We don’t know why, but lately the Golden Globes have started to become theSkinnyStiletto‘s favorite red carpet! Maybe it’s because it’s the first major red carpet event of the new year and stars are looking make an impression, or because they’re not trying as hard as they would at the Oscars, but lots of our favorite gowns from the past few years have been at the Globes! This year, the running theme was WHITE (fittingly enough, that also seems to be the controversial theme at the Oscars, too…) In this instance we mean white dresses, of course. Our editors’ favorites were Saoirse Ronan (pictured, top right) in Hedi Slimane’s couture work for Saint Laurent, and Alicia Vikander (below, left) in subtly sequined and ruffled Louis Vuitton. One of our favorite new actresses, Vikander has been taking Hollywood by storm, and she looked like she scoffed up the sexiest Little House on the Prairie apron ever created! Other ladies sporting the hue were Laverne Cox, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Eva Longoria, Jane Fonda, Lily James, Judith Light and Taraji P. Henson (pictured, bottom). Ms. Henson took home a Golden Globe for her performance on Empire, and although we’ve never seen the show, her caped creation by Stella McCartney was showstopping! The other color of the night was mustard – we loved everything about Jennifer Lopez’s dress, except that color… Lola Kirke and America Ferrara also sported the shade of yellow, but it didn’t do them any favors. Melissa McCarthy and Julianne Moore both sported shiny, blue metallic and we didn’t like it on either of them. It’s a hard material to pull off, and it didn’t flatter either of the lovely ladies. Our other favorites were Jennifer Lawrence (pictured, top left) in clearly her favorite color – red (Dior, of course) and Cate Blanchett (pictured, above right) in pale pink fringe by Givenchy. Both were unusual choices, but these two leading ladies always sport high fashion in an understated way, it’s hard not to take notice! Great start to the season!
The 2014 Golden Globes began the real kickoff for winter award shows, and our favorite funny ladies, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (pictured, top), killed it – with humor and glamor. This above photo was our favorite look the two best friends donned last night: Tina wore a red bustled Carolina Herrera gown (although it photographed pink here), while Amy, who not only picked up her first award for playing Leslie Knope on one of our favorite shows, Parks & Recreation, but she also looked better than she ever has in a Stella McCartney black column gown with subtle white edging, and diamond earrings. And it seems the hostess wasn’t the only one donning black and white! Zosia Mamet, Jenna Dewan, Laura Carmichael, Hayden Panettiere, Jennifer Lawrence, Zoe Saldana, Allison Williams, Heidi Klum, and Julia Roberts all sported the classic contrasting combo, as well. Roberts’ Dolce & Gabbana gown was a little unusual (pictured, above right) but we thought it was sophisticated. It probably would have looked better on a more mature actress, but we still liked it. It seems if you weren’t wearing the popular color combo, actresses were either wearing black, white or red – the two biggest trends at last year’s Golden Globe and SAG Awards. Even though many attendees wore similar hues, we did like a lot of the gowns at the Globes, but no one did the color red like newcomer and first time nominee Lupita Nyong’o (pictured, above left), who looked absolutely lovely in a caped, scarlet Ralph Lauren gown. It reminded us of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Tom Ford gown at the 2012 Oscars. She made wearing red on the red carpet look easy, when it most definitely is not! Another newcomer, Margot Robbie (pictured, below left) turned everyone’s heads in a jewel-encrusted white Gucci gown, and emerald Christian Louboutin “Volpi 150” heels, which theSkinnyStiletto featured as a 2012 “Wednesday’s Shoe,” during “Irish Week!” The hostesses with the “mostess,” Tina & Amy, stayed with the same designers all night, and wore the exact same hues last year when they hosted the 2013 Golden Globes, but this year, the funny girls switched colors (pictured, below right). Both sported form-fitting gowns: Fey wore a burgundy Carolina Herrera silk, beaded V-neck, and Poehler chose a deep teal gown by McCartney, which featured lace panels down the side. Poehler’s political competition, Julia Louis-Dreyfus (pictured, bottom right), looked fabulous in a bright red Narciso Rodriguez halter gown (it’s unbelievable that she turned 53 today)! Our final favorite was Kate Beckinsale in Zuhair Murad. While we’re not big on mermaid gowns or metallic, the beautiful Brit pulled off both while donning this sexy silver creation, Chopard jewels, and showing off that creamy complexion of hers. It’s hard to believe she’s 40! (Remember girls, sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen!) The only two dresses our editors really didn’t like were Julie Bowen’s odd red/purple velvet creation, and Olivia Wilde’s skintight green gown by Gucci. The always gorgeous Bowen looked like she was wearing a little girl’s Christmas dress from 1994, while we were stunned by how many fashion editors liked Wilde’s hideous dress. She looked like the pregnant alien Sofia Vergara dressed up as for Halloween on Modern Family. You want answers on how to flatter the pregnant form? Just ask Kate Middleton and Kerry Washington. Onto the SAG Awards!
