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Emmys 2000

Sirens and ladies shine

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Emmy Fashion, 2006

The red-carpet parade at the 52nd primetime Emmys confirmed that sirens and ladies never go out of style, as plunging necklines, bare backs, hot colors and sheer, floaty fabrics took center stage.

The trends
-Warm colors - red, salmon, fuchsia, cinnamon
-Hoop earrings
-Strapless gowns
-Sheer, floaty fabrics
-Ruffles
-Halternecks with plunging Vs

Lady in red
The hot-color contingent relied mostly on satin, red and diamonds to complete the glamour girl look, with many of the styles featuring a clean, strapless neckline to show off the color.

Jennifer Aniston, of "Friends," looked simply elegant in a red slim strapless dress from Prada and a ponytail, replete with the best accessory of all: that newlywed glow.

Other crimson-clad actresses included Molly Shannon from "Saturday Night Live" who appeared in Anne Bowen and actress Rebecca Romijn-Stamos whose model-perfect figure looked great in an ethereal Valentino. Debra Messing of "Will & Grace" choose a full-skirted strapless satin Vera Wang gown (she's also a newlywed).

Taking the plunge
Jennifer Lopez's famous plunging neckline at the Grammys paved the way for even more cleavage this time out, after a very demure Oscar showing among actresses.

Those actresses that took the neckline plunge made their mark with a variety of hues and styles, including  "Law & Order's" Angie Harmon in a fuchsia Randolph Duke and "E.R.'s" Julianna Margolis, who wore a striped Versace dress. Edie Falco, of "The Sopranos" layered her bare neckline with strands of diamonds.

Standout style
Sela Ward of "Once and Again" looked modern in a leather bodice black dress from David Cardona and diamond choker.
Calista Flockhart - Looking chic and updated in a ruffled Alberta Ferretti halter dress.
Heather Locklear, in Richard Tyler's  "1940s dress" as she called it, showed lots of back and an elegant silhouette.

Girly girls
Sarah Jessica Parker played against her "Sex and the City" character's type be going for a fairy princess effect in pale pink Oscar de la Renta that ended in a feathery ballerina-length skirt.

"My fantasy dress," said Parker. "I can't believe he built it for me.

Halle Berry, always stunning, handled frou frou well in a black strapless Valentino gown that featured a poofy tulle skirt.

Sheer Guts
Geena Davis didn't leave anything to the imagination in her sheer dress by Pamela Dennis. When told on the red carpet that her dress was see-through, she feigned surprise and shrugged it off casually.

At least Lucy Liu's peekabo Versace dress had strategically placed sequins.

Going gray
For the few actresses who wanted something more understated, shades of gray were the answer. "Sex and the City's" Kim Cattrall wore a modest gray beaded top with matte skirt by Randolph Duke, "Felicity's" Keri Russell chose a subdued beaded Armani and "The Practice's" Camryn Manheim chose a gray flannel dress by Ralph Lauren.

Manheim's look was all about the accessories: she boasted a huge necklace, shoulder duster earrings and a good-looking man who hung on her every word.

She quipped: "You need a good bag, you need good jewels and you need a good date."

Falling apart
Just in case you think celebs have a better grip on fashion than you, just witness all of the pulling and tugging that went on live TV: Molly Shannon tugged up her strapless dress after it reportedly fell.

Jean Smart was fiddling with her sheer shawl for what seemed like an eternity when she was a presenter and Megan Mullally gave her navy cleavage-baring dress a good pull-in-place after she stepped behind the microphone to accept the award for Best Supporting Actress.

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