January Jones from the AMC series "Mad Men" arrives at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
January Jones from the AMC series "Mad Men" arrives at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus from the HBO sitcom Veep arrives at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California, on August 25, 2014. Picture: Lucy Nicholson, Reuters
Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus from the HBO sitcom Veep arrives at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California, on August 25, 2014. Picture: Lucy Nicholson, Reuters
Lena Dunham from the HBO series "Girls" and Jack Antonoff arrive at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Lena Dunham from the HBO series "Girls" and Jack Antonoff arrive at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Lizzy Caplan from the Showtime series "The Masters of Sex" arrives at the Emmy Awards.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Lizzy Caplan from the Showtime series "The Masters of Sex" arrives at the Emmy Awards. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Taylor Schilling arrives for the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre. EPA/PAUL BUCK
Taylor Schilling arrives for the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre. EPA/PAUL BUCK
Robin Wright arrives at the 66th Primetime Emmy Award. AP Photo/Invision for the Television Academy, Dan Steinberg
Robin Wright arrives at the 66th Primetime Emmy Award. AP Photo/Invision for the Television Academy, Dan Steinberg
Amy Poehler arrives at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. Photo by John Shearer/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images
Amy Poehler arrives at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. Photo by John Shearer/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images
Actress Taryn Manning, from the Netflix sitcom "Orange is the New Black".  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Actress Taryn Manning, from the Netflix sitcom "Orange is the New Black". REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Samira Wiley from the Netflix series "Orange is the New Black".  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Samira Wiley from the Netflix series "Orange is the New Black". REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Allison Janney arrives at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
Allison Janney arrives at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
Mindy Kaling arrives at the Emmy Awards.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Mindy Kaling arrives at the Emmy Awards. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting from the CBS sitcom "The Big Bang Theory".  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting from the CBS sitcom "The Big Bang Theory". REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Actress Christina Hendricks, from the AMC drama series "Mad Men".   REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Actress Christina Hendricks, from the AMC drama series "Mad Men". REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Actress Christina Hendricks from the AMC drama series "Mad Men" arrives with husband Geoffrey Arend.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Actress Christina Hendricks from the AMC drama series "Mad Men" arrives with husband Geoffrey Arend. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Claire Danes from the Showtime series "Homeland".  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Claire Danes from the Showtime series "Homeland". REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Julia Louis-Dreyfus poses with her Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series award for the HBO series "Veep".  REUTERS/Mike Blake
Julia Louis-Dreyfus poses with her Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series award for the HBO series "Veep". REUTERS/Mike Blake
Presenter Gwen Stefani poses at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.  REUTERS/Mike Blake
Presenter Gwen Stefani poses at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Sarah Hyland, from ABCs "Modern Family," poses backstage at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.   REUTERS/Mike Blake
Sarah Hyland, from ABCs "Modern Family," poses backstage at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Los Angeles - The Emmy awards saw a sea of red and white gowns with sleek silhouettes on Monday, as television's top talent channelled golden age glamour for Hollywood's first red carpet of the major awards season.

Red, often a risky choice as it can disappear into the colour of the carpet, was the favoured tone for stars such as Veep nominee Julia Louis-Dreyfus in a column halter Carolina Herrera and Homeland star Claire Danes in a vermillion embellished Givenchy dress.

Mad Men ladies Christina Hendricks opted for an asymmetric vermillion Marchesa gown with gold accents and January Jones went for a full-skirted strapless Prabal Gurung gown. Big Bang Theory actress Kaley Cuoco opted for a strapless Monique Lhuillier with pink floral motifs, while Mindy Kaling wore a sleek custom Kenzo gown.

“Red is a vibrant, easy way for celebrities to wear colours that we've seen in fashion over the past year,” said Eric Wilson, fashion news director of InStyle magazine.

To juxtapose the red, some stars opted for bold jewel hues, such as Allison Janney in a royal purple strapless Nicolas Jebran gown, Orange is the New Black star Samira Wiley in a yellow Christian Siriano column dress and her fellow star Taryn Manning in a vintage gold Azzaro strapless gown.

The Voice judge Gwen Stefani chose a silver skirt and top combo with gold metal accents by Versace, while Amy Poehler picked a silver low-cut metallic gown by Theia.

“This is the sexiest red carpet at the Emmys in years,” Wilson said. “Fashion has elevated in the last few years, celebrities are owning the fashion and taking chances.”

Monochrome tones remained a popular choice to stand out on the red carpet. House of Cards nominee Robin Wright led the all-white line with a backless white Ralph Lauren jumpsuit, while Orange is the New Black nominee Taylor Schilling wore a cream halter-neck beaded Zuhair Murad gown, saying she loved the comfort of the style.

Michelle Dockery opted for a cream dress with pops of blue and green by Rosie Assoulin, a trend also favoured by Girls star Alison Williams in an off-white full-skirted Giambattista Valli gown.

Masters of Sex star Lizzy Caplan wore both black and white with her halter Donna Karen gown, while The Good Wife actress Julianna Margulies spun a twist on black with a beaded Narciso Rodriguez column dress.

Sarah Paulson created red carpet drama with a black Armani Prive strapless gown that had exaggerated overlay of embroidered netting, which got the star caught on hedges lining the red carpet. Julia Roberts skipped the long gown trend for a short leg-baring sequinned navy Elie Saab dress.

And then there are the outfits that split fashion critics, which this year was Girls star Lena Dunham's pale pink shirt and multi-tiered full skirt by Giambattista Valli.

Wilson praised Dunham for taking a risk, saying: “Lena looked amazing, it's really fun colour trend and with features, it's bubbly and fun, very much her personality.” - Reuters