Golden Globes Fug Carpet: Lea Michele


On first sight, I correctly predicted this would turn out to be Marchesa. Once the go-to designer for diaphanous, girly gowns with precise and pretty detail, it’s now synonymous with Crack Explosion/Tacky Mermaid.

I also said it looks like a partridge-hunting accident. And, with regrets to the poor pear tree that once housed the accursed bird, I stand by that. Oh, Lea. You should NEVER go out dressed as Kate Middleton’s acid flashback of the first time she had to shoot fowl with the Queen. It looks like you’re wearing a bra made of death.

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  1. Dana @ What the Froc
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    I just can’t with her anymore.

    YOU ARE LEA MICHELE, NOT BEYONCE.

  2. Lina
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    I love this shade of silver, and I think I’m good with the overall shape of the dress, but I cannot stand the pattern or the transparency. A solid silver gown with an interestingly cut bodice would have gone miles further with me. OTOH, thank god it isn’t a princess gown on top of transparent net and splattered bird bits.

  3. Erica
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    Aw, I quite like this!

  4. Annie S.
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    How amazing would this have been in solid silver? Just a slinky, gunmetal sheath with those sleeves. This is tacky and so, so desperate.

    • Eliza Bennett
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      True that. I yelled at the screen, “Lea, it’s not the Oscars!” It’s fug and it’s flashy. I hope she wins Fug Madness.

    • pidget
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      Indeed. Love the bottom part of the dress, but on the whole, it screams mini-Cher.

      • Tessa
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        Yes, but Cher would pull it off.

        She looks like an ice skater after a bird flew into the zamboni engine.

      • Kit
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        Most awesome comment on this post, hand’s down!

    • Bubba
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      I would also be on board with a gunmetal sheath and just have the sleeves with the detail. As is stands, the top is just way too much and I really don’t like how the illusion netting is such an obviously different color than her. It does scream ice dancer, as their nude tights/netting/boots NEVER match their skin tone.

  5. cruzilla
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    I keep looking at this and wondering why it doesn’t work, in contrast to Halle Berry’s Oscar dress of yore (which this dress immediately calls to mind for me. Would it have been better sleeveless? Or is the silver too bright? Remember 2-3 years ago when Glee first came out and Lea continually killed it on the red carpet? What happened?

    • Joy Martin
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      I think Lea is why this isn’t working, it just isn’t right on her. I saw a picture on this dress on the runway and it looked incredible on the model. I think fit may be the first problem for Lea. The other may be her coloring. The model who wore it on the runway was of much darker complexion; this dress may just work better for that skin tone than for Lea’s.

      • LoriK
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        I think the other issue is Lea’s perpetual air of desperation. She wears “Look. At. Me. Oh please, look at me!!!!!” like bad perfume. Combined with Marchesa’s total lack of subtly the effect is not good.

    • Chasmosaur
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      Halle Berry’s Oscar dress – at the time – was a daring risk because no one was doing this at the time Now many designers have a “strategically placed embroidery on sheer panel” dress so it’s less shocking. (But at the time, people were like “Elie Saab who?”)

      Halle’s iconic dress – while exposing far more skin – was actually more understated, since it wasn’t all about sparkles. It was about the skillful dressmaking and the fact that only a handful of people could wear that dress, simply from a genetic standpoint, let alone the attitude. And the fullness of the skirt counterbalances the sheer torso, something not happening with the Marchesa dress.

      But mostly? Halle Berry knows she’s sexy – she doesn’t need to contort herself into weird Lea Michele poses to try and pass as sexy. Halle Berry wore the !@#$%^&* out of that Elie Saab – this dress is consuming Lea Michele.

  6. Chasmosaur
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    All I can say is at least she had them make the skirt more opaque and streamlined.

    See dress #25
    http://www.marchesa.com/marchesa-2012.php

    She seems to like this Marchesa collection, since she also wore it to the People’s Choice. If she goes to anything else this season, it can only get MORE sheer. Though I’m holding out hope for the ball gown at the end (#30) – more in the classic “diaphanous, girly gowns with precise and pretty detail” Marchesa vein.

