Did Viola Davis wear the worst Marchesa gown of the Golden Globes?


Usually, you can tell which lady is trying to get in good with Harvey Weinstein when they show up to a major awards show in some hideous Marchesa creation. Marchesa is, for the uninitiated, the line designed by Harvey’s wife, Georgina Chapman. And Chapman is a terrible designer. What’s weird is that there were several women at the Golden Globes who were just wearing Marchesa for the hell of it, I guess because they genuinely liked these dresses. Take Viola Davis… she’s never really been a fashionista, but she could have done better than this Marchesa look. She HAS done better in the past, but maybe she knew she wasn’t going to win, or maybe she just felt like wearing something that wasn’t so body-con. I don’t know. I don’t hate it because I don’t hate anything about Viola, but I still think she could do better.


Sarah Hay is the ballerina-turned-actress from Flesh and Bone. See, I sort of understand why she would want to get in good with Weinstein. And her dress is classic cheap-looking Marchesa. It looks like something found in a discount bin at the mall.


Zendaya’s Marchesa was probably the worst example of Marchesa at the Globes, because from a distance, in wide shots, it looked striking, almost pretty. But up close, you can see the cheapness. And it looks so stiff! I also think that those ruffle-tier skirts are so five seasons ago.



You know what exhausts me? Heidi Klum’s style. She has the worst taste, overall. She consistently on worst-dressed lists. It’s like she has a radar for the cheesiest, most dated showgirl looks ever. I’m so tired of seeing her in feathers and crazy beading and game-show-hostess attire. This is Marchesa, obviously.



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  1. The Eternal Side-Eye says:

    I like Viola’s and Sarah’s dresses. Violas screams that she just wanted to be comfortable and didn’t care if she looked sexy enough and Sarah’s is so pretty.

    Sadly don’t care for Zendaya’s style this time but nothing is as bad as Heidi’s. Geez.

    • Locke Lamora says:

      Viola’s dress is okay. She usually goes a bit over the top.
      Zendaya’s dress is pretty, but her makeup is over the top as always. She looks like a youtube beauty guru. Also, she was sitting at Harvey’s table, so I guess she’ll have an Oscar next year. I’ve never actually seen her act, is she good?
      Heidi’s bad taste is sort of endearing by now.

      • Don't kill me I'm French says:

        Viola’s dress is nice but it is NOT a good look for her .Yesterday NOTHING was worse than Blanchet/Mara dresses

    • SamiHami says:

      ITA. I kind of like Viola’s dress. But Heidi? You would think that someone who made her living as a model would have a better sense of what looks good on her.

      • Beth says:

        I think her issue is that when she was younger almost everything did look good on her. Now that she’s older, the harsh makeup and fake boobs are really pronounced which emphasizes the tackiness of her outfits.

    • K says:

      Viola is a glittering galaxy of sheer magnificence and nothing anybody can say will convince me otherwise. It looked wonderful in motion with all the light dancing and I just love it.

  2. Dani2 says:

    All of these dresses are horrible and you’re right – I can’t remember the last time Heidi Klum got it right on a red carpet but with her, I also get the feeling that she’s just having fun with it and it’s kind of her ‘thing’ now lol.

  3. ichsi says:

    I actually liked Viola’s dress. It’s a bit matronly but it looks comfortable and the colour fits her perfectly. The other dresses are hideous.

    • Ankhel says:

      I think Viola’s dress is rather pretty too, especially the beading. It would be better without the big sleeves though. Bell sleeves at waist height are hard to pull off unless the wearer is really tall and skinny.

      The rest of the outfits suck. Sarah Hay’s looks like something from a haunted mansion.

    • Chrissy says:

      Glad you said it, ischi. I love Viola but this looks like a mother-of-the-bride dress. It also makes he look really huge and hippy.

  4. minxx says:

    I hate Viola’s dress, she’s lost in it. The colour is wrong for her, she should wear something saturated and bright. And above all, simple.

  5. ell says:

    every dress in this post is horrible lol. even viola and zendaya who usually look on point, have chosen terrible dresses. the colours are nice actually, especially zendaya’s, but the designs are awful.

    has heidi klum ever wore a nice dress on the red carpet?

