Emmys fashion, compared to other nights during awards season, is usually marked by more understated looks. While always glam, the silhouettes are more simple, the color choices tend to veer more subdued and the accessories generally aren’t too over-the-top. This year, however, risks were taken, and boy — was it a treat to see.
From dynamic fabric pairings, vibrant hues, lots of sparkle and plenty of suits, it’s clear that high-fashion glam was at the front of everyone’s mind. Behold the best and brightest ahead.
Ashley Nicole Black
The “A Black Lady Sketch Show” star looked dazzling in a two-tone gown with cape sleeves.
Leave it to Porter to shut down a red carpet. The ornately adorned sleeves, reminiscent of wings, was crafted by Ashi.
Byer looked stunning trailing the carpet in a vibrant magenta Christian Siriano gown.
Dapper was the name of the game for Brown who arrived in a dashing velvet jet-black suit.
With A Black Lady Sketch Show raking in five nominations for the night, it’s only right that its creator was the Belle of the ball. With a tulle floor-length gown with a festive neckline, Thede certainly didn’t come to play.
Cedric The Entertainer
If anybody knows a thing or two about a proper tux, it’s Cedric. Grayscale designed the evening’s host’s turquoise suit which we expect, will be the first of many outfit changes.
The Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series nominee needed no introduction wearing a head-turning white mermaid silhouette by with hundreds of feathers trailing the bottom. Of course, the masterpiece was a Louis Vuitton original.
The Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series nominee rocked a satin suit with matching black, satin heels.
Sparkle and shine every time! Perez shined like a diamond wearing Pamella Roland.
The history-maker brought new meaning to the word ethereal in her Versace gown.
Taraji P. Henson
Designer Elie Saab is responsible for Henson’s plunging gown that dripped in sequins.
Tracee Ellis Ross
Ross in Valentino couture was a sight to see. She was certainly serving ’70s glam!
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 19: Michaela Coel attends the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards at L.A. LIVE on September 19, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
The In Treatment star was pretty in pink with a matching platform heel.
Cowlneck satin dresses are so classic, but this Etro number worn by Washington stands out with an added corset. The look was styled by none other than Law Roach.
Rocking a Gretta Constantine gown, Bassett paired the statement dress with a magenta chandelier earring.
Susan Kelechi Watson
Watson shined in a pink Markarian number with a high slit and double bow addition.
Issa Rae (Issa Dee)
Awkward Black Girl was a hit and continued to prime audiences for the signature brand of humor that would be found in Insecure when it was picked up by HBO. Today Rae is a six-time Emmy-nominated mogul helping others see their own visions flourish in the beauty, hospitality and of course entertainment industries.
Shahidi’s vintage Dior dress was masterfully paired with an elegant Cartier necklace and nude pumps.