September 24th, 2012

Lessons In Style: The Emmy’s Edition.

Today the 64th Emmy Awards were held in L.A. There was the usual mermaid frocks, the usual mermaid curls…here’s a look at the best, worst and take away trends from this year’s red carpet.

Colour Of The Night.


Yes there was a lot of jade green and black (standard) but the colour of the Emmy’s was orange. It was as though stylists all around the globe picked a pantone and dialled it in.

The exact same shade of tangerine was worked into fishtails, trains, bodices, embroidery, and tassels, which saw a lot of star in a near double up.

This neon is fabulous and a nice departure from the traditional red carpet fodder of nude, white and red. I loved Jessica Lange, Padma in Monique Lhuillier and Ginnifer Goodwin also in Monique Lhuillier.

Red Lips.


You don’t get more Hollywood than a red lip on a red carpet. 

These just-ate-blackberries pouts from Christina Hendricks (for the record, I like her dress even though it is a repeat of the dress she wore two years ago in peach) and Kat Denning were perfection and infinitely copyable.

Click for a how-to-wear red guide.

The Slanted Shoulder.


I’m sorry… I’d fallen asleep….

It was asymetric shoulders at fifty paces on the red carpet with every second dress sporting a slanted neckline.

Kelly Osbourne in Zac Posen (time to move on from match your hair colour to your frock Kel!), Jessica Pare in Jason Wu and Cat Deeley in Tadashi Shoji.

There’s no doubt that this style of gown looks fabulous in photos (thus its popularity) – it does all the right things for your décolletage and you can still wear a bra but it can look a little bridal party if not done right.

Avoid white and satin and try it in a pop colour or sheer georgette – Hayden Panettiere’s sari inspired version was young and cool.

Heidi. Really?


How does this happen?

She’s one of the world’s most beautiful women. She has a stylist on speed dial. She’s almost six foot and a size 4. She was an Angel for gods sake – how does this happen??

The colour of the dress is lovely but the double split and the georgette is a just too Midsummer Nights Dream – a university production. Then there’s the paegent barrel curls, the matching earring and don’t  even look down at the shoes because they will burn a hole in your soul.

Printed Dresses.


First it appeared on jackets, then pants…so it was a fairly safe bet that floral print was going to have a red carpet moment this year.

I’m not sure about any print when there’s this much fabric involved – it’s a little too close to the metrage you need for curtains or a sofa.

But wear them they did: Ariel Winter in Katharine Kidd, Elisabeth Moss in Dolce & Gabbana,  Julianna Margulies in Giambattista Valli,

Kill Me Now.


I call these wedding cake dresses because that’s what they remind me of – walking, talking fussy, tiered cakes. Or Barbie.

Zooey Deschanel in Reem Acra and January Jones in Zac Posen should know (and do) much, much better. Instead they’ve ended up in a sentence with Phoebe Price.

The lesson is that if it looks and sounds like a chicken it usually is a chicken.

Not For The Red Carpet But…


Neither of these dresses are really red carpet material. They break all Rachel Zoe’s rules: scripture, train, pop but I love the Picnic At Hanging Rock vibe of these floaty, cream bits of lace and gossamer – it’ boho luxe.

Just lovely. Amanda Peet in Calvin Klein and Kristen Wiig in Balenciaga.

Short Hair.


Ellen was the pioneer but the Anne Hathaway as Fantine in Les Miserables crop is having a moment. I can’t even remember what Portia looked like with long hair anymore – this suits her so much – and the ever cool Martha Plimpton was also rocking shorter locks.

It takes a certain kind of woman with a certain kind of confidence to wear their hair like this. I love how they’ve both just chucked heaps of gel in it and let it do its thing.

New Metallics.


A massive trend from last year’s award season was molten, shimmery metallic gowns (remember Anne, Angie & Olivia). Moving it on in 2012 is this new take on the trend which is part medieval and part futuristic using metallics in studding, mirror panels and chain-mail instead of sequins and crystal.

Mad about it.

The best on the carpet were Lucy Liu in Versace and  Nicole Kidman in Antonio Berardi. This metal detailing is seriously flattering for your skin tone –  just like candle light – sexy, sophisticated…tick, tick, tickedy, tick.

Julianne & Claire. The End.


Take out your pad and pencil because this is how it’s done.

Coincidentally best dressed were both in yellow and yet in outfits that couldn’t be more opposite except in their perfectness.

Claire Danes finally hit a home run (she’s had a string of nearly) in a Lanvin frock sent directly from the heavens to her wardrobe. It did all the right things for her body shape, height and skin tone. She finished it off with clean, shiny, simple hair and no acessories. None. Love it.

Then there is Julianne Moore at 51 showing that fashion risks can be made when they’re considered and executed like this floor length yellow Dior Couture gown. Again she opts for clean, simple hair, minimal jewels and a swipe of berry red.

There are not enough adjectives in the world…

Size Does Matter.


I am obsessed with Peter Dinklage. Dude has more swag than most six-foot-something men I know. Game of Thrones is genius, he is the star and proof-positive that style comes in every shape and size.



  • Alli

    That’s not Emmy Rossum, it’s Kat Dennings.

  • Julia

    Great wrap! Although that’s Kat Dennings not Emmy Rossum in the red lip section.

  • Barb Fisher

    “It was as though stylists all around the globe picked a pantone and dialled it in”

    It was actually Pantone that picked the colour. PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango is the colour of the year for 2012!

  • Guest

    Hi Paula,
    In the part about red lips, that’s actually Kat Dennings, not Emmy Rossum. :)

  • Guest

    Hi Paula,
    In the part about red lips, that’s actually Kat Dennings, not Emmy Rossum. :)

  • Corina

    I am pretty sure Claire Danes has a bracelet on her left wrist Paula? I agree though she looks stunning! Thanks for that I LOVED checking out all of the frocks. I cannot agree with you about Zooey Deschanel though. I think she looks beautiful and her dress really suits her personality :)

  • Alli

    Dennings.

  • PaulaJoye

    Got it. They are separated at birth.
    PJxx

  • PaulaJoye

    That’s absolutely true Barb.
    It is the colour fo the year and that’s what I meant – stylists follow Pantone’s lead.
    Don’t we all!
    PJxx

  • indicindic

    I really dont like Claire Danes dress.

  • Jane

    I’m not a huge fan of Nicole Kidman but I thought she looked stunning in that Antonio Berardi dress. It was absolutely beautiful!!!

  • dollcake

    totally agree with you on Heidi. how does she always go wrong? can’t remember one good choice she made

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