The first big award show is behind us so you know what that means – fashion criticism by the gallon. Skim through these looks from last night’s Golden Globes then click on the links to find celebrity approved looks and hot new styles to add to your closet!
Kate Hudson – Versace – Arguably one of the best of the night, Kate Hudson nailed this white hot look with its exquisite fit and flawless styling. The plunging neckline would suggest an excellent place for a necklace but Kate intelligently forwent one and allowed the crystal embroidery at the sides to provide a comparable effect. A few more diamond baubles, a white clutch, and low chignon finished this gorgeous look.
Emily Blunt – Michael Kors – Many stars attempt the Greek Goddess look hoping to create an ethereal effect while still trying to inject their personal style into this award season standard. Emily wowed in a criss-cross bodice dress permitting peeks of skin at the shoulders and beneath the bust. Diamond and aquamarine sparklers added a hint of color and complimented the blue eyed beauty’s natural make-up.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Narciso Rodriguez – Julia often chooses the Cuban-American’s streamlined designs and this flattering white number with an embellished bodice couldn’t be a better fit. Albeit a simple cut, the VEEP actress was practically glowing with her smoky eyes, relaxed hair, and gorgeous drop earrings.
Salma Hayek – Alexander McQueen – White brocade with a silver chrome belt? Feather shaped diamond earrings and a floral hair clip? A bejeweled clutch and massive diamond pieces covering her hand? Salma oddly managed to pull this uber-accessorized look off though, perhaps, would have benefited from removing an addition or two to lighten the overall feel of this red carpet offering. Not bad at all, but not great.
Kristen Wiig – Delphine Manivet – Her cute bob and fresh makeup couldn’t save the comedienne from this bland look. The off-the-shoulder element is spot on but the textile looks like a tablecloth and the uninspired accessories further deflate any effort the actress made to appear pretty and polished. Perhaps a swept back hair do, bold statement earrings, and a colored lip would have elevated this poor dress to something higher than ho hum resort-wear.
Rosamund Pike – Vera Wang Collection – Do we give the British actress a pass on the strange fit of the bust since she recently gave birth to her second child a month ago? Had her chest been properly contained her beautiful, strappy back Vera Wang dress could have been a stunner. At least her hair and makeup looked splendid.
Sienna Miller – Miu Miu – Ever the bohemian, the British beauty opted for a creamy look adorned with floral appliques and embroidery. She kept her look unfussy, yet feminine with a few diamond bracelets, chandelier earrings, a champagne satin clutch, natural makeup, and an expertly mussed bob.
Jemima Kirke – Rosie Assoulin – A silvery crop top featuring a cape-like construction paired with a crisp white floor length skirt is not what we’ve come to expect from the British “Girls” actress. Her well styled ensemble could have benefited from either a bit of steaming or a touch more tailoring at the waist but otherwise, Jemima was a pleasant surprise. Her midi rings, shimmering stud earrings, and smoldering dark eye finished the look nicely.
Tina Fey – Antonio Berardi – We expected more from you Tina. Black & white is a classic combo and the beaded embellishments are a nice touch but the odd horizontal seam at the wide hem and unfortunately cropped cut ruin this dress. At least her black and white on-stage looks were better – especially her lady tux.
Keira Knightley – Chanel – She may be pregnant but we can’t abide by this terrible dress. The butterflies and feathers are an interesting pattern but that awful lace bib and matching tiered hemline affirm this piece as an utter frump-fest. From the neck up and wrists down she looks lovely though…
Amy Adams – Versace – Would you have guessed that this icy slate blue dress was from one of the gutsiest designers in the business? Yea, neither did we. The color is quite beautiful against the actress’s complexion but the silhouette and styling are too familiar and too standard for us to get behind this dull look.
Lana Del Rey – Vintage Travilla – Tragic. Barbie hair, unflattering accordion pleats, and a droopy bow do not an acceptable Golden Globes look make.