Ah, January may be frigid, cold and gray, but it’s also the beginning of Award Season! One of our favorite fashion times of year. 2013 started off with a bang at this year’s Golden Globe Awards, but we were surprised who wowed us, and who disappointed… Our number one pick goes to the loveliest lady of Downton Abbey – Michelle Dockery. While we were angry she didn’t win Best Actress in a TV Series (anyone else think Homeland is terrible?), she was definitely sporting our favorite gown there by Alexandre Vauthier Couture. The svelte and alabaster star actually pulled off white without looking washed out. Her dress was somehow conservative and sexy – the epitome of British beauty. Lucy Liu looked demure in a sky blue and floral gown by one of our favorites, Carolina Herrera (pictured above, right), while Julianne Moore looked so sophisticated in black and white Tom Ford (pictured, above left). Hostesses Tina Fey and Amy Poehler cracked us up with their witty comments, but they also looked very beautiful. Before the show, Fey sported a lovely strapless black and white dress by L’Wren Scott, while her Parks & Recreation counterpart looked quite daring in her Stella McCartney tuxedo – sans shirt, but replaced by Chopard jewels! While onstage, the funny ladies looked amazing once again – Tina Fey wore a sparkling teal column gown, also by L’Wren Scott, while Poehler donned a plunging frock, also by McCartney. (P.S. Tina’s hair and makeup also looked the best they ever have – I guess those free products from her Garnier endorsement leads to old Hollywood glamor!) The biggest trend of the night was RED. Usually you see stars wear similar shapes (like the mermaid craze), or different shades become popular (jewel tones, nudes, pastels, etc.), but we’ve never seen just one color dominate the red carpet (go figure) like we did at this year’s Golden Globes. Claire Danes, Jennifer Lawrence, Zooey Deschanel, Melissa Rauch, Jennifer Garner, Marion Cotillard, and Naomi Watts all sported scarlet. Danes looked insanely good in her Versace gown, especially considering she’d just had a baby only a month ago, but by the time some of these beautiful stars showed up, we were already bored with everyone attempting to be “Lady in Red.” Our favorites were Garner’s sparkly number by Vivienne Westwood (pictured, bottom right), and Naomi Watts’s backless vision by Zac Posen. Our biggest disappointments were the two frontrunners up for Best Actress this year: Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence. Admittedly, they were the two we were most excited for, based on Chastain’s appearance at last year’s Oscar’s, and Lawrence’s the year before. What’s strange is they shared the biggest flaw with each of their gowns: an unflattering bust. Lawrence wore a Dior number that sat way too low on her stunning shape, while Chastain sported a sea green Calvin Klein gown that had too much material at her petite frame, making both of their busts look low-hanging and frumpy from the side. Chastain also slicked back her strawberry blonde roots that actually created the illusion she was going bald. As for some of the ladies we love… At first, we loved Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s Vera Wang black and beige gown (pictured, right), but the full ballgown made the tiny star look stumpy. (Props to her hair/makeup team though – the award ceremony was held on her 52nd birthday, and she didn’t look much older than 40. She is GORGEOUS!) As for our other dislikes, we didn’t love the nude gowns sported by Amy Adams, Megan Fox, Kelly Osbourne and Kaley Cuoco – like we usually don’t. Young stars Lena Dunham and Adele looked very dowdy for their age. The adorable Emily Mortimer looked like Barbarella’s mother in a weird, conservative glittery outfit by Jenny Packham. Alyssa Milano looked lumpy in her yellow Ports 1961 creation. Eva Longoria, Julianna Marguiles and Jennifer Lopez were in way too revealing outfits for their ages. It’s great they’re in awesome shape, but wearing see-through and slits up to there only seem desperate in trying to compete with their younger counterparts. But nothing compared with the hot mess that is Halle Berry. She wore a ripped-up, color-clashing mess by Atelier Versace that could be a metaphor for her personal life… Yes, she has the body for it, but dear God, this is something a stripper would probably wear to a black-tie event. It was inappropriate and completely ugly. Our final favorite we didn’t even see on the red carpet, but it was Catherine Zeta-Jones presenting in an ethereal Jenny Peckham embellished gown that floated as she sauntered across the stage. We loved seeing some of our favorite girls looking fab – can’t wait for the next the awards show!
