Monday, January 14, 2013

The 2013 Golden Globes Red Carpet Review

Last night was the Golden Globe awards, so naturally today’s blog will be a red carpet fashion review. As I glanced through some photos of the stars on the red carpet, I noticed a few trends that helped divide the nominees into neat categories, as follows:

Black Dresses
The nominees: Adele, Debra Messing, Nicole Kidman


Adele’s simple, pleated black dress with beading and lace around a simple round neckline was flattering on her barely-post-pregnancy-figure, and her beehive updo and long side bangs gave her added height (which was particularly noticeable as she towered over Al Roker during a pre-show interview). Messing’s black gown had a beautiful rippled texture, but the skirt seemed perpetually twisted, like when your pantyhose get turned around the wrong way, and the bodice was a bit overly snug. Kidman was striking in her fitted column with midriff cutouts that dropped dangerously – but gorgeously – low in the back, with very apropos gold stars around the neckline.
Winner: Nicole Kidman, hands-down.
White Dresses
The nominees: Lea Michele, Anne Hathaway, Michelle Dockery

 
Michele avoided her usual mistake of trying a bit too hard to be sexy, and hit the perfect note with a lacy, shoulder-baring halter dress slit way up to there – subtle yet sexy. Hathaway showed off her slim (perhaps even slightly consumptive, post-Les Miserables) figure in an Audrey Hepburn-esque column that suited her pixie hairstyle and beaming smile. Dockery was luminous in a clinging white gown with gold lace bodice and tiny train.
Winner: Michele by just a hair over Dockery, with her points for "most improved" nudging her ahead.
Red Dresses
The nominees: Jennifer Garner, Naomi Watts, Claire Danes
   

Garner’s textured cherry red column was drawn up at the bust, cinched in with a tiny belt, and had a hint of a train. Watts chose a deeper burgundy red that demurely hugged her curves and featured a keyhole neckline and a detached train. Danes looked statuesque in a coral red column with a plunging neckline, a hint of a train, and loose hair and minimal accessories.

Winner: Danes, for making it look soooo effortless.
Lace Dresses
The nominees: Jennifer Lopez, Emily Blunt, Amanda Seyfried 
  
Lopez, as she often does, chose a skin-colored, skin-tight dress, this time with a lace overlay. Blunt wore a sleek, vintage-looking gold lace gown with triangular cutouts at the waist. Seyfried’s bodice featured criss-crossed bands of lace creating a slight peekaboo effect, although with her long, limp locks, I half expected to see her gliding along a misty forest path at midnight.
Winner: Blunt, nearly by default simply for choosing a color that did not exactly match her skin tone.
Ball Gowns
The nominees: Jennifer Lawrence, Lucy Liu, Zooey Deschanel 
  
Lawrence wore a fire engine red, fitted-to-the hips ball gown with a narrow black belt emphasizing her tiny waist. Liu’s gown appeared to be made of the drapes from “The Sound of Music” but had a perfectly fitted bodice and crisp, bell-shaped skirt that moved beautifully, but I found her fuzzy, slept-in braid a bit distracting. Deschanel’s full, cherry-red gown had a sweetheart neckline set off by a single strand of pearls and a full skirt.
Winner: Lawrence, for having an elegance belying her newbie status.
True Couture
The nominees: Marion Cotillard, Halle Berry
 
Cotillard wore a bright orange satin dress with an asymmetrical, almost-bubble hemline and a black belt that went half under and half over the dress. Berry wore a silk, sari-inspired, single-shouldered gown with a cutout over one hip and a thigh-high slit.
Winner: Berry, because almost anyone else wearing that dress would have looked trampy instead of elegant and glamorous.
Cleavageriffic
The nominees: Jessica Chastain, Katherine McPhee, Kate Hudson
  
Chastain’s gown was a pale seafoam green that was perfect for her strawberry locks and china-doll complexion, but the front was a bit too loose and drapey for such a plunging neckline which her made double-sided tape work overtime. McPhee’s black satin gown had a more “constructed” look that stayed in place nicely and a peekaboo slit in the smooth skirt. Kate Hudson’s black column with gold accents on the wide belt and highlighting the plunging keyhole neckline clung to her figure in all the right places.
Winner: Hudson, because sometimes less is more – and more is less.
A for Effort, F for Effect
There were very few clunkers among the crowd. In fact I could only come up with a single nominee for this category: Lena Dunham. On someone else, this gown might have worked. It’s an interesting warm chocolate brown color, and has lovely seaming forming graceful, flattering lines. But the square, off-the-shoulders cut of the neckline makes her look as broad-shouldered as a football player, and her obvious lack of practice walking in high heels made her look like a trucker as she tromped and tottered across the stage to claim her awards. This was a perfect example of not matching the gown to the wearer.
 
Best B-Lister
The nominees: Nicole Richie, Stacey Keibler, Kelley Osborne
  
Richie’s sky-blue lace column was simple and flattering, with demure long sleeves and round neck and the tiniest puddle of a train. Keibler’s black velvet sheath was ringed with silver sequins. Osborne’s palest green corset gown had a ruffled sweetheart neckline and was perfectly fitted down to the knees, but then descended into an unfinished-looking mess of fabric at the hem.
Winner: Keibler, assisted as always by having the best accessory of all, George Clooney.


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