“Downton Abbey” New York Premiere Red Carpet Rundown

Posted on September 17, 2019

Everyone’s favorite cast of aristocrats and aristocrat-adjacents came out to soak up a little American-style attention. And some of them took the opportunity to either glam themselves up or make some fairly unexpected choices.




Allen Leech

We have to give him credit for turning himself out so impeccably on this tour. This is going to sound incredibly condescending, but he’s really trying and we appreciate that. Love the suit/tie/shirt combo. It’s counter-intuitive and many would suggest there are too many competing colors and patterns, but when you keep the grooming and the fit impeccable, there’s a lot you can get away with in traditional menswear. Having said that, the pants are too short and too wide. Also: this was not the kind of suit that calls for socklessness.



Elizabeth McGovern in Antonio Berardi

Love the dress, but the shoes are a little bit much and we don’t think that’s the best makeup for a high-flash count picture-taking sitch. She looks harsh and washed out at the same time.



Phyllis Logan

Love it but we tend to think it would be better as a caftan, without the defined waist.



Harry Hadden-Paton

Can’t really argue with any of that.



Hugh Bonneville

But oh Jesus, we can argue against all of this without a problem. We love how he’s pointing to his picture in the poster like he’s telling the photographers “No, really! That’s me! I’m the guy!” Hugh, whoever told you you could pull off a lime green three-piece suit on the red carpet is clearly someone who hates you.



Imelda Staunton and Jim Carter

He looks fine, but she looks great! Love her outfit, which is interesting and photogenic, even if it’s a little boxy on her. We think that’s a jumpsuit with a jacket over it, which is kind of an interesting way to go. The bag doesn’t really go but it’s a lot of fun.



Kevin Doyle

Perfectly on point if a little dull. Sort of like Molesley.




Laura Carmichael and Michael C. Fox

COMPLETELY forgot that these two are kind of a couple, aren’t they? It feels shocking and naughty somehow, like Lady Edith stole away with a footman.



Laura Carmichael in Oscar de la Renta

She seems to be taking a “By the way, I’m scorching hot, in case you didn’t know” approach to this tour and girl, go get it.




Lesley Nicol

She likes to keep things very simple and low-key, allowing herself coverage and comfort. Sometimes it doesn’t quite reach red carpet levels, but this is perfectly fine.




Michelle Dockery in Armani Privé

Michelle and her team are pretty savvy about her image and how it can be switched up. She’s serving pure New York socialite realness here and we don’t think that’s entirely a coincidence or happenstance. It’s a little dull, but she can make any slinky gown look dramatic as hell just by putting it on.



Penelope Wilton

Like a lot of this cast, she’s not the type of actor to revel in this sort of setting or promotional effort, but she’s doing okay here. Hair and makeup are lovely, the jewelry is subtle and well coordinated and she’s offering up color and pattern while keeping things easy on herself.




Raquel Cassidy

Great skirt, cute shoes, fun bag, but that top half is terrible.



Sophie McShera

GET IT, DAISY. She looks so unexpectedly great in these darkly glamorous looks. We’re not feeling the shoes but the dress looks fantastic on her. That sleeve might be overwhelming her just a bit, though.




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