Fashion Recap: 2012 Emmy Awards Red Carpet

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In case you didn't know, the 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards were held last night, and TV's hottest stars were honored for their outstanding work. Before the ceremony, however, the celebs got to strut their stuff on the red carpet and as such, we have a ton of amazing fashion to discuss. Let's get to it: scroll on down to discover our top 5 favorite looks of the night, plus five other noteworthy ensembles.

Top 5 Best-Dressed

In no particular order, here are my personal picks for best-dressed at this year's Emmy Awards:

Kat Dennings in J. Mendel

Kat Dennings at the 2012 Emmy Awards

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Kat Dennings was one of the first celebs to walk the red carpet yesterday, and she definitely left quite the impression! Her trendy oxblood-colored gown by J. Mendel showed off her -- ahem -- assets in a way that was sultry, not vulgar, for a look with plenty of va-va-voom. Kat accessorized with a gold statement bangle and ring, and adorned her wavy 'do with a gorgeous jeweled head piece. For the finishing touch, a bold red lip not only matched her gown perfectly, but added to that sultry, glamorous vibe.

Hayden Panettiere in Marchesa

Hayden Panettiere in Marchesa at the 2012 Emmy Awards

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Many fashion commentators were on the fence about Hayden's choice to wear this Marchesa gown, but I for one absolutely loved it. While the fitted gold leaf gown would have been stunning on its own, the blue chiffon draping created gorgeous movement and made this look a red carpet standout. (Click here for a better view of the dress!) Hayden wore her hair in a chic topknot and accessorized with sleek gold clutch and simple jewelry, allowing the dress to be the true focus of the look.

January Jones in Zac Posen

January Jones in Zac Posen at the 2012 Emmy Awards

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Another one of those love-it-or-hate-it kinds of looks was January Jones in a black Zac Posen gown. The dress itself seemed like a work of art with its sculptural build, dramatic volume, and unique texture. One thing's for sure: this black dress was anything but basic! January didn't let accessories overpower the look either and opted to go with a sleek updo and fresh-faced make-up in order to keep the focus on the gown.

Lucy Liu in Atelier Versace

Lucy Liu in Atelier Versace at the 2012 Emmy Awards

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I love it when celebrities take red carpet fashion risks, so naturally I was drawn towards Lucy Liu's decision to wear this one-of-a-kind Versace gown. The sculpted silver frock had a futuristic vibe, while Lucy's slightly wavy side ponytail helped to soften the look and kept it from looking too severe.

Kelly Osbourne in Zac Posen

Kelly Osbourne in Zac Posen at the 2012 Emmy Awards

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Although E! fashion commentator Kelly Osbourne wasn't nominated for any Emmys, her red carpet fashion choice was a winner in my book. The purple Zac Posen gown was super-flattering on her figure, while she swept her lilac hair into a simple, yet chic ponytail. On anyone else, the whole matching-your-hair-color-to-your-gown thing might look tacky, but Kelly pulled this look off with ease.

Other Notable Ensembles

Whether you loved them or loathed them, here are five more looks that made a buzz on the 2012 Emmys red carpet:

Ginnifer Goodwin in Monique Lhuillier

Ginnifer Goodwin in Monique Lhuillier at the 2012 Emmy Awards

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Ginnifer Goodwin caused a stir in this vintage-inspired Monique Lhuillier gown last night. The nude gown with bright-red overlay created a fantastic contrast, while her matching ankle strap shoes complemented the look perfectly. What did you think of Ginnifer's red carpet fashion choice?

Allison Williams in Oscar de la Renta

Allison Williams in Oscar de la Renta at the 2012 Emmy Awards

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Emmy newcomer Allison Williams stunned last night in a gorgeous green peplum gown by Oscar de la Renta. While we didn't love her Girls costar Lena Dunham's look quite so much, Allison looked fabulous - she'll definitely be a fashionista to watch in the years to come!

Emily VanCamp in J. Mendel

Emily VanCamp in J. Mendel at the 2012 Emmy Awards

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Revenge star Emily VanCamp exemplified how fantastic and simple and understated look can be in this dove gray J. Mendel gown. The gorgeous dress fit her perfectly, while her soft updo and minimalist accessories created a low-key, yet glamorous look. Did you like the gown Emily wore last night?

Sofia Vergara in Zuhair Murad

Sofia Vergara in Zuhair Murad at the 2012 Emmy Awards

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On the other side of the spectrum, Modern Family's Sofia Vergara went with a sequined, body-hugging Zuhair Murad gown that showed off her famous curves. Between the fish-tailed hemline and teal color, Sofia's dress actually kind of made her look like a mermaid -- in a good way! Aside from the low-cut halter-neck, the gown also featured a dramatic cut-out back for a look that had lots of sex appeal. What do you think: did Sofia show just the right amount of skin or is this look too sultry for your taste?

Your thoughts?

Now that you know what we think, tell us your opinion. Did you watch the Emmys last night? What did you think of the red carpet fashion? Who wins your pick for best-dressed? Any looks you didn't like? Be sure to leave a comment below and let us what you think!

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