Here we go! The awards season officially started yesterday with the ceremony of the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards, which took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Hollywood. As usual, I was super-excited for this event and I must admit what I saw on the red carpet didn’t bring me down, so let’s go through my best-dressed list.
Ladies in Red
Hate her or like her, but nobody can deny the impressive star power of Angelina Jolie. She’s usually a vision on red carpets, even when she wears simple dresses, so guess what happens when she overtly plays the glamour card. She wore a gorgeous Atelier Versace one-shoulder satin dress with thigh-high slit, draped waist-line and red folded detail on the neckline. I think her style is actually boring (I much preferred her when she played the goth card), but this time she was flawless, even thanks to the red lipstick she wore.
I’m glad she opted for a simple chignon, which beautifully emphasizes the dress. She accessorized her outfit with a red Christian Louboutin Pharaon satin clutch, Lorraine Schwartz diamond earrings and ring.
I’m not a fan of Dianna Agron’s style, but here she opted for something unusual, which immediately caught my attention. She wore a red dress by Giles from the Spring/Summer 2012 collection, completely embellished by lovely cut-outs (can you see the birds on the top of the bodice?). The skirt had a small train and was ruffled.
She sported a slightly messy updo and a lipstick in a shade matching her dress (L’Oréal Paris Infallible Le Rouge in Bold Bordeaux). She also wore Casadei shoes and Fred Leighton diamond jewellery (a bow bracelet and tiny earrings).
Ladies in Pink/Lavender
Natalie Portman attended the event with her partner Benjamin Millepied and she was really pretty in (hot) pink. She wore a custom-made Lanvin strapless dress, with a red folded accent on the bodice, and Jimmy Choo Macy silver sandals. The shape of this dress is quite predictable: it reminds me of the famous Travilla dress sported by Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) by Howard Hawks, but she looked lovely in it.
She carried a satin clutch by Tiffany & Co. clutch and Harry Winston diamond jewels (an array of bracelets, a ring and tiny earrings).
I’m always on the fence when it comes to Nicole Kidman. When I first saw her on the red carpet, I hated her outfit, but then it strangely has grown on me. It’s clear she stopped using Botox, because her features seem a bit more relaxed than usual. She wore a pale lavender Versace dress from the Spring/Summer 2012 collection and Manolo Blahnik shoes. The dress is magnificent – pleated bodice, plunging neckline, studded embellishments – and she looked gorgeous in it. I usually prefer updos for such an important event, but I’m glad she let her hair loose with a side parting.
She carried a Roger Vivier pleated clutch and Fred Leighton jewellery (two gold bangles with diamonds and diamond earrings).
Jessica Alba wore a spectacular Gucci dress in a romantic lavender tone, completely embroidered and with a short chiffon train. She completed her dress with Giuseppe Zanotti shoes. I love her simple side-parted updo and minimal make-up, with tons of false lashes!
She also wore Bulgari jewellery (cascade earrings, a bracelet and a ring) and carried a Roger Vivier satin clutch with metal framing.
I’m 100% sure that you won’t find Connie Britton, among the protagonists of American Horror Story (one of my favourite tv shows), in many best-dressed lists, but I couldn’t leave her out. Her outfit was totally out of place for an awards ceremony, but she managed to look amazing and confident, maybe thanks to her unusual outfit. She wore a vintage sheath dress from The Way We Wore – pink with a rose pattern.
She also wore Lorraine Schwartz earrings and a ring with diamonds and a baroque pearl, Stuart Weitzman satin peep-toe pumps and matching clutch by Judith Leiber. I adore her hair colour and hairdo: those tousled locks are so sexy! Connie didn’t win any award, but her extraordinary co-star Jessica Lange did: the fictional Constance Langdon won the award for the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Tv Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.
