Old-money elegance disguises Victoria Grayson's true evil motives, but with makeup this pretty and soft you can almost forget that she's plotted plenty of murders. She'd probably bring her own backdrop, lighting, and photographer to the red carpet.
Jessa might actually be the grossest character on 'Girls' (remember the snot rocket in the tub?, but she can turn it out when she needs to, serving '90s-crimping-meets-mermaid-hair so well here that it's no wonder her father-in-law didn't mind finding out she was a recovering heroin addict.
Olivia Pope usually stays buttoned up in a chic wardrobe made up entirely of grey suits, but when she deigns to put on formal wear, she makes one hell of an impression. It's the high-powered, POTUS seducing equivalent of the sexy librarian letting her hair down.
Shirley MacLaine as Martha Levinson in 'Downton Abbey.'
Every good soap opera, no matter how British it may be, has to have a drama-hungry mother-in-law. Here, MacLaine appeared in her best Roaring '20s finery to scandalize the staid British aristocracy with her American ways.
Michael Douglas as Liberace in 'Behind the Candelabra.'
If come Sunday Michael Douglas walked the actual Emmys red carpet dressed in anything near what he wore in the Liberace biopic, he might actually be overdressed. You have fur, you have iridescence, you have a cape, and plenty of... knife work.
Freema Agyeman as Larissa in 'The Carrie Diaries.'
It can never touch the sartorial wackiness and genius of the original, but 'The Carrie Diaries' does have its fair share of eccentric fashion, mostly provided by Larissa, a supporting character whose willingness to go way over the top (like with this peacock-inspired Halloween costume) might land her on the "worst dressed" list, but never gets boring.
While we've seen Christina Hendricks make a huge impression on the real red carpet, this is one of the first times we've seen her 'Mad Men' character do the same. In a season she spent primarily in prim suits and glasses, it was nice to see Joan in a full on glam version of the late '60s.
Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope in 'Parks and Recreation.'
Amy Poehler is living proof that funny girls can clean up nice, though her characters tend to be a little less polished. But when Leslie Knope married Ben Wyatt this season on 'Parks & Rec,' she had to pull together a wedding dress in scant minutes, managing to get a perfect look by staying true to herself. Literally, the dress is made out of dozens of newspapers bearing her face.
No set of women valiantly overcame more bad haircuts, old makeup, neglected skin care, and some terrible teeth, and yet despite all coincidentally wearing the exact same outfit, they could not be more distinct.