Lena Dunham In Giambattista Valli Couture – 2014 Emmy Awards

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Lena Dunham made a grand entrance at the 2014 Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California on Monday (August 25).

Forgive my sensory overload, but where to even begin?

The ‘Girls’ star gave a whole new meaning to the word ‘bold’ in her daring Giambattista Valli Fall 2014 Couture finale number that featured a baby-pink blouse with a Peter Pan collar paired with a ballgown skirt… and what a skirt it was.

The voluminous piece was an extravaganza of layered tulle tiers, creating a pink-to-red ombre effect that ran reverse of the runway colours, making it perhaps even more reminiscent of fluffy cotton-candy.

Fred Leighton jewels may have been lost in the sea of froth and frou-frou, but Lena’s new beauty look carved out its own statement. Her white-platinum bob is an edgy new direction for her, but she could have done with less makeup as her dark kohl-outlined eye and red lip were too heavy here.

This is an Emmys ensemble that will be remembered for years to come—for better or worse. What do you make of it?


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  • Yesaya

    what is this? an homage to Strawberry Shortcake?!

  • Carrie

    I’m so confused by this. Is this real? Why?

  • Karen

    Worst Look of the Week By Far! First, I cannot get over that Andy Warhol hair! So unflattering! The cut of the sleeves are unflattering, the shirt tucked in the skirt looks frumpy and the skirt is too long and too much for her frame.

  • An

    Here’s someone who enjoys upsetting fashion lovers because she knows she has no dress sense, so why even try?

    I actually smiled when I saw this picture. You come to expect this of her.

    As far as her profession is concerned, I can’t comment on her talent, yet I find it funny people defend her, you can’t deny she’s an exhibitionist who loves to take her top off on TV!

  • SilentVisitor

    I think this is hideous. The problem is the shirt; The shirt is completely wrong for her. The skirt should have been much lower down the waist and more fitted and the train less long or the skirt itself less voluminous. GV and her stylist failed her……..

  • kevinappears

    Thanks for entertaining, I lmao!!

  • liz

    How can I adblock her from this site?

  • Marko_M

    Go Lena!! (that’s all I’m gonna say)

  • Lynn

    I’m so upset! I absolutely loved this gown when it was first shown.. I really hope someone wears it again and shows it for the fantastic piece of fashion it is! (unlikely after this though)

  • Zissou

    I am having the EXACT same facial expression as Lena!

  • Katey

    For the first time when i saw her in this dress my first reaction was: WTF? O.O But I saw other pictures of her on other sites with normal face and with better pose and I have to say I just started kinda like her look. I Love the ombre on the skirt and the matching red lip.

  • Marcel

    She is doing perfectly her thing : looking ridiculous. Not a surprise, at all.

  • First of all I prefer the runway version. The light pink shirt doesn’t convince me and Lena’s is so wrinkled that it seems that it hasn’t been ironed.
    I prefer the colors of the runway version, red on the upper part and pink at the end .
    Said that… the make-up, the posture… why?!?!

  • Jai

    Haha, people take fashion so seriously sometimes. At least she went all out and it gives us something to write about. Good on her!

  • Sanya

    I really dislike this outfit. I wish I could see ithis as some sort of a comedy on the red carpet, but nothing really works for me her. Another WDOTY candidate this week (after Tayler Swift at VMA).

  • Larissa

    Her stylist needs to be fired immediately. Why in the world he let her leave the house in this conditions? Dress aside, everything else is completely wrong for her, hair, makeup (lack of) posture and general attitude. If you choose to make a grand entrance in a controversial dress at least own it and try to sell it.

  • Dhppy

    Is it something we did? Is she lashing out?

  • jenny

    My heart goes out to both lena and the designer.
    After this massive disaster,how is Giambattista Valli ever going to sell another piece from this couture collection?
    I am most curious what Anna wintour thinks of this, after all she was on the cover of vogue after Anna’s pursuit.

  • Yeliz

    Top WDOTY contender.

  • Hauteness

    She’s a clown. That posture, the makeup…if you think it’s such a big joke then just stay home and spare us from these antics.

