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Fashion Recap: 2012 Emmy Awards Red Carpet


In case you didn’t know, the 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards were held last night, and TV’s hottest stars were honored for their outstanding work. Before the ceremony, however, the celebs got to strut their stuff on the red carpet and as such, we have a ton of amazing fashion to discuss. Let’s get to it: scroll on down to discover our top 5 favorite looks of the night, plus five other noteworthy ensembles.

Top 5 Best-Dressed

In no particular order, here are my personal picks for best-dressed at this year’s Emmy Awards:

Kat Dennings in J. Mendel

Kat Dennings at the 2012 Emmy Awards
Photo via ELLE

Kat Dennings was one of the first celebs to walk the red carpet yesterday, and she definitely left quite the impression! Her trendy oxblood-colored gown by J. Mendel showed off her — ahem assets in a way that was sultry, not vulgar, for a look with plenty of va-va-voom. Kat accessorized with a gold statement bangle and ring, and adorned her wavy ‘do with a gorgeous jeweled head piece. For the finishing touch, a bold red lip not only matched her gown perfectly, but added to that sultry, glamorous vibe.

Hayden Panettiere in Marchesa

Hayden Panettiere in Marchesa at the 2012 Emmy Awards
Photo: PR Photos

Many fashion commentators were on the fence about Hayden’s choice to wear this Marchesa gown, but I for one absolutely loved it. While the fitted gold leaf gown would have been stunning on its own, the blue chiffon draping created gorgeous movement and made this look a red carpet standout. (Click here for a better view of the dress!) Hayden wore her hair in a chic topknot and accessorized with sleek gold clutch and simple jewelry, allowing the dress to be the true focus of the look.

January Jones in Zac Posen

January Jones in Zac Posen at the 2012 Emmy Awards
Photo via ELLE

Another one of those love-it-or-hate-it kinds of looks was January Jones in a black Zac Posen gown. The dress itself seemed like a work of art with its sculptural build, dramatic volume, and unique texture. One thing’s for sure: this black dress was anything but basic! January didn’t let accessories overpower the look either and opted to go with a sleek updo and fresh-faced make-up in order to keep the focus on the gown.

Lucy Liu in Atelier Versace

Lucy Liu in Atelier Versace at the 2012 Emmy Awards
Photo via ELLE

I love it when celebrities take red carpet fashion risks, so naturally I was drawn towards Lucy Liu’s decision to wear this one-of-a-kind Versace gown. The sculpted silver frock had a futuristic vibe, while Lucy’s slightly wavy side ponytail helped to soften the look and kept it from looking too severe.

Kelly Osbourne in Zac Posen

Kelly Osbourne in Zac Posen at the 2012 Emmy Awards
Photo via ELLE

Although E! fashion commentator Kelly Osbourne wasn’t nominated for any Emmys, her red carpet fashion choice was a winner in my book. The purple Zac Posen gown was super-flattering on her figure, while she swept her lilac hair into a simple, yet chic ponytail. On anyone else, the whole matching-your-hair-color-to-your-gown thing might look tacky, but Kelly pulled this look off with ease.

Other Notable Ensembles

Whether you loved them or loathed them, here are five more looks that made a buzz on the 2012 Emmys red carpet:

Ginnifer Goodwin in Monique Lhuillier

Ginnifer Goodwin in Monique Lhuillier at the 2012 Emmy Awards
Photo: PR Photos

Ginnifer Goodwin caused a stir in this vintage-inspired Monique Lhuillier gown last night. The nude gown with bright-red overlay created a fantastic contrast, while her matching ankle strap shoes complemented the look perfectly. What did you think of Ginnifer’s red carpet fashion choice?

Allison Williams in Oscar de la Renta

Allison Williams in Oscar de la Renta at the 2012 Emmy Awards
Photo: PR Photos

Emmy newcomer Allison Williams stunned last night in a gorgeous green peplum gown by Oscar de la Renta. While we didn’t love her Girls costar Lena Dunham’s look quite so much, Allison looked fabulous – she’ll definitely be a fashionista to watch in the years to come!

Emily VanCamp in J. Mendel

Emily VanCamp in J. Mendel at the 2012 Emmy Awards
Photo via ELLE

Revenge star Emily VanCamp exemplified how fantastic and simple and understated look can be in this dove gray J. Mendel gown. The gorgeous dress fit her perfectly, while her soft updo and minimalist accessories created a low-key, yet glamorous look. Did you like the gown Emily wore last night?

