69th Primetime Emmy Awards Red Carpet

Glitter and glamour at the Emmy Awards

Style meets colour on the red carpet at the Emmys, though not always in a good way

The fashion parade that took place on the red carpet of the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, held on Sunday at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, was like Longfellow's little girl with the curl in the middle of her forehead: When she was good, she was very good indeed; but when she was bad, she was horrid.

There were many beautiful looks on the carpet, such as actresses Gina Rodriguez in a plunging red number, Felicity Huffman in an ethereal ice-blue gown, Leslie Jones in sheer black with a thigh-high slit and Evan Rachel Wood's untouchable white pantsuit.

Of course, there were also questionable choices, such as Zoe Kravitz's feathery ombre dress and Ariel Winter's Chun-Li costume.

But for the most part, the stars pulled out all the stops, some to better effect than others. Here are the best and worst looks.

Best dressed

JESSICA BIEL: Biel’s look takes us straight up to 7th Heaven. The melded textures and expert draping of her Ralph & Russo Couture gown make the actress look transcendent. If we were the red carpet beneath her feet, we would be crying tears of unworthiness.

THE BOYS OF STRANGER THINGS: When you are young, pretty and talented, you can get away with anything, even a shiny purple brocade dinner jacket like the one Caleb McLaughlin (right, with Stranger Things co-stars, from left, Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp and Gaten Matarazzo) is pulling off in a way most people never could.

UZO ADUBA: We love the hair, make-up and earrings on The Orange Is The New Black actress. If anyone can make sequins the new orange, she, in this Sally LaPointe number, definitely can.

TITUSS BURGESS: Thank you for daring to be an amber sunset in a sea of black tuxedos. Sure, the suit is loud, but then so is the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt actor. At the same time, the textured patina and subtle Chinoiserie detailing of the jacket keep things classy yet interesting, bringing a touch of old-school glamour.

JUDITH LIGHT: We adore everything about the Transparent star’s look, including the edgy neckline. She even brought accessories: a blue ribbon in support of the American Civil Liberties Union and Angelina Jolie’s right leg.

Worst dressed

JULIE BOWEN: To have arms like these, the Modern Family star’s daily workout must involve planking at the beach. Umm, Julie, have you noticed some giant barnacles have followed you home?

SARAH PAULSON: Paulson channelled a microwaveable burrito wrapped in tinfoil, complete with reflective clutch and shoes. It has to be hot all the way through, okay?

MANDY MOORE: Answer the question: Was Moore’s dress inspired by Pepe Le Pew; an Ikea toilet brush; a stack of Oreos; or Pepe Le Pew eating Oreos in an Ikea toilet?

HEIDI KLUM: Sorry, Heidi, but late 1990s Geylang called and it wants its extensions back. How many times do we have to say “Auf Wiedersehen” before you finally get the hint?

KERI RUSSELL: While this dress kind of works on her, it reminds us of the ball of hair that gets stuck in the drain cover. Or a black cat that has just suffered a rude shock. Or static electricity. PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 19, 2017, with the headline 'Glitter and glamour'. Print Edition | Subscribe