Emmy Awards Fug or Fab: Nina Dobrev


I mean, listen: Nina Dobrev is gorgeous (and, as we say at all possible opportunities, truly great on The Vampire Diaries). And this dress is so close to being a slam-drunk:

My concerns are as follows:

a) she can’t walk in it, and she also, I suspect, could barely breath in it — that thing is tight. I shudder to think how she got to the venue, although I suspect it involved riding over standing up in the limo, her head sticking out of the sunroof.

b) I kind of like the detailing on the hem, and I kind of worry that, at the party later, some drunk dude tried to wipe ahi tuna slider juice off his hands using part of it, at which point I hope she cracked him over the head with a salad plate.


c) I also think Nina suffered by being one of the first on the red carpet. I saw this and I was kind of…unmoved by it. But seeing it again, in contrast with the rest of the red carpet, I like it much better. I suspect it’s objectively good, but comparatively great.

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Comments (48):

  1. cyloncaprica

    I checked Gettyimages during the Red Carpet and they listed her as “Emmanuelle Chriqui” for 30 minutes. And now I can’t unsee it.

    Re:Dress. It’s gorgeous.

  2. Micaela

    The dress is great. But the hair, I COVET.

  3. Stefanie

    Stunning. I don’t care if they had to stick her ass on a dolly to move her around I love this. She is my second best dressed after Steph from the Goonies.

  4. Jessica

    Why was EVERYONE in red? I love this, but the red feels stale by now. I wish it were a different color.

  5. Francesca

    She wasn’t going to win anything, so no awkward moments up the steps to the stage; why not go all out with something tight anad totally eyecatching. I love the fabric detail at the bottom (even if does remind me of long curtains). She looks really scrumptious in this.

  6. Carrie

    She tweeted last night jokingly wondering how she was supposed to go to the bathroom. This makes me love her forever.

    Also, she looks AMAZING. I don’t care if it’s a wee bit too tight. I think she rocked it.

  7. yeahandalso

    she is just a white fur stole away from being Holiday Barbie, but I mean that in the best possible way.

    Also, this must be Katherine and not Elena, because she doesn’t need to breath.

  8. Lynne

    I can’t fairly judge this since it hits two of my irrational biases which are 1) I hate mermaid dresses and 2) I hate the hair all swept to one side thing.

    She’s very lovely but again, I reiterate my (also irrational) complaint about wearing a red dress on a red carpet. Takes all the drama out of the dress when you match the decor.

  9. Jen S 2.0

    Please tell me “slam-drunk” wasn’t just a typo, because HAAAAAAAAAAA.

  10. Lennie

    I love the dress, and Nina is flawless.

  11. CH

    It’s pretty, but it almost feels generic, kinda like what every Barbie you got before you turned 9 was wearing.

  12. SJC

    It doesn’t matter if she can walk or breathe; comfort was not her goal.

  13. MD Fan

    Easily one of the most stunning looks on the red carpet. Best of all of the red dresses. She killed it.

  14. Fuh Ugh

    Yeah, I don’t watch Vampire Diaries, so I totally thought it was Sloane from Entourage (Emmanuelle Chriqui), and then I was all, “Who is Nina Dobrev if she’s not the girl on Entourage?” She totally pulled this off, but there is not one memorable thing about it … Strapless, check. Mermaid fishtail, check. Long hair worn down, check. Red (on the year that everyone else wore red), check. Hard to believe such a home run hit could be booooooorrrrrrrriiiiiiinnnnngggggg, but it is.

  15. BC

    I absolutely loved this dress! However, Nina did post on her twitter that she had no idea how she was going to use to restroom. I giggled.

  16. Stefanie

    I would have sold my little sister to get a dress for my Barbies that was this fab.

  17. Jessica

    Hah! “Slam-drunk” is a total typo, which I am keeping in there because it’s funny.

  18. Mouse

    I think she could breathe just fine….girlfriend is TINY, and I’m sure this isn’t cinched in too far to make her look that wee.

  19. AmandaD

    I’m with Lynne. I have a complete and utter hatred for mermaid hems in all forms–no matter how great the dress might be otherwise the hem makes it an automatic fug, and the hair to the side reminds me of the 80s.

  20. Kristin

    Is it just me or was the red carpet just really lame this year? Aside from Nina here, and Sofia Vergara everyone else was just MEH. But this dress? Fabulous.

  21. DanerKebab

    As I tweeted last night, the hem looks like someone stapled the spongy material from under playground equipment to an otherwise ok (not spectacular, but not particularly protestable) dress. I was just “meh” until I saw the closeup of the bottom — it ruined the rest of the dress for me.

  22. Jacquilynne

    This dress makes me realize that Barbie’s proportions aren’t actually mythical and impossible.

    Though I do agree about the hem looking a little napkin-like.

  23. Chasmosaur

    I thought Guiliana was going to rip her hair out. While I’ve never been a fan of the whole strapless mermaid hemline thing, Nina definitely did it better.

