Lights! Camera! Awards! If you are in the television industry, chances are your life has been nonstop, attending numerous Emmy events. The 71st annual awards show thankfully features an impressive range of LGBTQ nominations, airing live on Sept. 22.
Last weekend, the Creative Emmy Awards, now a two-day experience, had an array of LGBTQ winners. “RuPaul’s Drag Race’s” RuPaul Charles on Saturday picked up his fourth consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program. He dedicated his win to Drag Race co-executive producer Jacqueline Wilson “who we just lost recently.”
“Oh my goodness, wow, that was very sweet of you… really, really lovely,” RuPaul said onstage, acknowledging the series “for all the kids who dance to the beat of a different drummer.” The series also won for Outstanding Hairstyling and Outstanding Costume.
“Queer Eye’s” Jonathan Van Ness outshined everyone, wearing a stunning silk metallic bow dress by Christian Siriano, on the red carpet. It’s no wonder the much loved series won four awards, Outstanding Picture Editing for a Structured Reality or Competition Program, Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program, Outstanding Directing for a Reality Program, and Outstanding Structured Reality Program for the second consecutive year.
Other LGBTQ winners were Hannah Gadsby for Netflix’s “Nanette,” which won Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special, and FOX’s “RENT: Live,” which received the Emmy for Outstanding Production Design for Variety Special.
At the Governors Ball, Patina Catering will show off its culinary prowess with a lavish menu. Lindt Chocolate has fantastic samples of chocolate for guests, including the Lindt Chocolate Pot de Crème, a highlight of the Governors Ball dessert collection.
Sterling Vineyards will pour its 2015 Platinum Cabernet Sauvignon as well as the flagship Iridium Cabernet Sauvignon, which Emmy winners will receive as a personalized bottle in the Emmys Winner’s Circle. The award-winning bartender Charles Joly will be creating Ketel One Vodka official Emmy cocktails, and Ferrari Trento is serving sparkling wines guests will sip while toasting Emmy winners. Don Francisco’s Coffee will brew a variety of its aromatic coffees.
Events designer Sequoia Productions came up with this year’s “Brilliance in Motion” theme. The party is an inside-outside experience for the guests on the top of the LA Live deck, just a few hundred feet away from the Microsoft Theatre exit doors.
“We were initially inspired by the television Academy Key Art background,” enthused Cheryl Cecchetto, President and CEO of Sequoia. “It has a beautiful fountain and our interpretation was to create our own version of water. So we took 500 miles of string fabric, flipped it upside down and created these huge circular pools of chandeliers. When you see water drops on water to create these circular motions—that’s where we came up with the circular chandeliers. It’s really fabulous with the flow of 4000 guests coming through.”
The four colors used at the Ball are purple, magenta, coral and red. “We also thought it was really interesting to have the four prominent colors throughout the inside tent area, because we could easily say to somebody, ‘the right-hand side purple area or the left-hand side magenta area’ when we’re directing them to their various sections.”
Cecchetto noted the nostalgic feeling surrounding the Ball, since the deck is being torn down next year. “This is our second consecutive year on top of the structure, but it’ll never take place again. The florals themselves have been produced by LA Premiere and we consistently use the color palette of florals on linens on carpet and of course, all of our accents are an Emmy gold.”
Living Spaces is producing all this fantastic new furniture for the party. “This pristine new beautiful furniture is being donated after the events. The Television Academy is donating 50 percent of it to the Hollywood Community Housing Corporation Hollywood Community Housing Corporation and 50 percent of it to Habitat for Humanity. We at Sequoia Productions on behalf of the Television Academy always feel extremely proud to say that we recycle and find opportunities to reuse items.
Added gay executive Gary Levitt, executive VP of Sequoia Productions: “We are always thrilled when anyone from the LGBTQ+ community is recognized for their contributions to society and the community. It is important that we continue to be acknowledged, visible and heard so the younger generations that follow feel empowered and confident to strive for the best life they can live and accomplish everything they wish for themselves.”
With L’Oréal Paris providing touch-ups for Emmy nominees and winners, you can expect all the LGBTQ nominees to look great.
A red carpet hair trend fans will definitely be seeing this year are hair accessories, said stylist Kristen Cole, who works for Andy LeCompte hair salon. “Headbands, velvet and satin bows, and decorated bobby pins are a huge trend. Celebrities, such as Margot Robbie and Nicole Kidman, have both been spotted on red carpets wearing these looks.
With the huge success of HBO’s “Euphoria,” which features a trans character, Cole expects to see series-inspired hair trends this year. “Something very modern chic meets edgy 90’s hairstyles.”
Fellow LGBTQ nominee Kate McKinnon is bringing back the classic chignon, but with a modern twist, “I love the fact that this classic hairstyle was created with texture. It definitely gives more of an updated version of the chignon,” said Cole.
The Hollywood stylist hopes Laverne Cox will be wearing her hair up for the Emmys. “She is stunning in a romantic low ponytail. The loose hair framing her face creates a soft and effortless look. This is one of my favorite hairstyles to see on the red carpet. It’s soft and feminine, and really compliments her features.”
Veteran colorist Madison Clifford, who also works for Andy LeCompte Salon, loves how Cox always looks amazing at awards events. “She really knows how to wear hair color that compliments her gorgeous complexion. I’d expect to see her on the red carpet wearing her hair down with glam waves, donning a deeper balayage tone similar to what Beyonce has been rocking this summer.”
In addition to working behind the chair, Clifford has a passion for fashion; working backstage styling hair at New York Fashion Week, as well as working on set doing hair/makeup for editorial and commercial shoots.
Clifford is equally excited to see what nominee Billy Porter will be wearing. “His style is so fun, I can’t wait to see what he pulls out on the red carpet. I’d like to see him in an icy platinum color, or something vibrant and wild.”
If you are looking to get red carpet ready, Clifford would love to have you into the West Hollywood salon for a hair makeover. “I’m really in love with a chocolatey brown, with subtle warm balayage or a copper based red. Since we lose warmth in our skin during the cooler months, it’s nice to bring it out in the hair to balance our complexion.”