Felicity Jones – Dior – “The Theory of Everything” actress swept onto the red carpet with the utmost of elegance sporting this jewel tone creation featuring a brilliantly tailored construction. A subtle smoky eye, side swept up-do, and eye-catching earrings completed Felicity’s impressive offering.
Amy Poehler – Stella McCartney / Natasha Lyonne – Reem Acra – Much like her co-host, Amy’s worst dress was the one she wore during the arrivals portion of the evening. The bright cobalt color did little to relieve the drab look of this piece. Natasha’s dress was a scotch too tight and her face could have used a bit more color to balance her pale complexion against the strong hue.
Katherine Heigl – Zac Posen – Making a wonderful return to the red carpet after a long hiatus, Katherine was the epitome of understated glamor in a rich navy Zac Posen design sporting his signature construction skills throughout. Soft side swept curls, natural makeup, coordinating drop earrings, and a smattering of art deco diamond jewels upped her Old Hollywood lean.
Claire Danes – Valentino Couture – Infuriating. She owns a unique beauty, she’s intelligent & well spoken, an excellent actress, and is the star of a hit show. There is no excuse to leave your house in a poorly fitting piece of couture and sad hair. The colors are not altogether a bad choice but the terrible fit at the bust and that depressing hair-do negate whatever wonder she could have conjured in this uniquely embellished dress.
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Zosia Mamet – Andrew Gn – There’s something amok with Zosia’s bustier corset top dress. Maybe the colors are too similar to be paired together. Perhaps her indecisive hair color is throwing us off. Could it be the lukewarm styling? It’s all of the above that makes this boring dress both odd and forgettable.
Chrissy Teigen – Zuhair Murad – The wide neckline, scooped back, flattering color, and ornate beadwork result in a fantastic gown which collectively enhance the Sports Illustrated model’s exotic beauty. Furthermore, Chrissy balanced the somewhat matronly amount of coverage with a playful wavy pony and a subtly made up face. Simple gems completed her look.
Camila Alves – Monique Lhuillier – The hair is too light, the dress is too simple, the makeup is too tame, and the styling is positively boring. We know she can do better.
Anna Kendrick – Monique Lhuillier – Perfect. Anna’s blush tinted tulle gown lit up the Golden Globes red carpet with deep pink rectangular sequins catching the light in the most beautiful way and a thin matching belt nipping her in at the waist for a flattering shape. A few diamond rings and glittering pink drop earrings were a superb compliment to her clean hair and makeup. Definitely one of the night’s best.
Maggie Gyllenhaal – Miu Miu – Her pixie cut looks great and her makeup is pretty good but that wilted bust is doing Maggie no favors. A statement necklace or pair of spectacular earrings would have certainly enlivened this dreary look.
Kerry Washington – Mary Katrantzou – The flattened bust and awkward side panels keep this dress from being one of Kerry’s better looks but the luminescent fabric and unexpected color are breathtaking against her skin. The shoes are confusing but her hair and makeup are to die for.
Lupita Nyong’o – Giambattista Valli Haute Couture – After her tour de force during last year’s award season, Lupita is back in top form with her purple printed gown and, as always, enviable makeup job. The blossom covered bodice fluttered when she walked while the rest of the dress created an airy effect fitting for the effervescent actress.
Katie Holmes – Marchesa – You would think Marchesa would turn out a piece worthy of an awards show and not one that might be confused with a bridesmaid’s dress. Alas, that was not the case here. Katie’s unnaturally long side pony tail and uninspired styling, which included neither a necklace nor earrings , was one of the biggest letdowns of the evening.
Diane Kruger – Emilia Wickstead – Showing off her hourglass figure, Diane sashayed along her red carpet walk channeling classic glamor in a silvery confection complete with softly sculpted waves, shimmering makeup, subtle diamond jewelry, and a tiled clutch in a contrasting neutral palette.
