All the spectacular looks from the 2021 Emmys

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September 19, 2021 5:50 p.m. EST
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While not all of the stars felt comfortable enough to attend this year’s in-person ceremony—Jen Aniston bowed out of the festivities citing unease around the virus—the red carpet didn’t disappoint. Television’s leading talent showed up to the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles for the 73rd annual event in some head-turning gowns and suits. But would you expect anything different? Fashion at the Emmys has always been a huge part of the awards ceremony (look back at eight decades of Emmys style here) and 2021 proved to be a memorable year for sartorial choices as any.

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The night was hosted by comedic talent Cedric the Entertainer, though earlier in the day former host Ricky Gervais tweeted that he was “not there to ruin it for everyone.”

Scroll on to see all of the most talked-about red carpet fashion from the 2021 Emmys.

Emerald Fennell

Emerald is one of the dozens of talents who received a nomination for their role in The Crown this year. The 35-year-old wore a frothy long-sleeved Valentino frock with layers of tulle and lime green ombré sleeves that reflected the bottom and we can’t get enough of it. 

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Gillian Anderson

Okay, so the cast of The Crown went all rogue and held their own red carpet because the show was nominated for an impressive 24 awards this year and obv didn’t want to disappoint. Gill dressed in an elegant Chloe gown with gorgeous embellishments.

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Bowen Yang

Bowen was nominated for the first time ever this season and the star, who has recently become known for his head-turning looks, didn’t disappoint. Those silver metallic Syro boots!! Can you even?!


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Billy Porter

Billy stepped out in an all-black Ashi Studio fit: oversized trousers, turtleneck, gloves, and ruffled wings, accented with diamonds on his wrists, ears and neck. With his arms in the air and the structured wings thrown behind each, he looked like a bejeweled bird of paradise. This is why he remains one of the fashion world‘s leading men.

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Emma Corrin 

Doesn’t it kind of feel like Emma, who plays Princess Diana in The Crown, is giving a subtle nod to The Handmaid's Tale crew in this headpiece and Miu Miu dress? 

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Kathryn Hahn

In attendance for her role in the new off-beat Marvel show Wandavision, Kathryn Hahn looked like the red carpet pro she is with a black two-piece tied together with an oversized buckle and beautiful emerald necklace. 

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Jennifer Coolidge

White Lotus actress Jennifer Coolidge’s navy Christian Siriano gown looks like it was made specifically her—it also pairs wonderfully with the navy clutch and subtle blue eye mascara.

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Elizabeth Olsen

Is there a better way to praise your siblings than by wearing something from their fashion label? Liz wore The Row, sisters Mary Kate and Ashley’s line, this year and she looked incredibly sleek. 

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Kaley Cuoco

With multiple awards on the line, actor and producer Kaley Cuoco brought a gloriously light and uplifting presence to the carpet. Her neon yellow Vera Wang gown with floral embellishments on the straps was one of the evening’s winners before the awards even started. 

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Yara Shahidi

Dang did Yara ever look like a winner in the emerald frock she wore this year. The off-the-shoulder Dior fit was so glam and elegant all at the same time. 

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Jason Sudeikis

Jason Sudeikis is almost as loveable as his football coach character Ted Lasso as he is in real life. The blue velvet Tom Ford tuxedo he opted for tonight was the perfect fit for his brand of friendly and fashionable.

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Taraji P. Henson

Okay, so Taraji’s shimmery ensemble was a winner of the night. The black and silver sheer Elie Saab gown was so sleek and sexy and also so perfect. 

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Seth Rogen

Is that a peanut butter cup? Whatever it is, we’re digging it! Kudos to Seth for stepping outside the norm and adding some colour (and flavour - excuse the pun) to the evening. Not something we usually see him in, but he’s capturing the fall colours and we’re into it.

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Cynthia Erivo

The star, who suited up to play Aretha Franklin, wore an incredible white strapless Louis Vuitton backless gown with a blue and green feather embellished train. She's a red carpet queen for sure.

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Mandy Moore

Mandy Moore was posting breast pumping content to Instagram earlier in the night before casually throwing on this knockout red gown and debuting her adorable bangs on the red carpet. Have you heard? Bangs are back!

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Kate Winslet

Can she do no wrong? Kate’s keeping it simple; a structured Giorgio Armani Privé silhouette complemented with understated jewellery, a classic look for a timeless beauty. What a surprise!

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Angela Bassett

Dang does this fitted black frock by Canadian designer Greta Constantine ever look fresh. The fuchsia ruffle embellishment is also a casual nod to the 90s and let's face it, no one could've rocked this look harder than Angela.

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Carl Clemons-Hopkins

Hacks' Carl Clemons-Hopkins gave us some shoulder with this bright and bold look. We love a daring fashion risk.

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Kerry Washington 

The star’s silvery silk Etro cowl neck gown was perfectly suited to the gorgeous 44-year-old fashion darling. She looked ultra sultry in her figure-hugging gown with its corsetted button-up front.

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Catherine O'Hara

What a serious joy it has been to watch Catherine transform into a new character for Schitt’s Creek. The Canadian icon looked like an actual dream in her watermelon-hued suit with its one-shoulder ruched top.

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Anya Taylor-Joy

Gasp. This breathtaking Dior dress fit The Queen's Gambit star perfectly. The canary yellow cape, the old Hollywood updo, the red lip. We're obsessed.

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Issa Rae

Plunging, metallic chainmail is hard to pull off, but Issa Rae does it perfectly. In this slinky Aliette gown, paired with dangly earrings and sleek hair, Issa nailed this look.

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Rosie Perez

Stepping out like the golden goddess she is, The Flight Attendant's Rosie Perez stunned in Pamella Roland. The cape was a lovely touch.

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Jean Smart

Legendary icon Jean Smart never disappoints, and in this form-fitting Ralph Lauren gown, we stan. The neckline, the effortless hair and the statement earrings make for the perfect red carpet ensemble.

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Tracee Ellis Ross

Does Tracee ever get it wrong on the red carpet? The answer is a resounding no. In this sparkly one-shouldered Valentino, Tracee shined. (Like there was ever any doubt.)

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Sarah Paulson

Everyone knows that Sarah and volume go together like peanut butter and jelly. In other words, we support Sarah in all her gorgeous, voluminous sartorial choices. Tonight's Carolina Herrera was no exception.

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Michaela Coel

Hot damn, Michaela! She showed up in one of our favourite looks of the night. The extremely talented creative stunned in Christopher John Rogers. Excuse us while we pick our jaws up off the floor.

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Dan Levy

Is it wrong to say we preferred Dan's Emmy look to his Met Gala one? Valentino, ya did good. Dan, you look fabulous.


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