Following the 2011 Emmy nominations announcements on Thursday, July 14, the nominees phones were ringing off the hook. Along with a stream of well-wishers, there was another kind of call: from designers ready to woo the most fashionable celebrities. These five stand-out stars are sure to be among the most sought-after for designers to dress when they walk the Emmy red carpet on September 18. The 63rd Primetime Emmys will be hosted by Glee funny woman and Emmy winner, Jane Lynch.
Kate Winslet – Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie, Mildred Pierce
Designers jump at the chance to dress this fashionable A-lister, whose HBO miniseries, Mildred Pierce, earned an impressive 21 nominations. The film star and Lancôme spokesmodel is a fan favourite and frequently makes the best-dressed list, with Vogue naming her one of the best-dressed stars of the year in 2010.
Cat Deeley – Reality-Competition Program Host, So You Think You Can Dance
This 5′ 9″ blonde-haired beauty would be any designer’s dream to dress. She recently walked the red carpet at the BAFTA Brits To Watch event in L.A. and wore a stunning Christian Dior halter gown. Fans have been begging for the So You Think You Can Dance host to be nominated for an Emmy for years. Now that she has been, she won’t want to disappoint.
Sofia Vergara – Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, Modern Family
Even though she didn’t win the Emmy last year, this curvy, Colombian bombshell looked flawless in a golden Carolina Herrara gown. Though she’s been known to complain about the difficulties of finding a dress for her body type, the lucky designer she chooses is guaranteed to be noticed on this attention-grabbing actor.
Heidi Klum – Reality-Competition Program, Project Runway
This fashion icon never lets us down on the red carpet. Last year at the Emmy’s the mother of four looked smoking in an above-the-knee LBD by Marchesa. But designers will have to work hard to top her 2011 Grammy’s look. The supermodel mom wore a shimmering, gold, body-hugging dress by Julien Macdonald that was a show-stealer. Klum and the Project Runway team have yet to win an Emmy. Seventh time’s a charm?
Jon Hamm – Lead Actor in A Drama Series, Mad Men
Jon Hamm was nominated for the fourth time for his role as everyone’s favourite philanderer, Don Draper, and Hamm, adored by fans and critics alike, always brings his A-game to the red carpet. Last year Hamm looked very dapper at the Emmy’s in a sleek Giorgio Armani tux. And with his transition from TV star to full-blown movie-star, this is the year for designers to dress this style icon. – Regan Reid