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Melanie Morris: The one thing you should take from the Golden Globes - plain is back in

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Kate Hudson.

Kate Hudson.

George and Amal Clooney.

George and Amal Clooney.

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Kate Hudson.

If there's one thing we've learned from the Golden Globes' red carpet, it's that plain is back.

As Hollywood's finest paraded in front of the world's cameras there was a notable absence of tiers, frilly bits, feathers and bows.

Instead, the look was pared back: it focused on the form, great tailoring, stunningly beautiful gowns in no need of over-enhancing.

I mean, what's the point in living on egg whites and sweating it out in hot yoga if you can't show off the fruits of your labour?

Setting the tone of the evening, Amal Clooney appeared in Dior Haute Couture; the perfect LBD.

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Black and with one-shoulder detail, the long column was bereft of detail, and was simply accessorised with long white evening gloves… a game changer on the red carpet that will no doubt work it's way into many debs photos come next autumn.

Amal led the charge of beautiful women who went for great tailoring in the frock front. Felicity Jones teal gown fitted and flared to perfection, as did Diane Kruger's sliver dress.

Lena Dunham also went for structure, with a red satin mullet dress (short at the front, long at the back) by former babysitter Zac Posen. Her look divided Twitter, with some thinking she looked her elegant best, while others felt she'd sold out to normcore.

New young hotshots who got it more pin sharp in terms of trends were Lorde and Emma Stone, both of whom rocked great trouser suits.

Flesh played a part on the red carpet, with Kate Hudson, Gwyneth Paltrow and Emily Blunt all showing their assets to best advantage. Their dresses had selectively revealing cut-outs, but remained demure in silhouette, once again showing off the girls' gym-honed physiques.

The words 'golden' and 'globes' could definitely applied to Jennifer Lopez' look. She was slashed to the navel, then back up to the thigh with flowing locks, bronzed skin and mountains of make-up.

In fact, her look out drag-queened Conchita Wurst's elegant emerald green velvet number.

Red was one of the biggest colours of the night, worn to amazing effect by Taylor Schilling and Helen Mirren, that latter of whom accessorised her gown with a "Je Suis Charlie" sign.

On the bad side of red, actress Kate Mara took styling a step too far by wrapping the oddest, ugliest thick tan belt around her otherwise pretty MiuMiu dress.

While we're talking about red carpet misfires, it was hard to tell if comedian Kristen Wiig's was intending to cause laughs with her white net curtains dress and Claire Danes rocked a folksy loo roll doll dress that really did her no fashion favours at all.

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Not all actresses went for structure and form. Lupita Nyong'o did her own thing in frothy in a white dress covered in purple petals and Anna Kendrick looked really pretty in a spotted tuille gown of damson and dusty pink. Their ultra-feminine frocks were the highlight, as the girls were smart enough to then hold back on accessories.

My personal favourites were 50 Shades of Grey star Dakota Fanning's silver sequinned Chanel gown, Julianne Moore's Givenchy sequins and feathers and Sienna Miller's return to fashion form with my very favourite white dress, cut low, lightly embellished and contrasted nicely with her blunt, bedhead bob.

And if I learned one other thing from the awards, it's that the box clutch is back, it's the one thing all woman had in their hand and something we can all replicate. Now, if only we could clone Amal's arm candy too.


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