So why was the Emmys red carpet so low key this year? There were no ballgowns outside of Kristen Bell’s Zuhair Murad—no prints outside of Bell’s garden—and very little of daring, outside of Sarah Hyland’s Monique Lhullier white embroidered strapless peplum over black pants or a very pregnant Kerry Washington‘s cut-out Brandon Maxwell gown. It seems like the more credibility television gets, the less risk the ladies of the prime time comedies and dramas want to take with their looks. The stakes get higher, and the fashion gets tamer; that’s the red carpet biz for you.

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