Emmy Red Carpet Re-Cap

In full disclosure I did not most of the actual awards (my book is too interesting and I was exhausted from painting all day) BUT of course I tuned in for the red carpet. I consider it a “work requirement” which is how I argue it to Andrew who would rather watch football, obviously.  My first comment is- where were all the STARS? I felt like I was waiting for the big guns to show up and then it as over?! Secondly, the Emmy for worst writing for an awards show goes to… the 2012 Emmy’s! It was awkward and so many jokes fell flat I actually felt bad for the actors who had to read those horrible lines! And third– YEEEEEEAAHHHH HOMELAND!!!!! :)

Ok, onto the real important stuff. There was a mix of good and so-so looks and only a couple truly bad. But overall nothing that knocked my socks off nor made me writhe on the carpet in pain.

And I am DELIGHTED to name on of the funniest women ever as best dressed- Tina Fey totally killed it and looked absolutely INCREDIBLE in this Vivienne Westwood- everything was perfect- hair, makeup, subtle jewelry (you don;t compete with that neckline, folks) and look at this figure!

Yellow was clearly the color of the night (for winners, at least). I LOOOOOVED Julie Bowen’s dress but her hair looked like a rats nest. And she said “nipple covers” not once but THRICE in her acceptance speech. Someone’s regretting that this morning. Claire Danes and her teeny tiny belly probably would have been better suited in a form fitting dress, but she looked comfortable and glowing in her drapey yellow Lanvin.

Funny lady Leslie Mann was one of my best dressed in her Naeem Khan dress and turquoise accents. LOVE this unique look and she clearly loves the fact that it has pockets as much as I do! Julianne Moore’s dress was so great in it’s color and silhouette- just wish she had worn a great statement necklace or earrings in a contrasting color.

It was a Betty vs. Megan showdown and with life imitating art, Megan wins. Handily. Jessica Parre looked like old school Hollywood glamour and that red lipstick is so perfect on her.  January Jones’ hair and makeup looked way too severe and while I don’t mind parts of her dress- the overall look was a miss for me.

Two ladies brought the bling- Kerry Washington and (of course) Sofia Vergara. The former I love- the color is fantastic on her, the style and classic and glamorous.  The latter I don’t love- it feels very “prom” to me but it’s HER and she has such confidence and zest for life and her job that you can’t really hate on it too hard. She’d be knock down gorgeous in a garbage bag. Andrew, of course, loved it. :)

Two quirky brunettes who looked beautiful- Zooey Deschanel and Ginnifer Goodwin.  Zooey’s dress was totally princessy but in a funky way with it’s laser cut hem- AND it fit like a glove and gave good cleavage (keep reading to see BAD cleavage!).  Ginnifer’s Monique Lhuillier dress looked vintage, which is perfect for her slightly edgy style.  It was one of the most unique of the night (in a good way!)

Some old school favorite who prove that you can look better and better the older you get! Edie Falco cuts a mean silhouette in her two tone cut out gown and Julie Louise-Dreyfuss nabs a win in the color of the season- burgundy (or “wine” or “oxblood”, whatever your favorite name for it is).

Oh Girls. Oh Lena Dunham. I love her new pixie haircut- such a great look on her, and her makeup looks fantastic. But that DRESS. GAH. I think I wore that to a piano recital when I was 8. Not a flattering cut on her at all.  On the other hand, Alison Willams looks stunning in emerald green.

Chiffon dresses done demure and daring.  Heidi’s dress color is gorgeous on her, but I am so over these “slit to my belly button” gowns. All I can think about is Angelina’s leg at the Oscars. Enough already.  Emily VanCamp’s dress would be fantastic… in a another color.  This color is so hard to pull off, like almost impossible, without looking washed out.

Speaking of bad color… who is Kristen Wiig’s stylist and why has she not been fired yet? She keeps putting her in blah nude colors and they don’t work on her at all! This dress is shapeless, an odd length and just ick.  Plus it looked like she forgot to wash her hair for the occasion.  Still love her to death.

The boob crew. Kat Dennings and (of course) Christina Hendricks. Kat’s dress looked like it was about 5 sizes too small up top and if she stood up straight we would have had to cut to commercial. When you’re playing with a pair like that go ahead and show them off, but in a way that doesn’t look like you’re TRYING so hard.  Like Christina- she’s gotta play them up (there’s no hiding ’em nor a reason to) and she does so in a very “Marilyn” way- ladylike and fitted properly. Again, not a fan of this color, but the dress fits her well and she looks so glamorous.

