Alison Brie in Dundas at the Variety Emmy Party: 80s excess or retro success?

The Variety and Women in Film Emmy Party

Alison Brie must be letting her Netflix series GLOW influence her fashion. At the Variety and Women In Film’s 2018 pre-Emmy party on Saturday she wore a fresh from the runway black mini dress from designer Peter Dundas featuring puffy sleeves and a ruffled skirt. The shiny, belted dress seems to be screaming for a set of shoulder pads. She accessorized with a cute clutch and silky, ankle wrap sandals (which I also dig). I love Alison, but this look is definitely a boot for me. She did showed it off before the event on Instagram.

The Variety and Women in Film Emmy Party

In keeping with the theme of “when bad outfits happen to good actresses,” Busy Phillips(#kimkelly4eva) showed up at the event in a full-length floral print dress by The Vampire’s Wife. Fun fact: the fashion line was founded by Susie Cave, the wife of singer Nick Cave. Say something nice, Corey…it’s, well, modest. It’s also like wallpaper come to life. I do like Busy’s slicked back bun and her makeup is on point, but that dress, it’s pretty terrible. Busy also shared her look on Instagram, posting a photo in front of a floral wall. I’m surprised you can still see her.

The Variety and Women in Film Emmy Party

Constance Wu from Crazy Rich Asians and TV’s Fresh Off the Boat, which has been picked up for a fifth season, looked cute in a black and white patterned dress with black knee high boots. Again, there’s nothing wrong with this dress, it’s just kind of blah. I do like Constance though, and her Instagram feed shows the the lady does have style. This one was just a miss. I like the boots too.

The Variety and Women in Film Emmy Party

Thandie Newton, nominated for her role on HBO’s Westworld, also went to the dark side for the Variety event, in an off-the-shoulder black dress with a side train. She accessorized with a bold animal print clutch ad bejeweled sandals. I like this dress, and not only because it looks really similar to a dress my mom had that I kept trying to smuggle out of her closet when I was in college. It’s elegant. The train might be a bit too much, as it kind of overwhelms the petite actress, but it’s certainly the best of the bunch. You get a toot, my dear.

Photos: WENN, Instagram

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  1. Rando says:

    Issa Rae looks drastically different

  2. Lucy2 says:

    I don’t like any of these.

  3. Cidy says:

    No one looks great here.

  4. InquisitiveNewt says:

    A black garbage bag is brought to mind re the first picture. Vivienne Westwood and the early punks – who donned pink garbage bags held together with safety pins to demonstrate how they were a disenfranchised, thrown away part of society – could have done something useful with this; otherwise, I’m afraid it’s absolutely hideous. And why is Busy Phillips wearing curtains from an Elks Lodge ca 1956?

  5. Wasabi says:

    Miss Newton’s dress kinda looks like a very elegantly draped bedsheet. I mean, she looks amazing but the dress is weirdly crafted.

  6. josephine says:

    Certain styles need never come back. As in all of these.

  7. Esmom says:

    I don’t mind any of them. Constance’s is probably my least favorite, actually. It looks cheap and boxy to me.

  8. LadyT says:

    Allison’s dress has the Princess Diana wedding dress pouf sleeve that was everywhere in the ‘80s. I had a royal blue satin robe just like this with the enormous sleeves. Yikes, but I loved it at the time.

  9. Parigo says:

    All terrible.

  10. ItReallyIsYou,NotMe says:

    I think theme dressing to match the chronology of your show/movie is ridiculous.

  11. Miss Gloss says:

    I love it! I love how she genuinely loves fashion. She has a lot of fun with it and takes some chances too. I love her.

  12. Pandy says:

    Ugh. nothing redeeming in any of these outfits.

  13. tuille says:

    They’re all bad, from the shiny overblown ruffle job Alison wears to Thandie’s side train, which is a mullet on a mini.
    Busy looks like she’s in costume for Little House on the Prairie.

  14. Lala11_7 says:

    Being an 80s Baby…who STILL rocks fashions that I BOUGHT IN THE 80s…I think Allison (whom I find so adorable I could just PLOTZ!) is ROCKIN’ THE HEYLL OUTTA THAT OUTFIT! I think she looks HAWT!

  15. RedWeatherTiger says:

    Hell’s bells, Trudie! (sorry…had to do my favorite Mad Men exclamation for Alison Brie’s nightmare dress.)