Sofia Vergara in Zuhair Murad

Sofia Vergara in Zuhair Murad at the 2012 Emmy Awards
Photo: PR Photos

On the other side of the spectrum, Modern Family‘s Sofia Vergara went with a sequined, body-hugging Zuhair Murad gown that showed off her famous curves. Between the fish-tailed hemline and teal color, Sofia’s dress actually kind of made her look like a mermaid — in a good way! Aside from the low-cut halter-neck, the gown also featured a dramatic cut-out back for a look that had lots of sex appeal. What do you think: did Sofia show just the right amount of skin or is this look too sultry for your taste?

Your thoughts?

Now that you know what we think, tell us your opinion. Did you watch the Emmys last night? What did you think of the red carpet fashion? Who wins your pick for best-dressed? Any looks you didn’t like? Be sure to leave a comment below and let us what you think!

Posted on on September 24, 2012 / Filed Under: Fashion News / Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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21 Responses to “Fashion Recap: 2012 Emmy Awards Red Carpet”

  1. 1
    September 24th, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Kelly Osbourne needed a different lip color.

    My favorite of the night was Jessica Pare.

  2. 2
    September 24th, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    I loved January Jones, but I thought Sofia Vergera’s dress looked too much like a prom dress.

  3. 3
    September 24th, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Where oh where is Edie Falco’s Stella McCartney dress on this list? It was daring and sleek and flattering without being too overtly femme.

    Until this post I hadn’t stopped to notice the beautiful shape to Kelly Osbourne’s gown. I think the color was distracting me and not my personal preference.. or it was the matching hair.. and I just glanced over it. But it really is so beautiful!

  4. 4
    September 24th, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    In the article about January you need to change it to zac Posen instead of J Mendel

  5. 5
    September 24th, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Hayden’s dress is stunning, and definitely a good thought, but in the alternative link you guys provided the back shot looks like the chiffon is wedged up her butt. They should have gathered it elsewhere.

    And holy Kelly Osbourne!! I didn’t even recognize her! She looks amazing! And I love the matchy-matchy hair/ dress combo. (purple is my favorite color)

  6. 6
    September 24th, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    no Tina Fey? I thought she looked amazing!

  7. 7
    September 24th, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    I thought Julianne Houghs dress was gorgeous!

  8. 8
    September 24th, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Ooh, January Jones killed it!! I missed the show but she looks phenomenal here. And I love Allison Williams – wow! Didn’t expect her to wear something so bold but it works.

  9. 9
    September 24th, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    I thought Allison Williams dress overwhelmed her a bit because she is a petite person. I second the Tina Fey comment, I thought she looked amazing At the Emmy’s too her dress fit her like a glove and it was gorgeous.

  10. 10
    September 24th, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    I disagree completely!!!

  11. 11
    September 24th, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Emilia Clarke got best dressed in my book. Her dress is so great!
    The colors were beautiful and she looked gorgeous in it.

  12. 12
    September 24th, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Loved all of these dresses (although I oringally thought Hayden had a micro-taped to her chest!) also loved Tina fey’s dress, and the Mary from downtown abbey ( I know I’m horrible, I can’t remember her name, but she looked great!)

  13. 13
    September 25th, 2012 at 12:22 am

    i thought tina fey, leslie mann and jessica pare should have been on the list..they looked stunning..
    heidi klum looked good too but the leg reminded me of angelina jolie- which isnt a bad thing:)

  14. 14
    September 25th, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Also someone in my twitter feed said that both Amy poehler and mellisa marcartnry wore toy plastic rings chosen by their children so cute!

  15. 15
    September 25th, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Hayden looks amazing as per usual, sad I didn’t get to watch.

  16. 16
    September 25th, 2012 at 4:26 am

    I think you had great choices. I loved (almost) all the ones you chose. But where were Edie Flaco, and Julie Bowen.
    Edie looked gorgeous in her dress, sexy yet not over-revealing. Gorgeous!

    And Julie, omg, she was my favorite look of the Emmys. Her chartreuse dress was stunning. and I think her accessory choices and hair looked great with it! Best-dressed in my opinion.

  17. 17
    September 25th, 2012 at 4:46 am

    January Jones’ dress is very beautiful on its own, but black color doesn’t fit her at all.

  18. 18
    September 25th, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    allison williams’ dress is GORGEOUS but i love january jones’ dress too

  19. 19
    September 25th, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    i didn’t like sofia vergara’s dress or hayden panettiere’s, but i loved ginnifer’s and tina looked very classic and sophisticated :)

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