Monday, 23 September 2013

Red Carpet Review: 2013 Emmy Awards

Okay, so maybe nobody took my style advice--thanks a lot, ladies. Le sigh, maybe next time. Though Heidi Klum sported that structural Versace Atelier instead of Emilia Clarke, I must say that this red carpet was well-stocked with jaw-dropping ensembles. But for every amazing outfit was a cringe-worthy dress. Behold, my best and worst dressed lists.

The Worst

Cat Deeley in Armani: Well, this is just tragic. Though it's difficult to sport an entirely sequined dress, the thought-provoking silhouette and sexual cutouts made this ensemble horrid.  By the looks of this, Deeley also isn't happy about this. I rest my case.
Claire Danes in Armani Prive: As much as I adore this collection, this couture frock is simply not Emmys appropriate. It looks like Danes A) is extremely malnourished, B) is a five year-old playing in her mother's clothes, C) had one too many cocktails, or D) all the above. As sexy as deep v-necks can be, this just looks sloppy! All in all, this dress just looks too big on her.

January Jones in Givenchy: Is this some sort of joke? While there isn't anything necessarily wrong with this dress, the whole getup is so dreadfully plain. Where are all the accessories? Why is this something I feel like a grandmother should wear? I'm so confused.

Julianne Hough in Jenny Packham: Though I love the beachy waves, this dress is just atrocious. The dropped shoulders is so Grecian chic, but I think someone forgot to line Hough's dress. As much as I love the real runway looks, it's imperative to make alterations for the red carpet. Or perhaps she was trying to make Ryan Seacrest jealous...
Sarah Silverman in [insert weird response to Ryan Seacrest here]: I'm sorry, are we going to a cocktail party? Though this ensemble would be perfect for happy hour, it's not event-appropriate. And that hot pink lip? This is just too much.

Lily Rabe in Vionnet: As much as I love sartorial drama,  this ensemble has left me cringing. First of all, I just can't stand ruching. Period. Also, there's something extremely tasteless about the dual-toned color scheme--it looks like they had to add extra fabric.  Last but not least, the dark lip and nails are just way too shocking. Make it stop!

Amanda Peet in Erdem: As much as I love Erdem, this look...there are no words. I mean, she just looks sad, confused, and a little tasteless. I simply can't.

Lena Heady in Alessandra Rich: This look would've been great if the Game of Thrones star chose a different pair of shoes. I adore the sexy slit and the sheer is more elegant than Peet's Erdem disaster; however, I can't look past those shoes.

Aubrey Plaza in Marios Schwab: Is funeral chic a thing now? The tan dress with black lace overlay is quite terrible, plus I don't know what to think of the sequin embellishments. Perhaps this frock would've looked better on someone else; however, it's just too much dress for her petite frame.

Lena Dunham in Prada: This is just upsetting. Horrid floral print aside, this gown is simply not flattering on the Girls genius. The long hemline plus full skirt is a recipe for disaster. In fact, it adds a couple pounds. Hopefully, Dunham will hire a new stylist-- ahem, my Lanvin idea would've been perfect!

The Best

Julia Louis Dreyfus in Monique Lhuillier: Perfection on the red carpet, the Veep star shined. The neutral hue works lovely with her dark, luxurious locks. Since this dress's beading is so intricate, Louis Dreyfus smartly opted for minimal accessories. Age-appropriate and sophisticated, the Emmy winner may be my favorite look.

Michelle Dockery in Prada: Without a doubt, this is the best use of red on the red carpet--yes, this includes the carpet itself. Dramatic in the most minimal way possible, the gown resurrects the feminine aesthetic. I just adore the dramatic skirt and fabulous halter tie, not to mention the dual tone is pure genius. Dockery finishes this supreme look with an embellished clutch. So maj!

Allison Williams in Ralph Lauren: Though I still stand by my Valentino couture pick, the Girls star looks absolutely radiant in this cobalt blue number. For a finishing touch , the traditional shape is juxtaposed with thick, minimalist jewels. The result? A perfectly clean getup.

Julie Bowen in Zac Posen: Leave it to Zac Posen to create something so structured, gorgeous, and glamorous that  the Modern Family actress could not resist. Since the design is a little over-the-top, Bowen oped for simple jewels and a girly clutch. The modern updo allows this amazing dress to take center stage; however, Bowen's confidence prevents a classic "the dress is wearing her" moment.
Kerry Washington in Marchesa: She may not have won the Emmy, but she definitely beat Claire Danes on the red carpet. Never afraid to take a risk, Washington tried her luck with flower power. Luckily, it paid off. A far cry from her other structured looks, Washington looks absolutely gorgeous. The nude color palette is absolutely beautiful on her and I love the soft curls. Brava!
Rose Byrne in Calvin Klein Collection: Sweet Francisco Costa, this is pure perfection. The summery coral offers the ideal dash of feminine flare to this otherwise modern ensemble.Take note, everyone: this is how you show some skin. Byrne finished this look with simple jewels and totally retro locks. This tasteful number only reestablishes my love for the actress's style.

Morgan Saylor in Honor: Black, white, and chic all over, the Homeland star absolutely nailed it. The geometric color-blocking, as well as Saylor's long locks, gives this gown a youthful twist. To make a lasting impact, the red lip and sleek clutch do the trick!

Kiernan Shipka in Delpozo: Can we just take a moment to reflect on how glorious this look is? I mean, leave it to the Mad Men star to sport a dress from the hottest brand of the moment. The floral applique is unapologetically girly while the graphic top is super eye-catching. Since Shipka is the sartorial "Queen Bee," she knows to keep this look clean with minimal jewels, simple heels, and a sleek ponytail. Why is she so perfect?

Taylor Schilling in Thakoon: Orange, white-- the starlet looks great in every color. Though a column dress with a halter neckline is nothing new, the silt and side cutouts make this dress sartorially superior. And the gold gems? How elegant! Can't wait to see what Schilling wears when Orange is the New Black wins every awards next year...too far?

Which outfits did you love? Which ones did you hate? Sound off below!
All photos courtesy of The Huffington Post.


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