This year’s 66th Primetime Emmy Awards came with its fair share of shock and awe, more with regards to personal ensembles than to the nominated series themselves (in case you missed it, Breaking Bad and Modern Family were the top shows to beat.) On the carpet, shades of red quickly became the popular dress color of the night, but stars who strayed from the norm landed the biggest standout looks. Thankfully, in terms of fashion, most contenders arrived and left as winners.
Talk about Scandal-lous. Donning an orange Prada gown with jewel detail, a slit about the knee and smoky eyes, the woman most known for her role as Olivia Pope worked the red carpet like a true gladiator. And to think she was pregnant just a few months ago.
The Orange is the New Black star wowed onlookers while wearing a white Marc Bouwer gown with a plunging neckline and dramatic cape. Paired with a soft updo and jewel embellishments, she undoubtedly left her mark on the carpet as well as the history books as the first transgender person to receive an Emmy nomination.
Orange is the New Black‘s lead actress also shined in a nude beaded Zuhair Murad gown and casually swept updo. A diamond ear cuff and matching accessories added playfulness to the sophisticated silhouette.
The Girls actress and soon-to-be Peter Pan looked like a modern day princess in a strapless Giambattista Valli gown, adorned with a velvet black bow. Fresh-faced makeup and slicked back hair finished off the effortless look.
The Grey’s and Private Practice alum brightened up the carpet in a bold yellow Stephane Rolland gown with an asymmetrical peplum and small train. Her ginger waves and simple diamond jewelry add elegance to the whimsical ensemble.
Thanks to her work on The Normal Heart, Roberts graced the Emmys red carpet for the first time in well over a decade. She definitely dressed to impress in an beaded Elie Saab Couture mini dress with a plunging neck and layered skirt. Her sun-kissed beach waves keep the look light and youthful.
Is that you, Janis Ian? Not anymore. The Masters of Sex starlet stole the entire show with a black and white Donna Karan Atelier gown, classic pearls and low bun. As a first-time Emmy nominee for lead actress in a drama, she definitely proved that she’s here to stay with a look as timeless as her career.
The men of the Emmys commanded their fair share of attention on the red carpet as well.
In a Tom Ford suit as classic as his charm, of course I have to pay my respects. Also, it’s Jon Hamm.
Alright alright alright, since when is Matthew a television actor and a film actor in the same year? Either way, he’s never failed a red carpet while wearing black tie, and last night was no different in a Dolce and Gabbana tuxedo. (Note: Did you see his onstage banter with Woody Harrelson? Not to mention the coordinated suits.)
Host of this year’s Emmys, Meyers walked the carpet and the stage in a tailored blue Ralph Lauren suit.
It appeared as though he traded in the Cards for a cane, paired with a Ralph Lauren tuxedo and coattails. Surprisingly enough, the cane was actually an accessory of necessity, as Spacey suffered a mild injury earlier in the week. The look works regardless.
Gianna Collier-Pitts is the Violet Vision Editor of the Washington Square News. Email her at email@example.com