If you’re not watching the Screen Actors Guild Awards with us tonight, then be sure to tune into these shows! Catch Girls to see what happens when Hannah (Lena Dunham) takes on an unusual freelance assignment, and then tune in to see the latest drama across the pond as the Crawleys face their toughest test yet on Downton Abbey. Plus, scroll down for the scoop on The Good Wife! More
Downton Abbey star Allen Leech (he plays Lady Sybil’s rebellious new husband Tom Branson) walked into the InStyle Sundance Film Festival lounge to promote his indie film In Fear looking super bundled—but not for a trip to the infamous slopes of Park City, Utah. “I’m contractually not allowed to ski for Downton,” Leech told InStyle.com. “I’m not allowed because obviously they know I’m a pretty bad skier. So they’re probably just terrified of me falling over and breaking a leg.” But what if Branson suddenly appeared with an injury? “Yeah, I suppose they could write that in!” We’d still watch! Be sure to watch PBS tomorrow night at 9/8c to catch all the British drama.
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You may know her best as Lady Mary Crawley, the eldest daughter on the PBS series Downton Abbey, but in InStyle’s February issue, Michelle Dockery slips out of her character’s corset and reveals the fashion tips that she’s picked up on the set.
Embrace color. “My character wears a lot of bold jewel tones. I never thought a color like red would suit me, but now I find myself wearing more of these colors off the show as well. I like giving a nod to Downton.”
Shake things up. “As the plot of the show moves into the 1920s, we’re getting away from rigid corseted gowns and into less-structured dresses with above-the-knee hemlines,” says the actress, who chooses designs by Christopher Kane to get “a bit edgy from time to time.”
Offer only a glimpse. “I’m quite into the French way—simple elegance with just a suggestion of sexiness, nothing vulgar.
For more on Dockery, flip to page 204 of InStyle’s February issue. And be sure to tune in to PBS tonight at 9/8c to catch the latest episode of Downton Abbey! On the go? Download the issue on your iPad, Nook, or Droid tablet!
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On Dockery: Jil Sander cotton jacket and skirt. Carine Gilson Lingerie couture silk and lace bra. Tiffany & Co. locket necklace. Miu Miu leather gloves and pumps.
We’ve rounded up the best of Sunday night TV for you, so sit back, relax, and watch the drama unfold! First watch Once Upon a Time to see what happens when a stranger enters Storybrooke, then be sure to tune in to Revenge to see Daniel Grayson go head-to-head against a corporate foe. Plus, scroll down for the scoop on Girls and Downton Abbey!
While the stars have been taking home awards left and right—from the Critics’ Choice to the Golden Globes—it’s time to honor those who create the looks from our favorite movies and TV shows! The nominations for the 15th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards were announced today, and many of our favorite shows and movies made the cut, including Golden Globe winner Girls. “It’s such a fun show to work on because the characters are so interesting and relatable and quirky—it’s a magical group of characters,” costume designer Jenn Rogien, nominated in the Outstanding Contemporary TV Series category, told InStyle.com Other nominees include Jacqueline Durran (Excellence in Period Film) for her gorgeous post-World-War II costumes for Anna Karenina, Caroline McCall (Outstanding Period/Fantasy TV Series) for her stunning Downton Abbey creations (Lady Mary’s Wedding Dress!), and Argo’s costume designer, Jacqueline West (Excellence in Period Film), whom actor-and-director Ben Affleck had nothing but praise for. “Jackie West, without exaggeration, is the best person working in Hollywood right now,” Affleck told InStyle.com. “Her research is meticulous and it’s all from news photos, advertising, and news reels. She’s wonderful.“
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Downton Abbey fans are undoubtedly used to seeing Michelle Dockery in lots of lace, frills, and extravagant hats as Lady Mary Crawley on the hit PBS show, but she made a conscious departure from her ladylike character for Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards in a modern gold-and-white Alexandre Vauthier dress. “We didn’t want it to be too Downton,” Dockery’s stylist for the Globes, Micaela Erlanger, told InStyle.com. “We wanted it to be classic, but we didn’t want it to be the same shapes and silhouettes that her character wears. Sure, there’s lace, but there’s also those incredible shoulder pads. Even though it had classic elements, it was modern and glamorous.” And is this indicative of what we’ll seeing Dockery wear to more big events in the future? “She knows and loves fashion, so at the end of the day, she will take the risks she wants to,” Erlanger told InStyle.com. “She’s trying different things and that’s what fashion is all about: having fun and creating a look. I think she can carry pretty much anything, she’s so exquisite!” And InStyle agrees—flip to page 204 to see Dockery model spring’s big red trend! On the go? Download the issue on your iPad, Nook, or Droid tablet.
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The season 3 premiere of PBS’s Masterpiece Theater smash hit Downton Abbey was very popular, indeed. Sunday night’s episode drew 7.9 million viewers across the U.S., a significant increase from the 5.4 million who tuned in for the season 2 finale last year. With the addition of iconic stateside screen star Shirley MacLaine and the exciting plotlines (the Crawleys struggling to save the Downton estate and transitioning into the women’s lib movement), there’s even more to look forward to every Sunday at 9/8c on PBS. As butler Mr. Carson said last in the season 3 premiere, “If you are tired of style, you are tired of life.” Well spoken!
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It’s been a long wait, but the day is finally here—Downton Abbey returns to PBS tonight at 9/8 c for the third season of the Crawley family’s special brand of salacious British drama. With season 3 taking place during the women’s lib movement of the 1920s, be on the lookout for a general evolution of the characters’s style. “We’re becoming a lot freer in the costumes,” Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary Crawley) told InStyle.com. “The corsets are slowly being abandoned. Women are becoming more liberated during that period. As a result, everything becomes a little looser—the waists drops, the ankles are showing. I really love this period.” Elizabeth McGovern (Countess Cora Crawley) agrees. “The style of the ‘20s is so flattering to women for the most part,” she told InStyle.com. “You could wear it today and absolutely get away with it. To be able to wear that low-waisted, straight cut shift dress—it always works. Everything gets much more relaxed. I see why women started wanting to be more active and work—because they were able to physically move.” Tune in tonight to see the Crawley clan loosen up—we will be!
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