Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace
Mila Kunis in Vera Wang
Elisabeth Moss in Donna Karan
Catherine Zeta-Jones in Monique Lhuillier
Olivia Wilde in Marchesa
Scarlett Johansson is Elie Saab
Sandra Bullock in Jenny Packham
Anne Hathaway in Armani Privé
Claire Danes in Calvin Klein
Emma Stone in Calvin Klein
Lea Michele in Oscar de la Renta
Megan Fox in Armani Privé
Natalie Portman in Viktor & Rolf
Julianne Moore in Lanvin
A-listers amped up the dazzle at last night’s 68th-annual Golden Globes. The ceremony—organized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association—is typically thought to be a bit more playful than those sober Oscars, but you wouldn’t know it from some of the highly serious dresses that hit the red carpet. To wit, the top three trends from Hollywood’s Golden night.
The Color of Money
Pre-Golden Globes, fashion prognosticators predicted black would fall in favor of the brilliant tones in current collections. But who knew green would rule the night? From Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss in custom Donna Karan to Mila Kunis in Vera Wang, shades from emerald to hunter looked bold on—and against—the red carpet. Unsurprisingly Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie set off a firestorm of flashbulbs, in no small part due to Jolie’s shimmering emerald gown by Atelier Versace.
The night’s other golden couple? Catherine Zeta-Jones opted for a lush draped ball gown in deep hunter green from Monique Lhuillier’s Pre-Fall 2011 collection, though her dress was overshadowed by her arm candy: husband Michael Douglas, who drew a rousing standing ovation in his first appearance since announcing he had beaten throat cancer.
Jolie’s beaded Versace was one of the night’s bright spots, but there was plenty more sparkle. Olivia Wilde dazzled in a princess-like chocolate tulle ball gown splashed with gold and bronze beading from Marchesa’s Pre-Fall 2011 collection, while Scarlett Johansson in Elie Saab and Sandra Bullock in Jenny Packham opted for blush-toned beaded gowns that boasted a more ethereal vibe.
But the stunner of the night had to be Anne Hathaway, who hit the red carpet in the finale gown from the Armani Prive Fall/Winter 2010 collection. Covered in paillettes and Swarovski crystals, the amber-toned haute-couture gown had dramatic shoulders and long sleeves that defined covered-up elegance—until Hathaway turned around to reveal the ultra-low back. Brilliance, indeed.
Actresses are undoubtedly aware of the power of pink. From blush to fuchsia, the color looks amazing with almost every skin tone and inspires plenty of notice-me looks on the red carpet. I loved Claire Danes’ highly minimal silk halter gown in neon pink from Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein, who also outfitted Easy A’s Emma Stone in a sublimely simple cap-sleeve dress in peach.
Julianne Moore’s shocking-pink Lanvin with its draped single sleeve was debated highly, but it was nonetheless accented gorgeously with Bulgari (Moore appears in the jeweler’s ad campaigns). Speaking of celeb-designer relationships, Megan Fox (the face of Giorgio Armani Beauty) wore a custom pale-pink gown from the designer’s Prive collection, with a bodice of asymmetrical straps woven through a fitted bustier and adorned with Swarovski crystals.
Lea Michele continued her love of—and success with—Oscar de la Renta, choosing a salmon-toned one-shoulder silk-faille gown awash in ruffles from his Spring 2011 collection. But for a woman truly in the pink, look no further than Natalie Portman. Her strapless Viktor & Rolf gown, accented with a single red rose, captured both cheers and jeers within the Twitterverse. Most applauded the flow and drape of the dress worn by Hollywood’s most talked-about momma-to-be, but it was the rose that raised eyebrows. (I personally loved it, both because of its pairing with a beaded, crimson Dior clutch and because I’m a fan of the couture-driven combo of pink and red.)
Our opinions, however, ultimately did not matter. As the night’s best actress in a drama winner for Black Swan, the beaming Portman clearly had no intention of letting fashion critiques cloud her Golden moment.
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