News Awards & Events Emmys 2012 Emmys Trend Report By InStyle Editors InStyle Editors Facebook Instagram Twitter Our editors and writers comprise decades of expertise across the beauty, fashion, lifestyle and wellness spaces in print and digital. We prioritize journalistic integrity, factual accuracy, and also having fun with every story we share. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on September 24, 2012 @ 12:26AM Pin Share Tweet Email Trending Videos Photo: Jason Merritt/WireImage; Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP; Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup 2012 Emmys Trend Report 01 of 04 Black Redefined Jason Merritt/WireImage; Kevork Djansezian/Getty; Jason Merritt/WireImage 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. 02 of 04 Not-So-Mellow Yellows Kevork Djansezian/Getty; MARIO ANZUONI; Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic 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. 03 of 04 Orange Crush Kevork Djansezian/Getty; Jason Merritt/WireImage; Gilbert Flores/CelebrityPhoto.com 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. 04 of 04 Heavy Metals Jason Merritt/WireImage; Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP; Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup 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.