Everybody Loves Emmy

updated 10/06/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/06/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

SARAH JESSICA PARKER
CHANEL
"It reminded me of cotton candy," says Parker of her pink-couture confection. "I can't believe I got to wear it."

DEBRA MESSING
ELIE SAAB
Her metallic gown (and Jimmy Choo purse) "made me happy," says Messing, adding that she "feels like a modern Rita Hayworth."

WHERE WAS MICHAEL VARTAN?
Garner's Alias boyfriend "was probably just at his house," says his rep. "Michael is very shy."

EDIE FALCO
VERA WANG
Falco usually wears black but wanted "something different." She donned Stephen Russell earrings.

ALICIA SILVERSTONE
LILY ET CIE COUTURE
"It is just pretty and nice. I love white," says Silverstone, who passed on using double-sided tape. "I have to be careful when I bend down."

JENNIFER GARNER
NARCISO RODRIGUEZ
Garner sparkled in Neil Lane diamonds but was also beaming because "I'm a proud daughter to be with my parents," Bill and Pat Garner.

FASHION

MARG HELGENBERGER
DONNA KARAN
"I was going for a comfortable look," she says.

CHRISTINA APPLEGATE
VALENTINO
Choosing between Neil Lane and Kwiat jewelry, "I wore it all."

KIM CATTRALL
ARMANI
She tried on 16 dresses, picking a "sophisticated but sexy" gown.

Emmy on eBay
Celebs are auctioning their duds for charity. "It's time we start giving back" says Clothes Off Our Back co-creator Jane Kaczmarek. The top bids so far:

JENNIFER ANISTON
Halston
gown $3,650

COURTENEY COX ARQUETTE ARQUETTE
Carolina Herrera
gown $1,075

ELLEN DEGENERES
Celine tux $1,125

EDIE FALCO
Vera Wang gown
$1,075

JAMES GANDOLFINI
tux $930

BRAD GARRETT
Novex of Beverly Hills tux $510

JANE KACZMAREX
Reem Acra gown
$1,000

MATTHEW PERRY
Zegna suit $710

HANG TIME: CHANDELIER EARRINGS

JULIETTE LEWIS
NEIL LANE

PATRICIA HEATON
SONYA OOTEN

JANE KACZMAREK
REEM ACRA SALON

DEBRA MESSING
H. STERN

KRISTIN DAVIS
FRED LEIGHTON
"They're rather heavy, but they're worth it," says Davis

ALLISON JANNEY
BADGLEY MISCHKA
"I've never worn this bright a color," says Janney, "but I have the right amount of suntan."

WANDA SYKES
BRADLEY BAYOU FOR HALSTON
Despite her "nice, soft" look, "inside I'm still me," she said.

CYNTHIA NIXON
HALSTON
Her dress made the flu-stricken Nixon "feel good."

I was a bad boy," says Dulé Hill (with his Valentino-clad West Wing costar Janel Moloney), who slept in until 10 a.m., skipping his usual pre-awards show ritual of attending church.

WHY DID BILL COSBY WEAR SUNGLASSES?
"I didn't feel like taking them off," said the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award winner of his Jack Nicholson-like appearance.

DID PAULA ABDUL HAVE BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S?
Yes. "She wanted a cross between Cinderella and Audrey Hepburn," says her hairstylist Frederick Parnell.

BEHIND THE SCENES

SUNDAY
6 A.M.
Seamstresses begin reworking Poppy (Without A Trace) Montgomery's Richard Tyler gown after its zipper broke the previous evening. They replace it with a lace-up back closure just in time for her 9 a.m. final fitting.

8:07 AM.
Will & Grace's Shelley Morrison lights a soy candle for Debra Messing, hoping her castmate will finally win an Emmy. (She does.)

9 A.M.
Alicia Silverstone starts her day with a vegan breakfast. "I had butternut squash and leeks and yummy mushrooms," she says. "I also woke up with a green drink of cucumbers, parsley, kale, that kind of stuff."

