Michelle Dockery in Erdem at the “Non-Stop” London Photo Call

Posted on January 30, 2014

If there’s anyone who can make a dress like this work, it’s Lady Mary.


Michelle Dockery attends a photo call for her new movie “Non-Stop” in London in Erdem.

Erdem Resort 2014 Collection


This is, however, perhaps a bit too Lady Mary.

It’s pretty, but if you’re not bringing any sort of edge to the look then we’re not sure it’s worth attempting. Look at the way the model’s serving up style and attitude. Michelle’s probably not capable of the latter and she seems unprepared to serve up the former. Design-wise, the collar and cuffs are just way too precious for her to handle, and styling-wise, the black pumps really don’t do much. When you top it off with perfectly pretty-pretty hair and makeup, it’s just too twee and lady-like for our tastes.





[Photo Credit: i-Images, PacificCoastNews, style.com]

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  • Blair Sylvester

    I love this . Wish the bust was sitting a bit higher and the shoes had more interest . But sometimes a pretty girl in a pretty dress is all I need

  • Kate4queen

    Looks like she borrowed Carson’s collar and cuffs. not a good choice imo.

  • @Biting Panda

    I love the model’s shoes!!! Want. (When do I ever say that?)
    Love the dress too. I wish there were no black strappy looking things at the shoulders. I’d prefer a cleaner look there.

    To the BK who was reminded of Lady Mary in that last Emma post, Emma could rock this dress too, yes? : )

  • MilaXX

    I like it on the model, but I dislike it on Michelle. On her I wish the cuff & collar was black and yet again I’m looking for a fierce shoe or at least a pop of color. A plum colored pump would have been more interesting. I love both the models shoes, but I can’t imagine Michelle wearing them.

    • mjude

      girrrl you know I want the models shoes.

  • bertkeeter

    As they say in England, a bit too twee!

  • acevedob

    How is this Lady Mary? I can just hear her say: “Me? Absurd!”

  • kimmeister

    The black belt is basically invisible. I would have liked it better in, say, the eggplant color of the dress.

    • I can scarcely believe I am saying this, because I am typically pro-belt all the way, but I think the belt is a problem for this dress no matter what color it is. Or maybe for her body in particular. But whatever it is, it makes her look bunched-up in the middle.

  • Sarah

    The shoes are a lost opportunity for sure, but what’s bugging me is that the whole dress looks un-smooth. Like, not exactly wrinkly, but still in need of a steaming.

    • mjude

      I went back to look & yes it is wrinkly. I kinda like the dress.

      • Sarah

        Yeah, me too. I like just about anything embroidered.

        • makeityourself

          Me too. My fabric stash will attest to that. I think it goes back to my childhood and memories of nicely ironed dresser scarves that we used in all of the bedrooms. A laughable concept today. I wonder if anyone working at West Elm has ever heard of a dresser scarf . . .

          • Sarah

            OH, bless you for dresser scarf. I am literally typing one foot away from one, with my great-granny’s cross stitch of a fawn with greens and red posies.

          • Carrps

            I’ve actually crocheted dresser scarves back n the day.

  • hughman

    It’s never easy staging “The Crucible” at an all-girls school.

  • Shawn EH

    One can never be TOO “Lady Mary!”

    • Jackie4g

      I like her in twee. She is the perfect personality for twee. I don’t understand why everyone seems impatient with a little refinement. It’s not like being ladylike is common behavior on the red carpet. Seems to be the reverse. Let Michele Dockery be. She’s not the cutting edge type.

      • Here, here!

      • Shawn EH

        I think the sheer and the assymmetrical flowers are enough to sex it up, so the twee elements are sort of charming and definitely “in quotes” already. The model’s hairstyle just doesn’t suit the look; though I don’t know if Michelle beats the model, I do think it’s a tie.

  • Gerry Coleman

    I feel like I write this in response to every Lady Mary post, but WHY WON’T SHE WEAR A BRA?????

    • MilaXX

      Because she and her stylist keep pick dresses that aren’t designed for one.

    • Carleenml

      it doesn’t really look like she has to.

  • kipper

    I think its lovely

  • hmariec19

    The model on the left – it’s like her eyes are boring into my soul. And they’re saying “I would literally kill you for a Big Mac right now.”

  • This is Zoey Deschannel’s dress….with the right shoes.

    • Amanda Welliver

      I’m thinking more Michelle Williams.

      • Tatiana Luján

        Kiera Knightly.

  • CelandineM

    This is Evan Rachel Wood’s dress. I miss her on the red carpet.

  • oekmama

    Um, where is Lupita?

  • amanda siegelson

    the dress looks ‘sad’. something about how the black underneath heads downwards, where it doesn’t on the model. i find i’m tired just looking at her in this dress.

  • KateMaryC

    I don’t like how symmetrical it is. I want that front middle pattern off to the side a bit. It looks like a bib.

  • lunchcoma

    I’d like it if it were hanging on a rack. I’m having difficulty imagining enjoying it on an actual person. There’s just so much going on.

  • sagecreek

    God, do I hate that dress. No, don’t get me wrong — she looks as good in it as anyone could, but I just hate it. And I pray no one lets Michelle Williams buy it.

    • jworick

      Haha. Totally. And keep Taylor Swift away from it. Twee as fuck.

