Thank goodness for E!'s red carpet segment of the Emmy awards. It means we can check out all the fabulous ensembles, then go back to watching football and find out who won the actual awards on the Internet later. (No offense, Emmys, but we just can't watch you straight through.)
Onto the outfits! Mermaid cut dresses were popular this year, but the trends of the night were big, showy earrings and long, loose curly hairdos (the latter of which were impressive to pull off in the reported 100 degree temperature). And as always, there were some shining stars, and some outfits that we never, ever want to see on the red carpet again.
Christina Applegate: Success is the best revenge and Christina Applegate got it in droves. After her show, Samantha Who?, was cancelled, she received the nomination for lead actress in a comedy series. She didn't win, but was victorious on the red carpet, with her midnight blue Basil Soda gown. She stood out in the pack in a dress with interesting shape, unique color and just the right amount of sparkle.
Heidi Klum: We imagine it's hard to pull of glamour when you're in your third trimester of pregnancy, but Heidi Klum had no problem doing so in her fitted, strapless black gown by Marchesa. She said that once you get to a certain state in pregnancy, fitted is better than draped -- and she's right. Her bump was the only thing that looked big. And her antiquey looking dangly earrings were the icing on the cake... but we'd expect nothing less from The Body, anyway.
Olivia Wilde of House was stunning in a white, backless dress with a sexy cutout cascaded down the front center of her perfect bod. While it was daring up top, a full, flowy modest bottom half balanced out the look. Maybe she wore accessories, too, but we didn't really notice...
Vanessa Williams' dress wasn't the most elaborate, but she looked radiant in the shiny turquoise gown with a flattering, structured top half and flowy bottom. And the color of the dress made her blue eyes pop. You don't always have to push the envelope to stand out, and Williams was a perfect example of simple, classic elegance.
Sandra Oh never disappoints on the red carpet and this year was no different. Her gold, fitted sparkly sheath was beautiful and elegant, but a rope belt gave it some edge and made it interesting.
Kyra Sedgwick: Pale pink may seem like a little bit stale color in fashion, but Kyra Sedgwick made it look brand new again. Her L'Wren Scott gown featured a high, sexy slit and dark pink detail; she finished the look off with an updo and simple earrings.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus: In a strapless, dark turquoise Vera Wang dress and her hair down, Julia Louis-Dreyfus came with a completely different look than 2009. Gathered material and a black waistline added waist-nipping details for another flawless ensemble.
Honorable mention: Blake Lively was stunning in a red Versace with a daring neckline, but her hair -- a long, braided, high ponytail with errant hairs poking out everywhere -- ruined it for us. It looked like she'd done her hair last night, slept on it, then rolled out to the award show.
From the neck up, the Top Chef host was perfection. She ever designed her own earrings. But the silhouette of her rockin' body was obscured by the red rose detail that jutted out from the hip on her Barney-colored Badgley Mischka couture gown. We're all for interesting details, but these were both distracting and unflattering on an otherwise lovely dress.
Sarah Silverman: Bless Sarah Silverman's heart. She tried. But her royal blue strapless dress had details in all the wrong places. There were bustle-like lumps protruding from each of her hips that made her look much larger than she actually is. Epic fail.
January Jones is, hands down, the best dressed character on Mad Men, but her red carpet gown looked like a Star Trek prom dress. It's nice to take a risk, but when you do, that risk should not A) have satellite dishes protruding from the hips and B) be gaping at the chest.
Chloe Sevigny's flowy, polka dot dress looked more wasn't nearly dressy enough for the Emmys. And the yellow flower at the hip added something, but we're not really sure what. Only that it was icky.
Kristin Chenoweth may have won a statue, but she lost big in the fashion department. If only someone could reassemble the shattered mirrors that made up her dress and showed her what she looked like. Eek!
Elizabeth Perkins: What on Earth was Elizabeth Perkins thinking? Her long sleeved dress looked totally out of place for the time of year, and resembled a 60-year-old's nightgown. It aged her 10 years -- never a good thing in Hollywood.
Honorable mention: Poor Elisabeth Moss. We love that she tried to choose something bold. But mauve is not her color, and the built in rhinestone neckline was just too much for her to pull off. It wasn't quite the worst, but definitely wasn't the best. But still better than her Mad Men character, Peggy, would have done.