Kiernan Shipka in Dolce&Gabbana at the 2014 PaleyFest “Mad Men” Panel

Posted on March 24, 2014

You know what we love about this look? Aside from it being smack-you-in-your-face adorable, that is.


Kiernan Shipka attends the 2014 PaleyFest “Mad Men” panel held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California in a Dolce&Gabbana dress paired with Aldo ‘Margetts’ sandals and earrings by Dana Rebecca Designs.

It’s that it shows the girl knows how to dress for the venue. She’s been getting bolder and edgier in her style choices lately, but she knew that this was the time and the place to break out the Sally Draper drag. It’s a sweet . girlish little look. And she got to sass it up with some grownup heels to keep it from being too twee or not grown up enough for her. It’s really a perfect look. Major “Attagirl” moment.

Sometimes we wish she’d offer to style all the other gals in the Mad Men cast. She blows them all out of the water on the style front, time and time again.


[Photo Credit: Jennifer Graylock/, Peter West/ACE/]

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  • Malibufire

    Her stylist hits the mark every time. And she is so fresh on the red carpet

  • theblondette

    So cute. BUT how can a dress this expensive have a pattern that doesn’t match up? Argh!! Anyone watching Great British Sewing Bee? That is the kind of mistake that would have the judges shaking their head at you for being amateurs.

    • LearnedFoot

      I agree! I love 99% of this look so much, including the successful deployment of “naked shoes.” But I wish there was a skinny belt or something so the un-matched pattern wouldn’t be so obvious. Still, well done, Sally!

      • tereliz

        Yes on the naked shoes! Her toes are still in them, not gripping on for dear life.

      • annieanne

        Cute shoes. But no girl her age, whose feet are still developing, should be wearing heels that high. She’s going to have golfball sized bunions before she’s 25..

        • melisaurus

          She’ll only wear them for the pictures. Most of paley fest the cast sits on stage.

    • Sophie

      That was the first thing I noticed as well, but I think the print itself is lovely. Thanks to your comment, I just discovered that the second season of the Great British Sewing Bee had already started, so thank you. =)

      • theblondette

        It’s been a lovely series so far! 🙂

        • Sophie

          From what I’ve now seen (Episode 1), it doesn’t seem to have quite as good an atmosphere as the first season had… Though maybe it will improve later.

          • theblondette

            I hope you enjoy it! I’m invested in it now. And they make some awesome stuff. Makes me want to get a sewing machine.

          • RedRaven617

            On what channel?

          • Sophie

            They do make great stuff! I used to take sewing lessons, so I’m always thinking I should start again, but my sewing machine is in another country. And since I don’t live in the UK, I have to watch the series on youtube (can’t get episode 3).

        • YoungSally

          Agreed — A new episode is tonight….I think there are five contestants left. Wish we had a U.S. version…especially if they bring May and Patrick and Claudia.

    • BLauD

      First thing I noticed too! Totally adorable otherwise though!!

    • alyce1213

      This is a pattern that’s fairly impossible to match up. I don’t think it’s necessary. The pieces are placed very well, actually.

      • BLauD

        I think the back looks better matched than the front. I think the abrupt thick branch front and center meeting dead white space is what’s jarring.

        • alyce1213

          What my eye sees in the front is: green leaves down the right, thick branch down the center (with an interruption), pink flowers on the left. It’s not matched branch to branch or leaf to leaf, but it works visually.

        • Aurumgirl

          Yes, that waist seam is a mistake, the pattern should be perfectly matched there especially. Poor tailoring is now everywhere.

      • theblondette

        If it’s impossible to match up, don’t make a designer dress in two parts from that pattern!! Afraid I don’t think it looks quite right. Which I would accept on a dress that cost under $100 but not for a D&G!

        • alyce1213

          OK, we disagree. I think it’s fine.

    • ballerinawithagun

      It would have been very easy to match!

      • Aurumgirl

        Yup. It’s not a busy all-over-geometric pattern, it’s a large-scale, botanical print. Easy as pie. Something I’d have flunked out of Home Ec for way back when, if I’d done it.

    • May would NOT tolerate it.

      I saw Patrick in London once. Just as beautifully dressed as on the show.

    • theblondette

      Wow, I think the last time I got so many likes on a TLo comment was when I fanficced two lady models into a Dynastyesque lesbian romance novel synopsis. Clearly we take pattern matching seriously here. AS WE SHOULD! 😉

  • Evan

    Love it, but it does kind of remind me of wallpaper, albeit very nice wallpaper.

