Emmy Fashion Recap

The 66th Emmy Awards offered a lovely evening recognizing the best of television. It offered few surprises on stage during the awards, and not a ton on the carpet either. But a lack of surprise hardly means a lack of beautiful people gussied up and made to look even more beautiful.

My favorites, in no particular order.

Above – Sarah Hyland (Modern Family)

Hyland was the best example of the separates-as-formal-wear and formal-wear-that-looks-like-separates trend. The color was beautiful and I love the styling. The hair was appropriately formal but soft enough for her age and style.

bialikMayim Bialik (Big Bang Theory)

Bialik’s style is always conservative but pretty much always lovely as well. The texture of this dress could easily have overwhelmed the actress but the lightness of the sleeves’ lace, the wide neckline and the clean sweep of hair ensured a great balance.

janneyAllison Janney (Mom)

Crushed purple velvet works on few people outside of Prince. Allison Janney proved last night that she was to be counted among those ranks. The casual hair – a significant trend last night – helped to offset the formality of the velvet.

dockeryMichelle Dockery (Downton Abbey)

I always find Dockery’s style interesting to watch and this dress was no exception. One of the freshest dresses from last night, the color choices and folds in this dress really drew me in. Dockery’s middle part was very on-trend and paired well with the structure of the bodice.

louisdreyfusJulia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)

Red was all over the carpet last night. What I loved about JLD was, despite the relative simplicity of the dress and styling, you never felt it was anything less than formal. I think this speaks more to the person wearing it than the ensemble itself. JLD is TV royalty and she brought it big time last night.

silvermanSarah Silverman (Sarah Silverman: We are Miracles)

This was my favorite dress of the evening. It was certainly not what I would expect from Silverman but after the Met Gala, I really should have. The neckline was extremely flattering – and the barefoot run to select her award was endearing and appropriate.

davisViola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder)

This dress was one of many with a… central focal point. It was highly effective in that regard, and quite flattering. The periwinkle was gorgeous and the dress was exactly appropriate for promoting Davis’ new show – I mean presenting an award.

mcconaugheyMatthew McConaughey (True Detective) and Camila Alves

Much has been said about McConaughey and Woody Harrelson’s similarity to Night at the Roxbury but I think that distracts from what is a beautiful suit and some kick ass two-tone shoes. I doubt very much that any garment would look bad on Alves. This dress was one of the more interesting on the carpet and it looked fantastic on her.

mccarthyMelissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly) and Ben Falcone

I loved this dress on McCarthy. I thought the fit and detailing were great – and the center part and casual hair worked well to balance the look. Kirsten Leigh would have preferred it in a midnight blue – and I think it would have certainly helped to accent the beautiful work on the dress.

schillingTaylor Shilling (Orange is the New Black)

White was the other major color trend outside of red last night. This dress, while flattering and clearly on trend, was just not as memorable as that much sparkle should be.

robertsJulia Roberts (The Normal Heart)

The neckline caught me. The texture intrigued me. And the length sealed the deal. Roberts was happy to dress up for the Emmys but the length subtly reminded everyone that she does have fancier places to be during the year. Along with the center part, the magnificent talents of celebrity hair colorists was on display last night. Rich, subtle hair color was seen throughout the carpet but Roberts’ was my favorite.