If the Emmys are any indication, actresses (and reality stars) are so over clean lines. The red carpet was awash in ruffles and ruching and poufing and big fat sashes last night. Some adornments begged to be ripped from their wearer more than Howie Mandel's soul patch — or earrings, for that matter. So it wasn't our favorite batch of gowns from an award show, but there were some stunners (Julia Louis-Dreyfus!), bummers (Eva Longoria's bow!), and a token crazy (Phoebe Price, God bless her!). And when the gowns bored, Ryan Seacrest's constant messing up/making people feel awkward on the E! pre-show always entertained. For more of our thoughts on last night's gowns, watch the slideshow.
This Badgley Mischka dress is stunning. But fuchsia on a red carpet? Bold, Brooke, bold.
Christina Applegate in Reem Acra. When we saw the back of her hair later, we swooned.
Well, we knew he wouldn't not be loud somehow.
If only the bust wasn't a giant bow, we would have adored this Marchesa dress. Nay, this entire look. Eva's hair and makeup were flawless.
Felicity Huffman looks pretty darn breathtaking in Reem Acra.
Glenn Close in an Armani Prive dress. Next time, lose the pimp shades.
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Jennifer Love Hewitt looks teeny-tiny in Carolina Herrera.
Heidi Klum looks fabulous in Armani Prive. But when doesn't she look great, minus that weird moment when her tuxedo was ripped off her?
This Narciso Rodriguez dress on Julia was one of our favorites. It's revealing and not at the same time! Magical.
January Jones in a sweet Dolce & Gabbana corset dress.
Kathy was on point with the hair and her figure looks amazing, but we took issue with the lump of tulle at her hip. Why add extra volume?
We LOVE this L'Wren Scott dress because it has no ruffles or ruching like so many of last night's other gowns did. Simple, chic -- thank you, Kyra!
Settle down -- you didn't miss Lo at the Emmys (like she was invited). But you might have missed her at the TV Guide after-party, where she wore the same kind of loose short dress she always wears.
Lauren Conrad in her own design, of course.
Looks like we've found our worst dressed! Thank God for people like Phoebe Price who seize the opportunity to wear something completely see-through when everyone else wears something opaque.
Teri Hatcher in Monique Lhuiller. Though not our favorite dress, we're amazed at how flattering the ruffles are.
Bravo, Vanessa, for wearing a print (by Kevan Hall). Bravo, also, for not falling over the train.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
He's wearing Tom Ford. She's wearing Dior. That's what we call a power couple.
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