Michelle Dockery in Altuzarra at the Audi Celebrates Golden Globes Weekend

Posted on January 11, 2014

We have to admit, this looks pretty great on her, but it’s not the kind of thing you expect to see in January.




“Downton Abbey” star Michelle Dockery attends the Audi Celebrates Golden Globes Weekend at Cecconi’s Restaurant in Los Angeles, California in an Altuzarra dress paired with Christian Louboutin pumps and a Rodo clutch.

Altuzarra Pre-Fall 2014 Collection

We’re not sure we like the way the top and the skirt connect. We’re pretty sure we hate the shoes and bag – that’s crayon accessorizing. It winds up looking juvenile. We’re rarely the types to advocate for them often, but black accessories would have really worked better here. Colorful outfits don’t need pops of color in the accessories.



[Photo Credit: Getty Images, style.com]

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  • teensmom99

    Love it–but definitely could have used the black accessories. I’ve made this mistake myself when I was too tempted by a colored shoe . . . As to seasonal–I think that if your from London and your now in LA, then the saturated color plaid seems like a good seasonal choice. Of course, I don’t know if her stylist is British. And she’s rocking these tight dresses. She can get away with this tricky length.

  • MilaXX

    I really like this dress on her. I’d like it even more if she was wearing this in say,July. I don’t hate the shoes & bag, but like Octavia’s look it should be one or the other and the other item should be black. I’d have gone black bag & kept the yellow shoe.

  • Verascity

    Honestly, the shoes pretty much make the outfit for me. I love it.

    EDIT: Although yeah, a good black shoe would have also looked good.

  • quiltrx

    I’m totally with you–first thing I noticed was how awkward the waist join is, making a lumpy humpy mess. It works in theory–as in the model standing perfectly still (and probably after someone yanked it down smooth)–but I think any body movement just hikes it up. And a dress hiked up in the front is just weird.

    • barbarienne

      I associate that particular seam with maternity wear. It seems to work better when the curve has something to curve over.

  • PastryGoddess

    I really like this dress, it’s fun and interesting looking. Dare I say it, but I think this was maybe a time to deploy metallic accessories. Something in the bronzy-gold family I think

  • decormaven

    Not loving the funky waistline here- on the model look, it is pressed down, but here, it looks a bit bunchy. Should have chosen the orange purse over the yellow shoes.

  • ChaCha_70

    You guys are on fire today with the posts! Love it!

  • thecitysleeps

    J’adore that dress. So beautiful. I don’t like the shoes, but I like the clutch alright. I’m loving this hemline. So glad it’s in trend.

    • That’s so funny…….I like the shoes, but not the clutch! Clearly something about them is wrong since we’re both commenting, though.

  • Pennymac

    I like the idea of this, especially the way it fits the model. But I’m going out on an old ladies limb here to say I detest the two plaids.

  • Barbora

    Love the dress. Love her.

  • Glam Dixie

    I’m not a huge fan of the two different colored plaids, I would’ve liked it better if it was all one color or the other but the dress looks great on her.

  • I like the contrasting tartans, and I like the shape of the skirt’s waistband, but not having the pattern match at the seam is upsetting.

  • lexilexi

    In the minority here – I don’t care for 2 large plaids mixed in this way, and therefore, I really don’t like this dress.

    • Aurumgirl

      You’re not alone though. There’s no way to make them work together in terms of pattern matching–so it’s always gonna look “off”. Why look off when you could look fantastic?

  • butterflysunita

    It’s a very cool dress, but I don’t like the way it’s wrinkling and bunching around the waist. It looks much better the way it’s falling on the model, but maybe the dress can’t actually fall that way in real life.

  • SewingSiren

    Very nice. Perfect for look for January in warmer weather like they have in LA.

  • LeelaST

    No. Maybe if there was a belt to divide the plaids?

  • boweryboy

    I would like it better if the waist was different, like a black built-in belt or sash for contrast. As it is, it looks like the dress is twisted on her. I want to straighten it out.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I don’t know what would help me like the waist – a belt for some separation between the plaids maybe?

  • Constant Reader

    I’d have preferred a different waist treatment (maybe a belt) and subtler accessories, but anyone who can wear two bright plaids in one dress and still look shapely and gorgeous (and not upstaged by the colors) gets points from me.

