Rooney Mara Double Shot

Posted on February 13, 2013

We’re so thrilled to have Rooney Mara back in our lives now that she’s got another movie poledance to undertake; not because she’s out favorite actress or anything, but because the lady seriously knows how to impact-dress.


Rooney Mara attends the ‘Side Effects’ Photocall during the 63rd Berlinale International Film Festival in Balenciaga.

Balenciaga Resort 2013 Collection/Model: Kremi Otashliyska


Okay, sure. The stuff going on around her belly area is just plain weird and distracting in pictures. And yes, the sleeves are pretty weird too. But the pants and shoes are great and we like the neckline. Basically, this outfit is more than the sum of its parts, because we can easily pick out the parts we don’t like but still come away thinking she looks unique and eye-catching. Makeup’s a bit harsh, though.

But wait, darlings; there’s more!


Rooney Mara attends the ‘Side Effects’ Premiere during the 63rd Berlinale International Film Festival in Valentino couture.

Valentino Spring 2013 Couture/Model:Marine Deleeuw (ELITE)

We’re over the black sheer dresses and we’ve gone on record many a time as hating a handkerchief hem, but Miss Rooney can make a relatively basic black dress sing and look slightly unusual on her. She looks really pretty. Love the shoes. Could’ve used some jewelry.

Hate the hair in both instances. She obviously likes her hair severe, but she could do with a tiny bit of softening.

[Photo Credit: Getty,]

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  • MoHub

    First look is totally Joel Grey in Cabaret. I can’t unsee it.

    • Sobaika

      She needs bushier eyebrows but I see it too.

    • MilaXX

       and now neither can I.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      I’m getting a definite Jean Simmons vibe looking at her face in the second pic.

    • Pants_are_a_must

      She wishes she was that awesome, to be honest.

    • Pterodactyl111

      Sad mime.

  • At least her make up is less severe in the second photo and she looks great.  The slicked back hair needs to go in Hollywood, period.  I actually like the pantsuit, even with the unfortunate panels on her stomach–it’s a bit sci-fi looking. Honestly in the first shot where her hands are hiding that part, it looks really great. 

    •  Agreed – I liked it when you couldn’t see Audreybot’s control panel.

      • lovelyivy

        Bwah! I like both outfits- despite the oddness with the panel- but what’s killing me is the pinhead hair (worse because it is all of a sudden quite popular despite its ugliness) and her expressionless face. Audreybot indeed.

        • One cascading curl from that lass, though, and I might faint dead away from shock.

    • BrooklynBomber

      Completely agree. I love everything except that part that makes me think she has a hernia. Get rid of the truss and I’m in.

    • lamamu

       I have to say I think her slick hair is such a refreshing break from the overdone, overflowing hair extensions typical of most Hollywood starlets.

  • filmcricket

    Stand up straight girl, oh my God!

    Now that I’m done channeling my mother, we’re really seeing a return of the 90s, huh? She’ll be able to make it work, though – updated heroin chic is kind of her aesthetic already.

  • Sobaika

    The first outfit is so much more striking, but I prefer the second only for her (comparatively) fresh face. Her stature + stark makeup make her look… not healthy.

  • She seems to recognize how lucky she is to have access to this stuff so she takes full advantage

    • Given who her dad is and the depth of his pocket, I’d guess she’s always had “access”.

      • Bitter, much?

        • Not at all. I was simply noting that your use of “access” implied a borrowed nature and posited an alternate theory: her family, being rich as tits, has provided her a life where dressing splendidly is nothing new and that is the reason she rocks her look so fully.

          • Have to agree with you on this. She looks way too comfortable in clothes like these to have suddenly come into the ability to wear real fashion. If it’s something you borrow, you’re a little bit nervous that something might happen to it. She’s clearly not worried about her clothing.

  • margaret meyers

    Her evening makeup was a great improvement and really boosts the “lovely” quotient.  The satin lining on the handkerchief hem is an elegant touch.

