Brightly colored, simply shaped sheaths and columns some with tweaking like ruching, a ruffle or a bit of beading here and there were mostly the order of the day.
When the dress is essentially very simple in construction, the color you chose to wear must be spot on flattering. For the most part, the women got that right. I’m not so sure they got the hair and makeup right. Mary Louise Parker, for instance, looked stunning in her dress but the hair, not so stunning. The danger of wearing a simply constructed dress is that with the wrong hair and makeup you can look like you are wearing a nightgown, a leotard or hospital gown (yes, Cynthia Nixon I am talking about you.)
Actresses that chose to wear dresses at or above the knee (Eva Langoria, Kyra Sedgwick) or what used to be called tea length (America Ferrera, Marcia Cross) missed the mark, not because the length was wrong but because they chose such unflattering dresses.
For the men, the shawl collar tux made a huge ( and long overdue) comeback, but the relative newness of the collar to a younger generation would explain why so many of the first timers got it so wrong.
THE BEST DRESSED WOMEN
Christina Applegate, Felicity Huffman, Evangeline Lilly
The dresses were distinctly different on the surface, but I defy you to name a decade from the 30′s on in which each of those dresses could not have been worn by the chicest of women.
Sandra Oh. Oh my God, she’s never looked this good! Oh please keep it up, Sandra. Pretty please?
Terry Hatcher. Just plain pretty. How can you argue with that?
Julia Louis Dreyfus. I wasn’t a great fan of the dress itself ( an uncharacteristically awkward effort by Narciso Rodriguez), but she just looked drop dead gorgeous. Great hair and makeup and the color of that dress was stunning on her.
Vanessa Williams. The only risk of the night (a large scale print) that paid off!
Jean Smart. Perfect 40′s movie glamour and perfectly age appropriate.
THE BEST DRESSED MEN
Patrick Dempsey. This guy can do no wrong in a tuxedo no matter what style he wears. This time it was a shawl collar version worn with a bow tie.
Neil Patrick Harris. He’s never looked better. Actually, he looked kinda….. hot. Doogie Howser who?
David Boreanaz. How to look impecable in a peak lapel tuxedo.
Stephen Colbert. Turning into a perennial on most people’s best list.
Sean Combs. Very dapper.
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SLIDESHOW: 2008 EMMYs