Priyanka Chopra in quilted Balmain: one of the worst looks of the Emmys?

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This post is devoted to some of my least favorite gowns at the 2017 Emmys. Shockingly, there weren’t that many dresses where I was like “OH HONEY NO.” I actually think the Emmys needed more of those WTF-moments, like someone turning up in a ballerina costume or a swan costume. Why not? Those moments are fun. Instead, we get the normal, everyday fugness of high-end designers trying to be avant-garde and failing miserably. Do you know how difficult it is to make Priyanka Chopra look bad? She’s a beautiful woman with a great figure. So of course Balmain made her look like she was wearing a reworked quilt. This fabric is ACTUALLY QUILTED. And then beaded on top of that. NO. Stop it. This is Bad Fashion. Priyanka also had bad, too-harsh makeup too. And don’t even speak to me about the feathers.

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Ellie Kemper wore Jenny Packham, a British designer I usually enjoy. It’s not that I think Ellie’s dress is SO bad, it’s just that… of all the Packham dresses she could have chosen, she picked this one? Why? And why is the effect so boring? I also think the navy “lining” should have gone all the way down.

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Allison Janney in Tony Ward. Bridal mess! The thing is, I don’t hate the lace on the skirt, I just think the top half of the gown sucks so hard, it throws the whole look off.

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I don’t think Felicity Huffman ever gets it right – I like her, I admire her work, I think she’s incredibly talented, but she never really pulls it off with her fashion. This is Tony Ward too and it looks like a dip-dyed wedding dress (and a cheap one at that).

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  1. Rapunzel says:

    Priyanka’s dress looks waaaay too warm for a So-Cal September.

    • AnnaKist says:

      Kinda like Nanna’s bedspread…

    • GiBee says:

      I know you read people saying this all the time but I actually gasped out loud when I saw Priyanka.
      It is SO BAD.
      Eggplant purple eye makeup that makes her look like someone recovering from a flu AND two black eyes?
      QUILTED BLOODY DRESS? In September? Sweaty and hideously ugly and makes her amazing body look like a lump?

      I mean I know she’s not top of the A-list but several people had to sign off on this. How did everyone get it so wrong?

    • Casey says:

      Pri looks like she’s wearing the wrong makeup foundation. A bit chalky. Needs to check out Rhianna’s new line.

    • velourazre says:

      I’m suffocating just looking at that dress.

  2. Crowdhood says:

    Allison Janney is one of my all time favorites ever (honk for CJ!) so I was devastated by her outfit choice and by Anna Faris’ inability to deliver a single line with comedic timing. Don’t be doing my CJ so dirty like that!

  3. Aiobhan Targaryen says:

    Priyanka’s dress is just sad. The shoulders look weird and puffy. The makeup does not go with the dress. Why are there feathers on a quilted dress? And yet, not the worst thing she has ever worn. It is still pretty bad all alround.

    Everyone else is in standard formal wear. Nothing amazing. Everything fits. Nothing to see here.

  4. Pumpkin (formally soup, pie) says:

    I like the first two thirds but the bottom doesn’t go well with the rest of the dress. I also like her hair-do and ear-rings. I am torn about her make-up.

  5. Louise177 says:

    I actually kind of like Priyanka’s dress. I think it would have looked better sleeveless or without the feathered bottom. Both is a bit much. I hate Ellie’s dress. I don’t like the minidress with sheer bottom look.

    • Yup, Me says:

      Same here. Also, the “quilting effect on the dress looks like it’s actually made by smaller feathers coming down from each silver embroidery effect. That’s really interesting and intricate.

      Look at the place inside her elbows where the feathers are disturbed.

  6. Clare says:

    Priyanka Chopra is unquestionably a beautiful woman – but she has zero style. None.

  7. Beth says:

    Do all Balmain dresses have fake, tacky jewels on the shoulders? Every time I see Kim Kardashian wear one, I cringe. This quilted dress is cringe worthy too

  8. Mgsota says:

    I think felicity had some work done right?? I kept zooming in on pictures because I barely recognized her. She looks so much younger!

    • Kitten says:

      She’s morphing into Laura Dern.

      She’s been getting stuff done for a while now but I think it was previously just fillers and she’s graduated to a facelift..

  9. detritus says:

    Cut off the sleeves and it begins to resemble something ok.
    I’d still ditch the quilting, but that’s just me. Feathers can stay because who doesn’t like a bit of whimsy.

  10. Lizzie says:

    ellie kemper usually looks super fab. this dress is a rare fail but her head looks AMAZING.

    • Anna says:

      If you cut off the bottom of Ellie’s dress, where the sheerness begins, it would actually be a cute dress. You could wear that to an action movie premiere or something lol

  11. Squiggisbig says:

    Her first mistake was wearing Balmain.

  12. Cleo says:

    I don’t hate AJ’s dress but it is bridal for sure. Ellie is adorable but she looks like she’s going to prom in Vegas.

    I actually like Felicitys so oops at my taste. That color is one of my favorites. Priyanka is so beautiful and I don’t get why no one can seem to dress her in a way that accents it.

  13. minx says:

    Don’t care for any of these. AJ usually looks sleek and sophisticated so this was a big disappointment.

  14. serena says:

    Well, I think Felicity Huffman’s looks fine, honestly. It’s not bad, just not breathtaking.
    Priyanka’s on the other hand… it really look like she’s wearing a super fancy pajama.. with feathers.

  15. lucy2 says:

    Felicity looks different. I don’t hate her dress, but I don’t love it either.
    The rest were kind of a mess. Ellie is so pretty and looks great in the rich blue color, but the dress has way too much going on there.

  16. Enough Already says:

    Felicity looks surprisingly lovely here but I had to double-check the caption to make sure it was her. Holy plastic surgery, Batman!

  17. SF says:

    Beautiful woman but the dress gave off an odd vibe, that seemed to mix heavy fabric with light dusting.

    Looked like Mother of the Bride at a Christmas wedding in Iceland.

  18. Anastasia says:

    If Ellie’s dress lining had gone all the way down, I think it would have been stunning. As it is, it’s not that bad. Great styling on hair, makeup, jewelry. I envy her gorgeous auburn hair!

    • Veronica says:

      Yeah, I don’t get why designers do that. The bead work will stand out better if it’s given an under layer, so why sacrifice that for an overdone “sexy” look?

    • Diana B says:

      That was what I thought last night. Why ruin a stunning dress with a halfway sheer skirt? It would have been lovely if it was lined in its entirety.

  19. Veronica says:

    I don’t hate Chopra’s dress, honestly. It’s at least an interesting take on the mermaid silhouette, whereas Kemper’s dress is just…boring to me. Lovely bead work, but the sheer just brings down the look.

  20. Tiffany says:

    I think Felicity looks great. Huh.

  21. AnotherDirtyMartini says:

    Well, the cover pic of Priyanka’s face stopped me in my tracks. She’s so pretty.

  22. Tan says:

    Priyanka is such a gorgeous woman, she even made this one look good in motion. The top half is not bad. Its the feathers that make it stupid. Also her lips. Before someone pointed it out, I didn’t even look at her lips.

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  24. raincoaster says:

    Whoever did her makeup really, really dislikes her. You have to work hard to make that woman look bag.