12 P.M.
The Shield's Michael Chiklis shaves his head "so as not to suffer 8 o'clock shadow, if you will."

2 P.M.
A repairman arrives at Six Feet Under star Michael C. Hall's home to fix his fridge.

5 P.M.
Kristin Davis is stuck on the red carpet and doesn't make it inside the Shrine Auditorium in time for the first award, comedy supporting actress. (Nominee Megan Mullally barely makes it after getting out of her limo blocks away and hoofing it.) "If one of my costars had won, and I had not been there," Davis says, "I would've been in big trouble." But Kim Cattrall and Cynthia Nixon lose to Doris Roberts.

6 P.M.
An hour into the ceremony, Ray Romano's wife, Anna, notices that her husband is wearing his sock inside out. Says Romano: "She looked at me and said, 'Damn you, Lucy'—my mother, who she blames for not teaching me how to dress."

8:40 P.M.
Walking out of the Governor's Ball, James Gandolfini struggles with his cell phone. "I've got to get a new one of these," he grumbles.

10:15 P.M.
A lost Patricia Heaton and husband Dave wander around backstage. "How do we get to the limo pickup?" she asks. "Is anybody out here?"

11:05 P.M.
At the TV Guide party, Dennis Franz's wife, Joanie, complains as her husband meets the press. "Dennis wants to talk to everybody," she says, "and all I want to do is get to a bathroom."

11:31 P.M.
Ryan Seacrest arrives at the Entertainment Tonight/Glamour party. "I came just to see the Bangles," he says, as the band promptly ends their set. "Damn! I can't believe I just missed them."

12:45 A.M.
At the HBO party, Sopranos producer Martin Bruestle conducts business with Queer Eye groomer Kyan Douglas: "Should I use hair gel?" Replies Douglas: "A really light gel might not be so bad for you."

1:25 A.M.
After holding court with Courteney Cox Arquette Arquette, David Arquette, Rob Lowe and Mike Myers at the HBO party for two hours, Jennifer Aniston heads for the exit arm in arm with Lowe and pals.

MONDAY
6 A.M.
There's no victory vacation for winner Joe Pantoliano, who reports to work on CBS's The Handler. "The good news is I won," he says. "The bad news is I have a 6 a.m. call time."

WHERE WAS BRAD PITT?
Aniston's husband was on location in Los Cabos, Mexico, filming Troy.

HBO'S POST-EMMY PARTY
From top left, Arquette (with Aniston) had a Friendly request: "They need to turn the music up," she said;
Parker provided service with a smile; and Davis cheeked in with Sex and the City husband Evan Handler.

THE GOVERNOR'S BALL
After the ceremony James Gandolfini (left) spoke softly and carried a big Emmy, while Carson Kressley (who said he was "getting a little worked up over" Ray Romano) kept his Queer Eye on Will & Grace's Megan Mullally.

WHY IS MEGAN MULLALLY SO HAPPY?
She got married the day before (see Scoop, p. 22).

WHAT'S UP WITH JAMES GANDOLFINI'S BUTTON?
It was in support of pal Joe Renna, a candidate for office in Union County, N.J.

CELEB CAM

America Online asked celebs to document Emmy day (in return, AOL is donating money to Bono's charity DATA). Some star snaps:

MARG HELGENBERGER
Nominated for best actress in a drama, the CSI star paused for a peaceful moment on the red carpet.

RANDY JACKSON
En route to the ceremony, the American Idol judge enjoyed a Simon-free moment with wife Erika.

BRADLEY WHITFORD
He found Debra Messing picking up her Emmy (the one used onstage is a prop) backstage.

JOE PANTOLIANO
The Sopranos winner (below) welcomed his newest passenger (above).

ALLISON JANNEY
A pal captured the West Wing nominee "listening to music and relaxing" at home as Avril began her makeup job.

Jason Lynch
Carrie Bell, Rachel Biermann, Sean Daly, Alison Singh Gee, Amy Gurvitz, William Keck, Marisa Laudadio, Kwala Mandel, Dana Meltzer and Brenda Rodriguez in L.A.

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