Starting off with Allison Williams in a simple and rather boring Ralph Lauren dress. Pretty, yes, but thumbs down for being too middle-of-the-road.
Carrie Underwood (why was she there?) in a purple Romona Keveza ball gown. I love the shape of this dress, in fact it's very similar to what I chose for my bridesmaids. But it's just that... bridal... therefore naturally more conservative and a bit more "poof" than it needed to be for the Emmys. I would have liked if Carrie had chosen something more streamlined and fashion-forward for once. And something not in taffeta. Never in taffeta.
Julie Bowen in pale pink Zac Posen and lots of ruffles. I like the detailing on the bodice but those little sleeves have got to go!
A unique choice by Connie Britton wearing a gold embroidered Naeem Khan blue strapless dress. I think this went very nicely with her complexion and showed off her long lines.
Elisabeth Moss wearing a pretty black and white embellished dress from Andrew Gn, but nothing that knocks it out of the ballpark.
Kate Mara wearing all white J. Mendel. I'm not sure about the dress or styling (think severe hair and makeup) and am even less inclined to like those net peep-toe platform shoes.
Mindy Kaling, I love your show, and I even love the silhouette of this Georges Chakra dress, but overall I don't think this is a great look. The fingerwave curls and tendrils clash with the neckline embellishment and we can see your belly button outline. This dress should have had a test run of sorts to see how well it would photograph.
Oh Lena Dunham, bless your heart, but this Prada frock is just too much.
Betsy Brandt, Aunt Marie for those of us who watch Breaking Bad, what were you thinking? From the insanely teased hair pouf to the nipple darts to the wrinkly dress, this look is a thumbs down!
Well, if you're going to wear a see-through black lace gown with a slit up to your hip and an exposed crotch, I suppose Lena Headey shows us the way to do it. The long sleeves and thicker fabric of the skirt help to balance out this Alessandra Rich dress. The best of the worst, perhaps.
But the award for worst of the worst goes to Julianne Hough. She is such a gorgeous girl but this sheer Jenny Packham dress does absolutely nothing for her. So revealing and unflattering! If you're looking for a new stylist Julianne I would be happy to help ;)
Okay let's clear our palette and take a peek at some of the best dressed ladies on the red carpet. Here's Zooey Deschanel wearing ice blue J. Mendel. What a beautifully tailored waistline and I love the neckline cutout.
Claire Danes, I'm on the fence about you. I think the faux blonde bob is lopsided and too severe. I'm also not a huge fan of this neckline with its mesh bust. That being said, the detailing of this gorgeous Armani Prive gown is absolutely stunning and complemented so nicely with the minimal accessories.
Curvy bombshell, this time in Vera Wang. We get it Sophia Vergara. But if it ain't broke don't fix it, right?
Anna Gunn rocking this white satin and black lace dress by Romona Keveza. Same designer as Carrie Underwood (with a hint of bridal too) but this gown and soft updo are right on point. What an outfit to win an Emmy in!
Christina Hendricks looking svelte and beautiful as always in this black lace Christian Siriano frock. Love those lace cap sleeves and banding under the bust.
Another LBD, another knockout. Robin Wright is stunning in this structured and geometric black dress from Ralph Lauren. My runner up for best dressed!
But my choice for best dressed at the Emmys goes to Kaley Cuoco in this beautiful aubergine Vera Wang gown. A little sheer (in the right place), a little structured in the bodice, and perfectly flowy in the skirt. Kaley's soft waves and simple jewellery completed the look. This colour is my favourite of the season!
What did you think of the red carpet? I'd love to hear your thoughts about best and worst dressed.
Images via Wenn and Just Jared.