Emmys WERQ: Jessica Pare in Jason Wu

Posted on September 24, 2012

Miss Jessica is serving something up; something we see on the red carpet all too rarely:

Jessica Pare attends the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in a Jason Wu dress paired with Bulgari jewelry and a Christian Louboutin clutch.


It’s a simple look (in comparison to the many “LOOK AT ME!” looks found on the average awards show red carpet), but it quietly demands your attention. Maybe not head-turning like some of the more outrageous dresses of the night, but definitely beautiful.

You WERQ that Grace Kelly shit, girl. Eleganza snaps!


[Photo Credit: Getty]

    • gabbilevy

      Y’know, I could get nitpicky with the dress–there are things about the bodice and strap I don’t love–but the overall effect is so lovely that I don’t care to. If that’s not a WERQ, I don’t know what is.

      • LondonMarriott

         Totally agree – the dress itself is not my favorite and that strap is… weird.  But the overall effect is (to reuse your word because it’s so fitting) absolutely lovely.  The styling is spot on too, her makeup, hair and jewelry are so minimal, but work together to create major elegance.  Sigh… glamour.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lucía-Gavello/1253586868 Lucía Gavello

          Her hair and make up seal the look for me, the dress is blah (I’m not mad at it though) but her posture and that profile picture are amazing! 

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    • MilaXX

      It’s not giving mr Grace Kelly. Just looks like a nice dress with good makeup

      • hero21

        More Ava Gardener..

        • Lori

          And Ava Gardener was gorgeous, so I’d call that a win for Ms Pare.

        • MilaXX

          I could see that

        • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

          That’s what I just posted, too!

          • http://twitter.com/apathyincarnate Olivia Mayer

            I immediately thought young Elizabeth Taylor, myself.. but she’s definitely more Ava than Grace, I agree. Either way, it’s hard to disagree with this WERQ..

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Josefina-Madariaga-Suárez/100002964685796 Josefina Madariaga Suárez

      My first reaction to these pictures was to say out loud ‘WOW’. She looks untouchable and gorgeous.

    • Sobaika

      A cool tall drink of water. WERQ!

      • Sobaika

        And also, THIS is the type of look the former Mrs. Draper (January Jones) should shoot for. I get that she likes to do edgy, but she would look sublime in an icy and elegant look such as this.

      • http://www.facebook.com/katiewolf2002 Katie Wolf

        Yup! She looks amazing, especially in that torso-profile shot (3rd down) that is some “classic beauty” stuff right there. Aside directly to Jessica: can I, pretty please, have that ring? :O

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lucía-Gavello/1253586868 Lucía Gavello

          That’s my favourite picture too, I actually said “Hello Grace Kelly!” out loud while I was scrolling down.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=611638 Jessica Brams-Miller

      Damn her and her fantastically long neck… 

      • EEKstl

        RIGHT???? First thing I noticed.  Sooooooo jealous.  

    • eowyn_of_rohan

      Lovely.  I wish I could get a better look at that ring.

      • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

        YES – from what I can see I want it!

      • filmcricket

        Agreed, if anyone sees a close-up photo, please link!

    • lizzybef

      Her eyebrows deserve an award of some sort. They are magnificent.

      • http://twitter.com/trishbadish Trish Fitzsimmons

        I was just about to say something similar. The overall look is great, and her eyebrows are spectacular!

    • piecesofconfetti

      Simple Hollywood glamor. Love it.

    • theblondette

      She looks phenomenal.

    • Vanja

      She looks amazing. Less is more done right always works. I covet her ring, it’s gorgeous.

    • jenno1013

      Best hairstyle of the night and the earrings are perfect.  The black belt keeps it firmly out of bridal.

    • Pants_are_a_must

      Beautiful and elegant, but lacking charisma. Just like her character in Mad Men.

    • jackie cohen

      She looks gorgeous but her mouth still bothers me ….

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/XAFAJ53QF3DLEFQB3WTLMRM75E MarinaB

        The red lipstick doesn’t help matters any.

    • teensmom99

      Now we know why she had to wear that other Jason Wu dress–he made her take  both dresses and she was willing to do anything to get this one.  Perfection.

    • ChristinaRi

      I loved this dress on the red carpet.  It moved beautifully.    I’m sorry we didn’t see more of it.   

      I think she and Tina Fey may have been my favorites.

      • PinkLemon

         tina fey might be the most memorable. she looked PERFECTION.

    • LeSourire

      LOVE the hair and makeup – the dress is rather standard and not really note-worthy. All of the heavy lifting is being done from the neck up, but I do agree she looks fabulous. 

    • colleenjanel

      The dress itself is nothing spectacular. But the sum of all parts is impeccable. The dress, the hair, the makeup, the jewelry, the accessories … all together it just SINGS!!!


      • littlemac8

        Can I just say the JEWELRY!!!  I wish I had a neck long enough to wear those diamonds!!  Spectacular!  And the ring must have a pretty price tag, too!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Erin-Hines/620149309 Erin Hines

      Her head is stunning. Her dress is boring. 

    • Monabel

      True. And you cannot be elegant when your clothes are too tight.