    • Kayceed

      That beautiful, sumptious lining – my eye keeps returning to it – interesting choice by the designer…

  • mjude

    i like both looks.  she reminds me of a porcelain doll

  • Annabelle Archer

    I don’t know why I like the first look, but I really do.  I think the office ready pants (minus the white thing) paired with the Fashionista top really work for me.  
    I adore the second look.  That dress is precious, but not twee, and the severe hair is a contrast to the ultra feminine dress.
    Her makeup is very different in each look and perfectly executed in both.  

    • Airkisses

      HOW in the world is she making those shape of those pants work? Is she PhD yet or merely Masters level?

      Serving up Audrey realness with that second dress. She could play her in a movie, properly styled.

      • CakesOnAPlane

        …but given the Method-like attachment she has to dressing/styling herself as the characters she plays, we’d be seeing a lot of the Audreybot factor amped up for at least a year.

    • MissAmynae

      Hear hear! well said, my dear!

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    She looks absolutely fantastic in the Valentino.  I know she tends to wear a ton of Givenchy, but between this black dress and the red gown that made TLo’s Top 5 last year, she really nails it when she wears Valentino.

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    Yes, that satin lining is a fabulous little bonus.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Love contrasting linings!

    • 3boysful

       I love it, too.  I would kill for that dress if it had a non-hanky hemline.

      •  Ah, but that is the prettiest version of a handkerchief hem I’ve ever seen. Love the mitered border.

    • SugarSnap108

       Yes, that little surprise flash of satin lining sealed it for me.

  • charlotte

    Is it really her who likes her hair severe or is it her stylist? It looks downright painful in the second look.

    • Kristin McNamara

      At this point, we’d probably all have coronaries if she wore her hair down….

  • MarissaLG

    I really like the second look. It’s severe and feminine and I really love the lining peeking out from the bottom. The top look is, like you guys said, interesting. 

  • E. D.

    Love both, but that Valentino needs a bracelet and some earrings.

  • Beardslee

    She always owns what she is wearing and that is a pleasure to see.  Like both looks very much.

  • Judy_J

    I like both outfits just fine.  I’m really surprised by the dress, because I usually hate handkerchief hems, but that one is interesting, and I really like the satin lining peeking out from underneath.

  • That dress is absolutely beautiful. I love the first look as well, very sharp and interesting. But Fashion Daddies, I’m concerned about the clear plastic shoe. Is this a thing now? It scares me. 

    •  If those are what I think they are, they are Louboutins from Spring last year. Hoping they will die a death.

      • MRC210

        I see plastic shoes and I think of sweaty feet.  But that dress is lovely.  

    • WhiteOprah

      I really don’t like the clear shoe trend.  I can’t stop looking at are the poor scrunched-up toes and I don’t think that’s what stylists are intending when they want an outfit to “Make An Impact”.  

  • M_E_S

    I adore that dress and I want it soooo bad.  I love the subtle puffiness of the sleeves and especially the cream lining peeking out.  It looks STUNNING on her.

  • MilaXX

    Love the first look, but I wish she had gone with a softer lip if she was going to wear such a severe hairstyle.
    Second look is okay from neck to waist,but I hate the pin head hair and I hate handkerchief hems.

  • Verascity

    She’s killing the first look, IMO. Way better on her than the model.

  • She’s a little miss Tilda Swinton up and comer. 

  • ralish

    Irrational hate list. But love that second dress. Hate the hair, as always.

  • afabulous50

    Love both looks…

  • quiltrx

    That dress is divine.  I only wish the handkerchief hem was a bit more subtle–we see too much of the underside.  But I’m a sucker for vine- or scroll-work…SO classically pretty.

  • The pants make me insanely jealous of her proportions.  Darn these stubby legs of mine!

  • B_C_J

    The first look is interesting but the second look is exquisite despite the fact that I have an aversion for handkerchief hems. She is making it work for her. I also love the makeup in the second look. She looks incredible.

