24 September 2012
Celebrities make Emmy fashions work despite heat
LOS ANGELES — Each year, the Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony presents a steamy challenge for the red carpet’s most fashionable, since September is typically LA’s hottest month.
Sunday should be no exception. The mercury is expected to soar into the 80s midday, when nominees parade inside the Nokia Theatre. Add hundreds of spotlights and a dose of nerves, and maintaining a cool, camera-ready appearance can be a challenge. But the stars have strategies.
Emmy-winning animator Kevin Shinick, for example, has a powerful plan. “Battery-operated tux,” he said. “I have little mini fans all throughout, except on my groin. So you know, that was extra, I couldn’t afford all that!”
Actress Lake Bell suggests minimizing movement. “If you do not move that much, you will not sweat. So I am trying to exercise restraint,” she said at last week’s Creative Arts Emmy celebration. “But the dress is helping me because it’s very serre, as we say in French, very narrow.”
“Dancing With the Stars” choreographers Travis Wall and Nick Lazzarini agreed with the no-movement policy. Plus “pit pads,” Lazzarini said, and chilled champagne in the car on the way to the ceremony.
Stylists offer some more practical solutions.
Opt for light fabrics and minimal undergarments, suggests celebrity stylist and costume designer Tanya Gill. That means choosing looks that allow for a Spanx-free approach: “If you can avoid all those undergarments that a lot of people tend to rely on for these events — maybe a little Pilates, a little juice the week before — you’ll feel so much more comfortable not to have all that on.”
Men should consider light fabrics as well — and mind the lining of their tuxedos. “Avoid anything polyester, even the lining,” Gill said. “Cotton, fabulous. Linen, fantastic.”
When it comes to hair, ladies should skip the side-swept ponytails and half-up/half-down ’dos popular in seasons past, said Michael Shaun Corby, celebrity stylist and global creative director for Alterna Professional Haircare. “This season it’s all about the beehive, topknots and super-sleek ponies,” he said. “What I like about these styles is they keep your hair off the neck, keep you cool and keep you right on trend.”
Men should avoid the “shaggy, hipster look” in the heat, Corby said, because “when you start to sweat, the ends will start to curl, and that will be a red-carpet miss.”
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