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Emmy fashion: Hits and misses

Actress January Jones attended the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Actress January Jones attended the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

Every few seasons, an awards show red carpet seems singular in thought. Given the abundance of scarlet gowns at Monday night’s Emmy Awards, one wonders if Hollywood stylists pricked their fingers and made a fashion pact, agreeing to power dress their TV clients in the same shade.

Looks of note: January Jones’s excellent strapless Prabal Gurung and Claire Danes’s Givenchy with lovely lace inserts.

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Less successful was Kaley Cuoco’s dress, with its tacky patches of pink giving it a sickly sweet appearance. Also red-faced was Christina Hendricks, whose bunchy Marchesa gown seemed ill-fitting.

Sarah Hyland, meanwhile, was as sophisticated as we’ve seen her look on the red carpet. The “Modern Family” actress’s choice of a white cropped top and coral ballgown skirt by Christian Siriano had just the right amount of sex appeal and appropriateness, which is, for a 23-year-old in Hollywood, not an easy balance to strike.

There were rare sightings of green or gray, but no one who wore anything unusual with confidence (the intangible accessory that stylists can’t help with). The one-shoulder gown worn by Laura Prepon (“Orange Is the New Black”) had more going on than the drama on Cell Block H. Break out, Laura, before it’s too late.

Hit
She may not have had the most skin-baring dress of the night (kudos, Lizzy Caplan). But Julia Louis-Dreyfus was extraordinary in a raspberry Carolina Herrera gown that showed off her shoulders — and how to look spectacular at 53.
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Hit
Who doesn’t love an actress who ignores the trends? Laverne Cox (“Orange Is the New Black”) played the glamour goddess in a white Marc Bouwer gown that commanded the carpet. Not bad for the Primetime Emmys newbie.
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Hit
Wearing an orange and black color-block dress can be tricky. But the gown Natalie Dormer (“Game of Thrones”) wore was a treat. Extra points for fit as well as the delicate waist detail.
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Miss
We have to say it: Sarah Paulson was a fashion fright. The “American Horror Story” actress wore a black tulle Armani Prive gown infested with red dots. Clashing with that mess was her brunette bob that looked better suited for academia than Hollywood.
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Miss
Lena Dunham made a curious fashion choice. Her pale pink Giambattista Valli shirt and multicolored tulle skirt didn’t seem to match each other — much less the “Girls” creator and actress. But we loved Dunham’s newly bleached locks.
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Globe Staff

More coverage:

Matthew Gilbert: Emmys stuck on repeat

Emmys fashion: Hayden Panettiere and more TV stars

Photos: Styles on the red carpet

Billy Crystal remembers Robin Williams at Emmys

Cranston, Louis-Dreyfus share passionate Emmys kiss

‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Modern Family’ win top Emmys

Photos: Emmy Awards highlights

Winners in major categories

Recap from the Globe’s Sarah Rodman, Michael Brodeur

Complete list of winners

Jill Radsken can be reached at jill.radsken@gmail.com.
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