anyone who can manage that on the red carpet high marks.

    • MilaXX

      She needs a different shape top. I think a form fitted(not clingy) top & a better bra would have made her look less sloppy.

    • I too wish the colours were upside down like the runway version – this way the bottom blends into the carpet. It would have had a much better effect up the other way, 🙂

    • Jack Agustin

      the original color order looks a lot better! the style of shirt could have maybe worked if it was fitted better. I kind of think this look was intentional in a Lena-imitates-Hannah kind of way.

  • MightyMarshal

    What. The. Fuck. No things were right.

  • @Biting Panda

    Whatever that shittery is on her body, it’s nothing compared to the clown make up and painfully irritating facial expressions. She’s making me ragey.

    • Dadoong21

      Same. She’s always made me irrationally annoyed. Maybe because she keeps getting these great outfits and butchering them for her “aesthetic”

      • Raspberry2012

        I think that’s my issue with her too. She’s dressed by top designers and you can tell she doesn’t want to be. So why do they keep forcing this on her? All she does is wreck these wonderful outfits with her “aesthetic.”

        • alyce1213

          I think she very much wants to be dressed by top designers. She just has no idea what’s right for her.

          • Raspberry2012

            True, that could be it, too. I don’t think she’s trolling us, as some BKs suspect, but I still think there’s a possibility that she doesn’t care about fashion.

          • Candigirl1968

            She absolutely does. Lena still talks about being part of a group who got photographed for Vogue when they were in their early teens. She is very interested in fashion; she just seems to do it very very badly.

          • Raspberry2012

            Ahh, gotcha. I’ll defer to what you read about her then, because I didn’t know that! In that case – poor girl! I mean, it’s not unheard of. I love fashion, but I’m not that good at it anymore.

          • MilaXX

            Nobody wears designer frocks and has designers custom make things for them if they don’t care about fashion. It’s just that liking a dress or fashion isn’t the same as making it your own. Lens hasn’t learned that.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            If Lena likes and cares about fashion, then I hope she sits down with some friends and/or stylists and figures out how to wear clothes that are fun and flattering to her.
            As for this skirt, it strikes me as a for runway only look.

          • H2olovngrl

            Her friends clearly fear her.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I admit it’s hard to be the person who can speak truth to a good friend;hard to hear it, for that matter.

          • NJCathi

            A true friend would say, “Girl, no”. I wouldn’t allow a friend to leave the house like that, let alone hit a red carpet!

          • NJCathi

            If she didn’t care, she could just say no. Instead she gets these potentially gorgeous creations and destroys them with bad fit, horrible hair and makeup that looks like at 12 year old did it. If she doesn’t have a stylist she needs one and if she has one they should be fired.

        • SugarSnap108

          I agree with alyce1213 that she does want to be dressed by top designers. I think she wants attention, and lots of it. Maybe she thinks she can’t compete with the standard-Hollywood “pretty,” and will fade into the background if she tries — so she resorts to being a spectacle/clown?

        • Tina M.

          I think she loves getting dressed up for these things but approaches it like a 7 year-old with the dress up box. It’s all about how the dress looks, not how it looks on her. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her be aware enough of her body to pick a dress that’s a shrug on the rack but beautiful on her.

          • Raspberry2012

            This is a great point!

        • MilaXX

          Quite the opposite I think she is choosing these top designs but not adapting the runway looks to her figure.

          • jen_vasm

            I honestly do not know what the heck is happening behind the scenes. If I was one of the designers she chose, it would be MY JOB to make sure she looked decent. I agree w/the Uncles – this look could’ve not been cringe-inducing if a simpler top was selected and the waist was adjusted. It’s not like she bops over to Saks and buys off the rack, there is direct communication with the designers for her RC selections. I cannot imagine a couture house being okay with being held up as this season’s poster child for ridiculous and/or unwearable clothing by this woman.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Yes, I’d think that the designer would want whoever is wearing their stuff to represent that designer well.

          • Raspberry2012

            Right. I mean, whether she loves fashion, doesn’t love fashion, etc. – where are the stylists??? If she cares about fashion, then it means she wants to look her best, and the designer should want her to look her best. Who’s looking out for her till she learns this on her own?

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Lena, as an adult, ought to know by now that she’s going to making these kinds of appearances and learning how to present herself, and the designer she’s wearing, better than this.
            My 3/12 year old great niece could rock this kind of look, but that is because she is a tiny, elfin lttle person who can wear a fairy tale skirt. On a grown woman? not so much

          • Raspberry2012

            Well yes, “ought to”, but she obviously doesn’t. And there are plenty of grown women on the RC who have more experience than she does who never seem to bring it. So I’m willing to concede that, despite being an adult, she may still have a lot to learn. But until that does or doesn’t happen – again, I’ve gotta ask where the hell are the stylists?

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            You make a good point. There are plenty of celebs who, for whatever the reasons, seem to end up in the WTF column.
            Does anyone know if Dunham works with a stylist?

          • largishbearishAtlish

            loves fashion or loves ATTENTION? I think its the second and if folks stop giving it to her….

          • Clash D

            Quite frankly, I can see her being quite stubborn as well and refusing to try something more suited to her body type. It’s denial. I know somebody like that from school days – rich but homely-looking girl, desperately wanting to look beautiful but hated the idea of us (her friends) suggesting exercise or change the way she dressed. In the end, we gave up trying to help. 15 years later, she still looks the same = dumpy. Well, maybe with slightly better shoes.

          • jen_vasm

            It’s not her actions behind the scenes – I’m sure she is a holy terror. But the designers who think, “Oh she looks great – pictures of her on the RC in this outfit are going to translate into TONS of sales!!” are clearly on some type of hallucinogen. Oh well, maybe they believe any PR is good PR.

      • Killer Bees

        I always thought maybe she was just clueless, or needed help, or wasn’t that interested in fashion. But now I wonder if this child is purposely, for lack of a better word, trolling us for a reaction.

    • MaryMcClelland

      Making you ragey? I surpassed that into I am full-fledged enraged and SO EFFING OVER HER.

      • Sarah

        Totes. That’s exactly what I screamed last night. Like, “I AM DONE WITH THIS BITCH. DO NOT WANT.”

    • Sarah

      Dude. DUDE. I saw this last night, and I nearly choked to death on my own vitriol. Holy Mother of Pearl, that is one ridiculous head suit. And yes, Uncles, you are, as always, quite astute. She TOTALLY looks like she’s missing a roll of TP.

    • formerlyAnon

      Apparently I’m the only one who thinks this eye makeup (from a distance, admittedly) looks good on her. What am I missing?

      • Glam Dixie

        I agree, as long as you stay with the long shots, the eye makeup looks good, really makes her eyes pop but then you get the closeup and whoo boy, kind of terrifying.

        • Melissa Brogan

          Yes. The eyeliner is scaring me on the close-ups.

          • mlle

            It’s the lashes that did it for me. Did she ask the makeup artist for Kardashian spider lashes.

          • NJCathi

            Closer to Tammy Faye

        • demidaemon

          Yep. Pretty much this. It looks like her eyeballs are about to do a runner.

      • MilaXX

        I like the eye makeup. I also like the lip color. It’s the blush and the hairstyle that don’t work for me.

    • MilaXX

      I actually like the lip and eye, but the blush is a step too far.

    • I am tempted to show up to her book signing in October in a recreation of this (it may take all the tissue paper in NoHo).

  • LadyVimes

    Someone please get this girl a proper bra. PLEASE.

    • Beto


    • MaryMcClelland

      That’s her thing! She doesn’t need to be confined by society’s expectations of foundation garments stifling her Lena-ness. She’s a feminist. I’m surprised she didn’t go topless on the red carpet in the name of challenging expectations of womanhood and proving that all boobs have a purpose and a place anywhere thy want to be! Or even better, I wish she would have bum rushed the podium and knocked the living Sofia Vergara doll off it’s pedestal. That is something I would full-fledged support. 🙂

      • Tracy Alexander

        I identify as a feminist, too, but I don’t think she’s challenging too many expectations of womanhood by borrowing a fluffy, pink, ultra-feminine gown that costs more than my mortgage payment. Proper undergarments and better styling would be more respectful to the designer.

        And I don’t have a problem with Sofia Vergara- someone who looks like her can be a feminist, too! I suspect she’s actually pretty smart. They’re all just actors maintaining an image they’ve created or an image that’s been created for them- even Lena Dunham.

        • MaryMcClelland

          My post was meant to be sarcasm. I agree Lena needs foundation garments (desperately) and better styling, and to stop with the pretend illusion that fashion is a joke to her. Clearly it’s not. Clearly she just doesn’t get fashion – or style. Or more specifically style for her body. My whole post was meant to be tongue-n-chic. 😉 Although the Sofia pedestal thing did gross me out.

          • Tracy Alexander

            My apologies- hard to interpret tone of voice sometimes. I didn’t watch the Emmys so I guess I need to see what this Sofia pedestal thing is about. 🙂

          • MaryMcClelland

            Yeah, I know. I totally get it. Computer third party ruining everything. LOL

      • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

        Totally off topic, but that Sofia doll pedestal bit was kind of gross.

        • sparkleburnout

          I am probably the only one out there who thought it was funny, if poorly executed. I thought it was kind of a parody of how backward and old fashioned the entertainment industry is/was. I definitely thought Sofia was in on the joke, she is no dummy. [eta correct spelling]

          • Jack Agustin

            She was definitely in on the joke. I think the joke was supposed to be about how award shows trot out some suit who you’ve never heard of give a really boring speech about how important and thought provoking “the work” is because ‘Merica/world peace. So to get you to pay attention they’ll provide mindless entertainment that completely undermines the message. A bit stupid, yes. If they had had Ty Burrell take over for Sofia halfway through it would have been cheekier.

          • sparkleburnout

            ^^Precisely what you said, yes.

