Julie Bowen in Catherine Deane at the Emmys Performers Peer Group Reception

Posted on August 20, 2013

Julie Bowen at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Performers Peer Group cocktail reception to celebrate the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards at Sheraton Universal in Universal City, California  in a Catherine Deane leather and lace dress.

Catherine Deane Embroidered Lace & Leather Cocktail Dress



[Photo Credit: Getty Images, neimanmarcus.com]

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  • Karen Belgrad

    It’s the couch-electrical tape challenge on Project Runway!

  • Julie

    Visions of meat dress.

  • Scroll down super fug. I was feeling high on the late 70s/early 80s feel going on, but it quickly starting letting me down.

  • rosie5215

    It’s AUGUST. It makes my ass sweat just looking at her. Honey, go home and put on a nice breezy dress to go with your beachy hair and the 80-degree temperatures.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Huh…. there are things to like. The color is gorgeous on her. I like her casual hair and make up.
    There are things to dislike – the shoes. Lace over leather – just looks tacky to me. The leather apulets (sp?)…no.

    • kimmeister

      It’s “epaulets”.

      • HomeOfficeGirl

        Ah – thanks. Too lazy to look that one up.

  • IamNOToneofyourFANS

    Don’t like this at all. The shade of red leather gives me, well, a visceral reaction.

  • hughman

    It’s like a seatbelt for your camisole.

  • MilaXX

    Girl is that ever not your dress!

    • Rhonda Shore

      It looks cheap and confused. I actually prefer it in the more monochrome palette, because this accentuates the overwroughtness of the dress.

  • Sara__B

    Okay, previous posters, it IS the color of raw beef and it DOES look sort of like a Project Runway challenge, but I like it on her anyway, with a different pair of shoes.

  • twigg

    Well, it’s not boring.

  • homespunner

    She’s wearing Sofia Vergara’s dress.

  • teensmom99

    I love her make up here. And good for her for going for something outside her comfort zone. I’d say it looks about as good as a leather dress can. There, I’m being sweet as possible again and accentuating the positive in this look.

  • bellafigura1

    She looks like a Twizzler.

    • kimmeister

      Or a fruit rollup!

      • Denis

        yesss! It’s a fruit rollup! Her red carpet looks are often so painful… Leather is not your friend honey…

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Leather works on so few. The shoes are a total no but again, all I can see is Dirty Hair!!!

  • decormaven

    Her looks are consistently a miss, mainly due to the lack of proper hair styling. That’s a busy outfit and footwear, paired with messy hair. Doesn’t work on any level.

  • kimmeister

    The shoes remind me of the coral monstrosities that Taylor Schilling was wearing the other day.

    The contrast of red and black makes it look so much more bondage-y than the model’s version.

  • Diego!

    I like it but as someone pointed out, it’s August… so her underwear must be drenched! Gee… and those shoes, tough amazing ones, don’t go with this dress. It’s too much

  • Miss wks

    Lovers forever…face to face
    My city or mountains
    Stay with me stay
    I need you to love me
    I need you today
    Give to me your leather…
    Take from me…my lace
    Please for the love of gawd
    Take from me my lace…

    • JulieK

      I knew if I scrolled these comments there would be one other person like me that immediately started singing Stevie!

    • MoHub

      Precisely what ran through my head. However, I don’t think that dress is what Nicks and Henley had in mind.

  • Carrieanno

    I keep picturing Elizabeth Banks’ face instead of hers.

    • MilaXX

      As Effie Trinkett?

  • Shannon Campe

    Did she and her co-star Sofia swap outfits, or something? Is she tired of everyone comparing them? This is just…a big no. Ugh, especially for August. Looks sticky.

  • SewingSiren

    She looks like she’s burning up.

  • Imasewsure

    Let’s assume that the color doesn’t look like raw meat in person…. I don’t hate the lace but the dress is too long or needs a fuller skirt (also shorter please). Shoes are awful and do agree that beachier would have been much better!

