The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards kicked off Sunday night with a red carpet that was red hot…literally.
With temperatures nearing 100 degrees, it was more than just nerves that had nominees sweating through their designer wear. And while there were plenty of jokes about the scorching heat to go around, that may have been the only prevailing trend on the red carpet, with most celebs choosing to play it safe in simple silhouettes and monochromatic colors.
There were a handful, however, who managed to stand out—and not always in a good way. Below, we bring you the biggest fashion hits and misses from the 2015 Emmys.
‘Scandal’ star Kerry Washington snagged this beautiful Marc Jacobs number just days after it debuted on the runway. Kerry kept her hair and makeup simple and her jewelry minimal, letting the silver and gold metallic weave shine on its own.
Sarah Hyland of ‘Modern Family’ fame donned this stunning berry Zac Posen gown. The classic off-the-shoulder silhouette was offset by a sexy cut-out back. Smokey eyes and loose waves completed her look.
In her final Emmy appearance as part of the ‘Mad Men’ cast, Best Supporting Actress nominee Christina Hendricks had our hearts pounding in this figure-hugging Naeem Khan gown. The metal-embellished geometric pattern played up her famous curves, and she exchanged her trademark fire-engine red locks for a strawberry blonde hue that fell in loose curls around her face.
Traditional fashion rules dictate that fair skin and light hair paired with pale hues washes a person out, but presenter Emma Roberts proves that rules are made to be broken. Her custom Jenny Packham gown—paired with a smokey eye and nude lips, side-swept hair, and Art Deco jewelry—brought the perfect amount of Old Hollywood glamour to the red carpet.
St. John isn’t a label typically associated with glamour and sex appeal, but Sofia Vergara proves that with that face and that body, she can make just about anything work. The mermaid-cut gown is a silhouette we’ve seen on the ‘Modern Family’ star many times before, but why mess with a winning formula? Sofia looked stunning standing next to fiancé Joe Manganiello, proving that sometimes the best way for a woman to accessorize is with some top-of-the-line arm candy. Ooh la la!
As someone who spends her time trashing the poorly made work of amateur designers on ‘Project Runway’, we can only assume that Heidi Klum lost a bet that led to her stepping out in this hackneyed Atelier Versace monstrosity. Between the asymmetrical ruffled shoulder, the sheer beaded skirt, and the appliquéd flowers on the bodice, we’re not quite sure where to begin dissecting this piece. Insert overplayed Big Bird reference here.
Amy Schumer may be comedy’s newest It Girl, but there’s nothing funny about this criminally boring Zac Posen gown. It’s a shame that none of the vibrance and charisma of Amy’s personality was transferred to her choice of ensemble. Under-accessorized and paired with a hairstyle reminiscent of a bird’s nest, nothing about this look is working for the funny lady.
The rose-colored hue of this Zac Posen creation looks perfect against Tracee Ellis Ross’ skin tone, but unfortunately, that’s the only thing about this look that works. The tiered gown, embellished with checkered cutouts, looks like it belongs over crinoline and under one of Scarlett O’Hara’s elaborate frocks.
We’re not quite sure what to make of ‘Mad Men’ breakout star Kiernan Shipka’s Dior ensemble. While the minidress over tailored pants may have sounded innovative in theory, the top and bottom provided too much contrast in practice. We would have liked to see the 15-year-old beauty in a more fun and cohesive look befitting her age. With a slightly longer hem, the top would have made a lovely dress all on its own.
This Prada gown chosen by ‘Homeland’ star Claire Danes proves that it’s not always the dress itself, but who is wearing the dress that makes all the difference. Between the chunky silver chains holding up the dress and the pink and purple sequined brick print, the heavy gown overwhelmed Claire’s thin frame. We can tell that the usually chic actress is outside of her fashion comfort zone, taking a risk that unfortunately didn’t pay off. Better luck next time!