2014 Emmy Awards Red Carpet Rundown – Part 1

Posted on August 27, 2014

You didn’t think we were DONE did you?

Oh, darlings. We have not yet begun to bitch. Crack your knuckles, get your coffee, and let’s get this mother started, right?


Allison Williams in Giambattista Valli Couture Spring 2014
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Oh, jeez. Fine. Whatever. You’re Princess Grace. Happy now? Her Serene Highness (With a Raggedy-Ass Hem).



Heidi Klum in Zac Posen Resort 2015
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Disappointing. We’re surprised by how boring and low-key this is. If there’s one thing Heidi really knows how to do, it’s dress for attention. We have to think that if she really thought Project Runway had a shot at winning, she’d have worn something a lot showier than this.



Kerry Washington in Prada
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SHOCKED by how ugly this is. The orange color is terrible for her and the random elements make it look like a child’s drawing of a dress.



Sofia Vergara in Roberto Cavalli
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So many randoms:

Cup o’ Bewbz.

The perfect dress to wear when you plan on being treated like shawarma meat.

The same exact dress she’s been wearing for the last however many years.

We suspect an A-Line skirt would make her break out in hives.

A turtleneck would inspire a full-on medical crisis.

She does look fantastic, though. We’re not suggesting otherwise.


Kristen Wiig in Vera Wang
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Bare minimum effort. No points awarded.



Mindy Kaling in Kenzo
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We like the colors, but the neckline and the high belt combine to make it a little stumpifying.



Sarah Hyland in Christian Siriano
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Have to admit, this is very, very pretty.



Taryn Manning in Vintage Azzaro
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Girl that is ONE HUNDRED PERCENT not your dress.  You do not have the coloring for metallic golds. You could probably rock the silvers, though.



Ariel Winter in Black Halo Eve
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Cute skirt, but the top erases her waist.



Michelle Monaghan in Giambattista Valli Couture Fall 2014
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It’s tasteful and she looks pretty, but she fails at the whole “get some time in the spotlight” part of the style brief.

Cringe in horror at her poor foot.



Viola Davis in Escada
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Kaley Cuoco in Monique Lhuillier Resort 2015
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Surprisingly pretty (because she doesn’t always have great instincts), but the clutch is a poor choice.



Taissa Farmiga in Honor
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It all kind of goes south at the knees, and the color combo really isn’t very photogenic, but at least it’s a little different. We’d like it more if the underskirt went to the floor and she was wearing a thin metallic belt to dress it up.



Melissa Rauch in Pamella Roland
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Debra Messing in Angel Sanchez Spring 2014
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It’s not a bad dress, but it’s a little boxy.



Samira Wiley in Christian Siriano
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We probably should’ve given her her own entry, because we need more space to explain ourselves, but her style choices aren’t helping her. It comes down to this: we are all for the idea of her wearing little or no makeup and jewelry on the red carpet, which seems to be her thing. But she tends to choose outfits that don’t really go with that minimalist approach. This dress and this color really kind of require some form of polish and embellishment in order to work. If she wants to go clean and spare in her styling, then she needs to go clean and spare in her fashion choices. Call it the Shailene Woodley effect.



Kate Mara in J. Mendel Fall 2014
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 Kudos to her. It’s interesting. We’re not saying we love every bit of it, but let’s face it: of all the major awards show red carpets, the Emmys tend to be the most conformist. We appreciate it when someone gives us something to look at without looking like a clown or a stripper.


Anna Gunn in Jenny Packham Resort 2015
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Pretty, if a little less than fabulous.


Taylor Schilling in Zuhair Murad Couture Fall 2014
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This was one of the biggest disappointments of the night. A total Girl, That’s Not Your Dress moment. It does nothing for her figure or her coloring.

We have no idea why this chick ever gets it wrong. How hard can it be for a tall, skinny, pretty, blonde white girl to find the right outfit for herself? It’s all for you, honey.


Felicity Huffman in Reformation
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There’s low-key and tasteful and then there’s “don’t look at me.” This is fine for some private gala, but it’s just wrongheaded for something like the Emmys red carpet. You don’t have to dress like a clown, but you should dress toward the idea of how it looks in pictures and on TV. This is a black hole.



Cat Deeley in Burberry
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Eye-catching, but the sash is terrible.



Allison Janney in Nicholas Jebran
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Oof, no. We love ourselves some Allison Janney, but the shoes look granny and the dress is just way too heavy and thick in the front. The color looks pretty great on her, and while you can’t tell it in this lighting, her makeup was fabulous on stage, but the dress and shoes are just awful.


Joanne Froggatt in J. Mendel
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It’s a very pretty dress, but it should probably be on Viola Davis. She’s too pale and small to make this work. She looks overwhelmed by it.


Natalie Dormer in J. Mendel
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Simple but striking. Gets the job done. She’s posing like her life depended on it.



Natasha Lyonne in Opening Ceremony
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REALLY awful. It’s that weird combo of body-con and matronly at the same time. Like an attention-seeking mother-of-the-bride. We’re shocked, because she’s pretty damn stylish, usually.



Minnie Driver in Marchesa
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Julie Bowen in Peter Som Fall 2014
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We like a good print, but this looked a little casual to us. Didn’t love the collar on her.



Teyonah Parris in Christian Siriano Resort 2015
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You have GOT to give it up for this girl, for making what looks to be a very difficult dress to wear (color-wise, at least) look insanely gorgeous on her.





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  • Karen Belgrad

    By Heidi standards, that’s a muumuu.

    • Gatto Nero

      Where’s the boobage? Where’s the shiny?!?

      • Karen Belgrad

        Hiding from bottomless fries?

    • dustinrhodes

      I actually think Heidi–can’t believe I am saying this!–looks stunning. All of it.

      • I kind of love it too, it is shockingly covered up, bordering on boring, but that colour is great on her and she is kinda working it.
        It is almost like she read all the ‘Heidi has no taste” stuff on this site, which could not have been more accurate, and said “I’ll show them” and went completely different this time.
        I do miss the crazy, glittery, skintight, cleavage extravaganza she usually dons though.

        • MoHub

          The dress is also remarkably clean-lined for Posen.

          • alyce1213

            Surprisingly un-overworked.

          • evave2

            Surprisingly unworked BUT really boring to me. She just doesn’t look OOOMPHY at all. And Heidi is about the OOMPH. I WANT her to look OOMPHY. I even liked that one dress they showed her in where her boobs look tied and pushing out in the middle. You know which one I mean. I want OOMPH. Now she looks good, but it’s like Zac took away two elements of his usual dress style not one too many.

          • sundaynightaddict

            I do love this dress, but I think if the color were different, it might have been more impactful.

      • luludexter

        I agree. I think she looks glorious here, very beautiful and the hair is also lovely.

      • I do, as well. I’m actually happy she took this route.

    • Wink

      So true! It’s refreshing to see her covered up for once. She’s gorgeous, so she really doesn’t need to show legs and boobs EVERY single time.

      • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

        I agree. She looks — and I can’t believe I’m saying this, elegant.

      • dustinrhodes

        She really IS beautiful, but she looks so tacky most of the time it’s hard to notice.

        • Monabel

          Yes! Like a kind of self-sabotage. She would rather be a joke than a beauty.

      • alyce1213

        I agree, and I can’t see what’s boring about it. It’s classic, elegant, great color, great fit. That’s all that’s needed for her beauty to shine.
        I’m not disappointed. I’m encouraged that Heidi went tasteful and I’d like to see her do it a lot more. (Not holding my breath, though.)

        • ballerinawithagun

          I agree with all of the above, Heidi looks fabulous and elegant, great color!

        • Sarah

          That’s exactly why it’s NOT boring, to my mind. I was very surprised to see it, which counts as interesting in my book. The color is lovely with her tan, and she looks perfectly fitted and classy. That’s a win, for Heidi, in my book.

    • Stubenville

      Practically a burqa.

    • MoHub

      Heidi seems to be drooping a bit. Considering the coverage of that gown, she could put a better bra underneath. Also, I’m not exactly sure salmon is Heidi’s best color.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      It’s a very covered look for Heidi;I rather like it, a refreshing change. I have no doubt that Heidi will revert to her normal attention seeking look again.

    • kbshee

      She was nominated as a producer of PR, right? Is this her ‘Serious Producer Fraulein” dress?

    • livesarah

      She looks so tasteful, I hope she is not unwell.

  • leahpapa

    I thought the Siriano dresses were, in the main, some of the most interesting of the night. Also – and I want to make sure this doesn’t come off as body snark, because I mean it with completely sincere concern – Allison Williams looked unwell during the broadcast.

    • Jessica Peterson

      ditto to the Siriano dresses

    • Daisy Walker

      Agree about Siriano. Teyonah Parris’ dress was my favorite look of the night.

