Celebs take few fashion risks

Celebrities played it safe on the red carpet. Are they tired of getting raked over the coals for poor fashion choices? Is it a sign of the slumping economy? Hard to say, but Sunday night, the valley between good and bad is fairly shallow.

Sure, there were some missteps, such as Rachel Griffith's chocolate brown maxi-dress with little accessorizing. The “Brothers & Sisters” star might have been going for a laid-back vibe, but her look was so relaxed, it would have been acceptable for running errands.

Metallics were well represented in a variety of styles. “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman was hip and chic with a blunt bob and fitted metallic dress. “Top Chef” co-host Padma Lakshmi looked stunning in a gold cocktail dress and chandelier earrings.

Most of the trends that will be popular this fall – lace, jewel tones and pastels – were shown and not always with the best results.

Cynthia Nixon looked like a sorbet dream in a light green Calvin Klein gown. But Jenna Fisher from “The Office” stumbled in her unflattering green Roman-inspired Gustavo Cadile gown.