Nicole Byer kicked off the Emmy Awards red carpet in a custom Christian Siriano purple dress that surely won her the best dressed spot.
NEW YORK – Michaela JaÃ© “Mj” Rodriguez wore a vintage Versace Atelier in teal as a tribute to Old Hollywood, her hair falling down her back, and Billy Porter worked big wings on her black pants look on Sunday at the Lightened Emmy Awards.
Less than a week after the wild and sometimes wacky fashions of the Met Gala, the glamor was back at the Emmys. There were pale pink and yellow looks, shiny sequin statement minis – and Nicole Byer in a stunning strapless purple dress that is sure to land her in a best dressed place.
Many, including Kate Winslet, Jean Smart, and Cecily Strong, have gone for classic black, the latter with a high slit and low plunge. Black is not Cedric the Entertainer’s style. The host of the evening walked the red carpet in shades of blue in contrasting colors.
Porter worked the poses for the cameras, showing off his wings.
âI AM the fairy godmother. There’s an ongoing theme, âPorter said of her recent turn onâ Cinderella â.
OT Fagbenle, meanwhile, wore a traditional Nigerian look in red with black accents from a Lagos brand, Sofisticat.
Byer wore personalized Christian Siriano. She thanked all the women who came before her for breaking the barrier of tailoring for plus size women, and she went for the strapless look with sheer layers that flowed to the floor.
And what was “Ted Lasso” wearing himself? Jason Sudeikis, minus his character’s iconic porn stamp, showed off his Eazy-E socks tucked under a blue velvet Tom Ford suit.
âIt’s kind of like keeping everything in perspective,â he said.
Sudeikis co-star Hannah Waddingham was a goddess in a soft peach asymmetric dress.
Rodriguez paired her 71-carat Bulgari diamond dress in an effort to blend “the old Hollywood with the new,” she said.
The pandemic put a damper on the Emmys last year, but the fashion was back with a much smaller in-person crowd. Keri Russell dressed all the way in a Zuhair Murad couture gown in mauve pink with feathers surrounding the hem of a caped back.
Anya Taylor-Joy, still a red carpet star from another era, wore a pale yellow satin backless Dior couture gown with a dramatic yellow opera coat, her hair in a neatly curled bun.
“She’s like a painting,” said Andrea Lavinthal, style and beauty director for People. “Everything about her is so glamorous and elegant.”
Kathryn Hahn paired her strapless black Lanvin pant look with an ultra-wide leather belt and a seamless necklace of white and green jewelry. Taraji P. Henson didn’t disappoint in a sleek, embellished black look, her hair in a top knot.
“I have pockets,” she noted. “It always helps.”
Known for his brightly colored and patterned suits, RuPaul wore a black double-breasted jacket with a white swirl pattern on his pants, while Bowen Yang of âSaturday Night Liveâ wore a pair of silver high platform boots.
But the trend of the evening was color, color and more color.
Yara Shahidi kept her jewelry to a minimum as she twirled around in an emerald green princess dress by Dior, while Kaley Cuoco brought the color in in a neon yellow look by Vera Wang.
Another star: Michaela Coel in a bright yellow bandeau top and matching skirt as she ran inside after closing the rug. Issa Rae wore a custom mesh look in Aliette white. It was a simple, sporty figure with impact. In London, where most of the cast from âThe Crownâ gathered, Emma Corrin made a statement away from Los Angeles in a custom pale yellow Miu Miu dress with a headpiece shaped headpiece.
There were other looks to note: Cynthia Erivo in a Louis Vuitton white leather mermaid dress with a blue and green feathered hem; Angela Bassett in skin-tight Greta Constantine in black with a hot pink ruffle traveling from the top to the floor; and Elizabeth Olsen with the unique privilege of wearing a white look designed by The Row, the label of her twin sisters, Mary-Kate and Ashley.
âWe absolutely loved all of the bright and bold colors,â Lavinthal said. âIt was like a fun Crayola box. It certainly felt festive. It’s good that it wasn’t that low-key, timid return to the red carpet. People seemed excited about it.
Lavinthal also praised the men: Dan Levy in cobalt blue Valentino with a tie in place of buttons and Kenan Thompson in pink joining Sudeikis, Cedric and others who have given up on the idea of ââa black tuxedo.
âSeth Rogan was in orange,â she said. “It looked like fall. He just needed a few leaves.”
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Julee Wilson, Beauty Director for Cosmopolitan, said she gasped when she saw Coel in her yellow Christopher John Rogers look, “but then the matching eyeliner took her to another level. . “
She added, âHer sharp buzz cut was the exclamation point. I think it’s so powerful to see stars like her and Cynthia Erivo shake virtually no hair on the red carpet and still kill.
Erivo is known for her nail designs, “and sure enough, she brought it in a set of long white claws. They weren’t super embellished, but I loved that they matched her cropped hair. in platinum, which in turn all coordinated with her white dress.
Wilson said of Taylor-Joy’s look, âHoly Hollywood! She nailed the epitome of the Old Hollywood look from head to toe. Everything is perfect. I can’t help but stare at her bold crimson lip. It’s the perfect pop against her monochrome skin and dress.
Samantha Sutton, senior fashion editor for InStyle.com, was on board with another trend.
âOne trend that hit me was all long trains,â she said. “Anya Taylor-Joy, Michaela Coel, Catherine O’Hara and others wore looks that trailed behind them and seemed to sweep the red carpet.”
Sutton also loved the colors of the highlighters, including the fun pink ruffle details of Cuoco and Bassett.
The belts, she said, have received a huge boost.
âEveryone will be talking about the extra-large version of Kathryn Hahn,â Sutton said.
Siriano had a huge red carpet night. In addition to Byer, he put on Waddingham in her custom coral pink pleated chiffon dress, Moses Ingram in a silk charmeuse and chiffon wrap dress, Jennifer Coolidge in custom navy blue silk crepe with a cape sleeve and Carl Clemons-Hopkins in a custom silk pants and skirt with a non-binary belt.
Sutton agreed with Lavinthal on the men: âThey’ve really gone beyond the basic black tuxedo this year. “
Adam Glassman, creative director of Oprah Daily and special correspondent for Extra TV, said there were not just one or two highlights, but a lot of “joy and exuberance, color and life.”
He called Siriano “the most inclusive and enveloping designer. He’s the least snobbish designer when it comes to age, size and everything in between.” While some celebrities are ambassadors for the brands they wore (Taylor-Joy and Shahidi for Dior), Siriano welcomes everyone, Glassman said.
The roses took it in terms of color, but so did the reds on Tracee Ellis Ross, Sarah Paulson and Catherine Zeta-Jones, he said.
And the outfit of the moment – coming back to light after months of isolation – Glassman chose Olsen in his sisters’ white caftan.
âA dressy and entertaining kaftan at home,â he said. âPerfect for the time. “