The best thing on the red carpet- BLOSSOM! BLOSSOM WAS AT THE EMMY’S! I can’t believe this is the look I used to try to copy when dressing as a kid.

What did you think? Your favorite? Least favorite?


  1. Sometimes I just want to call up these celebrities and say, “Please, please, PLEASE just let me dress you.” Of course, I’m not a stylist but I feel like I would do a better job of covering up cleavage, picking flattering colors, etc. In other news, Tina Fey = perfection.

  2. My favorite was Leslie Mann! She pulled it off perfectly! Also liked Alison Williams and Hayden Panettiere. And, how about Aaron Paul’s fiance…I couldn’t take my eyes off her. Drop. Dead. Gorgeous! Really disappointed when coach Taylor’s wife from FNL walked out on stage….bad hair, bad dress.

  3. I agree about Tina Fey – gorgeous and totally impressed! During her interview with Ryan Seacrest, I was surprised Christina Hendricks called her dress color “silver” – I think if it was actually silver or something more metal-y, it would have suited her better. Thanks for the recap Erin – now I only have to wait for the more cutting reviews on Fashion Police tonight.

  4. This is a great roundup! Leslie Mann’s is absolutely darling! I love the turquoise jewelry and the pockets. And I loveeee the shape up Claire’s dress. Kerry Washington does sparkle just right and Ginnifer Goodwin’s vintage-esque dress is fabulous. I agree with you on the sky-high slit dresses: so over it! And I almost never like what Sofia is wearing (I know that is blasphemous to some).


  5. I think you missed one of the best looks of the night!!! Lucy Liu was killing it in her mirrored silver dress. Her hair was perfection too!

  6. Heidi’s look was all wrong, that slit, THOSE SHOES?! They look like stripper shoes from Baker. Gross. And while I’m ranting about gross, Christina Hendricks dress was lovely, but the belt looks like the belt that comes with a department store dress that you toss. I loved Cat Deeley’s dress, I thought she looked fantastic.

  7. And I need to go ahead and sound off for a second…as a woman who is built exactly like Christina Hendricks, it enrages me that people think that she is the role model for how a curvy woman should dress. Make it stop!!! I’m sorry, but she (we) can still look amazingly sexy without your girls spilling out of the top of every single red carpet gown you wear. Put her in a v-neck dress, and should would look a million times better than her norm. I’m convinced that stylist just don’t know what to do with curvy (not overweight, but volumptious) women, and so they just stick with this and only this. Yes, wear a fitted dress to show off the hourglass, but the strapless is just not the best way to go! I swear, I think I need to get out there on the red carpet and show them how to work it the right way. Oh yeah, and Tina Fey & Julia Louise-Dreyfuss were also my best dressed of the night. Both looked ah-mazing. Thanks as always for the recap!

  8. My favorite was Ginnifer Goodwin’s. So unexpected, but the color, cut and style totally suit her. Blossom’s dress would have been better if she lost the sleeves. Julianne Moore’s dress looked chartreuse during the actual show so I am glad you posted a pic of her. Much better-looking in yellow as the greenish cast on stage was a bit harsh for her skin tone.

  9. Could not agree more about Kat Dennings – awful. And when I knew Kristen Wiig was about to come on I thought “don’t wear nude, don’t wear nude…!!” and then she did….

  10. Regarding Christina Hendricks’ belt, it looks practically identical to the one Marilyn Monroe wore in her iconic Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend dress (later copied by Madonna in the Material Girl video). Perhaps this belt has lost its glam from being copied down-market too many times, but when I saw it on Christina, I immediately thought of Marilyn, and my guess is that was her stylist’s hope.

  11. Always look forward to your red carpet recaps! My favorites for the evening were Leslie Mann and Kiernan Shipka. Yep, a 12-year old was wearing one of my favorite looks this year. :)

  12. Given that Mayim Bialik considers herself “an unadorned female”, I’m surprised she turned up looking as good as she did!

    Remember her on What Not to Wear – she’s come a long way from ankle length denim skirts and shapeless dresses.

    And I, too, would love to know what interesting book you’re reading. :)

  13. What about Kelly Osbourne? She looked amazing!! Best dressed in my opinion. Most of the dresses I saw were yawn inducing. It was slim pickings this year.

  14. I was in love with Tina Fey and Leslie Mann’s dresses as well! They were stunning in those colors.



  15. I love your recaps and, of course, I always agree with your analysis. I loved Julie Bowen’s dress and thought her earrings looked great with her make-up and hair color….best I’ve ever seen her.

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