It’s finally here: the Best Dressed Ladies and Gents from the 2016 Golden Globe Awards! Meant to get this to you all much sooner but, you know, life and my real job happened this week.
Let me just say: you haven’t watched an Awards show Red Carpet until you’ve watched an Awards show Red Carpet with a pack of Gays and a few judgmental Girls, fueled by wine and sarcasm. We had a Globes viewing party this year that turned into a pot luck only enhancing the viewing experience.
This years show was actually full of surprises with only a few sure bets on who would take home that Globe. In the past it seems like you know who is going to win, so it was a fun show to watch. Also surprising was how good (and bad) the Red Carpet was. There were some unique and interesting looks and it seems like everyone finally got the memo that this Awards show is a party.
There were lots of looks from Sunday evening so buckle up, sound off, and enjoy. It’s a fun read!
Julianne Moore and Tom Ford- Tom Ford
Well lets just get one of my Best Dressed, if not the Best Dressed, out of the way: Julianne Moore in shimmery custom Tom Ford. Everything about this screams sophistication, modernity, and elegance; the color, the perfect hair and make-up, that contrast velvet at the cut-outs. All of it. Don’t even get me started on that Chopard cocktail ring. To top it all off, the Oscar winner wasn’t even nominated and came looking this good. She slayed and owned that Red Carpet.
Ms.Moore went with BFF and creator of this confectionery design Tom Ford himself who looked equally beautiful in a velvet le smoking jacket and Tuxedo pants. Damn that man is handsome…
Jennifer Lopez- Giambattista Valli and Roland Mouret
I can’t believe what I am about to say: Jennifer Lopez absolutely blew me away Sunday evening. Not only did she arrive wearing a gorgeous Old Hollywood caped Giambattista Valli mustard-y gown with perfectly complimentary hair and make-up, but she finally wore an age appropriate piece that didn’t show off her body-oddy-oddy. Those crimson talons and matching lip. The sparkles from her neck to clutch. All of it is working here and it’s not a nude illusion dress!
JLO changed into a heavenly equally sophisticated, Roland Mouret for the post-Globes parties. Presumably so everyone would stop stepping on that show-stopping train of hers. I hope this is a change that sticks for the entrepreneur.
Brie Larson- Calvin Klein
Talk about body-oddy-oddy. Best Actress in a Drama winner, who was very deserving of that win by the way, Brie Larson was sexy youthful sophistication in her custom Calvin Klein champagne cut out key hole halter gown. While I have expressed my deep, deep exhaustion for all things cut-out, the “Room” stunner changed my tune as this piece comes off modern and Old Hollywood Adrian rather than tacky and Vegas.
An iridescent hem, drop earrings, and sleek shiny hair round out one of the best looks of the night. Look how confident she looks! Sparkles and Disco Diva realness was definitely the trend of the evening.
Amy Adams- Versace
There’s something different about Amy Adams. The accomplished actress radiantly glowed in her simple in both design and pizzazz Versace number that fit like a glove and accentuated her fiery locks. Is she about to announce she’s pregnant and that’s the reason for the glow? Or is it just a really good pray tan? Either way, she nailed it.
Taraji P Henson- Stella McCartney
Ladies and Gentlemen, Cookie Lyons, Golden Globe winner. Taraji P Henson rocked a custom Stella McCartney bustier column gown with decorative cape detail and the best choppy textured bob on the whole damn Red Carpet. It’s refreshing to see Ms.Henson in something so clean and chic rather than over-the-top she tens to chose. Looking back she’ll love she wore this gown, hate she carried that clunky Tortoise dangler.
Later changing into another Stella piece, this time lingerie inspired, her Dusty Rose gown was nice enough but a little Victoria Secret’s for my taste.
Alicia Vikander- Louis Vuitton
“The Danish Girl” and “Ex Machina” actress (nominated for both Sunday evening) wore a simple and elegant custom Louis Vuitton belted crisscross gown with flutter detailing and subtle sequin stripes. The face of LV, the brunette beauty radiated an Audrey Hepburn vibe and while she may not have gone home with a Globe she definitely won the Red Carpet game.
Rami Malek- Dior Homme
“Mr.Robot” leading man— if you’re not watching, big mistake— looked beyond dapper in a Dior Homme midnight Blue classic cut Tux with just the right amount of cuff, just the right size bow-tie, a gorgeous flower pin, and a complimentary pocket square. Gents, this is how you dress up looking dashing rather than like you’re a valet.
