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  1. Oh ... what a beautiful evening

    "Grey's Anatomy" star Sandra Oh arrives at the 61st annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 20. Oh is a nominee for best supporting actress in a drama series. (Danny Moloshok / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Something Wilde

    "House" star Olivia Wilde, right, arrives in a ripped-from-the-runway, embroidered tulle gown by Marchesa that created the illusion of being a one-shoulder number, but it was just one of several strategically placed sheer panels. (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. And tonight's host ...

    Neil Patrick Harris, right, and his partner David Burtka arrive at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles before Sunday's show. In addition to being the host of the show, Harris is also a nominee, for best supporting actor in a comedy series, “How I Met Your Mother.” (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Food for thought

    "Top Chef" co-host Padma Lakshmi arrives at the Nokia Theatre for the Emmys. She is a nominee for outstanding host for a reality program. (Jason Merritt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. FOX friends

    Actor Amaury Nolasco, left, from FOX's "Prison Break" and actress Jennifer Morrison of "House," also on FOX, arrive on the red carpet on Sunday, Sept. 20. (Danny Moloshok / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. More than a whisper

    "Ghost Whisperer" star Jennifer Love Hewitt is a ray of sunshine on the red carpet before the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards. (Jason Merritt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Happy to be there

    Loyal Michael Kors fan Debra Messing contrasted her red hair with a ruby-colored, one-shoulder column gown with Swarovski crystals. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Keeping up with Kim

    Kim Kardashian opted for an off-white, one-sleeved gown for Sunday's Emmy Awards. (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Not "Office" attire

    Actress Angela Kinsey from "The Office" strikes a fetching pose on the red carpet before the Emmy Awards. (Danny Moloshok / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Red carpet staple

    Phoebe Price, described as a international actress and model by IMDB.com, graces the red carpet for Sunday's Emmy Awards. (Paul Buck / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Kiss from Carrie Ann

    "Dancing With the Stars" judge Carrie Ann Inaba arrives at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 20. (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Eye candy

    Hunter Parrish, who co-stars in the Showtime series "Weeds," arrives at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (Jason Merritt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. A 'True' vision

    "True Blood" co-star Carrie Preston is a perfect match for the Emmy red carpet. (Paul Buck / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. No 'Damages' here

    Rose Byrne, who was nominated for best supporting actress in a drama series for "Damages," is a vision in white on the Emmy red carpet. (Danny Moloshok / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Pregnant pause

    A very pregnant Heidi Klum, who was escorted by her husband, singer Seal, kept her cool in a black, formfitting strapless Marchesa gown with a mermaid hemline. Klum was a nominee for best reality TV program host for "Project Runway." (Paul Buck / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Zero degrees of separation

    Kevin Bacon, a nominee for best lead actor in a miniseries or movie for "Taking Chance," and his wife, actress Kyra Sedgwick arrive the Emmys. Sedgwick is a nominee for best actress in a drama series for "The Closer." (Jason Merritt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Red-carpet sparkle

    Emmy winner Kristin Chenoweth sported a sexy silver minidress by Zuhair Mura. She won best supporting actress in a comedy for "Pushing Daisies." (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Lady in red

    "Gossip Girls" star Blake Lively strikes a stunning pose in Versace on the red carpet at the Emmy Awards. (Jason Merritt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Feeling blue

    "Samantha Who?" star Christina Applegate wore a cowl-neck blue dress by Lebanese designer Basil Soda. She was a nominee for best actress in a comedy series. (Paul Buck / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. 'Love' the dress

    "Big Love" star Ginnifer Goodwin sports a stunning purple strapless dress on the red carpet. (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Nothing funny about the dress

    "30 Rock" star Tina Fey shows off the detail on the back of her gown as she arrives for the Emmy Awards. Fey was a nominee for best actress in a comedy series. (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Cute couple

    Michael C. Hall and his "Dexter" co-star Jennifer Carpenter arrive at the Nokia Theatre. (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Solid as a 'Rock'

    "30 Rock" star Jane Krakowski is a shimmering vision in Versace on the red carpet at the Emmy Awards. (Jason Merritt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. A dress or drapes?

    Sarah Silverman, a nominee for best actress in a comedy series for "The Sarah Silverman Program," arrives for the show. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. 'Mad' about the gown

    "Mad Men" star Christina Hendricks' blue scoop-neck dress had to compete with rose-cut diamond "fern" pendant earrings from Fred Leighton. (Robyn Beck / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. A work of art

    "Mad Men" star January Jones strikes a beautiful pose in a Versace gown with an embroidered glass beaded bustier. (Jason Merritt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. In the flow

    Melora Hardin of "The Office" is a sweetness and light as she arrives for the Emmy Awards. (Paul Buck / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Come hither stare

    "Gossip Girl" star Leighton Meester contrasted her red lips with a white V-neck gown with knotted fabric on the shoulder. (Jason Merritt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. No cheerleader apparel

    "Heroes" star Hayden Panettiere is a retro glamour girl in a red draped J. Mendel that matched her bright red lips. (Jason Merritt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. Nothing 'Ugly' about her

    "Ugly Betty" star Vanessa Williams wore a turquoise bustier gown by Rafael Cennamo. (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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  1. Image: Nominee actress Sandra Oh from "Grey's Anatomy" arrives at the 61st annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles
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Some hot fashion trends made their way to the Emmy Awards Sunday night but stars played it mostly safe with few knockout looks.

