Allison Williams for Town & Country

Posted on March 07, 2013

Allison Williams gets the editorial she was born to do.


‘Girls’ star Allison Williams covers the April 2013 issue of Town & Country magazine photographed by Blossom Berkofsky and styled by Sophie Pera.

“I will have my publicist pull pictures of the way I look at events, so I can see, ‘Oh, that cut is not as flattering as I thought,’ or ‘I should smile bigger,’ or ‘That positioning is odd.’ I learn from it.”

“I have a goal, which is that I don’t ever want to look back on something I wore and think, ‘Oh my God, what was I thinking?’ ” she says. “That feeling is much scarier than looking back and thinking, ‘Oh, I took myself so seriously. I’m so buttoned up.'”

Speaking as people who’ve got a couple decades on you, hon; you’ve got that last sentiment exactly backwards.

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013 Collection/Model: Othilia Simon

Giles Spring 2013 Collection/Model: Doutzen Kroes

Zac Posen Spring 2013 Collection/Model: Karolina Kurkova


She perfectly embodies that young New York socialite look, which makes her a perfect fit both for these dresses and for Town & Country. It’s not the most interesting editorial in the world, but it’s right up her alley. She is, after all, someone who apparently lives in mortal fear that she might wear something outrageous.

But what really grates is that she’s credited on the cover as “Brian Williams’ daughter.” She’s co-starring on one of the most talked-about shows on television at the moment. We realize Girls is criticized for, among other things, casting a bunch of extremely well-connected young women, but she’s at least earned the right to be known by her own name and not her father’s.


[Photo Credit: Blossom Berkofsky for Town & Country,]

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  • imperfectlaura

    I was really liking the editorial…until the last picture.  The legs+slouch combo just does not work for me.

    • Sobaika

      Especially because it doesn’t fit the American Princess vibe of the shoot? It’s the kind of post you stike in leather pants and a bustier.

      • Adrianna Grężak

        That’s exactly why the picture is interesting 

        • SassieCassy

          she looks like she on a toilet so

    • Nicholas

      I like it. It’s a nice juxtaposition of being “pretty” and being your slouching, jogging-pants self. I don’t think we should expect that it is not intentionally set up. I like that it’s not all one big plastic Dior fragrance commercial to look at.

      I mean, isn’t that what Girls is often about?

    • Carly Warnock

      It’s really off brand for Town and Country.

  • foodycatAlicia

    The “Brian Williams’ Daughter” was the thing that grated on me too. I really like the shot in the blue dress.

    • kschwarting

      It grabbed my eye, too.  She must have cringed when she saw it–it’s the equivalent of being referred to as “so-and-so’s wife.”

      • shirab

        I thought the same thing! It’s not like they need Brian Williams’s name to sell Town and Country.

        • sleah_in_norcal

          who the fuck is brian williams, i say.

    • A. W.

      If she was a man, it would likely be said in a reverential way… “he’s following in the footsteps of his father!” But because she’s a woman, it’s used to degrade her. Gross.

    • bookish

       When I read “Brian Williams’ Daughter” I thought it was odd, but figured her name was printed in large letters somewhere else on the page so it didn’t matter that much. After reading TLo’s comments, I looked back and realized her name was only printed in teeny tiny letters at the bottom. That’s just sad and obnoxious.

  • Annabelle Archer

    She’s a real life Charlotte York, isn’t she?  

    This seems like such a throw away. Nothing of interest or worth remembering. 

    • Danielle Lisle

      Charlotte York is the exact same thing I was thinking!

  • marlie

    I agree 100% that she deserves to be known as herself, and not someone else’s daughter. Pretty standard and bit bland, though in the last picture, she doesn’t even look like herself.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Hmmm.. if this is the editorial she was born to do, just don’t do editorials I guess.  I like the cover alo t, but her posing (?) in the other two shots are almost apologetic about wearing such frocks.  The details of both are completely obscured and she looks a little nuts.

