Golden Globes Report: The Perfect 10

by Laurie brookins | January 17, 2012 | Style & Beauty

One can’t help but feel a little thrilled about the kickoff of awards season. After all, the Emmys took place way back on September 18, and half a year’s worth of new dresses—between Spring/Summer and Pre-Fall 2012—have walked down runways since then, making Sunday night’s inaugural red-carpet event of the year, the 69th annual Golden Globes, a veritable parade of heretofore-unexamined style choices among Hollywood’s A-list.

If there was a theme Sunday night, it was one of diversity. Sure, blue was a hot color, as was every possible incarnation of bisque, ivory and nude. Many women also embraced mermaid shapes (Sofia Vergara in Vera Wang, Reese Witherspoon and Elle Macpherson in Zac Posen, among them). But part of the fun of dissecting red-carpet attire is rooted in the semiotics of fashion—that is, what a particular gown communicates about that particular woman. With such a thought in mind, we spotlight 10 women who, each in her own unique way, spoke a beautiful language on the Globes red carpet.

10 - Golden Globes Report: The Perfect 1010. Rooney Mara

With last month’s debut of her breakout role in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Mara all of a sudden is on everyone’s radar, as well as a wide array of red carpets. It’s hard to believe this is the same girl who played Jesse Eisenberg’s ex-girlfriend in The Social Network, as her current off-camera persona—seriously pale skin mixed with severe, jet-black hair—seems miles removed from the pretty but ordinary look she sported in her first outing with director David Fincher. Perhaps Mara’s a true chameleon, allowing her current role to influence off-screen as well (and as we know, Lisbeth Salander is far from ordinary). The result has been some truly intellectual red-carpet decisions since Dragon’s December premiere, from Pierre Hardy and Miu Miu to Michael Kors and Louis Vuitton, each of which seems to illustrate her love of sleek and edgy. Mara’s choice for Sunday night’s Golden Globes was no exception: a black silk-faille gown from Nina Ricci’s Pre-Fall 2012 collection, supremely modern and plunging in front and at the sides, with any thoughts of a wardrobe malfunction assuaged by the strategic placing of bow-ribbon detailing.

My only complaint about Mara’s Globes look is that she wore not one piece of jewelry; she has on other red carpets, so it isn’t that she’s generally averse to the idea. A jewelry designer like Eddie Borgo, for example, is red-carpet friendly while also boasting both a fashion-forward aesthetic and a healthy hip quotient. But that’s nitpicking. Mara has all the makings of a style star, and it will be interesting to see how this chameleon continues to evolve.

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9. Heidi Klum

Among the most super of models, Klum is pretty masterful at knowing what works on her body. She partnered with Calvin Klein’s Francisco Costa on a custom bisque silk-crepe sheath with a plunging back. The color and styling weren’t only perfect for Klum’s body, the dress also excelled as a fantastic frame for the night’s standout statement necklace, a 200-carat champagne diamond and natural turquoise stunner by Lorraine Schwartz. The choice was a tad unexpected, which only made Klum’s look all the more flawless.

8 - Golden Globes Report: The Perfect 108. Jessica Alba

Can Jessica Alba tread a bad step on a red carpet? Not likely. Gorgeous, with a fantastic body and fantastic skin, she was born to walk the paparazzi line at award shows. So there are no complaints about her Golden Globes look: a Gucci Premiere silk-charmeuse embroidered evening gown accented with crystal-encrusted organza petals, crystal drops and a high-waisted sash that draped into a pleated train. Utterly perfect—but what caught my eye that didn’t on so many other looks was how effortlessly chic her jewelry paired with the gown. From Bulgari, platinum and diamond earrings that totaled 37.14 carats, as well as a white gold bracelet with 386 diamonds totaling 23.51 carats and a white gold and 9.3-carat diamond ring from the famed jewelry house’s high-jewelry collection. Was it the gown or her skin tone that enhanced those jewels? Doesn’t matter—Alba sparkled on Sunday night.