  6. serena says:

    Oh come on, it’s not THAT bad. It would have looked really gorgeus without the sleeves but whatever.. the others on the other hand…

  7. Adrien says:

    Not as bad as I imagined. I actually like it. Now let’s talk about Jane Fonda’s dress.

  8. Kath says:

    I like Viola’s dress!

    • vauvert says:

      Me too, I love Viola and of all Marchesa dresses hers was the best. The rest though… Ugh. Normally Zendaya looks great, the top part was ok but the cupcake bottom ruined it. Heidi is a mess as usual.

  9. Chinoiserie says:

    I like Zendya’s dress, I would not have guessed it was Marchessa. Maybe it looked worse live but I do no see anything wrong with it in these photos even if is not for everyone.

  10. Louise177 says:

    I feel like people just like to bash Marchese just for the sake to do so. These are nice dresses. I do think the sheer sleeves ruin the dresses. They would have been so much better without them. I don’t like the tiers in Zendaya’s dress but the color is great.

  11. hey-ya says:

    …this site just plain ol dont like marchesa…they’re all lovely which is admittedly unusual…also props to wiz’s mom who also looked lovely…crying shame he didnt get the award for cuagain…

  12. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I don’t think Viola’s dress is all that flattering because of the sleeves, but I understand that women of a certain age need sleeves, or at least I do. They could have been more narrow. But I think her beauty shines through.

  13. Mellie says:

    I’d hate to say what these people are paying for these dresses. I think I could go into a David’s Bridal and find something that looks better than most Marchesa designs.

  14. The Original G says:

    Viola’s dress is so meh. Her wardrobe for How to Get Away with Murder is BANGING, though.

  15. felixswan2 says:

    I actually liked Viola’s dress when I saw it in different photos. I thought she looked beautiful. The other dresses, not so much.

  16. lucy2 says:

    I like the lower half of Viola’s, but there’s too much going on up top. A rare miss for her, she usually chooses very well.
    Don’t care for the rest.

  17. K says:

    Heidi is irrelevant, why was she there. So yes I’m giving it to Viola as the worst Marchesa because Viola is to pretty for the dress and it’s the first time ever I saw a dress wear Viola instead of Viola wear a dress.

  18. Viola is too stout to wear such a fussy dress, but maybe the dress is making her look stout.

  19. Wentworth Miller says:

    I don’t totally hate Zendaya’s dress

  20. QQ says:

    For Marchesa?? vIola is Downright well made and Measured as F*ck… Especially when the other Fuggery is on Display? Are you kidding?!?

    Also Heidi is exhausting; I dont see how you can sit there and judge fashion and Have access to turn around and CONSISTENTLY look garish and Terrible

    • Wentworth Miller says:

      Doesn’t she, tho? I think that if Heidi saw that trash on Project Runway, she would tear the designer apart. Her choices are always so ridiculously ugly.

  21. Pants says:

    If you cut the sleeves off of Viola’s dress and removed the sheer chest panel, I think it would have been pretty.

  22. Rockin Robin says:

    Heidi…ugh..she just looks bad so often. She needs a new stylist. Viola looks like a fairy Godmother.

  23. Pondering thoughts says:

    Viola Davis:

    GREAT dress. A bigger hairstyle would have been better. Perhaps some loose beach curls?
    I really get the idea for Viola’s Dress: the night-blue sky with stars as a dress. It is great

  24. JenniferJustice says:

    Zendaya looks gorgeous. I don’t hate Viola’s dress, but it’s not very flattering…too much material and makes her appear bigger than she is. Looks like a style Oprah would wear, but I love the night sky and stars design.

  25. Carmen says:

    Davis’s dress was just too much of everything. She wasn’t wearing the dress, the dress was wearing her.

  26. Pumpkin Pie says:

    I like Viola’s dress.

  27. Sarah01 says:

    All these dresses if edited would look nice except for Heidi’s that’s just a really bad dress.

  28. Bridget says:

    What does Heidi Klum have against wearing a bra?

  29. Fluff says:

    I thought Viola was one of the best dressed. Not top, but maybe top 10. A lot of really bad dresses last night!

  30. KCat says:

    Viola’s dress is beautiful but it’s not flattering on her.