Last night the 85th annual Golden Globes Award ceremony was hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association at the Beverley Hilton Hotel. I am an unapologetic fan of Red Carpet Season — some watch football, others the stock market and we: fashion. Hollywood red carpet season commences officially with the Golden Globes, includes the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards and ends with the Superbowl of fashion frenzy: The Academy Award (Oscar) red carpet. Here’s the Best, the Almost There and the Not Quite of Golden Globes fashion as I saw it. None of these opinions are meant to disrespect, in anyway, the artists who are wearing the looks, the artists who created the pieces or the artists who put together the ensembles.
The night’s least laudable looks:
Rachel Weisz in Louis Vuitton
It’s nice enough from the thigh up but the sheer and solid fabric look so awkwardly paired mid-thigh; such a stark transition from heavy to light . A poor choice for such a gorgeous woman who is usually right on the mark!
Amanda Seyfried in Givenchy
The dress, in and of itself, is quite lovely. But Ms. Seyfried is simply not WEARING it. It takes a lot to make a piece by Tisci look so uninspired and insipid. Imagine what Rooney Mara would have done for this dress
Sophia Vegara in Michael Cinco
She’s a bombshell but frankly, have we not seen her in the same sweetheart-neckline-fitted-mermaid/trumpet -cut dress 1345890 times before? Change is good”, Jodi Foster said, “change is good!”
Guiliana Rancic in someone Greek
I read a book when I was in middle school about a girl who wore a choker and when the choker was taken off, her head fell right off her neck. That’s all I kept imagining looking at Guiliana in Dowager Countess, Cousin Violet’s favourite funeral frock.
Amy Poehler in Stella McCartney
I LOVE Amy Poehler: she’s hilarious. I LOVE a woman in tux and even have Helmut Newton’s rendering of YSL’s Le Smoking hanging above my TV. I do not, however, love this McCartney capri pants suit. A full length trouser and/or a less garish pair of shoes may have done the trick. The necklace, while beautiful, kills the clean chic of the tuxedo jacket. And then her hairstylist betrayed her…
Alyssa Milano in Ports 1961
It’s as shame her lionshead clutch is not visibile in this photo for it is the only redeeming thing about this look. The fabric looks so cheap, the cut is so matronly and unflattering and the whole look is just befuddling. Ugh
Debra Messing in Donna Karan
Such an unappealing incarnation of Belle (Beauty and the Beast)’s gold dinner dress. The numerous clunky cuffs further weigh down the already heavy look. I do adore Ms. Messing nonetheless
Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad
J.No! Jennifer Lopez is a gorgeous woman. I am simply sick of seeing her in these barely there numbers. Of course, Murad is not exactly your minimalist and rarely speaks to my understanding of what makes good fashion. I’d love to see J Lo in something more tasteful; she had such a hit with that Marchesa piece some Oscars ago.
Lena Dunham in Zac Posen
I’ve never watched Girls but I am eternally happy for the-offbeat-kid-living-out-their-dream Hollywood trope. Still, this look is all wrong. The colour is horrid, the shape is to Catherine Zeta for such a young spunky lady. I wish she’d chosen something fresher that didn’t appear so forced. What Zac Posen did for Naomi Watts, it did not do for her
Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture
The hair bemuses me only slightly less then the cone-cup bust throws me. What a let-down after the gorgeous Baywatch-inspired-elegance (I know, it is an oxymoron , but we love those) of last year’s Oscars
Julianne Hough in Monique Lhuillier
This dress is all over the damn place. The ruffles, the locust infestation of gold ?sprinkles?, the tulle. It is an exercise in the importance of editing. Her hair is making too loud a statement for a dress that is already yelling at us. Too.much
Tina Fey in L’Wren Scott
Hair and makeup: lovely. The dress? It’s so strangely aging on her. The length does not work because of the lace overlay. A solid colour may have been a different story . Nevertheless, she and Amy Poehler were THE best thing about last night’s ceremony
Zooey Deschanel in Oscar de la Renta and Kwiat pearls
Everything about this look gives me a toothache. Oscar is a legend but this dress is too sweet, the pearls are cloying, the ringlet ponytail , so saccharin. It’s all so contrived, Zooey looks like she is playing dressup as her favourite Disney character. For how to be a princess, please refer to Penelope Cruz’s 2009 Oscar Balmain gloriousness
Halle Berry in Atelier Versace
Such a breathtaking woman, such a tacky hodgepodge of a dress
Paved with Good Intentions…:
Save a quibble or two, these were notable looks for me
Jessica Chastain in Calvin Klein
At first glance, I loved this. This colour is sublime, especially paired with her hotly-hued hair. But alas, the bust region is so ill-fitting as to make her appear wide. So close. Whatever, gingers are still my favourite! There is no doubt that Ms. Chastain is a luminous talent.
