Emmy Rossum in Monique Lhuillier

Posted on August 07, 2012

Kittens, perhaps you have noticed that we’re being a little more critical than usual this week. There’s a very good reason for that. Actually, there are two very good reasons.

  1. We’ve been hit by a late-summer onslaught of poorly styled celebs.
  2. We’re eschewing carbs in preparation for all our pretty, pretty Fashion Week outfits and we’re cranky as fuck.

We tend to think it’s a combination of both.

Anyway, it’s time to hand out some compliments and Emmy’s just the gal who deserves them.


Emmy Rossum on her way to a Project Runway taping at Parsons The New School for Design in Manhattan in a Monique Lhuillier dress paired with Chopard hoops and nude pumps.

Monique Lhuillier Resort 2013 Collection

THAT. Is a KILLA dress. The kind of dress that, when it really works and suits the wearer, she’s not going to need to ask anyone how she looks in it. Bitch KNOWS how she looks in it. Hence, the Mona Lisa smirk she’s sporting (if Mona Lisa said things like “Eat it, bitches. I look fucking incredible,” which, come to think of it, does kind of sound like something Mona Lisa should be saying).

Our point is, she looks fierce and she knows it. And we’ll say this right now: if some little blonde chickie walked out in this dress, we’d almost certainly rag on the color. We sometimes seem to be the cheese that stands alone on the question of pink, but it really is one of the more difficult colors to pull off (especially saturated pinks like this) and isn’t quite as universally flattering as it’s sometimes presented. Emmy has the perfect coloring for this shade.

Having said all that, the pink lipstick and silly putty shoes were not the best choices in the world, but we’re trying to remain positive here. If she wore that on Project Runway, then we hope Heidi and Nina brought their A game, because this look’s a shoo-in for winning that week’s Judging the Judges competition.


[Photo Credit: PacificCoastNews, vogue.com.au]

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  • FashionShowAtLunch

    Can’t. even. handle. how much I want that dress. Like, I would cut several bitches for that dress. 

    •  Not just one bitch – you’d cut *several.* That’s commitment, there.

      • FashionShowAtLunch


        • If you look like your picture that color would be fantastic on you.

    • schadenfreudelicious

      add me to the list of bitches you would have to cut for it! 🙂

    •  I’ll leg wrestle ya for it.

  • Terence Ng

    You know, I can’t stand her, but I have to admit. She is rocking the hell out of that dress.

    • Came here to say this exactly. 

    • EveEve

      She had my loyalty from the opening credits of the first episode of Shameless.  But her styling is often…well…non-existant.  Clearly she has hired herself some gays for hair, makeup and wardrobe.  Brava, Emmy!

      • Terence Ng

        I still can’t forgive her for Day After Tomorrow and Phantom of the Opera.

        • emcat8

          No matter what she does, I will probably always love her because of Song Catcher. She was incredible in that, and even PotO or Shameless can’t kill that for me.

        • lovelyivy

           Oh Phantom… what a debacle. She was the least wrong thing in it (side-eye at whoever thought Butler was even a mediocre pick).

          • Terence Ng

            Hush, dear.  They were ALL wrong. 😉

          • lovelyivy

             I can agree with this.

  • Silver shoes, red lippy.  Love that dress!

  • Frank_821

    That is a pretty fierce dress. even the model is smirking a little too.

  • Kayceed

    I think she looks perfect from tip to toe.

  • call_me_schmeg

    mona lisa barbie realness. snaps up!

  • Judy_J

    That is one gorgeous dress, and it fits her beautifully, style-wise and color-wise.  I even like the pink lip.  Just wish she’d gone with a different shoe, but that’s a minor point when the dress is as stunning as this one is.

    • ballerinawithagun

      I’m with you on this. I love fuchsia lips! Fabulous dress, but baby needs a new pair of shoes. At least they aren’t some horrible blocky, bizarre platform. The delicacy of the shoe is correct.

  • formerlyAnon


  • Le_Sigh

    I just want to see your pretty pretty outfits for Fashion Week!  This Bitter Kitten humbly requests photos when the time comes.  

    •  I second that!

    • baxterbaby

      Or you could do a Polyvore type thingy (is that what the kids call it?) so that we could see the components and play imaginary dress-up TLo!

