Golden wonders... and wobblers
Irish ladies make their mark on the red carpet to kick off awards season
Derek Daniels of Assets Model Agency - who first discovered Monaghan teenager Caitriona Balfe packing bags in Dunnes Stores in Rathmines - was a proud man watching his former model wow on the red carpet at the Golden Globes.
It wasn't to be a trophy night for the Outlander actress, but she certainly won on the fashion front in her architectural gown by Delpozo. It's a label she has worn before: Josep Font's aesthetic is one she likes and the folded silhouette marked the Irish woman out for special attention.
The 74th Golden Globes was a reasonably stylish night and there were a number of silhouettes that will trigger high-street homages like Mandy Moore's caped, slash front black dress and Michelle Williams' Louis Vuitton lace gown worn with black bow neck ribbon.
On the positive side, there were few 'car crash' looks, unlike previous years when Lara Flynn Boyle turned up like a ballerina lost on her way to the barre in 2003, or Diane Kruger's boob tube, bare-stomached Marchesa in 2005, which remains a major blot on her style CV.
If we learned anything this year, it was that ready-to-wear trends - like the cold shoulder that gripped the high street in AW16 and again for SS17 - don't necessarily always work when ramped up on the red carpet. That certainly was the case for long term style icon Sarah Jessica Parker whose white Vera Wang wedding dress was a monstrous mistake. Ditto for Sienna Miller who unfathomably abandoned her inherent style eye on the night and whose vibes were oddly mismatched.
Super-stylish Limerick woman Ruth Negga will have us on the edge of our seats with her choices over the upcoming awards season, while tuxedo diversity from Evan Rachel Wood signalled there will be originality and individuality coming down the tracks between now and the Oscars.
✓ Caitriona Balfe
Anyone who loves COS will appreciate the architectural qualities of this Delpozo folded gown and I love the bare neck and absence of chandelier earrings. Maith an cailín, Caitriona.
✓ Hailee Steinfeld
Lilac is not just for silver-haired grannies as this first-time nominee showed in her sheer Vera Wang dress with train, which provided a nice contrast in a sea of metallics and cleavage.
✓ Lily Collins
It was the first dress she saw and well done Lily (above) for knowing instinctively that this Zuhair Murad pink lace gown was for her. It marks her out as an up-and-coming red carpet player.
✓ Emma Stone
V for Valentino and a V-neck sheer, embellished gown for this style crush. She might have sniped at Ryan Seacrest when asked about her gúna, but it was very cute and I loved the cross straps at the back.
✓ Ruth Negga
Nicolas Ghesquiere of Louis Vuitton created this custom-made, shimmering, sequinned metallic gown for our Limerick girl and I especially liked the high neck, sleeves, statement zip and tiny lacquered, 1920s kiss curls.
✓ Amy Adams
Tom Ford’s sequinned sheath with square-edged, crumb catcher neckline was supremely sophisticated and the streamlined silhouette was perfectly set off by Amy’s crowning glories: Titian hair and beguiling eyes.
✓ Blake Lively
This is how to work a red carpet — a Versace Atelier homage to the female form in bodycon velvet, glittering neckline detail and the best accessory of all: a handsome, adoring hubbie.
✓ Evan Rachel Wood
Bravo to Evan Rachel Wood in Joseph Altuzarra custom-made tuxedo suit — the most original look of the night.
✗ Sarah Jessica Parker
Omg, those sleeves, what were you thinking SJP? Seriously surprised that this sassy style icon would go down the route of a Vera Wang wedding dress and as for the awful swirly, ombre granny plait... the less said, the better.
✗ Jill Soloway
Sorry, I just don’t get this. But if she feels comfy in her Gucci PJs, more power to her.
✗ Nicole Kidman
More awful sleeves from Nicole Kidman in McQueen, channelling rock chick vibes with shredded chiffon and sequins — but those unnecessary sleeve appendages should have been cut off.
✗ Sienna Miller
Hugely disappointed by Sienna’s choice of Michael Kors cutout dress. What possessed her to twin that Jersey Shore silhouette with a string of mumsy pearls? Liked the back though!