Golden Globes 2016 - Red Carpet Fashion

"The Revenant" Swipes Competitors

The Show

"Life's a box of chocolates Forrest, you never know what you're gonna get"  - Forrest Gump (1994)

The 73rd Golden Globes shindig was held on Sunday, January 10, 2016 with Ricky Gervais at the Beverly Hills Hilton hotel.  Gervais was witty with verbal swats aimed at thespians from television and the movie industry while sipping beer.   The audience in the ball room and at home couldn't help but burst out in laughter though the bleeping did open the doors to more bleeping throughout the evening.   After all, if one can't take the heat, stay home or change the channel.  The evening is always a shades of grey affair with an "anything goes" attitude. This year was no exception and it became clear that frontier storytelling was going to snap up all the gold.  The bear of the evening was the film The Revenant, which is based on the story of Hugh Glass, swept up Best Director, Alejandro G. Inarritu Best Actor, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Best Film Drama.  Conversely, The Martian, was listed in the category of a Picture, Comedy or Musical which was ridiculous and heavily noted during the show.  Perhaps this was the only path for Matt Damon to win the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy, Picture or a Movie. One will never know.  It is definitely clear that this is DiCaprio's year with a lengthy list of impressive films under his knife and now the crowning moment of The Revenant.   For this writer, The Revenant was an incredible movie that is thought provoking and unforgettable.  The storytelling, cast ensemble, acting, script, cinematic beauty, visceral feats and the distinct knowledge that it was a brutal film shoot reminds the audience that a well told story is craved and desired by audiences.

More over, the best acceptance speech of the night was also from Leonardo DiCaprio with a standing ovation to boot.  It was surprising how many of the actors were unprepared to speak if they won.   DiCaprio, on the other hand, commanded the stage and gave an eloquent and poignant speech.  Obviously, some thought, memorization and practice had been put into giving a thoughtful thank you.  It is a reminder that it is necessary to learn the skill of presenting in front of a crowd with style, forethought, and grace. Tom Hanks was another eloquent presenter even with a bad cold when announcing the Cecill B. DeMille award to the deserving Denzel Washington.  The most confusing acceptance speech of the night to watch was John Hamm, Best Actor, Drama for Mad MenMad Men, was and remains an iconic show to be watched for years to come.  Don Draper, Hamm's character on Mad Men, is similar to a movie star, with substance, brilliance in presentation and with an aura that is distinctly memorable. Hamm's real personality lacks all the charismatic powerful strength of Draper which ensue obviously denotes the Golden Globe win.  Imagine if  Don Draper had won the award? Now, that may have rivaled, DiCaprio's eloquent dialogue.


Learn to Say Thank You!

Year of Yes - Shonda Rhimes - Writer - Creator of Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, Private Practice, How to Get Away with Murder

The "Year of Yes" by Shonda Rhimes would indeed help the unprepared speakers.   The book highlights the skill of learning to accept compliments and/or awards while looking into someone's eyes or in this case audiences and stating Thank You with aplomb. There is no reason to mumble, act shocked with no thoughts on what  to say or for that matter to be discombobulated.  You made it and were on the list!  And, it isn't a badge of honor to appear "cool" by acting flummoxed.  It is insulting to the audience, to the presenters, voters, fans and event.  Thus, prepare, prepare, prepare and then slay the audience with rousing rhetoric, smiles and thank you.  Can't wait for the Oscars!

"I am sorry for anyone I forgot.  I'll write you a thank-you card" - Brie Larson, Best Actress Drama - Room

The Fashion

Of course, the fashion this year did not disappoint.  The ladies and gents of the red carpet were attired in the finest apparel befitting the grand occasion.  The array of vivid reds, mustard yellows, deep navy blue, deepest blacks and crisp white floated down the red carpet with constant flashbulbs and screams from adoring fans.   The frocks embellishments varied from off the shoulder, glittering sequins, ruffle madness, flowers, sparkles and so much more.  Hair was swept up or deftly pinning under highlighting gorgeous faces.  Just who was movie star gorgeous and who tragically missed the mark?


Red, White, Navy, Mustard and Nude Moments

Movie Star Glam

8.  Whimsical - Caitriona Balfe - Alexander McQueen:  Balfe nominated for Best Performance Actress TV for Outlander, stunned in a classic black lace concoction with feminine ruffles creating a mystical and beautiful appearance.   The mix of fabric textures worked on Balfe and reminded the audience of the character Claire who floats through time in The Outlander series. Take away the ruffles and the gown becomes simple and classic modern while adding the embellishments transports the viewer back to another time.  The simple makeup, red lips and stunning drop earrings dazzle.

