The 61st Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards celebrated the HD screen last night, hosted by former Doogie Howser star and jilted How I Met Your Mother Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy nominee, Neil Patrick Harris. Mad Men, 30 Rock and Grey Gardens swept the big awards, but we don't really care about who won or lost... we only care about what the gals wore.
Overall, the fashions glimmered more than a 5+ carat sparkling diamond with a brilliant variety of gowns that embraced the 3 C's of red carpet regality - cut, color and clarity.
My favorite look of the night - Blake Lively's low-cut ruby red Versace gown, hands down. Blake is never one to shy away from sexing it up on the red carpet and her look was bold, risky and totally made up for the fact that she screwed up announcing that winning writer's name. I wasn't crushing on her Amish-like mega long braid, but her nude Christian Louboutin shoes and Lorraine Schwartz jewels more than made up for it.
I'm happy to report that there were more flattering looks than fashion train wrecks, other favorites were Sandra Oh who was oh so glamorous in gold, Damages star Rose Byrne was a vision in Valentino, Blake's co-star Leighton Meester looked virtuous in white chiffon, Alyson Hannigan - a MILF if ever I saw one, and Debra Messing in a chic Michael Kors number that complemented her fiery locks Will and Gracefully.
Now for those exhibiting a total lack of clarity and fashion focus...
Sarah Silverman - Your joke moustache was more attractive than your sad blue gown that made you look three times hippier. You won't be effing Matt Damon for much longer if you keep dressing like this.
Phoebe Price - Repeat after me, "I am not Lady Gaga or Charo".
Victoria Rowell - I voted for Obama and think he's the bee's knees. Wear it on a Barack the House tee, not on an Emmy gown.
Other disappointments were Melora Hardin of The Office who looked kooky in a big yellow Spring Fling-like frock, Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi with a weird floral growth on her abdomen and House star Olivia Wilde fell somewhere in between with a mullet gown that looked gorgeous from the front and a hot mess in the back resembling a dolled up Frankenstein with a giant zipper holding her together.