Wednesday, September 25, 2013

2013 Emmy Red Carpet Review...

Sadly, I did not watch much of the 2013 Emmy Awards, despite several of my favorite shows' nominations for awards this year.  I was so excited for both Breaking Bad (Best Drama) and Modern Family (Best Comedy) and their wins!  Although, with so much talent in the competition pool, it was challenging to pick favorites in many of the categories!  (See bottom for full list of winners.)  

Of course, my other favorite part of any awards show...the Red Carpet Review.  By no means do I claim to be fashion police...If you have ever seen me running around town during the week in workout pants, a sweatshirt, and tornado-hair-in-a-bun, you know I am no expert!  But, I do have a love for all things design, and therefore it is fun to play Joan Rivers for a bit (with my humble opinions...)

Favorites from the 2013 Emmy's Red Carpet:

Fav of the PALE tones ....

Absolutely LOVED Julia Louis Dreyfus in this simple-yet-stunning Monique Lhuillier textured-platinum column gown.  She was glowing, and to top it off, she won in her category of Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, Veep

Loved the simple yet modern cut of Padma Lakshmi's Kaufman Franco gown.  The ice blue color was striking against her beautiful deep/olive skin tone.

Kerry Washington is almost ALWAYS a fashion hit for me...This delicate, romantic, and feminine embroidered Marchesa gown was gorgeous on her....(better on TV than in photos)


Typically not a big fan of the midriff cut-outs or crop/top look, but the otherwise clean lines of this coral matte Calvin Klein gown was so flattering and pretty on Rose of my favs from the Red Carpet

Laura Dern's intricate, geometric, coral lace Naeem Khan's gown was beautiful on her and loved her half-updo hair, perfectly complemented the boho-look of the gown...

Fav BOLD/JEWEL Tones...

Sarah Hyland looked so chic and grown up (in contrast to her teenage character on Modern Family) in this gorgeous CH Carolina Herrera emerald green gown with lace overlay.  Usually I am not a huge fan of lace paired with bold hues, but this is an exception.  The style is tasteful, flattering, and I love the lace trim along the feminine and sweet.  Definitely one of my fav gowns of the evening!

Allison Williams could look adorable in a burlap sack, so of course she nailed it in this simple yet striking cobalt blue Ralph Lauren gown.  Although I previously disliked the Eva Longoria-prom-dress use of this color, it has grown on me recently...Particularly when used in muted/matte fabrics and designs (think cobalt suede kitten heels), I think this color is fabulous.  She looked amazing in this classically designed Ralph Lauren gown...

Eddie Falco has never looked better, in my opinion in this Escada halter column gown!  Again, the cobalt blue gown in a matte fabric and clean lines looked modern-sporty-chic.  Unlike other recent gowns with front side slits up to the you-know-what, this slit is appropriate and flattering.

Although I am typically not a big fan of this bright violet hue, Allison Janney looked amazing in this David Meister Signature gown.  I love the gathered/pleated detail of the bodice and the placement of the cap sleeves was super flattering.  

Fav of the REDS...

Christine Baranski looked fabulous in this tomato red gown. It had an age-appropriate-yet-spunky vibe.  

Bombshell Sofia Vergara looked stunning as ever in this bold red, curve-flattering Vera Wang gown.  

Absolutely LOVED Michelle Dockery's red & burgundy Prada gown (ok, I am biased since I adore her in Downton Abbey)....but I am a huge fan on this color combo and the style is classic (full skirt) with modern twist (bare back, color-block), the full bow behind neck is a throwback to that amazing Nicole Kidman gown...

Fav of the BLACKS...

Robin Wright looked sophisticated and cool in this sleek, mock-neck Ralph Lauren gown...With a unique, subtle Deco design on top, this gown finally gave redemption to the sheer look...It balanced interesting detail with sufficient coverage to avoid tacky and tasteless like many sheer styles today..

Again, perhaps I am biased for her smart, strong, and confident Joan character on Mad Men, but I thought Christina Hendricks looked lovely in this classic Christian Siriano gown.  Loved the modest v-neck style as it perfectly complimented her curvy figure...and the delicate, sheer lace sleeves are so pretty on her...


How adorable is Kieman Shipka in this fun, colorful cupcake-of-a-dress by Delpozo....perfectly age appropriate and sweet!