  • Judy_S

    Love the Valentino.
    The Balenciaga–it’s like you have to keep looking at the runway picture, saying “It’s SUPPOSED to look like that?”

  • Tatiana Luján

    Not even Rooney Mara could make me like a handkerchief hem, sorry. I really like the rest of the second look.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I like the makeup of the first look, I think she looks like the ladies in the pictures of my grandmother’s old picture albums: gorgeous.
    Whoever invented pleated pants with dropped crotch desserves hell. Nevertheless, as you said, the outfit is better that the sum of its parts

  • gabbilevy

    I don’t always love what she’s wearing, but I love love that she puts in the effort to be unique and interesting. Props for finally deploying that first shoe in a way that isn’t cringe-worthy, unlike the rest of Hollywood, who couldn’t seem to get enough of them a few months ago.

    • margaret meyers

      I feel like Julianne Hough is also trying to wear something “different.”  The problem is that JH is ultimately cautious about what or how different she is willing to look and it results in a lot of fialures.  RM is more willing to put all of her cards on the fashion table.

  • Janet B

    I love both looks and think she wears severe hair well.

  • crash1212

    Severe hair and no jewelry is her thing. I think we just have to roll with that. I love both looks…she knows her fashionista stuff.

    • I agree. She’d likely look a bit generic and difficult to recognize without the edgy styling. It’s her thing and she does it well.

  • Hate the dress.  It looks like a black napkin.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Absolutely love the first look. Kind of wish that she had gone with the softer makeup for that outfit as well.

  • Carla_Charlton

    Normally I hate handkerchief hems, as well, but I don’t mind this one, although I preferred the way it was hanging in the runway photo.  After seeing English version of “The Girl with the Dragoon Tattoo” for the second time last weekend, I have to say I’ve become a fan of hers.

  • xmixiex

    heads up: this movie was TERRIBLE.  gentleman caller and I wasted a date night on it last night.  jude law is never bad to look at, but we just couldn’t wait to get out of there.

    love the dress, lots.

  • The pants are meh but that DRESS. I wish she had worn her hair down with it, but it’s still striking. Love how soft it makes her look.

  • Zippypie

    Love the first look, though she needs to stand up straight in it.  The whole is definitely more than the sum of its parts.  The dress is beautiful until you get to that exaggerated hem.  As someone who pulls back her hair tight as well, I love it.  She knows how to rock it and has the bone structure to do it.  And I’m glad she got rid of the bangs.  I like her edge.  It’s much more interesting than all the generic “pretty” we usually see on the carpet.

    • kschwarting

      Yes!  I just want to pull her shoulders back in that first look, particularly in the third photo.

      There’s no denying she’s cut out for high fashion, though.

  • stubbornthoughts

    Love both looks, she is definitely pulling them off. I also wish her hair wasn’t so severely styled, because in the second look, that tight bun gives her a slight “I’m wearing my mother’s dress” feeling. 

  • l_c_ann

    Love seeing the construction detail on the inside of the skirt, but that might not be a good thing for most folks.  Would not have recognized her in her Valentino face as the woman who did the PR for Tatoo.  She can look serene and that should be good for her long term career.


  • Mary229

    Neither of these outfits are my favorite but there is no doubt that she pulls them off well and has quite a striking look to her.

  • the first set of outfits is awkward.   it looks like she is wearing a life vest and waiting to be resuced– does her facial expression say so, too?  the helicopter is on the way, Missy!  the 2nd look is much better, but I do not like these big puffy sleeves

    • MaryMitch

      Thanks! I was beginning to think I am the only one that doesn’t like that first look. But, I do give her props for being interesting.

  • Team Mara does it again.  No shade to throw, she makes a wonderfully styled robot and I’m eating it up.  

  • mhleta

    She’s really got to watch her posture, as in panel #3. I agree, this is interesting and working other wise. I want that thumb ring.