    • ChaCha_70

      She personifies “modelesque” here. Gorgeous!

    • Dhammadina

      Thank you for all these great Emmy posts. You must be working your fingers to the bone. 

    • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

      This is very pretty and classically elegant, but there’s something about Jessica Pare that slightly irritates me, and I can’t quite put my finger on it.

      • hero21

        Could it be ….no personailty??

    • MzzPants

      She’s such a beauty.

    • janetjb

      Everything is quite flattering and understated.

    • Mirakel9


    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Helio-Trope/100000175140677 Helio Trope

      When I saw this photo coming off the wire, my first thought was, surely TLO will give this a WERQ? Snaps, indeed. 

    • Elizabeth Weems

      This was my favorite look of the night. Just stunning.

    • http://profiles.google.com/gillianholroyd gillian holroyd

      Classic. I can hear January Jones gnashing her teeth from here.

    • mhleta

      This woman could be rather average looking if she didn’t have such incredible grace. She knows just how to make the most of that cool gaze and sculpted jawline. And that Neck! Somewhere Rita Hayworth is smiling.

      • In_Stitches

         She was WORKING that neck, posing like a champ in front of those cameras.  It looked like she summoned an extra inch and a half of grace on command. 

      • roadtrip1000

        Average?! She has fantastic bone structure, and beautiful skin and hair. Where I live she would have to gain 50 lbs to look anywhere near average (and I say that as an average looking person).

    • DaveUWSNYC

      Style, taste, quality…Tim would approve.

    • Sarah Thomas

      Audreybot 2: Electric Boogaloo

    • kaycem

      i just really, really don’t like her so every time i see her, i just roll my eyes.  i can’t even pay attention to the blah-ness she’s serving up b/c i’m too busy throwing shade.

      • BelladonnaRising

        I can’t stand here either. What is it about her that’s so irritating? I can’t put my finger on it…

        • kaycem

          her face maybe?  lol i’m kidding, but for me, i get the sense that her casting as megan was done b/c she is so much like that character.  and that character is fucking annoying so.

    • EEKstl

      Tasteful, elegant perfection.  LOVE her hair.

    • Fordzo

      Bitch arrived on the red carpet at the PERFECT time.  Look at the light, and how the red of the carpet reflects up onto her face.  Gorgeous.  

    • http://twitter.com/ms_smartiepants Beth Mellone


    • Myra C

      What TLO said.  She looks gorgeous.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      JP for the win!!!  WERQ!!! 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VZLU6YVO4BRTELTTH3GRAAMWZQ Dot

      Her features and bone structure so remind me of Jane Birken.

    • mjude

      she looks vintage fab.  but i have no idea who she is.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

        She plays Don Drapers second wife on Mad Men. 

    • janierainie

      Agree agree agree! She should be on a pedestal somewhere.

    • msdamselfly

      I agree  However, I wish the lip color was a little  less orange

    • Kim_W60

      She looks beautiful.   Sometimes simplicity is best.

    • elirt

      In the side shot you *know* it’s a star, not just someone in a pretty dress – classic and elegant. Wow! Well done!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5UQHEKG5EDX4T6NMARUC565TPQ Amy

      She goes with that dress like pb goes with jelly. It makes for a beautiful treat!

    • TheDivineMissAnn

      Yep.  Old school red carpet there.

    • snarkmeister

      Maybe it’s just that I’m completely OVER the one-shoulder bodice thing, but this dress is a yawn and a half.  Miss Jessica herself looks stunning (hair, makeup, jewelry), but the dress is a throwaway.

    • Snailstsichr

      Hair and makeup are just stunning. Dress and jewelry are lovely on her.

    • ThaliaMenninger

      I’m saying Ava Gardner instead of Grace Kelly, but it’s definitely working for her.

      • Dagney

        It’s kind of….if Ava Gardner was teaching Grace Kelly a lesson.  Like, Ava was saying to Grace, “Oh please, you twee princess!  THIS is how you do it!”

        • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

          I”m in with the Ava Gardner crowd!

    • efishfan

      Gorgeous! I wish more actresses went for this kind of look.

      (Waiting with baited breath (anchovies on my lunch salad, lol) for the TLo discussion of Heidi’s Emmys gown.)

    • nancylee61

      I saw this elsewhere, and I couldn’t get over that Old Time  Hollywood Glamor feel about her in this dress! Gorgeous!!

    • Call me Bee

      An elegant woman does not let her dress puddle on the floor. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1107502269 Chuck Barthelme

      Old Hollywood awesomeness. Wow.

    • Elizabetta1022

      I love the idea of “Eleganza Snaps.” It actually caused me to do flamenco dancer snaps in front of the computer. Also sounds like a drag queen name. She would so have bested Origami Rose during a “lip synch for your lives” dance off on RuPaul’s Drag Race.

    • Daniel Hoerner

      That third picture of her is STUNNING.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      I swear I yelled ELEGANZA! before I even scrolled down. Gentlemen, you have me well schooled.

    • Ryan Williamson

      I think the lipstick’s too orange. 

