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Emmys Red Carpet Fashion: Most Memorable Looks from Anya Taylor-Joy to Billy Porter

The Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter
 2021-09-20
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After a 2020 awards show where the nominees appeared virtually, the Emmy Awards are back and in person this year. Taking place at L.A.

Live in downtown Los Angeles, the red carpet parade started at 3 p.m. PT with early arrivals including The Crown ‘s Josh O’Connor wearing Loewe, Nailed It! host Nicole Byer in a purple Christian Siriano gown, Rita Wilson in Tom Ford and SNL ‘s Bowen Yang in silver platform heels.

Among the night’s trends: bright, bold colors, especially neon yellows worn by Kaley Cuoco, Michaela Coel and Anya Taylor-Joy , and brilliant pink hues seen on Angela Bassett, Uzo Aduba and Phillipa Soo. Princess-cut dresses added a touch of old-Hollywood glam when worn by Jurnee Smollett , Yara Shahidi and Robin Thede. Several guys, meanwhile, opted for velvet looks, including Jason Sudeikis in Tom Ford and Bo Burnham in Etro.

Read on to see the the best and the worst of the night — from the head-turners to the head-scratchers — of the Emmys red carpet.

Anya Taylor-Joy in Dior

The Queen’s Gambit nominee Anya Taylor-Joy wore a pale yellow gown and yellow opera coat by Dior Haute Couture. Tiffany & Co. diamonds completed the look.

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Regé-Jean Page in Giorgio Armani

The Bridgerton nominee wore made-to-measure Giorgio Armani : a midnight blue silk jacquard double-breasted evening jacket with a modified shawl collar, paired with classic evening trousers and a midnight blue evening shirt with a hidden placket. His accessories included a Longines watch, velvet tuxedo slippers by Gianvito Rossi and a sapphire and gold stud earring by Los Angeles-based jewelry designer Cathy Waterman.

Michaela Coel in Christopher John Rogers

Quadruple nominee Michaela Coel, winner for outstanding writing for a limited or anthology series or movie for I May Destroy You , wore a bold neon two-piece gown by Christopher John Rogers.

Kate Winslet in Giorgio Armani

Mare of Easttown winner Kate Winslet paired her black silk cady and chiffon gown by Giorgio Armani Privé with vintage jewelry from Fred Leighton.

Elizabeth Olsen in The Row

WandaVision nominee Elizabeth Olsen wore a caftan-like gown designed by her sisters, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, for The Row, plus jewelry by Chopard and custom-dyed Chaka platforms by Stuart Weitzman.

Hannah Waddingham in Christian Siriano

Emmy winner Hannah Waddingham of Ted Lasso , with co-star and fellow winner Brett Goldstein, wore a peach silk draped dress by Christian Siriano.

Mj Rodriguez in Versace

Pose nominee Mj Rodriguez wore a custom teal gown by Atelier Versace with jewelry by Bulgari with diamonds totaling 71 carats. “I wanted to look like water coming out of the sea,” the actress said on the red carpet.

Sarah Paulson in Carolina Herrera

Impeachment: American Crime Story star Sarah Paulson wore a red ruched gown with a deep V neck by Carolina Herrera with diamond earrings by Mateo and shoes by Stuart Weitzman.

Mindy Kaling in Carolina Herrera

Never Have I Ever co-creator Mindy Kaling wore a black column gown with a custom bow by Carolina Herrera and shoes by Jimmy Choo, plus more than 50 carats of diamonds by De Beers Jewellers.

Taraji P. Henson in Elie Saab

Taraji P. Henson wore a plunging gown by Elie Saab, jewelry by Roberto Coin and shoes by Sophia Webster.

Jason Sudeikis in Tom Ford

Ted Lasso winner Jason Sudeikis, ditching his hoodies, wore a velvet tuxedo and boots by Tom Ford .

Billy Porter in Ashi

Pose star Billy Porter wore a winged custom look by Ashi with jewelry by Lorraine Schwartz and H. Crowne. “You know we got the wings. It was supposed to go all the way to the floor. That didn’t work out,” said the actor on the EW/People pre-show.

Kaley Cuoco in Vera Wang

The Flight Attendant nominee Kaley Cuoco wore a neon-hued gown by Vera Wang Haute with diamonds by De Beers Jewellers.

Issa Rae in Aliétte

A Black Lady Sketch Show nominee Issa Rae wore a gown by Jason Rembert for New York-based Aliétte with graphic earrings by London-based jewelry designer Fernando Jorge.

Kerry Washington in Etro

Kerry Washington wore a custom pale lilac bias-cut silk gown with corset detailing by Etro. Wrote the actress on her Instagram , “Thanks #Emmys for getting me out of the house..and into this AMAZING custom @etro gown, custom @stuartweitzman shoes and @debeersofficial bling.”

