The Golden Globes red carpet is one of the year’s best and a great precursor to the Oscars. There are so many stars at the Globes that it’s tough to discuss all the looks. While I was able to share some of my thoughts yesterday on CTV Morning Live, a more detailed and comprehensive list is below (in no particular order). Summary of 2014 – Cate Blanchett is the reigning Queen of the red carpet (super regal) and Paula Patton will likely never be (very unfortunate).

Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé

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Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé was as elegant as ever in this black lace gown and Chopard jewellery. I wasn’t surprised she’d be in Armani (she’s the face of Armani makeup) and this is an exquisite choice. It was elegant, old Hollywood glamour. Dresses like this could be on display in a museum. And the low cut back was sexy while still regal – not an easy task. Once again, Cate nailed it.

Lupita Nyong’o in Ralph Lauren

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Lupita Nyong’o stunned the crowd when she arrived on the red carpet. And for good reason. This was high drama and the colour on her was incredible. It’s similar to Gwyneth Paltrow’s legendary Tom Ford gown at the Oscars in 2012 but Lupita made the look work for her. She’s for sure asserted herself as a major player on the red carpet. We’re going to be seeing a lot more of her.

Naomi Watts in Tom Ford

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No one does fancy like Tom Ford. And this dress was fancy. The silver sparkling beaded halter gown with slashed cut-outs was like liquid silver. And I liked that she accessorized with the chunky gold necklace. Like Cate Blanchett’s gown, Naomi’s dress was low cut at the back and looked super sexy on stage. I also loved the soft hair and neutral make-up. It balanced out the impact of such a strong dress.

Emma Watson in Dior

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The youthful actress succeeded at making a memorable style statement with this Dior dress over black pants. It was modern, progressive and she wore it confidently. I loved the way the whole look was styled from the hair and makeup, to the purple suede heels to the one pearl earring. This is Dior well executed. Jennifer Laurence should take note.

Sophia Vergara in Zac Posen

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She looked beautiful as always and once again, her ample assets were definitely on display. I say this every time we see Sophia on the red carpet, but it would be nice to see her do something totally different. It’s the same silhouette every time. But I had to mention that incredible Lorraine Schwartz necklace. It’s outstanding and loved the pop of colour.

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior

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Jennifer Laurence is so cool and she looked young and fresh and pretty but the dress was a bit unflattering. I’m not sold on the contrasting bands of black at the waist and hips. The one at the hips seems unnecessary and the dress would have worked better without it. Also, it would have been nice to see her in something other than Dior. Hopefully, she’ll shake it up a bit at the Oscars.

Leslie Mann in Dolce & Gabbana

71st Annual Golden Globe Awards - ArrivalsThis was a good looking dress. It was simple and didn’t cry for attention. I loved the black lace and that it was two pieces. It also fit the funny actress beautifully as well. But I think she could have used some really awesome gold chandelier earrings and a more extravagant bracelet. It would have made a larger impact.

Amy Adams in Valentino

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I was surprised this was Valentino. It fit her perfectly but it could have used some stronger accessories. And I get the 70s reference but it was a little too close to what her character would have worn in American Hustle. It seemed almost too obvious. But kudos on on a different red carpet look.

Sandra Bullock in Prabal Gurung

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I love Sandra Bullock and she looks better than ever lately but this is not one of her best looks. I liked the cut of the bottom of the dress and that you could see her shoes but otherwise the whole look felt a little dated. And the colour blocking wasn’t executed well. It’s not up to Sandra’s standards. Let’s hope she has something super fancy in store for the Oscars.

Reese Witherspoon in Calvin Klein Collection

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The colour is beautiful but this was not one of my favourite looks. It was way too simple. I can appreciate that she wasn’t nominated so this wasn’t her night but from the waist up, it looked like an uninteresting ‘mom’ bathing suit. There was nothing memorable about this look.

Paula Patton in Stephane Rolland

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Well this was unfortunate. This dress was all over Twitter and not in a good way. It’s way too much dress for her and the massive ruffles totally swamped her frame. This a dress you’d see on a socialite in the early 80s, and those white satin Charlotte Olympia shoes were totally junior high grad. The whole look was not good. At least the David Yurman jewellery was nice.

Zoe Saldana in Prabal Gurung

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I normally love Zoe Saldana’s red carpet looks. She and her stylist always take risks and they’re usually spot with their fashion forward selections but this was a miss for me. There were way too many elements and the dress didn’t show any sense of restraint. Remember the dress Molly Ringwald wore at the end of Pretty in Pink, the one she designed herself? For some reason this reminded me of that. But Zoe is forgiven – even she is entitled to the rare red carpet miss.

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2 thoughts on “Globe Globes 2014: Some Fancy (and Unfortunate) Looks

  1. Casey,
    Did you know that Cate Blanchett’s earrings at the Golden Globe’s also made history? We hope fashion consciousness becomes a trend!

    From Ecouterre on-line magazine:

    Cate Blanchett made Golden Globes history Sunday night in more ways than one. In addition to winning her third Golden Globe award for her role as a troubled socialite in the Woody Allen film Blue Jasmine, the Australian actress also wore some of the first pieces of jewelry from Eco-Age’s Green Carpet Challenge, an initiative designed to raise ethical fashion’s profile on the red carpet. The wreath-shaped earrings, a collaboration with Chopard, feature 72 Responsible Jewellery Council-certified marquise-cut diamonds and Fairmined gold from small-scale community mines in South America.

    Linda Lee
    Owner, ONE GLOBE Fine Goods

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