It’s finally here! My best and worst dressed picks from Sunday’s Golden Globes. It was a pretty strong carpet without too many horrifying misses…though the ones that missed included some true dandies. I think my favorite term I read to describe one was “vintage 70s mermaid.” It was not intended as a compliment!
Make sure to read all the way to the bottom, Foxes because I am revolutionizing (satire) the Fawkeshunter best and worst dressed list with a new category: it’s complicated. These are looks I almost love, but also almost hate.
I’m interested to hear where you think they belong and if you if you agree with my picks over all…let me know in comments or on Facebook. Admittedly I am full of various cold and cough remedies so it’s possible the medicine clouded my judgment (how’s that for a disclaimer?!). Enjoy!
Emma Stone in Lanvin
This pantsuit was custom designed for (and by) Emma. I love how it’s young and modern and effortless, just like her. Not to mention a pantsuit on this red carpet is totally unexpected, which makes it super fun. I really love the styling with simple jewels, tousled hair and red lip. Perfection. It was my favorite of the night.
Sienna Miller in Miu Miu
Sienna’s known for boho style, which is why I think this gown, with it’s old-school floral beading and contemporary embellishments, is perfect for her. I’ve read some comments that the tailoring and fit was slightly off– it should have been a bit shorter in front and more fitted in the bodice, but the overall look is such a success I’m overlooking these nitpicks. Like Emma above, I love the messy bob (a HUGE hair trend right now) and beauty choices, which really pull it all together.
Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace
Holy curves Kate Hudson. This is an example of impeccable tailoring. This is clean, modern and very movie star. She looks flawless.
Ruth Wilson in Prada
It was fun to see some newcomers on the red carpet and I love that Best Actress in a TV Drama Ruth Wilson chose something bold. The color and the details of this dress stood out as completely different from anything else on the red carpet and was at once classic and modern. Of course it was, it’s Prada.
Julianne Moore in Givenchy Haute CoutureDoes Julianne Moore ever make style mistakes? She can always be counted on to push the envelope and make a statement on the red carpet. This silver is radiant and I love ombre and feathers (!) bringing the drama at the bottom.
Joanne Froggatt in Marchesa
I’ve heard this look called too busy, but being a more-is-more girl I was into it. I especially enjoyed how the contrast earrings made the pink in the beading pop. I’m a sucker for braids and thought Joanne’s plaited crown was super pretty and played up a romantic vibe to the look. If you watched the ceremony, I also think that her surprise at winning and moving speech was super touching and the look stood up to that moment really well.
Jessica Chastain in Atelier Versace
Jessica’s coppery hair is not only one of her loveliest features, it’s also one of her best accessories. I love how it cascades over one shoulder, bringing drama and old Hollywood glam (it’s very Veronica Lake or Rita Hayworth to me) to this look. The overall effect, with a smokey eye and diamonds, is kinda siren-y. Also, is it just me, or are her boobs defying gravity?
Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad
Speaking of gravity-defying boobs, JLo is the queen of cut-down-to-there, slit-up-to-here, body con red carpet style. On any one else all of that exposed skin, plus a cape, plus beading would be too much, but she is a diva who carries it off. The beaded “seams” accentuate curves and really drive the message of this dress home…she’s hot.
Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Carolina Herrera
I was really surprised how pretty Jenna looked in this dress wasn’t talked about more on the red carpet shows. Pale yellow is so, so hard to pull off and she does it beautifully. I sometimes think Jenna’s super slim dancer’s frame can look overwhelmed or out of proportion on the red carpet, but this soft skirt and on-trend pseudo-crumb catcher neckline (that’s a real thing, Foxes) really flatters her.
Kristen in Zac Posen
Last week you saw sneak peeks on Facebook and Instagram of my work styling one of my very favorite clients, Kristen, to attend the Globes. Without a doubt, her Zac Posen stunner could stand up to any of the celebs looks on the red carpet. This was the first dress we tried on and every dress after was just not competition. It’s super glam and has a very structured split peplum, which brings edge to the classic mermaid silhouette. We played this up with some really cool Alexis Bittar pieces At the request of a few of you, I’ll share a behind-the-scenes post detailing the styling process for this sort of an event in the next week. For now, can we all agree, she’s gorgeous in this pre-event hotel room snap AND she’s completely mastered the movie star pose?
Amal Clooney in Gloves…and Dior
UGH, I want to love her and this look. I mean, she’s awesome and accomplished and arguably more deserving of a lifetime achievement award than her husband. But, I can’t look past those ridiculous gloves. Sure, there’s an element of old-school glamour to them, but really all they do is distract from an otherwise lovely Dior gown, like majorly.
Claire Danes in Valentino
Sometimes a person wears a dress and sometimes a dress wears a person– I think this is a case of the latter. On the runway this gown was amazing, but it overpowers Claire and makes her top-half look really wide. It could be that she needed the model’s extra height or dark hair to pull it off, but something about how it (doesn’t) fit and (doesn’t) complement her skintone makes it a flop.
Jennifer Aniston in Saint Laurent
I know everyone loves her, but I’m sorry this looks like a prom dress from the 90s. She can do better.
Lana Del Rey in Vintage Travilla
I mean, where do you start? Everything about this is b-a-d. The under-the-sea color. The vintage Priscilla Presley styling. The shiny, shiny pleats. It was probably the very worst of the evening.
Melissa McCarthy in a DIY Number
So Melissa said this look combined pieces of things she already had in her closet. While I would usually applaud this sort of ingenuity, this particular combo is a hot mess. There’s way too much fabric and between puffy sleeves, exaggerated contrast cuffs, an oversized bow, giant collar and ruffled skirt, it’s hard to decide where to look. I like the menswear inspired effort, I just wish it were a little more edited and sleek.
Tiny Fey in Antonio Berardi and Amy Poehler in Stella McCartney
More than Amy’s dress, which I think could use some bolder jewels (or no necklace?) and maybe some tailoring so it is less paper-baggy (maybe it’s the angle?), I object to Tina’s dress. On its own, it’s pretty, but I feel like the dress is more youthful than the styling and because of this it just looks wrong as she’s wearing it. I wish her hair were down and she played up structure with some edgier shoes or jewels. It kind of looks humpty-dumpty otherwise.
Rosamund Pike in Vera Wang
So first of all let’s acknowledge this woman just had a baby, looks AMAZING and is way brave to walk the red carpet in cutouts. Here’s my problem with what should be a pretty dress, what is happening at the bust? It looks like a terrible tailoring job, but maybe those cups are molded and it’s a photo illusion that they look like they are sticking out to the sides in an unflattering way (though I suspect not)? In any case, I feel like those straps should be shortened and the whole bodice should come up a couple of inches, so she doesn’t look so out of proportion and saggy. No one wants to be described as saggy on the red carpet.
Zosia Mamet in Andrew Gn
Again, like above, maybe some tailoring issues at the bust. Overall, I really think this dress is pretty and the 50s bob styling is on point for it. Where I think it falls flat is accessories. The colorblocking is a little hard for the eye to reconcile and giving it some pieces that pull the tones together would make a world of difference. My instinct is to start by experimenting with belts and maybe look to jewels with a smokey quartz quality, that have brown and blush tones. I think the saccharine sweet silhouette could stand some pieces that are chunkier and perhaps more angular to make as modern as intended.