To Bead or Not to Bead: Emmy Gowns Sport Fewer Beads and Sequins

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The Oscars' red carpet presented a tidal wave of sparkling sequin gowns, but Emmys scaled it back to a sprinkle.

Remember Naomi Watts, Jessica Chastain, Halle Berry and pretty much everybody else at the Oscars? It was all art deco and black, gold, and silver sequins in very fitted, slinky silhouettes. Any woman not covered in sequins looked a bit, well, dull. 

But once any trend gets to that ubiquitous level -- well, stylists, designers, and even actresses will scale it back. Elisabeth Moss, styled by Karla Welch, wore a strapless black-and-white gown by Parisian Andrew Gn that had a black-sequin bodice contrasting against a matte white A-line skirt.

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Claire Danes, working with stylist Petra Flannery, actually conformed to the Oscars' sequin trend by wearing a sequined Armani Prive gown in a pale eggshell tone. Yet its simplicity, matched with her "faux bobbed hair" -- a good way to cause excitement and consternation on the red carpet -- and red lips actually contained some drama, as Danes never really does the same thing twice. The last few times we've seen her, she's been in orange/red and bright yellow.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who won for best actress in a comedy for Veep, wore a shiny, beaded, champagne-colored strapless Monique Lhullier column. While it had a slightly old-school feeling, she kept the rest of her look simple with loose cascading hair, which toned the dress down to modern.