Glamorous Frocks to Utter Schlock: 2016 Emmy Fashion Review

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Welcome to the start of awards season; from now through the Oscars, we’ll be watching all the self-congratulatory pomp and fashionstance, because we need something to distract us from all the world’s madness. What better way to wile away your Monday morning than perusing prettiness?

Best Dresssed: I’m calling it at least a 3-way tie between these gorgeous red gowns, though Portia Doubleday’s is my absolute favorite. They’re each stunning: Chopra’s is total glamor, Maslany’s is modern and sleek, and Doubleday’s is old school sexy.

Priyanka Chopra, Jason Wu

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Tatiana Maslany, Alexander Wang

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Portia Doubleday, Armani Privé

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Beautiful in Black: We’ve seen a lot of gorgeous pregnant women over the years, but Washington hit a new high with her incredible cutout gown, and she was literally glowing. I also love, love, love Dunst’s perfectly fitted, contrasting top and bottom. There were a ton of edgy black dresses, and they were all pretty gorgeous.

Kerry Washington, Brandon Maxwell

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Kirsten Dunst, Givenchy

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I didn’t want to throw off Paulson’s absolutely amazing sparkling green number by having it appear right after the red dresses (despite what the retail world thinks, it’s way too early for Christmasy stuff), but she belongs right at the top with the Best Dressed group. Stunning, styling and all.

Sarah Paulson, Prada

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Gorgeous Metallics: With the caveat that Claire needs to step very far away from the self-tanner, her dripping gold is über glamorous. That said, I’m not sure with her hair and skin tone it was the right way to go. Wright’s Reem Acra is stunning, though I’m not a hundred percent sold on the straps and peekaboo lace.

Claire Danes, Schiaparelli

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Laverne Cox, Naeem Khan

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Robin Wright, Reem Acra

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Padma Lakshmi, Naeem Khan

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Pure Goddess: Bassett proves she’s great at everything.

Angela Bassett, Christian Siriano

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Wistful Whites: Is summer really over? Proving it’s absolutely fine to wear white after Labor Day, these two dresses are standouts.

Tracee Ellis Ross, Ralph Lauren

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Yara Shahidi, Clara Rotescu

Variations on a “Good” Theme: These are all lovely, if not in contention for best dressed.

Sophie and Maisie — although it took me a bit to come around to Maisie’s dress, ultimately her look is fresh and fun — she gave good Game.

Sophie Turner, Valentino

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Maisie Williams, Markus Lupfer

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Tina Fey, Oscar de la Renta

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So, Amy — this is perfectly lovely, but perhaps you could have saved it for your Golden (Girls) years.

Amy Poehler, Pamella Roland

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Originally — and it looked fantastic on television — this was a Best Dress contender, but in the photos it doesn’t quite fit as well as it could. That lip, though …

Kate McKinnon

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Constance Wu, J. Mendel

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Love this color on Viola, and the sheerness of the top. The bottom half could go much better.

Viola Davis, Marchesa

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BAM!

Allison Janney, Badgley Mischka

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Everybody say, “Meh”: These aren’t terrible, but they’re certainly not great or even good.

This shade of yellow isn’t the best color for Minnie; it could fit so much better, and I wish it were floor length.

Minnie Driver, Versace

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I’d like to rip away the sheer on this dress!

Abigail Spencer, Jenny Packham

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I love the sleeves and parts of this dress, but overall it feels like there’s just too many separate parts jammed together; sort of a Frankendress?

Carly Chaikin, Reem Acra

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There’s nothing really wrong here, but overall the look makes me feel … sad?

Grace Gummer, Galvan

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I get what’s happening here, but I really want to rip off the bottom third … and then it wouldn’t be an Emmy dress.

Stephanie Corneliussen, Michael Costello

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Generally pretty …

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Carolina Herrera

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For Peet — who is fairly terrible with fashion — this is like a best dress contender!

Amanda Peet, Altuzarra

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Eh? It’s okay.

Michelle Dockery, Oscar de la Renta

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She looks lovely, but the dress is boring.

Ellie Kemper, Jenny Packham

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Judith Light, Alexander Vidal

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NO FLESH TONES, EVER, EMILIA!

Emilia Clarke, Versace

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Oh Gwendoline, you deserve so much better!

Gwendoline Christie

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I want to like this, but the beige background is just not doing anything for her.

Kristen Bell, Zuhair Murad

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This looked great on television, but in the only full-length picture I’ve found, the fit is questionable.

Leslie Jones, Christian Siriano

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Maura Tierney, Christian Siriano

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Neve Campbell, Christian Siriano

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Constance Zimmer, Monique Lhuillier

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Keri Russell, Stephane Rolland

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Anyone else feel like this dress is trying too hard?

Emily Ratajkowski, Zac Posen

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Joanne Froggatt, Stella McCartney

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Worst Dressed: By a landslide, Anna.

Anna Chlumsky, Christian Siriano

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At least this has … color?

Laura Carmichael, Delpozo

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Gaby Hoffmann, vintage

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Regina King, Elizabeth Kennedy

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The Kids Can Do No Wrong: So freakin’ adorable, they are.

Millie Bobby Brown, Valentino Red; Caleb McLaughlin and Gaten Matarazzo

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Pretty Boys:

Rami Malek, Dior

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Trevor Jackson

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Liev Schreiber with son Sasha

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Randall Park

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Joel Kinnaman, Zegna

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Anthony Anderson, John Varvatos

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Tom Hiddleston, Gucci

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Tom Cullen

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Kit Harington, Givenchy

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Pedro Pascal, PB & J

Hot Couples:

Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance

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Tatiana Maslany and Tom Cullen

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Chris Rock and Megalyn Echikunwoke

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Allison Janney and Phillip Joncas

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Sterling K. Brown and Ryan Michelle Bathe

Viola Davis and Julius Tennon

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Terrence Howard and Mira Pak

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Keegan-Michael Key and Elisa Pugliese

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Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy

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Sam Esmail and Emmy Rossum

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Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy

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Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been writing about the entertainment industry for ​over seven years, and is the ​Editor-in-Chief at Oohlo, where she muses over television, movies, and pop culture. Previous Senior News Editor at Pajiba, and published at BUST.

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  • emmalita

    I think Amy Pohler sometimes just wants to be comfortable, so she finds a bejeweled caftan thing and wears that. I can’t blame her. Sometimes I just don’t want to bother, but I have to, so I do it my way.

    Kerry Washington looks beautiful hugely pregnant.

    • Halbs

      If there was a tuxedo Snuggie I would wear it to work every day.

  • Valhallaback Girl

    Me loving Claire Danes’ dress is redundant so I’ll just leave it at that. Becaus eI freaking love it.

    But!

    GET IT, JANNEY. (also, I hope that bow was ripped off in the throes of passion)

    I adored Kristen Bell’s dress so much, but agree the beige background does nothing but man, that fabric is stunning.

    Sarah Paulson won the night for me. She just killed it. Every which way. It was her night.

  • MissAmynae

    Filliam H. Muffman will always be the best at Everything.

  • llp

    I am pretty sure that is not Malaak. That is Chris Rock’s girlfriend – I think I saw her name is Megalyn or something?

  • llp

    Also, I loathe Robin Wright’s dress – it looks cheap. I know it isn’t really, but.