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Photos: Fashions of the 2011 Primetime Emmys

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  1. Julianna Margulies

    Julianna Margulies arrives at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011 in Los Angeles. In addition to her own nomination for "The Good Wife," she presented the award for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy to Ty Burrell. She wore a strapless Giorgio Armani Prive gown, with a bustier decorated with clear oval stones and shimmery paillettes. (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Jane Lynch, Chris Colfer

    Emmys host Jane Lynch posed with her "Glee" co-star Chris Colfer. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Kate Winslet

    Kate Winslet matched the red carpet in a red Elie Saab gown. Winslet, best known for her movie work, starred in the HBO miniseries "Mildred Pierce." (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Matt LeBlanc

    Matt LeBlanc, nominated for "Episodes," walked the red carpet. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Melissa McCarthy

    Melissa McCarthy was an emotional winner for best actress in a comedy series for her role in "Mike & Molly." She designed her purple gown herself. (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. John Krasinski, Emily Blunt

    "Office" star John Krasinski and wife Emily Blunt made for an attractive red-carpet couple. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Annie Ilonzeh, Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor

    Now they work for him. His name is Charlie. From left, Annie Ilonzeh, Minka Kelly and Rachael Taylor are the new stars of the remade "Charlie's Angels," which begins this fall. (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Christina Hendricks

    "Mad Men" star Christina Hendricks' gown is by Joanna Johannson. Her bright red lipstick also drew fashion-critic approval. (Robyn Beck / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Katie Holmes

    Katie Holmes, an Emmy presenter, was striking in blue. Her gown was from the Calvin Klein Collection by Francisco Costa. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Gwyneth Paltrow

    Gwyneth Paltrow wore a belly-baring black-sequined gown by Emilio Pucci. She later said she didn't realize how sheer and see-through her outfit was until she arrived at the event. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Martin Scorsese

    Martin Scorsese won the Emmy for outstanding directing for a drama series for the "Boardwalk Empire" pilot. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Heidi Klum, Seal

    "Project Runway" host Heidi Klum attended with her husband, singer Seal. Her strapless gown was designed by "Project Runway" alum Christian Siriano. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Julie Bowen

    "Modern Family" star Julie Bowen won the award for best supporting actress in a comedy series, and Ty Burrell, who plays her husband on the show, won as best supporting actor. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Sofia Vergara

    Actress Sofia Vergara was striking in a tangerine-colored Vera Wang gown. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Kristen Wiig

    Kristen Wiig's bronze gown added some shine to the red carpet. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Jon Hamm

    "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm wore a Tom Ford tuxedo. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Hugh Laurie

    Hugh Laurie stars as crotchety Dr. Gregory House in "House M.D." (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Elisabeth Moss

    "Mad Men's" Elisabeth Moss was one of many Emmy attendees to choose a neutral gown color. She also appeared in the awards ceremony's opening skit, when host Jane Lynch burst in on a mock "Mad Men" meeting. (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. 'The Office' cast

    They're co-workers on "The Office" and pals on the red carpet, too. Oscar Nuñez, Creed Bratton, Brian Baumgartner, Angela Kinsey, and Rainn Wilson pose before the awards. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Padma Lakshmi

    Padma Lakshmi's Armani gown features a daring slit up one leg. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Rico Rodriguez

    Rico Rodriguez, 13, who plays Manny on ABC's "Modern Family," brought some bright blue to the red carpet. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Aubrey Plaza

    Aubrey Plaza, star of "Parks and Recreation," chose a simple neutral gown. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Jeremy Piven

    Jeremy Piven, star of the recently ended "Entourage," arrives at the awards. (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Lea Michele

    "Glee" star Lea Michele matched the red carpet in her Marchesa gown. (Paul Buck / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Joel McHale

    Joel McHale brightened up the traditional lineup of black tuxedos with a baby blue offering. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Kiernan Shipka

    Kiernan Shipka, 11, stars as Don and Betty Draper's daughter, Sally, on "Mad Men." (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Jennifer Carpenter

    "Dexter" star Jennifer Carpenter showed a little leg with her striking beaded gown. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Mario Lopez

    "Extra" host Mario Lopez was dapper in black. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. Jayma Mays

    Jayma Mays of "Glee" apparently got the memo on keeping things neutral, and chose a nude-colored lace gown. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. Kelly Osbourne

    TV personality Kelly Osbourne was striking in black. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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  1. Image: Julianna Margulies
    Chris Pizzello / AP
    Above: Slideshow (30) Fashions of the 2011 Primetime Emmys
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    Slideshow (23) 2011 Primetime Emmy winners and presenters
Image: Gwyneth Paltrow
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Gwyneth Paltrow wore a black, belly-baring gown by Emilio Pucci that some thought was too sheer.
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updated 9/18/2011 8:37:15 PM ET 2011-09-19T00:37:15

There were no shrinking violets on the Emmy Awards red carpet Sunday night, with stars wearing bold red — from Lea Michele's dress to Christina Hendricks' lips — as well as strapless necklines and more than a little bit of glitter.

