There were a lot of surprises at the Emmys this year, and not only in terms of the award winners. Stars appeared on the red carpet in some eccentric ensembles and unexpected accessories that demonstrated there are a lot of different dimensions to elegance.
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The jewelry palette was as diverse as the crowd, with starlets sporting gems in a variety of vivid and eye-catching tones. Michael O'Connor, celebrity stylist and television personality, actually forecast that this would be a major trend, particularly in regard to colored gemstone earrings and unique cuff bracelets. According to JCK magazine, while Leslie Mann opted for stark black onyx studs, Amy Poehler donned Mexican fire opal drops, and Linda Cardellini wore a pair of geometric labradorite danglers. Anna Gunn, who won Best Supporting Actress for "Breaking Bad," was seen with a pair of feminine pink opal drops.
Meanwhile, Sofia Vergara and Christina Hendricks both selected vibrant and oversized emerald pieces. Maria Menounos followed suit with a jaw-dropping emerald studded statement necklace. Sarah Bromell rocked some electric aqua drop earrings, which really stood out with her all black ensemble.
Nothing glows quite like yellow gold, and stars definitely took advantage of this wow factor at this awards show. JCK magazine noted that Connie Britton layered a stack of yellow gold bangles, which tied in the gold embroidery detailing on her Naeem Khan velvet gown. Meanwhile, Tina Fey rocked a pair of yellow gold drop earrings, which perfectly complemented her cobalt gown with a plunging neckline. Padma Lakshmi sported a similar, more sizeable pair and a matching cuff. Allison Williams slid a highly unusual yellow gold snake ring with pink topaz accents on her finger.
One of O'Connor's other primary predictions for this year's Emmys was a return to "Hollywood Heyday." A lot of celebs have been fixated on stackable cuff bracelets with diamonds, but vintage pieces are also making a comeback. He noted that likely due to "The Great Gatsby" film this year, the 1920s are back. As a result, many stars are donning art deco cocktails rings and long strands of pearls and black diamonds.
Claire Danes epitomized this trend in a peachy gown with a silver sheen and fiery red lipstick, her platinum blonde locks swept over neatly in a bob. Instead of sporting over-the-top baubles, she wore a simple pair of sparkly crystal studs and a bangle with black diamonds.
Allison Janney's look also had a certain old Hollywood charm. She wore a romantic floor-length gown with a tiny train and twist cap sleeves. Her statement crystal chandeliers and matching diamond studded cuff bracelet, though, brought the ensemble to life.
"Mad Men" madness
As the "Mad Men" craze surges on, it's no surprise that many stars' styles were in keeping with that era. This is a trend that O'Connor also expected. He noted that many men have begun to understand the importance of a watch, and as a result, have been rocking statement timepieces with unusual detailing and bold faces. Meanwhile, women are returning to the ladylike styles of the 50s and 60s as well.
Elisabeth Moss, one of the cast members, even had a touch of "Mad Men" charm herself in a black and white sequined gown and bright red lips. Her sparkly midnight studs were the perfect subtle touch, and looked like something her character, Peggy, would wear.
January Jones, who plays Don Draper's ex-wife Betty on the show, also seemed to be mildly influenced by the show in her fashion choices. Like Moss, she opted for stud earrings, but hers were a larger, flashier cluster of diamonds.