Emmy Best Dressed

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The night's hot silhouettes called to mind the sirens of Old Hollywood. Last year's one-shoulder looks gave way to gowns in fishtail and mermaid shapes. And who says red dresses don't work with a red carpet?

"The straight women never win in comedy! But I did!" said Julie Bowen (in Oscar de la Renta), who received immediate congratulations from fellow Emmy nominee and Modern Family co-star Sofia Vergara, in Vera Wang ... Presenter Claire Danes opted for a classic silhouette with modern beaded geometrics from Oscar de la Renta Resort 2012. ... Mildred Pierce duo Evan Rachel Wood and winner Kate Winslet each wore a slinky Elie Saab. "I feel very comfortable in this," said Winslet. "It kept my red carpet panic at bay." She also wore $50,400 worth of Cartier drop earrings in 18k white gold and diamonds ... Nina Dobrev of The Vampire Diaries paired her Donna Karan Resort 2012 fishtail gown with a $175,000 vintage choker by Neil Lane ... Saturday Night Live nominee Kristen Wiig's bronze silk Zac Posen allowed her to show off her back ... Nurse Jackie nominee Edie Falco wore a fleshtone Randi Rahm couture creation with tulle and ruching detail, in one of the "it" colors of the season ... Friday Night Lights' Minka Kelly went Paris chic in a midnight-blue lace-tiered Christian Dior gown and $180,000 Tiffany diamond drop earrings ... "I loved my Oscar de la Renta last year. But this year I just wanted to be comfortable," said Glee's Lea Michele, whose form-fitting Marchesa gown was a relaxed contrast to her multi-ruffled, flamenco-inspired 2010 dress ... Presenter and New Girl star Zooey Deschanel met with Hot in Cleveland nominee Betty White ... Drew Barrymore (in Givenchy couture) and new Charlie's Angels Annie Ilonzeh (in Romona Keveza) and Rachael Taylor (in Armani Prive) ... Mad Men lead drama actor nominee Jon Hamm, in Tom Ford, with partner Jennifer Westfeldt, in vintage 1940s Helena Barbieri. ... Emmy host Jane Lynch (with wife Laura Embry) wore four David Meister gowns during the evening. ... Entourage castmates Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Jeremy Piven and Adrian Grenier backstage during the show. ... "Our show started great and ended great," said Friday Night Lights lead drama actor winner Kyle Chandler. "People ask me if I'm upset it went off the air, and I say, 'No, we had five really strong seasons.' "