In or Out: Emmy Rossum in Ralph Lauren

Posted on January 06, 2012

Emmy here – and we totally mean this as a compliment – looks like a hood ornament on some swanky ’20s motorcar:

Emily Rossum in Ralph LaurenEmmy Rossum attends the premiere reception for Showtime’s “Shameless” Season 2 in LA in Ralph Lauren.

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Emily Rossum in Ralph Lauren

Emily Rossum in Ralph Lauren

Emily Rossum in Ralph Lauren

She must have just finished a Boardwalk Empire marathon.

We like this look a lot, and we respect her commitment to going with the art deco theme and sporting the finger waves. We imagine she struck quite a figure in person. But there’s a part of us that thinks this is a little costumey (hair, makeup, jewelry and bag are close to period-perfect) and just a little too unified a look, with the sparkly jewelry and clutch almost fighting with the sparkly dress. We love it on first glance, but from a styling perspective it’s a little obvious.



Vote Now!


IN! 23-skiddoo, kiddo! She’s the bee’s knees!

OUT! It’s ironic her name’s Emmy because she looks like one. For second place.


Several rallied to Miss Meryl’s defense, but the majority found her Hogwarts robes to be unfortunate, voting them OUT.


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  • Tom Shea

    IN. She looks good. And not like Princess Gumdrop of Sugartown, which is her default setting.

    • Mercy

      Exactly.  Her role in Shameless seems to have broadened her career and her tastes.  Thank god.  IN, although I’m not a huge fan of the hair color for some reason.

      • Dina dV

        Yes, a true natural brown is just awful.  Better to dye it a prettier shade of brown.

        • Mercy

          Indeed… or just wear a different shade of lipstick that doesn’t oddly pick up the reds in your skin and hair and set them off in just the wrong way.  

          Not to mention that you have no way of knowing whether her hair color and tone are completely natural as it is. 

    • Anonymous

      I think she’s trying to kill Princess Gumdrop, because I saw her on Conan the other night and she actually made me uncomfortable with some of the raunchy jokes she was making. And I am not a prude! It was all just so out of the blue and unmotivated, and most of them weren’t actually landing successfully, so it was just awkward.

  • Shawn EH

    In! Though I wish it was full-length.

    • Anonymous

      Totally agree.  The proportions aren’t quite right, though I will say she has the curves to make it work better than it worked on the model.

  • VicksieDo

    IN, that’s STUNNING!

  • Anonymous

    Gorgeous dress.

    She needs hosiery, though.  I pity that poor pinky!

  • Anonymous

    I think she looks awesome, though the silver body glitter is maybe just a little too much.

    • Sobaika Mirza

      I totally DETEST the body glitter, but other than that, it’s so very IN. She never looks this good.

  • Karishma

    IN IN IN. So classy.

  • G

    In.  But I ask, who amongst us would like having our feet put under a microscope?  What these stars have to endure!  And that poor pinky toe… Nonetheless, she’s closer to an In than an Out.

    • Fanney D

      if i was wearing shoes like these, i wouldn’t mind having the whole world zooming in on my toes.

  • Anonymous

    I think she looks lovely! I wish her expression weren’t so, “girl, please,” but what can you do.

  • Anonymous

    An IN, though the silver reminds me of leftover tinsel and I do agree it’s a bit costume-y.  Still a far sight better than 90% of red carpet garb.

  • foodycat

    IN – she looks much better than usual and the dress fits her better than the model. Wish she had worn different shoes though, with a bit of contrast in them and the bag.

  • Anonymous

    An IN, though the silver reminds me of leftover tinsel and I do agree it’s a bit costume-y.  Still a far sight better than 90% of red carpet garb.

  • Sara__B

    Ms. Rossum is near the top of my Irrational Celebrity Dislike List, but I like this. Yes, it’s one note, costumey, and obvious, but it’s also fun and pretty. IN — she’s the bee’s knees AND the cat’s meow.

