Alexis Bledel is flying high as one of the industry’s most buzzed-about actresses thanks to her sensational performance in The Handmaid’s Tale.
But when it came to her choice of ensemble for this year’s Emmy Awards – where the talented 37-year-old is nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – Alexis didn’t achieve quite the same stratospheric success.
The on-screen star, who made her name on beloved drama series The Gilmore Girls, looked slightly like she had been attacked by a hot glue gun-wielding arts-and-crafts lover before hitting the red carpet at the Microsoft Theater, thanks to the rather garish embellishments on her otherwise-lovely pink strapless gown.
Frock horror! The normally-stylish Alexis Bledel led the worst-dressed stars at this year’s Emmys in a rather garish pink strapless gown with tacky butterfly-shaped embellishments
More is not more: Tracee Ellis Ross’s dress looked as though it needed a good steam – and the mounds of crinkled pink fabric almost totally obscured her from view, forcing her to actually clutch at part of it in an apparent attempt to control her dress
Swamped: When captured on camera, the material looked not unlike a paper lunch bag
OTT: E! News host Zuri Hall looked swamped by the seemingly-endless folds of fabric that made up her iridescent beige gown
Awkward! At times, the glamorous 30-year-old looked like she might spill out of the strapless number
Missing the magic: Comedian Michelle Wolf looked not unlike a Disney villain in her purple sequin number thanks in large part to the horn-like shape of the strapless neckline
The center of the bottom half of Alexis’ pale pink number was covered with a very bright neon yellow mesh material, while the top portion of the frock had been adorned with what looked like plastic butterflies you might buy from Michaels.
But Alexis was certainly not the only star to suffer a fashion fail at this year’s ceremony.
Joining her on the worst dressed list was E! News anchor Zuri Hall, who wore an over-the-top iridescent beige gown that featured seemingly-endless folds of fabric that flashed a rather unflattering green-tinged shade when captured in the wrong light.
The strapless number also left little to the imagination, and at times it appeared as though the glamorous TV host, 30, might pour right out of the top of the gown.
Another strapless style fail was Tracee Ellis Ross’ puffy pink gown, which seemed to completely overwhelm her at various points throughout the evening, particularly on the red carpet, where she was seen pulling up the voluminous ruffles around the neckline in order to actually show her waist.
And the strapless disasters didn’t stop there.
Fabric fail: While the silhouettes of the ensembles worn by Emilia Clarke (left) and Mary Steenburgen (right) were incredibly chic and flattering, the dreary, patterned fabric completely ruined the overall looks
Shoe shock: Actress Tina Lifford’s dress was a whole handful in and of itself thanks to the over-the-top fabric, and the addition of the thigh-high boots simply served to make it all the more outrageous
More high school than high end: The enormous floral embellishment on Yara Shahidi’s Gucci gown made it look like a bargain basement prom dress rather than a piece of couture
Sickly sweet: Leslie Jones’ suit was the perfect shape and cut for her – but the sugary cotton candy coloring gave the whole thing a very tacky look
Next up, comedian Michelle Wolf’s purple sequined gown, which was eerily reminiscent of a particular Disney villain, thanks in large part to the horn-shaped detailing around the strapless neckline.
As far as the silhouette, the dress was actually rather flattering, but unfortunately the overall design and coloring was more fitting for Halloween than for a fashion-forward red carpet.
Both Emilia Clarke and Mary Steenburgen also fell foul to bad fabric; Emilia’s form-fitting dress actually flattered her figure perfectly, but the dreary floral embroidery around the skirt, and the mix of a black lace bodice and full opaque skirt made it look like a bit of a mismatched mess.
Mary’s ensemble was much the same story.
While the silhouette of her pantsuit was both powerful and flattering, the garish mix of patterns on the fabric left the eyes almost totally overwhelmed, and completely distracted from the finer points of its tailoring.
Ready for Halloween? TV host Louise Roe looked as though she had made her dress out of the same fabric used to make old fashioned prison uniforms
A bit bright? Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star Carol Kane wore very chunky boots with a pair of fishnet heels that did little to jazz up her black velvet dress – while the addition of the giant flower and the shades gave it a costume feel
Wow: Although female power suits are all the rage at the moment, Silicon Valley star Suzanne Cryer’s wild red and silver design was too much to handle, particularly when paired with the very low-cut shirt
Era error: Actress Amy Sedaris’ dress resembled a funky neon doily, while the bow-tied shoes did little to elevate the look
Better than a parrot! Actress Ryan Michelle Bathe’s shoulder detailing made her shimmering dress more silly than stylish
Bee-m her up! Samantha Bee’s dress was not unlike a uniform worn by the actors on Star Trek
Leftovers! Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany, who is nominated for Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series, looked like she had enough spare fabric hanging off her shirt to make an extra dress
Giddy up! Karamo Brown looked like he was about to go horseback riding – or perhaps join the students at Hogwarts
Here come the suit fails: Both Deon Cole and Chris Sullivan totally missed the well-tailored mark thanks to the garish fabrics used to create their suits