7.   Grecian Statute - Saoirse Ronan - Hedi Slimane's for Saint Laurent:   Ronan nominated for Best Actress, Drama - "Brooklyn"  was draped in a ivory silk dress which complimented the gorgeous skin and makeup.  The Chopard chandelier earrings and pear-cut ring added to the simplicity of this youthful and radiant beauty.

6.  Velvet Diva - Kristen Dunst - Valentino:  Dunst nominated for Best Actress Limited Series TV - "Fargo" was draped in a beautifully designed black velvet gown which glowed against Dunst's skin. The hair, makeup, drop earring was movie star chic and definitely a far cry from her character, Claire, in the crafty, twisted and random event series Fargo.

5.  Thunderbolts of Navy - Viola Davis - Marchesa:  Davis nominated for Best Actress TV for "How to Get Away with Murder" sparkled on the red carpet with gorgeous navy gown embedded with star-like crystals that radiated on the red carpet.  The fuchsia lips combined with the dress and earrings caused a stop the press moment.  Additionally, Davis grace and eloquence always outshines among many.

4.  Flowers to Impress - Amber Heard - Gucci:  This silk and tulle dress in sienna and nude by Gucci was glorious to behold.  The addition of deep hued flower-like pieces around the neck and racing down the back were utterly stunning.  Everything from the hair, lips, makeup and jewels were perfection. 


Golden Globes 2016


Golden Globes - 2014

3.  Vivacious A-Lister - Amy Adams - Atelier Versace:  Adams movie star pose was accentuated by this divine, figure enhancing and beaded gown that rivaled peers on this night.   The bewitching tangerine orange with red hair flowing down was a sight not to miss. Never one to fear oranges or reds with silky long red hair as was the case on the red carpet in 2014 for the film American Hustle.  Adams always stands out in the crowd with showstopping old Hollywood allure.

2.  Joyous Joy - Jennifer Lawrence - Dior:  Lawrence, Best Actress, Drama for the movie "Joy", was sensational on the red carpet in a red concoction with cut outs and a sparkling diamond choker.  This incredible actress not only delights on-screen but is completely at ease in public-eye whether cameras are popping or giving an acceptance speech.  This is one star on the rise and is reminiscent of the infamous Meryl Streep. 

1. Beautifully Busy - Alicia Vikander - Louis Vuitton:   Vikander nominated for Best Actress, Drama for "The Danish Girl" and Best Actress, Supporting, for "Ex Machina", stepped out under the photographer lights in a delicately pleated white gown resembling a modern and fresh pinafore.  The elegant look along with swept up hair and drop earrings were exquisite.  This maven not only was nominated for two Golden Globes but she also was the face Vuitton Spring 2015 fashion campaign.



Missed the Mark


“Have I gone mad? I'm afraid so, but let me tell you something, the best people usually are.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

9. Surrey with a Fringe on Top or All Over - Cate Blanchett - Givenchy:  Blanchett, nominated for Best Actress, Drama"Carol"  rarely if ever disappoints on the red carpet.  However, this blush pink fringe infused gown was crazy off the charts hideous.  Yes, the pinky hue of the gown and makeup were pretty though the hair pinned underneath was so last year. The entire hand sewn get up was just a mishmash of horse fringe and lace swirls.   Back to the drawing board, indeed!


8.  Red Hot -Red Not - Natalie Dormen - J Mendel:  Dormen a Queen on "The Games of Thrones" donned a red pleated gown with straps draped on the sides of the arms finishing with sparkling black headpiece   The dress with the messy hair and pale makeup seemed a disastrous mix of elements.

"I got the wig out and brought the globes with me" - Katy Perry

7.  The Pink Bouffant - Katy Perry - Prada: The bubblegum pink fitted dress with a plunging neckline screamed a Barbie Girl moment.  The dress was figure hugging but the bouffant hair was simply a beehive that was not the slightest bit attractive.  Instead the low neckline and black piled high hair screamed "Look at me" but not in a ladylike or chic way. In fact, rather tacky.   

6.  Genie on the Lose - Kate Hudson - Michael Kors:  The blush-colored design with cutouts and a choker neckline showed off and enviable and toned womanly figure.  However, the dress is just not appropriate for a Black Tie affair.  Hudson has stunned on the red carpet over the years yet sadly this gown needs to go back into the bottle. 

5.  Rags versus Riches - Rooney Mara - Alexandar McQueen:  Mara nominated for Best Actress, Drama for "Carol" graced the red carpet in a blush toned gown that looked like rags.  The messy hued frock completely washed out Mara and did not compliment in the slightest.  Enough said.


Queen Elizabeth I

4.  Queen Elizabeth I- Jane Fonda- Yves Saint Laurent Couture:  Fonda looked absolutely sensational and queenly for her age as she strolled down the red carpet with style and panache.   The white fitted gown among a sea of brilliant hues was impressive.  However, the clamshell cape at the top of the frock was just too heavy and did not enhance Fonda. Was she going for a Elizabethan look? Inquiring minds would like to know!

