Let’s talk what you can take away from the Emmy fashions and incorporate into your Fall wardrobe: color, ruffles, bows, florals, metallics and, sorry Sarah Palin haters, upswept hair. I know- you cry foul and say it’s just because it was so darn hot in LA that all the stars had their hair up. But, with Palin mania causing eyewear to vanish from stores, you can bet that with this affirmation from Hollywood that upswept hair is 2008 glamorous, that it will be even stronger this year.
Oh- and the whole one shoulder thing.
Purple, yellow, fuchsia, royal blue. Jewel tones are hot and not just in accents. Dresses were drenched in color. Black and white is always classic and I loved Vanessa Williams dress- it combined the black/white combo with the strong trend toward painterly florals this season. It was also asymmetrical, with just one shoulder strap. That’s a lot of trends combined into one dress. And, it worked. She finished it off with another trendy piece: a large cuff bracelet.
My favorite dress of the night went to Christina Applegate. Wow- the one shoulder strap dress in light blue with gold accents was a nod to a modern Geisha. We are all cheering Christina on in her fight against breast cancer and she looked like a confident champion Sunday night.
Eva Longoria Parker, Kristin Chenoweth and Kris Jenner all had oversized bows that seemed to be holding their chests together. I’ve seen the whole bow dress before and I’ve never liked it. But that’s me. I think a bow on your clutch, your shoes, your belt…OK. But, the whole female wrapped like a gift to untie just doesn’t do it for me. And when you put the big bow on the big boobs….well, you see where I’m going.
They are everywhere. If you hate them, I’m sorry. I think they are here for a while. They are just so fun and flattering Look at Heidi Klum in her gunmetal tiered dress that was basically just three big ruffles. Brooke Shields dazzled in her fuchsia- ruffles-everywhere gown as did Terri Hatcher in her bright yellow gown with small and large ruffles alike.
Overall, the thing that hit me hard tonight was that any of these dresses could have been worn at anytime over the past 8 years and we would have loved the same ones. Good fashion is simply good fashion. So, with formal wear, keep your dress in good condition and come back to it time and time again.
Post Script: Tacky thought from the night
Alyssa Milano: What happened to her? This was the girl I and all my friends wanted to be. Did you see her fashion disaster last night? If you crossed a street-walker with a Flamenco Dancer and then layered on an afterthought of “bride” you might conjure up this mental picture. Actually, her dress, with the horrible shoes, fan purse and all would look far more appropriate on one of those absurdly priced Barbie’s at FAO Schwartz than it did on the red carpet.