These Celebs Won Best Dressed At The Emmys, Even Without The Red Carpet

Eliza Huber
·9 min read

This story was originally published on September 20, 2020.

Tonight marks the 72nd annual Emmy Awards, the first award show of its kind since the pandemic took hold. Sure, there were the MTV Video Music Awards, which were broadcast live from multiple rooftops around New York City last month and were a success, but it’s the Emmys that are television’s most anticipated event. That said, tonight’s semi-virtual event — which will include Jimmy Kimmel hosting in an empty theatre and videographers dispatched to the winners for acceptance speeches — will be marked “TBD” until the credits roll around 11pm EST. One thing we were worried about was the lack of an Emmys red carpet, which for many viewers, is more important than the show itself. But, as proven by the looks we’ve already seen, just because the night’s fashion won’t look as what we’ve grown accustomed to at the last 72 Emmys, doesn’t mean that it won’t prevail.

Instead, tonight’s nominees — including Zendaya for Euphoria; Issa Rae for Insecure; Rachel Brosnahan for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel; Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Sandra Oh, and Jodie Comer for Killing Eve; Tracee Ellis Ross for black-ish; and more — will be (fingers crossed) greeted at home by camera crews upon their names being called. And if we’ve learned anything from their past trips down the Emmys red carpet, none of the above will settle for just okay looks for the occasion. Whether that means silky pajamas or couture gowns, only time will tell.

Ahead, find out what the stars of your favorite TV shows chose for the (very different) 2020 Emmys.

<h2>Sandra Oh in Kore Limited & L'Agence</h2>Like many of her fellow nominees, <em>Killing Eve</em> star Sandra Oh used her Emmys look as an opportunity to make a political statement. For the occasion, she wore a purple, satin bomber by Kore Limited which says "Black lives are precious" in Korean, because, according to <a href="https://twitter.com/cristinasoh/status/1307861363927121920?s=21" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:a fan account" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">a fan account</a>, the literal translation for Black Lives Matter isn't possible in Korean. She also wore a matching purple face mask, L'Agence flare pants, and Louboutin white pumps.

Sandra Oh in Kore Limited & L'Agence

Like many of her fellow nominees, Killing Eve star Sandra Oh used her Emmys look as an opportunity to make a political statement. For the occasion, she wore a purple, satin bomber by Kore Limited which says "Black lives are precious" in Korean, because, according to a fan account, the literal translation for Black Lives Matter isn't possible in Korean. She also wore a matching purple face mask, L'Agence flare pants, and Louboutin white pumps.
<h2>Julia Garner in Chanel</h2><br><em>Ozark</em> star <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/03/9608442/julia-garner-danielle-frankel-wedding-suit-pants" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Julia Garner" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Julia Garner</a> went full glam for the virtual Emmys, which she "attended" with her new <a href="https://refinery29.com/en-us/2020/09/10032251/who-is-julia-garner-husband-mark-foster" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:husband, Mark Foster" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">husband, Mark Foster</a>. The actress, who won her second consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series last night, chose a classic Chanel getup, wearing layered pearls, a Daisy Buchanan-esque headband, and an ivory satin dress.

Julia Garner in Chanel


Ozark star Julia Garner went full glam for the virtual Emmys, which she "attended" with her new husband, Mark Foster. The actress, who won her second consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series last night, chose a classic Chanel getup, wearing layered pearls, a Daisy Buchanan-esque headband, and an ivory satin dress.
<h2>Kerry Washington in Oscar de la Renta</h2>But of course, Kerry Washington didn't stop at just one look for the night. For the NYE portion of the <em>Little Fires Everywhere</em> backyard party, Washington swapped out her floral gown for another ODLR original, this time, a black-and-gold number made for an end-of-2020 celebration.<span class="copyright">Photographed by Joel Arbaje for Refinery29.</span>

Kerry Washington in Oscar de la Renta

But of course, Kerry Washington didn't stop at just one look for the night. For the NYE portion of the Little Fires Everywhere backyard party, Washington swapped out her floral gown for another ODLR original, this time, a black-and-gold number made for an end-of-2020 celebration.Photographed by Joel Arbaje for Refinery29.
<h2>Uzo Aduba</h2><br><em>Mrs. America</em> star Uzo Aduba sparkled as she accepted her Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie while wearing a glittering gold skirt and a matching T-shirt that was etched with the name Breonna Taylor on it. <span class="copyright">Photographed by Joel Arbaje for Refinery29.</span>

Uzo Aduba


Mrs. America star Uzo Aduba sparkled as she accepted her Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie while wearing a glittering gold skirt and a matching T-shirt that was etched with the name Breonna Taylor on it. Photographed by Joel Arbaje for Refinery29.
<h2>Jennifer Aniston in Vintage Dior<br></h2><br>Jennifer Aniston has always been minimal in the fashion department, be it in the form of a varsity T-shirt and a midi skirt on <em>Friends</em> or a white satin dress at the 2019 Emmys. So why would this year be any different? To verbally spar with host Jimmy Kimmel, <em>The Morning Show</em> actress appeared "on-stage" wearing the simplest of black slip dresses, which she paired with lots and lots of diamonds. <span class="copyright">Photographed by Joel Arbaje for Refinery29.</span>

