Red Hot, Majorly Metallic, and Flops… Every Golden Globe Red Carpet Trend Is Here

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While some trends are truly enduring (old Hollywood glamour, whatever that means!), many more are far more fleeting–do we expect starlets in 2070 trying to replicate their version of “old Hollywood glamour” with cut-outs and illusion netting? Here’s a sampling of some of Hollywood’s top talents dipping their toes into pants (!), primary colors (!!), and butterflies (oh my!!!)

Metallics

Julianne Moore loves avant garde designer gowns, the appeal of which can be totally lost between the runway and red carpet. In this custom Givenchy piece however, she looks fantastic; the glittering silver graduates beautifully into the ombre feathers–it’s a lot of look, to be sure, but she pulls is off.

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Dakota Johnson’s Chanel is similarly silver (and tricky), but I wish that the dress had a more straight hem–I’m personally not a huge fan of mullet hems, and especially when they’re not done with such a loose fabric. [Editor’s note: DISAGREE. One of the best looks of the night.]

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Bold metallics can be deployed well in more minimalist dresses–Reese Witherspoon’s silvery Calvin Klein is a straightforward silhouette with just enough detail in the beading to keep it from looking pedestrian, and she had the red carpet savvy and confidence to make a strong impact.

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The Emilia Wickstead worn by Diane Kruger makes a strong impression with a chic and modern shape that we’ve come to expect from Kruger, who, like Moore, loves couture gowns for a spin on the red carpet.

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Jessica Chastain’s Versace would have made a huge impact regardless of the gorgeous burnt gold shade of the gown, but she imbued the dramatically draped dress with a sex appeal we don’t often see from the ridiculously-prolific actress.

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White with Side Body Skin Reveals

Like we said earlier, when you see it three times, it’s a veritable trend. Rosamund Pike and Kate Hudson wore structurally-similar white gowns with side cut-outs, but Kate Hudson’s dress is quintessentially Versace: tight, sexy, and outrageous, in an appropriately-formal way.

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 The Vera Wang that Pike wore, however, has strangely thin straps where thicker ones would be much better, and it’s making the bust stand off of her chest in a way that does her no favors. She had a baby five weeks ago, and looks objectively amazing, making this gown’s appearance all the more disappointing.

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Emily Blunt’s is the most classic of the three, with the Michael Kors-custom gown embodying a beautifully-made, Grecian inspired ensemble.

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Ladies Wearing Pants

Emma Stone, possibly inspired by the Golden Globe outfit another Emma (Watson, in Dior last year), wore pants on the red carpet. Pants! This Lanvin jumper looked completely chic, with the crystal detail on the top offset by the beautifully cut black trousers, complete with a bewildering, but ultimately exciting, side/back bow that also created a small train.

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Nominee Lorde also opted for a pantset this year, sticking true to her offbeat style in a custom Narcisco Rodriguez suit that spoke to her trend-resistant style while not making her look like Morticia Adams. Or significantly older than 17, which is how old she is.

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Afros

After making such a memorable (caped!) splash at last year’s Globes, it was nice to see a looser, sexier Lupita Nyong’o in this white and purple Giambattista Valli Couture gown. Lupita is rarely seen without her short natural hair, and her styling team has demonstrated the myriad ways in which it can be played with and adapted to any event, making as strong a case for the afro — or any iteration of natural hair — on the red carpet as any.

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YOLO Icon Prince also sported an afro at the Globes, making an amazing surprise appearance.

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Vintage-Inspired Looks

“Old Hollywood Glamour” is such a red carpet cliche that it’s hard to swallow another actress describing her gown as such; it’s even harder to swallow when it’s as miserably depressing Lana del Rey’s turquoise gown is. She looks like a re-animated Priscilla Presley wax figure.

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Keira Knightley’s ruffled bib-nightgown looks like a vaguely victorian confirmation dress–this is made all the more distressing by the fact that it took more than 30 people from Chanel’s design team over a week to complete this gown. The fact that such an extraordinary amount of labor went into crafting this glorified bib-nightgown set with a crushing lack of poeticism or grace is depressing. Look: there’s a butterfly attached to the bag. Look: there are butterflies beaded onto her skirt. It’s entirely too literal and marks a rare miss for the normally-chic Brit.

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Red

For years, ladies avoided red on the red carpet, most likely for the logistical challenges that can arise from being photographed in fabric the same color as the surface they’re standing on. However, more and more leading ladies, undaunted by the possibility of blending into the carpet. Heidi Klum went for her usual overt sex appeal in her usual Versace.

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 Jane Fonda, also slaying in Versace, and Helen Mirren in Dolce, acted as physical manifestations of those “Sexy at Every Age” articles. Helen Mirren is 69. Jane Fonda is 77. Let that sink in.  