Reese Witherspoon – Calvin Klein Collection – She’s a beautiful woman in a beautiful dress but no new ground was broken here. For all the hype surrounding “Wild”, a punchier look seemed necessary but she served up classic Reese which is nothing short of well done.
Jennifer Lopez – Zuhair Murad – She might be the only person in the world who could convincingly wear a caped dress featuring a plunging neckline, completely beaded overlay, and thigh high front slit while adding even more visual stimulation via those huge chandelier earrings, over-highlighted pouffy hair, metallic manicure, and crystal encrusted clutch. If more really is more, then J.Lo wins.
Kate Beckinsale – Elie Saab – There to present, Kate donned a beige gown with a totally embellished bust, deep V-neckline, and draped skirt. *Sigh* – Another vanilla look…
Uzo Aduba – Randi Rahm – Orange may be the new black but Uzo has us thinking that a subtly multi-colored metallic might actually be the new black. The form fitting halter style dress looks wonderful on her while that deep bordeaux pout picks up the faint hints of burgundy in this beautiful piece. She’s been hitting a lot high notes lately so we’re excited to see where her style goes!
Jessica Chastain – Atelier Versace – The striking redheaded actress stole the scene in her deep bronze Versace number featuring a curve hugging silhouette, plunging V-neckline, and artfully gathered detail drawing all attention to her magnificent figure. Side swept waves, a warm smoky eye, linear diamond earrings, and a complimentary dark mani finished this sublime look.
Dakota Johnson – Chanel – Does silver count as one of the 50 Shades of Gray? Regardless – Dakota surprised us with her strapless sequined choice with its open front hem featuring a uniquely frayed edge. Other than her fun cocktail ring, she steered clear of any other big jewels relying instead on her cascading chestnut waves, mauve pink lip, lightly lined eyes, and silver chrome accessories to provide the finishing touches. Indeed an excellent effort from a newbie.
Julianna Moore – Custom Givenchy – Finally! An A-list celebrity who wasn’t afraid to demand your attention! Julianne blew away the competition with her custom made silver sequin dress in an ombré pattern accented with a playful feathery hemline in tonal grays and black. Her lightly waved hair was parted deeply on the side while a smattering of diamonds and a smoky eye completed this dramatic look. Without a doubt, one of the night’s top looks.
Emma Stone – Lanvin – Not your standard beauty so she would never wear a standard dress. Emma brought her A-game with this refreshing jumpsuit featuring a high shine embellished bodice, waist sash tied into a floppy bow at her side, and well tailored black pants. Her wavy red chop, deep pink pout, and heavily smoked eyes were the only things she needed to establish herself as one of the most daring and put together starlets at this event.
Patricia Arquette – Custom Escada – Yes, it’s a little wrinkled but the bust & flourish at the shoulder are well crafted and her gold accessories play up her blonde hair while contrasting nicely with her black dress and red lip. Not bad, Patricia.
Melissa McCarthy – Own Design – Showing off her newly slimmed bod, Melissa was all smiles at the Golden Globes in a dress of her own creation featuring a black & white palette and tiered skirt. Her dark red lip matched her peep toe heels and the necktie was a quirky finish to this somewhat dowdy look. It’s not our favorite but she looks pretty darn cute!
Jennifer Aniston – Saint Laurent – We know it’s black but you’ve got to give credit where credit’s due; Jen looks great. The cummerbund waist contrasts the shiny bust of this halter style dress while the slitted matte skirt allows for a tasteful peek of her leg. Her slicked back tresses were knotted into a large bun setting the stage for her bold black & gold earrings. It’s fairly standard for her but it feels updated so we can’t complain.
Amal Alamuddin Clooney – Dior Haute Couture – There with her husband who was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award, Amal selected a black Dior number with a sash trailing from the shoulder and injected her personal style into the look via jaw-dropping chandelier earrings, white gloves, and a matching clutch. The hair needed to be off her shoulders to show off the only detail that makes this dress slightly interesting and had the gloves not been so large on her, perhaps they might have enhanced the overall regal effect she seems to be going for. Not our cup of tea.
