Amy Schumer in Zac Posen at the Emmys: too messy or pretty boss?


It feels sometimes like Amy Schumer is our new Lena Dunham, and I mean that in both a bad and good way. Like, fashion people expect Schumer to carry the torch for “how a normal woman would dress on the red carpet,” plus Amy is seen in some circles as the newest patron saint of white feminism, taking that mantle from Lena. Do I think it’s unfair to put that kind of mantle on Amy? I do, actually. Like, I see Amy on a red carpet and I’m happy for her. When Lena walks the carpet, I usually want to throw something at my TV. Why am I talking about Dunham, you ask? It’s because Amy’s Zac Posen dress was basically the same dress that Dunham wore to the Golden Globes a few years back. It’s like they’re begging to be compared.

So, Amy in this Zac Posen dress which… I don’t hate or love. Amy went to Posen’s NYFW show too, so she likely picked this straight off the runway, or it’s part of some tit-for-tat with Posen agreeing to dress her in exchange for getting her at his show last week. In any case, it’s an okay dress and it seemed like she liked it. My biggest problem was with her styling. Her hair was a MESS. CB called it “JBF hair” but it wasn’t gently tousled or anything, it was teased, tangled and messy. When Inside Amy Schumer won Best Variety/sketch show, she thanked her makeup artist for giving her a “smokey eye” too.



Here’s Gina Rodriguez in Lorena Sarbu. I actually feel bad for saying mean things about this, but for the love of the God!!!! She’s a beautiful young woman with a great figure and this dress makes her look so thick. The whole effect was so stumpifying (a word I think I just made up).



Laura Carmichael in Erdem. Poor Lady Edith. This is ugly. Which is disappointing, because she wore a really cute dress to the pre-Emmy BAFTA event.


Joanne Froggatt in J. Mendel. While Heidi Klum definitely won the Worst Dressed mantle for the Emmys, Joanne definitely aimed for runner-up. This color is totally wrong and it’s just a bad dress.


Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Nina says:

    I find it really hard to look at her face since I heard that cabbage patch doll thing. I also loathe her brand of “comedy” which seems to mostly consist of her just calling herself fat and ugly.

    • Loulou says:

      I find her unpleasant to look at honestly. And like with Dunham when she was at her peak, I feel like the odd man out because I don’t like either of their humor.

    • Santia says:

      She just always looks high to me. But I like that she decided to forego the spanx. Those supertight, super-smooth bodices annoy me.

      • bellenola says:

        I kinda dig that you find the lack of spanx refreshing- but I feel like, why go to all that effort and NOT wear shapewear? Properly fit, its not all that uncomfortable.

      • embertine says:

        I look like that even with Spanx and I’m slimmer than she is. How do you know she’s not wearing them?

    • QQ says:

      I feel bad too Nina cause I’ve been saying and thinking that about her face for YEAAARSSSS but generally i am happy for her cause

      A- I Like her show so much
      B- she is EONS better than Lena Dunham
      C- I Loved Trainwreck
      D- IDK the eyes are kinda the worst part of her makeup??

    • korra says:

      Her comedy isn’t solely about calling herself fat and ugly. Her sketch show is actually a bit more sophisticated than that, surprisingly. She’s just regularly taking on people who don’t evaluate her as a comedian, but instead talk about how f*ckable she is.

      I think the public knows her from her “fat” and “ugly” jokes because 1) that’s what works on late night 2) everyone loves self deprecating women (ie women who aren’t too full of themselves ya know). Either way. I’m getting annoyed with her now. I’m wondering where the hilarious sketch shows are coming from because her recent asinine response to her being racist, her constantly bringing up how much she weighs and what size she is so that you know for sure she’s not medically labeled fat, the jokes she shares with her friends, just how she’s marketed herself in general is so nauseating. She comes off so simple, which is a shame given her hilarious parody of 12 Angry Men.

      • kcarp says:

        I wonder if the fat jokes are really her insecurities. It’s almost like she is trying to beat people to the punch you know. Who knows what her true motivation is though.

      • korra says:

        @kcarp I agree a lot more with that now. We’re the same weight and I’m an inch taller, but I’m nowhere near a size 6 like she claims to be. We have similar body types too. So I’m more convinced that it does stem from a place of insecurity. Which is disappointing, but hey we all fall prey to it and turn defensive about our weight so I’m not really judging her too hard for it. It just really feels like she wants to distance herself from us fatties over here who aren’t a size 6.

