Red, blue and neutral too impress on the awards carpet

Lena Dunham arrived in an awkward pink confection and Kerry Washington went for a bright orange dress with dark sparkle peeking out from underneath, but it was the reds and blues that dominated the Emmy Awards carpet.

Red, blue and neutral too impress on the awards carpet

And neutrals, too.

On Team Red were best actress in a comedy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who looked a bit pinched in a tight Carolina Herrera, and Christina Hendricks in a gaudy, one-shoulder Marchesa with yards and yards of draping fabric, loud floral embroidery at the waist and a plunging neckline.

Julia Roberts, at 46, had fashion observers near speechless as she showed off her legs in a bubbly-beaded mini in deep blue. Keke Palmer, of The Trip To Bountiful, wowed in a blue cobalt trumpet-shaped gown from Rubin Singer. Layers of fabric skimmed the gown, and a structured strapless bodice was cut in a deep V.

Baby bumps were represented too, Hayden Panettiere (who announced it was a girl) lovingly stroked her belly in a metallic fitted gown. Amanda Peet, pregnant with her third child, was in an empire-waisted floral.

Washington bucked the colour trend in fitted orange Prada with a high slit and beaded front pleats.

“I saw it hanging there and I knew it was a contender,” she said. “I threw it on during a lunch break when I was shooting Scandal and fell in love.”

Kerry Washington arriving at the awards in Los Angeles.

Sofia Vergara, always a red carpet stunner, went for a more classic look in a fitted white Roberto Cavalli gown with a space age-y bodice that showed less of her cleavage than usual.

Allison Janney, who won best supporting actress in a comedy for her Mom role, looked anything but — her velvet magenta gown seriously hugged her in all the right places.

“I love this dress because it makes me look like I have the tiniest waist. I put this on and everyone was like, ‘Done!’,” she said.

Taylor Schilling and her Orange Is the New Black crew walked early — Schilling dressed in a lighter-than-air, pale halter gown with subtle sparkle and fellow cast member Uzo Aduba in strapless red.

“I enjoy a nice non-colour,” Taylor joked. “It just felt sort of timeless.”

Aduba, who is Nigerian-American, has been having big fun in fashion since the Netflix show has grown popular.

“I wanted something beautiful,” she said of her custom Christian Siriano.

Halle Berry at the 66th Emmy Awards in the Nokia Theatre.

Laverne Cox, another of the show’s co-stars, chatted on the carpet in a caped, white gown by one her favourite designers, Marc Bouwer. Fred Leighton diamonds were sewn into the dress that sported a chest-baring neckline.

Kit Harington of Game of Thrones arrived early for the men, wearing a serious scowl like his character in the series and sporting a top-knot.

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