1. NO. 6 - TEYONAH PARRIS - CHRISTIAN SIRIANO

    Back in the day, when I used to watch Style with Elsa Klenschon CNN, I would wait for Klensch to say that one word that she made sound like the best word in the entire English language. There’d be a sentence like “This Spring / Summer collection from Rifat Ozbek gave us the sights, and the feel of the Orient with a healthy dose of COLOR!”  It was that word - color (pronounced “KAHLA!” with head thrown back in abandon) that made me smile. This dress - with it’s healthy dose of “KAHLA” - brings out that same joy.  And, from the smile on Parris’ face, I’d say it does the same for her, too.  

     
  2. NO. 7 - GWEN STEFANI - ATELIER VERSACE

    I feel no photo can do this dress justice.  It’s made of Swarovski crystals and is quite blingy, which blows out the detail in photos. However, in motion on the red carpet, it flowed like a semi-liquid metal and danced all over my eyeballs.  I feel the top is the real selling point here as I’m not as crazy about the skirt, especially the unnecessary side cut out, but still, it is something else.

     
  3. NO. 8 - SARAH HYLAND - CHRISTIAN SIRIANO

    This is fun. It’s a colorful burst of citrus. Delightful and young. Unfortunately, it brings to mind the Naeem Khan dress Leslie Mann wore to the Emmys just 2 years before, which frankly, I prefer. Still, I won’t let the similarity shake my enthusiasm for Hyland’s lovely presentation.

     
  4. NO. 9 - TAYLOR SCHILLING - ZUHAIR MURAD

    Okay, I needed to show you what Schilling wore to the Emmys this year (top) vs her Thakoon gown from last year (bottom).  Clearly the woman has a favorite style, however, this recent one is better.  The hair is up, and the wattage is on.  This dress sparkles and has texture and veins. Don’t you want to trace it with your finger (from a respectable distance, of course)?  

     
  5. NO. 10 - MICHELLE DOCKERY - ROSIE ASSOULIN

    I’ve chosen to look past the 1770’s war widow hairdo and focus on the print of the gown which reminds of me the 1970’s - thankfully in a way that doesn’t make me wince. The color is bold in striping (reminiscent of those tube socks worn to the knee that was all the rage with kids of the day ).  Yet, it is smart and elegant. It catches your eye, then leads you to take in the different layers and pieces in a way that suggests movement, though she may be standing still.  It is quietly surprising, and different from anything else worn that evening.

     
  6. THE LAST HONORABLE MENTION - KIERNAN SHIPKA

    Shipka is here largely because I can’t imagine a Best Dressed List without her.  This dress is so spare with that one bit of broad bling, then back to the spareness.  How smart.  It’s a thinking woman’s dress.  The very sort of thing a forward thinking fashionista like Shipka would bring to the party.  Love the styling she’s done with it as well.  Oh, this girl slays me.

     
  7. MORE HONORABLE MENTIONS - TAISSA FARMIGA AND LOUISE ROE 

    Here come the new prints.  They aren’t representational or geometric.  They’re a mood.  They speak of sadness or joy.  They say whatever your Rorschach tells you.  They’ve been The Next Big Thing in ready to wear for a few seasons and now they’re cracking the Red Carpet.  Behold the future!

     
  8. HONORABLE MENTION - SELENIS LEYVA AND LENA HEADEY

    This duo represent a yin and yang.  Once you get past the heaviness of the makeup and earrings, Leyva presents a quite charming pretty sweetness: white, fluffy and flowing.  Conversely, Headey takes a more androgynous turn with a fabric that mirrors the pinstripes of a man’s suit balanced by an edgy flowing cut.

     
  9. THE TOP 10 WOMEN OF THE 2014 EMMYS (and a few Honorable Mentions)

    It’s that time of year again.  Well, it was that time of year about a week ago, but still, here it is, my talking cheerfully out of my ass Emmy’s Fashion Best Dressed list.  Enjoy!

     
  10. "What are you laughing at, Kate?  Your hat is just as ridiculous as mine.  It is so.  Oh, do shut up!"

     
  11. No. 1 - LUPITA NYONG’O - OSCARS - PRADA 

    This full length photo is what put this dress over the top.  Not only because it shows the volume and the sweeping cut of the gown, but because it shows exactly what it is that makes Lupita’s red carpet appearances so sought after. She’s a rare actress whose presence and taste matches her looks, like Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn.  An ethereal type that comes around very rarely and inspires a legion of fashion fans.  I feel like we’re at the start of something big.

     
  12. No. 2 - LUPITA NYONG’O - GOLDEN GLOBES - RALPH LAUREN

    Oh, I wish I could find a photo that captured the feeling that Lupita’s appearance on screen gave me, but I can’t.  This is good, but it doesn’t quite do the trick.  It was thrilling.  I gasped.  She had the nerve to show up early and shut the red carpet down.  Almost everyone else might as well have gone back to their rooms and changed into their pajamas and returned to drink and pass out trophies. On that day, I was so impressed, I was sure this would be the number one gown.  I was so certain, until…

     
  13. No. 3 - KATE HUDSON - OSCARS - ATELIER VERSACE 

    Well, hello there, boys.  Fancy meeting you here.  Care to buy a girl a drink?  How about a vinyard?  This dress says “Come heavy or get lost”.  Versace and Kate are a good pair.  They’ve done well together in the past, and they are killing it now.  At every turn this gown is as elegant as it is sexy.  It can be worn with or without the shrug but I prefer it on.  It’s graceful at the shoulders and suggestive at the back. Coming or going this is the right gown for the right event - a Hollywood gown for its most glamorous night.     

     
  14. No. 4 - CHARLIZE THERON - OSCARS - CHRISTIAN DIOR COUTURE 

    I cannot believe more people didn’t go gaga over this gown.  It’s probably because Theron is so shy, homely and unassuming.  WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH PEOPLE?!  THIS IS A FASHION HAPPENING! I need Billy Eichner to come over and yell type at everyone about how amazing this looks and how they need to get their eyes examined or he’ll just die!  What great detail this dress has. I love all the bands at the bottom, that are then repeated in the train.   It fits like a dream.  And, if that weren’t enough, Theron wore a statement bauble to keep the eyes dancing. This is a “WOW!” moment.

     
  15. No. 5 - CATE BLANCHETT - GOLDEN GLOBES - ARMANI PRIVÉ

    Lace can be demure.  Lace can be matronly.  Lace can be sexy (especially if you’re into the 1980s look).  But what lace almost never is… is commanding.  This is regal.  And I don’t use that word flippantly.  This is exactly how I would expect a  modern day Queen to dress.  This gown is on the perfect woman.  Put this in a museum and lock away the fabric.  No one else need wear it again.