        She said this all in defense of her not being a romantic lead. Her weight is neither here nor there. People of all shapes, sizes, color, etc find love everyday so really anyone can be a romantic lead. But she seemed adamant that she does in fact fall within the beauty standard of a romantic lead and THAT’S why what the writer who suggested she didn’t belong as a lead was an idiot, which just irritated the heck out of me.

      • WinnieCoopersMom says:

        @korra – It’s interesting to see the relationship between women-HWood-weight/size. Your comment reminded me of Anne Hathaway’s character in Devil Wears Prada where she is praised from going from a 6 to a 4. First off, I dont think Anne has ever in her entire life been a 6, and in recent years I will say Amy hasn’t been a 6 either. I wish none of these women or the characters they played ever mentioned their size bc it’s irrelevant and then it gets women focused on what the ideal size is. Why can’t we just see a woman on screen and think ‘wow she’s pretty’ without speculating about her exact size? It’s soooo unimportant and gets everyone so insecure for no reason.

    • Franca says:

      I love her face. It maybe isn’t conventionally stunning, but I just like looking at her.

    • Christo says:

      I had not heard the Cabbage Patch Doll comparison, but I can’t unsee it now. That is spot-on.

    • Alex says:

      Her hair was a hot mess and I was just like “no”
      I’m also over her name dropping Jennifer Lawrence in every damn interview she gives

    • JenniferJustice says:

      Count me in as a non-fan. Self-deprecation only goes so far, but worse than that is the constant drivel about good-looking men not finding her attractive. Why does she need a good-looking man if she’s proclaiming looks are shallow? She contradicts herself. Sounds more like pouty and whiny because she only gets average guys’ attention. Does she not realize she’s dissing the average guys while trying to elevate average women? Pick one because you can’t do both.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        ” is the constant drivel about good-looking men not finding her attractive”

        I must have missed that. Last I checked, Amy was saying she could “catch a d*ck” anytime.

  2. mimif says:

    Why is there so much bad boobage?!

    • wiffie says:

      That header pic… I thought , “rude to use a mugshot for an Emmys post.”

      • mimif says:

        Ha! I edited my comment like 5 times, one of which included something about a mug shot from Faces of Meth, but didn’t want to be mean. Oops. Schumer bugs me tho, big time.

    • Sisi says:

      agreed. It’s like we’re watching an episode of Say Yes To The Dress, where the off-the-rack gowns are shut with clamps before the fitting & tailoring even starts.

    • vauvert says:

      Because at some point these women all got the idea that strapless is sexy and classy. And that showing half your boobs is sexy. And they are wrong on both counts. Only really slim and very toned women can carry off strapless, everyone else has little fat rolls poking out from somewhere… and unless you plan to nurse on the RC and need to whip out your breasts real quick, you can put both of them away and still find a sexy and flattering style – but apparently that memo hasn’t reached HW.

      I love Laura but peasant dresses are not RC material… too bad, she can look so pretty and polished. And Joanna is also lovely but that dress does not do her any favours.

      • Clovermuncher says:

        I personally don’t feel a women’s weight should even be an issue here. Skinny or fluffy, too much skin is too much skin. I’m hoping someday modesty makes a comeback

      • lucy2 says:

        I disagree about the strapless, I think anyone can look good in a properly fitted one. My issue with this dress, and many other strapless I’ve seen, is that the bust line is just too low. I always want to add an inch or two of material to them.

    • Pinky says:

      Her sister, up on stage with her, wore, in a different color, the exact same matching mess of a dress. I thought it was cute.

      • Giddy says:

        So her sister was the one who who looked like she was going to have a major fashion malfunction? I wondered who that was who kept bouncing and bouncing in her strapless dress. I was nervous for her.

      • WinnieCoopersMom says:

        They looked like two disheveled, dysfunctional bridesmaids up there. Quite a cringe-worthy scene.

  3. Carol says:

    Amy Schumer looked like a hot mess – which she probably was since it was 100 degrees outside. Gina looked pretty, Carmichael’s dress was one of my favorites but not for the Emmys.

