Emmy Rossum in J. Mendel at Decades of Glamour Event

Posted on February 26, 2014

There’s such a disconnect between the early morning writing of this post and the heading-to-the-clubs getup she’s sporting. We need another cup of coffee to tackle this one. Or maybe we should just get a gin & tonic to get ourselves in the mood.


Emmy-Rossum-J-Mendel-Decades-Glamour-Event-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Emmy Rossum attends attends “Decades of Glamour” presented by BVLGARI and the Academy Awards held at the Soho House in West Hollywood, California in a J. Mendel Mmrine hammered silk asymmetrical draped dress paired with Christian Louboutin pumps and Bulgari clutch and jewelry.

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Emmy-Rossum-J-Mendel-Decades-Glamour-Event-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (3)J. Mendel Pre-Fall 2014 Collection

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Okay, we drank the appropriate liquids while you were scrolling down and now we’re ready to tackle this one. It’s okay. We’re not a hundred percent on the super-shiny electric blueness of it all, but she can definitely pull off the shape and style. It looks fairly poorly fitted from the back, though. Way too much wrinkle and droop going on. And that hem looks like it’s pinned up; which is fine if you want a shorter skirt, but we shouldn’t be able to tell.  Other than that, she’s gangbusters. Great jewelry and styling.


[Photo Credit: Jennifer Graylock/INFphoto.com, style.com]

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  • nannypoo

    She looks like she’s playing a mafia wife.

    • Alloy Jane

      Or a high-end escort.

  • AC Simons

    It’s really too bad this doesn’t fit better, especially the back, also the sleeves are too long, and the hem really is wonky. The earrings are a bit disconnected, too, but the ring in great. Hair and makeup – lovely!

    • jen_vasm

      It really looks like she borrowed it from her 6″ taller friend at the last minute. The bodice is huge on her. Huge. 60% of these borrowed dresses from designers are ruined because they cannot be pinned to fit women with normal proportions, no matter how thin.

  • With a pin here and a little more length there, this is a Cathy Cambridge dress. I don’t love it. I think the sleeve length is wrong because she has opened the front wider, and the low, low front with high, high slit and poorly-finished hem just make the whole thing look a bit trashy.

    And seriously, if those are the earrings that Bulgari are offering you, you aren’t their favourite.

    • Lucía Gavello

      I was going to say.. whatever happened to the bling Emmy?

      • I’m sure these are very expensive – lapis and turquoise with diamond spacers, at a guess – but they look a bit Etsy.

        • Kent Roby

          Yes, what Alicia said. The only saving grace for me is that the turquoise keeps them from initially appearing overy matchy, though the lapis does match the dress.

          • Constant Reader

            I found the jewelry a bit too matchy, but as you say, the turquoise helps.

          • jspark

            Really guys? I liked the earrings a lot. Anything blingy would have taken it into Blanche Devereaux territory.

          • Constant Reader

            I don’t dislike the earrings, I just would have preferred some contrast to matching (especially with a matching ring). I agree that blingy wouldn’t have been the best option, either.

          • demidaemon

            Blanche Devereaux territory is bad?

        • Lucía Gavello

          Oh I’m sure of it, but you nailed it, they are crafty looking. It seems that the jewellery they handed out at this event was more low-key than the one from the accessories launch (Bulgari PR department sure is busy this week), especially if you compare these pieces with Naomi Watts snake necklace.

    • EveEve

      Commenting only on the dress: it is a gorgeous dress that’s been poorly fitted.
      Commenting only on her: It is a gorgeous body that’s been perfectly styled. Her makeup and hair are finally settling into a good place.

      • Her hair really is stunning like this.

      • Constant Reader

        Agreed. SHE looks gorgeous. Too bad the dress doesn’t fit better.

  • Nancer

    LOVE the earrings!

    • 3boysful

      Thank goodness! Thought I was alone. The turquoise makes them pop/be visible against the masses of dark tresses.
      But oh my, that skirt looks like one where you are uncomfortable all night, trying not to show more than you intend.

      • ballerinawithagun

        I love them too! Very Egyptian influence.

      • kimmeister

        Yeah, that’s nearly a tulip skirt, and those are well nigh impossible to sit down in gracefully.

  • Golfkat

    ELECTRIC! Love that colour on her. Great, nay, amazing hair and jewellery!

  • SophieCollier

    She looks so pretty here. I like the dress overall, but the points you made about the pinned up hem and imperfect fit are accurate. Still, it is a very good style for her and in spite of the plunging neckline and the exposed thigh, she looks classy and elegant.

