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Emmys Well Played: Teyonah Parris in Christian Siriano

She is awesome on Mad Men — with not nearly enough to do, in my opinion — and she is awesome on the red carpet.

Teyonah Parris at Emmys 2014

This is so cheerful and awesome, like a popsicle on a sweltering day, but without the fear that someone will leave it on your couch and let it melt into a sticky ruinous mess. Kerry Washington really ought to throw out Miuccia Prada’s number and plug in Christian’s instead.

[Photo: Fame/Flynet]



Emmys Non-Fug Carpet: Zooey Deschanel in Oscar de la Renta

I am definitely not upset with this gown, but I’m having a hard time mustering up aggressive feelings for it.

Zooey Deschanel at Emmys 2014


I love the brightness, and the metallic accessories, and the fact that it mostly fits. I’m not that thrilled with the fact that it can’t make itself look crisp. It basically comes off like a very serviceable fallback option — as if Zooey hunted high and low but nobody sent her anything more interesting, so she grabbed the safest thing she could find that didn’t also give her narcolepsy. It IS interesting to see her move so definitively away from the whole darling-hipster aesthetic, but there isn’t a transitive property at work that makes IT interesting as well.

This was amusing, though:

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Emmy Weekend Fine and Fug: Anna Chlumsky

Giuliana asked her if she was tired of being asked about My Girl. She was polite, but my feeling is, she’s tired of people asking if she’s tired of being asked about My Girl. And she has a point — she was an EMMY NOMINEE for Veep. Would it have killed Giuliana to — wait, hang on, trying to make sense of her is a fruitless errand.

[Photos: Fame/Flynet]


Emmys Meh Carpet: Melissa McCarthy in Marchesa

I am profoundly unmoved.

Melissa McCarthy at the Emmys

These telecasts make me impatient nowadays — they’re never about celebrating all the nominated work; just the preeners who get asked to present — but I did laugh out loud during the fake Q&A when Melissa McCarthy asked about being towed and then blamed it on Edie Falco telling her she was okay to park illegally and leave a note, and finished it with a glare at Edie and uttered a bruised, “That came out of NOWHERE.” It was a very well-delivered line. My point being: Melissa McCarthy is very inspiring as an intellect and a comedic performer, and she just hasn’t found anything for the red carpet that’s worthy of her, and that bums me out. As does this funereal tea cosy.

[Photo: Fame/Flynet]


Emmys Well Played: Halle Berry

It doesn’t sound like her foray into TV has been great.

Halle Berry in Elie Saab

Luckily, other than that piece of hair in her face, the whole Being Halle Berry business still seems to be cruising along just fine.

[Photo: Getty]


Emmys Fug or Fab: Robin Wright

I don’t totally understand why Robin Wright didn’t walk the red carpet at the Emmys. She was nominated for House of Cards, and, not for nothing, when you get free clothes from a designer, I tend to think all they want from you are some photographs that can show up in magazines or on the Internet. Thank God for Instagram, I guess; maybe they made this deal and everyone was happy.

Then again, maybe she didn’t love this, and so she kept it severe with her makeup and didn’t really mess with things like accessories or even a proper hem. The thing is, while the jumpsuit has issues, it’s also very clean and crisp and she ALMOST really sells it from the front. But the back throws things a bit:
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