Red Carpet Chronicles: The Golden Globes

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 Unforgiven:

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

Heavenly Creatures:

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

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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

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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.

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  1. Natasha as usual I agree with most of what you said except I loved that belt with the Kate Hudson “Alex Mc” ensemble. I thought it pulled the whole thing together quite nicely. especially with the darker black velvet looking material its made of.

    • Aya,
      Thanks for reading. I definitely agree that a belt was needed pull the look together but this, very beautiful belt, was not it for me. Agree to disagree? 🙂


  2. Keegan

    I cannot see anything perfect about Dame Helen Mirren in Badgley Mischka. The studs on the arms and the odd pattern swiveling about her torso look retched. However the shape of the dress is on point!

    • Hi Keegan, I believe the swivels are precisely what emphasise the shape of the dress (and whittle down her waist by exaggerating the shoulder: midsection ratio). It’s an age appropriate look without taking itself too seriously, I find. Thank you for the nuanced, and hilarious, review however. And thanks for stopping by.


  3. I have to agree with that last comment. The dress just isn’t the greatest, but the shape actually suits her and doesn’t look like its too young for her. Something more plain perhaps? and a sturdier fabric. I just don’t really like that fabric…

  4. Nnenna

    Positively entertaining! I was surprised when Anne Hathaway made your short list because I remember how much you ADORE her, especially in The Devil Wears Prada. Although I’m not one for studded fashion I do love Helen Mirren in that dress. I must be the only one who loved Lucy Liu’s full look from head to toe. I could just put her in a swing and serenade her until she falls asleep and I gently lay her in a bed of butterflies. Sigh…LL is obv one of my girl crushes.

    • Hi Nnenna,

      Is that sarcasm re: Anne? Yes, she wasn’t my favourite actress and still is not but her stylist is doing wonders for her and absolutely deserves a raise! Lucy is certainly crush worthy but we know where my allegiances lie as far as girl crushes go.


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