Emmy Rossum in Carolina Herrera

Posted on July 11, 2013

The summertime celebrity fashion landscape is so barren and desolate that we didn’t even look at the pictures before deciding to run with this one. All we needed to know was that Emmy Rossum is wearing Carolina Herrera on a random step-and-repeat and we threw all our pictures of moody Anne Hathaway walking down the street in yoga pants or sullen Jake Gyllenhaal walking his dog aside with a “THANK YOU, MR. JESUS. FASHION!”


Emmy Rossum attends the Persol Magnificent Obsessions event honoring Julie Weiss and Jeannine Oppewall at the MMI in New York City in a Carolina Herrera dress paired with Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.

Carolina Herrera Resort 2014 Collection

Except… um…

Wow. That’s kind of the most awkward-looking Carolina Herrera design we’ve ever seen. Then again, it might be the only awkward-looking Herrera we’ve ever seen, since her stock in trade is classic elegance, and while she rarely innovates, she always hits her mark and produces beautiful design. This one’s got the drama and femininity down, but that bodice is tortured. Lost the red bow and the weird, heavy criss-cross whatever-those-are and this would be a winner. That skirt is stunning. It’s a shame the bodice doesn’t measure up.

What an odd dress.




[Photo Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images, style.com]

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  • ashtangajunkie

    Odd indeed. The bodice ruins a gorgeous skirt. I am especially troubled by the silly red bow.

    • Rhonda Shore

      I think it’s an effort at “Japanese-inspired” design. I think the folded dinner napkins don’t work but without them, the little red bow might have been ok.

      • MoHub

        I’m definitely okay with red bow. As you said, it’s reminiscent of the thin tie deployed over an obi. The chestal X, on the other hand, has got to go.

      • ashtangajunkie

        You’re right; I think the little bow might be fine on a simpler bodice. But with the hideous folded dinner napkin top, the little bow is the first place my eyes go. Everything is the fault of the bodice, but the bow looks out of place to me.

  • Lesley

    she looks like a 4th of july cake topper

    • decormaven

      That was my thought as well. If the red bow and purse were removed, I could get behind this look, even with its overly-fussy bodice.
      Also: happy birthday, Uncle Lo!

    • Slanted & Enchanted

      I was thinking America-themed Met Ball.

  • Happy Birthday Uncle Lo!

    So close to perfection, this one. Why the blue fabric? Why????

  • Jessica Freeman

    I really love the skirt, but the whole top half is a wreck. Just a black top and the bow belt and it would have been perfection.

  • Yep, it IS a fail, even on the model. Whew what a waste.

    And many Happy Returns of the Day, Lorenzo!!

  • Have an Awesome time down under! We will all miss you.

  • That’s pretty amazing. Safe travels!!

  • Janet B

    Happy Birthday Lorenzo!

    Love the skirt, the bodice leaves me confused.

  • Janet B


    That’s one way to avoid PR

    • I also (hopefully) get to avoid the worst of the Wills & Kate baby joy. Hurrah!

  • Frank G

    I’ve shopped at the CH ready-to-wear mensline MANY times and I’m a sucker for the crisp white, royal blue/navy and fire-engine red combo. Give me THIS rather than some beige, non color gown.

  • Patrick Cleary

    She has a hankie at the ready if she needs it!

  • hmariec19

    Her face looks great!

    I think if we lost the red bow and did something else with the blue “napkin” thingies (I like them for some reason, but they stop at a really awkward spot), we might have something.

  • Annarosa

    “This one’s got the drama and femininity down, but that bodice is tortured. Lost the red bow and the weird, heavy criss-cross whatever-those-are and this would be a winner.”
    you guys stop reading my mind, please.

    Lorenzo, happy birthday! big hug!

  • marlie

    That blue “X” ruins the bodice. The skirt is just gorgeous.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Have fun!

  • Introspective

    strange to use this descriptor for a CH design, but this feels like a total frankendress. stunning skirt meets a bodice made during a project runway mid-season slump. emmy, however, is her usual beautiful self.

    feliz cumpleaños Lo!!

  • Monzerrat Ontiveros

    I like it, the model is working that bustier, or whatev that is… But in Emmy, it looks flat. umph

  • Cathy S

    The skirt is so gorgeous. I will pretend the rest does not exist and just admire the skirt.

    Happy Birthday Lorenzo!

  • MilaXX

    yep, that red bow is a definite needle scratch

  • SugarSnap108

    The bodice on the model on the left is worlds better, though it still doesn’t seem good enough for the skirt. Skirt, you could do so much better.

  • MoHub

    X marks the spot.

  • ballerinawithagun

    Did someone kidnap Carolina Herrera?

  • Shawn EH

    She’s going to dinner and bringing her own napkins? I don’t mind the red ribbon but the black bodice would have been just fine with such a colorful skirt.

  • rkdgal

    It’s a scroll-up fug, to borrow from your Fug Sisters! Happy B’day, Lo!

  • bertkeeter


  • prettybigkitty

    So close, yet so far . . . . .

  • stubbornthoughts

    How did the blue criss-cross AND the red bow get the sign off for this dress? Even just one would’ve been too much, but both? BOTH?

    I love Emmy. I’m going to pretend it’s just a simple black top.

  • kimmeister

    I would’ve been ok with either the blue X or the red bow, but not both. Hair and makeup look good though. At least she’s not attempting lavender lipstick or jaundice eye shadow here.

  • Denise Alden

    Oh-oh: I like this. I don’t think it looks much like Carolina Herrera, but I still think it’s lovely. You win some, you lose some!

  • Qitkat

    This ought to have been adorable, except instead of scroll-down fug, it hits us bam! immediately with those two tacked-on afterthought elements. Beautiful skirt though. Back to the workroom! Maybe the black top narrowly outlined in blue with a wider red sash. Caroline, call me! Haha!

  • unbornfawn

    Kinda perfect for your Fourth of July formal event. That bodice is exploding fabric.

  • Gwyndall

    I like the idea of the red and blue accents, but their execution is poor. Too bad… such great potential!

    • Tracy_Flick

      I totally agree. The colors are gorgeous. But that blue piece on the bodice looks for all the world like a folded napkin.

  • Sara__B

    Amazing how a silly red bow belt can bring down an entire gown.

    • DuBey2

      This. I love everything else about this dress, even though I usually hate prints on gowns.

  • amber.

    She’s working this though. Go, Emmy Rossum.

  • judybrowni

    Really, on who is a gown with train ever practical, except for brides and royalty-type queens?

    Hope Emily had a pageboy trailing behind her, or that dress is gonna get stepped on.

  • Anniebet

    On first glance, I thought “Is that a cow print dress?” because of the black and white. Then I noticed the blue flowers and other “details” and decided it was more on the cow flop side. She, on the other hand, is lovely.

  • I tried to like it, I really did, but the red and blue crosses are just a bridge too far.

  • quiltrx

    I kind of like the oddness of it all, and I LOVE Emmy and the skirt.
    I think the blue things are little toddler sleeves that didn’t quite work out (perhaps they were accidentally sewn closed) and were stuck on to avoid wasting them.

  • ItsDicey

    Happy Birthday Lorenzo!