Thursday 29 September 2016

Golden girls - who was ahead in Golden Globes style stakes?

The Golden Globes mark the start of red-carpet season in Hollywood. So who's ahead in the style stakes? Fashion editor Bairbre Power reports

Published 13/01/2016 | 02:30

Actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards. Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images
Actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards. Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images
Amy Schumer (left) Golden Globes 2016
Saoirse Ronan Golden Globes 2016
Cate Blanchett
Katy Perry Golden Globes 2016
Kate Hudson
Jennifer Lopez at the 2016 Golden Globes
Jaimie Alexander Golden Globes 2016
Alicia Vikander 2016 Golden Globes

It's game on as the Golden Globes in Beverly Hills kick off the start of the serious red carpet season in Tinseltown.

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The style brigade were out in force with common themes emerging including capes, trains and I must confess, I was thrilled to see so many deep pockets in dramatic big skirts. At last the humble pocket gets the fashion respect it deserves.

Some dresses looked better from the front than the back - and vice versa.

The svelte gym bunnies looked to a variety of waistline cut-outs to display six-packs and abs. Stylists like Rachel Zoe and Elizabeth Saltzman, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair who is in Saoirse Ronan's style corner, will be sitting down today to review the choices and get their ladies kitted out in established couture brands and emerging designers before the SAGs and BAFTAS, rolling up to the Oscars at the end of February.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

We are so used to seeing the British model wearing nothing, well almost nothing in her lacy M&S lingerie, but this toffee-hued, strategically cut, trumpet-style Atelier Versace gown, was positively ethereal, full of old Hollywood glamour. Rosie sparkled literally, wearing her brand new engagement ring from action man actor beau Jason Statham. Expect to see lots of copies of this dress coming down the high street. But how many others will have the body for it?

Jennifer Lopez

JLo stole my heart, not just because her mustard/marigold Giambattista Valli Haute Couture gown was gorgeous, but because it was so un-JLo. High-necked from the catwalk queen who is usually slashed to the navel, I loved the various elements, from the sleek cape detail and gentle draping on the waistline to the Angelina leg on show. It was the epitome of sophistication with a generous train and that 46-carat diamond wreath necklace completed this exercise in couture chic.

Alicia Vikander

Michael Fassbender's other half set the bar high early on in the night with a totally different look for the red carpet in a white column dress with vertical stripes of sequins by Louis Vuitton.

I loved the gently pleated folds on the neckline, but it was the back view that won my heart, bare with pinafore-effect cross-over straps. So totally different from anything else on the night. Can't wait to see what The Danish Girl actress wears next.

Cate Blanchett

This dress has the marmite factor: you either hate it, or love it. I loved the ice-cream pink Givenchy gown with its fringing and embroidery. Cate always pushes the envelope and comes up with something very distinctive and head turning. Industry insiders will love this for its point of difference and the 'experiential' factor of walking in fringing but it's not a look that the average woman could pull off, and most men will probably hate it.

Jaimie Alexander

I loved the trend of big skirts with pockets and this Genny-designed green plunge front dress worked well for Blindspot actress Jaimie Alexander. She teamed it with flawless, polished skin and gleaming Lorraine Schwartz emerald earrings and a whopper of a ring. Loved the fact that there weren't boobs escaping like madmen from each side.

Saoirse Ronan

At first, I thought it was a misjudged wedding dress, but on closer inspection, this Saint Laurent gown was supremely elegant and she carried off the deep V neckline and long scarf train detail from one shoulder. But we could have done without the whole nail salon story again as it meant she didn't have time to tell E!'s Guilana Rancic about her dress and Chopard diamonds.

Amy Schumer

Talk about the dress wearing the woman - there was nothing funny about comedian Amy Schumer's dress. She looked like she had been airlifted down into a giant puddle of an ill-fitting Prabal Gurung gown. Pity, because the neckline looked promising.

Kate Hudson

Oh Kate, what were you thinking of? This nude sequinned aberration by Michael Kors made her look like a tarty mermaid - resonant of Britney Spears in the 90s - far less sleek than the hot mama of two who rocked white Versace at the Golden Globes last year. It looked very trailer-park trash. I hated that cheap neckband and the OTT effort to show off her abs, which Jennifer Lawrence did the right way. Still, Kate has a season of red carpet outings to rehabilitate her rep.

Katy Perry

This sugary pink red carpet disaster has been hailed as Playboy meets Prada and it is a prime example of when you get it wrong from head to toe. Starting with the beehive, this busty, dusky pink had none of the couture hallmarks you expect from the Italian design house. Bad shape too as it was unflattering and not even the Harry Winston diamonds could retrieve it. Apparently Katy was excited to work with super stylist, Leslie Fremar. Not so sure they are on the right page!

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