The early buzz was about Michele's sophisticated Marchesa dress: She had the look of a seasoned star instead of starlet. She wore a plain-front, low draped back with rosette sleeves that really let her work the crowd. She gave fans lined outside the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles a big wink.

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There was some high fashion, too, including Julianna Margulies in a strapless Giorgio Armani Prive gown, with a stiff crescent-shaped bustier and embellished with clear oval stones and shimmery paillettes. Couture is a bit more of a risk and requires confidence. It's a good thing Margulies, who told E! she picked her dress late last night, has that.

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Gwyneth Paltrow, in a black-sequin number by Emilio Pucci, also has the presence to pull off the belly baring look she was sporting, but the jury's still out on whether it was too see-through. She said she didn't realize just how sheer it was until she got there.

Some celebrities have been thinking about their outfits for weeks. Sarah Hyland collaborated with Christian Siriano to create her one-shoulder, coral-colored gown with a jeweled waistband. Heidi Klum trusted Siriano, a "Project Runway" alum, to come up with her mushroom-colored strapless gown with a pouffy, asymmetrical hemline.

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"I love him. He's just a wonderful person. ... I like to give my designers some props," said Klum, of her "flirty" dress. "It has an old-fashioned feel but it's glamorous."

Red was the hot color, on Kate Winslet in her cap-sleeve Elie Saab — which seemed so covered until she flashed the cleavage — and on Nina Dobrev in Donna Karan and Sofia Vergara in Vera Wang.

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But the electric blue that emerged as a runway trend for spring just last week in New York was well represented here. Claire Danes wore a fully beaded strapless gown in bright blue by Oscar de la Renta; Dianna Agron in a Roksanda Ilincic; and Amy Poehler in a T-shirt-style iridescent dress by Peter Som.

Slideshow: 2011 Primetime Emmy winners and presenters (on this page)

Two "Mad Men" sirens opted for sexy, beaded, head-turning looks, with Elisabeth Moss in a second-skin Marchesa and Christina Hendricks in a Johanna Johannsson with an open V-neck. "It was the only dress. I tried it on and it was perfect."

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Video: Red carpet recap: Who wore it best?

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    >>> the fashions on display at last night's emmy awards . who impressed on the red carpet and who came up short. lloyd boston of "the style checklist" is with us and jill martin is a "u.s. weekly" contributor so thank you first of all both of you for that.

    >> great to be back.

    >> one of the headlines, there was a lot of red on the red carpet .

    >> it's a smart choice. i mean you have to be a powerful woman to pull it off and i think if you don't come with that kind of confidence it may not work so kate winslet we saw in a gorgeous red gown. carrie washington looked amazing. simple jewelry. looks like it's growing but if you have curves like sofia ha, that's a great choice.

    >> a body skimming, a marquesa.

    >> she plays a teen sometimes and a woman other times but knows how to straddle the fence.

    >> she was the hit of the night and makes everybody's hit list . look at this. it's just beautiful and knows how to work the red carpet . it's the cowl neck. one of the only ones in marquesa. she looked fabulous and one of the only ones that will make everyone --

    >> great entrance and great exit.

    >> what about the aforementioned of sophia have v.r

    >> look at her in vera wang . about her jewelry, do you like them? they're huge. those earrings, i mean she always has so much fun on the red carpet . she could look beautiful in anything. i think she worked it.

    >> notice the earrings don't match the dress. a lot would go matchy-matchy. i love the latin flair.

    >> good sense of humor it's great.

    >> let's talk about julianna margulies . how are we going to do there?

    >> you're shaking your head already.

    >> the positive first. i thought the shape was beautiful.

    >> all right.

    >> i didn't like the embellishments. sort of those big teardrop armani preve.

    >> judy jetson called and wants her dress back. look at this dress. she's never -- she's always on my hit list . this is armani and she chose it the night before at 9:00 p.m . she did a collection for lady gaga . maybe it was in that. i'm just saying i always think she's beautiful and a hit but that dress did not work on her body.

    >> she looks better than i could look in any dress but gwyneth paltrow , what do you think?

    >> i love gwyneth because she thumbs her nose to the red carpet these days. always been a risk taker. she's showing full mid riff. looked a lot better in person i have to tell you because it's sexy and knows her lines but i also think she doesn't like to play into the current trends. she follows her own --

    >> are we seeing like she's wearing --

    >> is that see through and her legs on her.

    >> sheer illusion.

    >> she said when she was on the red carpet , i think this is really see-through. i don't think she realized how see-through it was.

    >> oh, come on.

    >> with her stomach exposed -- she usually is fabulous.

    >> i don't know how you get on the red carpet without knowing. what about heidi klum .

    >> i wasn't digging it. i tell you why i wasn't digging it because i think heidi always looks best in something more classic. you know, she's giving one of her former contestants a nod, christian seriano. in classic shape she always looks stronger. the woman i know as a model.

    >> you're not even done with the list. we have to go. you had so much to say. we have to bring you guys back on later. we'll talk to lloyd boston and jill martin. i'm sure many, many times about

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