Jennifer Lawrence- Christian Dior and Versace
It’s finally happened: Dior made a gown for Jennifer Lawrence that didn’t age the busty, beautiful, youthful woman she is and actually flatters her. After parting ways with mega-stylist Rachel Zoe, Ms.Lawrence entrusted former Zoe stylists Jill Lincoln and Jordan Johnson with her Award season promo tour and it paid off. Her crimson cut out Dior gown with matching bi-colored shoes and killer diamond choker is exactly what a Golden Globe winner’s look should be.
Changing into maybe the smallest mini that Versace has ever made, the Oscar winner showed off her enviable pins in the sassy embellished number with chunky platforms and a killer good textured do. Part of me really wishes she had this hair in the Red Dior to make it that much more youthful, but the sophisticated knotted slick balances the futuristic lines.
Amy Schumer- Prabal Gurung
Not Amy’s best, by a long shot. Her international “Trainwreck” promo tour was so well styled I am wondering what happened here…regardless her and JLaw were one of the best highlights from the show.
Eddie Redmayne- Gucci
To no ones surprise Eddie Redmayne donned stylish and sleek separates by Gucci with a subtly texture printed jacket and fitted pants by the Italian Fashion house.
David Oyelowo- Dolce & Gabbana
Never one to shy away from a good Menswear moment, handsome David Oyelowo rocked an insanely good berry three piece shawl collar suit by Dolce & Gabbana bringing some serious Fashion to the Menswear game. You can always count on this Brit to bring his A-game taking risks that pay off. I don’t even mind the weird pointy bow tie.
John Hamm- Dolce & Gabbana
From Fashionisto to Classic, John Hamm was looking all kinds of yummy in a more traditional three piece D&G look that perfectly suits the “Mad Men” stunner. I would legit mug him for those shoes.
Kevin Hart- Musika Frere
Much like Mr.Oyelowo, Kevin Hart loves a good moment on the Red Carpet and his forest-y Green Musika Frere fitted blazer perfectly accents his muscular physique. Men who are that built tend to take a wrong turn when it comes to formal, so it’s nice to see Mr.Hart did this one right; even his styling of very simple pants, velvet loafers, and chic bow tie are working perfectly here.
Regina King- Krikor Jabotian
My Worst Dressed get a whole picture to herself: Regina, baby, WHAT happened? Ms.King’s work on “The Leftovers” and “American Crime” has been outstanding so you think she’d show up in something regal to reflect her work. But no. Nope, she showed up looking like a drunk Superhero who’s make-up was done by an inexperienced Drag Queen. I dare you to count how many paillette’s are on that thing…if she get’s that wet it’s a wrap.
Lady Gaga- Versace
Channeling— may be controversial, to the Gays and Girls who know their Gay Icon feud History— Madonna’s “Dick Tracey” look, Golden Globe winner Lady Gaga was the epitome of class and beauty in her custom exaggerated hip and bust crushed velvet Versace off the shoulder gown and perfect bombshell hair. No matter your opinion of Stephanie Joanne Angelina Germanotta, there’s no denying that the “American Horror Story: Hotel” actress/singer/fashion icon is beyond talented and can wear many hats.
It was nice to see Gaga show up in something incredibly regal and high Fashion while still pushing Fashion boundaries with all those exaggerated design details. Ms.Germanotta also covered up all her tattoo’s which I’m not sure I have ever seen from the entertainer. She looks like a real movie star here.
Gaga also had easily the best accessory of the evening: the beyond studly, Taylor Kinney. A Golden Globe and a beefcake? Gaga wins.
Also, don’t worry: this happened and you weren’t invited either…
Denis O’Hare- Christian Louboutin (platforms)
Gaga’s talented co-star Denis O’Hare gave a nod to his “AHS” counterpart who he brilliantly portrays, Liz Taylor, by wearing the most killer pair of Christian Louboutin platforms he could get his hands on and matching metallic nails. All I can say is, YAS. YUS. QUEEN. SLAY.
Kate Bosworth- Dolce & Gabbana
Switching gears a bit, Kate Bosworth stunned in two Dolce & Gabbana sequin-y looks ranging from rosy and sweet, to dark and Medieval. Each look is equally strong but I’m leaning more towards the Black as it gives the alabaster blonde a bit of an edge.
Sophia Bush- Narciso Rodriguez
On the other end of the spectrum, Ms.Bosworth’s co-presenter (and my constant Girl Crush) “Chicago P.D.” star Sophia Bush looked all kinds of elegant in a minimal Narciso Rodriguez black plunging gown with just the right amount of accessories and sparkle. If you want to go for straight forward Old Hollywood somewhat 90’s glam, this is how you do it.