    • Michele M.

      Agree about Siriano, and I’d add J. Mendel. I’m all about the ones featured above.

    • MartyBellerMask

      Samira Wiley’s was horrible though. Bad on her, but probably just a bad dress altogether. Just looked unfinished somehow.

      • evave2

        I loved Ariel Winter’s dress here. She wore him at a previous Emmy telecast if I remember correctly. She looks perfect in his dress.
        That Resort 2015 collection is gorgeous.

        I thought Samira Wiley’s dress was a poor color, but the woman’s skin tone pulled that together.

        • ampg

          What’s especially impressive is that she (Sarah) looked really TALL, which is a sign of good proportions.

      • demidaemon

        That seam at the bottom looks so amateur.

    • sundaynightaddict

      He dressed a LOT of people. I know a lot of designers like to be more “exclusive” with the number of dresses they send out on awards night, but I think it’s cool that he dressed so many actresses last night and their gowns all looked different.

  • Snowpiercer

    Teyonah Parris is mentos fresh…

    • ailujailuj

      definitely my fav. don’t know how she got herself into that pose—or out of it. but lovvvvvved it.

  • imspinningaround

    Joanne Froggatt’s dress would make the chicest gown for an Art Deco-themed wedding.

    I’m surprised by your assessment of Viola Davis. The color and silhouette are lovely, but it’s WAYYYYY tight. When she went up to present, it was incredibly unflattering onstage.

    Anna Gunn and Taylor Schilling: I see what you did there.

    • Kitten Mittons

      We are definitely in the minority on Viola’s look. I love love love the color, love the silhouette, but it’s at least too tight in the bust. I didn’t see her present, but from other pictures I can find, it looks too tight through the mid-section as well. It’s disappointing to me because she usually doesn’t make that mistake with regard to fit.

      • mlle

        I noticed the tightness in the bust as well.

  • Zuber

    No Comment for Anna Gunn Uncles?

    • leahpapa

      On my screen the caption is “Pretty, if a little less than fabulous.”

      • Zuber

        Yay! They added it 🙂

  • Zuber

    I think Alison Janney rocked the shit out of that mess of a dress. She’s hot!

    • lilibetp

      She would be – that’s velvet, and it’s August.
      Seriously, though. I LOVED the color of the dress. She should wear that color more often.

      • alyce1213

        I “ooohed” when I saw this beautiful (I’m gonna call it) deep raspberry. It pull all the reds to shame. I also like the presence of coral this year.

        • BayTampaBay

          I think this is a pretty great dress because the color is wonderful, it fits her great and she looks great. I do not think the fabric is as bad as it has been made out to be. The shoes are the real problem with the look as a whole.

          • alyce1213

            Oh, I don’t think the fabric is bad at all, just that it’s August and velvet looks heavy. Perfect for autumn, winter, early spring, not the dog days of summer.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I really like this look on Alison Janney, too. Yes, it’s August and velvet isn’t a summer fabric, but it’s a gorgeous color on her, and I think the designer used the fabric skillfully.

        • ailujailuj

          I loved this dress… and it’s also kind of awful. Maybe it’s the color—because you’re right. it’s the color you’re drawn to. Makes me really want a raspberry gelatto.

    • I liked it, too. Yes, the fabulous color is helping a lot but I actually like the design of the dress. But the shoes are just a nah. A big ol’ nah.

    • MaryMcClelland

      Yes – I actually overlooked the dress because she looked so fab and comfortable. And the color really pops against her skin. Then when I went back and perused the dress I thought 70’s prom.

    • ampg

      I agree it doesn’t look great in pictures, but I thought it looked amazing on stage.

  • yethica

    Teyonah Parris rocks my world. And I love Allison Williams’ dress as well, even though I have an irrational dislike of her.

    • Gatto Nero

      Williams was smart to default to her princess-y idea of herself rather than try and fail at something more edgy.

      • Sophie

        Isn’t the top part of her dress a bit edgier than usual? (I can’t be bothered to look it up, but maybe I’m imagining her previous dresses to be more boring than they actually were.) I like this dress, anyway.

      • evave2

        I thought she looked better than princess mode, sort of going to her first awards show and being dressed like a princess. Better than a usual Marquesa default (they make their women look so like beautiful princesses I love them for it but here I think the Valli was better).

  • Teyonah Parris in that Siriano gown. Now that is some serious dress wearing skills. That would devour nearly anyone else.

    • Patricia Groves Dobrowski

      She’s the most striking one of the group. Perfect dress/actress match.

    • Jeremiah Capacillo

      Replace her dangling earrings with mid-sized jewel studs (I’m thinking sapphire or emerald in the middle of a small cluster of diamonds) and this would have been a WERQ.

      • Yeah that dress is doing nearly all the work. She really needs little more that that dazzling smile. Small studs would’ve been a better choice.

  • But I am DYING to know what you think of Anna Gunn’s dress! That white space underneath her picture is taunting me.

    Oof, Samira Wiley deserves so much better than that.

    Are those REALLY two randomly blurry strips on Julie Bowen’s dress???

    • luludexter

      Everytime I have looked at Julie Bowen’s dress I think my image is still downloading… It’s very annoying and now, looking closer her, I realize that it is an intentional part of the print. Do not like.

      • BayTampaBay

        Me neither!

      • mlle

        It looks like amateur-hour photoshop to me.

    • Kat Cassidy

      About Julie Bowen’s dress – RIGHT?! I thought they were blurring out an egregious nipple error or something. So strange-looking!

  • Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

    Christian Siriano did very well by everyone he dressed for this event. Got to give it up to the manic pixie twink designer. Love his red carpet stuff.

    • Everyone except Samira Wiley, I’d say.

      • Gatto Nero

        Wrong dress for her, absolutely. Maybe he wasn’t able to talk her out of it.

        • Rhonda Shore

          She didn’t look bad – it was really a question of the styling, not the dress.

    • MaggieMae

      I lost count. 3? 4? gowns? Very cool to see his business succeed.

      • evave2

        That Resort 2015 collection is Killa.

  • GillianHolroyd


    I loved Anna Gunn/Jenny Packham gown. It was clean and very striking and an unusual color to boot.

    Hated that drab dusty rose color on Cat Deeley.

    Wish Kaley Cuoco’s Monique Lhuillier had been *orange* with pink appliqués, hate the red.

    Minnie Driver’s hair and makeup looks lovely close up but that dress is frightening.

    • CT14

      Minnie Driver is so thin it scares me. Not to body shame, but she looks like Hollywood has forced her into starvation. I miss Bernie of “Circle of Friends” and Skyler in “Good Will Hunting”.

      I hope it’s just the dress and angle.

      • Gatto Nero

        The dress was definitely a poor choice for her body type.

  • Zuber

    Allison Williams, in the immortal words of Rosaria “seems packed tighter than the blood sausage”. Her shoulders stick out like a cloth hanger.

    • MartyBellerMask

      Slimmin’ down for Peter Pan. She’s gotta look like a boy, after all.

  • alyce1213

    I think Heidi looked lovely. It was refreshing to not see her body parts and the color was pretty. She could have used better accessorizing, though.
    Love Sarah Hyland in the Christian Siriano. It’s a look we’ve seen, but when it’s done perfectly, it’s a classic joy to behind. Her top knot was just right.
    It’s nice that Christian is being worn.
    I loved the color of Allison Janney’s dress, but it was problematic and off-season.
    Kate Mara’s dress is right out of “The Mummy.” Hate it thoroughly. A hot mess, I don’t get it. And her shoes? Ew.
    Julie Bowen’s dress looked better moving than standing still.
    Overall, not too bad. We’ve seen worse groups.

    • Gatto Nero

      The Siriano dresses really shone. I’m happy for him.

    • Grumpy Girl

      I especially agree on Kate Mara’s dress. To me it was strikingly awful, and with her penchant for overdone eye makeup, really did look mummy-like.

      • evave2

        I thought that dress looked like “let’s do this, let’s do this, let’s do THAT, let’s do this” the bodice was so overdone I felt like she had a broken clavicle or something, Her makeup was so overdone…well, I will just say so overdone and leave any analogy on the side.

        LOTS of J Mendel and Christian Siriano here. I prefer the Siriano dresses.

  • @Biting Panda

    Teyonah Parris FTeasyW

  • Anna

    I’m surprised by how much I love Sarah Hyland’s look from head-to-toe, it’s very Sarah Jessica Parker during SATC’s prime, and I mean that as a compliment.
    Viola Davis is perfection.
    Kaley Cuoco’s facial expression matches EXACTLY how I feel about her!

