The 2007 Primetime Emmy Awards hosted by Ryan Seacrest tried to attract a younger, hipper crowd this year; however, red carpet fashion demonstrated a return to old school Hollywood glamour. This was a year for stars to show some refinement and restrained elegance in their hair, makeup and outfits. Let’s take a look at some major fashion trends at this year’s Emmys, and highlight some of this year’s fashion winners.
Emmy Fashion Trends
Emmy 2007 was the year of the bare neckline. Stars wore strapless gowns, with larger dangling earrings and important accessories; the bare necklines added drama to the simple, elegant outfits worn by many actresses that night. There was sparkle and glitter aplenty at the Emmys, often adding a bright touch to more neutral outfits: Ugly Betty’s Ana Ortiz wore a glittery, strapless gown by Escada, and Desperate Housewives’ Eva Longoria dazzled in a pale, sequined cocktail dress.
Black and white was an important theme: either all black (as seen on Patricia Arquette) or all white (worn by Katherine Heigl) or in combination, like the dress worn by the always chic Debra Messing.
Red reflected that return to old school Hollywood elegance, and was seen on stars like Heroes’ Ali Larter (in Reem Acra) and Kate Walsh, who shined in a crimson Pamela Dennis gown.
A rainbow of vibrant hues could be seen on the Emmy red carpet. Yellow was a popular color: Joely Fisher wore a buttery yellow dress which she described as a “yellow parfait,” and Minnie Driver stood out in a bright yellow gown. Hot fashion colors for fall, like blues and purples, were well represented at this year’s awards. Julia Louis Dreyfus was on trend in a deep purple gown by Narciso Rodriguez, and stars like Helen Mirren and Portia De Rossi donned various shades of blue. America’s Sweetheart (and Emmy winner for Ugly Betty) America Ferrera, accepted her award in a simple, elegant, cobalt blue sheath.
The Most Fashionable Stars
Hands down, the most fashionable star at this year’s Emmy Awards had to be Grey’s Anatomy star Katherine Heigl, resplendent in a white Zac Posen gown, a Mary Norton clutch, and jewelry by Ryan Ryan. Ms. Heigl looked like a goddess as she stood on stage, accepting her award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work in Grey’s Anatomy. The cut of the dress, her simple makeup, stunning red lipstick, and complementary accessories all worked together to achieve a stunning, memorable look.
Also notable for her sense of style was the delicious Eva Longoria of Desperate Housewives. A presenter at this year’s awards, Longoria wore a simple cocktail length dress by Kaufman Franco. The sparkly, neutral toned dress, and soft tousled hair was just right for a hot Hollywood night, and Longoria hit all the right notes with her outfit.
Other stars on this year’s best dressed list include: Debra Messing in a black and white Ralph Lauren gown, Sandra Oh who wore a Bottega Veneta dress, and Vanessa Williams, decked out in an ornate celadon green Kevin Hall dress adorned with plumage!
The Worst Emmy Fashion
Some unfortunate misses: Heroes’ Hayden Panettiere and The Office’s Jenna Fischer both wore ill fitting dresses in lackluster colors, which made them both recede from the red carpet.
Lost star Terry O’Quinn probably has pangs of morning after regret; his wife dressed him in a bright pink shirt and sparkly tie, and this is the outfit he was wearing when he won the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Terry, those photos will come back to haunt you for years!)
All in all, it was a night of Old Hollywood glamour for actresses at this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards. This ceremony kicks off a season of awards shows leading up to the Academy Awards, the big daddy of all ceremonies to be held early next year. It should be interesting to see if this retro elegance and tasteful refinement will be a trend that continues at next year’s Oscars.