The Emmy Awards are coming right up (Monday night, on NBC), so we should be seeing at least a few smashing frocks trailing along the red carpet. Here’s one of my favorites from last year’s Emmys: Christina Hendricks, wearing a simple and timeless black Christian Siriano gown. (She commented on the red carpet that the dress made her think of a John Singer Sargent painting — “Portrait of Madame X,” I’m guessing.) She looked stunning — and not a bit like Joan Holloway Harris, the role she’s played with cool perfection for six-and-a-half seasons of “Mad Men.” Will she finally win an Emmy this year, in her fifth nomination? And will she manage to find a dress that’s anywhere near as good as this one? The suspense is killing me.

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