IN or OUT: Emmy Rossum in Zuhair Murad

Posted on May 20, 2013

It says something about the execrable fashion on display at the Billboard awards this year that we think this is shockingly demure:


Emmy Rossum attends the 2013 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada in a Zuhair Murad long sleeve gown. 

Zuhair Murad Fall 2013 Collection

And we … kinda … like it?

No, really. We’re not fans of that many sheer panels in one dress, but there’s something a little striking about the look; maybe because she kept the styling in the realm of “classy” and not “trashy.” Her face looks elegant (although her makeup gay still loves the pinkeye look) and we like the fact that her hair looks a little disheveled. If it was too polished, she’d look like Elvira.

Then again, we’re not entirely sure the argument can be made that she doesn’t look like Elvira. We suppose this one’s up to y’all.



Vote Now!


IN! She DOES look like Elvira – and that’s AWESOME!


OUT! Are you kidding me? She looks like Elvira!




The Bitter Kittens are not yet tired of Rooney Mara’s Audreybot schtick, voting the latest iteration a big ol’ IN.


[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans/PR Photos,]

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  • eowyn_of_rohan

    IN. I’d say more but I have a bitch of a headache that impedes coherent thought.

  • Vaniljekjeks

    In!!!! You work that Morticia Addams Resort Collection, girl!

  • melanie0866

    IN. It fits, her head looks awesome, and at least there’s no sideboob or buttcrack visible. I’m very tired of the black-dress-with-sheer-cutouts thing, but for Emmy, this is pretty good.

  • ampg

    IN. I think it works because it’s not too boobtastic, so she actually doesn’t look all that much like Elvira. Not a big fan of the back, but from the front I think the way the lines of the dress flow makes for a really nice effect.

  • It’s not “Elvira” — it’s more “young Morticia Addams.” Which is like CLASSY Elvira. So total in.

    • ballerinawithagun

      I agree. Elvira was never classy. I loved Carolyn Jones as Morticia Adams! This is tastefully sheer and beautifully made. Her make-up and hair are elegant. That makes it an In!

    • Introspective

      In for me too, cause it fits like a glove, but is anyone getting the distinct whiff of Kardashian here?

  • hmariec19

    IN. She looks bangin’.

  • lehen

    in. i think she looks lovely, especially compared to all the trashy, naked dresses i saw from this event. i’m looking at you, Ke$$$$ha.

    • I thought Kesha’s was fine, until she TURNED TO THE SIDE. OMFG.

      • lehen

        agreed! i even thought she looked good (for her)…. but then…. just, no.

      • drdarke

        You know that now I have to see Ke$ha’s wardrobe malfunction dress, Marlie aka @twitter-289440786:disqus ….

  • misstressofsylar

    in for me. something about the black toning down her princessy looks. I prefer edgy Emmy to sweety Emmy

  • BendinIntheWind

    I’m undecided on the bottom, but I absolutely ADORE everything from the waist up

    • Waist up = WIN. Waist down = LOSE. Since Lose has more letters, OUT.

  • PastryGoddess


    It’s surprisingly good and edgy for her

    Apparently Zuhair Murad was the official costumer of the BBMA’s

    • They’re also one of JLo’s go-to designers. Coincidence? I think not.

  • IN. Her hair and makeup are perfect, and I’d kill for those earrings. If this were at any other event, I might say out, but considering the venue, this is classy and demure. Plus, the dress is interesting, fits her well, and doesn’t show off the good china.

  • I had a similar thought. I’m over the sheer/cutouts, but at least she’s not showing off the goods.

  • I actually like this a lot. The polka dots on the sheer panels elevates it quite a bit from plain sheer panels. IN

  • Mismarker

    I’m going to say IN, despite the sheer panels. Maybe it’s the dot pattern on the panels that keeps it from trashy? To my eyes, anyway.

  • Meh. It’s not horrifying like a lot of the Billboard ensembles, but that dress is just…not lovely. Her hair, makeup, and accessories are great, though. I guess if I’m grading on a BMA curve, it’s a lower-case “in.”

