As usual, our eyes were peeled to the red carpet Sunday during arrivals to the 68th annual Emmy Awards in downtown Los Angeles.
It was another steamy afternoon in Southern California, and the stars did their best to look “glowy” as opposed to “sweaty” as they stopped for the requisite interviews and photos before making their way into the air-conditioned relief of the Microsoft Theater.
And while there were definite winners and losers in the best-dressed department, we were more interested in how the celebrities were put together—their gowns, accessories, hair and makeup—along with any noticeable trends we could spot.
In addition to noting a nice movement away from boring black in favor of bright colors such as yellow, green and red, floral patterns, or even sparkly golds and silvers, we also observed that many, many female stars wore gowns with a plunging neckline.
Here is our report on the eight best looks in fashion, hair and makeup at the 2016 Emmy Awards:
The actress, who stars in the new NBC comedy The Good Place, was a presenter this year. She wowed in a gorgeous floral, super-low-cut, crystal-embroidered gown by the Lebanese couturier Zuhair Murad. She kept her makeup neutral, with champagne eyeshadow, a shimmery nude lip, and glistening highlights, and wore her blonde hair in a choppy textured lob.
The Game of Thrones stunner, who was nominated as a supporting actress on the blockbuster HBO series, went the “nude” route in a strapless Atelier Versace dress that almost matched her skin tone, with minimal jewelry including ruby post earrings from Jack Vartanian. The look was set off with lilac and gray eyeshadow, light pink lips, bronzed cheeks, and her hair pulled back into a dual-textured updo.
A past winner and regular nominee (including this year) for her lead role in the Showtime drama series Homeland, Claire was gold and glowing—all over—in a look that won some negative reviews but certainly caught attention. Claire's gold Schiaparelli Haute Couture was a sparkly, spare, Greek-inspired number, while her body, cheekbones, and softly waved hair also sparkled.
Wearing a black halter gown by Carolina Herrera, Julia made history with her fifth consecutive Emmy win in the lead comedy actress category (HBO’s Veep)—and sixth best-actress award overall (she had previously won in 2006 for The New Adventures of Old Christine, plus a supporting-actress nod for Seinfeld). Her tousled curls, smoky eyes and nude lip completed the look.
A nominee for best actress in a limited series for her role in FX’s Fargo, Kirsten made many best-dressed lists with her form-fitting beaded black gown with deep V, a custom design by Givenchy. Her silky, polished waves, simple jewelry and sheer red-brown lip color (Laura Mercier Sheer Lip Colour in Tender Lips) added to the red-carpet glamour.
Accepting her lead-actress-in-a-drama award for her astounding multiple-character performance in BBC America’s clone drama Orphan Black, Tatiana wore a red cutout dress from Alexander Wang. Her gown was complemented by a loose bun, dangly diamond earrings from Forevermark, pink lips and eyes rimmed in maroon and copper shadows.
After stunning the fashion police in an emerald-green Prada gown with a plunging neckline that was fully embroidered in variegated crystals and stones, Sarah won in the court of Emmy opinion, taking lead actress honors for her role as prosecutor Marcia Clark in the FX limited series The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. Her pixie cut and sideswept bangs were set off nicely with large, rectangular custom Wilfredo Rosado earrings, smoky eyes and creamy rose lips.
And then there was Kerry, who stood out from all the rest in several ways. First was her prominent baby bump, which she proudly showed off in a black cutout cape dress custom-made by Brandon Maxwell. The Scandal actress, who was nominated this year for her role as Anita Hill in the HBO movie Confirmation, also let her hair hang out—literally! Kerry’s natural texture and curls were in full abundance, with pink lips and dark eyes adding to her allure.