2014 Emmy Awards, Part 1

Welcome to the 2014 Emmy Awards! From best to worst to the most basic of bitches, Democracy Diva has all your red carpet needs. 

Best DressedJANUARY JONES
gown by Prabal Gurung, shoes by Christian Louboutin

Photo: InStyle

Obsessed with this gown, which was my red carpet prediction for Diane Kruger. In love with those shoes. More than a dozen stars wore red to Monday night’s event, but no one wore it better than Betty motherfucking Draper. I would have loved a necklace and maybe a little more style to the hair. But she killed it, with a shotgun, and a cigarette dangling out of her mouth.

God bless her.

Runner-Up: UZO ADUBA
gown by Christian Siriano

Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Uzo Aduba leapt from character actress to A-lister in the span of one mega-glam old Hollywood gown. She has that glow that can only come from winning your own Emmy last week, so you just get to party all night and never have to be nervous that you’re going to lose. The styling is flawless – I didn’t know that serving up Crazy Eyes fabness was a thing until right now. Also, Netflix had a party bus for the casts of Orange is the New Black and House of Cards to take to the Emmys. I would have given all my worldly possessions to be on that bus.

Honorable Mention: KIERNAN SHIPKA
dress by Antonio Berardi, shoes by Jimmy Choo

Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Her hair is perfect. Her dress is interesting, adorable, and age-appropriate. I love everything about this Kiernan Shipka. SOME ONE GIVE THIS GIRL A FUCKING EMMY NOMINATION ALREADY.

DEBRA MESSING
gown by Ángel Sánchez, purse by Judith Leiber

Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Damn, Grace Adler is looking fan-fucking-tastic. This is a killer dress on her – the simple silhouette is flattering, and the sheer cut-outs keep it memorable.

LUCY LIU
gown by Zac Posen, purse by Jimmy Choo

Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty

A touch underwhelming for the other-worldly-beautiful Lucy Liu, but it’s still quite a dress. The corset boning in the bodice is my favorite part, and the draping is really exquisite.

CLAIRE DANES
gown by Givenchy

Photo: Scott Kirkland/Picture Group

I adored the brownish-black runway version of this dress, which I predicted Amanda Seyfried would wear. It’s a truly remarkable gown with stunning detailing no matter what color it’s in, but it’s so much less imaginative in red. And that hair is just making me upset. I think the whole look works a bit better from the back:

Photo: Scott Kirkland/Picture Group

The studded belt is badass, the lace is heavenly, and the necklace/collar thing is just gorgeous. I still don’t like the hair, but it’s less offensive from this angle.

AARON PAUL
tuxedo by Prada

Photo: John Shearer/Invision/AP

Just because he is the absolute cutest. Mazel tov, Aaron, on your well-deserved Emmy, and your even more-deserved undying love from me.

LENA HEADEY
gown by Rubin Singer

Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty

Punk rock Cersei is my favorite Cersei. This dress is a lot more interesting than it seems at first glance, and she made black on the red carpet look cool instead of expected. (It helped that everyone else decided the color of the night was red; she stood out in the crowd.) Toss out the shoes for something more interesting, and it would have been pretty damn near perfect.

KERRY WASHINGTON
gown and purse by Prada

Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

I’ll applaud it because it’s a risk, and because she’s like 80% pulling it off, but the trim on this makes it look kind of cheap. I’m not in love with this color on her, and center-parted straight hair is maybe the least interesting red carpet hairstyle known to womankind.

ANNA CHLUMSKY
gown by Zac Posen, purse by Lanvin

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty

It’s an Amy Adams look – no one can say it’s anything but gorgeous, but you can’t really be surprised by it, either. The styling is working, I’ll give her that much.

JULIANNA MARGULIES
gown and purse by Narciso Rodriguez

Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty

The top of the gown is sexy and chic, but it veers off into dullness with that sad, ordinary skirt. I just think she can do so much better. And although she looks impeccable in monochromatics, it wouldn’t kill Julianna to add some color to her wardrobe.

MELISSA MCCARTHY
gown by Marchesa, purse by Jimmy Choo

Photo: Jeff Vespa/WireImage

I don’t love that top layer of tulle in the skirt, but everything else here is working. Love the clutch.

TAYLOR SCHILLING
gown by Zuhair Murad, purse by Rauwolf

Photo: Evan Agostini/AP

It’s a glamorous, art deco dream of a gown (I thought Emmy Rossum would wear it), but come on. Wouldn’t it have looked a zillion times better in any other color besides this sort of dirty dishwater ivory? And if it weren’t two inches too long?

MINDY KALING
gown by Kenzo, purse by Kotur, shoes by Jimmy Choo

Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

The detailing on this makes it look less expensive than it really is, and that hairstyle is approaching Snooki-land, which is a dangerous territory indeed.

HAYDEN PANETTIERE
gown by Lorena Sarbu, purse by Judith Leiber

Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty

Hate the hair and the illusion netting, but the metallic detailing makes her look like a fertility goddess. And that is obviously a compliment.

SARAH HYLAND
top and skirt by Christian Siriano

Photo: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

We get it. Young people like crop tops. It’s enough already.

CAT DEELEY
gown by Burberry, purse by Jimmy Choo

Photo: John Shearer/Invision/AP

I can’t ever seem to love anything Cat Deeley puts on, even though I know I’d like it on someone else. But these colors feel kind of depressing on her, and the length is unnecessary, and she’s wearing four too many bracelets for reasons I cannot understand.

LAURA PREPON
gown by Gustavo Cadile, purse by Judith Leiber

Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty

I hope you have a great time at your 80s-themed prom, Laura!

Worst DressedAMANDA PEET
gown by Giambattista Valli

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty

I don’t even care that the dress is boring and looks like pajamas. Someone needs to call an ambulance immediately, because based on that hairstyle, I can only assume that Amanda Peet’s brain has actually exploded.


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3 responses to 2014 Emmy Awards, Part 1

  1. I don’t mind your pick for the worst at all…I think it looks laid-back, comfortable and a little bit romantic. And I think the one who walks around in a night gown is actually Lucy Liu. But then, I rarely like her style, and this is in my eyes an improvement, because normally she ends up swallowed up in layers of fabric and too big patterns.

    • democracydiva – Author

      It wouldn’t have been placed at the bottom if it weren’t for the hair, but I’m still not a huge fan of it, at least at this event. I feel the opposite about Lucy Liu – I love when she wears those giant patterns, haha! – but I think she walked that fine line between wearing a nightgown and looking fashionable pretty well at this event.

      Thanks for commenting, as always! I like when we get to disagree on things, it keeps things fun for me! 🙂

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