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Emmys 2022: Best fashion from the red carpet
Returning to the Microsoft Theater for the first time since 2019, the Primetime Emmy Awards welcomed some of television's biggest names to the red carpet.
By Oscar Holland, CNN

Photo editor: Austin Steele, CNN
Updated 13th September 2022
There was no shortage of glamour at LA's Microsoft Theater on Monday night, as television's biggest names gathered on the red carpet for the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards.
With 2020's ceremony held virtually and last year's downsized amid rising Covid-19 cases, the event was back at its usual home for the first time since 2019. And stars took advantage of the return to normalcy in classic silhouettes and ensembles rich in elegant detailing.
The red carpet turned gold for the evening, and attendees from "Severance" actor Britt Lower to Amanda Seyfried in Armani Privé opted for sparkling or sequined ensembles to match. Among them, Lily James stood out in a Versace gown made from bronze metal mesh, while Christina Ricci stunned in a shimmering gown by Fendi.
There were pops of pastel, too. "Yellowjackets" star Melanie Lynskey wore a mint-green tulle gown by Christian Siriano, and Ariana DeBose wowed in an ethereal lavender dress that featured a cutout bodice and floral embellishment.
Cutout dresses were embraced by other celebrities as well. Jasmin Savoy Brown's Christopher Kane dress and Issa Rae's ivory and black gown offered flashes of torso while Julia Garner, who went on to win Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for "Ozark," wore a Gucci dress with a striking diamond-shaped design.
Many of the evening's men played it safe in classic tuxedos and tailored suits (aside from a bare-chested Jerrod Carmichel). Bowen Yang and Himesh Patel both brought their ensembles to life with patterned jackets, and "Ted Lasso" star Toheeb Jimoh's suit featured a dangling waist tie.
As for the unexpected menswear look of the night? All-white -- or all-cream -- suits. Nicholas Braun and Andrew Garfield (in Dior Men and Zegna, respectively) were joined by Seth Rogen and John Legend in embracing the trend.
See below for some the best looks from this year's red carpet.
Lee Jung-jae, who went on to win Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama series, looked suave in a studded jacket and leather tie.
Lee Jung-jae, who went on to win Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama series, looked suave in a studded jacket and leather tie. Credit: Aude Guerrucci/Reuters
Jasmin Savoy Brown's Christopher Kane dress was one of several to feature cut-outs.
Jasmin Savoy Brown's Christopher Kane dress was one of several to feature cut-outs. Credit: Jae C. Hong/Invision/AP
Sandra Oh arrived on the carpet wearing a sequined purple jumpsuit and cape by Rodarte.
Sandra Oh arrived on the carpet wearing a sequined purple jumpsuit and cape by Rodarte. Credit: Aude Guerrucci/Reuters
Andrew Garfield, wearing Zegna, was one of several male stars to opt for an all-white suit.
Andrew Garfield, wearing Zegna, was one of several male stars to opt for an all-white suit. Credit: Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP
Lily James in a sparkling bronze Versace gown.
Lily James in a sparkling bronze Versace gown. Credit: Chris Delmas/AFP/Getty Images
Issa Rae's white gown featured black trim and an eye-catching cutout.
Issa Rae's white gown featured black trim and an eye-catching cutout. Credit: Momodu Mansaray/Getty Images
Steve Martin and Martin Short kept things classic in black-tie tuxedos.
Steve Martin and Martin Short kept things classic in black-tie tuxedos. Credit: Aude Guerrucci/Reuters
Ariana Debose in lavender dress with a cut-out bodice and floral embellishment.
Ariana Debose in lavender dress with a cut-out bodice and floral embellishment. Credit: Momodu Mansaray/Getty Images
Amanda Seyfried in a pink gown from Armani Privé's Fall 2022 Couture collection.
Amanda Seyfried in a pink gown from Armani Privé's Fall 2022 Couture collection. Credit: Ringo Chiu/Reuters
Quinta Brunson, nominated for "Abbott Elementary" as both an actor and producer, arrived in Dolce & Gabbana.
Quinta Brunson, nominated for "Abbott Elementary" as both an actor and producer, arrived in Dolce & Gabbana. Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Nicholas Braun in an all-white suit with a sparkling collar detail by Dior Men.
Nicholas Braun in an all-white suit with a sparkling collar detail by Dior Men. Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Robin Thede in a Christian Siriano dress.
Robin Thede in a Christian Siriano dress. Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Bowen Yang wore a floral-patterned wool and silk jacquard suit jacket by Etro.
Bowen Yang wore a floral-patterned wool and silk jacquard suit jacket by Etro. Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
Kerry Washington wore Elie Saab Couture.
