We’re organizing by TV show, then alphabetically. Well, by “we” I mean Kate, because she’s cool like that.
GAME OF THRONES
Kate: She is so gorgeous but she always looks so BAD at award shows! Just, like, too masculine and bulky/boxy.
Erica: See, normally, I’d agree with you, but I kind of like this. It’s not perfect, but it’s a little more fun/glam than she normally wears. Also I totally dig her facial expressions.
Kate: And I feel like she always wears black. That’s, like, ok for ME to do, but she should change it up a little.
Erica: I get the feeling that her investment in fashion is pretty nil.
Kate: Is this the chick who married Joffrey?
Kate: I like this dress, it’s kinda hot. Halloween colors are my thang.
Erica: Halloween colors are not at all my thang. But, other than my hating the color, it’s a nice dress. It seems the right amount of fancy for the Emmys.
Kate: Hair is a little too big, though.
Erica: I prefer her as a brunette.
Kate: RIP Jon Snow’s slam piece.
Erica: Kate! Such language!
Kate: This is a pretty color on her skin/with her hair, but it’s ill-fitting. Especially on top. Great makeup, though.
Erica: Royal blue on pale redheads is EXACTLY my thang. I don’t know about ill-fitting — I missed any and all telecasts and am just looking at pics online — but the placement of the waist-belt-jewel thing could use some rethinking.
Erica: That is quite a name. I didn’t know the actress’s name before. What is her nationality? Do we know?
Kate: We do not. She basically looks exactly like her character, which I’m not sure I like. It’s a great color but the whole look is overall quite plain.
Erica: This whole thing looks like, “Oh, shit, the Emmys are tonight?! Okay, well…I’ve got this schmatta. Put a belt on it and it’s a formal dress, right? Oh, we’re leaving now?! Okay, let me just throw my hair up.” Also this pic of her and Tyrion hanging like she didn’t UTTERLY BETRAY HIM and also SLEEP WITH HIS FATHER is weirding me out, yo.
Kate: She continues to be too skinny, right?
Erica: Yeah. Her arms, man. I mean, maybe that’s just her body and we should stop being snide, but the entertainment industry being what it is, I doubt that she’s not feeling some pressure.
Kate: Very pretty dress, though, very couture. Actually, very Audrey. I just wish she would wear that gorgeous hair down.
Erica: I am so digging the dress. It is, it’s modern Audrey.
Kate: What’s funny is, she and Zooey Deschanel presented together and looked like they were wearing each other’s dresses.
Kate: This just isn’t even funny.
Erica: Wait a second, there’s a specific reference being made here, right? Like…Gwen Stefani circa 2000? I don’t know. I’m feeling some kind of deja vu.
Kate: It could be a nod to Gwen’s wedding dress, but my eyes are deeply insulted by having seen this entire thing.
Erica: I don’t mean to be mean, but the thing is, Lena Dunham is not very attractive. I mean, not by entertainment industry standards. And even by regular people standards, she’s okay looking but not gorgeous. So when you look like Lena Dunham and you work in an environment like this one, I can definitely understand the impulse to be like, “Fuck it,” at awards shows, you know?
Kate: No, I don’t know. I don’t understand the concept of purposely looking bad. Or making that face in pictures.
Kate: She has lost too much weight. She was gorgeous before, and the result of the weight loss has made this whole thing look unkempt.
Erica: Is it weight loss, though? She doesn’t look remarkably skinnier to me. I think it’s that the dress is kind of cheap and sh!tty-looking. Like an even cheaper version of Sofia Vergara’s usual style. Also, what’s happening with her hairline?
Kate: I do think she lost weight, but there are other factors here. Agree on the hairline.
Kate: Hate it.
Erica: Don’t…Mind it? I don’t know, it’s not my thing, but for her, with her usual whack-a-doo-ness, it’s fine.
Kate: I thought it looked O-KAY on the pre-show, but it looks terrible in pictures. Hate the bangs, hate the cut of the dress, hate the shoes. Damn you, Betty. Damn you.
Erica: The bangs are truly horrific.
Erica: I’m not commenting on her because I know she’s just f*cking with me.
Erica: I mean, it’s better than usual, but it’s a trick. It’s to lull me into a sense of complacency, a sense of, “Oh, look, maybe Julie Bowen got a new stylist and she’s not going to walk around looking like a crazy person at awards shows anymore!” But then the SAGs or the Golden Globes will happen and BOOM! Back to crazytown. I’m not falling for it. Julie. NOT. FALLING. FOR. IT.
Kate: Fun pattern and overall style, including the shorter hair and nice makeup, but TURTLENECK.