Mandy Moore

This is Us ‘ Mandy Moore wore a crimson gown by Carolina Herrera.

Cynthia Erivo in Louis Vuitton

Genius nominee Cynthia Erivo wore a custom feather-trimmed leather halter gown by Louis Vuitton with diamonds by Roberto Coin.

Josh O’Connor in Loewe

The Crown star Josh O’Connor, winner for best lead actor in a drama series, wore a custom suit by Loewe with a black-tie element in the shape of a flower. “I’m wearing head to toe Loewe and this is a flower. We’ve had some kind of issues with keeping it up but it’s holding, that’s the story,” he said on the People / Entertainment Weekly red-carpet pre-show.

Angela Bassett

Presenter Angela Bassett wore a black column gown with pink ruffle detail by Greta Constantine, paired with jewelry by Gismondi 1754.

Olivia Colman in Roksanda

In London, nominee Olivia Colman wore a Roksanda dress by designer Roksanda Ilincic.

Jurnee Smollett in Dior

Lovecraft Country nominee Jurnee Smollett wore Dior Haute Couture paired with Bulgari jewelry (including a Divas’ Dream necklace in white gold and diamond) and Christian Louboutin shoes. “Thank you @dior and @mariagraziachiuri for making me feel like a princess in this dreamy dress,” wrote the actress on her Instagram .

Jennifer Coolidge in Christian Siriano

The White Lotus star Jennifer Coolidge, a presenter, wore a navy cape-accented gown by Christian Siriano.

Cedric The Entertainer in Jason Rembert

Emmy Awards telecast host Cedric the Entertainer wore a graphic blue suit by stylist and designer Jason Rembert. “I feel good. I feel swaggy. We gonna do a couple other looks tonight. We gonna go hard with it,” the comedian said on the EW/People pre-show.

Emma Corrin in Miu Miu

In London, The Crown nominee Emma Corrin wore a custom gown with matching gloves and cap by Miu Miu. The star called the look “ crucible realness for EMMYS 2021 ″ on Instagram.

Jean Smart in Ralph Lauren

Jean Smart, winner for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for Hacks , wore a custom long-sleeved turtleneck draped evening dress by Ralph Lauren Collection.

Kathryn Hahn in Lanvin

Nominee Kathryn Hahn wore a strapless jumpsuit with belt by Lanvin, and an emerald and diamond necklace, with diamond and emerald rings, all from New York-based estate jewelry Briony Raymond. “I love wearing a jumpsuit. It feels like me,” said the WandaVision star on the EW / People pre-show.

Beanie Feldstein

Impeachment: American Crime Story star Beanie Feldstein wore a pleated gown by Brandon Maxwell with jewelry by Briony Raymond and Melissa Kaye and platform heels by Christian Louboutin.

Yara Shahidi in Dior

Grown-ish ‘s Yara Shahidi wore a custom emerald-hued gown by Dior Haute Couture, jewelry by Cartier and nude leather pumps by Christian Louboutin.

Allison Janney in Azzi & Osta

Mom nominee Allison Janney wore an ivory look by Azzi & Osta, comprised of a structured crepe belted jacket with a peplum and draped neckline that transforms into a shawl with a custom full-length fitted skirt with slit, along with Tyler Ellis’ Aimee clutch.

Leslie Odom Jr. in Dolce & Gabbana

Hamilton nominee Leslie Odom, Jr. wore a head-to-toe look by Dolce & Gabbana, including a white embellished suit and shirt.

America Ferrera

Annie Murphy in Valentino

Kevin Can F**k Himself ‘s Annie Murphy wore a crepe and chiffon draped shirtdress by Valentino Haute Couture with one-of-a-kind earrings and ring embellished with aquamarines by Los Angeles-based jewelry designer Irene Neuwirth.

Kerri Russell in Zuhair Murad and Matthew Rhys

Keri Russell, on the red carpet with partner Matthew Rhys, wore a rose-hued beaded gown with a front slit and caped train by Zuhair Murad.

Michael Douglas in Canali and Catherine Zeta-Jones in Christina Ottaviano

Catherine Zeta-Jones wore a gown by New York-based designer Christina Ottaviano, diamonds by Lorraine Schwartz and satin pumps by Christian Louboutin, while The Kominsky Method nominee Michael Douglas wore a suit by Canali.

