63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards: Governor’s Ball


63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Governor’s Ball Coverage

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The Governor’s Ball immediately following the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards was themed “Black and White with a Touch of Gold.” Emmy-gold that is. The grand ballroom of the Los Angeles Convention Center, where the myriad stars flocked to after the awards ceremony, displayed an amazing view of monochromatic contour schemes that enveloped the entire space.  From the lighting installations and Grey Goose bartenders in black and white costumes, to the floor patterns of the main stage where the house bands performed, this night captured chic at its finest, most twisted moment.

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Let’s not forget the stars! While the theme of the night was Black and White, there was definitely RED all throughout the event space.

Emmy winner of the night, Kate Winslet donned a stunning red cap-sleeve Elle Sab gown.

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The “Vampire Diaries” star Nina Dobrev was red hot in a strapless Donna Karen number.

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“Glee” sweetheart Lea Michelle dressed in a fiery low-draped back gown designed by Marchesa.

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Gwyneth Paltrow in Sequin Embellished Two Piece Pucci Dress

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Kelly Osborne in J Mendel Plum Offset Strap Dress

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And although she wasn’t wearing red, Emmy’s host of the evening Jane Lynch was still the belle of the Governor’s Ball, when after four outfit changes she finally settled nicely on a gorgeous metallic silver gown by David Meister.

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Let’s talk food. Going strong for the past 13 years, Joachim Splichal’s Patina Group Restaurant has prepared yet another decadent dinner for the 3,800 guests who attended the Governor’s Ball.

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First Entree: Windrose Farms tomatoes, rosemary and cherry wood grilled asparagus and fried gold potatoes.

Entrée: Filet mignon, gratin of macaroni with Vermont white cheddar, rainbow baby carrots, Cipollini onions, caramelized broccoli emulsion and oxtail bordelaise.

Dessert: Duncan Hines® milk chocolate brownie, chocolate blackberry cream, blackberry macaron, and chocolate rice crisp with a honey sauce.

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And what’s a high-end dinner without a little over-the-top entertainment? Literally! Hovering in four areas over the event space were aerialists putting on a spectacular Cirque de Soleil style show for the audience as they wined and dined. (Talk about grandstanding!)

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Photo: Noel Vasquez, Getty Images

On one end of the ballroom behind the Grey Goose ice bar was an enigmatic “Bubble girl” who rocked to the house music in a one-story high skirt as huge bubbles streamed from behind her.

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Photo: Noel Vasquez, Getty Images

Now that you have the exclusive insider on this year’s Primetime Emmy Award’s Governor’s Ball, go visit our other pages for the food recipes, best dressed celebrities and how to throw an after party like a Red Carpet superstar.

Red Carpet Tips writer Nikki Edenedo.