Fashion Desk: 2012 Emmy Awards

She Said: 2012 Emmy Awards

The red carpet at the Emmy Awards was full of retro flair and bright colors. In some cases the retro flair was beautiful and fun. Sometimes the bright colors were daring and dramatic without being overpowering. But, it was a red carpet and there were also some scary matronly retro dresses and some bright ensembles that made you wish for a pair of designer sunnies to hide the madness.  There were also a lot of dresses that were reminiscent of the sea and mermaids and dresses seem to be taking on a Gatsby flair (even though the release date for the movie still seems eons away). TV royalty comes out in full- on formal, fabulousness on the Emmys and love the dresses or hate them they are noteworthy. The stars, stylists and designers put on a bright pageant this year! Overall, there were some really exciting looks, even if there were a few wearers of fashion that would be tragic on a Barbie. Here are my picks for whose looks were best, who looked like a mess and who was almost fabulous!

Dress Successes

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Zooey Deschanel in Reem Acra

This is so beautiful! I love the light blue with its wonderful iridescent quality. The shape is lovely and flattering. Her makeup and hair look perfect.

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Jessica Pare in Jason Wu

In the middle of all the color and full skirts this dress provided a moment of respite. It’s so refreshing simple. The drapery of the bodice, the one shoulder and creamy color combine to make a lovely dress. But, the addition of the black accessories gives the look chic and modern accents.

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Sarah Hyland in Notte by Marchesa

This is a lovely dress and suits her very well. It’s sometimes hard to find gowns for young girls and this is really lovely. The drapery and beading on the bodice is lovely. Selecting a soft shade also keeps the look fresher. Her hair and makeup is elegant without being overwhelming.

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Anna Chlumsky in custom Christian Siriano

Lace! This dress has a beautiful texture and is romantic and lacy without giving too much away. The train and the neckline are so elegant! Can I have those earrings, please?

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January Jones in Zac Posen

This look is definitely different from what most people were wearing. But, I really like it! It’s very elegant and fashion forward (which can be a hard or impossible look to pull off). The texture and construction of the dress are anything but basic and her hair and makeup is appropriately dramatic as well.

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Ginnifer Goodwin in Monique Lhuillier

The texture and color of this dress are AMAZING! It’s so strikingly beautiful. There were many gowns with retro flair that were beautiful, but this dress to me feels the most like a balance between old and new style. I would love to wear this gown!

Dress Messes

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Ashley Judd in Carolina Herrera

The color is just awful! I don’t think that I’ve ever seen a Carolina Herrera dress in such a terrible color. The dress is so over designed with the big bow and the belt orbiting around the middle. Her hair is just too big! Hey, don’t get me wrong- sometimes, big hair is great. This really looks like a bad pageant outfit instead of a red carpet at a major award show.

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Nicole Kidman in Antonio Berardi

The fabric feels overtaxed and looks like it’s buckling at the hip and puckering at the hem. The blue beading would be better suited to a warrior or eagle costume and looks very out of place.

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Claire Danes in Lanvin

This yellow is not attractive. I also think the top and waistline look overly droopy. I know she’s pregnant, but I still feel that she could have made a better dress selection. I’m really having a hard time with all the bad 80’s style and fit clothing that is trendy right now. If it didn’t look great on a Barbie 20 years ago, then it’s not going to look good on a human now.

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Sofia Vergara in Zuhair Murad

This dress is over- the-top in a bad way. It’s too bright and too glitzy. The neckline looks like a bad prom dress. I know the diamond jewelry she wore was lovely, but the dress just looks like a bad pageant or prom dress.

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Hayden Panettiere in Marchesa

Sari style dresses can be beautiful, but this doesn’t work because it’s so overly designed. There are too many panels and angles. I also don’t think the colors are very complimentary or flattering. The dress combined with her hair and makeup really age Hayden.