    • Annie S.
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      Marchesa: Where understated elegance goes to die.

      • Sajorina
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        It looks way different and a lot better on the runway model! I like that version better than Lea’s!

    • Chasmosaur
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      @Sajorina -

      Yes, on the model it worked better – the textured skirt pairs better with the half-sheer top.

      But on the red carpet and on this girl, it may have been too much, you know?

      Chalk it up to the January Jones effect from last year – her red Versace looked awesome on the model, because it fit correctly. Sometimes the celebrities need to trust in the vision and dressmaking skills of the designers.

    • Hel
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      Shailene Woodley also wore #2 from this collection

  7. Jen
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    I actually don’t mind this in other pictures where her breastbone is a bit less obvious. I like that she enjoys having fun with her dresses.

  8. Tessa
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    Did anyone else see Georgina Chapman say that a dress was overembellished on Project Runway Allstars. The tinkling sound was the walls of her glass house crashing down.

    • Sajorina
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      Yes, I wanted to hit her with the remote for being such a hypocrite!

  9. Heather
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    I had the EXACT same thought.

  10. Sajorina
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    I like the dress, but I don’t like it on Lea! This is a Cate Blanchett dress… You can not get away with wearing this if you are still playing a High School student! I love metallic, silver & shiny, so I love the fabric in the bottom, but the top looks like she was hit by shrapnel! I think the hairdo ages her, but I like the makeup and the earrings! The emerald ring is fabulous, but it doesn’t go with this ensemble at all! I think she keeps trying too hard and failing! Does she need a Fugtervention?

    • Claire L
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      That makes perfect sense. On Cate this would be very different. I think much of it has to do with how she carries herself. Lea does these sort of ‘high school girls pretending to be sexy coy’ poses that look…….well, kind of trashy…and so when she wears a dress like this, it just takes it up another notch. Cate would wear the hell out of this dress instead of the other way around.

      • Eva
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        I don’t want to be mean, but I don’t think she’s classy enough to pull off this dress. I imagine it on the likes of Cate Blanchett or Zoe Saldana and it would look totally different. The dress is very extreme but I think someone with a classier attitude, not reeking of attention-seeking could make it look interesting.

  11. amy
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    It would be interesting to see her in something sort of tailored and semi-demure, like Claire Dane’s dress, but I believe she thinks she’s waaay too sexy for that.

  12. MotiloMagazine
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    Lea Michele looked amazing.

    See our picks:
    http://magazine.motilo.com/the-golden-globes/

  13. Laucie
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    It’s over the top, and i am over that top.

  14. Stefanie
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    I HATE THIS. I HATE HER. I HATE HER STUPID POSING. I do like that big green ring though!

  15. Cat
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    I actually think the dress is pretty, but it doesn’t work with Lea. She looks like a cute little princess trying to play sexy evil queen and it’s not working.

  16. Kit
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    this is sort of 80′s flashbacky – I could totally see Alexis Carrington wearing this and rocking it. But it’s too old for Lea, and the hair is making it far, far, worse – it she’d worn it down but pulled back from her face it might have worked better.

    But I think another big problem is fit. The torso of this dress is about is about 3 inches longer than her torso is. It’s not hitting her in the right place.

  17. ak
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    You ladies are bringing it today. There are so many good lines here. So many. A partridge-hunting accident! A bra made of death!

    Also: I hated that Halle Berry Oscar dress. Apparently I’m alone. But look at its spawn all over the red carpets and tell me I’m not a little bit right. See what it hath wrought?!

    • Chasmosaur
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      I didn’t hate the dress. I do remember thinking “Only Halle Berry could get away with that. Which isn’t good.”

  18. The Other Molly
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    This dress might work on someone who didn’t have that
    “I’m so in love with myself” smirk on their face.

