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Julianna Margulies, Lena Dunham, Christina Hendricks, Taylor Schilling, Kerry Washington, Sarah Paulson, Carrie Brownstein, and Julie Bowen were among the nominees who turned out Saturday night for the Variety and Women in Film bash at vegan hotspot Gracias Madre in West Hollywood. The evening provided a fashion preview of Monday’s Emmy Awards, though few were willing to dish on their designers for the big day.

“I have picked out my dress, but I can’t say anything about it,” teased Margulies, who proved more eager to discuss the night’s female empowerment theme. “I’ve been fortunate to work with a lot of great, strong women. I always look up to female actresses who have been in the business for a while. I was fortunate enough to do ‘The Mists of Avalon’ with Joan Allen and Anjelica Huston. I spent three months with them in Prague and I have to say—that was 14 years ago, dear God!—and they really helped me understand [this industry] all a little better.”

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Margulies stopped shy of sharing her advice to today’s generation of up-and-comers, but she did say she would have told her younger self to relax. “I was always so nervous about working and supporting myself as an actress and not ending up being a waitress and doing my parents proud. I put a lot of pressure on myself. I wish I could have foreseen a little bit that I would have been fine,” she said

Meanwhile, fresh face Amanda Crew, who stars on HBO’s Emmy-nominated “Silicon Valley,” gushed to Sophia Bush following an event the two attended earlier in the day.

“Your speech made me cry,” said Crew, referencing Bush’s appearance at Glamour magazine’s Women Making History event. “You were so eloquent. Congratulations!”

“I felt bad for the guy running the Teleprompter,” said Bush. “I was like, ‘F–k the speech I wrote. I’m just going to talk. I could see their faces in the back of the room. They were like, ‘Oh my God.’ I was like, ‘It’ll be fine.’”

Soon it was back to business on the carpet. Asked about her dress, Crew shrugged, “I’m the worst person ever. I forgot to look at the tag. They’re going to kill me.” She promised to have it down by Monday when she walks her first ever Emmy carpet. “I made the mistake of deciding to wear a white dress. I’m like, ‘God, that’s not a forgiving color. I’ve really got to be on point with that one,’ but I’m excited.”

Inside the party, nominee reunions were in order. Washington hung out by the bar with Dunham while Schilling sat on a plush couch with Brownstein. Other attendees at the Samsung Galaxy- and Mercedes-Benz-sponsored affair included Lea Michele, Angie Harmon, Peyton List, Cat Deeley, James Marsden, and Selena Gomez, who kept close to her “Rudderless” co-star William H. Macy and his wife Felicity Huffman.

The night began to wind down just past eleven with Dunham playfully snapping a picture of her “Girls” producer Jenni Konner playing dead on the event’s by then-empty carpet. “I could not be more excited about this Instagram photo,” Dunham told Konner. “I captioned it: ‘Jenni Konner kills the red carpet.’”

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