Say Hello to My Little Friends: The 2012 Emmy Fashion Roundup

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Say Hello to My Little Friends: The 2012 Emmy Fashion Roundup

By Cindy Davis | Seriously Random Lists | September 24, 2012 | Comments ()


Never mind who won the awards, let's talk fashion!

We're Back on the Market and You Will Take Notice:

Winner of the Best Cleavage Award: Amy Poehler in Stella McCartney


Seal Who? Heidi Klum in Alexandre Vauthier


I Like You, But Not Quite Enough for Best Dress:

Stunning, Even Though You Could See Her Undies. Julianne Moore in Dior Couture


Sofia I-Always-Look-Hot-Vergara in Zuhair Murad


Looking a Little Washed Out, But Still Super Pretty. Elizabeth Moss in Dolce & Gabbana


Emily "Stealth Boobs" Vancamp in J. Mendel. (I Keep Imagining This in Magenta.)


Kerry Washington in Vivienne Westwood. Stand Up Straight, You Look Gorgeous!


You Win a Big, Fat, "Meh":

Hayden Panttiere in Marchesa. Too Mature.


Zooey Deschanel in Reem Acra. Can We Be Done with Her Quirkiness Now?


You're Trying Just a Little Too Hard with the Edgy Thing; January Jones in Zac Posen.


There's Nothing Really Wrong Here, But...Julie Bowen in Monique Lhuillier.


Bangin' Bod: Edie Falco in Stella McCartney.


Wrong Color: Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Vera Wang.


Gets Her Own Category Because She's Jessica Mothereffin' Lange:

Jessica Lange in J. Mendel.


If Only Something Were Different:

The Hair. Connie Britton in Andrew Gn.


The Fit. Lena Dunham in Prada.


The White. If Only This Had Been All in the Blue...Nicole Kidman in Antonio Berardi.


The Color. (But Yes, You Did Get Us All to Look At Your Beautiful Face.) Christina Hendricks in Christian Siriano.


The Make-Up. Where Is It? Anna Gunn in Chopard.


The Shape. This Color Was So Good on You, But...Claire Danes in Lanvin.


What Were You Thinking?

No, No, and No. Ginnifer Goodwin in Monique Lhuillier.


Curtains? Bedspread? Tablecloth? Julianna Margulies in Giambattista Valli.


No Wonder Shoshanna Was a Virgin. Zosia Mamet in Bihbu Mahopatra.


I Do Not Understand. Martha Plimpton in Christian Siriano.


Um. Ellen Degeneres, and Portia De Rossi in a Maison Valentino Jumpsuit.


There Are No Words. Ashley Judd in Carolina Herrera.


A Mixed Bag-O-Boys-to-Men:

The Golden Boy. Aaron Paul (and fiancee Lauren Parsekian).


Does It Even Matter What He Wears? Jon Hamm (and Jennifer Westfeldt).


Lookin' Good. Bryan Cranston.


Need Better Shoes. Peter Dinklage (and Erica Schmidt).


Icky Bow Tie. Jesse Tyler Ferguson.


Clean Living Suits You, Alec Baldwin (and Hilaria Thomas).


The Golden Couple: Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson.


Er, Nice Shoelaces? Michael C. Hall (and Morgan Macgregor).


Bachelor Party Attendee, Kevin Costner (with Christine Baumgartner).


Somehow, This Looked Better on Television:

Morena Baccarin in Basil Soda.


Leslie Mann in Naeem Khan.


Recipients of the "Why You Want to Look So Sad?" Award:

Wrinkly. Michelle Dockery in Louis Vuitton.


YOU NEED COLOR. Kristen Wiig in Balenciaga.


Funereal. Melissa McCarthy in a Dress Co-designed by Herself and Daniele Kurrle (and Ben Falcone).


I Don't Get It. Emilia Clarke in Chanel.


Best Dresses:

Stunning! Lucy Liu in Versace.


This Is How to Do Boobs, Christina Hendricks. Kat Dennings in J. Mendel.


Simple. Clean. Beautiful. Jessica Pare in Jason Wu.


Interesting and Different. Lily Rabe in Tadashi Shoji.


The More I Saw It, The Better I Liked It. Tina Fey in Vivienne Westwood.


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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • TheOriginalMRod

    Every time I see someone wearing drapery (Julianna Margulies) it reminds me of the Carol Burnett skit "Went with the wind".

