Emmy Award style straight out of literature

in Potpourri by

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 MessingWicked: 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 PoehlerThe 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 DunhamLola 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 BassettValley 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 HendricksAnna 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 HeiglCat 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 WilliamsMemoirs 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 Meyers50 Shades of Grey

Christian Grey always wore great suits. And Meyers looks pretty good in his…not that we’re projecting or anything.

Laverne CoxThe 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!

Rachel Carter grew up surrounded by trees and snow and mountains. She graduated from the University of Vermont and Columbia University, where she received her MFA in nonfiction writing. She is the author of the So Close to You series with Harperteen. These days you can find her working on her next novel in the woods of Vermont.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

*

Go to Top