  • Fiona – Perth

    Is she joking? I can’t believe she is really serious about choosing a gown like this, so it must be for making a statement … a bad one, I concede but otherwise it is just ridiculous. If she is serious then it is insulting to the designer and everyone close to her is obviously so keen to suck up to her that they tell her she looks good in anything rather than be truthful.
    This whole look is a tragedy and she looks bizarre, even by her standards.

  • pinksugar

    I fell in love with this on the runway and pictured someone like Zoe Saldana or SJP wearing it and then it somehow ended up on Lena. I will never understand who’s bright idea it is to stick her curvaceous body in layers and layers of fabric that only make her appear bigger than what she really is. Also, the blonde hair is horrible.

    • Alina

      “I fell in love with this on the runway and pictured someone like Zoe Saldana or SJP wearing it and then it somehow ended up on Lena.”

      +1. I hate her stylist for ruining this dress for me.

  • Renata

    What the hell. I mean, why. Why would she wear this. It’s just so unflattering, EVERYTHING looks bad, the hair, the makeup, I don’t even know what to say. I don’t know at this point if she does it for the attention or if she really have no friends to tell her that this is a mess.

  • valissa

    I think people need to stop with the personal insults about Lena. She’s a wonderfully talented and grounded individual who is confident about the way she looks. She’s a breath of fresh air amongst the thin and vain Hollywood crowd.
    With that said (and focusing on the fashion ONLY) I rhink her stylist and Giambattista Valli failed her here. GV should have sent her something more suited to her personality and her stylist should have ensured the fit was right! It’s gorgeous on the runway and sadly didn’t translate well on the red carpet.

    • the ogre

      I totally agree with you on this one. There’s too much negativity here. Someone has also compared her to Kim Kardashian. I get it was fashion-wise but even then she can’t be talked about in the same sentence as Kim Kardashian. It’s absolutely ridiculous. I am just sorry she wore this to the Emmys. And that’s about it.

    • liz

      “She’s a wonderfully talented and grounded individual who is confident about the way she looks. She’s a breath of fresh air amongst the thin and vain Hollywood crowd.”

      Sorry, I think you’re mistaking her with Mindy Kaling, who’s gorgeous and has a bold fashion taste and the confidence to pull it off.

    • SilentVisitor

      You should take your own advice which I agree with by the way. Although I have read only one personal attack so far. Supporting Lena doesn’t mean YOU should insult or put down all those THIN……..

  • Kimma

    Designers must cringe when they hear she is wearing one of their creations. It’s like she deliberately ruins any and all ensembles with the slouch and the slacker expression. With a smoother fit on top and better posture she could totally of pulled this off. I feel she is uncomfortable with herself and would rather be the joke than risk actually trying and getting negative feedback.

  • sophie

    I like the skirt on Lena but not the top or the heavy makeup. I prefer Lena in her natural brown hair and with natural, rose makeup.

  • Sara

    I actually love the skirt.. it could’ve been amazing. The top looks like she pulled it out the back of her wardrobe when she couldn’t find anything else to wear and her posture is just a mess 🙁 what a waste

  • Regina

    I prefer Kim Kardashian over her. Seriously, she is the total mess.

  • Rachel W.

    Unflattering photo of her. She looks pretty great here:

    • liz

      Nope. Still horrid.

  • Pedro

    Fantastic outfit wasted on Lena.

    That’s sad

  • Dil

    On somebody else it might have worked..on her..a big …BIG!

  • easyBlake

    wow. just wow. This is . . . sooo far from good. Everything already mentioned might’ve helped, because this is just so so so bad.

  • Dulcima

    Awful, awful, awful.

  • dea

    Out of all the gowns, hits and misses tonight, this one for sure made me react the most. If that was her goal- she succeeded.
    I simply have to comment again.
    She looks high and like she really doesn’t want to be there. Or anywhere near people.
    First of all, that girl should never wear pink. It looks terrible on her.
    Had she worn a more fitted and simple top with a skirt of a cobalt blue to black ombre (or some other rich jewel hue) and a completely different haircut with slightly darker hair color, this might have been saved. Ofc her posture needs to be different too, as well as that DIY-gone-wrong makeup.
    I remember her in both Zac Posen gowns (while not the best- still better than this) and that pretty black lace Prada gown… she can look normal and beautiful and not like a spoiled brat.

