Fashion Jury: The Best and The Worst Dressed At The 2013 Emmy Awards

23 September 2013 by

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The small screen’s greatest talents gathered in Hollywood last night for the annual Emmy Primetime awards. Whilst the winners collected a sassy statue, our attention was drawn towards who was wearing what. Some looks were massive hits but most were massive misses. Here Grazia’s Fashion Editor, Hannah Almassi and Fashion Assistant, Josh Newis-Smith cherry picked some of the outfits which have caused a stir in the office today, and give their opinions.

Lena Dunham in Prada

Hannah Almassi: Is this the very same Lena Dunham of denim hot-pants and braless ‘Girls’ fame? We can’t believe our bleary Monday morning eyes. Trust Miuccia Prada to make such a mega transformation happen. This vibrant rose-scattered custom-made gown is DI-VINE. So divine it deserved every one of those capitals. The black trim and simple lines balance out any hint of ultra-fem, something that Lena D will appreciate, not being a frou-frou-ish kind of chick. Even the Liza Minelli tribute act hair and makeup doesn’t offend me. That’s the power of a Prada, people.

Josh Newis-Smith: It’s all Halloween meets fancy floral here! The make-up is very heavy and the hair is a little too undone for my liking, it’s a bit, ‘I just rolled out of bed after forgetting to take off yesterday’s make up, didn’t have enough time to attend to my hair and what!?’  Lena has been a huge fan of the florals lately after befriending the master of the print, Erdem, but for last night’s show stopper Lena turned to Miuccia Prada. It does remind me a touch of Lucy Liu circa the golden globes this year but here floral has been used to great effect. The print isn’t too heavy, the florals are sparingly used and the shape is perfect for her- defined around the bust, nipping in the waist and going all out in the skirt. In conclusion: great from the neck down.

Rose Byrne in Calvin Klein Collection with Jimmy Choo Clutch

Hannah Almassi: It takes a certain type of babe to pull of a baby-pink midriff-exposing halter-neck gown… so thank goodness it was the ethereal Rose Byrne who played with fashion fire. I’d look like a trussed-up pork chop with those strings around my tummy, but Rose’s newly blonded locks, plus-simple silver jewellery and classic Hollywood makeup let this gorgeous Calvin Klein dress breathe. It’s like a more successful version of Anne Hathaway’s Oscars number: less nipple exposure, less creasing. Did I mention she’s a total babe?

Josh Newis-Smith: Now this is how to do Hollywood glamazon! The soft pink top and skirt creates a super sexy look and there are metallic accents courtsey of the Jimmy Choo clutch bag. Crop tops have been making somewhat unsuccessful appearances on the red carpet of late but this is how to work one: the strapping around the waist literally ties the components together and the small exposure of skin is the right side of sassy. Rose’s new blonde locks add the cherry on top of this very seductive cake.

Zooey Deschanel in J. Mendel


Hannah Almassi: I’d expect nothing less than this retro-look number from original Queen o’ Kook, Zooey Deschanel. But is this new, girl? Not really. There’s plenty of seen-it-all-before to be said, but a potent old-time compilation of Jackie O (‘60s satin), with a bit of Jane Fonda’s Barbarella (the hair) and a trusty injection of Dolly Parton (the hair + the sparkle) still works for me. And that icy blue does look nice with her eyes.

Josh Newis-Smith: I love Jess, opps I mean Zoey Deschanel, but her red carpet fare is as always a one-way ticket to Yawns Ville. Zoey is one of the most interesting actresses on television today but her looks never complement her personality, they always appear as if on the way out her mum told her to change into something more conservative. I really want to see her wearing younger designers, in dresses which break out of the default Hollywood mode of dress. Zoey should get on the phone to Lily Collins, who is one of the only starlets mixing up her look ATM, and start experimenting. Here the hair is too retro, the dress too bridesmaid, the clutch too sparkly and I am left disappointed… again.

Michelle Dockery in Prada

Hannah Almassi: Maybe it’s due to my lack of interest in Downtown Abbey (is it really STILL going?), but Michelle Dockery’s red carpet choices continue to disappoint me. The back bow is pretty and has a whiff of mid-century couture about it (which is a trend for A/W’13, ok), but altogether this is too prim, too Christmassy, too lacking in adventure for an attractive 31-year-old Brit girl with brains, balls and plenty of access into fashion-town. Did you see her in Vionnet recently? Now that combined her innately ladylike look with a shovel-load of sass.

Josh Newis-Smith: What would the Dowager Duchess make up that back cleavage? She might well tell Michelle to cover up, but I have to disagree, I L.O.V.E this two-tone tantalising dress from Prada. It’s a look that is so well put together its literally wrapped up in a bow, consider it a stylish gift to the Emmy awards red carpet, because let’s face it the some of the dresses that descended on it would be more well suited to the British Soap Awards, yes I am looking at you Connie Britton. (She is the one out of that programme Nashville, I didn’t know who she was either until she offended my eyes so much and googled her, check it out in the gallery below STAT!)

Christina Hendricks in Christian Siriano


Hannah Almassi: Hallelujah! Thank you lovely lovely voluptuous Christina Hendricks for making the most of your delicious bod. All too many times is this sexy HOPA frumpin’ along in chiffon blouses and ill-fitting trench coats. Too many times has the bosom over-runneth and distracted from her exquisite face or teeny waist. It makes we curvy girls feel like there is no hope outside of a full Spanx suit. So finally here is a form-fitting, beautiful gown, made-to-measure by Christian Siriano. A man who should become her best friend, and stat. Ok, ok, so the bangles are an issue (hello Tammy Girl ’97), but considering this gigantic sartorial step – nay, leap - forward, I’ll let them slide.

Josh Newis-Smith: I am so used to Christina baring her cleavage on the red carpet I am slightly in a state of shock (in a good way) after seeing this look. Christina was born to wear this dress: the cleavage is less in your face than usual, the waist is accentuated and it’s great that she has wiped the slate clean of her previous fashion disasters and gone for black. Now that she has gone back to basics it would be great to see her adding some colour back into her wardrobe and of course leave the bangles at home. Everyone must have heard her coming with so many pieces of metal jangling together, a bit cheap babes. Take the principles you have learnt from your dress Christina, and make sure you take the ‘less is more approach’ to the accessories as well. Almost there, but falling at the final hurdle.

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