Erica: On the one hand, THE ‘90S ARE BACK, BABY! YEAH! On the other hand, I hated the midriff-baring-top-with-poofy-skirt the first time around.
Kate: Um, this is cute? It’s kind of what Kerry Washington wore that one time? (Can’t find picture)
Erica: And also what Bianca wore to the prom in 10 Things I Hate About You.
Kate: I generally feel that she dresses too old.
Kate: Brace yourself…
Kate: Are you ready for this? I don’t think you’re ready for this.
Erica: I’m trying to be…
Kate: …I like Sofia Vergara’s dress.
Kate: On the right person I like that very structured strapless top look, and Sofia is the right person. And I like that she played on the bright white trend with a little silver. I don’t, however, like her hair lighter.
Erica: It does look much nicer than previous gowns. Still totally a “her” dress but not so boring or cheap-looking.
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
Erica: I do adore her.
Kate: I love the character and the show so so much, but this dress does not look good on her. I won’t rip it apart out of respect for Taystee, but it’s pretty bad.
Erica: Really? I’m not having much of a problem with it. I’m not loving that puckering at the hip but overall it’s not bad. And I love white on a very dark-skinned person, and her hair is cute and spunky.
Kate: Oh my good gracious, that is so ill-fitting on top I cannot even.
Erica: Yeah. You must accommodate the boobs.
Kate: Also, horrible makeup. Lovely hair and dress silhouette/color, but I cannot get past that top. Oh my gosh.
Erica: Lovely hair.
Kate: I share a name with Red in real life! I’m honored.
Erica: As well you should be.
Kate: So I don’t mind this at all for an older woman red carpet look. It’s not amazing, but it’s Red. Yayyyy Red.
Erica: Royal blue on a pale redhead. Lovin’ it.
Kate: Oh no.
Erica: Attack of the peplum!
Kate: Oh no no no no no, no.
Erica: Seriously, though. That peplum decided it would not be confined, as so many peplums had been before. It wanted to run freeeeeeee!
Kate: She is so pretty on the show — except, you know, no prisoner has perfectly flippy/wavy hair like that — but this is just the absolute worst!
Erica: Hey, maybe Alex and Sophia are really tight and Sophia does her hair every day. You don’t know.
Kate: Um, is this a transvestite in real life, too? Or this is actually a woman?
Erica: Dude, learn to be a little more progressive. As far as I know, Laverne Cox is transgendered (not a transvestite), which does not mean she’s not ACTUALLY a woman. She is ACTUALLY a woman; she just wasn’t born with a woman’s body. (And I just learned that she has a twin brother, who played pre-transition Sophia on the show. Which I had actually been wondering about, and now I know. Yay, Internet!)
Kate: Well, man or woman, this doesn’t work for me. It’s too bright a white and looks cheaply made.
Erica: Yeah, I can’t disagree with you there. She can do better.
Kate: So this is nice, but I don’t like the length at all. I really like the lace, I just wish it were cocktail or floor length and flowy-er, as opposed to that awkward length that looks good on, um, no one.
Erica: I feel like she and I should be friends.
Kate: Good color, though. Also, I want nothing more than to put her OITNB character’s hair in a sloppy bun.
Erica: The length and the structure of the frill at the bottom are not terrific. And are those black shoes with a navy dress? See, we should be friends; I could help her.
Erica: Poussey! I love Poussey, too.
Kate: She is a striking individual, and I think this dress looks great on her. It’s not my favorite shade of yellow, but she pulls it off with simple makeup, minimal jewelry and toned-@ss arms.
Erica: Yes, Hollywood actresses, take note. Samira Wiley can pull off bright yellow. Most of the rest of you cannot.
Erica: Holy sh!t, I didn’t even recognize her.
Kate: Excuse me but I think she looks great. She’s giving us Rita Moreno as Anita with those ruffles and that sass pose, and I am a big fan.
Erica: She does look pretty good.
Erica: It’s not so much the dress I dislike. It looks a lot like something Kristin Chenoweth wore and I liked it on her and they have similar body types. By which I mean they are both teensy-tiny. But…How does she look like a meth-head even when she’s not on the show?
Kate: No, it looks like something chewed up and spit out Kristin Chenoweth’s dress onto Taryn Manning, who absolutely looks like her meth-head character here. Very disappointing.
Erica: She is always cast as the white trash girl. (Sorry, I just yelled at you for not being progressive enough, and then I used the phrase “white trash”. But, I mean, that stereotype exists and that’s what she’s cast as. I’m not being terrible and hypocritical; I’m just responding to the entertainment industry’s terribleness. Right? Right.)
Kate: I recently looked her up to see if she is actually super pretty in real life, and she looks different in every single photo. Different in a bad way. But, she’s in the Manning family, so she’s pretty well off.
