Television folks don’t do a red carpet the way the music industry does. After all the eye candy at the MTV Video Music Awards last month, the Emmys were a big letdown.
I’m going to give my coveted Best Dressed/Wear What You Want combo award to Scandal‘s Kerry Washington, though her phresh out the runway, chainmail-and-sheer Marc Jacobs dress is more beautiful than envelope-pushing. At least the strong shoulders, interesting sleeve length and midi hemline are a refreshing change from the typical strapless or strappy mermaid gown. And, let’s face it, I would totally wear this. It would really work for a Game of Thrones theme party, right? There’s a Khaleesi-at-war vibe that I like.
First runner-up is the always-eccentric Alan Cumming. Check out the Crocs! They go well with his umbrella.
Second runner-up is Teyonah Parris of Mad Men for her big, polka-dot ballgown by Francesca Miranda. I’m always a fan of a dress that encourages the wearer to play with her skirt. A gown like that inspired me to create my Best Dressed/Wear What You Want award in the first place.
Teyonah looks so happy. That Miss America hair though!
I was also intrigued by the one-sleeved sheer Stephane Rolland dress worn by Nazanin Boniadi of Homeland …
… and the sheer dress worn with a lot of attitude by Naomi Grossman of American Horror Story.
I’ve been bored with the practically naked look ever since Rihanna made the ultimate naked-dress statement by baring her nipples at the Council of Fashion Designers of America awards last year. Every celebrity who has exposed vast amounts of skin post-Rihanna looks like she’s desperately trying to capture Bad Gal Riri‘s sex-ay magic. But Naomi is giving off a more avant-garde vibe, so I approve.