New York Fashion Cool-Aid by Laurel Marcus: The Emmy Awards

“I wish it were warmer” said no one ever to Guiliana Rancic during the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards “E! Live On The Red Carpet” show occurring during a 100 degree heat wave. A still skeletal but more focused Rancic gamely charged on with #AskHerMore as she made a serious comeback substituting the Stiletto-Cam for the much maligned ManiCam. For a city that touts its perfect year-round climate as a major selling point there always seems to be some extreme of weather accompanying its awards shows. Since those in LaLa Land have put in the effort to turn it out in under less than ideal conditions I feel it fitting to bestow my own awards of distinction, both good and bad, to reward or punish their efforts.

Starting on a positive note, my favorites were two English roses: Lena Headey in Zuhair Murad and Helen McCrory in a strapless floral number which looks a bit like ODLR but probably isn’t and a South Carolinian: Jaimie Alexander in striped technicolor Armani Prive, who I understand is going through ink removal and thought it best to cover things up. BTW I tend to like color on the red carpet and may still be under the influence of the MTV Music Awards so I totally understand if these are not your faves.

Mindy Kaling & Claire Danes

My most improved from last year’s award show circuit are Claire Danes in a red and blue sequin striped Prada that read purple on camera with bold silver shoulder and side chains and Mindy Kaling in a tangerine short sleeved number with a train which fit her perfectly.

Kiernan Shipka & Joanna Newsom

The award for Most Fashion Forward dress is a tie between Joanna Newsom in pink bibbed Delpozo and Kiernan Shipka who tried unsuccessfully to channel Emma Watson with a Dior dress over black pants outfit.

Left: Tracee Ellis Ross; Center: Gina Rodriquez; Right: Anna Chlumsky

Most prom or Quincenera bound were Tracee Ellis Ross (prom) and Gina Rodriguez (Quincenera). Also not sure what Anna Chlumsky was thinking…

Julianne Hough

Trying to do the Gwyneth Goth thing was Julianne Hough in Marchesa’s first dress on the spring summer runway. On the plus side, at least you can’t see her boobs through it.

Maggie Gyllenhaal & Elizabeth Moss

Best Oscar at the Emmys: Maggie Gyllenhaal (I would also include her in the most improved category). Her competition in this category: Elizabeth Moss in a strapless pink OdlR gown.

Samira Wiley & Mindy Kaling

Best solid vivid color winner is Samira Wiley in a beautiful one shouldered hot pink number, although I would also give Mindy Kaling an honorable mention for this title.

Naomi Watts

Most disappointing from last award season would be Naomi Watts in a sad looking tea length Dior, not up to her usual sartorial splendor.

Maisie Williams & Alan Cumming

Best and worst footwear (at least that could be seen): furry white sandals worn by Maisie Williams and Alan Cumming’s black crocs which he wore with a suit and umbrella.

Kerr Washington and Ellie Kemper

Most Direct off SS2016 Runway winner is Kerry Washington in silver mesh Marc Jacobs. Ellie Kemper in multi-colored Naeem Khan also ran in that category.

Big Bird & Heidi Klum

Most Ridiculous Dress From Someone Who Should Know Better: Heidi Klum’s Big Bird walks into the workroom at Project Runway and gets attacked by pinking shears Atelier Versace get-up.

– Laurel Marcus

Laurel Marcus

OG journo major who thought Strunk & White's "The Elements of Style" was a fashion guide. Desktop comedienne -- the world of fashion gives me no shortage of material.

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