From lacey applique accents to peek-a-boo cut-outs, risk-taking looks ruled the 2013 Golden Globes red carpet. The best part about the red carpet at the Golden Globes is how wide the range of looks and styles can be. Fun mini-dresses, adventurous new trends, elegant mermaid hemlines; you never know what the stars are going to surprise us with. This year, there were superb looks of every style under the sun, and the stars surprised us with looks that had us asking ourselves, “Is that really her?”
My favorite unexpected look of the evening, Rachel Weisz (nominated for Best Performance in a Motion Picture for “The Deep Blue Sea”) took a risk and came out on top in a sheer black polka dot Louis Vuitton dress. Different styling could have really killed this look, but with the glamorous wavy hair, subtle dark makeup and black ankle strap heels, the look was spot-on.
I’m always really eager to see anyone from Downton Abbey on the red carpet, so when Michelle Dockery came out in this white Alexandre Vauthier dress, I was blown away. Fitted white can be troublesome on the red carpet, but Dockery pulls it off exquisitely. And she didn’t even need an ultra-low neckline or high slit to compensate.
Normally, Kerry Washington never even crosses my radar when thinking of great red carpet looks, but this proves that a good combo of styling and dress can produce a winning look. Like Rachel Weisz, Kerry Washington chose a sheer mini-maxi number; The embroidered Miu Miu dress looks complete with her straight medium-length hair and pointed Prada pumps of the same nude hue.
A favorite of mine on the red carpet, Marion Cotillard never ceases to look elegant and swoon-worthy in whatever she wears. Bold and daring, this bright red-orange asymmetrical Dior Haute Couture dress is flattering with pointed pumps, and Cotillard’s minimalist hairstyle complements the dress perfectly.
I feel like I’ve seen this look on Alba many times before, but if it works, it works! The peach hue of this Oscar de la Renta gown complements Alba’s skin tone beautifully, and the Harry Winston jewels add just enough glitz to the look to not be overpowering.
Pale hues on pale skin can often look too washed out on the red carpet, but on rare occasion the silhouette and fit can save the day. Amy Adams in this pale lavender mermaid gown by Marchesa is one of those exceptions. Beautifully ethereal!
Kate Hudson looks glowing and sultry in this black Alexander McQueen dress. With her hair worn down and casual, it balances out what could be a severe look if styled otherwise.
Wearing Dior Haute Couture like Marion Cotillard (with the same metallic belt), Jennifer Lawrence looks ravishing in that red she loves so much, and this silhouette complements her enviably curvy figure in the best way.
By Whitney S. Williams
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