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And the Most Controversial Emmy Red Carpet Looks Are ...

Lea, Gwyneth, and Heidi.

You'd be hard pressed to argue that Sofia Vergara didn't look hot in her one-shoulder Vera Wang gown with those saucer-sized sapphires hanging from her ears at the Emmys last night. Or conversely, that Juliana Margulies nailed it in her white Armani Privé column gown, which sadly turned her figure into a Pez dispenser. But there were many more debatable looks, which some of us will adore just as they are ingrained in the memories of others as did they lose their contact lenses before they got dressed? The clothes-wearing ladies shaping up to be the most controversial are:

1. Lea Michele — The Today show's commentators were just gushing over her red Marchesa gown, its strong shoulders culminating in a deep cowl-back. It managed to be interesting enough to convince you it wasn't boring, which smacks of the usual problem with red-carpet gowns: Starlets are afraid to wear interesting clothes because that might alienate the vast majority of people in this country, who don't care much about fashion.

2. Gwyneth Paltrow — If you can say anything about Gwyneth Paltrow, it's that she did not dress as though she was afraid of scaring people who loved her on Glee, but don't love fashion. Yet she struck a careful balance between pleasing that crowd and pleasing the fashion people with a crop top that was very on-trend in a not-on-trend way — the crop tops we're seeing on the spring 2012 runways are less tight and sparkly than they are an easy (if you've got a 23-inch waist) solution to a high-waisted skirt. Gwyneth, who loves her cutout dresses, essentially managed to get the cutout effect by wearing a cut-in-half dress instead of a cutout dress. But when you spend as much time in the gym as she does, and Lea Michele can get as much attention for wearing a pretty plain red dress, can you blame her for taking this route?

3. Heidi Klum — It was nice of Heidi to support Christian Siriano, the Project Runway winner turned legit New York Fashion Week–showing designer, by wearing one of his dresses last night. But at what point does a dress go from being a ruffled wonderment of engineering to looking like a cauliflower?

Your additions to this list most welcome in comments!

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