Monday, January 16, 2012

Fashion Review: 2012 Golden Globes

The winners have been announced, trophies handed out. The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards are over. Host Ricky Gervais was back for a third year and poked fun, once again, at the stars and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which puts on the Globes.

The Descendants” and “The Artist” took home the top prizes for Best Pictures — Drama and Comedy or Musical, respectively. (Find the full list of winners here.) What actress took home the top prize for best dressed?

Our fashionista Sarah C. Lowendick, along with correspondent Heather Leszczewicz, reveal their best and worst dressed stars. Enjoy.

Sarah's take
What a show for fashion! I was very impressed with the Golden Globes fashion this year. I’m happy to say that many made my Best Dressed Honorable Mentions list because the Top 5 was just not enough this year. However, there were definitely the Worst Dressed Top 5 and some Dishonorable Mentions that couldn’t be forgotten. Leo, seriously, hair gel? There were many beautiful dresses and not-so-beautiful dresses. Enjoy this post — there is a lot to recap about a memorable evening in fashion.

Best Dressed

5. Michelle Williams in Jason Wu
Winner for her outstanding performance in “My Week with Marilyn,” Williams looked absolutely beautiful and classic in her patterned navy velvet dress, coupled with her black-sparkled headband. I loved her pixie haircut, simple makeup, the little flare on the bottom, the clutch and belt. On a side note, her touching speech was also beautiful.

4. Sofia Vergara in Vera Wang
I loved the color, it was unique and fun, Sofia. You have curves and you showed that you are proud of them. I appreciated the bottom and top, it was balanced and, darn girl, you looked good. I loved the jewelry — the added sparkle was a nice touch. The makeup wasn’t over-the-top and the hair was very nice.

3. Charlize Theron in Dior
She really pushed the envelope with this low v-neck dress. I loved the right puff and sparkle. The color was elegant and I loved the shoes and clutch. With all the long dresses on the Red Carpet you couldn’t appreciate the shoes, but Ms. Theron, I was happy to see those cute shoes. I also admired your sparkly headband. Bravo.

2. Angeline Jolie in Atelier Versace
Nominee Jolie was looking gorgeous in her white dress with red accent. Her beautiful red lips really created a nice pop as well. I loved her clutch by Christian Louboutin and her pulled back hair. Her husband, Mr. Pitt, needed a haircut, but that’s beside the point. You looked great, Ms. Jolie.

1. Felicity Huffman
Presenter and past winner Huffman showed up looking absolutely stunning in her gold strapless gown. It fit perfectly. I loved her hair and makeup. She looked beautiful — by far my favorite of the evening. I just wish I could have seen more. Stunning.

I have to be honest with you, there were so many fabulous outfits this year at the Golden Globes that I had to add a list of Honorable Mentions: Tina Fay, Reese Witherspoon, Lea Michele, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Kate Winslet and Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Worst Dressed

5. Amy Poehler in Naeem Khan
The Hilarious Amy Poehler played a joke on us by wearing that skin toned sparkly dress. It was boxy and just didn’t look good. I didn’t like the sleeves and awkward pattern. I’ll give her points for hair and makeup but that’s it. Sorry girl, better luck next time.

4. Melissa McCarthy in Badgley Mischka
Melissa, I love you and you are hilarious, but whoever chose your outfit doesn’t love you. The color was absolutely awful and it was not flattering in the least bit. The hair was equally awful. Snooki can’t even pull off the puff and you shouldn’t try either. Everything was just bad, really, really bad.

3. Meryl Streep in Alessandra Rich
This well-deserving winner usually wears something classic. However, this year she showed up on my Worst Dressed list because she thought she was a cowgirl. I don’t know what she thought she was doing — maybe she was studying up for an upcoming role. I have no idea, but the huge bottom, paired with the fitted patterned top, needed to go.

2. Jessica Biel in Elie Saab
I know you recently got engaged, Jessica, but that doesn’t mean you can wear a tacky almost-wedding dress. It’s absolutely awful: the color, the lace, the slit, the opening. I hate it. I like your hair and I think you’re beautiful, so why did you choose this ugly dress?

1. Madonna in Reem Acra
Best song winner, Madonna, you lost in my book when it came to fashion. One word: boobs. They were pressed too tightly and didn’t look good. The dress just didn’t sit well with me. Also, in the future, please brush your hair, for goodness sake, you are at an awards show.

Dishonorable Mentions: Rooney Mara, Natalie Portman, Salma Hayek, Evan Rachel Wood, Julianna Margulies, Claire Danes, Leonardo DiCaprio, Heidi Klum, Tilda Swinton and Missi Pyle. (Leo: too much hair gel.)

Heather's take
On the red carpet, there were only a handful of ladies taking risks (namely Piper Perabo and Sarah Michelle Gellar, who ended up presenting with one another). There were plenty of stunning gowns and gorgeous-looking stars. There was a trend of sparkly accents and skin tone colors, along with a lot of mermaid styles.

Best Dressed

Honorable Mention: Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace
Whoever tailored this dress for Angelina Jolie deserves an award. Loved the pops of red in the shoulder, her bag and lips. (Jewelry by Lorraine Schwartz.)

3. Claire Danes in J. Mendel
This dress was all about the back. Danes looked amazing, minus the fact that she looked cold from the front, if you get my drift. The details at the shoulders and the waist were fab.

2. Charlize Theron in Dior
Charlize was stunning in this blush Dior gown, especially the plunging neckline with the draping. I keep going back to look at photos of the dress. While I'm not always for a hip bow, it looks great on this dress. She was working that slit in the gown, too. Her hair, with the glittery headband, was perfection.

1. Sofia Vergara in Vera Wang
Oh wow. Seriously, if I didn't have a girl crush on Sofia before she walked the Red Carpet, I have one now. Sofia looked amazing in this deep blue Vera Wang strapless gown. It hugged and accentuated every curve. The mermaid train was fabulous and had great texture. Hands down, the best of the night for me.

Worst Dressed

3. Jessica Biel in Elie Saab
She looked matronly in the lacy, doily gown and then had an unfortunate dress mishap onstage. She looked like she had a third boob the way the dress sagged in the front.

2. Elle Macpherson in Zac Posen
I had a visceral reaction when I saw this gown. She looked great from the neck up, but I hated the dress — the frayed hems, exploding tulle, the weird now, but not bow in back. And she wore way too many bangles. The dress she wore to the Globes after party was so much better.

1. Madonna in Reem Acra
First off, the bust was way too tight. Her cleavage was very angry. Second, she was wearing one fingerless glove thing. She's been doing the glove thing for the last few red carpets she's walked, but it's really, really silly. It's like she's trying to be edgy but eh. Finally, I don't understand the bottom of this dress. It has a basket weave feel to it, but in a shiny, ruffle-y material.
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