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WHO WORE WHAT?.....BEST OF 2017: 15 BEST RED CARPET Looks from Emmys & SAG Awards

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BEST of 2017 Emmys and SAG Awards Edition: (L to R) Thandie Newton, Nicole Kidman, Priyanka Chopra, Mckenzie Davis and Viola Davis

In my last "WHO WORE WHAT? Best of 2017" Post HERE, I talked about my TOP 25 BEST RED CARPET LOOKS of the 2017 Academy Awards and the 2017 Golden Globe Awards. Now,  for my second installment, it's time to discuss my TOP 15 BEST RED CARPET moments of the 69th Annual Emmy Awards and the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild/SAG Awards. There was lots of color and enough "interesting" designs to keep a fashionista like myself happy...

Let's begin with MY FAVORITE LOOKS from the 2017 Emmy Awards:
Priyanka Chopra in custom Balmain by Olivier Rousteing: I had four words when I first saw the former Miss World and "Quantico" actress in this gown at the 2017 Emmy Awards: She Shut It Down. Leave it to Priyanka Chopra to show up looking like a Modern and Chic "Game of Thrones" Queen of Winterfell! She looked HOT in a sequined and feathered gown from the French fashion house of Balmain custom designed for herThe design featured silver crystal fan-like details, HUGE jeweled sequins across the neck and armholes and a gown skirt which ended up in a semi-mermaid shape of white feathers. I loved this look, loved the dress and loved everything else Priyanka did--make-up, hair and styling-wise. 


Thandie Newton in custom Jason Wu: Thandie was almost a "palate cleanser" in terms of a red carpet look--when compared to the elaborate fabulousness of Priyanka Chopra, and I loved it! The English actress wore this strapless ballgown and looked ethereal, Princess-like; simple, elegant, classic. The gown had this sequined tulle Point D'Esprit-like detail that added the right amount of sparkle to her dress. I also loved the modernity of what looked like a no-seam bustier (was it stretch Neoprene?). As a total look, she looked gorgeous.

Viola Davis in custom Zac Posen: The new "Haute Couture" is Custom for big red carpet events and we saw lots of these "custom" gowns this year. Viola Davis wore this beautiful terracotta colored gown designed just for her by Zac Posen and she was one of the Best Dressed of the night! The gown featured a fitted top section, small high-hip yokes and softly flaring godet insets on the skirt which gave a nice dramatic sweeping effect. Loved the diamond bracelets and the gold clutch as her accessories. This was a perfect example of effortless elegance with just the right amount of "Fashion".

Mckenzie Davis in Delpozo Resort 2018: Speaking of FASHION...Canadian actress Mckenzie Davis made a definite STYLE STAR statement at this year's Emmys with this neon green-and-white dress from the very HOT Spanish brand of Delpozo. I absolutely LOVED this dress, the color and gorgeous subtle draping. The tea-length dress was SOOO Delpozo and I am so happy Davis went there...in terms of choosing this. This is chic, architectural, modern yet retro...and perfect for her tall, lithe model-like figure. Definitely ONE OF THE BEST red carpet moments of 2017!


Mandy Moore in Carolina Herrera Resort 2018: "This Is Us" star Mandy Moore wore this black and white gown from Carolina Herrera Resort 2018 collection to the 2017 Emmys. The strapless gown featured a three-tiered skirt section of fan-pleated tulle. I thought she looked quite elegant and pretty. I loved the fit of the bustier and how the tiers lengthened her already tall frame. I also loved the "pop" of color in her bubblegum pink lipstick. 

Angela Sarafyan in Elizabeth Kennedy Resort 2018: "Westworld" actress Angela Sarafyan looked gorgeous in this chartreuse colored gown from NYC-based designer Elizabeth Kennedy and her Resort 2018 collection. I adored the color (naturally!) and the fit was exquisite. But one of my favorite details were those voluminous sleeves with "Elizabethan" smocking details. Sarafyan here was one of the BEST of 2017 Red Carpet.

Millie Bobby Brown in Calvin Klein By Appointment: Styled by Thomas Carter Phillips, 13-year-old "Stranger Things" actress Millie Bobbie Brown looked like a PRINCESS on the 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards Red Carpet in this custom Calvin Klein By Appointment dress. The vanilla colored dress featured a strapless bustier and tea-length full tulle skirt. She looked "50's Hollywood Glamorous" in this. It was age-appropriate and pretty. I loved the sequined shoes and the fun touch of a printed silk scarf at the waist. Oh, and the black nail polish was pretty cool too. All in all, she reminded me of a delicate--yet fun--ballerina! One of the BEST looks of 2017. 




