Hayden Panettiere in gold and blue Marchesa at the Emmys: pretty or bizarre?

At last night’s Emmy awards we had Hayden Panettiere promoting her much-hyped new musical drama, ABC’s “Nashville.” Hayden wore this odd-looking gold embroidered Marchesa draped in blue tulle. It looked somewhat like a craft project, but the fact that I couldn’t immediately identify it as Marchesa is a step in the right direction for the label. Red Carpet Fashion Awards points out that it’s from a Bollywood-themed collection, which I wouldn’t have guessed. If you think of it as a full-coverage type sari it make sense. Otherwise I couldn’t really figure out what was going on with it. Kelly Osbourne said it made Hayden look matronly, but personally I just found the look underwhelming. I actually liked Hayden’s topknot and makeup, just not with that dress.

Hayden’s co-presenter and Nashville co-star, Connie Britton, was a mess from head to toe. This makes me sad because I loved Britton on “American Horror Story” and find her so pretty. She easily had the worst hair and makeup of the night with that odd half-up, half hot rolled style. Her makeup was so heavy-handed it made her look squinty. She wore heavy black eyeliner paired with pink lips! Plus the dress doesn’t flatter her at all. It was so tight along the bodice and waist and seemed cheap. The deep v-neck made her boobs all squished and fake-looking, especially on camera. She reminded me of Melissa Leo, and that’s not a good thing.

Hayden and Connie presented right after the bit where Jimmy Kimmel asked the home audience to tweet that Tracy Morgan had passed out onstage. I checked twitter and it was getting a lot of play, but the joke seemed to fall flat after that. It was funny in theory.

Ginnifer Goodwin also was a miss in this orange embroidered Monique Lhuillier gown. Fashion blogs loved it, but I found it kind of tacky-looking and overdone. Ginnifer loves to push the fashion envelope. Her makeup was ridiculous too.

Since we’re on a roll with bad fashion, I’ll include Ashley Judd in this purple Carolina Herrera dress. I usually love Hererra, they dressed Renee Zellweger for years, but this dress is so prom-like with the huge bow behind the neck, the dippy belt, and the fishtail. Plus the brooch is overkill. It’s Ashley’s styling and pose-hard that ruin this look though. Check out her poofy Bride of Frankenstein hair and giant drop earrings. Ashley’s husband, racecar driver Dario Franchitti, is super hot, though.

Gretchen Mol of “Boardwalk Empire” was lovely with beautiful hair and makeup and a striking strapless scarlet gown. The dress could have been more fitted, but some flattering shoes would have completed this look. She’s a victim of the scroll down, as our friends at Go Fug Yourself often say. Those shoes are awful! They’re lines of fussy red bows for God’s sake. “Boardwalk Empire” won an Emmy for best directing, along with technical awards like cinematography, art direction and visual effects in a supporting role.

Finally, I’m going to end with the worst dressed of the night, in my opinion, Lena Headey of “Game of Thrones.” (There’s plenty more Emmys fashion coverage to come today of course.) She bugs me so much as Queen Cersei, and I have a similar opinion of her as a person. We received a whole press release e-mail from Lena’s hairdresser on how he created her style. Her hair isn’t bad, it’s just this dress! It’s like 80s lingerie with that skimpy see-through underlay paired with a dotted lace cape thing. This is Armani Prive, but if you told me it was Fredericks of Hollywood I would believe it. You know she thinks she looks great too. Like “Boardwalk Empire,” “Game of Thrones” won some technical Emmys: for sound editing and mixing, visual effects, art direction (they tied with “Boardwalk Empire” in that category), makeup and costumes. This dress is like a bad costume for a fan convention.

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  1. Eve says:

    It looked somewhat like a craft project, but the fact that I couldn’t immediately identify it as Marchesa is a step in the right direction for the label.

    Really? The moment I set my eyes upon that voile I KNEW it had to be Marchesa (so…not an improvement, in my opinion). Apparently, they love dressing women like wrapped bonbons.

    • KellyinSeattle says:

      Same here…reminds me of something JLo would wear..(the turqoise) the top – she has beautiful teeth.the last one looks like it came from Lilly Munster’s cobwebbed closet. I do like the orange one, but those shoes look like she’s trying to bind her feet. Ouch – all in the name of fashion. The other orange one is awful; and I agree; Ashley’s looks like she got it from a tux and gown shop. Her hair’s way too tall when it’s up like that. Dario needs to take a shower. How old is Connie? She’s not putting enough vaseline on her face before bed.

