By Elana Katz
I declare the Emmy Awards a personal holiday. I have a healthy addiction to television and cannot resist giving weight to this annual ceremony.
The Emmys call for the convening of all things television in Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre. Last Sunday, the coveted red carpet was filled with some stunners and others who did not dress to impress.
Many celebrities combined their personal styles with this season’s main trend: sequins. Stars rocking this look included Heidi Klum in a burgundy sequin Versace gown, Julia Louis-Dreyfus in a Monique Lhuillier mirror-like dress and Cat Deeley in black sequins by Armani.
Black and white also featured prominently on the red carpet. This style was popular in the spring and persisted throughout the summer. Scandal star Kerry Washington and Homeland actress Claire Danes wore white gowns while Mad Men beauty Elizabeth Moss wore black and white with pops of red. Moss’ stunning co-star, Christina Hendricks, sported a black lace dress. Though Parks and Recreation funny lady Amy Poehler said she was wearing “a good attitude,” she also sported an all-black dress with gold embellishments.
Others wore floral printed dresses. Mad Men’s January Jones wore a pale pink Givenchy floral lace dress. Everyone’s favorite Draper, Kiernan Shipka, wore an age-appropriate neon floral Delpozo gown. Girls’ voice of a generation, Lena Dunham, wore a turquoise Prada gown with red flowers.
Best dressed is never an easy choice, but this year’s honor goes to Kate Mara (House of Cards). I am rarely a proponent of white after Labor Day, but I can make an exception for this J.Mendel dress, which was a fresh take on the red carpet look. Its high neck and deep slit created the right balance of sex appeal and modesty. The intricate embroidery, cutouts and draping made this dress beautiful. Mara’s medium bob and simple makeup rendered this look effortless.
Julianne Hough’s dress was questionable. Her seafoam green Jenny Packham dress was beautiful in construction but called for additional lining and less draping. I am a firm believer in “less is more,” but not in this case.
Honorable mentions go to Kelly Osbourne in a red chiffon Jenny Packham dress, Michelle Dockery in a burgundy halter Prada gown, Allison Williams in a simple navy Ralph Lauren dress and Linda Cardellini in a ruffled Donna Karan Atellier gown.
If there is anything I learned from this year’s Emmy Awards, it is that Will Ferrell is the biggest fashionista of all. Rocking your favorite washed out t-shirt with Keens and bringing your three adorable children on stage is the way to go. I look forward to seeing his next award show ensemble.