  • The dress looks FABULOUS on her! Really beautiful. Hair, makeup and jewelry are great. I’d switch out the shoes, but the rest of the look is so great that I’ll ignore the silly putty pumps just this one. At least they not Minnie Mouse silly-putty platforms.

  • As much as I can’t stand that woman, she *does* look good.  Now, to see what comes out of her mouth during the show so I can go back to my unrelenting distate.

  • I can’t stand her as an actress (I think she might be a little bit overrated), but she has a fantastic personal style (or a great stylist). LOOOOOOOOOVE the dress, and I think the silly putty shoes were the right choice. That pink could easily look tacky and cheap, so it was smart to keep it simple with the detailing.

    • AthenaJ

      Agreed, even though I usually hate the silly putty pumps, I really can’t think of another color that would work with this dress without bringing it into tackyville.

    • Sobaika

      Neither can I. But I’ve only seen her in Phantom, and supposedly she’s good in Shameless. I don’t care though. She seems as if she finds herself more interesting than she actually is.

      She has great taste in dresses though, I’ll give her that.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Really beautiful.  She looks – more mature?  Not in a bad way at all – in a totally good way.  Like we are seeing a beautiful, confident woman, not a disney princess which she usually reminds me of (and it always bugs and makes me feel like I must be a jerk for hating a Disney princess). 

  • 3boysful

     “If she wore that on Project Runway, then we hope Heidi and Nina brought
    their A game, because this look’s a shoo-in for winning that week’s Judging the Judges competition.”

    EXCEPT that the silly putty shoes fail to satisfy the Interesting Footwear Visible While Seated criterium.

  • Since you mention it guys, can I get a ruling on lipstick choices with pink (and red, sometimes)?  I am always confused by this — matching the shade seems too matchy-matchy, but going with a different shade of pink always seems too jarring, like you just screwed up rather than it being intentionally different.  

  • imspinningaround

    For obvious reasons, I love the dress.  But what other shoes would you pair that dress with?  Maybe I haven’t had enough coffee today, but I’m drawing a blank on a shoe that would complement the color and the diaphanous fabric better.

    • BazoDee

      Silver Jimmy Choo sandals. Paxton Strappy to be specific. 

  • schadenfreudelicious

    She’s smirking cause she looks better than the model…it’s a to die for dress on her….

  • hillmad

    Wow! Her hair and makeup are incredible, too! Wow!

  • EEKstl

    This dress = FABULOUS!  I have to say, the silly putty shoes are working for me here, but if she’d gone appropriate metallic it coulda been a WERQ.

  • antheapena

    fits her to a tee, looks impossible to walk let alone sit in though. hope she’s a standing judge. the dress is breathtaking

  • Catiline

    She always seems to have that smirk, but this is a rare occasion where it’s hella justified. 

  • I give it a werq. She’s great in Shameless, btw…


  • She is some how managing to make looking like you’re being strangled by gauze highly fashionable.  Kudos Emmy, you look smashing darling. 

  • AlinaValero

    i love that dress so much it hurts. i can’t compose an adequate comment because i’m in physical pain due to *WANT*.

  • Kate4queen

    I love that dress. Too pink for me to wear now, but still lovely.

  • BazoDee

    Oh Damn -what a great dress. Actually the dress isn’t that great -she is making it great. And I”m just fine with the lipstick and shoes =although a silver sandal  (The ubiquitous Jimmy Choo’s come to mind)would have been nice. 

  • She is really beautiful in that dress.   The shoes are a little disappointing, but I have to disagree about the pink lipstick.  It looks good with her coloring.

  • She’s pulling pages out of La Garcia’s book.  Interesting up around the face, eye-catching color. Shoes are good, but not great, but they don’t pull focus from that AWESOME dress either.  

  • newleaf1

    This looks so great.  And I have to disagree – the lipstick and pumps work.  

  • CurbGirl

    “Judges, you have two hours in the hair and makeup….'” What, this isn’t how it works????

  • TheOriginalLulu

    I  L O V E this dress. She really does look fucking incredible. Also, I’d just like to show some appreciation for the fact that she didn’t choose the no-jewelry route. Those big hoops and the sparkly ring are just right. I think the shoes are good with this. The only thing I think could have been better is silver strappy sandals.