  • Anonymous

    Out. I don’t like the makeup or the accessories and the fit around her bust is a little weird. I actually typed “In even though…” at first and talked myself out of it.

  • Anonymous

    She wears the dress better than the model.  Her accessories are a bit predictable, but overall she is in.

    • Urban Gypsy aka Tess

      Totally agree. I was about to say that, she looks so much more amazing in that dress than the model.

      I’m not a huge fan of the hair and would like to see something more modern but there’s no doubt she’s way, way IN.

  • Lauren St Martin

    In! Let the girl play dress up. It’s fun and cute, though I would have gone with different shoes. Plus, she looks a TON better than the model, which is an accomplishment few on the red carpet can say.

  • Deborah Jozayt

    She looks more well-fitted and well-suited for this dress than the model.

  • Anonymous

    I want to give this an IN, but now that you mention it, this is VERY costumey. Like, straight-up Halloween. But still, gorgeous, so I guess the in is deserved.

  • Richard Harper

    In.  She looks fabulous, and I’m not even a fan.

  • Gus Casals

    If you cut her head, she´s perfect. The do and ingenue face are too much. Still an IN, the dress is to die for and it fits her very well.

  • Anonymous

    In. She looks great in the dress. Here hair isn’t that overdone and she looks better actually than the model. Her figure is more flattering in the dress than the model’s is.

  • Cathy S

    I love it. I don’t think it looks costume-y, I think it looks gorgeous. That dress is stunning.

  • Merneith

    In. It is costumey – but in a good way.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    IN – maybe a little too allover silvery, but I am a sucker for anything Art Deco-inspired.

  • Anonymous

    In. Love the dress, but the full-on finger waves really is too costume-y. Plus, it shellacks the sexy out of her natural allure.

  • Anonymous

    Bee’s knees! IN!

  • Anonymous

    IN. I think she looks lovely. (And the dress looks much more shapely on her than on the model.)

  • Vaniljekjeks

    In.  And I really like her hair.  Maybe because my usual style is quite similar. 

  • enuma


  • Anonymous

    IN. She looks amazing.

  • kristel

    In. She looks gorgeous, whether it’s too obvious or not. 

  • Judy_J

    I love it!  The dress, the shoes, the hair, the makeup, the clutch, the jewelry….even her skin looks sparkly! Totally IN.

  • Anplica Fiore

    In – but it would be even better with more color than just the silver!

  • Samantha Ritchie


  • Anonymous

    IN. It is a bit literal, but she looks fantastic and I LOVE those shoes (not too chunky, not too minimalistic!)

  • Anonymous


  • Ally Monge

    Out. Wish she would have gone with either the 20’s styling or the 20s dress, and not both.

  • Donna Schmidt

    In, she looks fabulous!

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    out. way too one-note.

  • Liana Brooks

    Unified can be good. Maybe we’ve just seen too many mismatched horrors lately, but I like it. IN

  • Anonymous

    In. Ha-cha-cha!  I’m reading a book about Prohibition right now, and this look would be a wowzer at a top-flight speak.

    Poor, poor toes.  This hose-less trend is something these girls must rue after every event.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, she’s lovely.  She looks very New Year’s Eve….and it is a new year, after all!  Let’s help her celebrate by calling her “in” on this one.

  • Fifi LaRoux


  • Sorana Tarmu

    OUT. Too costumey.

  • Sara Munoz

    I think the hair takes it over the top. But golly if she doesn’t fill that dress better than the model.  I’m going with IN. If just for the bling.

  • Anonymous

    Absolutely FAN-FUCKING-TASTIC.

  • Anonymous


  • Bethany Roullett

    Going with a big IN.

  • Joyce VG

    Ooooh shiny and pretty!  IN!

  • Anonymous

    Love those shoes.  I’m hoping and praying that the days of the clodhoppers are coming to an end.

  • Anonymous


  • marlie

    IN!! Love the whole look.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, too literal.  Out.

