The ladies of Glee at the Emmys: no one got it right

In a sea of elegant, simple gowns at the Emmys the younger ladies of Glee were all a little too fussy and try-hard for my taste. To recap, Glee didn’t take home anything this year except a guest spot award for Gwyneth Paltrow, which was presented at a separate ceremony that Goop didn’t bother to attend. Since Gwynnie’s dress was so bad, Kaiser will make fun of it in another post. Right now let’s focus on the actual stars of the show, who all brought the fug.


First off is Lea Michele in Marchesa. The cut of this dress is ridiculous. I like the color and the back is really cute, but look at those shoulders, which consist of some kind of bunched up material in a vaguely rose-like configuration. It makes her look like a football player, and like she’s ready to kick someone’s ass, which is probably the case given all we’ve heard about her. She loves red dresses and sometimes can look decent in them, but this one is a fail.


Here’s Dianna Agron in a baffling Roksanda Ilincic draped blue dress. It looks very matronly, especially paired with that terrible hair. She never gets it right. It’s a shame because she’s could really wear the hell out of some gorgeous gowns.


Jayma Mays in a bizarre tiered tulle Zuhair Murad monstrosity. She looks like she’s trying to channel her Glee character’s style. This is also reminiscent of one of those “lady” toilet brush cover from the 70s.


Ditto on Heather Morris in this jaw-dropping (not in a good way) purple-ish v-neck gown with diagonal ruffles. It looks like Givenchy, but I can’t get a designer ID on it. Whatever it is, it’s way too fussy. Look at her high hair and overdone makeup too.


Naya Rivera in an intricately folded black dress. It’s not amazing, but it’s not bad either. Compared to her co-stars she was well dressed.


Jenna Ushkowitz in a Duran-Duran looking cubic black and white gown with a high leg slit and black peep toe shoes with bows on them. Did she share a hair and makeup artist with Heather Morris and Naya Rivera? They all have puffy fug hair, heavy eyeshadow with giant fake lashes and neutral lips and cheeks. I wouldn’t be surprised if they had the same stylist too.

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  1. Jenn says:

    and the winner of the worst dressed ensemble cast goes to the ladies of Glee!

  2. gee says:

    I think Naya Rivera and Lea Michelle look really, really good. The others I agree with totally.

  3. Lama says:

    Oh dear God – why? The only one that is not tragic is the dress Naya Rivera is wearing. It looks kinda cute actually.

  4. Anne says:

    Jayma Mays: it’s difficult to imagine the state of mind she was in when she chose this dress.

  5. Sweepea says:

    Is Jane Lynchpregnant? Her boobs were jumping all over the place.

    But yes, all of them were a ‘Miss’ in the fashion category. Dianna’s was too loose in the chest area, Lea could blend into the red carpet.

    I’m glad Glee didn’t win anything this year, it’s way too overrated. Superior shows like Community and Arrested Development never got an Emmy nod.

  6. BigHair&Pearls says:

    Lea Michele’s sense of her own beauty and talent clearly overshadows her ACTUAL beauty and talent. I hate all that shouty singing. Diana Agron’s face is stunning and the colour looks lovely on her, shame about the design of the frock. Why does Naya Rivera look like a corpse on CSI Miami?

  7. Samigirl says:

    Jenna looks like she is going to prom…and WTF is up with Naya’s face. Has CB ever done a post on all the obvious work she has had done? I look at the site every day and cannot recall, but she has definitely been tweaked.

  8. Ms Smith says:

    Don’t watch Glee, so I don’t know who these girls are. The one in the red looks the best, but she really has no competition.

  9. Yasmin says:

    Where is Amber Riley?! You never give us Amber Riley!

  10. sandz says:

    Heather Morris is wearing her earrings on one ear??? Why?

  11. Quest says:

    Lea Michele looks like a used tampon. Ladies of GLEE needs some serious fashion help

  12. Frieda says:

    Naya Rivera was the best of the worst. Maybe they were having a contest to see which would end up in the Worst Dressed columns?

  13. karena says:


    Yes, where is Amber Riley. I really like Heather Morris’ dress.

