The Emmys were Monday night, and sure, there were awards and stuff—but let’s talk about the most important part of the evening: the fashion. Because while some people may have watched the red carpet and seen long trains and artful draping, here at BookTrib all we could see was literature. From the sleek sequins of The Great Gatsby to the 60’s glamor of Valley of the Dolls, it seemed that Hollywood was taking its style cue from iconic novels. Not that we can blame them—books plus fabulous outfits equals a win-win as far as we’re concerned.
Here are the best novel-inspired looks from Monday night’s red carpet:
Debra Messing—Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
Messing’s cutout gown has an earthy-witch feel that would only be complete with a tall black hat. We could easily see it gracing the pages of Gregory Maguire’s revamped fairytale.
Amy Poehler—The Great Gatsby
The art deco pattern of Poehler’s gown, mixed with the sparkly silver and the retro cut, just screams The Great Gatsby to us. All she needs is a sequin headband and the look would be complete.
Lena Dunham—Lola and the Boy Next Door
The title character in Stephanie Perkin’s young adult novel is always walking that fine line between costume and chic fashion—kind of like Dunham’s outfit. It’s a little sloppy, but it’s definitely eye-catching, and the ombre skirt is Lola-worthy spectacular.
Angela Bassett—Valley of the Dolls
OK, so maybe this outfit is more 1970’s Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, but there’s something about the bright gold details, robe-like silhouette and retro-inspiration that instantly makes us think of Jacqueline Susann’s bestselling novel.
Christina Hendricks—Anna Karenina
The bright red, the ornate gold leaf pattern, the thoughtful ruching—this dress is pure Anna Karenina. It’s almost too easy to picture her spinning around a dance floor in 19th-century Russia.
Katherine Heigl—Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
It might not be a slip, but Heigl’s slinky, 1930s style robe-like gown would be a perfect fit for Tennessee William’s Maggie.
Allison Williams—Memoirs of a Geisha
This one might be a little more subtle, but don’t the patterns of William’s gown remind you of Chiyo’s beautiful (and complicated) kimonos? Not to mention that perfectly tied bow and her bright yellow sash.
Seth Meyers—50 Shades of Grey
Christian Grey always wore great suits. And Meyers looks pretty good in his…not that we’re projecting or anything.
Laverne Cox—The Odyssey
We don’t wish a Homer plot on anyone, but Cox looks like she stepped out of the pages of a Greek epic in this sleek, draped white gown.
Did any other Emmy stars remind you of your favorite novels? Let us know in the comments!