      • lunchcoma

        Oh dear. On Taylor it wouldn’t just be twee as fuck. It would be a twee as fuck miniskirt. Which means she’d buy it in a hot second.

    • demidaemon

      I am so with you. It’s got a bit of Marchesa, a bit of “let’s glue all this shit to it.” NO.

    • Lulu

      Hiddy. Too damn much going on and it’s all clashing with itself.

  • thecitysleeps

    I love it. Sometimes, lady like is the way to go!

  • conniemd

    She seems to wear Erdem a lot. She’d have looked better in the pants suit.

  • AceOn6

    I owned that dress… in 1975

    • Rand Ortega

      Was it Laura Ashley? If it didn’t have the mesh, that’s what it reminds me of.

      • Carrps

        I had a lot of Laura Ashley dresses, but the one I had that most resembled this one was not LA, and it was not sheer. it was a forest green crepe with tiny embroidered red roses, and a white crepe color. It had short, puffed sleeves. Twee as fuck, but I thought I was adorable in it. Even wore it to a job interview once.

  • DeniseSchipani

    I’m sincerely curious about this: why do models’ “style and attitude” so often translate into “bored and/or very pissed off”?

  • Tlazolteotl

    I keep looking at the dress and mentally filling in Patsy Stone instead of Lady Mary. Such a precious look needs the Ab Fab sneer to balance it out. Maybe it’s just the model’s stance that’s making me think so.

  • decormaven

    I just want to put a gold circle pin at the collar, and that’s wrong. Too twee for thee, Lady Mary.

  • Sara Brams-Miller

    I wish she were wearing wine-colored shoes with this. In a snake skin or something. That would look awesome.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I love the dress and like the shoes, but that suburban-mom haircut is boring.

  • jworick

    But at least the collar matches the cuffs.

  • Rhonda Shore

    someone else wore this, but i forgot who it was. It’s a bit busy for Mary.

  • brown-eyed girl

    Very Princess Kate.

  • marlie

    It’s pretty and ladylike, and SO Michelle Dockery, but it’s sort of an “of course” for her. Certainly, a pretty and put-together “of course,” though.

  • crash1212

    If she switched out the shoes for something more edgy…see model choice…this would be perfect for her. Girl can’t help that she’s pretty. I love the hair and makeup….shoes need adjustment….tell Anna.

  • Lilyana_F

    I think it’s more of a Keira dress, she’d edge it up a bit.

  • mrspeel2

    From the tv ad for this movie, it looks like she really kicks some a** in Hot Shots. No more Ice Princess for Michelle!!

  • Imasewsure

    Can deal with it on the model but not on our ladylike Lady here

  • Monabel

    No-one could salvage this mess. And this from someone who likes twee.

  • CurbGirl

    I think the dress complements the carpet quite nicely.

    • Carrps

      That carpet is hiddy!

  • She’s so pretty, but I really don’t understand the collar and cuffs.

  • She was made for Erdem, and I don’t even mind the collar and cuffs – but this really needed a more interesting shoe.

  • LeelaST

    Really, really pretty, but black collar & cuffs would have taken French maid riff to elegance.

  • lifeisastory

    The large applique over the chest is too smack-dab in the middle. Or something. It looks like it was put there to cover a stain or a tear in the fabric.

  • Constant Reader

    Like many of the BKs, I think this is great on her but I wish she’d worn a more interesting shoe.

  • SierraDelta

    Even Lady Mary can’t make me like Erdem, no matter how much she tries. And enlisting Mrs. Cambridge in her campaign to sway me won’t work either.

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  • samo_samo

    I quite like this look on her. She is a lovely English rose and honestly this is quite edgy for her.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    I’m just going to say it– she reminds me so much of Ally Sheedy that I have trouble looking at her and not thinking about how similar they are.

  • Sharon Weiner

    Sorry, not feeling it at all. It looks like the maid’s formal uniform.

  • Tracy_Flick

    I think this would have worked without the collar and large splash of flowers at the bust. As it is, it’s going a little “I played paintball in my school uniform” for my taste.

  • livesarah

    It looks messy.

  • Sabin

    Is that a babydoll waist, which she belted a few inches south? Or just a weird seam?

  • demidaemon

    I can’t get over how appliqued this dress is. Unless you’ve got attitude in spades (hey, unnamed model!), this is going to look like you are attending a tea party in the early fifties.

  • carolie_king

    I think she needs more adventurous shoes, but other than that I like it. Maybe the library setting and ugly carpet are bringing it down.

  • I absolutely love this on her! Love.

  • quiltrx

    I think I would love this without the collar and cuffs.

  • H2olovngrl

    Hmmm…nah, I think that is Keira Knightly’s dress.

  • Cousin_Rose

    Lady Mary is in a movie with Lupita???

  • E. D.

    Eh. I can handle the cuffs but not the collar.

    • Jessica Freeman

      I was just about to say the same thing. The collar is just so stark white next to the sheer, it’s not working for me.

  • OhSheila

    i abhor twee collars on anyone over 11.

  • Carrps

    Don’t care for the look … it was BEGGING for a more adventurous shoe … but that carpet! OMG, my eyes!

  • maggiemaybe

    Just love this. Why do I always fall for the white collar and cuffs? Is it a catholic upbringing flash back type deal? Love that shaggy hair on the model too.

  • I feel for her, she just looks so self-conscious and uncomfortable here.