The Best (And Worst) Emmy Awards 2019 Red Carpet Fashion

The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards were chock full of moments that we will remember long after the actors who won coveted trophies go home with their prize. There was Billy Porter, of course, being the first openly gay actor to win Best Actor in a Drama Series for his role in Pose. There was Alex Borenstein’s acceptance speech featuring her powerful Holocaust surviving grandmother. Then there was the laughter that took presenters Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner by surprise when they didn’t get the joke. And there was the standing ovation for the Game of Thrones cast. But above all, there was the Emmy Awards 2019 red carpet fashion.

As in every awards ceremony, there were the standouts, the trends and a number of fashionistas that donned ‘WTF were you thinking?’ styles. And sadly there were quite a lot of those this year. 

Let’s take a look at some of the best and worst fashion on the 2019 red carpet. (Actually it was a purple carpet.) 


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Emmy Awards 2019 Red Carpet Fashion

Pink and Red Combo

I didn’t get the memo about the pink and red trend but apparently more than one designer label did. It was on many celebs, with gowns that were hits (Susan Kelechi Watson) and gowns that were misses (sorry, Taraji P!) I’m not sure how I feel about it but it sure is different – maybe in a good way?  

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Mandy Moore in Brandon Maxwell
Marisa Tomei in pink and red one shoulder emmys 2019 red carpet
Marisa Tomei in Ralph & Russo
pink red gown Susan Kelechi Watson in Badgley Mischka
Susan Kelechi Watson in Badgley Mischka
Taraji P Henson in Vera Wang emmys 2019 red carpet
Taraji P Henson in Vera Wang

Some A-line here, some puffy sleeves there for this (ahem) “unique” color combination that took us all by surprise. 

Standout Gowns 

emmys 2019 red carpet Michelle Williams strapless print Louis Vuitton
Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton

This dress had just about everything in it – sequins, embroidery, and power! It was truly a standout piece for the actress. 

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Rachel Brosnahan in Elie Saab

In a sea of sequins and solid colors, this shiny Elie Saab number was a breath of fresh air, no matter how strange it seems to wrap around her neck and bust. 

Rachel Brosnahan in Elie Saab Gwendolyn Christie in Gucci
Gwendolyn Christie in Gucci

This was the most talked about look of the evening – with comparisons to Pope Francis leading the pack. 

emmys 2019 red carpet Zendaya green Vera Wang
Zendaya in Vera Wang

I’m not sure I love the see-through bodice, but this dress was on all the Best Dressed lists, probably for being so different. 

emmys 2019 Catherine Zeta-Jones pink Georges Hobeika Couture
Catherine Zeta-Jones in Georges Hobeika Couture 

The Black and Blues Have It 

Black seems to be more fitting for a funeral rather than a large awards event but these ladies somehow pulled it off with time to spare. 

Naomi Watts black Dior gown emmys 2019 fashion
Naomi Watts in Dior
emmys 2019 red carpet Betty Gilpin in Jason Wu
Betty Gilpin in Jason Wu

This dress is more midnight blue than it is black but I still added it to the list. 

emmys 2019 red carpet Gail Simmons black gown Christian Siriano
Gail Simmons in Christian Siriano
emmys 2019 red carpet Maisie Williams JW Anderson
Maisie Williams in JW Anderson
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Regina King in Jason Wu
emmys 2019 Jameela Jamil blue Monique Lhuillier gown
Jameela Jamil in Monique Lhuillier

Worst Dressed 

Unfortunately I also need to show you some of the worst Emmy Awards 2019 red carpet fashion. What were they thinking?

emmys 2019 Anna Chlumsky speckled J. Mendel
Anna Chlumsky in J. Mendel 

Yeah, no, Anna Chlumsky. Your gown looked like it had paint splattered on it. 

emmy awards fashion 2019 Kerry Washington in casual Alexandre Vauthierwhite top black pants
Kerry Washington in Alexandre Vauthier

The idea of wearing a pant/shirt combo rather than a gown has been picking up lately, except in this case Kerry’s pants were way too long. This just wasn’t the right occasion to wear this.

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Busy Phillips (Michelle William’s date) in Lela Rose

I’m a fan of Lela Rose but I’m not a fan of this strange pale yellow ensemble on Busy Phillips (which looks better when cameras aren’t flashing because it’s more of a canary yellow.) It literally looks sporty up top and way too tull-y at the bottom. It’s also kind of see-through. Also, why couldn’t she leave her gorgeous blonde hair to match the dress? Or would that have been too matchy-matchy? It wasn’t a good idea for her to stand next to best pal Michelle Williams all night because there was no contest. Michelle just looked ten times better. 

Sophie Turner pale blush Louis Vuitton gown emmys 2019
Sophie Turner in Louis Vuitton

I love when Sophie Turner wears Louis Vuittion, but this half-opened tulip dress is not a good look on her and it’s not the right color. It washes her out.

emmys 2019 fashion Gwyneth Paltrow black white vintage Valentino
Gwyneth Paltrow in vintage Valentino

This was not a good look on Gwyneth Paltrow. Sure it’s a 1963 Valentino, so yeah, got the sophisticated vintage effect going on. But what are those feathers attached to her wrist? And why was she holding it in such a strange way when she did that slow walk everyone is buzzing about? It almost felt like it was going to fall apart on her. And she was just dragging those feathers along.

Which were your favorite looks of the evening?

–Simona Shemer 

You may also like to read more of Simona’s celebrity reviews like Academy Awards 2019 Fashion: Best and Worst Dressed Celebrities, The Grammy Awards 2019 Fashion: The Good, The Bad and The WTF? and Met Gala 2019 was “Camp” on Steroids.

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4 thoughts on “The Best (And Worst) Emmy Awards 2019 Red Carpet Fashion”

  1. Mixed about the red and pink. Since I missed the show completely, I had company, of those you highlighted I don’t mind Kerry Washington’s trouser look and could Catherine Zeta-Jones look more beautiful?


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