Aubrey Plaza Takes a Stab at Risqué Dressing at the 2023 Emmys With Needle-Adorned Look

Aubrey Plaza nailed it at the 2023 Emmys, wearing a pastel yellow dress from Loewe that featured an eye-catching detail: A giant sewing needle attachment.

By Alyssa Morin Jan 16, 2024 2:08 AMTags
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Aubrey Plaza's 2023 Emmys look was literally on point.

The White Lotus actress took a stab at risqué dressing while attending the awards show at Los Angeles' Peacock Theater on Jan. 15. For the fanciful affair, Aubrey opted for a bold look, wearing a floor-length pastel yellow gown from Loewe—which came fresh off the brand's spring/summer 2024 runway.

But the unexpected hue of the dress wasn't the only detail worth noting. After all, the Parks and Recreation alum's design consisted of a collar-high neckline that featured a massive sewing needle stuck right in the center.

Aubrey—who was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series for her role in The White Lotus but lost out to costar Jennifer Coolidge—nailed the rest of her look with coordinating yellow heels from Alexandre Birman and EFFY jewelry pieces.

And as if her eccentric ensemble wasn't exciting enough, she punched up her look with a bright pink-ish, plum lipstick, which was from L'Oreal's Colour Riche Intense Volume Matte Lipstick line. She also styled her hair in a half-up, half-down look for an effortless finish.

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It's safe to say that Aubrey isn't afraid to take fashion risks.

Just last year, her daring cutout dress at the 2023 SAG Awards stirred controversy. At the time, she sizzled in a metallic bronze Michael Kors Collection dress that featured a crisscrossed neckline that showcased her mid-driff and underboob.

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But after the actress' faced criticism for the way the dress fit her, her longtime stylist Jessica Paster came to her defense. 

"The straps could be better adjusted," one Instagram user commented following the ceremony, "but I love the color and hair and makeup look amazing." Jessica fired back, writing, "did 7 fittings...for real...I wanted underboob," adding a smiling face with hearts emoji.

Aubrey's stylist had previously revealed the inspiration behind the boundary-pushing ensemble.

"I have been working with Aubrey Plaza for almost 17 years, so when she got nominated, I wanted something sexy, current, and modern," Jessica told WWD. "I have worked with Michael [Kors] for many years, and he came up with something perfect for us. Anytime I explain to Michael what I want in a look he gets it exactly right, every time."

While it's unknown what inspired Aubrey's 2023 Emmys look, it's clear people are sew into it. 

Keep reading to see all of the swoon-worthy looks to hit the red carpet at the 2023 Emmys.

Suki Waterhouse

In Valentino.

Hannah Waddingham

In custom Marchesa, Nina shoes and Marchesa jewelry.

Taraji P. Henson

In custom Atelier Versace and Simon G jewelry.

Sheryl Lee Ralph

In Christian Siriano and De Beers jewelry.

Aubrey Plaza

In Loewe.

Meghann Fahy

In custom Armani Privé and Bulgari jewelry.

Selena Gomez

In Oscar de la Renta and Tiffany & Co. jewelry.

Simona Tabasco

In Marni and Cartier jewelry.

Issa Rae

In Pamella Roland.

Sarah Snook

In Vivienne Westwood and Cartier jewelry.

Jenna Ortega

In Christian Dior.

Ayo Edebiri

In custom Louis Vuitton.

Camila Morrone

In Atelier Versace.

Riley Keough

In Chanel.

Sam Richardson

Rachel Brosnahan

In Versace and Rainbow K and Susanne Kalan jewelry.

Alfie Fuller

Padma Lakshmi

In Marchesa.

Bobby Berk

Claire Danes

In vintage Balmain.

Elizabeth Debicki

In Christian Dior Haute Couture.

Katherine Heigl

In custom Reem Acra and Rahaminov Diamonds jewelry.

Niecy Nash

In custom Greta Constantine.

Quinta Brunson

In Christian Dior and De Beers jewelry.

Tyler James Williams

In Dolce & Gabbana.

Liv Hewson

Joy Sunday

In Safiyaa.

Sophie Nélisse

For a full recap of the 75th Emmy Awards, check out E! Online's Emmys homepage here.