The Emmys aren't nearly as much of a dress-up affair as the Oscars or the Golden Globes. Even so, it's an important place to make a fashion statement, as designers (and stylists) vie to outfit the nominees and presenters.
Big trends on the red carpet at the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday night ranged from lots of plunging V-necks with major breast exposure (not a great look on many of the stars) to tea-length styles instead of long gowns (a refreshing change).
With so many categories in the TV awards, there were a lot of actresses on the red carpet and a lot of styles to admire. Here are our favorites:
1. Nicole Kidman in Calvin Klein by Appointment
The stylish actress takes fashion risks but rarely makes mistakes. Her crimson pleated ankle-length dress with a pleated bodice and a silver halter neckline fit one of her main criteria for a red-carpet look: She can dance in it.
“That’s an important rule for a dress — to be able to dance," she told People magazine. "At least wiggle!”
After her first Emmy win for her role in Big Little Lies, we're guessing she and hubby, Keith Urban, danced the night away.
2. Leslie Jones in custom Christian Siriano
The Saturday Night Live co-star was the hit of New York Fashion Week with her enthusiastic response to the Christian Siriano fashion show, where she sat on the front row and kept a running commentary on the looks she loved.
She and the designer bonded last year after she complained on Twitter than no one wanted to dress her for the Ghostbusters premiere and he immediately responded. He created a gorgeous red gown for her that drew raves.
For the Emmys, Siriano did it again with a sheer, black beaded gown with a thigh-high slit that he described as "very covered up, but still super sexy." Jones looked radiant and confident, because she knew she slayed the red carpet.
3. Millie Bobby Brown in Calvin Klein by Appointment
When you're only 13, the red carpet can be especially intimidating, but not for the Stranger Things co-star, who dazzled onlookers in a ballerina-like ivory crepe and tulle tea-length dress with a full skirt. A black-and-white bandana around the waist and kitten heels adorned with hundreds of hundreds red crystals added a fresh, fun touch to the look.
4. Zoe Kravitz in Dior
The Big Little Lies co-star was among the most stylish women on the red carpet in a fringed Dior gown with a black bodice and rainbow-colored skirt, accented with two necklaces, earrings, a bracelet, and rings from Tiffany & Co. And she channeled a bit of Audrey Hepburn a la Sabrina in a pixie haircut.
"This particular dress felt quite magical, kind of fairylike, so I thought, let's go for it," she told E!.
5. Sophia Vergara in Mark Zunino
A lot of fashion critics are tired of Sofía Vergara's mermaid gown red-carpet look. But it works for her. The body-hugging gown hugs her curves in all the right places even if the white shade is a touch bridal.
Vergara kept the look from going over the top by wearing her hair in a high ponytail and bangs, along with massive Lorraine Schwartz diamond earrings.
6. Viola Davis in custom Zac Posen
The How to Get Away with Murder star, who favors bold colors on the red carpet, stood out again in an orange Zac Posen gown and Harry Winston jewels.
7. Evan Rachel Wood in custom Jeremy Scott for Moschino
The Westwood co-star has been committed to wearing pantsuits on the red carpet and did it again at the Emmys in an all-white ensemble of wide-leg trousers, bustier top with coat tails, and a cropped jacket.
“I’m not trying to protest dresses, but I wanted to make sure that young girls and women knew that they aren’t a requirement, and that you don’t have to wear one if you don’t want to," she told E! at the Golden Globes in January, where she wore a suit that drew comparisons to Marlene Dietrich.
8. Tracee Ellis Ross in Chanel Haute Couture
The Blackish star provided a dose of high style on the red carpet in a silver sequined dress with oversized sleeves and cascading feathers at the hemline. "[It has] many, many hand-done things; the feathers were dipped, the crystals were sewn," she told E!.
And she wasn't kidding.
A Chanel spokesperson told InStyle that it took 1,300 hours to embroider the gown with 170,000 elements — including crystal beaded flowers, silver mirrors, and glass beads. And the feathers were hand painted, beaded, and adorned with white tulle pompoms.
9. Issa Rae in custom Vera Wang
The Insecure star looked supremely confident in a bright red one-shoulder goddess gown with asymmetrical sleeves and a bare back. And no wonder: She's the new face of Cover Girl cosmetics.
10. Priyanka Chopra in Balmain
Compared to most of her counterparts on the red carpet, the Quantico star looked all covered up in the high-neck, long-sleeved embroidered gown. But there's plenty of sex appeal in the body-hugging fit and the feathered mermaid train adds pizzazz.