I’m in the Middle of Your Picture: 2018 Emmys Fashion Review

Save a couple huge wins — Westworld‘s Thandie Newton, Game of Thrones‘ Peter Dinklage — and a tear-worthy proposal (not Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell), last night’s Emmys were a total snore … but thank the gods for the fashion. Folks finally came out in brilliant color; a reflective rainbow of glorious, bright, celebratory color, and we are all the better for basking in the beauty. Let’s have a look at the sartorial splendor.

Vivaciously Vivid, Best of Those Dressed (I didn’t catch any nudists):

Dakota Fanning in Dior

Beautiful color, and one we don’t often see on the awards circuit.

Tiffany Haddish in Prabal Gurung

This look was so flattering, and a salute to Haddish’s Eritrean heritage.

Allison Janney in Prabal Gurung

Stunning … simply stunning.

Thandie Newton in Brandon Maxwell

Goddess, who clearly recognizes her *cough* fellow supreme beings; “I don’t believe in god but I’m going to thank her tonight.”

Sandra Oh in Ralph and Russo

Love the details at the top of this dress (the matchy-matchy shoes, not so much).

Leslie Jones in Christian Siriano

I feel like for some reason I shouldn’t like this (shades of My Little Pony) as much as I do, but I ADORE it.

Ru Paul in Calvin Klein


Adina Porter in Rubin and Chapelle

This whole look is amazing.

Samira Wiley in Jenny Packham

Simple and elegant.

Nothing Basic About This Black:

Angela Sarafyan in Christian Siriano

Magical — the constellation look takes this dress next level. And not for nothing, but Christian Siriano’s (Project Runway) designs were all over the red carpet. Good on him!

Evan Rachel Wood in Altuzarra

Love the way Evan plays with tuxedo looks at award ceremonies.


White Done Right:

Angela Bassett in Azzia and Osta

Penelope Cruz in Chanel Haute Couture

This stunning gown makes me feel a little breathless … or maybe it’s Penelope.

A … lmost; Just Missed Looks (Plus, Yellow Is a Thing):

Gwendoline Christie in unknown

Were this in another, non-satin material, it would be perfection. Regardless, Christie’s attitude pretty much carries it off — fabulous! Comparatively, Judith Light‘s Christian Siriano fits like a glove. Would that the neckline weren’t so high.

Alison Brie in Miu Miu

There’s something off with the fit of this dress, it looks slightly too big; otherwise, it’s quite lovely.

Alexis Bledel in Delpozo

The bottom of this dress, with the sheer yellow overlay, is very pretty — but there’s something juvenile about the top, and I want to pluck off those embellishments.

Issa Rae in Vera Wang

The color is stunning on her and I like the idea of this — the execution on the bottom looks a bit sloppy, and again, the embellishment on the top isn’t right.

Michelle Dockery in Carolina Herrera

Gorgeous color … and that’s all I’ve got.

Not the Best, and Not Terrible, Either AKA Consider Me Meh:

Zazie Beetz in Ralph Lauren

Betty Gilpin in Vera Wang

Rachel Brosnahan in Oscar de la Renta

Kate McKinnon in Alexander Wang

Regina King in Christian Siriano

Ellie Kemper in J. Mendel

Tatiana Maslany in Christian Siriano

Megan Mullally in Carolina Herrera

Kristen Bell in Solace London

Constance Wu in Jason Wu

Nathalie Emmanuel in Stella McCartney

Aidy Bryant in Tanya Taylor

Mandy Moore in custom Rodarte

Tina Fey in Elie Saab

Emilia Clarke in Dior

Yvonne Strahovski in Warm

Elisabeth Moss in Vera Wang

Claire Foy in Calvin Klein

Boobs Behaving Badly (AKA Give The Ladies Some Support, Please)

Sarah Paulson in Oscar de la Renta

Ilana Glazer in Bibhu Mohapatra and Abbi Jacobson in Antonio Berardi

Illana doesn’t have enough support (straps loose?) and the bust line of Abbi’s gown is just wrong (looks like a frilled bra).

What Is Happening?

Laura Dern in Thom Browne

Taraji P. Henson in Giambattista Valli

Connie Britton (that hair!) in  Sachin & Babi

Milly Bobbie Brown in Calvin Klein

Samantha Bee in unknown

Worst Dress (No Contest):

Amy Sedaris in Adam Selman


Not Far Behind

Vanessa Kirby in Tom Ford

Needs color and something over this … undergarment?

Tracee Ellis Ross in Repossi

Let’s Hear It for the Boys:

Queer Eyes Jonathan Van Ness, Bobby Berk, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Karamo Brown

Hottest Prints:

Darren Criss in Emporio Armani

Luke Evans in Hugo Boss

Boys to Men:

Stranger ThingsGaten Matarazzo, Noah Schnapp, Caleb McLaughlin, David Harbour

Best of the Rest:

Trevor Noah in Musika Frère


LaKeith Stanfield in Ermenegildo Zegna

Milo Ventimiglia in Brunello Cucinelli


Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Kit Harington

I’m Sure There Are Stranger Things, But Just … No

Joe Keery


Perfect Pairings:

Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor

Connie Britton and Sarah Paulson

Tracy Morgan and Bill Hader

Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy

Sterling K. Brown and Ryan Michelle Bathe

Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons

Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost

Darren Criss and Mia Swier

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend

Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys

Luke Evans and Daniel Bruhl

Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser AKA Rory Gilmore and Pete Campbell

Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake (I actually love her Ralph and Russo dress)

Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter (rumored to be with Pen-Wing)

Peter Dinklage and Erica Schmidt

Tiffany Haddish and Angela Bassett (Wakanda forever!)

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been writing about the entertainment industry for ​over ten years, and is the ​Editor-in-Chief at Oohlo, where she muses over television, movies, and pop culture. Previous Senior News Editor at Pajiba, and published at BUST.

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