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Emmys fashion: from sweatshirts to goddess white, with a rainbow in between

‘Black-ish’ actress Jenifer Lewis dons unconventional Nike to pay tribute to Colin Kaepernick

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 September, 2018, 8:31am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 September, 2018, 8:31am

Jenifer Lewis stood with Nike in a bedazzled swoosh sweatshirt on the Emmys’ new gold carpet and Scarlett Johansson stunned as a goddess in white during the parade of fashion on TV’s biggest night.

Johansson’s gown featured drop sleeves with a plunging neckline and high side slit. She posed with her boyfriend and one of the evening’s co-hosts, Colin Jost, her blonde bob swept back. The actress accessorised with diamond chandelier earrings, her flower back tattoos on display.

Tiffany Haddish was her own kind of goddess in a custom look by Prabal Gurung. She asked the designer to help her honour her father in the colours of the Eritrean flag and Gurung didn’t disappoint with a rainbow look of bright vertical stripes in red, yellow, blue and green. She wore her hair in a high long ponytail. The gown was reminiscent of the collection Gurung showed at the recent New York Fashion Week.

RuPaul spoke with reporters in a white double-breasted suit by Calvin Klein, adorned with a few black Statues of Liberty. Issa Rae, meanwhile, wore a baby blue custom look from Vera Wang with a flowing, embellished plunging top that cascaded into a train and loose pants underneath.

“I’m, like, are you serious right now,” Rae said of her sparkly outfit.

The look for Lewis, the “Black-ish” actress, came after Nike faced backlash for featuring quarterback Colin Kaepernick as the company’s new face. She wore a red-and-black sweatshirt with Nike emblazoned on it and the studded swoosh. She accented her black leggings and black-and-white pattern boots with a diamond bracelet and ring. Lewis said she wore Nike “in support of Colin Kaepernick’s protest against police brutality and racial injustice,” referring to the quarterback’s controversy over taking a knee.

“I want to speak to the millennials today to let them know they are not alone when they speak out,” said the 61-year-old Lewis. “We are not living in dark times. We are living in awakening times, and I am proud to be one of the leaders in the movement.”

One of the evening’s first stunners was worn by Angela Sarafyan of “Westworld.” She smiled, posed in a black strapless ball gown and said it best: “Sparkles!” Trevor Noah, meanwhile, fended off a sticky star marking spots on the carpet. One stuck to the bottom of a shoe, allowing him to show off his red soles.

And then there was Tracee Ellis Ross, a cloud of pink from her drop shoulders to her hem, the top part of her, um, statement dress held up by all-around elastic. To say there was volume is an understatement. Allison Janney, also usually impeccable on big carpets, showed up in showgirl purple best seen through shades.

Sandra Oh, was in a deep red column gown with just the right amount of embellishment on her short sleeves, high waist and down each side. Also unique: Michelle Dockery, who twirled in a Carolina Herrera blue tulle gown with three-dimensional floral detailing on the bodice.