Emmys 2011: Best Red Carpet Trends
RED STRAPLESS MERMAID GOWNS
The most popular variation of the traffic-stopping color was a sultry strapless mermaid silhouette, which amped up the sex appeal of the classic hue to 11, as demonstrated by Nina Dobrev (wearing Donna Karan), Kerry Washington (in Zuhair Murad), Giuliana Rancic and Nancy O'Dell (dressed in Lorena Sarbu).
EMBELLISHED BLUSH DRESSES
A perennial favorite in Hollywood, these slightly sheer gowns mix naughty with nice, baring a hint of skin while letting the beautiful embroidery take focus. Elisabeth Moss's Marchesa, Cat Deeley's Monique Lhuillier, Jennifer Carpenter's Tony Ward Couture gown and Maria Bello's Kaufmanfranco number nailed the grown-up girlie look.
It was hard not to feel envy for the eye-catching jewels spotted on the lobes of Rashida Jones (wearing Van Cleef amp Arpels), Sofia Vergara (in Lorraine Schwartz) and Gretchen Mol: Whether jaw-dropping, sexy or subtle, the emerald-hued styles stood in stylish contrast to the colors of their gowns.
Deep-dipping V-necks were also popular among the women in attendance. Julie Bowen (in Oscar de la Renta), Emily Blunt (wearing Elie Saab), Kristen Wiig (in Zac Posen) and Heather Morris (in a ruffled violet gown) boldly bared their hard-won abs in daring down-to-there gowns.
Katie Holmes and Dianna Agron served as refreshing counterpoints to the sea of bold, bright red in their cool, fluid cobalt gowns – Holmes's is Calvin Klein Collection, Agron's is a high-neck, satiny Roksanda Ilincic confection.
BURGUNDY STRAPLESS BALL GOWNS
Emmy host Jane Lynch (dressed in David Meister Signature) and Friday Night Lights star Connie Britton embody elegance in their sweetheart-neckline rich red gowns with flowing skirts.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Julie Bowen (both wearing Neil Lane earrings) and Amy Poehler got into the glam spirit of things by accenting their ultramodern looks with equally striking jet-black baubles.
SEQUINED BLACK COLUMNS
Evan Rachel Wood and Maria Menounos both made a major impact on the red carpet without showing too much skin by opting for head-to-toe sequined and embellished black gowns.
DRAPED LILAC GOWNS
Rashida Jones, Amber Riley and Julia Stiles went for lush, romantic looks, choosing elaborately draped and pleated dresses in pale purple and opting for subtle metallic accents.