Red Carpet Season: Golden Globes 2016

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  It’s award season, and the red carpet action already giving us highs and lows.  It’s no secret that I adore red carpet fashion, and I have a wonderful circle of friends who love dishing on it as much as I do.  I’ve been hosting an Oscar party for nearly fifteen years, and it’s become one of my favorite gatherings.

Last night was the 2016 Golden Globes, and although it was a small circle, we did sit and dish on the fashion.  Here are some of the highs and lows.

I am ecstatic to see the trend of accessories coming back.  I love a simple silhouette on the red carpet, but lately the trend is for ladies to pare down with messy, ‘beachy’ (read–I either just rolled out of bed or I had a little fun with my lover in the back of the limo) hair and little to no accessories to give visual interest.  It was very gratifying, then, to see some lovely examples of simple done right last night.

First, Emmy Rossum.  Geeks might have seen her in the movie version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera or in Dragonball:  Evolution.  HAH!  Like anyone saw that.

The dress by Armani Prive is simple but well tailored.  Her makeup is appropriate and her hair looks like it’s seen a brush in the last 48 hours.  What makes me happiest are the accessories.  The necklace is appropriately sparkly and gives her a very polished and put-together look.  Yay!

Well accessorized.
Well accessorized.

Next is Sophia Bush, or as I like to think of her, One Tree Hill‘s Brooke Davis  She is in a simple black dress by Narciso Rodriguez.  I love the touch of deep red in her ring, while the rest of her accessories are simple and sparkly.    Her hair is sleek, and I love the deep lip color.  Again, polished and appropriate.

Simply stunning
Simply stunning

Next is Helen Mirren.  Bow down, ladies, because Helen is serving some grand-dame realness here.  I first remember seeing her in John Boorman’s Excalibur, way back in the early 80s, where she played a very sexed up Morgana in a cast that included such current big names as Liam Neeson and Sir Patrick Stewart.  She remains a sexy, powerful woman to this day, and it is wonderful to see her outshine so many younger stars on the red carpet.  Her look is age-appropriate without edging towards dowdy in any way.  This woman can still rock a bikini, but you WILL give her the respect she is due.

Bow Down
Bow Down

My final best dressed is Jamie Alexander, from Blindspot and the Marvel Universe (Lady Sif).  I love the dramatic print in this dress (and it has pockets!), and while she isn’t sporting a lot of accessories, I think the size of the print lends itself to simpler styling choices.  Her hair is dramatic enough to balance out the dress, and her makeup is simple and neutral.


Now on to my less favorite looks.  Not to say that these are wonderful and talented women, but their dresses miss the mark, sometimes by a little, and sometimes by the width of Texas.

First off, Maggie Gyllenhaal.  For the geeks out there, she is best known for her work taking over the role of Rachel Dawes from Katie Holmes.  She is also in a small film called Secretary, which, I can recommend for those not faint of heart about sexual situations and themes.  Bless her heart, she is not what I would call conventionally pretty, but she is striking, and I have seen her look absolutely lovely on the red carpet before.  Unfortunately, this dress reminds me of a Depression Era Fancy Bumble Bee.  The cut of the dress is fine, but the fabric is just too much, as is the black lace corsage(?) on the shoulder.  Her hair and makeup, however, are lovely.

Lacy bumblebee
Lacy bumblebee

Then there is Alicia Vikander.  I believe my comment last night was that she was there to give children their castor oil while the Master and Mistress are out at a dinner party.  It’s a pinafore.  A sparkly, sparkly pinafore.  The structural stripes of the dress are at odds with the bizarre ruffle at the neckline.  If she lost the ruffle, I might actually like the dress more.

The Governess
The Governess

And that brings us to the biggest WTF of the evening.  Jane Fonda is wacky.  She’s been a wild child for many years, and has reinvented herself time after time.  To his dying day, my father would get up and walk out of the room if she came on television, thanks to her actions during the Viet Nam War.  I actually like her as an actress, especially in her later years.  She has divine comedic timing, and I will ALWAYS love her from 9 to 5.

But Jane.  Jane.  What in the ever-living heck were you thinking?

Cone of Ruffly Shame
It’s alive and it’s trying to eat her.

It looks like a cone of shame mated with a bed skirt and gave birth to the top of that dress.  The color looks good on her, and her hair and makeup are lovely, but I fear that she may have been eaten alive.  Or she just had some sort of surgery and they don’t want to her to worry at the stitches.  I hoped it was a cape, but I can’t find any pictures where she looks any less ridiculous.

So that’s it for this year’s Golden Globes.  I mean, some people won stuff and there was a lot of liquor to go along with it, but really, my interest wanes after the red carpet.  At least until Oscar Isaac or Chris Evans pop up to send me to my happy place.  Honorable mentions to Lady Gaga and Olivia Wilde, who were both stunning.  Can’t wait to see how they progress through the Red Carpet season.


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