Gugu Mbatha-Raw in Boss at the Emmys: perfection or needs more nostalgia?

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Earlier this year I was watching Black Mirror on Netflix, but gave up after a few episodes. There are three seasons and a special currently available and I was just picking and choosing the standalone episodes that people said were the best. Without giving away spoilers, it’s been compared to The Twilight Zone but with a focus on how technology can screw us over and ruin our lives. I hate to sound so negative but at the end of an episode I usually felt like my emotions were being manipulated and at times it was devastating and hit too close to home. There was one exception though, and my friends who watch Black Mirror agree that this was the best episode – San Junipero, a story of two women falling in love in the 1980s. The setting and fashion were perfect, that romance was heartwarming, and the twist was bittersweet. (I don’t think that’s spoilery because every BM episode has a twist.) So that’s why I was so happy that San Junipero won two awards last night, Outstanding TV Movie, and Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or a Dramatic Special. It was so deserving and now I want to watch it again.

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw wore this absolutely stunning strapless dot sequin Boss gown with green undertones. This is gorgeous, she looks amazing and check out how she subtly matches her costar, Mackenzie Davis, (below) without looking like her twin. However one of the best things about San Junipero was the spot on 80s fashion. Gugu’s character did the glam look complete with a bedazzled suede fringe jacket, curly hair and lace bustier a la Madonna. Mackenzie Davis’s character was the conservative nerdy one until she started trying after she met Gugu. So I would have liked to see a nod to 80s fashion in her gown, like shoulder pads, puffy sleeves, maybe some piecework embellishments. Instead she went modern, which is OK but seems like a lost opportunity.

Mackenzie Davis was in lime green and white Delpozo Resort. I’m getting the vibe that the neon color is an 80s throwback, and now that I’m seeing her awesome bright pink shoes with those cool 3D cubes I see where she added some 80s flair. This is awesome I love it, especially the folded sides along the front and the big bow. This needs moar 80s but she’s working it.

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LOOK AT THEM HOLDING HANDS. I am here for this and am getting the feels just thinking about this episode.

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I’m adding Natalia Dyer, 20, from Stranger Things in here because she’s also in a shade of green. This gown is Vera Wang and it’s awesome. I like how the top has a deeper cut to the sides than we normally see in formal gowns and this pastel color sets it apart. The four folded panels along the skirt are princessy and the simplicity of the gown keeps it from being cloying. This is excellent.

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Shannon Purser, also 20 (Barb from Stranger Things), was in emerald Sachin & Babi. This isn’t bad but there’s something weird about the bust and that half-cape sleeve with the dragonflies on it. The fabric is great though. Shannon and Natalia must have coordinated their colors too.

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Yara Shahidi, 17, of Blackish was in nude-colored tulle Prada with a green abstract floral sequin pattern. I really like this on her. On another actress this might look twee but she’s young and it’s so pretty on her.

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  1. Jaii says:

    Yara is so beautiful, and god I never thought I would say this about a tulle dress , but I absolutely love it , or maybe it’s bcos she’s the one wearing it, either way. Gugu was one of my fav looks of the night , dress is so pretty.

    • lannisterforever says:

      I’m perplexed by Yara’s dress – it’s beige tulle with mint sparkles and I STILL love it?! She looks stunning in it. Gugu’s dress is gorgeous too but needs to be hoiked up a tiny bit.

      • GiBee says:

        It looks so perfect on someone 17 as well. Not too princessy, not too mature, but also perfectly princessy and mature? It just looks fun. I mean, the fact her skin is absolutely bloody LUMINOUS helps too.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      She’s so beautiful and she looks amazing in that dress.

    • Janey says:

      She looks gorgeous but no, the dress was good until I got to the weird green squiggles.

  2. Cleo says:

    They all look cute. Yara had one of my favorite dresses; it was adorable and age appropriate.

  3. BengalCat2000 says:

    I’ve watched San Junipero twice and cannot stop thinking about it! BM is hit or miss for me but I hope it continues to get recognition.

  4. lower-case deb says:

    the darker outline around the dragonflies bug me for some reason. they look like glue stains from afar. i wish they’d cut the outline closer to the dragonfly.

  5. Melodie says:

    Ew, no. Boring, bad Marge Simpson cosplay, David’s Bridal, boring, boring.

  6. i don't know her says:

    gugu’s green gown reminds me of a dress that julia louis dreyfus wore to the 1996 emmys and made me look at her as “not elaine”. IT. WAS. STUNNING. and SO 90s’ lol

    http://s3-ak.buzzfeed.com/static/2015-09/20/23/enhanced/webdr14/enhanced-9876-1442804467-2.jpg

  7. jequill says:

    woah Nathalie Dyer halter top’s makes her look so emaciated !

