These show stopping celebrities of the small screen are pushing fashion boundaries above and beyond the comforts of their homes.
While the possibility of a Hollywood night out was up in the air for quite a while, the highly anticipated 72nd annual Emmy Awards proved that it will not halt for the pandemic. As they say, the show must go on—and it did, along with the glitz and the glamour that comes along with it. This year’s nominees are not only talented, but also very well dressed—even while in the comforts of their own homes. As television series’ have taken over our lives during the pandemic, we’ve come to give recognition to the top ten looks and the women who carry them.
From uncharacteristic casuals, enviable loungewear, and designer fashion, there was certainly no shortage of show-stopping looks, even if the red carpet was a DIY one in their backyard. Yes, we’re looking at your ingenuity, Tracee Ellis Ross.
Regina King in Schiaparelli
Watchmen actress, Regina King, broke the internet in her vibrant blue Schiaparelli ensemble and made history for the most acting Emmys won by a Black performer. She currently holds the title with actress, Alfre Woodard of the drama film, Clemency. King completed her look by pairing the brooch-adorned asymmetrical frock with strappy metallic stilettoes by Stuart Weitzman and earrings by Established and Nouvel Heritage.
Kerry Washington in Oscar de la Renta
Kerry Washington captioned her Oscar de la Renta look on Instagram as “Little Flowers Everywhere,” alluding to her role as Mia Warren in the hit television series, Little Fires Everywhere. The elegant dress features a straight cut tube neckline with printed flowers that brings careful attention to Washington’s amazing collarbones.
Cynthia Erivo in Versace
Cynthio Erivo is snagging looks as well as nominations and wins in the 2020 red carpet scene. From a Tony win to an Oscar nomination, this daring actress of HBO’s The Outsider brings us a fashion forward statement dress by Versace. Erivo donned green and purple tones in the best way possible by pairing the otherworldly look with jewelry from Tiffany & Co.
Laverne Cox in Azzi & Osta
Laverne Cox coined this look as, “Neo Black Trans Feminist Barbie Tings”. From the top knot to the show-stopping pink Azzi & Osta gown, we couldn’t think of a name best fit for this carefully curated ensemble. Cox is unfazed, confident, and beautifully vulnerable as she presents the nominees for Writing in a Drama Series.
Julia Garner in Chanel
Julia Garner is a modern woman from the 1920s in a Chanel outfit styled under the influence of the Flapper era. Garner accepted her second consecutive win via video call for her performance in Ozark. The Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series title was also given to her in the year 2019, as she plays the troubled Ruth Langmore.
Yvonne Orji in Azzi & Osta
Yvonne Orji’s powerful red dress for the 72nd Emmy Awards was an empowering symbol of protest for people of color everywhere. The beaded burgundy Azzi & Osta gown showcases a dramatic one-shoulder that is befitting for the energetic actress. Each element of her outfit provides subtle support to the Black Likes Matter movement in response to the uproar of police brutality in the United States.
Shira Haas in Chanel Haute Couture
Shira Haas shocked the fashion community in a navy blue, embroidered Chanel Haute Couture gown. It was reported by the atelier that it took almost 1200 hours of work for the gown to be completed. The buckled frock was accessorized with the fashion house’s dainty and feminine jewelry pieces to finish off the look.
Tracee Ellis Ross in Alexandre Vauthier
Trace Ellis Ross shines in a golden gown by Alexandre Vauthier. The photos on the actress’ Instagram proves how much fun dressing up at home could be. The halter gown is from Vauthier’s fall/winter 2020 collection and is paired with matching Jimmy Choo shoes, Tiffany & Co. jewelry, and a face mask to complete the look. To the delight of many, this Emmy gown will be auctioned off in support of the Red Carpet Advocacy (RAD) led by former first-lady, Michelle Obama.
Yara Shahidi in Prada
No, it’s not what it looks like. The cloud of onyx feathers featured on the bust area of Yara Shahidi’s gown was not her hair. This optical illusion for a gown is sculpturally-minded by the house of Prada. Shahidi’s hairstylist, Fesa Nu, worked closely with the design team in charge of Shahidi’s gown to create the most mind boggling gown of the night.
Zendaya in Christopher John Rogers and custom Armani Privé
“She’s a WINNER baby,” says long-time stylist of Zendaya, Law Roach, in an Instagram post. There is no doubt that she really is. The Euphoria actress takes home the award for Lead Actress in a Drama Series and wins the hearts of high-brow fashion critiques everywhere. She stuns in not one, but two avant-garde gowns by Christopher John Rogers and Armani Privé. Zendaya has made history by being the youngest actress to receive an award in the Emmys.