Golden Globes 2012 fashion: Red carpet trends
Strapless gowns, understated glamour and a fair few show-offs on the red carpet at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards.
Are backs the new cleavage? Are straps so 2011? Is it an unhappy ending for the fairytale gown? These were the earth-shattering questions we were left agonising over in the wake of last night's Golden Globes Awards in Hollywood.
Of course, the only accolade we're interested in - and the one that can often make or break an actresses career self-esteem - is that of best dressed. Forget the film, what on earth was she wearing?!
This year's red carpet threw up a mixed bag of sartorial statements: some unexpected hits and some disappointing losers, but a few clear trends.
NO STRAPS REQUIRED
After a few years in the red carpet wilderness, awards season can welcome back the strapless gown, as toted by Angelina 'What? This old thing?' Jolie, whose asymmetric, satin Atelier Versace gown, punctuated with a flash of red, was accessorised to perfection with a knockout scarlet pout and Brad Pitt. In a sea of strapless gowns, other notable mascots included Kate Beckinsale's flawless Roberto Cavalli ensemble; Natalie Portman's pink Lanvin, which boasted a distracting side-bustle; and Jessica Alba's embellished Gucci gown. Mind you, Alba could literally turn up in a paper bag and still steal the show.
OUR VERDICT: Only those with perfect breasts, narrow shoulders and impeccable posture need apply.
FUSS-FREE AND FABULOUS
These are our kind of girls. They don't need to be dripping in flashy jewels, smothered by an enormous bouffant or held into their outfits with industrial sized rolls of wig-tape. Queen of the clean and simple crew is My Week With Marilyn star, Michelle Williams, who not only scored a mega hit with her midnight blue Jason Wu gown, but also her acting, taking home the Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical Award for her performance as the tragic movie star. British actress Kelly Macdonald followed suit in understated emerald Lorena Sarbu, but we have to hand it to 45 year-old Julianna Margulies who knocked the socks off the competition in her figure-hugging, backless Naeem Khan gown. If that body isn't enough to keep your January resolutions on track, nothing will.
OUR VERDICT: Way to make everyone else feel overdressed. Simply genius.
Expect to see these ladies propping up a few worst dressed lists, but certainly not ours. These are the girls confident and striking enough to pull off what, on any M.O P (member of the public), would be a royal horror. Remember, they are no ordinary people, they are style icons, prepeared to strike out and break the rules. Tilda, in your belted jacket, minimal make-up and windswept hair; Rooney, stripped of flashy baubles; and Evan in your feathery fancy, we salute you.
OUR VERDICT: Don't try this at home.
THE FROTHY POSSEE
Is it just us, or does it feel like the flouncy, frou-frou fairy princess look had its day? Madonna and her leading lady, Andrea Riseborough looked like they belonged on top of the Christmas tree, and don't even get us started on Elle Macpherson's OTT 'look at me!' horror show. Anyone who needs two seats in the auditorium and help going to the toilet, ought to take a good hard look at themselves and think 'Is this really modern?'.
OUR VERDICT: Big, yes, but not clever.