The 64th Annual PrimeTime Emmy Awards were on Sunday night, the 23rd of September at the Nokia Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles. The biggest trend of the night was bright colours, and plenty of them, although canary yellows seemed to be the leading choice for the fashion pack! Other prevalent colours were orange, red, green, blues and teals. Other popular shades include the season’s “it” hue, which were purples, burgundys and wine shades. Sequins were, as always a popular choice, in all shades – teal, silver and gunmetal being the most popular – and we also had a few little surprises in the shape of mermaid gowns!
So here, I bring you a selection of red carpet looks that stood out to me the most, some for all the right reasons and some for alllll the wrong reasons! Oooh, I just love judging people with more money and talent than me!
First I bring you The Good:
I absolutely LOVE this look, Ginnifer hits the mark in this stunning dress by Monique Lhuillier and Rona Pfeiffer and her jewellery is by Graziela Gems. She is carrying a silver crystal minaudiere by Salvatore Ferragamo, the styling is fab and her hair and makeup is just flawless. It would have been a crime had she over accessorised or gone too dramatic on her hair and makeup. Hooray for Ginnifer!
In the first of the yellow gowns you will see here from the Emmys, Julie shines bright in this strapless gown by Monique Lhuillier. Julie kept it simple with a clutch and dangling earrings. Leaving her hair down but off her face, she showed off her smokey eye and nude lip and she looks stunning.
“The Big Bang Theory” actress Kaley looks gorgeous in this yellow Angel Sanchez dress, with a sequinned bodice. She wore Jimmy Choo heels, her clutch was by Stark and her jewellery was by H.Stern. Her messy side plait and natural make-up is just perfect too!
Another blonde and another yellow dress! Claire Danes won the award for “Outstanding Lead Actress” for her role in “Homeland” on the night and this yellow dress by Lanvin made sure she was noticed on the red carpet! The dress is “bump-friendly” for pregnant Claire and she looks absolutely radiant!
I absolutely LOVE this look by Leslie Mann and it narrowly missed out in my favourites list! The turquoise accessories look AMAZING with this Naeem Khan dress and her upstyle and make-up choices are perfect! Plus I just LOVE a dress with pockets, she looks very cool, fair play Leslie!
The “Game of Thrones” star wore a “Resort 2012” dress from Chanel. The sleeveless, white number featured eye-catching embroidery on its bodice and under-skirt. The dress is absolutely AMAZING but her nude pumps don’t really do much for me, I’d have loved to see her go more daring, but sometimes safe is good too! Simply accessorised, the girl looks great, top marks!
Ah, good old Nicole made me very happy in this elegant Antonio Berardi gown. It is absolutely stunning on her and her Fred Leighton jewellery are the perfect accessories. I do prefer Nicole with her beautiful curly, loose hair, however the straight style does add some edge to the dress. I’m not MAD about the matching shoes, BUT overall I think she looks great!
In one of the best sequinned dresses of the night, the ever stunning Lucy Liu showed off in her Atelier Versace gown, Lorraine Schwartz jewellery, and Guiseppe Zanotti shoes and a clutch. Her hair, makeup, everything is amazing, as if she is 43! Hope I look that good at 33, never mind 43!
This is how you channel your inner mermaid! Julianne wore a white and aqua-green gown that was embellished with Swarovski crystals from Georges Hobeika‘s Fall-Winter 2012-13 Couture collection. The gown also featured velvet accents on the bust and velvet petals on the bottom and train. I love everything about this dress, even if it is a little over the top. Julianne is 23 and can definitely get away with it! Julianne also wore shoes by Brian Atwood, a clutch by Judith Leiber, and a ring and earrings by Norman Silverman. Her Marilyn Monroe inspired hair and simple makeup ensure she looks absolutely stunning on the red carpet!
And now, for The Bad!
This is how NOT to do the mermaid trend. I can’t put my finger on what exactly I don’t like about this dress, I think it’s the shoulder straps and the cut-out and the fact that it’s a LITTLE bit too risque! Even for me. The dress is by Zuhair Murad and the “Modern Family” star tweeted a picture of where the zip bust just above her derriere 20 minutes before she went onstage to collect an award! Thankfully her wardrobe team fixed it and all was well! Plus 20 points for Sofia having a GREAT sense of humour about the mishap but minus 50 points for the dress splitting on her too!
Now Amy actually topped a lot of the “Best Dressed” lists for this Stella McCartney dress, but she doesn’t top mine. Sure, she looks sexy but I think this dress sits funny around her waist and I’ve seen her looking much better! She doesn’t need to show off a lot of flesh to look sexy, she is beautiful as it is and in my (humble) opinion, a well tailored dress would have been even better! She accessorised with a plastic ring from her son’s playbox – which is a woman after my own heart! Yummy Mummy, but must try a little less hard!
UUUUGGGHHH, I don’t even know WHERE to start on this Louis Vuitton royal blue gown. The ghastly netting at the throat? The bad stitching on the chest? The CREASES? Her face looks shiney, the red lip doesn’t neccesarily go with the ghastly blue dress, it’s all just wrong, wrong wrong. Sorry Michelle!
