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2015 Emmys Best Dressed

I haven’t always been one to care about award shows. A lot of the time I don’t even know what is nominated or who has won. I do care about the red carpet though. I think it is an opportunity for the best gowns to be worn by beautiful people. I used to love watching “The Rachel Zoe Project” because she was always styling celebrities for appearances and she put them in great outfits that could only be worn there, giving them a real moment. Red carpet stylists aren’t always given enough credit (we often think fashion editors are higher up than them in terms of respectability), because when you think of it, red carpet appearances can make a star’s career. A good look can get you publicity online, on the covers of magazines, and even on the front page of national newspapers – that kind of exposure, especially if it is positive, is priceless.

I think, using Zoe’s own terminology, there were a lot of moments at the Emmys. See my favourites below:

Laverne Cox in Calvin Klein Collection. I’ve noticed that Francisco Costa seems to create a lot of red carpet looks that are always simple – a Calvin Klein hallmark – but stunning (think Kendall Jenner at Cannes). The colour looks insane on Laverne and the neckline makes her boobs look amazing.
Taraji P. Henson in custom Alexander Wang. Everyone’s favourite lady of the moment, Taraji looked cool as hell especially with the chain straps. However, wearing great designer gear isn’t much of a change for her as her character on Empire, Cookie, has the greatest wardrobe on television at the moment.
Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell. Fresh off the runway from his NYFW show, Lady Gaga wore one of her stylist’s creations to the Emmys. I can’t think of a better brand ambassador to be honest because she is wearing his dress brilliantly.
Amy Schumer in Zac Posen. Whilst I’m not a fan of the hair, the dress is classic Zac Posen – flattering, luxurious, and a stunning colour.
Kiernan Shipka in Dior. I can’t believe she is younger than I am yet infinitely cooler. I want to be her friend. I think she is at a difficult age in terms of red carpet dressing because she will likely see certain ensembles that are stunning but not age appropriate (and yes, I do think there’s such thing as age appropriate with clothes even if we think we can wear anything as teenagers). However, she nails it every time. She doesn’t dress conservatively but she does save herself some modesty by opting for really cool looks – and Dior works for her.
Padma Lakshmi in Romona Keveza. This colour is stunning (and has been spotted on quite a few runways in New York), I love the ruched bustier of the top, and the skirt of the dress looks fluid. I normally don’t like fishtail but I do like this take on it. Imagine this in white – a dream wedding dress.
Teyonah Parris in Francesca Miranda. Can you believe this is Dawn from Mad Men? I didn’t even recognise her. She looks amazing and it’s fun to see her in modern day dress (I’ve only ever seen her in costume). The dress reminded me a bit of Dolce & Gabbana, I think it was the pattern. However, I would’ve removed the beaded belt and replaced it with a plain sash.

Mad Men Style: Megan Draper in “Tomorrowland”

As everybody knows, Mad Men is the most fashionable show on television. Even though it is set in the 60s, and eventually in the 70s, the outfits that they wear are some of the best in costume design of all time and are still so relevant today. The show has been nominated for countless awards and has won just as many. I am a little bit late jumping on the bandwagon, I only started watching it at the end of 2012 and am only beginning series 5 now. However late I may be, I can totally appreciate what I am seeing.

A character who I have loved in series 4 is Megan, a Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce receptionist and later Don’s secretary. She is glamorous and attractive whilst also seeming like a really nice character and a woman with goals, not unlike Peggy (who fears for her job prospects when Megan becomes engaged to Don).
I think my favourite moment involving her character from the entire series is when Sally, who has ran away from home to visit Don in the city, runs through the office and falls over and is then comforted by Megan. It is a sweet moment and I felt quite sad that Sally then had to go back to the cold and detached Betty, her actual mother. Throughout this series, Megan seems to be one of the few adults who actually gives Sally the care and attention that she is so clearly in need of. Anyway, this post isn’t meant to be an in-depth character analysis of Megan, a woman who has had so little screen time. It is intended to be something a lot less meaningful than that, purely a post appreciating her wonderful outfits: specifically in the season finale.

Let us commence! (Images are all from madmen.wikia.com, purely because I have no clue how to screenshot tv shows…)

  1. THE SUMMER DRESS – In this episode, Don is taking the kids on a work trip to California and was expecting Carla, the nanny, to accompany them. However, Betty fired Carla before the trip leaving Don to find a last minute replacement who comes in the form of Megan. Et voila! This white and floral sundress is so pretty and I especially love how fitted and corset like the bodice is.640
  2. THE NIGHT OUT(FIT) – Megan is going for a night out with a friend she has met and wears this short black dress with a clever cut-out. I really feel that this dress is so current and would not look at all out of place if it were worn today.
  3. THE “SPILT MILKSHAKE” DRESS – When out at a diner, a milkshake is spilt and Don gets instantly angry. Megan, on the other hand, stays calm and deals with the situation quickly, whilst quipping that this is her last dress. As the saying goes, there’s no point crying over spilt milk(shake…)
  4. THE ENGAGEMENT ANNOUNCEMENT DRESS – Back from their trip from California, and after the bedroom scene where Don proposes (Megan wears a silk lingerie nightie but I didn’t feel that it should be included in the list just because its underwear), Don and Megan announce the news of their engagement to the others at the agency. She wears a coral long sleeved belted dress, a silhouette which is insanely flattering and a colour which is equally so.

I also feel like this list would be incomplete without mentioning the yellow a-line dress which Megan wears when Sally falls in the office. It is just sunshine and happiness in a dress! And oh the horror, she wears it in another episode too.

One of my favourite moments of the entire series
One of my favourite moments of the entire series

 

Secondly, I can’t complete this list without having just a brief mention of the bikini she wears whilst in California. I wish that I had one like that. The pattern is gorgeous.

So that is Megan’s best outfits from the season finale all mentioned. I am excited to watch the rest of the series just to see how they further develop Megan’s character, especially as she is now going to be Don’s wife, and also see how her outfits change. From seeing promotional images for later series, I can see that Megan’s style progresses as the series moves into the 70s. I think I am more excited to keep track of her fashion than I am to see how each storyline pans out. I am beginning series five soon, so please no spoilers (even if I am a few years late..)!