LOS ANGELES — Have celebrities finally mastered the art of dressing up? Fashion don’ts usually run rampant at the Emmy Awards, but celebrants at Sunday night’s 56th installment of the biggest awards night for television stars couldn’t help but notice how good they all looked.

“So many women looked gorgeous!” gushed Sarah Jessica Parker, who finally scored an Emmy after five years of nominations. “They looked like they were wearing the clothes — the clothes weren’t wearing them,” she continued, poaching a famous quip from Coco Chanel — fitting, since Parker turned out for the second straight year clad in Chanel Couture.

Coincidence? “I would never pick a favorite designer,” she declared, insisting the choice of dress, not designer, was that of her husband’s, Matthew Broderick. “What do you think I am? Mad? It’s like fashion suicide!”

Instances of death by dress were fewer than seasons past, be it because of savvy or safety. Even the daring choice to go green, repeated several times in variegated hues, worked. Best actress winner Allison Janney, in a goddess Monique Lhuillier gown, even joked on camera about the same shade of bright green she shared with fellow nom Mariska Hartigay, in Vera Wang, when she asked her to join her on stage.

“Sopranos” daughter Jamie-Lynn DiScala also arrived in a Lhuillier, in sage satin charmeuse. The designer, in fact, dressed the most stars Sunday night — four. (And that following a busy Saturday when she had an altar-bound Britney Spears and her bridesmaid to tend to.)

Glenn Close looked her best in a nude Oscar de la Renta, whom Jennifer Garner also went with for an entirely different effect. The “Alias” star plucked her white, laser-cut lace ball gown, cinched at the waist with a black velvet ribbon, right off last week’s runway in New York. Teri Hatcher was also one of the few who went black and white — a dramatic, hand-painted Elie Saab Couture gown — during an evening otherwise colored in bold brights.

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