Talent and hard work put these ladies at the top of their game.
But Michelle Dockery and Heidi Klum came in at the bottom of the list for red carpet fashion at the 65th Emmys on Sunday evening.
Downton Abbey star Dockery swamped her petite frame in a voluminous orange and maroon gown, which did nothing for her delicate colouring.
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Oh dear! Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery, 31, swamped her tiny frame in a voluminous orange and burgundy creation accented with a monstrous bow
The 31-year-old, who lost out on the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series to Anna Gunn, was further overshadowed by an enormous structured bow that dangled down her back.
Coming in joint-first with Michelle was Heidi Klum, 40, who missed the mark in burgundy sequined Versace.
Although flattering the German supermodel’s fabulous figure, the dress might have been more at home on a comic book superhero, thanks to its bizarre neckline.
Not a super choice! German model and presenter Heidi Klum failed to impress in a sequined maroon number that would have looked more at home on a comic book hero
Girls actresses Zosia Mamet and Lena Dunham made poor choices in voluminous and brightly patterned ballgowns.
Zosia attempted a misguided nod to the season’s trend of leather trim in a custom-made Honor gown, while Lena’s floral Prada dress did nothing to flatter her figure.
Looking drab in black Victoriana, Amanda Peet, 41, and Aubrey Plaza, 29, appeared to be channeling Morticia Adams as they sashayed up the carpet.
Girls gone wrong: Girls stars Zosia Mamet (left) and Lena Dunham (right) were not on trend in their brightly coloured voluminous gowns
It’s a no! The tent-like skirt on Dunham’s dress did little to flatter the talented 27-year-old
Amanda’s dress was a busy combo of bandeau top, skirt and mesh overlay, while Aubrey’s dress just missed out on being lovely due to unfortunate floral detailing on the neck and arms.
So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley seemed to be dressed in a shiny sculpted bin bag, while 12 Years A Slave actress Alfre Woodard was let down by the cheap-looking material used to create her pink dress.
Mayim Bialik, who lost out to Nurse Jackie’s Merritt Wever for the Best Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series gong, looked as if she’d just stepped out of the 1970s in a floor-length green ensemble.
Women in black: Amanda Peet, 41, and Aubrey Plaza, 29, (in Mario Schwab) looked frumpy in black net cover-all dresses
Too shiny! The glare bouncing off Cat Deeley and Alfre Woodard’s dresses was enough to place them firmly on the worst dressed list
Her choice could have passed unnoticed – were it not for the Christmas tree-style embellishments at her arms and waist.
The wonderful Melissa Leo, who won for Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series, looked more like a circus lion-tamer than the Oscar-winning actress she is, dressed in coat tails, shiny silver trousers and bizarre neckerchief.
Breaking Bad’s Betsy Brandt and actress and writer Carrie Brownstein also made their way onto the worst-dressed list.
Betsy, 36, failed to wow in a nondescript coffee-coloured creation, while Carrie’s black and white striped gown did nothing for her slim figure.
Sorry, ladies… Big Bang Theory Mayim Bialik, 37, lost out in the style stakes in a busy green dress, while Melissa Leo, 53, looked like a lion tamer in a tail coat and silver trousers
Unflattering: Comic Mindy Kaling, 34, and former X Factor judge Paula Abdul, 51, lost out in the fashion stakes due to their ill-fitting choices
Mindy Project comic Mindy Kaling, 34, was one of the few to successfully pull off maroon on the night, but was let down by an ill-fitting cut.
And Former X Factor judge Paula Abdul, 51, looked ready for a mission to mars in a wrinkly BacoFoil delight.
The marvelously talented bunch might do well to take some style tips from this years best-dressed stars.
Among those who wowed the fashion critics were Claire Danes in glimmering Armani Prive, Mad Men’s January Jones who looked graceful in dusky pink Givenchy and Anna Gunn in a pink and black Romona Keveza creation.
Oh no she didn’t! Apparently unaware of her own fashion fail, Aubrey Plaza looked scandalised by Mayim Bialik’s outfit choice
Style icons: Anna Gunn in Romona Keveza , January Jones in Givenchy and Claire Danes in Armani Prive all wowed with their outfit choices
THE 65TH ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARD WINNERS LIST
Proud: Jeff Daniels beat favourite Bryan Cranston for the Best Actor in a Drama gong on the night
Breaking Bad (AMC)
ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom)
ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Claire Danes (Homeland)
WRITING FOR A DRAMA
Henry Bromell (Homeland)
DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA
David Fincher (House of Cards)
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire)
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad)
Modern Family (ABC)
ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) – WINNER
WRITING FOR A COMEDY
Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield (30 Rock)
DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY
Gail Mancuso (Modern Family)
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Tony Hale (Veep)
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Merritt Wever (Nurse Jackie)
MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Behind the Candelabra (HBO)
ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Michael Douglas (Behind the Candelabra)
Rising stars: Actresses Sofia Vergara and Aubrey Anderson-Emmons pose after winning Best Comedy Series
ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Laura Linney (The Big C: Hereafter)
WRITING FOR A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Abi Morgan (The Hour)
DIRECTING FOR A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Steven Soderbergh (Behind the Candelabra)
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
James Cromwell (American Horror Story: Asylum)
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Ellen Burstyn (Political Animals)
OUTSTANDING REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM