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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5 More TV Characters’ Wardrobes I’d Like to Raid

As you may recall, I wrote a post a few months ago with a list of five of my favorite TV character’s wardrobes. Well, there are just so many fashionistas on television that I decided I needed to create another post. Here are some fictional ladies, in no particular order, who I wouldn’t mind going shopping with.

Spencer Hastings (Pretty Little Liars)

I will be the first to admit that when I randomly ran across an episode of “Pretty Little Liars,” I thought Spencer was one of the moms on the show. I mean, out of the four main characters, she looks least like a teenager. That being said, I am now a full-fledged PLL fan, and I think Spencer does have a rather spectacular wardrobe. I love the random animal prints on her outfits, and her cute cardigans. She’s like a walking Anthropologie ad.

Olivia Pope (Scandal)

You cannot talk about “Scandal” without talking about Olivia Pope’s clothes. She is the master of wearing gray, black, and white. Her wardrobe is filled with Prada handbags, Gucci coats, and Dolce & Gabbana blouses. The beauty of Olivia’s wardrobe is that it is stylish, but still practical. She wears outfits that any girl could wear to work.

Lydia Martin (Teen Wolf)

I had to a do little research in order to figure out Lydia’s last name. I swear it’s never been mentioned on the show itself. In any case, Lydia wears the cutest floral dresses and quirky button downs, but always pairs them with something a little edgy – like a leather jacket or skirt.

Donna Paulson (Suits)

Donna is easily my favorite character on “Suits.” She’s sassy, she’s smart, she’s the best legal secretary you could ask for, and she’s so very stylish. Her gorgeous red hair is always curled to perfection, and her dresses are the epitome of both class and chic. Not gonna lie: in a competition between her and Rachel (who was on my previous TV character wardrobe list), Donna wins hands down.

Mellie Grant (Scandal)

Pretty much all the women on “Scandal” are immaculately dressed. First Lady Mellie Grant can often be rather evil, but her wardrobe is so sweet and dainty. She’s never without a strand of pearls, and she rocks color-coordinated cardigans and fit-and-flare dresses like nobody’s business. Plus, her beautiful hair adds an extra presidential touch.

5 TV Characters’ Wardrobes I Wish I Could Steal

1. Jess Day (New Girl)

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The quirky twenty-something (thirty-something?) wears her polka dots, bows, and dresses loudly and proudly. Her outfits are whimsical, but still demure enough that you could wear them to work. I love that she wears bold colors and funny patterns, and mixes super girly elements (like the aforementioned bows) with more tailored pieces (like tailored shorts or a crisp button-down). I guess I’m not the only one infatuated with Jess’s wardrobe; there are quite a few blogs devoted to it (including Dress Like New Girl, What Was Jess Wearing?, and What Would Zooey Deschanel Wear?).

2. Claire Underwood (House of Cards)

Claire Underwood is probably one of the most morally-corrupt and ice-cold characters on TV. However, her wardrobe is to die for. She’s notorious for wearing high-end designers like Zac Posen, Gucci, and L’Wren Scott, but she occasionally busts out some Reiss and Banana Republic numbers. The only downside to Claire’s closet is that all her outfits are in neutral colors: black, white, gray, blue. A different pop of color wouldn’t hurt, Claire!

3. Rachel Zane (Suits)

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Rachel Zane knows how rock a pencil skirt at work. She also knows how to dress it down when she’s at home (love that cable knit sweater!). And look how polished she is when she sits for the LSAT (bottom right photo)! Stunning.

4. Abby Whelan (Scandal)

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For the first two seasons of Scandal, Abby’s clothes were pretty drab. But now she’s in love with David Rosen, and it appears that her life and wardrobe are looking up. She’s ditched the oversized sweaters and replaced them with wrap dresses, funky printed pieces (Diane Von Furstenberg), and leather jackets.

5. Betty Draper (Mad Men)

Betty has to come in last place mainly because some of her outfits would look a bit crazy anywhere other than a 1960s themed party. That being said, a lot of the cocktail dresses, fitted capris, and coats Betty wears (at least in the first season or two – forgive me, but I’ve just started watching the show) would actually be quite fashionable even today. They are rather reminiscent of the Jess Day’s outfits, now that I think about it.

