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Television's best and brightest shine on Emmys red carpet

Sébastien VUAGNAT, with Susan Stumme in Washington
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US actor Billy Porter ('Pose') slayed the red carpet once again, this time at the 71st Emmys

US actor Billy Porter ('Pose') slayed the red carpet once again, this time at the 71st Emmys (AFP Photo/VALERIE MACON)

Los Angeles (AFP) - Both the looks and the temperature were red-hot Sunday on the Emmys red carpet, where Hollywood's top stars battled the heat and humidity to bring their fashion A-game.

The mercury soared past 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 Celsius), and US network Fox -- which broadcast television's answer to the Oscars -- deployed ceiling fans in the arrivals area to try to keep the glitterati from sweating through their gowns.

Metallics had a big moment -- from traditional gold and silver to blue and pastel pink. But so did white-hot glamour, and pops of color for the men.

The following is a look at the trends spotted at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles:

- All that glitters is (fashion) gold -

Phoebe Waller-Bridge ("Fleabag") defeated Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Veep") and Rachel Brosnahan ("The Marvelous Mrs Maisel") in the best actress in a comedy category, but all three were style winners in glittering gowns with metallic elements.

Waller-Bridge, one of the night's big winners, wore a pale Monique Lhuillier gown with a cluster of sparkles at the waist.

Louis-Dreyfus, who missed her chance at Emmys history, glimmered in gold Oscar de la Renta while Brosnahan, last year's winner, went for a sparkling blue Elie Saab number.

Others getting in on the metallics trend: Ava DuVernay, Natasha Lyonne, Niecy Nash, Chrissy Metz and Laura Linney.

- White queens, red queens -

On television, Jodie Comer plays an assassin with a killer fashion sense on "Killing Eve." As she accepted her award for best actress in a drama, she slayed in a white Tom Ford gown with a deep V neckline and a high slit.

Patricia Arquette, a double nominee who won for her work on "The Act," also adopted the all-white look, with long sleeves and a giant silver clutch.

But another big color of the night was red -- on its own, as worn by Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Bassett -- or in combination with pink, seen on Taraji P Henson, Marisa Tomei, and "This Is Us" stars Mandy Moore and Susan Kelechi Watson.

- Quest for the Emmy throne -

HBO's blood-soaked fantasy epic "Game of Thrones" had a big night Sunday, and its many stars made sure they were dressed for the moment.

Peter Dinklage, now a four-time winner for his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister, looked ready for his close-up in a sleek black tux with a long tie.

Gwendoline Christie, a nominee after she submitted her own tape, looked regal in a red and cream Gucci gown that looked Westeros-ready.

The mother of dragons, Emilia Clarke, got the memo about the weather -- her indigo Valentino gown was barely there with a daring plunging neckline and a bow sash.

- Politics and fashion -

Political messages on the red carpet are nothing new, and transgender actress/activist Laverne Cox, a nominee for her work on "Orange Is The New Black," did not miss her moment.

Her rainbow clutch said "Oct 8. Title VII. Supreme Court" -- a reference to an upcoming case on the high court's docket about whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 applies to anti-LGBT discrimination.

On her arm was Chase Strangio, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union. Around Strangio's neck was a large necklace that read: "TRANS."

"We want everyone to tell their friends and families about this case," Cox said.

- The boys of (late) summer -

It's hard for the other men to best Billy Porter for straight-up swag.

Porter, the star of FX's underground ballroom show "Pose" and the first openly gay black man to win an Emmy for best actor in a drama, stunned red carpet watchers at the Oscars earlier this year in a velvet tuxedo gown.

On Sunday, he went with a glittering black and silver pinstriped suit by Michael Kors, an outsized black hat with a decidedly "Old Town Road" vibe, and giant platform shoes.

"I have always loved fashion and I'm so happy to have the place to do it," he told E! network.

As for the rest of Hollywood's A-list men, they hit the red carpet with some game, eschewing basic black for a rainbow of color.

Sterling K Brown, a 2017 winner for best actor in a drama for "This Is Us" and a nominee again this year, rocked a Brioni red jacket and bowtie -- and sunglasses, while co-star and fellow nominee Milo Ventimiglia donned a gray velvet jacket with black lapels.

James van der Beek of "Dawson's Creek" fame went for a daring double-breasted salmon velvet jacket.