Back to Back Best Dressed Lists — Up Now, the 2014 Emmys!!

That’s right! It’s been a major week for red carpets, first up with the 2014 MTV VMAs, and now, the 2014 Emmy Awards. It’s always exciting looking thru all of the images, coming across looks and accessories that are so phenomenal! And joining me again for this best dressed list, my fellow guest fashion/beauty blogger, Lexi Taylorbeautychatwithlexi.

I recently discovered her site and I’m still amazed that at 13 she is doing what I’m doing at 30! So her best dressed for the VMAs, again, was Miley Cyrus, with her best beauty look going to Beyonce. So who did this young eye pick for the Emmys??


(also Lexi’s Best Makeup/Beauty look!!)

“The Emmys are the biggest award show around so you have to bring your A game to the red carpet. Normally I would love an all black dress but I actually loved Natalie Dormers pop of color on her J Mendel dress. The orange made the dress stand out and compliment her skin tone beautifully. Not to mention her makeup was gorgeous. A natural flawless face with a light peachy lip color.

Now onto my Fashion Nexus picks!!

julianna-margulies-290          JULIANNA MARGULIES

Black gowns are a traditional and classic staple for most red carpets. Of course Julianna adds a bit of a twist with her black ombre, backless Narcisco Rodriguez gown. And very sublte, but she is donning 20 carats of diamonds borrowed from both FD Gallery and Hemmerle.


LIZZY CAPLAN      lizzy-caplan-495

Solid black and solid white looks are all over my best dressed list, and as per usual the colors were major trends for the Emmy’s red carpet. Lizzy was smart to just utilize both colors in her glamorous look, a black Donna Karan Atelier gown with a white back & train. The side cut-outs and haltered neckline were just added design details to ensure this was an A+ look! She also paired with this look a black Judith Leiber clutch.


And keeping with a more minimalistic look, she wore a few understated jewelry pieces from Neil Lane.


Lizzy’s makeup artist was Sabrina Bedrani, for Dior Beauty. With creating this beauty look, a main focus was to showcase Lizzy’s stunning eyes, thus we see a perfectly bronzed smoky eye. To achieve this modern cat-eye, Sabrina used the Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in Cuir Cannage and Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow in Hypnotique for this bold beauty look.



Words can’t express how excited I was to find out who Andrea was wearing — none other than Under the Gunn designer, part of Team Nick Verreos, Natalia Fedner!! When looking thru red carpet images, the designer info is not always there. But as soon as I saw this stunning and luxurious black knit gown, I knew it had to be on my list, regardless if I ever found out who designed it! The neckline is breathtakingly gorgeous, the fit is great, and there is just no denying how beautiful Andrea looks.


Needless to say, I’m happy to know that it was Natalia and I’m so happy for her!! Matt also looked great in his classic black tuxe with a white tie.

Hair & make-up were done by Kate Hollinshead. The vibe for her beauty look was very 1940s, very subtle, clean, natural looking.

Here are some additional images of Andrea’s look provided from Natalia herself!! She knows she has a true fan with Fashion Nexus!!


Pictured above is a custom hand-crafted chain made for Andrea to match her dress.

Here are some additional exclusives on this look from the talented designer Natalia Fedner!! She said Andrea was a dream to work with and Matt was too a fan of this dress! The dress was made from 14 yards of black lurex silk chiffon fabric and 175 feet of real rhodium silver chain. It is lined with nude fabric.

The underlying theme for the overall look was giving Andrea a new take on a classic silhouette. Job well done!


169_3337_350       AMANDA CREW

This is a dress not to be missed and I’m glad I not only came across it, but I’m pleased to name it as one of my best dressed looks! Amanda is donning a white floor-length gown by Maz Azria Atelier with shimmery detailing around then neckline and down the sides, stopping at the waist. Perfectly coordinated with this look was this pearl clutch, oddly enough from Amanda Pearl!


Amanda’s jewelry pieces were from Neil Lane. And helping to achieve such a gorgeous beauty look was her pre-Emmy facial, at-home skincare products from Renee Rouleau.

PADMA LAKSHMI                169_3362_350

Keeping with white gowns as a trend for this Emmy’s red carpet, it’s a must to include Padma’s immaculate white couture gown by Ralph Rucci — great fit, shimmers down the back — What more could you ask for!?! This is simplistic minimalism at its best, inclusive of some very under-stated pieces of silver jewelry from Fred Leighton.

And just as stunning was Padma’s natural make-up look, courtesy of make-up artist Kathy Jeung.

169_3295_350    ANNA CHLUMSKY

Anna is the perfect segway to take me from my streak of white looks to the next lovely lady on my best dressed list, Heidi Klum, who is wearing Zac Posen, just as Anna is. Radiance abounds for sure in this bright white gown with a slight train and pleating detail at the bust and on the back.


