Red Carpet Arrivals
"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.
Katie Holmes showed off her shoulders in a custom silk crepe Calvin Klein Collection column.
"I'm wearing a really comfortable Elie Saab dress. I like it a lot," Kate Winslet said of her vibrant Emmys look. The Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries nominee teased her blond waves into a loose updo, and accessorized with diamond drop earrings, a matching bracelet and a sleek clutch.
New Girl's Zooey Deschanel looked like a red-carpet pro in a bright Monique Lhuillier ballgown. "I really liked the color of the ribbon," she told InStyle.com. "It was a nice coral." Stuart Weitzman shoes, Van Cleef & Arpels earrings and an artfully undone hairstyle rounded out the look. "I didn't want my hair to look too princessy with the dress," said Deschanel. "I wanted it a little bit messy."
Evan Rachel Wood
"I put it on, and it immediately fit," the Mildred Pierce star said of her black sequin Elie Saab gown. "I didn't have to do a thing to it. I have to give it back-that's the only unfortunate part." The Outstanding Supporting Actress nominee completed her look with Fred Leighton jewels, Salvatore Ferragamo shoes and a Judith Leiber bag.
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.
She may have skipped the red carpet, but Charlie's Angels producer Drew Barrymore walked the stage in an intricately embellished Givenchy couture gown with a sheer skirt. She added Jimmy Choo platforms and Van Cleef & Arpels gems.
"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.
Fringe beauty Anna Torv had an ulterior motive for choosing her sculptural Vera Wang gown. "I really like structured things because then it means you don't have to wear Spanx underneath," she told InStyle.com. "It is what it is and that's that." She gave the dress a colorful finish with Lorraine Schwartz earrings and navy Roger Vivier shoes: "I secretly switched my shoes out in the car-they're sparkly and fun and comfortable."
No need for a necklace! Nominee Diane Lane modeled a Monique Lhuillier gown with an elaborately jeweled neckline. She upped the sparkle factor with Cathy Waterman gems.
Charlie's Angels star Rachael Taylor made her Emmys debut in an iridescent beaded column from Giorgio Armani, accented with Neil Lane diamonds.
"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.
Boardwalk Empire star and Emmy nominee Kelly Macdonald accessorized her black sheer long-sleeve Stella McCartney gown with Jimmy Choo sandals.
Funnylady Kristen Wiig paired her chocolate ombre Zac Posen design with weighty gold Fred Leighton bangles. The Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series nominee left her caramel-highlighted strands loose to complement the rich brown tones in her gown.
Emily Blunt took the plunge in a sequin Elie Saab confection and added an anaconda Kelly Locke clutch, Brian Atwood heels and diamond jewelry.
Glee's Heather Morris made a major entrance in a ruffled V-neck gown and gold danglers.
Game of Thrones actress Lena Headey wore a belted, long-sleeve black gown and accessorized with a Judith Leiber minaudière and Brian Atwood heels.
Parks and Recreation's Rashida Jones struck a pose on the red carpet in a blush Alberta Ferretti strapless gown with a twisted bodice. A stack of Van Cleef & Arpels jeweled bracelets and emerald earrings added a dash of glitter to her look.
The X Factor's Paula Abdul wore a strapless embellished mermaid gown by Simeen and Martin Katz jewels: "She showed me this dress, and I didn't have to look any further!"
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart correspondent Olivia Munn wore a straight-off-the-runway Carolina Herrera gown with Bulgari jewels. "I tried on all of the dresses right after the show at New York Fashion Week!" she told InStyle.com. "I was looking for something that fits and feels comfortable. This year, I'm more comfortable dressing up. I want to accentuate that, but still feel comfortable."
Modern Family's Sofia Vergara struck a pose in a curve-hugging scarlet Vera Wang creation, which she accessorized with stunning Lorraine Schwartz jewelry. "The most exciting part of my outfit is my Colombian emeralds," the Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy nominee said of her ensemble.
Heidi Klum showed her Project Runway pride in a ruffled Christian Siriano cocktail dress. "I'm very proud to support Christian, who won our fourth season," the show's host said. "I know he will be designing for a long time!" Colorful Lorraine Schwartz jewelry and sky-high Louboutins added extra drama to the voluminous design.
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.
"I loved the retro, modern feel," Dianna Agron said of her blue Roksanda Ilincic fishtail gown that she accessorized with Fred Leighton jewelry, and peep-toes and a crystal minaudiere from Roger Vivier.
Vampire Diaries beauty Nina Dobrev looked elegant in a strapless red Donna Karan gown, Neil Lane jewels, Brian Atwood stilettos and a Judith LeiberJudith Leiber clutch.
The Glee star wore a modern black and white Ghadah Paris gown, Casadei shoes and a Judith Leiber clutch.
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.
Glee's Naya Rivera opted for an architectural black gown with a sculpted bodice.
Presenter Kerry Washington wore a crimson strapless Zuhair Murad gown with a matching Jimmy Choo clutch and shoes.
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.
The Big Bang Theory star's best accessory for the evening: "My dad." The actress complemented her plus one in a retro Point d'Esprit Romona Keveza LBD and red satin accessories including a Judith Leiber clutch and Kwiat jewels.
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 can't believe I'm wearing Oscar de la Renta," the Modern Family star and Emmy nominee said about her gown. "It's always been a little bit of a dream." Her low side ponytail showed off her stunning Neil Lane drop earrings.
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.
Padma Lakshmi looked fittingly statuesque in a liquid gold Armani Prive design. The Top Chef beauty accessorized her ensemble with her own jewelry designs and Jimmy Choo sandals.
Jane Lynch told Ryan Seacrest she wasn't nervous for her Emmy hosting gig. "I slept very well last night," she said. "I had a cookie and went to bed!" The Glee nominee wore a strapless David Meister gown (one of four she said she'll wear throughout the night) and Lorraine Schwartz jewels.
"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 Christina Hendricks showed off her famous curves in a Johanna Johnson gown. "It was the only thing I tried on!" the Mad Men star said of her beaded dress. She completed her look with a Judith Leiber clutch and palladium jewelry.
The presenter sparkled in an embroidered Kaufmanfranco column, satin clutch and diamond Martin Katz cocktail ring.
Nominated for this year's Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Friday Night Lights star Connie Britton matched her flowing chiffon Maria Lucia Hohan gown to the red carpet. Metallic Jimmy Choo sandals, drop earrings and gold bangles finished off her Emmys look.
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!)
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.
Nominee Julia Stiles styled her lace Georges Hobeika gown with a metallic Kotur clutch and Rene Caovilla slingback heels.
Taraji P. Henson
Up for her role as Tiffany Rubin in Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story, Taraji P. Henson went for texture in an embellished Blumarine column gown from the label's Fall 2011 collection and Fred Leighton jewelry. "I just remember Halle Berry stepped out onstage and the whole audience gasped," the actress told us of her first Emmys memory. "I refer to that, I reference that. Like, "You know that time Halle showed up?""
The Modern Family actress stepped out in a pink Christian Siriano design and Lorraine Schwartz jewels. Like the nominated ensemble comedy, her gown was a group effort. "I collaborated with Christian Siriano," Sarah Hyland said of her belted dress. "This is one-of-a-kind, ladies and gentlemen!"
Cat Deeley glammed it up for the awards in a gold-flecked Monique Lhuillier column. Bulgari diamonds and a metallic clutch completed the look.
Best Supporting Actress nominee Michelle Forbes upped the sparkle on her tiered black Romona Keveza ballgown with a rhinestone-studded clutch and matching bracelet.
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.