Emmys 2011: Unbasic Black

Red seemed to be the colour to be in, on the Emmys Red Carpet this year. However, many starlets opted to paint it black – with a little extra oomph, of course.

A little sparkle, a little woo-hoo, I-see-through, and the black becomes un-boring.

Evan Rachel Wood, for one, cleaned up nicely for her nom last night, in glistening Elie Saab.

Evan Rachel Wood in Elie Saab at the 2011 Emmy Awards on Exshoesme.com
Evan Rachel Wood does glamour goddess vs. her usual gothic-mess Miss.
Maria Menounos in Ungaro at the 2011 Emmy Awards on Exshoesme.com
Maria Menounos gave her a run for her unspent money - in a similar dress by Ungaro.

Overall, it was a night for polite applause – not many gasp-out-loud moments. You know a carpet is staid when the biggest gasp of the night comes from Gwyneth. The drama unfolded, two-fold. First, she was baring her midriff. This concerns me – and a friend who greatly admires Mrs. Martin. This isn’t the first baring of non-essentials this year. Second, the brand isn’t in GP’s GPS – she wore Pucci again (the prior showing of non-essentials also involved Pucci).

Gwyneth Paltrow in Pucc iat the 2011 Emmy Awards on Exshoesme.com
Gwyneth Paltrow in peek-a-boo Pucci.

I actually think that the dress would be lovely if the midriff were somewhat altered. Either cover it entirely or take away the chiffon bits that make her svelte figure look frumpy. Without the sheer fabric, it would have taken on a sari-esque quality, which I am sorry that it didn’t. Otherwise, the work on the dress is quite intricate.

Gwyneth Paltrow in Pucc iat the 2011 Emmy Awards on Exshoesme.com
Practicing her royal wave.

Speaking of peek-a-boo, Kelly Macdonald took a step off the Boardwalk and onto the carpet in revealing Stella McCartney. Many starlets have chosen the polka-dot variation of this dress for numerous premieres this season (the collection looks like it sold quite well), but she opted for a leafy lace, longer version of it.

5. Kelly Macdonald in Stella McCartney at the 2011 Emmy Awards on Exshoesme.com. Photo by Frazer Harrison - Getty
Kelly Macdonald's dress won me over. Sadly she didn't win the Emmy this year.
6. Kelly Macdonald in Stella McCartney - Detail at the 2011 Emmy Awards on Exshoesme.com Photo by Frazer Harrison - Getty
A trace of lace, in the right place.

Red carpet dressing is all about editing – and balance. Anna Paquin’s golden and dark tresses complemented her Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen gown perfectly.

Anna Paquin and Scott Caan at the 2011 Emmy Awards on Exshoesme.com Photo by Frazer Harrison - Getty
Anna Paquin and Scott Caan (who seems to be everywhere these days), presenting at the awards.
8. Anna Paquin in Alexander McQueen - Detail and Scott Caan at the 2011 Emmy Awards on Exshoesme.com
Loved her dewy complexion, too.

Again, it’s all about feeling comfortable in your skin – and if a black dress is your comfort zone, then so be it. Just free it.

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Photo Credits: 1, 3, 5, 7. Courtesy of JustJared; 2, 5-6. Photos by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images; 8. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.

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