Last night was the first awards show of 2012 and my personal favorite of all awards shows. The reason I love the Golden Globe Awards is many but, the main reason is that although still a very formal awards ceremony, the nominees and presenters seem to be genuinely having a good time. Maybe it is because dinner is included, maybe it is because some see it is a dress rehearsals for the Academy awards but, personally I suspect it is because they can drink in their seats! The one thing that really stood out to me was that all of the same trends we are seeing in bridal fashions were right there on the red carpet; each of them beaded, belted, sequined and accessorized to perfection. It was a glamorous and yet confusing night but, I walked away with a better knowledge of red carpet fashion! This is what I learned from last night:
How to wear an all over sequined gown- Laura Dern in Andrew Gn. While I am not a big fan of these tiny belts or all over sequins, this one works. Also, the neckline had some detail which broke up the ‘all-overness’ of the sequined dress and the plunging ‘V’ showed off her svelte figure.
How to be boring and glamorous at the same time – Michelle Williams in a beautifully fitted yet boring Jason Wu gown. The gown had no design interest and once again she fell short for lack of proper accessories. The tiny black belt and black headband were of no consequence and did nothing for the overall look.
How to wear Reem Acra. One of our favorite bridal designers had a great showing last night - Diane Lane’s gown was my favorite of the three and the most flattering on her. Madonna ‘s (too much material, girl) gown had way too much going on and Julie Bowen’s gown didn’t have enough.
Why not to let your children pick your clothes- Sarah Michelle Gellar flopped in Monique Lhuillier. Tye dye? Really?
How to wear a simple geomtric look – Zooey Deschanel was adorable (as always) in Prada. Selma Hayek dropped the ball when she picked this Gucci getup.
How to wear silk chiffon – Kate Becksinsale’s Roberto Cavalli silk chiffon gown was embellished with beaded detail and a flowing skirt while the details of Charlize Theron’s Dior gown were in the design and execution. Both looked incredible.
How to stop traffic at any age – Jane Fonda looked so incredible that she rendered George Clooney speechless.
Speaking of which, Stacy Keibler was all smiles as she shows how to perfectly accesorize.
How to do “Grannies Gone Wild” – Jessica Biel in Marchesa.
How to be a great host - while it seemed a risky move having him return after offending so many A-listers in 2011, it paid off big time for the Hollywood Foriegn Press as the comedian showed us he really could emcee the event in a relaxed, casual and confident manner. His tuxedo choice was smashing but I would have preferred to see a tie! What can you say about Johnny Depp? He is just so darn cool.
What did you learn from last night’s Golden Globes?
-Penny Frulla for Bridal Expo Chicago