Elizabeth Snead contributed to Deadline’s Emmy coverage.
Historically, the Emmys is not a couture-heavy red carpet. But last night several Emmy-nominated actresses sashayed into the Nokia Theatre modeling haute couture from international designers like Armani, Elie Saab, Marchesa and Dior.
What does this mean? It could mean that TV actresses are increasingly cross-over film stars (and vice versa) and warrant couture designers’ attention. Or it could mean that the bigger awards — the Golden Globes and the Oscars — are now so competitive that designers are looking to the Emmys for additional celebrity mannequins.
Who got the most gowns on the hottest actresses on the 2011 Emmy carpet? Let’s do a head count.
Giorgio Armani outfitted Julianna Margulies, the Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series winner from The Good Wife. He also garbed Top Chef reality star Padma Lakshmi and fresh face Minka Kelly, star of the upcoming Charlie’s Angels. Marchesa dressed Glee star Lea Michele and Mad Men star Elisabeth Moss. Oscar de la Renta had his designs on Modern Family‘s Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series winner Julie Bowen.
But Elie Saab dressed Mildred Pierce winner Kate Winslet (left) and nominee Evan Rachel Wood as well as Golden Globe winner Emily Blunt. He gets extra points for dressing Winslet, who won the Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or Movie Emmy and gave major exposure to his simple elegant red gown, a design that was head and shoulders above the sea of strapless, garish, sparkly and overdone red gowns worn last night. We counted nine. Was there a red dress memo that went out?
Project Runway star Christian Siriano dressed Heidi Klum and Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland in his made-to-measure gowns. Calvin Klein dressed one star, but she’s a big name — Katie Holmes — whose series The Kennedys was nominated.
Here’s a list of who wore who:
Calvin Klein blue satin halter gown by Francisco Costa, belt and purse by Klein, Pierre Hardy shoes
Elie Saab red key-hole neckline gown, Cartier jewels and Roger Vivier shoes.
Johanna Johnson champagne V-neck gown, Judith Leiber bag, Christian Louboutin shoes and Palladium jewels.
Two piece belly-baring Emilio Pucci black lace gown, Neil Lane jewels and Roger Vivier sandals.
David Meister purple strapless gown on the carpet: Three more onstage during the show.
Elie Saab black tulle embellished gown, Lorraine Schwartz jewelry, Kelly Locke clutch, Brian Atwood shoes.
Donna Karan blood red gown, Brian Atwood peep toe pumps and Neil Lane jewels.
Christian Siriano greige pouf dress, Lorraine Schwartz jewelry, Christian Louboutin heels.
Oscar le la Renta blue sparkly column gown, Barbara Bui shoes, Irit Design jewelry
Georges Hobeika strapless silvery blue gown, Rahaminov Diamond jewelry, Kotur clutch, Rene Cavilla heels.
Marchesa blush colored gown with illusion sleeves, Lorraine Schwartz jewelry, Christian Louboutin heels.
Oscar de la Renta deep v-neck silver and black gown, Judith Leiber bag, Neil Lane jewelry.
Evan Rachel Wood
Elie Saab black sparkly cap sleeve gown, Fred Leighton jewelrs, Judith Leiber clutch, Salvaore Ferragamo heels.
Christian Siriano coral one-shoulder pleated gown, Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.
Monique Lhuillier gold embroidered chiffon gown, Bulgari jewelry.
Armani Prive structured bodice white satin gown.
Alexander McQueen halter gown, Van Cleef and Arpels jewelry, Brian Atwood shoes.
Roksanda IIlincic cobalt blue short sleeved satin gown, Fred Leighton jewelry.
Carolina Herrera green satin gown, Bulgari emerald and diamond jewelry, Christian Louboutin shoes, Herrera clutch.
Vera Wang black strapless dress, Roger Vivier shoes, Lorraine Schwartz jewelry, Judith Leiber clutch.
Givenchy couture turtleneck dress, Van Cleef and Arpels jewelry, Jimmy Choo shoes.
Pink strapless Dior dress and clutch, Tiffany & Co jewelry , Barbara Bui shoes.
Monique Lhuillier pink silk gown with drop waist, Stuart Weitzman Femina pumps