Anya Taylor-Joy in Dior Couture
This girl. She is a fashion unicorn, an otherworldly creature seemingly born to wear the most outrageously chic and head-turning looks. Honestly, we’d never have predicted that she’d work two shades of yellow that well, but the sleek Dior gown and accompanying jacket were indefinably beautiful.
Yara Shahidi in Dior
The grown-ish star took a turn toward the elegant and classic, serving up some Grace Kelly realness, but keeping it modern with a bold color, gold jewelry, and a counter-intuitive shoe color that really made the whole look pop.
Michaela Coel in Christopher John Rogers
The I May Destroy You star has a great understanding of her own looks and what works best with them; namely, sleek, dramatic pieces in really bold colors. We love the eye-searing yellow and how well it works for her, but we wish the skirt had been an inch or two longer.
Beanie Feldstein in Brandon Maxwell
The Impeachment: American Crime Story star went for the shimmer in this pretty Brandon Maxwell dress. We’re not really feeling the sleeve design, but the color, shimmer and pleating all look fantastic. Also, the makeup is gorgeous and the earrings are to-die-for.
Kerry Washington in Etro
It’s not always easy to work a look that’s sexy, chic, and old-school glamorous at the same time, but if there’s anyone who can make it look easy, it’s Kerry Washington. Love the drape of the bust combined with the slight hardness of the corset, followed by the sleekness of that skirt. The shape feels 1930s, but the corset gives it a more modern, sexy feel.
Kaley Cuoco in Vera Wang
The star of The Flight Attendant was a ray of neon sunshine on the red carpet, but while the Vera Wang design was very pretty, we don’t think the color was helping her out all that much.
Sarah Paulson in Carolina Herrera
One of our favorite things about the Impeachment: American Crime Story star is her preference for big, space-taking witchy dresses. She doesn’t do dainty or demure. We love the silhouette and the color here, but from a proportional perspective, we think the neckline’s a bit too low and wide.
Taraji P. Henson in Elie Saab
We hate to say it because we love Taraji, but this felt a little phoned-in. That may be a bit harsh for a gown that required some serious prep time and a lot of poise and control to pull off, but on a night when so many stars went for classic looks, this is the one that felt a little stale.
Dan Levy in Valentino Couture
We sometimes wonder if Dan isn’t trying so hard to get away from his signature David Rose looks from Schitt’s Creek that he tends to over-correct. While we appreciate the color and the play with proportion and silhouette, this just looks like very expensive, slightly awkward loungewear. It’s too bulky and the pants are way too long.
Regé-Jean Page in Giorgio Armani
The Bridgerton star kept things super-suave, which is smart because it plays to his strengths. The jacket is gorgeous, if a little blocky on him, and we’re not really in love with the shiny black shirt.
Cynthia Erivo in Louis Vuitton
The Genius-Aretha star never fails to bring the drama (and maybe a little bit of weirdness) to any red carpet. This Louis Vuitton look is actually a little toned-down for her, but it was still one of the more head-turning looks of the night. The simple white gown is punctuated by an explosion of colorful feathers arranged in stripes at the hem, making it one of the more unusually eye-catching looks.
Issa Rae in Aliétte
The Insecure star looked anything but in this sexy mesh metallic gown over a body suit. Slap on some gorgeous earrings and she’s clearly good to go for the night.
Emma Corrin in Miu Miu
The Crown’s Princess Diana opted to do everything in their power to make sure you don’t confuse them with their role, stepping out onto the red carpet in one of the most bizarre Emmys ensembles we’ve seen in years. We can’t even describe this. Punk Puritan? Techno Witch? Killer Handmaid? Whatever it is, it’s certainly not forgettable.
Emerald Fennell in Valentino
Having already won the Oscar for the Promising Young Woman screenplay earlier this year, Emerald, nominated for her role as The Crown’s Camilla Parker-Bowles, stuck to the super-twee, floaty, romantic style she’s always favored. It’s adorable and somehow it never comes off too sweet on her.
Angela Bassett in Greta Constantine
We loved the drama of this gown and the way the shocking pink flounce moves with her body and defines her shape with each pose, but we think it gets a little too fussy up near her face (which looks amazing and doesn’t need any fuss, of course).
