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    Sep 17, 2016

    We Wore Gowns Inspired By Emmy Nominees

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    September means many things: the end of summer, going back to school, the return of our hair from the horrors of humidity. But September is also special for another reason — the Emmys!

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    This year, the Emmys are taking place on Sept. 18. And since we'll never turn down a chance to look ~fancy~, we decided to try on some gorgeous gowns.

    Awards show red carpets are a huge spectacle — there was apparently a time before the question "Who are you wearing?" became such a thing. What would happen when we got six women together to try to look Emmy ready?

    Using six of this year's nominees — Taraji P. Henson, Kerry Washington, Maisie Williams, Amy Schumer, Tatiana Maslany, and Viola Davis — as a little #styleinspo, stylist Lulu Bernard outfitted us in some red-carpet-worthy outfits. Here's how it went:

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    Nina was inspired by Taraji P. Henson's sexy style.

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    Nina: Look, Taraji P. Henson is the perfect embodiment of glam strength. She always manages to look bold and beautiful on the red carpet. She has this incredibly commanding presence, and it never looks like the clothes are wearing her. I just love the combination of hard and feminine that she typically goes for. With her dress last year, her sheer skirt said "I'm ethereal," but her cutouts said "don't fuck with me."

    And here's Nina in her look:

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    Nina: The sleek black crop look is definitely something I'd rock outside this shoot. I wish I had an excuse to look this glam every day, because I was really feelin' myself. I mean, I will never look as hot as Taraji, let's be real. But I do think I managed to capture her essence. Or at least I tried. They said I went from Wednesday Addams to Morticia Addams, so I'll take it. Does anyone need a date to the Emmys?

    Sandra was inspired by Kerry Washington's edgy style.

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    Sandra: Anyone who can pull off a badass ShondaLand character AND look flawless while doing it (i.e., Kerry Washington) should be an instant hero. She always has a v ~regal~ red carpet presence regardless of what she’s wearing and she’s worn a wider variety of styles than I have dog photos on my phone (64GB is not enough storage for dog photos TBH). Her chameleon-like ability is not something just anyone has, but I’m still gonna try!

    Here's Sandra in her gown:

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    Sandra: I was not expecting to be wearing a dress inspired by (what I call) Kerry Washington’s battle dress, but OMG. I kept having to stare at the mirror to accept that this absolutely gorgeous dress was on MY body. I've never seen myself as particularly elegant or fancy, and this was such a welcome change. This isn’t an outfit that I would’ve ever pulled together on my own, but I absolutely loved it. Even though having sequins all over a dress was definitely heavier than I expected, it’s a small price to pay for Beyoncé-level confidence.

    Lara was inspired by Maisie Williams' quirky style.

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    Lara: Come on, Maisie Williams aka Arya Stark is a certified badass! Her look is always bangin'. She isn't afraid to go out of the ordinary, yet she always manages to pull it off. She had FURRY shoes last year!!! Her looks are kinda weird, but in a cool way. That's basically how I dream to be but in a weird way. Here's hoping.

    Here's Lara in her outfit:

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    Lara: I definitely liked this look better than I thought I would. It's not necessarily my style, but it still felt awesome to rock, and I liked the fact that it was two pieces. The fabric wasn't comfortable, but I don't think you're supposed to be comfortable on the Emmys red carpet, so...maybe next time. I think Maisie would rock the hell out of this, and I would love to know her thoughts and also be her best friend.

    Sheridan was inspired by Amy Schumer's versatile style.

    Sheridan: I'm gonna bring this back to the basics: Style is about the individual. What they love, what makes them feel confident, and whatever other look they're feeling in the moment. Wanna be sexy? Awesome! Wanna be classy? Yesssss. Wanna wear Yeezy clothes? Uh, sure, I'll support you, I guess. And that's what I love about Amy Schumer's style — homegirl wears what she wants, when she wants to. She does a very Vegas bandage dress one night and a ball gown the next. Oh, the versatility!

    And here's Sheridan in her outfit:

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    Sheridan: I feel like the chicest woman in the world — Breakfast at Tiffany's meets Jackie O. I spend most of my time shopping for clothes...for my Sims, so it was nice to feel super glamorous for a hot sec. Forget how people say, "You must have a signature style." You know what? Your signature style can be that you don't have ONE signature style. How's that, fashion mafia?

    Chrissy was inspired by Tatiana Maslany's badass style.

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    Chrissy: Here's the thing about Tatiana Maslany: She always looks so goddamn cool. It might be because she wears black 90% of the time or that it always looks like she's ready to throw down (even in a designer gown!), but hey, either way, even if just 1% of her badassness (THAT'S A WORD) rubs off on me, I'll consider it a success. Unless, like, my boob falls out in the process. My nips aren't ready for that. Yet.

    Here's Chrissy in her gown:

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    Chrissy: 10 out of 10 could def. fight crimes in this. I love that little touch of sheer fabric in the front that is violently whispering to the world, "PSST, THERE ARE BOOBS UNDER HERE, HEHE." Also, it keeps my doubs Ds from making their own red carpet appearance, which is a major plus. Honestly, I'm just glad that Tatiana's minimal (see: not poofy) look ended up on me, because I swear to god whenever tulle touches my skin it immediately turns to dust.

    Kristin was inspired by Viola Davis's colorful and timeless style.

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    Kristin: Who doesn't want to be Viola Davis? Who would not want her ability to take the bedazzled gown to an entirely new level? Who doesn't understand that if she were a country, her largest export would be stage presence? Seriously, find me the person who doesn't love her beautiful old Hollywood jewel tones and bold lips and dramatic silhouettes. I will fight them.*

    *though truth be told I have no idea if any of this will translate onto me. HERE'S HOPING!

    Here's Kristin in her dress:

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    Kristin: The biggest lesson here is that you should ALWAYS try things on, even if they look weird on the rack. This dress was definitely a 3 on the rack and a 10 on my bod, so I got the added bonus of knowing that I am the human who allowed this dress to come to life. Basically, anyone can be glam, and anyone who says otherwise is a liarbucket. I will obviously never be as fab as Viola Davis, but it’s still an honor to at least look like Diet Clearance Viola Davis.

    Now who's ready for the Emmys?

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    Special thanks to Pistol and Stamen Showroom for lending us these looks!

    Nina's look: dress by Adrianna Papell; Sandra's look: dress by Adrianna Papell; Lara's look: dress by Aidan by Aidan Mattox; Sheridan's look: dress by Adrianna Papell; Chrissy's look: dress by Aidan Mattox; Kristin's look: dress by Adrianna Papell.

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