Emmy Rossum at the H&M Conscious Collection Dinner

Posted on March 20, 2014

Another black dress. Hurrah. Springtime in celebrity land.


Emmy Rossum attends the H&M Conscious Collection dinner at Eveleigh in West Hollywood, California.

H&M Conscious Exclusive Collection


Boy, these Conscious Collection looks sure don’t lend themselves to red carpet styling. We keep looking at this, trying to figure out what to do to … we don’t know … zhuzh it up a little. Lighten the load. Make it look not so much like a couch in a funeral home. But these clothes really aren’t interpretable. You put the dress on, you find a pair of shoes, and you call it done. A belt wouldn’t work. Neither would a jacket. And you’re limited in footwear choices by that hemline and in jewelry by that neckline. It either works for you or it doesn’t. Then again, that really is a big part of the H&M brand. Stores like that sell complete, finished looks to people who don’t know how to put one together on their own. Not that everyone who shops there is like that; just that there’s an appeal to a certain style-challenged segment of the public. It’s why seemingly half of Office America is outfitted by Banana Republic or it’s more economical versions, like Express.

Anyway, this isn’t working at all for her. She’s a gal who likes to put a look together; not have one dictated to her. Although, granted; she could’ve said no to the naked shoes. That’s a trend that can’t die soon enough.

Still not loving the winged eye or the swept back hair for her.


[Photo Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images, hm.com]

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  • shirab

    Wait, didn’t the stars spend the winter wearing pastel sundresses, and now that there’s a thaw this is what they come up with? It’s all so confusing to mere mortals like myself.

    • lunchcoma

      Yeah, I could have sworn I spent all winter cringing at white strappy sandals and feeling old-fashioned. They could have at least kept the pastel trend until it actually seemed weather-appropriate.

    • sagecreek

      No kidding! NOW we bring out the thick quilted fabrics?

    • MaggieMae

      Right, they are putting on the Fall 2014 collection clothes NOW.

      • alyce1213

        It seems so wrong, but . . . it’s business.

    • charlotte

      That’s why they are stars and we are mortals!

    • Jecca2244

      they are already on Fall 2014, apparently!

  • luludexter

    Whoever is doing her hair lately needs to stop it already with the swept back top! It’s so unflattering, although admittedly not as bad here as the other day.

    • barbarienne

      Though the waves at the back in the last pic are quite spectacular.

      • fursa_saida

        Which makes it even worse! She’s got flat top and then waves, like her hair was in a ponytail while it was being curled.

  • Jessica Freeman

    It’s just so…boring. It relies a bit too heavily on the mullet hem shape and texture. Nothing could make it exciting.

  • barbarienne

    If not for the big necklace you wouldn’t notice her at all. This is a dress for a ninja formal.

  • Snailstsichr

    She wears the winged eye better than most. I wish she had worn the shoes on the model; they are beautiful.

    • 3boysful

      It seems that if you’re going to wear a showcase-y, ta-da kind of hemline like that, your shoes should be worthy. These are not.

    • I can’t say I agree. The dress is SO black and heavy, I think big ol’ heavy shoes with thick heels (even if they are gold) don’t do a thing to enhance the look. I don’t care for the black shoes she’s wearing, but maybe something strappy and silver would be a better choice. Anything to lighten up these widow’s weeds.

  • BLauD

    I’d ditch the necklace in favor of some wrist or arm jewels to break up the blah black dress.

    • conniemd

      Or a necklace with some COLOR in it.

  • decormaven

    Trying to work the drama out of the wonky skirt. Bless her for trying to glam it up. I’m getting a huge chuckle out the Pinterest-inspred pallet board background. I’m surprised someone hasn’t tried to fashion some article of clothing or accessory out of used pallets, seeing that they’ve been co-opted into wall treatments, cabinets and coffee tables.

  • I want high Texas hair paired with a cropped white leather jacket.

    • Glam Dixie

      What about some of those lace up boots that Cyndi Lauper used to always wear, you know, just to complete the vision?

      • And we have just discovered the look Ariana Grande should be aiming for…

  • Wendi126

    From the neck up I’m getting a mafia princess vibe towards the end of the night

  • Anna

    Well, so far I’ve learned I’m going to Consciously avoid this collection the next time I’m at H&M. And although it’s overplayed, I don’t mind the turband on the model.

    • kimmeister

      “Turband” – what a perfect portmanteau!

      • Anna

        Alas, I can’t claim credit. I got it from The Manrepeller but I don’t know if she coined the term.

