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From Flapper Flair to Justice for Breonna Taylor, the first big fashion event of 2020 did NOT disappoint. Here’s our list of who sported the glitz and glam while bringing home the gold (well, more like accepting the gold from home). 

Zendaya

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Sporting two looks throughout the evening, Zendaya proved she’s the queen of low-cut class and stunning flowing skirts. She started the night with elegance in her Christopher John Rogers’ gowna statement piece with a plunging neckline, snatched waist and vibrant purple skirt that screamed beauty (especially with her slicked back hair and Bulgari jewels). Halfway through the night, she traded in the poise for a pop of fun by Giorgio Armani. Her prive gown, featuring a bejeweled strapless top and lively polka dotted skirt all pieced together with an elegant deep v-neck, was the perfect piece to pair with her Emmy award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work in HBO’s Euphoria.

Billy Porter

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Billy Porter is no stranger to being best dressed, but even though he was sporting looks from home, he still left us in shock. His clean, off-white Ashi Studio suit was already a stand-out piece judging from the pleated pants and pronounced buttons alone. His angelic ensemble stood out with the matching shawl that flowed over his shoulder, turning into an elegant train. The gorgeous set met with an assortment of jewels made Porter, hands-down, one of the best-looking nominees of the night. 

Julia Garner

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Leave it to the talented Julia Garner to take us back to the 20s with pearls, silk and a stunning headpiece. Designed by the famous Chanel, I don’t think anyone would have been able to pull off a set of pajamas with more elegance and grace. Though she wasn’t able to dance the night away with the Charleston in propper flapper fashion, we were able to watch her accept the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work in Netflix’s Ozark with grace and gratitude for her fellow nominees.

Laverne Cox

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I mean, if the woman can  rock a prison uniform, she can pretty much pull anything off. However, she took our expectations and topped them. Her Kim Kassass Couture jumpsuit was a stunner at first glance due to its geometric neckline and gorgeous waistline. Upon closer inspection, this jumpsuit is unlike any you’ve ever seen due to the unique hieroglyphics carefully crafted on the mesh that layers down her arms, chest and legs. According to InStyle, this jaw-dropping jumpsuit has been in the works for 11 months, and it’s long awaited debut was one we won’t forget anytime soon.

Rain Valdez

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A fun floral bodysuit mixed with layers of textured tool proved to make a magic duo for the first-ever Emmy nominated Asian American transgender beauty. Her red carpet look by Steven Khalil shined due to the gown’s colorful, intricate details incorporated in the bodysuit, perfectly complimenting the fun lightness of the flowy skirt.

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Her watch party look was a bit more subdued, but just as stunning with a lacey sweetheart neckline and elegant slit, all pulled together with a velvet purple belt to bring in the waist. Valdez’ two lovely looks couldn’t have paired with her night of history-making any better.

Regina King

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Get a girl that can do BOTH. Between her bright, bold gown and tribute to Breonna Taylor, Regina King proved, yet again, how incredible of a woman she is. Her Schiaparelli Couture gown was literally breath-taking, its rich blue color, gravity-defying shape and detailed gems made it impossible for us to take our eyes off of her. However, when accepting her fourth Emmy award for Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, she swapped her dress out for a t-shirt displaying the face of Breonna Taylor, the police shooting victim, who millions are still demanding justice for. When accepting her award, King emphasized the importance of voting in the next election while proudly honoring one of the most prominent faces that has stood as a symbol for the BLM movement this year. 

H.E.R.

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While performing the song “Nothing Compares 2 U” written by Prince and sung by Sinéad O’Connor in memoriam of those we’ve lost this year (including Chadwhick Boseman, Naya Rivera and more), H.E.R. could not have looked more beautiful. In a vibrant fuschia Vera Wang cheongsam-style gown complete with delicate floral embroidery and orange detailing, H.E.R.’s look was one of the most flattering and tasteful of the night. She paired the gown with gemstones in her hair, statement hoops and stylish shades that added her personal flair to the elegant look.

Sandra Oh

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Last, but certainly not least, the Grey’s Anatomy star proved that laid-back is in no way synonymous with lazy. Oh’s look was dedicated to blending her culture with the BLM movement in the most beautiful way. She teamed up with Matthew Kim at KORELIMITED to create a royal purple hanbok-style bomber jacket and matching face mask with embroidered Korean writing that reads “Black Lives Are Precious.”As if her unique look couldn’t get any more fascinating, according to @korelimited on Instagram, the design also includes several traditional elements of the hanbok, a kind of dress that’s highly honored in the Korean culture.