Our editors were both on separate vacations during this year’s Golden Globe Awards, so we’re behind on naming the best & worst from this year’s red carpet. Kate Beckinsale looked drop-dead gorgeous as usual in a cream-colored, strapless Cavalli gown (pictured, top right). Tilda Swinton (pictured, top left) usually looks like she just wears whatever the hell she wants, donned a stunning periwinkle tuxedo gown by Heider Ackermann (although the hair and complete lack of makeup continues to scare us, as always.) Jessica Alba, who our editors really aren’t fans of (why is she there, honestly? Name a movie or TV show she’s made in the last 5 years… Can’t, right? Because she’s not an actress!!) Beside that point, she did have on one stunning and slightly sparkly lavender Gucci gown (pictured, above right). Especially considering she had her second baby earlier this year! Laura Dern, who won Best Actress for the television series, Enlightened, certainly epitomized the word in a glittering green v-neck gown by Andrew Gn (pictured, above left). Helen Mirren continued to still look both sexy and elegant in navy Badgley Mischa (pictured, below right). New mom Natalie Portman was having a great time during last year’s award season – winning her 1st Oscar and giving birth to her first child – and this year looked lovely in Lanvin (pictured, below left). Our final favorite was actress Claire Danes in J. Mendel. The dress was black, white, geometric and soo sexy from behind. And the worst-dressed of the night? We hate to repeat ourselves, but seriously – nude dresses + pale skin = some washed out beauties. We had the same complaint at last year’s Met costume gala, too. Some of our favorite girls, Kristen Wiig, Charlize Theron, Jessica Chastain, Shailene Woodley, Julie Bowen and Jessica Biel – all in shades of white and beige! You’re all gorgeous – wear some color to bring out that beautiful, flawless skin!! Two of our favorite childhood stars from the WB network, Michelle Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar, disappointed us big-time in two blue disasters. Kelly Osbourne looked like she was about to get beamed up, Amanda Peet looked like she was wearing 4 different slips, and Lea Michele – stop, please, just stop. We get it. You like extravagant mermaid gowns. But you’re a GLEEk, not the Queen of Sheba.
We don’t know why Megan Fox got flack from some fashion critics for wearing this Armani Privé gown to the 2011 Golden Globe Awards… theSkinnyStiletto thinks she looks divine in this delicate rose gown. The bodice is adorned with crisscrossing satin ribbons and an interwoven strap of Swarovski crystals. Fox accessorized her look with Brian Atwood platform peep-toe pumps, jewelry by Lorraine Schwartz and a 1940s Veronica Lake hairdo. The gown definitely has a young feel, which is why it made sense the 24-year-old was able to pull it off.
Is green the new black? Well, in our opinion, no color will ever be the “new black,” but it seems green has had a big comeback in recent years. Between Keira Knightley’s stunning gown in Atonement, and new “It Girl” Pippa Middleton’s maid-of-honor dress, it seems like the world’s best-dressed are attracted to the wonderful Land of Oz. Here, Angelina Jolie is wearing one of the most beautiful gowns seen on the red carpet in recent years. The vintage long-sleeved Versace gown was covered in crystals, and looked straight out of Hollywood’s Golden Era. Our editors had an argument over this dress, so much so, we didn’t even do a Golden Globe rundown this year, because we couldn’t stop arguing about this outfit – I find it beautiful; our other editor disagrees. But, it remains this editor’s favorite gown of 2011. The Emerald City looks like one glamorous place to visit!
For a week dedicated to moms, what’s better to feature on “Fancy Friday” than a designer maternity gown on the red carpet? Before 30 Rock star Jane Krakowski gave birth to son, Bennett Robert, she was donning this silk and lace cornflower blue gown with platform silver heels at this year’s Golden Globe Awards. Strapless maternity dresses aren’t particularly flattering in the third trimester – most women, no matter how physically fit, look like huge lumps about to fall over! But this one-shouldered frock looks like something a Roman goddess would wear while carrying a child – it adds interesting lines to an ever-growing baby bump, without making her look like a bunch of shapes!