Alison Brie in Roberto Cavalli at the Critics Choice Awards: gorgeous and just right?

At last night’s Critics Choice Awards Alison Brie had on a peach Roberto Cavalli gown that was kind of mesmerizing on camera. I love the draping on the bodice, there’s something both sporty and elegant about this, like you could wear the top part to yoga, and that’s not shade. It was a great choice and she really worked it on the red carpet too. Plus I absolutely love her hair and makeup. She wore her hair up with soft curls and it’s emphasizing her bronze eyes and peach lips. Gorgeous. Look at this dress! (As a side note, I bet she’s having a hard time with the fact that her brother-in-law was outed as an abusive predator. I don’t mean to assume anything but I would have a hard time in that situation.)


Rachel Brosnahan, who again won Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her work in the The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, was in Zuhair Murad. (Incidentally I tried to watch that show with my boyfriend and it didn’t grab us within the first 15 minutes so we moved on. Maybe I’ll give it another chance and watch it alone.) I love the intricate detailing on this gown, but I would like to see it in a bolder color, the blush color washes her out.


This is Brosnahan’s partner, Jason Ralph, he’s also an actor and they’re so cute together!


Heidi Klum was in a gown by Georges Hobeika that was both poorly cut and a bad color. Imagine this without those dippy bishop sleeves with the bad shoulder cutouts. It would still be a nothingburger dress, but it wouldn’t be as fug. This looks so 70s with her bad styling too.



Kaley Cuoco was in this pink J. Mendel with flutter sleeves, a deep v-neck and polka dot sequins in various cluster concentrations separated by wide stripes. This is strange but it’s also somewhat pretty, like that color works on her. She also looks so happy and her equestrian fiance is pretty secure in his role as her plus one. I hope they get married and last a long time.



I’m including Octavia Spencer, in this plum Tadashi Shoji, as an example of how to do a bold-colored dress. These peach and nude-toned dresses are hit or miss but a jewel tone usually works. I like how this dress mixes velvet, lace, pleats and stripes and yet still looks so classic. Tadashi Shoji has some incredible dresses.



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  1. msd says:

    She looks depressed about being a Franco by marriage.

    • Other Renee says:

      Wouldn’t we all be?

    • Cupcake says:

      You also have to wonder what her husband knew. Was he complicit? Was he involved in some way? The Franco brothers seem to be tight so I can’t help but think about it.

    • Maisie says:

      Bwah. Poor Allison – just as things were looking up (she’s surely the most successful post-Community actor after John Oliver) – the Franco taint. Tsk. This dress isn’t helping – the shape is pretty enough, but why does it have to be BEIGE? Step *away* from the Franco’s and put some color on, girl.

  2. Red says:

    I think that color washes Alison out. None of these dresses look great.

    • Snazzy says:

      I agree, the colour washes Brie out just as much (if not more) than Rachel Brosnahan’s dress

      • Ankhel says:

        They would look better in pale colours if they had a stronger lip. It’s Makeup 101. But yeah, it’s not flattering with dresses that are too close to one’s own skintone.

    • minx says:

      I really don’t like that pale color palette on anyone.

    • INeedANap says:

      The cut and style are great, but imagine the dress in a sky blue or deep cobalt.

      • lucy2 says:

        Yes, it’d be gorgeous. She looks good and the dress itself is pretty but I agree the color is too washed out on her.

        I like Octavia’s look, more for the color than the dress. Rachel’s has some pretty detailing but I don’t love it.

      • Amy says:

        Sky blue would’ve been perfect! I love the cut of the dress and I kind of like the color (I generally like these light nudes), but it just doesn’t work that well with her skin tone.

        I wish kaley’s wasn’t sheer at bottom. I don’t think that looks good on anyone. It looks cheap and unelegant. I think the color was pretty on her, though, and I liked the cut of the dress. I think the stripes plus the sequins might’ve been too much but I’m not sure which I would take away.
        I think Heidi has the worst taste. I rarely like anything she wears on the red carpet or on project runway. She always looks like a tacky showgirl with the taste of a teenager who has just developed her grown woman body and wants to show it off constantly. I’m not against showing off one’s body, but it seems like Heidi chooses things simply bc they show off her boobs and legs and pays zero attention to whether or not the outfit is designed well and actually good looking—which is funny bc she’s the main judge and host of a design show.

