The Fluffies Are Back! 2015 Emmy Edition

It’s hard to believe I haven’t posted since the Oscars. Actually, it’s not (hard to believe, that is), as Fluffy has completely embraced suburban soccer-momhood in the last few months (um, honestly, band-and-basketball-momhood, but you get the idea). Anyway, another summer has come and gone, and that means that the Emmy Awards have snuck up on me, so without further adieu, let’s hand out some Fluffy Awards!

Category: Most Improved

Maggie Gyllehaal

  Maggie has donned some sadly frumpy garments on the carpet over the years, but this Oscar de la Renta ball gown in black and brilliant purple changes that image forever. Way to go!!

Category: Cutest

Maisie Williams

  This isn’t Maisie’s first Cute win, and probably won’t be her last; girl has some serious Cute game. This totes adorbs Ermanno Scervino boasts a pretty pink quilted texture and practical pockets, but best of all are the (fluffy!) heels. 

Category: Most Original 

Joanna Newsom

  Andy Samberg’s other half, musician Joanna Newsom, gets points from me for this unusual structured gown by Delpozo in varying shades of blush pink. The Internet has not been kind, but I’m digging it. I would totally wear it with Princess Bea’s wedding hat (remember that?) and feel happily, shamelessly eccentric. 

Category: The Goddess Award

Gwendoline Christie

  Could she be any more stunning?  As per usual, Gwendoline is rocking Giles Deacon and looking like she just descended from Olympus. 

Category: Most Brilliant 

Jaimie Alexander 

  Not everyone “gets” Armani Prive, and this is quintessential Armani Prive; as is typical, response has been polarized, but I love it. It’s like a dark, sparkly rainbow. 

Category: The Candy Striper Award

Zoe Kazan

  Formerly known as the “Sad Candy Cane” award, but I’m striving to be more positive. The dress is by Miu Miu, and it kind of hurts my eyes. I mean that in the literal sense; it’s not an ugly dress, but the pattern combined with the bitsy knife-pleating would give me a headache if I had to look at it for too long. 

Category:  Little Miss Sunshine 

Heidi Klum

  A lot of people didn’t know what to make of Heidi’s canary yellow Atelier Versace either. I like the color on her, but it looks like it’s trying to be three different dresses at once, so I cannot truly love it because it cannot make up its mind. 

Category: Gothic Glam

Taryn Manning

  Taryn is our blonde Morticia of the evening in this Rubin Singer design. 

Category: Polka Dot Princess 

Teyonah Parris

  Teyonah’s incredible black-and-white ball gown is the very first appearance of a Francesca Miranda design on the red carpet, and it is pure awesome. 

Category: So Structure, Much Wow

Yael Stone 

  I’ve not been able to turn up the designer of Yael’s lovely pale pink sculptural confection, but I love it; it looks a bit Zac Posenish to me, but I could be wrong, and feel free to correct me if I am. 

Category: Colour Me Peach & Black

Porsha Williams

  So many great dresses tonight that don’t seem to have designers. Cmon now ladies, rep your makers!  Anyway, I adore this hi-lo dress regardless of who created it. 

Category: The Gold Medal

Liz Hernandez 

  This Georges Chakra silky metallic gown has a crisscross bodice detail that lends it a princessy vibe. 24 karat love. 

Category: Red Royalty 

Laura Prepon

  There were a number of cool red gowns on display tonight, but this Christian Siriano is the most visually striking. There’s been some inexplicable hate for this dress, and I don’t get it. I love the faux bolero bodice and the gold detailing ups the oomph. 

Category: Pink Lace and Promises


  Retta’s ombré pink Jaime Elyse confection is almost over the top, but in a good way, like a cupcake with lots of gorgeous yummy frosting.  Oh, and sprinkles. 

Mega-Category:  PANTS

There were a lot of pants on the carpet, and not just on the dudes. Many, MANY ladies opted out of the evening gown game, among them:

Tatiana Maslany

  In Bouchra Jarrar Couture. Yaaaaaas. 

Kiernan Shipka

  In Dior. Aw, Hells no. 

January Jones

  In Ulyana Sergeenko, and trying too hard, as usual; she appears to be illustrating a stage in the process of Ariel’s tail becoming legs. 

Sophie Turner

  In Galvan; an ah-mazing blue-violet bustier and long pants, perfectly accessorized and hella fierce. 

Jane Lynch

  In Escada, also beautifully accessorized and super-classy. 

Jill Soloway

  In Bottega Veneta polka dots, which would have been cute sans the clown shoes that ruin everything. 

Category: The Prom Queen

Carice van Houten

  I actually quite like this pink tea-length Dior, proving I am not just anti-Dior, but unfortunately I’m not that into it on Carice. It’s a little too frou-frou, too senior prom, to work for her. 

Category:  The Material Girl

Jane Krakowski

  This Bibhu Mohapatra dress channels a famous look worn by Madonna back in the day (which in turn channeled a famous look worn by Marilyn farther back in the day). But see what I did there?  This dress also utilizes yards upon yards of fabric. Material. Heheh. Okay, that was bad. Moving on. 

Category:  The Little Mermaid that Could

Kristin dos Santos

  Another great dress whose designer remains unknown, this gorgeous mermaid gown is just perfect. 

