The Best and Worst Dressed of the 2019 Emmys

After awards shows have come and gone, much discussion of what occurred revolves around red carpet fashion. The 2019 Emmy Awards on Sept. 22 were no different, with many tuning in to make note of or obsess about what their favorite celebrities are wearing and overall trends. Memorable trends from this year’s Emmys include color combinations of red and pink and black and white, plunging necklines, off the shoulder tops, pantsuits, pleats, velvet and double breasted blazers and more, with many looks featuring large embellishments or elements of old Hollywood. Here are the top picks for best and worst dressed at this year’s Emmys. 

Best Dressed:

10. Emilia Clarke

Nominated for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for her portrayal of Daenerys Targaryen on HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones,” Clarke arrived on the red carpet in a plunging navy Valentino gown, a relatively simple look save for the bow accent on the front. 

9. Kristen Bell

This actress, whose NBC sitcom “The Good Place” was nominated for overall best comedy, wore a black backless rhinestone-studded Dior dress with cutouts at the waist. With her hair swept back into a low bun, the look came together well with the colorful dress as the star of the show. 

8. Giancarlo Esposito

Esposito, nominated for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series for his role in AMC’s “Breaking Bad” spin-off “Better Call Saul” stood out not for his muted blue and navy suit and bow tie, but for his matching derby hat.

7. Ava Duvernay

Double nominated for outstanding writing and directing for a limited series for Netflix’s drama “When They See Us,” Duvernay was luminescent in a glittering silver and gold mock neck Reem Acra long sleeve gown.

6. RuPaul

Nominated for outstanding host in a reality program, and winning best unstructured reality program for his competition show “Rupaul’s Drag Race,” RuPaul arrived in a bold and  gorgeous double-breasted black and pink silk floral suit. 

5. Mandy Moore

NBC’s “This is Us” best lead actress in a drama series -ominated actress Mandy Moore looked timeless in a Brandon Maxwell pink and red off the shoulder gown with a high slit, altogether reminiscent of old Hollywood. With her hair styled in soft voluminous curls, her look was stunning and memorable. 

4. James Van Der Beek

Van Der Beek, of “Dawson’s Creek” and more recently ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” stood out amongst a sea of black tuxedos in a red-pink velvet tuxedo jacket, bow tie and boutonnière, creating a look that was bold without being over the top, featuring a refreshing color change from the traditional and widely favored dark colors employed in men’s fashion. 

3. Billy Porter

Known for his bold fashion statements on the red carpet, Porter, who won outstanding lead actor in a drama series, channeled the iconic 80’s movie “Beetlejuice” in a wide-legged crystal studded Michael Kors pinstripe suit. Another hat fan, Porter completed the look with an asymmetrical black hat with a crystal band, and a waist-length tie. 

2. Taraji P. Henson

Known for her role in FOX’s “Empire” among many other projects, Henson was goddess-like in a deep plunging red and pink pleated dress featuring a gold belt and floor length cape by Vera Wang. The actress took many opportunities to showcase the flowing cape, extending it for photographers, adding to the effect. 

  1. Natasha Lyonne

Nominated for lead actress in a comedy series and writing for a comedy series, “Russian Doll” and “Nothing in This World is Easy,” respectively, Lyonne was stunning in a long sleeved gold Gucci gown. With a high neck and a bow accent, and pleats that gave the dress depth when reflected in the light, her look was brought together beautifully by her gold framed glasses and vibrant red hair, making her my number one pick for best dressed at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

Honorable Mentions: Sandra Oh, William Jackson Harper, Amy Poehler, Karamo Brown and Angela Bassett

Worst Dressed:

6. Zoe Kazan 

Another actress featuring pink and red, Kazan’s flowy, poofy sleeved bow accented dress did not impress. 

5. Greta Lee

Lee’s two-piece iridescent lime green ensemble with an airy top was bold but did not have the intended effect, although it did have pockets!

4. Kit Harington 

While many men choose to wear the somewhat boring traditional black tuxedo, Harington, nominated for best lead actor for his role in “Game of Thrones, appeared to put in even less effort, sporting a black tuxedo, but no tie.

3. Gwyneth Paltrow 

A veteran of many award shows, Paltrow’s silver and black mesh sheath dress with floor length flowing sleeves ultimately flopped. 

2. Halsey

Known to favor bold colors, both in dress and hair, Halsey’s sleeveless feathery pink and purple gown failed to make a good impression. 

  1. Sarah Silverman 

Silverman, producer of “I Love You America,” which was nominated for outstanding comedy sketch series wore a lacy pirate-esque blouse under a black pinafore dress along with combat boots, but her look was far too casual for the red carpet, and did not stand out.

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