Worst Dressed

Sure, Emmys night is an evening for television to honor its own. Unfortunately, it's also a time when some less-than-stellar sartorial choices are made. Check out the fashion don'ts on the red carpet at the 55th Annual Emmy Awards. By Serena Kappes

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PEEKABOO

PEEKABOO
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Usually known for her elegant awards-show outfits, Sex and the City's Kim Cattrall, a best supporting comedic actress nominee, looks like she's trying a bit too hard to play the sex kitten in her none-too-flattering sequined, cutout Armani gown.

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COLOR CLASH

COLOR CLASH
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Though she was nominated for best supporting dramatic actress (for Six Feet Under), the usually fashionable Lauren Ambrose's curve-hugging black gown definitely isn't award-worthy. The gown's matte texture and silky sleeves clash, adding up to a fashion no-no.

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SUITED UP

SUITED UP
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Though she should be applauded for forgoing the typical Emmys gown, Will amp Grace star Megan Mullally – and best supporting comedic actress nominee – misses the mark in her white pantsuit and ruffle-trimmed duster coat.

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WHAT A TULLE

WHAT A TULLE
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Without a Trace star Poppy Montgomery clearly thought she was appearing in a ballet recital. Her tulle-heavy aquamarine gown is campy instead of classy. We have a sad suspicion she was inspired by Lara Flynn Boyle and Bjork at past awards shows.

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FATHER ROBIN

FATHER ROBIN
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Has Emmy nominee Robin Williams (for his HBO special, Robin Williams: Live on Broadway) given up his day job and become a priest? Sure looks like it with his drab, clerical-collared suit, which is out of place on the Emmys red carpet.

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SWIMMING IN SATIN

SWIMMING IN SATIN
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There's no denying Stockard Channing's talent as an actress, but her taste in couture is another matter. The Emmy nominee (for best supporting actress in a drama for her West Wing role) is positively swimming in her pink Carolina Herrera gown, complete with a Dracula-esque collar and bow.

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DRAB ENTRANCE

DRAB ENTRANCE
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Alicia Silverstone is heading to TV this fall in the new NBC show Miss Match, but her white chiffon gown at the Emmys isn't the kind of showstopper that would herald her entrance. She should have opted for a more vibrant shade to offset her porcelain skin.

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BUSTIER BUST

BUSTIER BUST
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Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon (nominated for best supporting comedic actress) looks a bit like Wonder Woman in this 1950s-inspired, flared rust-colored dress. Unfortunately, we don't mean that in a good way – the top is way too stiff-looking.

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BRONZE BUST

BRONZE BUST
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Will amp Grace star Debra Messing normally rules the red carpet. At this year's Emmys, however, the best comedic actress winner isn't taking home that honor. Her bronze-and-gold strapless Elie Saab ball gown doesn't flatter her thin frame; instead, it flattens her torso and overwhelms her with its too-long hem.

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PURPLE MESS

PURPLE MESS
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24's Elisha Cuthbert's dress looks like something out of Studio 54's heyday with its gathered bodice and disco-queen flow. Though its rich amethyst hue is lovely on her, the gown's dual length ruins its intended glamorous effect, looking like it might trip her up.

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WASHED OUT

WASHED OUT
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There's something to be said for wearing a color scheme that complements your skin tone. Unfortunately, The West Wing star Janel Moloney didn't consider that when choosing her Emmy dress, a drab, layered chiffon gown that makes her look washed out.

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ALL MIXED UP

ALL MIXED UP
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Best supporting dramatic actor winner Joe Pantoliano (for The Sopranos) is a study in bad mixing and matching with his Emmys getup: a newsboy cap, a baby-blue vest and tie, and an iridescent blue suit. Ouch!

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