Michelle Trachtenberg at the “Killing Kennedy” Premiere

Posted on October 29, 2013

Michelle Trachtenberg attends the National Geographic Channel’s “Killing Kennedy” World Premiere at The Newseum in Washington, DC.






[Photo Credit: Kris Connor/Getty Images]

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  • Nancer

    Oh honey. No. The blue bag with the black dress is nice, but the rest of this is just – well – no. From the makeup to the dress to the shoes. And your face shows that you know it.

    • sagecreek

      It really does, doesn’t it? She’s quite a fashionista, so you know she realizes she laid an egg here.

      • Nancer

        Absolutely. She usually looks great!

      • TAGinMO

        And sadly, it appears the egg is still trapped somewhere under that skirt.

  • zenobar

    Appropriately glum and funereal, so there’s that.

  • stellamaris73

    She looks upholstered.

  • RussellH88

    This is just ugly.

  • SugarSnap108

    I had to wear a bridesmaid dress just like this. I have yet to forgive that so-called friend.

  • And her campaign for a live action version of “The Corpse Bride” continues…

  • JR Labrador

    Serving “Nightmare Before Christmas” realness.

  • Sarah

    Ooh, I always want to look like a daguerreotype when I go out for a premiere.

  • Are the flowers navy? Black but in a different material? I’m staring so hard, I feel like I’m going to get Xray vision. For what it’s worth, I really love the smokey eye make up, and only wish for a hint more color in the lips. The dress is so off the rack looking and those plain Jane shoes aren’t helping to elevate this look towards Starlet territory. Boring is my final take away.

    • Sarah

      Yeah, LIPPY DAMMIT.

      • marlie

        Someone make it stop, please.

        • Sarah

          Fall of the House of Nude Lips, brought to you by Estee Allan Lauder.

    • alyce1213

      The flowers look like midnight blue to me. Her eyes are gorgeous.

  • BayTampaBay

    Girlfriend…That is not your dress!

  • lunchcoma

    I think my friend has that dress. She wears it out to nice dinners with her husband, with similar shoes and makeup.

    I’m going to assume that this means it has no business being on the red carpet.

  • krelnick

    Does this mean we have “Killing Garfield” and “Killing McKinley” premieres to look forward to?

    • lunchcoma

      Hopefully the theme goes out of style before they get to “Killing Harrison.”

      • mlle

        Special guest appearance by: rainstorm.

        • Constant Reader

          OK, that made me LOL.

  • MilaXX

    That dress is horribly unflattering on her and that attempt to pull the dark blue from the dress is a big fail.

    • sagecreek

      No kidding! When a dress makes the sylph-like MT look thick-waisted, what the heck would it do to us normal folk?

  • Imasewsure

    WTF… is it an homage to Halloween that make her reach for this dress and that consumptive vampire makeup? Somebody get me a wash rag… I’ve seen enough!

  • hughman

    “Carrie” at her HS reunion.

  • carnush

    Death becomes her.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    This is so weird! I was just thinking about her the other day and wondering what happened to her. Apparently, nothing good.

  • mjude

    makeup or lack of is not looking good.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Are the seams purposefully crooked? The dress is a full on offense to someone with a great body.

  • JauntyJohn

    What an… unusual choice, for her makeup color pallet.
    Other than for a role, I didn’t think the word “matronly” and the name “Michelle Trachtenberg” would be in the same description for some time yet.

  • Mary Lauer

    I guess because it is about an assassination, for once widow’s weeds are de rigueur?

  • MoHub

    Madame Tussaud’s waxwork.

  • I don’t mind the dress or the makeup. The purse doesn’t work. Maybe she got dressed in the dark and thought her purse was black.

    This is off-topic. Has she had her nose done? It looked wider when she was a child. I remember her waaay back in All My Children, although she didn’t speak much because she played a little autistic girl. I loved her in Harriet the Spy, so I go waaay back. She has transitioned from child to adult pretty well. I am just curious (nosy) about her nose.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    I don’t like the funny business at the bustline. Her makeup is not suitable for a black dress. This dress needed lips.

    • marlie

      YES. Maybe my rage about the nude lip is that it’s so often deployed with a neutral-colored outfit, meaning that there’s no color, ANYWHERE. I can’t stand that.

      • Jaeda Laurez

        And that’s my problem- it’s a lovely makeup job, and with a bolder dress (a bright red or something) I think it would be really nice, but black dress + nude-ish makeup just makes you look like you needed a nap before you hit the carpet.

  • marlie

    Michelle’s eye makeup looks really pretty. The nude lip trend needs to die. The rest: a a poorly-fitting, seemingly cheaply-made dress; and blah accessories and hair.

  • conniemd

    That flower/butterfly thingy at her neck is driving me nuts because it looks like a caterpiller is crawling up the right side of her neck from it.

  • Donyelle

    I declare a style moratorium against wearing all black with a colorless lip.

    • Shawn EH


    • marlie

      I just wrote that in the Sofia Vergara post. Someone needs to make this a new style “law.”

  • Shawn EH

    Is she going as a zombie for Halloween? Her skintone is cadaverous. If ever a red lip were called for ….

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    Oh, honey, you used to have fun picking your clothes. What have they done to you?

  • kipper

    so very sorry for her loss – were they close?

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Mafia widow. Very young Mafia widow.

  • LJCdoc

    She looks sad. Must be the consumption.

  • Kelly

    A badly-fitting, dated cocktail dress made of upholstery material in an unflattering shape. With that shiny face thing again. And boring pumps and clutch. And no jewelry to speak of. And disappearing lips. And style-free hair. Just a failure all around.

  • Bittybis

    She’s made up for a funeral. As the corpse. Carrying the trend a little too far?

  • Dixie_Sugarbaker

    Was she trying to look dead?

  • Unfortunate.

  • Scoobydrew

    I can never judge her fairly. I see her and i think “UGH! It’s DAWN!!!”

    • Shawn EH

      It helps if you think “Yikes! It’s Georgina!” instead.

  • FeminineLipstique

    The dress is heavy and voluminous, making her look broader than she really is. The slicked back bun (a look that is hard to pull off sometimes) gives her a pinhead effect. As for her makeup, a little less shine on the forehead and chin, and a more lively lip color.

  • Miss WKS

    I like the way her makeup matches the yellow National Geographic squares on the backdrop…clever!

  • FashionShowAtLunch

    Shut up, Dawn.

  • majorbedhead

    Somebody reanimated Dawn’s corpse.

  • Aidan B

    Well, the dress matches the movie, at least…

  • Paulette Kessler

    This is not the “Killing Lincoln” premiere, so Mary Todd can have her dress back.

  • Laura F.

    yeeeeaugggh, that terrible eye makeup! I can’t see anything else. She looks like a corpse.

  • cakecakecake

    Post-mortem drag anyone?

  • demidaemon

    Well, it’s black and ugly and she looks like a zombie. I’m going to call this a no.

  • Pterodactyl111

    Why do you look so sad, Dawn?

  • quiltrx

    Sparkly funeral dress + ‘Dead Silence’ doll makeup = NO. NOT EVER.

  • Big Bear

    It’s amazing what a good undertaker can do with a corpse. Look, they made this one stand and everything.

  • MK03

    Sweetie, you’re 50 years too late for the funeral.

  • Danielle

    Sorry, I can’t get past her Nickelodeon days to take her seriously. Now where’s my GameBoy color?