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Best Of The 2010 Emmy Awards — Top 5 Dresses

From a fashion perspective, the 2010 Emmy Awards were tepid at best, with few stars moving beyond safe, wearable garments in muted colors. But in this sea of vanilla pudding gowns, there were a few creme brulée moments, instances that sated our appetite for glamour.

Pictured here, are our Top 5 red carpet looks:

 

1. ANNA PAQUIN IN ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

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This is bound to be a controversial selection for the top spot since fashion commentators tend to opt for safer designs (tiered ruffles, tons of beading, and anything traditionally pretty) but, in my opinion, True Blood star (and newlywed) Anna Paquin stole the show with her opulent Alexander McQueen gown. The dress manages to blur the line between hard and soft, tender and tough, with a slightly draped black satin skirt, with a flowing train juxtaposed against an intricately beaded gold bust and epaulet-style shoulders for a warrior effect at the top of the gown. Since Paquin herself loves pushing the boundaries of what is traditionally considered feminine, the dress is the perfect option to channel her daring spirit.

 

2. DIANNA AGRON IN CAROLINA HERRERA

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Best known as former Cheerios head Quinn Fabray on Glee, Dianna Agron managed to harmonize better than all her co-stars on the red carpet (including Lea Michele, whose new skin-and-bones figure seemed to drown under hear heavy Oscar de La Renta gown). In a coquettish, romantic, strapless lace Carolina Herrera gown, with a voluminous ruffled skirt and ribbon sash, Agron was a vision — she literally looked like a life-sized version of the gorgeous doll you’d find twirling inside a jewelry box.

 

3. CLAIRE DANES IN ARMANI PRIVE

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Admittedly, I haven’t been a fan of Claire Danes since her days as Angela Chase on My So-Called Life, but you don’t have to be Jordan Catalano to admit that she quite literally sparkled in this muted champagne pink Armani Privé gown, which is encrusted with Swarovski crystals.

4. TINA FEY IN OSCAR DE LA RENTA

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Don’t let her sense of humor fool you: Tina Fey is a major babe. The seven-time Emmy winner chose a demure dress from Oscar de La Renta featuring an embroidered, black silk fabric over a white satin underlay. With its simple scoop neckline, cap sleeves, and fitted waistline, the floor-length gown shows off Fey’s figure while the overlapping fabrics add a sense of intrigue and sultriness to the ensemble.

 

5. SOFIA VERGARA IN CAROLINA HERRERA

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The Modern Family star has a body so voluptuous it should come with “curves ahead” road signs, and Vergara coyly flaunts each and every curve in this simple strapless Carolina Herrera dress, without ever verging into tacky, stripper-ready territory (always a peril if you have an ample bosom and sizable hips). Plus, the gown’s pale yellow color brings out the golden tones in Vergara’s skin.

 

 

 

 

 

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