Connie Britton in Naeem Khan at the 2013 Emmy Awards

Posted on September 23, 2013

It takes a brave – some might say … sassy? – woman to wear a gold-embroidered strapless velvet gown.


Connie Britton attends the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California in a Naeem Khan gown paired with a Stuart Weitzman clutch and Cathy Waterman jewelry.

Naeem Khan Fall 2013 Collection


We don’t know… we feel like we should be making minute points of critique, but we can’t seem to bring ourselves to do it. It’s such a bold statement of a dress. Our first impulse is to say that it’s a stunningly beautiful gown, but perhaps not quite her style. But if she’s woman enough to wear it than who are we to say whether it’s right for her? Certainly the colors look amazing on her. We’re never gonna love the big hair, and we definitely don’t like the matchy accessories and somewhat honky-tonk-looking nail job. It also should be noted that she had quite the struggle making it across the stage to that mike. But as a purely bold moment of look-at-me? Can’t be beat. A true head-turner of a look.



[Photo Credit: Jennifer Graylock/, Frazer Harrison/Getty Images,]

    • quiltrx

      My first thought was that I bet it weighs a ton–I guess it did. I think my only quibble (and it’s not anything she could do anything about, I guess) is that her hair is almost exactly the color of the major portion of the embroidery.

    • MaryAtRealityTea

      Oh dear… Um… I want to like it. I love her. I wish the hair was different and didn’t blend so much with the bronzey-gold of the dress. The fit is good. It’s courageous. The nails are ridiculous. Um… yeah, I’m not sure but something is off.

    • Jacob Bowen

      Destiny’s Child should have sang “LADIES LEAVE YOUR VELVET AT HOME” back in 2000. This dress is AWFUL. WHY the matchy-matchy bag and nails? WHY was it necessary?!? I just see bad curtains.

    • MartyBellerMask

      NASHVILLE is back this week, and she needs you to know that. I’d say she got our attention!

    • Kara Keenan

      I thought it was denim when I saw it on the red carpet, and thought she was taking the country singer thing too far.

    • Gaby

      I’d wear it in a heartbeat. But I’d turn my hair into a voluminous Lynchian pouf pixie.

    • ItsDicey

      Bordello drapes.

    • kim bunchalastnames

      love the dress.

    • mhleta

      I am in love with that dress. If Rita Hayworth spotted her in the ladies room she’d “accidentally” spill her drink on her.

    • GTrain

      I love the dress. Not sure it’s right for her though. It fits ok she just doesn’t seem up to the task.

    • LauraAgain

      The dress is wearing her. It looks great on the flat-chested model. The spray-tan is too much, and she looks old. I think she needs something soft and light near her face.

    • Kimberlini

      Was she one of the one’s with a greased chest? If so, I kept wondering what her hair was going to look like in a few hours after rubbing against all that grease. Anyway, yes, that gown and look aged her. OK for early fifties, notsomuch for 46 (her real age).

    • Damien W

      This is the product of a team that worked on all cylinders, with her best interests at heart. And once she showed up in it, she worked the shit out of it. A huge success, and one that should be remembered (as a Honorable Mention, at least) at the end of the year.

    • HM3

      I want this dress! It does not suit her coloring, but WOW, that is a gorgeous gown.

    • Constant Reader

      LOVE the dress. Hate the matching nails.

    • SewingSiren

      My only real criticism is that it is too early in the season to wear velvet. It is a beautiful winter gown in my book. by the way Joe Zee picked this as the worst gown of the night, and that ticky , tacky, typical, red, mermaid that Sofia Vergara wore as the best!

    • Erica_Vuitton

      The embroidery is so heavy it’s pulling the whole dress down. And I never thought I’d say this but that is too much gold. Gold hair, gold skin, gold jewelry, gold nails just too much. I don’t hate the look I just wish some has scrubbed her down and put her hair up.

    • Aurumgirl

      A simple blue polish would have been fantastic with this dress, which really is gorgeous. However, the dress’ cut makes Connie look like she has no waist. I think that flaw would have disappeared if the dress were somehow not strapless, and I do think that’s the only “off” thing about the look. Such a lavish dress should be a lot more flattering, and it just isn’t.

    • formerlyAnon

      I love the dress. I’m not so sure about the hair color, which appears to match the gold on the dress, on my monitor. And There is a little bit more bare real estate between dress and face than ideal, but it’s better than the wrong necklace.

      I think her nails are lovely as little bits of sparkly excess, but I’m not a huge fan of nail art so of course I’d prefer something solid color and dull.

    • carnush

      Not working for me at all. Looks like museum drapes.

    • MoHub

      Lady—lipstick is your friend.

    • randeekay

      It looks very “old castle” on the model and very “hoe down” on Connie. She looks like a rodeo queen who is missing the cowboy hat with a crown.

    • Sara Brams-Miller

      I feel like the fabric doesn’t lay right on her. Is it just me?

    • Not applicable

      I liked it from a distance- you didn’t notice the ‘crushed velvet-y notes so much. I think she’s about the only star who could get away with this…
      Did anyone else notice she had a lot of ‘sheen’ on her chest? Her pocket queen got a little overzealous with the shine lotion…

    • silvertreese

      This whole situation feels very disjointed to me. I can’t quite put my finger on it. Even though things are kind of matchy, she still feels styled for a completely different dress.

    • tereliz

      While Connie wasn’t exactly my favorite of the night, she did wear my favorite dress of the night. What can I say, I’m a sucker for velvet. The nails and hair aren’t what I would have gone with, but she’s making it work. LOVE this dress.

    • Danielle

      The Friday Night Lights fan in me is looking past it.

    • Ass Kicking Adviser

      Loved it. Striking, different. She is indeed woman enough to wear it.

    • dashransome

      I feel like Connie’s “tan” and beachy hair sets up a sort of incongruence with the dress. The dress has an old world feel that would look better on someone with wan, porcelain skin and maybe an updo.. It needs more “age of innocence” styling, less relaxation.

    • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

      Looks like draperies from 1921. Nope. And the nails. Ugh.

    •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      The nails are certainly a bridge too far, but she’s successfully rocking a gold-embroidered strapless velvet gown. I can’t even try to hate.

    • berlinmama

      AARRGGH! Edwardian curtains!

    • ItsDicey

      If they weren’t matchy matchy I’d kinda like them.

    • BayTampaBay

      For once I think the matchy-matchy works. Her hair sets off the whole dress IMHO.

    • makeityourself

      We know Connie Britton is one hell of a woman. She is pulling this entire thing thing off, manicure included, with confidence, aplomb, and her own signature style. On anyone else it would be laughable.

    • MK03

      “I saw ‘em hangin’ in the windah an’ I just couldn’t resist.”

    • H2olovngrl

      Funniest Carol Burnett skit ever.

    • MoHub

      And it was Bob Mackie’s brilliant idea—not the writers’—to work the curtain rod into the dress. I will always love him for that.

    • H2olovngrl

      That is awesome. I can’t imagine there are too many of the bk’s who haven’t seen this skit, but if there are, go to YouTube and search Carol Burnett, Gone with the Wind. Just thinking about it makes me want to laugh.

    • ChaquitaPhilly

      YES! I’m thinking a Downton Abbey sofa…