Was it just me, or was last night’s Emmy red carpet a bit, well, blah? Was there a memo? All I saw was a lot of black and neutral colours (creams, champagnes, beiges, pale pinks), with the occasional splash of red, and a small smattering of blues and pinks. And mermaid dress after mermaid dress. Everyone looked lovely, certainly, but I quit watching the red carpet pre-show about half way in. I need a bigger dose of interesting (and diverse) fashion to make Ryan and Giuliana palatable, thanks!

Picking dresses for this post was also tough, because I didn’t love love any particular dress, and I didn’t really hate hate one either. Most of them fell in the pretty-but-meh category. Safe, oh, so safe. Which is good if you’re a starlet looking to avoid the “What was she thinking” segments on the Fashion Police, but bad if you’re a blogger hoping for a chance to write some witty comments without falling asleep. 

Anyway, here goes:

Love: I loved Claire Danes abstract print, sequined Oscar de la Renta column dress. It’s such an interesting visual, I can’t stop staring at it trying to decide what it reminds me of. Well, I could never the resist the shiny. Dress aside, I am not crazy about the styling, and I wish she’d found some way to add accessories beyond the earrings. It would definitely be a challenge to pick the right dress to complement but not overwhelm, given the high wattage of the gown, but hey – that’s what celebrity stylists exist, right?


Like: I liked Gwyneth Paltrow’s unusual Pucci dress. Ok, I liked the bottom. I was “meh” on the top, and I didn’t like the faux-sheer mesh panel at the waist; with so much going on already with this dress, it seemed like unnecessary overkill. However, this was one of the riskier fashion choices of the night, and not a dress that screams “Paltrow” to me, so kudos to her for going with it. Actually, it kind of reminds me of her much-reviled Alexander McQueen gown from the 2002 Oscars [the black, sheer-topped creation she accessories with braids, remember?] in terms of that. I’m guessing people will either love it or hate it.

On the fence: I’m not sure how I feel about Jayme Mays’ Zuhair Murad dress. I love the top, and I don’t even mind the pink-on-pink belt (though it might be too sweet for words), but I’m not sure that I’m feeling the bottom. It might just take the dress over the top and into my-Barbie-princess territory for me. Thoughts?
Hate: I take back what I said about everyone looking lovely. Sorry Heidi! I loathe this Christian Siriano dress (though, props to Ms. Klum for supporting a Project Runway alumnus) – the colour, the mesh, those frills!! Those frills! I can’t decide if the bottom half of the dress reminds me more of my mom’s bad 80s perm from way back in the day, or a head of frisee lettuce. I also hate the shoe choice, although I am also pretty sure that I have those exact shoes in my closet. And therein lies my problem with them: office pumps on the red carpet – why?
What were your favourite (and not so favourite) gowns on the Emmy red carpet?

4 Comments on 2011 Emmy’s red carpet

  1. I agree with on Clare Danes dress; its quite eye-catching. I did like Cobie Smulders’ periwinkle dress – the colour looked lovely on her.


  2. The best part of the Emmys was when Downton Abbey won a bunch of awards! In general, though, I agree with you on the dresses. Too much blah neutral, too much mermaid shape (I’m so over that shape already!) and lots of red. Too much red, really, so that it didn’t stand out.

    I didn’t like Gwyneth’s dress – I thought it looked like her tummy was poking out and she doesn’t have a tummy! I’m not sure I have a favourite. Kaley Cuoco (from Big Bang Theory) wore a cute black tea length dress with stunning red shoes, so that would probably be my favourite, as it’s the only one I seem to remember.

    I looked through the gowns on Jezebel and they made a good point – where were all the necklaces? Accessorizing is important, am I right?

  3. I really liked Cobie Smulders’ dress as well. The colour was stunning, and I thought her hair style was quite lovely. However in one of the pictures I saw the top seemed like it could have fit her better.

  4. Third on the love for Cobie Smulders’ dress, although I mostly liked the colour. The style was a little prom dress-ish for me.

    Laura, everyone seemed to be fairly low key. You’re right – not many jewels in sight. I wonder why; after all, it’s like the TV Oscars, so not exactly unimportant.