Best Red Carpet Dresses & Fashion of 2018 - Best Dressed
Published: 23:07 BST, 22 September 2013 | Updated: 18:28 BST, 1 October 2013
With their array of ornate pastel coloured gowns, the leading lights of the red carpet beat out the brighter hues at Sunday night's Emmy Awards.
January Jones, Zooey Deschanel, Kerry Washington and Claire Danes led the way in a dazzling array of dresses, looking their glamorous bests as they stepped out at the Nokia Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles.
Man Man actress January looked pretty in a pale dusky pink Givenchy gown designed especially for her and wore her blonde hair in a curled vintage style fitting the star of the 1960s drama.
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Pale and interesting: January Jones, Zooey Deschanel, Kerry Washington and Claire Danes looked stunning in pastel gowns as they arrived on the red carpet at the Nokia Theatre for the 65th Emmy Awards
'They made this for me so I had to pick it,' January told E! about her frock, which featured an ornate lacy detail on the skirt. And the star seemed confident, that, even if Mad Men didn't win any awards, the cast would find plenty of time to party.
'We know how to celebrate pretty well even if we don't win,' she said.
Meanwhile, Zooey Deschanel plumped for an icy blue J Mendel creation with a thigh high split showing off her toned legs teamed with towering platform heels and a Chanel tourmaline cocktail ring.
Glamming up: Kerry was last week named the Best Dressed Woman in the world by People magazine and lived up to the title with her glamorous Marchesa gown
Award show chic: Claire showed off a faux blonde bob in her backless lacy Armani Prive number teamed with a slick of red lipstick
Ice cool on the carpet: Zooey looked relaxed and happy in her choice of J Mendel gown which matched her eyes
Claire Danes looked striking in a ornate cream cloud-like backless Armani Prive dress, Neil Lane jewels and custom Christian Louboutin shoes, with her hair pinned up in a faux blonde bob.
The ever-stylish Kerry Washington, who was this week named the Best Dressed Woman in the world by People magazine, looked typically glamorous in an unusual cream, gold and white floaty Marchesa dress.
Many other stars opted for pale frocks, with Padma Lakshmi sporting a draped pale blue KaufmanFranco dress, while Malin Akerman arrived in a flouncy white strapless Marchesa gown with her blonde hair pulled into a chic updo.
Tickled pink: The Mad Men star revealed her lacy Givenchy dusky gown was especially made for her
Ivory tower: Julie Bowen said she opted for this striking and fitted Zac Posen dress because it was 'so beautiful' while she carried a Marchesa handbag
Sheer delight: Julianne Hough sported a pale mint green gown with see-through skirt, and arrived on the carpet with her dancer brother Derek who was nominated for a gong at the show
Julianne Hough also looked striking in spotted mint green pastel Jenny Packham number with a daring see-through skirt and Jimmy Choo heels.
She happily posed on the carpet with her brother Derek, a professional dancer on TV hit Dancing With The Stars who was nominated for a gong at the show.
Juliana Marguiles looked chic and classy in a white number with black floral design, while Ireland Baldwin towered over her famous father Alec in a slim fitting beaded gown.
Blonde ambition: The star wore her fair hair in a curled bob and showed off her stunning figure in the mint green dress which featured a see-through skirt
The white stuff: Malin Akerman arrived in a flouncy Marchesa strapless gown with a flared skirt
Rose in pink: Byrne looked sophisticated in a two-piece pale Calvin Klein Collection gown which showed off her taut stomach
Mad Men stars Elisabeth Moss and Christina Hendricks plumped for substantially different looks, with Elisabeth looking more edgy with her cropped blonde hair, black and white Andrew Gn gown teamed with vintage Neil Lane jewellery.
'I did it and then Miley Cyrus did it like, literally a week late,' she said about her punky platinum hair. 'And obviously she is way more famous than I am so then everyone was like, "It's the Miley Cyrus!" And I was like, "No, I didn't copy her!"'
