Holy wow. The Golden Globes red carpet was one jaw-dropping surprise after the next, so playing favorites proved trickier than usual. But winners must be chosen, so the criteria for Best Dressed? Those who wowed, those who surprised and those who made heads turn twice. Anne Hathaway certainly did all three in this body-loving long-sleeved back-baring gown by Giorgio Armani. The ode to the ’70s is no surprise as her stylist is none other than the disco-loving Rachel Zoe (in fact, can’t you see Zoe wearing this number herself?). What is a surprise is the new trend of long-sleeved gowns, which we’ll surely be seeing in stores (and no doubt, bridal salons) come spring.
Also indulging in the new long-sleeved dress trend? Angelina Jolie and Leighton Meester. Jolie’s emerald Versace gown proved that one need not show a lot of skin to make a statement and, after many a trial and woeful error on the red carpet, Leighton Meester finally nailed a look that works for her instead of against her in this Burberry gown.
Olivia Wilde and Catherine Zeta-Jones didn’t shy away from glamour in their princess frocks. Wilde wowed in a sparkly chocolate Marchesa frock (and had us wondering if she might be Kelly Wearstler’s long lost twin), while Zeta-Jones stunned in an emerald green Monique Lhuillier (emerald green being one of the biggest trends of the night).
Another big — and refreshingly lovely — trend? Valentine hues. Lea Michelle’s ruffled yet refined pink Oscar de la Renta gown turned heads and January Jones’ fiery red Versace stopped men, women and birds dead in their tracks (finally explaining that whole birds falling from the sky thing and proving, once again, that she’s a total Betty) .
Also embracing pink and red was glowing mom-to-be Natalie Portman in a flowing flower-embellished Viktor & Rolf number. Claire Danes indulged her girly side in neon pink, but favored Calvin Klein’s chic simplicity over florals and frills.
While we saw new silhouettes and new hues, we also spotted a few new faces, too. Our favorite? The practically unrecognizable scene-stealing Hailee Steinfeld of True Grit. The fresh-faced 14-year-old chose a sophisticated yet age-appropriate cream Prabal Gurung gown and completely charmed us. How about you?
[All photos courtesy of InStyle]
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What a great roundup! It’s great to see so much new stuff. It really was getting a little boring out there and it’s good to see designers are finally getting their groove back.
Anne certainly looked great – but she is such a fashionista it’s almost expected of her.
Angelina – Y U C K! I don’t know if my hate for her just overwhelms the dress, but I think she looks like a well-dressed zombie.
Leighton – Better than that no-dress black thing she wore a while back, but still not a favorite.
Olivia – She really went for it, and that’s fun! Winner in my book.
Catherine – Looked very nice on a great night for her.
Lea – Also very good. Fun to see them play with volume.
January – The dress-maker didn’t master the seam at the top of the “bra”. That makes it a little S&M-y. Almost.
Natalie – snarf.
Claire – definitely top 2 or 3, but note to stylists, the color is a little pepto-bismol.
Hailee – fantastic. She’ll be one to watch.
love your list kelly! claire danes is my vote. why didn’t the emma stone dress make your list? that was my second favorite after claire’s.
What fun! Thanks kellygolightly. I’m sure my comments show my age. 🙂
Anne-looks good again…zzz.
Angelina- channelling Joan Collins from Dynasty days.
Leighton- Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman?
Olivia- sparkles and tulle? Sorry, it’s a little prom-y.
Catherine- looks like royalty, in a good way.
Lea-fabu hair and dress but the bracelet is a bit anemic.
January-rocking the Veronica Lake hair but the rest of her is Leeloo from The Fifth Element, yikes.
Natalie-red lips, red rose, red clutch, red shoes. Well, I guess she’s nicely coordinated.
Claire-elegant, my fave.
Thanks! I loved Emma Stone\’s dress on TV, but most photos completely whited out the color, so it didn\’t show as well (I also didn\’t like what she\’d done to her hair and makeup — it made her look, well, my age, instead of 22 like she is!).
These comments really made me laugh! You should be a guest host on Fashion Police.