    • kimmeister

      Yeah, you can’t really see the most interesting part of the black/white dress, but hey, at least she gets to show off her nicely toned back and arms.

  • DTLAFamilies

    Speaking as a fellow hammertoe sufferer, she really should be wearing shoes in these pix.

    Given the magazine is Town and Country, trumpeting someone’s pedigree on the cover seems about right.

    • SRQkitten

      Especially since being Brian Williams’ daughter was probably of assistance in getting where she is. Frankly, I’m quite a bit over kids getting somewhere on their parents coattails.


  • BrooklynBomber

    Who’s Brian Williams?

    Also, the dress with the bird on it. . . it’s cool but didn’t someone else already do that? McQueen, maybe?

    • Sobaika

      NBC Nightly News anchor, 30 Rock guest star, and my favorite news guy (sorry Anderson Cooper).

      • BrooklynBomber


      • ankali

         Don’t forget best recurring guest on The Daily Show!

        • OrigamiRose

          The Giant Head of Brian Williams!

    • ankali

       It was McQueen; Cate Blanchett wore it shortly after he died. I like this version with its softer vibe too, though.

      • sleah_in_norcal

        and neither of them were the first to put a bird on a gown.  after all, bjork wore a dress the WAS a bird.

      • BrooklynBomber

        Oh, yeah, now I can picture it. thanks.

  • Ann Smith

    Town and Country sure isn’t Tatler..  

  • AthenaJ

    The 2nd pic of her is cute, but unfortunately it hides that amazing detail on the dress. 3rd pic looks like she’s taking a… well, you know… sorry Allison.

  • Mismarker

    Photo #2: I may be doubled over on the toilet with this stomach bug but, dammit, I’m happy to be here and look at my fabulous arm!

  • Kathy Van Ryzin

     Her bare feet are kind freaking me out. I hate feet as it is…but…blerg.

  • aeb1986

    I think the middle picture is the most interesting of the bunch but that Oscar de la Renta is so “her”

  • mhlmh

    Who is Brian Williams? It’s funny that she mentions whether her position is odd. The only position that doesn’t look uncomfortable is the one where she’s bent over.

    • MilaXX

       NBC news anchor

  • MilaXX

    I’m bored silly by these photos, but I agree they fit on Town & Country. I also agree that it’s unfair that she is often billed as Brian William’s daughter.  They don’t billed Zoisa as David Mamet’s daughter, so I wonder why she gets such treatment

    • Annabelle Archer

      I had not heard this little factoid about her until this article.  Do most people mention it when writing about her? Then again, I did not know about the other cast connections.  I’ve seen a handful of episodes, but I have no strong opinions on the show either way. 

    • ankali

      I’ve seen Zosia billed as David Mamet’s daughter plenty.

      • Mismarker

        Yes.  She was on Letterman recently and they spent half the interview talking about her dad.

    • alyce1213

      Really?  I’m surprised.  I see Zosia referred to as the daughter of Lindsay Crouse and David Mamet all the time, because they are FAR more famous than she is, as Brian Williams is far more famous than Allison.  He’s pretty much a household name.

      My feeling is if you’re gonna reap the benefits of nepotism, you gotta pay the price. If any of them have staying power, that will fall away and their own names will stand for themselves.

  • Carina

    “Brian Williams’ daughter”?? Really, T&C!??? If she’s famous enough to have her picture on the cover, she’s famous enough to have her name on it too. 

  • frannyprof

    She bores me. I’m bored.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    East Coast debutante. Beautiful, of course, but if that’s what’s she’s comfortable with, I wonder how far she’ll get outside of Girls.

    And yes, invoking the dad is an insult at this stage.

  • Sarah

    My father is a notable personage, and I am always known as his daughter. I HATE IT. I also definitely dislike him, as a person, so that’s part of it. (He’s no good – I hope Brian Williams is decent.) Nevertheless, I am sort of surprised that she hasn’t publicly and overtly rebelled against that sort of nonsense, and seems to be freaked out by the thought of overstepping some imaginary self – imposed propriety line. I guess she didn’t have control over what they put on the cover, but were it me, I would be raising quite a hue and cry after the fact. If she just takes it, I have less respect for her.

