These Celebs Won Best Dressed At The Emmys, Even Without The Red Carpet
This story was originally published on September 20, 2020.
Tonight marks the 72nd annual Emmy Awards, the first award show of its kind since the pandemic took hold. Sure, there were the MTV Video Music Awards, which were broadcast live from multiple rooftops around New York City last month and were a success, but it’s the Emmys that are television’s most anticipated event. That said, tonight’s semi-virtual event — which will include Jimmy Kimmel hosting in an empty theatre and videographers dispatched to the winners for acceptance speeches — will be marked “TBD” until the credits roll around 11pm EST. One thing we were worried about was the lack of an Emmys red carpet, which for many viewers, is more important than the show itself. But, as proven by the looks we’ve already seen, just because the night’s fashion won’t look as what we’ve grown accustomed to at the last 72 Emmys, doesn’t mean that it won’t prevail.
Instead, tonight’s nominees — including Zendaya for Euphoria; Issa Rae for Insecure; Rachel Brosnahan for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel; Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Sandra Oh, and Jodie Comer for Killing Eve; Tracee Ellis Ross for black-ish; and more — will be (fingers crossed) greeted at home by camera crews upon their names being called. And if we’ve learned anything from their past trips down the Emmys red carpet, none of the above will settle for just okay looks for the occasion. Whether that means silky pajamas or couture gowns, only time will tell.
Ahead, find out what the stars of your favorite TV shows chose for the (very different) 2020 Emmys.
Issa Rae celebrated on Emmys night in SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, alongside her fellow Insecure castmates wearing a stunning papaya-colored dress courtesy of Sergio Hudson, which she unexpectedly paired with a pair of Nike sneakers. "Wouldn’t have it any other way," she wrote on Instagram. And neither would we.
Little Fires Everywhere star Kerry Washington pulled out all the stops in the fashion department tonight, even going as far as to rename her Emmy-nominated show "Little Flowers Everywhere" to match her floral Oscar de la Renta gown, according to her Instagram caption.
Between her white custom Versace gown at the Oscars and her sequined black-and-white Thom Browne dress from the Golden Globes, Harriet star Cynthia Erivo was the unofficial best-dressed star of the last award season. And now it seems, she's back for another year. For tonight's Emmy Awards, the actress, who played Holly Gibney on the HBO show The Outsider, wore an otherworldly slime-green-and-purple mini dress courtesy of Versace.
Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross lit up her solo red carpet in this gold halter gown courtesy of Alexandre Vauthier. She paired the dress with vintage Tiffany & Co. jewelry, Jimmy Choo heels, and a matching gold face mask, because, duh, it's 2020.
Billy Porter never fails to impress us at showtime, and the 2020 Emmys are no different. For the occasion, the Pose star stunned in a classic white gown, which, given the black tuxedo gown he wore to last year's Emmys, is perfectly fitting.
Not only did Rachel Brosnahan look absolutely marvelous in her custom pajamas by Christy Rilling, so, too, did her husband Jason Ralph and their two furry friends. Oh, and did we mention that The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star is also auctioning off her look to raise money for When We All Vote? Now that's a winning look in our book.
Red carpet or no, Zendaya wasn't going to miss a chance to show up on Emmys night in a standout look. While we wait for more looks — according to the Euphoria star's Instagram, this is just the first one — we'll be basking in the glory of this Christopher John Rogers masterpiece.
Last year, designer Vera Wang dressed Taraji P. Henson, Christina Applegate, and, of course, Zendaya for the Emmys. This year? Wang designed a custom fuchsia qipao-inspired dress and matching pant set, both of which include neon orange piping, for musician H.E.R., who is giving a "very emotional" performance tonight, according to her E! interview.
In addition to dressing Laverne Cox and Erin Lim for the 2020 Emmys, Azzi & Osta also put together Insecure star Yvonne Orji's one-shoulder burgundy gown, which she's wearing to celebrate her first Emmy nomination at a small, yet very "extra" party on location in Atlanta.
What is it they say? Dress for the job award you want? Well, that’s exactly what Robin Thede, the creator of the thrice-nominated comedy sketch show Black Lady Sketch Show did for the 2020 Emmys. Thede took to Instagram to thank designer Christian Siriano for her golden, off-the-shoulder gown, saying, “I’m literally in heaven, this gown is such a dream!”
Emmys Best Dressed Stars 2020 At-Home Fashion Looks