is the new black at Emmys, a night of sleek silhouettes
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[August 26, 2014]
By Piya Sinha-Roy
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Emmy
awards saw a sea of red and white gowns with sleek silhouettes on
Monday, as television's top talent channeled golden age glamour for
Hollywood's first red carpet of the major awards season.
Red, often a risky choice as it can disappear into the color
of the carpet, was the favored tone for stars such as "Veep"
nominee Julia Louis-Dreyfus in a column halter Carolina Herrera
and "Homeland" star Claire Danes in a vermillion embellished
"Mad Men" ladies Christina Hendricks opted for an asymmetric
vermillion Marchesa gown with gold accents and January Jones
went for a full-skirted strapless Prabal Gurung gown. "Big Bang
Theory" actress Kaley Cuoco opted for a strapless Monique
Lhuillier with pink floral motifs, while Mindy Kaling wore a
sleek custom Kenzo gown.
"Red is a vibrant, easy way for celebrities to wear colors that
we've seen in fashion over the past year," said Eric Wilson,
fashion news director of InStyle magazine.
To juxtapose the red, some stars opted for bold jewel hues, such
as Allison Janney in a royal purple strapless Nicolas Jebran
gown, "Orange is the New Black" star Samira Wiley in a yellow
Christian Siriano column dress and her fellow star Taryn Manning
in a vintage gold Azzaro strapless gown.
"The Voice" judge Gwen Stefani chose a silver skirt and top
combo with gold metal accents by Versace, while Amy Poehler
picked a silver low-cut metallic gown by Theia.
"This is the sexiest red carpet at the Emmys in years," Wilson
said. "Fashion has elevated in the last few years, celebrities
are owning the fashion and taking chances."
Monochrome tones remained a popular choice to stand out on the
red carpet. "House of Cards" nominee Robin Wright led the
all-white line with a backless white Ralph Lauren jumpsuit,
while "Orange is the New Black" nominee Taylor Schilling wore a
cream halter-neck beaded Zuhair Murad gown, saying she loved the
comfort of the style.
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Michelle Dockery opted for a cream dress with pops of blue and green
by Rosie Assoulin, a trend also favored by "Girls" star Alison
Williams in an off-white full-skirted Giambattista Valli gown.
"Masters of Sex" star Lizzy Caplan wore both black and white with
her halter Donna Karen gown, while "The Good Wife" actress Julianna
Margulies spun a twist on black with a beaded Narciso Rodriguez
Sarah Paulson created red carpet drama with a black Armani Prive
strapless gown that had exaggerated overlay of embroidered netting,
which got the star caught on hedges lining the red carpet. Julia
Roberts skipped the long gown trend for a short leg-baring sequined
navy Elie Saab dress.
And then there are the outfits that split fashion critics, which
this year was "Girls" star Lena Dunham's pale pink shirt and
multi-tiered full skirt by Giambattista Valli.
Wilson praised Dunham for taking a risk, saying "Lena looked
amazing, it's really fun color trend and with features, it's bubbly
and fun, very much her personality."
(Editing by Mary Milliken and Ken Wills)
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