Apparently there was a time when the Golden Globes was more about film, television and acting than fashion. With the exception of the controversy over whether British host, Ricky Gervais was too “racy” or not, this year’s 68th Annual Golden Globes fashion seemed more underwhelming than in the past. Key colors were flesh and nude tones, rich greens, red, black, pinks and blues. Lots of asymmetric shoulder details with large bows and ruffles, as well as the usual bedazzling and sparkle. And now, for the notable best dressed…
Mad Men star, January Jones sported this sexy Versace number, which she said she saw on the runway in blue and asked the design house if they would make it in red for her, and voila! She looks stunning and glamorous, particularly with her old hollywood hairstyle.
Another Mad Men star, Elisabeth Moss was my favorite of the ever popular sea of green dresses on the red carpet this year. This strapless Donna Karan number gave a feel of sophistication topped off with elegant pleating details.
And now, for the “what happened here?” category…
Nominated for her role in The King’s Speech, Helena Bonham Carter stole the show for worst dressed in this over-designed Vivienne Westwood printed gown with applied tulle. In addition to the proportions being wrong for her frame, and her hair style resembling a bird’s nest, the miss-matched shoes were a silly ending to an already challenged look.
Usually we love the style of Michelle Williams, who before this year’s nomination for Blue Valentine, had been somewhat of a style icon since her 1950’s elegant flair in An Education. She has always been too close to the line of appearing matronly for her age, but in this Valentino gown (which she said was “slightly adapted” for her), the actress looked more like the mother of the bride at a flower power wedding.
Gossip Girl’s typically fashionable Leighton Meester has struck out with this long-sleeved printed Burberry gown. The tiny framed young actress could have opted for something more age and weather appropriate (it was 80 degrees) for starters, but the dress also looked like it was too big for her and the color washed her out.
And now for notable trends…
1) LONG SLEEVES
In addition to Leighton’s Burberry number, long-sleeved gowns seemed to be a common trend amongst more than the usual over 50 set this year. Here we have Anne Hathaway in a nude toned Giorgio Armani Prive with piattes, Julianne Moore in a striking fuchsia one-sleeved Lanvin, and Angelina Jolie in kelly green beaded Versace.
Angelina and Elisabeth Moss weren’t the only ones green with envy this year, but tones of the hue seemed to dominate the red carpet from Catherine Zeta-Jones’ strapless Monique Lhuillier in emerald to Mila Kunis‘ asymmetric jewel-toned Vera Wang.
And speaking of asymmetry, Leah Michelle and Sandra Bullock weren’t alone in sporting the one-shouldered look this season. A pregnant Jane Krakowski in Badgley Mischka, Eddie Falco in a slick red Valentino, and Julie Bowen in Tadashi Shoji with asymmetric rosettes, were just a handful of one-shouldered starlets.
Jennifer Lawrence, Julie Bowen and Mila Kunis only scrapped the surface with this major trend of ruffles, rosettes, bows or some “froo froo” element added to their gown for the evening. Christina Hendricks prominently wore this trend in her red Romona Keveza, as did Heidi Klum at the waist of her beachy Marc Jacobs frock, and Amy Adams on her navy Marchesa, floor sweeping gown.
5) BLACK TRAINS
Speaking of floor sweeping gowns, hemlines seemed to lengthen and extend to trains in elegant blacks this year. Count on Halle Berry to give a body conscious look like this lingerie-esq Nina Ricci with a sheer trane, not quite as subdued as Eva Longoria‘s Zac Posen take on the hemline trend, followed by a bedazzled Marc Bower train in noir worn by Melissa Leo.
And finally the trend that keeps on shining – bling! Angelina and Anne Hathaway gave us head to toe (and wrist) dazzle with their sequined looks, Melissa Leo gave it to us sweeping the floor, but no red carpet is truly a red carpet without an array of shine. Amber Riley looked lovely in this gunmetal sequined Oliver Tolentino, and Scarlett Johansson took a more tonal approach with small beading in this Elie Saab dress, but none of them shined like Olivia Wilde in this extra bedazzled Marchesa gown.
Now, the 14k gold Christian Louboutin spiked heels were taking the bling to a whole other level that made the bedazzled princess seem like a futuristic punk underneath it all, but hey, who are we to steal someone’s shine?