By and  on September 14, 2005

LOS ANGELES — The fashion week celebs in New York hardly have a monopoly on glitz as some of the runway's most glamorous are to appear at the 57th annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Shrine Auditorium here on Sunday. With categories split among comedy, drama and movies, there are plenty of talented actresses vying for statuettes. But before the show kicks off on CBS at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, there are big prizes up for grabs on the red carpet. These actresses are the ones to watch. — Rose Apodaca and Marcy Medina

Marcia Cross

With her alabaster skin and luxurious red hair, Cross is expert at choices highlighting her tall, elegant look. She can pull off prints as she did earlier this year in Armani at the Screen Actor's Guild Awards. And contrary to her regal character, Bree, on "Desperate Housewives," which garnered her a nomination for lead actress, comedy, Cross doesn't shirk at taking risks with colors and silhouettes. Particularly perfect: a revealing décolleté. Perhaps, she still has a bit of La Perla lying around?

Teri Hatcher
Hatcher, a star of ABC's hit "Desperate Housewives" and lead actress, comedy, nominee, may just be the most fashion crazed of the Wisteria Lane wives. Sometimes her real-life party and premier choices go overboard with the frou and frippery (like the silver Donna Karan gown at the Golden Globes that competed with her face). But what's clear is that Hatcher loves fun, feminine looks that mirror her bubbly personality. The pin-thin actress looks good in practically anything, giving her a fair shot at taking home a fashion prize, if not a statuette.

Felicity Huffman

That moment she stomped into a swimming pool wearing stilettos and a full-length gown on the first episode of "Desperate Housewives," might go down as a pivotal mom-on-television moment. Huffman's turn as the harried mother of four rambunctious boys might have landed her a lead actress, comedy, nomination but it's hardly her style on the red carpet. Huffman rarely looks undone, or near cracking. In fact, in real life, even in a pinstripe suit, she manages to appear at ease, her wavy blonde hair as relaxed as she seems.Charlize Theron
Her arrival at the Golden Globes and Academy Awards, in one Dior frock or another, always makes Theron (who won the best actress Oscar for her role in 2003's "Monster'') — must-see TV. And so the Emmys may get a boost because of Theron's nomination for supporting actress in the HBO movie "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers." She was deliciously striking, albeit underutilized, as Seller's bronzed and bouffanted wife, Britt Ekland. Little doubt John Galliano will be behind yet another awards show look. But what if she suddenly broke ranks and opted for, say, Stella McCartney or Gucci? And enough with all the gowns in blues and blacks.

Halle Berry
It's a given the Academy Award-winner (for 2001's "Monster's Ball'') will wow viewers in a figure-flattering gown. Although considered a silver screen star, Berry has a handful of movie-of-the-week roles to her credit. The Oprah Winfrey-produced ABC miniseries she's nominated for is the second Berry has acted in for her friend. Her ticket to the Emmys was her leading role in "Their Eyes Were Watching God." Of course, the last word in the title may as well be replaced with "goddess" given Berry's affection for one-shoulder gowns (her choices earlier this year: the nude Valentino at the Golden Globes; the silver Atelier Versace at the Oscars). She certainly has great shoulders, but it might wake us up a bit if she tries something a little less safe.

Sandra Oh
This year has seemed like an almost endless string of red-carpet moments for Oh, praised for her supporting role in the Oscar-nominated wine-and-laughs film "Sideways." She's back in the awards circle, this time nominated in the supporting actress, drama, category for her role as Dr. Cristina Yang on the surprise ABC medical series hit "Grey's Anatomy." Oh's choice of frocks — usually showing off her shoulders in strapless and bias necklines — have so far been as strong (and subtly sexy) as her pick of roles.

Jennifer Garner
For someone who's not a clotheshorse when she's off-duty (what's with the soccer mom sweats and frumpy sandals?), the star of ABC's "Alias" rarely makes a misstep on the red carpet (she appeared to be channeling Scarlett O'Hara to costumey effect in that ombré Zac Posen dress at the 2004 Golden Globes). Garner gets extra points for trying a new look and designer almost every time. Whether she scores the gold in the lead actress, drama, category doesn't matter. She will probably be among the most-photographed women because of her baby bump, which will probably require a custom-made gown. Perhaps an Empire-waist Matthew Williamson is in order. Hopefully Garner will opt for a glam 'do instead of her (yawn) usual straight bangs and pulled-back hair.Mariska Hargitay
It's always a treat to see Hargitay, who plays Detective Olivia Benson on NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," out of the flat-front slacks and jackets she wears on the hit series, especially because her 5-foot-8-inch height and slender frame make her an ideal clothes hanger. Her favorite look, bias-cut slipdresses by Vera Wang, works. But this year, as she walks into the Shrine Auditorium as a nominee in the lead actress, drama, category, she could stand to be a little more adventurous by way of more than color. Perhaps something from Viktor & Rolf or Calvin Klein and in something other than silk charmeuse. But on the hair and makeup front, she gets it right every time.

Patricia Arquette
She has a number of fashion misses to her credit, even when clad in elegant designers like Valentino and Badgley Mischka. That satin bodice and loud-printed skirt she turned out in at last fall's Carousel of Hope benefit still induces mild nausea. But then red-carpet quirkiness seems to run in her showbiz family. Still, it's hard not to love adorable Arquette. As a first-time lead actress, drama, nominee for her turn as psychic Allison Dubois on NBC's "Medium," we hope she channels Old Hollywood glam that highlights her voluptuous figure. A curve-hugging Versace or Roberto Cavalli could turn her into a primetime vixen.

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