It was an interesting Golden Globes this year. There was an impressive stock of high quality movies and particularly good TV this last year, and all with stellar, A-list casts. That always makes for a glamourous Awards season as they try to out wit, out dress and ultimately win! Or… you could just trip up people before they even got in like Madonna did to poor Jessica Biel….maybe it was just a clever pr trick to get Jessica’s flash bulbs turning in her direction! Either way, considering that Madge is more than 20 years her senior (yes…seriously!) I think that she probably won this spat at least – even if she may have had some tweaks and tucks to enhance her look.
There has already been plenty of focus on the fashion trends spilling from the screen. Pick an era and an icon and there was plenty to reference. From Marilyn to Wallis Simpson and elegant looks in the Great Gatsby and the Artist we will be spoiled for choice at the cinemas. It will be a race to copy the inspiring costumes.
The copycat designers waiting with needles in hand would do well to look at the style on the screen too as we are as inspired by that as the young starlets in their homogenized looks on the red carpet.
Nobody wants to be wearing a dud dress when they pick up their award so the nominees have to make an extra effort to get it right. Every time their name is mentioned that image will be dragged out. Definitely not the time to be experimenting with new looks. Think timeless and superior here….you must dress as if you have already won.
Which leads to very curious viewing. But don’t forget the guys here. With the nominees including (our own…well kinda!) George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Leonardo di Caprio and (definitely ours..) Michael Fassbender it made the event even more viewable….if you know what I mean…phew!
They all looked handsome and well turned out as usual but then there’s not much margin for error here. Tie or bow tie? I do think Brad should keep his walking stick though….it’s a good look… Do we really even care what the girls wore?
Oh, ok then. Fashionably speaking, it was mostly top notch looks with only a few getting it disastrously wrong. There were lots of safe looks that may have dipped into bland territory but the ones that shone upped the style tempo enough to keep in interesting.
Unfortunately, for poor Kelly Osbourne, her look got slated with blogs going into overdrive as she posed on the carpet in her blue gown. She may have slipped under the radar if she wasn’t part of Joan Rivers Fashion Police Posse. Ah…backlash..ouch.. It really wasn’t a great frock for anyone. The tailoring was lack lustre and the sleeves even looked uncomfortable as they pinned her arms down. Also, a bra would have added some needed shape. On another note, I think the grey hair trend only works if it is styled in a more edgy way. Hey, she looks happy though!
There were lots of girls who got the blue mood right though. Helen Mirren rocked as usual (take note young wans..). Her ruffle skirted Badgley Mischka dress was a master class. Deep plunge and wrap with a nipped in waist and covered arms, and an uplifting hairstyle to drive home the message. Worthy of a standing ovation.
You can’t highlight the blues though and not mention Sofia Vergara who oozed sex appeal in her stunning fishtail, strapless gown. Although, I suspect it’s her curves we are more enamoured by than the actual dress. Let’s face it, she would probably have looked hot in any frock. One of my favourite looks came in the guise of Tilda Swinton. This lady never conforms to glamour and doesn’t strike me as the kind of girl who cares what we think. But..she looked amazing. Her baby blue skirt and nipped in jacket hit all the right notes. You know when you think that you’d like to wear it yourself that it’s nailed it. I even loved her bleached bouffant.
There were the usual nude tones and bridal bustles. Some got it right, I liked Heidi Klum’s Calvin Klein backless sheath dress that she lifted with turquoise statement jewelry. Her hair was a bit disheveled but she looked fresh and laid back. I wasn’t a fan of Charlize Theron’s nude Dior couture gown. But, then I don’t think Charlize is a fan of it either judging by her expression. The navel skimming front and deep plunging back looked awkward and I spotted her adjusting the straps during a few interviews. Also, the high split didn’t work with the fussy bow. Just too much hard work. I thought Elle MacPherson looked stunning but thought the dress didn’t suit her personality – it was a bit frothy for this slick gal. She looks hot though.
Speaking of personality… I thought Angelina Jolie’s ensemble was striking and I loved that she had some fun with the red trims and styling but I’m just not sure that I’m convinced she pulled off this vampy playful look. Maybe, it’s just because she looks sculpted into the dress and can’t breathe but she looked so serious in all the photos…my God woman…you have Brad on your arm and a night away from the kids..loosen up..
Monochrome was worked to perfection by Claire Danes. How great does she look lately? Her black and white gown with cutout back looked fab. The shoulder details added some extra punch to her dress and figure. Kate Winslet, who let me just say, rarely gets it wrong could have done better by following Claire’s colourway and dropping the black to her bottom half as it wasn’t as flattering. Trying to champion a British designer may have swayed her choice, but ultimately it has to make you feel good and I’m not getting that from her.
Salma Hayek looked curvelicious in her Art Deco inspired Gucci. Figure flattering and on trend with it’s metallic sheen. Nicole Richie’s Julian MacDonald gown was fresh and glamourous while stepping up her usual boho look. Her 60’s inspired ponytail gave the lift it needed. One of my favourite looks.
Now all they have to do is find something different to wear to the other award ceremonies…yikes…no pressure….swap shop anyone?
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