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2012 September 24

Best-Dressed at the Emmys: Which Fashion Houses Emerged on Top?

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(NEW YORK) Enough about the winners! Which fashion houses won the Emmy's dressing derby, you wonder? Well, the competition was heated, the designers were motivated, and the winning formula seemed to involve a heck of a lot of color, with one notable exeption. (Read on!)

Julianne Moore's Dior Couture dress top and skirt was Raf Simons' first major tapis rouge victory, and what a moment it was. Long-sleeved, full-skirted, and completely fearless, it graced the stage not once, but twice—when Moore presented and when she won the Outstanding Actress award for her portrayal of Sarah Palin in HBO's Game Change. Needless to say, we won't be forgetting that one anytime soon. The runner-up was also clad in jaune—Claire Danes' sublime and strapless Lanvin, which flattered her baby bump (did we just use that term?) while managing to make a serious style statement. Didn't hurt that she won the Best Actress in a Drama statue for her work in fashion favorite Homeland.

And while Leslie Mann was merely a guest, not a nom, her marigold-skirted Naeem Khan confection was another winner in the aforementioned color story. Same goes for Julie Bowen, in a Monique Lhuillier column. But moving on! January Jones, who impressively goes sans stylist, sported the best noir of the evening in a peekaboo Zac Posen, one of the designer's best red carpet outings in recent memory. Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery was a vision in a cobalty blue Louis Vuitton satin frock.

It was also a good night for Vera Wang, who dressed winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus in a draped russet gown, and Giambattista Valli, who put Julianna Margulies in a strapless floral gown with plenty of oomph that was a welcome departure for her usually demure awards season fare. Prada, which tends to be a smaller player at such affairs, outfitted It Girl Lena Dunham in a short-sleeved floor-grazer with a black lace overlay. Demure! Kristin Wiig gamely rocked a faintly bridal Balenciaga—she also wore a Ghesquiere design to the Costume Institute Gala—but as far as statement dresses go, Lucy Liu nearly stole the show in a fiercely robotic silver Versace.

As for the near misses? Christian Siriano's dresses for Martha Plimpton and Christina Hendricks were a bit complex; same goes for Glenn Close's Bibhu Mohapatra number. Zosia Mamet's shoulder and breast-padded concoction was a bit awkward (but kudos for effort!), and while Lena Headey's Armani Privé moved beautifully on TV, but in the photos, it appeared a bit amorphous.

And the missing in action? Your Daily hasn't yet spotted any looks by red carpet regulars Prabal Gurung, Bottega Veneta, Valentino, L'Wren Scott, or Marc Jacobs...but enough talk—browse our Gallery and discuss all the looks amongst yourselves in the comments below.
ASHLEY BAKER




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