Stars play it cool on the Emmy carpet
Olivia Wilde, Elisabeth Moss wore sweeping gowns
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.
"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.