      • RroseSelavy

        Actually, the Sofia Vergara intervention you propose would be wholly appropriate. I applaud.

    • MartyBellerMask

      That is why I squealed when T Lo suggested pairing this skirt with a bustier. Then she could have some support. Just once I’d like to see that.

  • flamingoNW

    Yeah I think the skirt could have worked, but that shirt….horrible

  • Eva_baby

    I agree. She could wear this dress. If she knew how. Problem is, she doesn’t. She never does know how to present herself in these high fashion creations people keep putting her in. She schlumps, she pigeon toes, she wears that ridiculous expression on her face where that looks halfway between a surprised ‘O’ and a ‘Wha…?’ She could end up looking rather fearless. But she most often ends up looking like a a hot mess. This one feels worse because it is a dress that requires at the very least posture.

    • marlie

      Better posture wouldn’t fix *much* but it would definitely help.

    • Glam Dixie

      Her facial expressions make me think she’s trying to do Betty Boop.

    • ampg

      The worst part is that she could really do a lot to put a finger in the eye of body-shamers who act like only size 2 women can wear couture. She’s fearless and fun and willing to experiment, and she could pull off a lot of really interesting looks. But she can’t ever stick the landing. It’s somehow almost worse than if she genuinely didn’t care.

      • Eva_baby

        Exactly. But, in fact, it appears as if she is simply trying to mimic exactly what the size 2s do which is a big mistake. Hell, I know some big girls in my own neighborhood who could work the shit out of this outift (even the sad pink shirt) and make you think you are looking at Rihanna in a nudie crystal dress. But instead of playing with it and subverting it, she seems like she wants so desperately to be just like all the rest of them and the result is really rather sad.

  • anneshirley

    The shirt is pure diner waitress. AND it doesn’t fit her AT ALL. I don’t mind the skirt, but even a fitted white tee shirt would have been better.

    • Killer Bees

      I thought it was Lunch Lady.

    • ampg

      In fact, I would even say that her head styling would almost work with a fitted white tee and that skirt.

  • RescueMe23

    The minute I see her thumbnail picture on your site I grit my teeth. She is so irritating.

    • MissRiss65

      I’m sick of her blatant “I’m irreverent and really do not care…I’m seeking every bit of negative attention and relishing it!!!”attitude. She’s boring and dare I say a nit.

    • smayer

      She makes Taylor Swift almost likeable… Almost.

  • TheGrandSophy

    That top looks like the sort of American diner uniforms I’ve seen in films.

  • Beto

    My uncles, and not only that, she also needed to use colors that CONTRASTS with her skin tone. From hip to neck, outfit practically blends on her. Also, attitude girl, please stand straight, you’re not the humpback of Notre Dame. To be fair i loved the skirt but again, color contrast with your skin tone please or at the least, that complements it!

    • Rhonda Shore

      The models version that went from red to pink (vice pink to red) was far superior with almost anyone’s coloring…

      • Beto

        Totally agree.

  • Tuneful54

    Clown costume head to toe. She needs to treat herself to a makeover (this ain’t it) and good stylist.

  • Sophie

    I much prefer the colour order on the model. And how high are her stilts underneath the skirt?

  • DeniseSchipani

    She is just punking everyone, every minute of every day. Look at that face close up. She’s playing us/you.

    • stellamaris73

      Totally. The facial expressions give it away.

    • empath

      but in the end, she’s worn the joke out and she looks ridiculous and punks only herself

    • deelup

      Disagree. She doesn’t know how to pull off chic. If she could, she definitely would.

    • RroseSelavy

      Bitch needs to grow up. That’s cute when you’re in college, but now she’s a power player and needs to get over the notion that she’s poking the eye of society. She won already.

  • MoHub

    Turning the colors upsid-down was a huge mistake. It would have worked a lot better as it was on the runway, with the red on top and the pink on the bottom, not to mention the red rather than pale pink blouse. But the biggest thing to me is that I’m sure she can afford to go for a proper bra fitting. Her underpinnings are simply tragic.

    • Grumpy Girl

      With her inability to stand up straight, I wonder how much a good bra would really help the overall impression. Maybe if there was something at the back poking into her to keep her standing straight?

      • MoHub

        There are excellent back braces out there. She might need to invest in one.

    • Raspberry2012

      I completely agree about the reversal of the colors and the red vs. the pink blouse. The changing up of the existing color scheme does her no favors.

  • FrigidDiva

    I have a hard time giving any kind of actual critque because she just induces so much rage in me whenever I see her on the red carpet. I will say I love the skirt, so from the waist down YAY. However, once you get above the waist I just get stabby. That black eyeliner combined with the pageboy/mushroom/bowl cut and that platinum blonde just does nothing for her. Also, I can’t deal with her posing. Ugh, I need more coffee.

    • Kitten Mittons

      You can sit by me, I’m brewing a new pot to deal with this. She has ideas that get close, and then she never ever finishes them off properly. I want to like this, but everything about the top half is wrong. I agree with others that she shouldn’t have flipped the color scheme, but I don’t think that would have made this much better, because hair.

      • Anna

        I am SOO CONFUSED. I thought the point of the couture was that it was supposed to fit perfectly because the garment is custom-fitted to the wearer. ETA: I could almost (maybe) handle all the other fuckery if the fit was impeccable, I don’t understand how someone who is loaned thousands of dollars worth of clothing consistently makes it look like it’s from the thrift store.

        • alyce1213

          We’re all confused by this.

          • Anna

            I know, stating the obvious.

            It’s just: GAHHHHASKJGHAOJGHALJF#!*??!!! That’s how she makes me feel, I can’t even speak properly (I know, again stating the obvious about how she makes a lot of people feel)

          • decormaven

            And in dire need of a drink or three after trying to parse this. It does not compute.

          • Anna

            I think we’re going to need the whole liquor store for that! Or at least a bar.

        • marlie

          What’s worse about this is that she’s NOT wearing the runway/sample size, so this was specifically made FOR HER. I understand what can go wrong when a ladystar borrows the sample size, but she has NO excuse here. None.

          • Anna

            I know. If it’s custom-fitted FOR YOU, shouldn’t it look incredible and be absolutely perfect? Nevermind fitting properly, off the rack can fit properly, couture should fit PERFECTLY.

          • KinoEye

            As I love to work Peter Dinklage into as many conversations as possible, I’ll again bring up the point so many people make: If Peter can show up looking flawless every time, because he has to have clothes tailor made for him, there is no reason on earth people with other “unconventional” (for the fashion world, I mean) body types can’t do the same. DITFU — Dinklage it the fuck up!

          • Anna

            SOO true. In this day and age, there really is no excuse. Yes it is harder and there aren’t as many options available for the “unconventional” sizes, but it’s been proven they are available and they do exist. It may take a bit more time and effort, but I really don’t understand what the problem is if money is no object.

      • FrigidDiva

        Yeah, I don’t think the color would have saved her either, that style and proportions of that shirt just ruin the whole thing, but I think that could have even been saved if The Hair wasn’t so terrible.

    • Lee

      It’s the Emmys at the very least have someone apply your eyeliner correctly.

  • When I saw this last night I texted my daughter immediately with the comment: ‘This has to be the worst top/skirt combo in the history of fashion EVER! Followed only by the epically bad fit’. Uncles, you were kind to her and were right to give it credit for being fun. But for me, Sweet Jaysus, what a horror. It looks like my prom gown Circa 1967. Pink, multi tiered ruffles like this, but it was dotted Swiss, with each tier outlined in white grosgrain ribbon. Vomitrocious, let me tell you.

    • mshesterp

      I think the whole thing is unrelentingly bad. I’m trying to picture her in it from the waist down–and maybe it could work–but from the waist up, it’s just so OH MY GOD, NO, PLEASE STOP bad that I can’t get past it. And then you add in the blond Anton Chigurh hair and the wittle girl posing and I CANNOT. ARGH.

    • Introspective

      i really like the word vomitrocious by the way. #stealingit

  • In_Stitches

    Did she DIY her face because that eyeliner, it’s a no.

    I agree on the skirt. I think she could use a wide strapped, draped boat-neck top to broaden her shoulders and give some balance to the look.

    • MaryMcClelland

      Someone got a little too excited by the new Benefit Push-Up liner. LOL

      • MilaXX

        Lol it’s funny because that stuff is notoriously hard to apply!

  • Bernd

    I think it’s the contrast between the fantasy skirt and the business top that appealed to her. Unfortunately the top looks like she slept in it, and the skirt is just a little too long. Otherwise she looks pretty polished (DIY eyes excepted). Love her manicure.

  • evave2

    I opened my mouth on the awfulness of this look. There are no words. It’s like nobody looked at her (and she did not look at herself) before she left the house.

    I think I would’ve liked the dark to light up to down rather than light to dark up to down but i don’t know if that really would’ve made her look better.

    I just don’t get it, I don’t get WHY she keeps exposing herself to this. It is just awful. (It’s like a little kid putting on somebody else’s clothes, but with no reference as to how it will look on them. Awful.)

  • Adrianna Grężak

    After this look, she really can’t claim not to care about red carpet fashion. This is incredibly deliberate – even the shade of red at the end of the skirt matches the carpet (which I think is cool)

    The top really kills this. And the DIY make up and clumpy mascara is worse than the hair

    • Yes!! Did she apply it in the car? I totally agree with you – she obviously cares, but would rather pretend she doesn’t… which makes no sense.

      • Adrianna Grężak

        She really irritated me in one podcast interview that I listened to. She went on and on about how industry events are vapid and pointless

        • And then she goes on and wears couture. Badly.

          If I were a designer, I wouldn’t lend her a thing.

          • muzan-e

            I would, if I thought she’d do something interesting with it.

