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Stars play it cool on the Emmy carpet

Olivia Wilde, Elisabeth Moss wore sweeping gowns

A lot of hot fashion trends made their way to the 61st Emmy Awards on Sunday amid the limousine gridlock, but there were few knockout looks as stars mostly played it safe -- a tradition these days.

The heat certainly was a factor, with many of TV's top actresses opting for updos.

A very pregnant Heidi Klum certainly kept her cool in a black, formfitting strapless Marchesa gown with a mermaid hemline.

"I wanted something simple because I'm so big," she said. Her jewelry was anything but, though: oversized dangling earrings and a huge cocktail ring

Marchesa actually had a trifecta of successes. Other than Klum, escorted by husband Seal, the label put Sandra Oh in a gleaming gold strapless gown with rope belt and Olivia Wilde in a ripped-from-the-runway embroidered tulle gown that created the illusion of being a one-shoulder number -- but it was just one of several strategically placed sheer panels.

Others wearing one-shoulder gowns included Elisabeth Moss in a bronze design with a heavily embellished neckline and Sigourney Weaver in a red David Meister. Hayden Panettiere was a retro glamour girl in a red draped J. Mendel that matched her bright lipsticked lips.

Despite recent fashion trends toward mini and knee-length styles, full-length dresses continued to rule the carpet. Kristin Chenoweth bucked the carpet-grazing trend, however, in an above-the-knee sparkler. And Mila Kunis took to a new length -- tea -- in a burgundy tulle gown.

Ricky Gervais joked that he wished he was wearing a toga, but instead he turned up wearing a retro Rat-packer suit by Ted Baker with oversized black lapels.

Leighton Meester contrasted her red lips with a white V-neck gown with knotted fabric on the shoulder. It was a more high-fashion look likely to cause some "do or don't" debate than the usual sparkly or sexy gowns armchair critics are used to.

 

Blake Lively, however, surely left more than a few watchers speechless -- and smiling -- with her bright-red, plunging-V Versace gown.

"She was a total goddess," said Kristofer Buckle, her makeup artist. He noted that he went with all honey colors for her face so it would not compete with the traffic-stopping dress.

Jenna Bordelon contributed to this report.