  4. LonnieTinks says:

    Laura Carmichael was so close to be really lovely in this outfit, but those strings and the severe neckline really ruin it for me.

  5. Emmygrant says:

    I like Amy’s dress; it looks like a totally different dress on her. Plus I love the color.

    • crtb says:

      I like how she looks. She looks real
      and it is refreshing to see someone who looks like a normal everyday woman who is not a minus 000000.

  6. Enn says:

    You want to make it in Hollywood, you have to play the game, Amy. The hair is atrocious. Put on some jewelry – even just a bracelet and earrings. This looks like she overslept by six hours and only had time to have her makeup done (in the car) so she said “eff it, let’s roll.”

    She looks like she doesn’t give a shit.

    • korra says:

      ….I mean I’d say she’s made it. Box office breaking well recieved movie, hit show, famous A-list friends, etc etc. She’s fine. She just needs another couple hits to really solidify her status.

      • Mark says:

        She has a-list friends the way Taylor Swift has them, it’s just for publicity.

        Having one hit movie doesn’t mean anything.

      • korra says:

        My response was to Enn about Amy Schumer “making it” in Hollywood. I’d argue she’s made it.

        It’s not just a hit movie. If it were one movie, I would agree about her “making it”, but it’s more than just her movie. She’s well regarded as a stand up comedian, Judd Apatow is on her side, her first movie did extremely well and I have no doubts she will get more movie opportunities (especially with Appatow in tow), and her show has been well regarded since the first season and is renewed for a 4th. I’d say that that’s making it. Sure she has friends for publicity. I don’t doubt that, but they’re at least doing something together and it further solidifies her status as made it in hollywoo if an a-list star is attaching herself to Amy.

        I’d say she’s at least joined the ranks of the one of the go to women in comedy. Girl’s made it. She’s damn annoying now, but she’s made it.

      • Enn says:

        But you have to stay on top of your game to keep moving forward. Be honest, could you show up to work looking like you were caught in a wind tunnel with a wrinkled outfit and what looks like last night’s makeup?

      • korra says:

        Lol this has gotten out of hand. @Enn that’s still different than making it no? She’s made it. She’s just giving zero f*cks about it. I doubt this look at the emmy’s will topple her. Women have been dressed in much much worse and managed to still have careers thankfully.

    • Josefa says:

      I agree. I don’t think actresses *must* have good fashion sense, but this is a formal ceremony so I’m at least expecting them to look clean, groomed and dressed for the ocassion. Amy looks dirty and tired. Which is understandable because of the weather, but most of the other guests looked fine either way, so it’s not an excuse.

      • WinnieCoopersMom says:

        Yes..Tired in the sense of looking like the title of her movie. Trainwreck indeed. Did she party all night before? Bc this is the most hungover RC look I have ever seen.

  7. HK9 says:

    Amy has a nice dress but bad hair and makeup

  8. Esmom says:

    I love Laura Carmichael’s. Twee-glam or something.

    Joanna F looks fine, nowhere near as fug as Heidi.

    Rodriguez looks good, I think the dress is pretty.

    I appreciate the low key cut and color of Schumer’s dress, this is one of Posen’s least offensive looks.

  9. Mar says:

    I love Amy’s dress and the color is perfect – maybe not the most flattering cut for her though. Gina is stunning but I wish I could dress her- she wears the wrong clothes for her voluptuous body.

    • belle de jour says:

      That color on her is absolutely perfect, isn’t it? Gorgeous with her hair & skin.

      Shame the cut of the bodice is atrocious and unflattering. A more interesting neckline that fit would have saved the no-jewelry simplicity and flattered the ‘not trying too hard’ vibe.

      Along those same lines, I think her hair worked fine. Wish she’d gone with much lighter makeup to let the dress anchor the look instead.

  10. Chinoiserie says:

    Joanne’s dress is not that bad in my opinion.

    Amy’s dress looked worse live, now it is maybe ok but I still do not like it.

  11. Naddie says:

    You feel like throwing something at TV when you see Lena, I feel the same about this Amy. She’s beyond annoying, I can’t even look at her face for more than 2 seconds.
    Gina Rodriguez is beautiful. Never heard of her, but I miss women with this type of beauty on mainstream midia.

