Let's be honest: it's always the ladies who rule the red carpets, especially when the event calls for black tie. Men just tend to put on a simple black tux and call it a day. There's nothing absolutely wrong with that, of course. But with designers shifting their attention towards tailoring again and proposing new updates, it seems rather banal to resort to something incredibly conventional.
At the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards however, the men took risks like never before. We daresay, that the red carpet (well, purple) at this year's Emmys had the most exciting congregation of men's looks that we've seen at an award show. The men of primetime television took to the red carpet in various iterations of suits and tuxedos—sans tie and in some cases, sans shirt.
We wonder if it had anything to do with celebrities like Billy Porter and Ezra Miller constantly making strong cases that red carpet fashion for men need not be safe and boring.
Always one to push boundaries when it comes to traditional notions of men's dressing, Porter—who won an award for 'Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series'—showed up to this year's Emmys in a custom Michael Kors Collection look and topped off with a distorted top hat by Stephen Jones, that reached up to the high heavens. Steven Canals, the co-creator for Pose, wore a sequinned tuxedo by Viktor Luna that was designed with extended angel sleeves that dragged across the carpet; dramatic.
Even those who opted for less daring outfits, played with colour, proportions and textures, making their looks anything but boring. Mahershala Ali for example, wore a custom Ermenegildo Zegna XXX dark green jacquard suit, accented with a silver lapel pin—a look that's not normally seen on the red carpet.
Scroll through our picks for the best red carpet looks at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards in the gallery above.