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There was nothing ordinary about the black dresses we spotted on the 2012 Emmys red carpet: Edie Falco worked the illusion trend in a metal-belted black gown with a white train, January Jones wore Zac Posen's voluminous striped stunner, while nominee Amy Poehler opted for a beaded black halter dress with flapper flair. Conclusion: Black is back-as long as it's not boring.
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Morning, sunshine! Claire Danes (in Lanvin), Julie Bowen (in Monique Lhuillier), and Julianne Moore (in Christian Dior Couture) made a convincing case for the shade's all-year appeal by wearing their citrus slam-dunks on the brink of autumn.
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Whether it was incorporated subtly or splashed from head to toe, orange was the color of the carpet for a number of small-screen sirens. Ginnifer Goodwin (in Monique Lhuillier) chose a white gown with apricot embroidery, Leslie Mann (in Naeem Khan) contrasted a white embellished top with a marigold skirt and Padma Lakshmi (also in Monique Lhuillier) committed to the hue in a clementine mermaid gown and matching jewelry.
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It wasn't the Grammys, but that didn't stop the ladies from going rock and roll in scallops and sequins. Lucy Liu's Versace metal (yes, metal!) column boasted top-to-bottom loops, Connie Britton's Andrew Gn halter sparkled with silver sequins and a contrasting gold belt, while Kerry Washington's rose-gold beading gleamed on the red carpet.