    • Pinky says:

      Never heard of her? Then you gotta watch Jane the Virgin. Sounds dreadful but it’s a wonderful, silly, empowering show.

  12. Michelle says:

    I am trying really hard to like Amy Schumer. Really, really hard. I don’t care too much for her stand up, but I like how she is not trying to be one of these people that are hung up on being thin. The color of the dress was very pretty on her and her make up looked very nice. I think if she had added some jewelry and did a little more with her hair, it would have looked a lot better.

    On a side note: Amy Poehler’s hair looked like she just rolled out of bed. I am blaming the heat for her mess.

  13. embertine says:

    I love the colour on Amy, not sure about the fit but I like that she went simple with it. Not even touching the hair; I suspect it looked better when it was first done. I think smoky eye doesn’t work for her; she has beautiful eyes but they are not very large and I think that style makes her eyes look smaller. The dark makes her eye colour pop but it’s a bit heavy for her face shape. And she seriously needs jewellery and a stronger pink lip – it looks as though she went out halfway through getting ready.

  14. Anare says:

    All fugly dresses except Lady Edith. I don’t hate her dress. It’s kind of pretty and I like the bodice especially.

  15. Stacey says:

    Amy, Amy, Amy….. I like and appreciate Amy’s talent, and I think I’d like her personally if I knew her. But I cannot understand why she keeps going for a “sexy” look when she just…isn’t. Her hair color looks straight out of a box. The hair style is just shockingly bad. She can’t pull off “sexy and tousled”; this just looks like she crawled out of a clothes dryer. Awful. But if the hair is bad, the dress choice is worse. Amy has small breasts. No harm, no foul. So why pick a strapless style that only emphasizes the fleshiness of her thick arms, back and shoulders, and is tight around her bulging gut? She looks like a tight end in the NFL. Now, let’s make it worse and make it shiny. The heavy makeup just emphasizes her nonexistent lips and close set, deep set small eyes.

    There are overall design choices that can minimize her weight and very masculine proportions: A-lines, wide strap halters, cap sleeves…many more.

    She needs to gave a more realistic view of how she wants to present herself, find better stylists, and hair/make up people.

    • jojo says:

      You know, I don’t think that women have to be perfect, neither on the street nor at award shows. I think her brains and success make her sexy. Maybe she is wearing a dress like that because she has great skin. For whatever reason, she doesn’t want to cover up. While I don’t know if I’d choose that style if that were my shape, in the end she went with what she wanted.

      Given the outrage you expressed at her mere dressing style, I assume you will come at me now for saying something. I hope you don’t.

      What worries me those most is that if you are comfortable shredding someone else apart this way, you are probably extremely hard on yourself.

  16. Mo Comments Mo Problems says:

    Her hair looks worse than Trainwreck. Fix it, Jesus.

  17. Jen says:

    I’m wondering if a lot of women who went for more of a loose, deconstructed hairstyle ended up looking messier than they planned because of the heat-same with some of the actresses who went for more of a dewy makeup look- some people looked really greasy with the added heat. Some of these comments, though! We complain about the standard of physical perfection women are supposed to live up to and then want to talk about a heavier woman’s “back fat and gut?” Yikes.

    Amy doesn’t annoy me like she does other people-but I can see how her comedy is repetitive and regardless, Key & Peele should’ve won! So bummed they didn’t pick the trophy up since their show is over.

    • Tiffany says:

      I feel the same way about Key and Peele. Also, Amy’s show is carried by her guests. I think she is her own shows weakest link.

  18. sarah says:

    The bust is SO BAD, god it ruins the dress. Doesn’t help that her posture is horrible. The don’t mind Schumer, I just don’t like that, when criticizing her, i’m now apparently criticizing all “normal women” who “dare” to look “normal”. Come on, you’re at an award show.

  19. Sam says:

    I feel like Amy needed a good foundation garment. The dress just seemed like it was fighting her body. I would personally have liked to have seen her go with something with more of a drape or something like that. That shape doesn’t do her much justice.

  20. funcakes says:

    I love Amy. I think she looks great.

    • JFresh says:

      Me too. It is snug but in a way that’s flattering. But yes pushing the boundaries of elegance. It’s cool. She should’ve just worn her hair all the way down perhaps.

