Emmys 2019 best and worst dressed: Capes, cowboys and curtains

Taraji P. Henson, Billy Porter and Lena Headey.
Taraji P. Henson, Billy Porter and Lena Headey. Photo credit: Getty

It was a whirlwind of fame, florals and flotation devices on the Emmys' purple carpet, with a particular penchant for red-and-pink frocks and cropped 'dos evident on Hollywood's finest. 

As per usual, there were the good, the bad and the downright questionable among this year's cohort of designer-donning celebs. Here are my best and worst fashion picks from the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards. 

Taraji P. Henson


Some heroes wear capes and some do not, but Empire's Taraji P. Henson's chiffon cape-cross-toga has missed the mark. It vaguely reminds me of my high school sewing days, where I would head to Spotlight to swathe myself in the cheapest fabrics I could find for my upcoming project. However, I looked like a potato - and Taraji always looks like a goddess.

Lena Headey


Nobody wants to receive their grandmother's nightie as a gift, so there is absolutely no excuse for that black ribbon to be there. It's like plonking a bow on a Christmas present to try and disguise a terrible gift wrap. Lena Headey's frock is serving pure curtain couture.

Dascha Polanco


I was unaware that children's floaties are currently at the pinnacle of high fashion, but hey, if you're gonna rock a flotation device, why not make it pink and Christian Siriano. However, Orange Is The New Black's Dascha Polanco does look absolutely radiant in pastels.

Jameela Jamil


The Good Place star Jameela Jamil is the definition of minty fresh in her pastel green, one-shouldered extravaganza. How does one pull off mint green so effortlessly? The clashing orange lip is also inspired. Elegant, but not boring.


Billy Porter


Pose favourite and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series winner Billy Porter served corporate chic in his daring Michael Kors Couture two-piece. Lil Nas X may have his trademark Gucci cowboy hat, but Porter's avant-garde Steven Jones headpiece may have the rapper shaking in his boots. It may pop out a bystander's eye, but it's all in the name of fashun.

Gwendoline Christie


I have so many questions for Game of Thrones gal Gwendoline Christie, and a couple for Gucci - primarily why they opted for a Sinbad-meets-Jesus aesthetic in their Resort 2020 collection. 


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