Anna’s accessories choices provided some perfect pops of color — a gold Lanvin clutch and orange jeweled earrings from Stephen Russell. Her nails and beauty look (bold smoky eye & dark peach lip) were created by Michelle Toma Olson of Tini Beauty.

HEIDI KLUM                   169_3294_350

Heidi is wearing one of her fellow Project Runway judges looks, none other than Mr. Zac Posen. He described this custom design for Heidi as “effortless and vibrant.” It’s a much needed pop of coral color for this red carpet, with a cape and train that really amps up the overall design. For her nails, she went clean & clear, with help from Tom Bachik — nail technician.


Her luscious wavy tresses are courtesy of Christian Wood.


Her statement-making jewelry selections were from none other than Lorraine Schwartz, who is fast becoming the jewelry designer go to for red carpets! And finally, her sunkist beauty look was done by Linda Hay, make-up artist extraordinaire.



Alexandra is really working this shimmering nude Reem Acra gown with black floral detailing along the side. A fitted look that really is “a perfect fit”! Kudos to her talented stylist, Jenny Ricker!


Her awesome jewelry selections were from Neil Lane. And her long wavy locks were courtesy of Michael Long, gorgeous bold beauty look (daring red lip!) courtesy of Lottie S!

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There is something about Debra’s look that I can’t let go of, so with that, I must include it on my best dressed list! She is wearing Angel Sanchez. I’m just mesmerized by the intricacies of the sheer slivers all over this gown – immaculate work, design, & craftsmanship! To complete her look are some just as amazing accessories – a Judith Leiber clutch and diamond jewelry from Chopard.


Debra’s hair is always on its A game and there is no doubt Robert Vetica did a great job here. For her make-up look, Debra went with a bold eye, nude lip, and here is what her make-up artist Jeannia Robinette had to say — “She had a classic midnight long blue gown, so I wanted to do an intense smoky eye using midnight blues mixed with black in the lids. To add even more drama and definition she used Benefit Cosmetics — They’re Real Push-Up Liner and They’re Real Mascara.”



Wowzer! Uzo is full on glam in this boldly red mermaid gown by Christian Siriano. Fitting with the color red is a romantic sweetHEART neckline – PERFECTION!!


Uzo’s team did great work here — stylist Cristina Ehrlich; hair creator, from Identity Salon, Jamika Wilson (creating this tight twist with a slight quiff up top); and make-up artist Jessica Smalls, creating such a bold eye with help from Cargo Cosmetics!

169_3351_350    SARAH PAULSON

A lot of my best dressed looks are basic in nature, various spins on minimalism. But here is my truly avant garde pick for the night – Sarah in a red polka dotted Armani Prive look, with tulle flying around all over the place!


But all this tulle still can’t hide some lovely pieces of Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.

HAYDEN PANETTIERE               169_3307_350

I don’t think I’ve ever had someone who’s been pregnant on my best dressed list. And it’s not about the size of a person. I really am just focusing on the garment at hand. I was immediately captivated by Hayden’s sparkling choice from Lorena Sarbu – all the shimmer, the plunging neckline, and just how stunning she looked – What a glow! Major props & congrats for this mommy-to-be!!

Her accessories were perfectly coordinated for this look — a shiny silver Judith Leiber clutch and lovely diamond & silver Fred Leighton jewels.


Celeb makeup artist and Neutrogena brand ambassador Amy Oresman can take credit for this bronzed beauty look of perfection. She describes the look as an inspiration being “a romantic smoky eye using mauves and metallics,” She used Neutrogena’s Stay-Put Plum on the lid, Forever Platinum in the crease, and Stay Golden to highlight under the brows. To define the Nashville star’s eyes, Oresman used Nourishing Eyeliner in Cosmic Black and finished with Healthy Volume Mascara in Carbon Black. And finally, her sophisticated up-do was by Clyde Haygood.

169_3416_350         DEREK HOUGH

Not sure of the suit designer here, but I can always get something from Just Jared!! So while Derek looks quite dapper & handsome in his classic tuxe and bowtie, he is certainly adding some shine with his Louis Leeman black dress shoes.



And lastly, a power couple, another dynamic duo on the red carpet, Lauren & Aaron. Lauren always looks phenomenal! I’m not sure who she is wearing, but her white gown with embellishments and sheer netting along the neckline and down the side, was just 1 white look I couldn’t leave out! So many white looks, a major trend of the night, so why not, right!

The Breaking Bad actor looked handsome in a black kid mohair tuxedo with velvet trim, white smoking silk shirt, black bow tie, and black lace-up shoes, all by Prada.