From a fashion standpoint, the 68th Annual Emmy Awards could be subtitled "The Bold and the Beautiful." The stars came out in primary colors as lots of vivid red and yellow gowns cut close to the body stood out on the red carpet, along with all-black or all-white looks. Embellishments were rare, with hardly a sequin to be seen. Cutouts were a big trend as slashed panels, thigh-high slits and plunging necklines added sex appeal to the modern looks.
Here are some of our favorites, along with a few fashion victims.
At last year's Emmys, Heid Klum' s frilly chiffon gown was nearly universally panned. But this year she got it right in a custom-made body-hugging white crepe cutout Michael Kors gown with diamond pavé silk-crepe detail.
Sarah Paulson not only won a well-deserved Emmy for her portrayal of Marcia Clark in The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story but was one of the evening's big fashion winners in a long-sleeve green Prada gown with a plunging neckline. It was one of the few heavily embellished gowns of the evening (and a bit of a departure for Prada designer Miuccia Prada), but it worked.
Priyanka Chopra swirled in a red Jason Wu gown.
Kerry Washington made impending motherhood look mighty good in a custom black Brandon Maxwell cut-out bustier gown .
Amid all the sleek gowns, Kristen Bell was one of the few stars to go the princess route. But the champagne-colored Zuhair Murad gown with floral embroidery and a deep V bodice didn't feel forced. Bell admitted the gown was a departure for her, saying that she wanted to wear something a bit more whimsical.
Tatiana Masslany, left in red Alexander Wang, and Regina King, right in coral Elizabeth Kennedy, both score big in bright colors. And both won Emmys: Masslany won a long overdue Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama for her groundbreaking role in Orphan Black while King took home her second Emmy in a row as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her role in American Crime.
Yellow is a difficult color for many women to wear, but Angela Bassett lit up the red carpet in this Christian Siriano gown.
Now that's how to wear a tux: Rami Malek looks cool in a well-tailored Dior Homme white dinner jacket with a hint of a pocket scarf. He won Best Actor in a Drama for his role in Mr. Robot.
It was a good night for Kate McKinnon. She scored an Emmy for her comedic talent in Saturday Night Live and looked terrific in a red body-hugging gown.
Tracie Ellis Ross in white one-shoulder Ralph Lauren gown with a cutout at waist level looked chic and sophisticated.
Transgender actress Laverne Cox was among the sexiest stars of the evening in a Naeem Khan gold illusion gown.
Amy Schumer, right, and her sister, Kim Caramele, looked like they were dressed for a black-tie funeral in matching black gowns. A bit too matchy matchy in an Addams Family kind of way.
Viola Davis drew all eyes in an electric magenta Marchesa gown. Some critics carped that the color was a little too electric and the embroidery on the top half of the gown is a little fussy, but Davis owned the look on the runway.
Sofia Vergara always looks amazing on the red carpet, although this Atelier Versace isn't one of her best looks. The skin-tight look has become predictable and the nude color seemed to wash her out. We've come to expect more.
Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke also looked a bit washed out in a nude Atelier Versace gown — did Donatella not get the memo that bold colors are in? But the gathered bustline adds pizzazz.
Doesn't Aziz Ansari know that you need to wear a tie to a black-tie event? But he gets a few points for picking a gray tux rather than the standard black. Amy Poehler's green Pamella Roland gown with cape came directly from the New York Fashion Week runway. But on her, it had a "mother-of-the-bride" look.
Tina Fey was among a handful of stars to wear green on the red carpet. Her Oscar de la Renta clover pleated silk chiffon gown works because, unlike the pale green dress her pal Poehler wore, the color is more vibrant and the cut is more flattering.
Claire Dane's Schiaparelli gown looked more suited to the Oscars. And her spray-on tan added too much of an orange glow.
We have to give Anna Chlumsky some points for stepping outside the box. But her Christian Siriano caped dress with a short skirt and long train was confusing and the heavy jacquard fabric spurred one critic to tweet that the Veep co-star "had no time to find a dress... grabbed the drapes and walked out the door."
Empire's Terrence Howard stood out in a plaid tux jacket. It was a little cheesy and he should have gone up a size (he complained that he had to hold his stomach in), but we still like the look.
The biggest fashion victim of the night was Downton Abbey's Laura Carmichael who paired a strangely-cut daisy-dotted yellow blouse with a long lilac skirt, both by Delpozo. What was she thinking?