By Romy Vassilev
This past Sunday night, several hundred of the biggest names in television gathered at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles for the 68th Annual Emmy Awards to honor the best in U.S. primetime TV. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, this year’s ceremony was momentous in many ways. The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story took home the most wins of the night, followed closely by most-nominated Game of Thrones, while Julia Louis-Dreyfus, producer and lead star of Veep, established a new record of wins for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. The night was also an exciting one for diversity in television: Rami Malek became the first non-white actor to win Best Actor in a Drama Series since 1998. And Jeffrey Tambor, Alan Yang and Aziz Ansari all called for greater opportunities for transgender and Asian talent in entertainment during their acceptance speeches. In addition, Jill Soloway’s win for Best Directing for a Comedy Series marked the fourth consecutive year that a woman has won in this category (toppling the patriarchy one year at a time).
But awards shows like the Emmys are not just political; they are among the most anticipated showcases of high fashion. As one of the first major events of the awards season, this year’s Emmys certainly lived up to expectations and kicked off the season in style. Whether dressed in princess ball gowns or figure-hugging ensembles, the many women in attendance (and their stylists) stole the night. Every conceivable pairing of dresses, jewelry, and shoes paraded the red carpet on Sunday night in an array of cuts, colors and fabrics. The trend of the evening seemed to be risk-taking in the form of sexy cutouts, bold colors, playful patterns, and daring reveals. And, in my opinion, virtually every risk the attending ladies took in their outfits really paid off. My favorite looks of the night combined one or two of these bolder accents with simple accessories and basic touches, creating polished, elegant ensembles. While not everyone can win at the Emmys, the women pictured below expressed true stylistic grace that has definitely earned them spots on this year’s best-dressed list.