The stars of tonight’s Emmy Awards had
their sights—and wardrobes—set on the future: from political statements
to spring colors, all eyes were on what’s next.
For Laverne Cox, that involved the Supreme Court. The Orange Is The New Black
star and her plus one, Chase Strangio, a lawyer with the ACLU’s LGBT
& HIV Project, used the event as a platform to raise awareness for
an anti-discrimination case Strangio is arguing on October 8. The case
will decide the legality of an employer firing workers based on gender
identity or presentation.
paired her tulle Monsoori gown with a custom Edie Parker rainbow clutch
that advertised the event. “It’s about raising awareness so everyone
knows that our lives are in danger,” she told E!.
For others at the Emmys, the carpet was a time to be their most comfortable—even if it didn’t always look it. Pose
star Indya Moore, who is transgender and non-binary, strutted in their
custom Louis Vuitton gown’s sky-high slits. They were unphased by the
dress’s risqué elements, telling E!, “it’s more tricky to exist than it
is to walk in this dress.”
highlights? Celebrities were rosy for reasons other than the 90-degree
temperatures—dusty pinks and mauves were sported by everyone from James
Van Der Beek to Halsey, while stars like Mandy Moore and Taraji P.
Henson paired a brighter hue with cherry red for the ultimate
Valentine’s Day ensemble.
highly-anticipated carpet-goer, Billy Porter, kept things (relatively)
muted for this event, trading his tuxedo-gowns for a disco-Western
ensemble by Michael Kors Couture. The pinstriped suit was matched with
an asymmetrical cowboy hat and Rick Owens platform heels.
Zendaya channeled the Disney princesses of her past in an emerald Vera
Wang Couture number. The silk body with mesh bodice—paired with reddish
waves—make the case that things are pretty great above the sea too.