    • demidaemon

      Good choice. I posted something similar as well, with a bit more in-depth analysis. IT MAKES NO SENSE AT ALL.

      • Anna

        I wasn’t a fan of their previous offerings either. Apparently, the name translates to, “HAHAHAHAHA, we are Consciously going to fuck with the public. Buy our ugly clothes!!!”

        • demidaemon

          You mean this isn’t something new? MIND IS BLOWN. I know H & M isn’t this awful regularly, so what kind of crack are these “couture” designers smoking?

          • Anna

            I believe H&M has been producing the Conscious Collection for a few years now. I Googled to refresh my memory and while a lot of it isn’t really to my taste, there at least appears to be colour and pattern of some interest in previous years, whereas the theme that I’ve been able to determine here is drab and/or dated upholstery.

          • demidaemon

            Interesting. I hope this isn’t a trend, then. I still stand by my point that this is not a really great line, though.

  • charlotte

    That Conscious Collection looks as if the clothes were supposed to *be* the carpet (or upholstery etc.) instead of being worn on it.

  • sienna elm

    That is a dress that needs a more substantial shoe! I don’t mind the dress – could a delicate shawl soften the look a little? without being too grandmotherly? Love that necklace!!

  • MaggieMae

    Not loving the make-up either. She always seems so pleasant in her photographs, even on the street.

    • kimmeister

      Meanwhile, the makeup was the only part I liked.

  • msdamselfly

    SHE must go to a fashion event every day. She’s constantly photographed. I find her kind of boring

  • Alyssa

    With all this black, I’m craving some color in her pedicure!!

  • Sara__B

    Uh oh. She’s fallen victim to two fashion trends that don’t work for her, the winged eye and the naked shoe. The waved hair is lovely, though.

  • SewingSiren

    The hairstyle is stunning in profile.

  • another_laura

    Ugh. Dress too heavy, shoes all wrong, and I don’t like her eyeliner. The winged eyeliner has to stop. Now. They’re not Elizabeth Taylor.

  • I dunno, I think a skinny belt -either metallic or neon – could have lifted this considerably. Then, some big brightly colored cabochon earrings. And ditch the fortune teller necklace.

  • Danielle


  • Noah

    I’m becoming convinced a stylist bought those shoes in bulk and just passed them out to starlets because HOW MANY TIMES HAVE WE SEEN IT THIS WEEK?

    • kimmeister

      Maybe they were in one of their swag bags at some awards show!

    • And with the note, “Do not put any color on your toes. xxoo”

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    Seemingly all of a sudden, all of the PYT’s at my company are sporting winged eyes. Clearly it is A THING FOR SPRING! (I can barely summon up enough energy in the morning to daub on a little mascara..I can only envy people who can get up early enough to put on fancy eyes for work.)

    • mlle

      I put on my fancy eyes AT work. Though some days I never get around to it.

      • barbarienne

        As long as you don’t do it on mass transit. Every time I saw a woman doing her eyes on the bus or subway, I worried I would be calling 911 and hope she wouldn’t lose the eye.

    • MilaXX

      It’s like wearing false lashes, once you get the hang of it, it really doesn’t take that much time.

    • Glam Dixie

      My daughter has been wearing winged eyes for about 3 or 4 years. I don’t think it’s a new thing, maybe it’s just getting more widespread or maybe it was only popular around here.

  • MilaXX

    And adequate dressing week continues.

  • KateShouldBeWorking

    This is harshing my springtime buzz.

  • xmixiex

    “…there’s an appeal to a certain style-challenged segment of the public. It’s why seemingly half of Office America is outfitted by Banana Republic or it’s more economical versions, like Express.”


    • Sigh, yeah. Cut me to the quick too.

      • xmixiex

        We can’t all do couture work chic… But banana helps get the job done.

        • You are leaving out the part where we wrote “Not that everyone who shops there is like that.”

  • ScarlettHarlot

    I like the necklace!

  • Fuchaforever

    Hahahaha funeral home couch!!! Lol. I co-sign this excellent analysis Uncles!

  • mlle

    Am I alone in thinking that the waistline hits her at an unflattering point? I guess it would be a comfortable enough way to conceal it if you’re obliged to make a public appearance while ragging and bloated, but I doubt that’s the look her team was aiming for.

  • Kathy_Marlow

    She is a tiny little person and even on her the pleats on that dress make her look pregnant or bloated.