    • Gatto Nero

      Cuoco’s dress is gorgeous on her, though — and I don’t usually go for girly/floofy. The colors, print, fit, silhouette — just fabulous. The styling — especially her short hair, and the lack of gaudy jewelry — toughen it up just enough.

      • Anna

        I agree it is one of her better choices.

        Lainey from Lainey Gossip sums it up best for me though: why SO MANY red carpet pics of Kaley freaking Cuoco and hardly any of Idris Elbra, who was a nominee? I can’t handle living in a world where Kaley Cuoco is photographed more on the red carpet than Idris.

        • I can’t handle a world where anyone is photographed more than Idris.

          • Anna


          • evave2

            Danielle, I slaver at the sight of that man. We Are Cancelling the Apocalypse. Jesus Christ he gives me the vapors.

          • scoobysnacks

            Hey if Tom Hiddleston is photographed more, I wouldn’t mind it one bit but it wouldn’t be the worst thing to have more of both of them. Which reminds me, I get that Benedict Cumberbatch wasn’t there, but can we please photoshop a pic of him on the red carpet?

      • MoHub

        I think this was a personal best for Cuoco.

    • FrigidDiva

      I’m surprised at how much I seriously hated Kerry Washington’s dress. Usually even if she takes a risk she still manages to make it work. That dress was just hideous and should be burned and the earth salted.

      • Anna

        This makes the bedazzled crop top and garbage bag skirt look good in comparison.

      • luludexter

        She has, inexplicably, been on a number of best dressed lists for the night, which I do not understand. Nor do l understand the love for the eyeshadow and fried hair she had that night…none of it doing her any favors and she is usually so stunning.

        • BayTampaBay

          She made Rachel Zoe’s list. This was one of Rachel’s favorite looks per The Zoe Report.

          • Imasewsure

            Rachel’s either working the designer or Ms Washington… maybe she even styled her or had a hand in it… either way, she has “taste issues” from time to time

        • FrigidDiva

          Best dressed, really? Are they looking at the same dress?

    • Kent Roby

      Kerry’s dress is really terrible, should be named “Orange is the New Whack”. I could only see wearing that Prada for a staff Halloween party at Spencer’s.

      • Anna

        She needs to quit wearing Prada, her SAG Awards crop top and garbage bag were also Prada.

        LOL, and you are so right about staff Halloween party at Spencer’s! That particular orange combined with the black (I still don’t know what that is) will never be anything but Halloween.

        • Sarah

          I agree, the dress is awful. It looked bad on stage, too. Unfortunately, I read on another site that that under bit is a miniskirt, and – get this – it’s NAVY. Which, while not as Halloween-y as black, is certainly quite a WTF moment. Just because you CAN put sequins along EVERY SEAM does not mean you SHOULD.

          • Anna

            Wow, an imagined sequined black biker short vs the reality of a navy sequined miniskirt. Those are some WTFs indeed! My love of sequins has been tested with this garment!

  • smh4748

    I’m starting to think that Taylor Schilling had a traumatic experience with a box of crayons as a child, because that girl is TERRIFIED of color. And that’s unfortunate, because she needs it.

    Michelle Monaghan needs to go back to dark brunette, ASAP.

    Kate Mara and Kerry Washington’s dresses prove that “interesting” is not mutually exclusive with “fugly.”

    Natasha Lyonne seems to be taking style cues from both Barbara AND Laura Bush, which is… unexpected, at the very least.

    • smh4748

      Now I’ll say some nice things.

      Viola Davis looks incredible. That color is fab on her.

      Natalie Dormer’s dress is working for me. Orange and black has a hard time not going “Halloween,” but it’s chic enough I think it mostly avoids that.

      Teyonah Parris’ is wearing the crap out of that dress. I don’t even know what color that skirt is, but most mortals couldn’t dare to wear it. I don’t think that’s a great neckline, however. It looks weird with striped fabric.

      • Anna

        Those 3 ladies all looked amazing! Viola Davis’ look was simple, but she definitely stood out to me the most.

    • scoobysnacks

      I’m pretty sure Adele wore the top half of Natasha’s dress better. (Seriously, I’m not imagining it, she did wear that once right? Different hem/length?) And amen on the Kate and Kerry “fugly” observation. I was a bit confused at the review of Kate’s. Both her dress and Kerry’s look like their designers had a stroke but tried to carry on anyway.

  • Viola Davis is shutting it down. All basic bitches to the left.

    • 3boysful

      Viola FTW

  • Lily

    Can I just say how happy it makes me to see Christian Siriano getting his due? And those styles are gorgeous. There are very few PR alums I’ve ever genuinely cheered for to make it big, and he is one of them. His genuine passion and honesty always shone through. Glad his designs are making big time now. Props to him!

    • evave2

      Tim Gunn said someplace that Christian actually understood the BUSINESS aspect of the business and was very focused. He has shown on red carpets before, but this emmy show (including pre-show and parties) I couldn’t six of his designs. I keep saying Resort 2015 for the WIN.

      • Lily

        I also appreciate that was willing to defy convention and chose to work with girls who had unconventional shapes and made their looks sing. Not everyone was perfect, but some of that falls into the stylists’ hands. He showed that non-model girls can wear his styles and look just as fabulous.

  • imperfectlaura

    It’s interesting that Michelle Monahan and Lena Dunham both wore Giambattista Valli, and they couldn’t look any more different.

  • Capt. Renault

    Allison Janney in a towel has me less excited than I thought I’d be.

    • Gatto Nero

      And a velvet towel, in August. Too bad, right? The color is great on her.

  • Emily Dagger

    Is it possible that Heidi and Kerrie Washington got delivered each other’s dresses by mistake?

    Natalie Dormer, quit making me love you.

  • BayTampaBay

    IMHO the problem with most of the dresses (above and beyond personal color choices) is that they do not seem fit. I would rather go the the Emmy Awards in a $300.00 from JC Penny’s that I had custom tailored to fit me than some piece of loaner couture that is too big in one place and too small in another.

    The only consistent fits were the Christian Siriano designs.

    ETA: Agree with my fellow bitter kitten from above: Viola Davis looks incredible. That color is fab on her. She should win best dressed of the nice.

    • smh4748

      Debra Messing’s is particularly bad. It’s a pretty interesting dress, but that’s just atrocious fit.

    • Kimbolina

      Exactly! With good tailoring, a fairly cheap dress can still look pretty damn nice. Better than some of these looks.

  • Frank_821

    Loved Christian’s looks. 1 is clean and youthful. the othere fierce and editorial

    I didn’t realize how rough the hem on Allison’s gown was. I was shocked. my only issue was the bow and how thick the black band was on top. otherwise I liked it

  • Bridget Smith

    One of my acquaintances called Michelle Monaghan’s look “the full Bacall,” and now that I’ve seen that effect I like it a lot better.

  • SuzBald

    Teyonah looks like a ton of fun! The dress only accentuates that. I hope we see more of her!!

  • CaseyinNY

    Why would anyone end a dress at the length of Natash Lyonne’s? I can’t think of anyone that would look good on…

    • Kitten Mittons

      It’s so very 80’s Mother of the Bride. That mid-calf poof is evil.

  • Sophie

    Something is bothering me when it comes to Kaley Cuoco’s look. I don’t know if it’s the way she’s standing, or if the skirt should be fuller, or if she’s wearing a corset, but she looks unbalanced and out of proportion – her top part doesn’t go with the bottom part.
    Really like Sarah Hyland, despite the topknot. Not that it looks bad, but I’m generally against topknots on the red carpet.
    I’m tired of the blurry flowers print, but I really like the colours on Julie Bowen.
    If I think of it as a chlid’s drawing, I start enjoying Kerry Washington’s dress. It’s not pretty, or flattering, or elegant, ar anything else, but at least it’s funny.
    Mindy Kaling looks very good here.

    • Sanglots longs

      I think Kaley Cuoco has relatively broad shoulders and a very narrow waist; strapless dresses tend to exaggerate that.

      • Sophie

        And yet I never noticed it before. I think maybe the skirt should be fuller, to even out the shoulders.

        • Sanglots longs

          I have noticed it on The Big Bang Theory, but this bodice certainly makes it obvious. I agree that a wider skirt could improve the whole silhouette.

          • Sophie

            I’ve only watched a few episodes of The Big Band Theory, and I didn’t see it there. Forgot to say that I love your user name, I really like the poem.

          • Sanglots longs

            10th grade French! I’ll never forget it. And weirdly enough, I recently ran across it in “This Side of Paradise,” which I hadn’t reread since about the same year.

            RE: KC: she has a figure type that’s not that common, with the extreme narrowing at the waist, while not being super-skinny like some of the starlets. Today’s clothes don’t really require this the way fashions from the 50s did, and in fact, they tend to work better for a straight-up-and-down figure.

