Emmy Rossum in Zuhair Murad

Posted on December 10, 2012

Our second perfect little Holiday frock of the day:

Emmy Rossum attends the Microsoft All Access Holiday Party in Venice, California in Zuhair Murad.

We could’ve done with the slightly differently colored raglan sleeves, but the rest of it looks so great that we can’t complain. Love the skirt.The shape is fantastic on her. And her hair and makeup are flawless. She looks gorgeous.

Of course the shoes are a crime against nature and an offense unto the fashion gods, but what are you gonna do? “Nude” sandals. With this dress. Bless her heart.


[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • Rand Ortega

    At least the shoes aren’t those nude hooves so many of the starlets wear because they’re convinced they make their legs look longer.
    She looks smashing otherwise.
    (What’s that on her upper arm? Band-aid? Price tag?)

    • Kristin McNamara

      Ah! I saw that too! Maybe she got a shot earlier today? It’s too bad she didn’t go with a nude bandaid to match her shoes.

    • I’m pretty sure that’s her bra strap slipping off her shoulder?

      • Louise Bryan

        That was my impression.

      • dawnboo

         I don’t know… It seems like it doesn’t go around her entire upper arm like a bra strap would.  I think it might be a bandaid.

    • Bra strap falling over the arm, it happens.

  • Sobaika

    Not feeling the hair, I wish it weren’t so slicked back.It’s recalling some of my worst looks from the 90s.

    It’s cute that you can see her band aid peeking through.

  • gabbilevy

    Emmy + tech toys = Geeky wet dream. She looks phenomenal and I can forgive the shoes since they’re nearly invisible. I love that fourth picture… she looks like she’s having a lot of fun.

    • Nicholas

      She’s kinda shilling for Microsoft, though. She’s an avid iPhone user, but all of a sudden, she’s tweeting Microsoft hashtags and using an HTC phone—presumably with Windows Phone 8 on it.

      I assume she’s having fun, but it’s kinda fake in the context of the promotional campaign.

      • Sarah Dickerson

        “by all accounts absolutely lovely”… Really?  Whose accounts?

        • Nicholas

          Oh c’mon. It’s not like she’s being mean to anyone. This is the kind of celebrity distortion field that bothers me, in which people are out to define someone as a “bitch”, “diva” or “douche” the first time the read about someone. Especially if said person is dating someone popular and well-liked.

          We don’t know these people, and I don’t see why we should impute all things vile to people we have the faintest knowledge of.

          TLo is the online equivalent of the International Criminal Court of fashion, not a place of personal indictment. Everything that is said and done is well-intentioned and takes aim at fashion infelicities and the oftentimes-laughable inside baseball of Hollywood.

          I can fully understand why people are tired of Lea Michele—me too in many ways—but the degree of vitriol these people meet online is just completely absurd and uncalled for. At worst, she’s dull and uninteresting, but let’s not loose our sense of proportion here.

          We don’t know her, and jokes about irrational hate list entries aside, I think this should be a place I as a celebrity would want to read.

          The great thing about TLo is that they mean to be a place of good-natured, tongue-in-cheek fashion critique without the unnecessary meanness that is so prevalent online. It is actually an under-the-radar progressive movement in an age of intense body-shaming and baseless vilification on account of celebrity.

          • oohsparkley!

            I applaud you! I’ve felt this way, but you’ve said it so well.

          • pokokpuding

             Wonderfully articulated. Thank you.

      • gabbilevy

        How is that any different than all the starlets carrying their borrowed bags so we can see the label and their publicists knowing the designer who loaned them every item of clothing? I sort of disapprove of this behavior on the whole, but the whole industry does it, all day, every day. I’m not going to single Emmy out for doing what every Hollywood star does.

        • Nicholas

          There are authentic moments, and there are inauthentic moments. Paparazzi photos of people wearing whatever it is they wear are not tantamount to authentic vistas of celebrity’s true selves, as you point out yourself. Since this is so obvious, no wonder they use this as an opportunity to prance around $45,000 handbags. I don’t expect them to lug around the product placement in contexts where they don’t expect to be followed, though.

          Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr are great, because they let celebrities be themselves and roam outside the periphery of the PR machine. Granted, many still use these platforms for promotion, but they are at least opportunities to be informal and authentic that people can seize if they will.

          Rossum has used social media to get in touch with fans since time immemorial—there are MySpace video diaries out there somewhere in the attic of cyberspace—with no ulterior commercial motive. She has used YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram plenty of times.

          It’s fine they attend these things, but I just question the idea of sincerity during these events.

          And granted, if I sound like a bitter kitten, it’s because I am tired of seeing Lea Michele post cover photos of her one pose making her one facial photo op expression, or whatever commercial she happens to be in. I think a reason people like I are somewhat frustrated with her is that we can’t manage to separate her from the Hollywood machine, try as we might. She embraces it, and that’s fine, but it makes it hard to draw a line between her Hollywood self and a more authentic, flawed, goofy self. I can’t remember the last time I saw her post a photo of her that wasn’t airbrushed.

  • MilaXX

    yep, like everything but the shoe.The lady stars have been giving good face today (not counting SJP)

  • She looks like a raven-haired Gwen Stefani!

  • Golfkat

    This is one of the times where a fiercely red lip actually works. Very holiday appropriate 🙂 (For LA weather only though, with that skirt length)

  • kimmeister

    What’s the point of all the complicated strappiness of the shoes if they’re just going to blend in with her skin color?

