Emmy Fashion: Azure Like It

August 30, 2010 | by BY LAURIE BROOKINS | Homepage

Mad Men, Modern Family, Glee and Temple Grandin were among the trophy winners at last night’s 62nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards, but which fashion trends captured red-carpet glory? For a dominant color, there was no contest: Blue was such a hot shade, it found its way onto women and men alike. Here’s a roundup of three haute themes and the A-listers who wore them:

In the Navy: Rarely does a color completely take over an awards-show red carpet, but last night’s ceremony was decidedly rooted in deep blue. That was especially true of two actresses in Glee: Jayma Mays wore a navy chiffon gown by Burberry, while Lea Michele topped many best-dressed lists in a navy silk-faille gown awash in ruffles from Oscar de la Renta’s Resort collection. Padma Lakshmi, whose Top Chef captured Best Reality Series, sported a strapless navy gown by Carolina Herrera, while Modern Family’s Julie Bowen chosen a strapless navy gown from J. Mendel’s Resort collection and 30 Rock’s Jane Krakowski wore a custom gown by Escada in a navy and black print. (Not every choice won raves: By the time she hit the red carpet, even January Jones seemed a little ambivalent about her lapis-toned Versace Atelier gown with its overwrought structure and high-low hemline.) Even the guys got into the act: House’s Hugh Laurie sported a midnight-blue shawl-collar tuxedo by Brunello Cucinelli, but Glee’s Ryan Murphy, who captured Best Directing for a Comedy, went one better, not only opting for a tux in a more look-at-me shade of brilliant blue, but also thanking its designer—Tom Ford—in his acceptance speech.

Get Her to the Greek: Goddess gowns are nothing new on a red carpet, but this easy, breezy look undeniably ruled the Emmys, as there was nary a princess gown in sight (Glee’s Dianna Agron, looking quite perfect in Carolina Herrera, being the exception). Twitter was abuzz when Kim Kardashian hit the red carpet early in a diaphanous white gown, accented with a tribal-inspired beaded collar, from Marchesa’s Resort collection. Sarah Hyland also earned kudos for her bias-cut satin gown with twisted straps by Pamella Roland, while Edie Falco, winner of Best Actress in a Comedy, sported that detail integral to the goddess silhouette—the one shoulder—in her Bottega Veneta number. Other heralded one-shoulder looks: Emily Blunt in Dior, Joan Allen in Michael Kors and Glee’s Jane Lynch, winner of Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy, wearing an eggplant-satin gown by LA-based Ali Rahimi.

Stunning Sparklers: No simple sequins at these Emmys—beading was on steroids. I loved the chunky, mirror-like paillettes on the navy L’Wren Scott gown worn by Julianna Margulies, while Rita Wilson opted for a short Prada dress with a chainmail-like overlay. The lush bronze epaulets on Anna Paquin’s Alexander McQueen Resort gown were not universally praised, but I will defend it: Sarah Burton’s first outing for the house since McQueen’s passing was rife with the drama he loved, and this gown (which looked amazing on a taller girl) was no exception. But the golden girl of the night? Apologies to Betty White, but it was without question Claire Danes, who looked so fantastically chic and effortless in a crystal-encrusted Armani Prive gown. Hair down and tousled, makeup and jewelry rightly kept to a minimum, Danes looked like a winner hours before she picked up her trophy.

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