The Emmys Good looks/bad looks

Last night was the most important night in television for Americans. It was the star studded Emmy awards. I stayed up into the early hours discussing the key looks with some of my favourite twitter ladies, Natalie from Fashion Blags  and LuAnne from Weesha’s World and really enjoyed the red carpet event, which was pretty stylish in all honesty.

The Emmys are not like the BAFTAS.  At the BAFTAS, despite the thespian luvvies who make up most of the audience, you can still rely on a reality television star to wear something totally inappropriate, or just plain wrong. And, if that doesn’t happen, you always have the ever wacky Helen Bonham Carter wearing odd shoes or something mismatched and quirky. The Emmys last night were a much more tame affair, and, if nothing really shocked, nothing truly stunned either.

But here are some of the dresses I did like on the night. Whose look did you rate?

Claire Danes in Armani

Claire went for Armani Prive and looked undeniably gorgeous. The skirt was just exquisite, and only someone with her slim, tiny frame could carry off this rather daring bodice. As for the chic bobbed hair, I hope it’s here to stay.

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Sofia Vergara

Total bombshell. Sofia lives by the adage ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’, and this Vera Wang dress is just classic Sofia, from the amazing cleavage to the fishtail.

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Zooey Deschanel

She is usually a kooky queen of the red carpet, but in this beautiful J Mendel dress, Zooey channeled the sophistication of  the Jackie Kennedy era. Her ‘big hair’ was also uber glam.

zooey-deschanelRose Byrne

A crop top and long skirt shouldn’t be a red carpet look. But that is (sort of) what Rose Byrne was wearing. Her Calvin Klein pink dress is just the right side of daring, and with her retro waves and minimal accessories, I think she looks sensational.

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Kerry Washington

The Marchesa dress worn by Kerry Washington was just beautiful, however I do have a few reservations about it, namely that it looks like the most exquisite wedding dress ever.  In white, and with the lovely floral detail, it was probably a little too bridal for the red carpet.

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Kelly Osbourne

Kelly Osbourne continues to impress with with her sartorial choices, and this red Jenny Packham dress was another winning look. A great colour choice, if a little clashing with the carpet, and the draping Grecian detail was great on her figure.

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Guiliana Rancic

Fashion Police presenter Guiliana is a regular at these sorts of events, but I don’t ever think I’ve seen her look as good as this. She was totally sensational in Mikael D, totally upstaging a lot of the stars she was there to interview.

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Christina Hendricks

Inspired by John Singer Sargent’s Madame X painting, I think the sometimes hit and miss Christina Hendricks looked the best she has ever looked. Classic black, classic hourglass, classic Christina.

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Connie Britton

Something so unusual from the Nashville star, this velvet and embroidered gown from Naeem Khan was gorgeous in the detail. The unusual colour also stood out against the sea of pastel shades.

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And a few I didn’t like….

Cat Deeley – Why oh why did you chose this? What is going on in the hip department???? The bottom of this skirt reminds me of a screwdriver.

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January Jones is too much of a siren to be wearing such a soft and pretty look. I do like the skirt of her Givenchy dress, but the bodice resembles a bandage, and the colour should be remained dirty pink.

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Heidi Klum…words fail me. If Versace designed neck braces.

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Julianne Hough, put some clothes on. This looks like a swimsuit with a rather glittery beach cover-up added.

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I absolutely love Lena Dunham, and ‘Girls’ is genius. So I just wish someone would help her to find a dress that actually flattered and fit her. This may be Prada, but it is pretty horrendous.

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And then we get to the worst of the worst, as Joan would put it, the fash hoe of the night, ladies and gentlemen I give you Zosia Mamet and her PVC tit tape dress. Words again fail me…is this some sort of statement on pornography? Is she censoring her own boobs? Was she wearing that as a Zorro mask and it slipped? Questions, questions, questions…

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Star Style – Little black dresses featuring Miranda Kerr, Alexa Chung and more…

No wardrobe can be without a little black dress. It’s a failsafe outfit that is the one thing you can pull out of the wardrobe when you have those ‘nothing to wear’ moments. I have a wardrobe of little black dresses which I know cover every occasion and never look anything less than chic. And celebrity fashionistas know the value of the LBD too. From Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffanys, and Marilyn Monroe wearing Norman Norell, black dresses have always been a style staple for the Holywood greats. And stars like Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston and Kate Moss show that the power of the little black dress is still alive and kicking in the 21st century.

