Couture designs were draped and fluid with shoulders and backs begging for attention in strapless, single strap and halter style goddess gowns that flashed some gorgeous gams behind thigh-high slits. Lips were red, and hair was long and straight or tasseled and loosely swept up. The mood was easy elegance. To mark their unique style, many celebrities opted to differentiate their looks with gem-set jewelry in designs that were either monochromatic or complementary to what they were wearing.
The strongest jewel trend of the evening was shoulder-sweeping earrings. Among the Emmy standouts was Desperate Housewives' fiery red-head Marcia Cross, who wore show-stealing triple drop turquoise earrings and coiled turquoise and ruby snake bracelet by designer-to-the-stars Lorraine Schwartz against her silver diamante pleated gown.