          • Sophie

            I think every French pupil had to learn that poem in primary or middle school (primary for me). Most of my friends can still recite at last the first stanza.
            As to KC’s figure, I’d like to see her in 50s-style clothes, as an experiment, but her head would probably look too modern for the rest. I’m very envious of people who have a straight-up-and-down figure because I saw some amazing 60s-inspired coats last winter that just didn’t look right on me when I tried them on.

  • FrigidDiva

    Natalie Dormer’s was actually my favoirte for the night. I loved the bold colors in a sea of white dresses and for once she wasn’t defaulting to her smirky face. The hair, make up, everything worked like gangbusters for her.

  • Lauren

    I love Anna Gunn, but her hair was *horrifying* during the ceremony. Cringe-worthy beyond words. Clip in extensions done on the walk to the show during a giant gust of wind.

    • Gatto Nero

      I thought the dress was sad as well. She often seems to swing and miss.

  • Jessica Peterson

    Teyonah Parris’ look was my favorite of the night! She looked incredible in that dress as well as insanely happy with herself. Taylor Schilling looked like a ghost.

  • tallgirl1204

    I thought Heidi looked tasteful and pretty, and that color was gorgeous. I know, it mustn’t have been Heidi but some stand-in instead.

    • ivfive

      She looked lovely, soft and classy. Then, I realized it was completely out of character for her.

  • Gatto Nero

    I like Kaling’s dress. The color is great on her, the metallic belt nips in at the narrowest part of her torso, and the vertical lines lengthen her.

    • smh4748

      Agree. And for once, her makeup is nice. I think she looked really good here.

    • MilaXX

      I think the combo of both the vertical line and the horizontal line cut her up into weird blocks. One or the other but not both. Also that hem is home ec levels of tragic.

      • Imasewsure

        Yes I could live with the waste and the top 3/4 of the dress but the hem and overly straight bottom of the dress really didn’t help. Like her makeup though and I can’t think of another time I have been able to say that. She looks good…

  • Joanna B

    Natalie Dormer stole the show imo.

  • lilibetp

    I don’t get Teyonah Parris’s dress. I mean, the top is great and the bottom is great and the overall shape is great, but the acid yellow/green doesn’t seem to go with the pinks. If there had been a stripe of the yellow it would have made more sense to me.

  • Kimbolina

    I can’t stop looking at Michelle Monaghan’s poor foot. Should be a crime to force someone to wear shoes like that.

    I actually really like Cat Deeley’s. All she needs to do is retie that sash a little better and it would be fantastic. Very dramatic and romantic.

    And all the Christian Siriano looks are fabulous. Teyonah Parris in particular is KILLING IT.

  • Gatto Nero

    I’d like to see Samira Wiley try Calvin Klein or Tom Ford next time.

    • Put her in a sharply tailored SUIT. *swoons at the image*

      • MilaXX

        Like the suit that Robin Wright wore, YES!

        • Kent Roby

          Oooo, or that amazing suit (Valentino?) that Elizabeth Moss wore in that recent editorial!

    • Kent Roby

      I typed the same (wanting to see her in Calvin Klein), then saw that you beat me to it. She would rock the heck out of it.

  • TheDivineMissAnn

    Viola for the win

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  • BLauDGaspode

    If Julie Bowen is moving, does the print come into focus?

    • I’m pretty sure that’s the print. It shows up like that in every picture I’ve seen of her in the dress. I think Amy Poehler might have worn a similar print to like an Oscar party or something earlier in the year.

      I kind of like the effect, even if it is kind of disorienting.

      • Gatto Nero

        (I think it was a joke.)

      • BLauDGaspode

        Oh I know it’s the print, hence the joke…

    • evave2

      That freaked me out too, I kept looking at the print thinking i couldn’t focus. Didn’t we see this before, maybe when the whole collection was reviewed and everybody discussed that print?

  • Kitten Mittons

    Kinda love Heidi’s look.

    Debra Messing was so close, but it’s just not fitted well at all.

    Love the color on Viola Davis, but the bust is too tight, or something. Boobs on a platter.

    Rip the lace off Taissa Farmiga’s dress, make it floor length. THAT would be gorgeous.

    Kaley Cuoco looks like a Walgreen’s Valentine in the clearance bin. Maybe that’s my irrational hate. I do like her hair here.

    All the young ‘uns look really cute and well styled. Appropriate and stylish.

    Allison Janney in velvet? Jeez. It looks as heavy as it probably feels. Pretty color, though.

    Natasha, what the hell? Really. What the hell?

    Teyonnah is KILLING IT. That is a lot of dress. She looks amazing.

    The rest are passable. Wow, not too many complaints.

  • Funkykatt

    I love it when I know there’s more to come

    • alyce1213

      Yes. Seeing Part One always brings anticipation of Part Two (maybe Three?).

  • Therese Bohn

    Yay Teyonah! Hop we see more of her in the last 7 Mad Mens.

    • MilaXX

      She’s quite busy. At least 2 movies and I think a sitcom coming out.

  • CB

    Allison Williams looks fantastic! I think the princessy look really suits her, and if she is going to go in that direction, at least this dress has some visual interest. Her waist is TINY.

    Heidi looks great too. It’s different than what she usually goes for, but she looks gorgeous and low-key sexy.

    I’ve been surprised that the fashion blogs I keep up with haven’t been loving Anna Gunn’s look. She is one of my best-dressed for the night!

    I am also loving Allison Janney, Minnie Driver, and Julie Bowen.

    Long story short, I disagreed with a lot of the commentary here, but I still love YOU, uncles.

  • Steven Elliott

    Anna Gunn’s cocker spaniel hair is cringe inducing.

  • Little_Olive

    I think Alison Williams did quite well. It’s in her wheelhouse but not as boring as the usual sheaths she favors.

  • Anna

    I seriously thought Kerry Washington was wearing bike shorts under her dress when I first saw her walk out. Odd, odd dress. Kerry, you can do better. You deserve better!

  • pdquick

    Looks like Viola Davis did some ash brown highlights in her hair, which is perfection.

  • BayTampaBay

    Not feeling the hate for the Alison Janney dress with everyone else because the dress fits very well and the large “present box bow” tied around her hips is not making her look fat or hippy. Quite an achievement in scheme of things. Also, I think she looks great in that color. Did anyone see this on TV? How did it look?

    • MilaXX

      I like the color, hate the fabric.

  • Chartreusite

    Cat Deeley’s dress’ ombre is GORGEOUS and totally unusual for the red carpet so props to her and Burberry. I think out of this crowd Teyonah takes the cake although Natalie is serving it like she’s a drag queen who can’t be funny and doesn’t want Mama Ru to make her LSFHL.

  • Sophia Finfer

    I actually love Kerry Washington’s dress (*hides*), but I am very partial to orange while most are not. The shoes and clutch are way way too boring though, and don’t go at all.

    • GillianHolroyd

      I don’t *love* it but I like the idea of the black underskirt? panel? instead of a thigh-hi slit. The orange seems a bit washed out to me, also.

      • scoobysnacks

        Navy underskirt. That’s part of what makes it terrible.

    • Anna

      I love the colour too, but I’m not sure that particular orange works for her. And I’m also a lover of sequins, just not the way they’re deployed on Ms. Washington’s dress.

  • KinoEye

    Teyonah wins it for me. Those are some tricky colors and an even trickier shape, and yeah, she looks gorgeous. Love her as an actress.

    Shocked Kaley Cuoco looks as good as she does, but removing the permasmirk from her face would have helped. It’s like Lena Dunham’s open mouth schtick — can’t stand it.

    • Thats the “I make a million dollars an episode now, bitches.” smirk, it was permanently installed in her face he second she signed the contract.

    • housefulofboys

      I’m not saying she isn’t smirking, but I also think her “resting face” has a built-in smirk, something about the way her mouth is fairly small and turns up at the corners, her pronounced Cupid’s bow, and full cheeks. In this picture, in particular, it looks fairly benign.

  • ojosazules

    Loving Heidi’s understated elegance (!?!). Tenoyah is amazing.

  • Mr. J.

    Viola! Teyonah! Making me happy!!!!

  • GillianHolroyd

    Also, sigh, Kristen Wiig. I can understand that she might not be comfortable at these events and want to go low-key. But a stark bias cut white satin dress is not low-key, if anything, you have to amp up the styling and go full-glam.

    She needs to find a dress with pockets and take it from there.

  • Kelly

    I’m with you on just about everything, TLo (Taylor Schilling, what a lost opportunity, and poor, bland Michelle Monaghan, ouch, ouch, ouch, those pups are yelping.) But I have to disagree about Allison Williams. I think this is the most interesting she’s looked in a long time. Yeah, there’s the Princess Grace effect, but that’s how she’s established herself: tastefully conventional and rather older than her years. It’s a style, and I think she does it really well here. Love these roundups; thanks!

