Sharon's Emmys Gallery
"This is chic, and different than anything I've ever done," Julianne Hough said of her Carolina Herrera gown. "I'm digging it." She finished off her ladylike look with a pinned-back low bun and a large diamond ring and earrings by Forevermark. "I could ice skate on this ring!" she said.
Presenter Minka Kelly chose a navy lace Christian Dior gown, Tiffany & Co. jewels and Barbara Bui platform heels. Hairstylist Mark Townsend gave her a chic side chignon, while makeup artist Matthew VanLeeuwen painted on a perfect smoky eye and pink lip stain.
Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler accessorized her glittering blue Peter Som gown with Martin Katz drop earrings, a matching ring and a Judith Leiber clutch.
The Boardwalk Empire star chose a black strapless silk gown by L'Wren Scott and matching clutch. She added a pop of color with emerald Fred Leighton jewelry.
"My dress is a little see-through," Gwyneth Paltrow said of her daring stomach-baring beaded Emilio Pucci gown. "I tried on two dresses and I picked this one." A super-sleek blowout and more than 100 carats of Neil Lane diamonds completed her look.
Nominated for her role in 30 Rock, Jane Krakowski walked the red carpet in a white V-neck gown featuring a jewel embellishment. She also toted a champagne leather clutch by Swarovski.
Presenter Claire Danes lit up the red carpet in her blue sequin-embroidered gown by Oscar de la Renta, Irit Design jewelry and Barbara Bui platform heels.
"It's sexy, but it's also classy," the nominated Mad Men actress told InStyle.com of her Marchesa illusion neckline gown. “It's very womanly and comfortable. It's the first and only one that I looked at. When I saw it, I said, 'That's it.'"
Nominee and presenter Julianna Margulies chose a strapless white Armani Prive couture gown featuring a jewel-dotted bodice. The Good Wife star admitted that she made her red-carpet choice only the night before.
"I'm so comfortable!" Glee star Lea Michele said of her red Marchesa gown, which featured a draped back and dramatic shoulders. "I wanted to be super comfortable and have a really good time." Her relaxed approach extended to her hair, as hairstylist Mark Townsend styled her glossy strands in a pin-straight down ‘do.
Jennifer Carpenter, star of the nominated series Dexter, arrived in a beaded blush gown by Tony Ward Couture and Martin Katz jewelry. While her dress was all glam, she kept her ombre hair simple in loose, casual waves.
Jayma Mays went ballerina chic in a pink tiered Zuhair Murad gown. The Glee star accessorized with a matching Swarovski clutch, Brian Atwood shoes and Neil Lane jewelry, including a diamond brooch in her hair.
How I Met Your Mother star Cobie Smulders brought bright color to the red carpet with her aquamarine Alberta Ferretti gown. Diamond drop earrings by Neil Lane, a silver Rene Caovilla clutch, Brian Atwood shoes, and a wavy 'do completed the ensemble. (Fun fact: Her stylist Ilaria Urbinati told InStyle.com that she only had two days to plan this look!)