            Grimes (leaving aside my opinions on her music) scores an invite to the Met Gala; in preparation, she’s dressed by Karl by-god Lagerfeld himself. At some point, she ends up just wearing the undershirt, boots and a beret and calls it Rembrandt; it was hilarious and obnoxious and it was more punk-rock than almost anything else that showed up on the carpet that day.

            But what Lena does with these garments is never even slightly engaging. It doesn’t even seem thoughtful.

        • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

          If she truly felt it was vapid and pointless, then why go at all?

        • MilaXX

          To which I say, “then stay home!”
          She bugs trying to pretend she is above this.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          If she really finds them vapid and pointless then Lena could go into another profession without the need to attend such events-but then she wouldn’t have access to couture fashion, would she?

  • PastryGoddess

    I’m embarrassed FOR her since she obviously has no idea of how to dress her body type

  • HVM

    At this point you might as well just write ‘of course’ under her pictures and be done with it.

  • Matute Lyons

    She is clearly trolling us.

  • stellamaris73

    She is trolling us all, hard.

  • Jesus wept.

  • strangebride

    I think she’s trolling you.

  • empath

    flamenco-dancing waitress at the bowling alley in need of meds …and a mirror.
    In what twisted alternate universe does one look in the mirror and see the ill-fitting, bunchy top, and the organza extravaganza and think… ‘yea, that’s IT! That’s how I want zillions of people to see me!’
    The skirt would be more flattering if the top layer of chiffon was removed, elongating her torso a bit. The top… should be burned. The pale pink and cap sleeves would not look good on her even if she wore it with jeans.

  • I just don’t get it. Sometimes I think she’s trying to do some sort of deliberate fashion trolling, as in “eff you, red carpet, I’ma wear whatever the hell I want.” Or it’s some sort of feminist statement. But even feminists can dress in ways that look good. She can make the same statement and look better doing it. I guess I just think she’s taking it too far to the other end of the spectrum in order to make that statement…if that’s even what she’s doing at all.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I think I’ve give Ms. Dunham as much time as my brain can handle today. To my eyes, this does not flatter her in any way.

  • imperfectlaura

    People Mag did an article “If MTV Ran the Emmy’s.” Admittedly, I didn’t read it, but I would like to fill in that sentence that the red carpet would look more like this.

  • smh4748

    That is some amateur hour eye makeup. Yeesh.

    I could live with the skirt, I think. It’s fun and eye catching. But that top is just so very, very awful.

    • MoHub

      And maybe it’s my monitor, but the blouse doesn’t seem to be the same pale pink as the top of the skirt, which makes it even more disturbing to look at.

      • Introspective

        nope not just you. my monitor is also showing some slight eyetwitching differences in those pinks.

    • Julie Ann

      Same here. I feel like a form fitting stretchy black tank of some sort would be better with it. Something like that anyway.

  • It looks like she is standing on a platform under that dress. It is all so very strange.

  • B_C_J

    The top is a disaster of epic proportions. The pairing doesn’t even look good on the model. The skirt also looks like it’s riding too high.
    However, on a positive note, ms Dunham has porcelain skin.

  • Enndee

    She’s not clever and not funny. What a total mess.

  • ireneY

    She is TRYING to look bad. It’s like a big FU to all the skinny bitches out there. Just look at the last shots where she’s doing her model face. No way someone could look this consistently bad without intent to annoy.

    • “I’ll show those skinny bitches! I’ll wear their clothes and make myself look like SHIT!”

      Yeah, no. That makes no sense. It’s time to accept that she really does have terrible style.

      • Introspective

        word. looking like a smacked ass everytime you hit the streets is a terrible way to “show them.”

      • imperfectlaura

        If she wanted to show the skinny bitches, perhaps she should look to someone like Octavia Spencer and a designer like Tadashi Shoji, both of whom do show up skinny bitches on the red carpet.

      • Ruby_Wednesday

        I’m not so sure. She could be trying to make some unclear kind of statement about appearances and beauty in some misguided way that people don’t quite get because it really does look like she’s half trying. I don’t know much about her but she seems the type who always needs to remind the world that she’s subversive and revolutionary, she’s not like the other girls, and she’s going to show you all by deliberately miswearing beautiful and expensive clothes.

        • Subversive and revolutionary girls don’t get to pose on the cover of Vogue.

          • Ruby_Wednesday

            True. I forgot about that.

          • ireneY

            That’s the biggest FU of all! “My intellect go me on the cover of Vogue over rather than my looks.”

          • Oh, come ON. She was styled like every other lady who ever graced the cover; conventionally pretty by every western standard. And she went on and on about how much she loved the experience. She’s the creator of a very conventional cable TV comedy/drama, hardly a grand intellect or revolutionary. I don’t doubt that she enjoyed being a non-conventional Vogue cover subject, and I respect and admire a lot of her work, but it was hardly the act of subversion you’re making it out to be. Oprah was on the cover of Vogue too.

          • ireneY

            I am not in any way defending her as an intellectual giant, not by a long shot. Not a fan of her schtick. She just might be an exhibitionist playing a game. The only thing Oprah and this frump has in common is unconventional looks, according to conventional standards. Vogue is no longer the untouchable, penultimate arbiter of fashion (God strike me down!) They now feature buzz-generating personalities such as a Kardashian. Lena is just buzz.

          • Right. Lena’s a typical celebrity, playing the celebrity game, doing the same things that celebrities like Oprah and Kim Kardashian have done. It’s just buzz, to use your phrasing. There’s not a thing subversive about it.

          • Rhonda Shore

            It’s not subversive at all. Lena’s talent, as a writer and comedian, is a gift of capturing colloquial dialogue; she is portraying the way people of her age group/hipsters speak in places like Williamsburg. And the more mundane the topics in the dialogue, the funnier it seems somehow. That is her gift. But this particular get up truly hurt my eyes. I almost (almost) prefer the oversize tshirts to this silly froth. Melted ice cream cake sums it up perfectly.

        • FibonacciSequins

          I don’t think it’s deliberate. She might feel some conflict about participating in something so focused on judging women’s appearances, but I think she basically has no idea what looks good on her or how to dress herself. She also has a body shape that just doesn’t look good in a lot of silhouettes, and she has an inherent awkwardness that doesn’t read well on red carpets.

          • Jack Agustin

            i think it’s deliberate in that she knows she looks absurd, but whether she knows if or why that shirt isn’t fitting right is another question.

      • MaryMcClelland

        YES! Thank you. I am so sick of people passing off that excuse. No one wears couture as a “troll”! The only person she is trolling at this point is her former image.

      • ireneY

        “I will take your expensive frocks and show you how ridiculous the whole pole dance is.”

        She’s not trying to beat them at their own game. She’s like a turd in the punch bowl.

        • Every time Lena Dunham does something, she does it really well, even if it only looks like she’s doing it really badly.

          Sorry. Don’t buy a word of it. You don’t attend couture shows, wear couture, and pose for Vogue because you want to be the subversive turd in the punch bowl.

          • ireneY

            “Every time Lena Dunham does something, she does it really well, even if it only looks like she’s doing it really badly.” You just proved my point! She’s the nerdy girl outsmarting status quo. There’s a mole amongst us.

          • deelup

            But what statement is she making? That she has horrible taste, bad style and is intent on reinforcing the false idea that pear shapes look like crap in nice clothes?

          • Julie Ann

            The thing is that she doesn’t look anywhere near as bad in her playclothes on the show. She is not fat, just not model-thin. I think this has way more to do with her youth, lack of exposure to high fashion and extreme money spent on clothes and lack of perspective than anything else.

          • muzan-e

            But if her statement’s going to be “nerdy girl outsmarting the status quo” she needs to make it definitively.

            Right now, it reads more like Cinderella Story: awkward nerdy girl embraced by the status quo, taking baby steps into the world of fashion and celebrity with the assistance of thousand-dollar dresses generously loaned to her by the establishment. “She can’t quite get the look right, but we love her anyway, the poor dear.”

            She needs to be definitive. Show up to the next red carpet wearing PJs and flashing her middle finger at the cameras. “Yeah, this is what I think of Hollywood. I’m here on my intellectual merits, not my ability to smile for a camera.”

          • formerlyAnon

            Honest to god, if a *thinking* rather than *performing* person were making a statement, they’d show up in something comfortable, well-fitting and – if they were lucky and found a designer who could work with them – very, very, “smart,” meaning looking good on them and showing an awareness of/reference to current fashion without conforming to it.

            Unless you’ve got a model body and a genius designer, the result would probably fall in a very very narrow range of looks and be almost certainly deemed dull as ditchwater after the first few outings..

          • muzan-e

            “.. *thinking* rather than *performing* …”

            Thank you. That says it a thousand times better than I could have. This reads ‘performance’ from head to toe, and if that’s not her intention then whatever she’s trying to do, she’s Doing It Wrong. And I can’t buy that. She’s made her marginally-unconventional show a success; she is by nature and career a proven effective communicator.

            I agree – regretfully – on the very short lifespan of Comfortable, Practical and Smart as a buzz-generating red carpet look.

          • Actually, I was mocking your point.

          • ireneY

            Okay, doing it well or not well, intentionally or not — the point is there’s more to it than meets the eye. That’s all.

            Thanks for the lively discussion! Back to work…

    • smh4748

      Boy, that’s an ineffective FU if I ever saw one… she sure showed those skinny bitches, right?

      Edit: Damn, I was pre-empted by TLo! I’ll just comfort myself that great minds must surely think alike. 🙂

    • muzan-e

      I could see it as a big FU to the entertainment industry.

      “Look at me, standing up here giving zero shits about your red carpet.”

      But what does this say to the poledancing bitches? “It sucks that everyone makes clothes that fit on you, and you alone. By way of protest, I’ve made my face look ridiculous”?

      The day she rocks up to the Emmys wearing something comfy and some sneakers, I will bow down and sing her praises. Because that would be a statement, and what it would say is: “I don’t need to do your monkey dance to be a goddamn star.”