Ladies in Black
Black is usually the go-to colour when it comes to red carpets, but this time not many celebrities opted for black dresses. It’s not a surprise that Rooney Mara was among the happy few who did, because she usually wears black at premieres and awards. This time, she wore a beautiful Nina Ricci dress from the Pre-Fall 2012 collection, with plunging neckline, cut-out bodice and long skirt. She also wore Christian Louboutin shoes. Many of you may think her slightly goth style is a bit boring or that she should wear colour, but I think she’s just doing her own thing. I’m so fed up with celebrities following the latest trends and wearing more or less the same things. Rooney Mara is not afraid of wearing super-simple, almost graphic clothes and I’m glad she’s not, because this shows her personality.
True to her minimal approach, she sported a barely-there make-up, a Fred Leighton ring and a simple slick ponytail.
I must admit I’ve got a soft spot for Claire Danes and for her loyalty to Calvin Klein, but – shocker! – this time she “betrayed” her favourite label and opted for something different. She wore the longer version of a J. Mendel dress from the Pre-Fall 2012 collection, with white bodice and black skirt. The strongest point of the minimal dress is the bare back with a silver patterned embellishment. She also wore Giuseppe Zanotti shoes.
She styled her hair in a messy bun and wore Bulgari jewellery (tiny diamond studs and a Serpenti bracelet). Claire won the award for the Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series (Drama) with the role of Carrie Mathison in Homeland.
Ladies in Sequins
Bring on the bling! Some actresses weren’t afraid to literally shine on the red carpet and proudly wore completely sequined dresses. Laura Dern, for example, wore a beautiful Andrew Gn forest green dress (from the Resort 2012 collection) with v-neckline, long sleeves and a thin belt. I really like this dress on her, because it’s simple but not plain, and has a 70’s/early 80’s vibe which I love. She wore neutral make-up, black sandals, pendant earrings and a clutch. Laura won the award for the Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series (Comedy or Musical), thanks to the role of Amy Jellicoe in Enlightened.
Lea Michele followed the same trend, wearing one of my favourite dresses from Marchesa Spring/Summer 2012 collection. The dress was modified (no ruffled peplum-like decorations here), a wise choice: I’m sure this simpler version suits Lea better. The silver grey number has long tulle sleeves and sheer bodice, embellished by sequined appliqués. Probably it’s not the best option for Lea’s thin frame, but I think she totally pulled it off.
She completed the outfit with Lorraine Schwartz jewellery (an emerald ring and diamond earrings) and Jimmy Choo shoes. The only problem here is her make-up: ok, she’s even sported a bright pink lipstick on the red carpet, so nothing should still shock me, but it’s clear she still hasn’t found the right lipstick shade. This nude colour washes her out a bit, in my opinion.
The Lady in Blue
Last but not least, the adorable Michelle Williams, who won an award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical) thanks to her iconic role in My Week with Marilyn by Simon Curtis. She looked lady-like with her Jason Wu blue velvet dress, which she paired with Nicholas Kirkwood shoes. The dress is so chic, with a short train, 3/4 sleeves and crewneck. The only detail I don’t like is her headband, embellished with a vintage Fred Leighton buckle and diamond flowers. Her strawberry blonde pixie haircut is perfect in itself, so why did she feel the need to decorate it? Don’t get me wrong: I think she looked lovely, but I wouldn’t have worn the headband.
She completed her outfit with three Fred Leighton for Forevermarkjewelry gold and diamond rings, plus diamond stud earrings, and a Judith Leiber bag.
Choosing a best dressed out of 11 is not easy, but Angelina Jolie probably did the biggest impression. If I consider my own style, the best-dressed style goes to Connie Britton: it’s true her outfit is absolutely not appropriate for the event, but she looked confident and comfortable, which is what I’d like to feel if I had to walk a red carpet.
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When the going gets tough… Angelina Jolie wears Versace and wins! She was the best dressed celebrity of the event (she got 30.61% of your votes), followed by Jessica Alba and Rooney Mara (both of them got 18.37% of your votes).