Last year, fashionable lead-actress nominees Claire Danes and Taraji P. Henson picked looks flaunting chains, Kerry Washington dazzled in a metallic dress (hot off Marc Jacobs’ New York Fashion Week runway), and Tatiana Maslany nailed menswear in a Bouchra Jarrar couture cream tux. Here, top celebrity stylists weigh in on which trends will dominate the 2016 Emmy red carpet.
Micaela Erlanger, who’s previously styled fashion-forward Emmy contenders Tatiana Maslany and Michelle Dockery, predicts we’ll see plenty of prints. “Romantic florals and intarsia were all over the runways,” she says, also noting the trend’s migration onto the red carpet. “Take, for instance, Margot
Robbie’s Gucci gown from her ‘Suicide Squad’ tour.”
“The Emmys are always about color,” says Cristina Ehrlich, who has worked with Allison Williams, Anna Kendrick, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and expects this year’s nominees to take risks. Tara Swennen, who styled Julie Bowen in the lime-green Monique Lhuillier she wore for her win in 2012, agrees. “There have been some amazing new hues passing through my studio — beautiful oranges and corals, vibrant greens and blues,” she says. “Women have been flirting with these fun, poppier colors this summer, and I think we’ll see a newfound romance with the rainbow.”
“Fall trends seem to be all about luxe and texture,” says Erin Walsh, who has chicly outfitted Emmy nominees from Sarah Jessica Parker to Maggie Gyllenhaal (and put Kerry Washington in that metallic-sequined Marc Jacobs number that she says “went off like a bomb”). This year, Walsh expects to see looks that are very baroque — “cool brocade and very rich,” she says — and more lace than usual. “Think Valentino and Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda.”
Walsh also anticipates velvet accessories, and Kemal Harris — who styles Emmy nominee Robin Wright on and off “House of Cards” — is pleased with the “fashionable and functional” fabric’s pervasiveness. “Velvet has been showing up everywhere for fall, which is great,” she says. “Stretch velvet can be super glamorous and sexy for red carpet when done right. I love the modern twist that young designers like Monse have done with it, showing skin and using unexpected colors. Armani keeps it classic but adds appliques, and Prada did a printed velvet which is actually quite rock ’n’ roll.”
Stars from Maslany to Jane Lynch rocked tux ensembles last year, and Harris thinks they’d be a perfect pick for this season — particularly the more boldly colored and glitzy designs. “I love the color-blocked tuxedos shown on the Gucci Fall 2016 runway because they convey such a strong, sexy, confident vibe,” she says, offering Gucci’s white or red tuxes with black lapels as examples. “And if you wanted to be a bit more fabulous, try the sequined one!”