  • crash1212

    IN. And I’m not usually a fan of multiple sheer panels either. Go figure.

  • sweetestsith

    In! I don’t always like the pink-eye thing, but she’s just tan enough that I think it looks kind of pretty with her brown eyes. This time…

    She looks super lovely, classy, and interesting. Love it.

  • IN. She has the body and coloring to pull this off beautifully.

  • I was on board till I scrolled down. The panels in the skirt need to go, and that back is too much. From the front and on top it’s just a little naughty. Then she turn around and heads straight to TackyTown. (pop: Ke$ha)

    • Totally different. I don’t understand how Ke$ha could even WALK without showing off the goods.

      • By Ke$ha I meant ALL Ke$ha, not just last nights nightmare. And Ms Emmy should never strive for Ke$ha.

  • homofascist

    It is gorgeous from the front so I say IN. That side shot is the only stinker of the bunch IMHO. It toes the line of ‘another granny panty dress’.

  • Also, I like the dots. It’s not *just* sheer. There’s something interesting to it, as well.

  • Emily Giovanni

    I am ambivalent. I think she looks super gorgeous with dark hair, but I think it’s a bit much together with the dark dress. When I got down to your Elvira comment, you pretty much nailed my feelings. I guess I vote OUT even though I love her head and like the dress. I just don’t like them together.

  • In. Like it on her. Not everyone could pull this off.

  • elirt

    I’m surprised by how much I love it! It’s very flattering to her figure and she’s holding herself well. She looks great.

  • IN!!! Classy and sassy at the same damn time.

  • nannypoo

    I like it. I also like that she has deployed a second facial expression. She looks pretty.

  • Julia Dunne

    OUT. Ugh. Something very frumpy and tired about that dress, for all that it’s desperately trying to be young and hip.

  • Pennymac

    Sheer panels that don’t expose butt cheeks?
    Proper deployment of the sheer, I must say!

  • Jessi03

    I’ll give her an IN for the venue. I don’t love it, but compared to everything else we’ve seen, she looks downright elegant.

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    In. Unexpected but in.

  • RebeccaKW

    In. I like the cutouts here, and I think it’s b/c I can’t see side-boob or side-ass, nor do I know the state of her waxing. I like the makeup here, and the hair. I’m really digging the whole thing.

  • Jessica Ebert

    In. I think it’s sexy without being slutty. I love it! Now, if the neckline went down to her bellybutton, then it’d be Elvira!

  • In! She looks amazing. She’s one of the few people who could make that gown look classy, I think.

  • pookiesmom

    LOVE. In.

  • Golfkat

    In for sure! She’s dangerously close to some side-boob, but only close, thankfully she’s not all the way there. I think she looks super glamorous. IN!

  • aeb1986

    I love it. Definitely in

  • gabbilevy

    In. One of the better deployments of sheer panels I’ve seen.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    IN you can’t say this chick doesn’t put in the effort. I love the hair, make up, dress, jewelry, errthing!

  • jilly_d

    It was a WERQ for me until I got to the sheer thigh panels. Miss Emmy will have to settle for a mere IN.

  • TSkot

    IN. WAY IN.

  • kayleymaybe

    IN! One of the best of the night (although that’s not saying much).

  • In and I don’t even like the dress and that backdrop is *heinous*.

  • Michee Rose

    I will never understand the insistence on not dressing seasonally. Black velvet at the end of May? In Vegas? It has to be 90° there (minimum)! (And they wear sequined towels in December. WTF??)
    But aside from my seasonal grumblings, it’s a striking look. Love it.

    • I’m with you on that one. I was raised in the South, where it was “no velvet after Valentine’s.” But these younguns today, they ain’t had no good raisin’.

    • Carrieanno

      Thank you for the knowledge that I’m not the only one who doesn’t get this penchant for dressing for opposite seasons.

  • Janet B

    It’s May not November!

