The best and worst dressed at the Emmys -- Heidi Klum and Helen Mirren hit, but Candice Bergen misses

By Whitney Pastorek
Updated September 01, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

The trends were obvious on this year’s Emmy red carpet: purple gowns. Sweat. Loose, wavy hair. Sweat. Empire waists. Sweat…

TV’s biggest night was also its drippiest, the 88-degree heat rendering most details inconsequential. Sure, the Grey’s Anatomy gals rocked it, from Ellen Pompeo in trendy aubergine to Katherine Heigl in bod-baring Escada. Yes, Paula Abdul might have been wearing a bedsheet. Of course Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was wandering around — why wouldn’t he be? (Then again, we were too busy shvitzing through two layers of taffeta to question anything.) But just when all hope seemed lost, the voice of reason burst through our sunburned haze: ”We need a release valve from anything that means anything.” Said Stephen Colbert — so distinguished in his Brooks Brothers tux. ”Coming here is like dreaming about teacups that talk and monkeys that eat meat. It’s that level of reality.” And then, in a puff of humidity, he was gone.

JENNA FISCHER (Giambattista Valli)
She should wear this around The Office.

Still stunning. Please don’t make us address Farrah.

SANDRA OH (Vera Wang)
The quickest way to ruin an otherwise impeccable look: borrowing Meat Loaf’s jewelry.

Just because you have more Emmys than God doesn’t mean this is okay.

If looking good is the best revenge, the nomination-free cast of Lost knew exactly what they were doing.

KYRA SEDGWICK (Giorgio Armani Privé)
We’re torn. Love the color, love the cut, love the Kyra…but we kept waiting for the enormous organza flower to speak up and demand a sacrifice.

ELLEN POMPEO (John Galliano for Christian Dior)
The straight hair may have been sleek and refreshing, but who wears velvet in August?

Jury’s still out on that ascot: fashion-forward, or dressed like my dad? And shall we go boating later?

HELEN MIRREN (Morgane Le Fay)
Dear Candice Bergen: (1) Find number for Mirren’s stylist. (2) Use it.

HEIDI KLUM (Michael Kors)
Why every pregnant woman in America is weeping.