Death, Taxes, & Daytime Emmys: Reassuringly Tacky!

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Ah, the Daytime Emmys: a beaded, glitzy bastion in a world of styled conventionality. Susan Lucci. Tyra Banks. Sandra Lee. And baubles, bangles, and beads: The Orpheum Theatre had it all!

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Sandra Lee's semi-Barbie getup.


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You could really just look at Kate Linder and get an idea of the whole event: Atlantic City saloon madam with just a dash of Reaganomics!


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Like, where else could Rachel Zeskind wear this undersea fantasia? Besides one of those events where adults dress like Barbies? (I'm assuming there are events like that.)


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In a sea of such wonders, it takes a lot to stand out. But I think Brenda Dickson's two forms of snakeskin make her a definite contender for "The Ugly!"


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Or is Lesley-Anne Down's floral bustle action even more noteworthy?


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Tonya Lee Williams cleverly satisfies the event's need for glitz and brightness, but without slipping into Vegas territory!


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Lena Baurley's dress says: why choose between a salsa club and a rave? You can have it all!


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Getty (mis?)identifies her as "The Wendy Williams." Or maybe that makes a certain kind of sense.


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Karla Mosley's gown may be sparkle-nation, but its clean lines are refreshingly simple.


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Rachael Ray looks appropriately Vegas. And appropriately, sports eggplant, easily prepared in 30 minutes.


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Sharon Case opts for texture. And that's all I'll say.


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Portia de Rossi's verges on the dreary. Under the circumstances, I'll take it.


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I'd almost like to see Molly Burnett's Frankenstein-frock on the Project Runway block. I can just imagine Nina's expression.


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Oh, in case you missed it, Rachel Melvin's gown has an enormous rosette on the bodice.


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Lori Loughlin: we get it. It's only so often that you get a chance to live out those "Peaches and Cream Barbie" fantasies.


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You know what Lesli Kay's nightmare wedding gown needs? A single beaded epaulet on one shoulder.


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I'm wondering if, say, Agyness Deyn could sport Chrishell Stause's dress and everyone would applaud it as ironic. It would be an interesting experiment, actually.


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It says a lot that Tatyana Ali's gown, which objectively evokes a strip of film, looks like a model of elegant restraint.


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Quite digging Jennie Garth's bold color and demure cut.


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Wait, wasn't Tyra Banks going to start wearing her hair natural? Although gotta say I like the 60's-inflected little frock.


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It's too bad all the really big belts were sold before Elizabeth Hendrickson showed up.


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Really, Susan Lucci never disappoints!

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stacyinbean

Ooh, I love an excuse to post this! Thanks Brenda Dickson!