By the looks of it, stars at the 66th annual Primetime Emmys Monday didn’t take many last-minute fashion tips from their musical peers at the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night.
Instead of channeling their inner Nicki Minaj and letting it all hang out, they kept it classy with sophisticated silhouettes and muted hues that were balanced by a range of reds and a smattering of sparkles.
Leading the list of best fashions for the night was January Jones in a patterned red strapless gown by Prabal Gurung with a voluminous bottom and asymmetrical hemline. Taylor Schilling rivaled her ravishing looks with a beautifully beaded slimming halter dress in a subtle nude shade by Zuhair Murad. Meanwhile, Sofia Vergara made sure all eyes were on her (seriously, she walked the carpet minus hunky boyfriend and Pittsburgh native Joe Manganiello because “he’s too hot,” she said) in a structured white Roberto Cavalli.
Hayden Panettiere also was glowing — and it wasn’t just because she’s pregnant. Her glittering Lorena Sarbu pick with plunging neckline fit and flattered her baby bump in all the right ways.
Style standouts among the ladies in red (and various other iterations of raspberry and burgundy) were Christina Hendricks, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Claire Danes. Heidi Klum opted for a refreshingly sleek and simple Zac Posen frock in coral with a flowing back, while Zooey Deschanel popped in a pink Oscar de la Renta that complemented her complexion. And kudos to Sarah Hyland for giving the crop top with full coral skirt a try — it worked!
Of course, it wouldn’t be a red carpet without risk takers. Julia Roberts did it best in a long-sleeved Elie Saab tiered mini dress that fit the formality of the evening thanks to bold beading. Lena Dunham’s overly frilly ombre skirt paired with a pale pink satin top with Peter Pan collar was a flop. (She makes a good blonde, though, which she stressed is not a wig.) Sarah Paulson also got some flak for her black tulle gown spotted with flecks of red (or cranberries or blood or ladybugs, as some critics on Twitter called it). Mayim Bialik would have benefited by hacking off about half of her lace cobalt blue Oliver Tolentino ball gown. She stunned in the color but looked swallowed up by the skirt.
Keeping with the trends for fall, textured lace appliques were aplenty, and, similar to bridal style, necklines were on the rise. Statement rings found their way onto pinky fingers, and studded stone earrings trumped dramatic danglers. Hairstyles stuck to two groups: loose wavy locks or precisely pulled back updos (including a couple of man buns).
As for the fellas, they, too, put a fashionable foot forward for the occasion with tuxedos and bow ties in traditional blacks, browns and blues with pattern mixing peppered in, thanks to E! correspondent Ross Mathews. As usual, Matthew McConaughey lived up to any best-dressed expectations in a handsome black-and-blue ensemble. Jimmy Kimmel accessorized his Emmys wardrobe with a pair of rainbow suspenders, a nod to those worn by late actor Robin Williams on “Mork and Mindy.”
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