    • I.want.shoes says:

      Yes, it’s the unmistakeable ice-skater fugness of it that automatically screams out Marchesa.

      • ssa says:

        That’s what I said! If the person wearing the dress looks like a figure skater, it is automatic Marchesa for me.

    • The Original Tiffany says:

      Yep, cut that sucker short and compete in the Olympics.

      Ashley Judd, WHY???

  2. Brown says:

    Connie Britton is such a beautiful woman. They must have actively tried to make her look that bad. What is happening with her hair!? So awful

  3. Mew says:

    Different but not bad. All the other dresses here are awful, horrible, disgusting and cheap looking.

  4. jess says:

    I actually liked Hayden’s dress and got the sari reference right away. But I agree with you on everything else in this post. Poor Connie looked so old!

    • j.eyre says:

      I thought her dress was really interesting and liked it as well. I love that color of the sheer sari.

    • Sandy says:

      Same here – I think it looks exactly what a saree dress shold be like.

      • crtb says:

        Beautiful dress and Hayden looks gorgous in it. I also think Ginnifer’s dress is stunning and flatters her. Great choices by both women!!!

  5. Marianne says:

    Hayden’s was my favourite dress. It was easy to see that it was sari inspired. Connie looked horrible. Hated the bow around Ashley Judd’s neck. Ginnifer’s dress was interesting. Lena looked like a spider witch. I was half expecting Marilyn Manson to show up.

  6. marie says:

    I love Gretchen Mol but those shoes are unfortunate..

    And wow, Headey looks awful in that close up. I would not take credit for any of that look..

  7. Tifygodess24 says:

    What the hell is Ashley Judd wearing? Did we slip back into 1981 and someone forgot to tell me????

  8. MorticiansDoItDeader says:

    Holy pompadour Ashley!

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      She looks awful and she seems like such an insufferable woman. How did she score that piece Franchitti?

    • roxy750 says:

      Dangit Ashley! I think this woman is so beautiful, love her as an actress…beyond that, I have heard bad things but want to pretend/ignore it all. She was always one of my favs in movies…so to see her looking like this disappoints. Is she taking pills? Did she REALLY think this was EVER okay??? I have no words for this halloween look at all.

      Her hubby is H-O-T

  9. chloe says:

    I watched the show and couldn’t believe what they did to Connie Britton, her hair and makeup made her look so old, nothing like what she really looks like. I like Gretchen’s dress, I hate the see through plastic shoes, they’re so stripperish. Ashley’s hair is sky high and terrible.

  10. valleymiss says:

    I really like everything about Hayden’s dress but the colors. Maybe it looked better live, but in a photo, both colors just look muddy.

  11. Blue says:

    I actually really like Hayden’s dress and Gretchen’s but those shoes are The. Worst.

  12. MissLed says:

    Hayden looks good and I like the dress. I adore Connie Britton but her hairstyle (?) makes her look so old! Her dress would have looked better with a different hairdo. I’m excited to see ‘Nashville’ though. Gennifer Goodwin’s eye make up makes her look like Cleopatra and her dress resembles a bedspread. That bow looks like it’s growing out of the back of Ashley Judd’s neck and Gretchen Mol’s feet must be sweaty and swollen in those shoes – it was 95 degrees in LA yesterday!! As for Lena Heady – there are no words for the awfulness, so let’s leave it at that.

  13. Christina says:

    I thought Ashley Judd was the worst dressed of the night. That dress is so hideous and tacky. Her hair looked ridiculous too. Who would let her out of the house looking like that?? She needs to fire her stylist immediately. It does look prom like, which is not a good thing for a grown woman at an awards show. Also, the material looks cheap and stiff.

  14. Shitler says:

    Ashley Judd looks ridiculous

  15. Mary says:

    I for one loved Hayden’s dress. I thought it was one of the best dresses of the night. Same with Ginnifer. I absolutely adore her dress. She is so pretty in a non-hollywood sort of way. I’m not sure what Ashley was thinking though. The hair is awful, the dres is awful. Somebody had made the comment on another site that Ashley is not aging well. She has always been so pretty but by just going by her pics last night, I would almost have to agree. It looks like she’s had something done to her face? Not sure but I still like her though.

  16. ramona says:

    Ginnifer’s dress. Swoon. Gorgeous.

