Tracee Ellis Ross in Valentino at the Emmys: dramatic and scene stealing?

Tracee Ellis Ross showed up at the Emmys last night in a giant poof of a pepto pink Valentino dress. It was cascading off her shoulders, it had layers of folded giant nonsense and it was amazing. Kaiser tweeted that it was Tracee was wearing a comforter, and the bitch worked it! You know who else could pull this off? Rihanna that’s it. That’s the only other famous woman who could pull this off. If you look at the still photos and think “that’s ridiculous,” just watch Tracee in motion arriving and on the red carpet. She knows and she doesn’t care and that’s fashion. Tracee was nominated in the lead actress category, which went to Rachel Brosnahan.

Now that I see her orange eye shadow and matte pink lip I love it even more.

Sarah Paulson couldn’t even manage Tracee Ellis Ross’s look, but she knows better than to try. Remember the huge diagonal tiered pink Valentino sack that Sarah wore to the Oceans 8 premiere? That was about 65% of the dress that Tracee wore and it overwhelmed even Sarah. Last night Sarah was perfectly stunning in black Oscar de La Renta, in a sweetheart neckline gown with a full feather skirt. I’m not sure if the parted in the middle slicked back hair works here, that look was very popular, but her makeup is on point. Sarah was nominated for American Horror Story: Cult for Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie. That went to Regina King for Seven Seconds.



Taraji P. Henson was in Giambattista Valli. Taraji told Giuliana Rancic on the E! red carpet that she goes for comfort with her fashion, which is good because that’s about the only thing that can redeem this awful busy tiered mullet dress. Looking through recent runway looks for this designer, there were worse choices that Taraji could have made.

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Moving on to another awful dress, here’s Tina Fey in Elie Saab. I love the shimmery material of this gown and the abstract floral print is so cool. Imagine it without the dippy lace around the bodice and without the cheap plastic-looking belt with the giant gold buckle, it would be a great awards gown. Her hair is fashioned into a bow on the top of her head with the ends sticking out too.

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  1. Embee says:

    Co sign everything you wrote except I really liked Taraji’s look. She looked like a beautiful wood sprite!

  2. minx says:

    Can’t believe I’m saying this but I like Tracee’s dress.
    I wear my hair like Tina’s when I’m in the shower.

  3. CharliePenn says:

    Somebody should get fired for how bad Tina Fey looks. Wow. She’s such a fabulous and lovely woman, how did this happen?!

    • Stubbylove says:

      Tena’s hair is ridiculous. Who the hell green-lit the lace and stupid belt? F*ck. Sarah is gorgeous and Mandy is a yawn. Agree that only Tracee could pull that pink fluff off.

  4. JAC says:

    I can’t believe I love this look! On someone else it would look awful, but she has such presence it works.

    I don’t know where else to ask this – what happened to Anthony Anderson’s sexual harassment case?

  5. Iknow says:

    On someone else, that comforter would be wearing them. SHE wearing the hell out of the gown.

    • Alix says:

      That’s how you get named to the International Best Dressed List!

      Paulson’s makeup is, as always, painfully severe.

      Without the black lace and hideous belt, Fey’s dress wouldv’e been quite pretty.

  6. Smee says:

    TER looks increble in that dress – hate the pink eyeshadow tho. Too bad she didn’t win, I love her on Black-ish and love to see what’s she’s wearing on the show. I also love the Nike shirt Jenifer Lewis (her MnL on the show) wore on the red carpet too.

    Tina Fey usually wears really wonderful clothes at events but this dress is super unflattering. I do like her hair-do.

  7. chinoiserie says:

    Ross’s dress would be great if it was not so big in the sleeves that it looks like an art piece. And Henson would have had one of my favorite dresses too if it was longer form the front.

  8. Naddie says:

    I was gonna say Taraji is perfect, but then I scrolled up and saw the shorter front.
    Tracee’s dress has a beautiful shade of pink and it’s fun to watch, but her eyeshadow looks like mine when I do my own make up, and it’s not good at all.

  9. Cali says:

    When Tina Fey came out to do the montage, I could not stop staring at that stupid belt. It looks so cheap and out of place. I agree about imagining the dress without the frilly lace. I think it would’ve been much better like that.

    I LOVE Tracee but that dress was terrible.

  10. Tootsie45 says:

    I love Tracee Ellis Ross so much it makes me want to punch someone. YES! She was/is everything. She also has the best smile, and always looks like she’s having so much fun and not taking shit too seriously.

  11. laura-j says:

    Sarah Paulson’s dress was by far my favorite. Goddess.

  12. bella says:

    I love all these ladies, but most of them just missed the mark. I usually love Giambattista Valli, but this dress is just not pretty, even if the gorgeous Taraji is wearing it. Tracee’s dress is not pretty either and I love pink! Don’t get me started on the eye shadow, but I get what they were trying to do, it just ended up looking unfinished. Sarah’s dress is gorgeous, but it is too low, and I want to hike it up– a lot!!!