Kerry Washington wore Elie Saab Couture. Credit: Chris Delmas/AFP/Getty Images
Alexandra Daddario wore a stunning hand-beaded Dior gown.
Alexandra Daddario wore a stunning hand-beaded Dior gown. Credit: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP
Melanie Lynskey in a tiered tulle gown by Christian Siriano.
Melanie Lynskey in a tiered tulle gown by Christian Siriano. Credit: Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP
RuPaul and Michelle Visage brought drama to the gold carpet.
RuPaul and Michelle Visage brought drama to the gold carpet. Credit: Momodu Mansaray/Getty Images
Elle Fanning channeled old Hollywood glamour in a strapless black and pink dress designed by "The Great" costume designer Sharon Long.
Elle Fanning channeled old Hollywood glamour in a strapless black and pink dress designed by "The Great" costume designer Sharon Long. Credit: Ringo Chiu/Reuters
Julia Garner, winner of Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for "Ozark," wore a Gucci dress with a striking diamond-shaped cutout.
Julia Garner, winner of Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for "Ozark," wore a Gucci dress with a striking diamond-shaped cutout. Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Awards host Kenan Thompson in a velvet tux.
Awards host Kenan Thompson in a velvet tux. Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images
Rosario Dawson wore a look from Christian Siriano's Fall-Winter collection.
Rosario Dawson wore a look from Christian Siriano's Fall-Winter collection. Credit: Jae C. Hong/Invision/AP
Sydney Sweeney, who was nominated for both "Euphoria" and "The White Lotus," stunned in Oscar de la Renta.
Sydney Sweeney, who was nominated for both "Euphoria" and "The White Lotus," stunned in Oscar de la Renta. Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
"Ted Lasso" star Toheeb Jimoh impressed wearing a pale suit and waist tie over a black shirt.
"Ted Lasso" star Toheeb Jimoh impressed wearing a pale suit and waist tie over a black shirt. Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Christina Ricci wore a matching dress and bag by Fendi.
Christina Ricci wore a matching dress and bag by Fendi. Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Sheryl Lee Ralph, nominated who took home an Emmy for her turn in "Abbott Elementary," wore a velvety gown with a long train and contrasting orange lining.
Sheryl Lee Ralph, nominated who took home an Emmy for her turn in "Abbott Elementary," wore a velvety gown with a long train and contrasting orange lining. Credit: Chris Delmas/AFP/Getty Images
"Squid Game" star Hoyeon Jung wore a black embroidered tweed gown by Louis Vuitton.
"Squid Game" star Hoyeon Jung wore a black embroidered tweed gown by Louis Vuitton. Credit: Momodu Mansaray/Getty Images
A bearded Bob Odenkirk in an all-black Dior outfit -- and shades.
A bearded Bob Odenkirk in an all-black Dior outfit -- and shades. Credit: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP
Laura Linney of "Ozark" wore an elegant floor-length dress.
Laura Linney of "Ozark" wore an elegant floor-length dress. Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images
Laverne Cox wore a dramatic look from Jean Paul Gaultier's Fall-Winter 2022 Couture collection
Laverne Cox wore a dramatic look from Jean Paul Gaultier's Fall-Winter 2022 Couture collection Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
"Severance" star Britt Lower sparkled in a sequined cut-out gown and matching opera gloves.
"Severance" star Britt Lower sparkled in a sequined cut-out gown and matching opera gloves. Credit: Chris Delmas/AFP/Getty Images
"Abbott Elementary" writer Jordan Temple arrived on time.
"Abbott Elementary" writer Jordan Temple arrived on time. Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Jean Smart was also in Christian Siriano.
Jean Smart was also in Christian Siriano. Credit: Chris Delmas/AFP/Getty Images
Hannah Einbinder wore a silk column gown by Rodarte.
Hannah Einbinder wore a silk column gown by Rodarte. Credit: Momodu Mansaray/Getty Images
British actor Himesh Patel, nominated for his role in "Station Eleven," wore a patterned tuxedo jacket with an otherwise all-black ensemble.
British actor Himesh Patel, nominated for his role in "Station Eleven," wore a patterned tuxedo jacket with an otherwise all-black ensemble. Credit: Chris Delmas/AFP/Getty Images
Outstanding Supporting Actress nominee Natasha Rothwell wowed the gold carpet in maroon.
Outstanding Supporting Actress nominee Natasha Rothwell wowed the gold carpet in maroon. Credit: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP
Hannah Waddingham wore a strapless tulle gown by Dolce & Gabbana.
Hannah Waddingham wore a strapless tulle gown by Dolce & Gabbana. Credit: Ringo Chiu/Reuters
Top image: Top image: Zendaya wore a voluminous black Valentino gown (Ringo Chiu/Reuters)