  • beartato

    God, what a coincidence that most of the above-size-4 actresses end up in the poorly dressed category. Why, it's almost like it might be hard to find something well-fitting in the evening dress style when one is large! Ha, or maybe they all just have terrible fashion sense. Yeah, that's probably it. If Lena Durham had just worn Julie Bowen or Heidi Klum's dress, she'd have been on all the best dressed lists, I'm sure.

  • Strand

    If I was an actress and had dozens, if not hundreds of fashion critics scrutinising every shoulder strap and stitch, I think I'd blow my brains out over the pressure.

    That said... Lucy Liu, holy shit. No bloody way she's 43 and been in the business that long yet still looking so good.

  • winged chorus

    I LOVE the mustard colour of Danes' dress and think it suits her well. The cut's good too. And Morena Baccarin is still, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful people alive (granted I haven't seen all 6 billion of em).

  • Even Stevens

    Ok Alec Baldwin's date officially gets my vote for best dress (I don't remember seeing her last night), but then again I love all things purple and sparkly, so that's right up my alley.

  • The problem with Julie Bowen's is that IT IS NOT HER COLOR.

    I work retail, and that color was eeeeverywhere this summer. And every time we'd have hordes of pale blondes just like her coming by trying to work that color and it just WON'T. WORK. It doesn't. It washes out pale skin and makes her look sickly.

    Same with Julianne Moore. It just doesn't work at all. Picture those dresses in blues or reds and they'd be gorgeous. But that sickly neon yellow is just completely wrong.

    Anyone remember that body suit the psychiatrists or whatever had to wear on The Cell? The ones that look like muscle tissues? That's what Julia Louis-Dreyfus' dress looks like. Like muscle. And it's gross.

  • Phoeler, Baccarin and Dennings win. The others look ridiculous for the most part. This whole thing just kind of baffles me. But I guess that's because I'm a tshirt and jeans person.

  • I thought this post was going to be with failed fashion and funny. Usually I can see a picture from one of these and go "oh yes, that is unfortunate!" In this case there was just a parade of mostly well dressed women. And this is the reason I've never seen one minute of that fashion show with Heidi Klum y'all love so much.

  • John G.

    Michael C. Hall is wearing the shoelaces of a serial killer.

  • Slash

    And I actually like the color of Moore's dress, but the style - ech. It looks like a tablecloth wrapped around a leotard.

  • Slash

    I actually think Christina's dress is very beautiful; it could be a tad darker, but other than that, it's lovely and so is she. I'm not crazy about Liu's dress, but she looks like a million bucks.


  • AudioSuede

    Um, isn't Christina Hendricks how you do boobs, Christina Hendricks?

  • Jezzer

    Julianna Margulies "saw it in the window, and just couldn't resist it."

  • e jerry powell

    I've had my say elsewhere, but I still have bitchy left to burn, so...

    Danes and Moore (and baby Danes, Kaley Cuoco): Electric Urine Yellow. Enough said. Oh, and Danes is proof that resort collection pieces should be kept as far from the red carpet as is humanly possible.

    Basil Soda? Really?

    Lucy Liu in Donatella Chain Mail. Very Game of Thrones on acid, no?

    Oh, one I haven't ripped yet: Melissa McCarthy. VERY angry Italian Mother of the Bride. Evil-eye-on-the-no-good-groom. She's already dressed for the son-of-a-bitch's funeral, no?

    Zosia Mamet... looks more like her mother than her father. That's a good thing, because that dress would look even worse on David Mamet than Lindsay Crouse.

    Nicky Kidman: well... *eyeroll* the dress is standing there on its own. Botox is holding up the rest.

    Julie Bowen: Electric Urine Yellow meets my ophthalmologist's retinal angiogram dye.

    Hayden Panettiere : Girl, you are NOT Stacy Kiebler. Give that Amazon her dress back.

  • Amanda H.

    It's kinda necessary that Julianne Moore shows her brassiere. If you look at that Dior dress during its runway show, the top is totally sheer and it's ALL TITTY.

  • I don't know, I think Claire Danes' dress did exactly what it was supposed to - hide the baby bump. Hated the color, though...

    Also, Connie Britton, what the hell where you thinking when you cut your hair? I would've KILLED to have that hair.

  • Blake

    Lucy Lui = GORGEOUSI Easily won the night.

    I though Lena Dunham looked terrific mostly because she was unrecognizable from her Girls persona...

    BUT Jane Levy blew my mind... She is my new favorite redhead.

  • This was my FAVORITE. Everything about that look is flawless. I covet a dress that looks exactly like that.

  • Shonda

    Julie Bowen is looking very Madonna-ish and that is not a compliment.

