Claire Danes, Allison Williams, Kiernan Shipka: Best Pre-Emmy looks

Claire Danes, Allison Williams, Kiernan Shipka: Best Pre-Emmy looks
The best pre-Emmy party red carpet looks this weekend, as worn by, from left, Claire Danes, Allison Williams and Kiernan Shipka. (Getty Images)

The Emmys red carpet race doesn't officially kick off until Sunday afternoon, but the fashion show really started in L.A. over weekend, with a swirl of pre-awards-show parties and photo ops.

The best looks of the weekend captured the fun, flirty 1950s vibe running through fashion right now. That meant dresses with short or tea-length full skirts and festive prints. (At fashion week, one of the most popular looks among editors and bloggers in the front row was a very Audrey Hepburn-looking white, button-down shirt tucked into a full, knee-length or below skirt.)

At the Showtime Emmy Eve Soiree, "Homeland" star Claire Danes looked impeccable as always in a Lanvin strapless butterfly effect jacquard dress with full skirt from the French fashion house's fall-winter 2013 collection.

Meanwhile, at the BAFTA Tea, "Girls" actress Allison Williams wore a cheerful botanical print dress from the spring-summer 2014 Oscar de la Renta collection, shown on the runway just days ago during New York Fashion Week.

And 13-year-old Kiernan Shipka gave big exposure to the reemerging Spanish brand Delpozo at the Vanity Fair/Maybelline AMC "Mad Men" party. The architectural, double-faced wool dress from the fall Delpozo collection by creative director Josep Font was quirky and cute. I noted in my review of the Delpozo spring collection last week that the brand is a perfect fit for young Hollywood. Let's hope we see more of it on the red carpet.