Jessica Biel in Ralph & Russo Fall 2017 Couture: When I first reviewed this look Jessica Biel wore at the 2017 Emmy Awards, I was 80/20 in terms of Like/Dislike. I loved the sexy Pageant-like statement (the super high vampy slit, the great draping, the dramatic chiffon, the on-trend nude/blush/metallic colors, the strappy heels), but I just wasn't a fan of her hair and earrings. Since those two things have nothing to do with the dress...overall, this was a FAB look and worthy to make my Best of 2017 Emmys List!

Jane Fonda in Brandon Maxwell Spring 2018: The DIVA arrived at the 2017 Emmy Awards..and she was in bubblegum pink! The one and only Jane Fonda wore this pink colored gown from Brandon Maxwell's (he is Lady Gaga's fashion director) Spring 2018 collection. The gown featured slightly bell-shaped sleeves, a fitted waist, a column/fitted skirt section, as well as an open back (bra-strap friendly), and back "fall"/train for a little bit of drama. I liked this gown and especially the color. The hair, however seemed a bit too "severe" for her. She claimed to have been inspired by Gwen Stefani and I think with the hair she took the influence one step too far. But, I still think this was a definite 2017 Red Carpet Moment!



Now, onto my BEST RED CARPET PICKS of the 2017 SAG Awards:
Nicole Kidman in custom Gucci by Alessandro Michele: Now I know that this may be a controversial choice but I loved this look on Nicole Kidman and thought it was such a definite "Fashion Moment", it was worthy of being in my BEST of 2017 Red Carpet List. God Bless Nicole Kidman for taking fashion chances; while other actresses might say "Ummm, I don't think I want to wear parrots on my shoulders", Kidman was ALL IN BABY! I loved this emerald green sequined gown and yes, I even loved the shoulder Macaw paillette-and-feathered embellishments. The gown reminded me of those 1930's designs from the beginning of the Hollywood Glamour days--it was very Schiaparelli and something the UBER stylish Wallis, Duchess of Windsor would have GAGGED over! Done and done.

Sarah Paulson in custom Vera Wang Collection: Actress Sarah Paulson wore this black and white ensemble from Vera Wang Collection and looked DIVINE! I especially admired the nod to the Yves Saint Laurent "Le Smoking" in its design. The outfit included a perfectly fitting black column gown featuring a waist-cinching band, peplum detail with pocket flaps and a very Haute Couture center front seam. For a designer to create a style with a so-obvious center front seam, that seam needs to be PERFECT...and here it was. To finish it off, she had this severe white cape/coat. Overall, Paulson looked elegant and almost too-chic for all the red carpet nonsense around her.

Thandie Newton in Schiaparelli Couture by Bertrand Guyon: This sequined dress was one of my favorite red carpet looks of 2017 and definitely, of the 2017 SAG Awards. This Haute Couture gown was all hand-made and included thousands of hand-sewn crystals and stunning horses, birds and even a Ferris wheel--all in crystals! And that silk velvet shoulder panel was the "Cherry on the Couture Cake". This gown should be in a museum...and I would stare at it for HOURS!


Sophia Bush in Marchesa Pre-Fall 2017: As you may know, I love color and I especially love bubblegum pink! And so when I saw this dress on Sophia Bush, she made me smile. The tea-length dress was more "Cocktail" but had the same fab red carpet effect as a full-length dress. I loved the bright color (of course!) and the "blooming"-like side drape detail. This was pretty, elegant and fashion-forward.


Yara Shahidi in Naeem Khan Spring 2016: "Black-ish" actress Yara Shahidi looked GORGEOUS in this colorful Naeem Khan Spring 2016 gown at the 2017 SAG Awards. The collection was inspired by Mexico and the Mediterranean, according to the designer and you can see those influences in the colors of the gown. This horizontal "striped" gown grabbed my attention immediately when I first saw the actress on the red carpet. I thought it was the perfect choice for her, and I especially admired the top section. Now, you might have not noticed this but the gown's multicolored "stripes" are actually all sequined paillettes. 

Finally...
Natalie Portman in Custom Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring 2017: A very pregnant Natalie Portman wore this off-white gown from Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2017 at the 2017 SAG Awards. The dress was part of Maria Grazia Chiuri's first Haute Couture collection for the French fashion house. I thought Portman looked radiant, monastic...almost like a Renaissance painting of an angel. I loved the drama of the drop-shoulder pouffy sleeves and billowing Alta Moda silhouette: One of the BEST of 2017.

**UP NEXT: BEST OF 2017 RED CARPET: Cannes and Met Gala! 

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