    (I don’t care what the temperature was inside or outside. Hmph.)

  • MzzPants

    IN. I have to say, though, that I’m not a fan of the way the trending sheer skirt panels distort the figure.

  • MikeW_Vegas

    Are we going to get a “rundown of shame” from this year’s BBMA? Because if these have been the “highlights”.. I”m just dying to see who was cracktastic last night.

  • In, but mainly because she seems so pleased with herself in it.

    I can’t hate. 🙂

  • Sally Brownson

    In. She looks good, and it’s not slutty.

  • I’m okay until I get to the panels in the skirt. I guess a qualified IN. It does look great on her.

  • lobsterlen


  • Snailstsichr

    IN. Especially compared to everyone else at the event AND because the back zipper isn’t exposed (as far as I can tell).

  • In. I saw this on her Instagram last night and loved it.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I don’t like the shape of the sheer panels un the skirt, but I think she looks great anyway.

  • CeeQ

    I was already to vote it in but then I look another look at the semi sheer skirt and decided OUT. Just one too many sheer polka dot panel for me.

  • TonyGo


  • Super_Red

    I’m gonna have to go with IN. Normally I hate the sheer panels, but this… works? I think? Pretty sure. In.

  • Lori

    In. I hate the sheer panels on the skirt, but I like the top, the styling is really working and she looks good.

  • In. The sheer panels somehow manage to add up to a design element instead of slutification.

  • I say IN. It’s really pretty.

  • Diego!

    IN, it fits her like a glove and she recovered her face! Great and “soft” make up!

  • scrappy1

    In. But can someone please tell me, do people really pay to have their hair styled to look like they got caught in a windstorm? I get the JBF look, but this sort of slightly-askew thing . . . it’s purposeful?

    What I’m really asking is whether “I meant to do that” is an attitude that I can safely adopt with respect to my own ill-kept mop. 🙂

  • Holy IN, Batman! She looks fantastic!

  • Sweetvegan

    In – she looks awesome! I would’ve like a little more color in her lipstick (but not a bright red – too vampire-ish). And I agree – the sheer panels are classy, not trashy.

  • SewingSiren

    I think it looks better on her than the model. Surprisingly good from the front and back, but a little iffy on the side view.

  • She has been knocking it out of the park – GORGEOUS. IN, easily.

  • jw_ny


    Emmy looks gorgeous.

    I probably could have done without the side leg sheer panels, but they’re not offensive.

  • Cz

    She looks ready to grace the awards with her presence floating in a haze of fog and dark sparkles. In.

  • Donna Tabor

    IN. Take note, Jennifer Morrison: This is how you do sheer: Covered up, not with it all hanging out and looking like underwear.

  • AC

    In. She looks lovely.

  • In. Love this.

  • Shoelover1512

    IN! I think she looks great. The dots add something to make the sheer panels not trashy. Combined with no side boob, butt crack or boobs hanging out the sheer doesn’t bug me as much as it normally does.

  • IN. I love this.

  • pop_top

    IN. She looks great in it and I think the dress reveals just enough.

  • IN – hate the dress, love her eyebrows. I’ve seen so much ugly today that a win is a win.

  • kimiakay

    IN. She looks very chic, for Elvira, lol. I love the makeup, and she’s rocking that dress. The earrings are perfect. She is one beautiful lady and she looks great.

  • Coolekat

    For all those sheer panels, it’s still lady-like.

  • snarkykitten

    A certain blonde needs to pay attention. THIS is how you do a sheer paneled black dress without veering into lingerie territory.

  • Barbora

    Biggest IN possible, love it! Go miss Emmy.

  • mjude

    no, sorry girl

  • girliecue

    IN. She looks adorable and not the least bit trashy or overexposed.

  • I love it!

  • Her head looks about 3000 times better than in any other picture I’ve seen of her. I had no idea she was this cute!

  • MilaXX

    IN the only other look I liked last night was Madonna & she’s a bit long in the tooth for the look she was wearing

  • MartyBellerMask

    IN! She is a knockout.