    • MilaXX

      I think that flash of yellow really makes Allison’s dress. She’s never gonna be wild and crazy on the style front but as long as it’s not boring I’m cool with that.

  • Angela_the_Librarian

    Kerry Washington’s looks like a sad Halloween pageant dress. Teyonah Parris easily wins this round (especially since she is rocking a color that I usually hate).

  • Darren Nesbitt

    I like that the AHS actresses give a nod to darkness (in a scary way) through their prints and fabrics, Especially Taissa.

    • Grumpy Girl

      But I want that child to stand up straight! And get her hair out of her face. Although on second look, it was a good thing to distract me from the dress . . .

  • Patrick Cleary

    So many Christian Siriano looks! Love to see him continue to succeed!!

    • MilaXX

      I think he had like 5 people wearing his dresses total. It was impressive.

  • Teyonah was my favorite. Striking, pretty, fun….she looked perfect!

  • MartyBellerMask

    Teyonah Paris FTW!
    Heidi Klum and Sarah Hyland (shocking!) get honorable mentions.

    Anna Gunn wins worst hair of the night. It merely doesn’t look good here, but on stage it was TRULY shit-tastic.

    • Gatto Nero

      The Siriano design on Hyland is so perfect for her — simple, young, fresh and pretty. It made me smile the first time I saw it.

  • Rhonda Shore

    “The perfect dress to wear when you plan on being treated like shawarma meat.” BRILLIANT.

    • Gatto Nero

      I love the whole Vergara list, followed by “She does look fantastic, though.”

  • ireneY

    Wheee… the rundown is the best part of post-award commentary!

    Looks like there was a little explosion between Natasha’s knees… beyond boring. Something even a 90 year-old socialite would not touch.

  • veronicafish

    Sorry — I disagree about Viola. I love her, but she doesn’t look perfect. Too. Much. Boob.

  • SugarSnap108

    Teyonah is a PRO. I actually really like Debra Messing’s dress — just wish it had a belt and fit better.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    I love Mindy, but your belt should not double as boob support…

  • anotherkate

    Loved the Sirianos, but agree with TLo’s assessment of mah girl Poussey. I actually liked Kerry Washington’s Prada, at least conceptually? But it’s true that That’s Not Her Orange. I also liked Natasha’s dress more than I probably should–something tells me I’d full on LOVE it if it were sleeveless. I think she rocked the length and the whole 80s-retroness of it all. The print on Julie Bowen’s dress made me wonder if I was having a stroke, but I like it as a softer choice for her. If Cat Deely loses the sash, she has a personal best. Teyonah Parris is a national treasure.

    • MilaXX

      I kinda like Kerry’s look too. I thin it needed another color beside orange. I agree Samira needs a minimalist look. A Kors or Calvin Klein might work better for her.

  • Alyssa

    I am a normal hater of crop tops, but can’t deny that Sarah Hyland looks amazing. My fave of the bunch is Teyonah Parris. Christian Siriano did well by those two! Other thoughts: scrolling down from Joanne Froggatt to Natalie Dormer shows me how much attitude, posing, and confidence can help sell a dress.

  • TheGrandSophy

    I love Natalie Dormer, Teyonah Parris, Viola Davis (although perhaps a smidge tight) and Sarah Hyland. Hyland looks so fresh and youthful. She can often dress too old so this is lovely to see. The rest are meh or heinous. Heidi Klum’s matches her tan so she just looks orange all over.I love the colour of Allison Janney’s dress and adore her but the dress itself is not good. Cat Deeley’s doesn’t look like it fits properly. I don’t like pink on red so Kaley Cuoco’s makes me wince and think of the other ladies of Cinderella’s family in the pantomime.

  • Lex

    Re: Allison Janney: who wears velvet in August?! The dress looked hot and heavy and inappropriate for the event.
    Re: Allison Willaims: debutante ball princess.
    Re: Felicity Huffman A jeweled, showy belt would have made this black dress look stunning and amped it up like it sorely needed.
    Re: Kristin Wiig: It was great seeing your nipples show through your white dress on the red carpet. Keep it classy.
    Re: Debra Messing: Love the dress but boy, does she need a new hairstyle. I’m so sick of her dated hair.
    Re: Sarah Hyland: Cute!! Love Christian’s work most of the time. Made me smile- very feminine
    Re: Kaley Cuoco: Valentine-y colors are horrible to wear on any occasion. She looks like a box of chocolates in Feb. I hate it
    Re: Anna Gunn: Surprisingly, I really liked this. The shade of blue in the skirt is unique and lovely.

  • mapmakerscolors

    I actually really like Heidi’s dress. I think with flashier jewelry, or the hair up to show off the earrings at least, it would have been more eye catching. Although still not very typical of Heidi, I guess.

    Kristen Wiig must be so embarassed she accidently walked out in her slip without putting her gown on. If that dress was of a sturdier fabric and in a nice color, it would be a good start.

    Sarah Hyland has reconciled her love of dramatic dresses and her girlish looks, and it looks awesome. Would have liked slighly fresher makeup, though.

    Viola Davis is gorgeous.

    I actually love Allison Janney’s dress, but I kinda love Allison Janney’s everything.

    I wish Natasha Lyonne had worn her Shmemmys look to the main awards instead of this mess.

    • demidaemon

      Maybe it was in protest since she a) didn’t win and b) knew they had a long shot of winning at this event.

  • KendraMR

    Kerry Washington really disappointed me. Her hair was atrocious; her makeup, awful; and that dress is fug-ly.

    Sarah Hyland looked great. Her stylist finally got her looking youthful, and that crop top is actually cute.

    Kristen Wiig looked like she forgot that the Emmy’s were that night and rushed into the shower without fixing her hair and mistakenly grabbed a bridal night gown rather than her actual dress.

    Viola Davis looked great, but her girls needed better support.

    I’m surprised my eyes didn’t pop out of my head because I was rolling them so hard at Natalie Dormer while she was posing. Girl, take a chill pill.

    Teyonah Parrish Shut. It. Down. She looked fabulous in that color and her hair is giving me life!

  • Janet B

    Along with being unflattering, Kerry Washington’s dress looks askew.
    Congratulations to Christian Siriano; three beautiful women in lovely summer looks.

  • MilaXX

    Mindy is another who doesn’t seem to have a good grasp of what works for her body sometimes. She had that dress custom made. Could she not see what the combo of that neckline and that band under her chest was doing to her? I think she could have gotten away with the halter top if the band across the body wasn’t there. There is simply not excuse for a hem like that in a custom made gown. I am a nobody and on the few occasions I have had something custom made *I* wouldn’t have accepted a hem like that.

    Sarah Hyland has been trying to compensate for her tiny frame and baby face by often wearing things too mature on the RC. I think this look finally hits the right note for her. Kudos to her makeup artist for not making her look like a kewpie doll.

  • LadyVimes

    Teyonah wins this lineup hands down.
    I’ll take the Burberry please, with a different sash.

  • luludexter

    “The perfect dress to wear when you plan on being treated like shawarma meat.” I love it!!

  • Terri Terri

    Allison Williams bugs me also, but that dress is pretty.
    Side note — I’m baffled that she has been cast as Peter Pan in an upcoming live TV musical thing. WTF.

    • alyce1213

      I was surprised, I wouldn’t say baffled (there is that NBC connection). I’m reserving judgment until I see it, maybe she can sing. She has very big shoes to fill. The very good news is that Christopher Walken is Capt. Hook.

      • ShaoLinKitten

        She seems to be able to sing, based on her performance in GIRLS. Whether she can do it well flying through the air on live TV with Christopher Walken mugging it up (“What this Jolly Roger needs is… more cowbell!”) remains to be seen.

    • Rhonda Shore

      I’m not baffled – I think it’s atrocious casting. I love the Mary Martin version way too much. I don’t care if you can see the strings, it’s still magical.

      • alyce1213

        Mary Martin will forever be my Peter Pan. I’m always torn about remaking classics, usually dead set against it. But I’ve come around to understand that a lot of young folk may not be attracted to the charm of old black & white TV and visible strings. So, do we keep classics alive by updating them with modern technology and fresh faces, or let them go unwatched and forgotten, except in our memories? It’s a tough question, case by case, I think.

        • Rhonda Shore

          In so many cases it turns out the technology has improved but the aesthetic hasn’t. Oh well. Who could top Mary Martin and Cyril Ritchard? Although Christopher Walken is an interesting choice.