  14. Lizzard says:

    I also though Lea and Naya were the best dressed. I loved Lea’s gown, I even sorta liked the rose shoulder design. It was a bit much, but otherwise very simply and tastefully done and seemed to fit her pretty well.

  15. Leah says:

    I have a friend who dressed like this on her birthday, it is a sad state of affairs in our fashion world.

  16. jay says:

    Sheesh, the only one that doesn’t look like a county fair entry for beginning clothing is the black with folded trim. It fits strangely around her stomach but it’s the only one fashion forward (tm PR)and yet actually wearable. I think it would look kinda chic in a short version.

    The rest? David’s Bridal had a left over, clean out the basement sale all the way back to the 70’s.

  17. Annie says:

    OMG! I rarely comment on fashion but all of the glee girls ( who all try soooo hard ) look tragic…Lea is the least offensive…but this look just wins her the “queen of the fools” mantle.

  18. SEF says:

    Stop hating! Lea Michele looks fantastic. In fact, most of them do, but for that Dianna Agron dress.

  19. lucy2 says:

    Bad choices all around. Lea’s would have been fine except the shoulders are too much. I fast forwarded through the red carpet stuff, and seeing her array of poses was hilarious.
    Dianna…why? So pretty, such bad choices.
    Naya looked pretty, but it was too understated. She should have chosen something more bold.

  20. Annie says:

    Hmm, gotta disagree with the majority here – I think they all look fantastic, Lea especially! Only Jayma’s choice is a bit iffy.

  21. Nanea says:

    Jayma would have looked like a skater, had the dress stopped at the first later of the skirt. With all that extra tulle she jut looks even more ridiculous.

    I have yet to see a Marchesa dress that I like. There’s always something off, in this case the shoulder pads. At least the fabric is nice, compared to Dianna’s.

    I like Naya’s and Jenna’s dresses, but not with the hair, and while I like the color of Heather’s, the design is a bit off.

  22. jover says:

    BigHair&Pearls I agree and would add the glee cast needs to suck up the media because after glee is canceled I don’t think we’ll see much of them. They are not the barometer of talent, and all the cool teens/twentysomethings in my neck of the woods listen to classic rock,reggae, alternative,indi,urban but not the Glee soundtrack. Without glee none of them have a natural audience that they’ve earned, the man/child puck has some songs on youtube – complete disposable pop, nothing more, So i guess go for it now, because once glee is gone sad to say but I don’t think we see much of them; I like leah’s dress, the rest meh. Maybe i’m cranky; they are trying very hard to pull something off, but real style has an effortlessness to it, and it’s not working for them.

  23. podzol says:

    Bless Sarah Hyland, now whenever I see pictures of la Michele, I shall think of her arms on hips, chest bones protruding schtick.

  24. the original bellaluna says:

    Mom always told me make-up was made to enhance what you have, not create what isn’t there.

  25. Catherine says:

    I’m so tired of Glee that I could vomit.

  26. G says:

    Actually Lea is too young for something like this. It’s neither fresh or sophisticated. Am I the only one who thinks it’s oddly out of proportion?

  27. Kim says:

    HATE all these dresses except Jennas. They look like women from Dynasty. The styles are way to old for these young girls.

  28. Denise says:

    Frankly, I’m really tired of this Glee posse. I can’t wait for the show to be cancelled.

  29. crtb says:

    Naya Rivera looks great! Nothing at all wrong with her dress.

  30. Marianne says:

    I think Jayma looks adorable.

  31. sarah says:

    You can tell by the look on Heather Morris’s face that she knows she looks tacky as f%$*. If I were her I would have cried when I looked in the mirror, why would she let someone do this to her?

  32. Penguin says:

    Lea’s posing on the red carpet is just embarrassing. In every red carpet picture I see of her the dress is wearing her when it should be the other way round. I hate Diane agron’s nose job she was beautiful now she looks generic.

  33. Amanda G says:

    I’m not a fan of Lea Michelle, but she looked STUNNING. Best dressed IMO. Her hair complimented her unique (I’m being nice) face and I love the dress.

  34. ahot says:

    How come you never show Amber R? Isn´t she part of Glee too? Mmm not cool Celebitchy….

  35. ShanKat says:

    Dreadful makeup. I actually love all of them except the toilet brush cover (good call).