Alison Brie in Marchesa at the Mad Men Season 7 LA Premiere

Posted on April 03, 2014

Alison Brie attends the “Mad Men” Season 7 premiere at ArcLight Cinemas in Los Angeles in an embroidered strapless Marchesa dress from the Fall 2013 collection.





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  • butterflysunita

    The dress is a little low on the bust, but she looks very pretty.

  • Alison needs to fire those nude wrinkles on the sides – they are ruining her beauty.

  • @Biting Panda

    I love her, but she is a sneeze away from popping out of the top of her dress.
    Also, I must have gone back and read ‘Marchesa’ at least three times. No tulle, no feathers, no lace. And yet, I still don’t like the dress, so why am I so surprised at the designer? The fit is awful and there are owl eyes, staring at me, from her crotchular region.

    • kimmeister

      Not just any owl; a googly-eyed owl.

    • SportifLateBoomer

      Now cannot unsee the owl eyes. As to the red accents, what immediately popped into my mind was “vagina-mouth.” I’m not sure that’s the intention.

      i guess, um, it’s not supposed to pucker on the sides? Sadly not working, although she is beautiful and looks pleased.

    • BrooklynBomber

      God, that’s an ugly dress. I know I’m outspoken (to put it mildly) about my Marchesa-hate, but I actually like the idea of this — well, of the embroidery — and at first glance hoped it might be a rare exception (which has happened). But it’s an utter failure. The shape is just awful and makes no sense with the embroidery, and the color is. . . I don’t know WHAT the color is.

  • MilaXX

    Nope. The dress is too close to her skin tone. She looks like The Illustrated Man. The dress is also too long for her despite the poor attempt at rolling the hem and puckering on the sides. Try as she might there is no way to sell this look.

    • VicD

      That’s it! “The Illustrated Allison Brie”

  • Amykl

    I dont know, red/multicolor embroidery on nude looks like dermatitis to me. The fit is a hit off too. Nice try, poor execution.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Nope. Not liking anything at all here.

  • onefifteen

    I’m torn because the flesh-toned background fabric disappears into her skin, but then there’s that detailing on the front… frontal tattoo?

    Also, is it me or is her hair a lighter brown here than we’re used to seeing? Could also be the camera flashes, I suppose.

  • I love her! But not this dress, at all.

  • hughman

    I can forgive the flower tendrils breast examining her bosoms but I can not get over the “white” flowers right at her va-jay-jay. Nope, too much.

    • jw_ny

      I thought those were eyes. 😉

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    “A tapestry to feel and see, impossible to wear…”

  • MartyBellerMask

    Super cute dress, but awkward puckering. She is gorgeous of course. Wonder if we’ll see Trudy this season? And I am dying to see how little Tammy is turning out.

  • The Versatile Chef

    This dress makes me sad.

  • Mimi

    She looks so happy with herself, and that’s great but… oh, Alison. You are wearing the borders of a tapestry from either the hippie medieval times or from the little straw cottage in the woods in all those Russian folklores.

  • Wow is the fit horrible on that. And the hasty turn up job on the hem is tragic looking. The beautiful Georgina should be ashamed that such a puckery mess got photographed.

  • E2_Remote

    Swing and a miss. Lots of little things are off, but she definitely needed some Frizz Ease or something for her hair, it looks kinda dry and unpolished.

  • The Versatile Chef

    Also, why is TLo making us wait so long to see Ms. Shipka’s outfit? They must be saving the best for last.

  • crash1212

    Coulda been a contender. Love the lip color. Actually love this dress, but the fit and the puckering is making me twitch. Great hairstyle for her, but needed to be smoothed down a bit. Hate the shoes. I’m not mad at her, but this could’ve been SO good.

  • The fit model for this must’ve been a very odd shape to give those pouches over her hips. But this would be a great foundation for a steampunk Adam & Eve costume.

    • What a tremendous idea. I may have to illustrate that.

