We always like to think of The Globes as the “warm up band” for the Oscars. Good thing this was just a warm up because we weren’t wowed by a lot of the dresses this year. Many of the looks were so simple they bordered on pedestrian. Did someone tick off Harry Winston? Where have all the glamorous jewels gone?…those bank-balance depleting baubbles are free for the asking at these ceremonies, and most importantly are the crowning jewel to a beautiful gown. We’ve noticed this glitz-less trend in the last few years – many of these dresses could have sky rocketed to the best dressed list had the stars who wore them bothered to take advantage of their free shopping spree through Tiffany’s…
That said, here are our top picks and pans for the red carpet and why they worked – or didn’t…
Who Was Hot:
Milla Jovovich did Tinseltown proud with her beautifully fitted dress. And is that a bracelet we see on her wrist? (guess she didn’t get the memo). Although statement earrings, would have been the frosting on the fashion cake, we applaud the subtle but elegant “bling” sewn into her fabulous frock which set her apart from her red carpet neighbors. She got the flare of her dress perfect, which should always start at the top of the knee. The length is correct as well – it’s not dragging in the front and is training beautifully to the back, creating a long lean silhouette.
Amy Adams sizzled in her deep blue Marchesa gown. Although, again, this dress really would have wowed with some lovely earrings and a bracelet – she still looked like a true Hollywood star. Unlike many ruffle-covered gowns, Amy’s ruffles were in perfect proportion to her bodice, her train and her figure.
Here’s someone who got the correct balance of bling to gown ratio, BUT made a small and almost fatal fashion mistake with her bodice. As discussed in our last two blogs, something seemingly as unimportant as not wearing your bodice high enough on your torso can start to take away from your stylish look….Had she shortened those spagetti straps 2 inches it would have put her “girls” in the penthouse suite instead of down in the basement. A higher bodice would have also elongated her torso and showed off her sexy waist. Since the net overlay can fall into grandma territory – the additional issue of boobs swinging low gave her a more matronly look than a Madonna look. We wish we could have been there there for her (on both sides) to better support this otherwise amazing gown.
What Was Not (Hot)…
Really? Seriously?!…Talk about getting dressed in a dark closet. Oh well, at least it’s the same shoe style -even if they happened to be a mismatched pair from her Elvira Christmas Collection. She obviously kept her hairdresser from Harry Potter – although even her wild “do” was not enough to break the spell of this disenchanting dress.
Julianne Moore in a wrinkled Lanvin.. Pink is truly not the best color for this beautiful red-head. However, her mutton arm looks like it might come in handy as a floatation device if her plane goes down on the way back to England.
And the drum roll please…. the best “just got out of bed look” goes to Annette Bening.
What induced his otherwise classy woman & great actress to use tar as a hair mousse on one of the most important nights of her life? Thank goodness this is, afterall, just a warm-up…
That’s a wrap for this year’s Golden Globes. Be sure to look for our Oscar review in next month’s blog.