Emmys 2012 red carpet: Hollywood turns its back on black – for glorious Technicolor

Red carpet rainbow: Hollywood turns its back on black – for glorious Technicolor



11:58 GMT, 25 September 2012

With a kaleidescope of egg-yolk yellow, lilac and watermelon, the Hollywood A-list finally ditched the fail-safe black gowns that have dominated so many red-carpet events.

Yet, while the juicy rainbow bursts of colour and print on display at the Emmys were fabulous, it wasn’t a great night for us Brits.

And I don’t mean the fact that only Homeland’s Damian Lewis and Downton Abbey dowager Dame Maggie Smith received awards — but that British designers were left out in the cold.

Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum: What a show-off! Women always do this when they get
divorced, exposing far too much flesh. But what a fabulous
blue on this chiffon gown by
Alexandre Vauthier, and I love the shoes

Michelle Dockery

Michelle Dockery: Oh Mary! Anna would never have let you go down to dinner in this! The Louis Vuitton royal blue gown with ghastly netting at the throat looks very creased

Only Joanne Froggatt, who plays
Downton’s dowdy maid Anna, flew the flag for home-grown designers —
cleverly choosing a vintage Vivienne Westwood design.

And that is a shame, as the
hour-glass shape seen on actresses including Christina Hendricks could
have been executed perfectly by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.

Perhaps she has been too busy dressing the Duchess of Cambridge to kit
out any starlets.

There was no Victoria Beckham on show, either: wouldn’t Cat Deeley have looked so much younger in a VB body-con corset dress than the frou-frou number she plumped for

American actresses, on the other hand, were hard to fault, embracing the colour trend and young designers such as Zac Posen with confidence and aplomb.

For me, the biggest let-down of the night was Downton’s Michelle Dockery, who should have eschewed Louis Vuitton for something home-grown (she did, after all, appear in all those Visit Britain advertisements) and used an iron before she left her hotel room.

Perhaps she is missing the services of a ladies’ maid . . .

Lucy Liu

Lucy Liu: Versace was once the red-carpet choice for A-list actresses, but very few chose the Italian label on Sunday night. An exception was Lucy Liu in this incredible chainmail dress, so rigid I doubt she could ingest even the smallest of canaps

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman: Not my favourite dress by London designer Antonio Berardi, a man who is all about curves, body-con and sex. This is a bit straight-up-and-down. I'd like to see Nicole in something a little more floaty

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore: I'm unsure about the colour, and this Dior couture gown is a tad overwhelming. I'd have preferred her in a simple, shimmering column

Kelly Osbourne

Kelly Osbourne: I love this lilac gown by Zac Posen: It has a lovely modern sheen, a tail and asymmetric shoulder. but why the matching hair

Joanne Froggatt

Joanne Froggatt: Doesn't Downton's maid Anna scrub up well The clever draping of this vintage Vivienne Westwood gown gives Joanne an hourglass shape, while the mushroom colour is given zing with lovely accessories

Claire Danes

Claire Danes: What a great choice: the label of the moment, Lanvin, and the perfect shape to discreetly cover her baby bump. the strapless style shows off her milky shoulders, while the egg yolk colour is very on-trend. Impeccable!

Christina Hendricks

Christina Hendricks: I normally love the Mad Men star's choices, but this Christian Siriano gown is a little beige. I'd also have emphasised that tiny waist with a jewelled belt

Cat Deeley

Cat Deeley: I'm not thrilled by this dress by Singapore-based designer Andrew Gn. The colour is ghastly, while the style is a tad old for Cat. I'd have preferred her hair down, looking a little less try-hard