      • You just know a steampunk Eve wouldn’t settle for a measly figleaf.

    • Jacob Bowen

      I will NOT let my old opera director see this comment…he does steampunk EVERYTHING and he would DIE to do a steampunk Adam & Eve.

  • Emily Dagger

    How long can congress ignore my calls for legislation stopping people from wearing clothes that are too close to their own skin color?

    • We need a White House petition. Only 100,000 signatures and they’ll be forced to address the issue.

      • Danielle

        Maybe we can filibuster and threaten to shut down the garment district. One Million Kittens for Better Fabric Color Choices! OMKFBCC unite!

        • decormaven

          If this legislative push is successful, let’s start plans for TANS – Total Annihilation of Naked Shoes.

    • marlie

      Can we add sheer clothes to the legislation as well?

  • Aidan B

    Coulda been great if it actually fit her in the chest and the base color wasn’t beige. OK nevermind, start over.

    • VicD


  • BayTampaBay

    Love the dress but wrong color for her skin tone. However, she looks great.

    • rockin robin

      I was going to say this, but you said it for me. I think she is just barely pulling this off through sheer force of personality.

  • misstressofsylar


  • It oddly looks best in front of that hyper-saturated backdrop. There is not enough room in the bust for her girls, by a long shot. Kudos to her for managing the trick of looking both hot and pretty, though.

  • somebody blonde

    Wow, very Pre-Raphaelite. I kind of love it.

  • formerlyAnon

    I’m tired. So I’ll short cut it: I want to like this, I should be able to like this, but several someones did their jobs of fit and finish so poorly that I can’t. And it’d have more impact if the fabric ground was higher contrast with her skin.

    • Mary Lauer

      You said what I was thinking, only much more coherently.

    • Or totally invisible, a la Halle Berry in that, was it Elie Saab?

  • Mary Lauer

    Is it poorly fitting or is the wrinkling supposed to be “poor man’s ruching”?! Also, the embroidery is lovely but the base material a little close to her own skin tone I believe.

    • Grumpy Girl

      But would that base color even look nice on someone with a dark complection? When I tried to envision it, I still thought “no.” Either the embroidery needs to be more all-over or it needs to be a non-skin color, like a robin’s egg blue or the minty green. Something playing to the colors in the embroidery, but making it seem lively instead of like a creepy wrinkly skin suit.

      • Mary Lauer

        Ooh, all really good points. I LOVE your idea of the blue or green for the base!

      • marlie

        I think it all depends. Lupita wore something in the beige-y shade during the pre-Oscars poledance, and while I personally didn’t like the color, it mostly worked for her. But I agree that a different base color would have worked better. Even white or black would be nice.

      • demidaemon

        I don’t know if it would be nice, but it would certainly be better. Possible steamed too, if those are wrinkles and not horrid ruching.

    • alyce1213

      Poor man’s ruching is a great euphemism for a multitude of sins.

    • Hilda Elizabeth Westervelt

      “poor man’s ruching.” That is so brilliant I can’t stand it.

  • Jackie Stewart

    My first thought is that this would look amazing on Miss Lupita.

  • tereliz

    Oh, honey, no.

  • Pennymac

    I want to like this, but all of the tailoring instructions from my mom and grandma popped into my head when I saw that horrible unpressed hem. I know, nit-picky.

  • marlie

    Interesting detail, but if you can’t stand up straight because your boobs might pop out of the top of your dress, maybe it’s not your dress. And I wish there was more contrast with her skin tone. But Alison’s hair and makeup are pretty, and I like the shoes.

    • Sarah

      It’s weird how small those cups are made. My first thought was “Oh, that’s a teen’s dress on a full-sized chest.”

  • suzq

    It’s a gorgeous dress. I like how it’s held up by magic and Alison’s determination. Definitely a “do me” dress if there ever was one. Maybe one of the most gorgeous things Marchesa has ever put out.

