Saturday 22 October 2016

Emmys hits and misses

They gave us cut-outs and slashes, sequins and glitter, but not everyone made the style grade at this year's Emmy Awards. Our expert rounds up the best, and the rest

Meadhbh McGrath

Published 21/09/2016 | 02:30

Showstopper: Sarah Paulson at Emmys 2016
Showstopper: Sarah Paulson at Emmys 2016
Sophie Turner
Actress Tatiana Maslany in plunging fire-engine red from Alexander Wang
Underwhelming: Sofia Vergera
Full Hollywood glamour: Emilia Clarke
Maternity dressing executed beautifully: Kerry Washington
Heidi Klum and Michael Kors at their least subtle

Awards season got off to a stylish start on Sunday night with the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards. In a golden age of television, where our favourite shows are arguably better than anything you see at the movies, the Emmys red carpet is becoming just as, if not more, interesting than the Oscars.

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While there was some notable menswear - 'Mr Robot' star Rami Malek wowed in a white Dior tux that fondly recalled a 'Casablanca'-era Humphrey Bogart - it's the gowns that demand attention.

Primary colours dominated the fashion parade this year, and there was plenty of bold crimson and eye-popping yellow to be found, from Kate McKinnon's simple V-neck gown and Priyanka Chopra's sweeping Jason Wu to Angela Bassett in custom Christian Siriano.

Speaking of Siriano, the 'Project Runway' alum ruled the red carpet, dressing eight women on the night.

Cut-out detailing was popular too, as evidenced by Tracee Ellis Ross in a stunning Grecian-inspired design by Ralph Lauren.

Inevitably, there were florals, which were used to sensational effect by Kristen Bell, in a beautiful Zahair Murad embroidered gown, and Felicity Huffman, who dazzled in an elegant nude dress with a white applique overlay and tulle train by Tony Ward Couture.

While the red carpet banter was as painful as ever, Amy Schumer outdid herself when she was asked by E! host Giuliana Rancic what she was wearing: "Vivienne Westwood, Tom Ford shoes and an OB tampon." No need to "ask her more" - that's just about enough.

How to avoid a fake tan fiasco like Claire Danes

Emmy-nominee Claire Danes may have been hoping for gold on Sunday night, but what she got was a whole lot of bronze. The ‘Homeland’ star suffered a pretty dodgy beauty fail when she paired her gold Schiaparelli gown with a remarkably tanned face.

“I think she made the classic mistake of getting a one-shade-fits-all spray tan,” says Cocoa Brown’s Marissa Carter. “If you’ve got fair hair and fair skin naturally, you should only go one or two shades darker than your skin colour, or else you look ridiculous.”

Unfortunately, it seems Danes decided to go full Trump, with an aggressively orange hue that failed to blend with the rest of her body.

Marissa warns that one of the biggest mistakes she sees people make is mismatching their face and body.

“The best thing to do is to get a lighter shade on your face and then use a bb cream instead of a foundation. That way, you’ll get a really natural, sun-kissed glow without looking dirty.”

She advises that ahead of a major event, go professional rather than DIY, and trial the product and the therapist before your appointment.

“The ideal time to get a spray tan is two days before, because it takes 48 hours for the tan to stop developing,” Marissa explains.

Meanwhile fake tan aficionado @Dublin_Girlo says of Claire’s glow: “Your tan shouldn’t be the same colour as the taco sauce you put on your chicken fillet roll.”

Take note girls.

– Meadhbh McGrath

Irish Independent

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