  • ZombieNurse

    I refuse to acknowledge Tom Hank's mustache. As far as I'm concerned, he has no upper lip.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    But wouldn't that-- I mean, wouldn't that be worse?

  • BWeaves

    When did Julie Bowen get shoulder implants?

    Lucy Lui's dress is amazing.

    Christina Hendricks looked beautiful, but the dress needed to be a jewel tone.

    Kat Dennings dress was AWFUL around her waist. I guess ya'll were distracted by her boobies.

  • I thought I saw Lucy Liu in the audience. Damn. Why weren't there close-ups of her during the night?

  • L.O.V.E.

    Best Dressed:
    5. Edie Falco
    4. Leslie Mann
    3. Hayden Panattiere
    2. Sofia Vergara
    1. Lucy Liu

  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson wore that bow tie for a reason. Yes, aesthetically it is meh, but check out the explaination:

  • Arran

    I'm not sure "healthy living" DOES suit Alec. He's two skipped meals away from looking emaciated.

  • There must be a missprint on that Ashley Judd image. There's no way Caroline Herrera designed that dress. Surely that was Herrera's 13 year old niece's dress that she sewed at home for her junior high formal?

  • kirbyjay

    I think we found her missing son.

  • Puddin

    That's not a dress, that's a cry for help.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Kevin, you're a grown goddamn man and you're not too good for the Emmys. WEAR A FUCKING TIE!

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Or at least button up that shirt. I hate ties, but I wouldn't want anyone to see down to my navel.

  • Whoa. That's the first I've seen of Portia DiRossi's outfit. That might be the ugliest pantsuit I've ever seen.

  • I like Kat Dennings' dress, but I would like it better if it were 2 inches higher on the boobs. I don't mind her spilling out, because girl has fantastic breasts, but the cut makes it seem like it wasn't fitted to her. 2 inches more, and it would have showcased them instead of making me wonder how she kept them in. Also, the cut is so flattering that it deserved more focus than is possible with that bounty being so prominent. On the other hand, my 16 year old son loooooved the dress.

  • She kept hiking it up on screen, which always looks so stupid. Some straps would've worked wonders.

  • So would a properly fitted bodice. I used to build dresses (and yes, things like that are built), and feel this one would have worked better with a tiny bit of corsetry to hold it up.

  • mairimba

    I think one of my favorites actualy was Kelly Osbourne. Even with the color matching her hair, she was one of the best dressed last night.

  • mairimba

    Ok. The hair looked better on tv.

  • She looked stunning. I just wish she'd change that stupid hair already.

  • Anna von Beav

    ok, so:

    I have to semi-disagree on Ginnifer Goodwin. I like the dress, except for the mullet hemline. I hate the mullet hemline and I hope it goes away again soon.

    I love Martha Plimpton so very much, and that is so so wrong. Hate the halter, hate that the creases in the tulle look like the dress has a print underneath, and I want to slap whoever styled her mom-hair right across their very stupid face.

    I think I love Leslie Mann's dress. And her contrasty turquoise accessorizing.

    Agree on Julianne Moore; love the dress and the color, not excited about visible undergarments.

    And I liked the idea of Lena Dunham's, but something about the execution wasn't quite right, and I think you're right: It's the fit.

    Lucy Liu is my favorite. Pretty much always.

    Oh, also, I liked Claire Danes' dress a lot. And Hayden Panettiere, although I've changed my mind a little and agree about the 'too mature' assessment, but I think that has more to do with the fact that I just don't like her and I feel like she always looks smarmy.

  • mairimba

    The only thing that bothers me about Lena's dress is the length, not the fit. The way she's standing makes it look big on her. But a few inches shorter so her torso didn't look so short = perfect.

  • jennp421

    I agree - something about that layered look and cut make me think knee length summer dress.

  • zeke_the_pig

    *cough* that is all

  • alwaysanswerb

    My disagreements with these assessments are, unfortunately, too numerous to mention

  • Guest

    I feel very alone, but I quite like January Jones' entire attire, dress, hair, makeup n all. It's Good-Euro. And Lucy Lui gives me raging envy.

    Lena D, OTOH, is my own personal What Were You Thinking.

  • I like January's dress, but I don't like the hair/makeup with it. She gets half marks from me.

  • I like it, but it just doesn't seem right at this particular event?

  • Guest

    ^ That's not my downvote,CD!

    I can see how she comes off a tad out of place, yes. She looks like she's opening an art show in Berlin. /not that there's anything wrong with that

  • No worries! Downvoted is my middle name.

