Tracee Ellis Ross led the parade of pink on the Emmys carpet

 
 
Updated 9/18/2018 6:23 AM
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  • Tracee Ellis Ross arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

    Tracee Ellis Ross arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Associated Press

  • Thandie Newton, winner of the award for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series for "Westworld" poses in the press room at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

    Thandie Newton, winner of the award for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series for "Westworld" poses in the press room at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Associated Press

  • Scarlett Johansson arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

    Scarlett Johansson arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Associated Press

  • Scarlett Johansson arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

    Scarlett Johansson arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Associated Press

  • Tiffany Haddish, left, and Sadie Sink arrive at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

    Tiffany Haddish, left, and Sadie Sink arrive at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Associated Press

  • Jessica Biel, left, and Justin Timberlake arrive at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

    Jessica Biel, left, and Justin Timberlake arrive at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Associated Press

  • Claire Foy arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

    Claire Foy arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Associated Press

  • RuPaul Charles poses in the press room with the award for outstanding reality competition program for "RuPaul's Drag Race" at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

    RuPaul Charles poses in the press room with the award for outstanding reality competition program for "RuPaul's Drag Race" at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Associated Press

  • Regina King, winner of the award for outstanding lead actress in a limited series, movie or dramatic special for "Seven Seconds" poses in the press room at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

    Regina King, winner of the award for outstanding lead actress in a limited series, movie or dramatic special for "Seven Seconds" poses in the press room at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Associated Press

  • Gaten Matarazzo arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

    Gaten Matarazzo arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) Associated Press

  • Gwendoline Christie arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

    Gwendoline Christie arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Associated Press

  • Rachel Brosnahan, winner of the award for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," poses in the press room at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

    Rachel Brosnahan, winner of the award for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," poses in the press room at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Associated Press

  • Larry David, left, and Rachel Brosnahan present the award for outstanding lead actor in a limited series, movie or dramatic special at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

    Larry David, left, and Rachel Brosnahan present the award for outstanding lead actor in a limited series, movie or dramatic special at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) Associated Press

  • Zazie Beetz arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

    Zazie Beetz arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Associated Press

  • Issa Rae, from left, Leslie Jones , and Kate McKinnon are seen on stage after winning the award for outstanding variety sketch series for "Saturday Night Live" at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

    Issa Rae, from left, Leslie Jones , and Kate McKinnon are seen on stage after winning the award for outstanding variety sketch series for "Saturday Night Live" at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) Associated Press

  • Keri Russell arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

    Keri Russell arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Associated Press

  • Kristen Bell arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

    Kristen Bell arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) Associated Press

  • Issa Rae arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

    Issa Rae arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Associated Press

  • Sandra Oh arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

    Sandra Oh arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Associated Press

  • Sandra Oh arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

    Sandra Oh arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Associated Press

  • Samira Wiley arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

    Samira Wiley arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Associated Press

  • Samira Wiley arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

    Samira Wiley arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Associated Press

  • Dakota Fanning arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

    Dakota Fanning arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Associated Press

  • Milo Ventimiglia arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

    Milo Ventimiglia arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Associated Press

  • Chrissy Teigen, left, and John Legend present the award for outstanding supporting actress in a limited series, movie or dramatic special at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

    Chrissy Teigen, left, and John Legend present the award for outstanding supporting actress in a limited series, movie or dramatic special at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) Associated Press

  • Brian Tyree Henry arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

    Brian Tyree Henry arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Associated Press

  • Tracy Morgan arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

    Tracy Morgan arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Associated Press

  • Darren Criss arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

    Darren Criss arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Associated Press

  • Penelope Cruz poses in the press room at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

    Penelope Cruz poses in the press room at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Associated Press

  • Matthew Rhys, winner of the award for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for "The Americans", poses in the press room at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

    Matthew Rhys, winner of the award for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for "The Americans", poses in the press room at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Associated Press

  • Sheila Lawrence, from left, Daniel Palladino, and Amy Sherman-Palladino pose in the press room with the award for outstanding comedy series for "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

    Sheila Lawrence, from left, Daniel Palladino, and Amy Sherman-Palladino pose in the press room with the award for outstanding comedy series for "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Associated Press

NEW YORK - There were princess looks and stars pretty in pink, liquid metallics and a contingent in red for TV's big night at the Emmy Awards.

Claire Foy in custom Calvin Klein by Appointment, Jessica Biel in ruffly Ralph & Russo and Scarlett Johansson in Balmain represented in white Monday, as did RuPaul in a jacket adorned with Andy Warhol designs of black Statues of Liberty on one side.

Yellow came in a variety of shades, from neon (Regina King) to mustard (16-year-old Gaten Matarazzo) to gold (Gwendoline Christie) to the lightest Easter hue, worn by a few.

And then there was Tracee Ellis Ross. Love her or scorn her in voluminous Valentino Haute Couture with a puffy top that surely set a world record.