Olivia Wilde- Custom Michael Kors
Also glam, new Mommy (legit, she just had a baby) Olvia Wilde channeled her HBO “VINYL” character keeping with a 70’s disco vibe in a deeply cut scarlet Michael Kors number. That effortless hair and make-up only enhancing how incredibly hot she looks here.
Bryce Dallas Howard- Jenny Peckham
Bryce Dallas Howard is beautiful. Bryce Dallas Howard by no means is a “big girl.” But apparently if you’re a size 6 in Hollywood, Awards show gowns are very limited. Hence why Ms.Dallas Howard went to Neiman Marcus to purchase her Jenny Peckham sparkler. May not be my favorite choice for this Hollywood royalty, but I applaud her for actually buying something instead of shoving herself into a gown that is too small for her. That whole “one size fits all” thing is reserved for the Kardashian clan.
Rachel Bloom- Custom Christian Siriano
I had no idea who Rachel Bloom was before she won on Sunday evening for “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” but she’s hilarious and I like she wore Green.
Eva Longoria- Georges Hobeika
Oh, Eva, Eva, Eva…why? Why did you cut up your Nana’s table clothe and sew it on your hips? Are those matching pretzels at your keyhole and belt? Come on, Gabby…you can do better.
Emilia Clarke- Valentino
This is what I call Mother of Dragons: Emilia Clarke’s romantically Gothic Valentino caped gown perfectly fits her “Game Of Thrones” persona and doesn’t overwhelm the petite actress. Her hair is far too severe for such a beautiful look.
Laverne Cox- Elizabeth Kennedy
Bow down, your future Frank N. Furter just dominated the Red Carpet. “Orange is The New Black” beauty Lavern Cox sashayed down the Red Carpet in a beautiful Elizabeth Kennedy backless gown with insanely stunning emerald earrings and an Old Hollywood vibe. As lovely as she looks, unfortunately on television there were a thousand creases at her hips from sitting in the limo which kind of ruined the look.
Laverne Cox- Mark Zunino
Ms.Cox’s Mark Zunino plunging caped gown with sheer panels and high slit may have been a better choice for the Red Carpet. Such bouncy hair.
Krysten Ritter- Osman
Jessica Jones herself, Krysten Ritter (who is also a fan of The New York Narrative) attended the Netflix Globes after party in a high slitted button detailed 90’s influenced Osman crimson gown with her raven hair in bouncy waves. I really loved this look for the 5’9″ stunner but I can’t do those closed toed heels; a sexy sandal would have been proffered.
Rachael Taylor- Josie Natori
“Jessica Jones” co-star Rachael Taylor wore beautiful satin separates from Josie Natori. Her Menswear inspired take on a slim suit with a smokey eye and top-knot was one of the best after party offering of the evening.
A Girlfriend and I have been discussing (at length) that Zendaya is the new one to watch when it comes to the Fashion game. Sunday night she proved us right in a gorgeous burgundy triple tiered cut out lace Marchesa gown with plunging neckline and sparkly clutch. This is not an easy gown by any means. Everything about it should be hard to wear; the tiers, the lace, the plunge, and yet Zendaya looks like a full blown Runway model. Cannot wait to see what else she has for us on the Red Carpet.
Maggie Gyllenhaal- Marc Jacobs
Maggie Gyllenhaal is also someone who never disappoints on the Red Carpet. In a custom Marc Jacobs chartreuse and black beaded floral applique gown, the accomplished actress put her best Fashion foot forward and was a stand out in the best way possible.
Kirsten Dunst- Valentino
Kirsten Dunst’s velvet Gothic Valentino would have been so incredibly beautiful on someone with a smaller bust like Emma Stone or Julianne Moore, but here, it looks like Ms.Dunst borrowed it from a stripper who happened to have a formal wedding the week before. Too. Much. Boob.
Cate Blanchett- Givenchy
To no one’s surprise, the incomparable Cate Blanchett showed up in a beyond Fashion-y Fashion gown by one her favorites, Givenchy, and didn’t even bat an eye that there was more fringe on this gown than in all of Texas. This is what Fashion moments in History are made of. A pink fringed laser cut down in a sugary palette with asymmetrical hair? Nothing about this should work, and it does. She’s a Queen. One of the best of the evening.
Kate Winslet- Ralph Lauren
If it aint broke don’t fix it, right? Best Supporting Actress winner of the evening (“Jobs”) Kate Winslet relied on her tried and true formula of knowing what silhoutte and color flatters the British beauty best. Not reinventing the wheel by any means, but a stunning look nonetheless.
