The Emmys Red Carpet kicked off in style. One of the first celebrities to hit the red carpet just as it opened at the 6 p.m. EST hour was Julianne Hough, best known for her work on ABC's Dancing With The Stars. Her gown was designed by another reality television name, Georgina Chapman, of the Project Runway: All Stars judging panel. The floral fantasy came from Chapman's Marchesa Spring 2018 collection and left Julianne Hough on the Emmys Red Carpet looking as fresh as a rose garden.
Dancing With The Stars was nominated multiple times at the Creative Arts portion of the Primetime Emmys last weekend, and won twice, officially making it the most decorated reality competition show in history with 17 Emmy wins, beating The Amazing Race, which has 15. With a record like that, it's no wonder Hough is looking to make a splash on the Red Carpet tonight.
Despite the fact that the Marchesa look Hough picked is one that looks like it could be a walking English Garden, it's actually a bit of an outlier for the rest of the collection, which has a more far east type feel to it. Part of the reason for that is that Chapman doesn't tie together her collections quite the way other designers do. Each look is supposed to feel individual, and also a bit from a fairy tale. We definitely agree that Hough has the princess look going.
The record breaking year is somewhat of a bittersweet moment for the Dancing With The Stars crew. Though they may have broken the record over at the Creative Arts show last weekend (which aired on FX yesterday, Sept. 16), this isn't the first year their names don't have a chance of being called during tonight's ceremony. For the first time since the show began its run, the Emmys have snubbed them, both in the Best Reality-Competition Program category, and in the Best Reality Host, where past winner Tom Bergeron has shown up nearly every year. The Amazing Race, on the other hand, is nominated on the main show tonight, but even if they win, they won't tie the record. DWTS has seen to that.
As for fans reaction to Julianne Hough's look, some are absolutely loving it.
Others have decided they love it, but need the rest of us to weigh in, because they feel like it might be a controversial stance.
Personal ruling: The thing that bothers me is the off center keyhole at the hip, which gives the bodice a bit of a feel of a package that's been tied slightly too tight lest it slip. (That's what double stick tape is for, people.) But the florals themselves are really lovely, especially in the close-up shots. And her jewelry, all silver and understated, is on point, also with the "I'm not wearing make up" makeup look. (Which actually requires quite a bit of makeup, don't be fooled.)
Hough's hair is my least favorite. Hough has this habit of going for the "relaxed bunhead" style, which, to be fair, is on brand. She's a dancer, she wants audiences to remember she is first and foremost a dancer associated with a show about dancing, bun-head type styles are therefore the go to. I just think it's styling severe for the gown, which is very much a fairytale princess look. Perhaps she should have considered going for something a little more relaxed an princess-y to match.
Still, these are quibbles. As one of the first major looks to hit the carpet tonight, Hough certainly has done the job of reminding the Emmys what they missed out on by not nominating her show this evening.