Julia Roberts from HBO's "The Normal Heart" arrives at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California August 25, 2014.
It's no longer even an open secret that celebs don't pick their own clothes for red carpet events, or any events really. They hire stylists, stylists have relationships with fashion houses, and fashion houses make strategic moves to have them aligned with the stars of the moment.
Take the impressive host of Lebanese designers: Elie Saab who dressed Julia Roberts in a short beaded frock, Nicholas Jebran who dressed Allison Janney in a long red velvet knotted dress and Zuhair Murad who dressed Camila Alves and Taylor Schilling. Some are up and comers, others, established designers, but would those actors have come upon these notable designers without the help of their stylists?
Matthew McConaughey has long been aligned with Dolce & Gabbana, and stuck with the label Monday night in a dashing navy tuxedo that recalled the ones he's worn at other awards shows. Likewise, Octavia Spencer and Tadashi Shoji continued their relationship, with Spencer in a brilliant red dress -- a familiar shape in a new color. Sofia Vergara experimented with a familiar Roberto Cavalli, eschewing her typical mermaid dress but keeping the push-up bustier that's long been part of her awards show look.
There were surprise stunners, including Lizzy Caplan in black-in-front, white-in-back Donna Karan Atelier, January Jones in vivid red Prabal Gurung, Robin Wright in a Ralph Lauren pantsuit, Alexandra Daddario in Reem Acra and Sarah Paulson in Armani Prive.
And there were the color trends, most notably white and red. Anna Chlumsky in Zac Posen, Kate McKinnon in J.Mendel, Laverne Cox in Marc Bouwer, Michelle Monaghan in Giambattista Valli were all in white. Choosing red frocks were Kaley Cuoco in Monique Lhuillier, Heidi Klum in Zac Posen (who also served as her date), Christina Hendricks and Minnie Driver in Marchesa, Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Carolina Herrera and Claire Danes in Givenchy.
There was some Narciso Rodriguez sprinkled in (Julianna Margulies), a little Valentino (Seth Meyers), a splash of Prada (Kerry Washington) and a dash of Versace (Gwen Stefani).
It's a little disappointing to see "who are you wearing" become a predictable business transaction, but it seems as though that's largely what it has become. The element of surprise seems to be fading, with fewer moments like Helen Hunt wearing H&M to the Oscars, or Sharon Stone wearing her husband's starched white shirt. One of the few surprises was Lena Dunham's choice to wear a ruffled ombre Giambattista Valli skirt instead of her usual Zac Posen. Paired with a short-sleeved blouse, it was one of the most-talked about outfits of the night, though not always in positive terms.