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It was good to see some unexpected red-carpet players such as Westwood, who also dressed Kerry Washington; Andrew Gn who designed Connie Britton’s silver halter; and even Jason Wu on Jessica Pare. Wu designed Michelle Obama’s famous inaugural gown but isn’t consistent on the red carpet.

One of Mrs. Obama’s other favorites, Naeem Khan, scored with a bare, beaded halter gown with orange ballskirt worn by Leslie Mann.

Other impressive Emmys veterans were Amy Poehler, in a beaded, V-neck halter, and Edie Falco, whose navy-in-front, white-in-back gown was made a little sexier with sheer strips on the bodice. “Edie Falco looks 10 years younger from the last time I saw her,” London said.

Zooey Deschanel played to her funny-girl, vintage-style, kooky-sexy character in an ice blue strapless gown by Reem Acra that had a poufy full skirt made of tiers of sharply cut tulle layers. She had a manicure with little TV sets on her thumbnails _ perhaps the kind of thing “E!” had in mind for its mani-cam that had stars walking their fingers down a tiny red carpet.

Kiernan Shipka, the young star of “Mad Men” who wore a Zac Posen duchess satin party dress _ sounded like the fashionista she’s become when she said, “I love the silhouette.” Her co-star January Jones wore a Posen gown that tapped into the runway trend of a complicated harness bodice and Christina Hendricks wore a belted metallic strapless by Christian Siriano.

“Homeland’s” Morena Baccarin strapless bodice gown with probably the deepest, sexiest neckline of the night was a bit of a marvel to London. “There is not any give in that dress. I can’t understand how she’ll sit.” It certainly allowed her $58,000 dangling white gold, platinum and diamond drop earrings shine.

London gave credit to Lucy Liu to pulling off a heavy metallic mesh gown by Versace. She made it look fairly effortless, London said.

She did not, however, love Kristen Wiig’s “sensible shoes” that went with her Balenciaga lingerie-style lace dress. “You get to wear sensible shoes every other day. This isn’t the day.”


AP Writer Beth Harris contributed to this report.


Samantha Critchell tweets fashion at (at)AP_Fashion.