Old Hollywood glamour met a little rock & roll on Sunday, January 15 at the 2012 Golden Globes. The display of elegant red carpet gowns in pale shades of nude, grey and white was punctuated by bursts of red, dramatic cutouts and shimmering fabric and details. Below are a few of my favorites, in no particular order.
Salma Hayek shined in Gucci. Her look was inspired by the 1920’s art deco patterns and architectural shapes. Hayek’s long, loose curls softened the edges of the strapless bustier and column skirt. I think art deco style is the cat’s meow and I look forward to seeing more of the twenties coming back from geometric designs and drop-waists to pleats, fringe, beading and headwear.
Emma Stone rocked a plum Lanvin gown with raspberry side panels. The flowing dress with a plunging V neckline and embellished shoulders was cinched at the waist by a leather belt with a crystal eagle. I couldn’t put it any better than the people at the Red Carpet Fashion Awards – “Very Harley-Davidson meets Aphrodite” – and I adored the juxtaposition.
Sofia Vergara of Modern Family flaunted her hourglass figure in a peacock blue Vera Wang custom-made gown. The swirling mermaid skirt further accentuated her curves and her long hair worn straight to one side kept it sultry by balancing the elaborate dress.
Nicole Kidman glowed in a studded grey Versace dress that hugged her statuesque form. I really liked how the gold studs matched the color of her long, loose curls and added some rock & roll to her typical elegant style. I found her selection interesting because the gold studs have appeared on Versace’s women and men’s Spring runways and in the recent collaboration with H&M, so I’m expecting to see studs everywhere. Bring on the rock & roll!
Angelina Jolie was absolutely stunning in a white Atelier Versace gown. The structured bodice, which fit her perfectly, was topped with an asymmetrical collar folded down to reveal a shocking red. The satin skirt gathered at one hip above a thigh high slit. Her Christian Louboutin satin clutch and full lips were the same bold red as the collar. Her hair was pulled back in a simple bun to showcase her beautiful face. Absolutely stunning.
I have to admit that I have a girl crush on Evan Rachel Wood. I think she is beautiful and genuine and I’ve heard that she knows how to have fun. My kind of girl. I also have a thing for peacocks. So while it might not be everybody’s cup of tea, I was fascinated by her Gucci Première gown. From the top, the dress began with a sheer halter neckline with a deep V cut and a scattering of paillettes that become denser and overlap like fish scales. The glittering pieces grow larger through her hips and thighs and then turn to ostrich plumes covering the full skirt. The shimmering green and teal masterpiece is mesmerizing, however Wood manages to wear the dress and not let the dress wear her by letting her confidence and grace shine through.
Supermodel Elle Macpherson was stunning in a Zac Posen gown with a mermaid train. Her bold diamond encrusted bangles and long, loose curls added even more drama. I’m still trying to figure out how she looks younger than ever…
Charlize Theron romanced in a blush Dior Haute Couture gown. The deep V-neckline, wavy hair and embellished headband was reminiscent of a 1920s flapper. The plunging neckline and high slit gave the glamorous look vavoom without giving away too much. I adore this romantic dress on Theron, who is a spokesperson for Dior.
Helen Mirren was gorgeous in a navy Badgley Mischka dress. She accessorized the wrap top and ruffled petal skirt with a jeweled belt and clutch. Again, I’m wondering how she manages to look so young!
Amber Riley, the diva of Glee, flaunted her figure in a sexy red number from Badgley Mischka. She looks terrific in this simple shape with a sweetheart neckline and frills. And while I think her hair looks great, I wonder what she would look like with it pulled up.
Sara Hyland of Modern Family looked darling in a vintage Dolce & Gabbana nude lace dress with a black lace sash and side swept hair.
Kim Kardashian, who did not attend the Golden Globes, although she has been working on her acting skills on her “reality” show, went old Hollywood glam at the after party in a Bruce Oldfield gown and Lorraine Schwartz jewels. As a fan of 50s inspired glamour I was pleased that she complemented the black lace number with wavy hair and red lips.