Last night was television’s night to shine with the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. It has been a long time since Hollywood really wowed us with unique and fashion-forward style, but Monday changed that. From drama queens to funny gals, everyone brought their A-game!
Claire Danes in Givenchy
Similar to Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, red was the color of the night. Easily one of the best dressed of the night was “Homeland” actress, Claire Danes. The blonde beauty is always a stunner when it comes to her Awards show style, so, it comes as no surprise that she looked phenomenal in a fire-engine red lace Fall 2014 Givenchy gown with bejeweled butterflies accenting the neckline. Danes kept jewelry to a minimum with Lorraine Schwartz earrings and bracelets. Shoes and clutch were also compliments of Givenchy. The actress’ wavy updo and smokey eye added the perfect finishing touches.
Both “Mad Men” actresses January Jones and Christina Hendricks glided down the red carpet in showstopper red. Jones wore a strapless high/low dress from Prabal Gurung’s Resort 2015 collection. I loved the silhouette and pattern of the dress, but the Christian Louboutin heels looked too clunky and the hair was too messy. She also added Vartanian earrings, a Carla Amorim ring, and Rauwolf clutch. Jones’ costar, Christina Hendricks, wore a sari-inspired Marchesa gown. The one-shouldered ruched gown with gold embroidery looked gorgeous against the red-haired maven’s porcelain skin. Hendricks added jewels from Neil Lane that played off the Indian-vibe of the gown, Stuart Weitzman heels, and Savage clutch. Like Jones, I found Hendricks’ hair to be lackluster; however, both actresses (or their stylists) chose gowns that perfectly suited their personal style.
January Jones in Prabal Gurung
Christina Hendricks in Marchesa
Comedic actresses also kept up with red theme. Best Actress in a Comedy Series winner, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, wore a bespoke Carolina Herrera halter gown with criss-cross back straps and buckle detailing. The column gown looked superb and the “Veep” star was easily one of the night’s best dressed. A perfect blowout, Lorraine Schwartz jewelry, and Savage clutch took the look to another level of gorgeousness. Winner for Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for “Orange is the New Black,” Uzo Aduba, looked incredible in a fitted strapless mermaid gown with cascading ruffles from Christian Siriano. “Crazy Eyes” was crazy beautiful and looked every inch a winner. Mindy Kaling was robbed of a nomination for her series, “The Mindy Project,” but that didn’t stop the comedienne from looking like a winner last night. She wore a silk dress with silver detailing by Kenzo. I also liked that she wore a designer that is rarely since at the red carpet events.
Other actresses embracing red for the evening were Oscar winner and “Red Band Society” actress Octavia Spencer and nominee Minnie Driver. Since her breakout hit “The Help,” Octavia has been faithful to designer Tadashi Shoji and last night was no different. The lace short-sleeved gown with gathered pleating was pretty, but I feel like we’ve seen Spencer in this same gown before. No doubt she looks great, I just wished she would mix it up just a little bit. The “Snowpiercer” star carried a Rauwolf clutch and, like many others, wore Lorraine Schwartz earrings. Minnie Driver wore a crimson Marchesa with a plunging neckline with eggplant embroidery. I really loved her hair and Fred Leighton jewels. As for the dress, it is pretty but forgettable. “Project Runway” host, Heidi Klum, walked the red carpet with her gown’s designer and fellow “Runway” host, Zac Posen. The Resort 2015 gown featured a draped back which gave the appearance of a cape. This is the best that Klum has looked on red carpet in a long time. The German mega-model looked laid-back, yet glamorous with her Jimmy Choos and wavy tresses. E! Red Carpet host, Giuliana Rancic, matched many of the actresses she was interviewing for the night. Rancic wore a mermaid taffeta gown with pleated strapless neckline by Gustavo Cadile.
Taylor Schilling in Zuhair Murad
Laverne Cox in Marc Bouwer
Kristen Wiig in Vera Wang
While many fell for red, many actresses shunned color and wore white or nude. Another best of the night was “Orange is the New Black” nominee, Taylor Schilling. Looking beautiful out of her orange jumpsuit, Schilling wore a nude intricately beaded halter gown featuring a thin belt from Zuhair Murad’s Fall 2014 couture collection. Soft makeup and updo with Forevermark jewels, Rauwolf clutch, and Stuart Weitzman heels elevated the overall look. It should be a crime to look this good (sorry, I had to go there!) Schilling’s costar, Laverne Cox, looked absolutely drop dead gorgeous. She never makes a misstep on the red carpet and tonight was no different. The history-making actress wore a custom Marc Bouwer white flowing gown with v-neckline and beautiful draping in the back. Pulling her hair up in a simple updo, the primary focus became Cox’s stunning Fred Leighton earrings. Fellow funny girl, Kristen Wiig, kept things simple with a fitted strappy Vera Wang gown. Wiig usually is a bit drap at these events but he she looked absolutely radiant last night.
Sofia Vergara in Roberto Cavalli
Gwen Stefani in Atelier Versace
Sofia Vergara may have left her man-candy, Joe Mangeniello, back home but that didn’t stop Vergara from showcasing her divine figure in a structured mermaid gown from designer Roberto Cavalli. The Columbian-born beauty let fans vote for what hairstyle she should sport come Emmys night and they decided that she should wear her blonde locks loose and down. The Cover Girl ambassador wore the brand’s red lipstick in 501, Lorraine Schwartz jewels that complimented the silver accents on the dress, and Brain Atwood heels. The look was not groundbreaking but it still was pretty. New “The Voice” judge, singer Gwen Stefani, walked her first Emmys red carpet and her look was sensational. Stefani wore an Atelier Versace Fall 2014 two-piece that was covered in tiny Swarovski crystals which the singer said weighed quite a bit. The top consisted of short-sleeves and a peek-a-boo cleavage baring look with gold accents. Inspired by the gown’s designer, Dontella Versace, Stefani kept her bleach blond locks straight with a center part. I absolutely loved this look. It is rock star formal and completely different from what was seen on the red carpet.
