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Emmy Rossum on Her Top Red Carpet Looks, ‘Beautiful Creatures’ vs. ‘Twilight’

Emmy Rossum on Her Top Red Carpet Looks, ‘Beautiful Creatures’ vs. ‘Twilight’

January 24th, 2013
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  • Broadcast Television Journalists Association Second Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Arrivals

    Emmy Rossum stunned in a custom gold Donna Karan one-shoulder gown. She told us below that Karan is one of her all-time favorite designers. 

    Photo: Getty Images / Frederick M. Brown
  • 18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards - Arrivals

    Rossum wore a constellation-inspired Carolina Herrera gown to the Critics' Choice Movie Awards earlier this year.

    Photo: Getty Images / Jason Merritt
  • 9th Annual John Varvatos Stuart House Benefit - Arrivals

    She wore a Chanel white jacket and a frilly Katharine Kidd dress with lilac pumps to a John Varvatos Stuart House Benefit last year. 

    Photo: Getty Images / Frederick M. Brown
  • Global Green USA's 9th Annual Pre-Oscar Party - Arrivals

    Here, Rossum wore a yellow Oliver Toldentino cocktail dress with yellow diamond Chopard jewelry, and Salvatore Ferragamo "Benoit" metallic sandals to a pre-Oscar event last year. 

    Photo: Getty Images / Allen Berezovsky
  • Premiere Reception For Showtime's "Shameless" Season 2 - Arrivals

    The actress channeled the 1920s in a Ralph Lauren beaded flapper dress to the premiere of "Shameless."

    Photo: Getty Images / David Livingston
  • The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) And InStyle Presents "A Night Of Firsts"

    She wore a mini gold dress by Jenny Packham and Jimmy Choo shoes to an InStyle event. 

    Photo: Getty Images / Frazer Harrison
  • Opening Night Of "Beauty Culture" At The Annenberg Space For Photography - Arrivals

    Rossum stunned in a form-fitting Monique Lhuiller Fall/Winter 2010 dress to the opening night of "Beauty Culture" at the Annenberg Space for Photography. 

    Photo: Getty Images / Frederick M. Brown
  • W Magazine, With Dom Perignon, Celebrates Its Best Performances Issue And The Golden Globes

    She wore a simple off-white chiffon dress with red heels to a W Magazine event. 

    Photo: Getty Images / Jason Merritt
  • Emmy Rossum arrives at the Metropolitan

    Emmy chose an emerald gren YSL grecian gown with a beaded waist and purple heels to a Metropolitan Opera event.

    Photo: Getty Images / TIMOTHY A. CLARY
  • JW Marriott Chicago Grand Opening

    Here, Rossum chose a draped silk canary-yellow dress by Amanda Wakeley, Rene Caoville peep-toe heels and a Jimmy Choo clutch to a Chicago hotel opening. 

    Photo: Getty Images / Timothy Hiatt
  • Actress Emmy Rossum arrives on the red c

    The actress arrived to the "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute" Awards Show in a one-shouldered (a favorite style of hers) gold dress by Lela Rose.

    Photo: Getty Images / MARK RALSTON
  • "American Woman: Fashioning A National Identity" Met Gala - Arrivals

    In a simple cobalt blue Kenneth Cole gown at the 2010 Met Gala.

    Photo: Getty Images /
  • Broadway Opening Of "RED" - Arrivals And Curtain Call

    Rossum in a black and white dress by Shoshanna, and menswear-inspired heels at the opening of Broadway's "RED" in 2010. 

    Photo: Getty Images /
  • Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation's Wine To Dine Party

    The actress chose a dress by "Project Runway" alum Christian Siriano for a fashion industry event in 2010. 

    Photo: Getty Images /
  • 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards - Arrivals

    She wore a pink cocktail dress by Gerard Darel to the Independent Spirit Awards in 2010. 

    Photo: Getty Images /

After first leaping onto the scene as Christine, the lead role in 2004’s reboot of “The Phantom of the Opera,” it’s safe to say that Emmy Rossum is a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood—and if her many upcoming projects are any indication, it looks like 2013 is shaping up to one of the most exciting years in the 26-year-old’s career.

Rossum’s hit Showtime series “Shameless” just kicked off its third season, her second album Sentimental Journey is out January 29, and her upcoming movie “Beautiful Creatures”—out February 14—is being billed as the next “Twilight” by many.

On the fashion front, Rossum’s penchant for consistently elegant red carpet looks has established her as a style-setter in her own right, with classic labels like Donna Karan and Ralph Lauren frequently appearing in her repertoire. Here, we caught up with the New york City native to chat about her fashion evolution, the three things in her closet she’ll never part with, some good “Shameless” gossip, and more!

StyleCaster: How has your style evolved throughout your career?

Emmy Rossum: I grew up in New York and I think for a long time my style was pretty gorky preppy New Yorker—mostly sticking to rich jewel tone colors and whites in simple silhouettes. As I traveled more, I’ve become more open to styles from around the world. I’ve kind of morphed into a new style that’s still rooted in the New York sensibilities I grew up with, but now I’m very inspired by a bit of a retro sensibility. I’m more open to trying prints, neons and different shapes that I wouldn’t have when I was younger. I really love all things retro, especially jewelry from the Edwardian and Deco periods. I also love vintage shopping—I was just in Palm Springs and I found the best pair of Chanel sneakers.

Do you have any favorite red carpet moments?

For starters, everything I’ve worn to the Met Balls (like the blue Kenneth Cole gown in 2010) and, of course, Ralph Lauren’s designs which I wore for “The Phantom of the Opera” press tour. I also love Donna Karan, who I’ve worn numerous times.

Tell us about your new album, Sentimental Journey

[It's] definitely a departure from my first album Inside Out. I was previously with a label, but I did this record on my own with my own money because I really wanted creative control. The album is music I grew up listening to, so it was natural for me. One of the songs, “I’ll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time,” is something my mom used to sing to me when I was young.

The third season of  “Shameless” just started. Any secrets you can tell us?

Well, a lot happens this season. In an upcoming episode (within the next three), one of the main characters will think they have cancer. But it’s actually handled in a very funny way—a very dark funny way.

Your upcoming film “Beautiful Creatures” is getting major buzz, with some calling it the next “Twilight.” What do you think of that comparison?

Obviously people are going to relate the two since they’re both supernatural love stories based off of young adult books. “Beautiful Creatures” is totally southern gothic and has a sense of humor, and it was an experience going from the “Shameless” set where I’m totally dressed down, to “Beautiful Creatures”—where I’m done up and in a glamorous wig.

Which are you more comfortable with?

Well, I’m more comfortable looking like a normal person! It’s much easier to spend fifteen minutes in the makeup chair [on the set of "Shameless"].

What are three items in your closet that you’ll never throw out? 

I have a Ralph Lauren Ricky bag in red crocodile that he gave to me for my 18th birthday. It’s insured—I’m scared to take it out of the house because I’m afraid I’ll lose it or it will get stolen. I have a DKNY sweater with holes in the sleeves that my mom always tries to throw out when she visits, but I wear it anyway. Also, a pair of Roger Vivier shoes—they’re custom sandals made to match the color of my Ralph Lauren dress which I wore to the Oscars in 2005 

Do you have any style icons who inspire you? 

I definitely like Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton, and Naomi Watts always looks effortlessly glamorous.

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