The Desperate Housewives star (a nominee for lead actress in a comedy series) showcases her willowy frame in curve-hugging ensembles. From a sexy red shift at a Beverly Hills party (in May) to her custom-made Donna Karan halter gown at the Golden Globe Awards (in January), “Hatcher has confidence” in her clothes, says PEOPLE style director Susan Kaufman.
Jennifer Garner “always pulls out showstopper gowns,” says Kaufman. At the Golden Globes, the Alias star wowed in red Valentino Couture; at the SAG Awards (in February), she went for a feminine look in an Alberta Ferretti column dress. At the Emmys (where she’s a nominee for lead actress in a drama series), expect to see the pregnant actress “in something with an empire waist that will flow,” says Kaufman.
Halle Berry (nominated for lead actress in a miniseries or movie for Their Eyes Were Watching God) “goes for glamorous – not edgy – designers,” says Kaufman. At the premiere of Eyes (in March), she was pretty in a pink John Galliano cocktail dress, while at the Oscars (in February), she went for an old-school movie star look in a one-shoulder Atelier Versace gown.
Medium star Patricia Arquette (a nominee for lead actress in a drama series) “is voluptuous and comfortable in her own skin,” says Kaufman. She flaunted her figure in a fire-engine red gown at the Golden Globes and was fierce in an animal print at a movie premiere last year.
“Patricia Heaton is simply chic. There’s nothing flashy about her,” says Kaufman. The Everybody Loves Raymond star (a nominee for lead actress in a comedy series) played up her pretty shoulders in a strapless pink column dress at last year’s SAG Awards and a halter-necked gown at this year’s SAGs.
Grey’s Anatomy star Sandra Oh (a nominee for supporting actress in a drama series) favors “simple colors – nothing too overdone,” says Kaufman. At an awards ceremony in March, she looked fresh in white Bill Blass; at another awards event (in January), she complemented her skin tone with a red halter-necked frock.
Unlike like her flamboyant Will amp Grace character, Megan Mullally (a nominee for supporting actress in a comedy series) often chooses basic black “because it’s always slimming and it works on her,” says Kaufman. Some of her choices include a lacy cocktail dress at the SAG Awards (left) and a décolletage-baring gown at the People’s Choice Awards (in January).
“She has the height and body of a supermodel, so she can wear almost anything,” says Kaufman of Oscar winner Charlize Theron (a nominee for supporting actress in a miniseries or movie for her role in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers). A Dior fan, she wore the designer’s creations to the Oscars (a ruffled, ’50s-style gown, left) and the Golden Globes (a midnight-blue number with a fishtail hem).
Former Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon (a nominee for lead actress in a miniseries or movie for her portrayal of Eleanor Roosevelt in Warm Springs) “is very understated” on the red carpet, says Kaufman. At an awards ceremony in March (left) she donned a halter dress in a muted tone; at the SAG Awards she chose a chocolate-brown wrap dress with gold accessories.
She plays a tough detective on Law amp Order: Special Victims Unit (for which she’s nominated for lead actress in a drama), but off-camera, Mariska Hargitay “is a bit of a girly girl,” says Kaufman. “She takes fashion risks.” The actress went for a dramatic effect twice this year: in a sheer gown at a May gala in New York City, and in a Vera Wang mermaid dress at the Golden Globes.
Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross “has come a long way in her style choices,” says Kaufman. The nominee for lead actress in a comedy series wears clothes “that are more current and colors that work well on her.” She complemented her dramatic red hair with an empire-waisted Alberta Ferretti at an awards ceremony in Monte Carlo (in July). And at the Golden Globes, she scored in a 1930s-influenced Richard Tyler.