The So-So....

Love the burgundy color and general silhouette of Kaley Cuoco's Vera Wang dress...BUT, not a big fan of the sheer corset top...just too weird for me.

Tina Fey looked absolutely stunning in this Narciso Rodriguez cobalt blue gown during the show, BUT now that I see it in photos, it is just so-so...(perhaps a bit too clingy) But again, it was super flattering live..

Emily Deschanel looked sophisticated and elegant in this grey/blue lace Houghton the one shoulder, long sleeve style...BUT I think it would have worked better perhaps with her hair looked a bit too matronly, 1st-Lady-Becomes-Grandmother overall...

Love Claire Danes as an actress, and the fabric of this ivory lace/beaded Armani Prive gown is SO gorgeous...BUT, I just did not think the cut of the dress was flattering on her at all...Also, wasn't a huge fan of her faux-bob hair style....too pixie-girl-scout-ish

Leslie Mann wore a cool, modern, Deco-graphic, chevron J, Mendel dress that would have been fabulous had the lining gone all the way to the floor, BUT, the sheer bottom does NOT work at all for me.

Zooey Deschanel is adorable and I love her quirky, authentic self...BUT I did not find that this J. Mendel gown matched her funky/quirky personality...a bit too prim and proper.  BUT, the gown itself is unique and beautiful!

Giuliana Rancic would have looked very pretty in this cornflower blue beaded Tadashi Shoji gown if she had eaten a few more cheeseburgers in the week prior...I know it is a #1 no-no to ever critique someone's weight, but sadly she just did not look healthy at all.  Some people can carry off the Hollywood-thin look better than others...she is not one of them.

Kelly Osbourne looked adorable in this Jenny Packham red gown...again, for the curvier figures, I find the v-neck with flutter sleeve combo to be very flattering....Only gripe here is her strange lavender hued hair...Not sure what her natural hair color is, but it would have gone much better with this beautiful dress!

Malin Ackerman looked pretty in this pale blue Marchesa gown, BUT somehow this overall look w the hair tendrils was a bit too 1990's prom-ish for me.  The color washed her out a bit as well.

Interesting detail in the top of this Escada gown on Jessica Lange, but it was a bit too 'painted-on' looking...BUT, she looked fabulous, particularly for the more 'mature' age group!

Loved the concept (and uniqueness) behind Connie Britton's Naeem Khan's Moroccan-vibe velvet and metallic gown...BUT I think it would have been prettier with less severe color-contrast and more of a tone-on-tone look....Nevertheless, the simple column shape of the gown balanced the ornate fabric detail...

Julie Bowen looked adorable in this ballerina-shoe-pink Zac Posen gown...BUT I think the frilliness would have been beautiful in the sleeve OR hemline, but not both simultaneously, as was in this case...a bit too fussy overall for me.

Elizabeth Moss looked cool and collected in this modern Andrew Gn gown, BUT it did not wow me...LOVE her on Mad Men, nevertheless!

The NOT so favorites...

Just WAY too much going on with this emerald Oliver Tolentino gown on Mayim Bialik...the color looks beautiful on her, but the gown had 4 too many accents for me.

Zosia Mamet sadly looked strange in this squashed-boob-meets-watercolor of a gown, by Honor.  Just too much going on, and not flattering at all, in my opinion.

Amanda Peet, where have you hidden your adorable, fun, tasteful OLD self?  Not sure what she was thinking with this choice...again, the sheer bottom does nothing for me!! But, putting that aside, there is just too much detail in this Erdem gown....looks more Addams-Family-Halloween than Emmy's-Red-Carpet to me.

Lena Dunham...just not a good look on this talented actor/creator of HBO's Girls...wish a stylist or family member could have talked her out of this.  I am all for the "To each his/her own" approach to fashion, yet sometimes this rule does not apply when it is inarguably bad taste...The color was NOT flattering to her skin tone, the style (esp on top) was ill-fitting, and it was an overall flop.  She is such an authentic, spunky, interesting woman...she would have looked better in something different altogether, perhaps a simple style to balance her big personality.

Anna Gunn - though her acting is fantastic as Walter White's wife (character) on Breaking Bad, this black-lace-meets-pale-pink Romona Keveza combo did nothing for me.  I found this dress a tad too cheesy and tawdry for my taste...

