7 Celebrities Who Used Their Fashion To Make A Statement At The 2018 Emmys

"If I have even a little bit of power right now, I want to use it for good."

While most of the focus was on winners at the 2018 Emmys, it was impossible not to notice what some celebrities wore on the red carpet and the statements they made with their outfits.


It's the age-old red carpet tradition to ask "who are you wearing" but, in most cases last night, it was more about the why. The best and brightest in Hollywood — and their dates, in some instances — wore their beliefs on their sleeves. While some were more obvious (such as Jenifer Lewis donning Nike from head to toe) others were more understated (such as the story behind Tiffany Haddish's colorful look).

Let's take a look at seven celebrities who used their fashion to make a statement at the awards show:

1. Sarah Sophie Flicker

Sarah Sophie Flicker, wife of GLOW director Jesse Peretz, might not be a name you knew before now, but she certainly made an impression. Flicker wore a bright red dress but it was the "Stop Kavanaugh" message on her arm — along with the phone number to the U.S. Capitol switchboard, according to CNN — that caught everyone's attention.

"Out here at the #emmys2018 believing Professor Christene Blasey Ford. Still believing Anita Hill. Shouting #stopkavanaugh," Flicker captioned an Instagram post, encouraging people to voice their concern over the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. Kavanaugh has been grilled by Senate Judiciary Committee members like Kamala Harris and accused of sexual assault.

2. Tiffany Haddish

Tiffany Haddish — who won an Emmy this year thanks to a hilarious guest role on Saturday Night Live — was impossible to miss on the red carpet last night thanks to a blue, green, red, and yellow gown. Just as she did at the Oscars earlier this year, Haddish paid homage to her late father's home country of Eritrea, as these are the colors on the African country's flag. As PopSugar points out, the gown's designer is Prabal Gurung — who regularly honors various countries around the world during fashion shows.

3. Allison Janney

In a simple but meaningful act, Mom star Allison Janney — who has previously won seven Emmys — showed up to the star-studded occasion sporting an "I Am A Voter" pin on her clutch. She — and others in Hollywood — have been reminding everyone to get out and vote in the 2018 midterm elections, which are November 6, by the way.

The only thing that might trump this red carpet moment, though, was when The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star Rachel Brosnahan who used an acceptance speech to urge everyone to use their voice and vote.

4. Padma Lakshmi

Giving us a moment of recycled fashion, Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi wore a J. Mendel gown that she had previously worn to the Women of the Year Awards hosted by Vogue India last October in Mumbai.

"I'm excited to wear this beautiful @j_mendel gown (again)," Lakshmi wrote on Instagram. "I think we should stop sending the message to young women and girls that we all have these endless closets of couture we're never allowed to wear more than once."

"It seems wasteful not to enjoy these dressed," her caption continued. "The hours that it takes, the artisans' labor, and the gorgeous fabrics all deserve to be worn again and treasured."

5. Jenifer Lewis

Stealing the entire show before it even began, Black-ish star Jenifer Lewis wore Nike from head to toe in support of Colin Kaepernick. While some were outraged enough to burn their Nike gear — instead of donating it, like they should — Lewis did the exact opposite and sent support to the former NFL player.

A teary-eyed Lewis sent love to Kaepernick, telling Variety: "Thank you Colin. Thank you for all that you do. Thank you for being brave. Thank you for being courageous. Thank you for taking a knee. Thank you."

6. Gaten Matarazzo

He was on point wearing the color of the night with a yellow suit, but Stranger Things star Gaten Matarazzo wanted everyone to focus on footwear. Matarazzo was wearing special sneakers with a smiley face on them to raise awareness for his charity, CCD Smiles. The smiley face is the logo for the nonprofit which helps those with cleidocranial dysplasia — which affects him as well.

"The organization is to help people who can't afford the medical procedures they need to be done because of the condition," the 16-year-old said in a video for TODAY.

7. Evan Rachel Wood

Westworld star Evan Rachel Wood was representing multiple causes at the Emmys last night. In addition to wearing a blue ribbon to support the ACLU's fight to reunite immigrant families separated at the border but she also brought Nobel Prize nominee Amanda Nguyen as her date (the two had previously testified together in D.C. to get Nguyen's Sexual Assault Survivors' Bill of Rights Act passed). When asked why she finds it important to be this active, Wood didn't disappoint with her answer.

"I think we're at a crucial time in history right now, especially for women and especially for civil rights," Wood told E! News. "If I have even a little bit of power right now I want to use it for good."

(H/T: Twitter)

Cover image via: Matt Winkelmeyer / Staff / Getty Images Entertainment


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