Sarah Jessica Parker wore it, which can mean only one thing: Black is the new black. Her strapless Chanel and flowing curls set the pretty, romantic tone on the Emmy red carpet Sept. 19. (Other ebony stunners included Parker’s SATC costar Kristin Davis’ formfitting Prada and Arrested Development‘s Portia de Rossi’s sleek Givenchy.) But the opposite end of the spectrum also had a following: That other fashion icon (and Chanel fan), Jennifer Aniston, wore white, as did Nip/Tuck‘s Grecian-inspired Joely Richardson (in Catherine Walker). And one non-neutral broke in a big way: green. ”I love the color,” says Soprano Jamie-Lynn DiScala, in Monique Lhuillier satin. ”It’s bold and goddess-like.” Nothing beats an Emmy as an accessory, but here are a few fashion consolation prizes:
BEST IMPRESSION OF A SHOWER CURTAIN Edie Falco, in too much black netting by Randolph Duke.
BEST-DRESSED MEN Taye Diggs and Blair Underwood?but really, it’s hard to mess up these two.
WORST ACCESSORIZING Cynthia Nixon’s clunky shoes and so-two-seasons-ago turquoise necklace didn’t help her plain brown frock.
WORST FACIAL HAIR Tom Selleck (bring back the mustache!) and Michael Imperioli (unibrow!).
MOST UNWANTED ATTENTION TO THE GREEN TREND Winner Allison Janney’s cringe-worthy plea for conominee (i.e., nonwinner) Mariska Hargitay to join her on stage, since ”we’re wearing such beautiful green dresses.”
FRUMP TOWERS AWARD A tie between Meryl Streep’s and Barbra Streisand’s voluminous getups.
JOAN RIVERS MEMORIAL AWARD FOR STYLE COMMENTARY James Spader, who congratulated his colleagues on their fashion choices and thanked his hair and makeup people in his acceptance speech.