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Emmys 2011: Our Picks for Best and Worst Looks of the Night

"Modern Family" may have swooped up all the statues, but we all know the real winners of the Emmys are determined on the red carpet. Take a look at our picks for the best dressed, near misses, and biggest fashion letdowns of the night.
  • Kate Winslet: Best Dressed

    In a sea of red, the regal Ms. Winslet stood out in a simple, stunning cap-sleeve gown by Elie Saab.

  • Aubrey Plaza: Best Dressed

    The wonderfully droll Aubrey Plaza outclassed almost everyone in a beautiful white gown by Juan Carlos Obando.

  • Jane Lynch: Best Dressed

    This is how color should be worn: by a really, really tall person who can show it off properly. Jane looked absolutely radiant in this elegant plum number by David Meister.

  • Nina Dobrev: Best Dressed

    Nina Dobrev’s curve-hugging Donna Karan mermaid gown had us drooling, and then thinking about how we should hit the gym, pronto.

  • Joel McHale: Best Dressed

    Although he’s treading dangerously close to waiter-uniform territory, Joel McHale is making the powder blue jacket thing work. He’s funny and tall; he can kind of do whatever he wants, fashionwise, can’t he?

  • Evan Rachel Wood: Best Dressed

    Glamorous, dark, and bold. We would expect nothing less from a vampire queen.

  • Gwyneth Paltrow: Honorable Mention

    We absolutely love the beadwork and lines of this dress, and we were ready to declare you the fashion champion, Gwenie, hands down. Until we lowered our eyes and saw your bare midriff begging us for an extra swath of fabric.

  • Minka Kelly: Honorable Mention

    Minka’s Kelly’s periwinkle Dior gown had a lot going for it, and the new Charlie’s Angel looks stunning as always, but the black stripe around her waist and the overall busyness of it prevents us from committing fully.

  • Heidi Klum: Honorable Mention

    Sure, this dress looks a little like Heidi had an unfortunate run-in with some mean coral reef on her way to the show, but the color is stunning on Heidi’s perfectly tanned skin, and her playful style was a breath of fresh air on the relatively tame red carpet. However, we’re pretty sure Michael Kors would tell her to lose the earrings.

  • Heather Morris: Honorable Mention

    The color combo of this dress works well on Ms. Morris and the silhouette is unique. Still, the vibe of this dress is a little too old and matronly our favorite Cheerio.

  • Common: Honorable Mention

    Common’s understated plaid and charcoal bowtie made us do a double-take, in the good way.

  • Adam Scott: Honorable Mention

    It’s nice to see Parks and Recreation Adam Scott in something other than city-hall khaki. You clean up nice, kid.

  • Wilmer Valderama: Honorable Mention

    Wilmer looks great. Now can anybody tell me why he was there?

  • Dianna Agron: Worst Dressed

    It’s such a shame when a gorgeous, young actress dresses oddly matronly for big events. While we love the cobalt color, the high neckline and slouchy material doesn’t do the Glee star justice.

  • Amy Poehler: Worst Dressed

    Space-suit-meets-sister-wife-chic? There’s really nothing redeeming about this dress. We’re guessing Amy was too busy being the funniest lady on TV (despite her loss last night) and becoming a new mom to spend too much time picking out a gown.

  • Adrienne Palicki: Worst Dressed

    When just about everyone in Hollywood decided to don the same vibrant red hue, it’s hard not to make comparisons. This one is by far the snooziest of the parade of red snooze-fests. Also is it just us, or does this dress have a distinctive “David’s-Bridal-bridesmaid dress” feel?

  • Katie Holmes: Worst Dressed

    We’ve seen Katie look more chic and put-together tooling around town with her equally fashionable daughter than she did for her walk down the red carpet. Her messy up-do didn’t help the fact that the neckline of the Calvin Klein dress seemed reminiscent of a muscle tee, while the rest of it didn’t do anything for Katie’s svelte figure.

    _Photo source: Imeanwhat.com

  • Olivia Munn: Worst Dressed

    This dress can’t decide what it wants to be. A relaxed, spaghetti-strap top with a weird draped back meets a structured, mermaid skirt with satin stripes, oh, and there’s a belt: our eyes just can’t process it all.

    _Photo source: Imeanwhat.com

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