  • SpcilK

    Gorgeous frock, killer body and hardly a smile on her face! Straight from a page out of Mrs. Beckham’s play book, well done Ms. Rossum.

  • TieDye64

    Girl is shutting it the hell down! Stunning.

  • sk8tfan

    Wow. Beautiful girl in a beautiful dress. I can’t even snark.

  • Sweetbetty

    What season of PR is she taping?  Isn’t season 10 all in the can?  Have they started taping season 11 already?  When will S11 be on TV?

  • l v

    Love this look. L-O-V-E. While I’m not completely on board with the silly putty shoes, at least there is no giant platform sillyness going on. I’m also just not sure I’d like any shoe that really pulled focus from that amazing dress, and as it’s been mentioned by a few others, it would be very easy to take a trip to tackyville with the wrong shoe selection on this one. I’m not convinced silver strappies would work for me here.

     She definitely does have fantastic personal style (or an awesome stylist) and I adore that she chose the right amount of bling for this look. I’m definitely curious as to why there seems to be some hatred for her in general, though. I usually find myself loving her in roles (I’m mildly obsessed with Shameless) – any kittens care to enlighten what I might be missing?

    Also, what shade of lipstick would really go with this dress? I loathe and detest the orange-y color on the model.

  • gabbilevy

    LMFAO saw these pictures and were inspired to write “Sexy and I know it.”

  • “the cheese that stands alone”.  Tee hee!  Those hoops don’t match.  The dress is gorge.

  • DaveinAlamitosBeach

    Why do people dislike her?  I’ve always found her completely harmless.  But in any case, that dress is stunning on her.  I just wish she had a much bigger event to wear it to.

  • mjude

    FINALLY.  she look great.

  • PeaceBang

    OOOH, BRAVA!! KILLA. And she’s done something different with her eyeliner and no longer looks like Bambi. I have never given snaps for Emmy R., but today she gets three. 

  • n a

    gorgeous and glamorous….just beautiful!! And yea, she knows it. If I didn’t know better, I’d think she was giving a little bitch face just for T-Lo.  

    In this case, I don’t mind the shoes at all- they don’t look like ice skating boots (like the clunky nude platforms that are everywhere.) the super points make them kinda fierce.

    She gets high snaps from this bitch! 

  • BrooklynBomber

    3. Philly heatwave

  • Call me Bee

    I think it’s funny that she’s listed as “on her way..” to PR.  Like–is she walking down the street with that outfit on?  Where’s her entourage?  The photographers? The public?
    Anyway, this is perfection.  The color is almost neon on my screen and she can handle it with her dark hair.  Also–I’d say those shoes are a pale pink and not that awful silly putty color.  She looks darling.

    • they are indeed pale pink. g o r g e o u s shoe choice. it’s like she’s kicking silly putty pumps in the face.

  • She looks better than the size-2-standing-still model. That’s impressive.

  • TheAutisticStepmom

    I see what you did there.

  • RebeccaKW

    I do not mind the lipstick or shoes b/c all the focus is that dress.  THAT. DRESS.  I want so much.  To paraphrase Sofia from GG,  I love that dress so much, if it were a person, I’d make love to it.

  • Nelliebelle1197

    She looks positively glorious and puts the model to shame

  • marilyn

    Gorgeous dress.  Nice she held back on accessories.  One question:  What is your shoe policy”?  You don’t seem to ever like anyone’s shoes.  Match, fighting the dress, or whatever.  Do you have any words of wisdom on shoes?

  • merciblahblah

    I never thought about her one way or another until I saw her in Shameless, and LOVE her in that. She looks a-frigging-mazing in this dress – the color is gorgeous, her hair and makeup are perfection. If you haven’t already seen it, check out the Fug Girls’ post on her in some summer dresses. I could eat her up with a spoon in every single one.

  • I disagree about the lipstick. For once she’s wearing a color that looks good on her. 

  • alyce1213

    Gorgeous dress, but I wish she’d have hemmed it a little shorter, as on the model. The proportion’s a bit off at the longer length.

    Love the bodice, especially.

  • tonibaloney

    She always smirks! It’s maddening!

    But yeah, even though I irrationally dislike her, she looks pretty damn great.

