Stars Go Glam And Ravishingly Retro For The 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards

August 30, 2010 • Celebrity Style

The 2010 Primetime Emmys were a real style treat this year! While of course there were the strange dresses, the out-of-the-box dresses, and the experimental, over-the-top dresses, overall, stars played up looked glamorous and played up old and new trends.  I found myself gasping in awe and smiling with surprise—after all, the bulk of celebrities did do something right and I'm not used to seeing such a high volume of it among those risk-takers.

One can always count on Mad Men stars (who took the big prize for the third straight year in a row) to tow the line between  Old Hollywood glam and sharp, modern beauty.  You had Elisabeth Moss reminsicent of Rita Hayworth and Christina Hendricks reminiscent of Kate Mara when in Zac Posen.

Then you had the Glee stars, who for red-carpet newcomers, often look better than the veterans.  And they do it time and time again—check out Jayma Mays, Jane Lynch, Dianna Agron, Jenna Ushkowitz, Lea Michele, and Amber Riley—you won't be sorry!

Stars sparkled and shown in embellishments and jewel tones, picked pale colors like lavender and pink and whipped out the one-shoulder sleeves and the diamond jewelry.  While there were a few exceptions to the rule, we were pleased with the results.  Here are our picks for best and worst at the 2010 Primetime Emmys as well as some trends that stood out during the night! (I'll give you a hint, it wasn't Jon Hamm's dance moves or comedic turn with Betty White.)

Most Creative Dresses

Lauren Graham, Yigal Azrouel

The former Gilmore Girls star donned an intricately draped silk crepe Yigal Azrouel number in ivory and jet.

Dianna Agron, Carolina Herrera

This Glee star was the only one who also went with a wortwhile new trend: lace. She was romantic, frilly, and looked every bit the princess that she is.

Carrie Preston, Makoto Takada

One of the few stars who dared to wear a multicolored print dress–and actually got it right!

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Narciso Rodriguez

Only this former Seinfeld star can make a midriff baring sheath look classy! Something about the high-waist hemline and the straight and narrow top-half simply looks stunning!

January Jones, Versace

While it's not what I would have pictured for the demure, yet glam Mad Men starlet, she was certainly creative in all areas: texture, color, and style of the dress.

Maria Menounos, Ralph & Russo

Wow, this gown has a little bit of everything! Crystal embellishments, dip-dyed colors, and an intricate back.  Not to mention the cut-out middle.  Too much, perhaps?

Tina Fey, Oscar de la Renta

Comedic actress Tina Fey is not usually a winner in the fashion department.  After all, she focuses on making people laugh–not making them gasp in awe! Which I certainly did when I saw this number…It's just exquisite on her in a way I never expected. And when I heard it was Oscar de la Renta, I smiled knowingly.  He really worked his magic.  It's about time, Tina!

Juliana Marguiles, L'Wren Scott

This is the kind of intricate dress that looks ten times better in person then it does in a photo.  Juliana would have been even more ravishing if she wasn't outdone by Tina Fey, who had a similar number. She is gorgeous, though.

Terri Seymour, Alexander McQueen

While a bit dressed down for my taste, I applaud this tv personality (and former flame of Simon Cowell) for trying something different with this sheer overlay, lace-embellished blakc and white prom dress number (and succeeding!)

Lo Bosworth, Karen Caldwell

There's something so unbelievably cute and vintage about this ensemble including the color and length of the dress, the shoes, and Lo's hairdo! While she may have been outshined by some of the veterans, I still think her look was pure star quality.

Betty White, Vintage

Betty White is 88-years old and she never ceases to amaze us–from comedic turns in the Emmy opening number to looking downright fashionable on the red carpet! nevermind the baggy attire, I'm just so proud of the colors she chose and her dare to be different demeanor!

Best Dressed

Besides Tina Fey, Lauren Graham, and Dianna Agron, of course, these stars shown in bold and elegant looks, that while less out-of-the-box stilly ranged from classic to overtly stunning with just a hint of risktaker thrown in.

Elisabeth Moss, Donna Karan

Jayma Mays, Burberry

Claire Danes, Armani Prive

Kim Kardashian, Marchesa

Lea Michele, Oscar de la Renta

Julia Ormond, Escada

Glenn Close

Jane Lynch, Ali Rahimi

Sofia Vergara, Carolina Herrera

Jane Krakowski, Escada

Colors of The Evening


Emily Blunt, Dior

Katrina Bowden, BCBG Max Azria

Christina Hendricks, Zac Posen


Edie Falco, Bottega Veneta

Eva Longoria Parker, Robert Rodriguez

Angela Kinsey, Romona Keveza

Carrie Anne Inaba

Kathy Griffith, Oscar de la Renta

Kelly Osbourne, Tony Ward

Kate Gosselin, Carmen Marc Valvo

Worst Dressed

Toni Collette, Valentino

This dress gives off the illusion that Toni stepped into a muddy puddle!

Padma Lakshmi, Carolina Herrera

We understand you were pregnant, Padma, but you must get rid of that slouch! (Honestly, I thought that necklace was part of the gown but I know Carolina would never do that! Just read that it's your own…get rid of it!)

Anna Paquin, Alexander McQueen

While we will always honor the late, great Alexander McQueen, we don't like how this gown looks on Anna.  She looks like a Roman warrior who's top half is covered by a gold shield.

Giuliana Rancic

While she's normally a style winner, I can't stand any celeb in washed out pink, let alone this typically stylish star!

Kyra Sedgwick, Monique Lhullier

Unfortunately, Kevin Bacon's wife Kyra Sedgewick looks like wearing a red carpet not walking the red carpet! At least it's handstiched!

Stephanie Pratt, Guess by Marciano

Holy disproportion Batman! Stephanie Pratt lived up to her name in bad fashion when she donned this micro tunic with a lace collar.  Does she get fashion tips from brother Spencer?

Photos: Wireimage

–Simona Kogan




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