Laura Prepon in Gustavo Cadile at the Emmys: too fussy or just right?

Laura Prepon

Laura Prepon led a cadre of OITNB ladies at the Emmys last night. Laura is so great as Alex Vause on the show, and we’re used to seeing her in basic tan. It was quite a treat to see her in a jewel tone. Laura chose a shiny, green-blue Gustavo Cadile gown. It’s taken me a few minutes to like this dress (so many color-blocked peplums in different places), but it works. The collar-flap is a bit awkward, but Laura wears it with panache. She wisely styled her hair in a messy chignon to offset the dress’ structured look. Laura looks gorgeous.

Taylor Schilling blended into the background in a Zuhair Murad dress. Taylor had hinted at her Emmys gown by saying she would never wear orange on the red carpet. She still could have gone with a bolder color instead of this bland, embellished dress that didn’t stand out at all. Taylor should have dressed for drama.

Taylor Schilling

Danielle Brooks brought the Taystee magic on the red carpet. She went full-length in a white gown with tastefully bubbly overlay and a dramatic, thigh-high split. The hint of train tops off this dress nicely.

Danielle Brooks

Dascha Polanco is so beautiful but struck out on the red carpet. This white dress isn’t tailored well on top. There’s also way too much fabric, which overwhelms her body. This is the prom dress of the evening.

Dascha Polanco

Allison Tolman looked fantastic in a jade green gown that played up her brunette locks and green eyes. The gown was great in theory, but the fabric was a bit too bunchy and wrinkly. Allison didn’t win best supporting actress, but Fargo won best miniseries/movie.

Allison Tolman

Kate Walsh wore a canary yellow Stephane Rolland dress that took peplum to the extreme. Maybe without the fishtail, this dress would have worked. The sparkly detail on the skirt is a nice touch. The styling is also off, and Kate’s hair is underdone.

Kate Walsh

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  1. Tracy says:

    I don’t like it. Just too much going on.

    • MCraw says:

      Bedhead, what are you talking about?? What a tacky taxky dress! Jewel tone my ass, it’s a mess! The hair color is bad and harsh and brings out the bags under her eyes. She needs softer, cleaner styling. What a mess.

      • Stef Leppard says:

        Thank you!! I thought I already said this below but maybe it didn’t post for some reason. She looks awful and hungover.

    • Velourazure says:

      woah. that Italian widow hair on laura is terrible.

  2. Marianne says:

    I don’t like the flap in front of Laura’s stomach, but otherwise its a gorgeous dress on her. I especially like it from the back.

    Taylor looks nice, but I feel like I’ve seen that look on her before.

    I do really like Kate Walsh’s dress.

  3. Lis says:

    That yellow dress … I think I’m gonna hurl!!

    • Kiddo says:

      Awful.

      And I don’t know if it is the too dark jet black dye, or life, but Prepon looks hella tired in that photo.

      • mimif says:

        It literally makes me laugh out loud when you write hella and rad, Kidzilla. But yeah, she looks a bit busted. I think a warmer chocolate brown hair color would suit her better.

      • Kiddo says:

        Take a chill pill. lol

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        I’ve only ever seen that really bright canary yellow look good on WoC. You really need a darker skin tone to pull that off IMO. That being said, the color is the least problematic aspect of that dress.

        I freaking love looking at the cast of OITNB. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a television show that features such a wide variety of female body types. Very cool to see that being represented..

      • MCraw says:

        Kiddo has me cracking up too…. 90′s slang lmao!

    • Ag says:

      seriously. too early in the morning to look at that. visual assault.

    • FingerBinger says:

      Kate Walsh looks like a jar of mustard.

    • starr says:

      The worst part of that yellow dress is the color. It is horrendous on Kate.

  4. Lady Macbeth says:

    I like… Omg none of them!

  5. Francis says:

    It’s good to see Hollywood , Netflix,embracing actresses of all sizes.
    Laura’s dress is a pretty color but too busy and she’s so pretty,she needs to get a new stylist. The bust /waist connected area is puzzling? What’s with one collar on a shoulder? The dress seems over styled?
    The other actress wearing green had a much better dress, Allison Tollman.

    I like the actress who plays Tastyee, Danielle Brooks dress, it works well on her and the white looks stunning on her.

    Taylor Schilling looks classy and elegant.

    • bettyrose says:

      Agreed on the body diversity. That part is great. The fashions are awful, though. And I just can’t not point out that Laura Prepon walked away from the part of a lifetime cuz her insane kreepy cult told her to (and possibly for homophobic reasons). It taints everything about her.

      • Francis says:

        Wow did she really leave the show?
        That’s too bad.

      • in_theory says:

        @bettyrose: What do you mean – walked away? Wikipedia says she’s (unfortunately) in the main cast for the third season. Or is she gone after that?

