She Leads, You Follow: 2015 Emmys Edition

The stars of the small screen took to the red carpet outside of the Nokia Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles on Sept. 20 to recognize the year’s stellar television performances at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards. And while the award show itself brought some surprising wins, it should come as no surprise that the the red carpet prior to the main event showcased some stunning fashion. Although it was hard to pick our favorite looks, there were several leading ladies who led the pack with their red carpet style.

Sparkling in a silver St. John gown was none other than Sofía Vergara. The Modern Family star walked the red carpet in a body-hugging beaded gown with a strapless neckline and modified mermaid silhouette.

Viola Davis was the picture of elegance as she walked the red carpet with Julius Tennon on Sunday night. According to E! OnlineDavis wore a Carmen Marc Valvo gown, featuring dense black floral beading at the waist that dispersed as it neared the gown’s fuller A-line skirt. The highlight of Davis’ night was yet to come, however, as she went on to win the Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for her role in How to Get Away With Murder.

Keeping it simple in an all-black ensemble was Modern Family‘s Julie Bowen, who donned a Georges Chakra number for her walk down the red carpet. Featuring a multi-strap neckline and a trumpet skirt, Bowen took her gown to the next level by pairing it with bold jewelry and a shiny frame clutch.

The Good Wife’s Christine Baranski added a pop of color to the Emmys with her bright pink gown. Baranski walked the red carpet in an eye-catching hot pink gown, featuring a cap sleeve, a cutout at the neck and a defined waist. She completed her look with a gold clutch and gold jewelry.

Amy Poehler continued the cutout theme with her all-black ensemble, which featured  cutouts at the ribcages to accentuate her waist. The high-neck Michael Kors gown featured a column skirt that fell from her natural waist straight down to the floor. Poehler offset her minimalistic look by adding a stack of bold bangles to each wrist and dainty gold earrings to frame her face.

It seems like good style is all in the ‘family’, as Modern Family actress Sarah Hyland rocked the red carpet in a wine-colored Zac Posen gown. The dress featured an off-the-shoulder neckline (which created a cutout on the back of her dress) and a modified trumpet skirt. Hyland completed her red carpet look with a maroon bangle, beaded earrings and handfuls of rings.

Rounding out our favorite looks of the night was E! host Giuliana Rancic, who took her turn on the red carpet in a soft pink Zuhair Murad gown with all-over beading. The off-the-shoulder gown featured a defined waistline and soft, ethereal mermaid skirt.

Although these ladies are dressed to impress on the red carpet of the Emmys, there are certain elements of their glamorous gowns that we can apply to the way we dress every day:

  1. Define your waist – The one common thread among these diverse gowns that they define a waist in some way, whether it’s through cutouts, like Amy Poehler’s dress; a simple band, like Giuliana Rancic’s dress; seaming, like Sarah Hyland’s gown; or even embellishments, like Viola Davis’ gown. Defining your waist allows you to create the illusion of a smaller frame, while also making it seem as though your legs begin at your natural waistline (making them look much longer than they are). Each gown defines the waistline in a unique way, so there’s no excuse not to do so in your own outfits every day!
  2. Less is more – There were some simple gowns on the red carpet, but simple doesn’t necessarily mean ‘boring.’ Amy Poehler, Sarah Hyland, Julie Bowen and Christine Baranski all wore solid-colored gowns, but they each had intrinsic features that made then stand out, such as cutouts, an off-the-shoulder neckline, a multi-strap neckline and intricate seaming respectively. They also punched up their looks with jewelry and accessories, which instantly added visual interest to the blank canvases of their gowns. It’s so easy to discredit a piece of clothing just because it’s not flashy or loud enough, but these ladies showed us that sometimes, less is more.
  3. Confidence is key – The most essential part of any outfit is something that cannot be bought: confidence. All of these women (and those we didn’t have space to discuss!) walked the red carpet with confidence in who they are. The expensive dresses, jewelry and shoes, the hair and makeup all add up to make a stunning red carpet look; but all of this doesn’t equal the priceless value of confidence. So no matter what you’re wearing, be confident in who you are and believe in your own beauty, because that’s worth so much more than the cost of your outfit.

She Leads, You Follow: Tony Awards Edition

Although the Tony Awards are currently underway, one of the most important facets of every awards show has concluded: the red carpet! And as on every red carpet, there were plenty of gorgeous gowns and adorned dresses to drool over!

THL’s first favorite red carpet beauty is none other than Tony Award co-host, Kristin Chenoweth! Chenoweth, star of On the Twentieth Century, stunned on the red carpet in a sparkling silver Zac Posen gown. What is so intriguing about her gown is the seaming running underneath the bustline and down the front of the dress – this seaming emphasizes her tiny waist and creates structure in the dress, playing up Chenoweth’s natural curves.

Equally as beautiful on the red carpet was Jennifer Grey, who wowed in a lace fit and flare Zac Posen gown adorned with wispy feathers from the knee down to the hemline. This gown is evocative of a wedding gown, which can be quite risky to wear, but this dress oddly worked as a red carpet gown. The floral pattern in the lace almost read as a crochet of sorts, making it a little more casual than a traditional wedding gown lace. The long vertical seams running down the front of the gown help to elongate Grey’s frame, and the light, wispy feathers at the bottom of the gown are a fun element that add a just a little bit of flare to the gown.

Another red carpet favorite comes from Orange is the New Black’s Taylor Schilling. Schilling turned heads in a simple, yet striking long-sleeve black Michael Kors gown, complete with a sheer midsection cutout. The sheer cutout helps to emphasize Schilling’s waist and create shape in an otherwise simple gown. The cutout extends a little bit to the top of her thigh, giving her a little bit more of a curve on her hips.

Last but certainly not least, another stunner in silver (and white): Misty Copeland. Copeland’s gown is the ultimate example of using your clothing to your advantage: her gown is replete with well-placed seams and detailing that creates curves on her frame. The silver detailing begins at the her shoulders, then narrows at her waist to draw attention to her toned midsection. The detailing then widens again at the hips, creating the illusion of fuller hips. The seams then fall off into longer lines, which elongate her lower half.

So what can you take away from these gorgeous red carpet gowns to apply to your everyday wardrobe? Here are just a few things to remember:

  1. Pay attention to seaming – The placement of seams in an article of clothing can be extremely helpful in creating a shape, emphasizing your curves, or elongating your frame. The seams do the work so your body doesn’t have to!
  2. Take a risk – Whether it’s a well-placed cutout or some interesting details (like feathers!), taking a little bit of a risk with a more subdued outfit can result in a chic look that will have all eyes on you!
  3. Fit is everything – All four ladies have their gowns perfectly tailored to their bodies, allowing for the seaming and detailing to be placed in such a way that enhances theirs figures. Whether its a pair of jeans, a pencil skirt, or a blazer, be sure that your clothes fit you properly so you can show off your best assets in style!