The heat in Los Angeles was certainly a factor, with many of TV’s top actresses wearing their hair in updos to keep damp locks off their necks.

A very pregnant Heidi Klum certainly kept her cool in a black, formfitting strapless Marchesa gown with a mermaid hemline.

“I wanted something simple because I’m so big,” she said. Her jewelry was anything but: oversized dangling earrings and a huge cocktail ring.

Marchesa actually had a trifecta of successes. Other than Klum, escorted by husband Seal, the label put Sandra Oh in a gleaming gold strapless gown with rope belt and Olivia Wilde in a ripped-from-the-runway, embroidered tulle gown. The gown worn by Wilde created the illusion of being a one-shoulder number but it was just one of several strategically placed sheer panels.

“Olivia Wilde stepped it up and made a bold statement in her Marchesa,” celebrity stylist Mary Alice Stephenson said. “I love that she took a chance and went for it.”

Others who chose one-shoulder gowns included Elisabeth Moss in a bronze creation by Reem Acra with a heavily embellished neckline and Sigorney Weaver in a red David Meister. Hayden Panettiere was a retro glamour girl in a red draped J. Mendel that matched her bright red lips.

Ricky Gervais joked that he wished he was wearing a toga, but instead turned up wearing a retro Rat-Pack suit by Ted Baker with oversized black lapels.

Leighton Meester contrasted her scarlet lips with a white V-neck gown by Bottega Veneta with knotted fabric on the shoulder. It was a more high-fashion look likely to cause some “do or don’t” debate than the usual sparkly or sexy gowns armchair critics are used to.

Blake Lively, however, surely left more than a few watchers speechless — and smiling — with her bright-red, plunging-V Versace gown.

Video: Stars ‘played it smart’ with Emmy fashions “She was a total goddess,” said her makeup artist, Dior’s Kristofer Buckle, who explained that he went with all honey colors for her face so it would not compete with the traffic-stopping dress.

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Kate Walsh, in an icy-blue draped strapless gown with intricate pleating and an open back by J. Mendel, joked on E! that she got the blue-dress memo. Vanessa Williams wore a turquoise bustier gown by Rafael Cennamo; Christina Applegate was in a cowl-neck blue dress by Lebanese designer Basil Soda. Julia Louis Dreyfus’ blue strapless Vera Wang gown had a tiny cutout on the bust line and a black waistband. Christina Hendricks’ blue scoop-neck dress had to compete with rose-cut diamond “fern” pendant earrings from Fred Leighton.

“The highlight was all the jewelry. There were great chandelier earrings,” said Carrie Ann Inaba, host of TV Guide Network’s red-carpet show. “I did see a little more glitter and glamour out there, which I love.”

Chandra Wilson wore a Pamella Roland black silk-faille gown with white crystal floral beading, and Amy Poehler wore a black strapless design by Reem Acra with a silver beaded leaf pattern on the bodice that she complemented with 20-carat diamond Chopard earrings, a 59-carat bracelet and 6-carat ring.

Slideshow: Emmy fashion trends In the pink camp, were Kyra Sedgwick in a L’Wren Scott dress with a cascade of ruffles on one side of the bust line, Drew Barrymore in a princess ball gown by Monique Lhuillier and January Jones in a Versace with an embroidered glass beaded bustier.

Purple also had its moments: Padma Lakshmi in a draped purple halter gown with red rosettes along the side by Badgley Mischka; and Dana Delany in a purple strapless beaded Soda gown.

Loyal Michael Kors fan Debra Messing contrasted her red hair with a ruby-colored, one-shoulder column gown with Swarovski crystals, and Toni Collette also went red in an embroidered organza gown with a full skirt of layered ruffles by Monique Lhuillier.

Tina Fey wore a Gucci gown that was fairly conservative by Hollywood standards, while her co-star on “30 Rock,” Jane Krakowski, opted for a silver Versace.

Kristin Chenoweth sported a sexy silver minidress by Zuhair Murad, Holly Hunter a beaded art deco dress, and Jamie-Lynn Sigler wore a Donna Karan gold mesh halter gown and antiqued gold Karan sandals to the Emmys.

Mariska Hargitay showed up in a Carolina Herrera silver lame gown.

“I feel like a ’50s mermaid,” she said. Of the lame, Hargitay, whose Fred Leighton rose-cut diamond and ruby necklace was hard to ignore, added, “What’s not to love?”

There were a few male heartthrobs on the red-carpet runway, too, including Rob Lowe and Jon Hamm, who both went with classic bow-tie tuxedos — with pocket squares — while Justin Timberlake donned a white tie.

Neil Patrick Harris did his hosting duties at the Nokia Theatre ceremony in a white Dolce & Gabbana dinner jacket, and Jon Cryer returned to his Duckie days with a sweater vest by Moschino Uomo.

But stylist Stephenson said she wished more celebrities made better use of all the high fashion being offered to them and took more chances.

“Instead everyone looked nice but nice is boring,” Stephenson said. “Please, can’t we try a little harder?”

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