  • Anonymous

    OOoooooooooooooooohhhhhh!  Shiny things!  IN!

  • Anonymous

    In, in, in.

  • Delysia LaFosse

    Literal? Yes. IN? Also yes. I get where you guys are coming from on this one, but she still looks great and (as far as I know) she isn’t one of those people whose entire style is based on costume-y period looks, so I think it’s forgivable for one event.

  • penn collins

    In, simply as it is something nice and…different but in a very well put together way….

  • Anonymous

    Giving her an IN but it is bordering on being too costumey for me. Hair and makeup are way too heavy handed and those alone had me had me saying OUT. They’re not the least bit flattering on her. Neck down is mostly in. Neck up, no.

  • Tadiana Walton Jones

    In.  Lipstick is a little harsh, though. Otherwise gorgeous.  The design of the dress looks like a Frank Lloyd Wright design in silver.  That will always be in for me.

  • Jane Lister-Korwan Doherty

    I love it so in. 

  • Anonymous

    In.  It is a bit costumey, except for the shoes which seem more modern.  The dress fits her so well and the styling complements it perfectly.

  • Judy S

    IN. Charming.

  • Anonymous

    IN, with reservations matching yours

  • Anonymous

    Agreed on the obviousness of the styling, but I adore that dress so much (and that era of clothing and styling in general) that I cannot vote this anything but a capital IN. That dress is so my style that I can’t stand it.

  • Anonymous

    It suits her, even the obvious touches. Big IN.

  • Anonymous

    In. I would totally dress like that.

  • Lee Heffner

    IN. I think she looks stunning, and the dress does seem to fit her better in the armpits. I do wish she had painted her toes a deep red to match her lips (only because I can’t think of a better color). I think the makeup looks great. That said, I’m not sure this matchy look would necessarily work on everyone; for some reason, it looks perfect here though.

  • Jessica Goldstein

    I love everything about this. IN.

  • Anonymous

    Holey moley! The whole thing is gorgeous!

  • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    Oh this is a tough one.  I think she over-matched with all the silver, and the finger waves are making it very costume-y.  I’m going OUT, mainly because its not even close to Halloween anymore, and this isn’t her typical style.  

  • Sara Leigh Merrey

    I love it!

  • Anonymous

    IN. I’m not fond of the detailing on the torso, but she looks good here.

  • Anonymous

    This dress looks better on her than on the model. I’d like a bit more modern hair, but that’s a minor quibble. IN.

  • Anonymous

    In.  I like the dress, don’t mind the hair. 

    The shoes…I don’t hate them, but I have never been that fond of heels that stay on my foot only by a strap on my ankle and one on the toes.  I always feel like my shoes are falling off when I walk.  And my pinky toes always stick out the side.  But I can’t argue that they don’t look good.

  • MilaXX

    IN, I think she looks cute and I love the makeup.

  • Anonymous

    IN. She’s looks great, although I’m no really feeling that exceedingly RED lip. I get why she did it, but that one last little cherry on top of this look was almost enough to put her into the OUT for me…almost.

  • MandyM

    Out. Sandals = pretty toes. Period. And everything is too matchy matchy. And I hate her hair.

  • Anonymous

    IN. Lady Gaga shouldn’t be the only gal allowed a pass for going head to toe costumey or period dress.
    Love it.

  • Tiffany Lodge

    IN! Love it!

  • Kiltdntiltd

    Sometimes, “a little obvious” is a lot gorgeous.  Hurrah for Emmy!  IN!

  • Anonymous

    IN. She looks gorgeous and put-together.

  • Stephen Bornstein

    She is the female lead on a brilliant show…let her live it up, make a splash and show this sophisticated side to her earthy beauty.IN!

  • Anonymous

    One word: pedicure. Ewww

    • Anonymous

      That is what I like about this. Clean feet, bare toes. Takes guts.