  19. Danni
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    I… don’t hate it? Would have preferred the same skirt, a bustier of featheriness, and mesh sleeves? I’m confused.

  20. Jennemy
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    Also, why does she always pose like she’s trying to dislocate her own shoulders?

    • anny
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      Huh, you’re kinder than me – I thought it was more, “had just one little teensy glass of champagne too many”.

  21. Bellers
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    She came dressed as Celine Dion.

    • anonymoose
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      hahahahaaa! YEAH!

      HID.

      mannish make-up, skate costume, terrible hair for her mannish face, ridiculous poses. It’s SO YUCK.

  22. Katharine
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    I kind of like this dress, as a dress. I don’t understand, though, why the combination of this dress and that hair are making Lea look a thousand years old (with, albeit, a very good plastic surgeon) in every picture I’ve seen so far.

  23. Verodemort
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    I love this dress, just not on Lea. On the model, this dress was AH MAZE ZING! On Lea, its just too much for her and her silly posing. She is a lovely girl and I love RB but… no, I can’t. I do love the color and that ring is to die for! So not a total flop…. :)

  24. Debbi
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    I stand by my overall comment about LM: her head is too big for her body.

  25. NotGFYJess
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    She looks like she is in the process of turning into Mystique from X-Men, if Mystique were heading to a fancy dress party and traded in the regular blue/green for silver sequins.

    But I mean, Mystique is played by Rebecca Romijn – who is super pretty and shapely – so maybe that’s not a bad thing?

  26. Liat
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    Marchesa is harboring a very dark secret, and his name is Bob Mackie.

  27. Hel
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    Lea, stop posing like you’re on a photoshoot for spread in a magazine!
    http://www.peoplestylewatch.com/people/stylewatch/package/gallery/0,,20552369_20561912,00.html#21106789

  28. Kris
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    This screams trying too hard. She just doesn’t have the va va voom to pull this off. I’m really not sure anyone does except maybe J Lo and I’d still hate the dress but she’d look good in it. Lea time to discover some Calvin Klein.

  29. Fernanda Trupiano
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    She looks exactly like my pet peacock going through chemo.

    In other news, Marchesa’s new aesthetic seems to be “Disney presents: The Little Mermaid on ice”. Oh how the mighty have fallen.

  30. Kelly
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    I am so over this chick. She’s still in the spotlight but she reminds me of someone who is terrified it’s going to swing away from her at any moment. Like her career depends on how hard she poses. Lord girl, just enjoy the hell out of it. Also, please get some taste. kthxbai.

  31. lori
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    She just looks so old here.

  32. Squirrel!
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    Divorcing this dress from the wearer’s personality and her character’s personality, I LOVE THIS LOOK.

  33. D
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    I think this dress just felt like she was trying to hard. Or perhaps I was swayed by the ridiculous amount off over-posing she was doing on the red carpet. I did think she looked good in it though – if you’re going to go for it, I guess go all the way. Not my cup of tea though.

  34. Sarah
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    I first saw this on Perez Hilton’s website and he loved it. It is SO ugly. So glad you agree.

  35. Hannah
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    Wow, I guess that makes me one of the few who love this dress. It would be great if the background wasn’t quite so sheer, but the color and the concept are great. I think it’s a lot better than Halle Berry’s Oscar dress, which was totally overrated. At least in Leah’s case the top and bottom halves seem to coordinate with one another. It just seems like a neater, more polished version of that dress with a much sharper color.

  36. Mel
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    I’m not sure what this means, but I looked at the small version of this picture and thought it was Rachel Maddow. That’s a resemblance I never noticed until now.

  37. Sorcha7420
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    She just never gets it right. Ever.

  38. TonyG
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    I LOVED this dress. The drama of the silver along with the intricate top was just so striking to me, and it fits so well. I think it would have been better on someone with a shorter torso to leg ratio. Even though the dress fits her well, somehow Lea’s torso seems a little too long. Since the dress is so detailed and eye-popping at the top, it needs someone with lengthy legs so the silver bottom better balances it and so the top half isn’t too overwhelming. Does that make sense? LOL.

