2013 Golden Globes: Red Carpet Highs and Lows

I usually save myself for the Academy Awards when it comes to critiquing the red carpet, but for whatever reason the I was tuned into the Golden Globes this year. I attribute my interest towards one of my favorite new actresses, Jessica Chastain wanting to see what she and other female nominees would be wearing for what I think of as the pre-screening for the Academy Awards. To my disappointment, I had to put Chastain on the worst dressed list. Even my picks for the best dressed list were sup par compared to the glamour and elegance of the Academy Awards fashion.

Best Dressed Nominees for 2013

Golden Globes Best Dressed

Golden Globes Best Dressed

Katharine McPhee looked fresh, young and sexy on the red carpet for the 2013 Golden Globes. McPhee wore a black dress with a down-to-there neckline by Theyskens’ Theory. McPhee finished her look with a messy topknot, strappy black heels, a black and gold clutch and jewelry from Neil Lane.

Clare Danes took home her second award for her role in the hit show, “Homeland.” Danes, who gave birth to her son only a month ago, wore a fiery-red Versace halter gown featuring a plunging neckline. The new mom commented that she was worried about being a nursing mom, saying, “I’m hoping I don’t leak,” when talking with Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet.

Another new mom, Megan Fox donned a strapless Dolce & Gabbana gown. Fox accessorized her form-fitting gown with Lorraine Schwartz jewelry. Fox admitted that her husband, actor Ryan Greene usually picks out her dress, but didn’t see this one until the day before.

Jessica Alba opted for a gorgeous peach gown. The color complimented the star’s warm complexion. Alba wore a V-shaped diamond necklace and carried a feathery clutch to match her gown. Wavy, retro tresses finished pulled Alba’s look together for a perfect head-toe look.

Emily Blunt chose a gold Michael Kors cutout dress. Blunt paired the glimmering dress with sparkling Salvatore Ferragamo bag and Lorraine Schwartz jewelery.

“Glee” star Lea Michele, rocked the Globes in a white Elie Saab halter gown. Michele’s dress was probably my favorite dress of the night. The Saab gown featured a cinched, perfect for the petite star. Michele topped off the ensemble with gorgeous emerald green jewels.

Although I have yet to watch the nominated “Downtown Abbey,” the show’s star, Michelle Dockery looked absolutely lovely in her vintage white and gold Grecian gown. Dockery stayed on trend, donning emerald-and-diamond earrings and a gold clutch.

Amanda Seyfried was dressed in a lace-adorned Givenchy gown with a delicate train. Even though Seyfried’s gorgeous tresses hid the gown’s lovely neckline, she managed to land a spot on the best-dressed list, unlike her Les Miserable co-star Anne Hathaway.

Worst Dressed Nominees for 2013

Worst Dressed

Golden Globes Worst Dressed

I had very high expectations for the Hunger Games star, and Best Actress nominee for “Silver Linings Playbook,” Jennifer Lawrence’s. However, the acrtress’ Dior Haute Couture gown featuring a bustier bodice left the young actress’s assets looking droopy. Although the silhouette flattered the star’s figure, the material looked rather frumpy with gaps and creases all over.

“Zero Dark Thirty” Best Actress nominee Jessica Chastain hugely disappointed me. The rising star wore a very unflattering Calvin Klein halter gown. Although pastels are on trend for spring, the sea foam color, which she described as looking “like a waterfall” looked frumpy on the red-headed beauty. Chastain’s hairdo, not her decadent Harry Winston jewels is what made the entire look a complete fashion flop.

Anne Hathaway, this years Best Actress winner, ensemble lacked a wow factor. Chanel’s white number is beautiful and classic, but seemed to make the svelte star look boxy.  Hathaway’s hair and makeup were simple, just like her dress. Even though Hathaway has said she feels pressure to look a certain way to compete in Hollywood, I have to say I miss her curvier figure.

What was the first thing you thought of when Halle Berry took the red carpet in her Atelier Versace Fall 2012 gown? Angelina Jolie’s famous leggy dress from last year’s Golden Globes? Yup! While Berry is much more toned and healthy looking than her Jolie counterpart, the leg-baring slit, one-shoulder gown cut out and abstract colors seemed to take away from the actresses natural beauty.

Kristen Bell, in my opinion, was one of the worst dressed of the night. Designer Jenny Packham’s gown looked matronly on the “House of Lies” actress. The dress had way too much material, especially around the neckline. The dress left the mom-to-be looking like a decendant from the Adam’s family.

I love Kaley Cuoco on “The Big Bang Theory” but for some reason this star has yet to wow us on the red carpet. Cuoco’s revealing dress showed a lot of skin ala her nude-colored Zuhair Murad tulle gown. Cuoco seemed to have a hard time matching her gothic-looking makeup with the delicate gown, making the entire look a mismatched mess.

Everyone loves “Modern Family’s” Sofia Vergara but I just can’t seem to get on the bandwagon. The star’s famous curves were on display in a strapless black sequined gown by Michael Cinco. To me, the dress was more fitting for a beauty pageant than an A-list actress on the red carpet.

A big congrats to HBO’s young female producer and star, Lena Dunham, for winning two Golden Globes for her hit show, “Girls.” Although Lena walked away with the award for Best TV Comedy and Best Actress in a TV Comedy, her off-the-shoulder eggplant gown, by designer Zac Posen was not flattering. Even though fashion critics seemed to have a problem with the dress displaying Dunham’s multiple tattoos, my problem was that the design and fit looked more mother-of-the-bride appropriate rather than rising, influential star for a hit series.

Golden Globes Hostesses Shine 

Attention must be paid to the incredibly funny, innovative and highly entertaining hostesses of the night, Tina Fey and Amy Peohler. The long-time friends looked amazing on the red carpet and in their second outfits of the night.

Golden Globes Hostesses Tina Fey and Amy Peohler rock the award ceremony

Golden Globes Hostesses Tina Fey and Amy Peohler rock the award ceremony

Amy Peohler started off the night in a revealing tux by Stella McCartney. The actress finished off the look with Charlotte Olympia platform sandals, a Judith Leiber clutch and jewels by Chopard.

During her first appearance on stage, Peohler wore a burgundy gown, also designed by Stella McCartney. The gown, featuring a plunging neckline and 3/4 sleeves is part of McCartney’s 2013 fall line, meaning the dress hasn’t even walked the runway yet. Peohler’s last look (not pictured) was a black sparkly McCartney dress with a key-hole cut out.

Tina Fey, Peohler’s comrade for the night, in a custom black and white L’Wren Scott cocktail dress. Fey complimented her one of a kind with Salvatore Ferragamo pumps,  a Roger Vivier clutch and jewels by Fred Leighton.

Fey’s second look of the night was also a L’Wren Scott gown. The glitzy emerald halter dress flattered Fey’s figure. The “30 Rock” star accessorized with an eye-catching emerald cocktail ring.

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