Red Carpet Review – 2013 Emmy Awards

The 2013 Emmy Awards took place this past Sunday, September 22nd. I have no idea what shows, actors or ensembles won any of the awards. However, most of the red carpet recaps and reviews have already been published, and this year, for a change, it seems like most of the critics agreed with my personal opinions. After reviewing a dizzying number of online galleries, I’ve finally pared down my list to the best and most notable looks of the evening.

Best of the Best

(and more Bold Blues)

Tina Fey nailed it for best look of the 2013 Emmys Red Carpet. Wearing a gorgeous, figure-flattering Narciso Rodriguez halter-top gown, Tina is a vision in a bold, Mediterranean blue. If I were Tina Fey, I might commission an entire wardrobe of dresses in this shape. The cut and lines of the gown are absolutely perfect for her figure, showing off her slim waist, to-die-for hourglass curves and toned arms. I’ve always thought Tina Fey was a genius, and a good-looking woman. However, the hair, natural makeup, minimal Fred Leighton jewelry and This Dress? I want to BE Tina Fey. Several other actresses chose gowns in very similar shades of blue – Allison Williams in Ralph Lauren Collection, Rocsi Diaz in Michael Costello and Edie Falco in a slightly more periwinkle Escada.

Photo Credits: Fey - Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP; Williams - AP; Diaz - Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Photo Credits: Fey – Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP; Williams – AP; Diaz – Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Head-Turning Treat

Michelle Dockery in Prada Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Michelle Dockery in Prada Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Hot on Fey’s heels is Michelle Dockery in Prada perfection. Everything about Dockery’s look was refreshing, starting with a color pairing that no-one else was wearing. A divine, rich burgundy skirt and true red bodice, the shades could almost be considered subdued, but their uniqueness created a dramatic statement. The high-neck halter in front gave way to a surprising, and well-balanced, wide open and plunging back with bow detail at the neck. Following the idea of balanced modesty was in the skirt hem, as well. Trailing in back, the hem picked up to just above the ankle in the front. Dockery’s classic hair and makeup were the perfect accompaniment to Prada’s masterpiece.

The Almost Moment

Lena Dunham in Prada Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Lena Dunham in Prada Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Oh, Lena Dunham. Another Prada creation, Dunham’s dress has been widely panned by critics. The truth is that I love this gown. I love the pattern, the colors and the black piping detail. The gown is an exquisite piece. Unfortunately, Dunham’s execution was off. First, the tragedy of using matchy-matchy eyeshadown – in excess – on the wrong area of her eyelids really ruined any hope of elegance. And while I appreciate an easy, clean hairstyle, the complete lack of attention to tresses wasn’t the right option for this gown. Lastly, the tattoos. I am NOT anti-tattoo, and I have no problem with tattoos being displayed in the way that Dunham did… the problem is that, aesthetically, the tattoos on her back conflict with the straps and line of the dress. An unfortunate misstep with a really wonderful gown.

 Fashion Illusions

It probably can’t be considered a trend, per se, but there was definitely a recurring visual feat on the carpet. Several actresses appeared to have grown significantly taller.  Alyson Hannigan, Mindy Kaling and Melissa Rauch ( at 5’5″, 5’4″ and 5’0″, respectively) all showed up looking like they’d stretched overnight. While all three happened to be wearing shades of purple, the gowns were all different necklines and silhouettes. Hannigan, in Marchesa, was willowy and lengthy, reminiscent of so many supermodels. Kaling wore eggplant Edition by Georges Chakra. The neckline, and her finger-wave hair evoked the 40s without being dated. Rauch’s Rubin Singer bodice had folds of a second textile, and an asymmetrical strapless line, that added a subtle sexiness to the gown. All three looked lovely.

Photo Credits: Hannigan -Getty; Kaling -  Frazer Harrison/Getty Images; Rauch - Getty Images

Photo Credits: Hannigan -Getty; Kaling – Frazer Harrison/Getty Images; Rauch – Getty Images

End it on a High Note

Kaley Cuoco in Vera Wang – Photo Credit: Getty Images

Rounding out my list of Noteworthy Emmy Looks is Kaley Cuoco in Vera Wang. A full, layered – and partially ruffled – skirt is elegance without fussiness. Despite my general dislike for sheer bodices (I’m looking at you, Pnina Tornai), it works here. Perhaps it’s because, while clearly not modest, the dress doesn’t scream sexy. The exposure is subtle and playful. Cuoco’s defined eyes, but nude lips and cheeks, along with loose (but smooth) waves follow the same vibe as the dress. The overall look is a confident, knowing wink. Full Disclosure: I tend to think that I have a similar body type to Cuoco (albeit not nearly as toned), and can’t help but find hope for myself when she looks this great.

While I could have gone on, at length, regarding the fashion tragedies of the 2013 Emmys, I opted to focus on the successes. For once, there were so MANY successes!!! What do you think? Did I get it wrong? What were your favorite looks this year?

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