    • Anonymous

      Her fingernails and toenails do not have colored polish (could be sheer or light silvery polish — hard to tell), but clearly they are mani/pedicured. 

  • Buffy

    IN!  She looks polished and fabulous!

  • Mary McClelland

    In, but the light silver toe nail polish looks like fungus. Not cute! Also, the make up looks really waxy and heavy and ages her.

  • Anonymous

    IN!  She looks great, but I’d love to see her in a pair of killer colored heels…

  • Anonymous

    IN. I think this is stunning look on her.

  • Diana Martinez

    I like the dress, but hate the hair, make up, shoes, and bag.  So…….. out? 

  • Anonymous

    IN.  She looks gorgeous!

  • Diana Martinez

    Is she wearing the exact same shoes as the model??

  • Jennifer Barnes

    IN–I think she actually looks better in it than the model, though that might just be the angle.

  • Anonymous

    IN. I love a good Art Deco look. 

  • Kelsey Albrecht


  • Anonymous

    IN. That is damn near perfect. 

  • Anonymous

    I’m going to surprise myself by saying OUT. I think she looks fantastic, but this is a costume, not fashion. October 25-31 I give her an in. The rest of the year, this is a little goofy. Even just substituting fresh, modern hair would turn this whole thing around and the 100% art deco accessorizing would be fine.

  • Anonymous

    In. Costumey schmostumey.

  • Stacy Parker Cole


  • Anonymous

    In. G to the Orgeous.

  • Aly Light


  • Cheri Lee

    IN. Sparkly and sweet, my kind of look!

  • Eric Scheirer Stott


    You guys are just jealous that you can’t get away with this look

  • Anonymous

    IN. God, I covet it all, but I’ll settle for the bracelet.

  • Emily

    In.  Love the look.

  • Anonymous

    I have a soft spot for her but even if I didn’t, she’d still look fabulous. IN

  • Anonymous

    oh IN.  IN IN IN IN IN IN IN.  I just love her from her pretty hair STYLE (you all know how I need an actual style to be happy) to the tips of her pretty, clean and well manicured toes in those darling delicate silvery shoes.  IN IN IN.

  • Anonymous

    In.  Why complain when they put the effort in and the result is good?

  • Andrea Lane

    Love it. It looks better on her than on the model. In.

  • Anonymous

    IN, I love the art deco theme, and think it suits her and works even if its overwrought…

  • Anonymous

    You lose her accessories in the shiny, but overall I think she looks great. In from me!

  • Anonymous

    Definitely an IN–she looks gorgeous. In fact, I kinda think that the dress and styling are better (and more flattering) on her than on the runway model.  IN-IN-IN

  • Laura Schultz


  • Anonymous

    It’s too much. OUT.

  • Call me Bee

    Stunning!  IN! 

  • Anonymous

    IN. Obvious, but lovely and perfectly executed.

  • Anonymous

    IN. Every lady deserves to go out looking like a walking diamond now and then.

  • Anonymous

    The dress looks better on her than on the model. IN.

  • Anonymous

    IN! Sometimes when the look looks so good, going for the obvious works.

  • mcglory13

    Love it. But I love everything Art Deco.

  • Ilana Schenck

    In, in, one thousand times IN!

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    IN. But I get what you’re saying about it being too period-costumey.

  • Anonymous

    She could’ve gone with bolder accessory choices, but those are minor quibbles. Girl looks stunning! Especially the hair and lips. IN. 

  • Nunya Bizness

    In. And she looked WERQ worthy on Conan last night.

  • Anonymous

    Gorgeous!  Total IN!

  • Anonymous

    Looks even better than the model; IN!

  • Anonymous

    IN! IN! IN! Much better than the model.

    ‘a little too unified a look’ ??? I don’t even understand that in the context of this stunning RC appearance. I think her whole look is just great. Her hair and makeup are perfection.

  • JillK

    Breathtaking. Absolutely, positively IN. No second thoughts about it.