  • kimmeister

    I won’t disagree that her choices are interesting.  I applaud her tendency to go off the beaten path.  However, the pleats on those pants were designed by Satan himself, and the belly panel looks like a handy sticky-note on which she can write down her grocery shopping list for later.
    For look #2, I love everything from the waist up.  But I guess I’m in the minority in thinking the exposed lining (thanks to that handkerchief hem, blergh), looks silly.

  • notterriblybitter

    The pants in the first picture look at first glance like they have an elastic waistband and elastic waistbands are never a good thing, except maybe right after Thanksgiving dinner. The second dress and shoes are lovely; I wish both were in my closet.

    I never realized that she has green eyes before. How’d I miss that? They’re beautiful.

  • n a

    she looks amish- or like the spooky lady you see in the mirror in a horror movie…. but i’m jealous of her thinness so maybe i’m jaded. 

  • decormaven

    She is pulling off both looks, and they’re both fairly technical in their complexity. 

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    She’s wearing Grandpa pants in the first picture.  Love the dress in the 2nd picture, but she really needs a new hairdo for the red carpet.

  • I kinda hate the Jane Eyre hair in the first look.  The outfit is okay.

    Love the dress in the second look, but the pale lining really takes away from the drama of the dress.  Her make-up is also very pretty.

  • MzzPants

    And she appears to be tiny, thus proving that style is more about attitude than being an Amazon.

    I, personally, LUV-LUV both these looks for her.  Extra LUV for the second look.

    • Judy_J

      I saw her working on a film here in Austin.  She is indeed tiny.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Who is her dad?

    • Judy_J

      Her dad is Timothy Mara, who does player evaluation for the New York Giants.  Her family is quite involved in sports, evidently.

  • I’d love to see that dress lining in a color.  

  • Imasewsure

    Love the second look and I hate those kind of hems… think the hair is fine for that one too since it’s such a feminine edgy look. Too severe on the first look but as you say, a really interesting outfit… needed some bling!! Love her

  • Sara__B

    A double shot of Rooney Mara is a great way to jump start my morning. Better than a double shot of espresso!

  • alyce1213

    Hell no and just no.  And she is totally devoid of personality or expression.

    • I agree about her red carpet facial expressions – the complete lack thereof.  Really puts the “bot” in the Audrey.  I get (and actually kind of love) her fashion sense and choices, and think she’s a very pretty girl.  You’re a star, honey; give us something other than dead-eyes. 

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    She looks lovely in both outfits. Not the expected “lovely” but lovely in her own unique way. 
    She’s going to be fun to watch.

  • prettybigkitty

    She’s in training as Baby Swinton.

  • Bracing! Love them both. Even with the mentioned flaws, which she overcomes. Somehow she doesn’t work the same sexy vibe as her sister.

  • Tracy_Flick

    I love the dress. The top with the pants made me think of lederhosen, though. 

  • Nariya

    I love that each time I look at her, I first think “wow, that’s cool,” and then think, “how the hell am I even liking this?!”

  • 4JJ

    Oh, she’s so lovely in the Valentino, and the handkerchief hem works in every way this time, including the hint of gold lining. I think the severe hair is fine here – she has the ballerina delicacy to make it pretty, not harsh. But she really needs gold earrings.

  • What is it about a Valentino dress that compels stylists to give the wearer pinhead hair?

    Other than that, she gets all the points for sheer versatility.  The range of looks she can pull off are amazing.

  • ankali

    How is it that this girl can wear such disparate designers as Balenciaga, Valentino, and Givenchy and pull ALL of them off as though she was the muse for each collection?

    I love her. Half the time she wears clothes I hate (like both ensembles above, honestly), but I still can’t think of any RC appearance she’s made when I found her less than totally striking.

    And I love the severe hair. For her.

  • Cousin_Rose

    OK, I get why you call her the Audrybot from that last pic. If she softened her hair and makeup, she would be so overwhelmingly beautiful that we would all have to stop and bow down.