A touch of gold: Padma Lakshmi added a bold gold bracelet with draped pale blue dress
A delight in black and white: Julianna Margulies looked chic in a strapless white gown with black floral detail
Breaking fashion: Anna Gunn looked a far cry from her rather dowdy alter ego Skyler White in Breaking Bad
Pale and interesting: Ireland Baldwin towered above her father Alec in a stunning beaded design
Elisabeth, who arrived on the carpet with her mother, revealed she was still in shock at her double Emmy nomination for Mad Men and mini-series Top of the Lake.
'I haven't gotten used to it,' she said. 'I don't know if anyone is going to believe me on that, but it really is something I can't get used to. I'm still surprised.'
Christina meanwhile, dressed her famous curves in a more old-school Hollywood style Christian Siriano black gown which she described as 'beautiful and romantic.'
Perfect in plum: Heidi Klum arrived in a stunning Versace mermaid style glittering dress and matching heels with her blonde hair pulled into a ponytail
We've already won: Project Runway's Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn were triumphant on the back of their Creative Emmy win last week
Curvy in red: Sofia Vergara sizzled in a bright Vera Wang plunging structured gown which showed off her enviable curves to the maximum
Nominated: Matt Damon arrived with his wife Luciana while his Behind The Candelabra co-star Michael Douglas turned up solo, following his split from wife Catherine Zeta-Jones
Fancy seeing you here! Luciana and Matt greet Douglas on the carpet in the midst of posing for photographs
Equally curvy star Sofia Vergara wore a typically plunging scarlet Vera Wang gown with oversized emerald jewellery.
Stepping out on the red carpet with a large entourage including her son Manolo and boyfriend Nick Loeb, Sofia said the dress was 'doing a very hard job,' keeping her curves in place.
Her Modern family co-star Julie Bowen, meanwhile, said she had put herself through a carb-free diet to squeeze into her stunning Zac Posen gown.
'I'm not a girly girl,' she admitted on the red carpet. 'This dress was so beautiful - I just went a little hungry.'
Back to black: Christina Hendricks sported a stunning lacy short sleeved black dress as she posed on the red carpet with husband Geoffrey Arend
Strutting her stuff: Christina Hendricks showed off her famous curvy figure in a short sleeved lacy black dress, wearing her bright red hair in a curly bob
Black and white delight: Elisabeth Moss looked striking with her new edgy platinum blonde bob and black and white beaded gown
In stark contrast to the paler looks on the carpet, many of the stars arrived dressed in the brightest colours imaginable.
Anna Faris arrived in one the most striking gowns, arriving in a bright yellow Monique Lhuillier number, confessing she loved 'the bold colour.'
Tina Fey looked stunning in a simple royal blue Narciso Rodriguez gown, which she told E! was 'made for me.'
Funny women: Amy Poehler looked demure ion a high necked black dress with embroidered pocket detail, while Tina Fey wore a customised Narciso Rodriguez blue gown
Blue beauty: Tina Fey wore a customised Narciso Rodriguez gown with her brown hair wore loose around her shoulders
Looking hot: The Parks & Recreation star's black high necked gown featured a dragon design on each hip
She also admitted to presenter Ryan Seacrest that she and friend Amy Poehler were keen on hosting the Golden Globes Awards again next year and were 'going to talk about it tonight.'
'The idea of getting to see Tina in any form is always nice,' added Amy, who wore a black high necked gown with embroidered dragons on each hip.
Heidi Klum admitted she had trouble getting out of the car in her ultra tight plum coloured tight Versace dress teamed with Christina Louboutin heels.
The bright stuff: Alison Janney, Jessica Pare and Anna Faris brought the striking colours to the carpet
Strike a pose: Cobie Smulders, Allison and Anna happily had their picture taken before entering the Nokia Theatre
Purple patch: Carrie Underwood looked very old Hollywood in a dramatic Ramon Keveza dress and Jimmy Choo shoes before performing at the ceremony
Plum perfection: Mad Men star Linda Cardellini looked stunning in a strapless Donna Karan Atelier dress
Purple passion: Mindy Kaling, TV host Tea Andrews, Alyson Hannigan in Marchesa and actress Melissa Rauch looked stylish in different versions of the same colour
Arriving with her Project Runway star Tim Gunn, the duo were happy and relaxed on the back of their win for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program at last week's Creative Arts Emmys.
