Monica Corcoran Harel is contributing to Deadline’s Golden Globes coverage.
Every year of awards shows, the meeting between the entertainment industry and the fashion industry keeps melding. The fashion houses depend on celebs to advertise the brands. The 70th Golden Globes was no exception. So what’s black and white and red all over? The aerial view of the entrance to the Beverly Hilton, with the majority of actresses opted for tried and true names like Chanel, Oscar De La Renta, Versace, and Dior. Besides black, there were varying shades of crimson from deep oxblood to candy apple. It all felt like an ultra chic Fellini funeral procession of widows in black and mistresses wearing scandalous red.
That speck of spectral white, of course, would be the night’s Best Supporting Actress – Comedy or Drama winner Anne Hathaway. The actress, looking like a young French bride with a few cigarettes tucked in her garter, wisely chose a beaded Chanel that made her stand alone in a sea of chic. This year, it was about 53 degrees on the red carpet during arrival time and fashion commentators made a big deal about brave actresses with bare shoulders. Bah. As Renoir once said, “The pain passes, but the beauty remains.”
The red brigade began early, with Zooey Deschanel in a lot of Oscar de la Renta worn with a set of pearls and a high pert ponytail. Thankfully, the snug sweetheart bodice contrasted with her excess of skirt. Claire Danes followed in a lipstick-bright but simple Versace halter gown that just about did the trick. (Danes, with a newborn at home and currently nursing, gets high marks for showing up sans spit-up on her train.) Next, Jennifer Lawrence and Marion Cotillard both sashayed down the carpet in Dior Haute Couture red with matching gold-mirrored belts. (The two are contracted to always wear the venerable design house, so no surprises there.) I particularly liked Lawrence’s retro-inspired bodice and Cotillard’s hip, asymmetrical hemline.
On to the widows in black. Kate Hudson wins the effortless glamour award for her lithe gold-bead embellished Alexander McQueen gown and hint of cleavage. It felt very Studio 54 meets Dynasty in the most delicious way. Helen Mirren wasn’t far behind in a Badgley Mischka with metallic accents at the shoulders and waist. How does a 67-year-old wear jersey — the most unforgiving of fabrics — I ask you? Most women would need a Spanx scuba suit to get away with that dress.
Julianne Moore, looking like a fun 1960s socialite right out of a Slim Aarons shoot, also stunned in a Tom Ford column with a swath of white at the hip. Alas, Rachel Weisz’s Louis Vuitton number with sheer shoulders and skirt felt like two dresses sewn together and the end result wasn’t all that wow. Amy Poehler, on the other hand, made a wonderful and elegant Alice B. Toklas to her co-host Tina Fey in a Stella McCartney tuxedo with cropped pants and a plunging neckline.
Lace, too, made a huge showing this year. Amy Adams wore it best in a fitted Marchesa column of a soft blush with a tulle mermaid finish. Amanda Seyfried’s winter white Givenchy gown would have made more of a dent if she wore her long pale Champagne-hued hair up. Jennifer Lopez, perhaps bidding to rival her own famous Versace Grammy dress, showed up in a sinful Zuhair Murad nude gown skimmed with white lace. The effect was steal-your-boyfriend-vixen meets fortysomething virgin.
One beauty trend that proved to be both fashionable and functional was long, loose hair. Everyone from Jessica Chastain to Sofia Vergara to Fey wore her mane like a romance novel heroine. Perhaps they prayed that their tresses would warm their bare shoulders?
Who Wore What:
Kate Hudson in a modern Alexander McQueen with keyhole neckline and gold beaded collar
Amy Poehler in a Stella McCartney tux with cropped pants
Adele in a custom ’60s-ish gown with a lace and embellished neckline by Burberry
Julianne Moore in Tom Ford harlequin column with white accents
Anne Hathaway in strapless beaded Chanel from the 2009 spring/summer collection and diamond bracelets from Chanel Fine Jewelry
Jennifer Lopez in a super sheer body-con Zuhair Murad nude gown with white lace overlay
Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture gown with an 11 carat platinum and diamond ring by Chopard
Claire Daines in Versace halter gown with Lorraine Schwartz platinum and diamond earrings.
Jennifer Garner in sequined Bordeaux Vivienne Westwood couture.
Naomi Watts in a 1940s-inspired Zac Posen bias cut gown with fishtail train
Lena Dunham in a structured Zac Posen gown of oxblood red, accessorized with her upper arm tattoo
Taylor Swift in backless satin Donna Karan Atelier with platinum drop earrings
Amy Adams in lace blush pink Marchesa with a tulle fishtail and $425,000 worth of Tiffany & Co. platinum and diamonds
Amanda Seyfried in cream lace Givenchy overlayed with ruched panels and pleats
Julianna Margulies in sheer lace deep purple Emilio Pucci with capped sleeves
Julia Louis-Dreyfus in a nude corseted Vera Wang ball gown with black lace overlay