  • Nat

    I am obsessed with this Giambattista Collection and loved this dress when I saw on the catwalk. With that being said she completely ruined this dress to me. Everything is wrong. Nothing would save this look.

    • Jessica

      I agree with you completely. I think that this could have been translated way better on the red carpet. I loved the collection on the runway but Lena doesn’t do it justice. Firstly, that hair. Secondly, her posture, she should be taking notes from her colleague Allison Williams. I wish she would have put more effort into the look, she could have done a better job with it.

    • Larissa

      Same here. This collection was simply amazing and I couldn’t wait to see it on the red carpet. I was definitely not expecting such a beautiful dress to be ruined so badly, it’s such a waste.

  • Cate

    My eyes are bleeding! What’s this disgrace? She couldn’t even iron her shirt?!?!

  • CTgirl

    She always looks like a lumpy sack of potatoes. Her pose makes her look totally devoid of any sense or reason. A total disaster.

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  • Kristin

    I think this is so much fun, but at the same time I find this outfit ridiculous. I just can’t help but to love her! Wish she could at least put her hands on her hips or something. She’s in serious need of a pose coach.

  • Marybeth

    Perhaps if she would stop slouching and stand up straight, perhaps if she would smile, perhaps then it wouldn’t be quite so terrifying.

  • Nat39

    A bold gown like this requires an exceptional poise and presence to pull it off. Lena should’ve left it alone, she makes it look comical.

  • My corneas hurt. I never think it could get worse for Lena, but this is just unsightly. I’m bored to death with the platinum trend and it is doing Lena no favors; or the haircut and makeup. Hopeless fail.

  • Olivia

    If the top was better fitted this wouldn’t have been nearly as bad.

    • SilentVisitor

      I agree that the top is one of the main problem. The skirt is too high on her waist

      • Camille

        That and her ridiculously bad posture, hunching over never does any gown a favor. And the icing on this froo froo cake is the post lobotomy expression on her face.

    • amy

      agree. I like the fact that she wears what she wants but this is a mess. the wrinkled shirt is killing me. That massive skirt needed a good top

  • Meme

    She looks ridiculous, as she should because she is a no talent poser.

  • julyol1972

    Good lord, she looks like an insane muppet on a bender!

    Who the hell was the intern that thought putting Lena and her blond Beatles haircut, in yards of cotton candy pink tulle was a good idea? He or she needs to be fired.

    I CANT!!!!!!!!!

  • Kate

    I definitely prefer the runway version over Lena’s. I really dislike her makeup here…. the hair I could maybe get on board with.

  • Christine

    My number one pick for WDOTY so far. The struggle is real.

  • dea

    I can’t even… Reminds me of Bjork’s swan dress. Except this time it sickly pink and worn by someone with a monk’s haircut. I think I puked a little.

  • Alex

    Here’s what I said on Twitter: I swear Lena Dunham’s #Emmys2014 dress is a life size replica of a toilet roll holder my grandparents used to have.

  • Ari

    I loved it!

    • Meme

      You crazy

  • Christine



    • Anj

      Totally agree! My first reaction was oh g-d no! Judging by Lena’s facial expression, she agrees too.

    • Regina

      Hahaha, I agree with the sentiment, Christine. Beautifully expressed too. she looks like a clown. I think she’s trying to tell us that she’s way too cool to take the Emmys seriously. She could have achieved this by not attending at all!

      • Vail

        That was my hope, that she was being ironic. The waistband makes it look like those silly tutus you learn to make on YouTube! But she might have missed off a designer if they thought it’d look better.
        But really, it’s like asking Roseanne to sing the National Anthem. 🙂

    • Vail

      That was my hope, that she was being ironic. The waistband makes it look like those silly tutus you learn to make on YouTube! But she might have missed off a designer if they thought it’d look better.
      But really, it’s like asking Roseanne to sing the National Anthem. 🙂

      Looking at the runway photo, that reminds me a bit of Gwen Stefani’s wedding dress. I tried to like it but just never could.

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