    • amf0001

      I do think when you are given the cover of a magazine, they can put your own bloody name on the cover, even (Brian X’s daugher) in parentheses would have been better than not actually mentioning your own name!!
      I’m pretty sure she didn’t know it would work that way.  I’ve worked as a model agent – you see the cover shot,  but you don’t see the writing (well if you are mega famous you  might,  but not at her level)

      • Sarah

        That was my beef. I get that they wanted to “out” the connection, since people might not know, and that the idea of her watching the show with her family was deemed delicious, but there are better ways to express that, and maybe not on the cover where she is the model. It’s frikkin’ rude and insulting to her career.

        • Heather

          Of course, now I am fascinated to know who your dad is!!

          Funny, for awhile I was involved w/a guy who had a famous dad, and he couldn’t really get past it – like he thought that was the most interesting thing about him (when, sadly, he had a lot to offer).

          • Sarah

            Oh, he’s not exciting. You see him on CNN sometimes. He’s famous for being a retired military high-muckety muck. One who doesn’t have to answer for being a belligerent alcoholic who abused his wife and left her when she had a brain aneurysm to marry a fancier lady when she was still fresh in the grave. Or for being shitty to his three kids for their whole lives and disowning his son for being a mechanic. Yeah, I’m bitter, just a little bit. But I still think that regardless, even if I looooved daddy, I would want to have my name on my own cover.

  • SassyMcFrench

    The cover looks like she’s in the middle of a shrug. The clothes are pretty though. 

  • Susan Collier

    Man, the posing is pretty bad. Except for the cover, she manages to obscure any interesting element of the dresses. For all I know, she could be modelling for the Seventeen Magazine Prom issue.

    • peachy

      agreed — if not for the runway photos included in the post, i’d have NO idea what the garments actually looked like. boo.

  • kbshee

    SIT LIKE A LADY! Oops sorry for yelling. 

  • Elizabeth Bohinc

    But no one who reads Town & Country is watching Girls…hence the credit.

    • ankali

       That was my assumption as well.

    • MaryAtRealityTea

      Right. My mom for instance is reading T & C. She is most definitely NOT watching Girls. When she saw Lena Dunham at the Oscars she said oh my… she needs some make-up and a more supportive bra. She had no idea what Girls was. And she has HBO, I might add. 

      I guess I don’t get what the big hullabaloo with Girls is either though and I’m also not reading T & C. 

    • Tom and Lorenzo

      How on earth would you know that? She didn’t get that cover because she’s Brian Williams’ daughter, she got it because she co-stars on a critically acclaimed, popular show.

      • starrika

         I’m not sure – while I think the show may have helped, I think it may have been being Brian Williams’ daughter/Ivy League grad yada yada that got her the cover. Town and Country seems to have a mix of celebs and socialites on the cover, but the celebs they pick are rarely edgy or hot – it’s more like Giada de Laurentis or Brooke Shields or Ivanka Trump. It’s not usually the star of the newest HBO show.

        I still think they should have used her name, rather than what they did, but I don’t think it’s wrong to say her connection to her father got her the cover.

        • Tom and Lorenzo

           She wasn’t getting magazine covers 18 months ago, when she was an unknown. T&C, like most magazines, doesn’t put non-famous children of famous people on their cover.

    • Sarah

      Doesn’t make it okay for T&C to pretend it is the 1950’s, regardless of their readership, but they do produce a magazine that caters to a certain famous 1% of the population, so I guess I probably can’t understand their motives.

  • starrika

    I know she’s Brian Williams’ daughter, but she will always be known to me as “that TA from Sam Tsui’s College Musical webseries.”

  • Kate Gorton

    Whoa, they don’t use her name ANYWHERE in the tagline? What YEAR is it? 

