The Absolute Best Looks on the Emmys Red Carpet

Capes, lemon-yellows, and more of what we loved at the annual awards show

After a year-plus of self-serious, stilted awards ceremonies, fun made a welcome return to the Emmys on Sunday night, both in the tent and on the red carpet.

When it comes to the latter, even the dudes got in on the fun. We saw tuxes in a rainbow of colors, sequins, and all sorts of architectural details. Picking basic black seemed like the road less traveled this year (but Jean Smart sure pulled it off).

Here’s a roundup of some of what we loved this most.

Details, details, details

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Josh O’Connor

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Red carpet experimenter extraordinaire Josh O’Connor (who took home a trophy for his portrayal of Prince Charles on The Crown) looked almost Edwardian in his mullet-cut tux jacket, but his edgy tie modernized the look.

Speaking of edgy deets, SNL’s Bowen Yang livened up his traditional Zegna tux with a Tiffany brooch and metallic silver platform boots. And red carpet king Billy Porter, who never disappoints, kept up his streak with a look by Ashi that included wide-leg trousers and a tight black top with wing-like ruffles protruding from the shoulders.

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Billy Porter

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Kenan Thompson

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We’ve seen some stunning tuxes in our time, but we’ve never seen a guy rock a candy-pink suit like Kenan Thompson. Likewise, Jason Sudeikis ditched the hoodie he wore for last year’s at-home ceremony and donned a velvet Tom Ford suit in a denim blue (and jokingly referred to the designer as “Little Tommy Ford” during his red carpet interview). He paired the suit with Eazy-E socks by Stan. Seth Rogen’s color combo was either shocking or super modern depending on your mindset: brown pants, a pale camel-colored chiffon shirt and matching tie, and an orange suit jacket. And it actually worked. Cedric started out in multi-hued pale blue Jason Rembert tux, then continued to outdo everybody, changing at almost every commercial break. And then there’s always Dan Levy, who never disappoints. He’s clearly in his blue period (see: Met Gala), wearing a monochromatic electric-blue Valentino look.

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Yara Shahidi

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Yara Shahidi channeled Grace Kelly and continued her emergence as a young fashion icon in a Kelly-green chiffon tea-length gown by Dior. Anya Taylor-Joy pretty much outdid all of her past (and still fabulous) Diors with a complicated yellow-and-white gown that matched the drama of her blonde top knot and red lips. The always gorgeous Tracee Ellis Ross combined shine, sequins, and a bright, poppy red one-shoulder Valentino that still managed to be slinky and sexy. Ted Lasso Best Supporting Actress winner Hannah Waddingham stunned in a Christian Siriano pleated chiffon gown that proved pale peach and platinum hair are a good combo.

They were all yellow

Michaela Coel

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Then there were the ladies in lemon. Michaela Coel was outstanding in a yellow two-piece bra top and big skirt. Kaley Cuoco’s lemon-lime gown with flora shoulder straps was so bright we had to wear shades. It was like a shot of caffeine for the eyes. And what else can we say about Anya Taylor-Joy’s Dior Haute Couture? If her acting career falters (not likely), she’ll make a great runway model.

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Jennifer Coolidge

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Capes are here and we’re here for it. Elizabeth Olsen was draped in an ivory caped architectural gown made by her sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s prestigious label the Row. Jennifer Coolidge’s dark navy silk Christian Siriano mock turtleneck gown appeared simple, until you noticed the cape built into it. Allison Janney also wore a caped one-shoulder, one-sleeve look by Azzi & Osta.

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