      • marlie

        I could respect her fashion aesthetic more if she did that. I probably still wouldn’t like it, but at least she’d be real.

    • deelup

      I agree that pulling those faces might be a schtick. But there is nothing schticky about couture.

    • Tina M.

      I don’t totally disagree with you. I do think she sees this as an “FU” to expectations of non-model ladies on the red carpet. But her idea of that is to wear exactly what she thinks January Jones would put on, with the same proportions and same makeup. I think she’s interpreting the chorus of “you look bad!” to be “your body is bad!” so she keeps down the same path because she thinks she’s doing something for body positivity. But in reality, she just looks… bad.

  • MissHellDial

    I was sure she was trolling us when I saw this – are we sure she’s not? It is epically bad

    • smh4748

      A lot of people are saying she’s “trolling” us. I don’t really get that–she still is dressing terribly, no matter what her intentions. And we are here to pick apart the minutiae of celebrity outfits and styling. We can’t lay aside that important work just because someone might be trolling us!

      • marlie

        I think a lot of other stars troll the fashion industry, too. Trolling (in the fashion sense) is a matter of pushing the envelope to find news ways to interpret clothing in a way that makes people gasp out loud and then talk about it. Cher was the queen of it way back in the day. Sharon Stone did it when she wore that Gap shirt with a ballgown skirt to the Oscars. Rihanna does it when she wears a nightie as a dress. Gaga does it every time she walks out of a hotel.

        I agree with you that I think Lena is less “trolling” people, and really has no idea. Maybe she THINKS that she’s reinventing/reinterpreting high fashion in a thought-provoking way, but all she really seems to be doing is intentionally make herself look bad. People are laughing AT her, not WITH her. There’s no reinvention or reinterpretation here. It’s just… bad. Awful. I almost feel bad for her.

        • demidaemon

          In order for it to be trolling, I think, you have to kind of look good while doing it. Lena is obviously not meeting that bar.

  • Kathie

    This thing she is wearing … and the hair…. don’t even merit a discussion. Start from the beginning please.

    • Mr. J.


  • Fluffy Layercake realness 😀 She could look stunning with another top!

  • Joanna B

    Not that it would have helped much, but why did she flip the colors? The darker pink/red on the top would have made her torso look less like a piece of Bubble Yum.

  • KateMaryC

    Trolls will troll.

  • Anna


    I was not prepared for this.

    • demidaemon

      Especially in Pepto-Bismol pink.

  • M. H. Leader

    And that shirt doesn’t even fit her right. It bunches and wrinkles in all kinds of terrible places. Eek.

    You know, if she ever learns to dress to suit her body shape she’d be very pretty. But these outfits…maybe she is trolling us…

  • veriance

    It doesn’t even FIT her properly. the top is a wrinkled, pulling, rolling mess. However, it looks like she whitened her teeth. Yay Lena!

  • Jane

    Whatever she’s doing, the question remains: “Who the hell wants to look like that?”

    • My other question is, is she on a trolley a la Carole Burnett? Her legs aren’t long enough to reach the floor, they must stop at maybe the third darkest shade? So is she on wheels? Or just a step-stool?

      • Introspective

        maybe shes on roller skates… either way the idea of her secretly wheeling underneath rather than prancing hard trying not to trip on all that frippery makes this seem a bit more fun. still its horrendous to look at.

      • Seriously, this is FREAKING me out. Her lower half can’t be that long. It just can’t be. There’s gotta be some magic going on under that skirt or she borrowed a pair of shoes from Gaga. Or the step stool 🙂

      • papillon

        I was also wondering this! There’s no way she’s tall enough to actually be able to walk in that.

      • alyce1213

        When she arrived, her boyfriend and someone else were helping her walk. She was grimacing. I imagine some nasty, ill-fitting, very high platforms under that dress. Too bad we didn’t get a look at them.

    • cousinelizabeth

      Exactly my point.

  • muzan-e

    Just give me five minutes with her eyes and a smudge brush.
    All I ask.

  • MsKitty

    Lena’s the poster child for poor posture. Every time I see a picture of her I want to reach through the screen and straighten her shoulders.

  • She is ridiculous. And I don’t buy the idea that she is always just trolling us. A troll doesn’t show up on a red carpet wearing Giambattista Valli or Prada. She is just a goofy hipster who has no idea how to dress.

    • smh4748

      Yes! That is not a “trolling” skirt.

    • I don’t believe it either. I think a lot of people have a hard time accepting that her style could be as bad as it is. Besides, it’s actually worse if she’s trolling. That skirt represents hundreds, if not thousands of hours of work by a dozen artisans and it was lent to her to wear.

      • decormaven

        It’s the definition of squander.

        • At least the garments aren’t one-use only. No harm is technically coming to them…only the association of the photos that will live in infamy…

          • decormaven

            I know. I just am sad. This was created – from a vision. It wasn’t mass produced. Couture is that flit of a bird’s wing, capturing the essence of creativity. When it’s worn well, it is a thing of beauty. This world needs more beauty, and there was a chance to develop it here.

          • True, true — it does make it worse that it was created custom for her. The least she could do is learn to stand up straight and tuck that shirt in better.

      • In_Stitches

        If she was trolling, she’d have worn Kim Karashian’s poncho from the VMAs and I’d have clapped.

    • alyce1213

      So right.

  • Alyssa

    That is a very pretty skirt, which she is ruining for me. Her posing makes me think she *wants* to be serious and fashion-y, and just looks so fake. Her posture is ridiculous, and her hair/makeup is not good. And the shirt…no. Why do designers still give her stuff, when she presents it in the worst way?

  • sarcasmfont

    I could *almost* see this working on her in the colors from the runway picture, but that ill-fitted pink shirt with the bleach-blonde Dorothy Hamill haircut…wth? The make-up could maybe even work with a different color and/or style of shirt, and a nice brunette shade of hair. Oh Lena darling, umm…well, your nails look pretty?

  • James

    She is doing this on purpose. She looks like a disaster and that gets her attention and people talking about her.

  • Bill Craven

    You know, as someone who tried to watch Girls (didn’t make it past the first two minutes of the pilot) and whose teeth grind every time she has a piece in The New Yorker, I think she looks fine. I’m being genuine about that; I do hope that she continues to figure out a style that works better for her body type, which is not one that the fashion world spends a lot of time thinking about.

    • mlle

      Her New Yorker pieces are terrible. It’s especially galling because I’m about the same age and could definitely write, say, a piece about the first day I had my dog in which I didn’t come off like a narcissistic twit too clueless to be trusted to care for another living creature.

  • joancarol

    Waitress on the top, Can-Can girl on the bottom.

  • GemFemme

    How could someone with all the resources at her disposal look so consistently bad time after time?
    When she looks in the mirror she must see something that no one else on the planet sees. She constantly chooses designs that emphasize her body’s faults (I’m not slamming her, we all have issues with our bodies). Does she have a stylist or is she doing it herself? Cause if I was her stylist and she insisted on wearing these ridiculous choices I would be on an intensive and personal relationship with Captain Morgan and a big fat doobie.

  • Kristen

    The skirt is fun and quirky, like her, so with the right top, I think it could work. But the eyeliner is tragic.

  • Her head (mind) is the problem, not what she’s wearing.

    • MoHub

      I beg to disagree. It’s both.

  • megohd

    Hair by Bonnie Franklin.

    I might introduce my own TLo-inspired catchphrase when addressing irritating Hollywood hipster types. Rather than GTNYD, mine is Lena Dunham, Get Off My Lawn. (And yes, I know she’s not from Hollywood. But she might as well be.)

  • alliekat9090

    The ill fitting, bunched up, cheap looking, pink satin peter pan collared blouse destroyed any hope of her getting away with this. I’m sure she spent the evening jamming it back into the waistband of this skirt because it obviously isnt properly fitted.

  • Kate

    It’s so awful, The hair, the bunched up and ill-fitting top, her horrible eye make-up, which looks like a thirteen-year-old’s first attempt at eyeliner, along with her facial expressions that are half-parody, half in earnest. It’s the worst thing.

  • RussellH88

    This is so, so, so bad.

    Waitress from the top, melting icing on the bottom.

  • Calinda_L

    She should also rethink the Paint By Numbers eyebrows she’s sporting.

  • SewingSiren

    She’s aiming for the Bjork swan tutu.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      She would look better in that than this horror.

  • TLJezebel

    Can she please stand up straight?

  • Judy_S

    I am so pleased because I too was thinking she should enjoy the skirt but ditch the top. Or at least get it fitted comfortably (preferably over undergarments that pushed her shoulders back).

    I don’t mind the mushroom hair, probably because I am another plump person with hair that wants to be a mushroom. I suspect she minds it but is resigned because there’s not much alternative.

  • Miss Atomic

    She should also seriously rethink that gaping mouth/dead eye look she so frequents on the red carpet. She’s so much cuter when she smiles.

  • jilly_d

    I love this skirt and you guys are right about her being able to wear it with a better top. But I don’t understand why she favors these bob haircuts when they obviously don’t suit her, and that makeup is utterly unforgivable.

  • Sam Smith

    I don’t mind the skirt, in fact it made me think fondly of PR Season 1 – Yay Jay!. But, I much prefer the red top and reverse skirt from the runway look. Clearly she is having fun with it, which I applaud, but the face pulling aggravates.

  • jerseyginger

    Who is letting her go out in public like this? Either her team hates her or she keeps losing bets.

  • seventeenwest

    She’s trolling us. And sad but true: always wanted a Barbie cake. Never got one, but my pretty cousin always did. I was deprived.

  • OffToSeeHim

    I think her makeup looks really pretty – why do heavier girls always feel like they have to mug for the camera like that? It drives me crazy. I sort of like her hair, but that top is just awful. And I’d have pulled the waist down some.