  • SuzyQuzey

    I would have added a belt, but only because the pattern doesn’t match up, top and bottom. Love it otherwise.

    • Mothra

      Yeah, how did that happen? A dress that fabulous and the bodice doesn’t match up with the skirt? I’m a better seamstress than that!

      • JudyP

        I’m pretty sure they weren’t going for matching. It looks fussy cut to me. It doesn’t work here, but I see what they were going for. they’re trying to highlight the specific bunch of flowers in the pattern. It’s a quilting tecnique (fussy cutting) but in quilting the pattern is broken up other ways so you don’t get that mismatch.

  • MilaXX

    So cute. I have no complaints, it perfectly age appropriate

  • her shoe game *always* is head-of-the-class.

    • Kitten Mittons

      She gets it right so often, it’s pretty amazing. Love love love.

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  • alyce1213

    I love this dress on her. I think the shoes are a little too grown up, though.

    • MilaXX

      Ordinarily I would say yes, but considering Hollywood is home of the 5 inch heel for lady celebs even when they are pregnant. I think what looks like a 3 inch heel is considered child sized.

      • Exactly my thought. Compared to some of the Daisy-Duck-stripper monstrosities my 14-year-old niece and her peers have been wearing to school dances, these look positively demure.

      • alyce1213

        They seem higher to me, so I looked them up — 4.5″ which is even higher than I thought. I think we’ve become too accustomed to seeing the super high heels.

      • marlie

        I agree. plus, her hair and makeup are very toned-down, so the sum of the whole look seems totally age-appropriate to me.

    • I think the shoes are a nice way to note that she is maturing. I would rather she wear slightly over-mature shoes than pull a full-on Miley Cyrus at any point.

      • alyce1213

        Well that goes without saying, doesn’t it.

        • And yet I did. I claim newb status in the fashion world! I’m learning from you more experienced types and not ashamed to say so!

          • alyce1213

            That was meant if full agreement! 🙂 We all have such high hopes for Miss Kiernan.

  • French_Swede

    She IS adorable. Snaps to her mother for keeping Kiernan age-appropriate. A huge plus is that she has GREAT POSTURE. Makes such a difference!

  • schadenfreudelicious

    I covet those eyebrows….

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    I don’t know who works with Kiernan Shipka, but they get a big, big thumb’s up from me for styling her in age-appropriate and fashionable looks.
    The shoes do give that dress a great grown-up touch!

  • Maev

    She looks so like her on-screen parents, it kind of freaks me out. You can SEE Jon Hamm in there, which shouldn’t really be possible.

  • Belvane

    She looks great. That dress needs a belt to disguise the pattern gaff. Those shoes are too sexy for a 14-year-old.

  • Yolanda13

    She has graduated to full “WERQ” status. No more “Baby Werq” for Miss Kiernan.

  • PastryGoddess

    Why am I jealous of a 14 year old. So not fair

    • prisma

      I started to criticize the heels as being too old for her but then I realized I was nitpicking only because I’m jealous. Of a 14 year old. I admit it.

      And please, Lord, don’t let Kiernan Shipka turn 18 and go all Miley Cyrus on us. Class and poise shouldn’t be this refreshing.

      • Isabel

        I love the way she and Hailee dress. All young lady stars should get their stylists.

        Since Mad Men is a mature show and not a tween Disney show, she should be safe. She doesn’t need an image change like MC needed.

        Will Kiernan take a break when the show ends or has she already signed up for something else, like movies?

  • Jacob Bowen

    Even her hair and makeup are PERFECT and don’t scream too young/old.

  • Kent Roby

    Age-appropriate and venue-appropriate; perfection.

  • Mothra

    She really does look great. And happy. I don’t know why happy is always so important to me. But there you have it. Happy is a good look.

  • Fuchaforever

    Perfection. No quibbles. Hollywood RC, look out! This is only the beginning for KS!

  • Frank_821

    I always liked how January Jones is in awe of her fashion sense

  • Tracy Alexander

    She blows them out of the water on the acting front half the time, too.

  • I cannot love this young lady any more than I already do. She has blown my admiration meter. I wish I had a daughter like this. She’s beyond fabulous, it makes me want to kvell.

  • I envy this look. Keirnan Shipka, you win, I want to be you.

