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Recapping fashion at the Golden Globes

Adriana Platt | Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Cleavage was the name of the game at this year’s Golden Globes. Almost every dress highlighted the actress’ busts by tightening the material around her mid-section and avoiding the usually present necklaces, drawing further attention to the lady’s upper-half, where one would naturally expect to find jewels dangling around the collarbone. Hayden Panettiere, in a deep purple sequined design from Gianfranco Ferre, exhibited this look well. Many others also captured the same feel including Eva Longoria Parker, Anna Paquin, Rumer Willis (who stunned viewers in a beautiful purple Reem Acra gown and eclipsing her status of being just Bruce Willis and Demi Moore’s daughter), Tina Fey and Drew Barrymore (who unfortunately looked like an 80’s prom nightmare with her over-teased hair and far too-pale blue mermaid gown). It almost felt like in the hopes of being anti-Hollywood with their lack of over-powering jeweled necklaces, they all cemented the look as the ultimate Hollywood trend. Blake Lively did not hit it off with her gown on the red carpet. Was the color fabulous? Yes. Was the sequined beading fabulous? Yes. Were her hair and makeup fabulous? Yes. Then what could possibly be the problem for this fashion icon? Well, it was very difficult to focus on all of those wonderful attributes when Blake Lively’s periwinkle Nina Ricci gown was just a little too tight. Though Blake Lively has a wonderful figure and is a gorgeous girl, all eyes were drawn to her mid-section, which wasn’t flatteringly displayed by the dress she chose. Stars need to take into account the highlights and shadows that will be created when they walk; the red carpet and Lively’s gown turned features that weren’t bad into major faults because of the ill fit of the otherwise beautiful dress. Tips on the proper fit of a gown could have been taken from the beautiful Megan Fox who alluringly shimmered in a Ralph Lauren confection of gold and glitter or Beyonce who always looks fabulous because she chooses gowns that flatter her shape, skin tone, and personality.Anne Hathaway looked sophisticated and elegant in her navy blue and black hand-pleated bustier gown from Armani Prive, which was accented with cool blue highlights. Though the shape wasn’t the best seen, the gown was definitely a winner because of the color choice and the daring and eye-catching material used. January Jones also picked an extremely beautiful color to compliment her light blonde hair and pale complexion and her icy blue Versace gown did just the trick. The classiest act of all Sunday night was Kate Winslet in her black belted Yves Saint Laurent gown, and not just because she has a British accent. Her hair, makeup and dress looked every bit the part of a Golden Globe winner, and that she was, scooping up two Golden Globes in the Best Actress category for “Revolutionary Road” and Best Supporting Actress category for “The Reader.” Cameron Diaz looked better than usual in a creamy rose colored Chanel gown, though her fashion sense is still a little off when it comes to awards shows. She seems to want to stand out for her choices, and that she does, though not always for the right reasons. Another actress who really nailed it with her gown choice though was Isla Fisher, the star of “Confessions of a Shoapholic” who looked fantastic in her form-fitting pleated peach-toned Carlos Miele gown. The wrapping of the pleats in a diagonal zigzag across her front created a wonderful accent and gave her a look of fluidity that exuded maturity and grace. The Golden Globes’ fashion choices this year were definitely an improvement from the last (which was cancelled because of the Writer’s Strike) and the reappearance of exciting colors and shapes righteously adorned Hollywood’s finest on Sunday evening. With such a great show of designer gowns this January, one can only imagine what will be in store for the upcoming and most exciting awards show of the year: the Academy Awards