Color Expert Jill Kirsh Dishes on the Good, the Bad, and the Better at Emmys 2016
The Emmys 2016 show was fabulously produced and full of big surprises for me — Rami Malek winning Best Actor in a Drama Series over heavyweights like Bob Odenkirk, Liev Schreiber and Kevin Spacey; Tatiana Mislay winning for Best Actress in a Drama Series over Claire Danes, Taraji P. Henson and Robin Wright. And Jimmy Kimmel‘s mom sending out peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to everyone in the audience. Most of us are there from about 2:30 to 8:30, and we were all starving by the time they got to us. I couldn’t believe how the stars tore into those schoolyard bag lunches.
But there were also surprises on the red carpet, as there always are, and my good friend Jill Kirsh, of JillKirshColor.com, Hollywood’s Guru of Hue, commented on who wore what color best, showingio us how some stars could have looked so much better if they’d just followed Jill’s professional advice and worn the hue that looks best on them. For example, check out Game of Thrones‘ Dragon Mother Emelia Clark, about whom Jill says, “The soft dusty shade tends to wash out the exquisite auburn haired Emilia Clarke. If she warmed it up a bit to more of a chardonnay, it would still be light, but would enhance her features.”
And you wouldn’t expect Project Runway host and supermodel Heidi Klum to wear the wrong color, but check out how much better she’d look if she followed Jill’s advice to “Use her warm golden highlights as a starting point for choosing her Emmy garb. She would have totally crushed it in tabasco.”
Tina Fey also made Jill’s list of stars who could have dressed better. “Warm brunette Tina Fey is gorge in green, but we’re loving the deeper, warmer hue. When you choose a shade that works with your hair color, the eye of the viewer is drawn up from the dress to the face to the hair and it all looks amazing.”
Regina King, who won Best Supporting Actress in a Limited TV Series or Movie, for American Crime, didn’t score so well in her color choice on the red carpet, according to Jill. “This raven haired beauty is enhanced even more by choosing this blue based fuchsia over the warmer salmon. She fades a bit in salmon and totally pops in fuchsia.”
And Downton Abbey‘s Michelle Dockery may be very proper as Lady Mary, but her color choice on the red carpet was less so, says Jill: “Taking this dress from a pure white to teal, which is one of my most fave shades on auburn tressed clients, the gorgeous Michelle Dockery crushes it. We even warmed up the lip to create color perfection.
But not everyone got it wrong. Jill put out the following list of stars that got their gown colors rightest of the right:
Priyanda Chopra – Deep Brunette in True Red = Sensational
Tracee Ellis Ross – Deep Brunette in Pure White = Stunning
Ellie Kemper – Redhead in chartreuse = Color Perfection
Kristen Bell – Fabulous print with the perfect shades for a Warm Blonde
Constance Zimmer – Fuchsia & Pure White = A perfect combo for Deep Brunettes
Emily Ratajkowski – Navy on a Deep Brunette = Amazing
And as for your humble writer? (Pictured at left with my fabulous Emmy date, show runner and producer extraordinaire David Freedman
) Jill had this to say about my own Emmys 2016 ensemble: “Lisa – You know that I love you in poppy, but you need to throw some warm golden highlights onto your bangs to make it soar. The warm blonde toward the ends that graze the dress are perfect. Also, drag out some tortoise, bronze or gold rimmed glasses to tie it all together.” And I thought I was so fashion forward! Oh well! At least I’m in good company with my TV Heidi Klum, Tina Fey and Emelia Clarke.
Emmys 2016 Red Carpet — Hollywood’s Guru of Hue Weighs In