    • Laylalola

      She played Mark Zuckerberg’s girlfriend in The Social Network — the one he’s talking to and record speed in the bar in the opening scene and the one whose Friend request he’s repeatedly reloading to see if she’s accepted in the last scene. And she looks so different with softened hair and makeup she really almost might as well be a different woman.

  • The first look makes her seem to be seriously bowlegged, something that’s not there in the second look when you can actually see her legs.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    this is a WEIRD — Working Extraterrestrial Interstellar Robot Drama.  it’s my highest compliment.

  • Jennifer Hofstetter

    She looks like Tom Hiddleston in these photos and it’s freaking me out a little bit.

  • Anathema_Device

    I love that she can wear that first outfit without looking like a fashion victim. It isn’t my favorite look, but she owns it. I like the Valentino dress on her and agree on the hair.

  • bluefish

    LOVE the Balanciaga!  How nice just to read that name.

  • first photos has her in the most perfect lipstick shade.  *le sigh*

  • PeaceBang

    She’s giving me Kristen Scott Thomas realness in the second dress. Also, @MoHub:disqus beat me to the Joel Grey comment. Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome…

  • Is she a graduate of the Kristen Stewart Smiling School? 

  • I actually like the dress in look #2.  I LOVE the lining (duchess satin?) peeking through.  Very polished.  What strikes me as odd is her neck makeup.  Her face is very, very pale, but her neck is a strange yellowish color.  In both pictures.

  • Anniebet

    She’s stunning in the dress, interesting in the pantsuit/overalls. Dress is just about perfect for her. But… what’s with the silliness of the top of the pants outfit? It’s to her credit that she doesn’t look ridic in it.

  • i think both outfits would’ve been improved by removing the sleeves; the second one just seems off proportion wise. or if it had’ve had the sleeves, a simpler bell hem to balance them out.

  • Marian Humin

    I love everything she wears! She totally WERQs!

  • MarinaCat

    I just consistently love her look. For me, she’s the anti-Amy-Adams.

  • kathrineb

    Beautiful girl, shame about the posture, I liked her best with the bangs.

  • Joel Grey circa “Cabaret”

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    I think I’ve come to the conclusion that she can rock pretty much anything.  Because I’m not crazy about these on the models, but on her?  Spectacular!

  • patticake1601

    Those plastic see through shoes are hideous. You all hated them when everyone was wearing them over the summer   o_O now I’m confused.

  • Monabel

    Kudos to a pretty woman who chooses to look individual and striking. Severe hairstyle and all.

  • aahlife

    She is stunning in both, and I think she, unlike many, pulls off severe hair.  It displays her little elf ears and her chiseled jaw line.

  • mom2ab

    The second look is “quirky bat mitzvah”.  Bleh

  • a_liking

    I figured it out!! she looks like Tom Hiddleston’s sister.

  • Aurumgirl

    In the first photo she looks like Bunchy Teletubby.  But she is really pretty.  The severe hair makes her look a lot like Audrey Hepburn, though, so it works for her on that level.

  • peachy

    good lord! that handkerchief hem! atrocious! be gone from the red carpet, alien girl!

  • mmc2315

    She’s looking like an Olsen in that first shot.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Yes to No. 1 and a decided no to No. 2. And her hair looks like it’s been dyed between 1 and 2. Not sure whether she got it lightened after 1 or darkened after 2, but it certainly looks different.

  • Alyssa

    Bam! Girl knows how to make an impact for sure. I do think she needs to soften up her hair just a tad, but I love how she always puts in the effort!

  • guest2visits

    What a cool look that first look would have been without the openning in front. That was just one quirk too many.
    Love the second dress – but i also have a quibble with the light fabric-lining showing at the kerchief-points, if it’s such a special and
    expensive dress – why not finish it off with a bit of black mesh to keep the light fabric from glaring like an untidy slip.
    I love the hair and make-up; she is just so striking.