Seth Meyer made us laugh, the E! Network red carpet crew made us cringe, and the winners made us yawn. Another Emmys award show is in the books.
Ryan Seacrest's absence was deeply felt. If you watched even a few minutes of last night's E! Live from the Red Carpet coverage, you were probably flummoxed as you watched Giuliana Rancic anchor the rest of the commentary crew: Ross Matthews (who always holds his own through sheer charm), Kelly Osborne, and Kristin Dos Santos. Osborne is improving with every show, though she tends to repeat lines from more seasoned co-hosts (see: George Kotsiopoulos). Dos Santos, on the other hand, was almost unwatchable. At one point she used the phrase, "safe, but unpredictable" to describe a dress. What does that mean?!
Now, let's talk about dresses.
The color of the night was absolutely, undoubtedly, RED. The women who wielded it did so with a lot of style--you'll see most of them receive high marks today. Christina Hendricks showed off her amazing figure into an Indian-inspired Marchesa, but co-star January Jones' crisp, structural Prabal Gurung stole the show. Unfortunately for January, it also looked like someone stole her hairbrush. Other standouts in red included Heidi Klum in an elegant, demure, no-not-kidding, Zac Posen, Claire Danes in red Givenchy lace, Mindy Kaling in Kenzo, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Carolina Herrera. Uzo Adouba, who won best Supporting Actress, Comedy, for Orange is the New Black also killed it in red.
Following up the ladies in red were the ladies in white. Laverne Cox, Anna Chlumsky, Camila Alves, Kristin Wiig, Sofia Vergara, and Angela Bassett, kept their looks cool in various shades of white, while temperatures on the red carpet soared. Vergara was a riot on the red carpet, artfully dodging the annoying personal questions lobbed at her by E!'s Rancic, while looking stunning in a Roberto Cavalli strapless column with metallic details.
Speaking of metallic, some of the best-dressed ladies of the night opted for head-to-toe sparkle. Amy Poehler killed it in Theia, while Hayden Panettiere's Lorena Sorbu looked gorgeous from a distance but suffered up-close due to the illusion netting at the neckline. It only takes about a yard of illusion netting to go from elegant to Ice Capades.
Kiernan Shipka's Antonio Berardi Resort 2015 frock was incredible; this 14-year-old always looks simply perfect. Her dove-grey, beaded silk gown was one of the very best of the night. In fact, most of the memorable dresses fell outside the "red," "black," and "white" categories. Gwen Stefani's silver beaded Versace with a gold windowpane neckline was incredible, and Sarah Silverman pulled out a lot of stops with her elegant green ball gown. Allison Williams (Girls) also opted for a ball gown, a pretty white, black, and yellow number from Giambattista Valli Couture that read well on television. Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad) opted for a refreshing white-and-blue Jenny Packham with an embroidered bodice, and Julia Roberts showed off her unbelievable legs to their best advantage in the night's most unusual (and successful) choice, a short, dark blue Elie Saab with whimsical beading that looked beautiful from every angle.
To maximize your potential to see every dress from every angle--instead of terrible screenshots--spend your day reviewing slideshows and galleries from The Cut, the Daily Mail, Vulture, and (of course) the Fug Girls.