Michaela Coel made history at last night’s Emmys. As the first Black woman to win Outstanding Writing in a Limited Series, Coel received a well-deserved accolade for her powerful and personal drama, I May Destroy You. To honor the evening’s spirit and the continued success of her groundbreaking series, Coel chose an Emmys look that was bright, bold, and uplifting. Her Christopher John Rogers-designed skirt felt like a breath of fresh air, and from the moment the designer presented his sketch, Coel’s stylist Zerina Akers knew it was something special. “It felt youthful and daring but still very chic,” Akers shared post-event. “I knew it would take a certain kind of strength to pull it off, and Michaela did just that!”
For Rogers, the neon bralette adorned with a 6-foot silk organza bow and matching column skirt served as a celebration of an artist in her prime. “I’m such a fan and admirer of Michaela and her work and was elated when the opportunity presented itself to create something for her. I immediately thought of her striking features and wanted her to be the focus of the look,” he says. “I thought a fluorescent yellow would be stunning on her and just was into the idea of something classic, a little bit off, and with a touch of drama.” Rogers’ use of monochromatic layering added to that effect. The material of both the top and skirt were meant to be tactile, crafted from cotton twill with an overlay. “I wanted the ruching and draping to feel more papery than Grecian,” explains Rogers. “[For them] to carry an air of insouciance while still being intentional and declarative.”
Behind the scenes, Coel prepped with a special pre-Emmys facial by Dr. Barbara Strum and sleek makeup courtesy of Bernicia Boateng that mirrored the colors of her look with bright yellow eyeshadow and black winged liner. Instead of choosing gems from the usual suspects, Akers and Coel opted for a pair of striking, eco-conscious accessories. “Michaela loves to support sustainable and ethical brands; this time around, we chose an unusual pairing with gold and pearl Alighieri earrings and combined it with an Anne Sisteron necklace,” says Akers. They landed on Sisteron’s 14K gold baguette and diamond necklace, rose gold ring, and Alighieri’s handcrafted freshwater baroque pearls.
The look dazzled on the red carpet, but it truly lit up the room when it was time for Coel to accept her Emmy. “[Michaela] has made such great strides while staying true to herself. She’s given a voice to many who may have been unheard, and she deserved a look that celebrated her,” says Akers. “I was ecstatic! I’m just so happy for Michaela. She deserves all of the good things coming her way.”Photographed by Kayla ReeferPhotographed by Kayla ReeferPhotographed by Kayla ReeferPhotographed by Kayla ReeferPhotographed by Kayla ReeferPhotographed by Kayla ReeferPhotographed by Kayla ReeferPhotographed by Kayla ReeferPhotographed by Kayla ReeferPhotographed by Kayla ReeferPhotographed by Kayla ReeferPhotographed by Kayla ReeferPhotographed by Kayla ReeferPhotographed by Kayla Reefer
Styled by Zerina Akers
Hair by Coree Moreno
Makeup by Bernicia Boateng
Nails by Rose Hackle