Emmys 2014: Best dressed

Kerry Washington in Prada. This orange-is-the-new-black column gown had everything -- bold color, a high slit, chic sparkly underskirt and beaded edges. Unusual in the best way. (Jason Merritt / Getty Images; Jordan Strauss / Invision/AP)

The Emmys' red carpet was one of the best displays of fashion and style in recent Hollywood history.

The looks were modern and not overwhelming. These women wore the clothes; the clothes didn’t wear them.

Red was the hot color and the best red dresses had unusual details — whimsical red crystal butterflies at the neckline of Claire DanesGivenchy stunner, for example, and sexy burgundy patent leather strap details on Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ raspberry red Carolina Herrera gown.

The night's other best looks were Kerry Washington’s  Prada column gown, Michelle Dockery's color-blocked blush pink, blue and green column with overlapping folds by Rosie Assoulin and Allison Williams' pink tulle Giambattista Valli couture gown with a bright yellow belt and off-kilter bow.

See all my favorite looks in our photo gallery.