Elsewhere, the cast of Breaking Bad were upbeat on the red carpet, despite the show ending next week.
'The ending is perfect, unapologetic,' said Bryan Cranston who received yet another Emmy nomination for Best Actor.
Silver sirens: Emily Deschanel looked smouldering in a one-shouldered gown while nominee Julia Louis-Dreyfus also sported a strapless sequinned metallic number
Wonderful in white: Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke teamed her strapless Donna Karan Atelier gown with a silver belt, Taylor Schilling sported a high necked gown with split and Kate Mara stepped out in sheer designed top and skirt
Pretty in pastels: True Blood star Carrie Preston and Ariel Winter stuck to the palest hues, while Jewell wore pink with silver detailing and Kristen Connelly wore a chevron silver long sleeved gown
His co-star Aaron Paul brought two dates - his wife Lauren and mother Darla to the show. 'She just so incredible and always has been so supportive,' he said about his mother. 'She literally threw me out of the house when I was 17 and said, "Good luck." She always knew I wanted to do this.'
Cranston's on-screen wife Anna Gunn ensured she glammed up on the carpet in a stark contrast to her more dowdy alter-ego Skyler White.
'We just wanted an old Hollywood kind of look,' she said about her stunning one shouldered baby pink gown with black detailing. 'I would prefer this kind of look to the Skyler look.'
Green goddesses: Sarah Hyland, Anna Chumsky and Nancy O'Dell all plumped for floor length emerald coloured gowns
Back to black: Lena Heady wore a daring sheer number split to the thigh, while Amanda Peet sported an unusual frock with sheer sleeves, Aubrey Plaza arrived in a long sleeved embroidered Marios Schwab dress and Homeland's Morgan Saylor arrived in black and white
Going solo: Lena Dunham stood out in her floral flared dress as she took her place in the camera line alongside Damian Lewis and wife Helen McCrory and Claire Danes and husband Hugh Dancy
Flower power: Lena Dunham wore a rather garish Prada gown while her Girls co-stars Zosia Mamet also went for a tie dye style pink, white and black number
Feeling blue: Katrina Bowden wore a navy blue dress while Edie Falco looked demure but striking while Allison Williams sported a similar jewelled tone gown and Connie Britton arrived in an unusual embroidered number
Meanwhile, Carrie Underwood channelled a classic look in her bright purple Ramon Keveza dress and Jimmy Choo shoes before performing at the ceremony.
Mad Men star Linda Cardellini also opted for a plum gown, looking stunning in a strapless Donna Karan Atelier dress with frilled detail, while Mindy Kaling, TV host Tea Andrews, Allison Janney and Big Bang Theory actress Melissa Rauch looked stylish in different versions of the colour.
Earlier, Kelly Osbourne was among the first to grace the red carpet and both stars arrived in plunging gowns in striking primary colours to make them stand out from the crowd.
Lady in red: Kelly Osbourne arrived in a plunging scarlet Jenny Packham gown which contrasted perfectly with her lavender hair
Pregnant in red: Homeland's Morena Baccarin dressed her baby bump in a crimson gown while Entertainment Tonight host Brooke Anderson also dressed her pregnant figure in red
Handsome couples: Kaley Cuoco arrived with her tennis player beau Ryan Sweeting while Damian Lewis sported a shaven head as he posed with wife Helen McCrory, who wore a white gown and carried a Stark clutch
The red carpet didn't just belong to the ladies, however.
Kevin Spacey, Will Arnett, Jason Bateman and the Big Bang Theroy's Jim Parsons all cut dapper figures in dark suits and white shirts as they made their way down the red carpet hoping for Emmy victory.
Matt Le Blanc arrived with girlfriend Andrea Anders, while Jon Hamm showed off his new beard in a white dinner jacket and black trousers.
