Not only did Hollywood have a major night, but so did the color red. At the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards last night, stars were blazing a trail in their flame-hued dresses, taking a nod from one of our favorite runway trends of 2013. For the big event, a pack of A-listers stepped out in vibrant dresses in the shade, making matching the red carpet one of the major trends of the evening. Amy Adams looked divinely effortless wearing Valentino, Taylor Swift was beautiful in a Carolina Herrera gown, Emma Watson took a successful risk in a Dior ensemble, and Lupita Nyong’o made a statement in Ralph Lauren. One thing’s for sure, these looks are hot, hot, hot!
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There was no mistaking a banner year for fashion at the 2014 Golden Globes, not when it turned out to be this hard just to narrow down a Top 10 from all of the fabulous rule breakers who stormed the red carpet. Sure, some divisive looks appeared now and again, but there was little doubt after Sunday night that taking chances paid huge dividends in more cases than not. Wasn’t it exciting to see so much variety of color and shape, not to mention one very fabulous cape? Here, without further ado, are my choices for best dressed of 2014:
The 2014 Golden Globes red carpet was filled with stunning gowns, and as they made their debut, we couldn’t help but notice many of them showing off their amazing backs! While these ladies looked incredible from all angles, we were wowed by the backside of their gowns. We first noticed the trend on Amy Adams, who stunned in a red halter-neck gown with a plunging neckline by Valentino. Cate Blanchett, always one to make a statement on the red carpet, rocked a black lace Armani Privé gown with divine detailing, and Emma Watson got creative in a two-piece pants and dress ensemble by Dior with chic structure. These stars definitely brought sexy back to the Golden Globes red carpet!
We Played Stylist! Here’s How We Would Dress Kerry Washington, Amy Adams and Lena Dunham for the Golden GlobesJan 10, 2014 @ 4:01 pm
At the moment, it seems as though nothing will quell our excitement for the Golden Globes. In anticipation of finding out who will be wearing who down the red carpet, we played stylist and narrowed down our favorite gowns for three leading ladies: Kerry Washington, Amy Adams and Lena Dunham. Read on to see our winning picks for each nominee:
What she wore at last year’s Golden Globes: A sheer beaded Miu Miu
What we can see her in this year: This tiered Marchesa creation (middle). Her style is a complex blend that manages to fuse a fierce, fashion-forward attitude with sweet, soft styles. And thanks to her history with the brand, we know a Marchesa gown wouldn’t be out of the ordinary.
What we’d love to see her try: A sleek burgundy J. Mendel gown (right). Even though the color is infinitely richer and bolder than what Washington typically favors on the red carpet, the gown’s off-shoulder straps and intricate bodice hold a daring-yet-romantic aesthetic.
What she wore at last year’s Golden Globes: A mermaid Marchesa design
What we can see her in this year: An embellished baby-blue Badgley Mischka (middle). The softness and opulence are both in line with what she wore last year, plus the deep sexy neckline is a perfect fit after all the plunging silhouettes from her role in American Hustle!
What we’d love to see her try: This Chanel Couture stunner (right). The mermaid silhouette is one she’s familiar with, but we dare her to inject some edge with a gown that fearlessly mixes texture and metals, complete with the severe pulled back ‘do.
What she wore at last year’s Golden Globes: A plum off-the-shoulder Zac Posen gown
What we can see her in this year: This Valentino Couture gown (middle). Judging from Dunham’s history on the red carpet, we’ve discovered that she gravitates toward dresses that 1) are in jeweled tones, 2) boast bold prints, and 3) flares out at the waist. The gown we’ve chosen for her embodies all three.
What we’d love to see her try: A Marc Jacobs design (right). The uncensored actress is famous for venturing out into unknown territory (in life, in Girls and even in fashion), so this out-there sheer Victorian-inspired gown is right up her alley.
On her hit show Homeland — whose season three series finale airs Sunday, Dec. 15 on HBO — Claire Danes tends to wear staid suits (and the occasional hospital gown). But on the red carpet, the three-time Emmy winner and four-time Golden Globe winner is a style pro. She’s been walking in the pop of flash bulbs for almost two decades now, ever since 1995’s My So-Called Life made her a bold-faced name. While most people would be intimidated navigating the tricky style waters, Danes approaches her red carpet appearances with a solid confidence, telling us in 2004, “Armed with good shoes and a good frock, I’m good to go!” She takes a minimalist approach to her style, donning sleek silhouettes with clean necklines and letting a pop of bold color or dazzling fabric bring the glamour.
It was a big night for Idris Elba and Naomie Harris as they brought their historic film, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom to New York City at the Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center with special guest, Nelson Mandela’s daughter Zindzi. For the premiere, Elba, who stars as the iconic leader, was joined by his on-screen wife, Harris, who told InStyle.com that she did her fair share of research in preparation for her role as Winnie. “I interviewed people who knew Winnie, I watched documentaries about the Apartheid era, I read biographies written about her, I watched hours of uncut footage of her being interviewed,” she said. “I also sat down with Winnie herself, which was amazing.” The film is based on the 1994 biography written by Mandela himself, which chronicles his early years growing up in the rural Cape region, to his days as a lawyer and Apartheid resistance leader, his 27 years spent in prison, and finally his election as South Africa’s first-ever democratically voted president. It also touches on the relationship of Nelson and Winnie, who after Nelson went to jail, spent almost a year in solitary confinement, yet managed to express her strength through style. “The fashion is really about self-expression, it’s very colorful and very different,” Harris explained. “They have their own sense of style, almost peacock-like, its vibrancy and the use of colors.” As for Harris’ style on the red carpet, the actress stunned in a black sheer tulle Valentino embroidered gown and admitted that she gets to “have fun, play, and be outlandish” when it comes to her premiere looks. “[Since] you’re actually in the movie, you can go a bit further because normally you kind of feel like, ‘Oh I don’t want to dress up too much,’ but now you’re like ‘oh, well it is my movie so I’m going to dress up!,’” she laughed. Catch Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom out in theaters everywhere on November 29th.
They may have a troubling on-screen mother-daughter relationship in Carrie, the film based on Stephen King’s horror tale, but off-screen, Julianne Moore and Chloe Moretz have shared some adorable red carpet moments! From celebrating Moore’s star ceremony on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where they both wore Dolce & Gabbana dresses, to the red carpet for the world premiere of Carrie where they matched in long gowns (Moore chose a white draped Givenchy dress and Moretz went for a sheer forest-green Valentino dress) these two make a great pair. Click through our gallery to see more of Moore’s and Moretz’s cutest moments from the Carrie premieres, and be sure to catch the film in theaters nationwide right now!
You’ll always be true to your blues, but it may be time to spice things up! Recently, denim designers have translated acclaimed runway prints onto our beloved denim bottoms: We spotted Valentino’s delft porcelain pattern and Milly’s holographic hue on jeans, and we have sourced these pairs and more to help you find the perfectly patterned fit. Click to shop denim inspired by praised Fall 2013 ready-to-wear runways looks, including Givenchy’s paisley, Alberta Ferretti’s plaid, Kenzo’s croc, L’Wren Scott’s embroidery, and more.