10 Fashion-Forward Looks from the Emmys Red Carpet

The Emmy Awards isn't traditionally known for its jaw-dropping red carpet, but a number of stars surprised and delighted us with some looks that seriously pushed the fashion envelope.

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The Emmy Awards isn't traditionally known for its jaw-dropping red carpet, but a number of stars surprised and delighted us with some looks that seriously pushed the fashion envelope. True Blood star Anna Paquin, for example, stepped out in a stunning dress by the late Alexander McQueen, complete with a suit-of-armor bodice. This marked the first time a piece from the late designer's last collection has made a red carpet appearance.
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Mad Men star January Jones' electric-blue Versace dress had the critics (and us) rather torn: One the one hand, the details are spectacular, the shape flattering, and we love the short-in-front, train-in-back look. That said, something about the scale-like shapes at the bust and back seemed off, and the overall vibe teetered a bit towards showgirl.
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Headlining the night's signature color, navy blue, Glee's Lea Michele nailed it with her over-the-top elegant Oscar de la Renta gown, paired with a low-key blow-out.
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Claire Danes won gold for Temple Grandin and looked every bit the star in a gold sequin-encrusted Armani Privé, sporting golden locks and sun-kissed skin.
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Sight unseen, a baby-blue dress with embroidered flowers sounds like a snooze, but the consistently fashion-forward Emily Blunt proved otherwise in her ethereal Dior gown.
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Despite reports she's split from her husband, star Fred Armisen, Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss looked luminous in creamy, one-shoulder Donna Karan gown that looked positively goddess-y.
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Mad Men star Christina Hendricks is known for her curve-enhancing, often-imitated looks onscreen, but often misses on the red carpet. While the soft color and perfectly-fitted waist on her Zac Posen gown was a hit, the feathers and overwhelming cleavage seemed a little too much.
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The Good Wife's Julianna Margulies showcased her spectacular figure in an enchantingly dark L'Wren Scott beaded tank gown.
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Damages star Rose Byrne may have erred with her frizzy piled hairstyle, but we were thrilled by her white goddess Gucci with gold harness details.
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Only Project Runway's Heidi Klum could rock a minidress to a red carpet event and look just as glamorous as the other attendants wearing gowns. Granted, the floral embellishments on her Marchesa mini added quite a bit of oomph to the little black dress.
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