          • alyce1213

            I have a little story. Many years ago (’72), my sister was in a Broadway show, “Sugar,” starring Robert Morse, Cyril Ritchard, etc. Cut to opening night party at Sardi’s: Young, fearless me sitting down at a booth to say Hi to Cyril Ritchard, his standard poodle Trim (allowed because he’s a star), and Mary Fucking Martin (also Ethel Merman). Mary Martin was so friendly and told me about her horse farm in South America. I can remember the experience like it was yesterday — heaven.

          • Rhonda Shore

            Great story!

          • Kelly

            Great story. I actually saw Morse and Ritchard in “Sugar” — on a high-school class trip to NYC for our Thespian theatre club. My first trip to NY. We saw all sorts of fab stuff — “Sugar,” Rex Harrison in “Henry IV,” Jane Alexander and Jerry Orbach in “6 Rms Riv Vu.” I seem to recall that our teacher apologized for how expensive the “Sugar” tickets were — $10 for balcony seats. (Can I possibly be remembering that correctly?)

          • alyce1213

            So you were one of the few that saw “Sugar?” I jest, it ran over a year. Unfortunately it was not as good as the source material, but fun. I think $10 is about right for balcony seats back then (unbelievable), and you probably got a group or educational discount too. More expensive than the others because it’s a musical — many more mouths to feed. You got to see great shows!

          • Kelly

            It *was* a fun show. The production values were so impressive to me. I was just blown away by the whole experience of it.

          • alyce1213

            I’ll tell my sister, she’ll get a kick out of it.

  • papillon

    That dress does absolutely nothing for Allison and her simple hairdo makes it worse.
    I don’t like the Julie Bowen’s dress at all. Hate the print and that it has a weird blurry effect which makes me feel like there’s something wrong with my eyes.
    Is Allison Janney wearing velvet?
    Sarah and Ariel look pretty and Ariel looks comfortable and happy to boot.

    I love Joanne’s dress but as you said, not for her.
    I really like Kaley’s dress but her hair is not flattering.
    That colour seems too dark for Debra Messing.
    Taylor, that dress is too close to your skin tone. It’s a lovely dress though.

    Mindy’s make-up looks good! I call that a win.
    I don’t know who Teyonah Parris is but she is working a dress that probably no one else could pull off. Good for her.

  • Violentcello

    I actually really like Allison Williams’ dress, but that hem was definitely stepped on. And I loved Mindy Kaling’s whole look! Hair, makeup, dress–it’s the best she’s ever looked.

    But damn, Viola Davis looks fucking hot. Best of the bunch, for sure.

  • B_C_J

    Alison Williams wins this round. Her dress is classic, elegant & so very chic. I love the punch of color brought in with the sash.

  • Stubenville

    A lot of us complain about the drestesstants on Project Runway not having a clue, but shouldn’t the stars’ PR people and stylists get it? First, DON’T DRESS IN THE SAME SHADE AS THE BACKDROP! Every ivory dress just blended in like so much wallpaper. Sheesh.

  • Stubenville

    Pleased to see Christian Siriano sending out such consistently good looks.

  • shopgirl716

    Teyonah Parris is my favorite of the evening. She looks amazing.

  • yayito83

    Siriano wins the night for me! not only for the beatiful dresses but also for the wearers! they all were confident gorgeous and happy. Teyonah is a star!

  • Stubenville

    Kids, I don’t think that it’s Debra Messing’s dress that’s boxy…

    • Shawn EH

      She’s stepping it up a little to sell the (improbable) new show.

  • Quickly scanned the comments just to make sure but, yep, seems like I’m pretty much all by myself on the “Natasha Lyonne looks cute in that dress” train. Loving the color, design and especially the hem. Formal and fun at the same time. She looked great.

    • VCR1

      The color looks great on her. I thought she looked great even though the dress wasn’t exactly perfect.

      • Shawn EH

        It was a fine dress … for 1953!

    • Karen B

      I like it too – I kind of feel I shouldn’t like it, I knew TLo wouldn’t like it, but it works for me. I wish maybe her hair looked a bit better, but overall, thumbs up.

  • Audrey Lee

    Apparently this is a Siriano type evening. Which, don’t get me wrong, is wonderful for our little pixie elf man, but holy cow. THREE dresses from the same collection!

  • Stubenville

    Why is Allison Janney wearing a beach towel?

  • Inspector_Gidget

    Kristen Wiig looks like she wore that thing to bed last night. Then woke up and got in the limo without so much as brushing her hair.

  • poorellensmith

    Kara Mara’s dress is one of the ugliest Frankendresses I’ve seen in a long, long while. And what in God’s name is going on with her hair??

    Also, Kristen Wiig’s dress can only remind me of Courtney Love’s 1993 VMA dress.

    • alyce1213

      Kate Mara’s dress has five or six elements that don’t work together, plus gauze. It has no idea what it is.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Viola Davis got everything right this time – I think she is my favorite of the night. The color and fit of the dress. The soft hair. Just perfect.

  • Bradio311

    I just had to look up who Teyonah Parris is and cannot believe she’s Dawn from Mad Men! She is killing it here on the red carpet! How was she not more heavily featured?

  • Liz

    All I see when I look at Kerry Washington’s dress is “Daniel Franco butcher paper coat.”

    • demidaemon

      You are so right! Who knew he was moonlighting at Prada?

  • marlie

    I like Heidi’s dress, but I think Kaley Cuoco’s dress is doing horrible things to the shape of her body. In a similar vein, I really wish Mindy Kaling could find a stylist who knows what to put her in that doesn’t shorten her torso so much. I can’t imagine that a halter that partially obscures her neck and a detailed waist that sits so high is the best thing for that. I love Samira Wiley’s dress, but I think Teyonah Parris wins this round for me. I also like Julie Bowen’s dress because it reminds me of one that I wore to a formal a few years back.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Scrolling through, I was thinking that it was an overall decent run – no one was really offensively bad. Then I got to Teyonah Parris and the bar went way up. She looked just awesome.

  • Qitkat

    I am in complete Oppositeville on Allison Janney. I LOVED this on her, one of the prettiest dresses of the night; no one else wore this color. I know it’s velvet in August. Shrug. I really really like how she looks in it, Fantastic.

  • BlairBear

    I really like Allison Williams dress because it is beautiful it suits her and it seems to reflect her personal style

  • AlisonS

    Why do I keep seeing Manila Luzon’s pineapple dress when I see Samira Wiley?!

  • VCR1

    I really disliked Kristen Wiig’s dress, even though it made a few “best dressed” lists. I thought it was ill fitting and boring.
    I admit I love the color of Natasha’s dress but not the style.
    Surprised how much I dislike Kerry Washington’s dress and I also really disliked Allison Williams’ dress too. It’s so aging somehow…

  • kalisa

    See, I liked Penny’s dress too! But most of the posts I’ve seen have dissed it.

  • A Shiny O’Connor

    I LOVED Natasha Lyonne’s look. It’s all kinds of weird but her glowing confidence in it sold like a pro.

  • Shelby

    I’m soooo glad you featured Teyonah Parris. Her look was my favorite of the night, and when I first saw it I couldn’t help but hope it would garner a WERQ. It’s a werq in my mind at least. 🙂

  • gloriana232

    I didn’t really like how Alison Williams went. I liked the dress itself, but it’s basically a really standard princess gown until the blindingly yellow sash. It’s like a really half-assed way to add edge, and the effect may be improved on somebody who is sort of edgy herself already.

    I really like Julie Bowen’s dress! Unusual cut and neckline (the collar could be more subtle), and I’m a sucker for prints. The blurred thing can probably go away now, but I still like it.

    I think Mandy Kaling’s shape is lovely, but a better fabric — less shiny and wrinkle-prone — would serve better. The metallic stripes are a bit ugly, mostly meh. Love the hair.

  • quiltrx

    Overall, I have to say this is a really good bunch. Mostly good, a few needle-scratches, but no one seriously embarrassed herself. There’s so much here I could talk about, but I’ll keep most of it to myself LOL.
    I am seriously distracted by Allison’s tow-up hem…it’s only torn in that one spot. Did she step through it like five hundred times?

  • Abbey Rogue

    Teyonnah is giving me LIFE!!! Something interesting AND fabulous?! I thought it not possible.

