Modern Family‘s Ariel Winter is the youngest actress to make this list for her girlish-but-modern Katherine Kidd gown in an abstract floral print. I love a print on the red carpet, and too few people take the plunge. The shoes are a shame, though – I like the color, but the dress and occasion require something a tad more delicately shaped. (Think open-toe.) Still, I think the dress is a real winner for a teen actress.

More controversy! I loved Julianne Moore‘s bold, covered-up citrine gown from Raf Simons’ first Dior Haute Couture collection. It’s such a ballsy pick: a difficult color, a gown with both a high neck and long sleeves, a fit that’s tailored within an inch of its life, no ostentatious bling to interrupt the line. I live for this sort of red carpet risk, and so few people ever take it. The ones who do always seem like they’re daring the Internet to tear them to pieces. I think they should be applauded for it, and I thought the dress was beautiful – strong, modern, but with just enough Dior history sewn into it.

Nicole Kidman is a veteran of practically every best-dressed list known to man, and this blue beaded Antonio Berardi column looks wonderful on her. It’d also look pretty great as a knee-length cocktail dress.

Last but not least, we have Revenge star Emily VanCamp in light-as-a-weather dove grey J. Mendel. This dress is much better in pictures than it was in the wonky lighting that the TV cameras had on the carpet. Grey that soft can be challenging, but it doesn’t wash her out at all. This design would also make a great wedding dress for a non-traditional bride – it’s pretty in a way that will translate for years to come.

  • mlle p

    While I like a few of these dresses, I’m surprised no one went short – it was 100+ degrees out and why not – it’s the Emmy’s, not the Oscars. I just think it could have looked really modern to try it.
    That being said, I usually hate Versace, but Lucy Liu looked incredible. Hated Julianne Moore’s dress – too much of one color that seemed to overwhelm her.

  • Nour

    julianne’s yellow dress is aweful. period.

  • Hannah H.

    Lucy looks amazing! I agree – she has not aged! I’m glad to see her on Purseblog. She is one of my enduring favorites! Classy and beautiful.

  • Amanda

    Kat Dennings looks unbelievable! And nobody quite makes a gown like Versace.

  • Jennesia

    Emily Vancamp and that nondescript grey is just so blah.
    Jilianne Moore looks like a giant banana. That is one terrible look especially against her skin tone and it clashes horribly with her hair.

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