Jennifer Aniston in Vintage Dior


Jennifer Aniston has always been minimal in the fashion department, be it in the form of a varsity T-shirt and a midi skirt on Friends or a white satin dress at the 2019 Emmys. So why would this year be any different? To verbally spar with host Jimmy Kimmel, The Morning Show actress appeared "on-stage" wearing the simplest of black slip dresses, which she paired with lots and lots of diamonds. Photographed by Joel Arbaje for Refinery29.
<h2>Eugene Levy in Dior & Dan Levy in Thom Browne<br></h2>In addition to making us tear up dramatically during <em><a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/09/10036865/schitts-creek-emmy-wins-7-awards-comedy-series-record" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:all" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">all</a></em><a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/09/10036865/schitts-creek-emmy-wins-7-awards-comedy-series-record" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:of their victory speeches" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"> of their victory speeches</a> tonight, Eugene Levy and his son-slash-writing-partner Dan, dressed their absolute best at <em><a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/09/10036812/schitts-creek-emmys-party-tent-casa-loma-toronto" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Schitt's Creek" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Schitt's Creek</a></em><a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/09/10036812/schitts-creek-emmys-party-tent-casa-loma-toronto" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:'s Emmys party" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">'s Emmys party</a>. Eugene in a clashing (in a good way) navy-and-black Dior suit and Dan in a pleated skirt and matching blazer courtesy of Thom Browne.

Eugene Levy in Dior & Dan Levy in Thom Browne

In addition to making us tear up dramatically during all of their victory speeches tonight, Eugene Levy and his son-slash-writing-partner Dan, dressed their absolute best at Schitt's Creek's Emmys party. Eugene in a clashing (in a good way) navy-and-black Dior suit and Dan in a pleated skirt and matching blazer courtesy of Thom Browne.
<h2>Annie Murphy in Valentino</h2><br>In addition to winning the Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in <em>Schitt's Creek</em>, Annie Murphy's also winning in an entirely different category: best-dressed. For the <em>Schitt's Creek</em>'s party, Murphy chose a straight-off-the-runway Valentino look — as did her on-screen mom, Catherine O’Hara — which she paired with the A, for her character Alexis, necklace she wears on screen.

Annie Murphy in Valentino


In addition to winning the Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in Schitt's Creek, Annie Murphy's also winning in an entirely different category: best-dressed. For the Schitt's Creek's party, Murphy chose a straight-off-the-runway Valentino look — as did her on-screen mom, Catherine O’Hara — which she paired with the A, for her character Alexis, necklace she wears on screen.
<h2>Regina King in Schiaparelli<br></h2><br>Though we didn’t get the chance to see <em>Watchmen</em> star and Oscar winner <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/09/10037012/regina-king-emmys-shirt-breonna-taylor-phenomenal-woman-buy" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Regina King" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Regina King</a> walk the red carpet in a royal blue Schiaparelli gown as she hinted to on E!, what we <em>did</em> get was even better: A fuchsia suit from the same designer, which King wore over top of a black T-shirt that says, “Say Her Name" on it and features an image of Breonna Taylor. <span class="copyright">Photographed by Joel Arbaje for Refinery29.</span>

Regina King in Schiaparelli


Though we didn’t get the chance to see Watchmen star and Oscar winner Regina King walk the red carpet in a royal blue Schiaparelli gown as she hinted to on E!, what we did get was even better: A fuchsia suit from the same designer, which King wore over top of a black T-shirt that says, “Say Her Name" on it and features an image of Breonna Taylor. Photographed by Joel Arbaje for Refinery29.
<h2>Regina King in Schiaparelli<br></h2><br>To ensure that Regina King's electric blue Schiaparelli gown didn't go unseen despite the lack of an Emmys red carpet, photographer <a href="https://www.instagram.com/iamjamesanthony/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:James Anthony" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">James Anthony</a> held a shoot with the <em>Watchmen</em> star prior to the awards show. And boy, are we glad he did.

Regina King in Schiaparelli


To ensure that Regina King's electric blue Schiaparelli gown didn't go unseen despite the lack of an Emmys red carpet, photographer James Anthony held a shoot with the Watchmen star prior to the awards show. And boy, are we glad he did.
<h2>Shira Haas in Chanel Haute Couture</h2><br>For Shira Haas, when the Emmys call to tell you that your show — in her case, the Netflix hit <em>Unorthodox</em> — you have to wear Chanel. "It was obvious to me that I wanted to wear Chanel," she said in a press release. And from the looks of it, she made the right choice.

Shira Haas in Chanel Haute Couture


For Shira Haas, when the Emmys call to tell you that your show — in her case, the Netflix hit Unorthodox — you have to wear Chanel. "It was obvious to me that I wanted to wear Chanel," she said in a press release. And from the looks of it, she made the right choice.

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