  • housefulofboys

    I usually mostly agree with our fearless leaders’ commentary, but I have to take issue with a few here:
    Allison Williams – love this, don’t love the slicked-back hair. It makes her look tiny and Audrey Hepburn-like, but the bodice and sash are interesting and modern.
    Heidi Klum – this is a gorgeous color on her, and I love that she is, for once, NOT putting everything on display.
    Ariel Winter – I think this is a terrific design to minimize her…bodacious…chest area. I think we have noted before that it’s very difficult for her to find clothing that is youthful but not too revealing. It’s a very fine line and I think this is great. LOVE the clutch, it’s the perfect shade of red.
    Taissa Farmiga – really? Hideous doily frankendress.
    Melissa Rauch – aren’t we always searching for color? I think it’s lovely and makes her skin look like porcelain.
    Kate Mara – too many elements and the hi-low overskirt (those words should not be combined) looks cheap.
    Cat Deeley – Ashes of Roses is never a good choice.
    Allison Janney – sorry guys, this is gorgeous in every respect. And, as a similarly aged woman, there comes a time when super high heels just aren’t comfortable.
    Minnie Driver – why is this a snore? Is a beautiful color, with some shiny stuff, pretty hair and tasteful jewelry. I love it.

    • gloriana232

      YES ALLISON JANNEY. Maybe velvet is a little weird, but then you wouldn’t get that same lush texture and saturated colour. I loved it. She carried it off the way a woman with less personality and talent could not.

    • Shawn EH

      Minnie’s dress just wasn’t very flattering, considering her extreme slenderness.

  • Brittany

    I thought Heidi looked fabulous – it may not be her usual style but that’s not a BAD thing. Allison Williams dress was one of my faves of the night, and I really liked Kate Mara’s for being different without being ugly or unwearable.

    • Kaonashi

      I agree on your comments regarding Heidi and Kate. Heidi looked gorgeous without going into the short and shiny wheelhouse she’s usually in, and I absolutely loved Kate’s look. It was unusual, yet wearable. The only thing I would switch out would be the shoes.

  • EEKstl

    Princess Puffysleeves ruled the night in terms of some of the best looks on the RC. Sarah Hyland and Tayonah Parris nailed it! I did, however think Allison Janney looked fabulous. The color and shape of the dress work on her (tho agree velvet is a bit heavy for August) and her hair looked fabulous. Yeah, shoes weren’t great but she seemed comfortable, happy and sexy. Viola Davis = Spectacular.

  • Chattygal

    I mentioned this before but Rancic’s interview with Taylor Schilling was priceless. G was struggling to come up with someone to say about Schilling’s dress before finally warbling out, “I really like the, uh [pause] color?”

  • SistaT

    Bow down to Teyonah.

  • Fisher&SonsFuneralHome

    The trim on Keri Washington’s dress looks like camouflage. She is serving Duck Dynasty bridesmaid realness.

    • alliekat9090

      Its just a flat out ugly dress. Are those sequined bike shorts???

      • Fisher&SonsFuneralHome

        Looks like it. I really hate the orange too. The fabric looks like something Nerf would make toys from.

  • Yoshio

    Viola Davis for the win!

  • Karen B

    Kerry Washington’s dress looks like it’s inside out. She’s one of the most beautiful women ever, it should not be hard to make her look stunning on the red carpet, even if she wants something strange or unusual. Unusual can be good; but this is unusual bad. She should consider breaking up with Prada, for real. And possibly her stylist.

    I kind of like Mindy’s dress, though.

    And, yeah, Teyonah wins. Definitely a WERQ/bow-down, motherfuckers dress on her.

    • DuBey2

      ‘breaking up with Prada’ — a good idea

  • alliekat9090

    Gotta disagree on Felicity Huffman. She isnt a “glamour girl” and too much on her drowns out her unique good looks. The fit , the color, the hair and the bag all work really well for me. Total elegance.

    • housefulofboys

      Agreed, although a sparkly belt would not have been out of place.

  • gingerella

    Anna Gunn looks like a “Price is Right” model. When I first saw Kerri Washington, I thought there was a new trend of wearing visible Spanx under formal wear. Then I noticed the sparkles.

  • Kristin Wiig, you’ve disappointed me. Not cool.
    I think Heidi was contractually obligated to wear Zac Posen to ensure he appears on the show. Otherwise, she’d be wearing some sequined hoe-down outfit with faux-cowgirl boots.

  • conlakappa

    Kate Mara’s dress looks a bit too Picasso or the boobs got into a fight and aren’t speaking to each other. Anna Gunn’s weave looked wrecked in motion and bad in the still. Kerry Washington’s dress is probably another “the color looked good in person.” We sistren can generally rock about 50 different shades of orange. Viola Davis looked so hot that I was telling my mother about it last night when we met for dinner. It made me a little sad too to think this is a woman who grew up feeling unattractive and has really survived colorism [see Dark Girls]. I hope she knows how fierce she is.

  • Teyonah Parris is KILLING IT. Modernized Audrey Hepburn in her Givenchy gown in Sabrina. Kudos to Christian Siriano too.

  • “We appreciate it when someone gives us something to look at without looking like a clown or a stripper.” My favorite backhanded compliment of the week.

  • Calinda_L

    Teyonah Parris’s dress was fantastic! The color looks great on her — or, more accurately, she looks great in that color, because somehow she is managing not to let the dress wear her — and this is one of the better deployments of the ol’ skirt-n-train.

  • rubigirl

    So, I am looking at this photos of Teyonah Parris, and I am trying to figure out who the heck she is..sort of looks familar…name not really ringing any bells…so I google her name to find out SHE’S DAWN!! Somehow, this makes me like the dress even more. She is working it!

    • crash1212

      She’s Dawn on Mad Men. She fabulous on the show and almost stole the fashion show at these Emmys.

  • dschubba

    Man, I wish Anna Gunn’s hair was this color on BB. That blonde washed her out something fierce.

  • ireneY

    Sarah Hyland’s dress really looked amazing on stage against the backdrop of her Modern Family co-hort’s sea of black and white.

  • crash1212

    That is a Personal Best for Sarah Hyland – she never looked better. Christian Siriano certainly was well represented and represented well at these Emmys – so glad to see such success for him.

  • Beto

    That colorful Christian Siriano look that Teyonah Parris is STUNNING, Not every woman can wear that, only a person with dark skin tone: latino, south asian or african can wear that with aplomb. Love the subtle gradient detail on the waistline of the striped peach-pinkie top (or so the photo makes me believe)

  • I think it’s a personal best for Mindy Kaling….LOVE the straight skirt on her. I’m enjoying Taylor Schilling in that dress as well, she makes it look ethereal rather than washed-out. And I like Julie Bowen in that color. HATE Teyonah Parris’s skirt. Hate.

  • heartbot

    Teyonah deserves a WERQ. She looked amazing.

  • frannyprof

    Teyonah is giving me life. I actually loved Allison Janney’s dress. Agree about the shoes, though. Kate Mara is a big WTF, but I never like her style. e

    • Shawn EH

      First the pampers quilted dress, now the bandage gown: zombie couture.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Christian Siriano was certainly having a moment, wasn’t he? He has a flair for the evening wear.
    I’m giving the win in this round to Ms. Davis, though. She looked so good!

  • AnnaleighBelle

    I love Love LOVE Natalie Dormer so much and she looks gorgeous here.

    I always have to remember who Teyonah Parris is because she is SO not Dawn irl.

  • kbshee

    I have to disagree with the Uncles on Felicity H. Since she wasn’t a nominee, and there with the hubs, I think this is an appropriate ‘plus one’ look.

    • Shawn EH

      She’s a class act!

  • AzSportsGirl

    That Opening Ceremony dress is so ugly it makes me angry. As in Angry at the fabric maker, angry at the designer #CalfPeplum? REALLY? Angry at the stylist. Angry at Natasha.
    Just really pissed off that I had to look at that.

  • LJCdoc

    How did princess puffy sleeves make 3 of these dresses, and 2 of them are beautiful, while the other is a horrible ruffle bottom disaster mess? Inconsistent, much?

  • Shawn EH

    Re: all the Sirianoes on the RC; TV has finally created its own Edith Head, hasn’t it?

  • Shawn EH

    When did Michelle Moynhagan become Lili Taylor?

    • ktr33

      YES! samesies

  • GemFemme

    It totally looks like Samira’s dress is made out of shiny yellow raincoats.
    I really like Julie Bowen’s gown for some reason.

  • stonecoldcuddlewhore

    Sarah Hyland’s dress was the prom look of 1999 until about 2001 at my school.

  • SouthernGirlRena

    Lots of prom, mother–of-the-bride, meh, okay, gowns. On the upside if you did have something fabulous (like Teyonah in Christian Sirano) you really stand out. Bravo Princess Puffysleeves.

  • kategs

    aaaaaaaand I just knew you’d hate on Allison Williams. So predictable and then the shot at Shailene. Of course.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      If Alison Williams and Shailene Woodley weren’t so lame and predictable, there would be no shots to take.

      • kategs

        oh please. they are not lame and they are not predictable. hogwash.

        • ShaoLinKitten

          You are certainly entitled to Stan for them as much as you want, but from my perspective, they both have a very specific look and approach to dressing. Rarely do I look at a picture of either of them and think anything other than, “Of course.” Which makes for some boring, lame, predictable outfits. I find Shailene much more eyeroll-worthy than Alison, because Alison often looks good.

