Summer can feel like a red carpet-less wasteland for those addicted to the glamor of formal Hollywood events. There’s nary a gown to be seen until the slow descent of fall, save for a few film festivals and block-buster premieres. One can not subsist on celebs in jorts alone.
But then, like manna from the fashion heaven, comes the Emmys, smack in the midst of fashion month. The front-row appearances of so many television starlets segways nicely into the ever-entertaining game of Guess That Look – an exercise where we in Style make the case for garments we’d like to see plucked straight from the runways and worn to awards shows.
Let’s begin with the new darlings of television awards, the cast of HBO’s “Girls,” (up for best comedy). While there was no sight of creator and star Lena Dunham at any of the thousands of New York Fashion Week events, we’d venture that bestie Zac Posen will again be responsible for her gown (and hopefully put her in a lower heel this year).
“Girls” cast members Allison Williams and Zosia Mamet, on the other hand, diligently made the rounds in New York. Williams took in Reed Krakoff, Diane von Furstenburg and Prabal Gurung, a trio that fits her classic style. It is easy to envision the well coiffed daughter of newscaster Brian Williams in one of Diane von Furstenburg’s timeless printed wraps, but Prabal’s Marilyn Monroe-inspired collection hits the right note for the Emmys, particularly the white and black blocked gown with tied sash.
Mamet also attended the Prabal show, after trecking to Red Hook for Rachel Comey’s dinner show Wednesday, followed by Rebecca Taylor and Honor later in the week. The actress has previously worn pieces from Honor, and seems to exemplify designer Giovanna Randall’s typically feminine style. The delicate, sheer white look with flower appliques would feel young and fresh for the red carpet.
Christina Hendricks, an expert after five seasons of “Mad Men” and countless appearances, hit up some of the most red-carpet worthy designers: Jenny Packham, Zac Posen and Carolina Herrera. A blush-colored, beaded piece from Jenny Packham stands out as an ideal vehicle to showcase Hendricks’ fiery locks and décolletage.
Another Emmy veteran, Jane Krakowski, sat in at Kaufmanfranco’s show. If the “30 Rock” actress is looking for a bold statement, Ken Kaufman and Isaac Franco provided a few options. A white column dress with diagonal lines and off-the shoulder straps would be an interesting visual without pushing the boundary too far. But if Krakowski wanted to see her character go out with a bang, a fully-gilded gown with plunging neckline would do the trick.
Kerry Washington is poised to own the night of the Emmys – she is the first black actress in nearly two decades to be nominated in the lead actress category.
And she’s been everywhere: the cover of Vanity Fair, a judge on Project Runway’s finale and of course front-row at Alexander Wang’s show, one of the hottest tickets during fashion week. Project Runway alum Christian Siriano may be able to provide one of Washington’s best options for awards evening – a vibrant coral, strapless gown with ruffled layers that float away from a form-fitted column underneath.
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