7 - Golden Globes Report: The Perfect 107. Jane Fonda

The over-40 set acquitted themselves well Sunday night, from Dame Helen Mirren in Badgley Mischka to Madonna in Reem Acra. (Who doesn't adore Meryl Streep, but the rodeo-like detailing on her otherwise elegant, floor-length shirtdress proved a bit of a head-scratcher.) Twitter lit up like a house afire, however, when Jane Fonda took the stage to present the award for Best Movie: Musical or Comedy (The Artist took the prize): The 74-year-old Fonda looked quite amazing in a form-fitting couture gown by Lebanese designer Jack Guisso, which she paired with black satin Ferragamo pumps. Even the Armani-clad George Clooney noticed, telling reporters backstage after his Best Actor win for The Descendants, “Jane Fonda in that dress, my god. She looked great, didn't she?” We couldn't agree more.

6 - Golden Globes Report: The Perfect 106. Nicole Kidman

Speaking of fantastic bodies, Nicole Kidman left little to the imagination with her Golden Globes look, a silver floor-length, diamond-halter gown from Versace's Spring/Summer 2012 collection, defined by its tough-meets-sexy gold-stud detailing down the front. If ever there was a dress built for Kidman's curves, this is it (I would love to know how many fittings took place between choosing it and stepping onto the Globes carpet). Husband Keith Urban likewise opted for Versace with his single-button, peaked-lapel tux, but standing next to his dazzling wife, really, did you notice?

5 - Golden Globes Report: The Perfect 105. Sofia Vergara

Since we’re exploring the va-va-voom moments of Sunday night’s Golden Globes, we might as well use this opportunity to explore the va-va-voomest. Modern Family’s Vergara is no stranger to the curve-hugging mermaid gown: At September’s Emmy Awards, many fashion pundits placed Vergara at the top of their best-dressed lists for her coral Vera Wang one-shoulder mermaid gown, perfection in its color, even more so for its exquisite fit on Vergara’s, shall we say, assets. So if it ain’t broke, right? For the Golden Globes Vergara partnered up with Wang again, this time opting for a custom strapless mermaid gown with a knife-pleated bodice and swirling bias flange skirt, all in a lusciously rich shade of deep peacock blue, which she then paired with $5 million in Harry Winston jewelry. You have to possess a supreme amount of confidence to wear such a dress; for Vergara, it’s just another Sunday night.

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4. Evan Rachel Wood

Not unlike Mara, Wood has established herself as someone who embraces divinely thoughtful red-carpet choices, and she isn't afraid to take some chances. Hers was the one dress I wish I could have seen up close and personal: Gucci's Frida Giannini custom-designed the one-of-a-kind gown as part of the label's couture-driven Premiere collection, and between the sketch Gucci sent in advance and Wood's red-carpet photos, the halter-neck design looks like nothing less than a wonder, from the black tulle at its neckline to paillettes that resemble fish scales to ostrich plumes and other full-on feathers adorning a skirt that seemed to float down the red carpet. Wood paired the look with Gucci black suede evening sandals and a black resin and gold-metal-frame clutch by Ferragamo. How I wish she would have taken the prize Sunday night for Best Supporting Actress for her work in HBO's Mildred Pierce (Jessica Lange ultimately won, and rightfully so, for American Horror Story), because I would have liked nothing more than another look at Wood's sublime gown.

3 - Golden Globes Report: The Perfect 103. Natalie Portman

If you’re a fan of award shows, there’s a good chance you remember that Portman wore a similar color combination—pink and red—last year when she took home the Best Actress/Drama Globe for her work in Black Swan. This year she does not come with the accessory of being enceinte, but she does still seems to favor this couture-driven color combo. I fall into the same camp most willingly, so I loved Portman’s custom fuchsia strapless duchesse-satin gown with its red foldover accent at the neck and a dramatic side drape, all the work of Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz. Portman paired this beautifully structured, richly toned dress with diamond and platinum jewels from Harry Winston and Tiffany & Co.’s ruby satin Morgan clutch. Overall, a youthful tribute to old Hollywood at its finest; and as for Elbaz—well, sir, somewhere your mentor, Mr. Beene, is surely smiling.

