The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Last night at the 65th annual Emmy Awards, there were plenty of nice, safe, beautiful gowns… But the red carpet also saw a few ugly dresses and ill-conceived ensembles. Let's just jump right in, shall we?

First we'll deal with the guys.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Neil Patrick Harris wasn't on the red carpet but he was a well-dressed host.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Classic black: Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family's Rico Rodgriguez, Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Andre Braugher.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Dapper and dandy: Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston; Michael Douglas, Will Arnett.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Zachary Quinto: dark and sleek. Tony Hale: Old skool cool. Al Pacino does his best Al Pacino.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Lux tuxes: Shemar Moore, Alec Baldwin (with daughter Ireland), Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville (with wife Lulu Williams).

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Tracy Morgan, Dylan McDermott, Breaking Bad's Dean Norris.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Straight ties: Game Of Thrones' Kit Harington, Bobby Canavale, Mad Men's Kevin Rahm.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Handsome as all get out: Rupert Friend, Mad Men's James Wolk, Mahershala Ali from House of Cards.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

And now the ladies. There were plenty of light, pastel and pale colors last night. Edgy-crisp white on House of Cards star Kate Mara.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

More creamy white gowns: Orange Is The New Black's Taylor Schilling, House Of Cards actress Sandrine Holt, Good Wife's Julianna Margulies.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Just a hint of color! Unbelievable. Spectacular. Perfect: Scandal's Kerry Washington.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Pale, jewel-encrusted gowns: Jewel, Claire Danes.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

An interesting twist, beige with graphic lines: House of Cards' Kristen Connolly, the incomparable Ellen Burstyn.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Just a little busy: Girls' Zosia Mamet, Betsy Brandt from Breaking Bad, Leslie Mann.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Elisabeth Moss of Mad Men looks gorgeous in ebony and ivory. Seems like Ireland Baldwin's gown should be either darker or lighter, for her skin tone? Brooke Burke's lines highlight her curves.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Brides everywhere are pinning Malin Akerman's stunning off-white Marchesa gown.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

More delicately pale hues: soft but structured pink on How I Met Your Mother's Cobie Smulders; ice blue KaufmanFranco gown on Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

For some reason there weren't any photos of Game of Thrones' actress Emilia Clarke on the red carpet, but this very very very pale blue dress is beautiful.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Shimmering in neutrals: Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Roma Downey, Julianne Hough.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Pretty in silvery gray and silvery blue: Emily Deschanel, Zooey Deschanel.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Emily's nails.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Zooey's nails.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Breaking Bad's Anna Gunn looks incredibly glamorous in a shell-pink Romona Keveza gown toppped with black lace.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Rose Byrne looks amazing as she embraces clean-lined minimalism: a cool and modern Calvin Klein dress with simple jewelry.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

More pretty in pink: Modern Family's Ariel Winter, True Blood's Carrie Preston.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

And still more pink! Mad Men's January Jones looks good in Givenchy, but slightly boring. The Zac Posen dress on Modern Family's Julie Bowen has a lot of drama, but is she pulling it off or is the dress wearing her?

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Lacy and lovely: Alfre Woodard, Laura Dern.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Mad Men's Kiernan Shipka rocked the Most Fun look of the night in a dress by Delpozo.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Now onto some bright colors!

Danielle Brooks, aka Taystee from Orange Is The New Black, is vavavoom in a red-orange gown that looks splendid against her skin.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

A sunny yellow Monique Lhuillier dress screams Hollywood Bombshell, but it's just too overpowering for Anna Faris.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Uh… Girls star Lena Dunham in Prada. Sigh. Floral can be fabulous, but this thing veers into Mexican tablecloth territory.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Much better: Aubrey Anderson-Emmons in lilac; Carrie Ann Inaba in royal blue, Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt in HOT HOT HOT.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Strapless times two: Sky blue and bejweeled for Giuliana Rancic; almost-but-not-quite Tiffany Blue for Jessica Paré.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Some more sapphire sirens: Edie Falco, Allison Williams

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

… And winning this group, Tina Fey, in Narciso Rodriguez. Awesome.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Vivid and vivacious: Allison Janney (in Lorena Sarbu), Sarah Paulson (in Carolina Herrera).

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Love love love Kelly Osbourne in scarlet Jenny Packham. Radiant.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Another ravishing red: Sofia Vergara in Vera Wang. She is always schooling fools! This is how Hollywood glamour is done.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Linda Cardinelli's Donna Karan Atelier is vaguely vaginal and very sumptuous. Even better? Carla Guigino in a jaw-droppingly dazzling Edition by Georges Chakra gown.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Divine in wine: Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco in Vera Wang, Heidi Klum in Versace, Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery in Prada.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Morena Baccarin is glorious in flowing crimson. Alyson Hannigan's fetching in amethyst.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Also nicely done: Carrie Underwood, Christine Baranski.

Moving on to some deeper, darker colors…

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Not sure this is the best shape and cut for Mindy Kaling. Melissa Rauch is doing ok.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Maria Menounos looks fine in the usual body-skimming thing. Modern Family's Sarah Hyland goes vampy with a dark lip and dark lace.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Emerald city: Mayim Bialik, Anna Chlumsky.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Intense jewel tones on Jane Krakowski and Connie Britton.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Navel-grazing navy manages to be elegant on Katie Aselton of The League.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

In the "nope" category: This sheer Alessandra Rich gown (with white shoes!) on Game of Thrones actress Lena Headey. In the "meh" column: the busy gold and black thing on Constance Zimmer. Safely classy: Veep's Sufe Bradshaw.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

And now for something completely different: While most of the ladies are in sugary sweet pastels and the usual strapless gowns, Morgan Saylor is sharp in a crisp black and white dress from Honor.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Simple, chic, flattering: Merritt Wever aka best acceptance speech-giver. The earrings are epic.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Rather ugly long black dresses with long sleeves: Aubrey Plaza, Amanda Peet.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Declaratively hideous: Are there pieces missing from Cat Deeley's Armani dress? This looks like MTV Awards instead of Emmys.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Elegant and classic without being boring: Vera Farmiga (in Theyskens Theory), Jessica Lange (in Escada).

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Stepping things up a notch: Amy Poehler — with embroidered dragons! — in Basler; Christina Hendricks in Christian Siriano. YES YES YES to both. Marvelous.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Foxy! Sarah Silverman told Ryan Searest about this dress: "I bought it online for $60." Also in all-black, Jane Lynch looks sharp as a knife.

The Good, the Bad and the Truly Hideous of the Emmys Red Carpet

Last, but not least: Robin Wright, irresistible in slinky, inky black. It's Ralph Lauren, and it's phenomenal.

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