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Golden Globes fashion: best and worst

Maria Fernandez | Tuesday, January 15, 2013


With very entertaining hosts and unexpected winners, Sunday’s Golden Globes were a successful and perfect start to this year’s much-awaited awards season. But not all was movie talk Sunday. 

Film awards are also special occasions for fashion, and these Golden Globes were no exception. 

Nominated actors, actresses and presenters walked down the glamorous red carpet to show off their unique designer suits and gowns, sparking new fashion trends for the public to imitate, critique and enjoy. 

As always, some wardrobe selections were good – even great – and some not so good. 

These year’s fashion hits were all about black, white and red silhouettes. Fashion misses were truly all over the place. Here are these year’s Golden Globes best and worst dressed.


The Best

For these special occasions, simplicity is key and Anne Hathaway’s ensemble for Sunday’s festivities definitely exemplified this. Her white strapless Chanel gown and jewelry looked simply elegant and contrasted impeccably with her black pixie haircut. 

Jennifer Lawrence, winner for best actress in a musical or comedy, also followed suit with a pristinely beautiful look. She looked naturally sophisticated in a simple red strapless Christian Dior Haute Couture dress. 

If the “Silver Linings Playbook” star looked great in bright red, actress and presenter Jessica Alba rocked another lighter tone of the color. Her melon strapless Oscar de la Renta gown and Harry Winston diamond jewelry were a perfect combination and choice for the occasion.

Actresses Kerry Washington, Kate Hudson and Olivia Munn also looked flawless in their fashionable selections. Washington wore a delicate nude and crystal-white beaded Mui Mui dress, while Hudson and Munn both opted for very elegant beaded black gowns from Alexander McQueen and Giorgio Armani respectively. 

All of these actresses’ outfits were definitely Golden Globe material, but one star stood out. Nominated for her lead role in “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” Emily Blunt’s gold cut-off Michael Kors dress and Lorraine Schwartz jewels were a bold but perfect choice for the big night. She was definitely the best dressed for the event. 

The women usually take the spotlight when it comes to fashion in film awards. However, some very stylish actors that walked down this year’s Golden Globes red carpet are also worth noting. 

“Homeland” star Damian Lewis rocked a Burberry tuxedo, while actors George Clooney, Bradley Cooper and Leonardo DiCaprio looked handsome and slick in their ensembles. They never disappoint.


The Worst

Although the majority of this year’s Golden Globe nominees and attendees made great fashion statements with their ensembles, some chose looks that were too over-the-top or too boring for the occasion. 

Damian Lewis’ co-star Claire Danes has worn jaw-dropping gowns for past years’ award ceremonies, but her bright red Atelier Versace gown did not favor her Sunday night. The dress’ ordinary halter silhouette and her loose middle parted hairstyle were definitely not what viewers are used to seeing the actress wear. 

“Girls” Lena Dunham’s plum off-the-shoulder Zac Posen gown did not flatter her either. With such a fun and unique style, she could have opted for a brighter and bolder look. 

Actress Halle Berry was also in Sunday night’s worst dressed list. Her printed one-shoulder Versace dress looked tacky for the occasion. It showed too much leg and the fabric’s pattern was confusing. 

Overall, this year’s Golden Globes were a fashion do. Stay tuned for the Oscars – and the new stylish trends they might bring. 

Contact Maria Fernandez at mfernan5@nd.edu