  • Anonymous

    She looks fabulous though I would have like to see her with a current era hairstyle and not so totally deco.  Definitely an IN tho!

  • Natalie

    In! I love it. 

  • Anonymous

    OUT. Too Boardwalk Empire extra for me.

  • Anonymous

    IN. in in in in IN.

  • bloodshothalfblind

    IN but i dont really like it.  it’s a lovely outfit, everything looks nice, but the flash of the cameras is so bright that she’s completely washed out.  if she had worn something with a little color, she would look much better.

  • Anonymous

    IN to the Nth degree!  That’s one of the most beautiful short dresses (as in not-a-gown) that I’ve seen in a long time.  When something is this fabulous, I don’t think going the obvious route with the styling is an issue.  Just go with it.

  • Anonymous

    I LOVE THAT DRESS! I think the hair is great, 20’s fingerwaves made a little more modern because they are bigger and looser than a total period style. Agree that the bag could be different, it’s fighting for attention. The dress looks even better on Emmy than the model.


  • Anonymous

    I vote IN.  As they say in “Chicago”, “give ’em the old razzle-dazzle!”

  • accidental housewife

    That dress looks like a sack on the model. It needs Ms. Rossum’s curves to fill it out.

    Love the finger waves, love the lip color, love the rest of the make-up, love the jewelry and the clutch. I even love the shoes. They’re not so silver that they look cheap. This isn’t just an IN. It’s a WERQ.

  • Anonymous

    In. But non-silver shoes and bag would have given her a werq.

  • akprincess72

    She wears the dress better than the model.

  • Rachel Wahlquist

    At first glance, I think she looks like Kristen Scott Thomas.  Something about the look it too old for her.

  • Anonymous

    In. But yes, if only dress were floor-length . . . 

  • Briarnoir

    In. Sometimes you just want sparkle.

  • Haley Buchanan

    IN.  I love this.  It reminded me immediately of Jay’s Chrysler Building dress… and that’s ALWAYS a good thing!

  • Anonymous

    Obvious, perhaps. But she looks really good. 

  • Ellen Behm

    100% IN

  • Anonymous

    Yes, it is a committed look but she is doing it perfectly and has rarely looked lovelier than she does here.  IN, IN, IN!

  • Anonymous

    Better than IN! IN PLUS!

  • Alexis Peñafuerte Wenceslao

    IN! So polished and elegant! I have no complaints on this look! 

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    In.  I think it suits her and even though it is a little matchy it still works.

  • Anonymous

    The whole look is terrific – IN!

  • Lauren Lynch Fox

    looks great

  • Anonymous

    Is it just me or do the shoes look a bit too casual?  maybe it’s the angle.  

    I agree with you guys on the costume effect.  She needs some sapphires or rubies in that look.  Something vintage perhaps?

  • Susan Crawford

    I loved this dress on the runway, and love it on Emmy – just perfection. I also liked the ’20’s-inspired hair, but would have toned the lips down a bit. (Emmy always tends to pile on blush and lip color – with no reason, since she is naturally gorgeous!) This is def an IN.

  • myblackfriendsays

    OUT. The dress is boring. Love the bag, though.

  • Rebecca Zmarzly

    Total IN. The dress looks so much better on her than the model. On the model it looks like an ill-fitting lumpy sack, but on Ms. Emmy with some curves, the dress looks great. And I’m a sucker for the all glittery silver look with such an architectural dress.

  • Anonymous

    in. love the red lips amid all that silver.

  • margaret meyers

    In.  There’s no way this is an out.  She looks fabulous.

  • Lauren Maier

    IN, but I have problems with her shoes…

  • Anonymous


  • elzatelzabelz

    IN- except-paint your toenails if you are wearing sandals or open toe shoes. Geez, why aren’t any Hollywood actresses concerned with proper toe dressing?

  • elzatelzabelz

    IN- except-paint your toenails if you are wearing sandals or open toe shoes. Geez, why aren’t any Hollywood actresses concerned with proper toe dressing?