Kate Winslet in Giorgio Armani
The Mare of Easttown star has exactly one type of dress she’ll wear on a red carpet and you’re looking at it. Obviously, she’s a lady who sticks with what works for her and it’s hard to argue with the results, but we feel like this picture could have been taken at any time, on any red carpet in the last ten years at least.
Jason Sudeikis in Tom Ford
Ted Lasso ditched his signature mustache and pullover sweater for something a little swankier and sexier. Kudos to him (and his team) for understanding that some guys can work a big hair/big lapels/big tie look like they were born for it. The color’s great, but velvet rarely travels well and he looked a little disheveled.
Elizabeth Olsen in The Row
The WandaVision star turned to her designing sisters Mary Kate and Ashley to dress her for the Emmys and they did right by their baby sister. The Row supplied her with this gorgeously sleek, minimalist gown that looks amazing on her.
Jurnee Smollett in Dior Couture
The Lovecraft Country star came in for some old-school romance in a pretty, frilly, fringed Dior Couture in a soft off-white, topped off by killer diamonds and sleek hair; the very picture of Haute Chic and High Glam.
Jennifer Coolidge in Christian Siriano
The star of The White Lotus surprised us in a simple dress with an attached cape and some seriously great hair. The pared-back look really suits her and lent her a sophistication and elegance she doesn’t always get to display when she’s creating hilariously awkward characters. It may not have been the showiest look of the night, but it suited her really well.
Rachel Lindsay in Christopher John Rogers
The former Bachelorette kept things unfussy in a gorgeous marigold Christopher John Rogers gown with a watteau train and an old-school socialite feel to it. Love the hair and the gold sandals.
Jean Smart in Ralph Lauren
The Hacks and Mare of Easttown star served up pure old-school elegance in a simple gown and a pair of absolutely stunning earrings that kept all the interest up near her beautifully made up face. It wasn’t showy, but it was quietly, confidently beautiful. That’s how a star does it.
Aidy Bryant in Simone Rocha
It took us a while to come around on the Shrill and Saturday Night Live star’s signature girly style, but even so, we don’t think we can sign off on this one. The color story is interesting, but the overall style feels more brunch than Emmys and some of the elements make it look more like a folk costume.
Bowen Yang in Zegna
The Saturday Night Live star looked every inch the nominee in this gorgeous Zegna tux, but he made sure to keep things real by wearing a pair of killer silver platform boots from queer Asian-owned Brooklyn brand Syro. Love the Tiffany brooch!
Billy Porter in Ashi
The ultimate drama queen and star of Pose and Cinderella did not disappoint as he spread his fabulous wings and demanded to be noticed.
Michaela J. Rodriguez in Atelier Versace
MJ has made some seriously hot and fierce serves on the red carpet, so it pains us to say that this one felt a little bit like a letdown. It’s pretty and the color looks great on her, but it feels way too restrained for the Pose star’s first Emmy nom.
Nicole Byer in Christian Siriano
The Nailed It! star got a little drag queen action going on, courtesy of a gorgeously exuberant gown from Christian Siriano and diva hair high enough to balance it out. You could tell she was loving how she looked.
Seth Rogen in Brioni
He kicked off the ceremony by stunning the crowd into silence as he questioned the Covid protocols, but all we could think as we watch Seth Rogen riff was how amazing he looks when he gets the grooming right and takes a few risks. Sure, maybe the tux is a little bit too pumpkin-spiced, but we can’t say it looks bad on him. Okay, yes: he does look a little bit like candy corn, but still.
Beth Behrs in Georges Hobeika
The star of The Neighborhood went for pink and sparkly in a Georges Hobeika gown that came off a little heavy and overdesigned, despite all that floatiness and shimmer. We think it might work if you edited out either the cape, the beaded bust or (our personal least-fave) the sheer yoke.
Kathryn Hahn in Lanvin
The WandaVision star got a little witchy with it, but as much as we love the hair and the gorgeous jewelry, the outfit felt a little casual and the belt was way out of proportion.
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