3.  No Pants Please - Taylor Schilling - Takoon: This pant suit is lovely on Schilling but should not be worn to a red carpet affair.  Here are the Black Tie rules:

  • Black Tie Event:  Both men and woman arrive in formal dress.
  • Men: Black Tuxedo jacket, white formal shirt, a black bow tie, cummerbund around the waist, cuff links, black patent shoes
  • Women: Long gown with jewelry.  For pizzazz - add sparkling jewelry, creative hair, artful makeup, lips, clutch and perhaps gloves.

2. An Affront not Affair - Maura Tierney:  Tierney, Best Actress, Supporting for "The Affair" looked matronly and indifferent to the Golden Globes affair.  The gown, work out hair bun, pale makeup and interesting jewelry screamed, "I do not care about fashion."  The glasses are fine if need to be used while reading an acceptance speech but otherwise lose them or find a pair that is fashionable.  It is always surprising and sad when an artist or any woman decides that appearance means nothing.   There is only one word - disrespectful -  to the industry, peers and the fans.

1. No Suits - Judith LightLight nominated for Best Actress, Supporting for "Transparent" also did not follow the dress code for an evening affair.  Light has a great figure that would have benefited from a figure hugging gown.  The suit with cummerbund was wrinkled and overall ill fitting.

“All the world's a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed.”  - Sean O'Casey


Frump of the Evening - Worst Dressed

And, the award goes too....

Fun, Flirty and So Wrong - Eva Longoria - Georges Hobeika:   The white gown was filled with a myriad of crazy design elements from bow ties, gold bow tie belt, knee-high slit and a pops of color floral bouquet on the hips. The overall look was a complete and desperate disaster.  On the other hand, Longoria has a gorgeous figure and in someways the dress is "fun" but not meant for a red carpet event.   More importantly, I am hoping her new show, Telenovela (ABC) will be a hit.  This fashionista really likes Longoria and just wished a more polished and refined ensemble.


The Queen - Best Dressed

Effortlessly confident, smart, sophisticated elegance, poise and manners
And, the award goes too....

The Queen of the Golden Globes 2016 - Jennifer Lopez - Giambattista Valli:  The Shades of Blue (NBC) star, opted for a show stopping mustard gown that was awe gasping flawless.  The hair and makeup were breathtaking and minimal with the just the right combination of reds on the lips.  Of course, the 200 carats of Harry Winston diamonds created a sparkling finish.  When Lopez walked out onto the red carpet the press screamed and the audience swooned with delight.  The effect was sheer genius.  Lopez was The Queen of the evening and the movie star that had it all on this night.


Let the fashion and film roars continue for the upcoming Oscars! 

Academy Awards - February 28, 2016

"Pain is temporary. A film is forever" - Alejandro G. Inarritu, Best Director, "The Revenant" 


Forever Chic Style - Kim Hardwick

Winter White Apparel with Manners

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Year of Being Considerate

Sporting Winter White for the Dark Days of Winter

The winter cold and beautiful blue skies along with whitest snow are indeed breathtaking to the beholder.   With each bright and shiny day the darkness appears earlier and earlier until it slowly reverses.   During the long freezing evenings books are read, binge watching is commencing and even adult coloring comes into play in front of a fire with family or a loved one.   Of course, everyone spends their time differently yet this scenario does sound rather cozy and nice.  Add a dog by the fire, or maybe a cat and a glass of wine for a worthy stage of joy and peace.  Of course while thinking about the year ahead and perhaps tomorrow's apparel choices - why not add a dusting of manners to the mix for a stellar start.   How about setting aside the greys, blacks, browns apparel hues and instead snap up everything gloriously winter white.  Why, if we must - yes, please!


Adventures of Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll

"Have some wine," the March Hare said in an encouraging tone.

Alice looked all around the table, but there was nothing on it but tea. "I don't see any wine," she remarked.

"There isn't any," said the March Hare.

"Then it wasn't very civil of you to offer it," said Alice angrily.

"It wasn't very civil of you to sit down without being invited," said the March Hare.

"I didn't know it was your table," said Alice: "it's laid for a great many more than three."

"Your hair wants cutting," said the Hatter. He had been looking at Alice for some time with great curiosity, and this was his first speech.
"You should learn not to make personal remarks," Alice said with some severity: "it's very rude." 


