Having started her red carpet styling career by dressing Jennifer Garner for the 2003 Emmys, Rachel Zoe's connection to TV's biggest night runs deep. Combine that with the fact the ceremony kicks off awards season, and punctuates fashion month with a hefty jolt of Hollywood glamour, and you've got a recipe for excitement. Naturally we tapped her to share her favorite looks from the Emmys red carpet.
Of course it is particularly interesting to hear what Zoe thinks ruled the carpet because she has so much experience prepping clients for it herself. She has honed a keen eye for subtle details like the backwards styling of a necklace which made an appearance this year and was also a hallmark of the look Zoe concocted for Jennifer Lawrence's iconic 2013 Oscars ensemble. She understands the lengthy collaborations between stylists and designers from both sides, being both a stylist and designer herself, and therefore has a thorough appreciation for everything from custom creations to sly tweaks. Here are her picks:
Naomi Watts in Dior
"Simply stunning, this is a perfect example of black done right thanks to the netted detail at the bodice, the belted waist, and the full A-line skirt. Complete with a sleek red lip and a string of Harry Winston diamonds styled back to front, it's a dream."
Zendaya in Custom Vera Wang
"Zendaya can wear everything from a three piece suit to overalls and look unbelievable, so its not surprising that she shut down the carpet in this custom Vera Wang. Everything from the expertly lined sheer bodice to the draped slit to the coordinated Brian Atwood pumps is flawless and looks so amazing with her auburn hair and Cartier jewelry."
Jodie Comer in Tom Ford
"I can always get behind a striking white gown on a red carpet, and this effortless Tom Ford number is no different. The plunging neckline is balanced by the long sleeves, but there's plenty of subversion by way of the shoulder and thigh slits. Above all, she just looks incredibly confident and strong, which I think is always important, but especially so at an awards ceremony."
Viola Davis in Alberta Ferretti
"Also representing the two-tone trend but in a stark black and white color palette, Viola Davis's gown will be a classic moment that never goes out of style."
Kendall Jenner in Richard Quinn
"No one else could pull this off like Kendall Jenner, she's just not human! The dramatic gown literally walked London designer Richard Quinn's Spring Summer 2020 runway at LFW mere days ago. The moody floral print is a welcome break from the multitude of monochromatic looks seen on the carpet, and her sleek and simple hair and makeup tempers the slick turtleneck beautifully."
Emilia Clarke in Valentino Couture
"Plucked from the Valentino Fall 2019 Couture runway, this petrol blue gown is subtle about its complexities. The plunging, plisse draped bodice and the sheer hip panel details are easy to miss, but make this a thoughtful and distinctive choice."
Mandy Moore in Brandon Maxwell
"There was an abundance of two-tone dresses on the carpet this evening, and Mandy's red and pink iteration was one of my favorites. The silhouette, structure, and her classic glam make her look like a timeless Old Hollywood style icon."
Kristen Bell in Dior
"I love that she embraced color, stripes and embellishments with this stunning Dior apron gown. Her confidence and personality shine through, and that championing of individuality is what every great red carpet look should be about!"