Nina Dobrev has erred on the side of demure at past award shows, but tonight she debuted a sexier side of herself. Her side-swept, wavy, long hairstyle, smoky eyes and a single diamond choker were all the Vampire Diaries star needed to complete her Donna Karen gown.
While we applaud Dianna Agron for bucking the red/pink/nude trend of the night, it is so hard to pull off satin. Especially in a color like indigo, which changes hue depending on how the light hits it. The cut of this dress also ages the 25-year-old actress twenty years. Also: Why wear a fabric that makes it necessary to travel with a portable steamer?
Open a dictionary (or Dictionary.com). Go to "va-va-voom" and "voluptuous." You'll see Sofia Vergara's picture there. And where oh where can we acquire those emerald earrings? Oh, Lorraine Schwartz (so I looked it up), of course.
Gwyneth Platrow thought she was attending a Middle Eastern-themed Eyes Wide Shut party tonight, but her limo driver brought her to the Emmys to present the Oustanding Comedy award instead. Punked again, Gwyneth!
Cat Deeley looks like a modern-day Greek goddess in a strapless gold and blush Monique Lhuillier gown and volumized beachy waves. The So You Think You Can Dance host may have lost her category, but she won our approval on the red carpet.
Oh, Paz de la Huerta. How I love thee. Thanks to you, I didn't have to go into cardiac arrest tonight because you showed up looking demure with a normal hairstyle and makeup. Never change, Paz. Never change. But you simply must tell me the name of your lip color.
Red carpet pro Lea Michele strikes her signature collarbone out, hand on hip red carpet pose. (Not sure what I'm talking about? Google "Sarah Hyland ,Fashion Police). This time, however, the Glee star almost blends into the carpet (and many other red-clad Emmy attendees) in a body-skimming Marchesa gown with shoulder petals and a low, open back. Her shiny, high-gloss hairstyle and blunt bangs help the actress stand out.
You guys know about kale, right? It's this super-healthy vegetable that contains a multitude of vitamins and minerals. It's pretty good if you steam it with a little bit of sea salt. Well, Heidi Klum wants you to remember to eat kale. Not if it's this color, though. That means you have a mold problem.
Christina Hendricks goes nude and bedazzled for an updated Jessica Rabbit meets Marilyn Monroe's "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" dress vibe. She doesn't really need a lot of extra bells and whistles**, though, so the actress kept her accessories simple.
On Parks and Recreation, Aubrey Plaza plays a cynical, real-life Daria, but she's the assistant to the director of Parks and Recreation in a small Indiana town. It's a good thing the show was nominated for Outstanding Comedy, because this is the first time Plaza's been able to demonstrate on a red carpet that she and her Parks and Rec character are not one and the same. April probably would've worn plaid and Chucks.
You know those plastic massage things you can buy at bath and body stores? They look like a hairbrush, but have plastic bumps on them that are supposed to feel good when rubbed on muscles. Those plastic massage things inspired the bodice of Julianna Marguiles' Armani Priv gown. And the Chrysler Building replica at the New York, New York casino in Las Vegas.
Cobie Smulders from How I Met Your Mother took a risk with a spring-y turquoise. It turned out to be a surprising and welcome pop of color in the sea of red dresses and red carpet. A romantic, side-swept updo hairstyle completed the look.
I hate to snark on the totally holding down the female comedy fort Kristen Wiig--writer of this summer's Bridesmaids and Emmy nominee. Maybe she was too busy writing her next smash movie to read any style magazines, so when she heard "ombr" was in, she thought it referred to dresses, not hair colors.
Remember about a week ago when Evan Rachel Wood looked all punky in a spiked-up crop hairstyle, roaming around Paris with on-again paramour Jamie Bell (aka the O.G. Billy Elliot)? Well, this chick can do elegant and sophisticated with the best of 'em, too. Her finger wave curls instantly transform an edgy pixie cut into a Boardwalk Empire and Mildred Pierce-worthy hairstyle.
First of all, Jane Krakowski had a baby like, a second ago, so her figure is unbelievable in this silver dress . Unfortunately, the outfit looks a little too Space Age Beauty Pageant Contestant for our liking. It is giving the 30 Rock star a radiant complexion, though.
Kaley Cuoco does her duty to help bring back the tea-length dress (remember Dianna Agron in Chanel at the SAG Awards?) in a chick black tulle Romona Keveza number. The actress kept her makeup simple to help draw attention to her shockingly high red Mary Jane pumps and matching clutch.
Why do designers still make dresses with this skirt? The lacy layercake look hasn't been modern or fashionable since the age of saloons in Western movies. We applaud Glee's Jayma Mays' attempt to play with volume and a new silhouette, but the bodice would have worked better with a form-fitted skirt. Her deep side part and fuchsia lipstick are nailing it, though.
Friday Night Lights may not have walked away with as many Emmys as I'd have liked, but star Aimee Teegarden (Julie Taylor) won major style points with a one-shouldered black gown. The silhouette was a welcome change from the endless stream of mermaid skirts gliding down the red carpet.