Emmys '06 Best & Worst Dressed

See PEOPLE's picks of last year's most gorgeous gowns – and biggest fashion fumbles. By Melissa Liebling-Goldberg

01 of 17

ELLEN POMPEO: BEST

ELLEN POMPEO: BEST
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The doctor is in! The Grey’s Anatomy star shines in a purple John Galliano for Christian Dior siren gown and sleek, pulled-back hair.

02 of 17

DEBRA MESSING: BEST

DEBRA MESSING: BEST
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The Will & Grace star likes her gown like she does her comedy series: light and frothy. Messing, a nominee, floats in a tiered Alberta Ferretti gown and Cartier jewels.

03 of 17

VANESSA MINNILLO: WORST

VANESSA MINNILLO: WORST
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Did the MTV star mistake the red carpet for a beauty pageant? The TRL host flops in this too-tight, too-sequined cocktail dress.

04 of 17

EVANGELINE LILLY: BEST

EVANGELINE LILLY: BEST
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The Lost star didn’t let her show’s lack of nominations keep her from winning on the red carpet in her Versace strapless stunner and dazzling diamonds.

05 of 17

KATHERINE HEIGL: BEST

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The Grey’s Anatomy actress channels the blonde bombshells of classic Hollywood in her second-skin Escada, accessorized with Jimmy Choo shoes and clutch.

06 of 17

SANDRA OH: WORST

SANDRA OH: WORST
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Maybe the Grey’s Anatomy nominee has never heard the phrase less is more? Her lovely lavender Vera Wang gown is overwhelmed by strands and strands of baubles.

07 of 17

TYRA BANKS: BEST

TYRA BANKS: BEST
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The host of America’s Next Top Model looks like a million bucks (and more) in diamonds worth $3.5 million and a $55,000 Georges Chakra couture trumpet gown.

08 of 17

KYRA SEDGWICK: BEST

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In contrast with her gritty role in The Closer, drama nominee Sedgwick is the epitome of romantic fantasy in her Armani Privé tulle confection.

09 of 17

PAULA ABDUL: WORST

PAULA ABDUL: WORST
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What would Simon say? The American Idol judge gets the heave-ho for this unflattering floral flock and matronly jewelry.

10 of 17

MARISKA HARGITAY: BEST

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The glowing new mom and drama winner for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit flaunts her already slim figure in a Carolina Herrera gown with cascading flowers.

11 of 17

JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS: BEST

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Talk about breaking the Seinfeld curse. The The New Adventures of Old Christine winner is simply chic in black and white Narciso Rodriguez.

12 of 17

CHERYL HINES: WORST

CHERYL HINES: WORST
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The Curb Your Enthusiasm actress and nominee is all wrapped up in her stiff taffeta gown with a way-too-spangly see-through back.

13 of 17

PORTIA DE ROSSI: BEST

PORTIA DE ROSSI: BEST
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Making a solo appearance without girlfriend Ellen DeGeneres, the Arrested Development star stands out in her swirling gray Zac Posen gown and crimson satin clutch.

14 of 17

CALISTA FLOCKHART: BEST

CALISTA FLOCKHART: BEST
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The star of the new fall series Brothers & Sisters looks like a goddess in her one-shouldered Grecian-inspired Derek Lam gown.

15 of 17

MORGAN FAIRCHILD: WORST

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With her train and satin opera gloves, the actress goes for divine but ends up looking more dud than diva.

16 of 17

HEIDI KLUM: BEST

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This red hot mama-to-be sizzles in a scarlet gown by fellow Project Runway judge Michael Kors.

17 of 17

EVA LONGORIA: BEST

EVA LONGORIA: BEST
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The petite Desperate Housewives star shows off her toned shoulders – and more – in this plunging, bubble-skirted dress by Jason Wu.

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