Biggest Trends at the 2015 Emmys: Metallic Hardware, Punchy Hot Pink Dresses …

21 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Emmys red carpet looks were hotNever mind who wore what by whom or in what color, there was something pretty much all of the stars on the Emmy Awards red carpet had in common on Sunday — they were hot!Yes, we counted over a dozen bobs on the carpet, and while some of them were faux—á la Kerry Washington and Claire Danes—the chin-length effect is clearly the hairstyle of the moment. With the mercury flirting with triple digits in downtown Los Angeles, celebrities sweated as they slinked along the carpet, but, as the old cliche says, sometimes it hurts to be beautiful.

To watch the two hours of coverage on E! — as grueling to observe as it must have been to sweat through — was to come away not with any single trend or theme, no runaway winner of the red-carpet lottery, but one simple message: It’s brutal out here. But television’s brightest stars still managed to look haute in couture that flirted with bold colors and edgy accents, including chain-link straps, strategic cutouts and statement clutches. “Scandal” stunner Kerry Washington dazzled in a metallic silver Marc Jacobs midi dress ripped straight from his New York Fashion Week spring 2016 runway. “She never strays from her signature mermaid style, vavoom silhouette, and we never get sick of her looking so shapely and stunning,” said Hollywood stylist and Verdi’s “Brides Gone Styled” costar Gretta Monohan. The heat dominated the conversations that Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic had with celebrities caught in their televised webs, and as a result, many outfits went unidentified — the nominal purpose of red-carpet coverage to begin with. (Mr. Henson rocked a sassy, sleek asymmetrical version, Sarah Hyland and Taylor Schilling went with tousled ‘dos while Jaimie Alexander tried out a slicked back style.

Yellow was the color of the night on stars such as Kiernan Shipka (“Mad Men”) in a Dior Couture ensemble, Mindy Kaling (“The Mindy Project”) in a marigold Salvador Perez scoop-neck dress and “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi in a stunning silk charmeuse Romona Keveza. Seacrest’s tuxedo, from his own Ryan Seacrest Distinction line, was a notable exception.) “I have to tell you who I’m wearing!” Laverne Cox, the “Orange Is the New Black” actress, reminded Mr. Henson of “Empire” stunned in a custom black Alexander Wang dress with cutouts and edgy chain shoulder straps, “Homeland” actress Claire Danes didn’t pull off her own chain-link striped Prada dress so well. “That was just bad,” said Verdi. It was a pretty teal gown by Calvin Klein Collection, propitiously air-conditioned by zippy cutouts in the back. “Let’s just say it: We’re both really hot,” said the no-nonsense Allison Janney, who would go on to win her seventh Emmy for best supporting actress in a comedy, for “Mom.” “It’s just a cruel joke to make us get dressed up and walk down like this. Henson (a sexy Alexander Wang with shoulder chains and peek-a-boo bodice), Lady Gaga (a simple single-shoulder Brandon Maxwell) and Sarah Paulson (a sequined off-the-shoulder custom Prabal Gurung).

The voluminous princess gowns that the stars flock to for award shows like the Oscars were less in evidence here, and though many were elaborately and no doubt expensively beaded, sequined or spangled, there were plenty of streamlined styles, including several in basic black. Heidi Klum’s canary-yellow Atelier Versace gown — an asymmetrical outlier that left her looking half-draped in the poached pelt of Big Bird — was the exception that proved the rule.

It may have been the evening’s best look, its elegant micropleated lace toughened up by bike-chain straps. (Oddly, they were not the only ones of their kind: Claire Danes’s sequin-stripe Prada dress, too, was chained to her frame.) As for the men, they mostly looked smart and innocuous in their tuxes, as they tend to at these events. (A good rule of thumb for men’s red-carpet dressing: Nothing ventured, everything gained.) They had some competition in the tux department from a few suited ladies, including Jill Soloway of “Transparent,” Lisa Kudrow of “The Comeback,” Carrie Brownstein of “Portlandia” (in Stella McCartney) and Tatiana Maslany of “Orphan Black” (in a gorgeous ivory tux by the lesser-known French designer Bouchra Jarrar).

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