The Golden Globes 2013 red carpet was a bit like a roller coaster. There were ups (colour, sparkles, embellishment and sexy silhouttes) and there were downs (two piece ensembles, nude gowns galore and ill-fitting draped dresses). Some of my favourites disappointed (Jessica Chastain’s Calvin Klein gown just did not look right!), while others surprised me by leading the way with new and interesting choices.
Prettiest Print – Lucy Liu in Carolina Herrera
Lucy Liu was a trending topic for much of the night on Twitter and there were some contentious opinions about her choice to wear a pale blue printed confection by classic designer Carolina Herrera. Personally I think the dress is sweet without being over the top girly and a perfect choice for an otherwise monotone red carpet.
Sexiest in Black – Nicole Kidman and Kate Hudson in Alexander McQueen
Black is always a classic choice for a formal event and if you have designer friends at your whim, you can’t go wrong with McQueen. With amazing gold details and cutouts, both actresses were stunning and statuesque.
Covered Up and Classy – Naomi Watts in Zac Posen
Naomi Watts rarely goes wrong on a red carpet and she does it again in this deep red Zac Posen. Though long sleeve gowns are having a turn in popularity right now they can look dated, but not this dress. The fitted shape, long train and keyhole cutout are all drama and no dowdiness.
Midnight Sparkles – Salma Hayek in Gucci Premiere
Salma Hayek has always had a great sense of style but she’s taken it to the next level over the last few years. Coincidentally she also has been married the CEO of LMVH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy) during those years, so to say that she has exclusive access to the best of the best French designers such as Louis Vuitton and Gucci would be an understatement. She looked both modern and classic in this strapless sparkly gown, set off by her dangly turquoise earrings and pale coral lips.
Pop of Colour – Jessica Alba in Oscar de la Renta; Rosario Dawson in Antoni Berardi
There was a lot of red, nude and black on last night’s show but rarely a true colour that stood out, that is except for the gowns of Jessica Alba and Rosario Dawson. The pale coral Oscar de la Renta stunner that Jessica wore looked amazing against her gorgeous tawny skin, while the cotton candy blue of Rosario’s fitted Antonio Berardi showed flare with a peplum waist. I love that these ladies went against the grain to choose colour and make the red carpet memorable. They also get points for keeping hair and make up simple as if to let their gowns speak for themselves.