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2020 Emmy's Fashion
By: Elizabeth Flood
On September 21st, The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards honored the best in U.S. prime time television programming from June 1, 2019, until May 31, 2020, as chosen by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The coronavirus pandemic has altered the way that major events look in 2020, and the Emmys were no exception.
But who says living room couch looks can't be chic? From glam jammies to red carpet-worthy gowns, the stars did not hold back when it came to this year’s virtually held Emmy Awards. Keep reading for an inside look at all the newsworthy fashion from the evening.
The Little Fires Everywhere star jokingly took to Instagram on September 21st, claiming this is her “shortest Emmys commute yet.” Looking sleek and sexy in a black Louis Vuitton gown, Witherspoon celebrated the evening with a “New Years' Eve” themed backyard party. Just like the rest of us, Witherspoon and the Little Fires Everywhere cast is pretty much done with 2020, and ready for 2021. Witherspoon perfectly paired her designer gown with a pair of plush, pink slippers, and a glass of champagne to toast her work on Little Fires Everywhere, The Morning Show, and Big Little Lies.
This year’s virtual festivities did not stop Zendaya from going completely glam for her first nomination. Zendaya teamed up with her "image architect" Law Roach to create her euphoric Emmys fashion moment (no pun intended). Zendaya’s first look- yes there was more than one- was a plunging Christopher John Rogers dress featuring a royal purple taffeta skirt complete with a chic, built-in cummerbund. In Zendaya fashion, she changed into a custom Giorgio Armani Privé black matte weave skirt with powder-pink polka dots, paired with a black velvet bandeau top fully embroidered in pearls and crystals to accept her Emmy award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series.
The Good Place star truly embraced her at home look with cozy pajamas and a glam robe for a high-low blend we can totally get behind. Jamil took to Instagram on September 21st revealing that she was not wearing a bra, but she was wearing a “dressing gown”, and she claims that this is exactly what her character would have wanted. Jamil killed the open-ended dress code of this year's Emmys awards with a JJwinks loungewear set under a Markarian NYC ombre sequin coat dress from the brand’s spring/summer 2019 collection.
Trace Ellis Ross
Taking the red carpet to her humble abode, Ross turned this year’s virtual Emmy awards into an outstandingly glamorous event in her Alexandre Vauthier gold tiered halter gown from the designer's fall/winter 2020 collection, and paired it with Tiffany & Co. jewels and Jimmy Choo shoes. The Blackish star was nominated for lead actress in a comedy series. The one thing more epic than her look? The meaning behind it. Ross is one of the many actors whose Emmys outfit will be auctioned off as part of a campaign to fund promotion for voting in the upcoming election. RAD (Red Carpet Advocacy) teamed up with Michelle Obama's organization When We All Vote to give fans the opportunity to bid on their favorite outfits of the evening, and 100 percent of the proceeds from the outfits will go to When We All Vote.
In recent years, the Red Carpet has strayed away from flexing expensive designer dresses and jewels. Instead, stars are using their platforms to make a meaningful statement. Even with this year’s virtual festivities, Regina King did not shy away from sending an impactful message to fans. Oscar-winner turned director, King paid tribute to Breonna Taylor under a pink pantsuit. The actress wore a t-shirt with Breonna Taylor’s face and name. She spoke to Live From the Red Carpet host Nina Parker about her Emmy-nominated turn in HBO's Watchmen, which won four Creative Arts Emmys this past week. Even though King never directly brought attention to her shirt during the Zoom call, the message was loud, clear, and powerful.