          • kategs

            I guess I have never understood why, on this site in particular, someone like the two I mentioned get eyerolls while others who do the same thing over and over do not. What on earth is wrong/incorrect about finding something you feel good/ look good in and rolling with it? Why does everyone have to be different all the blasted time? It must be so exhausting to satisfy the blogosphere. And yeah I know they get the clothes for free and yeah I guess this is part of their “job” now but it gets just so over-wrought.

          • ShaoLinKitten

            I can only speak for myself and why it makes me roll my eyes. Personally, the twee Princess Grace styling that Alison Williams chooses highlights her self-perception as, well, Hollywood royalty. Which she is. It’s so very on the nose that it gets on my nerves. It’s also safe, and in that sense, lame to me. As for Shailene, well, I just find her pretentious as hell. She’s on my irrational celebrity hate list.

            So really, for me, it’s not that they do the same thing over and over. It’s that they do something that I find lame and often not particularly flattering over and over. As for it being wrong or incorrect… no, it’s not. The Fashion Police aren’t going to kick in their doors and drag them into the street to be shot. I just don’t think they do look all that good. It’s like they’re perseverating on something that doesn’t particularly work because it fits in with this image they’re trying to sell everyone. And TLo and the BKs pick on lots of people for exactly this– the Jolie-Pitts, Johnny Depp, Lea Michele, etc. We all say OF COURSE to this because it’s a) so very expected, and b) so very lame.

            I guess if this all bugs you, then there are a ton of other websites you could be reading. Life’s too short, ya know?

          • demidaemon

            Thank you for speaking the truth. And, really, if anything else, look at that hacked up hem on Allison’s dress. It’s unforgivable.

          • ShaoLinKitten

            Yeah, what’s up with that? It seems fine until you get to the front. Did she accidentally shut it in the limo door or something?

          • demidaemon

            To me, it looks like one of the rush “hem jobs” you see on PR. Where they use scissors and don’t actually hem the fabric. I don’t think it is something that could happen from regular wear and tear. Someone made that mistake in construction or alterations and Allison just didn’t have time to have it corrected or find another dress to wear. Or she didn’t notice it.

          • ShaoLinKitten

            I blew the pic up to see and it looks like that raggedy part is the edge of a crinoline underneath the sheer overskirt. Maybe it just photographed badly? The edge is pulled up higher than it should be, exposing that crinoline. Eh. It’s not a bad dress, really. It’s more that it’s so predictable.

          • demidaemon

            It’s not horrible, but it is lame.

          • ktr33

            I beg to disagree heartily on one point: Alison Williams is NOT Hollywood royalty. Her father is a *newscaster*! Actual examples of Hollywood royalty (and this is not to say whether I do or don’t like any of them): Colin Hanks, Emma Roberts, Kate Hudson, Mamie Gummer, any Coppola, Bryce Howard, etc. The children, or sometimes nieces and nephews, of very very famous actors and directors. Anyway, AW is very very annoying. Maybe bc she thinks she IS Hollywood Royalty, and she isn’t.

          • ShaoLinKitten

            I don’t know… wasn’t there a bit of nepotism involved in her getting Peter Pan on NBC? I also wouldn’t dismiss Brian Williams as “just” a newscaster. He’s pretty famous in his own right. Lots of face/name recognition, and it definitely gave her a leg up. No,, she’s not Colin/Emma/Kate/Mamie/Sofia, etc. But she’s certainly closer to royalty than, say… me. But maybe you’re right, maybe it’s the fact that she presents herself as a debutante queen at the ball when she’s not quite on that level.

          • Glammie

            Williams is the lead newscaster on one of the Big Three networks–that’s not small potatoes. I don’t doubt for one minute that having Brian Williams for a father opened doors for his daughter. Doesn’t mean that Alison Williams isn’t pretty or lacks talent, but she had a way easier time getting into the Girls audition than, say, the daughter of a steelworker from Ohio.

            Would Brian Williams being invited to an A-list Hollywood party? Yes. He’s not in film-making, but he has a major say in what gets publicity, so he matters. Unfortunately, the division between news and entertainment isn’t what it once was.

          • Oh lighten up. We critiqued over 200 looks in the past three days but because we criticized two people you don’t like, we’re out of line? Honey, this is what you get when you come here. Sometimes, even your favorites are going to get criticized. You don’t have to like when we criticize your favorites, but it’s pointless to rail against the unfairness of it. THIS IS WHAT WE DO. And yes, it certainly is exhausting when people who come here and comment on posts all the time, suddenly decide we’re terrible because we said something mean about a star they like.

          • kategs


          • Then go away until you do.

          • kategs

            Snort. That’s what you thought I was doing? OK fine. Believe what you want. I was pointing out inconsistency.

          • No you weren’t. You’re pissed because we expressed an opinion you don’t like and you’ve been nothing but rude about it.

          • kategs

            Please do not presume to tell me what I was doing mmmmkay? You’ll be happy to know I am finished with your site..you’ve gotten meaner spirited over time on many levels. As another poster pointed out, there are other places to go and I will. Thanks for the memories,there are some stellar ones.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    To me, Anna Gunn looked like a hot mess. The extensions (or is that a wig? If so, burn it) were horrible, and the dress looks like a dish cloth on top. I thought she looked astonishingly bad for someone who was a lock to win an Emmy.

  • jjjoy

    stahhppp saying things need belts.

    also, kristen wiig looked great. simple does not equal “bare minimum effort”. her look is refreshing in a sea of overly made up attention seekers.

    • demidaemon

      When it walks like a slip, quacks like a slip, and moves like a slip, it’s a slip. She’s wearing a nipplelicious slip. That’s bare minimum effort.

    • No.

      Also, no.

      • jjjoy

        i wouldn’t expect anything less from you two!

    • scoobysnacks

      Kristen Wiig looks like she has to go to the bathroom. What on earth is she doing with the weird leg cross slouch situation if not that?

  • Oh Samira Wiley! (Poussey on OITNB) No, no, no. I would’ve put you in a fabulous white suit like what Robin Wright had on. Something to show off those beautiful breasts you have! Something androgynous yet womanly. Not a mermaid ball gown. What was he thinking?!?!?

  • No one brought their “A” game, though Violet may have been a contender had she worn Joanne’ s dress. Also, the universe needs to encourage Heidi to step away from the short and sparkly more often. Understated looks good on her.

  • livesarah

    I have no idea who Teyonah Parris is, but wow, she looks fab. Felicity Huffman’s dress is its polar opposite. I’m surprised something like that even got made, it’s so soul-suckingly basic.

    • yayito83

      She’s one of the secretaries in Mad Men, actually used to be Don Draper’s secretary

      • livesarah

        Thanks! I stopped watching after Season 2 when it went to Cable here in Australia. Planning on binge watching the entire series on DVD in future 🙂

  • LibKat

    Alison Williams – Princess Grace would like you to stand up straight and put your shoulders back or she will bitch-slap you into next week.

    Kerry Washington – We expect better from you. Go home and try again, with a better weave.

    Kaley Cuoco – “I’ll kill you where you stand” eyes are just another version of crazy eyes.

  •  Cαrlσs Quiñσnes ♐

    Everybody notices Heidi isn’t on something shiny, sparkling, tight, boobalicious, or gold.. So, mission accomplished..

  • suzq

    That may be the best Kaley Cuoco has ever looked. Incredible.

    And what a big night for Christian Siriano. He has certainly arrived.

  • fananafanafophalec

    I almost think that Tayonah Parris dress is a WERQ, if just out of respect for pulling the whole look off

  • fananafanafophalec

    Natalie Dormer’s eyeshadow looks like it could kill a man at 100 paces

  • Call me Bee

    Viola Davis FTW with Kaley Cuoco a close second. Both are stunning here.

  • largishbearishAtlish

    Sarah Hyland is just wonderful! Like a little girl at her first ball! Love It!

  • aquamarine17

    Teyonah Parris! bowled over by her fantastico look!!! Brava!!!

    • aquamarine17

      love her acting work in MM so much, too!

  • Glammie

    I’ve seen Samira Wiley look stunning in minimalist geometric gowns. This one is sort of a hot mess–makes me sad.

    Taryn Manning–oh dear–she’s too slight for the dress and her body art is kind of fighting the dress–the opposite situation than with Lena Headey whose tats kicked up her look up a notch. Ink can be a tricky thing for an actress.

  • crashtestbonnie

    Not sure if it’s been said (but sure that it has) but LOVING Siriano getting so much press on this RC!

  • Yolanda

    Taryn Manning – Art Dec-NO!