The Annual Primetime Emmy Awards have never been my favourite ceremony: my favourite tv shows rarely get a nomination or an award, so the whole event simply has no interest for me. I started covering it last year because I was surprised by the red carpet fashion; thank God, the same happened this year, even if – I must admit – I was not as impressed as I had been in 2013. Here is my list of best-dressed celebrities.
Ladies in Red/Pink
This year scarlet dresses were definitely a trend. My favourite red-clad actress was Claire Danes, who got a nomination as outstanding lead actress in a drama series for her role in Homeland.
She didn’t get the award (Julianna Margulies won it for The Good Wife), but shone on the red carpet wearing a gorgeous Givenchy lace dress from the fall 2014 collection. The sleeveless number had sheer panels on the waistline and was decorated by petal-shaped beaded appliqués on the neckline. The belt she wore was embellished by red crystals, visible on the back only.
I appreciate Lena Dunham’s total fearlessness when it comes to her red carpet choices. Most of her outfits win the worst-dressed award, but I don’t really care. She enjoys experimenting with fashion and I don’t give a damn if her body is not flawless (according to the standards, of course). Yesterday she made an impression wearing a dreamy Giambattista Valli Couture outfit from the fall 2014 collection – a pink ombré tiered tulle skirt and a short-sleeved baby pink shirt. The shirt is clearly ill-fitting, which is a pity because the outfit looked lovely on her.
She accessories the “dress of her dreams” with diamond rings by Fred Leighton and a metallic magenta manicure by Deborah Lippmann, who used 12th Street Rag on her. I liked her side-parted platinum bob and her red lips, but her heavy kohl-lined eyes were a bit too harsh on her. Lena was nominated as outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for Girls; the award eventually went to Julia Louis-Dreyfus for her role in Veep.
Ladies in White/Nude
Kristen Wiig led the pack of the celebrities who decided to wear white. The actress was nominated as outstanding lead actress in a miniseries/movie for her role of Cynthia Morehouse in The Spoils of Babylon; unfortunately the award went to Jessica Lange for American Horror Story: Coven. I love Jessica, but Kristen was simply smashing in the hilarious miniseries by Matt Piedmont and Andrew Steele. The actress wore a chic custom-made white dress by Vera Wang, characterised by an Old Hollywood, yet minimal vibe. It was paired to black t-strap sandals by Prada and gold and diamond jewellery by Fred Leighton and Jennifer Meyer.
Anna Chlumsky was one of my favourites: she looked angelic and super-elegant in her Zac Posen dress from the resort 2015 collection. The simple short-sleeved number had pleated details on the bodice.
A Lanvin mustard chain box clutch and Stephen Russell jewellery (among which a stunning pair of drop pendant earrings) completed the outfit. Her side-parted updo and soft make-up were the perfect finishing touches for such a gorgeous look. The actress was nominated as outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series for her role in Veep; the award was won by Allison Janney for Mom.
Michelle Dockery, nominated as outstanding lead actress in a drama series for Downton Abbey, wore a real show-stopping dress from the fall 2014 collection by Rosie Assoulin. The royal blue/white/jade green/pale pink panelled dress looked gorgeous on her; the complex shape and structure was not easy to pull off, but Michelle did justice to it. The actress accessorized the outfit with Ana Khouri jewellery and Christian Louboutin shoes; her centre-parted updo was embellished by a metal element, very original.
Taylor Schilling, the protagonist of Orange Is The New Black, was one of the most admired celebrities of the evening. The actress, nominated as outstanding lead actress in a comedy series, wore a stunning nude dress by Zuhair Murad Couture from the fall 2014 collection. The beaded dress had a draped detail on the back and a short train. As a fan of nude dresses, I must say this one is spectacular because it beautifully enhanced Taylor’s complexion.
The actress got her hair styled in a messy bun and completed her outfit with Stuart Weitzman shoes, a Rauwolf mother-of-pearl pink clutch and massive Forevermark diamond jewelry (see her drop ring and cuff earrings).
Ladies in Black/Dark Blue
Julia Roberts looked sensational on the red carpet! She wore a dark blue beaded outfit by Elie Saab Couture from the fall 2014 collection, with short full skirt, long sleeves, deep neckline and peplum. She kept things simple by adding Christian Louboutin Vendome satin peep-toe pumps, Wilfredo Rosado earrings and a ring by Irene Neuwirth. I’m glad she wore her hair loose: an updo would have been too harsh on her. Julia was nominated as outstanding supporting actress in a miniseries/movie for her role in Ryan Murphy’s A Normal Heart, but the award went to Kathy Bates, Madame Delphine LaLaurie in another Murphy’s creature, American Horror Story: Coven.
While writing down my best-dressed list, I was a bit on the fence with Lizzy Caplan. I like her but I hate the role she has in Masters of Sex, which she got a nomination for. It may sound stupid but I was about to leave her out for this. I took my time to think things through and I realised I had to include her because she looked gorgeous. She wore a dramatic black and white silk gazar and organza dress by Donna Karan Atelier which was beautifully cut out on the back.
The accessories boosted my appreciation for the outfit: Lizzy wore an incredible selection of Neil Lane diamond bracelets and diamond and pearl earrings, plus Brian Atwood shoes and a Judith Leiber coffered clutch in black stingray with embellished push lock closure.
If you asked me about my favourite celebrity of the evening, I would have no doubts: Taryn Manning. The Orange Is The New Black and Sons of Anarchy actress knocked me off with a stunning gold pleated dress, a vintage piece by Loris Azzaro. The strapless number had a sweetheart neckline and a beaded embroidery on the front, and exhuded Old Hollywood glamour (think of the iconic gold lame dress designed by William Travilla for Marilyn Monroe). Taryn’s wavy hairstyle was on point, but her make-up unfortunately not: I don’t mind smokey eyes, but that nude lipstick washed her out terribly. She completed the outfit with Jerome C. Rousseau shoes and Suzanne Kalan jewellery.
Who was your best-dressed celebrity? Have I included her in my list? I can’t wait to hear from you ♥