Emmy Rossum in Zac Posen at the Emmys: perfection or plain?

I will admit that when I first saw Emmy Rossum last night I thought she was wearing Carolina Herrera, as Herrera designed her wedding gown. This looks like Herrera in that it’s a classic strapless red carpet gown in a solid color. It’s Zac Posen though and I guess you can tell by the draping along the waist along with the slightly oval neckline. From far away, on screen, this gown looked like so many we’ve seen before but when you look at the details it’s lovely. Those lines of sequins are impressive close up and, coupled with Emmy’s styling and emerald accessories, the entire look is perfection. Emmy was there with her husband, Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail. This year their respective shows were only nominated in two categories so I’m glad that they still came. Emmy was a presenter.



Sarah Hyland was also in Zac Posen and this illustrated just how hit and miss his designs can be. This cutout orange-red tight number had a leaf pattern and just looked cheap to me. This is an MTV VMAs dress, not an Emmys gown. I like her new reddish haircolor and her styling is pretty, she just needs a more formal gown for this event. Something nice – the skirt isn’t bad, I just didn’t notice it during the red carpet coverage and got distracted by the cutout on her torso.



Susan Sarandon brought her Bernie Bro realness to the Emmys in navy Zac Posen with a frayed off the shoulder neckline. I can admire the work that went into this. Look at how perfectly the fabric is pieced along the bodice and down the sleeves, I don’t think I’ve ever seen that done with sleeves, but I just don’t like her. Her styling is somewhat boring. Sarandon was nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, for Bette and Joan, which went to Nicole Kidman.



Vanessa Bayer of Saturday Night Live was nominated for her first Emmy, for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Kate McKinnon took home that category, with SNL winning in several other major categories like Best Directing in a Comedy, Variety Sketch Series and Supporting Actor as well. (Chappelle and Melissa McCarthy won for best male and female guests in a comedy. I’m pretty sure they didn’t show that and just mentioned it when they hilariously presented together.) She had on a strapless floral gown which stood out in that almost no other actresses were in a floral print. The print was a little busy, but it’s still lovely and she elevated it by looking so happy to be there.


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Here’s Viola Davis, nominated for Lead Actress in a Drama for HTGAWM, also in Zac Posen. Viola won this category in 2015 and she’s been nominated ever since, but this year of course Elisabeth Moss won. The bright orange color of this gown is gorgeous. Notice the four strategic pleats at the bust along with the slight side train of the floor length gown. This looks like liquid on her. Posen’s team puts so much thought into the details.



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  1. Nicole says:

    Viola looked next level in that gown. Wow. Glad Susan lost as did the show. I skipped Feud because of her and her political crap. Cannot stand Bernie bros

    • Megan says:

      Viola should teach a measter’s class in how to slay on the red carpet. She looks incredible every time.

  2. Alexandria says:

    I think Emmy Rossum has worn this silhouette before so it was a blah from me. However, her makeup and styling were very good.

    • ichsi says:

      She’s totally resting on the pretty, but if the pretty is THAT pretty, why wouldn’t she? I love the print on Bayer’s colouring and Viola Davis is in her own league anyway.

  3. GiBee says:

    I don’t think Emmy’s dress is too plain – I think her face looked beautiful and her accessories were gorgeous, and more detailing or colour would have been too much.

    • seesittellsit says:

      ITA – I think this is what is meant by the art of simple elegance – she’s one of the few people on the red carpet last night who was wearing the dress, instead of the dress wearing her. Hair perfect, accessories perfect – showcases instead of obscures a lovely face and figure.

      The floral print number should be burnt in the fireplace . . .

  4. Carmen says:

    Rossum looked fabulous in that black dress with emeralds. She was one of my five favorites along with Jane Fonda, Nicole Kidman, Tessa Thompson and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Everybody else was meh to godawful.

    • Kitten says:

      She looks beautiful and I usually don’t care for long, poofy-ish dresses or black beading, for that matter. Her hair was just so perfect and the EMERALDS!!! My god the emeralds are just incredible…

  5. HyacinthBucket says:


    • diana says:

      Lol that was basically my whole twitter feed whenever she came on acreen.

    • Horse Marine says:

      Oh, please… People are ridiculous with this Sarandon hatred. So she didn’t want to support Hillary Clinton. That’s her right. The people who are actually to blame for Drumpf’s win are the people who voted for him.

      Let’s not forget that Susan Sarandon is one of the only celebrities who openly supported Dylan Farrow and took a stand against Woody Allen. That takes balls.

      • diana says:

        Horse Marine, I agree. I resent her a bit but overall she’s mostly on the good side of history.

      • kibbles says:

        Exactly. So some people here have a weird hatred for Sarandon liking Bernie Sanders, but are okay with Elisabeth Moss being a Scientologist? I don’t understand how people think supporting Sanders is somehow worse or more unforgiving than belonging to a cult.

  6. JC says:

    I thought she looked beautiful.

  7. Merritt says:

    Viola always slays on the red carpet.

  8. Naddie says:

    She looks stunning, and I say this as someone who finds her very plain looking.
    I don’t know what’s up with Susan that people are mad at her, but she looks good and sexy as f**.

    • Steph says:

      She really does look good. I feel like it’s the best she’s looked in a long time. And since I’m writing something on this post I must say that Emmy is so sexy. Amazing. Love her.

  9. Pumpkin (formally soup, pie) says:

    I LOVE her eye make-up, absolutely love it. And I love her hair and ear-rings. The dress is beautiful but looks too big waist down.

    Viola’s dress is amazing. Too bad about that lipstick mishap. She needs a brand that holds well in heat/sweat.

  10. lucy2 says:

    Emmy’s look was perfection. I prefer understated elegance, so that is a great look for me. Those emeralds!
    I also love Viola’s dress, it looks great on her. Susan’s too, though I can’t stand her anymore.
    Don’t care for Sarah and Vanessa’s. I’m surprised Vanessa was nominated. I find most of her characters kind of grating.

  11. GingerCrunch says:

    Too bad understated class like Emmy’s look is deemed boring. I agree it’s perfection. And Vanessa Beyer is TOO CUTE.

  12. LittlefishMom says:

    Emmy looks beautiful. Love her hair!

  13. deevia says:

    That dress is the equivalent of a “shake and go wig” with high-end detailing.

  14. mkyarwood says:

    Emmy looks amazing, as usual! That’s her thing. I rewatch Phantom all the time <3 I will love Susan 'til I die, her past record strikes any angry feminist grandma stuff out. Sarah's dress would have looked great without the cutout: her eyes always look sad :*(

  15. Sage says:

    Viola always look stunning in bright colors.

  16. I Choose Me says:

    Emmy Rossum looks frigging fantastic. I love that dress and how it fits her. Love that colour on Viola and I continue to envy her arms but I think her makeup person was too heavy-handed with the foundation, blush and bronzer.