  24. Leens

    Is it just me or is it ever so slightly too old for her???

  25. TaraMisu

    Gorgeous. And I also covet her hair… I hope it’s not extensions.

  26. Jasmine

    The dress was nice, but the girl couldn’t walk in it! She looked so visibly uncomfortable that it made the dress not look as good on her. I adore the top, but the bottom is a little too crazy napkin folding.

  27. Kim

    This dress is FANTASTIC! Soooo flattering, and I love the hem; it looks a little napkin-ey from the front but I saw it more from the side first, and it looked more architectural. Although I hope she didn’t have to use the bathroom during the show because that does look impossible.

    I read earlier that red is big for fall, but everyone on these awards shows always make the mistake of going for the latest color trend so they end up all looking the same. A lot of green ones too. A couple of brown ones I thought were really pretty though and at least they stood out because there were only a few of them.

  28. Eliza Bennett

    The top makes me worry her breasticles were going to crawl out and call Boob Protective Services. It’s……fine.

  29. Victoria

    Perfect. She doesn’t need to walk in that, she might just stand there prettily, or be carried on shoulders of huge muscled guys.

  30. CJ

    Fab! I didn’t see this in motion, but from this picture, she looks absolutely spectacular.

  31. Ms. Chanandler Bong

    Was she supposed to present? Maybe I missed it, OR maybe she had a dress accident, like she exhaled and the whole thing blew open. She looks amazeballs but it looks pretty tight.

  32. Callie

    Yeah, she looks amazing, yeah, I think the dress is beautiful, but seriously – seriously – how WOULD you go to the bathroom?

  33. jjdaddyo

    Normally, I HATE the whole immobilizing mermaid dress thing, but this one I like.
    I think she’s wearing rollerblades and they just push her around, though.

  34. Joe Dwarf

    There’s a thing over at TWoP about the fashions, and I’m kind of loving how the Fug Girls disagree with them on almost everything, including this dress and Gwyneth. Ms. Dobrev looks great.

  35. ShopGirl33

    So this dress would’ve been a raging success – had only half of it made it out the door. If this were chopped off above the knee, it would me smokin’! As it is, it’s a red, hot – and I’m guessing uncomfortable – mess. I guess it’s a good thing she has lots of hunky male costars to carry her like a wooden plank from one step and repeat to the next. And what’s up with that Edward Scissorhands messy ruffled train? More like a trainWRECK! It looks like something got beat up, ended up as street pizza and got swept away and along by the excess fabric. FAIL!!!!

  36. Steph

    She tweeted “Okay…So, the dress fit like a glove but no one said anything about using the restroom. How?! Instructions please!???!?!?!!!!!!!!!???!?!?!” At least she could keep her legs crossed all night & people wouldn’t notice! Seriously though, she could have worn ANYTHING & looked amazeballs. Somerhalder helps though…

  37. lady_w

    classic look done right (totally worth not being able to breathe)

  38. vandalfan

    Mermaid, bleah. Strapless, not only bleah but watchit! Nip alert! So, no.

  39. Mikki

    She looks gorgeous…and with Ian Somerhalder as the perfect accessory, I’m truly jealous! Still, I’m sure she didn’t eat or drink anything all evening to avoid the bathroom conundrum…

  40. Cait

    How do you know it’s not elasticated in some fashion?

  41. sandra

    The table-cloth glued to her hem is what’s keeping this from being great. It just overwhelms her tiny self.

  42. Claire L

    What bothers me is her makeup. It makes her look ten years older than she is….

  43. Jane

    LITERALLY the first thought that ran through my head when I saw this was WITHER SOMERHALDER????

    Color me disappointed. Love the dress however, but far more importantly,I love HER in the dress. She’s looks ten kinds of hot.

    She’d look hotter with Ian in the picture. Just saying.

  44. Sajorina

    I love “Slam-drunk”!!! This dress and Nina are GORGEOUS & HOT! Love the hair, the makeup, the chocker, the clutch and the color is perfection!

  45. Emma

    There’s no “meh” option! It’s not horrible, but I don’t love it either. I feel like I’ve seen it before, and that shade of red-carpet-red is so blah. I love Nina Dobrev, but I think this gown is too old for her or something. Too Jackie Collins. Too Hollywood.

  46. Jeri

    She’s beautiful and a great actress. I”m glad peolple are finally taking notice.

    If you’re not watching Vampire Diaries you’re mising one of the best shows ever!

  47. MJ

    She definitely has the shoulders and decolettage to pull this one off.

  48. Hima

    Watching the red carpet arrivals on E!, I think it was Kelly Osbourne who both really liked this outfit and also compared the bottom to a sleeping bag. I totally agreed. I think she looks lovely, but that bottom looked a little sleeping bag-esque. She also could NOT get up or down the stairs to their 360 camera thing. So, lovely look, just seemed incredibly impractical to wear.

    And yes, @Jane and everyone else who said this: She’d look hotter with Ian in the picture. But then, I (and others) might judge her unfairly out of spite and jealousy.