So if you are stuck for something to wear this festive season, take the pressure off and opt for the classic..the little black dress.

The sophisticated Look -Miranda Kerr

The Roland Mouret galaxy dress is a modern design classic, and the influence shows no signs of disappearing. This fabulous dress from A Wear channels the Galaxy elegance so you can get Miranda Kerr’s elegance and maybe bag yourself an Orlando Bloom!

The cute look – Alexa Chung

Black dresses do not have to be super sophisticated cocktail numbers. Alexa showed that the ultra pretty, covered up puritan style can look gorgeous on gamine beauties. You can get the look at Dorothy Perkins.

 

The glamourpuss – Jennifer Aniston

If ever there was a modern queen of the little black dress it would surely be Jennifer Aniston. Jennifer has worn little black dresses so many times on the red carpet it is almost a shock to the system if she opts for sparkles. She always lets the dress do the talking, and you can steal her slinky style in this number from Dorothy Perkins.

The Flapper – Hilary Duff

1920s styling is such a hot look, and is perfect for the LBD trend because it is the decade that saw Coco Chanel invent the little black dress. Hilary Duff looked gorgeous when she fully embraced the look, but you can tone down the look and look fabulous at any Christmas party with this dress from Oasis. Acres of beads optional.

 

The Icon – Kate Moss

Kate Moss has worn a lot of little black dresses over the years, and never fails to look anything less than amazing. One of my favourite looks this year was the strapless gown that she wore to the Rimmel lipstick launch. Is there a better party dress than this? You can get a similar look from Miss Selfridge.

 

The Goddess – Christina Hendricks

The great things about Little black dresses are that they flatter everyone. A prime example of this is the glorious Christina Hendricks, who often dresses her voluptuous figure in black dresses. But no smock efforts for Christina. She literally pours her curves in for total va va voom. You can get a similar look from Evans.

 

Downton Abbey sparks new/old trends.

We all know that TV programmes can help to set trends. Mad Men, Sex and The City and Desperate Housewives have all helped to set trends and have made fashion stars out of Sarah Jessica Parker, Christina Hendricks and Marcia Cross. But the latest TV trendsetter may just raise a few highbrows, as well as lowering a few hemlines. For the latest show setting the fashion world alike is Downton Abbey.

Yes, you heard correctly, the period drama Downton Abbey, currently stuck somewhere in World War One. Debenhams are just one of the stores who are feeling the Downton effect, with fashion fans eager to copy the style of Michelle Dockery et al. Sales of faux fur stoles, jackets and tippets have apparently increased by a staggering 225%, whilst sales of elbow length gloves have also shown increased popularity, raising by 54%. The  Downton effect is showing the world that elegance hasn’t gone out of fashion just yet.

Debut Black fur shrug £40 

Star by Julien MacDonald Dark cream faux fur £36 

Debut Light Brown Faux Fur Cape £38 

But it’s not just the faux fur that is flying off the shelves.  There has been a rise in demand for other 1910s trends.  Pearl Earrings, corsets and cloche style hats are also finding a new audience amongst fashionistas, according to the Sunday Mirror. And men are getting in on the act by snapping up cravats rather than their usual ties, with Debenhams reporting sales of cravats up 28%.

J by Jasper Conran Black Rosette felt cloche hat £22 

Minuet petite Black rose 1920s hat £42 

Grey Soft felt trilby hat £22 

piscador black pure silk cravat £17 

Mood pearl drop earrings £5 

Swesky ladies 9ct gold,pearl and diamond earrings £175.20 

There is no doubt that Downton Abbey has been one of the superhits of recent seasons, and it seems that the beauty and romance of that post Edwardian period is deeply appealing to women who are just fed up of the overt sexuality of some fashion trends. With maxi dresses still  featuring heavily each season, and with a new series of Downton promised, which will see the show move into the 1920s, it seems that we will still be looking backwards as we look forward to embracing new trends. Carie Barkhuizen, spokesperson for Debenhams says “…Downton Abbey  has had a marked effect on what women are looking to buy this Autumn – aristocratic chic is back.”