Delayed Reactions: Best Dressed at the 2014 Emmy Awards

So, this post comes a week late. I’ve been so exhausted after work lately that I’ve been rather lax when it comes to this blog. But better late than never. Here are my 12 favorite looks from this year’s awards, along with my snarky observations and useless knowledge.

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CLAIRE DANES in GIVENCHY (via Hollywood Life),
KERRY WASHINGTON in head-to-toe PRADA (via Hollywood Life),
JANUARY JONES in PRABAL GURUNG (via Buzzfeed)

For some reason, I always get January Jones and Claire Danes confused, and now their red dresses have only made me double-take even more. I love both dresses, but Claire wins in a fashion-face off, mainly because of her fabulous hair (January, what in the world are your bangs doing?! They look like straw).

I was a bit on the fence about Kerry Washington’s ensemble. I love the Olivia-Pope-approved nod to Prada, but the silver sparkles on the dress make it look like something a pre-teen beauty pageant contestant would wear. However, I soon hopped off the fence because I think the random black panel is beautifully edgy, and Kerry’s hair and makeup are divine.

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NATALIE DORMER in J. MENDEL (via Buzzfeed)
TEYONAH PARRIS in CHRISTIAN SIRIANO (via Buzzfeed),
SARAH HYLAND in CHRISTIAN SIRIANO (via Buzzfeed)

Look at all the fun color blocking! Also, nobody is more shocked than me that Sarah Hyland ended up on my best dressed list. She looks like a complete fashion trainwreck on Instagram, so I was pleasantly surprised to see how chic she looked on the red carpet.

Teyonah Parris (a.k.a. Dawn, Don Draper’s secretary on “Mad Men”) looks fabulous in this neon dress, and her whole look is so drastically different than her 60’s style on the show that I didn’t even recognize her at first!

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KIERNAN SHIPKA in ANTONIO BERARDI (via Buzzfeed),
KATE WALSH in STEPHANE ROLLAND COUTURE (via Hollywood Life),
MICHELLE DOCKERY in ROSIE ASSOULIN (via Yahoo!)

Some of the more unique looks on the carpet. Kiernan Shipka is one of my fashion icons – and she’s only 15 years old! She is so poised and fashion-forward, and despite starring on a show like “Mad Men” for so many years, she seems to be so grounded (in other words, the complete opposite of somebody like Miley Cyrus or Lindsay Lohan). #GirlCrush

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LIZZY CAPLAN in DONNA KARAN ATELIER (via Yahoo!)
MELISSA McCARTHY in (via Buzzfeed)
LENA HEADEY in RUBIN SINGER (via Buzzfeed)

Janice Ian from “Mean Girls” sure does clean up nice! Lizzy Caplan’s dress was probably my second favorite look of the night (after Kiernan Shipka’s). The white train was an awesome touch. Also, this is the best Melissa McCarthy has ever looked. This gothic-looking ball gown is too pretty!

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The Best Dressed on the Most Famous Red Carpet of the Year

It’s the Super Bowl of fashion! Here are my favorite looks from the Oscars’ Red Carpet.

Olivia Wilde in Valentino | Photo via Hollywood Life
The accessories, her makeup, and her fabulous hair are what really pull this whole look together. Be-au-ti-ful!

Chrissy Teigen in Monique Llhuiller | Photo via Hollywood Life

Chrissy Teigen in Monique Lhuillier | Photo via Hollywood Life
This dress was featured at NYFW! It seems rather non-conventional as an Oscar dress, but I love that she was willing to try something a little different. So fun!

Jennifer Garner | Photo via Hollywood Life

Jennifer Garner | Photo via Hollywood Life
The dress is alright. I mean, it’s reminiscent of a lampshade, but I love the color, and her hair and makeup are perfection.

Lupita Nyong'o in Prada | Photo via Buzzfeed

Lupita Nyong’o in Prada | Photo via Buzzfeed
Eee! The baby blue color! The headband! The spectacular ear-cuff-like earrings! So much to love!

Amy Adams in Gucci | Photo via Buzzfeed

Amy Adams in Gucci | Photo via Buzzfeed
I’m not crazy about her hair and makeup, but this dress fits like a glove and is simple and modern at the same time.

Anne Hathaway in Gucci | Photo via Buzzfeed

Anne Hathaway in Gucci | Photo via Buzzfeed
This dress KILLED it. I don’t think she’s ever looked better. I love everything about this look.

Emma Watson | Photo via Buzzfeed

Emma Watson | Photo via Buzzfeed
Love the makeup, love the metallic. This girl can do no wrong.

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Couture | Photo via Buzzfeed

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Couture | Photo via Buzzfeed
This is the first time in about a year that JLaw has worn a Dior creation that I genuinely liked. The red is spectacular, and the peplum is perfect. I also love that she brought back that same reverse-style necklace.

Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive | Photo via Time

Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive | Photo via Time
Pretty as a flower. Her makeup and hair are glorious.

You know what I’ve always wondered, though? What the people who actually design these dresses think when they see an actress walking down the red carpet in their creation. Particularly what they think if the actress alters the dress in a way that makes it look terrible. I mean, some dresses are just hideous to begin with, but others only seem hideous because the actress’s stylist simply hemmed, altered, or accessorized it completely wrong. ¬†That’s got to be frustrating. All of a sudden, the actress falls into the “worst dressed”lists, but it’s not the dress itself that landed her (and the designer) there. #awkward