Better off red. That was the memo celebrity stylists seem to have received at tonight's 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. No fewer than seven stars—
Mindy Kaling, and
January Jones and
Christina Hendricks—chose the vibrant shade for this evening's ceremony. There's safety in numbers, but only Louis-Dreyfus, in Carolina Herrera, picked up a prize (for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for
Veep), and enjoyed a prolonged lip-lock with
Bryan Cranston, to boot.
Fuchsia was the second-most-popular color, with Zooey Deschanel, Kaley Cuoco, and Allison Janney all thinking pink. Janney took home the Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy award for Mom wearing Nicolas Jebran. The little-known Lebanese designer was also behind Beyoncé's second-skin number and Iggy Azalea's partly sheer one-shoulder gown at the VMAs last night. Now that's a grand entrance.
The red carpet's other big message: Just say Giamba. The Paris couturier Giambattista Valli scored big with Michelle Monaghan, Allison Williams, and a peroxide-blond Lena Dunham all choosing designs fresh off his couture runway. Amanda Peet's floral print dress was Valli resort. In trademark fashion, Dunham's pajama shirt and ball-skirt combo proved to be one of the most divisive looks of the night, but we think the irrepressible layers of tulle suited the Girls creator.
A movie star in a television crowd, Julia Roberts set herself apart in a heavily beaded, leggy Elie Saab number. Maybe it could've done with a few less beads and a few more inches at the hem, but at least it wasn't a strapless gown. Surely we've seen enough of those to last us a few more Emmy ceremonies. (We could've also gone without the moment Sofia Vergara was used as a prop.)
The stars of the show: Julianna Margulies in a beaded Narciso Rodriguez gown that dipped precipitously in the back (nobody gives back like Narciso), Natasha Lyonne in curvy, lacy Opening Ceremony, Lizzy Caplan in sexy black-and-white Donna Karan, Kerry Washington in fiery-orange Prada, and Gwen Stefani in haute casual Atelier Versace. As a shoeless Sarah Silverman put it, "We're all just made of molecules and we're hurling through space right now." Best not to take this red-carpet business too seriously.