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Red is the new black at Emmys, a night of sleek silhouettes

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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES, Aug 25 (Reuters) - The Emmy awards saw a sea of
red and white gowns with sleek silhouettes on Monday, as
television's top talent channeled golden age glamour for
Hollywood's first red carpet of the major awards season.

Red, often a risky choice as it can disappear into the color
of the carpet, was the favored tone for stars such as "Veep"
nominee Julia Louis-Dreyfus in a column halter Carolina Herrera
and "Homeland" star Claire Danes in a vermillion embellished
Givenchy dress.

"Mad Men" ladies Christina Hendricks opted for an asymmetric
vermillion Marchesa gown with gold accents and January Jones
went for a full-skirted strapless Prabal Gurung gown. "Big Bang
Theory" actress Kaley Cuoco opted for a strapless Monique
Lhuillier with pink floral motifs, while Mindy Kaling wore a
sleek custom Kenzo gown.

"Red is a vibrant, easy way for celebrities to wear colors
that we've seen in fashion over the past year," said Eric
Wilson, fashion news director of InStyle magazine.

To juxtapose the red, some stars opted for bold jewel hues,
such as Allison Janney in a royal purple strapless Nicolas
Jebran gown, "Orange is the New Black" star Samira Wiley in a
yellow Christian Siriano column dress and her fellow star Taryn
Manning in a vintage gold Azzaro strapless gown.

"The Voice" judge Gwen Stefani chose a silver skirt and top
combo with gold metal accents by Versace, while Amy Poehler
picked a silver low-cut metallic gown by Theia.

"This is the sexiest red carpet at the Emmys in years,"
Wilson said. "Fashion has elevated in the last few years,
celebrities are owning the fashion and taking chances."

Monochrome tones remained a popular choice to stand out on
the red carpet. "House of Cards" nominee Robin Wright led the
all-white line with a backless white Ralph Lauren jumpsuit,
while "Orange is the New Black" nominee Taylor Schilling wore a
cream halter-neck beaded Zuhair Murad gown, saying she loved the
comfort of the style.

Michelle Dockery opted for a cream dress with pops of blue
and green by Rosie Assoulin, a trend also favored by "Girls"
star Alison Williams in an off-white full-skirted Giambattista
Valli gown.

"Masters of Sex" star Lizzy Caplan wore both black and white
with her halter Donna Karen gown, while "The Good Wife" actress
Julianna Margulies spun a twist on black with a beaded Narciso
Rodriguez column dress.

Sarah Paulson created red carpet drama with a black Armani
Prive strapless gown that had exaggerated overlay of embroidered
netting, which got the star caught on hedges lining the red
carpet. Julia Roberts skipped the long gown trend for a short
leg-baring sequined navy Elie Saab dress.

And then there are the outfits that split fashion critics,
which this year was "Girls" star Lena Dunham's pale pink shirt
and multi-tiered full skirt by Giambattista Valli.

Wilson praised Dunham for taking a risk, saying "Lena looked
amazing, it's really fun color trend and with features, it's
bubbly and fun, very much her personality."

(Editing by Mary Milliken and Ken Wills)

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