2 - Golden Globes Report: The Perfect 102. Charlize Theron

As she remains the face of Dior fragrance—who doesn’t love those CGI-friendly J’adore ads?—Theron’s choice of designer for Sunday’s Golden Globes was one of the easiest predictions of the night. And then you saw the dress: a dusty rose silk-chiffon Dior haute-couture stunner, from its deep-plunging V-neck to the lavish bow at the waist to the up-to-there slit that revealed plenty of leg. Theron was utterly stunning, only more so with the addition of vintage Cartier jewels: a bandeau of round-old-cut and rose-cut diamonds from 1920, a fleurettes brooch of platinum, gold and round-cut and baguette-cut diamonds at her waist from 1951 (a brooch at the waist=eternal chic), as well as a platinum and diamond ring and white gold and diamond ear studs. A few took to Twitter to grouse over the headband, but I disagree: If you were seeking a goddess at the Golden Globes, Theron was the unequivocal choice.

1 - Golden Globes Report: The Perfect 101. Angelina Jolie

Monday-morning quarterbacking about red-carpet hits and misses inevitably turns to conversation about how someone looked so much better in person versus on TV, or vice versa. That can’t be said for Angelina Jolie: From the moment Brad Pitt (wearing a cunning three-piece Ferragamo tux) stepped out of his side of the limo to open the door for Jolie, jaws dropped on both sides of the television screen. In her sublimely curve-hugging white one-shoulder Atelier Versace gown, with its fold-over band of brilliant red at the neck, Jolie was nothing less than awe-inspiring. It might seem silly and somewhat dated to note that she took chances by exactly matching the red of that fold-over accent to her red lip color and red clutch, because her pulled-back hair and 25-carat Lorraine Schwartz ear studs drove home the notion that this was a look deeply rooted in the finest of old-Hollywood glamour. Jolie was Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly and Jayne Mansfield (that shoutout must happen for the bullet-bra bodice) all rolled into one. In short, she was the quintessential movie star. And for the first awards show of the 2012 season, she was nothing less than an utter delight.


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Golden Globes Report: The Perfect 10

by Laurie brookins | January 17, 2012 | Style & Beauty

One can’t help but feel a little thrilled about the kickoff of awards season. After all, the Emmys took place way back on September 18, and half a year’s worth of new dresses—between Spring/Summer and Pre-Fall 2012—have walked down runways since then, making Sunday night’s inaugural red-carpet event of the year, the 69th annual Golden Globes, a veritable parade of heretofore-unexamined style choices among Hollywood’s A-list.

If there was a theme Sunday night, it was one of diversity. Sure, blue was a hot color, as was every possible incarnation of bisque, ivory and nude. Many women also embraced mermaid shapes (Sofia Vergara in Vera Wang, Reese Witherspoon and Elle Macpherson in Zac Posen, among them). But part of the fun of dissecting red-carpet attire is rooted in the semiotics of fashion—that is, what a particular gown communicates about that particular woman. With such a thought in mind, we spotlight 10 women who, each in her own unique way, spoke a beautiful language on the Globes red carpet.

10 - Golden Globes Report: The Perfect 1010. Rooney Mara

With last month’s debut of her breakout role in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Mara all of a sudden is on everyone’s radar, as well as a wide array of red carpets. It’s hard to believe this is the same girl who played Jesse Eisenberg’s ex-girlfriend in The Social Network, as her current off-camera persona—seriously pale skin mixed with severe, jet-black hair—seems miles removed from the pretty but ordinary look she sported in her first outing with director David Fincher. Perhaps Mara’s a true chameleon, allowing her current role to influence off-screen as well (and as we know, Lisbeth Salander is far from ordinary). The result has been some truly intellectual red-carpet decisions since Dragon’s December premiere, from Pierre Hardy and Miu Miu to Michael Kors and Louis Vuitton, each of which seems to illustrate her love of sleek and edgy. Mara’s choice for Sunday night’s Golden Globes was no exception: a black silk-faille gown from Nina Ricci’s Pre-Fall 2012 collection, supremely modern and plunging in front and at the sides, with any thoughts of a wardrobe malfunction assuaged by the strategic placing of bow-ribbon detailing.

