Sunday, 12 January 2014

Red Carpet Review: 2014 Golden Globes

Awards season is finally here. Rejoice, style savants! After weeks of fashion predictions, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey's hysterical hosting gig almost seems like an added bonus.  And Jacqueline Bisset's acceptance speech was an unexpected gift. Who needs small talk when there are so many looks to discuss? On with the best and worst dressed lists.

The Best
Kerry Washington in Balenciaga

 It's no surprise that Kerry Washington once again tops this year's best dressed list. The dreamy neutral hue is absolutely spectacular with her complexion, not to mention that silhouette is perfect for a mother-to-be. Leave it to the Scandal star to accessorize appropriately. Everything from the brooch, to the bracelet, to the earrings gives this matte look enough sparkle.

Amy Poehler in Stella McCartney
 It's always refreshing when a starlet wears a relatively contemporary brand to a megawatt awards show. It's even better when it's Stella McCartney. To say I'm obsessed with this look is a slight understatement.  Not only is this outfit age-appropriate for the Parks and Recreation comedian, that subtle cutout is the perfect way to say, "Your loss, Will Arnett."  As for the perfect finishing touch, that blowout and fresh face is pure bliss.

Naomi Watts in Tom Ford
 One word: chic. Can Naomi Watts do any wrong? Though this is very close to being a typical metallic column dress, the embellished halter neck and sheer panels spice up this traditional shape. And the gold and silver combination creates the perfect way to accessorize muted metallics. To prevent an outfit nightmare, the actress went easy on the makeup. Brava!

Lupita Nyong'o  in Ralph Lauren
 Every awards show has a look that is so fashion-forward, style savant become obsessed with it. This year? The 12 Years a Slave  star in Ralph Lauren, naturally. Though the silhouette is very reminiscent of Gwyneth Paltrow and the Tom Ford cape,  red looks stunning against the fashion plate's complexion. With simple jewels, Nyong'o puts the intense shape front and center.

Michelle Dockery in Oscar de la Renta

 The perfect princess moment. An embellished full-skirted frock gets a modern makeover with a mullet hem. If the gilded accessories aren't enough to make your heart beat a little faster,  the poppy lip definitely will.
Ugh, amazing.

Leslie Mann in Dolce and Gabbana

 This funny woman knows how to spice up the traditional LBD.  Not only is the lace detailing to die for, the bold peplum is so divine.  Mann smartly ditched the necklace and opted for gilded bracelets and a clutch-- the perfect way to make a subtle statement without competing against the luxe gown. On the beauty front, Mann keeps it simple with sleek locks and a pink pout.

Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé 
Since the Blue Jasmine star can wear anything and still look stunning, it's only expected that she wears this couture number. What more can I say? It's stunning. The architectural neckline is beautifully juxtaposed by the flared skirt. The dress? Flawless. The gems? Flawless. The makeup? Flawless. Like Beyoncé, she probably woke up like this. 

Emilia Clarke in Proenza Schouler

No matter who you are, it's so easy to look a little matronly on the red carpet. With the wrong gown and updo, many starlets tend to look ten years older at award shows. Thankfully, Emilia Clarke's collaboration with Proenza Schouler gives us a look that is very stylish, yet youthful. Not only is the print a funky take on winter white, the accessories are pure perfection. That strong gold bracelet and blush clutch? Amen!

Emma Watson in Christian Dior

Emma Watson is wearing pants to the Golden Globes, and I kind of love it. Sure, it's not conventional; however, isn't it about time Watson shocks us? Her makeup is absolutely flawless and she completely owns this look. The coral and blue heels are incredibly forward-thinking  and the layered look changes the red carpet game. This risk is definitely a "fashion person" kind of look, but let's admire her style guts, shall we?
Zosia Mamet in Reem Acra

There's nothing more I appreciate than when actresses learn from their red carpet mistakes. It's no surprise that the Girls star's Honor dress at the Emmy Awards received some mixed reviews. However, it's safe to say that Mamet completely redeemed herself with this Reem Acra number. The floral print is whimsical enough for the real-life Shoshanna, but it doesn't overwhelm the sleek silhouette.  Let's not forget how stellar that blunt bob is. Pretty stellar, in the event it wasn't clear enough.
The Worst

Amy Adams in Valentino

One word: boring. If you're a nominee, it's your unofficial duty to step it up. The color scheme and halter neck are eerily similar to Michelle Dockery's Prada dress from the 2013 Emmys. And what's with the back straps? Are they that loose on purpose? I'm very confused. And the micro braided updo is just a bit random with this dress-- it would've looked super luxe with a soft ethereal frock.

Sarah Hyland in George Hobeika
 The problem with this look is that the fashion and beauty are completely conflicting. While the dress screams minimalist (not a fan of the belt and bedazzled back, by the way), the  thick brow and Valentino-inspired braids are too runway for the red carpet. Though the brows looks fantastic from afar, the mascara-less lashes are not okay for awards season. I love a good juxtaposition as much as the next fashionista, but the two inspirations are not meshed together.

Lena Dunham in Zac Posen
 Though the Zac-approved awkward stance makes this outfit look better,, this ensemble is terrible.  Blinding hue aside, it's bothersome that someone would push an extremely uncomfortable dress on an actress. What's worse? That said actress would wear it. I'm all for the "beauty is pain" mentality; however,  she doesn't look comfortable. It's just unacceptable to wear something you can't properly stand in.  Also, the breast cups are insanely off-centered. Overall, this was a major fail.

Paula Patton in Stephanie Rolland Couture


Julia Roberts in Dolce and Gabbana
As one actress once said, "Big mistake. Big. Huge." That's right, Julia, your iconic onscreen one liner came back and bit you. The dress would've been pretty on its own, but the white button down? Really? She's not Carolina Herrera or Tilda Swinton, so why is this necessary?  Though the actress's hair and makeup is fantastic, the look is equal parts confusing and trying too hard.
Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior

Though Raf has done wonders for the French fashion house, this dress looks like a white sheet with some black duct tape.  Not only is this look quite unflattering, it doesn't work with her new pixie cut. Instead of choosing a very familiar shape, Lawrence should've opted for a more streamlined silhouette. Not to mention the makeup was too heavy for a winter white look. A goth lip and  a smokey eye? Way too much! 
Mila Kunis in Emilio Pucci

Not only does the actress look absolutely miserable to be at the Golden Globes, the bodice is way too heavy for such a small frame. There's nothing wrong with adding some glitz to an ensemble, but it's important to know what woks for your body. In this case, a metal plated halter neck is a no-go.
Heidi Klum in Marchesa

The dress says ethereal nighty while the choker necklace says dominatrix.  Needless to say, there's nothing I like about this look.  After a dozen red carpet misses, I think it's about time the model finds herself a new stylist.
Taylor Schilling in Thakoon

Is lingerie-inspired dresses turning into a red carpet trend? Please no. In terms of street style, I will welcome this trend with open arms; however, this is too lazy for awards season. It's such a shame! Schilling hit it out of the sartorial ballpark at the Emmys with her luxe white Thakoon number--what went wrong? Everything about this look is sloppy: the dress, the hair, the makeup.  Just make it stop! 
What did you think of this year's red carpet? Sound off below! 
All photos courtesy of The Huffington Post.

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