While there was an array of color at Sunday’s Golden Globes we predicted there would be a stronger showing. It turned out, barely there blushes and whisper soft pinks were the color de jour, as witnessed by our two belles of the ball – Charlize Theron and Angelina Jolie. There are no other words to describe Angelina than simply stunning in her one shouldered satin Atelier Versace gown and custom made Lorraine Schwartz jewelry. And the red lips that matched the shoulder detail on her dress were the sublime cherry on top. Charlize, as usual, was statuesque and ravishing in a Dior Haute Couture gown and Cartier collection museum piece jewelry that hailed from the 1920’s.
Fish tails were the silhouette of the evening as witnessed by Paula Patton in Monique Lhuiller, Reese Witherspoon’s Zac Posen gown and Sophia Vergara, once again, in Vera Wang, to name a few. We were surprised not to see more yellow on the red carpet but Paula represented the color perfectly in her strapless, slightly ruched gown. Reese’s simple yet elegant gown fit her personality to a tee and her sweetheart neckline made use of a necklace obsolete.
Jessica Alba shone as bright as her beaded Gucci dress and Bulgari jewels. She was the perfect example of managing to look extravagant without looking excessive. Frida, due to her Chopard jewels, shined brightly herself and looked gorgeous in a simple Prada gown in an anything but simple rich teal color.
There were not many risky choices that translated into ravishing looks but the best example of that marriage was Roony Mara’s bold choice of Nina Ricci’s black silk faille gown with bow ribbon detailing. We imagine if the Dragon Tatto’s heroine, Lisbeth, had walked the Globes red carpet this is what she would have donned. A bold and brilliant choice that makes her not only an up and coming star but fashion icon as well.
As for the not so….. we’re not sure how these ladies – Sarah Michelle Gellar in Monique Lhuillier, Michelle Williams in Jason Wu, Lea Michelle in Marchesa and Salma Hayek in Gucci – made it on to critics best-dressed lists except to imagine they were trying to curry favors from the designers themselves. As a gentleman friend described Sarah’s dress, ” It looked as if she was wearing a paint splattered tarp”, and frankly, we couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
Raising the question of the age-old adage – Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Or is it?
First Group, clockwise from top left: Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace, Charlize Theron in Dior Haute Couture, Frieda Pinto In Prada, Jessica Alba In Gucci, Rooney Mara In Nina Ricci, Reese Witherspoon In Zac Posen, Paula Patton In Monique Lhuiller, Sophia Vergara in Vera Wang.
Second group, clockwise from top left: Sarah Michelle Gellar in Monique Lhuillier, Michelle Williams in Jason Wu, Salma Hayek in Gucci, Lea Michelle in Marchesa.