Golden Globes 2017 - Red Carpet Fashion

Lights, Camera and Action

"The number one goal of actor is to entertain.  Anything else is vanity." 

The Show

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

The 74th Golden Globes affair was held on Sunday, January 9, 2017 with Jimmy Fallon taking center stage at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.   Fallon had a witty sing song opening and kept the show flowing nicely.  Additionally, Kristin Whig and Steve Carrell were the highlight of the evening with a hilarious sketch that had the room roaring with laughter.  Mark my words these two will host next year.  Of course, politics made an expected entrance that some embraced whereas others were dismayed.  After all, Hollywood's main goal is to entertain and to not provide supposedly sage advice. The art of bringing a group together instead of dividing is indeed a rare gift.  Let's not digress and instead focus on the red carpet fashion which shimmered, glittered and was reminiscent of the flamboyant 1920's.  The overall fashion color themes of yellow, diamond shine, black and a peep of red had a Great Gatsby (2013) frivolous flair.  Yes, upbeat and sunshine seemed to beck and call the celebrities gracing the red carpet with smiles and excitement for a party night in tinsel town.

"The lessons from the peace process are clear; whatever life throws at us, our individual responses will be stronger for working together and sharing the load" - Queen Elizabeth II


The Fashion

Glitz, Glamour and Old Hollywood


Glitz and Glitter

Mellow Yellow

The Movie Star Glamour Queens

Glitz Diva

I. Drew Barrymore - Monique Lhuillier:  Barrymore was riveting on the red carpet in a sparkle number emphasizing a slim feminine silhouette with long flowing hair, smokey eyes and drop earrings.  Everything screamed screen siren diva.

Southern Sunshine

II. Reese Witherspoon - Versace: Witherspoon did not disappoint in the canary yellow strapless gown and vintage Tiffany & Co. jewelry.  A definite nod to old Hollywood glamour with a sunny twist.

Blue Envy

III.  Jessica Chastain - Prada:  Chastain nominated for Best Actress Motion Picture, Drama for Miss Sloane, was a vision in baby blue with embellished floral details. When on the red carpet or stage the simplicity and elegance of the plunging dress with a gleaming drop necklace draped on clear skin was indeed memorable.

Funny Girl

IV.  Julie Louis Dreyfus - George Chakra - Black and white is a classic combination that rarely fails on the red carpet.  Dreyfus nominated for Best Actress Television Series, Musical or Comedy, Veep, was a picture of elegance.   The soft hair and make up were exceptional along with the Chopard jewels.  Always willing to laugh and smile, this fashion maven never lets the audience down and truly knows how to entertain.  Did you see her DJ bit?

Golden Goddess

V.  Kerry Washington - Dolce & Gabbana: Washington nominated for Best Actress, Limited Series or Motion Picture made for TV for Confirmation was a golden goddess floating down the red carpet. Everything was glowing from the gorgeous skin, wine tinted lips, twinkling eyes along with the extensive feminine details of the dress. Washington dazzled admirers far and wide with complete perfection.

Jessica Rabbit

VI.  Brie Larson - Rodarte:  Larson was a bombshell in a ravishing off the shoulder red gown that stopped the press.  The makeup, Veronica Lake hair and red lips added to the sensational appeal.  Only one word to describe - magnificent.

Marie Antoinette

VII.  Lily Collins - Zuhair Murad:  This pink confection was drop dead glamorous on the red carpet.  The pretty and pink makeup plus the exquisite A-line design of the dress was something to behold.  Nominated for Best Actress Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy for Rules Don't Apply.  Images of Marie Antoinette come to mind with thought of on this night, "Let them eat cake".

Star Struck

VIII. Emma Stone - Valentino:  Golden Globe winner for Best Actress Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy for La La Land was striking in a nude Valentine encrusted with brilliant stars laid against china doll skin and red hair. The effect was mesmerizing and beautiful on this award winning actress. 



