The 2016 Emmys struck with plenty of victory for Game of Thrones and some fury on behalf of jilted Beyonce fans, but beyond the legit reason for the awards — the TV shows themselves — a whole other industry worked for months to prepare for the night. Yes, that would be the fashion houses, who jumped at the chance to showcase their work on the red carpet. While many fans of Hollywood artistry don’t appreciate the spectacle of the “What are you wearing?” question, others appreciate a distraction from real world concerns.
For the next several minutes, this collection of gowns may provide a welcome diversion from serious matters like the presidential election and the wavering Syrian ceasefire. At the very least, the following dresses provide more shimmer than last year’s bunch of dresses. Let’s rank ’em in an arbitrary way.
Best – Padma Lakshmi: The Top Chef host opted for a sleek and striking silver Naeem Khan gown. The dress carried enough presence that Lakshmi opted for an understated ponytail and rosy makeup to balance a stunning look.
Worst – Mandy Moore: This orange lampshade of a Prabal Gurung dress felt out of place at the Emmys. With several tiers, a halter neckline, and a sheer skirt, the dress appeared to be a throwback to a mystery era.