Ah, the Emmys. This year’s version of television’s answer to the Oscars has come and gone, but the fashion choices of its attendees will linger on thanks, in part, to good folk like us who have good eyes for fashion and good minds to speak our opinions.
On the bright side of the shining event stood gentlemen like Jon Hamm, Ian Somerhalder, Adam Scott, and last year’s host Jimmy Fallon, each of whom earned our approval by proving the never-waning value and eternal charm of dressing to the true formal tradition of classic black tuxedos, crisp white formal shirts, and deeply dapper bow ties. Hamm in particular made an excellent choice of jacket — a sublime double-breasted number that stood in strong tribute to both the turn of the season and the building double-breasted trend.
Though the Emmys were refreshingly marked by classic looks there were still a few people who couldn’t resist the allure of adventurous style, and we regret to report that a few good men managed to miss their mark by a fair margin.
Take Seal for example. His idea of formal fashion somehow included an unbuttoned shirt exposing a shiny bare chest, and we’re still rather unsure of where he was going with that look, nevermind what he was thinking. The same uncertainty applies to Joel McHale, whose tight powder blue jacket with black lapels was a little too summery for our tastes, and to Steven Cojocaru, whose wine red jacket boldly belied his history of professional fashion criticism with its out-of-place lounge quality.
Other daredevils of the evening include the leather-lapelled John Cryer, the bizarrely bespectacled Darren Criss, and the — well, and Rob Lowe who opted to walk the red carpet in a pair of sunglasses. These guys didn’t create mayhem with their looks, but they did attract attention and debate, and we’re sure that we’re not the only ones torn between celebrating their more nuanced differences and dismissing our reservations to toy with their statements ourselves.
Honorable mention goes to Jane Lynch and Paula Abdul, who took to the stage beautifully well in suits of their own, and whose looks solidified our belief in the universality of classic men’s formal fashion — we’ll forgive them their loose ties and high hems this time.