Rooney Mara in Proenza Schouler at the “Her” Premiere

Posted on October 14, 2013

Stand back, everyone. The Audreybot is overloading. She could blow at any second.



Rooney Mara attends the premiere of “Her” during the 2013 New York Film Festival in a Proenza Schouler dress paired with Brian Atwood sandals and Jennifer Meyer jewelry.

Proenza Schouler Spring 2014 Collection


We dubber her Audreybot when she was on her Girl With the Dragon Tattoo poledance/world tour because she has a delicate wide-eyed beauty that she learned to set off (or learned to allow other people to figure out how to set off) through fashion, very much like Audrey Hepburn did. We think it’s a comparison she and her people have actively sought. But because she’s working an Alterna-Girl persona to the hilt (stiff, awkward, fashion-forward), we decided she was a robot version of Audrey rather than a human mimicking her. Not so much “What if Audrey Hepburn wore Proenza Schouler?” as it is, “What if they built a robot version of Audrey Hepburn in the 23rd Century?”

There. That’s “Audreybot” for the newbies.

So: this look. Not so much. The bodice, the skirt and the shoes all need to break up with each other and go seek out new outfits. We like (or in the case of the shoes, don’t actively dislike) all three pieces, but we think they all look awkward together; especially the bodice and the skirt. They really should be separates.

Oh, and the “I’m dying of consumption” eye makeup. Is that back already? Didn’t we just do this?




[Photo Credit: ACE, Dara Kushner/, IMAXtree]

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  • mlle

    My first instinct was to recoil, because this outfit is a bunch of mismatched bits capped off with punched-in-the-eye makeup. On a closer look, I really do like the skirt.

  • decormaven

    Please, dear, if you are going to wear strappy evening shoes, please have a pedi. Battered tootsies should not be visible on the RC.

    • ana170

      I don’t think they’re battered. She just doesn’t have them or her fingernails painted.

    • I’ve given up – I think I’m just going to stop looking at anyone’s feet. I’m horrified people have to wear the scary shoes, but then scary feet on top of it? Too much to look at.

  • Anna Vasquez

    I’m just so tired of her making the same. exact. face. In EVERY picture. InStyle did a “10 Best” for her and she is making THE same expression in every photo.

  • tereliz

    I would have liked this better with the clunky platform fisherman sandals. 😉

  • MK03

    ENOUGH ALREADY. You won’t short-circuit if you wear color sometimes.

  • While that makeup is a fail from red carpet to real world, I will be trying something like it for Halloween. We have to do the costume thing for work and I’d like to take the opportunity to go a little funky with my make up. Again, this is for lame office shit, not a movie premier.

    • demidaemon

      I can see this as a Halloween look, especially if you are going for that undead/punched in the face/sleep deprived look. As something stylish or pretty, though, it fails miserably.

  • Sobaika

    Did anyone see Side Effects? She is dressed very softly in that movie, lots of creams and delicate fabrics, minimal makeup. I wish she’d switch it up on the red carpet more often. Her look was interesting two years ago.

  • MilaXX

    Yes to everything you just said plus I hate this weird upper belly cut out that appears to be all the rage now. It looks good on no one.

    • Mary229

      I don’t think it looks bad per se. I just don’t really “get” it. If you are going to show belly just do it or don’t. This is a weird middle.

  • hughman

    So I guess now if the granny panties aren’t under a sheer skirt, you just hike them up over the top of your pleated disco skirt so we know they’re still there.

  • Mary229

    That whole look is very 90’s to me. Especially the make-up. She’s a pretty girl and this style just doesn’t do her favors.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    Hate the eye makeup! And the proportions of the outfit look off somehow.

    • Lori

      That is a whole lotta skirt and it’s a weird length. I’m pretty sure that’s what’s throwing off the proportions.

      • RebeccaKW

        I agree, the skirt is the wrong length. Plus the hooves sticking out.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    That wide white band across her abs is really distracting in its whiteness and throw the whole look off for me.

  • crash1212

    I’m loving everything from the waist up and ankles down. It’s the skirt that kills this look for me. She made it all better by simply covering that giant white band with her arms…took the look up several notches. And while BK’s might not love the consumption make-up, nobody carries it off like the Audreybot – it works for her.

  • ‘Becca’lise Deveaux

    I know I’m alone on this, but I like the “punched in the eye” makeup in some cases. It really makes her eye color stand out.

    • mommyca

      you are not alone! I really like it too, it seems she is the only actress who can pull it off…

      I like the whole outfit, I’m really a fan of her style… and why does she have to change? does everybody have to change constantly? that’s why they play characters in movies… I’m cool with her keeping this style, she owns it.

  • Cubana Loca

    Stop already with the frozen facial expression. Robot is exactly right. I like the skirt and the shoes but not together.

  • I love the pleats. She is a wig away from Zombie Cleopatra.

  • Sadie-Ann

    Something about that top looks like a anatomy model of the muscles.

  • princessricky

    at least its not sheer? and i’m a little done with her hands-clasped-awkwardly-yet-delicately-as-i-stare-wide-eyed kitsch.