    • colleenjanel

      The first pic honestly had me wondering if she’s expecting.

  • That’s….. a lot of hair and makeup too.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Nope. Not liking any of it.

  • marlie

    I love Emmy’s hair, and her makeup (for the most part), and I even like the dress, though I wish the neckline were a little different. But really, her hair and makeup are lovely.

  • marlie

    At least she’s not wearing the turban that the model has on.

  • Beardslee

    As a big pin wearer myself, I deplore their absence on the red carpet. Pins can add punctuation to an outfit and can work with all sorts of necklines. I figure that designers don’t want to risk pin holes in the clothing they lend. While that’s understandable, it really is too bad.

    • Gatto Nero

      A dramatic silver pin would work better on this dress than the necklace Rossum is wearing.

  • Sophie

    Beautiful necklace.
    I guess the quilted black dress is going to replace the black lace dress for a while.

  • crash1212

    Only thing I like about this look is the necklace.

  • LeelaST

    I actually like a tea-length hem and this low-high of that is pretty. Hate the shoes but the model’s are worse.

  • thisseemsunnecessary

    “Stores like that sell complete, finished looks to people who don’t know how to put one together on their own. Not that everyone who shops there is like that; just that there’s an appeal to a certain style-challenged segment of the public. It’s why seemingly half of Office America is outfitted by Banana Republic or it’s more economical versions, like Express.”

    I’m sorry, but I think it is the height of snobbery to accuse anyone who shops at H&M or similar budget fashion stores as ‘style-challenged’. Yes, they do sell complete looks, but they also sell affordable, trendy looks as well as basic items that every girl and guy needs. Not all of us have the budget (yet, hopefully) to shop at even mid-range and especially not high-end shops, and to dismiss all those people (internationally and not just in the States) is not only offensive but incredinbly tone-deaf to the state of most of the people who regularly read this blog.

    I’ve visited this blog every day for the past three years now, and will continue to do so, but it slightly upsets me to realise that Tom and Lorenzo, who every day proclaim to not be setting out dictums to the general populace, who say they are only critiquing celebrities style choices, have suddenly decided to randomly lash out against anyone shopping at H&M.

    • Imasewsure

      LIsten…. Our beloved uncles aren’t lashing out at H&M or their customers… but it’s a fair statement to say that this store does not cater in any way to fashionistas or anyone looking for “out there” clothes on a budget. It’s not a slight on the shopper but a true statement about the brand. Same with Express, The Gap, BR, Old Navy (my favorite cheap store), or even Macy’s for that matter. It odesn’t mean it’s bad or that a really clever BK can’t make an amazing and inventive statement with their clothes… but that is not what keeps their lights on (I work in an office… I outta know ’cause sameness is the drill!!)

      • thisseemsunnecessary

        I think it’s more the phrase ‘an appeal to a certain style-challenged segment of the public’ that causes the most offense. I’m not trying to say that H&M is anything but completely mainstream or that they are avant garde, but c’mon…to make such a generalised claim against an entire group of budget shoppers is not fair and it’s certainly not kind-hearted.

        • Imasewsure

          Only half, only half…. and we’re not talking about character here… only the fashion which is for the most part very generic and unimaginative by design (BKs exempt!)

        • J. Preposterice

          I think it was an awkward turn of phrase, and easy to read in an unpleasant/critical way. I think it’s true that a big part of these brands is to draw in folks who have difficulty putting outfits together — but I also think there are kinder ways to say it.

      • I am very guilty of walking out of the house and realizing, “Well, my entire outfit is from the Target clearance rack and maybe paid $17.08 for everything…” I think what H&M is guilty of, and what I’ve taken from the critiques of Sirs T&Lo has been with a lot of designer collections for Target, is that the clothes are shown on celebrities with the intent to show them with a sense of literal application instead of “If I had to wear this item, I would wear it with _____ from my fabulous closet.” The marketing viewpoint is almost too literal, instead of really showing how to mix expensive/well made pieces with budget pieces and looking amazing.

        • demidaemon

          Well said! Just like any other piece of clothing, there is a way to integrate it and make it fabulous. It’s what you do with a piece, not where you purchased it, or for how much.

    • “I’m sorry, but I think it is the height of snobbery to accuse anyone who shops at H&M or similar budget fashion stores as ‘style-challenged’.”

      We agree, which is why we didn’t do that. You quoted, but apparently didn’t read the part where we wrote, “Not that everyone who shops there is like that.”