    • smh4748

      You’re going to attract a rain of hellfire with that hair comment. 🙂

  • Frankie Carter

    i LOVE this dress, not because she looks good in it, but simply because it’s hiding that stupid pigeon-toed toddler pose she always adopts on the RC.

    That being said, fashion-wise she’s looked much, MUCH worse. She needs to hike her shoulders back and buy a better bra.

  • Mismarker

    I was gonna eat that cake. But now it’s all wet and I don’t think I want any.

  • Kate

    So she purposefully tries to look bad all the time, right?

  • Rhonda Shore

    I really yearned to have been hanging out in your living room when you set eyes on this…

  • papillon

    I love the skirt. It’s ridiculous but in a really fun way and I can totally see why she’d choose it. But that shirt looks so wrinkly and sad. It doesn’t enhance the skirt in any way or look flattering on her. Also TOO MUCH EYE MAKE UP. I wish she would smile more on the RC – she looked adorable in a picture I saw of her with Fred Armisen BECAUSE SHE WAS SMILING, not making faces.

  • alyce1213

    She’s outdone herself. If a cartoonist who hated her drew the unkindest caricature, this would be it. I also saw that she couldn’t walk unassisted, so her shoes were also a failure. She’s trying very hard, but she’s clueless and she has no taste.
    I can’t imagine why the house of Giambattista Valli would allow her to wear this. Well, yes I can. But they embarrassed themselves. Can that be good for business?
    She’s got worst of the year locked up already.

  • marlie

    There’s nothing good about this. Nothing. The skirt is swallowing her alive. Her hair color and cut are FUGLY and terribly unflattering. Her makeup artist is either a six-year-old, OR they hate her guts. And for the love of god, if she doesn’t stop with that wannabe coy open-mouth posing, I might just punch someone.

    • Lower L

      The first picture made me think “at least with a skirt that long I don’t have to see her stand all pigeon-toed” but SHE STILL IS AND I CAN TELL!

  • Coralie

    What the actual fuck.

  • thesevenendless

    The top is a mess, but the skirt is BEAUTIFULLY constructed. If she fixed the top (and the hair/makeup), this would have been STUNNING.

  • bookish


    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      IT WILL FREEZE THAT WAY!!! Whoops, too late.

  • The facial expressions are the WORST. Just, no.

  • vitaminC

    Liza’s getting adventurous. You go girl!

  • FibonacciSequins

    I love the skirt. She’s way too short and wide in the waist for it, but I understand why she couldn’t pass it up. I’m not sure a different top would have made that much of a difference. This top definitely doesn’t do anything for her.

    Don’t like her haircut, do like the color on her.

  • nicky

    She doesn’t enrage me the way she does a lot of commenters but why does she do the open mouth “sexy” posing? It doesn’t seem to fit her image. I prefer the more natural facial expressions.

    • alyce1213

      She thinks it makes her look like a model.

  • Boobs Radley

    That shirt looks like the ones my mom bought off the rack from Sears in 1978 to send me to my first day of Catholic school. And it fits Ms. Dunham just about as well as those shirts fit me.

  • MaryMcClelland

    She is totally on my irrational hate list, but FOR ONCE I sympathize with what she was attempting. As a non-fashion body myself (meaning I am not a seven-foot tall teenager with a wrist-sized waist), I too yearn to be able to pull off these huge dramatic ethereal looks without drowning. So I can understand Lena’s desire and intent. However, it was HORRIBLY rendered.

    First of all, she needs to shave some yardage off the skirt – it’s way too long and clearly not altered at all to fit her, hence the giant ruffles jerking out around her hips. Second of all that shirt – agree with TLo – a black tube top would be perfect (provided she wore a freaking bra!!!!!!), and the nail polish needs to be dark to provide some contrast. As for the hair an makeup – scratch all of that completely. That hair dye looks like Revlon from a box and the color washes her out so terribly. The hair and makeup give me the shudders!

    • Shannon

      What bothers me is that I’ve seen people with bigger waists pull off huge floofy skirts, usually in bridal. Something to bring the boobs front and center for balance helps A LOT.

      • deelup

        She is pear shaped though and doesn’t really have boobs to balance the bottom. I am built the same. But dressing for pear shape 101 is not wearing a massive skirt with a baggy top. Not sure how at her age she hasn’t figured that out yet. I also think the original colors would’ve worked better as it draws the eye up instead of down. She washed out her whole top half with that pink, making her even more bottom heavy.

  • Shannon

    Did her mother not let her wear what she wanted to preschool and this is her revenge? Every time I see her she looks like an expensively-dressed toddler. Lose the cap sleeves. Get a better bra. Stand up straight. Do something with the hair that doesn’t look like Mom had to cut bubble gum out of it. Smile!

  • bassfemme

    The shirt is wrong. A Gap camp shirt a size too small is not a flattering choice. I also think the pink on top/red on bottom is most unfortunate because the pink blends in with her head and the red blends with the carpet.

  • Raspberry2012

    She looks like deranged Easter Bunny. She looks like a pink nightmare! Lena, do you wanna wear that dress?
    (*Lena shakes her head no*)
    Do you wanna take it off?
    (*Lena shakes her head yes*)
    Go on, let her take it off!

  • gitchygitchymama

    I wonder why she passed on the durag?

  • That shirt its so hideous… she looks like a party pom-pom ready to be hanged by us

  • xmixiex

    She’s a joke.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I love this skirt. Actually, I love it so much that if it were in my possession, I might wear it to my office on a Tuesday and dub myself a fancy economist. As it stands, Lena Dunham is wearing it and has gone and Dunhamed it. And I am sad for what could have been for me and that skirt.

  • Gatto Nero

    Let’s say that Lena Dunham *can* wear this skirt, as TLo stipulated. It is beautifully made, fun, girly, etc., yes. But the shape is still a poor choice for her body type. And what makes this worse is that it is just the most recent in an endless stream of looks she’s worn that don’t flatter her body (or feature the clothes favorably).
    She seems to have no judgment or taste about this. But she appears to be serious about fashion, and she has the means to wear practically anything, and to buy the kind of guidance that would help her make better choices.
    Her stylist (if she has one) is failing her consistently. Does Dunham not read the critiques of her style choices? Does she just not care how she comes across? (Her face pulling suggests otherwise.)
    I just don’t get it. I really don’t.

  • Wink

    Her ‘over the shoulder’ pose is hilarious! (I do hope that look was intentional because if it wasn’t… oh, dear.)

  • Teresa Wyatt

    I simply wish she would NOT! Honestly, some people are very very talented but not fit for the RC. She is their poster child.

  • Miss wks

    The Martina Navratilova hair has got to go…

  • Melmmmendes

    It baffles me that someone would actually want to have the same haircut that my aunt has had for the past 40 years.

    • FibonacciSequins

      Are we related? I also have an aunt who’s had this haircut for the last 40 years!

      • Melmmmendes

        Lol I don’t know maybe! What do you even call this ‘do?

        • FibonacciSequins

          It’s a pageboy, and it was very popular in the 70s for some reason.

          • Melmmmendes

            Oh of course! The pageboy. Same haircut as Prince Valiant, right? (Your username is amazing, BTW).

          • SewingSiren

            Dorothy Hamill.

          • Paula Carr

            Pageboys were first big in the late 40s/early 50s. This is not really a 40s pageboy. Those were longer; this is more of a bob.

  • Agnes Gooch

    Nice manicure? (that’s all I got. I’m so over this woman.)

  • Little_Olive

    I also love that skirt. I’d wear it around the house, like when I was little. Like Lena is, with her pajama top, ready to go have cocoa and continue the slumber party!

  • Scott Cooper

    It’s now clear that Lena Dunham’s red carpet appearances are all performance art.

  • suzq

    Agree. Replace the shirt and wash your face. Try again.

  • dickylarue

    If she was going for the love child of Sandy Duncan & the Albino in the Princess Bride, she fucking nailed it.

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      Thank you! I was trying to think of what her hair reminded me of, and it’s totally the Albino!

      • venusvelvet

        I’m getting David Thewliss from Dragonheart, but slightly neater and lighter.

  • Sonnet_PDX

    Piñata! That’s all I can see. Even so, I am firmly of the opinion that people should wear whatever makes them happy, and if that is a froofy piñata skirt with a wrinkly pajama top, then you go, girl! On the other hand, the fit of the skirt is terrible, and the fit of the top is appallingly bad. Seriously, they couldn’t have added a couple of bust darts, or adjusted the fit of the shoulder length/slope? And what. the hell. is happening with the collar?! Argh.

  • elemspbee

    that head, that face, that irritating pose. she tries really hard to be annoying–is there her way of protesting, making a statement? the cause is lost.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    Trash. Put it all in the trash. She could have, theoretically, worn the skirt (which is BEAUTIFUL), but since she’s on a mission to uglify everything she wears, it was never going to be the best version of whatever she could do with it. That hair color is awful.

  • Laylalola

    But see, the fashion world encourages this by putting her on the cover of Vogue and Marie Claire and in the pages served up as a fashion plate when she’s so not. Of course she deserves covers for the success she’s had so young. But they act like she’s on the covers because she’s a fashion icon, and that’s just some bizarre editors’ project or something that has nothing to do with anything, really. I feel bad in a way because you can’t even see through it to her talent anymore, the whole thing is almost a farce.

  • BLauDGaspode

    At least you can’t see her pee-pee dance pose…? I actually think the skirt is really fun, but I agree the top just makes it not work.

  • fromanotherplanet

    Jesus take the wheel. I can’t anymore. Bye!!!

  • bravobravp

    Can someone just PLEASE teach her how to pose on the red carpet?! It’s part of her job and she is failing.

  • gloriana232

    Kaylee from Firefly wants her cupcake dress back!

    • appliquer

      Too funny!

