2015 Emmy Awards, Part 1

Flex your bitch muscles. It’s Emmys time. 

Best DressedTARAJI P. HENSON
gown, purse, and shoes by Alexander Wang

Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty

Taraji P. Henson didn’t need to win an Emmy to win THE Emmys. She was the Taylor Swift of supportive reaction gifs (except not annoying) when Regina King and Viola Davis won their respective awards, and she looked FUCKING AMAZING doing it.

Taraji was an effervescent bubble of joy, like if Glinda the Good Witch flew into the Emmys wearing a chic as hell punk-inspired gown. The dress had lots of trendy elements – the cut-out, the sheer skirt – but the chain straps and badass styling made it utterly magical.

Runner-UpJAIMIE ALEXANDER
gown by Armani Privé

Photo: Vince Bucci/Invision/AP

I straight-up have no idea who Jaimie Alexander is, and I honestly do not care. This gown is a MASTERPIECE.

Honorable Mention: CHRISTINA HENDRICKS
gown by Naeem Khan, purse by Charlotte Olympia

Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty

Christina Hendricks looked like the Emmys stage itself, all art deco embellishments and freakin’ spectacular curves. A fitting red carpet farewell to Joan.

SARAH HYLAND
gown by Zac Posen

Photo: John Shearer/WireImage

I’m always game for a wine-colored dress, and the off-shoulder thing was popular last night. But this dress didn’t really wow me until Sarah turned around:

Photo: Kyle Rover/Startraks

Sexy and weird and futuristic and most importantly, surprising. Kudos, lady.

LAVERNE COX
gown by Calvin Klein, shoes by Stuart Weitzman

Photo: John Shearer/WireImage

It’s like the formalwear version of a 90s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover, and I mean that in the BEST possible way. She was born to wear this color, and the back of the dress is also fantastic:

Photo: John Shearer/WireImage

That fit is absolute perfection.

ANDY SAMBERG

Photo: John Shearer/WireImage

Look at that textured jacket! Mazel tov, Andy! It felt like a lot of his jokes died in the room, but I actually laughed more than usual. I also find Andy Samberg adorable, so that helps.

JUDITH LIGHT
gown by Zac Posen

Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Everyone stop what you are doing and bow down to Judith Light, who looks daring but not desperate and is clearly having a blast. She is sitcom royalty and she is WORKING that print.

ELLIE KEMPER
gown by Naeem Khan, purse by Swarovski

Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

I will first note that any and all sweaty makeup will be forgiven and not commented on – it was a hundred goddamn degrees out and everyone was in three inches of makeup. Moving on: this dress is unusual and lovely, but I find myself wishing she’d worn her hair down to soften up the vibe a little. Severe hair with a dress that’s all sharp lines can leave a starlet looking vaguely constipated.

REGINA KING
gown by Krikor Jabotian

Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Simple but gorgeous. I don’t really love it on the red carpet, but it looked glorious on TV.

NAOMI WATTS and LIEV SCHREIBER
dress by Christian Dior

Photo: Vince Bucci/Invision/AP

Naomi played it safe because she was there supporting her hubby, so I’ll forgive her for wearing a bedazzled towel to a major industry event.

JESSICA PARÉ
gown by Monse

Photo: Jason Meritt/Getty

There’s something a little bit off about the placement of that knot, like there’s a creature struggling to break free from Megan Draper’s cleavage. But good LORD, is she spectacular in this shade of pink.

DANIELLE BROOKS
gown by Christian Siriano

Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

I would have loved the darker blue shade by itself, but together with the other colors, it is a LOT for the eye to take in. But I’m still coming down on the side of liking this, for its sheer joy and energy if nothing else.

MAISIE WILLIAMS

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty

Arya Stark, you are wonderful. Someday you will look back on those furry shoes and laugh, but pat yourself on the back for that utterly classic dress. With convenient pockets for hiding daggers and shit.

LAURA CARMICHAEL
gown by Erdem

Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

This is a perfectly fine dress, but nothing I can get too excited about. It’s the Lady Edith of Emmys dresses, if you will. But it’s slightly less depressing.

JESSICA LANGE
gown by J. Mendel

Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty

Like I would ever bother attempting to critique this living legend.

AMY POEHLER
gown by Michael Kors

Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

This was actually a disappointment, but luckily, Amy had a spectacular outfit change planned for the evening:

It is a goddamn shame that she never won an Emmy for Leslie Knope, but there is nothing I adore more than a good Amy Poehler awards show gag. (There’s an entire chapter in her book about these bits, and it’s fantastic.)

MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL
gown by Oscar de la Renta

Photo: Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP

Even though I was not at all sold on the skirt, I was compelled to not hate this. Which is an achievement for the sometimes-bizarre, often-dressed-like-an-80-year-old-librarian Maggie Gyllenhaal. But then she turned around:

Photo: John Shearer/WireImage

No. I’m sorry. This is not even a little bit okay.

TRACEE ELLIS ROSS
gown by Zac Posen

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty

I’ll give her points for risk-taking, but this looks like a small child had a bit too much fun with a pair of safety scissors and a Disney princess costume.

CAT DEELEY
gown by Monique Lhuillier

Photo: Vince Bucci/Invision/AP

I’m happy for Cat Deeley and her impending motherhood, but it makes her constant “I’m midway through an orgasm” aesthetic a little bit more uncomfortable.

Worst Dressed: JULIANNE HOUGH
gown by Marchesa, purse by Jimmy Choo

Photo: John Shearer/WireImage

Is she an Olympic ice dancer whose outfit has been slashed by the blade Tonya Harding’s skate? Is she a Victorian-era fussy vampire with a penchant for naughty lingerie? What outrageous scenario can I blame for this monstrosity?

Stay tuned: Part 2 is up and Part 3 will be up later this week, you impatient, greedy, beautiful divas.


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6 responses to 2015 Emmy Awards, Part 1

  1. lol…you just outed yourself as a non-comic book fan. Jaimie Alexander plays “Sif” in the MCU, and had a couple of guest appearances in Agents of Shield in the same role. But I think most people know her from her role in…I think it was “How I meet your mother”? (Yep, I just outed myself as a non-sitcom fan).

    • democracydiva – Author

      Haha, there I go, showing my ignorance. I’ve seen How I Met Your Mother but I totally don’t remember her from that. Either way, she looks amaaaaazing in that dress.

  2. Amanda N.

    Jamie Alexander wasn’t in HIMYM, that’s Cobie Smulders, who plays Agent Maria Hill in the MCU. Before playing Sif (and being amazing!!! I love her) I believe she was a regular on Watch Over Me and Kyle XY.

  3. Brian Tan

    I gasped out loud at Julianne Hough… what is that… that’s like a boarding-school girl’s edgy Black Swan halloween costume

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