The weather cooled off just as the stars were about to swarm the red carpet at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, where they showed off bold colors such as reds and blues and elegant designs that dominated the night.
There were also splashes of more daring choices, such as Lena Dunham's bright pink and red-teared skirt and pink shirt by Giambattista Valli. Style came at a price, though, as Dunham seemed to be having trouble hauling the voluminous outfit around the red carpet.
On the sexier side of daring was Yael Stone of “Orange is the New Black,” who walked the carpet in a revealing yet classy Falguni and Shane Peacock dress made out of a tight corset-like top with a flowing blue asymmetrical skirt.
“This just really arrived and it was very clear that it was the winner. I feel like a lady, I feel pretty serious,” she said. Stone carpooled to the Emmys with a few fellow cast members as well as actors from “House of Cards,” including Jayne Atkinson, who wore an animal print dress to the awards show.
“It was madness. The ‘House of Cards' people, and the ‘Orange' people. The ‘House of Cards' people, they were really crazy,” Stone said.
“We were all very game to be on the bus,” Atkinson said earlier on the night.
Teyonah Parris was very noticeable in a neon and green gown, while Gwen Stefani, who was presenting at the show, was almost unrecognizable in a shiny silver dress by Versace with gold boning. Also shiny and glowing, thanks to her pregnancy, was Hayden Panettiere, who showed off cleavage and her baby bump in a shimmering silver Lorena Sarbu sequined gown. While walking the red carpet, Panettiere announced to E! News that she is expecting a little girl.
Though Panettiere was joined by her baby bump, others walked the red carpet alone, such as Sofia Vergara, who was heard telling reporters that her new boyfriend Joe Manganiello is too hot to bring on the red carpet. Vergara stunned in an elegant, figure-hugging white gown.
She wasn't the only one who opted for white. “Veep” star Anna Chlumsky looked sophisticated in a white Zac Posen gown that combined a conservative high neckline with a figure-revealing waistline, while Julianne Hough of “Dancing with the Stars” wasn't sure what her white strapless dress by Dsquared was made from.
“I'm not sure what material it is,” she said as she looked down at the large bow near the waistline. “It's a beautiful, timeless, classy dress,” she said.
Laverne Cox, meanwhile, was statuesque in a white flowing low-cut gown by Marc Bouwer.
On the other end of the spectrum, bold blues were worn by celebrities such as Mayim Bialik and her “Big Bang Theory” co-star Melissa Rauch.
Rauch chose a dark blue figure-hugging strapless gown while Bialik chose a royal blue ball gown by Oliver Tolentino, which was actually her second choice.
“I had a dress snafu with my previous dress and he put this together in less than a week, they made it in three days,” she said of the designer.
Bialik was lucky to make it to the red carpet on time — she said her driver got lost and they ended up circling the area for about 30 minutes.
“I'm nervous tonight. Ready to go home into my pajamas,” she said.
The standout red dresses were worn by stars such as Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who showed up in a tight red dress by Carolina Herrera. Louis-Dreyfus' open-backed dress was accentuated with a skinny belt.
Uzo Aduba showed off her figure in a tight red Christian Sirano while Claire Danes wore a bright red Givenchy lace gown and red slip.
Many of the men chose classic black-tie and tuxedos but there were some who went with other choices.
Jim Parsons went with a slim-fitting brown tuxedo and velvet bow-tie while Matthew McConaughey went with a blue tuxedo and Woody Harrelson chose a dark burgundy tux.
Things couldn't get more classic than Kevin's Spacey's attire, a black tail tuxedo with a white shirt, white bow-tie and a cane, of course.