"I almost shed a tear when she hit the carpet," said Julee Wilson, fashion and beauty director for Essence magazine, of the "black-ish" star. "She cements her status as a style icon every time she gets dressed. But then again, she was birthed by Diana Ross, so it makes sense."

Other best-dressed votes for Ellis Ross rolled in after the parade of fashion on the Emmys gold carpet in Los Angeles.

"If you plan to make the carpet all yours, it makes sense to go all out and do the volume of Valentino Haute Couture," said Avril Graham, executive fashion and beauty editor for Harper's Bazaar. "Absolutely perfect."

It was bright pink. It had volume to spare all the way to the ground.

Sarah Conly, executive fashion market director for Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazines, also voted "yes" for Ellis Ross, but she appreciated some of the night's Old Hollywood glamour as well. Particularly, Rachel Brosnahan's asymmetrical ombre red from Oscar de la Renta, with a delicate drape effect and a matching red lip on the "Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" star and winner of her first Emmy. Her ears were adorned by diamonds courtesy of Tiffany & Co.

Also on Conly's stunning list: Zazie Beetz of "Atlanta." There's no way to overstate the chunky blue tone jewels that adorned armor-like pieces falling down each shoulder from the halter neck of her body-hugging velvet Ralph Lauren gown.

"The detail on the cutouts on the shoulders were exquisite," Conly said.

Erin Cunningham, senior fashion editor for the millennial-focused style site Refinery29, lauded Ellis Ross for never holding back, fashion wise, but also among her top looks was actress Poppy Delevingne in seafoam, ruffle-caped Giambattista Valli couture. It included an oversized silhouette that began just above the knee.

"The color is unexpected and a rarity on the red carpet, and she topped the look off with a cute ribbon bow in her hair," Cunningham said.

Delevingne also sported $200,000 worth of Amwaj citrine and diamond earrings, plus ring.

Cunningham noted pink had a renaissance in shades that felt less saccharine than usual, including Ellis Ross.

"There was Tracee's magenta dress, Leslie Jones' holographic Christian Siriano suit (in pink and blue) and Thandie Newton's one-sleeved bubblegum pink gown," she said, referring to Newton's one-shoulder Brandon Maxwell that looped at the neck in a long cape effect on one side.

Supermodel Gigi Hadid wore the look on Maxwell's recent New York Fashion Week runway.

"Red carpets are always filled with your classic black and 'naked' dresses," Cunningham said, "and it's nice to see stylists pushing their clients a bit more when it comes to color and silhouette."

Conly was also a fan of Newton's dress.

"She epitomizes the dreamy princess look that was so popular," she said.

So where do these people shop? Well, while others ripped their outfits off runways or wore custom gowns, Meghan Mullally purchased her Carolina Herrera sheer black look with floral detailing online. Kristen Bell wore a classic white column gown from an unexpected brand, Solace London.

While basic black is always abundant, Wilson had kind words for Keri Russell of "The Americans," for elevating the color in Zuhair Murad couture. It was beaded black crepe with a peplum ruffle in feathers atop a black pleated chiffon skirt.

Wilson's verdict for Russell: "Feathers, legs and cleavage, oh my!"

Wilson was also a fan of Issa Rae's pale blue Vera Wang custom look, with 3,000 crystals on a top that fell to the ground with a slit revealing what appeared to be loose, matching trousers. The silk V-neck was actually a jumpsuit with a split away skirt, the crystals sewn on by hand.

"There is nothing more awkward then a skirt and pant hybrid gown, but she pulls it off with such grace and ease," Wilson said.

Penelope Cruz was in the white camp with a touch of soft gray, in feathered Chanel, landing on some highlight lists. Tiffany Haddish was a breath of fresh air and a rainbow at the same time, in bright stripes of green, red, yellow and blue, representing the Eritrean flag in honor of her dad, and courtesy of Prabal Gurung.

Sandra Oh wore crimson Ralph & Russo, though she fell short of making history when she did not win an Emmy.

Offsetting all the yellow, red, white, metallic (hello, Samira Wiley in Jenny Packham) and jewel-crusted looks was Dakota Fanning in gorgeous Dior Haute Couture. It was in a shade of jade, made of a creased pleated chiffon with a crossover front, tiny straps and a tied back.

As for the guys, Milo Ventimiglia wore a white evening jacket, but John Legend went for a navy blue tuxedo with black lapels from Gucci.

"I love when a fella strays from the traditional black tux and nails it with something a bit unexpected," she said of Legend's look.

His wife's sparkly sheath gown draped in silk tulle? Not so much. It was fully beaded in geometric antique silver motifs from Zuhair Murad.

"Chrissy is stunning, smart and sassy, but this dress is the exact opposite," Wilson said. "That bodice, neckline makes her look matronly."

Brian Tyree Henry of "Atlanta" went for a yellow-and-black print jacket. Tracy Morgan went for pinstripes, head to toe, spats on his dress shoes. Darren Criss stood out in a John Hardy look in a black diamond print with silver zigzags. Peter Mackenzie showed up in a kilt.

But back to Ellis Ross and her big statement in the big color of the night.

"She really worked the volume of the dress on the red carpet," Conly said, "and owned it rather than it owning her."

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