Robin Thede in Jason Wu

A Black Lady Sketch Show double nominee Robin Thede wore a custom gown by Jason Wu Atelier with vintage jewels from Fred Leighton and shoes by Stuart Weitzman. Wrote Thede on her Instagram , “This gown was lovingly and painstakingly made by @jasonwu and I’m gagging! It’s a Custom Pale Sage Embroidered Strapless Tulle Gown. Over 1000 hours of custom dyed fine bugle and caviar beads were used on this gown and over 50 hours in the making of the dress!!! And I’m wearing vintage diamonds all over from the @leightonjewels vault!!!! I am SO HONORED!”

Ellen Pompeo in Elie Saab

The actress wore a black velvet long-sleeve jumpsuit with crystal detailing by Elie Saab.

Nicole Byer in Christian Siriano

Nailed It! host Nicole Byer, nominated for outstanding host for a reality or reality-competition program, wore a purple ballgown by Christian Siriano. Getting ready, she said on the People / EW pre-show, “took like a full two hours.”

Catherine O’Hara in Cong Tri

Schitt’s Creek ‘s Catherine O’Hara wore a jumpsuit by Cong Tri with jewelry by Anne Sisteron.

Tracee Ellis Ross in Valentino

Black-ish nominee Tracee Ellis Ross wore a beaded chiffon dress by Valentino Haute Couture with jewelry by Tiffany & Co. and patent-leather pumps by Christian Louboutin.

Rita Wilson in Tom Ford

Rita Wilson, taking part in the opening of the awards show, wore a black silk tuxedo with sequined top by Tom Ford with jewelry by David Yurman.

Samira Wiley in Sara Cavazza Facchini for Genny

The Handmaid’s Tale nominee Samira Wiley wore a tuxedo by Sara Cavazza Facchini for Genny, with jewelry by David Yurman and Lark & Berry, Tyler Ellis’ Candy Clutch, and shoes by Sophia Webster.

Bowen Yang in Ermenegildo Zegna

SNL nominee Bowen Yang wore a tuxedo by Ermenegildo Zegna, jewelry by Tiffany & Co. and silver platform heels by Brooklyn-based Syro, a queer-owned cult footwear brand co-founded by Henry Bae and Shaobo Han.

Kenan Thompson

The SNL nominee wore a pink peaked-lapel tux and matching pink bow tie.

Dan Levy in Valentino

Presenter Dan Levy wore three pieces from Valentino Haute Couture’s fall winter 2021 collection: a gabardine jacket in electric blue, a velvet-lurex shirt and wool trousers with gabardine panels.

Aidy Bryant

Shrill star Aidy Bryant wore a custom dress by Simone Rocha.

Uzo Aduba

Bo Burnham in Etro

Bo Burnham, winner for outstanding writing for a variety special for Bo Burnham: inside , wore a blue velvet tuxedo by Etro and jewelry by David Yurman.

Awkwafina in Monique Lhuillier

The Shang-Chi and Awkwafina is Nora from Queens star wore Monique Lhuillier’s high-neck, deep V bodice organza gown onstage as a presenter.

Amber Ruffin

Carl Clemons-Hopkins

Gillian Anderson in Chloe

In London, The Crown winner Gillian Anderson wore a midriff-baring look by Chloe.

Steven Pasquale and Phillipa Soo

Hamilton nominee Phillipa Soo and husband Steven Pasqale on the red carpet.

Trevor Noah

Brendan Hunt

Susan Kelechi Watson in Markarian

The This is Us star wore Markarian’s pink sequin wrap dress, which features silk-bow shoulder details, from the spring summer 2022 collection.

Dave Burd

Cecily Strong

Ashley Nicole Black

Beth Behrs in Georges Hobeika

The Neighborhood ‘s Beth Behrs wore a beaded silk gown by Georges Hobeika with diamond Vine ear cuffs by Graziela.

D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai

Madeline Brewer

The Handmaid’s Tale nominee Madeline Brewer wore a bronze lacquered knit tank dress by Tom Ford.

Anthony Anderson

The Black-ish nominee wore a jacket with a bold floral pattern, plus a 39mm Omega Constellation watch.

Sophia Bush in Markarian

Love, Victor ‘s Sophia Bush wore a pink silk-faille gown by Alexandra O’Neill for Markarian and shoes by Stuart Weitzman.

Ken and Tran Jeong

Emerald Fennell in Valentino

The Crown nominee Emerald Fennell wore a diaphanous gown accented with paillettes by Valentino.

O-T Fagbenle

The Handmaid’s Tale nominee O-T Fagbenle wore what he described as a “modernized” version of a traditional Nigerian agdaba, paired with a 41mm Omega Constellation Gents timepiece in yellow gold.

Rosie Perez in Pamella Roland

The Flight Attendant nominee Rosie Perez wore a custom gold beaded-tulle gown with flutter cape sleeves by Pamella Roland.

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