      • G says:

        Agree with you all. This dress in this colour reminds me of old bandages.

    • Maisie says:

      Disagree – Octavia Spencer’s deep winey purple looks great.

  3. Zondie says:

    Octavia Spencer looks great! Her makeup is perfect for that bold color.

  4. GO says:

    Alison looks way too gaunt. Like a ghost. None of these dresses are great tbh.

  5. Genie Lin says:

    Can we move on from fake tan – please (Heidi and Kaley)? The ladies that don’t use it look sooo much better.

    Am watching episode 3 of the Fabulous Mrs. M. and it is starting slowly to grab me.

  6. Esmom says:

    Allison and Octavia’s are my favorites. Although I think Allison’s would have been prettier in a different, bolder color. The long sleeves are cool.

    As for Heidi, oh, honey, no.

    • Kitten says:

      Poor Heidi is stuck in a fashion time warp. Someone tell her that fake tans aren’t cool and this happened long before The Orange Beast moved into the White House.

      I think Alison looks amazing and ethereal. Her skin! She is glowing.
      I do think the dress would be better in a bolder color, but I still think her look is an overall win.

      • toDaze says:

        Heidi is naturally beautiful and charismatic etc, but her color choices are memorably “off”. I can literally remember 1970s chalk blue thing and and another one in canary yellow- seriously, her tone awareness is interesting for a fashion person.

  7. grabbyhands says:

    I have a sad feeling that this is the hot trend this awards seasons-that weird, washed out palette of “color” that flatters almost no one who wears it.

  8. OSTONE says:

    The marvelous Mrs. Maisel started to get good towards the end of the first episode.

    • lucy2 says:

      Yes, you have to give it at least until she does her first performance (which is kind of the whole point of the show).

  9. knotslaning says:

    The Marvelous Mrs. M is one of the best shows on television. I don’t know if you have to be Jewish and a New Yorker to love it but damn, that show captivates the hell out me. Brosnahan captures the era, the culture, the everything about 1950s New York. I love this show so much that I binged in one day. She is a true comedian! Please give it another shot!

    • Lucky says:

      I totally agree! Was talking to my friend about the show (we aren’t Jewish but we are life long Brooklynites who grew up in a predominantly Jewish neighborhood) and I was wondering if the rest of the country wouldn’t get it. I love the show, it captures the time really well. Rachel Brosnahan is a great actress she really sells the character,

    • C-No says:

      I’m not Jewish or from Brooklyn and I LOVE. IT. Love her. Love the costumes and the sets. So great, the whole thing, I’ll probably rewatch it.

      • bella says:

        I am not Jewish or from Brooklyn either and I loved. loved the show. I think she is absolutely great in it and I love the writing and the directing of it.

  10. Runcmc says:

    Omg it’s Quentin Coldwater!! That’s the highlight of this post for me haha

  11. Lucy says:

    The color does wash her out a little bit, but it is a lovely gown and I appreciate that she embraces her pale skin. As for the Franco thing, I hope she’s doing well (or as well as she can).

  12. Des says:

    I don’t care for the dress but the make up is amazing! her face is a work of art.

  13. Erinn says:

    I love Rachel’s dress and styling. She looks super happy, and she and Jason are cute together.

    I really don’t like Kaley. But she seems to be really happy. And the guy seems to be happy as well. She loves horses, so it’s nice to see her with someone who shares that. Maybe this one is the one that will work out – they seem to be a lot more steady than any of the other relationships – so good for them.

    Alison would look a lot better if that dress was just a slightly different color. If it was an incredibly light blue or pink it’d make a huuuuge difference.

  14. Astrid says:

    Heidi needs to hang it up! She should know better considering her career in modeling and fashion. How can a woman look so bad all the time?

  15. Rosey says:

    I think the dress is lovely on Alison but I think it would of been great in a different color. The color does nothing for her.

    • susiecue says:

      I came to say the same thing. She looks great otherwise! And Octavia Spencer looks so great too!!

      Does Kaley Cuoco always have to make that face? Like she’s got a mouth full of something she’s waiting to spit out?