  • IN. The implication that looking like Elvira is a bad thing is pure sacrilege!

  • Renaissance_Man_ATL

    IN! And I couldn’t have said it better! LOL

  • Buffy

    The sheer panels are placed right, so I’ll say IN

  • drdarke

    IN – she’s not showing off anything she shouldn’t in public, and the styling puts her on the elegant side of sexy rather than the trashy one.

  • Amanda

    out. She looks pretty, but that dress is awful.

  • IN

  • sekushinonyanko

    It’s very Elvira, and very movie!Ridley Duchannes. And I like all of that. In! Get it Emmy in that goth girl dress! And all of the points for refraining from dark lipstick and heavy eyeliner.

  • sweet_potato

    I find the dress fabulous but Emmy Rossum is such a good girl, it seems like it’s not her dress, but it’s not an out so IN.

  • IN, and oh, how I wish I could rock that.

  • OUT. I’m way over the sheer panels.

  • Jillybean

    This is so IN I’m surprised it isn’t a WERQ!

  • fashionzombie

    IN. Love it, love her look. I may have preferred a little more color in the lip, though. Hard to tell.

  • I hate sheer so hard it makes my eyes bleed, but for some reason this works. Love the earrings and makeup. In.

  • E. D.


  • 100% in. It fits like a glove, hair and makeup are perfection, and the cutouts are tasteful. What’s not to like?

  • TheAmericaness

    ohhh… In. It certainly doesn’t raise enough ire or any kind of a real gag reflex for an out… so In. May angels sing. Next.

  • ringthing

    IN. When I saw this earlier today I was struck by how great she looks in black. She manages to make this look elegant.

  • Hmm. OUT, for her. I think that this dress really belongs on Dita von Teese.

  • GoryDetails

    IN. This is probably the best use of the sheer-panel bit that I’ve seen, and I think it works quite well – though she doesn’t remind me of Elvira at all, possibly due to the lack of mind-bending cleavage {grin}.

  • conniemd

    In because it’s not horrendous, but it seems a little blah to me, so a small “i” in.

  • CrazyAuntie

    IN!! I love it all – hair, makeup and dress. (God, I miss “Shameless”…)

  • Synnamin

    IN! LOVE this dress and she looks fantastic in it

  • StrandedFashionista

    The Morticia Adams comments won me over. IN.

  • M. H. Leader

    IN-IN-IN!!! She’s gorgeous and stylish. I’m not a fan of sheer cutouts, but she really does class this one up.

  • GTrain

    IN. Revealing but still tasteful

  • quitasarah

    IN beautiful and tasteful, which is a lot more than can be said for many young female stars these days.

  • in!

  • bellafigura1

    She is rocking some dicey trends.That is one beautiful woman in one beautiful dress. I maybe possibly sort of kind of want to see it in a different color, jade or purple or cobalt, but that’s nit picking.

  • unbornfawn

    IN. The look is OK. I hate the see-through on the legs. Solid black from the waist down and it would be beautiful.

  • PeaceBang

    I’m enamored of the Catherine Zeta-Jones hair and make-up palette, which I think is revelatory for her. And she’s pulling the dress off. I mean, not literally. IN!

  • Joyce VG

    Gorgeous IN! And Elvira is gorgeous too.

  • RedRaven617

    In. Lovely.

  • Write On

    In! Puuuuurty!

  • clairellis

    In love it.

  • Airkisses

    Au contraire, I think that is only her dress. Her ASS looks SPECTACULAR. Snaps on that alone! IN!

  • IN. This is striking and gorgeous. I hate sheer cut-outs, but this just works for me.

  • guest2visits

    This was so beautiful until the skirt. The see-thru paneling was really distracting from an amazing body and gorgeous face.I think the pattern in the cut-away skirt was very cheesy, awkward. Why not match the long, narrow sheers of the sleeves.

  • In!!! Love it all.

