26 August 2014 by

In Defence Of Lena Dunham’s Emmys Gown

2014 Emmys: Lena Dunham Wears Giambattista Valli Dress

Lena Dunham in Giambattista Valli at the 2014 Emmys [Getty]

It inspired a multitude of tired clichés: ‘the frocky horror show’, ‘grandmother’s curtains’ and the intensely original ‘loo roll dolly’ – not to mention the graphic ‘a boy’s blouse tucked into a gigantic tulle tent that’s profusely bleeding’. The Giambattista Valli gown Lena Dunham wore for yesterday's Emmy Awards, which has popped up on several ‘worst dressed’ lists overnight, has definitely caused a stir.

Admittedly, it was an odd combination – a button up, sleeveless cotton shirt in pale pink, donned with an exuberant tiered, fluffy skirt dyed several shades of red and pink. Not your average outfit. But then again, the woman in the dress is hardly average, is she now? ‘All I’m gonna say about my Emmy dress is that it looks like cake and feels like sweatpants #loveandjoy’ was Lena’s take on the styling. And, for that, we couldn’t admire her more.

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Maybe we should all be thinking a little more about how an outfit makes us feel (comfortable, hopefully) rather than dressing to please everyone else? There’s enough pressure on women to conform solely to the male ideal of beauty that, actually, we could do with a few more Lenas on the red carpet, thankyouverymuch.

2014 Emmys: Lena Dunham Wears Giambattista Valli Dress  Lena Dunham in Giambattista Valli at the 2014 Emmys [Getty]

Lena Dunham attended with her fiance, Jack Antonoff [Getty]


Not only that, her outfit is fun – it’s really fun. And it says to the world that she is a fun woman – that you can be a successful woman, and define your public image by your personality, rather than your looks or how ‘sexy’ your dress is. Lena Dunham is doing her thing and, for us, it’s working. Cake dresses all round, please.

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