Sofia Vergara, Heidi Klum and Nicole Kidman chose cooling shades of aquamarine on the Emmy Awards red carpet as Los Angeles sweltered in hot temperatures.
Looking like a glamorous mermaid, Vergara wore a teal gown by Zuhair Murad with beads all over and a cutout reverse halter neckline.
Vergara's gown was over the top and not as sophisticated as some of her earlier red-carpet looks, but she has mastered a va-va-voom character and she consistently gives the audience what they want.
Klum chose a seafoam-coloured gown by Alexandre Vauthier with plunging Vs from every angle on the top and super-high slits that left very little in the middle.
Kidman made a statuesque entrance, with husband Keith Urban by her side, in a white tight-fitting Antonio Berardi organza dress with sparkling blue sequin panels down the front. The Aussie actress, who was nominated for her role in Hemingway & Gellhorn, looked "uber chic" and "sharply modern" in her outfit that was complemented by a straight hair look.
She was among the arrivals who made Sunday's red carpet at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles awash in colour.
Apart from cooling shades of blue, there was also the trend toward bright, bold colour that was worn by pregnant Claire Danes in strapless daffodil-yellow Lanvin. While Julianne Moore dazzled in a mustard-colour long-sleeve, stretchy gown by Raf Simons for Christian Dior.
Moore said before the show: "I love the colour. It's so fresh." It didn't hurt that she also got to wear European-cut diamond earrings, weighing in at five carats each, and an 8.5-carat Art Deco bracelet - both by Fred Leighton.
Hayden Panettiere plucked her sari-style Marchesa straight from the runway, and Ginnifer Goodwin's flame-red-on-sheer-champagne strapless gown by Monique Lhuillier announced there's a new generation of style stars to reckon with.
Lhuillier had a banner night with Julie Bowen's strapless, trumpet-hem gown and Padma Lakshmi's orange strapless dress.
Goodwin and Klum also were early favourites of Louise Roe, Glamour editor-at-large and Fashion Star host. She wasn't crazy about Elisabeth Moss' printed, peplumed Dolce & Gabbana gown, which she said had a little too much "fussy detail".
Julia Louis-Dreyfus went for a dark red, ruched and draped Vera Wang that she paired with Irene Neuwirth's one-of-a kind black opal and rose-cut diamond earrings set with turquoise.
There was plenty of red to go with the carpet, including a cleavage-baring Kat Dennings of 2 Broke Girls in J Mendel and Tina Fey, who has mastered the awards-show look as she nears the end of the run of 30 Rock, in a dark red strapless with gold bust details by Vivienne Westwood.
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.
Kiernan Shipka, the young star of Mad Men who wore a Zac Posen duchess satin party dress, while 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 had probably the deepest, sexiest neckline of the night. It certainly allowed her $US58,000 ($A55,729) dangling white gold, platinum and diamond drop earrings shine.
Lucy Liu was able to pull off a heavy metallic mesh gown by Versace, making it look fairly effortless.