The red carpet at the 2012 Emmy Awards: Decoding the fashion statements

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.


View Photo Gallery: Celebrities arrive for the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

Who will earn the Angelina Jolie award for the most daring baring of a leg?


Heidi Klum (Jordan Strauss/JORDAN STRAUSS/INVISION/AP)

Will Melissa McCarthy step away from the goofy and toward the glam?


Melissa McCarthy (ROBYN BECK/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

Which Jimmy — Fallon or Kimmel — will sartorially position himself as the next Johnny?


Jimmy Fallon (MARIO ANZUONI/REUTERS)

How will Lena Dunham arrive: as a full-grown woman or just another of the “Girls”?


Lena Dunham (MARIO ANZUONI/REUTERS)

Given his photogenic superiority, will “Mad Men’s” Jon Hamm hard-sell it or soft-pedal it?


Jon Hamm (Kevork Djansezian/GETTY IMAGES)

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.


Amy Poehler (ROBYN BECK/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

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.


Claire Danes (MARIO ANZUONI/REUTERS)

Which woman of a certain age showed the ingenues how to command attention?


Edie Falco (Kevork Djansezian/GETTY IMAGES)

Will Louis CK wear a tux or will a tux wear Louis CK?


Louis CK (Kevin Winter/GETTY IMAGES)

How will "Mad Men's" Elisabeth Moss do a Peggy Olson and attempt a personal transformation?


Elisabeth Moss (Matt Sayles/MATT SAYLES/INVISION/AP)

Were any of the up-do's a letdown?


Connie Britton (MARIO ANZUONI/REUTERS)

Which newcomer parted the crowd?


Morena Baccarin (ROBYN BECK/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

Is "Top Chef's" Padma Lakshmi the prettiest human being ever conceived?

Apparently.


Padma Lakshmi (MARIO ANZUONI/REUTERS)

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