    • marlie

      I just watched that episode over the weekend. You made me laugh out loud!

  • BuffaloBarbara

    A bustier top… yah, I think that would do it. Anything but the one she’s wearing.

    • FibonacciSequins

      A bustier might have worked.

      • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

        Staying home might have worked better.

  • bravobravp

    I hate myself for trying to understand this before having coffee.

  • Lex

    She looks like a menstruating sheep.

  • MartyBellerMask

    I love that her reaction to criticisms about her hairdo is to keep the cut, change the color. To a worse color.
    Lena gonna do Lena. For good or ill, Lena gonna do Lena.

    • MilaXX

      I bet she wore that white wig to perform as Sia on Jimmy Fallon and thought she looked pretty so as soon as the season was over she went and got her hair dyed that way. Where are her friends to say “No, boo that’s not for you.”

  • MilaXX

    That’s exactly what I mean when I say she has no idea how to dress her shape. It’s like she sees a look she finds pretty and then instead of figuring out how to make the look work for her body, she simply copies the runway look. The results are almost always disastrous . Same with the hair. You want a funky color? Get a cut that makes this work. A pixie cut would have helped sell this super white dye job.

  • That’s some Didi Conn realness with that hair.

  • rebeemoon

    I like the colors of the model’s skirt better, and think it might have worked better for Lena: red waistband, then reds fading to pinks, with that awful light pink on the bottom. Instead of being featured on the top, the way Lena’s version is.

  • MarissaLG

    …Her nails look cool.

    • MilaXX

      Good point her hands actually are quite lovely and that’s a really nice manicure.

  • Angela_the_Librarian

    I think the skirt is actually pretty fabulous (I’m all for poofiness on the red carpet) but that shirt is just tragic (like something I would put on at the last minute when I’m out of clean clothes) and she looks much better with darker hair.

  • queeniethebold

    Once again, her lack of proper posture makes a hideous ensemble of hideous parts even worse. It seems not possible, and yet there it is.

    And if this stuff is “performance art,” then all i can do is shake my head. Because every last bit of it is stupid and annoying.

  • HobbitGirl

    She’s all waitress up top and Marie Antoinette on the bottom. Love the skirt, HATE the top.

  • GemFemme

    I actually like the skirt. I have an irrational love for ombre color, but that’s the only thing I like.

    The things I hate include; the top, the wrinkles on the top, the haircut, the horribly lined eyes, the bad posture, the idiotic poses, the facial expressions…… Need I go on? Cause I can go on all day.

  • E. D.

    WTF is this. It would have worked with a closer-fitting top. Also that haircut didn’t look good the first time around. On Dorothy Hamill.

  • Lindsey Romain

    She’s just having some fun. I’d rather sit at her table than all the other stiffy McGees of these drab awards. It’s bad, but I take it she’s just enjoying the moment and wearing something fantastical and otherworldly for the sake of experience. Can’t hate.

  • Fred Vaughn

    Everything above the waist ruins this. She needs help!

  • FoxInSocks

    I do think the skirt is fun… or would be, on someone who didn’t seem so hung up on being “ironic”.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    Couture toilet roll cover doll…

    • Shawn EH

      Circus Clown Carmen Miranda! Just missing the basket of fruit!

  • Fitzperry

    Is the skirt unzipped at the top?!!!

    • Lisa_Co

      It looks like it. If only that was the worst part of this look:(

  • Lena also needs to close her damn mouth while posing on the red carpet. Is she trying to catch flies?

  • BobStPaul

    I actually like her hair but that outfit is tragic.

  • Susan Collier

    Ha! I thought that was an Old Navy school uniform shirt. I like the skirt though and agree that she can do this with a different top.
    It’s nice to see her standing straight though! Progress!

  • formerlyAnon

    I like this new incarnation of her makeup, though. Especially at a distance. (ETA: Which probably means it should be softened a bit.)

  • J.W.

    This is simply horrible. Bad posture…bad hair…bad makeup…inappropriate dress,,, I think it’s all on purpose.

    • ItAin’tMe

      It has to be, right? It’s just too tragic to not be intentional.

      • Julie Ann

        But, do you wear a many-thousand dollar outfit with the intention of making it look bad? I don’t think so. I think she’s young and doesn’t pay attention to the comments online and doesn’t have good sense about dressing. I love her show and want to give her the benefit of the doubt. Too much Lena-hating here.

        • ItAin’tMe

          I’m not hating her. If this is her way of saying fu to the fashion authorities, I like the effort. Just would be more effective if she looked fierce in her wrongness.

          • Julie Ann

            I didn’t mean you particularly. I meant everyone. People are really seething about her who haven’t even seen her work. It seems like the worst of fashion commentary to me, and not in the spirit of TLo who are pretty much always fair to women even when they don’t care for the style they wear.

      • J.W.

        Right. And it’s really irritating, too. 🙂

  • Froggae

    I want to defend this look so bad, but for it to work the shirt has to be perfectly tailored.

  • Ann VerWiebe

    I defy anyone to wear a woven blouse with that waistband. It’s just too bunchy (and a breast pocket? really?). Even the model – if she sits down, the collar is up to her chin.

  • latina fey


    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      Mary Kay?

  • yayito83

    I hate this woman, i justa hate her and her posing, I dont know who she’s trying to fool (i haven’t wathched Girls, so all I know about her are from TLo posts)

  • WalkingNPR

    At what point in the evening did the Polichinelles run out from under her skirt and start dancing?

    That she tries so hard to appear not to care irritates me to no end.

  • Town

    And this person was put on the cover of Vogue?

    • Kate

      So was Kim K. And that tells that Vogue is the problem, not us.

  • Bonnie Blue

    The mad faces she’s pulling in the 3rd and last pix make her look like she’s going to cut someone. If this is her style, OK…own it! Stand up straight and proud, not slumped like you are ashamed of something. I only know her from this site, and she always looks like she’s embarrassed or uncomfortable. Own your style, girl!

  • ItAin’tMe

    Why doesn’t the ombre go dark to light as it does on the runway? The dark around her middle would’ve helped her.

  • Tina M.

    If ever there was a time to deploy the formalwear crop top, this was it. God knows she’d have dozens to choose from. I think for once she went in the right direction — pure impractical fun. But what is less fun than having to tuck in your shirt every time you raise your arms? I don’t even mind the hair. It’s been washed, it’s not incredibly frizzy, and it isn’t bargain bin extensions.

    PS: Your makeup is TERRRRRRRIBLE

    • somebody blonde

      Please tell me that was a reference to Alaska’s perfume commercial, because that’s how I read it and I cracked up!

  • guyfromhoboken

    I am totally on board with flipping the color order like on the model. With this new bleached out / awful hair color and her pale skin…all that light pink makes her look like a ghost. Awful color choice. Every time she wears something that is buttoned up to the neck, she looks like she is just a head wresting on shoulders. She needs a stylist or to fire the one she has.

  • Cheryl

    I like the skirt too, but would have preferred the ombre to have been reversed, dark at the waist, candy pink at the bottom. I’m a short, fat girl too, I get wanting to wear something frothy and big, even though we’re not supposed to, but a better top would have made all the difference in the world. Btw, I don’t hate the haircut, but I do really dislike the colour.

  • Dreamwr8tr

    She should have gone with a bandeau or a bustier or a U necked sleeveless body fitting top with a proper bra, not this office casual ill fitting button down shirt with cap sleeves. I like the idea of eyeliner on her, but the application and color doesn’t harmonize with the outfit she’s chosen, and she needs more color on her face because her blonde hair and that light pink washes her out.

  • KinoEye

    Literally banging my head against the back of the chair at that stupid, STUPID open mouth posing bullshit. You’d think I’d get over it, since she does it every damn time, but it’s just so infantile. Especially coming from a successful, 28-year old woman. When I first saw the dress, I thought “Oh, come on. Clearly this is a runway/editorial only dress.” But after finishing the post, yeah, it could MAYBE work for Lena with a different top. But the mushroom head and babyish posing set my teeth on edge. AGGGGHH

  • Imasewsure

    Shutting down the Worst Dressed List once and for all… Lena you are a WINNER!! And possibly a delusional psycho… but still a WINNER!!

  • rocketinu

    The top reminds me of pajamas.

  • 1carmelita

    What I do like: they switched the direction of the color fade so that the the light end is at the top. Her super blonde hair is the perfect last color, even the light pink top works in terms of color—sadly not in style. And, totally agree about the mushroom hair. Yikes.

  • HeisenbergHattie

    Fun? She looks stiff and uncomfortable. I’m not having fun looking at this. Her eye liner ALL the way around … makes me exasperated.

  • Linderella

    I love the second picture of her (3rd pic from top). It looks like she just caught sight of her reflection in a mirror and realized how awful she looks. Very, “Oh dear, what was I thinking?” I can’t decide if this ensemble makes me laugh or feel sad.

  • halo323

    The biggest problem I see here is that the skirt matches the red carpet at the bottom of the ombre, so paired with the mushroom hair, she looks… like a giant pink mushroom rising out of the carpet.

    I do love what I think she thought this was going to look like, though. It’s a train wreck that really could’ve been awesome! And look at that face she’s giving in the last pic– gorgeous!

  • Kat

    I just feel that she has absolutely no interest in dressing for her body. Which makes me incredibly ragey. She is talented and has lots of access, but instead, chooses not to highlight her features for whatever reason. Either she thinks she’s too good for it, has no clue, or is convinced there’s nothing out there for her shape (which is completely untrue). I agree that she could wear the skirt and wear it well (she has the personality for it), but she needs to be prepared to make alterations and style herself differently to make these looks work best for her. If not, why bother?

