Celebrities showcase best of style at Emmys

Morena Baccarin in a muted purple gown with a deep v-neck at the 2012 Emmy’s (Image courtesy of instyle.com)

Morena Baccarin in a muted purple gown with a deep v-neck at the 2012 Emmy’s (Image courtesy of instyle.com)

Award season has officially kicked off with the Emmy’s this past Sunday.

As viewers curled up on the couch snacking away in their most stylish yoga pants, most of Hollywood’s finest were dressed to the nines and politely pretending not to breathe in their couture concoctions. Gaggles of celebrities showed up to a relatively predictable night of awards, but provided viewers with a visual feast of beautiful fashion to feast their eyes on.

After a review on the night’s fashion, it’s clear the best dresses of the night were because of some combination of the three following elements: impeccable detailing, flawless fit and perfect color. It’s a sort of fashion math, if you will: the theory of red-carpet style success.

Impeccable Detailing + Flawless Fit + Perfect Color = Best Dressed

Morena Baccarin in a muted purple gown with a deep v-neck at the 2012 Emmy’s (Image courtesy of instyle.com)

Arguably the best of the night was Morena Baccarin, who included all three of the previously mentioned criteria for the perfect Emmy dress. The “Homeland” star looked amazing in a slate gray Basil Soda design that hugged the body in all the right places and complemented her skin tone and hair color beautifully, according to InStyle.com. The deep plunging neckline with the mesh overlay was an unexpected sexy detail that complemented the ornate pleated details perfectly.

Impeccable Detailing +Flawless Fit

January Jones in a structured black dress with matching peep-toe shoes at the 2012 Emmy’s (Image courtesy of harpersbazaar.com).

January Jones looked sleek and somewhat peacock-like— in the best way possible— in her black Zac Posen dress, as seen at HarpersBazaar.com. The crisscross detailing on the bodice and perfect high-low hemline gave her a regal look that wasn’t too over-the-top but was a refreshing take on a black ball gown.

Hayden Panettiere in a shimmering teal and gold gown at the 2012 Emmy’s (Image courtesy of harpersbazaar.com).

Hayden Panettiere channeled the elegance of the Far East, according to Glamour.com, in her blue and gold Marchesa ensemble. The beautiful intricate gold beading on the underlayer of the dress created an interesting backdrop for the draping of the navy tulle on top. The sari-like dress perfectly draped the actress’s body especially when complemented with a slicked back bun.

Impeccable Detailing + Perfect Color

Leslie Mann wowed in yellow and cream at the 2012 Emmy’s (Image courtesy of refinery29.com).

Leslie Mann shone in a canary yellow gown by Naeem Khan with intricate bead detailing on the top, according to Refinery29.com. The wife of funnyman Judd Apatow found the perfect balance between class and comfort and gets major props for finding such a beautiful dress that has pockets.

Zooey Deschanel in a playful, blue dress at the 2012 Emmy’s (Image courtesy of styleist.com).

Zooey Deschanel stunned on the red carpet in her baby blue Reem Acra ball gown, according to Celebuzz.com. The actress looked as though she was surrounded by a large puff of cotton candy as the airy tulle floated around her when she whisked down the red carpet. The sharp cuts of layered tulle and lace cutout details at the bottom of the tulle gave an extra feminine detail to the dress.

Flawless Fit + Perfect Color

Tina Fey in royal purple with a relaxed updo at the 2012 Emmy’s (Image courtesy of harpersbazaar.com).

Television’s beloved funny woman of “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock,” Tina Fey, wowed in a beautiful, sangria Vivienne Westwood gown with gold embroidered-bust detailing, according to HarpersBazaar.com. The dress grazed her curves in all the right places, and her loosely swept up hairstyle looked effortless. This funny woman aced the red carpet at the Emmy’s.

Let’s Hear it For the Boys

While elegant ladies are easy to spot on the red carpet, let’s not forget the dapper men of the evening who came with perfectly tailored tuxes and some surprisingly fashion forward details.

Impeccable Detailing +Flawless Fit +Perfect Color = Best Dressed

Zachary Quinto wore grey, instead of the tried-and-true black, at the 2012 Emmy’s (Image courtesy of gq.com).

Zachary Quinto wore a sleek grey tuxedo that was perfect on a variety of levels, making him possibly the best dressed male at the Emmy’s. The grey suit was a successful risk, and his light gray shirt added a dapper touch and the slightly darker grey satin lapels and tuxedo stripe down the pants was an extra detail that brought some fresh class to his tuxedo. The tux also fit the “American Horror Story” star like a glove and accentuated his leanness without being too tight and puckering.

Impeccable Detailing +Flawless Fit

Jim Parsons in a black tuxedo with patent shoes at the 2012 Emmy’s (Image courtesy of gq.com).

Jim Parsons from “The Big Bang Theory” stepped out of the box slightly with his slim cut trousers that were flattering, but not too tight. His velvet jacket with satin lapels fit him well and also added an unexpected twist to the normal tuxedo. Definitely a good risk to take; he looked handsome and fashionable without the gaudiness that some out-of-the-box tuxedos can take.

Flawless Fit

Jon Hamm in a classic tuxedo at the 2012 Emmy’s (Image courtesy of gq.com).

Sure, Jon Hamm only had one of the qualifications for Emmy best dressed, but he did it so well he really didn’t need any of the other two. The fact that the St. Louis native is tall dark and handsome didn’t hurt his case, either. The “Mad Men” actor wore a classic tuxedo by Giorgio Armani, according to GQ.com, and still managed to make it look fresh because of his nonchalant and old Hollywood persona.

All around, Hollywood brought its A-game to the Emmy table and left viewers with some inspiration of what to add and incorporate into their own wardrobes, assuming the average Joe or Jane has a black-tie event on the calendar.