Gilding the Emmy

updated 09/26/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/26/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

THE TALK AT LAST WEEK'S EMMY AWARDS MAY HAVE BEEN BLUE—as in "How could NYPD Blue not win for best drama?"—but the fashion watchword for the evening was jet black. Melrose Place hussy Heather Locklear turned heads in a peekaboo black blouse and tulip skirt by Richard Tyler. "I had to ride in the limousine standing up through the sunroof because the dress was so tight," she said. Seinfeld's Julia Louis-Dreyfus went vintage with a strapless black gown from Chanel.

And the blackout wasn't limited to women. "I'm in mourning for not winning anything," quipped Garry Shandling of his black shirt with black tux ensemble. NYPD Blue's Dennis Franz, who did take home an award for best actor in a drama, arrived equally dark-hued.

Still, there were some mavericks. Blue's Gail O'Grady was the lady in red. Mask-man Jim Carrey donned a mustard yellow blazer for a postshow party at Spago. Michelle Pfeiffer, with hubby David Kelley, creator of Picket Fences, showed up in a shimmery silver halter dress. At the HBO bash at Morton's, Sisters' Swoosie Kurtz flitted about in a skimpy, silver Carmen Marc Valvo gown she described as "kind of a Harlow dress." And Murphy Brown's Faith Ford went for a heavy metal look. "It's just this kind of blue mesh thing," said Ford of her Donna Karan sheath. "But it's supposed to look like chain mail."

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