Millions tuned in last night to see the gowns and get swept up in the glamour of the Golden Globes. In case you missed the red carpet, AKA the only part of that night that really matters, here’s a recap of the top trends for women and men, as well as the best and worst dressed.
The biggest gown trend at the Globes? The “fishtail”, or “mermaid” gown. Fitted at the top and flared at the knees, this style emphasizes the wearer’s every curve and I can only imagine, makes walking in heels more difficult than usual. However, each of these stars rocked the look with grace.
+ Kate Beckinsale in Roberto Cavalli
While the dress is competing slightly with her blindingly glowy skin, it’s still easy to see that Beckinsale selected a perfectly proportional fishtail frock. Even co-presenter Seth Rogen commented on how great she looked!
+ Julianne Moore in Chanel Haute Couture
In one of my favorite looks of the night, Moore proved that you can’t go wrong with black. Also, that jade jewelry looks amazing on redheads. The ruffles at the hips perfectly balance both her broader shoulders and the voluminous bottom of the dress.
+ Tilda Swinton in Haider Ackermann
Oh, Tilda. Most actresses couldn’t pull off a periwinkle blazer/dress and windswept hair, but you always do your own thing and people love you for it.
I know this look probably wasn’t meant to be trendy, but it kind of was…nice fishtail!
+ Sofia Vergara in Vera Wang
I can’t blame you if your only memory of Vergara at the Globes was her Spanish translation of Modern Family producer Steven Levitan’s speech, or her frequently-replayed Pepsi commercial. Here’s your opportunity to take a closer look at what really mattered, her gorgeous teal gown.
+ Elle Macpherson in Zac Posen
A flirty cream gown with tulle emphasized Macpherson’s bangin’ bod. Seriously, who believes that she’s 47? That woman is aging inspiration.
Unfortunately, there wasn’t much to say about men’s fashion last night. Most stuck to the standard black tie/black suit formula, save for a few dapper dudes.
What do Jonah Hill, Adam Levine, and Harrison Ford have in common? Their choice in neckwear! Each sported bowties above average in length and/or height. Is this a new trend in menswear, or proof of some sort of Hollywood hierarchy?
Elton John and partner David Furnish showed they know how to accessorize! John wore a cool panther pin with his traditional tux; Furnish, a pair of punky spiked loafers.
And finally, my pick for best dressed male?
+ Channing Tatum in Prada
Tatum looked sharp in a black suit and skinny tie. That’s really all there is to say about this look, so I won’t deny that his attractiveness was a factor in my decision. Another favorite? 50/50 nominee Joseph Gordon Levitt.
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?
+ Kelly Osbourne in Zac Posen
Despite her spot on the E! show Fashion Police, Osbourne missed the mark in a cerulean frock. True, she was on trend with the mermaid-tail silhouette, but the puffy sleeves and slicked grey hair forcefully threw this look into the “What was she thinking?” category. I hope someone performed a citizen’s arrest.
+ Nicole Richie in Julien Macdonald
Richie looked like she got stuck in a time warp, seen last night wearing a shimmery sheath and blingy jewelry. To me, the outfit says, “It’s 2000 and I borrowed this from Paris [Hilton].” What happened to boho-glam, Nicole?
+ Julianna Margulies in Naheem Khan
Where do I begin? From a severe hairstyle to a clingy, waxy-looking dress, this outfit was wrong in so many ways. A message to aging celebs: Unless your career began in modeling, you probably can’t pull off the same styles as someone half your age. Choose flowier fabrics and wear flowier hair, and you just might have a chance at looking half your age.
+ Zooey Deschanel in Prada
From a distance, passerby thought they spotted a large lizard on the red carpet—turns out it was just Zooey Deschanel. I love me some awkward/nerdy girl-power, but one’s ability to choose a flattering outfit (or stylist, as the case may be) unfortunately has little to do with personality. Prada isn’t for everyone, people. And can we just take a moment to discuss her hair? Was it real, and just really bad? Or a wig to disguise the not-so-secret that she is, in fact, Katy Perry? Discuss.
+ Natalie Portman in Lanvin
Generally, I’m a huge Lanvin fan—but a voluminous pink dress overwhelmed Portman’s small frame. With the addition of the asymmetrical side bussle, it really just looked like she was trying to hide leftover baby weight. Ooh, or maybe she’s pregnant again!
BEST OF THE BEST
As much as I love Meryl Streep and Jessica Lange, the race for best dressed was clearly a PYT’s game this year.
+ Shailene Woodley in Marchesa
Nominated for The Descendants, Woodley looked elegant in lavender. This is how young starlets should dress. (Miley, take note.)
+ Ariel Winter in Dolce & Gabbana
Better known as Alex on Best Comedy Series Modern Family (who didn’t see that one coming?), Winter looked all grown up in a deep purple princess dress.
+ Dianna Agron in Giles
Statement-making and sexy, this gown drew a long line between the actress and her character on Glee. Well done, Diana. I promise not to refer to you as “Quinn” ever again.
+ Emma Stone in Lanvin
Stone has cemented her status as red-carpet trendsetter, and last night she didn’t disappoint. In an interview, she was quick to point out her eagle-embellished belt. Cute.
+ Rooney Mara in Nina Ricci
Breakout star Mara is also quickly becoming known for her red-carpet choices. Who knew that getting a few piercings and pretending to have a dragon tattoo could make a girl so confident? The mini-ponytail was also somehow perfect with the look.
In my book, Emma and Rooney tied for the title of #1 best dressed, proving 2012 to be the year of the talented twenty-somethings. Too vague? Okay, let’s just call it the year of Emma & Rooney. Wanna take bets on who they’ll wear next?
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