  17. Christina says:

    As for the other ladies in this post:
    Hayden is beautiful, but I am not feeling that dress on her. It just looks odd like the tulle got slapped on as an afterthought.
    Ginnifer, I really wanted to like her dress and I thought I did for about a minute. Then I realized it was kinda hideous. I think she could pull off the bold orange/coral but the dress itself looks like it would make great accent pillows, as in too much for a whole dress. It overwhelms her dainty beauty.
    Connie Britton , who is normally lovely, looked haggard and the dress looked like it was from the mall. Her hair was AWFUL.
    Gretchen Mol looked beautiful, her hair and makeup were great. She almost looked like she barely had makeup on and her skin looked flawless. Her dress was simple and pretty, but I agree with most here, those shoes are FUG!
    Lena Heady looks like she is wearing a bed canopy and a nightgown. Basically it looks like she was in bed and was like < "Shit, I have to be at the Emmys!! I have nothing to wear!" and then ripped down her gothic bed canopy and used it as a poncho. Horrible, though inventive..LOL

  18. beclove says:

    Love Gretchen’s dress. Judd takes the worst in show so far.

  19. snappyfish says:

    love ginnifer’s dress, but her overall styling is bad. the dress is very bold, which means her styling should have been minimal: natural makeup and no jewelry.

    ashley judd: oh, dear.

    lena looks like she’s wearing a gown by the mrs. roper collection.

    i don’t know who gretchen mol is, but she looks like the love child of renee zellweger and phoebe from “friends.” i like her look, though.

  20. Ari says:

    I actually like Hayden’s dress it reminds me of something from Spartacus. Headey ugh I cant stand her on GoT and her eyes in that one pic…..NO COMMENT. Mol is gorgeous and I love her and yes those shoes are horrid. I really have no comment on the rest except I like Judd and it looks like her brain is back to working normally again 🙂

  21. Abby says:

    I believe this is the worst I’ve ever seen stunning Ashley Judd look. Terrible.

  22. I'mSupposedToBeWorking says:

    Connie Britton looks like that lady who played Oscar Madison’s ex-wife and did all those paper towel commercials in the 70’s.

  23. Bubbling says:

    Lena Headey is my girl, and I love Cersei (spelling?) for complicity of her character. I think she could’ve done way better and her hair is too dark, but I don’t think it was a complete disaster. I mean look at the Ashley’s bee hive (epic WTF?!)

  24. diva says:

    I still don’t get why Kelly Osbourne is allowed to talk about fashion. 95% of her looks are a mess! I don’t hate Hayden’s dress b/ I don’t love it.

  25. emmieapricot says:

    I LOVE Gretchen Mol’s dress. It’s beautiful and classic. I don’t hate the shoes as much as everyone else — I like that they are sort of simple but a little whimsical. Overall she looks incredible.

  26. Shelly says:

    I LOATHE the hag that is Ashley Judd. I think it’s hysterical that she looks so bad. I really like Ginny’s look. I thought Hayden’s dress looked better on tv, but I’m not liking it so much in photos. And yes, poor Connie. I hate that she cut her hair (or it looks as if she did). I always thought she had the most beautiful hair.

  27. Mercy says:

    Hayden was stunningly beautiful; the only woman I thought that about …

  28. Jen says:

    Loved, loved, loved Ginnifer’s dress. My favorite of the night!
    Hayden ALWAYS looks matronly. She looks like she got tangled up in prom decorations.
    How did they make Connie Briton look so OLD???
    And EESH! was my reaction to Ashley Judd. Why was she even there?

  29. RTR_Girl says:

    As if I needed anything else to make fun of Ashley Judd about, now she brings this to the table. Her stylist must hate her as much as I do. Dario is yummy, though, and a great guy, by all accounts. Why he married into that crazy excuse for a family, I’ll never understand.

    Oh, and Hayden looks like a peacock.

  30. danielle says:

    Hmm, I liked Hayden and Lena! Ashley Judd was a hot mess tho, and Connie Britton was unfortuanate.

  31. neelyo says:

    Hayden is way too short for that dress. It looked beautiful on the runway.

    Ashley Judd is making me laugh for all of the wrong reasons.

  32. Eleonor says:

    I like Hayden’s dress, I love the colour. What I don’t like is Hayden smile, don’t get me wrong, it’s only that I get the “too much theets vibe”

  33. Jess says:

    Borderline obsessed with Ginnifer Goodwin’s dress. It’s fabulous. It’s like Paris in the springtime. Love it.

    Connie is looking ROUGH. And Lena is prettier as a dirty blonde than black.

