66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 - The Red Carpet

Lights, Camera, Action.....

"The Telly" - Television is the New Theatre!


The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards proved that the hottest cinema feat of the night was the hit dramatic series on Breaking Bad (AMC), which ended in 2013.  Breaking Bad, Walter White and crew, swept the floor securing Best Drama Series, Best Actor, Brian Cranston, aka Walter, Best Supporting Actress, Anna Gunn, and Best Supporting Actor, Aaron Paul - who by the way gave the best acceptance speech of the night.   And, comedic show Modern Family, making fun of everyday life on ABC, once again for the fifth time, now tied with Frasier, danced in and stole the Best Comedy Series award. 
The message is clear - network television and cable television are the new theatre! The Telly has slowly stomped on the movie industry with the following list of incredible shows with A-listers scrambling to be part of the new wave.  Must See:  Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Ray Donovan, The Leftovers, Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, Homeland, The Americans, House of Cards, Mr. Selfridge, Fargo, True Detectives, Justified, The White Queen, Walking Dead, The Outlander to name just a few...whew...

As for The Red Carpet Fashion...... 

Glorious television Technicolor of variety of shades of reds, whites and blues hit the red carpet in full force on Monday, August 25, 2014 at the annual 66th Annual Primetime Emmy extravaganza.  The dizzying array of apparel fashionista frocks with ravishing hair and makeup stopped the show and made for an entertaining evening.   Of course, only when combined with winning smiles and engaging personalities did the A-Listers and television queens become the "it" ladies of the night.  Why, even the men broke out of the classic black tux and opted for a midnight blue tux.  After all, the Emmy's are the precursor to the celebratory Golden Globes and Oscar soirees to follow.  Yet, something was in the air - could the Emmy's become the heavy hitter over the Oscars in years to come? With change in cinema viewership moving towards the telly - could the wind of change be on the way when it comes to The Red Carpet?  Only time will tell.  


“A woman’s dress should be a like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.” —Sophia Loren


The Red Divas 



The Snow Queens


The Blue Stars 


"You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it." —Edith Head


Forever Chic Style - "The Stylish"


Julia Louis-Dreyfus - The Vice President - Rocking the Red

Dreyfus won the Emmy for the Best Actress in a Comedy series for the quirky and bumbling portrayal of character, Selina Meyer, Vice President of the United States played on Veep (HBO).  The show is outright hilarious with Dreyfus nailing the humor scale every time along with the incredibly talented and witty ensemble.  The ravishing fitted raspberry gown by Carolina Herrera screamed perfection with simplicity and feminine curves.  Meyer, oops Dreyfus, wore the dress befitting of a Vice President or by a fashionista with a knack for comedic genius with a magic touch.  All hail the VP!





January Jones - Alter Ego Betty - Classically Stunning

When January Jones sashayed down the red carpet all heads turned.   The strapless Prabel Gurung full gown in vivid red against flawless skin kept the flashbulbs exploding and jaws dropping.  Betty Draper, Jones, from Mad Men (AMC) did not disappoint and instead wowed the crowd with exceptional fashion taste and pizzazz. Betty and January a winning combination when it comes to fashion sense.




Claire Danes - Crazy Carrie - Captured the Evening

Homeland's (Showtime) radical CIA Bi-Polar star, Carrie - Danes was the essence of sophistication and rare beauty on the every red carpet.  The Givenchy riveting red frock with lace cutouts, bejeweled neckline and red lips mesmerized the audience and perhaps would have moved the telly love interest Brody, aka Damian Lewis.  Of course, Brody has now departed from the show.  Danes took no chances and was a "Belle of the Ball" on this spectacular night.






Kristen Wiig - Funny Girl - Stunned in White

Wiig nominated for Outstanding actress in a TV miniseries or movie for "The Spoils of Babylon" a parody miniseries about the '70's and the '80's, dressed to impress.  The ivory silk charmeuse Vera Wang gown accentuated Wiig's curves and slim figure.  The short blonde hair, nude lips and the black strappy shoes completed the ensemble with relish.  This Bridesmaid didn't waste time being silly or dressing without a care and instead stepped up the game and was positively stunning.



Anna Chlumsky - White Goddess - Right Hand to VP 

Chlumsky, nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy - Veep (HBO), chose a white Zac Posen stately gown and added a pair of vivid red drop earrings by Stephen Russell.  The effect was golden hued and glamorous though very Vice Presidential.  Which was fitting as Chlumsky plays the straight laced character, Julia - Chief of Staff to Vice-President, to the crazed Selina, Julia Louis -Dreyfus, - Vice President on Veep.  


Taylor Schilling - Champagne is the New Black  

Yes, Orange is the New Black (Netflix), however Schilling, nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy, as Piper Kerman, was charmingly lovely in a cream sparkly Zuhair Murad piece.  This magnetic actress was polished and a far cry from the character's jail orange suited up Piper while posing for camera's.  Brilliantly played my dear.  Brilliantly played.    


Viola Davis - How to Get Away with Murder - ABC - Kills It 

Davis, was phenomenal in the movie, The Help -2011, as Aibileen Clark.  The performance was unforgettable in a film that can be seen over and over again.   Davis, like all of her A-Lister performances, on the big screen, was elegant and gracious in a gorgeous royal blue Escada frock.  Frankly, Davis, killed it on the Red Carpet and will soon be seen on ABC's new law show, How to Get Away with Murder, (ABC) airs Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 10:00 p.m.  With Davis on the cast, the show is bound to be a hands down winner.  Watch the trailer and tune in.