    Right--completely agree.

  • Guest

    ^ THAT is my upvote.

  • :)

  • I agree on January Jones. She took a risk with her choice but I really think it worked out in her favour. It's an interesting dress that's dramatic and flattering. I definitely appreciate making the basic black dress something to look twice at.

  • The Other Agent Johnson

    Four things:

    1) What the hell happened to Portia De Rossi?

    2) Sweet goddamn Jesus, Kat Dennings. That's some... I mean... damn.

    3) Lucy Liu, no matter how many crappy projects you sign on for, you will always bring the hotness.

    4) There is a botox & spray-tan fucking epidemic up in here.

  • Natallica

    How come Lucy JUST.DOESN'T.AGE?

  • It's because she's Asian. It's a gift.

  • space_oddity

    Really. What happened to Portia de Rossi? She looks so fucking weird in that picture. Has she had surgery?

  • I thought Michael C. Hall was with Deb from Dexter... I can't be bothered to look up her name but when did they split??

  • Maguita NYC

    Actually, after they've divorced because of his affair with then co-star Julia Stiles, he and Jennifer Carpenter were pictured all lovey-dovey and back together...

    So, what happened?

  • Even Stevens

    He had an affair with Julia Stiles?? I totally missed that little tidbit, how scandalous.

  • Maguita NYC

    Dude! Where were you when Jennifer Carpenter made sure EVERYONE knew about the affair!!! Julia Stiles was SHUNNED by all Hollywood women! The debate was: How come Julia is punished, and Michael C. gets away without being publicly embarrassed?

    Especially after his wife took care of him during his cancer treatment...

  • Even Stevens

    Huh, must have been that rock I was living under. I seriously had no idea.

  • Oh man. I need to know more about this. Where was the scandalous pajiba post about it?

  • Maguita NYC

    Here are some Lainey links for smut on the (past) situation:

    You can also do a search on CeleBitchy for other info, but these Lainey short links should update you quickly. Have fun with the smut!

  • Also, I have a raging hard on for Kat Dennings and that picture did nothing but fan the flames. Nice.

  • Maguita NYC

    I have a crush on that girl. Her outspokenness combined with her owning up to her natural curves, just make her yummy.

  • KatSings

    They divorced several years ago.

  • They divorced maybe two years ago? It's been so long since I watched Dexter that I forget.

  • OldSchool60

    I don't know much about fashion but...Lena Dunham, can your waist be any higher?

  • Brooke

    At first I thought she was pregnant. Then I realized it was just a bad dress at a bad angle.

  • KatSings

    I thought McCarthy looked great. I loved Hayden's dress. Hated VanCamp and Moore's dresses. Might have liked VanCamp's more in a real color. Like the waist definition, but not that specific belt on C.Hen - and the girls are still being pushed really hard. But she was an improvement. Glad someone other than me dug Liu's ensemble - don't think it would have worked on anyone else. I also mostly loved Kate Mara and that chick from Modern Family who wore silver.

  • catagisreading

    I love that Erica Schmidt went for the heels, even though her fella is very short (very hot too but undeniably short). It makes her lots, and him even more than I already do. Dinklage is just the best.

  • catagisreading

    'It makes me like her lots' even.

    I suck at commenting.

  • mairimba

    I love Amy, but that dress was not flattering at all on her figure.

  • mairimba

    I LOVE January's dress. Different hair and make-up would've made the whole thing work.
    And Hendricks needed to lose that belt.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Hendricks just needs a new stylist. She's always hot because duh, but she's seriously hit and miss on nailing full on stunning.

  • KatSings


  • Lisa Bee

    I kind of adore the pale blue colour of Zooey Deschanel's dress but I just look at all the photos of her from the night and... I don't know if she's trying to make a funny "serious" face for the photos in mockery of all the other ladies that pose like that (aka, being quirky for the cameras!) or if she's just really really grumpy about the whole thing. Smile, honey! Smiiiiiiile!

  • DominaNefret

    I am going to have to disagree on Ginnifer. She looks adorable.

