Claire Danes wore a wonderful Valentino for ‘The Essex Serpent’ UK screening

The Essex Serpent premieres on AppleTV+ on May 13. Do you think we’ll get a trailer before the premiere? Because AppleTV hasn’t released sh-t. We don’t even have, like, a 20-second teaser or anything. The Essex Serpent was adapted from a book of the same name. The made it into a series starring Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston, and it’s set in the late 1800s. Claire plays a widow who moves from London to Essex and she becomes interested in the local story of a mythical creature called “the Essex serpent.” Tom plays a dude named Will Ransom. If I’m being honest, these kinds of period dramas are right up my alley, so I’m looking forward to this.

Anyway, while AppleTV+ won’t release a trailer just yet, they did have a screening/premiere event in London last night. Claire wore this spectacular Valentino dress!!! I love it. I would have enjoyed it on any carpet, but the serpentine design is so pleasing for this screening event. This is how to theme-dress and look great while doing so. She’s not bashing us over the head with snakes and snake-shaped buttons.

Claire brought her man Hugh Dancy too, which is just a reminder that years ago, Tom Hiddleton would have been right up Claire’s alley. She loves a slender Englishman. Tom looks nice too, but I find him too groomed or something. I can’t put my finger on it… it’s like he needs some scruff or his hair needs to be a tad longer, maybe? Anyway, he looks okay. Claire looks amazeballs.

Photos courtesy of Instar.

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  1. Stacey Dresden says:

    Love it

  2. Jess says:

    Love the dress. Curious about the show. I read the book a few years ago and found it decent, but I don’t know how they’ll make it into a compelling limited series.

    • Tanguerita says:

      I didn’t finish it. The language was rather rich, but i found the book meandering and lost interest after a while.

  3. HeyKay says:

    They both look great!
    See? It should be easy for celebs to look this well turned out.
    Tom Hiddles, you tall drink of water, hot guy alert!
    Clare looks good, dress, makeup, cute and shiny hair style.

    • FHMom says:

      I just watched him in The Night Manager. He was super hot in that. If you’ve never seen it, I recommend that you give it a try.

  4. Jan90067 says:

    Love her look completely *except* I hate that her gorgeous haircut is covering half her face. If it was pushed off a bit, it’d all be perfection. LOVE the earrings!

  5. Kapowie says:

    This is a great book! I didn’t know it was going to be a series – exciting!!

  6. smee says:

    Years ago, Nicole Kidman wore a chartreuse dress with a dragon on it and I’ve never forgotten it. This dress is equal to it. Stunning.

  7. Britty says:

    I didn’t even notice Tom at first.
    I think it’s just been a while that I’ve seen photos of him in a more minimalistic look. I miss the scuff and fancy fun suits. He usually wears something with colour , a tie, or a different fit. I really loved his one suit that was like a plaid and he had scruff or when he was at the BAFTA’s. This look/cleanliness ain’t doing it for me… but I still love him

  8. Becks1 says:

    She looks fantastic, I love the dress.

    I’ve never heard of this book but I’ll check out the series.

  9. Concern Fae says:

    The no trailer is kind of weirding me out. I know Apple is not following the promo norms, but hiding the product is usually a bad sign. I take a break from streaming services in the summer. Do I pick up Apple+ for a month or two or not? I’ve never subscribed, so there’s a lot to catch up on, but is this the show the right time? Who am I kidding? It’s Victorian Tom. And Claire:

    On Tom. What I see is the perennial curly hair problem. You want to do a curly look, but they aren’t behaving, so you just end up having to add a bunch of product and blow dry it straight. He does look better with a bit of softening

  10. Lightpurplei says:

    Claire Danes is in that picture?

    But seriously, I do love the dress. Great theme dressing.

    • Nanea says:

      Hello LP!

      Had I not been fighting with both phone and internet connection, I’d have seen your comment before posting.

      Looking forward to seeing a lot more of Tom.

    • FHMom says:

      I feel like just about every other day I come to this site and see somebody that looks so different that I don’t recognize them. I’m glad it’s not just me.

  11. Nanea says:

    I like Claire’s way of theme dressing immensely, compared to someone who’s known for being Keen to do just that… 😏

    And Tom in Dior is cute, even if I miss the scruff.

  12. Sumodo1 says:

    I am crazy about the dress AND Claire Danes.

  13. Christine says:

    Claire Danes looks incredible!