Who Would Win in a Political Fight: Frank Underwood or Olivia Pope?

houseofcards1Now that we’ve all had a chance to watch the second season of House of Cards (if you haven’t, what in the world have you been doing the past two weeks?) and that Scandal has returned, I thought it would be fun to throw Frank Underwood and Olivia Pope into the political ring. Two fictional political heavyweights enter. ONLY ONE LEAVES. Spoilers abound. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Now then, if this was a fight between President Fitz Grant and Frank Underwood (I refuse to refer to that maniacal miscreant as “President”), Frank would win, hands down. Fitz is an idiot. He’s reckless, he’s irrational, he’s got no control over his administration, and he always manages to pick the wrong time to be easily swayed by the circus around him. Frank would play him the same way he played President Walker (Walker is also an idiot, but for different reasons). There wouldn’t even be a chance for B613 to eliminate Frank, because Frank would use B613 to his advantage before Fitz ever even found out that B613 existed.

But before we start, there’s a question of which “Washington, D.C.” each character is in. Are we in the House of Cards version of D.C. (where somehow things are incredibly efficient, political alliances are more about personal gain and seeking revenge than solving problems, and where everyone except Frank and Claire is incredibly naïve and stupid)? Or are we in the Scandal version of D.C. (where Congress basically doesn’t exist, everyone is sly as a fox, guns run rampant, and alliances are created to solve crises – not to take down opponents)? In the end, it doesn’t really matter because Olivia is 100 times more astute  than any of the characters on House of Cards. Even if Frank stepped into the political world that exists in Scandal, he wouldn’t be able to survive. Olivia would outsmart him (or Jake – against Olivia’s wishes – would send someone in B613 after him).

Reasons Frank could win

  1. Frank knows how to play mind games. Olivia may put on a tough demeanor, but she’s got some deep-seeded psychological issues.
  2. Frank has the ability to make certain people disappear mysteriously. Or should I say he had the ability. Now that Doug is dead, who’s going to do Frank’s dirty work? Maybe he’ll hire Pope and Associates. He might blackmail Olivia into helping him by threatening her prison time for her and her entire crew of misfits for aiding and abetting a terrorist or hiding the rigging of an election.
  3. Frank’s world apparently lacks security cameras or voice recorders or anyone with a conscience. This would make it easy for Frank to completely destroy Olivia (politically or even physically) without leaving behind any solid evidence.
  4. Frank is extremely persuasive, and he holds a lot of power in Washington. He could cut Olivia off from key players in government. He could convince everyone to refuse to speak to her. He could destroy her entire reputation.

Reasons Olivia could win

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    She is much more trustworthy than Frank. Although, pretty much anyone in the entire world is more trustworthy than Frank. His lone henchman is long gone, and Olivia still has her team of Gladiators (and sometimes Cyrus).

  2. Olivia isn’t stupid like everyone else in the House of Cards world.  She wouldn’t be easily fooled, and she would probably question everything Frank does and says. She would never trust him.
  3. Olivia isn’t afraid of powerful people – even powerful people who could kill her.
  4. She knows how to spin things to the public and the media. She’s used to crises (assassination attempts, helping her mother escape the country, dismissing rumors about her relationship with the President, hiding election rigging, etc.).
  5. She’s got some insanely impressive investigative skills. Unlike Lucas, a.k.a. the worst-investigative-journalist-in-the-world (Zoe Barnes comes in a close second in that category), Olivia would be smart enough to look at all the security footage of the night Zoe died. She would look at who went into the station, what time they went in, where they walked, blah blah blah. She would easily see Frank conspicuously “hiding” in the construction area (that was the worst/cheesiest incognito outfit I have ever seen. REALLY, BEAU WILLIMON? REALLY?). She would get her team to question the Secret Service agents, she would find medical files on Claire, and the list goes on and on. Frank doesn’t know how to do any of that. Nor is he smart enough to cover his tracks in the times when he needs to the most.
  6. And lastly, Olivia could always just hit Frank upside the head with her giant Prada handbag.

But in the end, I suppose it doesn’t matter who wins this political battle, because they’ve both lost the war. By the time it’s all said and done, they will have aired so much of each other’s dirty laundry that they will both be in prison for a very very long time.