  • Jangle57

    I think she looks great. While I’m not a fan of the sheer panels, this at least is pretty tasteful and not showing off her See You Next Tuesday…. IN

  • IN! She looks gorgeous. She’s not showing as much as it seems, and without all the sheerness she’d be way overdressed for the event.

  • This dress had the potential to be a disaster, but she’s wearing it very well, and looking classy. IN.

  • barbarienne

    I give it a lukewarm in.

  • IN, and bravo for looking a little less sugary sweet.

  • Louise Bryan

    I like it. Striking, edgy, and still a pretty woman. IN.

  • Every sheer panel except the ones on the skirt!

  • Ummy


    I’m a sucker for the blocking on this one. Think the dress overall does good things for her figure, and she looks classy overall.

    I have my reservations about the sheer panels on the skirt, but without them the look would be boring and old.

  • quiltrx

    IN. I think it works for her! The sheer-with-dots distracts a little from the “fleshiness” of most sheer inserts–plus these are placed where they’re interesting, not vulgar.

  • wow think of how this would look on Vastra!

  • demidaemon

    IN. She looks amazing, yet still held to the “standard” of the event without going too trashy.

  • bd73

    in. she looks beautiful.

  • ankali

    IN. I’m not crazy about the dress and all of its sheer panels, but I think she is wringing every iota of potential out of it. She looks great.

  • Don’t love the earrings, and it seems a little overdone for May in Vegas, but she looks pretty, which, for being so freakin’ gorgeous, is not a given with her. So IN to Elvira.

  • I’m shocked to give her an IN but praying that the visible ass in formal wear trend is nearly over.

  • jetpackdino

    I’ve just seen what Ke$ha wore on the red carpet and I can testify that you speak the truth. There’s a traumatizing amount of ass hanging out there. And the dresses are skimpy too.


  • The Lady

    Damn it! I hate her so I was already geared up to say out, then I saw the pics. Much as I hate to admit it, despite too much sheer/dots, IN!

  • Lesley

    IN. however, i am not a fan of the dress on it’s own, but on her it looks amazing. shes a beautiful girl and it was styled well.

  • IN!

  • Mary Alice Davis

    In – that’s an awesome dress.

  • Tuneful54

    Hooker going to a funeral. Out.

    • Iroqhard

      But funerals are so much more fun with hookers!

  • An “In” for me, though I could do without the sheer panels at the bottom.

  • sagecreek


  • tereliz

    In. Not my favorite, but it’ll do. Her eye makeup looks great, too.

  • In! She’s been playing a few villainesses lately, she’s going for a more sultry look, I’m glad to see her show some personality at last!

  • if it’s not too late, I vote IN…she wears the slightly gothic well…it becomes her and as you say, it’s not trashy.

  • Jessica O’Connell

    Chic Elvira! IN!

  • IN, IN, IN! Girl looks fantastic!

  • KAO TV


  • EEKstl

    IN! Overall, I like the dress more from the front because not loving the back sheer AND the side leg sheer. But she’s doing a good job with it.

  • RuthGo

    She’s an IN, I think she looks great but I keep feeling like I saw Kelly Rowland do that dress better.

  • Sunshine16

    In – it’s the neckline & sleeves that sold me. She’s been rockin’ the runway.

  • Terrible_Person


  • TAGinMO

    Anyone who can make that much sheer look classy gets an automatic IN from me.

  • If she is at an event at which this is demure, than this is an IN. She does look lovely, she somehow elevates it above illusion-panel hell, and she doesn’t even look smug. She also looks beautiful in black, which I wouldn’t have predicted.

  • oohsparkley!


  • CatherineRhodes

    OUT. Trashy. Oh, and side boob.

  • Gener1c

    In – I love her.

  • Jared Jamesson


  • IN, but too classy for the Billboard Awards.

  • Iroqhard

    IN. I think she looks lovely and is obviously FEELING like a million bucks. And being compared to Elvira is NEVER a bad thing.

  • kolokOlchik

    gorgeous! Absolutely IN