Awards season 2015 is officially under way! TV's hottest stars braved 100+ degree temperatures in Hollywood last night to attend the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. As always, they gave us plenty of fashion moments to discuss.
Top 5 Best Dressed
In no particular order, here are my five favorite looks of the night.
Kerry Washington in Marc Jacobs
Kerry Washington rocked a chainmail-inspired Marc Jacobs frock and I couldn't get enough of her look. Fun fact: This dress just debuted on the runway three days ago! Kerry paired her sequin-embellished, 3/4-sleeved dress with strappy metallic heels and minimal jewelry. Beauty-wise, she opted for a faux bob and understated makeup.
Taraji P. Henson in Alexander Wang
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series nominee Taraji P. Henson looked edgy and on-trend in a chain-embellished Alexander Wang creation. From the triangle cutout detail to the bike chain straps and sheer lace skirt, this gown had a lot going on, yet it all combined to perfection. Taraji finished her ensemble with a simple box clutch, sleek hair, and a cool smokey eye.
Emma Roberts in Jenny Packham
American Horror Story and Scream Queens star Emma Roberts looked every bit the Old Hollywood starlet in blush pink Jenny Packham. While some people thought this dress washed Emma out, I loved how it almost matched her skin tone for an ethereal look. To continue the Old Hollywood vibe, Emma wore her hair in glamorous waves and accessorized, naturally, with plenty of diamonds.
Sarah Hyland in Zac Posen
Modern Family nominee Sarah Hyland looked fantastic in a merlot Zac Posen gown. She paired her gown with matching red Lorraine Schwartz jewels. Of her jewelry choices, she told reporters, "I had a vision about this dress when I tried it on that I wanted it to be monochromatic, and [stylist Brad Goreski and I] both thought the same thing." Sarah certainly has a knack for styling!
Laverne Cox in Calvin Klein Collection
The always gorgeous Laverne Cox hit a new fashion high last night in my favorite look of hers to date. The Orange is the New Black star stunned in this teal Calvin Klein Collection gown by Francisco Costa. The minimalist frock fit her body like a glove, and the side cutouts showed just the right amount of skin. Laverne accessorized with a simple clutch and statement heels that were only visible from the back. Well played!
Other Notable Ensembles
Here are some other looks that got the fashion commentators talking last night.
Kiernan Shipka in Dior Couture
Mad Men star Kiernan Shipka turned heads on the red carpet by wearing - gasp - pants! Her Dior Couture look reminded me of Belle from Beauty in the Beast, but in a totally unexpected, fashion-forward way. I loved that she took a style risk - what about you?
Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell
Lady Gaga opted for an uncharacteristically subdued look at last night's ceremony, wearing a single-shouldered black Brandon Maxwell gown. Accessorizing only with diamond earrings and voluminous hair, Gaga looked grown-up and glamorous, if perhaps a bit unlike herself.
Maisie Williams in Ermanno Scervino
Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams took a fashion risk in a strapless pink Ermanno Scervino quilted dress and trendy feather heels. This was one of those "love it or hate it" looks that had fashion commentators divided. Personally, I don't mind it - Maisie is young and fun, and her outfit reflects that. It was also nice to see her with long waves, a major departure from her Arya Stark look.
Aubrey Plaza in Alexander Vauthier
Parks and Recreation star Aubrey Plaza looked incredible in a sparkly black Alexander Vauthier gown featuring a low neck and high slit. Typically, low necks and high slits can look over-the-top when paired together, but Aubrey's dress works thanks to its dark tone and 3/4 sleeves. The star wisely kept accessories to a minimum, adding just a few rings and some pointy-toed patent heels.
Claire Danes in Prada
Claire Danes, always a fashion risk-taker, was true to form last night in a sequined purple and red Prada number. I'm so conflicted about this dress - on one hand, I love how unique it is! On the other hand, of the night's two chain strap gowns, I greatly prefer Taraji's. Unfortunately for Claire, it's hard not to compare the two. What do you think of Claire's look? Is it hit or miss for you?
Least Favorite Look
There were so many gorgeous looks last night, but they weren't all hits. The following look missed the mark for me.
Heidi Klum in Versace
It's hard to top Heidi Klum's level of fashion influence - she told reporters that she just "went on Style.com and picked out what [she] wanted". That's what makes this Dancing with the Stars-esque choice so baffling. You can wear anything and you choose this?
To me, this lemon chiffon Versace gown has too much going on. We're talking mesh AND one-sleeve AND ruffles AND texture AND eyelash trim AND rhinestones AND a bright color. The combination is overpowering - you almost miss Heidi, one of the world's most gorgeous women. It's always nice to see a fashion risk, but this was a bizarre misstep.
What do you think?
Who were your faves at the Emmy's? Which look was your least favorite? Let me know with a comment!
*All photos courtesy of Pacific Coast News