Heidi Klum among the colorful fashion risk-takers at Emmy Award red carpet

They helped fuel the trend toward bright, bold color that was also worn by pregnant Claire Danes in strapless daffodil-yellow Lanvin, Julianne Moore in a long-sleeve, stretchy gown by Raf Simons for Christian Dior and Nicole Kidman in a blue-on-white-beaded gown by Antonio Berardi. All brought bona fide fashion credibility to the Nokia Theatre, even if they weren’t necessarily the favorites.

Hayden Panettiere plucked her sari-style Marchesa straight from the runway, and Ginnifer Goodwin’s flame-red-on-sheer-champagne strapless gown by Monique Lhuillier announced there’s a new generation of style stars to reckon with.

Goodwin “went out on a limb — and it could have gone wrong — but it was great,” said Stacy London, co-host of TLC’s “What Not to Wear” and co-founder of Style for Hire, a personal fashion service. “It had the biggest impact on me.”

Lhuillier had a banner night with Julie Bowen’s strapless, trumpet-hem gown and Padma Lakshmi’s orange strapless dress.

Goodwin and Klum also were early favorites of Louise Roe, Glamour editor-at-large and “Fashion Star” host. She wasn’t crazy about Elisabeth Moss’ printed, peplumed Dolce Gabbana gown, which she said had a little too much “fussy detail.”

And, Roe said, Emily VanCamp could have gone edgier than her still-lovely J. Mendel gown with pleats and hints of sexy sheer fabric. “She’s young and has a killer body — she could have played around a bit more.”

Hal Rubenstein of InStyle magazine, however, saw the beauty of VanCamp’s gown up close and — like Moore’s gown, which was Simons’ red-carpet debut for Dior — needed to be appreciated for the details. “Julianne’s will be the one to remember,” he said. “It’s a lot — and it’s a blazing, flaming color — but if you saw the dress, the construction was extraordinary.”

Moore said before the show: “I love the color. It’s so fresh.”

It didn’t hurt that she also got to wear European-cut diamond earrings, weighing in at 5 carats each, and an 8.5-carat Art Deco bracelet — both by Fred Leighton.

Vergara’s gown was over the top and not as sophisticated as some of her earlier red-carpet looks, but she has mastered a va-va-voom character and she consistently gives the audience what they want, the experts said. “If Sofia Vergara showed up in a tuxedo or a boatneck gown in sable brown, you’d be furious,” Rubenstein said.

When stars go for gowns that they seem more comfortable in, which is itself a trend, they look better, Rubenstein explained. Julianna Margulies is someone who always owns her dress and the Giambattista Valli strapless brocade floral fell into her pattern of making fashionable choices.

Sep 23rd, 2012 | Posted in Fashion
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