When they were good, they were very, very, very good:

Emmy Fashion 2009: The Good

Rose Byrne's "Glinda" special is straight-up beautiful.


Emmy Fashion 2009: The Good

Also in the fairy princess camp: a radiant Drew Barrymore.


Emmy Fashion 2009: The Good

I don't remember the last time Jennifer Love Hewitt looked so simply pretty on the red carpet.


Emmy Fashion 2009: The Good

Lovely to see Christina Hendricks showcasing her bombshell figure in something simple.


Emmy Fashion 2009: The Good

Kate Walsh departs from her usual sleek lines with a gorgeous, subtle Grecian number.


Emmy Fashion 2009: The Good

Seriously digging Alex Borstein's fun deco ensemble.


Emmy Fashion 2009: The Good

Leighton Meester's is definitely one of the top 3 looks of the evening.
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Emmy Fashion 2009: The Good

Maybe not my favorite look of the evening, but Kim Kardashian is still glam, and gorgeous.


Emmy Fashion 2009: The Good

It's always nice to see someone do sleeves on the red carpet - especially when the results are as elegant as Elizabeth Perkins'.


Emmy Fashion 2009: The Good

Lindsay Price took a gamble on a basically safe red carpet; I think it paid off.


Emmy Fashion 2009: The Good

The tricky gowns are the ones that aren't hideous or gorgeous, but kind of on the fence. I'd put this Jessica McClintock-y number in a "Meh" category if there was one - but the fit and Vanessa's elan take it into positive territory.


Emmy Fashion 2009: The Good

Loving Holly Hunter's juxtaposition of geometric and soft.


Emmy Fashion 2009: The Good

Speaking of geometric: I'm guessing January Jones' bold gown will be somewhat polarizing; I love it.


Emmy Fashion 2009: The Good

Jennifer Carpenter's old-Hollywood exercise in intricacy is one of the few cases when you don't wince to think of so much handwork going into something disappointing.


Emmy Fashion 2009: The Good

Alicia Witt's feathered friend is slightly surreal - but not over-the-top.


Emmy Fashion 2009: The Good

If anyone can do straight-up 80's power red, it's Sigourney Weaver.


Emmy Fashion 2009: The Good

Chloe Sevigny's dress may well be my favorite of the entire evening. Also, decade.


Emmy Fashion 2009: The Good

Jane Krakowski's was one of the best of the many disco-inflected numbers.


Emmy Fashion 2009: The Good

As was Kaley Cooco's human Oscar.


Emmy Fashion 2009: The Good

Cherry Jones has the height for these statuesque lines.


Emmy Fashion 2009: The Good

Kourtney Kardashian looks more elegant and naturally beautiful in maternity than I've ever seen her.


Emmy Fashion 2009: The Good

Heidi Klum, of course, wrote the book.


Emmy Fashion 2009: The Good

Kat Deeley's natural (which, yes, obvioulsy took 4 hours) hair and makeup are a stunning counterpoint to her goddessy gown.


Emmy Fashion 2009: The Good

Sure she's been more glam, but I dig how low-key Sally Field kept it.


Emmy Fashion 2009: The Good

While I've yet to see a red-carpet look that adequately conveys Mindy Kaling's awesome, I'd say this playful, pretty frock is a definite "good." Even if it looks painful.


Emmy Fashion 2009: The Good

If you have to do "Reagan-era," Debra Messing shows how.


Emmy Fashion 2009: The Good

Elisabeth Moss' regal situation is almost too busy - I think it's the rich, subtle color that keeps it in bounds.


Emmy Fashion 2009: The Good

Sandra Oh overcomes this unfortunate belt by the skin of her sequins.


Emmy Fashion 2009: The Good

As you can see, the metallics were totally out of control - but Mariska's not Jayne Mansfield's daughter for nothin'.


Emmy Fashion 2009: The Good

Tina Fey nails it. That is all.


Emmy Fashion 2009: The Good

I like Mila Kunis' slightly unexpected wine tasting: you?


Emmy Fashion 2009: The Good

And why was Mary-Louise Parker the only one with the cajones for a mini?


Emmy Fashion 2009: The Good

Jennifer Westfeldt flirts with dowdiness - it's her radiant smile that saves her.


Emmy Fashion 2009: The Good

Amy Poehler: adorable.


Emmy Fashion 2009: The Good

Ginnifer Goodwin's gown: youthful, gorgeous, apparently magic.


Emmy Fashion 2009: The Good

Julia Louis-Dreyfus knows what works for her and doesn't deviate.