  21. Tilly says:

    For me, this is the post with all the dodgiest-looking dresses.

    I cannot stand Amy Schumer – she grates on my nerves even more so than Melissa McCarthy, which is really saying something.

    Please – make her stop!!! :-/

  22. kibbles says:

    The worst part about this look is her hair which is just so very messy. Amy’s dress here is okay but she has looked much better on the red carpet.

    I think that unlike Lena, Amy can pull off the normal sized sexy woman look. She has a decent figure and big boobs. Amy knows she can attract men and as she said before, get a d*ck anytime she wants. For that reason I definitely would not put her in the same category as Lena. Lena is simply unattractive and much messier than Amy with horrible fashion sense.

    If Amy has taken the mantle from Lena then we should thank her because hopefully that means Lena will fade away and we will see and hear less from her in the future.

  23. missmerry says:

    as a woman who is ‘big’ on top, meaning I have bigger arms, a short neck, round shoulders and a big clavicle (like I personally see Amy Schumer as having), I have to say that a strapless dress with very little boob-space like this is not the most flattering thing on her.

    It makes her top look sooooo big! especially with no jewelry or embellishments to break it up, it’s a lot of skin.

    that being said, i love the color and hair/makeup. But I would love to see this same dress but with a v-neck or straps of some sort for support and to break up her wider chest area and more room for the ‘girls’ to find their position and stay in a flattering place. (this all may come from my opinions of myself and maybe I see a little of my body in hers so thats why I have the ‘picky’ opinions I do)

  24. GlimmerBunny says:

    I totally disagree with you about Joanne Froggarts dress! I loved it and I think it looks great on her. Pretty without being too cute (but then again Iäm a sucker for blush and black together).

  25. BlueNailsBetty says:

    I would like to see Joanne’s dress on someone like Viola Davis or a pre-face tweaking Courtney Cox.

  26. Daria Morgendorffer says:

    I think Amy looked really pretty. I’m not exactly a fan, but I saw her on Late Night with Colbert and she was really funny.

    I love love love Gina Rodriguez, but this dress was not my favorite. She’s new to this and I believe in time she will find her stride. She is beautiful and really talented!

  27. Livealot says:

    Since we’re comparing, I love Lenas look in her Posen dress so much more.

  28. Penelope says:

    This dress does absolutely zero for her. Amazing that with all those stylists and money, stars are so often ill-dressed for for their figures.

  29. Joni says:

    She looks horrendous.

  30. schmoopy says:

    I think it’s the smokey eye that ruins it for Amy. Minus the smokey eye, I think she looks pretty good.

  31. Anastasia says:

    I love her because she makes me laugh so hard. She’s very smart, and I think she looks great.

  32. Gina says:

    So, to be a feminist icon nowadays you have to be fat? like “look, i dont exercise at all and stuff my face every day”

  33. cakecakecake says:

    lord, Amys face/makeup is kinda tragic..doughy, like that old school toy Mr. Potato head.
    like her face is deep set or something.

    the dress is nice, smdh.

  34. jezmyopinion says:

    Can’t she afford a hair stylist and a wardrobe person who knows how to dress her body correctly?

  35. Aria says:

    She looks like a bridesmaid….maybe a few hours into the reception and open bar.

  36. iheartgossip says:

    The dress was a size and half to small. There wasn’t enough fabric on the top, it should have continued toward her arm pits. Zac Zac Zac – you would have skewered a designer on Project Runway for this mess.

  37. Morse0412 says:

    I cant stand Amy and I think its because she always has that airhead vapid look in her eyes…she has dead eyes, which is weird for someone with a big personality like her. It just makes me feel like she has the personality of a dumb heiress and I cant move on from that. It doesnt help that she tries to do the “sexy” mouth open pose

  38. I Choose Me says:

    Love Amy’s dress but I didn’t like her styling at all.

  39. pabena6 says:

    No, you did not make up “stumpify.” The Fug Girls (and others) have been using it for years.

  40. Penelope says:

    Looking again, her flabby arms detract from her overall look. She could have looked SO much better in a dress tailored to flatter her body.

  41. JoanEleanor says:

    Sorry, she turns me off since that p*rn parody photoshoot with Star Wars characters. Not that I’m that huge of a Star Wars fan, but I find it tasteless and annoying.