Be a Gracious Hostess and not a March Hare

1. Offer Refreshments at Home: "Would you like a glass of wine, coffee or water?"  "Would you like a spot of tea?"
2. When asked Please Answer:  "Why, yes please." or rather "No, thank you."  
3. No Personal Statements at the Table:  "Red lipstick looks horrid on you or you need a hair cut." So tragic to break the sparkling mood around the table or in home with a judgmental comment. 
4. Seating and Napkins:  Did you all know this or remember?
  • Seated:  When seated - immediately unfold the napkin and place on lap with the fold close to body and the edges facing outward.  (Better to use your hands)
  • Leaving the Table for Moment or Two: When leaving the table for a minute of two - place napkin on the chair. 
  • Done Eating and Leaving the Table: When done eating and ready to leave the table - take the napkin, loosely folded and place to the right of the place setting. 
5. No Cell Phone Please at the Table:    If you need to check your cell phone, remove oneself from the table, place the napkin on the chair and say, "Excuse me please. I will be back in a moment"

Wintery White Sweater

 I.  Winter White Sweaters:  Wear winter white sweaters either by a fire, or out an about during the day.  The beauty of elegant white highlights the face, the hair and overall evokes an angelic appearance.

Pearly Perfect Cardigan

Joie 'Acheron' Zip Front Leather Trim Wool Cardigan

Fringe Fun

Theory 'Hudina R' Merino Sweater

Everyday Cashmere

Philosophy Cashmere Long Sleeve Mock Neck, Pure Snowflake

"We are like a snowflake all different in our own beautiful way" - Unknown


To Hold the Door for Another or Not???

A person is walking in a group ahead of several people all going into the same building.  Upon arriving at the door the person does the following:

A.  Open the door and walk on through the door without looking back.
B.  Open the door, looks behind and holds the door for the next person so they can enter easily.
Answer:  B

The person following the person opening the door replies as follows:

A.  Door is held open by another and you just walk through without acknowledging the person holding the door.
B.  Door is held open by another and you notice the person and say - "Why, Thank you"
C.  Door is held open by another and you notice the person and say - "Why, Thank you"  The person holding the door replies - "You are welcome".
Answer:  C

Be a Snow Bunny

II.  Winter White Coat:  A perfectly white coat for the stormy days of winter adds a bit of brightness wherever worn.   Of course, a white outerwear coat can get dirty yet this is why we have washer and dryer machines! Right.  Choose wisely.  Look for fit that allows a sweater underneath and furthers warmth. Baby it is cold outside!

Canada Goose 'Trillium' Regular Fit Down Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim

The North Face 'Jenae' Hooded Down Jacket

"Skiing is a dance and the mountain always leads" - Unknown


Yes or No?

Do you say Yes or No more often when asked to events, parties, speaking engagements, walks in the park etc.?  Chances are as you get older we all learn to say No more often than not. We think it is to protect our time yet really we are saying No to ourselves - to a moment of joy or to the unknown.   And, additionally in saying No we lose spontaneity.   Our lives become scripted, planned out with times, dates and places all mapped with finite details that resemble nothing like our youth. Reflect and marvel at children who make snow angels, play and just live with smiles and so much fun.   Remember those days - perhaps even in college or high school the days were filled with last minute rendezvouses where nothing was thought out.   Conversely, when everything is scheduled to the max stress levels tend to rise.   Of course, saying Yes all the time never works either based on lifestyle, work, children, finances or just too many things in one day to accomplish.  However,  maybe make a goal to say "Yes" twice a month in the New Year towards something to do with a friend, a loved one or just yourself.  It could be getting a coffee, a walk or just a call - not a text or email but a real phone call.  Say Yes to sitting in your office, by the fire and doing absolutely nothing for 15 minutes. That's right  - nothing.  We need to recharge, rest our minds and let the world stop of a moment or two. It is the only way we can see what the next step is in the journey of life.  

Yes, saying Yes can be freeing and in fact exhilarating.  Everything doesn't need to be planned or picture (Facebook, Instagram) perfect.  Say Yes to others and more importantly say Yes to you. 

Joy - The Movie

Jennifer Lawrence & Robert DeNiro - Joy (2015)

Have you seen the flick Joy? Well, the movie is fun, entertaining, creative, lively and ultimately has a wonderful message.   Ms. Lawrence, throughout the film wears the classic button down white shirt.  The apparel suggestion for 2016 is to pick up a brand spanking new white button down blouse and relish the incredible ways that this one piece can be styled.

III. The White Blouse:  In a fashionistas's closet the one item that always reigns supreme is the classic white blouse. Seriously, this number can be worn alone with leggings or nice pants, underneath sweaters and any other way possible.

Burberry Brit Stretch Poplin Shirt

"Buy less, choose well" - Vivienne Westwood

Winter white is a true classic apparel choice during the dark of winter.   Along the way of selecting winter white apparel become a gracious hostess, open doors and say Yes to you and the New Year.  We are all a collection of unique snowflakes to be noticed and seen.  Thus, take the time, slow down, be considerate and focus on the present.  If you do - you will see the world and its people as it truly is - beautiful, strong, ever changing and magnificent.

Kim Hardwick - Forever Chic Style