Glam Slam: Emmy Week - Red Carpet Dress Trends

Blake Lively on the red carpet at the 2009 Emmy Awards Blake Lively on the red carpet at the 2009 Emmy Awards

“I like color. I like experimenting with color. I’m not really afraid of it,” “Mad Men’s” Emmy nominee Christina Hendricks tells us about her search for a gown for the awards show. “So, yeah, I’ll wear pretty much anything.”

Bright colors always pop on camera, which is a good thing. Something else to consider? The weather. It gets really hot on the red carpet, especially with all the camera lights. “It’s always unseasonably warm in Los Angeles for this show, but that never seems to affect the fashion choices, according to Marcy Medina, West Coast Bureau Chief of Women’s Wear Daily. “An actress would rather sweat in a long gown than be underdressed for her photo op.”

Marcy says, “Many stylists are pulling Fall 2010 and Resort gowns, while a lucky few are getting customized versions of styles that will go down the Spring 2011 runways next month.” Here is what we can expect to see on Sunday’s red carpet.

COLORS:
Soft and neutral shades such as blush pink, tea rose, nude, gold and red all seem to be perennial favorites at the Emmys as well.

SILHOUETTES:
Drapey, goddess-like long gowns with short trains and ‘50s style party dresses with nipped in waists and full skirts.

FABRICS:
Chiffon and shimmery fabrics with embroidered detail, lace, ruching, layering and twisting.

JEWELRY:
Expect to see lots of big earrings, cuffs and bracelets. Right hand rings and cocktail rings are also trending.

WHO WILL THEY BE WEARING:
Designers who specialize in red carpet gowns like Monique Lhuillier, Reem Acra, Marchesa and David Meister always make a strong showing at the Emmys. There will be European designers such as Christian Dior, Versace and Giorgio Armani too.

EMMY FASHION FYI:
Stars are on their feet for hours at award shows like the Emmys and Ashlee Simpson and Hilary Swank are fans of Delicate Soles, rollable flats you can stash in your purse for when high heels take their toll. $19.99 at www.delicatesoles.com. The company is donating 10% of proceeds of pink shoes to Christina Applegate’s charity Right Action For Women, which helps women with the cost associated with MRIs to screen for breast cancer. www.rightactionforwomen.org

The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards air this Sunday, August 29 on NBC. Make sure you check out the live preshow, “Red Carpet to the Primetime Emmys”, produced by all of us here at Access Hollywood!

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