The Good, the Bad, and the Hairy: Emmy Awards Fashion

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Author: Noel Hemphill

TV’s biggest night, The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, took place this past Sunday evening in Los Angeles. Just miles away from our college campus at the Nokia Theatre, the famous and sometimes talented strutted their stuff on the crimson carpet and hoped to take home a gold statuette.

For many people, however, tuning in to the CBS broadcast is no where on your agenda. In fact, most of your were probably just biding your time until the penultimate episode of Breaking Bad aired. Luckily, the arrivals pictures of each VIP guest happily provide distraction from any work you might need to accomplish.

Award show fashion is my favorite way to procrastinate. Award shows only occur a couple times a year, and I devour every image of the beautiful, sparkling gowns and crisp tuxedos that cloak our favorite entertainers. Even from abroad, seated in my dorm in Brighton, England, I poured over People, Yahoo! and CocoPerez for images of every celebrity that attended.

It is easy to figure out who looked best at the big show. Women who manage to stay away from Oompa-Loompa colored skin and select gowns from either Valentino, Ralph Lauren or Marchesa usually take the cake. Likewise, men with well-manicured facial hair and a neatly tailored suit always succeed.

This year, Outstanding Guest Actress winner Carrie Preston’s classic figure-hugging gown from Ramona Keveza was a clear standout. Preston’s flame of dark red hair looked stunning against the white dress, which was accented by a simple line of black satin buttons cascading down the back.

Homeland‘s Claire Danes rocked an Armani Prive gown, that was old Hollywood kick up a notch. The cream lace and sequin dress was ethereal and stunning, with a deep illusion-style neckline that showed off Danes’ flawless skin. Her usually medium length locks were pinned up to create a chic bob hair style.

For the men, man of the night Bryan Cranston broke out of his Walter White costume to be hands down the most handsome man in attendance. Gone was the bald hairless style from his critically acclaimed drama Breaking Bad, and in its place was a coiffed and stylish cut that was matched by his slim and sleek tux.

Of course, there are always the fashion failures.

Lena Dunham looked like a garden party gone terribly, horribly wrong. The Girls creator/actress wore a teal and orange peony patterned Prada dress that was not only unflattering, but an assault to the eyes. Dunham’s ill-informed makeup artist matched the eye shadow color to the dress, creating an electric teal raccoon eye that even a 13-year old girl wouldn’t like.

Dunham wasn’t the only stinker: enter Aubrey Plaza. The Parks and Recreation actress chose a black lace Marios Schwab dress that looked better suited for your grandmother’s Halloween costume. The dress even featured a turtleneck with metallic pastel colored flower accents, as if they had been glued on in an attempt to make it more youthful. Plaza is a fun actress with a biting sense of humor, but this dress did her lovely figure and pretty face no justice.

Most of the men truly put themselves together well, buttoning up crisp white button downs and shining their shoes to near blinding perfection. My one gripe lays with Jon Hamm and his bushy beard. Facial hair can look quite good on a guy, as Tom Selleck’s iconic and masculine ‘stache proved to us all. However, Hamm seemed to have forgotten he had an award show to go to at all, wearing a mismatched tux that mixed the wrong shades of white and cream. Continuing up the top, Hamm’s beard looked overgrown and his mustache looked more like The Very Hungry Caterpillar had taken a nap above his upper lip. Luckily, Hamm’s longtime girlfriend Jennifer Westfieldt provided him with some arm candy, wearing a bright red gown that flattered her perfectly.

At least the duds have next Awards show to impress us. For now, no publicity is bad publicity, right?

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