September 20, 1996 at 04:00 AM EDT

Television to movies to music. The media are mixing messages. On Sept. 8 in Los Angeles, the 48th Annual Emmy Awards stole a page from the Academy Awards as actresses like Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Gillian Anderson, and even Jerry Seinfeld’s main squeeze, Shoshanna Lonstein, attained Oscar-caliber glamour. Fran Drescher pioneered a revealing new concept in evening wear. ”She turned around and we saw cleavage that you never saw before,” said designer Cynthia Rowley of Drescher’s Herve Leger dress. Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox proved they’re still Friends, even as the show’s salary negotiations continue. ”I picked it because it’s green,” Louis-Dreyfus, who won for Supporting Actress in a Comedy, said of her lime Armani gown.

Meanwhile, just four nights earlier in the Big Apple, guests at the MTV Video Music Awards appeared to be channeling a TV classic — The Odd Couple. Latter-day Klugmans and Randalls included: Sharon Stone managing to mug even more than Dennis Rodman; hair-blessed rocker David Lee Roth with alternative and hairless Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins, winner of seven awards; and dueling blonds Jenny McCarthy and Geena Davis. ”I had a ball,” said McCarthy in a keyhole-neckline Rifat Ozbek dress. ”I pinched Coolio’s butt. It was kind of bony. Go figure!” It’s not clear whether Davis, in Richard Tyler, got singled out too.

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