The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: The 2016 Emmy Awards Red Carpet

How the stars stacked up at this year's award show

Claire Danes in Schiaparelli
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Emily Ratajkowski in Zac Posen
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Heidi Klum in Michael Kors
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Constance Zimmer in Monique Lhuillier
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Laura Carmichael in Delpozo
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Kristen Bell in Zuhair Murad
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Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin and Millie Bobby Brown, in Red Valentino and Nicholas Kirkwood shoes
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Viola Davis in Marchesa
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Emilia Clarke in Atelier Versace
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Padma Lakshmi
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Priyanka Chopra in Jason Wu
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Kerry Washington in Brandon Maxwell
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Taraji P. Henson in Vera Wang
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Tatiana Maslany in Alexander Wang
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Ariel Winter in Yousef Al Jasmi and Harry Kotlar jewelry
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Sarah Hyland in Monique Lhuillier
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Portia Doubleday in Giorgio Armani
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Joanne Froggatt in Stella McCartney
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Niecy Nash in Christian Siriano
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Hari Nef in Gucci
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Ellie Kemper in Jenny Packham
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Jill Kargman
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Tracee Ellis Ross in Ralph Lauren
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Kathryn Hahn in Wai Ming
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America Ferrera in Jenny Packham
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Julie Bowen
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Anna Chlumsky
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Felicity Huffman in Tony Ward
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Olivia Culpo in Zac Posen
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Emily Robinson in Carolina Herrera
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Alia Shawkat
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Regina King in Elizabeth Kennedy
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Maura Tierney in Christian Siriano
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Abigail Spencer
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Minnie Driver in Atelier Versace
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Sarah Paulson in Prada
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Kirsten Dunst in Givenchy
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Jane Krakowski
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Amy Poehler in Pamella Roland
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Tina Fey
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Carolina Herrera
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Sofia Vergara in Atelier Versace
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Robin Wright in Reem Acra
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Emmy Rossum in Wes Gordon
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Julianne Hough
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Amanda Peet in Altuzarra
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Keri Russell
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Mandy Moore in Prabal Gurung
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Natasha Lyonne in Sally LaPointe
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It’s always good fun to pick apart the outfits on a red carpet, and the 2016 Emmy Awards were no exception. This year, the red carpet was particularly varied, with plenty of starlets stepping out of their comfort zone and taking a major chance with their fancy frocks.

For one thing, color was huge on the carpet. Vibrant yellow made a big splash on Taraji P Henson’s Vera Wang spaghetti strap number and it also packed a punch on the bodice of Laura Carmichael’s Delpozo gown. Emerald green had a major moment, too. Particularly spectacular was Sarah Paulson’s beaded Prada with a plunging neckline, which was slightly reminiscent of the beaded frock from the same designer that Lupita Nyong’o wore to the Met Gala in 2014.

Volume was also a major player at the Emmys, as seen on the exaggerated hips of Olivia Culpo’s Zac Posen frock and the sequined tulle layers of Emily Robinson’s Carolina Herrera dress. However, volume wasn’t always well executed, like in the case of Anna Chlumsky’s frumpy dress, which seemed more appropriate for a set of drapes than a black tie getup. Another major fail was Emily Ratajkowski‘s Zac Posen number, which was a lovely hue of navy, but bagged awkwardly around her bust.

This tapis rouge was also jam packed with designs by young New York designers, including Natasha Lyonne in Sally LaPointe, Amanda Peet in Altuzarra, Kerry Washington in Brandon Maxwell and Emmy Rossum in Wes Gordon. Christian Siriano also continued his gold streak, dressing both Niecy Nash and Maura Tierney in elegant, refined gowns.

However, our best dressed vote goes to Stranger Things‘ Milly Bobby Brown. She might be only 12 years old, but this young actress proved her prowess as a budding fashionista in a tulle Red Valentino frock.