It was a night rich with long, flowing dresses and tresses, splashes of color, metallics, straplessness and flashy jewelry.
Lauren Conrad was one of the first to arrive. She was dressed in one of her own designs -- a flowy, navy blue, strapless, Grecian style dress, which was adorned simply with a rhinestone brooch on the chest. It resembled another of her creations we'd see later on one of the award presenters.
For a young, budding designer, her gowns weren't half-bad. You can never go wrong with classic and elegant ... that said, they didn't really stand out in the crowd, either.
As always, classic black dresses were popular on the red carpet, but Oh's black Oscar de la Renta gown was a cut above the rest. Varying textures on the top (lace) and bottom (which had subtle sparkles) were spliced together with a simple black sash that tied in a bow. Her enormous diamond stud earrings were the perfect compliment.
Meanwhile, Longoria defied the floor-length gown norm with her short, matte silver dress, which featured a giant jeweled bow on top and flapper-like fringe on the bottom. Her charcoal smoky eyes, nude lipstick and sleek bob hairstyle completed her memorable and modern look.
America Ferrera was anything but ugly in a strapless, black ruched dress had great shape and lots of personality. She paired it with wavy, flowing locks, red lips and a chunky Fred Leighton necklace for a sophisticated elegant look.
Jenna Fischer, The Office's resident frumpster, was stunning in a Grecian style Gustavo Cadile gown that blended shades of seafoam green, light gray and aqua. The casual feel of her long, wavy locks made her look effortlessly beautiful.
In her metallic gray, off the shoulder gown, Heidi Klum's capelet made you take a second look.
Ugly Betty's Vanessa Williams was lovely in a black, white and rose print gown by Kevan Hall, with one rhinestone shoulder strap. She topped it off with the perfect diamond drop earrings.
In a green, body-hugging gown, Christina Hendricks of Mad Men showed off her curvaceous figure and the color was a gorgeous complement to her red hair. As for other pretty jewel tones, Nicolette Sheridan turned up in a strapless purple gown, while Brooke Shields was fantastic in strapless fuschia and Tina Fey was elegant in strapless eggplant.
Christina Applegate was a vision in an ice blue asymmetrical dress with metallic patches, pulled-back hair and classic red lipstick.
A few celebs were just a shade shy of perfect. Jennifer Love Hewitt's black and white, strapless Carolina Herrera dress stood out in a crowd, but her big, kinky up 'do looked like something I would have done in high school --
and that was in the late 1980s, people. Not a good thing.
Mariska Hargitay was beautiful in her show-stopping, canary yellow asymmetrical dress with a bow on one shoulder and her loose up 'do was divine. But those yellow earrings were a little too much.
Teri Hatcher was ho-hum in a bright yellow dress, which might have been more special if it weren't shown up by Hagerty's number.
The silhouette, shape and back of Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Narciso Rodriguez criss-cross dress was wonderful. But it was salmon, which was reminiscnet of a 1980s bridesmaid, and there was a peekaboo of skin below her chest that didn't scream elegance.
And then, there were the unfortunate.
I only saw January Jones for a moment, when the camera panned over her. But after seeing the Mad Men actress wear so many stylish period dresses on the show, I wasn't impressed by her white mermaid dress. Its bustier top and many seams throughout looked more Frederick's of Hollywood than Hollywood.
Marcia Cross' gown, with its lacy floral overlay on top and poufy netting on the bottom, seemed like it wanted to be champagne colored, but it ended up looking like a used tea bag. The unremarkable color didn't flatter her skin tone, and the dress hit her mid-calf. Thumbs down, especially after seeing another redhead (Hendricks) do her coloring so proud. She should have hopped on that jewel tones bus.
Finally, Kathy Griffin's outfit wasn't necessarily on the D-List, but it didn't make the grade. I was all about her strapless, mocha and light pink damask print mermaid gown until the camera panned down to that hideous bow made of baby-poop-green netting that tied around the largest part of her hips -- which aren't big, by any means, but still. Yuck.