  • kirbyjay

    No No Noooooooo. I'm sick of her severe pixie and giant ears and her droopy eye makeup that makes her droopy eyes droopier. Dress is cute though.
    Edie Falco- She will need a crowbar to get that giant brass washer off her waist.
    Zosia Mamet- Bad placement of maxi-pads, they need to be between the legs
    Ashley Judd- She would be safe in battle with Achilles and Odysseus with that helmut. Swords would bounce off it. The dress looks like that foamy polyester in old lady's Walmart jackets. The bow, the pin, the belt, the earrings. It's a bad taste explosian. AJ is on my husband's "list" and I would never show him this picture, it would break his little heart. Worst dressed EVER.
    Juliana Marguilies. You know how hot Alicia always looks. This is not it.
    Alec and Hilaria- Don't they sound like Maj.Charles Winchester's siblings? Aaaalec and Hilaaaaria. She was my best dressed. LOVE THAT DRESS!!
    Tom, Rita and Mustache. Threes a crowd. Lose the 'stache. Rita looked lovely
    Christina Hendricks- Imagine that dress in emerald green? Beautiful!
    Amy- Very perky breastisus for having two kids. She looked hot
    Hayden- Loved the dress, don't love the girl.
    January Jones- She really knows how to bring "WTF" when it comes to fashion. That dress is art.
    Morena Baccarin- Coyote roadkill
    Kristen Wiig. Lose the dark hair and wear some color. I think she's secretly undead.
    Emilia Clarke- She threw a scarf over a funky lampshade
    Lily Rabe- Edgy yet demure. Like it.
    Lucy Liu. Perfect fit but I'm not loving the breastplate. Maybe Ashley Judd could wear it into battle.
    Mrs. Kevin-too-cool-for-a-tie Costner looked amazing. Pretty hair, funky dress. Perfect fit.
    Michelle Dockery- Looks uncomfortable without her corset and stays
    Zooey. Pissed off because she lost her glass slipper.
    Sophia Vergara. Stunning, and the bum cleavage was a fleshy diversion from the boring speeches.
    Julie Bowen and Connie Britton- Channeling their 50's sororiety sisters. Pearls and white gloves would have completed the ensemble.
    Best. Mrs. Alec Baldwin
    Worst- Ashley Judd

  • Natallica

    She does! She usually looks frumpy and sad, but this dress is gorgeous, and in the right place between quirky and elegant

  • I was so sad over Connie Britton's hair. She's such a gorgeous lady and it was so wrong.

    Lucy Liu is KILLING it.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Lots of unflattering hair.

  • Rochelle

    I know! So much bad hair! The big problem with Julie Bowen was that mess of hair do.

  • Kate at June

    "This is how to do boobs, Christina Hendricks"

    Real ones?

  • Kate at June

    What? Lady had implants, giving her impossibly ridiculous knockers. Kat, on the other hand, rocks them au naturale. Go her!

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Spreading that rumor again?

  • No way are Hendricks' real. I don't know how anyone can look at older pics of her and not see she had them enhanced.


  • Fabius_Maximus

    What about the weight change? She was very thin in these old pics (which are the only ones used as proof of that hypothesis). The pics are also photoshopped. And she has about the same size today than she had in Firefly.

    Sorry, not convinced.

  • Look at her face. She gained weight, but not enough to make her tits look like that. I can see she has a decent cup size in the older ones, but they didn't overflow up to her chin. I have no idea when she had them done, but those are done (imo).

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Of course they didn't "overflow". That's the dress. She tends to wear these kinds of dresses.

  • Kate at June

    Nah, that's not just weight gain alone. That's a boob job with weight gain on top--you rarely see more voluptuous women with boob jobs in the public eye-- its harder to spot!

  • Agree to disagree.

  • dsbs

    Tina Fey looks fantastic. And now that I've read Bossypants and therefore feel like I know her, I am so proud.

  • AngelenoEwok

    I will say, usually the Emmys, Oscars, and Golden Globes are a fashion snooze fest, so I was really happy to see some risk taking with color and details.

  • mswas

    Kerry Washington looks emaciated.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Morena Baccarin, too. And is she avoiding the sun or something? Remember when she was browner, and looked like she maybe at least saw a cheeseburger every couple of weeks? Those were good times. Firefly was still on the air, Dominic Purcell was a know-it-all with a sports car and Tiffani Thiessen hadn't yet settled down to married life with an FBI agent and was instead running Miami Vice, 2002 in LA with Mike Dexter and... some other guy.

    I watched a lot of Fox back in the day, is what I'm saying. Also that Morena Baccarin should eat cheeseburgers on the beach like she's a walking Carl's Jr ad.

  • Another Jen

    I actually gasped when the camera cut to her presenting whatever award she was presenting. She's gone bobbleheaded!

  • Slash

    Lucy Liu, damn, girl ...

  • Slash

    Nice gazongas (on Ms. Poehler).

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