What’s Going on the Red Carpet? (The Emmy Awards)

This week has been so full of red carpets and gold-studded events that I just don’t know how Hollywood’s stars keep up. Monday’s Emmy Awards were a feast for sartorial eyes, so without further ado, here’s a quick overview of those who won, and those who did not win, in the fashion department.

One of the most talked about gowns of the night was this Donna Karan Atelier, worn by Lizzy Caplan; and there certainly is a lot to say when it come to this beautiful creation! The black front, contrasting white train and backless shape is flattering and glamorous, whilst the stark monochrome add just enough edge to bring the look right up to date. This is undisputably one of the best looks of the night, and a thousand times better than Rita Ora’s Donna Karan disaster at the VMAs!

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Matthew McConaughey arrived in a blue Dolce and Gabanna tux with black lapels, bowtie and shirt, which for me was somehow jarring; his wife, model Camilla Alves, looked much more beautiful in this Zuhair Murad masterpiece.

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Meanwhile, Julia Roberts went for something with a bit more leg in this Elie Saab mini, which she paired with Christian Louboutin heels. I normally wouldn’t like a dress with this sort of shape, but Ms Roberts certainly has the figure to make it work, and there is something fun and flirty about this on a red carpet that was otherwise dominated by full length gowns.


Meanwhile, Claire Danes was ravishing in red lace Givenchy; I’m loving the cut out panels at the waist, which flatter her figure beautifully, and the sparkling detail at the neck line. Her chic updo and red lip finish the overall look with style.


Also flying the red flag was Uzo Aduba, best known for her portrayal of Crazy Eyes (incidentally, probably one of my favourite television creations of the moment). The “Orange is the New Black” star was all vintage Hollywood glamour in this scarlet Christian Siriano gown. I really love this dress, with its gorgeously ruffled train, and it suits her to perfection, making this one of my favourite looks of the night.


The rest of the “Orange is the New Black” ladies were pretty much on point too; Laverne Cox looked incredible in this simple Marco Bouwer design, with that cape adding the glamour factor to the pure, classic white gown.


Meanwhile, Taylor Schilling showed up in a beaded vision by Zuhair Murad, saying that she favoured its “non-colour.” I personally love everything about this look, from the elegant silhouette, to the intricate detailing and subtle additions of the bracelet and small clutch. Its timeless yet fiercely modern, and for that reason its probably my favourite look of the night.


Meanwhile, Taryn Manning arguably didn’t enjoy the same sartorial success as her co-stars; its not a total disaster, but something about that dress is just wrong. Perhaps its because the hem stops just above the ground, causing it to seem like an item that she’s just grown out of, or maybe its the fact that (and there really is no other way to say this) just that bit too shiny.


However, in comparison to Lena Dunham, Taryn is like an angel of fashion sent by the gods of style and sartorial wisdom. Lena Lena Lena, why do you do this to us? I’m all for individuality and the unexpected, but going against all that is normal and dull in fashion really doesn’t mean that you have to do…this.  It’s Lena Dunham, so I have to believe that she is trying to make some sort of angst-ridden comment on society, because no-one in the world could make such a mistake without trying too. I guess its worked, because everyone has been talking about Lena’s Giambattista Valli marshmallow, and its sure to stick in the mind more than many of the other red carpet looks. The problem is, in the words of Coco Chanel, “dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman,” and the majority of the world are going to remember this dress, rather than whatever mysterious point the woman beneath is trying to make.

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By contrast, model Heidi Klum went for a simpler look than is her norm, designed (as usual) by her date, Zac Posen. This classic shape with the wonderful cape-back detailing lets the bright coral do the talking, and that slight trail of material behind makes this beautiful, flowing gown another of my favourites for the evening.


Gwen Stefani went for an outfit which feels simultaneously vintage and space-age, with this Atelier Versace paired with Neil Jane jewellery. It’s a look  that is unusual enough to make a statement, whilst remaining classy and flattering (Lena, take note).



And then there was Sarah Paulson, who resembled a big tulle beehive. Even looking at this Armani Prive explosion makes me feel a little bit itchy.

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And with that, another red carpet was survived; by some with more style than others. Who were your Emmy winners and losers in the fashion category?