On any given red carpet event, stars are looking for a fashion high note with a rave review about last night’s look. This year’s Emmys was no different. The red carpet was overflowing with stunning dresses and unforgettable ensembles. Here are our favorite picks from the 2014 Emmys red carpet, and how we think they’ll show up in trends for this season.
We couldn’t take our eyes off of Kerry Washington. While we might be on the fence about the sequined-slit underlay, her tangerine Prada confection was beautiful and unexpected. To complement the look, she added contrasting midnight blue eye makeup, neutral lips, and a sleek lob to top it off. No doubt, most people that chopped their hair off last summer for the pixie are now reaching lob status. The lob isn’t new, but we’re predicting the shoulder-grazing hairstyle will be extra popular this fall. Kerry Washington was also onto something with her unexpected tangerine and midnight blue combo. We might be seeing a lot more of darker fall colors paired with a punch of color to brighten things up.
If you aren’t in love with Prabal Gurung, you will be after seeing January Jones in her immaculately-tailored gown. Different, interesting, and intricate, it was fashion-forward heaven. While she could have used some more jewelry (her neckline was a bit too bare), her look was sophisticated and edgy with piecey bangs and bright red matte lips. Prabal Gurung is taking off like no other designer and his influence is definitely being reflected in the masses. With his ready-to-wear line for Target last year, and an amazing showing at Fall Fashion Week, we’re hoping similar funky and ornate patters show up again in major retailers.
Padma Lakshmi won in the white hot column dress trend that dominated the Emmys red carpet. Understated, elegant, and demure, less is definitely more for Padma. With diamond drop earrings, and hair softly parted to the side, she was the picture of sophistication. We already saw catwalk designs breaking the “no white after Labor Day” rule. Expect to see a white-out trend this fall.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus looked fantastic in her Carolina Herrera gown and Lorraine Schwartz jewels. Her dress was minimal, yet had some draping and pleating detailing to liven it up. The overall fit was perfect for her body type, and the color was on-trend for fall.
Halle Berry in Radiant Orchid
Halle Berry looked FLAWLESS in her Elie Saab dusty lavender gown. While you can’t go wrong with a face and body like hers, the Grecian goddess-inspired gown was so beautiful, light, and airy, it made her look ethereal. What cemented this look was the addition of a waist-pinching belt and buckle detailing that added almost a futuristic touch. The combination of her amethyst-drop earrings, lavender lips, and matching pumps was perfection. Pantone’s color of the year, Radiant Orchid, was everywhere this spring, but this dusty lavender look that Halle Berry wore feels like an updated way to take this color into fall.
Hayden Panettiere in Lorena Sarbu is what everyone should strive for on the red carpet. The deep v-neck, cap sleeves, and streaming silver sequins put her at the top of the fashion pack. Complementing the mega-wattage dress, she kept her hair and makeup simple with a messy up do, diamond drop earrings, and neutral makeup, which we hope will be a popular beauty trend for this season.
Top prize for the best red carpet look goes to Tailor Schilling in Zuhair Murad. While she’s worn this shape on several other red carpet occasions, she keeps the look fresh with varying fabrics and colors. With intricate swirling beaded patterns and a draping back, the nude color gown looked creamy, lush, and absolutely stunning. Her low bun, side-swept bangs, glowing makeup, and to-die-for Forevermark diamond cuff earring topped the look off and definitely earned her “Best Dressed” for this red carpet. The long-cuffed earrings are already making their mark everywhere, and you can be sure to see more of this style with even greater variety as jewelers lay out next season’s best.