There were more fishtails swishing around the Golden Globes last night than in the Alaskan Copper River at spawning time. Nearly every presenter, nominee, and nobody donned the retro, shape-conscious silhouette. The repetitive style and the overall drab color palette choices made for slightly lackluster fashion viewing. Here are a few of my hits, misses, and snoozers…
Nicole Kidman in Versace. The gown was so perfectly tailored, it looked as if she was sown into it, and the copper color of the studs played up her strawberry blonde locks.
Selma Hayek in Gucci. I love all of Gucci’s gold, fringe-y, deco-y dresses this season, and this one looked so architectural and accentuated Hayek’s curves with its almost marquis-like bodice.
Laura Dern in Andrew Gn. The color was vibrant and rich, flattering her skin tone, and the sequined gown clung to her figure as if she were dipped in liquid emeralds. (I was so happy she won. Enlightened is a great show and Dern lit up the room on Sunday.)
Evan Rachel Wood in Gucci. The star-maker dress is just stunning with its sequins, paillettes and iridescent feathers, like an exotic bird. Definitely a standout.
Special Mention: Tilda Swinton and Emma Stone for her color choices.
Michelle Williams in Jason Wu. I’ve been a big fan of Williams since she wore that gorgeous yellow chiffon number to the Oscars. She set the bar pretty high, but I found this dress lacking—the color was pretty, but the cut was matronly and it was overall uninteresting.
Rooney Mara in Nina Ricci. I felt this was a boring choice for her. I disagree with those who called her dress “edgy.” I found it predictable. I would have loved to see her in something truly cutting edge. She should look to Tilda Swinton for cues.
Kristen Wiig in Bill Blass. I’m a huge Wiig fan, but this beige, fleshy-colored, overly simple dress was just okay, and it took a back seat to her colorful Fred Leighton jewels. Both should have worked to help Wiig shine.
These two women are normally among my best dressed but Charlize Theron and Julianne Moore missed the mark this time. Theron’s look, a Dior Couture dress with flouncy bows and a headband, seemed childish despite the leg-revealing split. Julianne Moore’s ill-placed ruffles on her Chanel Haute Couture gown looked like a mummy wearing a Black Swan tutu, and it also veered toward young and not sophisticated.
Special Oops Mention: As the new face of Dior, Mila Kunis should have had more of a wow factor, but her gown was not at all flattering to her figure. It looked tight around the waist and wasn’t the right shape for her shoulders and frame.
For men, it’s all about the fit and tailoring, and a lot of these guys get by on their looks because no one’s looking at the hem of their pants or the cut of their jackets. For example, Leonardo DiCaprio’s pants were way too long.
I think host Ricky Gervais was the best dressed. He looked as sharp as his tongue in his crimson Ted Baker suit.
Special Mention: Matthew Morrison’s Dolce & Gabbana suit was slim and well-proportioned except the bow tie, which was a tad too clownish.