Jessica Paré in Antonio Berardi at the Mad Men Season 7 LA Premiere

Posted on April 03, 2014

Jessica’s not fooling around here, people.


Jessica Paré attends the season 7 premiere of “Mad Men” at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, California in an Antonio Berardi dress paired with Christian Louboutin pumps.

And why should she? If you’re going up against January Jones, Christina Hendricks and Kiernan Shipka in a red carpet throwdown, then girl? You best bring your GAME. Of course, Kiernan’s the only one who ever really provides her with competition, but the other two ladies do tend to command the spotlight quite a bit. We always liked how she staked out a style spot in the Mad Women pantheon. And she does a pretty good job of dressing like her character would in 2014. This is absolutely something Megan Draper would wear if she were born 50 years later.

We like the view better from the back, though. The black really balances it out.



[Photo Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images]

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  • onefifteen

    Effing hiddy. I just can’t.

    • Evan

      The front looks VERY unbalanced to me. Not to mention the zipper.

  • Frank_821

    The zipper is weird

    • paginatrix

      The zipper makes it look like someone did an autopsy on the dress.

      • I was thinking microphone wire.

      • poorellensmith

        That is the most perfectly fucked-up comment one could ever make about this monstrosity of a dress. Nicely done.

  • sojourneryouth

    I love the color on her, but the titscrepancy is too great here. If it were strapless completely, or had both Dynasty sleeves, I would like it better, but the zipper detail is so unflattering in its placement. Do not want.

    • MommyMitzi

      “titscrepancy”. Love it. LOVE. IT.

      • sojourneryouth

        Borrowed the term from the Fug Girls. Useful more often than you’d think!

    • Aurora Leigh

      In the third picture down it looks as though the tit tape is melding her breast with the dress. Looks painful, to say the least.

  • Grumpy Girl

    I love the jewelry: the earrings and that ring. They show off without looking large. She should just send those over to me.

  • CO Gal

    Too Frankendress.

  • Lucía Gavello

    NOPE, is what came to mind… the zipper looks like a wire and that is entirely too much sleeve, it throws everything off.

  • mommyca

    Stunning! Love her!

  • Bridget212323


  • Cyprienne Zed

    I want this to be separates as suggested by the back view: black pencil skirt, cah-razy opulent performance-art top.

  • The front zipper is odd and T & Lo are right, the view from the back far exceeds the view from the front……of the dress, that is. Miss Jessica is giving FACE here and NO ZIPPER is going to steal her thunder. Love the hair, love the makeup, love the earrings. Can’t wait for the season to start!

  • MilaXX

    That’s a tricky dress to wear and I think she’s making it work.

    • Rhonda Shore

      I would have liked an upper arm bracelet on the bare arm…a serpent-like thing to balance it all out…

  • To these tired old eyes that dress just says, Very Expensive Hooker to me.

    • Very expensive alien hooker.

      • Evan

        Might be suitable for a Blade Runner remake.

      • kimmeister

        Totally V!

    • Evan

      Well at least it was made with practicality in mind. Unzip the dress, drop it to the floor and get down to business.

      • Okay so what REALLY bugs me, (here I go with my fit issues stuff again), the skirt is too tight on her. How do we know this? The lining at the slit is turning out to the front. We shouldn’t see it.

        • decormaven

          Yes, my eye was drawn there as well. Definitely fit issues.

        • NinaBoo

          I learn SO MUCH from you. Thanks!

  • Cyprienne Zed

    I don’t think she’s onboard with this look at all. ACTING!

  • @Biting Panda

    No doubt she’s in it to win it, but I’m not able to give her the win. It’s dramatic and the hair, makeup and earrings are all point, but I just don’t like this dress. Like the Uncles, I agree the black in needed to balance out so much action up top. But still, it’s a well played, given all the effort and consideration given.

    • heartbot

      I don’t like the hair. I’ve seen girls at the gym with that hair. A dress like that deserves something with more oomph than a ponytail.

  • butterflysunita

    Incredibly ugly dress.

  • RussellH88

    This is pretty ugly. Alien Lizard Business Woman In a Porno Costume.

  • This fall, make your skin crawl with Jessica Paré in “THE LIZARD QUEEEEEEEN”!

  • Whenever anyone makes a big feature of a zipper I am expecting some sort of James Bond magnetic watch schtick. Schtick is something a lady this pretty can do without. I like the hair, I like the makeup, I like the ornate green fabric but I would so much have preferred it as a simple strapless cocktail dress.

  • Anna

    Knots Landing Realness. Abby Fairgate Cunnigham Ewing Sumner would’ve looked smashing in this.

    • Chickadeep

      Yeah, but with two giant shoulder pads instead of the one.

