This year for my take on the Golden Globes I am going positive negative positive negative until the end, where I get abit undecided and into murky water.
So, first up is Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace. This for me is vintage Jolie style and the best she has looked at a big awards ceremony in a while. Although I’m not usually crazy about cream, against her white skin and quite severe hair it softens the whole look and work. I love the slash of red high up on the shoulder replicated in the bag and lipstick. It’s a pretty simply styling technique and can look overdone and too matchy matchy but for her it works. She’s wearing this dress, not the other way around.
Michelle Williams in Jason Wu. Will this girl ever learn? Why get an elfin hair cut that suits you so well but then ruin it by going matronly? She has worn a round neck before and been panned for it and this is no better. Then the horrible insignificant hairband, which doesn’t seem to be there for any reason. The whole look seems tired and therefore so does she. She is so cute and could carry off real high fashion; where has the girl who wore that amazing yellow dress in 2006 gone?
Claire Danes in J Mendel. This is very simple at the front with an interesting back and I like the blocked black and white panels. The strong lip looks great and so does the twist of hair into a bun at the back.
Charlize Theron in Dior. This a hot mess of a dress! As you will know, I hate short at the front, long at the back dresses and this is no exception. This pale pink, beige, cream does not suit her skin tones and looks frankly a little tarty. The bodice looks like its stretched to within an inch of its life down into the waist band in order to avoid a mishap. Then there are three tiers of fabric for no good reason and finally the ankle straps on the shoes completes this mishap.
Evan Rachel Wood in Gucci. This dress is beautiful with its feather details and the lovely deep greens running through it. She’s part mermaid part bird. From the wider shoulder straps down it is super figure-flattering. Not sure about her hair colour, I prefer her darker look.
Jessica Chastain in Givenchy. A polo-neck is never acceptable for an evening dress and how old does she look? After a quick google, I find she’s 30 – she could be 50. Horrible Dallas hair and cheap looking pearl earrings don’t help, and I don’t want to bash her figure, but the cut of the dress and the high black belt widen her shoulders and does nothing to flatter her.
Zooey Deschanel in Prada. She has been known for overdoing the all out kooky look, but here she pulls off different in an interesting and chic way. I love the bright chartreuse colour in the beading on the front of this dress. Her hair looks great too, glossy and simple. She looks comfortable and confident.
Sarah Michelle Gellar in Monique Lhuillier. Wow! Unwisely she said her two year old picked this dress for her and it shows! This is so truly awful that my fingers are hovering over the keyboard trying to pick words to evoke my disgust. I love the fabric pattern which would work prettily under the summer sun, but to use it puffed out into great widening billows for a red carpet gown seems misguided. Maybe the child can make a den under it when the show’s over.
Nicole Kidman in Versace. I can’t believe I’m writing this but after several years of mistakes – and not just in her choice of plastic surgeon – she actually looks quite good. I love the pale grey with the body-shaping gold design and the simple toning accessories. It looks super luxury but not overly worked. Suprisingly impressive.
Kate Winslet in Jenny Packham. How short does this dress make her look? She normally shows off her curves to perfection but the white skirt is doing nothing for her body. I don’t like how hard the make-up is either; it’s odd because it’s so understated and yet somehow doesn’t seem very fresh. Good hair though.
Helen Mirren in Badgley Mischka. I’m a sucker for navy but how amazing does Helen Mirren look? I don’t need to say anymore; just look and pray we all look that good when we are her age.
Piper Perabo in Olivier Theyskens. I don’t understand what went through her mind, or the stylist’s? What was the message? What the genre, the reference, the mood? What was the…..? Nope, I don’t get anything from this dress except sheer volume (see what I did there)?! Although she still looks about 22 she is in fact 35 (thanks again google), and this dress is a major no no for anyone over 5years old (little Miss Gellar might like it…). It’s a bizarre colour with a nasty sheer panel down the front of the bodice, and all the photos are of her faffing around with it making random faces, which makes it even more uncomfortable. If only she could have at least worn it with laid back confidence, but it’s the childlike exuberance of ‘look mummy, I’m in a big dress’ that makes it worse.
Dianna Agron in Giles. I am impressed, I love this! It’s lazer cut, so much edgier than lace, and looks like tattooing and latticework and wrought iron but also Japanese art. It’s very cool. The upswept hair is classy and oldschool and she oozes glamour. Quinn A+.
Emma Stone in Lanvin. This is where we get onto the ‘yeah but, no but’ finalists. I love the colour: maroon, aubergine, dark purple whatever you want to call it, it’s my favourite. I like the draping, the bare panel at the side, the padded shoulders with the twist of pink detail, but I do not like the belt at all. It looks like a piece of KGB memoribilia and it totally ruins it for me. Damn you, belt!
Reese Witherspoon in Zac Posen. I don’t mean to be crude but what was she up to in the limo beforehand?! That hair is freshly mowed hair and it looks awful. Otherwise I like the tailoring along the panels of the dress, which does manage to make her look tall, but there is one strong feeling coming from this look, and I hate to say it, but it’s Country!
Natalie Portman in Lanvin. I like this, it’s cute and it’s pretty, but it’s just a little safe and perhaps a tad old for someone as stunning and fashion-capable as Natalie. But she does look stunning and as with Angelina’s dress, I love the fold of red on the top.
Heidi Klum in Calvin Klein. The one issue with loose backless dresses is that the forward silhouette is often not as form-fitting as it should be. I love the nude colour mixed with the turquoise necklace: it’s a combo that is used regularly and rarely disappoint. But it’s a shame the front isn’t more tailored as really that’s all you see in most photos and I think her hair is far too straight: step away from the straighteners, Heidi, and go for something a little more relaxed.
Tilda Swinton in Haider Ackermann. The Ice Beauty. I think this outfit is pretty amazing, it’s bold and different and sharp and no one else but Tilda could pull it off. The two heavy matching bracelets are a great touch of jewellery in an otherwise simple but beautifully tailored look. Only issue for me is I love Haider Ackermann but mainly for his lovely deep colours and wish I’d seen more people brave enough to weat them on the red carpet, including Tilda.
Kristen Wiig in Bill Blass. I like this 60s Saturday Night Fever look in the great nude colour with the long chain, it could almost be a jumpsuit from that era, but I do not like the oddly dyed, oddly large hair. Her face is pretty narrow anyway and having hair on either side of a similar size just makes it look tiny.
So, having chosen not to focus on the looks I hated, that’s about it till the BAFTAS.