I’m so thrilled that Charlie XCX got the dress code for the Golden Globes confused with the dress code for whatever Hooker convention she was attending the following evening. Rose McGowan already did this, honey….
Gina Rodriguez- Zac Posen
Gorgeous color but this just seems like such an amateur Fashion move: the big princess satin moment? Bored, now…
Rooney Mara- Alexander McQueen
I cannot believe I am saying this, there’s a Rooney Mara look I like. Romantic Gothic works best on the “Carol” actress and her (horrible) work in “Pan” must still be on the brain because her insanely good braid is all kinds of Neverland.
Katy Perry- Prada
I have never been more mad at Katy Perry in my entire life.
Jaimie Alexander- Genny
While losing some of it’s impact in pictures, Lady Sif herself looked out of this world in her plunging emerald Genny gown with matching jewelry and up-swept raven locks. On screen this was a total 10.
Taylor Schilling- Thakoon
Sparkles? Menswear inspired? Black? Dark nails? Taylor Schilling hit all my sweet spots in this Studio 54-esque Thakoon piece. Easily one of the best of the evening.
Kaley Cuoco- Christian Siriano
The only, and I mean only, reason Kaley Cuoco made this post is because I have never, ever seen her look good on a Red Carpet. She is all kinds of sultry here. Trust me, I am just as shocked as you are…
Carly Chaikin- Juan Carlos Obando
“Mr.Robot” thankfully won Best Drama and it’s cast members turned it out on the Red Carpet. Carly Chaikin gave us sexy modern mermaid in her paillette covered Juan Carlos Obando gown with just the right amount of train. I’m so happy she pulled her hair back letting her stunning exaggerated features shine not overpowering the gown.
Portia Doubleday- Naeem Khan
Ms.Chaikin’s co-star Portia Doubleday also got the memo about metallic choosing a Tin Man inspired Naeem Kham deep V full skirted ballgown. Both ladies made a great first impression on their first major Red Carpet.
Michelle Monaghan- Prabal Gurung
Another babe I never have to worry about on the Red Carpet is Michelle Monaghan who wore a gorgeous strapless citron Prabal Gurung gown with electric Blue accents shining through her slashed hem. The perfect shade of whatever Brunette that is and a navy clutch rounded out another flawless look for Ms.Monaghan.
Michael Fassbender- Tom Ford
Michael Fassbender’s classic satin Tom Ford suit is what dreams are made of.
Rob Lowe- Todd Snyder
Taking a cue from Mr. Oyelowo and Mr.Hart, Rob Lowe stepped up his Menswear game in a really beautiful Grey and Black modern take on the classic tux by Todd Snyder. I love that at 51, which by no means is old, Mr.Lowe is still enjoying Fashion choosing a statement over a rack of classic.
Sam Smith- Dior Homme
When did Sam Smith get hot? The talented Brit was perfectly groomed in his perfectly cut Dior Homme tux.
Oscar Isaac- Custom Rag & Bone
One of The New York Narrative’s favorites, Oscar Isaac won for HBO’s “Show Me a Hero” in a custom Rag & Bone classic tux. Nothing to write home about other than this is a great example of classic Menswear tailoring.
Angela Bassett- SAFiYAA
Angela Bassett is legit defying age and gravity. She is 57 and looks like this. Let that one sink in.
Jenna Dewan Tatum- Zuhair Murad
Never one to disappoint, Jenna Dewan Tatum (again) was the perfect plus one in a stunning midnight Blue-Purple beaded Zuhair Murad confection with a deep plunge and complimentary hair and make-up.
For every Jenna Dewan Tatum, there’s a Whitney Port. Who is more offensive, Ms.Port or Charlie XCX? Seriously, ladies, the Hooker convention is tomorrow. Sidenote: how did Whitney Port get an invite?
Jane Fonda- YSL
More ladies who continue to defy age and gravity. Say what you will about Jane Fona’s beaded multi-tiered ruffled YSL gown (and the memes have been epic), but she looks Parisian chic and wildly sophisticated to me. Would you rather her show up in something boring? Thank you, Jane.
Helen Mirren, Badgley Mischka
Helen Mirren is way cooler than all of us. Now that that’s out of the way, Dame Helen looked dynamite in a simple Black gown with sheer panels and just the right amount of bustier enhancing her rather impressive decolletage.
Judith Light- Maggie Norris Couture
Of the three, I enjoyed (the beyond iconic) Judith Light’s Menswear inspired Maggie Norris Couture cream satin suit with cumber-bun detailing the most. From her metallic heels to diamond necklace everything about this offering enhances this beautiful, talented woman.