    • Lilak

      A lesson in how establishing an aura can sell a look — indeed, in this case to overcome an elegant-but-unremarkable dress.  Mr. Wu seems not to have put much effort into the ‘custom’ design: This looks for all the world like the rough outline version of FLOTUS’s inaugural gown.  

      But her carriage and presentation elevate the whole deal.  Love the profile and semi-profile especially!

      P.S. That lip color is generally fine in person — it just photographs appallingly.

    • you’renotmysupervisor!!

      I’d prefer a blue-based red lip, this one makes her teeth look really yellow. BUT, I still gasped and did a happy dance at first and last sight. Simply elegant and glamourous.

    • Larkin21

      Gorgeous. That 3rd shot is particularly amazing. Perfect light, perfect face, perfect everything.

    • Daniel Hoerner

      The third picture down is giving me LIFE.

    • neofashionista

      Love love love! Absolute perfection! And she sure does give good face

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PCARAOJSL553GBBPQSLRYD5REE L.

      I think she looks beautiful.  I also liked Julianne Hough’s hair.  How come the retro hair is okay for Jessica but not Julianne?

    • http://twitter.com/cornekopia Shawn EH

      She’s very model-esque: she can really transform from look to look amazingly.

    • http://twitter.com/SioConnellan Siobhan Connellan

      Am I the only one who wants to see Michelle Obama in this dress. I know Jason Wu is one of her go-to designers so it’s not like this would be a stretch for her. But I think she would rock this in a completely different, yet equal, way.

    • crash1212

      Next to Tina Fey, this was my favorite look of the evening.

    • carpediva

      STUNNING, full stop.  WERQ-worthy!

    • Sara__B

      F lawless. I usually don’t like one shouldered gowns, but this woman looks stunning.

    • fringebenefit

      Hands-on favorite of the night. 

    • librarygrrl64

      She’s not my favorite, but she looks stunning here.

    • fwooper

      Are you kidding me? This was the most boring generic safe look of the night. She has no attitude no personality. Just blah.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9429660 John Bascomb Witt

      If you combined Grace Kelly, with a young Coco Chanel, you’d get her. I liiiiiiiiive

    • Zippypie

      Gorgeous!  Love the simplicity.

    • http://www.ellenciompi.com/ NurseEllen

      Where you said “Elegance”, I said “Class”.  She looks quietly stunning.  Nice job!

    • http://twitter.com/aidanboleyn Aidan B

      I was utterly speechless when I saw she was on TIME’s Worst Dressed List. I almost threw my computer in rage. They said it was too simple. LOOK AT HER. She looks freaking fantastic!

    • GTrain

      If she had just kept her mouth closed it would have been perfect for me.

    • ccm800

      ladylike really stands out in a sea of dragadogio fame sucks

    • http://twitter.com/MajorBedhead MajorBedhead

      My only quibble, and this has nothing to do with the woman or the dress, is the positioning of the celebs. Can’t they be moved over a skosh so they don’t all look like they have a giant yellow bird coming out of their heads? Please?

    • quiltrx

      I REALLY love her hair, and those earrings are perfect.  Some minor quibbles with the dress, but overall very stunning.

    • guest2visits

      Such a graceful silhouette; she’s really adding the beauty to the dress.

    • kcarb1025

      I have learned not to expect much from all Mad Men girls because they ALWAYS disappoint, so my jaw literally fell open when I saw that this was Jessica when E! put the camera on her. WERQ indeed!!! Absolute grand slam, Miss Pare!

    • warontara

      Try as I might, I just can’t get worked up about this look one way or another. She looks great, but that isn’t hard for her. It’s an overall meh.

    • bitterk

      Understated elegance.  I love it.  

    • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

      Ava Gardner just sat up in her grave and said, “DAAAAMN, girl!”  Glamour girl perfection!

    • bellafigura1

      Stunning, although her lip color is a bit too day-glo for me.  Everything else is perfection.

    • lesmaha

      that’s amazing!!  

    • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

      Indeed! Eleganza, can that be her new nick-name?

    • Jessica Goldstein

      This is the gown Morena Baccarin (?)  should have worn. When you are blessed of face, hair, and figure as those two are, simple elegance will work every time.

    • carlareno

      She looks majestic and amazing. Picture no. 4 is perfection.   

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IEBOA5WAAIRKYXLALBIKMDFKKE abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

      horrible skin.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1550881905 Hildegerd Haugen


    • Kaye Evans

      Nobody has commented on the similarity of this Jason Wu sillouette and the famous Michelle Obama inaguration gown…..

      • http://howtofaint.tumblr.com/ How to Faint

        No, she doesn’t. That’s what normal, healthy teeth used to look like before people started bleaching them to unnatural and enamel-destroying shades of white.

    • h2olovngrl

      She doesn’t look like she is posing on the red carpet.  She looks like she is modeling.  Her skin is beautiful, her hair and make-up are flawless.  She looks like a finished photograph, where no retouches were neccessary

    • laurenoodle

      There is something about her I don’t like, not sure what it is. Also I wish she would close her mouth, it really bugs me when people have their lips slightly parted with teeth hanging out. 

    • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

      Old school glamour – what a gorgeous woman in a gorgeous dress!  Snaps is right!  Love the hair and makeup, jewelry is beautiful.