Kate Hudson in Alexander McQueen
Slamming silhouette and fits like a glove
I actually adore this hard and heavy neck-brace-like embellishment McQueen’s Sarah Burton has carried on Alexander’s exquisite detailing. The silhouette of the dress is perfect but alas, the belt– a remarkable piece on its on– takes the look from edgy and new age to 80s and bathetic (okay, that’s a bit hyperbolic). It really is only a small quibble: Ms. Hudson looks beautiful. I’d just like to have seen a different belt
Kerry Washington in Miu Miu
My friend Kof and I have a saying: Miuccia can do no wrong. This Miu Miu dress is the definition of chic. I love the monochromatic thing she’s doing all around and I want her Prada shoes and clutch. But dear God, this hair! It is limp and vapid and sucks the life out of what could have been another stellar look from the gorgeous glamourous woman.
Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen
It’s a nice dress but it’s not wow on her. What is missing? I am not certain. But here is another hair offender, though the mane actually looks tamer in this photo than it did on screen.
Lucy Liu in Carolina Herrera
I took a lot for me to admit I liked this garden of a gown. But it is beautiful. And it looks glorious on her. I wish she’d worn her hair differently. What can I say, I like juxtaposition: why do the girly hairstyle with floral frock?
Nene Leakes in Carolina Herrera
Nene Leakes pulled a Herrera. No literally: she’es wearing Carolina Herrera’s own uniform and I do say, it’s lovely. I am not all together familiar with Ms. Leake’s fashion, yet this surprised me–pleasantly. It’s still not quite as riveting as Tilda Swinton at the Globes in 2011 in the yellow floor-length Jil Sander skirt paired with white shirt: that was minimalist perfection
Sienna Miller in Erdem
It’s quirky and that’s her thing. I love the vintage mod feel of the cut and (though it may not be apparent in the photo) her makeup up job was flawless. Still, it is not giving Tilda or Cate operatic tea which is what I prefer if one decides to go gutsy on us
The best looks of the night.
Anne Hathaway in Chanel Haute Couture
It’s beautiful and demure. She’s doing the gamine thing justice. Well played
Claire Danes in Atelier Versace
Halle Berry, take notes: this is how to wear Versace. It’s simple and elegant–which I have come to expect from Ms. Danes– and her hair is everything! Glorious!
Julianna Margulies in Emilio Pucci
It’s so nice to see her wear someone other than her good friend Narciso Rodriguez. I love the colour and fabric of the dress, the cutout back is beautiful; she looks so statuesque. Always a fan of the snatched back to the Gawds ponytail paired with a red lip. A lesson in how to work severity.
Katharine McPhee in Theyseken’s Theory
How I have missed Theyskens. I remember when he was wreathing Reese Witherspoon in ethereal glory for the red carpets some years back. This look is so different from all of that but it proves the same point: he understands the female body. Mcphee looks pure badass sexy and I adore the shoes. J Lo: take notes
Michelle Dockery in Alexandre Vauthier Couture
This is where Julianne Hough needs to get out her notepad. This is how to wear white with gold embellishment. The look is elegant, while the structured shoulder brings modernity to what could have been a matronly look. Her hair is flawless and her earrings are perfect. A look fit for a lady
Dame Helen Mirren in Badgley Mischka
Dame.Helen. Mirren. Ugh. This is my drag mother. Perfect hair, perfect dress. Perfect perfect. And I don’t even like Badgley Mischka
Julianne Moore in Tom Ford
The string is more about function than aesthetic. It could have done without it, but it hardly mars the gorgeous structure of the back of dress
I love black and white (refer to my first style post if you don’t believe me) and I live for Tom Ford. This look is exhibit 1 in my case. It’s unalloyed glamour. And those Bvlgari earrings: swoon. A striking look.