“Elementary” actress, Lucy Liu, wore a cream Zac Posen pleated corseted gown, House of Cards” Kate Mara wore a white asymmetrical embellished J. Mendel gown, and “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi wore a crisp white halter column gown from Ralph Rucci. Zac Posen also dressed “Veep” star Anna Chlumsky and new “Dancing with the Stars Judge, Julianne Hough, wore a ill-fitting strapless DSquared dress.
Some of last night’s hottest couples also looked sleek and sexy in white. Camila Alves was on the arm of newly minted Academy Award winner and Emmy nominee, Matthew McConaughey. I have a serious girl crush on Alves and last night did nothing to change that. The Brazilian model wore a figure hugging Zuhair Murad 2015 Resort white long-sleeved cutout gown with a boat neck and thin patent belt. The mother of three carried an Aldo clutch, Neil Lane jewels, and sported Brian Atwood heels. Another unique look and one of the night’s best dressed. Alves’ main squeeze wore a midnight blue three-piece tuxedo with black shirt, bow tie and lapels by Dolce & Gabanna (he is their brand ambassador). I’ll overlook the length of the pants and say that I really enjoy this look. The actor always mixes up his red carpet looks and seems to actually put thought into what he is wearing. He might have lost but he was winner on the best dressed list. “Breaking Bad” actor and Supporting Actor winner, Aaron Paul, was joined on the red carpet by his super hot wife, Lauren. The anti-bullying activist wore a white long-sleeved column gown by Lorena Sabru with crystal embellishments. She paired her look with a messy ponytail and smokey eye. Aaron Paul doted on his wife wearing a sharp Prada suit.
Camila Alves in Zuhair Murad (left) and Matthew McConaughey in Dolce & Gabbana
Lauren Parsekian Paul in Lorna Sabru (left) & Aaron Paul in Prada
Dramatic actresses sure did bring the drama to the red carpet and the looked glamorous as ever. “Extant” actress, Halle Berry, wore a dusty pink halter chiffon Elie Saab gown from the designer’s Fall 2014 collection. The gown, with thigh-high slits, featured a belt with gold hardware. I loved the color on Berry but the hair is another story. Viola Davis stars in Shonda Rimes’ latest ABC drama, “How to Get Away with Murder.” The Oscar-nominated star wore an royal blue short-sleeved column gown that showed off her ample assets. The bodice was covered in the tiny cutout petals. Also coming back with a new drama is Katherine Heigl. The blonde beauty, unfortunately, was one of the few fashion victims of the night.Wearing a Parisian silk beige vintage John Hayles gown with long sleeves, deep neckline and structure collar. Heigl’s updo did nothing to help her aging look. The Emmy-winner looked many years beyond her 30-something age. I did like the actress’ accessories, which included Fred Leighton hoop earrings, gold Oroton clutch, and Christian Louboutin heels.
Halle Berry in Elie Saab
Viola Davis in Escada
Katherine Heigl in vintage John Hayles
Two of my absolute favorite looks of the night came from Kerry Washington and Julia Roberts. As expected, Washington dazzled in Prada (her go-to label as of late). Wearing a strapless, double silk orange column dress with high-slit which features a peak-a-boo navy sequined navy skirt and colorful beading on the seams, Washington added Prada pumps, Fred Leighton jewels and sexy blue smokey eye. The “Scandal” star always brings the unexpected to the red carpet and she sure did this time with smashing results. Nominee Julia Roberts wore one of my favorite looks from Elie Saab’s Fall 2014 couture show. In a midnight blue peplum cocktail dress with plunging neckline, long-sleeves and beading. Long flowy locks, Christian Louboutin pumps, and Irene Neuwirth jewels completed this playful look. Julia has never looked better!
Kerry Washington in Prada
Julia Roberts in Elie Saab Couture
Other dramatic actresses with winning looks for the night were Hayden Panettiere in shimmering metalllic and pink Lorna Sabru gown. Adding even more wattage to her look was a Fred Leighton diamond headband, earrings, and bracelet, Judith Leiber clutch, and Salvatore Ferragamo shoes. The momma-to-be was positively glowing. Is it weird that one of my style icons is a 14 year-old? “Mad Men” actress Kiernan Shipka has an amazing style sense, especially for being such a young starlet. The teen wore a age-appropriate a-line cocktail dress with a sash with intricate beading from Antonio Berardi’s Resort 2015 collection.
Hayden Panettiere in Lorna Sarbu
Kiernan Shipka in Antonio Berardi
There were plenty of other standout looks from Emmys including Allison Williams in Giambattista Valli Couture, Jim Parsons in Giorgio Armani, Lizzy Caplan in Donna Karen Atelier, Amy Poehler in shimmering Theia, Julie Bowen in Peter Som, and Julianna Marguilies in Narcisco Rodriguez. Misses included in Sarah Paulson in Armani Prive, Lena Dunham in Giambattista Valli Couture, and Michelle Dockery in Rosie Assoulin.
Photos courtesy of E!, InStyle, and People