  • jif

    Picnic tablecloth. Perhaps a belt would have helped.

  • d4divine


  • Fred Vaughn

    Not really seasonal, but the colors are life-affirming… except for the shoes, which miss the mark by a teeny-tiny bit.

  • Fraught

    I have a bit of a migraine, and wish I hadn’t looked at this

  • filmcricket

    Once again, the dress is a tiny bit too snug on her. Love it, though. Hate the shoes. The colour of the model’s shoes works really well.

  • bellafigura1

    She looks delicious (another shoe fail but …) and I admire this choice!

  • rondele

    Did she cut her hair? I really like her hair so much better this way. Her makeup is much better in this outfit than in that last one; it’s fresher here, and that makes her look younger. The clothes are cute on her, and a black shoe would be perfect.

  • asherlev1

    I unabashedly love this. Whoops.

  • Qitkat

    The skirt print makes my eyes vibrate. Weird waistline. I’m usually a lover of the striking print/pattern combos, and one of the few BK’s who often likes Peter Pilotto, but this look makes me think Mary raided a lumberjack’s closet. Are there female lumberjacks? She is rocking the bright colors.

  • Isabel

    She’s from the UK. The LA weather is “summer” for her, not winter. Dress is fine!

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I’m kind of in love with this. Lady Mary havin’ fun. Who knew?

  • ailujailuj

    at least it fits better!
    ETA: —in the bodice. the waist is kinda scrunching to one side almost. and foldy and it’s pulling in the ass/hips area… mary mary… why you pullin….

  • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluk

    Look at the smizing! Tyra Banks would be proud.

  • AnneElliot

    Lady Mary cut her hair! What would the Dowager Countess say??

  • French_Swede

    Those are some crazy earrings …. very strange. Otherwise, I think she rocks this dress.

  • lifeisastory

    Hm…I like this dress. But I also hate it.


    It’s very warm here in So Cal lately, definitely feels right for us.

  • luluransom

    Love love love this dress so much! You’re right about the accessories, uncles.Black would’ve been so chic. Love the earrings though. Subtle but so cool.

  • ThesisMonkey

    ooh I really like this. I like the waist connection — a straight line would have taken it farther from “playful/punky” and closer to “girl, wtf did you do with your separates”. I don’t hate the shoes outright, but they are a bit much for a dress that already has a lot of (fun) fighting going on.

  • cocohall

    Compared to London, the weather in southern California must feel decidedly tropical. So she busts out a summery dress. Like you would if you headed to Hawaii. So that bit makes sense. The waistline, however, does not. With all that plaid and pattern, it isn’t a dress you can “fudge” and hope no one notices the fit is off.

  • marlie

    I love this! Mixing plaids done the right way. The waist/join of the top and bottom is a little strange, but it doesn’t bother me that much. Same with the accessories. I think black accessories would have been better, but these are… fine. But I do hate how the fabric is pulling around her waist and hips. That’s the only thing that really bugs me.

    • Little_Olive

      Same here!! re. the union of top and bottom, I give you that it could have been done better, maybe (looks quite tricky) but I think a straight line wouldn’t have worked -or worse, thrown the whole idea off- because of the prints.

  • andreawey

    a little sweater would have made it more season appropriate but love it nonetheless!

  • UsedtobeEP

    I…like it…but my afghans are fighting!

  • Imasewsure

    I’m obsessed with her beautiful face these days so I can’t focus on the clothes yet (even this from the Crayola 2014 Spring Collection)

  • LaSylphide

    The skirt/top connection looks fine on the model; I don’t think the dress fits Dockery well in the waist area, which causes the pulling.

    So glad to see plaid(s) on the RC.

    Does she ever change the expression of her face?

  • Garcia Loca

    WTF is a “Pre-Fall”?

  • jjtxgrrl

    Awesome dress…even with the slight bunching….I love the mixing of plaids!! I agree about black accessories…or at least a black shoe w a colored clutch.
    Her makeup looks fantastic.

  • KT

    I really want to love this, but it’s kind of searing my eyeballs. There’s just a bit too much going on, and I don’t quite know where to look. I love the idea of it for her, I just don’t think it’s executed quite right.

  • kimmeister

    I don’t mind the clutch, but I do hate the earrings and shoes with this dress.

  • GillianHolroyd

    This is a gorgeous look for her.