    • bertkeeter


  • neofashionista

    I think this is perfection!

  • BuffaloBarbara

    I love it.  And look–she looks like she’s having fun at one of these things.  Do they punish young starlets for that in Hollywood?

  • I don’t love what the shape of the skirt is doing to her hip area, but I still like this dress on her (a mere mortal or anyone with slightly bigger hips – which means any hips – probably wouldn’t be able to pull this off).

  • Judy_J

    So perfect till you get to the shoes.  What in god’s name made her decide that nude sandals would pair with this knock-out dress?  What a let-down.

  • I am weeping about those shoes. (reaches for another tissue)

    • mjude

      i have plenty of tissues darling……

      •  (drying reddened eyes)
        You’re such a good friend.

  • quiltrx

    Emmy is SO beautiful and looks like she’s having a blast, so I’m just going to pretend I didn’t see the shoes.

  • thecitysleeps

    She looks gorgeous.  Well she naturally is, but that dress with that colour looks amazing on her.

  • Imasewsure

    She’s adorable (hate the shoes)

  • gdougs

    Bless her heart, she really is trying her hardest to make it seem like she’s having fun.

  • Josefina Madariaga

    Of course Emmy Rossum would bring some Holiday Fierceness. Love it!

  • Andrew Schroeder

    I’m not loving all the cording/passementerie/toggles/whatever at the waist but it’s a cute little silhouette. Also kind of annoyed how the sleeves are a different color than the bodice.

  • barbarienne

    I don’t like these sort of bell-shaped skirts. I want to poke at the poofy bits and deflate them. Or see if the wearer is smuggling stuff in special pockets.

    Regardless, it does look good on her.

  • Why is this person famous? She bugs bugs bugs.

    • julnyes

       I think she is pretty darn amazing on Shameless, so she gets a perma-pass in my book.

    • sekushinonyanko

      I love her!

  • Janet B

    The shoes didn’t even register until I read the word.

    eta: Have we seen a “good” shoe today?

  • Zippypie

    Maybe I’m getting old but I would like another inch longer on the hem.  The proportion of the skirt looks off because of the volume out at the hip.  But maybe I’m just getting old.  Overall, I do like the dress for a holiday look and think she looks cute.

    The sandals are a crime and need to be burned.

  • MK03

    OK, I have to have that dress.

  • Anathema_Device

    Great dress. It could be an inch or two longer, but that’s a minor quibble.

  • E D

    Could do without the giant frog in the front.  The fourth shot, where that is partially blocked, is great.

    And the shoes are hideous.

  • ankali

    Don’t like the hair or lipstick, hate the shoes. The dress is pretty, but I’d like it better if the skirt were just above the knee.

    I love her little “put up your dukes” pose. So cute!

  • StellaZafella

    What a perfect little black dress…in red.

    What shoes?

  • sk8tfan

    She looks so amazing that I can forgive the shoes. And I love that she looks like she’s having a blast.

  • PrunellaV

    The shoes look like high-heeled Jellies. 

  • nannypoo

    Too short.Otherwise cute.

  • Lilithcat

    If the skirt were a skooch longer, the proportions would be improved.  But it’s a very cute dress.

    What’s that on her right bicep?

    • luciaphile

      Agreed. It’s a great color and I love the top half but the skirt is a trifle too short. It’s messing with the proportions.

  • I love it. Furiously searching retailers’ websites trying to find it-perfect add’l Xmas gift for my niece.

  • Trisha26

    It’s a little twee for me plus, as TLo mentioned, the different colored sleeves are distracting.

  • alyce1213

    It’s too short, the puffy pleating does not flatter, and the mismatched sleeves are awful. Also, I dislike the passementerie faux frog above the waist.  So for me, this is not that great a holiday dress.

  • bertkeeter

    Touch longer please!

  • Ooof, I think the dress looks too tight and cheap and itchy. And then it all just gets worse with the ultra hiddy shoes.

  • Candigirl1968

    The shoes make me want to smack someone, and it’s a skosh too short. 

  • pulpytomato

    The top of Emmy’s dress reminds me of an old prom dress. Whatever that stuff is called, it was popular in the 90s. For that reason (rational or not), the whole thing feels very dated.

  • formerlyAnon

    It’s a great color and a good shape (a tad longer would be better, maybe?) and she looks marvelous.

    But I associate that whatever-it-is that the sleeves/overlay is made of with table runners and evening wear jackets belonging to older women. So I do not like.  Shoes were a missed opportunity.

  • Love her face in the shot of her playing video games!

  • Even though I have an aversion to red lace, she looks cute.  A longer dress would have worked better.

  • Hmmm. I may be the only one, but this dress is a little Ice Capades to me.

    Also, at one point I was dating a guy who worked at Microsoft, and I went to their Christmas party. It was… interesting.

    • julnyes

       Do Tell!

      • There was the most insane, over-the-top competitive karaoke I’ve ever witnessed, including one of the Microsoft higher-ups – not Bill Gates of course but  someone Way Up There, and certainly a billionaire – did “Kiss” (as in, the Prince/Tom Jones song).

        • julnyes

           Sounds like a good time 🙂

  • guest2visits

    A very pretty dress; she looks fantastic – but I’ll say it again; I think it would be much prettier and less like a little girl’s dress
    if it were only an inch longer. I thought the shoes were ok, but she could have used a red, silver, gold or black shoe.

  • ShayShay

    Thumbs up.  Love this look.