Last night marked the 62nd Annual Emmy Awards, and, as usual, the Red Carpet pre-show had us glued to our televisions. Some celebs took the classic route with black or tan gowns, but a few of them went wild in violet and electric blue! We always love seeing more adventurous styles when it comes to award shows. They don’t call it entertainment for nothin’!

clockwise from top left: Christina Hendricks, Tina Fey in Oscar de la Renta, Claire Danes in Giorgio Armani Prive, Emily Deschanel, Anna Paquin in Alexander McQueen, January Jones in Atelier Versace

If you were attending an award show swarming with celebrities, what would you do: play it safe in a simple but gorgeous gown, or take a risk and sport a stand-out look?

*images via WWD