Pajamas? Please. If you thought Sunday night’s virtual Emmy Awards were going on without Hollywood glamour, think again.
Sure, there were some plaid PJs and a couple track suits during the at-home pre-show and broadcast–but there was also couture and diamonds, even if we could only see most of it from the waist up.
“The world may be terrible but TV has never been better,” said host Jimmy Kimmel, rallying the cardboard celebrity cutouts in the audience-less Staples Center at the start of the awards.
Despite a more informal Emmys dress code of “come as you are but make an effort,” most of the big luxury players were in the game (Louis Vuitton dressed Reese Witherspoon, Jeremy Pope, Paul Mescal and Yahya Abdul-Manteen), and some smaller ones were, too. (With the “Schitt’s Creek” near sweep, Daniel Levy’s gray flannel Thom Browne skirt suit may have gotten more airtime than anything, as he took award after award during the cast’s Canadian watch party.)
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“At the show, I texted Christopher and said you have to hold that dress for Zendaya. He didn’t ask for when or what, but literally was like, ‘Done!’” Because two looks are better than one, Zendaya wore an Armani Prive pearl encrusted bandeau and pink polka dot skirt when she accepted her award for best actress in a drama for “Euphoria.”
If Emmy was a real girl…. @zendaya wearing @christopherjohnrogers @louboutinworld and @bulgari
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The universe’s dark mood certainly called for some light (and Hollywood has often played that escapist role). There was also a lot to celebrate, with this year’s being the most diverse roster of nominees in Emmys history. And most stars seemed to enjoy the excuse to get out of quarantine sweats.
Shira Hass, nominated for “Unorthodox,” was live on the E! pre-show at 2 a.m. Tel Aviv time wearing couture, god bless her. “It’s Chanel and I’m in love with it,” she said of the floral embroidered bustier dress, which took 1200 hours of work. Cynthia Erivo wore a futuristic looking sparkly purple and neon-green swirl embroidered Versace mini-dress, her fingers full of Tiffany & Co rings, and Kerry Washington chose a Dolce & Gabbana animal print sheath with 45 carats of Chopard emeralds.
For style-interested viewers, without a true red carpet, there was actually an incentive to sit through the broadcast to see what people were wearing–and to search on Instagram, where most posted their designer credits. (We’ll see what the viewership numbers are; last year’s host-less Emmys were the least watched in history.)
Nominee and presenter Tracee Ellis Ross delivered, setting up her own red carpet in the backyard to model her stunning gold lame ruffled Alexandre Vaultier gown. “How fun to get dressed up!” she posted.
Others chose to be more muted, but still made it fashion, including the cast of “Schitt’s Creek.” Levy’s Thom Browne skirt suit harked back to the one he rocked in the series wedding scene, while Catherine O’Hara chose a black Valentino sequin turtleneck, corseted dress and combat boots in her character Moira’s favorite black palette. “It’s still the glamour we all love to see, but toned down,” said her stylist Andrew Gelwicks. “It’s the perfect non red carpet, red carpet moment.”
🤍🖤💛 it's almost time 💛🖤🤍 #Emmys
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It certainly wasn’t all business as usual, though.
“What’s different is all the COVID testing–I’ve probably had four tests this week–and trying to do everything as socially distant as possible,” stylist Roach said of working under pandemic conditions, which meant the ceremony was filmed live from 114 different locations, and trophy presenters arrived wearing tuxedo Hazmat suits.
Politics were another subject of sartorial conversation. “Watchmen” winner Regina King wore a Breonna Taylor T-shirt with her pink Schiaparelli couture pantsuit. “Rest in power RBG,” she added in her speech, honoring the former Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “Mrs. America” winner Uzo Uduba also paid tribute to Taylor, saying, “Let’s go change the world.”
Meanwhile, Ross, Braun, Washington, Aduba, Mahershala Ali, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel Brosnahan, Issa Rae and Samira Wiley will all be donating their Emmys looks to the RAD (Red Carpet ADvocacy) charity auction beginning Sept. 23 at Chic-Relief.com. All sales will benefit When We All Vote, former first lady Michelle Obama’s nonpartisan voter registration organization.
“It’s inspiring to see so many people get together for a common purpose,” said stylist Elizabeth Stewart, who started Chic- Relief.com during the pandemic to sell designer clothing and accessories to aid frontline workers. “We all recognize that the fun and magic of the red carpet is a great escape, but also that the world is in a place where there needs to be even greater purpose behind what we do.”
Haven’t dressed up in a while so had to make the most of it. Look ✌🏾#Emmys2020
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CYNTHIA 💙💚💛💜🤎🧡 #Emmys2020
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Tonight’s look brought to u by old ass tux jacket from CYRUS awards season and Target’s limited Clark Griswold Christmas Jammies collection.
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No bra? No heels? NO PROBLEM. Wearing PJ’s to the 72nd Emmy awards (from my house) is my kind of vibes. Excited to see if we win any of the 7 awards we have been nominated for!!!! I still did my make up and wore a sequin dressing gown, because… It’s what Tahani would have wanted. And this is her day, not mine. ❤️
No bra? No heels? NO PROBLEM.Wearing PJ’s to the 72nd Emmy awards (from my house) is my kind of vibes. Excited to see if we win any of the 7 awards we have been nominated for!!!!I still did my make up and wore a sequin dressing gown, because… It’s what Tahani would have wanted. And this is her day, not mine.❤️
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