  • jw_ny

    Emmy looks terrific.  I’ll agree that the shoes were perhaps not the best choice, but they don’t make me twitch or shudder either…probably because the dress is so vibrant that the neutral isn’t offensive.  I rather like the soft pink shade of lipstick here with this dress…hair and makeup look pretty much flawless imo.   I’m inclined to be thinking werq on this one…

  • kimmeister

    And, she manages to have most of her long hair behind her, rather than having boob tentacles!

  • jcolli69

    Yeah, I would’ve picked shoes with a little more oomph!….especially if she’s sitting next to La Nina. But I do love that shade of pink lipstick. And I totally agree that her coloring is what makes the dress…the model looks kinda sickly in it, no?

  • julnyes

    That dress fits her like a dream.

  • ASK26

    She looks terrific.  I even kind of like the lipstick – love the eye makeup.     Don’t most (or is it just many) wear MK?

  • SewingSiren

    Heidi isn’t going to like this. 

  • *grabbyhands*

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    She looks GORGEOUS.  How much you want to bet they make her take that off and put on something designed by Kors?  Heaven forbid she should outshine Heidi. 

  • Joyce VG

    She takes my breath away!  Beautiful!  

  • MilaXX

    Love this look. I think the hair and makeup are really pretty and work quite well here. The shoes are debatable, but much preferable to this year’s ugly Loubie’s that everyone is trying to wear.

  • Oh how I covet that dress.  I have a great pair of strappy silver sandals that would go great with it.  Of course in Emmy’s size, it would barely fit over one of my thighs…

  • ccm800

    I gotta give it to her on the shoes and lipstick. If ever there was a time and place for it, it is with THIS color. Pushing wither much further would have made it too much. I support both. This is about her and the color on her. 

  • I agree the dress is gorgeous, but I hate the shoes.  The putty color is lighter than her skin tone, which just UGH and the matching lip color is not good either. Black or silver strappy heels would have been been better. 

  • She looks good enough for me to overlook the shoes and the earrings.  Girl, that is so your dress.

  • DebbieLovesShoes

    I mean, seriously.  Unbelievable….. perfect fit; perfect color on her. 

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    i am a big fat gay bear who can pull off pink just like my platinum blonde grandmother could.  she said once ‘it is not enough to look your best, you should make all the other women look bad.’  ms.  rossum is gonna take a german girl out!  

    i’m overcaffeinated, sorry.

  • bellafigura1

    My gosh, the fit just sends this into sublime, doesn’t it? The fit!

  • littlemac8

    Lovely!  How come no WERQ?

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I’d like to see that on Meryl Streep.

  • elzatelzabelz

    She looks incredible. I would also cut somebody to look like that in that dress. I actually really love her lipstick color and wish I knew what it was b/c THAT I could actually wear!

  • guest2visits

    I love it all, gorgeous dress; I just thinks the giant hoops could have been something else.

  • butterflysunita

    I love that dress.

  • quiltrx


  • Irrational Celebrity Hate but even as a blonde I want that dress and I KNOW it would be utterly hiddy with my coloring!

  • Susan Crawford

    This is perfection! The dress is gorgeous, and the Kluminator and La Nina better bring it big time if Ms. Rossum is sitting next to them, because she’s gonna squish them flat in this dress! I’ve sometimes criticised this enormously pretty girl for letting some make-up person go nuts on her face and slather her with enough stuff to stock a Sephora, but I have to say this time she looks soft and fresh, and even the pink lip color works.

    I agree about the blah shoes, but frankly, that’s a minor quibble when the grrrl is looking like a dream. Love. This.

  • pookiesmom


  • frankystein123

    DAYUM…. minus the shoes of course.

  • Ew. Even if it doesn’t actually look bad on her, I just can’t with that dress.

  • RzYoung

    God, she looks so good I want to cry! Absolutely stunning. I wish there was a function on the TLo website where we could save our favourite looks into a lightbox or something. I’m a geek, I know.

  • Amy Ellinger

    Lea Michele, please print these pics and put them on your closet door, honey. 

  • wonderful!!  fashion as something perfect and perfectly realized, as if already out there in the ether.  i guess i just love it.

  • Cousin_Rose

    Total WERQ.

  • Grace Paradise

    whatever happened to her project runway taping?  We know she’s not the finale judge…