  34. mln89 says:

    i’m on the fence about hayden’s dress. the gold color of the dress and the color of the teal overlay are pretty, but put together? i don’t know. i LOVE ginnifer goodwin’s makeup. it’s very 1960’s mod. and with the pixie haircut, she looks very twiggy/ peggy moffit.

  35. HotPockets says:

    I think Hayden Panettiere looked great and usually I don’t like the Marcheska signature look, but this looks nice.

    I loathe Ashley Judd, she use to be so beautiful, but she looks so puffy and botoxy anymore. Plus, she doesn’t seem like a nice person.

    Also, I thought Lena Headey was a busted looking Kate Winslet. I thought, wow, Kate is looking kind of harsh here.

  36. skuddles says:

    LOVE Hayden’s dress, just not on her. And Ashley’s hair is very Bride of Frankesteiny.

  37. lori says:

    Ashley Judd is a cone head fright with the hair. but i hate even more that her lipstick is an exact match to her dress. Not cool.

  38. F5 says:

    Ginnifer’s hideous, dat hair >_<
    and Hayden fascinates me, ever since those blinds ;p

  39. Cait says:

    Ginnifer’s makeup screams ‘Twiggy’. Way too much paired with that dress and the severe hair. I get her schtick is edgy fashion but this doesn’t work.
    I actually love Hayden’s gown, but yeah, it’s a little long on her.
    Connie’s dress is ok, not great. I like the color on her but hate that belt. The hair and makeup are what really sinks it.
    Ashley Judd just looks ridiculous all the way around. Gretchen’s dress is pretty but the shoes are fug and look uncomfortable.

  40. Beatriz says:

    Lord, Lena Headley looks like a villain from the 80’ties.

  41. Nina says:

    Hmmm… the only explanation I can think of is that they all must be surrounded by enablers.

  42. Nina says:

    I’m sure Harvey is one of the producers of Nashville… it’s a contractual requirement to wear Marchesa to all major functions when you work with him. Brilliant marketing strategy!

  43. Patrice says:

    “It’s Armani Prive, but if you told me it was Fredericks of Hollywood I would believe you.” Hahaha. Oh God Kaiser, you have me practically in tears from the one liners yet again! 🙂

    The only things I care to say about all this is:
    1. Isn’t it a little presumptuous to show up at an awards show before your new show has even premiered?

    2. I actually find Hayden’s dress kind of pretty in its own unique way but for the love of GOD, you don’t wear tiny drop silver/white gold/platinum diamond drops with such a statement GOLD GOWN. You go big danglers. And GOLD.

    3. Connie Britton is one of my all time favorite tv actresses (girlfriend practically stole the show on Friday Night Lights, really showed off her acting chops on AHS, and I can’t WAIT for her to bring it as a Country diva on Nashville!) but why did she do this to herself on the red carpet?! She’s got an incredible figure to boot (did you guys see her in this years InStyle Sexy 12 feature??) so I just can’t with the whole look head to toe 🙁

  44. Nikki says:

    I don’t think nude, borderless netting is a good look for gowns, ever. Especially the way it was cut around Hayden’s neck, it looks sloppy.

    That whole brocaded netted patch near her shoulder just needs to be gone, IMO, then it would be a pretty dress.

  45. the original bellaluna says:

    Oh, Ashley, really? Big-ass bow; big-ass hair…simply tragic.

    Connie, fire your stylist. Or hire one. Whichever applies. You are SO much better than this.

    I kinda like Hayden’s dress, especially the colour layered over the gold. (I’m a sucker for a royal teal or peacock.)

  46. Bex says:

    I kind of love Hayden’s dress.

  47. buckley says:

    Ginnifer is posing way too hard.

  48. Mandy says:

    AWFUL. AWFUL. AWFUL!!! And Gennifer, for the love of God, grow your hair out!!

  49. lucy2 says:

    I liked Hayden’s from the waist up, but not overall. Though it’s a good silhouette for her figure.
    Connie! She has such gorgeous hair, and they butchered it!
    I kind of like Ginnifer’s – it strangely suits her, and I kind of like the dramatic makeup too. It’s different.
    Ashley – what in bridesmaid hell is that? And that hair!

  50. B says:

    Gretchen Mol looked nice!

  51. pinchofsalt says:

    Love Hayden and Ginnifer’s dresses. Both show individuality without overdoing it.

  52. Minnie says:

    I love Hayden’s dress…but I don’t like her hairstyle…