Dresses in various jewel tones dominated the carpet, such as
"UnREAL" star Shiri Appleby's cobalt sequinned Diane von
Furstenberg column dress.
"It just felt like it was really fresh and really fun," Appleby
told Reuters on the red carpet.
America Ferrera, one of the award presenters of the night, also
wore a deep blue, strapped sequin dress by Jenny Packham, an
outfit that won praise on social media.
"Transparent" nominee Melora Hardin wore a cobalt blue Zac Posen
gown, while model-actress Emily Ratajkowski wore a navy
structured Posen gown.
Yellow and red gowns confirmed the stars' penchant for primary
colors at television's top honors.
"American Horror Story" star Angela Bassett wore a mustard
yellow Christian Siriano gown, "Empire" Emmy nominee Taraji P.
Henson opted for a canary yellow custom Vera Wang column dress
while "Quantico" actress Priyanka Chopra spun and smiled for
photographers in her red Jason Wu dress, with cutouts on the
shoulder and waist.
"What stood out to me was some of these more modern dresses,"
said Rickie De Sole, W Magazine's fashion market and accessories
"There were also a lot of people doing cutouts - some doing them
better than others," De Sole added, pointing to Tracee Ellis
Ross' spot-on Ralph Lauren look.
"Orphan Black" nominee Tatiana Maslany also opted for subtle
cutouts in her red Alexander Wang dress, while "Mr Robot"
actress Portia Doubleday's red long-sleeved gown featured a
plunging central cutout.
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And then there were those who turned to the black dress, despite the
unseasonably hot day.
"Game of Thrones" actress Sophie Turner opted for a black lace
Valentino dress, telling Reuters, "It's beautiful and gorgeous."
"Modern Family" star Sarah Hyland bucked the trend for dresses,
wearing black pants and a strapless trained top by Monique Lhuillier.
"Fargo" nominee Kirsten Dunst opted for a plunging beaded black
Givenchy number, while pregnant "Scandal" star Kerry Washington wore
a black Brandon Maxwell gown with cutouts.
"It's great to see her (Washington) support a young designer," said
Eric Wilson, fashion news director at InStyle, highlighted the "the
metallic and hyper-textured look" as a head-turning trend,
demonstrated by Heidi Klum in a silver Michael Kors dress and Claire
Danes, nominated for best actress for drama "Homeland," in a gold
"I want to see more of that," Wilson said.
(Reporting by Melissa Fares in New York and Piya Sinha-Roy in Los
Angeles; Editing by Mary Milliken)
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