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Elisabeth Moss cannot stop talking about this one pair of bejeweled gold Manolo Blahniks. “You’d think they were the only shoes I own,” says Moss, slightly embarrassed, after the third mention during an hour-long interview. “I do have other shoes!” But apparently none more meaningful to the Mad Men actress—Moss plays secretary-cum-copywriter Peggy Olson on the AMC series—who wore the heels in question for her October wedding to Saturday Night Live star (and Barack Obama impersonator) Fred Armisen. “They’re so comfortable,” she says emphatically. “I mean, I wore those shoes for 12 hours and I was fine.”
Her other “prized possession”? A pair of black-and-gold sequined Dolce & Gabbana pumps that she wore to the Mad Men season three premiere last summer. “They’re so beautiful,” Moss contends, “I want to hang them on my Christmas tree.”
Moss knows what she likes and what looks good when it comes to her style (“I like to look like as much of a fairy princess as I can,” the actress jokes). However, all that girliness—replete with dewy skin and shiny hair—disappears on television, where she has spent the last several years wowing critics and audiences alike as a frumpy-but-winning underling at a high-octane advertising agency. Indeed, Moss’ Peggy is an island of bad hair, unbecoming clothes and sketchy predicaments (see season one’s unplanned pregnancy, or season three’s sleeping-with-a-rival-agency’s-executive plotline) in the ultrastylish sea that is Matthew Weiner’s cultish show about Madison Avenue’s Sixties advertising heyday.
And for the most part, that’s fine by Moss. Not that she doesn’t sometimes wish Peggy had better taste. “It’s a little hard, being such a girly girl, when I see what Christina [Hendricks, who plays the agency’s curvy office manager, Joan Holloway] and January [Jones, as housewife/babe Betty Draper] get to wear,” she says, “but at the same time, I love my character so much that if they put me in a paper bag and I got to play her, I would be fine with that.”
HAIR BY FERNANDO TORRENT AT L’ATELIER NYC USING LEONOR GREYL; MAKEUP BY MAXINE LEONARD AT TIM HOWARD USING LANCOME; MANICURE BY RICA ROMAIN AT SEE MANAGEMENT FOR BROADWAY NAILS; FASHION ASSISTANT: TAMAR LEVINE. MOSS’ WEDDING RING, WORN THROUGHOUT, BY LOS ANGELES JEWELER JONNY RITZ.
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