(InStyle.com) -- Last night's Emmys began with a star-studded musical shout-out -- or was it a sing-out? -- to "Glee," the much-loved new series about the importance of being yourself. And the evening's best-dressed celebrities seemed to take that show's message to heart: Although a few trends did emerge (hello, navy!), each of our top style stars picked a unique, gorgeous gown that perfectly suited the woman underneath.
The former "My So-Called Life" star snagged her first Emmy by portraying a decidedly down-to-earth scientist, activist and author in HBO's "Temple Grandin," but the actress's big-night look was 100 percent Hollywood glamour. Danes herself acknowledged as much when asked about her muted bronze beaded and Swarovski-crystal-encrusted Giorgio Armani Privé gown: "It's not very "Temple," this outfit," she said. Maybe not, but it was one of our favorites.
Michele celebrated her 24th birthday yesterday and, accordingly, she opted for a sophisticated-but-still-flirty flamenco-influenced silhouette from designer Oscar de la Renta in navy, one of the evening's most popular hues. The "Glee" star (and nominee) finished her look with a multi-colored diamond statement necklace by Lorraine Schwartz and a vintage satin Swarovski clutch.
Most stars chose gowns in fall colors, but Russell's bubblegum-pink vintage halter gown (by Jean-Louis Scherrer Haute Couture) reminded onlookers that it is, after all, still summer in Los Angeles. We loved the dress's flirty shape as much as the shade. The actress finished her ensemble with Cathy Waterman jewels, golden Jimmy Choo sandals, and wore a floral headpiece by Jennifer Behr in her hair.
"I would love to win," five-time nominee Sedgwick admitted just prior to the show. She got her wish shortly thereafter, nabbing the Outstanding Actress in a Drama award for her work on "The Closer." She looked like a winner, too, in a burgundy organza Monique Lhuillier gown, which she accessorized with an armful of platinum, ruby, diamond and sapphire Ofira bracelets.
British-born movie star Blunt -- who attended with her new husband, "The Office's" John Krasinski -- managed to incorporate two of the evening's biggest trends (one-shoulder and purple) without looking like anyone else, thanks to a gorgeous Christian Dior gown decorated with white floral appliqués. A champagne-colored snakeskin clutch by Lauren Merkin added a bit of edge to the otherwise sweet ensemble.
"Apparently, navy is the color," Marguiles said, after seeing several other stars decked out in midnight blue. Nevertheless, her dress -- from the stylist/designer L'Wren Scott -- stood out, thanks to a beautiful, ornate sequined pattern. The star, nominated for her role on "The Good Wife," crowned her ensemble with loose, casual waves; a perfect counterpoint to the gown's dramatic, almost severe straight up-and-down cut.
Byrne, nominated for her role on "Damages," looked positively goddess-like in a slim-fitting Grecian-style white Gucci gown. One of the few stars to attempt a not-quite-classic gravity-defying updo, she looked sensational, somehow both of-the-moment and utterly timeless.
Beads, lace, and over 100 carats of gemstones definitely sounds like much too much for the petite, funny Fey... but the oft-nominated "30 Rock" star looked positively lovely (and not too ladylike) in a sleek, cap-sleeve Oscar de la Renta dress she wore with black jade, diamond, and ruby earrings and a diamond tassel bracelet from Lorraine Schwartz; like many of the night's best, this look would be impossible to imagine on anyone else.
She was one of the only Emmy attendees to opt for a mini, but if anyone can carry a super-short hemline, it's the "Project Runway" host/supermodel. She paired her strapless tulle Marchesa dress with black patent Christian Louboutin stilettos and a serious diamond-and-ruby Lorraine Schwartz necklace that was reported to be worth over 3 million dollars.
Agron's incredibly ornate organza Carolina Herrera was truly one-of-a-kind; the lacy, tiered, almost Victorian gown is sure to be one of the most talked about of the evening. Simple hair and gorgeous Cartier jewels were the perfect way for the "Glee" actress to balance the look.
For the second year in a row, Jones chose a futuristic, architectural gown from Atelier Versace: Even as designers -- and fans -- race to copy her put-together Mad Men character's chic retro style, the star seems determined to look fashion forward and totally individualistic.
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