      • thisseemsunnecessary

        I did read ‘Not that everyone who shops there is like that.’ But I also think that it doesn’t make up for the random and unkind jib at those ‘style-challenged’ H&M shoppers.

        Like J. Preposterice above, I think perhaps it was an awkward turn of phrase that came out crueler than intended. Regardless, a clause like ‘Not that everyone who shops there is like that’ or a defense of ‘we shop at H&M’ after generalising about all shoppers in America comes across a tad like saying ‘I’m sorry but…’ without accepting that the original phrase I pointed to was just plain not that nice.

        • First you said we were generalizing about everyone who shops in H&M, even though we clearly didn’t, and now we’ve somehow expanded out to insulting everyone who shops in America?

  • Vaniljekjeks

    I had that same bedspread in high school!

  • cocohall

    “Charlotte from Sex in the City attends a funeral” realness.

  • This was actually the one piece of this collection that I wouldn’t mind owning. Not that I have anywhere I need to wear this kind of dress, but if I did I would. Not with a necklace that competes with the neckline, but probably a cuff and some big-ish earrings.

  • B_C_J

    I think putting up her hair would have helped. The look is a bit monolithic because there is no break in the black. The shoes at least lighten it a bit.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    Widow’s weeds. Just not a very pretty dress.

    • Lucinda Head

      I….do not understand this dress. I guess it’s formal, but for what occasion besides a funeral? And who shows up to a funeral in a tea length gown, particularly one made out of Maleficent’s aunt’s dust ruffle?

      • Synnae

        My job has no dress code (beyond clean) so I’d wear that to the office with short cardigan, short leather jacket, hair up, strong earrings or necklace, either motorcycle boots or 4″ heels, and a nice strong lip.

        And considering how in my country (Holland) people show up to funerals in jeans, I’d be f-ing delighted if somebody showed up in a dress like that to my funeral. Hell, I actually made it very clear that my funeral will have a dress-code. Don’t give a toss about what you will say about me but you’d better look fabulous doing so!

  • Gatto Nero

    I like the dress, though not for spring and not on Rossum. It’s dramatic, and the fabric looks like some kind of burnout textile rather than a heavy brocade.
    Really hate the naked shoes.

  • VicD

    I don’t hate the dress, considering that it’s H&M. Yes, it does remind of upholstery for a funeral parlor settee, but she’s managing to carry it off, but I like it much better with the embellished sandals on the model. (not so much for the “turband”)

  • Synnae

    That’s a bit of an unfair dig to H&M. How is this dress different from a lot of other dresses made by high fashion designers that will only work for a limited number of women?

    BTW I love the dress, that is so going in my wardrobe (if it will allow for boobs that is – always an H&M issue)

    • demidaemon

      The problem that TLo pointed out is that there is practically no way to style this dress other than the way it is showcased in the lookbook, which is vastly different from most looks shown by other designers.

      • Synnae

        There are plenty of designer dresses to which lookbook styling only applies as well. That has nothing to do with H&M and everything with the particular dress design (in this case retro new look).

        • demidaemon

          There are, but I think it is actually quite a small percentage. At this point, we’ll probably have to agree to disagree.

  • ampg

    I think this silhouette suits her quite well, but it really is off-season, and the shoes are all wrong.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    She looks like she borrowed her gorgeous grandmother’s dress.

  • enchanted216

    Could be pretty, but the shoes ruin it.

  • Liza Ortiz

    yawn again

  • Sunraya

    I love her necklace and the waves in her hair. The dress is way too heavy, even for winter.

  • quiltrx

    Focusing on the positives…that is a GORGEOUS necklace!
    And is the theme of this collection “clothes that look heavy and probably are?’

    • demidaemon

      AlsoP: Textures that look really unattractive and make you feel itchy without even putting on the clothes.

  • demidaemon

    Man, they swung pretty far and wide with this collection, no? First, we have batshit crazy cum hideous with Kata Mara and then this sad dress for Emmy. I really don’t know what to make of this collection or how well it will sell if it can’t be interpreted for these ladies.

  • I’m guilty of buying some of my dress shirts and almost all of my pants from Express. Their Photographer pants fit me like a dream.

  • CatherineRhodes

    I never like to disagree with the uncles, but this whole ensemble is working for me. I love her winged eye and swept back hair, and this is one of the few times I’ve actually liked the naked shoe. Great necklace.

  • A rare bird that should never wear black. She looks so much better in color. Gorgeous in color.