Thursday, August 28, 2014

Top 10 Looks from the 2014 Emmys

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So…it’s been awhile. I have to admit I meant to continue blogging over the summer, but I kept putting it off. Mostly because there was not much happening. (I enjoyed my summer internship, especially setting up and maintaining a variety of social media accounts, and I made a few trips to some of the local wineries on the CT Wine Trail—who knew that was actually a thing?) Generally though, I just spent the majority of my summer relaxing and being a bit lazy.

Regardless, I’m back at William & Mary now, for the first time in what feels like forever. (Forever, nine months, same thing really). I’ve moved in and had all of my classes, and I could write about that, or I could write about fancy dresses from the recent Emmys. Anyone who knows me at all, or I guess anyone who actually read the title of this blog, knows which one I’m choosing. So, you’ll just have to wait for the riveting (I’m sure, this is me we’re talking about) account of the first week of my senior year.
Therefore here are, in no particular order, my choices for the top 10 looks at the Emmys this year:

Keke Palmer in Rubin Singer
I absolutely adore the dramatic look donned by the star from Masters of Sex, which admittedly I do not watch (but I remember her from her Disney Channel days, I’m sure that counts). The bold sapphire color is seriously eye-catching, though the plunging neckline and exaggerated mermaid cut certainly help with that. The rest of her look was fairly understated, so the focus was definitely all on the dress itself.

Claire Danes in Givenchy Haute Couture
Admittedly Claire Danes makes this list in part due to my enduring love of her from watching her in Stardust (although I generally find Homeland enjoyable, if a bit intense). However, I do love the color and silhouette of her Givenchy Haute Couture dress, and the interesting styling choice of adding a belt along with a cutout waistline. I am somewhat ambivalent on the subject of the statement collar necklace, but otherwise I like the look.

Cat Deeley in Burberry
I love this soft, feminine look. The dark blush color is especially flattering, and doesn’t wash her out like a lighter shade might. A paler rose is incorporated by the ombre touch to the gown’s skirt, which keeps the look from being too traditional.

Michelle Dockery in Rosie Assoulin

I had never heard of Rosie Assoulin before seeing this dress, but as soon as I saw this unusual dress on the Downton Abbey star I had to check out the rest of the collection, with which I am now seriously in love. I love the color-blocking, the draping, and the subtle cutout. Basically, I love everything about it.

Alison Williams in Giambattista Valli
Honestly I think this gown looks like a lot of fun. I love the full, billowy skirt and the general princess-y (is that actually a word?) feeling of the dress. More importantly, I love the modern pop of color in the sash, which definitely makes the look.

Lizzy Caplin in Donna Karan Atelier
This is the first time I’ve seen a dress like this. The silhouette from the front seems like a very classic black, halter-necked gown, but gorgeous white train made the whole look something completely new and new. It was still classy if not really classic.

Sarah Hyland in Christian Siriano
At first this look seems like a classic ball-gown, but it’s got a bit of a twist. By pairing this adorable white crop top with the amazing coral skirt, a completely modern take on the ball-gown was born. Color-blocking and separates all in one outfit. Even better, I can’t help but imagine that both pieces can be combined in a multitude of ways with other pieces, and the crop top could even be made into a casual piece with a pair of jeans.

Lucy Liu in Zac Posen
Lucy Liu is another actress that may have gotten a bit of a boost from my adoration of her. I love her as the reimagined female version of Dr. Watson in CBS’s Elementary, but the original source of my love was the frankly terrible Charlies’ Angels movies, which I absolutely loved when I was younger. Regardless, I love her look at this year’s Emmys, despite the more subdued color and silhoueet. The off-white is very flattering and the draping is beautiful and vaguely Grecian.

Julie Bowen in Peter Som
I remember seeing this dress in pictures from the Fall/Winter 2014 Peter Som Collection on the runway, and I fell in love with it right then. Standout prints are not really the norm at major awards ceremonies, but when paired with the simple, and flattering, silhouette, this look became particularly amazing.

Taylor Schilling in Zuhair Murad
The angelic look of this champagne-colored gown is made infinitely more interesting by the intricate beading that covered it. The statement ear cuff was a cool, on-trend addition to the look was striking without distracting from the beautiful dress. 

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