Ok, We know its been a few weeks since the Emmys but our social media timelines are still full of pictures and video clips from the star-studded night. There is nothing like a good red carpet moment to get us feeling inspired to try some new styles. Here are some of our favorite looks below — hopefully you’ll find hairspiration for your next date night or upscale event.
First, let’s start with one of our personal favorite celebs right now, Yara Shahidi. Aside from being a badass social activist who uses her platform to invoke change, she is beautifully flawless and she absolutely kills every red carpet she is on. We love how she embraces her natural hair, always rocking her curls and natural styles. She’s a great role model for young girls.
For this year’s Emmys, she went with an extremely muted and natural look, giving her an ethereal finish. We loved the slicked back and tamed curls she paired with her nude dress and makeup. Similar to the rest of her look, it’s simple yet sophisticated.
Next up is Tracee Ellis Ross, who quite fittingly plays Yara’s mom on the show Blackish. Tracee has always embraced her curls and rocked natural styles on the red carpet, so it was no surprise when Tracee came through this year with large cornrows, pinned into a bun. This isn’t the first time Tracee has worn cornrows on the red carpet; earlier this year she stunned us all at Cannes with a similar look. We applaud Tracee for being able to elevate an ordinarily casual style into something so glamorous. Cornrows paired with vintage Chanel is certainly outside of the box and Tracee is definitely the best person to pull it off.
We can’t write this blog post without including our girl crush, Issa Rae! We were dying to see what the queen of natural styles came up with for such a monumental event. Issa looked stunning in a Vera Wang gown that screamed “Belle of the Ball.” Her hairstyle was an extremely elegant up-do, accompanied by a braided bun. We can’t lie, we would have loved to see her be a bit more daring with her hairstyle choice, but she looked amazing nonetheless.
And she no doubt won the red carpet with her sassy quip to a Variety reporter. When asked who she was rooting for and Issa replied, “Everybody black”, followed by a slight Kanye shrug. That moment has gone viral, and we bow to Issa for saying what we definitely are guilty of doing every single time we watch an awards show that has historically lacked diversity in not only its winners but also its nominees.
When your mom is Lisa Bonet and your dad is Lenny Kravitz, it’s pretty impossible for you not to be drop dead gorgeous, which is exactly what Zoe Kravitz is. She’s switched up the long, blonde, braids she’s been wearing lately, for a short pixie cut. The number one trick to rocking a short cut is having enough confidence to pull it off and indeed Zoe does! If you are looking for a dramatic change that will seriously enhance your features, this short look will do the trick. With her hair out of her face, we get the chance to drool over just how beautiful she is even more than usual!
Emmy Rossum absolutely wowed us with her old Hollywood vibes. This classic hairstyle is absolutely stunning and compliments her entire look perfectly. We get so used to seeing her character as Fiona Gallagher on Shameless—the “girl you need to sit down and rest before you have a mental breakdown” — that it becomes easy to forget how glamorous she is. Had she done a standard updo, her ensemble would have lost the effortless vibe that it is giving us. If you have a night out on the town or a romantic evening with a significant other, pair a dark gown with a similar old Hollywood hairstyle for timeless elegance that just about anyone can pull off.
Last but not least, one of the most treasured wins of the night went to Master of None writer and actor, Lena Waithe. Lena is the first African-American woman to win an Emmy for outstanding writing in a comedy series. Not only did Lena make history that night, she gave a resounding speech, honoring fellow members of her “L.G.B.T.Q.I.A. family” and empowering those who don’t necessarily feel like they fit in by reminding us all that, “The things that make us different, those are our superpowers”. For this historic moment, Lena wore her beautiful, long, locs, tightly wrapped into a bun on top of her head, creating a chic updo that was perfect for the occasion.
It was exciting to watch so many deserving people of color make history that night, serving as a testament to the fact that TV and mainstream popular culture are actually changing.
Do you have a favorite look from that night that we failed to mention? Comment below and lets us know, who and why!
By Rocky Muhammad