Emmys Red Carpet Top Ten 2014

How is it that time of year again? I remember writing my Emmys Red Carpet post last year - which sparked a whole series of red carpet outfits - and thinking it can't have been that long ago! But it is, and on Monday night TV's great and good were out in force showing off their red carpet looks, so I thought I'd do a post on some of my favourites.

I know this is epically late but to cut a long story short I've had laptop issues and had to get a new one, plus work has been busy so haven't been able to blog at lunchtime. But I promise to be better at blogging in September!

The early trends seem to be block colours (particularly silver, red and white), contrasting shapes - the dresses all seemed to be either big and frilly or very sleek and pared-down - classic make-up (including flicky eyeliner) and very simple hair, particularly waves and updos. I'm very excited to see which of these carry on into the winter red carpets as there were loads of things I liked; it was very hard to get it down to just ten! But here are my favourites - what did you think of them?

Hayden Panetierre in Lorena Sarbu
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Those who read my Red Carpet series last awards season will know that I am a sucker for well-dressed pregnant ladies and Hayden Panetierre is already an early contender. This silver dress is absolutely stunning - fitted but not overly sexy - and I love the really simple updo and natural make-up which let the dress take centre stage.

Sofia Vergara in Roberto Cavalli
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OK, this is just sickeningly beautiful. It's mermaid-meets-Marilyn with the shell-effect bodice and silver trim highlighting Sofia's gorgeous curves. Throw in a classic red lip, simple accessories and perfectly groomed loose hair and you've got a recipe for red carpet success.

Allison Williams in Giambattista Valli
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One of two Girls cast members to wear Giambattista Valli to the Emmys (Lena Dunham being the other), this is a beautiful dress. I love the girly blush pink colour, the flower details on the bodice, the bow - I am a sucker for a good bow - and the yellow belt to add a pop of colour. Not keen on the hair admittedly but the dress is so gorgeous I can forgive pretty much everything.

Michelle Dockery in Rosie Assoulin
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Michelle Dockery was a regular feature in my Red Carpet posts last awards seasons and this dress is making her an early contender this time. I love the Art Deco petals look of the top and that shade of royal blue is just amazing with her skin tone. Add classic hair and jewellery and we're onto a winner.

January Jones in Prabal Gurung
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I love black and red together and January Jones has nailed this one. Her trademark peep-toe dress has a bit of an edge added to it with the black side details and unusual print, and the shoes add a tougher aspect to the girliness. The messy fringe and Old Hollywood make-up balance it all out nicely.

Joanne Froggatt in J. Mendel
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This is so, so lovely. I really like the shape of it - the plunge neckline is quite sexy but the floaty Grecian shape means it's not too revealing - and there's just enough sparkle to justify the lack of jewellery but without it looking too much like a bad Don't Tell The Bride dress. The slightly wavy updo works well to keep the focus on the dress as well.

Lena Headey in Rubin Singer
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I love this. There's something really Gothic and cool and rock-chick about the overall look (I think the hair and the tattoo probably help), plus the hem is a nice alternative to the more traditional peep-toe dress and the shoes add a girly touch. Again it's really simple and the dress isn't being overshadowed by any of the accessories. My favourite of the night.

Zooey Deschanel in Oscar de la Renta
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This is a bit of a departure for Zooey but I actually really like it. The sleek shape of the dress works really well with the bold bright colour and I love her hair falling in those beautiful curls. Not 100% keen on the flowers on the bag and the make-up could be bolder, but overall I think it works really well and it's nice to see her back in something that's not floaty and pastel.

Claire Danes in Givenchy
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I'll admit I wasn't keen on a lot of Claire Danes' dresses in last year's awards season, but I rather like this Givenchy number. Not wild about the belt but the neckline detail is nice and I like the lace panels (other photos show it goes all the way round the back) and the floaty-but-not-enormous skirt. The classic make-up and upswept hair also compliment it really nicely.

Natasha Lyonne in Opening Ceremony
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Firstly, I love a celebrity who looks like she's enjoying her time on the red carpet, and Natasha Lyonne's grin says that in spades. This is a lovely dress - whilst the length and skirt shape may be difficult to pull off for some, she is absolutely nailing it. The dark colour makes it demure but the lace sleeves give a bit of sex appeal, and I love that she used her own gold jewellery as well which goes beautifully with the navy.

Token Bloke: Matthew McConaughey in Dolce & Gabbana
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Again, regular readers will know that my Red Carpet Token Bloke is usually the one guy who doesn't wear a normal black tux, and McConaughey's suit is about far away from normal black tux as you can get. The mix of colours is very much in the 'shouldn't work but does' box and I like the fact there's not too much black to clash with the blue in the actual suit. Plus you've got to love a guy who's not afraid to rock a bow tie.

Honourable mentions
Gwen Stefani in Swarovski Versace
Kerry Washington in Prada
Jessica Paré in Lanvin
Taylor Schilling in Zuhair Murad Couture
Kaley Cuoco in Monique Lhullier and Ryan Sweeting
Cat Deeley in Burberry
Kelly Osbourne
Kiernan Shipka in Antonio Beradi
Lucy Lui in Zac Posen
Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji

What did you think of the red carpet looks at the Emmys?


  1. Natasha Lyonne looks amazing I really love her dress xx

    Blonde of carbs

  2. My absolute favorite was Lizzy Caplan... I thought she looked great! :)