I was one of the many, many people glued to their TVs to see what the celebrities (and their stylists) decided they should wear to the Golden Globe Awards. There were gorgeous gowns, dazzling jewels and coiffed coifs. Dior seemed to score big with many leading ladies wearing gowns by John Galliano for Dior. But the biggest trend of the night was in the hair category – so many bangs in face! I didn’t mind it, more annoying was the constant moving of the hair from the face. As usual, there were the people that looked great, and people who I just looked at and wondered: “Really, you have THAT much money and THAT much access to couture and diamonds and THAT’S the best you could do?” One of my favorite looks of the night was Susan Sarandan in a black tux paired with a corset and long diamond necklaces. Here’s a brief breakdown of my favorites, trends, and WTFs?
2 Favorite Dresses (minus the silly expressions):
It comes as no surprise that 2 of my favorite dresses would be black and white. Wood’s dress is evocative of Chanel to me and is glamorous and age appropriate and a good choice for an award’s show. Beckinsdale’s dress was my favorite of the night for pure dramatic effect. The neckline was gorgeous and she carried it beautifully. I didn’t love her earrings but she was smart in skipping the necklace and going with big earrings. I hate when people feel like they need to junk up their decolletage in a strapless dress with a necklace.
3 more favorites:
I love Kate Winslet – she’s smart, funny, strong and a “Dame” in the making. Her choice in dress reflected her personality – it was sleek, sophisticated and strong. Eva Mendes was beautiful in Dior (though I was surprised she wasn’t in Calvin Klein – you know, the perfume deal . . .) and her necklace was pretty though I don’t know if I loved them together. And Maggie Gyllenhaal looked fresh, young and independent in her Lanvin gown. I thought all 3 ladies had nice hairstyles – I’m a big fan of up-dos for fancy occasions and their coiffs were modern and not stuffy at all.
True Blue . . .
These ladies looked lovely in Blue. Anne Hathaway is “always a lady” and looks statuesque in Armani Prive. I love Drew Barrymore, love her dress, even liked her hair style – if only she had her roots touched up before the show. Blake Lively is a gorgeous young girl but I have some advise for her – stand up straight and do something with your hair on dressy occasions.
In The Nude . . .
Nude was also another popular color and it was worn mostly by the olive skinned brunettes. I have to say, I love this color, but it ends up looking really washed out on these ladies. Had they gone with white (like Eva Mendes) the contrast on the skin makes for a more dramatic impact. These ladies all look beautiful. Demi, please tell me where you found the fountain of youth. Penelope and Salma are some of my favorites – my only complaint . . . Cruz wore a low back dress that had a sheer mesh panel to keep it up and it wasn’t pretty.
I don’t know why, but Rene Zellweger has always kind of rubbed me the wrong way. I think it’s because she was always on the “Don’t/Worst” list, then she met Carolina Herrera and Ms. Herrera has been dressing her ever since. That’s fine – CH is a classy lady and designs nice clothes. I don’t really know what the two were thinking on this one. It’s very Gibson Girl (not the TV show) to me between the sleeves, skirt and hair style and a bit costumey. As for La Lopez, it makes me very sad to put her in this category. I love JLo. But, I feel like she’s trying to relive past glories (Versace at the Grammys) in this get-up. I know she wants to show-off her post-twin body but she’s made so many great red carpet decisions before so I was expecting a bit more. We’ve seen you in the plunging neckline – bring it JLo! I know you can!
Eh . . .
I’m glad Beyonce finally stopped wearing her mom’s clothes but I’m not really a fan of this dress. Christina looks lovely but her necklace stole the show for me. The reason she’s in this category is because I don’t think blondes should wear yellow – she looks too, well, yellow. Cameron always has the easy, breezy beach girl vibe going but it’s not working here. I HATE to say this but I don’t like her dress. It pains me to say it because it’s Chanel Haute Couture. But really Cameron, of ALL the Chanel Haute Couture gowns you pick that one?
Get A Stylist – You Can Afford One
This is REALLY difficult for me because I LOVE Tina Fey. She’s hilarious, intelligent, and a dynamo on top of her game. She’s also really beautiful in that “smart girl,” real person way. I’ve seen her look better in 30 Rock episodes. I know she could have done better – I feel like she was trying to be somebody else with that plunging neckline. I think she would have looked far more beautiful in her librarian glasses and something a bit more true to her personality. And, I was not loving her hair. It all just came across as an after-thought. Tina, I know you have more important things to do like write more brilliant episodes for 30 Rock – that’s why you should hire a stylist – you can afford one.
That’s a wrap – bring on the Oscars!
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