  • Mothra

    The fit is not working for me. I love all the embroidery but the background is too nude looking. Coupled with the bunchiness in places and the wrinkledness–Meh.

  • MarissaLG

    Two really unfortunate things: How her dress clashes with the background, and how poorly the dress seems to be made. I find the latter hard to believe since it’s Marchesa, so maybe it’s just because of the fit? Either way, it was a great idea and poor execution.

  • alyce1213

    What a mess. It’s overly and unartfully embellished — a sure sign of Marchesa, even without fluff and excess fabric. I simply don’t understand how this made it out of a showroom with those puckers. Also, the base color is awful on her skin tone.
    But her makeup is very pretty.

  • Hermione

    The dress is a size too small for her. It looks like there’s a sheer layer over the base layer. The sheer layer is supposed to kind of skim the under layer but because the dress is way too tight the base layer is pulled all to hell and thus the sheer layer is funky. Otherwise, I like the dress!

  • Viviennne

    Beautiful embroidery but the background color is wrong for her and wrong for the dress… the puckering and fit is distracting.
    Looks like she is hoping that it stays on her body.

  • MissFern

    I wish it was red or blue or any other color except the shade of her skin.

  • colleenjanel

    A size up and a different background color. All that embroidery on a blue background would have been lovely. But not in front of that backdrop. I don’t think anything works in front of that backdrop.

  • VicD

    This is such an “almost.” If it were a color, instead of the nude/beige background, and it needs a bit more coverage in the bustline. It just seems to small in the bust.

  • Imagine if the base color had been the red or blue in the embroidery! Sigh…

    • I have a skirt which is a sea-green silk, with an embroidered black net overlay. So I think the darker green in the leaves would be a perfect underlay colour.

  • Janet B

    Lovely hair and makeup.

  • Capt. Renault

    And it’s not even my birthday. Thanks, T-Lo!

  • Stella Zawistowski

    Uncles, please tell me we’re also going to get to discuss how gorgeous Kiernan Shipka looked at the same event!

    Alison, on the other hand…does the dress ACTUALLY have bra cups that are way too small, or are there no bra cups and it’s just the embroidery making it look like there are? Either way, the fit is not working for me (which is too bad, because I think this would be a lovely dress on her if the top fit properly).

    • I think the bra cups are just way too small. Like, she should go up 3 cup sizes.

  • ScarlettHarlot

    I like the embroidery, I would love to see it on a different color fabric.

  • what not

    God, those wrinkles and puckers are terrible. And I don’t think that particular nude works on her skin tone, though at least it’s low enough on the bust not to wash out her face.

  • LadyCelia

    Did she sleep in it?

  • megohd

    Love her, but that looks like a Thanksgiving tablescape.

  • B_C_J

    There is so much embroidered embellishment that it’s coming across as “the piñata dress.” Maybe a little less embroidery or alternatively a more vibrant background color would have reduced how busy this looks. Also, the seaming on the sides is criminal.

  • demidaemon

    This looks like macrame exploded down her front. Like she vomited macrame on both sides of the dress. NO.

  • Richard Harper

    I like the concept, but the dress doesn’t fit and there is no inner construction in it. With all that embroidery, it makes everything just look a wrinkled mess.

  • JP

    I think this dress would work better if it were on black fabric rather than old bra color.

  • Jessica Freeman

    This dress would have been gorgeous in a luxurious velvet, not dirty lingerie.

  • Zeee

    I really want to like it. But…the color, the wrinkles, the fit.

  • Lori

    I suspect this looked fine on the hanger but on an actual body it’s pulling in all kinds of strange and unflattering ways because the fabric just can’t hold up all that embroidery. Also, it should have been a different color. I understand not wanting to overwhelm the detailing, but that old bra color is just ugly.

    • Nancer

      Yes, this! Exactly!