  • Anna

    It’s a little divorcee on the prowl at the company party, despite it being a Bvlgari event.

    • zenobar

      I’m getting some Grade-A Blanche Devereaux here.

      • Anna

        Blanche would’ve definitely worn this to her 2nd 35th birthday party.

  • jtabz

    It may be a gin-and-tonics-at-the-club dress, but, on Emmy Rossum, at least it’s gin-and-tonics-at-a-classy-club.

  • TrixieConQueso

    VaVaVoom Baby – 2 snaps up for being all Minxsy without going overboard.

  • Jessica Freeman

    A bit of a waste of such beautiful fabric. I don’t like the sleeves, and would prefer sternum OR slit, but not both. It’s giving a whiff of 80’s vibe for sure.

    • decormaven

      Krystle Carrington, but with an Alexis Carrington skirt slit.

    • Wendi126

      I definitely got the 80’s whiff… My first thought was inflate the shoulders and Krystal Carrington is ready for a meeting

      • Jessica Freeman

        My mind went straight to Dynasty.

        • teensmom99

          Oh, I just saw this. I thought Alexis (and posted that ).

  • jw_ny

    Oh Emmy…you really didn’t have to jump on the deep plunge trend too..didja!? I’m disappointed. Your hair and makeup are lovely though.

  • @Biting Panda

    With some adjustments, I could love it. As is, I would probably whisper, behind my drink, about her with my friends.

    • FrigidDiva

      “Did you hear? She’s sleeping with the tennis pro from the country club and her divorce isn’t even finalized yet!”

  • StarburstLady

    I think the shininess of the dress would be fine if it wasn’t combined with the shininess of that clutch, which I think she should ditch.

  • Kent Roby

    This would look Vulgari on many gals, but she somehow looks sexy yet not trashy, in spite of the excessive skin exposure and the poor fit.

  • Anna Vasquez

    I like it. She looks like she’s about to call her male assistant into her office so she can sexually harass him.

  • ralish

    Such a beautiful color on her. The dress is a bit “going to work, but hoping to get some.”

  • Grumpy Girl

    Oh dear, but I don’t like this at all. OK, I like the color, but the dress just doesn’t fit. Others have pointed out that the sleeves are too long, but when you compare the slit between her and the model, it looks so immodest–like the skirt part of the dress is too small, while the top looks too large. My first impression from the small photo was that she looked decidedly older than her age. Granted a lovely 40something, but still . . . No.

  • Vanessa Reyes

    I kinda like this on her. I get a disco vibe…..The shape looks great on her and so does the color. Maybe not so tight and less of a slit.

  • SewingSiren

    Beautiful earrings . I love lapis lazuli and turquoise, Not sure they go with this, but I can’t blame her for wearing them.

  • Monabel

    Skimpy, cheesy bathrobe.

  • Liz

    I swear I had a dress out of this same fabric in 1982.

  • Danielle

    Eye makeup is on point, though.

  • Alyssa

    I feel like this dress at this party called for diamonds dripping on her neck. Especially with this dress. The earrings are pretty, but they are nothing compared to the fabulous snake necklace Naomi wore.

  • Kelly

    Great color. Hate the fabric, though; it looks cheap (as do the too-small skirt and the side-slit, just in a different way). Plus, she needs better support. Her hair is gorgeous, but I think the makeup ages her.

  • Jacob Bowen

    I LOVE the color and the shape of this dress, ESPECIALLY the wrap, but those arm and back wrinkles just irk me.

  • marlie

    I like this, though I wish the slit wasn’t so high or so open. It’s probably due to the temporary alterations, and it’s not offensively bad. I really like the color, but it – and the dress overall – reads a little 80s to me. But yeah, weird puckering going on in the back.

  • BayTampaBay

    I think she looks great!

  • boweryboy

    Gin and oj. It’s a breakfast drink. It’s a cocktail.

    And yeah, some one did a shitty job of pinning the hem. And they call themselves professionals…

  • Missy

    The thing about the open hem on the bottom on a dress that looks wrappish (like this one) is that it pretty much looks like–no matter what your size is–you’re too big to have your too-small dress wrap fully around and you’re busting out of it.

    Then again, that’s the concern of a mere mortal.

  • FrigidDiva

    Maybe I’m seeing things, but the hem on the model looks slightly off, like they were going for that asymmetrical look with the open slit and wanted one side longer than the other, but it’s such a small amount that it looks like a mistake instead of an effect. I really love this color on her but this look ages her and makes her look like a cougar on the prowl. Nothing wrong with that, but not the look one would aim for in their 20’s.