 Category: A Cute Angle

Ellie Kemper

  In this shimmery geometric Naeem Khan, Ellie continues her pattern of always being on point on the carpet… Okay, I’ll just stop now. 

Category:  The Silver Medal

Kerry Washington

  Kerry is one of our most reliable red carpet faves, and her style here is no less than we have come to expect. Her Marc Jacobs calf-length dress looks like really glam chain mail and rocks the world. 

Mega-Category: FLORALS!!

Another trend among Emmygoers was a veritable rose garden of flowery frocks. Some of the red carpet flower children included:

Laura Carmichael

  In Erdem, fresh and fun. Love it!

Amy Landecker

  In a sculptural Marchesa that has serious Midsummer Night’s Dream vibes. 

Laila Robins

  Unknown designer, a bold take on the trend as a monochromatic ball gown. 

Chelsea Peretti

  In Gabriela Cadena, a Sakura print masterpiece. 

Anna Chlumsky

  In Bibhu Mohapatra, a connect-the-rosettes look I’m not that crazy over. 

Judith Light

  In Zac Posen. I’m not feeling That Seventies Dress, either. 

Edie Falco

  In Prada.  More Sakura blossoms, on a demure pleated frock of cuteness. 

Kathryn Hahn

  I’m almost in love with this Vivienne Westwood dress that everyone else hates. I think it’s cool, and I offer no apologies. 

Category: The Bronze Medal

Christina Hendricks

  This Naeem Khan gown is the perfect compliment to Christina’s dangerous curves, and she and her hubby are such a cute couple!

Category: Tangerine Dream

Melora Hardin

  Not sure who designed this dress (this happens too often). My guess is Calvin Klein. I love the color. The cape makes me quizzical, but overall I like this. 

Category:  Off the Chain

Claire Danes and Taraji P Henson

  Claire’s glittery Prada looks purple but is actually solid red covered in rows of blue sequins, and has chain strap detailing. 

  So does Taraji’s sheer-skirted Alexander Wang. Who do you think wore the look best?
Category: Old Hollywood Glam

Lady Gaga

  This Brandon Maxwell dress is so old-school perfection. Some structural hip detailing keeps it visually interesting; I nearly gave it best-dressed honors. 

Category: The Blue Ribbon

Christine Marzano and Kristen Schaal

  I am worshiping at the feet of Labourjoisie for creating Christine’s sparkly, stained-glass-effect electric blue mermaid dress. 

  Kristen’s midnight-blue Rubin Singer ball gown is a wonder to behold, like the night sky come to magnificent life. 
Category: The Arm Candy Award

Sofia Vergara

  Sofia’s St. John trumpet gown is literally the same thing she nearly always wears. But her fiancée Joe Manganiello?  Rowr. 

Category: Not-So-Basic Black

Julianne Hough and Amy Poehler

  Julianne is wearing an intricate Marchesa and a Cinderella headband. This is one cool dress. 

  But so is Amy’s Michael Kors. And a shout-out to my favorite jewelry of the night in the form of those Neil Lane bangles. 
Category: The Effortless Award

Joanne Froggatt

  Joanne is an English rose in this J Mendel gown, the very picture of easy, carefree glam. 

Category: The Dazzle Award 

Tracey Edmonds

  This Kayat beaded sheath is just so much incredible wow. She doesn’t even need accessories she’s so perfect. 

Category: The Fairy Princess Award

Gina Rodriguez

  Gina is ethereal in her Lorena Sarbu confection, in the palest sugar-pink of a little girl’s ballet dream.  

Category: Of Corset Is!!

Tracee Ellis Ross

  This Zac Posen number looks like Scarlett O’Hara’s underwear, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I’m actually really into it, and Tracee makes it work. 

Category:  Wine Not?

Sarah Hyland

  Also rocking Zac Posen, Sarah looks absolutely lovely. Most of her Modern Family costars looked a little phoned in (ahem, Ariel, Sofia, Julie) and I dismissed this dress at first glance as well, but it’s grown on me. I love the draped shoulders and princess seams. It’s way flattering. 

Category:  Worst Dressed

Naomi Grossman

  This whole sheer-stripey thing is so three years ago, and it didn’t work then, either.  I don’t know whether to be upset with designer Jun Escario or Naomi’s stylists. 

Category: Best Dressed

Lena Headey

  This is just… Wow. There aren’t even words. You go, Cersei. This Zuhair Murad just blows me away. A true triumph. 

Special Category: The Fluffy Award


Sandra Lee, Emily Robinson, and Danielle Brooks

It’s really rare that I can’t make a decision for this most important category. To refresh, the Extra-Special Fluffy Award is reserved for the dress I’d have chosen for myself– the best representation of my personal style. But I would have needed a stylist’s guidance to actually choose among these three. 

  Sandra, in her first red carpet appearance since beating breast cancer, is wearing a vintage 1970s Thierry Mugler pink ball gown that is so me I can’t even. 
  Emily’s Kayat gown has a mod feel I’m really liking. It’s super cute and I love the color combo. 
  Danielle is wearing a festive Christian Siriano in the shades of a chic macaw. And it swirls when she twirls. Love, want, need!
So there we have it.  Feel free to chime in with your opinions, and see you next time. (Hopefully it won’t be as long!)


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