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2011 Emmy Awards Fashion: A breakdown of the night’s biggest trends + best & worst looks from the carpet to the after parties

Posted on September 19 2011

Kerry Washington in the night's hottest hue, goes for a bombshell look in red Zuhair Murad.

The 2011 Emmy Awards took over Hollywood last night and some of the biggest names on the small screen as well as the big screen showed off their best Sunday wear on the red carpet. From vivid colors like crimson and cobalt blue to classic black, jewel tones and lace galore, the carpet was filled with fall’s biggest trends. Here’s a breakdown of the night’s best and worst looks.

Red was the night’s biggest color…

Nina Dobrev in a red Donna Karan dress with a dramatic train.

Lea Michele strayed from Oscar de la Renta for the night and went with a red Marchesa gown.

Kate Winslet looked stunning in red Elie Saab.

Angela Kinsey in a one shoulder red gown.

Adrianne Palicki in a red halter gown.

Connie Britton goes for crimson.

Martha Plimpton sparkles in dark red.

The winner in this category: As beautiful as all the ladies were, the best dressed award in this category goes to Kerry Washington. She looked so elegant and beautiful. She sparkled and stood out in the sea of reds and the fit of the dress was utter perfection. Her matching lips and retro-style hair were also perfectly in sync with her gorgeous Zuhair Murad dress.

All the shades of blue…

Katie Holmes in a cobalt blue Calvin Klein silk dress. Calvin Klein is all about the minimalist look these days and Katie definitely looks simple and elegant in this silk gown. Unfortunately, it just wasn't enough for the Emmy's.

Another underwhelming look of the night was Glee's Diana Agron in an ill-fitting draped and belted cobalt blue silk gown.

Cobie Smulders looked stunning in a turquoise blue Alberta Ferretti gown.

Claire Danes added pops of blue to her black Oscar de la Renta gown.

Minka Kelly looked elegant in a tiered navy blue lace Dior.

Funny lady Amy Poehler stepped outside of her comfort zone in a glittering navy blue Peter Som. Unfortunately, this look didn't do anything for her. It's a very fitted dress that hugs her in all the wrong places.

Emily Blunt in navy blue tulle embellished Elie Saab gown with a plunging neckline.

Paula Abdul's navy blue tiered lace dress had some potential but the ill-fitting top and unnecessary embellished silver belt threw the whole dress off.

Heather Morris bombed in this ruffled low-cut homecoming dance inspired dress and literally over the top bouffant style hair.

Other pops of color…

Sofia Vergara in a body-con one shoulder coral Vera Wang.

Olivia Munn in an emerald green Carolina Herrera gown.

Dancing with the Stars Host, Brooke Burke in purple.

Kelly Osborne in a deep purple J Mendel gown.

Jennifer Westfeld in a pop of bright yellow.

Pastels and jewel tones also ruled the carpet…

Dexter's Julia Stiles in a lavender lace Georges Hobeika gown.

Mad Men's Elizabeth Moss in an embroidered blush Marchesa gown.

Jayma Mays in a blush tiered Zuhair Murad gown.

Rashida Jones in a pink tulle Alberta Ferretti number.

Modern Family's Ariel Winter is all grown up in pink lace.

Boardwalk Empire's Paz de la Huerta looked a little rough in a pink gown, gray lipstick and unbrushed hair.

Julianne Hough matched her dress to her skin tone in a pink, peach and black mermaid gown. The look unfortunately doesn't work and looks like something Barbie tossed out.

Never one to blend in the crowd, Heidi Klum opts for nude tulle and ruffles. The jury's still out on this number. The verdict on husband, Seal's outfit is however very clear - This is the Emmys. Please button up. Thank you.

Mad Men's Christina Hendricks poured herself into this Johanna Johnson jewel encrusted number.

Jennifer Carpenter showed off a little leg in a pink embellished gown.

Cat Deely glitters in Monique Lhullier.

Ellie Kemper glitters in a one shoulder gown.

Maria Bello opted for an embellished one shoulder gown but her dress and hair were a little lack luster. Maybe it's the geometric pattern on the dress or the combination of her falling waves and minimal makeup, it just doesn't seem like she put any effort into her look.

Best Actress Winner, Julianna Marguiles failed to impress in this silver Armani Prive column gown. The stones attached to the bustier portion of the dress was just plain odd.

New mom, Jane Krakowski also went metallic.

Anna Faris glittered in gold

While Kristin Wiig went for an ombre effect.

Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi followed suit in a bronze number.

Worst dressed: Eva La Rue was the worst dressed in this category. The actress’ overly embellished peach dress was both unflattering for her figure and tanned skin.

Eva La Rue

Fade to black…

Evan Rachel Wood was absolutely stunning in glittering Elie Saab.

Gwyneth Paltrow went against the mold and dared to bare in a revealing Emilio Pucci gown.

Christine Baranski was elegant in Zac Posen.

Lena Heady was minimalist chic in a black long sleeved belted dress.

Gretchen Mol also went with black.

Glee's Naya Rivera in an origami style column dress.

Michelle Forbes in a ruffled black dress.

Prom's Aimee Teegarden in a one shoulder black gown.

Kaley Cuoco tried a different length in a one shoulder, black tulle Romona Keveza gown.

Best Actress in a Comedy Winner, Julie Bowen opted for an Oscar de la Renta gown with a plunging neckline.

After Party Trends…


90210's Jessica Lowndes continued the "red trend" while attending the 15th Annual Entertainment Tonight Emmy Party at Vibiana.

Comedian, Kathy Griffith also went for red at the 15th Annual Entertainment Tonight Emmy Party .

Modern Family's Sarah Hyland attended the EMMY nominees celebration with FOX Broadcasting Company in a white ruffled mini.

Necessary Roughness' Andrea Anders attended Showtime's 2011 Emmy Nominee Reception at SkyBar in a white and gray mini.

Dexter's Jennifer Carpenter attended Showtime's 2011 Emmy Nominee Reception at SkyBar in a chic corseted black and silver mini.

While True Blood's Anna Paquin opted for black and gold at HBO's Annual Emmy Awards Post Award Reception.

Lisa Bonet in a voile black and white number at HBO's Annual Emmy Awards Post Award Reception.

Amanda Peet went for a tiered number at HBO's Annual Emmy Awards Post Award Reception.

While Claire Danes opted for a checkered pink and gray dress at Showtime's 2011 Emmy Nominee Reception.

Marisol Nichols looked lovely in ruched lavender at the 15th Annual Entertainment Tonight Emmy Party.

The Big C's Laura Linney went for gorgeous purple at Showtime's 2011 Emmy Nominee Reception but the fit of the dress was so bad and it ended up being incredibly unflattering.

Share your thoughts on television’s biggest night. Who rocked the carpet and who do you think bombed this year?


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