The California sun emerged just before the red carpet began, making the metallics sparkle and the looks in vibrant emerald, daffodil and scarlet pop.

Crimson was the choice for a bevy of actresses, including Nicole Kidman, Heidi Klum, and Edie Falco, as well as Yvonne Strahovski (T he Handmaid’s Tale), and presenter Issa Rae in a one-shoulder Vera Wang.

Comedian Samantha Bee wore emerald satin, a ponytail-sporting Jane Fonda chose a dress in eye-popping fuchsia, and Angela Sarafyan (Westworld) sported bright, sunny yellow.

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“This felt magical, fairy-like” said Zoe Kravitz (Big Little Lies) of her Dior gown decorated with rainbow-coloured ribbons, while Tessa Thompson opted for multi-coloured pleated halter dress.

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Anthony Anderson, up for lead actor in “black-ish,” sported an Armani white tuxedo jacket, while his co-star Tracee Ellis Ross opted for silver sequins and a feather hem from Chanel.

“The feathers were dipped, the crystals were sewn,” said the nominee, extolling the work involved in the couture gown.

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Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) wore a vampy white strapless gown from Los Angeles designer Mark Zunino, cooling herself with a little fan attached to an iPhone, as Felicity Huffman from American Crime entertained photographers, flipping around the long train on her blue lace dress.

Metallic silver was the choice for a host of stars, including the actresses of Orange is the New Black, Laverne Cox and Uzo Aduba, and Anna Chlumsky (Veep).

“I wanted something in the precious metal, could-be-mined-from-the-earth vein,” exclaimed Chlumsky of her Sachin & Babi gown.

Of course, elegant black is always a red carpet classic, and was the Emmys choice of Susan Sarandon, Lily Tomlin and Judith Light.

“I’m playing dress-up,” said presenter Rachel Bloom, known for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, who said she purchased her black Gucci lace dress herself. ”I can re-sell it!”