My only complaint about Mara’s Globes look is that she wore not one piece of jewelry; she has on other red carpets, so it isn’t that she’s generally averse to the idea. A jewelry designer like Eddie Borgo, for example, is red-carpet friendly while also boasting both a fashion-forward aesthetic and a healthy hip quotient. But that’s nitpicking. Mara has all the makings of a style star, and it will be interesting to see how this chameleon continues to evolve.

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9. Heidi Klum

Among the most super of models, Klum is pretty masterful at knowing what works on her body. She partnered with Calvin Klein’s Francisco Costa on a custom bisque silk-crepe sheath with a plunging back. The color and styling weren’t only perfect for Klum’s body, the dress also excelled as a fantastic frame for the night’s standout statement necklace, a 200-carat champagne diamond and natural turquoise stunner by Lorraine Schwartz. The choice was a tad unexpected, which only made Klum’s look all the more flawless.

8 - Golden Globes Report: The Perfect 108. Jessica Alba

Can Jessica Alba tread a bad step on a red carpet? Not likely. Gorgeous, with a fantastic body and fantastic skin, she was born to walk the paparazzi line at award shows. So there are no complaints about her Golden Globes look: a Gucci Premiere silk-charmeuse embroidered evening gown accented with crystal-encrusted organza petals, crystal drops and a high-waisted sash that draped into a pleated train. Utterly perfect—but what caught my eye that didn’t on so many other looks was how effortlessly chic her jewelry paired with the gown. From Bulgari, platinum and diamond earrings that totaled 37.14 carats, as well as a white gold bracelet with 386 diamonds totaling 23.51 carats and a white gold and 9.3-carat diamond ring from the famed jewelry house’s high-jewelry collection. Was it the gown or her skin tone that enhanced those jewels? Doesn’t matter—Alba sparkled on Sunday night.

7 - Golden Globes Report: The Perfect 107. Jane Fonda

The over-40 set acquitted themselves well Sunday night, from Dame Helen Mirren in Badgley Mischka to Madonna in Reem Acra. (Who doesn't adore Meryl Streep, but the rodeo-like detailing on her otherwise elegant, floor-length shirtdress proved a bit of a head-scratcher.) Twitter lit up like a house afire, however, when Jane Fonda took the stage to present the award for Best Movie: Musical or Comedy (The Artist took the prize): The 74-year-old Fonda looked quite amazing in a form-fitting couture gown by Lebanese designer Jack Guisso, which she paired with black satin Ferragamo pumps. Even the Armani-clad George Clooney noticed, telling reporters backstage after his Best Actor win for The Descendants, “Jane Fonda in that dress, my god. She looked great, didn't she?” We couldn't agree more.

6 - Golden Globes Report: The Perfect 106. Nicole Kidman

Speaking of fantastic bodies, Nicole Kidman left little to the imagination with her Golden Globes look, a silver floor-length, diamond-halter gown from Versace's Spring/Summer 2012 collection, defined by its tough-meets-sexy gold-stud detailing down the front. If ever there was a dress built for Kidman's curves, this is it (I would love to know how many fittings took place between choosing it and stepping onto the Globes carpet). Husband Keith Urban likewise opted for Versace with his single-button, peaked-lapel tux, but standing next to his dazzling wife, really, did you notice?

5 - Golden Globes Report: The Perfect 105. Sofia Vergara

Since we’re exploring the va-va-voom moments of Sunday night’s Golden Globes, we might as well use this opportunity to explore the va-va-voomest. Modern Family’s Vergara is no stranger to the curve-hugging mermaid gown: At September’s Emmy Awards, many fashion pundits placed Vergara at the top of their best-dressed lists for her coral Vera Wang one-shoulder mermaid gown, perfection in its color, even more so for its exquisite fit on Vergara’s, shall we say, assets. So if it ain’t broke, right? For the Golden Globes Vergara partnered up with Wang again, this time opting for a custom strapless mermaid gown with a knife-pleated bodice and swirling bias flange skirt, all in a lusciously rich shade of deep peacock blue, which she then paired with $5 million in Harry Winston jewelry. You have to possess a supreme amount of confidence to wear such a dress; for Vergara, it’s just another Sunday night.