    • crazydaisy says:

      I love Alison’s dress and the color and her hair and her subtle classy makeup – total goddess. BTW she covered Women’s Health last month and the piece was so inspiring in terms of women’s potential to build physical strength— in arms, and all over. Take home message: just stick with it. From only a few pushups on the wall, Alison is now doing multiple full, straight-leg floor pushups… with a chain around her waist! So rad.

  16. U.S and them says:

    No criticism here. I think she looks gorgeous.

  17. LizLemonGotMarried says:

    Love, love, love the structure and shape of Kaley’s gown with the sleeves, the stripes, and the sparkle. It balances out the color (which is blah pink).

  18. Anastasia says:

    Is it just me, or does Heidi’s hair look greasy as hell? She looks like she works in Vegas. The Tuesday morning shift.

  19. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I guess I need to give the show another go. I couldn’t get through the first episode. Does she try to be super funny throughout? Wait… it’s a musical too right? Ha! No.

  20. L84Tea says:

    Kaley and Octavia are literally the only dresses that I think good among all of them. What has happened to Hollywood? I miss Vera Wang being in style. I remember in the early 90’s when Vera hit it big and everybody was wearing her–at the Oscar’s one year it was like absolutely everybody looked amazing and there was nobody that looked awful because they were ALL wearing Vera.

  21. Linabear says:

    Why does Alison look so different nowadays? I’m a fan from the Community days but she looks almost unrecognizable lately.

    • OriginalLala says:

      she’s lost a ton of weight and it’s really changed her face

    • lucy2 says:

      She’s definitely lost some weight in her face, but I think she’s been trying different styling and makeup since starting GLOW.

      • Kitten says:

        Yeah it’s the weight loss and different styling for sure. She looked REALLY different on Mad Men from how she looked on Community. I think that’s really advantageous for her as an actor, honestly. She’s really malleable in that way..

  22. MellyMel says:

    Oh I didn’t know Rachel was with Jason! I like him and his show The Magicians. Very cute couple!

  23. Other Renee says:

    Octavia’s nice dress is marred by those stupid short sleeves. It would have looked better with an interestingly designed longer sleeve.

    Heidi wanted a dress that enabled her to stick her leg out a la Jolie and simultaneously show off the muscles in her arms. Ok well, she got it and it looks absolutely awful. As usual.

    Alison looks beautiful.

    I want to add that I love the word nothingburger.

  24. Muprhy says:

    Brie’s make up is stunning.

    This is the look Kaley should stick to. Yeah it’s safe but it works for her, she doesn’t have a good track record when it comes to experimenting.

    Another slam dunk by Tadashi Shoji.

  25. serena says:

    Alison Brie had one of the best look of the night, her make up and hair are simply GORGEOUS and her dress is also perfect.

  26. reverie says:

    She’s like a doll. And I like that washed out look because her eyes pop something fierce.

  27. Valiantly Varnished says:

    Alison definitely didn’t look like her normal self. Her eyes look really sad and uncomfortable. Who knows what is going on and being said behind the scenes between her, her husband and James. Rachel Brosnahan’s boyfriend plays Quentin on The Magicians- I love that show! They just had their 3rd season premiere on Wednesday.

  28. Pandy says:

    The peach dress is stunning but doesn’t do much for her coloring. I love Kaley Cuoco s dress!!! Beautiful. I don’t “mind” Heidi’s dress but she’s too orange and her hair and make up arent working. Octavia s dress is just ok. The other pinky dress is just okay as well but washes out Mrs Maisel.

  29. Nibbi says:

    I agree that Alison Brie looks stunning. I don’t even really know who she is, but her face sort of reminds me of a young Isabelle Adjani (see: Queen Margot) – that pallor (which I always think is sort of striking, I guess because of being pale myself- being that eye-catching & gorgeous = pale goals), those brows. I don’t mind the pale effect of the dress either and it’s true that she’s completely working it.
    I don’t agree, however, about Kaley Cuoco’s dress. It’s interesting, but I hate that “bare to the crotch, is she or isn’t she” thing- I find it sort of tacky and gross.

  30. Freddy Spaghetti says:

    I think Alison looks gorgeous–that dress!–but stressed out. Kaley is okay…for her.

  31. Twinkle says:

    Why is Heidi Klum at every award show that she’s not nominated for and have zero chance of ever being nominated. Her publicist deserves 55% for getting her invites to all of these things.