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Glamour is the new Black: Top 10 best dressed at the Emmys

Kassydi Rone breaks down the best Black looks of the Emmy’s

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The 2021 Emmys were held Sunday, Sept. 19, just two miles from USC’s campus at the L.A. Live Metroplex. After the devastating effects that the coronavirus had on last year’s event — a completely virtual format with no pre-show, live audience or red carpet — all of our favorite celebs were buzzing with excitement to return to normalcy. The revival of this iconic television industry event called for nothing short of extravagant fashion, and this year’s energy was unmatched. The carpet featured a plethora of bold choices, everything from vivid pantones to vintage looks. So, let’s dive right into this all-Black edition of my Emmys Top Ten Best Dressed.

10. Leon Bridges

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Leon Bridges made a statement by handing us all a blast from the past. His Patricio Campillo suit was heavily inspired by ‘70s fashion staples. Featuring a flared pant, untucked button up, elongated collar and gold embellishments, his getup added a whole new flare to the night. The classics continued with black rimmed persimmon sunglasses and a neat comb over. It was undoubtedly an eccentric take on the run-of-the-mill modern tux, elevating the impression of men’s fashion at the event.

9. Issa Rae

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Issa Vibe, Issa Rae. This Aliétte fishnet slip laid overtop only a solid black bodysuit was a striking choice; yet, the category this look won my award for was face. I mean, the second this woman smiled, her 22 karat grillz (Grillz by Scotty) made their mark on the carpet. Not to mention that her stunning purple eyeshadow was $3. Yeah, just three. Rae’s makeup artist, Joanna Simkin, said, “The beautiful custom Aliétte felt like a nod to the ‘70s, Studio 54, and disco glam. I was instantly inspired to do a sparkly purple eyeshadow and fluttery lashes to accentuate Issa’s gorgeous features while playing up a bold statement eye.” Collectively, they understood the assignment.

8. Taraji P. Henson

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A sultry air was on site when Taraji P. Henson entered the room. The plunging v-neck on her sheer gown was a definite head-turner, and the intricate silver detailing did the piece justice. However, the functionality — the joy that comes with having pockets on a dress — had to be one of my favorite characteristics. Henson’s lax poses with her hands tucked in her pockets masked the fact that she was walking in 6-inch, crystal-beaded Sophia Webster heels. Stylish and comfortable – what an icon.

7. Yara Shahidi

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Yara Shahidi made us all green with envy as she strutted down the carpet in this custom Dior dress. Her off-the-shoulder neckline trailed into a poofy skirt just after the mini-belted waist, checking all the boxes for a vintage inspired look. A low chignon bun seamlessly complemented her chunky Cartier jewels, and she finished it all off with a pair of caramel Louboutin heels. The overall silhouette of the dress definitely reminds one of Christian Dior’s debut collection, “New Look,” from the 1940s – very feminine and very chic. After paying Josephine Baker homage at the Met Gala, Shahidi has certainly proven that her attire can transport us back in time.

6. Leslie Odom Jr.

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Any Hamilton fan simply cannot “Say No To This” Leslie Odom Jr. look. He stepped out with a head-to-toe Dolce & Gabbana suit. Viewers were shocked to see him without his trademark turtleneck, but pleasantly surprised with this new red carpet approach. The intentional alternation between fabric snags and showy rhinestones allowed him to transcend traditional tux expectations. The white pave boots and ring, also from the D&G Alta Sartoria collection, tied everything together flawlessly.

5. Billy Porter

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Just a week after his notable absence at the Met Gala, Billy Porter definitely made his presence known at the Emmys. Sporting an all-black Ashi Studio ensemble with dramatic wings, he evoked a majestic feel at the event. Porter said, “I am the fairy godmother,” during red carpet coverage, highlighting his genderless role of Fab G in the new rendition of Cinderella. Paired with the high-waisted trousers and gloved long sleeve, Porter was also iced out with lots of flashy jewelry. His Lorraine Schwartz necklace totaled a cool $1 million… I think I need him to be my Fairy Godmother too!

4. Angela Bassett

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Angela Bassett certified her ageless aura by sporting a slim-fit Greta Constantine dress. It was uniquely made, with a fuchsia ruffle sash that fans out just inches from Bassett’s face. The theme of subtle, warm pops of color also manifested in her ruby droplet earrings and her classic red bottom heels. To top the wow-factor off, we can thank Randy Stoghill for her slicked back curls, which allowed her gorgeous cheekbones to be an accessory in their own right. It’s safe to say that we all want to look like Wakanda’s favorite Mama in our sixties.

3. Michaela Coel

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Michaela Coel will go down history as the first Black woman to win an Emmy for limited series writing – and like her legacy, her fit will certainly survive the test of time. With a custom neon yellow bandeau and maxi skirt set by Christopher John Rogers, Coel’s melanin looked as beautiful as ever. Electricity radiated from this monochromatic moment with perfectly matching Le Silla pumps and a 6-foot bow train. The spotlight showcased her charm as she delivered a brief, yet powerful speech that left audiences gushing. Needless to say, a highlighter hue tone was appropriate to immortalize this win for the culture by such a remarkable woman.

2. Kerry Washington

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“Pretty Girl Rock” must be a universal anthem for all the Kerry’s in the world because Mrs. Washington did not come to play. Her natural curves were accentuated by the contrast of a droopy cowl neckline with a waist-cinching corset. This gown truly fit her like a glove, and we owe that to the customization of her silver Etro piece styled by none other than Law Roach. The addition of a bright red lip and De Beers’ diamond cocktail earrings finalized her ‘Old Hollywood’ look. She was gorgeous as she presented an award to The Crown’s Tobias Menzies and paid tribute to the great Micheal K. Williams.

1. Nicole Byer

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Please make way for our Best Dressed Queen, Nicole Byer, who absolutely ‘Nailed It!’ this year. Netflix’s favorite host was GIVING on the carpet with a violet Christian Siriano dress. The ruffled, off-the-shoulder look was complete with a 1960′s inspired up-do and couture Neil Lane earrings. Her sheer tulle train pooled behind her as she accepted two awards for the show that evening: Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Competition Program and Outstanding Competition Program. In short, Byers was everything. Period. She copped her awards, and looked stunning while doing it.