Red is the new black at Emmys, a night of sleek silhouettes

Tue Aug 26, 2014 1:22am EDT
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Emmy awards saw a sea of red and white gowns with sleek silhouettes on Monday, as television's top talent channeled golden age glamour for Hollywood's first red carpet of the major awards season.

Red, often a risky choice as it can disappear into the color of the carpet, was the favored tone for stars such as "Veep" nominee Julia Louis-Dreyfus in a column halter Carolina Herrera and "Homeland" star Claire Danes in a vermillion embellished Givenchy dress.

"Mad Men" ladies Christina Hendricks opted for an asymmetric vermillion Marchesa gown with gold accents and January Jones went for a full-skirted strapless Prabal Gurung gown. "Big Bang Theory" actress Kaley Cuoco opted for a strapless Monique Lhuillier with pink floral motifs, while Mindy Kaling wore a sleek custom Kenzo gown.

"Red is a vibrant, easy way for celebrities to wear colors that we've seen in fashion over the past year," said Eric Wilson, fashion news director of InStyle magazine.

To juxtapose the red, some stars opted for bold jewel hues, such as Allison Janney in a royal purple strapless Nicolas Jebran gown, "Orange is the New Black" star Samira Wiley in a yellow Christian Siriano column dress and her fellow star Taryn Manning in a vintage gold Azzaro strapless gown.

"The Voice" judge Gwen Stefani chose a silver skirt and top combo with gold metal accents by Versace, while Amy Poehler picked a silver low-cut metallic gown by Theia.

"This is the sexiest red carpet at the Emmys in years," Wilson said. "Fashion has elevated in the last few years, celebrities are owning the fashion and taking chances."

Monochrome tones remained a popular choice to stand out on the red carpet. "House of Cards" nominee Robin Wright led the all-white line with a backless white Ralph Lauren jumpsuit, while "Orange is the New Black" nominee Taylor Schilling wore a cream halter-neck beaded Zuhair Murad gown, saying she loved the comfort of the style.   Continued...

January Jones from the AMC series "Mad Men" arrives at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California August 25, 2014.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson