The Emmys have long been television’s biggest night, but since we’ve all been watching a hell of a lot more TV the last few years (while, in turn, Hollywood’s been making a hell of a lot more TV than it ever has), seeing all the actors who we’ve watched from the comfort of our own home get all dressed up to go accept awards for their work feels slightly more fun than usual. It also felt like the actors were having fun getting all dressed up, too, as evidenced by the relatively more offbeat fashion showing we saw at the 2022 Emmy Awards on Monday night.
We rounded up the biggest trends of the night—check them out below:
If you’ve been a successful Hollywood actor for more than a few decades, you’ve probably done the awards show song-and-dance enough times to learn a thing or two about how to field the flashbulbs while also looking put together. At last night’s Emmys, Bob Odenkirk, John Turturro, Michael Keaton, Tony Shalhoub—all distinguished actors of a certain age—let us in on their secret: wear the classic suit, but also throw on a pair of sunglasses.
(Bonus points if the sunglasses are also sort of freaky: Odenkirk, wearing a slick Dior Men suit, went for wraparounds well before Pete Davidson walked onstage in a pair at the end of the show…but more on that later.)
Flashbulbs aside, the Emmys also start around 4 p.m. Los Angeles time, when Mr. Sun is still very much up there in the sky—so opting for sunglasses on the red carpet is also, ultimately, a practical choice. That’s life experience, baby.
Wearing a white suit on a red carpet isn’t exactly revolutionary, but it can help break up the monotony trap that men’s formalwear can sometimes fall into. In that sense, the slew of A-list men who rolled up to the Emmys in all-white looks all looked nice; what’s more is that they also all approached the monochromatic look a little differently.
Seth Rogan coordinated his just-starting-to-grow-out bleached-blond hair to his cream Brunello Cucinelli tux, complete with a matching cummerbund and bowtie, while John Legend, in monogram-embossed, double-breasted Gucci, also opted for a bowtie, albeit one that was inkier and droopier. Andrew Garfield, in Zegna, and Nicholas Braun, in Dior Men, forwent ties all together—crisp, but also irreverent, which maybe is the name of the game of wearing a white suit on a red carpet after all.
One of the nicest things about where menswear is at these days is that a broader playing field yields more opportunities for home runs. But home runs don’t always look super-ultra-spectacular; a flourish only needs to be special enough to get you there. It’s the little things that make you go “😌”, basically.
A few looks from last night had just the right touch: Lee Jung-jae, who took home the Outstanding Lead Actor trophy for his role in Squid Game, wore a great embellished Gucci jacket and an even greater leather tie (!). Harvey Guillén, of FX’s What We Do in the Shadows, wore a very special pair of super-flared pants and a navy ribbon tie. Abbott Elementary’s Tyler James Williams, also in flares, looked groovy and happy in a purple suit by Thrash Bespoke.
And then there was comedian John Wilson, of HBO’s How To with John Wilson, who wore a cocoa-brown corduroy jacket, front-pleated khakis, and a black silk tie. He looked regular and also sublime.
Where there is nice 😌, there is also nice 😈. The comedian Jerrod Carmichael, shirtless but for a humongous white fur coat previously owned by Diddy and a sunburst necklace, looked perfect to take home a trophy for his HBO special Rothaniel—just like how I imagine Norma Desmond would dress if she, too, were up for a comedy award. White underwear waistband peeking out from black silk trousers? Very luxe, very Hollywood.
“It’s hot but I feel cool,” Carmichael told Entertainment Tonight on the carpet. “You know what, Puff Daddy wore this fur in a music video and that’s, like, iconic.” (No confirmation on which video, but it looks like one Diddy wore in his “P.E. 2000” video.)
“It just feels good that this whole thing feels big and absurd and so, like, I think I match the occasion,” he added, speaking before his win. “It’s big and absurd, so what are we doing? Want me to wear a black tux, like all right?”
Meanwhile, Pete Davidson, who made an unannounced appearance towards the end of the show to present the award for Outstanding Comedy Series, wore a full gray-green Dickies kit—purchased from the longstanding workwear store Dave’s New York, his stylist Britt Theodora shared—and white wraparound Prada sunglasses.
“It’s funny because this is just like SNL, because Kenan [Thompson]’s doing all the work and I’m refusing to say what the writers want,” Davidson said on stage. That, too, is a way of being—and dressing—that is very luxe and very Hollywood.