Palling around: Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston were in high spirits despite the pending end of Breaking Bad next Sunday
Dapper: Jon Hamm went for a white dinner jacket and black trousers as he arrived with wife Jennifer Westfeldt while nominee Jason Bateman stuck to a more traditional suit and tie as he posed with wife Amanda
Couples therapy: Peter Dinklage arrived with wife Erica, while Matt Le Blanc wrapped his arm around girlfriend Andrea Anders while Judd Apatow stepped out with wife Leslie Mann
Having been awarded his fifth nomination, Michael Douglas stepped out solo on the red carpet following his recent split from wife Catherine Zeta-Jones.
He joined his Behind the Candelabra co-star Matt Damon and his wife Luciana on the carpet, with the actors both up for awards in the same category.
And Homeland star Damian Lewis set tongues wagging with his new shaven headed appearance as he posed with wife Helen McCrory before the show.
Funnymen: Jim Parsons stepped out in a dapper black suit while Will Arnett arrived in a grey number with black lapels
Modern Men: Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his on-screen partner Eric Stonestreet looked dapper while Rico Rodriguez sported a suit and tie
Sunset hues: Michelle Dockery teamed red with purple, Christine Baranski stepped out in scarlet, Danielle Brooks sported a bright orange plunging number and Laura Dern looked pretty as a picture in salmon pink
Ages unite: Kiernan Shipka hugged her Mad Men co-star Robert Morse on the carpet
Fun in florals: Kiernan Shipka wore a pretty dress featuring a full skirt and florel pattern and delicate gold strap heels
Meanwhile, red carpet commentator Kelly Osbourne wowed in a scarlet dress with a plunging neckline.
Cinched in at the waist and featuring red beading at the shoulders, the eye-catching gown flattered the 28-year-old's figure.
She accented her look with matching red shoes and a heavy slick of fiery lipstick that clashed with her trademark lilac hair.
Her fellow E! host Giuliana Rancic looked equally stunning in a beautiful blue embroidered fishtail gown which accentuated her slim figure.
The darker side of fashion: Cat Deeley wore a revealing black dress, Jessica Lange wore an unusual black and nude gown, Jane Lynch wore a trouser suit and Sarah Silverman posed in a slinky knee-length Stop Staring number
Fishtail style: Giuliana Rancic arrived in a strapless pale blue gown with embroidered detail showing off her extremely slim figure
Form fitting: Jane Krakowski wore a slate green dress that displayed her bare shoulders and toned arms
White hot: Taylor Schilling of Orange Is The New Black looked radiant in a floor-length white gown
Intricate: Constance Zimmer (L) and Jane Fonda (R) both opted for eye-catching and elaborate black dresses
Going green: Mayim Bialik joined the green brigade in a gorgeous long gown
THE 65TH ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARD WINNERS LIST
DRAMA SERIES - Breaking Bad (AMC
ACTOR IN A DRAMA - Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom)
ACTRESS IN A DRAMA -Claire Danes (Homeland)
WRITING FOR A DRAMA - Henry Bromell (Homeland)
DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA - David Fincher (House of Cards)
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA - Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire)
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA - Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad)
COMEDY SERIES - Modern Family (ABC)
ACTOR IN A COMEDY - Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
ACTRESS IN A COMEDY - Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) - WINNER
WRITING FOR A COMEDY - Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield (30 Rock)
DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY - Gail Mancuso (Modern Family)
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY - Tony Hale (Veep)
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY - Merritt Wever (Nurse Jackie)
MINISERIES OR MOVIE - Behind the Candelabra (HBO)
ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE - Michael Douglas (Behind the Candelabra)
ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE - Laura Linney (The Big C: Hereafter)
WRITING FOR A MINISERIES OR MOVIE - Abi Morgan (The Hour)
DIRECTING FOR A MINISERIES OR MOVIE - Steven Soderbergh (Behind the Candelabra)
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE - James Cromwell (American Horror Story: Asylum)
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN MINISERIES OR MOVIE - Ellen Burstyn (Political Animals)
OUTSTANDING REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM - The Voice