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

Mad Cap Ensemble

I. Jessica Beal - Elie Saab:   The velvet straps with plunging neckline combined black and with graphic black and white fabric containing applique flowers and birds was an over the top mess.  Additionally, the wide skirt did not enhance this beauties figure.  On the other hand, the skin, makeup, hair and earrings were flawless.  One idea is to have this dress be all black velvet form fitting with a few colorful florals at the hem.  Keep it simple and clean for a bell of the ball appeal.

Pink Cake Frosting


II.  Carrie Underwood - Iris Serban:  The candy cotton pink was a delicious hue with a form fitting silhouette yet was overpowering with a cascade of rosette flowers. The bodice was floral heavy and detracted from a possible to winning look only to sadly warp into an image of a cake topping. 

Tablecloth with Hippie Vibe

III.  Michelle Williams - Louis Vuitton:  Williams nominated for Best Supporting Actress, any Motion Picture for Manchester by the Sea, wore an off the shoulder white and light grey lace tablecloth gown with a trendy black velvet choker around the neck.  The platinum blond hair and makeup were subdued and lovely. Perhaps a brighter color and sparkle infused jewels would have been more appropriate for this movie star.   

The Perfect Storm

IV. Felicity Jones - Gucci:  The gown with salmon hues morphing into a bright pink with bizarre designs and palm tree appliques at the hem was insane genius.  The ensemble missed every mark and did not highlight the pretty Ms. Jones.  It was a maddeningly not effective.

Gold Christmas Tree Filigree

V.  Sophia Vergara - Zuhair Murad:  Vergara is always the movie star on the red carpet dressed for the camera and the audience.   This golden filigree frock missed the mark for the squished bodice and strangely cut arms.   The concoction was figure fitting yet didn't hit the red carpet with fireworks of years past.  The hair up was a bit too much.   Stick to what is best which is a gown with a sweetheart bodice, form fitting and flowing hair.  

Silver Mania

VI.  Nicole Kidman - Alexander McQueen: Kidman nominated for Best Supporting Actress, any Motion Picture for Lion stepped out in a fairy-like gown that was sprinkled with silver, feather, sequins along with strange fitting sleeves.  However, Kidman's skin was gorgeous, makeup beautiful and hair impeccable along with the form fitting silhouette. The dress just had too many embellishments for a show stopping moment.

Bold Sansa

VII.  Sophie Turner - Louis Vuitton:  The edgy gown was creative with sparkles, padded shoulders, cut very low and basically an example of a little of designer mania.  The hair, skin and makeup were divine and expected of Turner who plays Sansa on Game of Thrones. Definitely, missed the mark of fashion fame and wisdom. 

“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....

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker - Vera Wang:   Parker donned a Wang wedding gown with sleeve drama and Princess Lia hair that ultimately showcased a cartoon character.   The dress though a beautiful white was reminiscent of Carrie Bradshaw's wedding dress on Sex in the City.  Moreover, the hair and makeup around the eyes were disastrously dark and made the eyes small.   Perhaps if the hair was one hue and cascading down with no sleeves and less makeup the look might have worked. Parker almost seems sad and not glowing.  The many rings on the hands are on trend and rather lovely.  

The Queen - Best Dressed

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

Viola Davis

 "I look at women sometimes and I just want to ask them, "Do you know how fabulous you are?" - Viola Davis

The Queen of the Golden Globes 2017 - Viola Davis - Michael Kors:  Davis, Golden Globe winner for Best Supporting Actress, Motion Picture, Fences was indeed a vision of sunshine.  Every head turned when this outstanding and amazing actress floated down the red carpet.  The canary yellow Michael Kors embroidered stretch-tulle gown with a white clutch and bangle screamed classic Hollywood glamour.   The millions of sequins sparkled just a Davis twinkled on this night.  The hair, makeup and glowing skin was perfect.  This gifted artist in film also knows how to communicate with grace and kindness. The introduction to Meryl Streep was eloquent, mesmerizing and captivated the audience. This thespian understands the art of entertainment and knows how to engage an audience with the art of congenial conversation.  Davis continues to remain an extraordinary talent on the big screen and on television while understanding the importance of being a class act in the real world.  

"I think you should take your job seriously, but not yourself. That is the best combination."  - Dame Judi Dench  

Forever Chic Style - Kim Hardwick


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