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Julianne Hough in Georges Hobeika Couture

I love the idea of mermaid and ocean inspired dresses. I just don’t like execution of this dress. While the color is lovely, it’s the only thing that I like about this look. The texture at the bottom of the dress looks costumey. However the worst part of the dress is that it makes Julianne Hough- teeny, tiny, little Julianne Hough look very wide in the hips. No thanks; I’m not interested in a dress that makes a celebrity of her stature look wide.

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Amanda Peet in Calvin Klein

Amanda has worn dresses similar to this before. While the 20’s style hair flatters her, this dress does not. The color is blah, the lace heavy and uninteresting and it makes her look wide and heavy in the waist and hips.

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Lena Dunham in Prada

I absolutely hate this dress. It’s heavy, boring, frumpy and totally unflattering. There isn’t one positive thing I can say about it.

Almost Fabulous

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Julianne Moore in Dior Haute Couture

This dress is almost cool. It’s just such a covered up look combined with a bright solid color and lots of long hair that it’s too much look. If the color was a little more muted, had some texture and she had done something more interesting with her hair, then the look would be a winner!

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Mayim Bialik in Custom Pamella Rolland

The color is beautiful. I love the sleeves, the train and the bodice detail. Her jewelry and makeup are lovely, too. The problem with this look is all that hair! I love long hair, but I think that celebrities are just letting too much loose hair hang all over their carefully crafted dresses. It really can be distracting when you look at an outfit and all you can see is hair covering the top of the dress.

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Alison Williams in Oscar de la Renta

The color is beautiful. I just think the bust line is too overly constructed and looks odd.

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Christine Baranksi

I know most people hate this dress, but I like it. I think it’s fun and flattering. It’s so inspiring to see a woman who is older and not wearing the dreaded suited evening gown. I do agree that it’s not very occasion appropriate because this is definitely a cocktail dress and not a gown. But, occasion aside it’s great!

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Julie Bowen in Monique Lhuillier

It’s just too bright! I think it’s flattering and appreciate the texture that was given to the gown in construction. But, it’s too bright!

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Julianna Margulies in Giambattista Valli

At first I thought I loved this dress because I love florals and retro-inspired gowns. But, the dress is too big and too boxy. The front seam of the gown is too prominent. I like the color of the fabric, but because it’s so heavy I think simpler construction and less of the fabric itself would have made for a lovelier gown.

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He Said: Emmys 2012

Here we are with the Emmys upon us yet again.  I actually don’t look forward to big events like these because men too often stick to the standard black tux and black bow tie.  The exposure is too important to take any risks and that results in really boring fashion choices.  I’ll talk some about those choices here because they can be either be done well, or fall flat, but I’m more interested in the risk takers.

Best

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Alec Baldwin- This is a simple choice, but done very well.  I love that the pop of color that he used matched his date’s dress.  I always like matching with Kari when we go out places.

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Ricky Gervais-  Ricky shows great rebel style here.  The open neck and atonal lapel work well for him especially when paired with the black shirt.

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Peter Dinklage-  Here Peter shows a great variation on the standard tux.  The long tie works great here.  This is the best use of the long tie all night.

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Jimmy Fallon- This is the classic look at it’s best.  Well tailored, and very sharp.

Worst

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Aaron Paul-  The brown does not work here.  I can’t think of a time when brown makes a good accent color.

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John Hamm-  This is the boring traditional look at it’s worst.  The tie flares out too much, and the jacket doesn’t fit well.

Close, but not quite

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Mario Lopez- The Navy color of the suit looks good, but not with that tie.

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Carson Daly-  Maybe it’s just skinny ties in general, but Carson Daly’s tie just doesn’t look occasion appropriate.

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Zachary Quinto- This outfit goes just a little too far.  The tux is really well fitted, and the color was a good choice, but the shirt color makes this feel to drab.

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Johnny Galecki- I like the jacket, but there’s too much going on here.  The jacket, the tie, and the pants are all different colors.  It would have worked better if the pants were black.

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