So, Elizabeth went for this floral print Mikado gown by Dolce & Gabbana… Hmm. There’s two things I hate about this dress. The print and the style… Oh wait, that’s just about everything! Although, I might not hate the style of the dress in a block colour, but it just does not work with the print. She gets lost in all the folds and shapes. Oh and I also hate the shoes. I like her new hair though!
Another puke print is this green brocade, couture-style Giambattista Valli gown which looks like it is weighing Julianna down. The print isn’t AWFUL and neither is the style of the dress, but together they just don’t work on the red carpet. I’m not mad about her hair, but I do love the makeup with the pink lip!
So I LOVE Project Runway US and I LOVE Kenley Collins’ vintage style, and while I do love this print AND the dress, my only qualm is the length and those SHOES. They do NOTHING for the outfit, or for Kenley’s legs, BUT her 1920’s inspired hair and red lip are also beautiful with the dress.
Alright, fine – it may not be downright fugly, HOWEVER I am holding Heidi Klum in a higher regard than most of the others on this list. As you know, I LOVE Project Runway and over all the seasons I’ve gotten a grasp of Heidi’s style and almost ALWAYS find myself gasping with LOVE for the dresses she sports when she walks out from behind that screen. This left me feeling a little empty – and on the red carpet… For shame Heidi! The thing I really hate about this Alexandre Vauthier dress is the double split, it reminds me of Angelina Jolie at the Oscars this year, except with BOTH legs. I also can’t help but feel that if Christopher or Dmitry brought out a gown with a double split, Heidi would tell them she doesn’t get it. I don’t get it… but apparently some people get it, as Heidi has topped the best dressed lists for this gown – to my surprise. Other things I hate include her shoes and her jewellery – it’s all FAR too matchy-matchy. However, her makeup is beautiful aaaand, I still love her!
Things I hate about this look: EVERYTHING. The dress is basically the EXACT same as my Debs Dress, circa 2004, the colour, the style, everything! The shoes are basically the same as my Debs shoes too. Except even I had the sense not to wear a hairstyle that made me look like the lead role in the Eggheads… Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE a good beehive, but this is a very, very bad beehive. Ashley Judd misses the mark all round in this Caroline Herrera gown with bad styling.
Jesus. Christ. Lena, what were you thinking? What were your stylists thinking? What were they thinking at Prada? *SIGH* I don’t even know what else to say about this. Lena’s character in “Girls” would probably wear something like this to a red carpet event and you should NEVER get confused with your character. While the fabric is lovely, the dress is frumpy and sits on Lena in ALL the wrong places. Also, she looks like she’s angry because she knows her dress is poxy. That said, her makeup is lovely… But really, that dress… NEXT.
And finally, a selection of my favourites!
Well Allison definitely beats her “Girls” co-star to the top of MY Best-Dressed list. I am literally in LOVE with this gown (Perhaps I’m being patriotic?) by Oscar De La Renta. Allison is channelling some MAJOR trends by wearing it, combining peplum, an emerald hue, and a directional silhouette all in one major ensemble. She looks absolutely stunning and I love that she kept her hair and makeup so minimal!
Mad Men star Jessica Pare certainly stood out in a very simple custom-made white Jason Wu assymetrical gown with a stark black belt. Jessica looks every inch the Grecian Goddess, from the beautiful dress down to the lovely waves in her hair. She kept the accessories simple, choosing a deep red lip instead of over-the-top jewellery. A girl after my own heart!
WOW! I totally did not recognise Nurse Jackie! Edie looked fabulous in the very popular Stella McCartney “Optical Illusion” dress, which was navy blue on the front and white at the back. The dress enhanced Edie’s great body and the gold thick belt detail cinched her in at the waist to accentuate her curves. She chose to go long and loose with her hair while keeping her skin tanned and flawless. Overall, Edie’s dress and styling was very sexy and made her look younger than ever!
Jane Krakowski shimmers in this STUNNING gunmetal strapless gown by Kaufmanfranco and she also wore metallic Hamper pumps, which looked amazing. I love everything about this, the glamour of the sequins in a gunmetal colour and the change from small sequins at the top of the dress working down to a larger size, with a slight fishtail. I wish I owned this dress. Her hair is gorgeous, not too curly and not straight and Jane’s makeup, as always in flawless. She knows what works for her and she works it in turn!
Padma Lakshmi, host of reality tv show “Top Chef”, has since been quoted in an interview as saying she “wasn’t sure she would have the guts to wear it” – Well Thank GOD she did! A change up from the canary yellows, the bold orange chiffon gown by Monique Lhuillier stands out a mile and looks absolutely amazing with Padma’s skintone. Her loose waves and natural honery bronzed makeup were her perfect accessories, along with her Yvesse pumps, of course. I am so envious of her tan and of course, how well she pulls off an orange dress!
So there you have it, my least favourite and most adored looks from the 2012 Emmy’s… All opinions are my own, but I would love to hear feedback from all of you guys!
Who claimed your favourite OR least favourite look at this years Emmys?