  39. Spencer
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    I liked when Ryan asked her who she was wearing and she goes “Marchesa” and he’s all “Barely.” I had never agreed with Ryan Seacrest more.

  40. Travis Harrison Lafferty
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    It looks like someone made a fancy gown out of the Witchblade costume, which for those who don’t know should really look it up. It’s the skankiest superhero outfit EVER.

  41. JanetP
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    “I also said it looks like a partridge-hunting accident. And, with regrets to the poor pear tree that once housed the accursed bird, I stand by that. Oh, Lea. You should NEVER go out dressed as Kate Middleton’s acid flashback of the first time she had to shoot fowl with the Queen. It looks like you’re wearing a bra made of death.”

    Heather, you are hysterical! How long did it take you to come up with that line?

  42. tabitha
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    I have a question: where are her skates? She is going to go to the ice capades after the show, right?

    :)

  43. reba
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    The dress is a desperate cry for attention. But so are many of them. Biggest problem for me is that she looks like a MAN in this photo. A tranny trying to hide her/his adams apple.

  44. brenda
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    Does Georgina Chapman hate her?

  45. corriner
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    She looked like she got EXTREME Mystic-tanned, but forgot her hands and face. :(

  46. Ruby
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    im surprised that with the size of her ego, she was able to squeeze into this. and nice to see that brought her textbook cheesy poses too.

    the dress is an absolute work of art – i’m obsessed with it. however this is a classic case of the dress wearing the girl, when it should be the other way around.

  47. Steph P
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    I love this on the model!!! I can’t believe Lea Michele didn’t think at all about the fact that the sheer part doesn’t even kind of match her skin color. This dress was not made for her!

  48. CH
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    It reeks of trying too hard.

  49. Scanderoon
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    As many people have said, it looked great on the runway – I think it seems to look better on someone with darker skin who also doesn’t have any boobs, and the crazy hip flanges on the runway version actually balance out the frenetic top half.

  50. Jules
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    That would have been cool in 1999.

  51. SwarleySteiner
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    She looks like a diseased mermaid.

  52. Emily
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    Let’s all just say it…the girl tries too hard. The dress, the posing, the diva attitude…it’s all so contrived and blatant. You’re on Glee, girl…keep it together. If you must carry on foolishly…at least do so in de la Renta.

  53. Megan
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    This dress is amazing!!! I wish someone else wore it & did it justice

  54. Megan
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    Zoe Saldana would of rocked this!

  55. sput
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    cate blanchett would have worn the hell out of this dress. it’s a fantastic dress. but on lea ‘try-hard poseur’ michele, it looks like silvery tinsel crap.

  56. ChaChaHeels
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    Showgirl costume five seconds away from a JazzHands pose.

  57. zackster
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    Lea, please stop posing like Courtney Stodden. If you watch the red carpet video, she even licks her lips at one point. Gaahh. Trying too hard to be sexy.

  58. LaineyT
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    Is she posing or does she need to pee?

  59. Sarah
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    Her dress looks like what Zuel from Ghostbusters would wear on a night out. And not in a good way

  60. rachelrow
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    looks like an ice skating costume.

  61. jenny
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    She did this pose – with the one arm long and other on the hip, coy face – all the livelong night. There is this picture from an afterparty of two of her costars looking at her while she poses like this, and the one dude has his eyebrow raised like “holy moly, she’s a piece of work”, and it is PERFECTION:
    http://www.mtv.com/photos/golden-globes-2012-the-afterparties/1677348/6831038/photo.jhtml

  62. Mahastee
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    I hate this dress on her, it’s so badly 1980′s. Her hair & make-up are making her look both older and more generic… She could be any desperate brunette in a sparkly gown.

  63. Jen
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    I LOVE this dress! Its fabulous, daring, bold, sexy, silver fantastic so UNFUG it up please!