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Posted at 01:57 AM ET, 09/19/2011

Emmys: The best and worst in red carpet fashion

Nina Dobrev

Nina Dobrev, one of the many Emmy ladies in red. | GALLERY: Click the image above to view more Emmy fashion photos.

Red, red and more red. At the Emmy Awards this year, that was undeniably the color of choice, as stars from Kate Winslet to Kerry Washington chose to dress in shades borrowed from tomatoes and rubies.

While the ladies in crimson tended to mostly shine, they weren’t the only ones who looked flawless. And, as is always the case at awards shows, for every perfect example of how to work a red carpet (well done, Kaley Cuoco), there were those who didn’t quite have it together on the ensemble front.

Here’s a rundown of the best, the almost-among-the-best and the worst-dressed Emmy Award stars.

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The Best

Kate Winslet


(Chris Pizzello - AP)

Few wore fire-engine red better than Emmy winner Winslet, in a form-fitting and flattering Elie Saab.

Kaley Cuoco


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“The Big Bang Theory” star looked just right in this chic Ramona Keveza dress paired with eye-popping red pumps.

Naya Rivera


(Chris Pizzello - AP)

Also opting for black, Naya Rivera looked edgy and elegant in a dress with wonderful texture and, representing another Emmy trend, handy pockets.

Christine Baranski


(Matt Sayles - AP)

“The Good Wife” star went with a Zac Posen ensemble with sleek lines and a midnight blue sheen. And it worked.

Minka Kelly


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At first I thought the lace overlay in this Dior gown was a bit frumpy. But the longer I looked, the more I concluded that the “Charlie’s Angel” — formerly Lyla Garrity on “Friday Night Lights” — looked more Kate Middleton-elegant than matronly with those long sheer sleeves.

Elisabeth Moss


(Chris Pizzello - AP)

The sparkling vine accents in the “Mad Men” star’s Marchesa gown were simply stunning.

Kristen Wiig


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The “SNL” star bucked the black-or-red trend by wearing a Zac Posen gown in various shades of brown.

Nina Dobrev


(Matt Sayles - AP)

The “Vampire Diaries” star va-va and voomed in her red Donna Karan number.

Kerry Washington


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Another actress whose choice of red made the carpet look bland by comparison.

Lea Michele


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The rosette cap sleeves on Michele’s Marchesa gown initially gave me pause. But on the lead Gleek — who has a penchant for the dramatic — they ultimately work.

Almost Among the Best

Padma Lakshmi


(Matt Sayles - AP)

She looks striking, but does all that shimmery gold blend in a little too much with the Emmy statuette behind her?

Gwyneth Paltrow


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Paltrow looks close to great. But the sheer netting around that almost-bare midriff kept bunching up, distracting from the overall elegance of this Pucci gown.

Evan Rachel Wood


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This glittery Elie Saab number with the swooping train is gorgeous. But the slicked-back hair didn’t quite complement it. Maybe it’s unfair to criticize near-perfection, but Wood — who is usually flawless on red carpets — came so close to being a 10 that settling for 9 felt like a minor disappointment.

The Bad

Zooey Deschanel


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Shown here presenting an award with Will Arnett, Deschanel wore a pink Monique Lhuillier dress with a droopy coral belt and a hair ‘do that looked more unkempt than it should have. We’ve seen her do better.

Christina Hendricks


(Matt Sayles - AP)

This silver sparkly gown just wasn’t flattering on the “Mad Men” beauty’s voluptuous frame.

Taraji P. Henson


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Henson’s Fred Leighton just kind of hangs there, doing nothing to highlight Henson’s nice figure. That side ponytail doesn’t really add much to the look either.

Joel McHale


(Matt Sayles - AP)

Look, the star of “Community” and “The Soup” never claimed to be a fashionista. But it would be nice to see him looking a little less awkward on red carpets, where his posture often gives him the appearance of a gangly seventh-grader posing for a class photo. This tuxedo, apparently a former costume worn by the catering staff on “Party Down,” didn’t exactly up his style quotient.

Heidi Klum


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The “Project Runway” star wore a dress designed by a former “Project Runway” contestant: Christian Siriano. The skirt appears to be proof that ruffles sometimes are like Mogwai that have gotten wet: they can multiply to an out-of-control degree.

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