Clare Danes was daring at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards show in an Armani gown.

Clare Danes was daring at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards show in an Armani gown.

Claire Danes was an exception, as well as exceptional at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards Show. She wore a revealing tulle Giorgio Armani Prive gown. Otherwise daring gave way to demure on this year’s red carpet.

At least Danes was right on trend in one respect. Her champagne-colored gown was de rigueur.

Indeed, pastels ruled and carnation pink was the hot new black among the actresses and celebrities who filled the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles last night (Sept. 22).

Danes’ Armani gown had a plunging neckline and deep side cuts. The scant bodice was held in place by thin spaghetti straps. The skirt was a cascade of sheer fabric with embroidered lace and pearl insets. Many of the gowns had similar romantic touches.

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Kerry Washington epitomized the trend in a Marchesa that was fresh off the runway at New York Fashion Week. “This was their final look, and the moment I saw it I asked them to send it to me,” Washington gushed.

Oddly, young Hollywood actress were the most modestly dressed in traditional designs. Alison Williams, who stars in the HBO series “Girls,” wore a Ralph Lauren, strapless gown that had a clean, sharp silhouette.

Tina Fey came perilously close to mimicking her. Their gowns were both royal-blue, but Fey’s Narciso Rodriguez creation was different enough, with an open neckline to prevent any embarassment. Fey, however, suffered a rare wardrobe malfunction on stage.

Mad Men’s January Jones embodied most of the hottest fashion trends in her strapless Givenchy. It was sleek and minimalist, accentuating her long, lean look. But it captured the new romanticism with a lace skirt.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus also went for a long, lean minimalist look with a Monique Lhuillier strapless gown with a shimmering metallic fabric.

Fishtail gowns, which were prominent at high-fashion events earlier in the year, were fewer and farther between on the Emmy red carpet, but still represented by the likes of Sofia Vergara, who has made the dress her trademark.

The Vera Wang gown had yards of lace that added a feminine touch, while the fiery red color matched her sizzling Latin sensuality.

Heidi Klum looked statuesque in her halter-top Versace gown. The figure-hugging design showed off her sexy broad shoulders as well as her well-toned physique.

Carrie Underwood epitomized the middle-of-the-road fashion trend with a straightforward purple strapless Romona Keveza gown. “Breaking Bad’s” Anna Gunn was a little edgier. Her Keveza gown had an asymmetrical black beaded top and a light pink skirt.

Add Zooey Deschanel to the conservative club. She wore a J. Mendel column gown in azure blue made of double-faced Mikado silk. The Oriental look was accentuated with a thigh-high slit that gave the dress the right touch of sexiness.

Aubrey Plaza wore a Marios Schwab harness-top gown. Lace was prominent again in the black top over a sand-colored skirt.

Christina Hendricks cemented the lace look in her black Christian Siriano gown that showed off her voluptuous curves.

Kate Mara decided to work around the whole “what should I do with my purse” problem by opting for a dress with pockets instead. The “House of Cards” actress looked fresh in white J. Mendel.

Julie Bowen wore Zac Posen dress that was busy, busy, busy.

“Downton Abbey’s” Michelle Dockery went with Prada, but her billowing gown did little to accentuate her svelte figure and her choice colors, pumpkin orange and dark brown, made comparisons with Halloween inevitable. It was a fright.

Australian actress Rose Byrne, though, was our style champion on the night. Her Calvin Klein gown accentuated everything that is sexy about her, from her broad shoulders to her slim waist and long legs.

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