  • Lilak

    I find this get-up the physical manifestation of her performance on the first “Talking Bad” show last week. (That is: way, way, way more than was necessary.)

  • Joanne Abrams

    Ugh, not a good look. Leather and Lace in August!!

  • demidaemon

    This is the picture perfect definition of too much: too much leather and too much fussiness (in both the dress and the shoes).

  • Amy909

    If I had to pick one, I’d pick the navy. oh and i’d take off the lace.

  • Pterodactyl111

    I would have picked other shoes, but I like the dress.

  • PeaceBang

    It’s like something an older Pinky Toscadeo would wear to her son’s Bar Mitzvah. And therefore, irrationally,I like it. “AYYYYYY” (Fonz voice).

  • a_liking

    it’s a Mord’Sith evening gown! (….anyone?)

  • frannyprof

    Thanks for the Stevie Nicks/Don Henley earworn, Ms. Bowen (and TLo).

  • Anniebet

    So much to kvetch over. Those shoes are too big, too fussy, too ugly – they look like they’re trying to eat her feet. Horrible dress color – nobody should want to wear a dress that makes you look like a slab of uncooked rump roast. But most of all, the “duct tape” detailing give me the giggles. She’s a pretty woman, deserves better.

  • Tara Gray Burkholder

    Skin: too tanned, too shiny.
    Hair & make up: Looks like she just came from working out
    Dress: LEATHER?!??! In late August? Oy.
    Shoes? Fug.Lee.

    Girlfriend needs to fire her stylist.

  • quiltrx

    She’s looking pretty honky-tonk these days to me.
    And the dress, in black, about 2 months from now, might be pretty good.

  • JauntyJohn

    From the “True Blood” collection.

  • pookiesmom

    I’m not a fan of the dress or the look, but she’s looking a TON healthier than I’ve seen her in recent years. She was kind of scary gaunt for a while. So for that and that ALONE I give her an “in.”

  • MaggieMae

    Something must be wrong with me. I kinda like it.

    • Qitkat

      Me too. I think she looks pretty and healthy and happy. I prefer her version to the navy, as here, the black straps provide great contrast.

    • Dan_In_NYC

      Not loving the shoes with the look, but otherwise I can get on board. I like it. That said, I completely see why a lot of people would hate this

  • Joey Melliza

    she looks like a $50 hooker

  • mhleta

    This needs a simpler shoe, but otherwise, this is a really cool dress. Love the color and the addition of lace softens the whole look. I like her tousled hair, too. She can look severe because she’s so lean, but this is a great look for her, IMO. What possessed her to wear leather in LA in August is another story.

  • Sara Brams-Miller

    I kinda like this . . .

  • altissima

    In theory I don’t want to like the dress, but I think she looks great!

  • Chuck Barthelme

    If it was fall, this would be a killer dress. Looks great on her shape. But it’s still summer, so leather is an odd choice. Also, beachy hair with a leather dress seems a bit strange. Still, gotta admit she looks pretty good in it, despite the issues.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Bless her heart. That is a terrible color for her. But what do I know? I like peach.

  • marlie

    Girl, that is not your dress.

    I love the dress on the model, but I don’t like the color choices on Julie’s dress. And that much dress called for simpler shoes.

  • Danielle

    I think my grandmother had that same material on her couch.

  • formerlyAnon

    Those shoes are awful.

  • I almost like the dress. The shoes need to go. And what’s with the messy hair? Altogether, this adds up to, No. Try something else.

  • Clydette Wantland

    Isn’t this the second dress with lace sleeves (see Christina Hendricks yesterday) we’ve seen this week on a celebrity? I hope that’s not a trend. Not liking it.

  • Shawn EH

    A whole lotta look.

  • oohsparkley!

    Her shoes are so big, it looks like she’s playing dress up in Mommy’s closet. I like the dress and the retro vibe doesn’t bother me obviously.

  • librarygrrl64

    She is kind of working the dress. But the shoes are too much.

  • Nika E

    It looks to big and the color is not for her. It may be been better if it was a bit more fitted and no black around the waist.