Monday, September 21, 2015
Trend Alert: Black is Back...on the Red Capet--2015 Emmy Awards Red Carpet

At last night's 67th Annual Emmy Awards, we saw a lot of black gowns on the red carpet. This was slightly unusual, knowing that it was almost 100 degrees outside, and there was word that many stylists and their clients (actresses) were thinking of wearing lighter colors. We did see lots of white gowns as well as bright colors, but surprisingly, black was a big red carpet trend. Let's take a look at some who did it well, and some, not-so-much, in my opinion:

Amanda Peet in Michael Kors: I thought Amanda Peet looked quite Lady-like and elegant in this Michael Kors black textured damask ball gown. The peek-a-boo front open panel was on-trend as well. And I loved her simple top bun hair and barely-there accessorizing.

 Taraji P. Henson in Alexander Wang: Oh, look what we have here. two trends: Black dress plus, there's that peek-a-boo front again! "Empire" actress Taraji P. Henson wore a sexy slightly see-through gown from Alexander Wang. The gown featured a lace-like gown-skirt, chain straps, and yes, that front peek-a-boo. I thought she looked glamorous and a nice contrast with her "Empire" over-the-top character's wardrobe.

 Julia Louis-Dreyfus in SAFiYAA: "Veep" actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus wore a stunning one-shoulder column gown from SAFiYAA. SAFiYAA is a British-based label headed by German-born designer Daniela Karnuts. Louis-Dreyfus accessorized with dazzling Chopard jewels, including a ring, bracelet and earrings. The gown was simple, architectural--the way Louis-Dreyfus likes her red carpet dresses. I think this was a classic and elegant way to show the Black is Back Trend.

 Julianne Hough in Marchesa Spring 2016: I loved this ethereal gown on Julianne Hough. This dress is from the just-shown-at-NY Fashion Week Marchesa Spring 2016 collection. The collection is inspired by birds and feathers and bird cages. All of these elements can be seen in this one gown. I also think she was styled perfectly with the simple black headband and black clutch.

 Amy Poehler in Michael Kors Collection: I'll just be blunt--This was a Yawn and a half. I'm always frustrated when I see this types of dresses on the red carpet--dresses that could have been bought at your local department store's "After-Five Dresses" section, and then hear the actress say "It's a MICHAEL KORS!". It could have been from "Black House/White Market" for that matter! And then, there's THAT HAIR. I cannot believe that someone actually got paid A LOT of money to do that hair. This was a fail in both dress and styling.

 Jamie Lee Curtis: Jamie Lee Curtis wore this sculptural gown with long train at last night's 2015 Emmy Awards. I think this was a nice choice for Jamie Lee Curtis. She has a fabulous figure and the silhouette showed off all her glorious curves and statuesque form. I would have liked to see a side or center front slit and possibly more of a boat neck but other than that, I think this was very nice on Jamie Lee Curtis.

 Natasha Lyonne: Fringe is HUGE for Fall, and here we see it on Natasha Lyonne's off-the-shoulder dress. I'm not so much a fan of this style on Natasha. It looks more like something out of "Chicago: the Musical". Now, what I'm not really a fan of is that sad, sad hair style (fire the hairstylist! Again!), and those clunky shoes (I can still see them through all that fringe). 

 Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell: I liked this gown on Lady Gaga. I didn't like all the side-boob-age but overall, well done for Lady Gaga's first appearance at the Emmy Awards. For more on my thoughts, you can click HERE.

Rachel Brosnahan: "House of Cards" actress Rachel Brosnahan wore this black and copper/chocolate gown with keyhole front opening and waist tie. It was an interesting design but frankly, a bit Mumsy. But what really irked me was THAT HEM. What is going on? It almost looks as if someone top stitched the hem and did it really, really badly. I don't understand.

What are your thoughts on the Black is Back...on the Red Carpet trend? Do we want to see more black gowns or more color? 

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