Not so for the gals, who for the most part went with a less-is-more mantra, and despite a sweaty spray tan or two and some collapsed coifs, they sizzled.
Shades of green and blue were big: Heidi Klum wore a slit-to-there (and we mean there) sea foam Alexandre Vauthier gown, while Sofia Vergara looked mermaidesque in a body-hugging teal Zuhair Murad slit low in the front and lower in the back. Zooey Deschanel's frothy Reem Acra was icy blue and Nicole Kidman's white column was embellished with big, graphic, blue crystals.
Along with the soft colors, there was an oxblood moment with a slew of stars strutting the season's "it" color, from Tina Fey, in Vivienne Westwood, to Julia Louis-Dreyfus donning a fitted Vera Wang to Kat Dennings in a strapless J.Mendel that, ahem, barely contained her.
And speaking of decollete, there was plenty of daring in that department. Christina Hendricks' silver Christian Siriano was -- well -- gravity-defying, and even Amy Poehler flashed more skin than usual in her sparkling Stella McCartney.
Citrus colors juiced up the red carpet, too. Julianne Moore looked swell in her bright yellow Christian Dior gown, but long sleeves? Julie Bowen's sexy, lean strapless Monique Lhuillier looked cooler, and pregnant Claire Danes' bright yellow Lanvin had room for an extra passenger -- she said it was "bump-friendly."
A few of the stars delivered flowers, most notably Julianna Margulies in a classic strapless Giambattista Valli, and Elisabeth Moss in striking Dolce & Gabbana.
Missteps? Lucy Liu's full-metal Versace -- a touch "Knights of the Round Table," and it caught on and tore Deschanel's wispy gown. Ouch.