      • Anna

        Of course. Wouldn’t be the same without the second giant shoulder pad.

  • ballerinawithagun

    That fabric is fabulous. The zipper is just a mistake. Why put a design element (not that I like the weird shape) on a fabric that almost camouflages it. That curved zipper could not have been simple to install. I’m not fond of fasteners that don’t serve a purpose. Bows, buttons, zippers.

  • MannahattaMamma

    I can’t help it. All dresses like this make me think that someone got nutty with the scissors and just lopped off the sleeve. It looks wacky & unfinished & off-balance. Plus that right boob is a wardrobe malfunction just waiting to happen. All of it lacks subtlety.

  • Shawn EH

    It’s a better frankendress than most; the zipper looks whimsical rather than crude, and two halves are both flattering.

  • Eve Farren Farber

    Please, matching sleeves! Symmetry can be your friend!

  • Noah

    Dynasty called and wants the other half of its dress back.

    • The Versatile Chef

      Damn, I should have scrolled down before I threw my joke out there.

      • Noah

        Great minds, friend.

    • Little_Olive

      This thread is killing me. Putting it together with @paginatrix’s comment, I can only imagine this is the dress they found Alexis Carrington in after being thrown off of a yacht at a cocktail party with lots of pink eyeshadow and contoured cheekbones.

      • Noah

        I always suspected Krystle was an underdog to win that fight.

  • She is working it!

  • marlie

    I really don’t like the dress (the fabric seems too ’80s’ for me), but her hair and makeup are gorgeous. Simple, but sleek and elegant. Also, I love that she’s actually smiling, instead of the facial expression she usually has on the red carpet.

  • Miss wks

    she could use an fro hawk….

  • clatie

    Aggressively ugly

  • Nancer

    Ooh la la!

  • Jessica Freeman

    Really hate the strapless and long sleeve combo. Nuts.

  • Julie Chase

    The dress is too wonky for my taste, but that profile shot is lovely and I COVET that ring.

  • nannypoo

    This deserves a spot on the worst-dressed list at the end of the year. She looks like a lizard.

  • Aldona Dye

    Girl, that is YOUR makeup.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    I everything but the hair.

    • alyce1213

      You left out the verb!! Love? Hate?

  • misstressofsylar

    That is the facial expression of someone who knows she looks good. Attagirl!

  • demidaemon

    I would like this more if it were gown length. It just lacks oomph at skirt length and the slit looks half-assed.

  • Sophie

    The front view just looks heavy, it does nothing for me. But everything above the neck is amazing.

  • E2_Remote

    That’s a bit too Star Trek: TNG – she looks like she should be serving cocktails in Ten-Forward.

  • colleenjanel

    Hack off the sleeve and make this a one strap dress, and this might be a bit more palatable. Maybe.

  • traceyishere

    Sexy, cool, hot.

  • The Versatile Chef

    Alexis Carrington called and wants her dress back.

    • The Versatile Chef

      Apologies to all who have already made the joke. GMTA.

  • bessann28


  • Richard Harper

    Frankendress. No.

  • Angela_the_Librarian

    I think one shoulder treatments are tricky enough, but add a structured shoulder and I think it just throws the whole look off.

  • Mismarker

    Zipper = needle scratch.

  • MK03

    Get rid of the sleeve and it’s a winner.

  • suzq

    I love it. She looks very modern and hip. My only quibble are the Louboutins. That pop of red, while iconic, distracts.

  • Cheryl

    It’s kind of odd, but I like in a sci-fi sort of way. And man is she giving great face here. I mean she’s beautiful anyway, I never got the Megan hate at TwOP, but she is especially owning it in these photos.

  • VicD

    Franken dress. Absolutely a dress for the bride of Frankenstein, not the bride of Don Draper.

  • DominoEstella

    One Sleeve Dresses NEVER look good.. Just awful.

  • siriuslover

    At first, I was totally digging it, but I can’t handle the boob imbalance with the bust design. And is that boob tape? It looks like it will hurt getting the dress off.

    • Judy_J

      Visible Boob Tape. Sounds like a good band name.

    • ovarB

      The boob tape!!! EEEEEK!!! Boy is that cup and tape just clinging on for dear life. This boob has been hermetically sealed for your protection.

  • Monabel

    That is one horrible dress.

  • Judy_J

    I don’t like the front view at all. It does look much better from behind.

  • Two do-me dresses in one! And it’s working. Well played, Ms. Paré, have a golf clap.

  • 25or6to4

    I love this look… from behind. Combined with flawless makeup and hair (and FACE), the front does work, but only barely.

  • Belvane

    That is a seriously beautiful neck. Above a seriously ugly dress.

