There was nothing wrong with tonight’s Emmys red carpet. But there was nothing particularly right about it, either. Where the VMAs were a sartorial cornucopia of individuality, the Emmys saw everyone essentially wearing a handful of expected gowns—sheer gowns, cut-out gowns, caped gowns—in a few different colors. And per usual, the men mostly wore the same black (or, if they’re particularly daring, navy) suit.
But perhaps the Emmys get the short end of the stick in terms of fashion coverage. After all, they’re smack dab in the middle of fashion month, and maybe we jaded insiders want to see the same kind of risk, savvy, and spectacle on the red carpet that we hope to witness on the runway (though, to be fair, there hasn’t been a whole lot of that at the shows, either). Let’s be serious—the red carpet ain’t got nothin’ on Marc Jacobs’ rainbow dreads and raver platforms. And while we’re being serious, let’s admit that an actress trying to pull off that full runway look would be crucified on social media, television, and in the gossip rags. It’s all about context, baby.