How to Get Away with Murder - ABC

Edie Falco - Pill Popping Jackie was an Eye-Popping Beauty 

Falco, Nurse Jackie (Showtime), nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy was svelte and glorious on the red carpet.  This fashionista wore an Escada concoction in riveting hue of blue.  The winning combination was indeed eye-popping so opposite of Falco's character portrayal of the pill-popping Jackie. 




Forever Chic Style - "The Lady in Waiting"  


Lizzy Caplan  

"Elegant and Sexy"  

Caplan nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Drama in Masters of Sex, ( HBO) took the carpet by storm in a stunning black and white Donna Karen Atelier gown.   The cut of the dress, sleek hair and makeup were ethereal and evoked Grace Kelly.   Instead of donning a passionate sexy red gown, Caplan clearly mastered the art of looking and acting like a movie star from yesteryear.





Forever Chic Style -  "The Queen" 

Sophia Vergara


 "A Brilliant Light of Fun and Joy"

Vergara, Gloria Pritchett, Modern Family (ABC), strolled down the red carpet in a glittering white with silver strapless Roberto Cavalli gown that emphasized a curvy figure.  Additionally, the smile, wit and va va voom combined with a glint of comedic wizardry solidified the title - The Queen for the evening.  Even the twirl on the stage with the Academy CEO Bruce Rosenblum was satire genius.  If you can't make fun of yourself, then what is the point.    And, is it awful to be attractive inside and out, to have a good personality, charming and intelligent as a woman?  Vergara's response to the naysayers was eloquent, spot on and something all women need to remember.  Do not take oneself so seriously! Enjoy life...have a little frivolity and revel in being a woman.


Response to Naysayer's in the Media

Vergara's comments: "I think it's absolutely the opposite," Vergara told Us Weekly following the backlash. "It means that somebody can be hot and also be funny and make fun of herself and enjoy and work and make money. So I absolutely think it's ridiculous and somebody who started — and I know who she was — has no sense of humor and should lighten up a little." 

Forever Chic Style - "The Side Notes"

Robin Wright - A Bit Mannish for a Red Carpet Affair 

Wright plays Claire Underwood on House of Cards (Netflix), and exudes sheer genius with the character.  Nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series which was definitely in the deck of cards and completely expected. The shows writing, dressed to the nines classic apparel and intelligent persona shout out a winning and strong combination.  Unfortunately, Wright wore a white Ralph Lauren Collection jumpsuit to the Emmy festivities instead of a Queenly and A-Lister gown.  When a woman has an incredible figure and is a top notch actress, it is desired to follow protocol and wear a long fitted gown.  Think of the missed opportunities on this night. Ahh....Claire Underwood would never have worn a pant suit - I mean never.  Next time, think appropriately and dress for a win.




Julia Roberts - Pretty Woman - Distain for Protocol 

Oh Julia, Julia, Julia - why disappoint?  Roberts an A-Lister donned a midnight Elie Saab pearl and heavily stone encrusted embroidery short cocktail dress and showing off incredible pins to the world. The dress would be perfect for an evening cocktail party or an appearance on a late night show.  Yet, never to be worn at a black tie  affair or heaven forbid on a red carpet when A-Lister peers and Television Queens are dressed to the nines in full length gowns.  The cavalier attitude was completely wrong for the evening and screamed - "I want attention. Please, please look at me."  And, indeed the Emmy viewers looked, observed and down came the gavel.


Forever Chic Style - The Frumpy Frog Queen - It's a Tie!

 Sara Paulson

"An American Horror?"

Set against a see of red long gowns, white stunners and blue mavens in wandered Paulson from the cast of  American Horror Story, The Coven FX (2013 - 2014) in a black netting Armani Prive dress with a profusion of red dots springing forth like a growing plant with red berries.  The overwhelming mishmash of material and structure did indeed qualify for an American Horror on the red carpet.  Yes, it is unique to be different but not to the point of utter distraction.  All that is seen in this instance is the dress with a mess of growing and bouncing fabric ready to entwine someone or something in Paulson's path.  




Lena Dunham

"Cotton Candy - Girl Gone Wild"

Dunham, nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - 'Girls" (HBO), graced the red carpet in a swirling whirl of pink cotton candy.  The Giambattista Valli Couture concoction was an over the top disaster combined with a tailored top, very blonde hair and poorly applied makeup. Dunham, the creator of "Girls", must have purposely decided to don this extravaganza suited for a teenager to attract attention either good or bad.   Additionally, the original model looks like a housewife gone mad while cleaning.  In the end, the ensemble was just a candy coated ploy for unbridled comments and to be remembered.







 Wise words from Coco Chanel.....


“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman."  Coco Chanel


From Hardwick.....

"Act your age - YES! Have fun - YES!  Make Fun of Self -YES! Always dress for the occasion and never wear something different or frumpy especially when fit and lovely.  All it signifies is need for attention. Did Audrey, Grace or Sophia follow the "attention grabbing" path? NO! A sophisticated beauty and artist must shine with self confidence wearing the perfect outfit."


That's All!



Kim Hardwick - Forever Chic Style



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