Erica: Wait, the Manning family, like Eli and Peyton are her brothers? For real?
Kate: This didn’t photograph as well as it looked on the pre-show; I thought she looked very elegant and Naomi Watts-like.
Erica: Not to be my own grandmother, but I think it needs a slip or something. And a bra!
Kate: I think it’s the photo; it really looked great on the pre-show.
Kate: Amazingly enough, Best Dressed Orange is the New Black Actress goes to Crazy Eyes!
Erica: Yeah, she is doing everything right with that look.
Kate: Seriously, she looks so elegant. I love that shade of red, and it’s a great neckline.
Erica: She accommodated the boobs! Very important.
Erica: I like the shape of the top on her. It’s not bad.
Kate: This isn’t bad but it also isn’t great — why is everyone wearing this bright-@ss white?!
Erica: That is a good question. And her hair could use a little more oomph. She has that Connie Britton look of “What the hell am I doing here?” a lot of the time.
Kate: I mean, how do you spell perfection? J-U-L-I-A.
Erica: You’re so cute, Kate.
Kate: I just always love her red carpet choices; they are always so elegant, perfectly tailored to her, fun colors, just obviously quality design. And that hair? Can I, like, have it?
Erica: Have you looked in the mirror? Don’t you already have awesome hair?
Kate: UGH SHE’S SO PERFECT!
Kate: I feel like it’s so unlike Amy to wear so much sparkle, but I think it works well on her.
Erica: There is so much about this that is not very Amy. I thought she was Miranda Lambert for a minute.
Kate: I’m also a big fan of the hair and makeup. But wait, where’s Tina?
Erica: Not on TV anymore. “30 Rock” is over.
Kate: So? She should still attend these things.
Erica: I literally gasped when I saw this.
Kate: I think this is quite lovely. Not so much the hair and makeup, but the dress is very elegant and perfectly suited for her.
Erica: Stand up straight!
Kate: Not good. Not good at all.
Kate: The red is too red, the cutouts are off, the belt over the cutouts is awful. Bad girl, Angela!
Erica: Everything is awful. What is happening around her neck? What is happening with her hair? Is she okay? Is this a cry for help?
Kate: Luuurrrvveeee. Lurve.
Erica: All the redheads are in blue tonight (although this is more midnight than royal). I approve.
Kate: This is how you do couture cutouts, people.
Erica: This dress is not in my personal catalog of preferred styles, but it is an excellent example of the style it is, and it looks great on her.
Kate: I have such a vivid memory of listening to your No Doubt TAPES, like, all the time.
Erica: Excuse me, I had No Doubt on compact disc, lady.
Kate: Ok then the CD on that silly little white “boombox” you had. I don’t want to like this ensemble since it’s basically a silver sparkly t-shirt with matching skirt, but somehow, on her, I do.
Erica: Yeah? I don’t really. I don’t like the fit. I dig the make-up.
Kate: I recently saw a promo for her on the new season of The Voice, and I am just amazed at the gorgeousness of her skin. Seriously, wow.
Erica: She is blessed in that department.
Kate: I mean, seriously.
Erica: And, in other news, Halle Berry continues to be as beautiful and well-dressed as Halle Berry.
Kate: How does she even exist? How is she here on Earth?
Erica: She was sent by the Mean Girl goddess to make the rest of us look bad.
Kate: She’s just 10000% perfection 10000% of the time.
Kate: Well, that’s just a vision right there.
Erica: Very pretty. Maybe cool it with the tanner, though?
Kate: Her red carpet choices have been lacking lately, but this is classic Heidi. Meaning, very nice.
Erica: Great color. Great look. Unusual but still appropriate. Plus she always looks like she’s having a good time.
Kate: I obviously love this.
Erica: Yeah? Good. I’m sort of surprised you do, but I’m glad.
Kate: Honestly, on someone else I might not, but I love that Julia is still showing off those stems. I also love that this is a new take on the sparkly/metallic trend, and that she is showing skin while being tasteful. And what a great color on her.
Erica: Who is this person?
Kate: Dr. Addison Montgomery-Shepherd on Grey’s Anatomy, DUH! This is a peplum gone very, very wrong, and I don’t like peplums to begin with.
Erica: Really? I think that, if it were possible to do a peplum right, this would be in that category. Laura Prepon’s is a peplum gone very, very wrong.
Kate: It’s a horrible color on her. It’s a horrible silhouette. The jeweled collar — or is that a necklace? — does not work whatsoever, and her normally gorgeous bouncy red hair is too slicked back. Worst dressed nominee.
Erica: It’s a necklace. I think. And, see above — Samira Wiley can wear that color. Kate Walsh, less so.
