15 Fashion-Forward Dresses from the Emmys

The awards may have been for work done on the small screen, but in terms of the style quotient, the dresses on the red carpet were anything but small.

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Gwyneth Paltrow wears Emilio Pucci at the 2011 Emmy Awards.
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The awards may have been for work done on the small screen, but in terms of the style quotient, the dresses on the red carpet were anything but small. Gwyneth Paltrow went bold in a midriff baring tulle-and-embroidery ensemble by Emilio Pucci.
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Black was a strong trend for the evening, overall. Evan Rachel Wood went for a shimmery version of the trend in this Elie Saab gown with all-over sequins.
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Anna Torv of "Fringe" perfectly accessorized her custom Vera Wang gown with jewel-tone accessories in the form of plum earrings and sapphire heels.
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Emily Blunt went for a '20s-inspired gown with exquisite detailing Elie Saab, rendered in the deepest midnight blue.
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Minka Kelly's midnight blue-and-black Christian Dior gown also had a timeless, feminine appeal.
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Kelly Macdonald wore a skin-baring Stella McCartney gown with navy lace detailing.
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Claire Danes' shimmery Oscar de la Renta strapless gown embraced both the black and midnight blue themes, adding a pop of nearly electric blue to the mix.
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Amy Poehler wore a flattering, dark blue sequin gown by New York designer Peter Som.
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Conversely, a slew of ladies opted for scarlet hues to match the red carpet. Lea Michele's bright red Marchesa gown boasted strong shoulders and a sexy cowl back.
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Kate Winslet proved that the simplest gown is often strongest when it comes to red with this minimalist Elie Saab creation.
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Kerry Washington's Zuhair Murad gown boasted both spectacular detail in terms of the beading at the bust and the semi-sheer skirt.
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The BBC's "Downton Abbey" has won more than a few fashion fans for its stunning costume design, and one of the show's stars, Michelle Dockery, held her own on the red carpet in a simple, wine-colored gown with a sexy peek-a-boo cut-out.
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Kristen Wiig's plunging Zac Posen gown was a refreshingly subtle star on the red carpet, rendered in a bronze and black ombre.
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Heidi Klum supported one of her "Project Runway" alums in wearing this frothy Christian Siriano dress. It may have been over-the-top, but it was pure Heidi.
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Julia Stiles opted for a more subtle shade in this powdery-blue Georges Hobeika Couture gown, festooned with lace details.
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