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Viola Davis and Allison Janney look similarly ageless and sexy, in Escada and Ella Zahlan, respectively.

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Julianna Marguiles looks great in a patterned Ulyana Sergeenko, though the dress an unusual tea length hem that I’m not quite sold on.

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Taylor Schilling’s dramatic and modern gown, courtesy of Ralph Lauren, was a head-turner.

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Holding it down for the millennial set, “Girls” co-stars Lena Dunham and Allison Williams also wore red gowns last night: Allison opted for an Armani Prive gown with beautiful red beading that offered a welcome break from her often-prim choices. Zac Posen created yet another ill-fitting gown for Lena–he’s her former babysitter so I get the sentimental choice, but he has served her wrong on too many occasions now. Good color for her, though.

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Yellow

Reese Witherspoon wore a vintage yellow gown to the Globes back in the early aughts, starting a huge trend for both the bold color and throwback style. Jenna Dewan-Tatum, in a loose, romantic Carolina Herrera gown modeled a softer, gentler yellow on the carpet.

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Leslie Mann’s Kaufman Franco sheath hugged her body like a glove, and the successful use of the brighter hue demonstrated yellow’s surprising versatility.

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Gucci created a more classic belted gown for Naomi Watts, though the entire outfit was essentially a canvas for her incredible Bulgari snake necklace. It was a huge and risky statement piece that elevated the whole look.

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All in all, this year’s Globes had a fairly safe, and sometimes pedestrian, red carpet. Usually billed as Hollywood’s biggest party due to its early date in the awards season and massive amounts of booze distributed, it seems like these A-Listers might be reserving their big statement pieces for later awards shows– even this last night’s style flops were somewhat conservative. Hopefully we’ll find more surprises and risk-takers along the way: remember, we’re only just getting started.

Taking Our Style Cues From Our Elder, Wisers: A Power Play Style Guide to NYE

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Are you stressed out about what to wear tonight? Were you stressed out while making your plans for tonight??

Understandably. Afterall, the success of 2015 is entirely contingent upon what you’re wearing wherever it is you’re imbibing tonight.

I’ll try and ease your concerns by taking inspiration from the most carefree partiers of all: old people. Well, old is a relative term. People older than you, probably. The word old will likely be used carelessly and hopefully not offensively throughout this guide–by which I really mean these people have gracefully aged out of their 20’s, which I am yet to do. Plus, who better to take our inspiration from than those who’ve seen the repeated lifecycles of trends and thus, already established what works for them.

People who, if they have Instagram, don’t worry about whether or not they exceed 11 likes or if a filter makes them look jaundiced, and, most importantly, whether or not their outfit photographs well. When people get old they get yolo. They’ve seen like, 200, or maybe like 45, New Years in their time: the novelty is gone. It’s time to yolo.

YOLO: heard of it? As an adjective, yolo old people are the ones who demand to be wheeled out of the nursing home party in the middle of the Tony Bennett cover artist but will also need 3 slices of cake to bring to their room. Yolo is power!

So: here’s your rule for the night: make every choice a Power Play. Carrying cherry lollipops to use as a chaser and a suggestive prop: Power Play.

Taking control of the iPod that’s playing a Disney song because this is abso-LUTE-ly not the time for nostalgia: Power Play.

NYE appropriate choices that can also double as Power Plays are, in my opinion, the ones tied to the season.

It’s winter, and it’s probably cold as sh*t. Wear velvet, leather, and fur, all of which can retain your body heat (I mean the latter two were something’s skin at some point –don’t be queasy about it: you made that choice), and, if worn in black, can look especially Powerful. There’s a reason why that stereotype about fashion people wearing all black carries water: in an industry stereotypically-defined by how viciously you can yell at interns, wearing all black can help compound the idea that you are not to be f*cked with.

Old people wear whatever fabric they please, thank you very much!! If someone’s hosting the party I think you can generally assume that their space is a #noflexzone, but don’t let social norms hold you back.

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Another favorite Power Play? wearing things inside that you “should” take off once you’re inside. Why should my sunglasses come off? I can see fine. And don’t get me started on gloves. Wearing gloves is cool and elegant and might also be necessary if you feel weird about your hands because you’re old.

It should be noted: demanding to be carried is also a massive Power Play when executed successfully.

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But my all-time favorite is the Power Coat, which gets its own category. It should probably be some sort of topcoat, but in a pinch, and with the right amount of yolo, a decrepit cast-off from the bottom of the closet works in a pinch.