  • SugarSnap108

    Her head looks beautiful, and I LOVE her ring and earrings. But the only thing I really about the dress is the color. Even on the model, where the fit is better, it’s still too shiny and awkward.

  • Megan Au

    This what Kim Kardashian THINKS she looks like before she leaves the house in the morning.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I like a Caesar in the morning. I can convince myself that there are vitamins in Clamato juice if I need to. With enough garnish, it’s totally breakfast. I love the fabric of this dress and her styling, but those are some crap alterations.

  • Gatto Nero

    The color is great on her. But the shiny shiny cheapens this. As does the crotch-high slit, (intentionally?) demonstrated by her first pose.
    The fit in the back and the hem are messy.
    No matter how hard she tries, she always comes off as missing the mark a bit.

  • MilaXX

    The dress is housewife level dressing and the rolled hem is bad. It’s not a horrible look. The color is great on her. It’s just I expect more from her.

  • stubbornthoughts

    Works way better on Emmy than the model, and I don’t care how shiny it is I WANTS IT.

  • quiltrx

    I bet this fabric is better in person without all the flashes going…but I imagine it’s still even a little too shiny. The half-assed altering may be part of it, but I think the skirt looks like it needed more fabric…like that slit wants to gap.
    But I have to say I LOVE Emmy and her hair and face look fab!

  • Betsy

    The whole thing is about a size too small. The bunching up the back and the WIDE cleavage are proofs of that. See the 4th picture of just her (i.e., leave out the one of the model)? That princess seam line should line up much more with the “crest” of the breast-age. Instead, it’s traveling over under her arm. Also, EITHER deep cleavage OR show off your thighs (and higher!). I’m sure she can’t sit down without a blanket over her lap for modesty.

  • conniemd

    The material on the dress seems to be either pulling because it fits too tight or folding because it’s too long, like the sleeves. On the model the skirt falls off the waist in a soft looking drape. On Emmy it looks like there should have been more material in the skirt and it pulls as it stretches over to the side of the waistband.

    • Kristie Cochran

      Exactly. The dress is too tight on her. If she’d gone up a size it would look so much better. Look how tight the arms are. And yes, the sleeves are too long as well.

  • teensmom99

    With the right hat, this would be Alexis Carrington all the way. She’s kind of young for that but it works more than not (except for the hem and I’m a lot less inclined to the twitchy eye than TLo).

    • JauntyJohn

      With the right hat and shoulder pads… BIG ones.

  • Cheryl

    Wow, this really shows how fit can make a difference. I like the dress on the model, it fits nicely, and the lighting makes the colour darker which is also an improvement, but the hem taken up and attached with bubble gum, the too long sleeves, and the what the hell is going on at the back, all serve to make Emmy’s version look awful. Her head looks terrific though, great hair, lovely makeup, and forgive me, but I like the earrings.

  • Tracy_Flick

    Oooooh shiny and pretty!

  • uprightcitizen

    Someone needs to tell her that when one goes to a party as Lea Michelle, the clothes and hairstyle aren’t enough. You have to thrust your chest forward and assume an air of pained desperation.

  • Synnae

    Welcome to the problem of (mock) wrap dresses: they have to be cut exactly for your height or the waist line/cleavage won’t work. Nice colour and great heels though.

  • Alfred Cox

    BAM. Fiona Gallagher is gone up in the world.

  • Janet B

    Beautiful color and her hair looks pretty too.

  • B_C_J

    She is sooo beautiful. Conceptually, I love the dress (although ms. von Furstenberg may deem it a knock off of her iconic wrap dress). I just wish the fit were better – sleeves are too long, the hem is amateurish & the back is BAD.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    Such a shame the fit is not better here because she looks fabulous. Beautiful face, shiny hair that has been combed, couldn’t ask for more. I never heard of hammered silk before, I’ll have to look into that.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    LOVE that color, but the fit is wonky.

  • cocohall

    She is so beautiful. I wonder if she is trying to remake her image (I always get a Charlotte from SATC vibe from her -a little prim) and she went a bit overboard with the tight and shiny and the apparent race to reveal her good china being staged from both north and south. I always think a dress that reveals where your thigh is starting to widen again closer to your torso is not a good look for anyone.

  • KT

    I think she looks great — sexy yet polished. Love that shade of blue on her, and loving the hair too. And I want those earrings.

  • enchanted216

    It’s a size too small. This is the trend, and I find it tacky. I wish someone would start telling these people it’s not attractive.

  • colorjunky

    Too old for her. Wait tip your my age to dress like this youngster!

  • amaranth16

    Stunning color.