One of the reasons we love our favorite films and television shows is the costuming—and the top designers were honored at the 15th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards yesterday for creating it! The women behind Anna Karenina, Skyfall, Downton Abbey, and more all took home trophies, with a toast to their work on the big and small screens. “One can only do great work if one is given a great opportunity,” Karenina‘s Jacqueline Durran said while accepting the award for Excellence in Period Film. Click through to see close-up shots of all the winning designs, plus details from the designers and their casts on what makes each look so special.
The time draws nigh—tonight is the finale of Downton Abbey’s riveting third season! We can hardly stand the suspense leading into the seventh episode, after the first six have taken us on an emotional ride that included the tragic death of Lady Sybil during childbirth, the release of the ever-beloved Mr. Bates from prison (thanks to Anna!), and a recent visit from the clan’s relatives in Scotland, including a fiery newcomer in the form of curly-haired Lady Rose MacClare (played by Lily James). The clip above reveals that the Crawleys brought more than just another family member back with them from Scotland—and also shows that everyone is pitching in to care for Lady Sybil’s baby in her absence. Watch the video and tune in to PBS tonight at 9/8c for all the dramatic action!
Plus, get caught up with fun facts about the show!
American television is on a hiatus this week—and with good reason: The Super Bowl game between the 49ers and the Ravens is on tonight, and a Beyoncé half-time show is hard to beat! Still, if you want to take a break from scooping nachos and cheering on your team of choice, PBS will be airing a new episode of Downton Abbey—after all, those Brits don’t really do football. And that’s fine by us, because last week’s emotional episode had us reaching for the tissue box and anxious to see what will happen to our favorite lords and ladies next. Check out the episode’s preview above, and tune in to PBS tonight at 9/8c for your weekly dose of royal woes.
Plus, see Downton star Michelle Dockery’s transformation!
After working with Downton Abbey beauty Michelle Dockery to achieve her un-Downton like Golden Globes red carpet Alexandre Vauthier look, stylist Micaela Erlanger told InStyle.com that she wanted to go for something different at Sunday night’s SAG Awards, where the star wore a black vintage Chado Ralph Rucci gown with sheer cutouts. “[SAG] will be equally as amazing as the Globes, but it will be different,” Erlanger told InStyle.com prior to the big day. “Whatever it is, it will be glamorous, but it will be different from what we just did.” And Michelle was enamored with the look as well: “I loved that it was vintage and I loved the shape of it,” she told InStyle.com on the SAG red carpet, just before she and the rest of the cast took home the SAG Award for best performance by an ensemble in a drama series. ”I just loved it!” So, which of the star’s two looks do you like better: Old Hollywood glamour, or daring black vintage? Vote below!
Plus, see what everyone wore on the SAG red carpet!
— Meghan Blalock, with additional reporting by Brianna Deutsch
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.
Plus, see fun facts about the show.
— Sharon Steel
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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Plus, see fun facts about Downton Abbey!
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!