A tip: if you have a dramatic coat, feel free to let it casually rest on your shoulders. This resembles a cape, which I believe to be the most covetable wardrobe item in existence.

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Olivia Pope, of iconic Power Player status on “Scandal”, essentially runs the entire country despite having only a vaguely outlined JD and staff of two. But she wears Power Coats. There are references to “white hats” blah blah, but really, it’s all about the Power Coat. The worst someone can do is question you, which is not a problem for a power player like yourself.

If someone asks you, “Aren’t you hot?” just respond “B*tch I might be”. If someone, possibly that host, pressed because you’ve broken the unspoken boundaries of the #noflexzone, says something like, “Why don’t you take your coat off and stay a while?” Look them in the eye, preferably with your sunglasses still on, and let them know that you might not stay a while. You might need to get bored and wait for an Uber for 45 minutes until your phone dies and you have to kneel behind the couch charging. In short, do what you want, it’s a new year, carpe yolo, etc.

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I’ll see you in 2015 where I plan to wear only brightly colored fur jackets with animal print pants or a romantic silky muumuu with a massive fur muffler. POWER PLAY. (Taking my cues from these chic people below)

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The 13 Best Red Carpet #Lewks of 2014

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Red carpet attire has the legendary ability to rocket an emerging starlet to mega-stardom or land her on worst dressed lists and endure public ridicule (though less bitingly than ever before, RIP Joan).

There’s something exciting at any event when stars really dress for the sake of fashion. The red carpet and all its hoopla are easy targets–but for all of the flops and hot messes we see on the red carpet every year, there are countless more bland, boring looks from those who just want to avoid any embarrassment. So I’ve tried to give my attention to the ladies who walked the carpet with gusto and *Fashion*.

Taylor Swift in Gucci Premiere at the Grammys

Ms. Swift had a big year filled with her “good girl gone a little less good”/”country gone pop” rebranding plan. This gown spoke to those goals. There’s a chicness to this Gucci despite the inherent flashiness of the diamonds and sequins and beading that’s a far cry from the princess-y gowns of her past. Instead of looking like a floor-length version of an ice skating costume (which it absolutely could have–especially with the short sleeves and collar) it’s a smart, sexy look that doesn’t go for cheap provocation sometimes found on the Grammys red carpet. Tay is nothing if not savvy, and this look puts her into seriously sophisticated territory and, also notable is the fact that it isn’t a crop top, that barely-there garment she’s since taken a strong liking to, to say the least.

Lupita Nyong’o in Ralph Lauren at the Golden Globes

If the Golden Globe red carpet was the only red carpet Lupita walked this year, she probably still would have emerged the breakout of the awards season. The shoulder-baring cape elevated this very pretty, classic, Ralph Lauren column gown into the higher pantheon of red carpet style. Nyong’o seemingly emerged out of nowhere with the kind of prepossession and poise of an actress with far more industry experience, and sent both the entertainment and fashion sphere into a frenzy. Forgive the clichéd nature of this next statement, but it’s kind of inarguable: a star was born.

Olivia Wilde in Gucci at the Golden Globes

Being pregnant on the red carpet has to be tough. You’re expected to wear high heels and an outfit that features your growing belly. You and your growing belly need to look as healthy and happy as possible, lest you want to have a paparazzi picture of you eating ice cream with the words “DESPERATE AND ALONE” written under your face. In any case, Wilde doesn’t seem too bothered in her long-sleeve Gucci gown. The rich hunter green fabric is almost skintight, but she doesn’t look like a pregnant lady in a gimpsuit or as though she’s stretching the seams within an inch of their life. The beading reflects the flash without looking cheap and embraces the curves that come with, you know, growing a human inside your body.

Tilda Swinton in Haider Ackermann at the Gotham Awards

Did you hear that Tilda Swinton was named GQ’s Woman of the Year? Did you ever read the incredible Twitter account, @NotTildaSwinton? Sample tweet: “The most delicious meal I’ve ever had?  My first gasp of air upon emerging from the geode my father impregnated.” Swinton has also had a good year. She’s a renowned clotheshorse, a genuine red carpet vanguard who wears haute couture and maintains a strictly individual and often androgynous style. No mere mortal can carry such a complicated garment (note the contrasting textures of the champagne fabrics, or the way the blazer-inspired top melts into the skirt) with such ease. Gaze on.

Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace at the Oscars

If I were a red carpet stylist I would wield whatever influence I had to force as many of my clients to wear capes as possible. (There’s a theme here). Then, if capes had some sort of resurgence I would hire a publicist to link the trend back to me. Versace has created a strong shouldered capelet? sleeveless bolero? variation on a shrug? that complements Hudson’s creamy romantic gown. The cape and shiny beadwork injects some much-needed drama that most actresses disappointingly often avoid in favor of something boring or miserably overdone. The last time Kate wore a cape to the Oscars it was a sort of unmitigated disaster, making this victory that much sweeter.

