Television stars occupy a cluttered constellation, and it’s just hard for any of them to stand out. On this clearest, brightest night, clothing helps their look-at-me ambitions. Instead of just the usual question — who are you wearing? — we posed a few others and searched the Emmy universe for answers.
Who gave the lenses more of an eyeful: Christina Hendricks or Sofia Vergara?
The sparkly, bouncy Sofia. The “Modern Family” mama shook her stuff in green sparkles.
Who will earn the Angelina Jolie award for the most daring baring of a leg?
Heidi Klum, from “Project Runway.” One leg was in, the other was out! Her left Teutonic thigh emerged from a sea of seafoam.
Will Melissa McCarthy step away from the goofy and toward the glam?
Affirmative. The “Mike & Molly” star followed the leader in plus-size, smoky-eyed pulchritude, Adele.
Which Jimmy — Fallon or Kimmel — will sartorially position himself as the next Johnny?
Fallon! The NBC late-night host has fewer years of service than the dapper Mr. Carson, but his peaked-lapel tux made him the star with the sharper edges.
How will Lena Dunham arrive: as a full-grown woman or just another of the “Girls”?
A sophisticated lady, for sure. Favoring a pixie cut and basic black, HBO’s emerging talent showed she can act, write, direct and also dress for a big occasion.
Given his photogenic superiority, will “Mad Men’s” Jon Hamm hard-sell it or soft-pedal it?
He took it to the max, with a tux whose shoulders curved up to a point, and made his silhouette look like a comic-book villain’s.
Which TV politician left the campaign duds and drudgery behind?
“Parks and Recreation’s” Amy Poehler ditched the sensible suits of Leslie Knope for a gown that befitted a comedy queen. And after her “Game Change” turn as Sarah Palin, Julianne Moore got to let her hair down.
Will Claire Danes assume the Gwyneth Paltrow status, as the fashion-forward front-runner?
Maybe next year. Well into her first pregnancy and second season of “Homeland,” Danes chose a yellow Lanvin gown that did what it could.
Which woman of a certain age showed the ingenues how to command attention?
Edie Falco. The “Nurse Jackie” star sported a space-age gown in black and white plus a belt that looked like Emmy gold.
Will Louis CK wear a tux or will a tux wear Louis CK?
Once again, he successfully did his own Louis CK thing, in a monochromatic black outfit that went well with his dark humor.
How will "Mad Men's" Elisabeth Moss do a Peggy Olson and attempt a personal transformation?
With some platinum hair, and by stepping out in a ruffly printed gown that looked as ready for dance floor as it was for the red carpet.
Were any of the up-do's a letdown?
Yes, the poofy coiff of "American Horror Story's" Connie Britton pushed her away from the beleaguered moms she plays, but sent her into the fussy grandmother realm.
Which newcomer parted the crowd?
Morena Baccarin. Brody's ambitious suburban wife on "Homeland" announced that, secretly, she's a Brazilian bombshell..
Is "Top Chef's" Padma Lakshmi the prettiest human being ever conceived?