  • John11581

    The real crime here is that she’s wearing so many hours of painstakingly handcrafted couture and she can’t even respect the work that has gone into it by standing on the damn red carpet like an adult. Her slouching and ridiculous posturing and facial expressions turn everything she wears into an utter joke. At this stage of the game, I can’t believe there are still designers out there who are willing to allow her to wear their work. I wonder how she would like it if someone were to disrespect her art and her livelihood. For f’s sake, is a little self awareness too much to ask for?

  • StrandedFashionista

    I want to like this, I really do, but compared to the runway version this looks rather sad and lifeless.

  • Boulderista

    One wonders: does she feel good in this? she doesn’t look like it which is a shame because attitide can make up for a lot of unfortunate style choices (ie a bowling shirt paired with a crinoline).

  • She’s totally fucking with us, guys. She cannot be serious. I’ve admired her of late because I thought the last season of “Girls” was damn good. But I wish she would take her youthful vibe and interest in fashion and learn what does and DOESN’T look good on her. Just because it comes down a runway and it fits, doesn’t mean it flows well with your body. Oh, Lena. Come on.

  • DuBey2

    I’m again the oddball here: I love her hair & makeup. Disclaimer: I’m comparing it to the last time I saw her and I just think this (although, admittedly, the eyeliner should be softer) enhances her coloring and the shape of her head. Not all of us can wear pixie cuts or bedheads.
    However, I agree totally w/TLo about trying a different top (maybe a tightly fitting V-neck, which is flattering on those of us with short upper halves. More so than straight across bandeau or bustier?).
    Runway Look: I loved it when I 1st saw it, but even then had doubts that the bowling shirt(looks like cotton) could work IRL.

  • somebody blonde

    Here’s what I don’t understand. Why did she reverse the colors? The stronger red would’ve looked a lot better with her skin. I think the top could’ve worked if it weren’t wrinkling all over the place and she’d done something different with the sleeves (either lengthened them to the middle of her biceps or chopped them off altogether, is my thinking). Also, that strong red could’ve set off the horribly blonde hair a bit better, but man, you’re right about that. Also, I wonder if she thinks the faces she makes at the camera are funny or fashion-y. They look awful, but I have no idea why she does them.

  • Dhppy

    I feel like I have done something to deserve this. I don’t know what it is, but I am genuinely sorry.

  • ailujailuj

    Well, this is unfortunate, but if it’s gonna happen, and it did—and will, then let’s do it right. Turn the ombre run upside down (like the model) and have someone else do her makeup and I think it would be many shades better…

  • I think Lena’s just punking us now.

  • andi56

    The word “gross” was invented for her. No style, definitely no class, and infantile to boot.

  • Yoshio

    Judging from the last photo she did find her missing toilet paper roll and she is pulling it out. This falls into the category of “Cannot be unseen” and that seems to be what she specializes in fashion wise.

  • GorgeousThings

    Jesus where to begin? First I agree with you – the skirt can stay. But that shirt looks like a failing project from a first-year FIT student. The bust is too tight, the bust points are too high, the shoulders are too wide and that collar is a godawful mess. GV should FIRE whatever assistant designed that hot mess.

  • Tracy_Flick

    I sort of love the skirt. But the she couldn’t even press the blouse?!?!? It looks like she slept in it – which does not compliment the jammies-like design. And the Dorothy Hamill bowl cut – oy.

  • melanie0866

    It’s awful. Head to toe, unflattering and awful. Does she not have any friends? Who lets her leave the house looking like this?

  • jeaniemarie

    Everything above the waist is all wrong, the blouse looks cheap (it isn’t) and ill fitting plus her hair needs an edgy messy blowout or something.
    Does she have a stylist that actually likes her and wants the best for her?
    Lena Dunham please get some help.

  • JaCory Deon

    God this really hurts your eyes doesn’t it. She can’t pull any of this off (though I’m in the minority in that I like her hair). She looks like a little big girl playing dress up in uncle Frank’s drag wardrobe. Nope!

  • LibKat

    At least we can’t tell if she’s in the pee-pee pose.

    I’m so over her and her “ironic trolling” of the RC. If you hate it so much, stay home.

  • Peeve

    It’s like she aggressively tries to look bad. Hair, shirt, skirt, makeup, the fungus on her arm she calls a tattoo: all bad.

    (Plus, you just KNOW she’s standing in her “I’ve got to pee” pose underneath all that tulle!)

  • pamplemousse

    Agree on the bustier top, I think I’d actually like it with that change. I enjoy the hair color, but the cut is just…yeah. no.

  • she forget to change out of the top half of her waitress uniform after her shift.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I think, by this point, she is looking for the worst possible choices just because she can. Like, performance art. Or she’s making fun of all of us for ever thinking she could or would make a serious fashion choice. Ha ha ha, I’m wearing Doris day’s farty shirt from The Pajama Game with Shirley Temple’s skirt from Baby Take a Bow and then Martin Short’s Jackie Rogers Jr. hair! It will be so funny to see people’s faces when I show up in THIS!

  • LeelaST

    The only thing I like about this is the head, makeup, hair color and cut.

  • TinaBelchersawkwardmoan

    I just really want her to throw her shoulders back. Please, stand up straight, woman! Also, the top isn’t working, but the skirt looks like it would be a lot of fun to play around with.

  • l v

    I can’t with her. I just can’t.

  • Qitkat

    I didn’t see this last night, and thus was unprepared for the shock. This kitten gave a muthaeffing Gay Gasp.
    Ooooooooof! Even if she is totally punking us, if a stylist was involved, I wouldn’t want my name to get out if I were her/him.

  • GeoDiva

    Ugh…. She is not Sharon Stone who can wear a shirt with a designer skirt! This is bad, really bad. Plus no one under 7 should have a bowl cut!

  • CJ Guziewicz

    I’m tired of her fashion “risks”. She’s usually way off the mark, like the choice she made last night.

  • snarkykitten

    I have so much irrational hate for her. Hisssss

  • bessann28

    Oh Jesus Christ.

  • Edward Thomas-Herrera


  • Dagney

    I am questioning my faith in god.

  • bowlwoman

    It looks like she bought that skirt in a store. *crickets* Firefly reference? Anyone? Ok, just me.

  • hammerhead_99

    Looks like she’s scratching her butt in the last pic.

  • Akemi

    I really love that skirt, but literally everything above that is atrocious.

  • frannyprof

    With different hair and the right belt/top combo, this could have been fab. But it’s just sad…

  • Indigo54

    Her facial expression is like, “Well, I tried.” ‘Scuse me y’all. I need to have a private conversation with poor Lena. Listen up girlfriend, if you’re gonna wear a ruffled circus tent with a work in the garden shirt that you pulled out of the dryer and threw on then you need to give serious attitude on the runway. Come on, give ’em some, “Yeah, this is what I’m wearing. Ya wanna make something of it?!” face. Woulda made a world of difference.

  • elirt

    Hideous. She’s trolling us, right?

  • She looks like a toddler who got into the dressing up box. But worse… And I wish she would make some better choices, because she could be such an inspiration to the short and dumpy such as myself.

  • Pound of Salt

    I predict Lena will get this out of her system and will start looking fantastic in her 30s.

  • rage_on_the_page

    What is with the FACES she makes? Jesus.

  • heartbot

    Stand up straight!

  • kat89

    Even a tank top could work with that skirt, but the blouse has to go. I just love that she mocks the insanity of the red carpet by wearing things that no stylist in his/her right mind would put on her. You can always depend on her to show up in something that makes the Fashion Police scratch their collective heads and wonder what she was thinking.

  • paintedfish

    oh, i just give up on this girl.

  • catsonmars28

    The first thing that popped into my mind when I saw this look was that she was trying to copy the fluffy pink dress Kaylee wore on Firefly (I think the episode was called Shindig?).

  • stonecoldcuddlewhore

    too much skirt for her, even if she’s just having fun and it’s an over the top look. she needs the petite version. it’s swallowing her up…kind of like an attack from a giant muppet. I kind of like her weird hair. It’s the bad makeup that bugs me, head wise.

  • Brian G. Cox

    Ms. Kaywinnet Lee Frye and escort!


  • Clydette Wantland

    What is WRONG with this girl? She’s funny and talented but she can’t dress for shit.

  • rhône

    i hate to be a bitch, but i laughed the second i read “lena dunham…giambattista valli couture” and laughed harder when i saw the pictures. i’m kind of biased because i hate her politics and her show so much, but this is a literal joke.

  • Kimberlini

    Just when I thought it couldn’t get worse. Jeez, quirky doesn’t have to mean ugly and unattractive. Now I’m truly afraid of the bottom.

  • yethica

    I hate her and her self-satisfied, faux-sexy hipster bad fashion choices. I hate her even more for ruining this skirt.

  • Jennifer Bober

    She is much too short-waisted to wear this skirt as is. She needed to wear something more form fitting on top, preferably OVER the skirt to tone it down at the hips. That is WAY too much volume over her hips and it completely truncates her form, making her look like someone squished the Barbie body down too far into the cake.

    Yes, she could have worn it, but the styling choices are all wrong.

    Let’s not even think about that hair and makeup.

  • Call me Bee

    I think this is a big FU to all the fashion police out there.

  • Joanne Abrams

    I wonder if 30 years from now, she will look back at this crazy outfit and wonder what the hell was I thinking?

    • wontons

      If so, I hope she gets a good laugh out of it, ’cause that’s the only redemption this look could have.

      • Joanne Abrams

        Love your comment!

  • SamE

    This whole look is an epic, third act of Hamlet tragedy.

  • DeTrop

    She has got to know she looks terrible. This is yet another attention getter. What chutzpah to go out in public at such a venue looking like a fool. What’s with that hair? She’s so pretty as a brunette. Travesty!

  • dschubba

    Please seek professional help.

  • Synnamin

    I’m pretty sure she’s just fucking with us now

  • MaggieMae

    What a goofball.

  • Melanie

    um WHAT is with…her face? that EYELINER??

