Michelle Dockery in Prada at the 2013 Emmy Awards

Posted on September 23, 2013

We really want to like this more than we actually do.


“Downton Abbey” star Michelle Dockery attends the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California in a Prada two-tone gown paired with Fred Leighton jewelry.

We love the idea of pairing these two reds. The problem is, that top red doesn’t really work all that well with her skin tone, making her look a little sallow. It doesn’t help that she’s shiny-faced. We’re also not sure the shape works for her. She’s slim and lithe like a dancer, so putting her in gigantic skirts seems to work against her. “Elegant” and “soignee” should be the buzz words here; not “big” and “heavy.”

We don’t know… none of her natural assets, from her fair skin to her hair to her body, are really being set off by here. It’s the very definition of a “does nothing for her” dress.




[Photo Credit: Carlos Diaz, Jason Merritt/INFphoto.com, Frazer Harrison/Getty Images]

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  • mickiemonkey

    I think she knocked it out of the park. Love how the clutch pulls it together with a perfect pop of texture and use of color.

    • GTrain

      Agreed. She looks gorgeous to me.

  • The colors give me pause–perhaps a cobalt blue would have really made this sing–but overall, she looks quite lovely.

  • Cheryl

    I love Michelle, and not because she’s the only celebrity who’s ever replied to me on Twitter. I think she looks beautiful and effortless, the dress is glamourous yet comfortable (she was tweeting up a storm last night, for hours, I hope she was comfortable) and her brows aren’t arched. The color combination is so-so, but I love the silhouette of the gown, even with the big red bow on the nape of her neck.

  • quiltrx

    Again with the low-slung boobs.
    I’m pale with very dark hair (though I’m not a porcelain doll like her, sadly)–these colors would make me look absolutely corpse-like. They’re not doing much for her either.

  • MaryAtRealityTea

    First of all, I love the skirt shape, but those two reds just do not work together. Very discordant. Second of all, you’re right – the red on the blouse is abysmal with her skin tone. My main issue however, is the non-makeup, non-hair thing she’s doing which really work against the dress. I think such a drama dress deserves something more in the face department.

    With all that being said I do think she looks stunning and it’s different and elegant.

  • MaryAtRealityTea

    I wish she had done more with her hair and makeup. I think it’s my main critique. She really needed to amp them both up a bit, especially the makeup. Such a dramatic dress deserves more.

  • ankali

    Yeah, I don’t get the thinking that a dancer’s frame isn’t suited to a big skirt. Tutu, anyone?

    And except for that one close-up photo that looks as thought it’s lit differently than the others, I think the color looks very nice on her.

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  • Aaminah Khan

    I think she looks great. I wish she’d powdered her face, but that dress is fab.

  • LauraAgain

    Her hair and makeup are PERFECT. Jealous.

  • Julia

    I don’t like those two reds together.

  • Corsetmaker

    I love this dress. But.. she clearly needs some bust support. There are too many designers, both high end and high street, who need to get it through their heads that if you make a dress backless you have to build some bust support into the dress! Or they need to design the dress so it covers a bra.

  • fursa_saida

    The little collar effect is perfect for her.

  • BayTampaBay

    I think it works too. I do not like the colors together but in some weird way the contrasting red’s make it work.

  • Little_Olive

    Yes!! It is original without being wacky and I think it actually does work great with her coloring. This is not an easy dress to wear and style, and I think she and her team nailed it.
    My only quibble is her boobs are too low.

  • Sam Erin

    Lady Mary has never looked better! The back is stunning; from the bow to the pleating of the skirt, it’s a gorgeous gown. I think she looks chic when her typical RC looks are almost doll-like.

  • rage_on_the_page

    Gorgeous dress, but perhaps you’re right about the colors and her skin tone. I do think she’s found her designer, though.

  • Not applicable

    I have to disagree on this one- color may not be perfect, but that dress, on her figure with the hair- is just made for her- she looks so chic and glamorous. you can tell she loves it too.

  • Diego!

    I think it’s great and she looks gorgeous! It’s odd indeed, but it works for her

  • Kristobel

    I don’t like it. It looks like someone took a workday outfit and tried to make it into a gown. As a blouse and a pencil skirt, I would love it. But as a gown…no. Her hair looks great, though.

  • formerlyAnon

    I’d never dare try use those two colors together, but then I know I’m not a judge of such things, at all. I like this on her a great deal, and mostly that’s the shape and proportions.

    You can imagine from the shape of the skirt (extra, bustle-hinting fullness at back) that yes, this came from the same house as Ms. Dunham’s gown, but otherwise, I hope those responsible for Ms. Dunham’s gown look at these two, meditate on which one was CUSTOM fit, and die a slow, agonizing death from shame.

  • I was on board until the gigantic oversized bow.

  • berlinmama

    Is it supposed to have a bustle?!