For fashionistas, the Golden Globes is like the Kentucky Derby of fashion coverage, merging the top actresses and stars in both movies and television in one place to determine who was the best – and worst – dressed.
So which celebrities and trends were hits and which were misses Sunday night at the 70th annual Golden Globes award show?
Black dominated the red carpet at the Golden Globes, with stars like Katherine McPhee showing lots of skin in a low-cut black Theyskens Theory gown and Rosie Huntington-Whitley in a black high-slit leg Saint Laurent dress.
Co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were two of the best dressed of the night on the red carpet, with Fey in a white L’Wren Scott gown with a black lace overlay, paired with elegant loose waves. Poehler’s risk bet on a Stella McCartney pantsuit paid off for the recently single actress, who looked demure despite the low V-cut neckline. Fellow funny girl Kristen Wiig showed off her killer body in a Michael Kors dress with a cutout empire waist direct from the designer’s Spring 2013 collection.
Some stars took a spin on black and rocked embellished dresses, like Helen Mirren in a long-sleeved black Badgley Mischka gown with gold studded details straight from the pre-fall 2013 collection, Stacy Kiebler in Armani Prive and Nicole Kidman in an Alexander McQueen gown with a gold-studded neckline and sheer waist panel. Best of all the embellished black dresses was Kate Hudson’s belted Alexander McQueen gown with a sequined turtleneck and keyhole cutout.
And naturally, the sexy Sofia Vergara, who tends to wear mermaid cut gowns to every awards show, stole the spotlight in a sequined black gown with a slight mermaid flare by new designer Michael Cinco.
“Girls” stars Zosia Mamet and Allison Williams continued the black trend with Mamet in a leather paneled Tony Ward gown and Williams in a deep-V and low cut back J. Mendel dress, which have fashion critics divided. However, both stars’ dresses fit well and were on point with the leather and cutout trends for Spring 2013.
While black was many celebrities’ go-to color for the night, others showed up looking fresh and elegant in white, like Heidi Klum in a mono-sleeved Alexandre Vauthier with gold sequins and high-cut leg slit. Michelle Dockery of “Downton Abbey” also radiated in a white Alexandre Vauthier gown with a gold brocade turtleneck top. Other stand outs in white included Jennifer Lopez’s silk Zuhair Murad in nude with white lace embroidery, and Kerry Washington in a sheer white Miu Miu dress with feather detailing.
But ladies in color also ruled the red carpet, like Taylor Swift who looked super classy and polished in a plum Donna Karan Atelier gown, and Emily Blunt in a head-to-toe gold embroidered Michael Kors dress with cut out sides.
Not everyone could be the best dressed, and many celebrities looked less than stellar. While at first glance, big winner of the night Jennifer Lawrence looked elegant in a red Dior Haute Couture gown, the dress had bizarre napkin-like darts on the starlet’s breasts. From the side, it appeared as if Lawrence was emulating Madonna, in one of her infamous cone bras.
Perennially worst-dressed Lena Dunham didn’t disappoint – or rather impress -- with yet another dress that did nothing for her curves. The plum/brown-hued silk gown designed by Zac Posen, who just so happened to be her babysitter growing up, appeared ill-fitted in the bodice, even more evident when the actress kept adjusting her sleeves.
Throwing viewers a curve ball, the usually best-dressed Morena Baccarin of “Homeland” looked much older in a navy Valentino gown that covered too much skin and subsequently aged the 33-year-old actress.
Sienna Miller took a risk in a custom two-piece dress by Erdem, but the pale floral design proved to be underwhelming and washed out the naturally gorgeous star.
Then there was Lucy Liu and Halle Berry, in Carolina Herrera and Versace, respectively, who tried way too hard to stand out. Berry wore an asymmetrical sleeve, high slit dress in an odd pattern and palette of pinks, purples and browns; while Lucy Liu nearly drowned in a floral ball gown by Herrera. Having just wowed at the 2012 Emmy Awards in a silver chainmail Versace number, Liu’s floral ball gown, while utterly gorgeous, was simply not Golden Globes-appropriate.
Another actress that disappointed was Anne Hathaway who did not take any risks in fashion for the event despite being a front-runner – and ultimately a winner -- in the race for Best Supporting Actress. Her white Chanel gown, while gorgeous, somewhat resembled the white Givenchy gown she wore to the London premiere of “Les Miserables” and left many with the feeling of déjà vu.