Lorde – Narciso Rodriguez – Now this is cool. This stylish Kiwi shocked us with how polished she looked last night! Lorde’s crop top, high waisted pants, and boyish blazer provided the ideal backdrop for that unbelievable diamond collar and generous dose of sparkling rings. A deeply parted low ponytail, subtle smoky eye, and rich red lip finished off her well curated ensemble.
Kate Mara – Miu Miu – The “House of Cards” actress disappointed this time around wearing a boring red dress with an unwelcome nude belt. Unnecessary ruffles at the front, straps of a strange width, and generally lackluster styling leave us wanting so much more from Kate. Don’t she and Rooney share the same genetic material? Where’s the risk? Where’s the fun?
Lena Dunham – Zac Posen – Dressing up for red carpet events is not Lena’s strong suit but we were relieved to see she didn’t arrive looking like a hot mess. Back to her original brunette locks, the “Girls” actress showed off an artfully smudged smoky eye and stylish red lip which complimented her crimson dress. The thoughtful seams, flattering hemline, and funky matching pumps blended her quirky style with the level of glamor expected at the Golden Globes. Pearly baubles completed the look.
Allison Williams – Armani Privé – Stunning in color and construction, this dress is something to behold. Allison certainly came to play last night but her severe hair and makeup competed with the dress’s inherent drama. With a little bit of tweaking this could have been red carpet perfection.
Jessica Lange – J. Mendel – A structured silhouette in raspberry red brought out the wink in Jessica’s eye while her earth tone makeup and softly curled hair ensured an effortless feel. A thin black band at her waist accentuated her feminine figure.
Taylor Schilling – Custom Ralph Lauren – Brilliant. This modern yet timeless dress found an ideal wearer in Taylor with her classic good looks and chic styling consisting of a sleek up do, barely there makeup save for a red lip, cocktail ring, and matching satin clutch. She can check her lady-in-red moment off the list!
Helen Mirren – Dolce & Gabbana – Best Accessory goes to Helen who, in an homage to the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris last week, donned a pin with a fountain pen. Her cherry red gown from Dolce & Gabbana featured an elegantly cutout neckline with sparkling gem embellishments around it. Large teardrop earrings and a matching clutch finished her dazzling look.
Heidi Klum – Atelier Versace – Bright, tight, and a little much is exactly what we’ve come to expect from Heidi’s red carpet selections and last night’s was no different. Her hair looks great as does her makeup but we’d like to see the “Project Runway” host experiment a little and attempt a more contemporary mode of dress.
Viola Davis – Donna Karan Atelier – Certainly one of the top picks of the night, Viola delighted in this juicy red strapless dress featuring tonal and silver embellishments down the sides of the bust. With her short soft curls, gorgeous makeup, and simple accessories, the actress was an example of modern day glamor!
Naomi Watts – Gucci – The Aussie stunner showed up with husband Liev Schreiber and couldn’t have looked more radiant. Gracefully folded pleats at the bust and an embellished belt at the waist on this sunny yellow gown helped Naomi stand apart in a sea of red, black, white, and metallic dresses. A heavenly Bulgari snake necklace and bright red lip completed her exquisite red carper turn.
Jenna Dewan-Tatum - Carolina Herrera – Light yellow was an unexpected choice for a January red carpet but Jenna looked every part the pastel princess in this frothy Carolina Herrera creation. Her shiny dark waves, large cluster earrings, and metallic clutch were the only things she needed to finish her clean styling. With Channing as your arm candy though, how bad can you actually look?
Leslie Mann – Kaufmanfranco – Judd Apatow’s lovely wife also wore sunshine yellow to the Golden Globes showing off her lean figure and creating an overall statuesque effect. Her ombré hair was swept to one side while her bright red pout, green teardrop earrings, an matching box clutch added a few more hints of color to Leslie’s dreamy look.