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4. Evan Rachel Wood

Not unlike Mara, Wood has established herself as someone who embraces divinely thoughtful red-carpet choices, and she isn't afraid to take some chances. Hers was the one dress I wish I could have seen up close and personal: Gucci's Frida Giannini custom-designed the one-of-a-kind gown as part of the label's couture-driven Premiere collection, and between the sketch Gucci sent in advance and Wood's red-carpet photos, the halter-neck design looks like nothing less than a wonder, from the black tulle at its neckline to paillettes that resemble fish scales to ostrich plumes and other full-on feathers adorning a skirt that seemed to float down the red carpet. Wood paired the look with Gucci black suede evening sandals and a black resin and gold-metal-frame clutch by Ferragamo. How I wish she would have taken the prize Sunday night for Best Supporting Actress for her work in HBO's Mildred Pierce (Jessica Lange ultimately won, and rightfully so, for American Horror Story), because I would have liked nothing more than another look at Wood's sublime gown.

3 - Golden Globes Report: The Perfect 103. Natalie Portman

If you’re a fan of award shows, there’s a good chance you remember that Portman wore a similar color combination—pink and red—last year when she took home the Best Actress/Drama Globe for her work in Black Swan. This year she does not come with the accessory of being enceinte, but she does still seems to favor this couture-driven color combo. I fall into the same camp most willingly, so I loved Portman’s custom fuchsia strapless duchesse-satin gown with its red foldover accent at the neck and a dramatic side drape, all the work of Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz. Portman paired this beautifully structured, richly toned dress with diamond and platinum jewels from Harry Winston and Tiffany & Co.’s ruby satin Morgan clutch. Overall, a youthful tribute to old Hollywood at its finest; and as for Elbaz—well, sir, somewhere your mentor, Mr. Beene, is surely smiling.

2 - Golden Globes Report: The Perfect 102. Charlize Theron

As she remains the face of Dior fragrance—who doesn’t love those CGI-friendly J’adore ads?—Theron’s choice of designer for Sunday’s Golden Globes was one of the easiest predictions of the night. And then you saw the dress: a dusty rose silk-chiffon Dior haute-couture stunner, from its deep-plunging V-neck to the lavish bow at the waist to the up-to-there slit that revealed plenty of leg. Theron was utterly stunning, only more so with the addition of vintage Cartier jewels: a bandeau of round-old-cut and rose-cut diamonds from 1920, a fleurettes brooch of platinum, gold and round-cut and baguette-cut diamonds at her waist from 1951 (a brooch at the waist=eternal chic), as well as a platinum and diamond ring and white gold and diamond ear studs. A few took to Twitter to grouse over the headband, but I disagree: If you were seeking a goddess at the Golden Globes, Theron was the unequivocal choice.

1 - Golden Globes Report: The Perfect 101. Angelina Jolie

Monday-morning quarterbacking about red-carpet hits and misses inevitably turns to conversation about how someone looked so much better in person versus on TV, or vice versa. That can’t be said for Angelina Jolie: From the moment Brad Pitt (wearing a cunning three-piece Ferragamo tux) stepped out of his side of the limo to open the door for Jolie, jaws dropped on both sides of the television screen. In her sublimely curve-hugging white one-shoulder Atelier Versace gown, with its fold-over band of brilliant red at the neck, Jolie was nothing less than awe-inspiring. It might seem silly and somewhat dated to note that she took chances by exactly matching the red of that fold-over accent to her red lip color and red clutch, because her pulled-back hair and 25-carat Lorraine Schwartz ear studs drove home the notion that this was a look deeply rooted in the finest of old-Hollywood glamour. Jolie was Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly and Jayne Mansfield (that shoutout must happen for the bullet-bra bodice) all rolled into one. In short, she was the quintessential movie star. And for the first awards show of the 2012 season, she was nothing less than an utter delight.


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