  • GillianHolroyd

    ouf, the hair is a mess but very sweet dress.

  • Adorbz (which is an “of course” in its own way). I love how the metallic bronze of the sandals seems to call back to the color of the branches in the dress. FLAWLESS.

  • Pennymac

    She is unequivocally a breath of fresh air. WERQ!

  • m3grrl

    I don’t get the hair. Does that make me a bad person?

    • Shawn EH

      She’s a girl who loves a comb-over?


  • MM4321

    She is adorable. Which makes me petty: I can’t help it, just really don’t love overly blonde hair on brown-eyed brunettes (looking at you Britney). I have the same coloring and blonde just doesn’t work! Even a shade or two darker would be great.

  • quiltrx

    Sometimes all you need is a pretty girl in a pretty dress!
    The hair looks a little stringy, but that’s a minor quibble.
    And I actually don’t mind, as I look at it, the fact that the pattern doesn’t match up. I think it’s the fact that the pattern repeat starts in almost the same spot on both the top and the skirt. I do think a thin belt would have avoided the visual issue, though.

  • DagnyReardon

    Not to sound sappy, but her smile is so genuine that you can’t help but feel good looking at her.

  • nannypoo

    Beautiful fabric. She looks great as always.

  • ElaineMarie34

    The fit on the dress is perfect. I don’t mind the print not being matched; I think they were more concerned about the motif placement on the bodice. Skinny belt would be cute too, though. It’s totally adorable. And I always love her non-smug, sincere smile.

  • Imasewsure

    And that is how you design a strappy little shoe we can’t hate

  • Cute, but I feel like an over protective Dad who doesn’t want to see her grow up and who would tell her to cover up with a sweater and that she’s allowed to wear heels that high when she’s eighteen.

    • marlie

      THAT needs a sweater?! There’s absolutely nothing showing! It passes the test that my parents had for me, with the ~1 inch-wide straps that could cover a regular bra strap, and with the collarbone covered.

      • Well, I did say I feel like an over protective father.

  • Also, that is a perfect and not-annoying deployment of the naked shoe trend. Well done, young grasshopper.

  • AutumnInNY

    Beautiful girl! She truly does look like both Jon Hamm and January with each passing season.

  • jilly_d

    World’s Best Ever Naked Shoe Deployment.

  • Tanya Wade

    Every time I look at her I think “Baby Kylie.” And that’s not a bad thing.

    I love and covet those shoes….

  • nycfan

    A few of her skirts recently have been too short to this Mom’s eyes, I like this length much better. Super-cute.

  • marlie

    I just love this. The print on the dress is really pretty, and the whole look suits her.

    • I love the beading on the print too. Not over-embellished, just nice.

  • decormaven

    Love this springtime look! Again, she nails it.

  • KinoEye

    I couldn’t think of a more perfect dress for her. I love the edgier stuff, but this couldn’t be better for a young lady her age. Fresh, pretty and springy. A+.

  • Joanna

    I LOVE her hair -perfection! And all of the little details – perfect manicure!

  • kt

    She looks fantastic as always. Before I google, does anyone know her pedigree? This level of taste would have to have been passed down

  • melanie0866

    You’d think, “Oh, she’s tiny and young and cute, so of course she looks adorable.” But as so many celebrities show us, it’s possible to be all those things and NEVER look good. (I’m looking at YOU, Julianne Hough.)

  • Susan Velazquez

    you know i love about this? she painted her toenails for the naked shoe. ladystars, take note!

  • verucaamish

    I’m blown away by her makeup. To have a very minimalist lip that doesn’t just recede into her face is expert. That make up fresh and pretty without being twee.

  • Cheryl

    So darn cute. I agree about the pattern not matching up. I mean for pete’s sake, this isn’t Forever 21, it’s D & G! Heck, I learned to line up printed fabric properly in grade 8 home ec. Our teacher warned us, if we wanted to use prints it was fine, but we’d have to buy extra fabric and be much more careful in our construction.

  • Born with it. Only way to explain it.

  • Cassidy Olsen

    I’m completely obsessed with her, she always looks so cute!

  • rhymeswithorange

    Her brows are killa.

  • Micaela Cannon

    I will forever love that she has always been dressed in a manner appropriate for her age, while also being stylish and flattering. When the day comes the Kiernan starts busting out the T and A I bet it feels totally natural in her style evolution…rather than completely jarring like some child stars.

  • That cat smile of hers makes everything she does adorable.