Emmy Awards 2017 Trend Watch: The Rainbow Connection

Posted on September 18, 2017

One of the best things about this year’s Emmys red carpet, aside from the overall heightened glamour that comes with the arrival of movie stars, is the fact that a bunch of folks not only went for color, but for a bright, bold RAINBOW of fashion. To these two queens, who’ve spent roughly 8o% of the last decade complaining about lack of color on the red carpets of the world, this can only be seen as a good thing.

It helps that none of these stars managed to screw it up. So many celebs eschew color because they think it’s riskier than neutrals, but the results are so much more memorable when they get it right.

 

Angela Sarafyan in Elizabeth Kennedy

LOVE. Yellow’s a tough color to pull off and it takes some confidence to choose a bold yellow gown, but she nailed it.

 

 

Ellie Kemper in Jenny Packham

Oh, Miss Ellie. We love you and we almost love your dress, but that sheer overskirt thingy is not so hot. The color looks fabulous on her, though.

 

 

Felicity Huffman in Tony Ward Couture

The only thing that made this dress – which is standard in every other way – is the color. That pale blue is a rarity on the red carpet and happens to look fantastic on her.

 

Lea Michele in Elie Saab

Why, Miss Lea. You shock us with your demure ways and gorgeous aubergine gown. Who is this sophisticated ingenue? Where are the duck lips? For real: this looks great on her and the belt really makes it.

 

Mackenzie David in Delpozo

Delpozo at the Emmys. RESPECT. It’s not for everyone, but we love the bold brightness of the look. It helps that the design isn’t over the top. Having said that, the sash and the pleat/flap thing on the skirt are a bit much. Love the shoes, though.

 

Ruby Modine in Mark Zunino

Bridesmaid. But pretty enough.

 

Shailene Woodley in Ralph Lauren

Velvet was a minor trend of the night. This is … just okay. The color’s great, but the dress looks so heavy and the straps so flimsy. And we know we’re way past sounding like a broken record, but the neckline is too wide and too plunging.

 

 

Shannon Purser in Sachin & Babi

Love that she really went for it, but the design kind of overwhelms her.

 

 

Tessa Thompson in Rosie Assoulin

LOVEDLOVEDLOVED this look. You just don’t see gowns like this on the red carpet. Our only quibble: she should’ve saved this for the Thor:Ragnarok press tour. It’s much better suited for it.

 

 

Tituss Burgess

Titus is Lemonading.

 

 

Viola Davis in Zac Posen

The flashes aren’t doing this gown justice, because it was a gorgeous, rich shade of orange on TV. All Miss Viola ever needs is a killer gown, fitted to death, and in a stunning color.

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