The stars and their red carpets
Purple! Emerald! Sapphire! Also: nudes, whites, pink, black and claret. Stars mixed it up on the red carpet at the Emmys Sunday night, mostly getting it better than ever. Mad women Christina Hendricks, January Jones and Elisabeth Moss were in top form; Hendricks in fluttery lace sleeves on her black Christian Siriano, Moss in black sequined strapless with white ballskirt by Andrew Gn, and Jones in blush lace custom Givenchy — not that her gown looked anything like a Givenchy on the runway.
Kiernan Shipka, Sally Draper on Mad Men, made it a quartet of style winners in a bright floral dress with ballerina skirt — age appropriate and fun for a 13-year-old. Julianna Margulies righted many past wrongs in a striking white column with black roses trailing down one side. Zooey Deschanel also took her look up a notch in baby blue — again — by J. Mendel, an easier, more grown up prom look than usual, and set off with a gigantic tourmaline ring by Chanel.
And you’ve got to love Sarah Silverman in a $60 basic black tank cocktail dress bought online. Some called it Morticia Addams-esque, but talk about a statement. Heidi Klum made her usual fashion statement in a tough claret neck-cinching Atelier Versace, while Sofia Vergera was true to sexpot form in red mermaid Vera Wang. Yawn. We love, love, love smoky-eyed Lena Dunham, and we even liked the green-red print dress, but it just didn’t suit. Neither did fellow Girls star Zosia Mamet’s watercolour floral gown, with a tiny black bralet.
Another tiny bodice faux-pas: Cobie Smulders’s pink J. Mendel, cut to fit a 12-year-old. Claire Danes wore a gorgeous Armani Privé nude paillette gown with inset tulle on the bodice, which did not flatter at all. And then there was Kerry Washington, all aflutter in a floral appliquéd Marchesa. Or Julie Bowen in Zac Posen, with one too many flounces on her pink gown, plus a flamenco mermaid hem. And Anna Faris wore Monique Lhuillier in last year’s hot yellow trend, matching her Rapunzel hair. Julia Louis-Dreyfus also wore Lhuillier in a much gentler shade, a blush column shot with metallic sparkle. (How the same designer be responsible for both dresses is a great mystery of the style universe.)
Getting it right in jewel-toned minimal gowns: Tina Fey in sapphire Narcisco Rodriguez (and an awkward hair part) and Allison Williams in similar blue strapless by Ralph Lauren. Pale fire? Padma Lakshmi nearly nude in illusion backless KaufmanFranco, and Taylor Schilling in Thakoon, slit at the thigh and with a bare halter for a hint of side boob. Meanwhile, another Mad moment and not a good one: the Jon Hamm beard.