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Red Carpet Runway: Emmy Awards 2018


Most of my clients steer clear of an “Emmy Watch Party” with thoughtful themed cocktails and paper straws. And even more of them barely know what the Emmy’s are. But that doesn’t mean there are not key fashion lessons to be learned here. I will review some of the evenings looks for you to take note of for your next big event. And rumor on the street is, men may have outdone women this year on the Red Carpet Runway. 

Jonathan Van Ness, from left, Bobby Berk, Tan France, Antoni Porowski and Karamo Brown

This season, many graced the Red Carpet in anything but a traditional tux. This year we saw an explosive mixture of avant-garde fabrics, vibrant colors, deep hues and eccentric pattern play. The cast from Queer Eye exemplifies any and all trends from the evening (see above.)

Sticking close to the safety net provided by an all black suit, Darren Criss wears a tone-on-tone Armani suit. The grey woven diamond pattern along with gold brocade accents has the subtlety of a freight train, but exudes style. Brad Goreski experiments with vintage-feel earth tones and bold prints. Goreski’s look gives off that stylish, history teacher vibe.

Darren Criss wears Armani
Brad Goreski In Isaia.

A few Red Carpet guests experimented with white after Labor Day! 

For some guests, white was deemed passé and monochromatic embellishment, to understated. Hence, Mustard has it’s moment. Waldau and Matarazzo have different approaches to incorporating the condiment color into their formal wardrobe, but both execute it well. The young Stranger Things star chooses a more vibrant hue and pairs the velvet jacket with a classic pair of Chucks. Nikolaj Coster Waldau keeps his look playful, but age appropriate with a more muted jacket and pocket square.

Nikolaj Coster Waldau in Eidos

Gaten Matarazzo in Dolce & Gabbana

Jewel tones were no stranger to the Red Carpet this season. Enter first, the Blue Boy Group, men of the Red Carpet renegades who chose various shades of blue to represent their award-winning style.

John Legend grabs for Gucci to nail a flawless black and blue combo. While, Stranger Things actor, Joe Keery sports mile-high hair and an ankle chilling blue Dolce & Gabbana suit. He picks velvet driving slippers for a final touch on this winning look. Jimmi Simpson chose to stay in the familiar shadows of the dark neighborhood, wearing a deep navy suit by Ermenegildo Zegna. The jewel tone selected for Simpson is complimentary of his eyes and silhouette.

– John Legend wears Gucci

– Joe Keery in Dolce & Gabbana

– Jimmy Simpson in Ermenegildo Zegna

Michael Zegen joins the blue phenomenon but his pal  Jimmy Yang introduces the varied shades of plum into our world. The duo changes up the status quo of the traditional penguin suit by incorporating the trendy colors into their ensembles. Youngster Parker Bates from This Is Us tried out both of the colors in rare form. He opted for a velvet jacket and pinstripe pants for a youthful take on formal attire. Even the host of the evening, Colin Jost took a plum colored Armani suit out for a spin on the Red Carpet.

– Parker Bates walked in a spectacular velvet jacket

– Colin Jost wore a plum-colored Armani suit

Now not all of have Red Carpet event penciled in, so some of these looks may seem irrelevant or even over the top. But, there are key takeaways you can utilize for less formal events:

  1. Give Gem/Jewel tones a chance. Holidays will be here before you know it, that’s the perfect time to try out colors you aren’t typically drawn to.
  2. Play with patterns, your pattern choice doesn’t have to be quite as loud as examples here but work subtle plaids into your fall wardrobe.
  3. Join the Blue Boy Group, it’s a bandwagon you won’t want to miss. Blue suits, separates, and accessories are going to be important for your fall ensembles.
  4. Fall festivities are a great time to experiment with materials. See how you feel in a velvet jacket. Maybe give brocade a chance. Test it out!

Have an event and need a special jacket made? Interested in adding one of these looks to your wardrobe?  You can email [email protected] or call 480.485.1680 with questions or to book a fitting.


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