  • KinoEye

    To be just a tiny bit fair, using the promotional art for Season 7 and 1/2 as a step and repeat was a bad idea. I love it — it’s colorful, wild, and spot-on for the late 60s — but those are the very reasons it shouldn’t be used. It will compete with and overwhelm anything and anyone that’s in front of it.

    But yeah, this is bad all on its own. I hope we see even more Trudy this season, though I doubt we will. She’s getting really interesting.

  • Fjasmine

    She looks great, I love Trudy was hoping we would see her in Season 7. I think she should get together with Henry.

  • Denise Alden

    Slightly off topic, but I LOVE that crazy psychedelic stuff going on with the same old same old Don Draper silhouette.

  • Sarah

    No. “It puts the lotion in the basket” is not what I want to think of when I see a dress on a pretty woman, flowers or not.

  • Damien W

    Other than the need for an ironing/steaming, I love this dress on her. She’s got the bod, why not show it. But the real story here is that if she was at the premiere, then her character must appear again in S7. I was worried we’d never see Trudy again after the breakup/move.

  • Judy_J

    I really want to like this, but I just can’t. The embroidery is beautiful, but nothing else is working. Fit is off, background color is drab, it’s so wrinkly, it looks like she pulled it out of a pile of dirty clothes.

  • Nancer

    That dress is a mess. She is fabulous, but Marchesa – what were you thinking?

  • MissKimP

    All I can see is a googly-eyed Mummer coming out of her crotch area! (Philly folk: do you see it?)

  • FridaStaire

    Something off about the way the fit and the embroidery on the top work, wreaking the proportions. Pity.

  • I feel nothing. I don’t even have an opinion.

  • pugluv

    I remember thinking that dress was pretty when this Marchesa collection came out….this does not even look like the same dress, too tight, poorly styled and just not a good look.

  • decormaven

    Such a cutie- too bad the fit job was botched. Was she forced to wear it off the rack with no alterations? Pity.

  • kimmeister

    Every time I see her name, I want some cheese and crackers.

  • E. D.

    Hate it, and the girls look squashed.

  • Gatto Nero

    I love the *idea* of this dress for her — the romance and color of it. But the fit is off, and that drab tan against her skin doesn’t show Alison to her best advantage.
    Though — full disclosure — and soon as I read “Marchesa” I started to cringe.

  • ojosazules

    This is not her dress at all.

  • enchanted216

    If it fit better, I would love it.

  • I’m with Gatto Nero below. I love the idea of this dress. Lovely embroidery and such. The colors could be lovely. But the fabric doesn’t look sturdy and it looks like the whole thing was stapled together rather than sewn. This is a big no. Was this a failed Project Runway frock? Love her tho – she looks stunning despite the construction of the dress.

  • What a difference the background makes, eh?

  • Hilda Elizabeth Westervelt

    The first things that popped into my head when I saw this was that she looked like she was nude and sporting a large and intricate body tattoo. I don’t love the poor fit in the bust or the puckering on the sides. She is so gorgeous, I know she could have done better than this.

  • dschubba

    She reminds me of Slim Goodbody which is, surprisingly, not a compliment.

  • SophieCollier

    I almost love the dress. I totally dig emproidery, and this is really a pretty style. But I don’t like the dress being the same tone as her skin. It looks weird. If the dress were any other color, I’d be drooling for it.

  • quiltrx

    Great in theory, not in execution. The background being flesh-toned makes it kind of lurid…then the fact that the base fabric appears so cheap AND poorly constructed…ick.

  • SewSophie

    Terrible color.

  • DinnerIsServed1972

    I just said “urwgh! No!” out loud.

  • conniemd

    The embroidery could be great, but the underlying material is too flimsy and cheap looking to make the dress work.

  • Michelle Gennari

    Bad material. All puckery on the side. That top fits her weirdly too.

  • dancinfool

    Um… maybe a size up would have worked? Whatever, those seams look like they were never ironed.

  • andi56

    Those horrible seams are crushing my soul.