Ellie Kemper in mustard Jenny Packham at the Emmys: striking or washes her out?

Jewel tones were big last night at the Emmys, with several women in yellow including Ellie Kemper. Kemper was up for lead actress in a comedy, her first Emmy nomination for The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which of course went to Julia Louis-Dreyfus. I just checked Kemper’s age and she’s 36(!), which is somewhat amazing to me because I assumed she was in her late 20s, and she also just had a baby last month, which similarly blows my mind. Ellie wore a mustard beaded Jenny Packham gown which fit her like a glove and her styling was so staid and pretty. I’m not sure I like the scalloping pattern with the beads but that’s not distracting from the overall effect of the dress. Also, her attitude always elevates whatever she’s wearing.


America Ferrera was also in Jenny Packham, and she’s another actress who looks like she’s having a good time on the red carpet. The spaghetti straps with the large beads and bustline of this dress look very 70s when paired with the sequins, but she looks so lovely otherwise. It’s not a great dress though and is somewhat forgettable.



Abigail Spencer was in a navy Jenny Packham gown featuring aggressive tulle, little sequin polka dots and a v-neck with ruffles. This looks like a prom dress from the early 90s gone wrong. Abigail presented guest actor and actress in a drama series, along with Rami Malik, and she did this bit where she mimed Malik’s introduction. It was annoying, like this dress.



Speaking of mildly annoying here’s Giuliana Rancic in flesh-colored Georges Chakra. Now that I see it close up some of the details are pretty but overall it’s a mess of a dress. Kaiser said to me that there must be some passive aggressiveness going at E!, because Giuliana’s styling and dress were so bad. This looked really awful on camera especially. I didn’t think Giuliana did a good job last night either, she usually has a better rapport with the celebrities but she asked a lot of dumb questions about how they balance everything and what advice they would give to people. At least she asks for the designer ID of dresses. No matter what direction E! goes in with their red carpet interviews, they need to preserve this. It’s not sexist to appreciate fashion on a red carpet, that’s the point of a red carpet.



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  1. Macheath says:

    I like Ellie and America’s dresses. Very pretty and looks lovely on them.

  2. Tifzlan says:

    Ellie is best dressed for me for the Emmys. Beautiful gown, great color, lovely personality. LOVE her and LOVE UKS!

  3. Kate says:

    Ellie is fabulous.

  4. Guesto says:

    I wouldn’t describe Ellie’s look as staid. Subtle, pared back maybe but staid, no. Staid suggests unadventurous, even dull, and her look is anything but. The colours (dress, hair, skintone) combined with the beautiful simplicity of the dress and jewellery are gorgeous. By far one of the best looks of the evening,

  5. detritus says:

    Guiianas dress looks like something Tara Reid and Marchesa dreamed up together.

    Maybe without the shawl it would have been slightly redeemable? Maybe?

  6. Mimimonster says:

    Abigail has lost a frightening amount of weight. I haven’t seen her in anything since MadMen. She’s hardly recognizable and I hope she alright.

    • Tania says:

      I agree that she looks quite thin. I think the dress would have looked better with a top knot. All I see are her tiny little arms. She hasn’t been on suits in a while and I think she was in true detective. Hope she is well.

  7. lucy2 says:

    I love Ellie’s look! America looks good too, there were a lot of 70s plunging neckline glittery gowns last night.
    Don’t care for Abigail’s dress.
    That might be the worst look Giuliana has ever sported, and that is a low bar.

  8. Margo S. says:

    Ellies dress is hideous. Actually makes me shocked that she would even consider that colour. Was the lighting off in the change room? Canary or pale yellow, yes. Mustard yellow with a hint of green? No.

  9. Jade says:

    AMERICA, she is so stunning and looks amazing. Ellie is adorable, I can’t believe she just gave birth

  10. QQ says:

    Ellie and America for me, And that’s strictly from affection, these dresses were no bueno

    I said it before will say it again, as much as they’ve toned Giuliana down and they benched her a season, People. Dont. Like. Her those People include the stars she is supposed to be paling around with

  11. Coconut says:

    America did a triathlon earlier in the day with her cute hubby. She was stunning in her dress in a photo posted on her IG.

    Love Ellie’s ensemble.

  12. K says:

    I loved America’s dress, hair and makeup! She was probably one of the best dressed of the evening. Just so stunning.

    Hated, I mean hated Ellie and no comments on Giulianna.

  13. ab says:

    ellie’s dress looked better on tv than it does in still photos. I’m not crazy about that yellow, but as a knitter/crocheter, I love the purl stitch pattern!

    america looks great, the 70s-esque thing is working for her.

  14. Fiorella says:

    Love all four! Wow didn’t realize Scottie was Don’s first affair!! Ellie looks very fair in a nice way while guil looks very tan still nice thought. I like the fun dusty rose dress. America looks extra pretty.