The 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Red Carpet Recap—Color Reigns Supreme!

Tinseltown’s leading ladies took a cue from Sunday’s sweltering temperatures continuing last spring’s bold assertion of vibrant colors down the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Red Carpet. While the evening could be divided in a triumvirate of palette, texture, and silhouette—citrus hues clearly dominated the evening!



High Voltage

In the high voltage category, shades of neon, canary, and tangerine proved to be a good luck charm for Emmy winners Julianne Moore in Christian Dior Couture, Julie Bowen in Monique Lhuillier, Claire Danes in Lanvin, and Jessica Lange in J. Mendel who turned up the wattage in varying brights. The deeper shades of persimmon were also favored by Leslie Mann, Padma Lakshmi, and Lindsay Pulsipher. With all this color-focused attention, the silhouettes remained either fitted such as a strapless mermaid gown with a trumpet hem or a more languidly draped column with the ease of forgiving lines. Interestingly enough, many of the fairer nominees selected these bolder shades for a statement that was undeniably alluring, providing a complementary counterpoint to their softer features.





Debutantes, Divas, & Doyennes!

From the ultimate fashion fairytale to the sexiest screen siren, every starlet wants to sparkle! Some adopt a more demurely classic approach by creating a princess moment such as the ever-independent, ever-delightfully quirky Zooey Deschanel in her strapless baby blue Reem Acra frock; while others could care less about subtlety and have both the personality and body to deliver the evening’s most eagerly anticipated va-va-voom moment. The stunning and vivacious Sofia Vergara did just that, in what was undoubtedly the Emmy Red Carpet’s Boticelli-esque personification (and one of my favorites) with a dazzling strappy, sequined aqua Zuhair Murad gown. The Fall 2012 Runways channeled a Blue Velvet affair with the deepest maritime shades and richest brocades. Last night gave us the full aqua-marine spectrum, albeit more delicately interpreted, from Heidi Klum’s seafoam goddess Alexandre Vauthier couture gown and Julianne Hough’s strapless Georges Hobeika to the more mid-tone azures and cobalts as seen on Archie Panjabi, Jane Levy, and Michelle Dockery to an even deeper blue with Hayden Panettiere’s one-shouldered Marchesa and Allison Williams in a green sculpted Oscar de la Renta. With silhouettes that ranged from strapless to high-slit goddess and fairy-tale tulle to body-hugging embellishment, these nominees fully embraced their inner-girlieness and outer-womanly curves.



Noteworthy Trends: Surpliced, Laser-cut, and Graphically Color-Blocked…

There are always actresses looking to buck the aforementioned trends of palette, texture, and silhouette for something more innovative and avant-garde. These are no wallflowers; they will wear the surpliced, laser-cut, and color-blocked with unabashed pride! The next contenders here were Hollywood darling and new "it-girl," Lena Dunham in Prada, Gennifer Goodwin in Monique Lhuillier, January Jones in Zac Posen, and Glenn Close in Bibhu Mohapatra. Edie Falco in Stella McCartney and Zosia Mamet (also) in Bibhu Mohapatra went for the more graphic juxtapositions of navy and white or black and cream. Honorable mentions for the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” black, must be given to Jane Krakowski; while she chose a black background Kaufman Franco, the foreground certainly was all that glitters; the supremely talented and adorable Melissa McCarthy wore Daniela Kurrle, and Amy Poehler, the evening’s first presenter, was the sleekest we’d ever seen her in Stella McCartney!



Timeless Romantic

There was an Elizabethan air of formality and regality here which had actresses opting for a more ethereal composition in deeply romantic hues from merlot and burgundy to aubergine and eggplant. While Anna Gunn and Cat Deeley chose brighter, coral-reds, Kat Dennings (exquisite in J. Mendel, another favorite look of mine) and Mayim Bialik deepened the palette with cabernet, while Julia Louis-Dreyfuss in Vera Wang, Tina Fey in Vivienne Westwood, and Jena Malone also in the very popular J. Mendel intensified the palette further. Much like the opposite end of the spectrum as we saw with brighter hues, when color takes on the starring role, designers tend to favor origami-folds, fitted columns, or draped Grecian styles. Another subcategory of romantics were the dreamscape prints where we saw Ariel Winter in Katharine Kidd; Elisabeth Moss in Dolce & Gabbana; and Julianna Margulies in Giambattista Valli Couture.




Gilding the Ladies

With a smattering of sequins for those even-more-inclined to shine, this widely-contested category channeled an edgier, more daring starlet who doesn’t mind mirroring that prize image in cooler shades of grey—it is after all, the new black! Metallic hues from greige, silver, pewter, and gunmetal made for some of the evening’s most radiant red carpet looks. We were swooning all over Christina Hendricks’ curves in her strapless, silver Christian Siriano gown. Much like her alter-ego Emily Thorne, Emily VanCamp was elegantly sexy in a platinum illusion neckline J. Mendel gown. While the stunningly statuesque Morena Baccarin opted for a deeper pewter Basil Soda gown with a plunging neckline, petite Sarah Hyland was delicately lovely in a softer toned embroidered Marchesa. (Although the shade intensity, silhouettes, and women differed, I equally loved both of these looks on them!) Kate Mara also dazzled in Badgley Mischka. “Best-casting” honors surely go to Kerry Washington in Vivienne Westwood and Lucy Liu in Versace who dazzled in head-to-toe shimmering glamour; they looked as if they’d been poured from a mold into the most sparkling, reflective silver columns!



For a complete list of the evening’s nominees and winners, please visit






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