  • marlie

    I’d be on board with this outfit if the top and skirt fit her the same way they fit the model. The model has a longer torso, so the top and skirt have a little bit more space between them. As it is, the top looks too big for her. And I don’t really mind the “dying of consumption” makeup this time.

  • Spot-on analysis. The top is gorgeous, and perfect for Mara. The skirt needs to be simpler, because as it is, it just distracts from the top. The shoes are a little standard, and don’t really go with this outfit. The make-up is hiddy.

  • formerlyAnon

    With the exception of the shoes, she’s dressed in costume for her modern dance piece in which she represents the Angel of Death.

  • Danielle

    The hem length is making my eyes twitch.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Unconventional materials challenge, Old TV Show edition. Her top is made of car seats and seatbelts from Mannix’s convertible and her skirt is made of fiberglass drapes from Father Knows Best.

    • Stubenville

      ^ 1,000

  • Darva Sutra

    Red eye makeup is the work of the devil. Beauty editors have been trying to make this “look” happen for a couple of years now. Even when deployed on stunning Mara, it comes off Halloween to me. Just STOP already, people.

  • Garcia Loca

    Consumptive SMOKY eye makeup — now there’s a new twist for ya.

  • kirkyo

    I don’t really mind this, but I do think she’s ripe for the “of course” type comments.

  • i find this the perfect audreybot look. now, that’s how you do black and white. the contrast of texture, both virtual and tactile, gives it edge. i would wear that skirt in a hot minute.

    tactile. i read somewhere someone mourning the slow death of the tactile world, and the rise to power of the virtual world. i vowed to use tactile in my daily vocabulary, so there you are.

    i wore those shoes in the seventies. not those actual shoes, i’m sure, since mine were size ten.

  • oatmealpie

    To her credit, I can’t keep my eyes off her. I may be wondering if she has the flu and is airing out her midriff to decrease the fever, but at least she’s got my attention.

  • GorgeousThings

    Girl needs to take herself less seriously. Even Kate looks like she’s more fun to party with than Rooney, and that’s saying something.

  • majorbedhead

    She bugs me no end. She has zero facial expression in the majority of photos I’ve seen of her.

  • Trickytrisha

    Oh dear. I’m about to lose my BK license, because I rather love this look on her. I’ve seen other pictures where the skirt takes on life as it moves. The shoes can go to the nearest rubbish bin pronto though.

  • Hermione

    I love this look but I love her in practically everything, just as I love Helena Bonham Carter in everything everywhere no matter what, although I neglected to comment on the earlier HBC post. I just plain love her (them)!

    I can’t wait for the Dragon Tattoo sequel.

  • Not applicable

    Does Audrybot actually have the capability to smile or is that the 2.0 version?

  • Renaissance_Man_ATL

    I think she looks great!

  • SorayaS

    I get the idea of pairing a heavy top with a light skirt but that top is just hideous. Love everything from the waist down but haaate the makeup and she could use some accessories.

    • conniemd

      The skirt is really gorgeous. A normal bodice out of one of the skirt materials would have been gorgeous.

  • Terri Terri

    Well, I knew we weren’t talking about Audrey Meadows.

  • MzzPants

    Lasers are going to shoot out of her eyeballs.

  • Constant Cat

    I don’t see the Audrey thing and never really did. From the get go, Audrey had whimsicality. This one is serious, deer-in-the-deathly-hallows-headlights. As for acting: Girl with the Dragon Tat made me want to hurl with its violence, but she was more than serviceable. Hated her as the Rosebud to Facebook’s Citizen Kane. Uh…anyway: I like her style. But maybe we should start comparing her to someone a bit less rosy? Maybe a bit more Rosemary’s Baby? Farrow? Some silent film star from another era? Dunno.

  • psychoblonde

    Oh Audreybot. Enough with the grimace already. It’s just not cool or becoming anymore and neither is this frock!

  • blondie707

    This is so expected. I kind of want her to surprise us with a twee look or even a floral print. Maybe I’m just over all the black and white this week!

  • cocohall

    Its giving me some horrible nature movie vibe of a giant black beetle trapping a delicate white moth in its mandibles. I’m sure I’m wrong about the particulars of bugs, but that is the impression I’m getting. WHY anyone would want to create or wear that impression, I don’t know. It is like a fashion tribute to the movie “The Fly” that I watched too many times in my youth. It is not a tribute we needed.

    • demidaemon

      You are actually spot-on on insect anatomy. And very apt with all your descriptors. I love it. We need more biology references around here, for some variety!

  • bertkeeter

    She just doesn’t want to enjoy all this?

  • jmorino08

    If she’s Audrey 2.0, Audrey 1.0 is turning over in her grave.

  • Megan Kennedy

    I don’t know if it’s the top itself or the proportions with the skirt, but it makes her tittums look extremely long. Like they’re trying to be two sides of an obtuse triangle. Just not flattering at all.

  • abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxqyz

    her eyes are so hollow/empty, i dont see where the Audrey is from. all hype no substance.

  • Shawn EH

    Do not anger Audreybot. Back away slowly from Audreybot. Audreybot has left the reservation.

  • Agatha Guilluame

    She looks dead. On the inside. And is Proenza really what you want to be buried in…

  • Syphilis Eyes. Ugggggh.