So I will admit right up front I have not yet watched the Emmy telecast.  I had tickets to the Blue Rodeo concert in Stanley Park tonight.  And yes, Jim Cuddy and Greg Keeler take precedence.  And I trust my PVR will save it for me to watch later in the week.

In the meantime I have reviewed the online photos of many of lovely ladies over 40  who were nominated, presented or just looked fantastic walking the red carpet.  I have some favourites (I usually do).  How about you?  Please let me know in the comments which ones you love and which ones should fire their stylists.

Overall the Emmy fashion is never quite as luxurious or stunning as the Oscars.  The stars of Television usually wear gorgeous dresses in early fall appropriate rich colours and texture. The over 40 set usually plays it a little safer than the young starlets.   This year was no different, with lots of eggplant, navy blues and black on the red carpet.  There was also a continuation of the pale pinks and taupes from the spring award show season.   And a new trend for patterned dresses, some worked.  Some didn't.   Thankfully there was the odd shot of colour.

My favourite this year may be coloured by my love of Glee.  But I thought Jane Lynch looked stunning.  In the past she has downplayed her red carpet fashion.  But last night she dressed like the the Emmy winner she is.  At the bottom of my list in the "WTF" category was Rita Wilson.

I am also going to point out that there are a number of women who looked fantastic on the red carpet, who are just a year or two shy of the "dreaded" Fashion Forward 40 club.  These include Julie Benz (Dexter and Angel), Jessalyn Gilsig (Glee), Brooke Burke (Dancing with the Stars) and Amy Poehler (too many to mention).

Photo sources: WWD, InStyle and TMZ