Whether Soft and Aquatic or Bold and Regal, the 2012 Emmys Were Awash in Color

September 24, 2012 12:53 AM EDT
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Homeland was one of the biggest winners of the evening - and Claire Danes was a big part of that.

Wearing a canary-yellow strapless draped gown by Lanvin, the pregnant star glowed as she accepted the Emmy for lead actress in a drama series for her role as troubled CIA officer Carrie Mathison on the Showtime series.

Julie Bowen, who won best supporting actress in a comedy series for her role on Modern Family, shined in a neon yellow Monique Lhuillier strapless and Bochic earrings. 

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Her secret for mastering the red carpet and stage? Check with Sofia Vergara before getting dressed. "I always call her and ask what color she's going to wear," she said. "I just don't want to stand next to her in the same color."

Though she toned down the bold hue with muted makeup, tousled hair and white earrings, there was no missing this mom of three.

The color yellow must have been a good luck charm because Julianne Moore - who was wearing a sunny long-sleeve Christian Dior gown - also took home an Emmy for her role in Game Change on HBO.

"I feel so validated since Sarah Palin gave me a big thumbs down," she said about her role playing the VP hopeful.

Scarlet stunners were everywhere, too. Cat Deeley, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jessica Lange, Gretchen Mol and Anna Gunn were red-hot in the fiery hue.

But Julianna Margulies, Allison Williams and Melissa Rauch chose greener pastures with their emerald numbers.

Julianna's floral Giambattista Valli number was one of the few prints on the carpet - and as a result the pattern popped. "I loved the floral print," the winner for lead actress in a drama series gushed. "It felt like a modern play on 1957."

True-blue fans included Lena Dunham, Jennifer Westfeldt and Michelle Dockery.

Softer in color but no less impactful was the aquatic trend in light blue, aqua and mint. Heidi Klum, Sofia Vergara, Nicole Kidman and Zooey Deschanel all wowed in the watery hues.

The Mad Men stars - January Jones, Christina Hendricks, Jessica Pare and Elisabeth Moss - all decided to go neutral in black, white and silver.

Christina's Christian Siriano strapless flaunted all the right curves - and she couldn't stop beaming. "I just thought it looked like Old Hollywood glamour," she raved.

One of our favorites of the evening - Kerry Washington - was stunning in a metallic Vivienne Westwood number. She added Fred Leighton jewels and a playful clutch with a lizard, but still managed to keep the add-ons minimal.

"It felt like the dress itself [was] kind of a jewel," she said. "It's so sparkly."

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