Heidi Klum typically looks amazing in anything, but is known for selecting 'statement' gowns that the audience either loves or hates...but I was not a fan of this mock-neck-choker-style Atelier Versace gown.  It was too severe and restrictive looking.  A big fan of the color, however!

Although I love this talented comedic actress, the high-neck/cap sleeve Basler gown was not very flattering on Amy Poehler, in my opinion.  Nor were the strange wing-like pockets? details? at the hips...

This too-cool-for-school-(and apparently proper attire) comedian, Sarah Silverman has always rubbed me the wrong way....wasn't a fan of her Deadly Dames cocktail dress and killer (literally look like weapons) heels...

Love the unique and refreshing turquoise blue color of Jessica Pare's Oscar de la Renta's gown, but I am NOT a fan of the asymmetrical hemline...wish this trend (along with the sheer skirt) would just go away forever!

Allison Hannigan's plum Marchesa gown had potential, but somehow (perhaps paired with the hairstyle that seemed to mimic the lines of the gown), this look did not work for me.  Generally not a big fan of this grape-jelly color for formal gowns, especially in this shiny taffeta silk material...

Julianna Margulies usually looks fantastic on the Red Carpet, but this strange decal?-embellished Reed Krakoff gown did nothing for me.  The leaf detail looks more suited to a cheesy tattoo or iPhone case or nail salon than awards show gown...

Love the adorable and talented dancer/actress Julianne Hough (how cute was she in Safe Haven?)...but again, the sheer skirt is WAY too figure-skater-dancing-with-the-stars...There is a time and place, but sadly, this was not it.

Carrie Underwood's grape jelly Romona Keveza shiny gown and side-swept hair looks too fussy and 1980's prom dress...

The strange, angular (saggy-bottom) hips of this Armani gown ruined this look for me, on Cat Deeley...This gown had potential, but the lines got lost in translation....

Love the talented Kate Mara, but this J Mendel style seems ill-fitted on her.  The skirt of her gown seemed to pull in an unflattering way.  

January Jones' nude Givenchy gown looked too 'draperies-out-of-a-Victorian-home' for my taste.  I appreciate a classic, timeless style, but this was just too old fashioned and the color washed out her fair skin/hair coloring.

Not sure what Vera Farmiga was trying to smuggle into the Emmy's auditorium under her ridiculously full skirt, but this Theyskins' Theory was a major miss for me...Plus, NOT a big fan of the strange updo....

What were YOUR favorites from this year's Emmys Red Carpet?

2013 Emmy Award Winners, by Category:

Drama Series: "Breaking Bad" (AMC)
Actor, Drama Series: Jeff Daniels, "The Newsroom (HBO)
Actress, Drama Series: Claire Danes, "Homeland" (Showtime)
Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Bobby Cannavale, "Boardwalk Empire" (HBO)
Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Anna Gunn, "Breaking Bad" (AMC)
Directing, Drama Series: David Fincher, "House of Cards" (Netflix)
Writing, Drama Series: Henry Bromell, "Homeland" (Showtime)
Comedy Series: "Modern Family" (ABC)
Lead Actor, Comedy Series: Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS)
Lead Actress, Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep," (HBO)
Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Tony Hale, "Veep" (HBO)
Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Merritt Wever, "Nurse Jackie" (Showtime)
Directing, Comedy Series: Gail Mancuso, "Modern Family" (ABC)
Writing, Comedy Series: Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield, "30 Rock" (NBC)
Miniseries or Movie: "Behind the Candelabra" (HBO)
Lead Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Michael Douglas, "Behind the Candelabra" (HBO)
Lead Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Laura Linney, "The Big C: Hereafter" (Showtime)
Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: James Cromwell, "American Horror Story: Asylum" (FX)
Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Ellen Burstyn, "Political Animals" (USA)
Directing, Miniseries or Movie: Steven Soderbergh, "Behind the Candelabra" (HBO)
Writing, Miniseries or Movie: Abi Morgan, "The Hour" (BBC America)
Reality-Competition Program: "The Voice" (NBC)
Variety Series: "The Colbert Report" (Comedy Central)
Writing, Variety Series: "The Colbert Report" (Comedy Central)
Directing, Variety Series: Don Roy King, "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)
Choreography: Derek Hough, "Dancing With the Stars" (ABC)

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