Kate Hudson- Custom Michael Kors
Between Kate Hudson and Khloe Kardashian, they could open up a Matel factory there’s so much plastic in their faces…is it me or does Ms.Hudson look a little different? Ms.Hudson’s Michael Kors gown (not separates; it’s connected at the back) showed off the Hollywood Royalty’s enviable figure in the most 90’s way possible. My initial reaction was that I loved this look, but, checking out details and the more I stare at it the more this lands in the category of Charlie XCX and Whitney Port. I expect much, much more out of Kate…you’re a Fashion icon. Act like it.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley- Custom Saint Laurent
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: if Rosie is on the Red Carpet, just give up and go home. The girl is breathtaking.
Newly engaged (!!!) couple Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (“Mad Max: Fury Road”) and Jason Statham (“Spy”) wowed on the Red Carpet. Her in a custom 70’s inspired beaded champagne Saint Laurent and him in a dashing complimentary deep Brown velvet blazer with satin shawl lapel. A supermodel and an action star couple is what Hollywood is really about, am I right?
Jennifer Morrison- Temperly London
Don’t worry everyone: Wendy from Peter Pan went to an after party in her nightgown. Creases and all.
Nicola Peltz – Tom Ford
Somehow Nicola Peltz took this Tom Forde mod-mini into major Mall girl territory.
Nina Dobrev- Max Azria Couture
At least out of the three Nina Dobrev looks elegant in her cap sleeved illusion panel Max Azria Couture gown even if those weird panels scream Miss America pageant.
Maura Tierney- Elizabeth Kennedy
If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. Right? Congrats on the win, Maura! Like you wore your glasses when accepting!
Melissa McCarthy- Melissa McCarthy Designs
Melissa McCarthy has never looked better. The hilarious actress looks healthy and her hair is totally on point. I understand the approach she took in her self designed Disco-y Halton inspired metallic gown, and while I love a risk, not sure this was a home run. If the fabric had a little less sheen and that clutch had been Black, we could have had a winning look.
Natalie Dormer- J.Mendel
Natalie Dormer ‘s J.Mendel looks like three gowns put together. Even she looks confused, or is that her face?
Rachel McAdams- Lanvin
Rachel McAdams, who picked up an Oscar nom this week for her fantastic work in “Spotlight,” looked like a watercolor dream in her strapless full skirted Lanvin gown with scarlet lip and up-swept hair courtesy of hair guru Mark Townsend. While not nominated for a Globe she was there to support the film and the Canadian beauty looked radiant; most actress’ shy away from a print so it’s nice to see such a bold one on the Red Carpet.
Olivia Palermo- Delpozo
Maybe it’s gown fatigue, but I’m digging Olivia Palermo’s cocktail length strapless color blocked Delpozo dress. Two of my favorite Golden Globes looks in history have come from Sarah Jessica Parker and Cameron Diaz—coincidentally both Chanel—and both have been short pieces; the Globes are a party and it’s not a requirement to wear a gown. It was nice to see Ms.Palermo bringing some variety to the Red Carpet. What would have been nicer is if an A-Lister had made such a statement.
Jamie Lee Curtis
The Scream Queen herself Jamie Lee Curtis looked lovely in a Black and Navy long sleeve gown with subtle diamonds and signature silver hair. While flattering, I wish the sleeves weren’t so billowy as they border on aging the stunning siren.
Saoirse Ronan- Saint Laurent
I’m still not quite sure how to say Saoirse Ronan’s name, but I am certain that she looked breathtaking in her heavenly custom Saint Laurent gown with ethereal train and barely there make-up. See, you can be a young performer and not dress like a stripper *cough, Charlie XCX, cough*.
Viola Davis- Marchesa
While a whole lotta dress, Viola Davis is holding her own against all that detail in this navy Marchesa gown with illusion bodice detail, flutter sleeves, and intricate beading. Had it not been for the illusion paneling over her bust Viola would have been a perfect 10 for me, especially after her unfortunate incident at last years Oscars…that one will forever be burned in my brain.
Patricia Arquette- Paula Ke
Well, this happened…
Lily James- Marchesa
Lily James gauzey draped Marchesa gown is really quite beautiful. It’s youthful, fresh, and fits the British beauty’s persona perfectly. I wish she didn’t have that backcombed teased pageant hair though. Lily also needs a new colorist; on screen her hair looked like brassy pipes.
Uzo Aduba- Talbot Runhof
Uzo Aduba’s body con exaggerated shoulder uniquely sleeved Talbot Runhof black sequin gown flattered the lovely and wildly talented beauty. Good to end on a positive note, right?
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