Nicki Minaj in Alexander McQueen at the MTV Movie Awards

Remember all of that stuff I’ve said about going for the gusto and aiming for *fashion* instead of clothing? Sometimes that means something totally insane and maximalist, and sometimes you’re Nicki Minaj and you pretty much cornered the market on looking nuts with the wigs, pom poms, popes, what have you, that characterized many of her prior appearances. Over the course of the last year or so, she made a very conscious public effort to rebrand herself, not unlike Miss Tay from earlier. Choosing this skintight black Alexander McQueen sheath, accessorized with a staggering amount of both ass and gold jewelry, and mean mugging every photographer on the carpet, were excellent choices to earn a great deal of attention for very different reasons than on her forays down awards seasons past.

Lizzy Caplan in Donna Karan Atelier at the Emmys

Producing some long analysis of the minimalism perfected in this Donna Karan gown seems counterintuitive. The dress is deceptively simple looking; there are a lot of ideas here: the cut-outs, the racerback’s nod to activewear, and, of course, the gorgeous surprise of the full, white skirt. Managing all of those design elements is no small feat, and Caplan pulls it off beautifully–helped by the fact that it fits her like a dream.

Angelina Jolie in Saint Laurent at the BAFTAs

There’s something heartening about the fact that, despite the deconstructed aesthetic Hedi Slimane’s brought to Saint Laurent (In our hearts, Yves), the revered French fashion house can still turn out an impeccable take on Le Smoking. Angie isn’t known as much of a red-carpet risk taker as of late but the lady-pants and totally intimidating level of sex appeal on display here gave me a whispered “yass” moment at my desk, and made me wonder again why she so often opts for drearier, more buttoned-up looks.  But this look gives me some hope; that she still carries a tiny vial of someone’s blood on her person at all times and fantasizes about dressing like Morticia Addams and kissing her brother again. We’ve all got needs!

Rihanna in Adam Selman at the CFDA Fashion Awards

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Look–there’s nothing remotely tasteful about this dress (is it even a dress?), and for many, an outfit this outrageous didn’t help build the case for CDFA awarding their “Fashion ICON” award to a 26-year-old. As with many of RiRi’s style choices, this does nothing if not attract attention. Rihanna’s self-awareness and, frankly, the fact that she can pull it off, help to distinguish her from the many other starlets who have worn next to nothing on the red carpet with little success–and earn her a spot on our list. Inevitably, the dress became a meme, the most memorable iteration a drawing of Family Guy’s obese patriarch Peter Griffin. Rih then adopted the picture as her Twitter avatar for a while. It got people talking, and it’s nothing if not memorable. And maybe even iconic.

Sarah Jessica Parker in custom Oscar de la Renta

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This fits my definition of a “moment,” as fashion types (or people who enjoy Project Runway and the internet) like to say. It’s pure camp and glamour. In the photos of SJP on the Met steps, glancing over her shoulder, there’s a sense of the enormity of the dress. It’s the kind of memorable absurdity that distinguishes *fashion* from clothes–and the kind of memorable absurdity that the Met Gala should inspire in its attendees. And Parker’s insistence on including Oscar de la Renta’s signature on the train embarrassed the designer at the time, but in light of his passing this fall, it rightfully puts his stamp on a moment he created.

Liu Wen in Zac Posen at the Met Gala

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Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa at the Met Gala

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I’m slotting Liu Wen and Karolina Kurkova together because they’ve accomplished similar feats in entirely unique looks. Posen and Marchesa both tend to over-embellish and over-complicate dresses. So, lesser humans (they’re both supermodels) would likely have been swallowed whole by either dress, but these two can carry the massive pleating, tricky bodices, and general grandiosity (all impeccably rendered) of the gowns with grace.

Ashley Madekwe in Banana Republic at the British Fashion Awards

Retail on the red carpet: totally a thing now! Actress and style blogger Madekwe has not only made Banana Republic, of all stores, look absolutely luxurious, but she’s rocking a super stylized take on the tux completely distinct from the iteration Angelina wore to the BAFTAs. The diva-like appropriation of the jacket as shrug, suggestive cleavage, and statement lapels give an excellent Studio 54 vibe. As for the pant length, it makes me think of “Distinction” by Pierre Bourdieu (cue my anthropology professor dabbing a tear from her eye): she’s not covering the shoes because they aren’t fabulous, it’s because she knows that, considering the rest of her outfit, we’ll all just assume that they’re enormous Louboutins.