  • appliquer

    Do NOT like the dress. Like the hair, makeup, and jewelry!

  • lalahartma


  • formerlyAnon

    Not buying this, at least not the front view. Klunky.

  • Hoffa_w_HerHead

    I think her hair is what is throwing me off. Veronica Lake curls would have made this more glamorous to me!

  • msdamselfly

    NOt flattering from the front

  • Hermione

    Ugly. She looks like she in the cast of a Star Trek movie.

  • Gloriana Reginata

    This is a dress I should love, because I’m all about the green and the glitter, but it’s just wrong. The one-shoulder and the skirt slit look like random bits have been chopped off it, the colours clash with the creaminess of her skintone, and the shoulder-pad looks like a powder-puff crawled up her sleeve to die there. Sadness: I wanted to like it so much more than I don’t.

  • what not

    I just can’t with the black rear view: It’s not that it’s bad in terms of color balance, I’m just so sick of the current trend of putting interesting details (color/fabric/sequin/folding) on the front of garments and cheaping out with a solid, plain back view. It reads cheap to me, even if it isn’t.

  • Lilak

    I’m voting for only one of the puzzle pieces: nice head shot in profile.

  • ScarlettHarlot

    Original Series Romulan realness.

  • frannyprof

    I really do not like this dress. At all.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I’m moulting into a lizard but the process isn’t complete yet, so just give me a sec, will you? Nope. Still not finished. It’s really awkward when I have one lizard arm and one that’s plain old skin. I mean, I’m fine embracing my Lizard Queen destiny, really I am, but the half-and-half phase is kind of driving me crazy.

  • Sabin

    This dress reminds me of the episode of The Flintstones where Fred buys a carnival, and one of the “acts” is a person who dresses half as a man, half as a woman. They would flip to the left of right depending on whether it was the male or female persona speaking. Or I’m hallucinating…

  • altalinda

    Credit where it’s due. Still, I think this is a swing and a miss.

  • ashtangajunkie

    That is the best makeup I’ve seen on her outside of the show.

  • FridaStaire

    Snake shedding its skin! Watch out for the fangs….

  • DesertDweller79

    Is that an exposed zipper on the front of the dress? Ew!

  • KT

    I like it, though the makeup looks too underdone to my eye. It’s pretty, but the dress requires more drama than that. Good look overall though.

  • DagnyReardon

    Looks a lizard shedding some of it’s skin.

  • E. D.

    If you’re going to wear that dress, the hair and makeup need to be edgy, not Stepford.

  • Abigail Chang

    The Ivy to Jon Hamm’s Batman

  • Gatto Nero

    This is a tough look to sell, but (I think) she’s doing it.

  • GillianHolroyd

    The back view is stunning though. What a wasted opportunity.

  • Trickytrisha

    A bit too reptilian for me.

  • Jacob Bowen

    The sleeve needs to be shortened an inch, and the color needs to be changed.

  • Swiftlytiltingplanet

    I really hate the sleeve.

  • Oh dear lord. Why? The whole thing – except the make up. She looks fresh, but it doesn’t go with that one armed thing she’s wearing.

  • Judih1

    UGLY. She looks like a reptile in the process of shedding its skin.

  • Hilda Elizabeth Westervelt

    I just saw this from the back and like it so much better. I really hate the front. I love the fabric, even though it is bold, but the black on the back gives the eye enough of a place to rest to make it feel stylish and lovely. The front is like a weird acid trip.

  • Call 911. One of her boobs has been kidnapped.

  • that ring is EVERYTHING

  • dschubba

    Not feeling it.

  • d4divine

    I am not a fan of the schizophrenic dress…

  • d4divine

    It kinda reminds me of one of those male side/female side illusion costumes.

  • Fuchsiaforever

    Fun dress! Love it! Love the fabric! Agree with the back view comment.

  • mjmiller77

    hate it. really hate this dress. The asymmetrical sleeve, the crazy zipper, the funky fabric, the racing strip down her side… hate it all. Her makeup is blah, hair is too severe imho. But I want that ring and the earrings!

  • LambeeBaby

    Hair and makeup are great, dress… Not so much.

  • megohd

    Ugh, this looks like a Project Runway 24-hour challenge dress. Hate it.

  • Griffinqueen

    Total Star Trek (original series) dress. She’s the ambassador from the Gorn.

  • Clash D

    Schizo Dress. Hate it, especially that front zipper.

  • dancinfool


  • samitee

    I am absolutely loving this only because it is making me imagine her on Star Trek as a sexy alien prime minister or something. She’d be going head-to-head with Picard at some boring diplomatic summit but then obviously banging Riker after hours.

  • Thundar99

    Star Fleet called…Lt. Uhura wants her dress back!