  • Imasewsure

    I like the black and white shot…. the rest do nothing for me… I guess for an anachronistic mag like T&C it’s a big pull to get a newsman’s daughter….sure she’s fine with it but annoying as many have said here

  • urbanamish

    this chick bugs like gwynyth paltrow.  we don’t need another.

  • nannypoo

    I’m glad you pointed out the Brian Williams thing. It pissed me off the minute I saw it. I have never seen this woman act or be interviewed or in fact do anything other than appear on this blog, but she deserves her own recognition. Tonight when I watch the news I promise to think of him as Allison Williams’ father.

  • libraangel

    Actually, I like all the looks /photos

  • sleah_in_norcal

    that blue zac posen suits her perfectly.  and i love the casual pose, esp. the way it shows off her big beautiful feet!  i have a pair that looked like that, lo these many long years ago.

    eta: but i had lovely high arches. just noticed hers are a little flat. anyways….

    • bd73

      for some reason flat feet are funny. maybe because high arches and ballet dancer flexing is so revered and such a fundamental of fashion. this sort of normalizes girls like her and kirsten dunst. i LOVE the cover and completely agree she’s earned her own name.

      • sleah_in_norcal

        i had those beautiful ballet feet, and believe me they will came back and bite you in your old age.  but they did earn me my permanently disabled handicapped parking placard, a real asset here in cali.

  • PeaceBang

    Hate all the clothes. 

  • Gabriella M

    I didn’t know she was Brian Williams’ daughter, and now I can’t unsee the resemblance. Weird. 
    They’re both such handsome people.

  • eight_of_nine

    I really like the second picture — the unusual posing and dem arms!

  • amaranth16

    Girl needs to learn how to give some face – the dead eyes and slack jaw aren’t doing it.  But the 2nd picture is sweet.

  • kathrineb

    Shes so pretty on the cover but the second picture is pretty awkward. I guess that can be expected from a magazine called ‘town and country’.

  • kikisayshi

    That Zac Posen one looks like a bridesmaid dress. Love the others.

    • libraangel

      Au contraire. I LOVE the Zac Posen!

  • quiltrx

    I want to beat senseless whoever told her to flop over and crush the very best part of that Giles dress!

  • Adrianna Grężak

    As irritating as it is, I bet most Town and Country subscribers know who Brian Williams is, not what Girls is. The cover is meant to grab your attention, and they probably wouldn’t have with “Allison Williams.” They should have included her name above the “Brian William’s daughter on acting blah blah” though.

  • LambeeBaby

    I think the cover photo is really odd, awkward and not flattering. It almost makes her look like she has something wrong with her spine. Love all of the dresses, just don’t think they work for her.

  • pookiesmom

    Those quotes are really sad. The photos are meh.

  • Christine Marie

    In all fairness, people who read Town & Country are probably much more familiar with Brian Williams than they are with Girls. 

  • Super_Red

    eh- i was thankful for the tie to Brian Williams because I had no idea who she was. Dresses are cute, though. 

  • courtney c

    But T&C LOVES lineage so I’m sure that’s why they addressed her as such.

  • decormaven

    Three fairly interesting outfits and the most important elements of them are not even able to be seen due to amateur poses. Hey, T&C stylist, if your mag picked AW because she’s someone’s daughter (as stated on the cover), you must at least feature the fashions properly because hey, she’s not “important” enough to be get star billing on the cover. I’m with TLo- Allison Williams has distinguished herself as a featured player on “Girls.” Identify her as such on the cover, and address her familial ties in the article. And for Pete’s sake, show the fashions properly or just let her do these angular poses in a yoga outfit and be done with it. 

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    Um who is she again?  I sortof like that weird Bork-ish swanish dress thing..

  • DeTrop

    I saw AW on the David Letterman show and she handled herself very well.  Her father is a very grounded man with a keen sense of humor and does not take himself too seriously when away from his News job.  He is very appealing and she seems to be too.  AW has a model’s body and will look good in almost anything.  I think T&C are at fault here for trying to make her look ‘at home’.  These are very pretty dresses and she does them justice.  She’ll learn as she goes on.