  • SierraDelta

    Surely no self-respecting makeup artist would want her name associated with this. . .

  • chelseaad

    Love this skirt and she could totally rock it if a. she wore a different top b. she did something ANYTHING but that with her hair and c. she didn’t have a quickie in the limo on the way over.

  • Trickytrisha

    Proof positive that she’s trolling us and has been for ages.

  • guyfromhoboken

    This whole “I’m a hipster and I am not going to dress pretty like all the other women here!” thing has got to go. Send this dress back to Williamsburg and send Lena to a real stylist.

  • minnye

    I’m sort of thinking this is performance art/ activism of a sort; she’s demonstrating the unreasonable images that the fashion consumer machine is holding like a carrot in front of the “average” woman, who will never measure up and tries to suppress her disappointment with the acquisition of more and more stuff, which of course does nothing to address the root cause of her pain.

    Or maybe not, in which case GOOD LORD WOMAN.

  • Tricia Rose

    All I see in the close up of her face is Stuart from ‘Mad TV’ “Look what I can do!”

  • countervail

    It’s like an episode of Alice where a blond Liza Minelli covers for Flo but can only find the bottom of a costume she wore at Mardi Gras for a skirt. “Early to bed… early to rise…”

  • Glammie

    I like the idea of the skirt, but I wish there were a bit less of it. And, yes, different top–She’s broad-shouldered and short necked, so I’m thinking more of a halter with a deep vee. Then some sort of lift to the hair–not a fan of the platinum, but she’s young and experimenting. So maybe something a bit like what Anne Hathaway did at the punk Met ball.

    On the other hand, loved the descriptive writing her outfit brought out in you guys, so it’s worth it. It is totally Barbie.

    • wontons

      She looks great in halter tops, as I recall. And oy, the bob–not her friend. More of a tousled-hair look, maybe?

      • Glammie

        Yes, tousled and less monochromatic. I’ve seen her look good in three kinds of necklines–halter with a vee; off-the-shoulder with a bit of a plunge and a high, somewhat dramatic collar. What she doesn’t do well and keeps wearing are little twee collars like the one she’s wearing here. She should take advantage of not being heavily endowed and go for all those looks that are a pain with a bra. I also think she’d look great in mod a-line dresses–she’s relatively long-legged and she has the big eyes that work with large prints.

        It’s funny, she has such a strong personal sensibility, but the personal style is just absent.

    • minnye

      Re the hair, she could totally pull off Mia Farrow/ Rosemary’s Baby.

  • Susan Carson

    I love the skirt and top on the model, in that color way. The pale pink shirt on Miss Dunham looks a bit too small and is riding up — which is a problem solved by sticking your shirt tails in your panty hose / spanx or whatever to keep the shirt in place. so maybe a differently cut and tailored shirt with proper darts and a bit longer sleeve might have worked. Plus a darker shade next to her face. i don’t think a bustier is the answer though.

    the head wrap would make her look like she had the mumps, so no glad she didn’t do that part of the runway look.

  • I love your stance on the skirt, because I cannot hate on anyone who wants to wear something that fun. I agree that she should have gone with something different on the top, something cropped, close to the body, and open at the neck sounds perfect. That is Not Her Hair. It is Sia’s hair.

  • wontons

    Oh, honey. I love you, I stick up for you against the haters, but oh…

    If you’re gonna do this, stand up straight. Give some good face. Get some tailoring. Maybe consider the original color scheme, with color near the face, and not the one where your dress is soaking up the blood of the carpet?

    Own the damn look, don’t let it overwhelm you.

    I can probably even get used to the ’70s-Scandinavian-swinger-dude hair if I must, but seriously, you gotta try a little harder, even if you what you’re trying is to look like you’re not trying.

  • CKMia


  • PinkyK

    She always seems frumpy; in everything. I can’t quite pinpoint why…. Maybe she should wear more structured looks? I dunno…

  • Esz

    I can’t with the faces. She’s such a dick! Really!

  • LFH

    Sorry to be mean, but she needs a skinnier waist to pull off such a poofy skirt. Period. Agreed a bandeau or bustier would have emphasized a waist too.

  • dash1211

    Stand up straight, girl! The whole ensemble looks as if she’s wearing it as a joke. Do you suppose she cringed when she saw these photographs? Alas, I fear not.

  • Ashleigh

    She seems to be making fun of the fact that she’s wearing this…and that upsets me.

  • Ann Jillian?

    • MilaXX

      What was that waitress show she had? It’s exactly Ann Jillian.

  • Man Dala

    Since you have made reference to the Barbie cake: “Lena Dunham looks exactly like that cake if that cake was left outside, melted in the rain and was later picked at by rabies-infested squirrels who only took a few bites of it, because its frosting went bad. I guess if bitch gets the munchies during the show, she can nibble on herself” — from Dlisted. Never better put.

  • Tom Markiewicz

    I even think a subtle beaded/sequined tank in a white gold could have been good.

  • Nick Pilgrim

    All Lena needs is to roll around on the carpet for the photographers and pretend she is a rum trifle.

  • musi_

    Lena’s open-mouthed poses and fierce stares down into the camera – i feel like this is all genuine, yet most people scream, LENA DOESN’T CARE ABOUT FASHION etc… but I think she clearly does.

  • gracedarling

    She’s fucking with us with that eye make-up, right?

    This skirt is so totally not for grown women, but if she wants to wear it, an oxblood halter is the way to go. And slicked-back hair. Play off those tattoos as a bit punk and not so completely twee.

  • Columbinia

    An ill-fitting blouse never works.

  • GemFemme

    Her pose in the last picture makes it seem like she’s picking a wedgie out of her butt. It wouldn’t surprise me if she was.

  • lynnlee

    You’d think one of her friends would gently talk her into something a tiny bit more flattering. And then go punch whoever did her make-up. I’n not sure she isn’t trolling. With all those goofy faces and poses, she looks like she’s making fun of the whole thing.

  • anotherkate

    She looks drunk, and like she was drunk when she picked this out. The skirt is actually a delight, but why on Earth pair it with a wrinkled buttondown? In what world does that work? The makeup does her no favors, nor does the hairstyle/color. I want to believe she is capable of better than this; it’s not because she lacks any inherent prettiness. I fear it’s instead the arrogance of a smart girl who feels she’s “above” looking truly put together, and thinks that somehow the power of her voice/presence/wit is enough. But of course it isn’t; and not because she’s “daring” to do something subversive, but instead because she does not appear to respect her fans enough to even bother putting in a modicum of effort. It’s like she wants to be looked at (anyone who wears such an attention-seeking skirt WANTS to be looked at) and even appreciated, but doesn’t feel she has to do the same work as anyone else who is bothering to wear high fashion on a red carpet. It is lazy as fuck, and I don’t like it.

  • Jecca2244

    anyone see Siriano’s instagram today? shade….

  • ohbear1957

    Now we know how Honey Boo Boo will look in the year 2030.

  • Pterodactyl111

    Wow, that’s maybe the worst outfit I’ve seen in quite some time.

  • quiltrx

    The pajama top just kind of ruins everything…on the RC look anyway, it’s so waddy and bunchy. I think the ombre going the other direction looks better, too.
    And that head is bad news bears.

  • Michelle Lim

    Lena oh Lena, you’re smart and incredibly funny. PLEASE for the love of god, stop being such a fashion victim and dress to flatter your lovely self. You’ll thank us when you look back at these pictures years later.

  • Kelly

    Is this an homage to Tina Yothers’s super-painful Emmy outfit of 1986? (google it). At least Tina didn’t make desperate faces.

    • MilaXX

      She’s trying to give face. I’m fairly certain of it becaue when she wore that horrible yellow dress a year or so back, I recall her being interviewed about her her designer friends had shown her to pose. She just can’t do the really model’y poses and every time she tries she looks a little daft.

  • yethica

    My boyfriend’s comment: what is going on here? My sentiments exactly.

  • livesarah

    Her attempts at the dead-eyed stare just make her look lobotomised. The worst.

    I hate the skirt, but the top could suit her if she went for something suitably butch on the lower half. I don’t feel like she has yet found anything that suits her very well, hair-wise or fashion-wise… That mushroom cut is certainly ill-advised.

  • demidaemon

    This was much nicer criticism than I thought it would be. However, everything about it is hideous, but especially her hair and that top.

  • Tracie Rivera

    Some one should fire her stylist….unless of course she wants to be on the worst dressed list at every event as some kind of statement.

  • ktr33

    A fitted pale pink tank would rescue the look from the neck down. But the head the head.

  • Mothra

    I bet that thing isn’t flame retardant.

  • H2olovngrl

    Do her friends all hate her or do they fear her?

  • largishbearishAtlish

    When will her show or whatever is making her “famous” stop happening so she will simply just Go.Away? please?

  • pattie capet

    Insane in the membrane.

  • Yuju Ti

    I wish she wore the runway version. This dress looks lighter when the pink part is at the bottom.

  • Corsetmaker

    I love the skirt… but to make a skirt like that work you need waist definition. On the model the deep belt is enough, on a more regular sized woman you need a bit more. It’s like the effect you get when people throw a period frock on at a photobooth without a corset under it. You look like an overstuffed sofa. There has to be hard, firm lines to counter the fluff!

  • yllas

    That shirt is just awful, it’s pulling up. That’s what annoys me the most, that shirt. What is with that thing at all, it looks straight from the 60’s, part of the Jacqueline Smith sportswear collection at K-Mart, cotton/polyester, $12 full price. (I actually like woven fabric shirts for summer, not knits – it’s very hard to find little cotton sleeveless or short sleeved blouses EXCEPT at K-Mart.) So short waisted! and shirt pulling up….no, this is pretty bad all around.

  • Scoobydrew

    I think she goes out looking bad on purpose, for the attention, because the only bad publicity is no publicity. However i am biased as I really can’t stand her.

  • Wut.