      • Francis says:

        The last show. I saw, she had broken probation and was heading back to Prison.

      • Nick says:

        Laura will be a series regular for season three. She was only in a few episodes last season because of a work conflict. I don’t like her character or her storyline with Piper so i’m actually disappointed she’ll be returning, lol.

      • lucy2 says:

        Yeah, I’ve seen her confirmed for season 3.

      • bettyrose says:

        K. Then I’m behind on my news and good for her. Sounds like she stood up to the cult, but there was a lot of buzz that she left because the cult was uncomfortable with her playing a lesbian. She was a minor part in season 2, so it all added up.

      • msw says:

        I’m pretty sure those rumors were nothing but conjecture. There were also rumors that Prep on was pretty upset about her lack of screen time in season 2.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        @msw-I never read anything concrete or substantial when it came to those “rumors”, they really were based on the usual judgment surrounding CO$.

        Yes I think CO$ is crazy and corrupt but I hate how people tend to vilify every single person involved with it.

      • bettyrose says:

        No one was getting villified. I just foolishly repeated something I’d read on this very site a year ago without checking other sources to see if the info was still current.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        I didn’t mean you personally, Bettyrose! And I remember those whisperings about Prepon’s hiatus from OITNB.

        I just meant that in general, people are incredibly quick to believe anything negative about a celeb who is a member of CO$, regardless of whether there’s any proof or not.

        To use this example, the rumor that every CO$ member is a raging homophobic–rumor is repeated often enough, it gains steam, and then unsubstantiated rumor suddenly becomes indisputable fact. This, even though there’s never been any proof of the CO$ condemning homosexuality (I’m no expert but I remember Googling it a while back) beyond L Ron Hubbard’s crazy-ass writings, which weren’t too far from how many people felt about homosexuality in the 1960s BTW.

        I mean, don’t look at me, I’m an atheist, this is just my observation from commenting on this board for so long. People tend to assume that every Scion is a robot that must abide by L Ron Hubbard’s written rules, when really I think it’s likely similar to being a non-practicing Catholic in the sense that you believe in and use the religious tools, but might not take every word of the bible at face-value.

        Oh man, did I just defend Co$? Eh…that wasn’t my intention, but carry on….

    • ichsi says:

      Brooks wins this by far, she’s gorgeous. I can see what Shilling went for and I’m sure the dress looked great when she tried it on but together with the background it’s just sad.

  6. lana86 says:

    Dascha Polanco has some unlucky make up. I wouldnt have recognised her – she looked much prettier on TV, even in a prison robe and light make up

  7. Anna says:

    I think Danielle looked great and I even like Dascha’s look too but the top looks really uncomfortable and way too tight. I don’t know how she could’ve worn that the whole evening

  8. Jenns says:

    Whoever fitted Dascha Polanco for that dress should be fired. The top of that dress is painful to look at.

    • claire says:

      As well as whoever put her in blue eyeshadow and hot pink lipstick.

    • Bucky says:

      Agree. She looked stunning on the last red carpet I saw her on. This is terrible. She is gorgeous, it shouldn’t be this hard to get something that fits and makeup that lets us see her face.

  9. sisi says:

    Laura’s dress reminded me of Kim Basingers Oscar dress disaster… which isn’t a good thing.
    And it adds volume at ALL the wrong places, it’s astounding that someone woud actually design that. Look at how wide her waist seems, that is horrible craftsmanship.

  10. in_theory says:

    No to any of these dresses. And I hate the Alex character on the show (somehow even more so since learning that the actress is a scientologist) and don’t think she’s a really good actress, so my judgement is probably impaired.

  11. db says:

    Re: Laura Prepon – Oh good god, NO. It looks an awful lot like that thing Kim Basinger wore back in the day. Way too much

  12. kibbles says:

    Dascha Polanco has the kind of curvy body type I think is quite attractive but her bodice was too tight. She should have went a size up because her boobs look like they could have popped out at any second.

    Danielle Brooks really should have gotten a professional hair stylist and make-up artist for this event. Her dress is awful. I know none of these women are A-list yet, but she should have enough money by now to get a few professionals to put together a good look. That dress does not fit her well.

    Laura Prepon looks really harsh here. Her eyebrows looked overplucked and she looks so tired and washed out. Her makeup and hair does not look good at all. The dress looks like it is weighing her down. I would have loved to see her in something more light and flowy like Michelle Dockery’s dress.

    • Francis says:

      That Michelle Dockery dress would be atrocious on anyone else, I thought it was awful , even though Michelle is stunning.

  13. eliza says:

    I am just curious as to what happened to Laura Prepon’s face?!

  14. poppy says:

    peplum = NO

  15. Nick says:

    Danielle Brooks is standing like one of those body builders who want to appear really big. Her arms are jetting out from her side.