  • Anonymous

    IN. The sparkly matchy matchy bag is overkill but she looks quite fetching otherwise. I don’t normally do shiny but that dress is divine.

  • Anonymous

    I love this look. Yes, it’s very matchy-matchy but it works!

  • Anonymous

    A bit costumey, yes, but she looks gorgeous. Silver is her color. IN.

  • Anonymous

    IN, although it is a little too thematic, she looks great, better than the model.

  • Cassie (C.M.W.)

    IN. Like the Twenties, which in my book will always be in.

  • Anonymous

    IN.  Some times a girl needs to play dress up – matchy matchy accessories and all.

  • Mags

    IN. She looks super fab.

  • Claudia Gilbert

    In; I like the dress on her more than on the model and I kinda think that’s because I’m digging the styling.

  • sweetlilvoice

    I like it! At least she looks clean unlike some celebs I could mention…..

  • Renee Thomas

    I agree that it’s a little too costume but love it anyway. In!

  • Anonymous

    IN. Sometimes doing period dress exactly is a good thing

  • Aidan B

    IN! On the borders of costume, but I love a good 20’s reference. Besides, she looks sleek and sexy and fabulous.

  • sepi

    I don’t think that the styling is obvious or costume-y- it’s just what the ensemble calls for. The red lips and waves, they all work classically. Personally, I detest the aesthetic of mockery that makes a virtue out of offbeat-for-the-sake-of-offbeat touches. I froth in a rage when I see an otherwise sleek coif marred by a purposely sloppy part in the hair. It’s just so easy. Give me matching shoes and bags if it’s right for the outfit. Not everything cries out for an ironic twist. VERY IN.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    In.  I love those shoes.

  • MinAgain

    In.  It’s a pretty dress, and it actually looks better on her than on the model.

  • Jill Tracy

    IN!!! It’s a beautiful dress on her!!

  • Barbora

    IN! She looks beautiful…

  • Anonymous

    Pretty.  You’re right, a little much, but still gorgeous.  

  • Eileen Duffy

    In.  In in in.

  • Anonymous

    IN. I love finger waves and she has the bones for ’em. I like the makeup as well.

    The bracelet should have incorporated some color, though.

  • Therese Bohn

    IN! perhaps inspired by ‘The Artist’?   And WTH’s wrong with unity for a change? She’s great!

  • aimee_parrott

    See. how can I choose between 23-skidoo and an Emmy for second place?  I think I’m going to have to recuse myself.

    oh hell, no I’m not.  She’s IN.

  • Summer Born

    Gotta go with IN for this one, with reservations.

  • AWStevens

    I am actually watching the 2nd season premier of “Shameless” as I write this.  Nice to see this chick with her clothes ON.


  • Anonymous

    I want to give her an out because I can’t stand her, but she looks good, damnit! IN!

  • Emily

    IN! a nice change from her tv counterpart, fiona.

  • Anonymous

    Ahh come on give it to her, she looks great even under the microscopic zoom lens.

  • Anonymous

    IN. She looks great!

  • Nancer

    Gorgeous! Love it. I think this is lovely, and I don’t care if the styling choices are obvious. In a way, things are sometimes obvious because they just work well, you know?

  • ecallaw

    Hate finger waves, but she’s still an IN.

  • Brittany

    I’m going to go with IN. It’s a little literal, but I think the shorter length and cut gives it a modern spin.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t hate it, or even dislike it, but it’s not her best look. Actually, I do hate the shoes. The dress doesn’t flatter her that well, though it’s pretty on its own, and the makeup is harsh. But still, IN.

  • marianna

    In. I love her.

  • Yosa Addiss

    Bee’s Knees!

  • Anonymous

    IN. Come on.

  • oohsparkley!

    In.  Not a fan of the hair, edges it too close to costume.  But the dress does need something short & sleek – like the Pulp Fiction bob.