NEW YORK (AP) -- The gowns came in all shapes at Monday's Emmy Awards, dominated by reds, blues and whites.

Robin Wright (AP Photo/Invision for the Television Academy, Dan Steinberg)

And then there was "House of Cards" actress Robin Wright, dazzling in a cream Ralph Lauren jumpsuit with a plunging tuxedo jacket front and virtually no back at all.

"Of all the stars wearing head-to-toe white, Robin Wright stole the show," said Eric Wilson, fashion news director for InStyle magazine. "It was the ultimate power look from the front with a sexy backless surprise."

Wilson, a fan of on-trend crisp, monochromatic looks, called it "anything but boring," proving once again that a clean approach can still pack a lot of drama.

A look at a few highs and lows from the red carpet:

Lizzy Caplan (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)

LIZZY CAPLAN

Wilson wasn't alone in loving the "Masters of Sex" star's Donna Karan Atelier - backless, black, and with a long white train. Quite a difference, he said, from her days playing the shaggy haired, frumpily dressed Janis Ian in his favorite movie, "Mean Girls."

The gown balanced a traditional full skirt with a skintight swimsuit-inspired bodice. Wilson called it the best example of a major trend on the red carpet: halter necklines. Others offering interesting takes on the halter were Julie Bowen wearing a blue-and-white patterned Peter Som, Laverne Cox looking like a goddess in white Marc Bouwer and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in a fitted Carolina Herrera in raspberry red.

Joyann King, digital director for Harper's Bazaar, was also a fan, granting Caplan the "award for best graphic glamour of the night."

January Jones, left and Christina Hendricks. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision for AMC/AP Images)

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS

Who can go wrong in Marchesa? Christina Hendricks, that's who. The "Mad Men" star's gown, a one-shoulder in red satin, had a gaudy gold floral design embroidered above the waist on one side, an abundance of draped fabric and a strange seam that tightened the full skirt above the knees. And there was a train somewhere in there.

JULIA ROBERTS

Julia Roberts and Seth Meyers. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)d

Roberts was a pop of something different on an otherwise mostly lackluster carpet. She made a statement in a dark blue Elie Saab Haute Couture with balls of beading, long sleeves and a flouncy, mid-thigh skirt. The neckline plunged, but the look was classic and fun.

"It's nerve-wracking to wear long," she told E! News. "There's the tripping factor."

The frock, with a peplum frill that showed off her narrow waist and curves, got a nod from King. Roberts was refreshing in navy and "boasting legs for days," King said.

Lena Dunham and Jack Antonoff. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)

LENA DUNHAM

Lena is Lena. And she never fails to surprise on red carpets. This time around, she wore a bulky tulle skirt in ombre - pink-to-red. It was awkwardly high waisted and paired with a button-down, cap-sleeved blouse in a lighter shade of pink. And she had new hair: a platinum bob.

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