  16. QQ says:

    Laura Preppon REALLY needs to have that hair color toned or something cause it looks like a home dye Job for an emo girl and that dress is making a woman that we know isnt fat Look Fat

    Taylor looked better on tv and up close cause you could appreciate the beadwork? And those cuff earrings had me OBSESSED!

    Dascha Breaks my Dominican heart with this Juniors prom short in the titties dress

    Tassttteeee won this round! i Love the new hairdo

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Yup. I’ve been saying that ink dye job needs to go for a long time. She looked so amazing as a redhead. I think she should go back to that…or even a honey blonde. But platinum-blonde or jet-black are way too harsh on her.

    • Bucky says:

      Taystee totally wins this round. I love the overlay, wish there were a good head-on shot here.

      Taylor looks fine, but boring. That dress on Dascha is a crime against awesome.

      Laura’s dress is TERRIBLE. Just awful.

  17. smee says:

    I do not like Laura Prepon’s black hair – it makes her look hard. She was great as a red head. Her face also looks…..tired? bloated? waxy? Something. And her dress is very matronly.

  18. Nick says:

    Danielle for the win. She’s such a beauty!

  19. lucy2 says:

    Prepon’s – pretty color but too much fabric
    Taylor’s – looked gorgeous on TV, bland in photos.
    Danielle’s – great!
    Allison’s – really pretty. Sad she didn’t win, she was great on Fargo.
    Kate Walsh – terrible hair, bad color on her. I used to like her but now find her kind of off putting for some reason. And her new show looks pretty bad.
    Dascha- OMG why. I hate dress with those teeny tiny bodices to begin with, they don’t look good on anyone and always make me think they need to be pulled up. But hers was such a terrible fit, from every angle it was very unflattering. She’s a pretty girl, hopefully next year is better.

  20. RobN says:

    Wow, Laura Prepon looks rough. Hair is harsh and the color is not flattering at all, make-up is bad, face is incredibly puffy and the dress looks like something made in a high school design class.

    Frankly, the whole page is in tough shape. Get your dress properly fitted!

  21. hopperlea says:

    Laura Pepon looks like she has been crying for days. Her eyes and face are very puffy.

  22. Grant says:

    I think Laura is my worst dressed of the night. That dress is a mess.

  23. I Choose Me says:

    Danielle Brook’s dress and styling is the only one I like.

  24. Twinkle says:

    Terrible dress. Worst of the night. So fussy, contrived and something from the costume department of a drag show.

  25. Lisa says:

    DANIELLE. <3 With a better top fit, Dascha's dress could have been stunning. She looks squeezed into it.

    I liked Selenis Leyva's dress; wish you'd included it!

    Laura looks better in her instagram pics with minimal makeup. This looks like Alex Vause broke out of prison to attend.

  26. MAP says:

    Whoever took all these photos needed to clean the lens! There is a black dot in the same spot in every Emmy photo.

  27. msw says:

    I guess I’m in a minority here, but I love Danielle’s dress. Its nice to see a heavy woman rock a side slit and I think it looks awesome on her. The white color is really nice against her dark skin.

  28. Lola says:

    About Laura P. , I liked her dress and it looks good on her. What I don’t like are the accessories and the hair. Too dark for the complete contrast of the look.

    I liked Taylor S. complete look and it is hard to pull off.

    Danielle B. looks stunning, but I would have pared it with full red lips.

    Dascha P. had great hair and makeup, but I agree the dress was not tailored properly.

    Allison T. stunning! The whole thing. Now, only critique would be her posture, or like my grandmother always used to say … Show them boobies out! AS IN Stand up straight!

    Kate W. I liked the dress … but not feeling the color, she does pull it off, but could be better in a different color.

  29. Lydia Says says:

    Laura Prepon is such a beautiful lady but this dress managed to make her look frumpy; it did not do her justice at all.

    Dascha Polanco looks beautiful but the dress is 2 sizes too small on top.

    Danielle Brooks looks beautiful. Taylor Schilling looks beautiful but the color of her dress is boring. Enough with these nude colors on the red carpet. Lol

    Kate Walsh looks beautiful .Her dress looks amazing on the the runaway. Love the bold yellow color and the architectural silhouette. But it did not keep it’s shape on the red carpet. Her hair and accessories did not work with this dress at all.

  30. Manjit says:

    The yellow dress is the best of the bunch. The teal taffeta is just hideous.

  31. Honeybee Blues says:

    I think Laura looks so sad because she knows her dress is suffering from schizophrenia.

  32. TOPgirl says:

    I can’t help but laugh at these girls in dresses! I like them better in orange jumpsuits!

  33. Bridget says:

    Laura has to have her hair that color for OITNB and it’s probably really damaging to change it up too much.

  34. melain says:

    Love Laura. Not loving this look on her.