WHAT a knock out.

This is how you kick start the 2011 Emmy Awards.

Usually we have to wait a while for a magic moment, but Nina Dobrev served up a stunning red Donna Karan Resort 2012 gown right from the start.

I’m not usually a fan of Nina’s one-trick pony style, but she will most definitely book herself a place on the Best Dressed list, which I can confidently say after only seeing a few looks.

In black the strapless gown is so so, in red…I die.

Side swept glossy locks, a stunning silver Neil Lane necklace, Brian Atwood heels and clutch completed the look.

This is the one to beat.

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