As E! kicked off the red carpet judging for Sunday night’s Emmy Awards, stylist George Kotsiopoulos wondered aloud whether the attendees would please the Us Weeklys or the fashion rags more. It turned out there wasn’t much risk-taking – a quiet red carpet to match a quiet Emmys – though there were a few favorites looks stolen straight from the spring runways to better please the fashion crowd.
Possibly the evening’s best-dressed, an actress who wasn’t eligible to be nominated, nor was she presenting, was Orange is the New Black’s Taylor Schilling, whose modern, sexy dress was custom made for her by Thakoon Panichgul. Thakoon, whose feminine frocks rarely make red carpet appearances, must spot something special about the actress to have sought her out for this. These red carpets can be the convergence of fashion with entertainment – the starlets taking heed from stylists, or seeking to please the fashion powers that be, forming sartorial relationships for the successful road ahead. For instance, it’s impossible to think of Anne Hathaway on the red carpet without thinking of Valentino – even after her Oscar’s dress switch and burn.
The high ‘90s neckline of Schilling’s white, slit-front, cut out silk crepe number did little to tone down her smokiness, which, matched with her a dark eye, a dark red lip and movie star waves, made quite the impression. After binge-watching Orange is the New Black, and seeing the style Schilling brings to the red carpet, I’m looking forward to seeing more and more of her, on screen and off.
One young gun who stays in fashion’s favor time and again is Mad Men actress Kiernan Shipka, who shone in age appropriate and adorably cheerful Delpozo.
Presenter and How I Met Your Mother actress Cobie Smulders was respectfully understated in a pale pink J. Mendel dress that couldn’t have fit her better.
Worth a mention for her chic faux-bob, Homeland star Carrie – I mean Claire Danes, who tried short hair on for the night thanks to stylist Peter Butler. My vote is for her to cut it, though this sleek look probably wouldn’t work well with her… crazy character.
Another notable, though for her accessories, was the star of New Girl. If there’s ever an occasion to bust out the planet-sized cocktail jewelry, Zooey Deschanel found it on Sunday’s red carpet with Chanel’s tourmaline ring. Paired with her nail art, it’s not too serious – and given the stone’s color, the look matches both her personality and her aesthetic.
Still can’t stop thinking about Taylor Schilling’s Thakoon, though…