Cocktail-Length Dresses, Not Gowns, Rule Emmys Red Carpet

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Good news for shoe designers.

The Emmys 2017 red carpet was anything but business as usual.

Case in point? Not one of super stylist Karla Welch’s superstar clients (that would be Handmaid's Tale's Elisabeth Moss, Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross, 2016 Emmy winner Sarah Paulson and more) wore a traditional black tie dress code prescribed floor-length gown. “They are all in ankle-length or cocktail-length,” Welch says. “It just frickin’ happened!”

Well, not just. “It felt fresh,” she says. “It’s not like it’s casual, but there was this confidence from the women I work with. They all said, ‘We don’t need to wear a gown,’” Welch adds of this awards season's feminist fashion statement.

Her clients gave Emmy viewers quite the style show; Ross in a silver spangled, feather trimmed Chanel haute couture dress, Moss in a custom Prabal Gurung ice pink strapless dress, and Paulson in a silver sequin Carolina Herrera gown straight off the runway. "We loved the puff sleeves," Welch said.

Elsewhere, Westworld's Evan Rachel Wood, who made headlines last awards season for choosing to wear pantsuits exclusively, went with white tails by Jeremy Scott for Moschino, also proving you don't have to wear a gown to shine. And The Crown's Claire Foy wore a jumpsuit by Oscar de la Renta. 

“The Emmys has become so major, there are huge movie stars, TV is where it’s at," says Welch. "It's not like it was all casual, but we were all super chill and not stressed out. We’ve done this before and we all love fashion.”