The 2016 Emmy Fashion Recap

The current season may be Fall, but many celebrities were thinking only of Spring at this year’s Emmy Awards, with an array of brilliant florals hitting the red carpet inspired by the canvases of Monet and Renoir. Kristen Bell navigated the evening in a luminous Zuhir Marad ballgown encrusted with embroidered and beaded flowers, Constance Zimmer in a vivid pink Monique Lhuillier column and Jane Krakowski in a brilliant periwinkle draped Bibhu Mohapatra gown.

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Due to the timing of the Emmys immediately after New York Fashion Week, it is always fascinating to see whether the award show influences fashion or if Seventh Avenue influences the red carpet. This year’s ceremony was an even draw. Color-wise, brilliant shades of orange dominated several New York runways, but it was scarce on Sunday’s red carpet. In fact, one could say that the palette of the evening went retro glam, with classic shades of white, black and red dominating. Emerald, 2013’s Color of the Year made an unexpectedly quick comeback, with a radiant Sarah Paulson in a fringed and beaded Prada plunge shift and Tina Fey accentuating her curves in an Oscar de la Renta goddess gown.

The unexpected color trend of the evening was a healthy dose of optimistic yellow, with Taraji P. Henson in Vera Wang, Minnie Driver in Versace, Angela Bassett in Christian Siriano and Ellie Kemper in Jenny Packham.

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Asymmetry and unexpected cutouts were plentiful, with Tracee Ellis Ross donning Ralph Lauren collection, Kerry Washington artfully balancing her baby bump in Brandon Maxwell and Priyanka Chopra in radiant red Jason Wu.

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Clearly there was a no-straps memo with the most popular silhouette of the evening being strapless in straight, draped or sweetheart necklines. Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke dazzled in an Atelier Versace gown in her Essence Color, Neve Campbell struck a regal chord in Christian Siriano, and Emmy winner Regina King embraced this trend in red-hot Elizabeth King.


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