    • SKF says:

      She IS emaciated. Every time she came on screen in that show I winced. She is way too thin and when you consider the camera makes everyone look bigger than they are, I cannot even imagine how thin she must be in the flesh. She didn’t usedto be this thin and it makes me sad looking at all her bones jutting out.

      • ichsi says:

        SAME! She’s SO tiny that it is distracting on the show. And I think it’s getting worse.
        Gugu looks amazing though and I’m glad that BM won. This is one of the best episodes but I think the show is great in general.

    • Anna says:

      I feel very sad when I look at her, she reminds me of Lily Collins in that Netflix movie. Natalie looks very ill, her face is almost grey and her skin looks so thin

    • sunnydaze says:

      Yes. Call me a “concern troller” all you want, but I am genuinely concerned. I truly hope this isn’t a manifestation of some larger health issue (not saying an eating disorder, there are tons of other issues that cause weight loss/inability to gain weight), and maybe she is just a tiny person, but if we were all honest with ourselves I think most people would want to know she’s ok. Much like how people will say Mel B looks tired or worn out, this actress looks like she’s suffering from something, and it is alarming.

  8. Nicole says:

    Lots of pretty dresses in this post too. But I’m waiting for a post on the Stranger Things boys who ALWAYS knock it out of the park with the tuxes and suits. Unless I missed them in a post somewhere

  9. tracking says:

    Gugu is so exquisitely beautiful. To my mind, the simplicity of the dress accentuates her beauty rather than distracts. In that sense, I quite like it.

  10. Naddie says:

    Gugu looks perfect, from head to toe, everything is working for her, period.
    Mackenzie was/is obviously a runway model, what an amazing bone structure. Even her homely characterisation in the show couldn’t hide that.
    I don’t know Yara, but this dress was made for her.

  11. Seán says:

    Black Mirror is genius! It’s definitely very bleak and uncomfortable to watch sometimes but there’s nothing else like it on television at the moment and it really cuts to the bone of human frailties as well as having excellent if sometimes too on the nose satire. It’s very creative and no episode feels the same. And Season 3 showed that the series was capable of producing happy or at least hopeful endings with San Junipero and Nosedive. Season 4 looks the most out there yet and I’m really excited to see what Charlie Brooker will tackle next.

  12. Tig says:

    These are all pretty great! Esp love the last one- fits her perfectly and you can tell she loves it as well.

  13. Slowsnow says:

    Black Mirror is awesome! It’s just not something you binge-watch as it is son intense. I absolutely love it. I also enjoyed San Junipero but… I am not surprised that it was THE episode that got all the love. It’s not as challenging, intelligent and upsetting as some of the other episodes are. It has a nostalgic/romantic feel to it without being conservative. It hits all the modern trends in tv: same sex relationships, strong women roles, 80′s nostalgia. I liked it don’t get me wrong but it’s not as right there as some other episodes which are of course hard to watch but so incredibly accurate while being good fiction.

    • Steph says:

      Agree about black mirror. San Junipero was good, but was one of my least favorite episodes. I liked how uncomfortable they made me, how difficult they are to shake. I was only able to watch an episode every night or so, like you mentioned. I needed time to ruminate then recover, dramatic but true!

  14. lucy2 says:

    Gugu is perfection. End of story.
    I don’t care for any of the other dresses except Yara’s, which I would ordinarily dislike but darn it if she isn’t rocking it! And it’s adorable and age appropriate. She is a stunning young woman.

  15. Dj Jazzy Jen says:

    The color of the Gugu’s dress looked so gorgeous on her. That color could be hard to pull off, but she did it flawlessly. I literally had to do a double take when I saw it because she looked so incredible.

  16. jugil1 says:

    Yara’s dress looked beautiful on the red carpet last night. She looked gorgeous!

  17. Horse Marine says:

    Black Mirror is amazing, I LOVE it. It was great seeing so many Netflix shows get recognition. I think everyone looks lovely here. Nancy from Stranger Things looks anorexic though.

  18. Lucy says:

    All of them looked lovely!! At first I wasn’t really feeling Yara’s gown, but now I love it!!

  19. I Choose Me says:

    Gugu and Yara both look amazing.

  20. Fiorucci says:

    Those are all fantastic especially gugu’s.

  21. Gaby says:

    Gugu and Yara are goddesses.