Why Emmy Rossum Wore Her Donna Karan Dress Backward

02/15/2012 at 09:00 AM ET

Donna Karan Emmy Rossum
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Sitting front row at Donna Karan’s fall 2012 show on Monday, Emmy Rossum was the picture of a fashionable fan in a purple dress by the designer. But she added her own special twist to the ensemble.

“I decided to wear it backward,” she told PEOPLE. “I put it on and the draping was in front. I thought the draping was a little much for 2 p.m., so now it’s got draping in the back, and kind of a weird neck. It was my call.”

Luckily, Karan’s team was fine with the change. “They said, ‘Good, make it your own,'” she shared. And Rossum was happy to take such a fashion risk, too. “There’s a first time for everything,” she said.

After taking her seat, Rossum — joined by DKNY spokesmodel Ashley Greene, Adriana Lima, Rose McGowan (who almost missed the show thanks to a wayward driver) and Rachel Zoe (also running late) — took in the collection of structured red, gray and black coats, dresses and separates that were architecturally exquisite.

“I love that her collection always has a bit of strength, a little bit of vulnerability,” Greene said. “It’s not often that you find a designer that just really embraces a woman, and I really love that.”

Donna Karan Fall 2012
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–Jeffrey Slonim

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Felicity on

She looks great… And it’s pretty awesome to be able to turn a dress around and still look fabulous.

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jennrae on

I think it looks better backward.

Tinkerbell on

Dress definately looks 100% better backwards. Who would have thought to do that. I wonder if she made the decision on her own of if she had a sylist. Good job Emmy, you look beautiful!

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Pruthvi on

Pos la ropa, pensaba que era una versif3n del traje negro que va jdeabo del Kimono rojo de Dragon Ball Z. Juas. Mire1ndolo bien, si parece de marca juajajaAh, sed. Esperare9 criticas. no suelo hacerlo, pero con algo tan cercano a med, puedo salir muy herido del cine.

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