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Jessica Lange wore sunglasses on the red carpet – your 2012 Emmy Awards digest

It’s tough not to love Jessica Lange, and not just because she played her nosy-but-potentially-psychotic-neighbour character in American Horror Story so well. Here she is pulling a Bono at the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards in LA, in an assymetric necklined column …

Mon, Sep 24, 2012, 17:29


It’s tough not to love Jessica Lange, and not just because she played her nosy-but-potentially-psychotic-neighbour character in American Horror Story so well. Here she is pulling a Bono at the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards in LA, in an assymetric necklined column dress by US designer J. Mendel, accessorised with a pair of oversized gold sunnies. InStyle is even running a poll to see if we approve of her “daring” choice. Regardless, she won an Emmy for her troubles, for best supporting actress in AHS.

I can’t be the only one tired of Zooey Deschanel’s cutesy shtick. I love New Girl, but I don’t love this Reem Acra concoction. Colour-wise, the pastel blue looks great with her fuchsia lip, but I’d just love to see her lose the cute and go a little cooler in future. Props for painting little TVs on her nails, though.

There were shocked faces everywhere as Modern Family‘s Sofia Vergara showed up in yet another mermaid gown, this time by Zuhair Murad. The big news of the night was that Vergara’s dress let her down by splitting up the back during the night. Bizarrely, the paps didn’t get a shot of her wardrobe malfunction; she tweeted it.

A recent watching of To Die For at a free screening to celebrate the IFI‘s 20th birthday has given me a new love and admiration for Nicole Kidman, bolstered by her appearance at the Emmys in this stunning Antonio Berardi gown and Fred Leighton jewellery. I wish she hadn’t gone so matchy-matchy with the shoes, but you can’t have everything.

Leslie Mann looked gorgeous in this Naeem Khan dress – and the turquoise accessories were a great choice. The crocheted bodice could have been a little twee, but the flesh-toned underlay gave it just the right amount of edge. Top marks.

It feels as if the whole internet is torn over this Lena Dunham get-up (which is by Prada) because “OMG WE LUV HER SO MUCH AAAAAH GIRLS AAAAAH” I’d like to see it a little more fitted at the waist but, ultimately, the colour is gorgeous on her, her make-up is perfect and OMG I JUST LUV HER SO MUCH!

Another Modern Family star, Julie Bowen’s acid lemon’n'lime Monique Lhullier gown is stunning. The origami detailing at the bottom of the train is beautiful – and so intricate – and the colour is such a bright palate cleanser. She also won an Emmy, for best supporting actress in a comedy.

Joanne Froggatt here, of Downton Abbey fame, is cursed with quite possibly the most ridiculous surname in Hollywood, so I am willing to overlook the fact that her bag and shoes appear to be made of the exact same fabric, and commend her on getting past her seriously yawnsome whodunnit storyline on Downton to get into a great frock, by England’s own dowager countess, Vivienne Westwood, and to look really quite stunning on the Emmys red carpet.

It’s fair to say that Betty’s day as the leading lady of Mad Men is over, so it’s great to see that January Jones has no intention of lying down just yet – she always makes daring red-carpet choices, and this Zac Posen dress is no exception. Her slicked-back hair and make-up are fab, though I would dock marks for her platforms, which y’all know I hate.

This here is Heather McComb, ex-wife of James van Der Beek, and, for your information, the new Bjork.

Hannah Simone is also in New Girl, where she plays the part of Cece, Zooey’s best friend and model. At no point during the watching of this show have I thought, ‘how unrealistic, she is obviously too big to be a model’, so there is no earthly reason why this Pucci dress should be eliciting this reaction now. Lovely colour, mind you.

Like Kidman before her, Game of Thrones‘s Emilia Clarke went for a graphic print on a white gown, this time by Chanel. For some reason, this doesn’t work at all for me. I think I’d maybe like it a little bit shorter, a little less poufy, and for Clarke’s hair not to make her head look so . . . oblong.

What every pregnant woman needs: the most handsome husband who ever saw the light of day, and a gorgeous, sunshine yellow sheath by Lanvin. It can’t hurt that she went home with an award at the end of the night, for Homeland, the excellent post-9/11 thriller whose second series’ premiere is imminent and which somehow manages to make Damian Lewis look like a total and utter ride.

Dunham’s Girls co-star Allison Williams arrived at the Emmys in an emerald green Oscar de la Renta strapless number, and, delightfully, looked thrilled with every minute of her time. Adorbs.

All pictures via Getty Images

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