When it comes to red carpet style, Emmy nominee Julia Louis-Dreyfus has gotten better with age.
One only has to look back at her 1998 Emmy gown, a Barbie-pink satin Bob Mackie, to know it. That fairy tale-like confection, complete with a shelf bra and bustle, was worlds away from her "Seinfeld" character Elaine's 1990s city chic (the brooches, blazers and mom jeans, Empire floral dresses and two-toned oxfords that look fresh again now).
Thanks to her long, successful career arc, fashion watchers have been able to see her style evolve. Sixteen years later, Louis-Dreyfus, 53, is reliably one of Hollywood's best-dressed actresses because she is not a mannequin for the highest bidder; she has a point of view. Her red carpet gowns are sleek, superbly fitted and usually in toned-down colors. She loves a pair of statement earrings, often by L.A. designer Irene Neuwirth.
Louis-Dreyfus is loyal to certain designers, including Vera Wang, Monique Lhuillier and Narciso Rodriguez. But she's not about fashion with a capital F. She doesn't let clothes speak for her.
Her sartorial confidence is mirrored in character Selina Meyer's wardrobe on "Veep." Costume designer Kathleen Felix-Hager has said the fictional vice president's sophisticated shift dresses and sleek coats by Bottega Veneta and Alexander McQueen are inspired in part by First Lady Michelle Obama's love of style. One wonders, though, now that Meyer is raising her political profile, if her pricey fashion habit will lead to public backlash.
One thing's for sure: Louis-Dreyfus has a good shot at winning this year's Emmy's style vote.