Kate: Ugh I HATE dresses with long sleeves and collars like that. Heigl WOULD wear this.
Erica: This is way too old for her. This better not be 2014 Katherine Heigl. This better be 2044 Katherine Heigl who travelled back in time to take Katherine Heigl’s place at this particular function so that 2014 Katherine Heigl could go, like, stop the world from ending or some sh!t. And we’ll never know, and the only thanks she’ll get is girls on the internet making fun of her dress.
Kate: The thing is, the rest of the dress is fabulous and would be fabulous on her if it had no sleeves or ridiculous collar.
Kate: Am I looking at the bottom half of her spanks? Or is that a weird piece of material in the middle of her too-high slit?
Erica: So, the lining of the dress is black, so I think that is in fact a piece of material that allows that dress to be less gynecological-exam-ready. Which doesn’t make it right.
Kate: I tend to dislike her red carpet choices while everyone else fawns all over them, and this is no exception. I am digging the orange, but the overall dress sucks. As does her makeup, way too dark. Hair is nice, though.
Erica: As I have said, I do not love orange and black, although this shade of orange looks nice on her, and the dress structure looks…Okay. But she makes some really weird red carpet choices. This is not one of her better ones.
Kate: People loved this, and I hate it. It looks like it doesn’t fit her well at all. And AGAIN with this bright white!?
Erica: Maybe people are loving it because she doesn’t normally go so sex-bomb? But it’s a cheap-looking dress.
Kate: The slit is a very awkward height, and I cannot with the black T-strap shoes with a white dress. Cannot.
Erica: You are so not wrong on that.
Kate: Um, wow?
Erica: Janis Ian! I always thought she was so beautiful.
Kate: Seriously, this is great. Very elegant, the hair and makeup perfectly match the dress and compliment her features. One might argue that it’s too much of a dress for someone not really nominated/not that big on TV right now, but then one would have to shut up because she looks so great.
Erica: I do not like black-and-white formal dresses. It’s just a thing I have. So I would like it a lot better if the train were black. That said, damn, she looks good.
Kate: Well this is slightly updated from her usual red carpet look, no?
Erica: Nope. Nope, nope, nope.
Kate: I can’t say it’s updated in a good way, though. I am just so anti-poofyness for all occasions.
Erica: Just nope.
Erica: I don’t much like it. I don’t much dislike it either. But it’s not really my cup of tea.
Kate: I like this! I like her hair looking slightly more polished, and I think the dress flatters her. I don’t love the belt and strip of material down the left side — is it some kind of metallic leather?
Erica: I don’t know. Maybe. I’m not a fan.
Kate: Very pretty color and a gorgeous jeweled neckline, BUT: 1) She is too skinny now; 2) She needed some better undergarments. Not only does she look awkwardly bumpy in her midsection — not FAT bumpy, just bumpy — but I’m pretty sure I saw her strapless bra from the side. Big no-no!
Erica: I find it hard to believe she is wearing a bra. I can see two very prominent bumps right now.
Kate: Alas, she is quite gorgeous.
Erica: Yeah, I like her a lot. But damn, she looks skinny.
Kate: Oh, Princess Buttercup. Where is your sweet Wesley?
Erica: Not doing nearly as well career-wise as she is.
Kate: This is a no for me. I get what she was going for, and I get that she has the type of look that could pull it off, I just don’t like it.
Erica: The silhouette is right for her. But whatever is happening in the front cheapens the whole thing.
Kate: Excellent color. Excellent shape. Excellent hair. Best dressed nominee, along with Julia Louis-Dreyfus!
Erica: Maybe it’s the difference between telecast and photograph but to me, while the color is great and the overall shape is great — and the hair is super-fun — the tailoring looks really sh!tty, the length looks weird, and the makeup looks like an afterthought. Also — it’s on the boring side for her. And I’m blaming Tommy Hilfiger for that.
Kate: I like that it’s different from her usual quirky style. And yes, it looked very good during the show (when she was on stage with Allison Williams it looked like they had switched dresses), maybe not so much in the pictures.
Erica: Anyway, my favorite for the night is Cat Deeley. Hers is the only dress that made me gasp. Also a shout-out to Julia Roberts, because there’s always a balance to strike between “new and fresh” and “event-appropriate” and she hit that sweet spot with a big smile on her face.
Kate: My favorite is obv-i-ous-ly JLD. What about worst dressed?
Erica: Claire Danes?
Kate: She’s up there, but I’d go with Laura Prepon. (It’s a shame OITNB didn’t win anything, though).
Erica: Well, we can give them “Worst-Dressed Actress on a TV Comedy”, then.