At the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, yellow was the event’s most resounding color, with some of our choices as the evening’s best dressed garbed in the stunning shade. From Leslie Mann’s beautifully modern—and fresh off the spring 2013 runway—Naeem Khan dress to Julianne Moore’s eye-catching Christian Dior Couture frock, the 2012 Emmy Awards red carpet arrival was peppered with celebrities that were clearly dressed to impress, ready to go home a winner or otherwise.
Claire Danes and Julie Bowen were our two other favorite stars who walked like a ray of sunshine on the red carpet. Danes looked effortless in her baby bump-friendly Lanvin dress, while the Monique Lhuillier-clad Bowen lit up the venue because of the frock’s punchy lemon-lime color. Although varying tones of yellow were our most favored dresses, there was no shortage of color diversity on the red carpet. Padma Lakshmi, Allison Williams, Sofia Vergara and Mayim Bialik spruced up the event with gowns in orange, emerald green, aquamarine and oxblood.
In terms of shape and silhouette, mermaid and ball gowns remained the silhouette of choice with Cat Deeley, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Van Camp adhering to this red carpet norm. Deschannel and Van Camp unleashed their super-girly selves, opting for elegant and ethereal dresses with tulle skirts. Deschanel’s pale blue Reem Acra gown was right up her style alley, while Van Camp let out her more mature side in a gray J. Mendel dress.
For Emilia Clarke, Ginnifer Goodwin, Elisabeth Moss and Julianna Margulies, it was all about a hint of red carpet fun. These ladies went for fabulous printed gowns that captured glamour in a more exuberant fashion. Moss and Margulies went for summer drama in floral printed frocks that could have been every bit the anti-Emmy ensemble had they not been able to pull it off. Goodwin and Clarke, on the other hand, stepped out in truly mesmerizing dresses. Goodwin, who almost never fails to make our best dressed cut, was once again enchantingly feminine in her nude Monique Lhuillier dress that was speckled with striking red-orange floral detailing. Meanwhile, Clarke opted for a dainty Chanel dress with purple floral embroidery running at the center of the frock. The unique split-skirt hemline was another detail that doubled her outfit’s red carpet appeal.
Amid the familiarity of tulle dresses and ball gowns, some stars also took this opportunity to show off their edgy sense of style. Leading the pack was January Jones in a weave-heavy Zac Posen creation. Girls’ Zosia Marnet also made quite an impression in a futuristic black-and-white Bibhu Mohapatra dress. Although fashion critics have been easy to count Marnet’s look as terrible, we think she deserves more credit for taking this sartorial risk.
The still-trending thigh-high slit also caused quite a stir, with Alexandra Breckenridge and Heidi Klum arriving in sultry frocks that could give Angelina Jolie’s leg a run for her money. Other celebrities to catch our attention on the red carpet include Tina Fey, Jessica Pare, Anna Chlumsky, Lucy Liu, Christina Hendricks and Kiernan Shipka. Click through the slideshow above to see all the looks that made it to our best dressed list.
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