Trends from the Golden Globes

Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett

The awards season kicked off with the Golden Globes. And with the first red carpet of the season we got our first look at the hottest fashion trends for the coming season. Fashion editors, designers, and buyers know that when it comes to setting trends there is no more powerful force than Hollywood’s gorgeous A-list celebrities. 

Here are some of our favourite Golden Globe looks to inspire you for next “Red Carpet” occasion. And if you can’t afford a couture dress like Cate Blanchett’s or the stunning red Ralph Lauren number Luptia Nyong’o wore, wait a week or two. Versions of these stunning red carpet dresses will be available at all price-points before you know it. 

Lupita Nyong’o’s red Ralph Lauren’s dramatic red sheath with the attached cape and matching shoes was an example of classic elegance. The shoes and streamlined hair emphasized the long, slim lines of the gown. 

Amy Adams wore a stunning retro looking chiffon gown with daring deep V neckline. The dress was two-tones of red. The top is burgundy chiffon and the skirt is made from yards of sheer scarlet chiffon. The various shades of red flattered Amy Adams fair skin. Her simple updo kept the look classic. 

When buying a red dress choose a shade that complements your skin’s undertones.  This year you will find red in shades of pure scarlet ranging to deep burgundy and wine. 

Cate Blanchett was a knockout in a subtle but sexy black lace gown from Armani Couture. The deceptively demure-looking dress had a dramatic open back. Blanchett’s simple blonde bob and soft makeup underlined the elegance of the look without being overdone. 

When buying a lace dress keep the lines sleek and free of extra details. Lace is sexy by itself, so avoid a dress that is too tight or too short. 

Naomi Watts’s show-stopper of a dress was a slim column of liquid silver by Tom Ford. The flattering dress had a halter neck-line set off by a heavy gold chain. The dress was set of by Watts’s sleek blonde, side-parted hair and shimmery makeup. 

A pregnant Olivia Wilde looked adorable in a sleek, shimmery metallic dress of emerald green. The dress displayed her baby bump and the colour looked fabulous with her long, dark hair. 

Metallic dresses are made from chain mail, beading, or other embellished fabrics. Buy the best quality you can afford. Check seams, hems, and embellishments. Make sure everything is secure and will not unravel if you are buying a less expensive dress. This type of dress is must be handled and stored carefully. 

Several actresses opted for less formal tea or ballet-length dresses that hit just below the knee or just above the ankle.  Similar ballerina-inspired dresses had hi-low hemlines that hit above than ankle in form t but dipped lower in back.  Zooey Deschanel’s dress by Oscar de la Renta was an ultra-feminine confection of tulle and beading that just grazed her ankles. The loose fit of the dress did not flatter her figure. Michelle Dockery wore a structured bell-shaped, strapless dress with a high-low hemline tea-length hemline.  

If you opt for a tea length dress never cut your calf with a hemline. Make sure it hits just below the knee or above the ankle. Also, try to control the volume as it is easy to be overwhelmed by too much fabric, which was the problem with Zooey Deschanel’s dress.




Fashion tips from the Golden Globes!

Sexy strapless gowns like this can look fabulous if the fit is flawless. Dress from www.uniquevintage.comWatching the latest red carpet parade of Hollywood stars dressed to impress at the Golden Globes, it becomes clear that there are a few simple rules to looking fabulous at a formal affair. Break them and you risk looking less than stunning, even if you are a natural beauty.
Here are some of our fabulous favourites from this year's Golden Globes that illustrate the rules:
Zooey Deschanel was standout in a bright, red strapless Oscar de la Renta ball gown. The dress had clean classic lines. Deschanel’s wore her brunette hair in a smooth updo that brought the focus to pretty face. The look was perfection with no extraneous details to distract from Deschanel’s own vibrant beauty.
Red-head Amy Adams opted for old-style Hollywood glamour in a beaded mermaid gown with a tulle flounce form Marchesa. The pale pink, strapless gown showed-off her opalescent complexion. Her famous red mane was contained in classic chignon.
Kate Hudson always looks beautiful, but was never more chic than in her slim black Alexander McQueen gown. The dress had long sleeves and plunging neckline. Its stark black was set off by an ornate embroidered gold collar and a stunning black belt with matching gold ornaments that accented Kate’s slim waist. She wore her long honey blonde hair parted simply down the middle. The look was stunning.
Jessica Alba also wore Oscar De la Renta . The slim peach-coloured mermaid dress complimented her slim figure and long honey blond hair. The stunning diamond necklace she wore echoed the V of the dress’s neckline. Her burnt orange harmonized with her peach dress. The look was glamorous and very old Hollywood, right down to her Veronica Lake side-part waves.
And here are a few beauties whose style sense fell short:
Eva Longoria is a stunning woman, but her belted, lace dress with waist-high slits was a mess. It has been compared to Angelina Jolie’s news-making, leg-baring Oscar dress of 2012. But Eva got it wrong! A dramatic dress like Angelina’s needs no distractions.
Jessica Chastain is a very pretty actress with a slim figure. So it was shocking how poorly her Calvin Klein gown fit her. The pale blue colour was pretty with her red-hair and blue eyes, but lacked punch for big night gala. The fabric also looked rumpled. The halter top made her breasts look saggy and the extra fabric around her hips, designed to look like a trendy peplum, added pounds to her slim figure. Luckily everyone knows she is stunner underneath this disaster of a dress. At least Jessica’s hair and makeup was impeccable; from the neck up she looked fabulous.
Sienna Miller is a sexy blonde known for edgy roles and fashion savvy. So why she wore a so-called "mod” gown by London designer Erdem is a mystery.It reminded me of a grandmother-of-the-bride’s dress. Supporting her countrymen maybe a noble idea, but appearing in this matronly gown that looks like she could have borrowed it from the Queen’s closet was a mistake! Also, her hair was pulled back as if she was prepared to give her closet a good cleaning. The slicked-back do was not “mod “or flattering. Sienna is gorgeous, but this dress and hair style hid her assets.
The fabulous formula:
Choose simple styles that flatter your figure. Avoid dresses that are too big or too small. A petite woman can’t handle huge skirts, patterns, or details. A tall woman looks foolish and gawky in an overly dainty or fussy dress. The camera loves bright colours and spangles. Avoid fabrics that wilt or are fussy, such as a delicate chiffon or prints. Also avoid bulky and stiff fabrics; they always photograph fat and matronly.
Simple is chic. A dress with lace, a belt, and a huge slit is distracting and looks like a mess. A long leg-revealing slit like the one on the black dress Angelina Jolie wore to the 2012 Oscars, is effective, if you have the legs for it.
Flattering colours help you shine. Know your best shades; they are the ones that make strangers say, you look fabulous in that! Friends and family can be too kind!
Co-coordinating accessories can make or break your look. Shoes and bags should match your dress exactly or be metallic. Keep formal bags small and delicate. Think of them as jewels. The shinier the dress, the fewer the jewels you need. With a beaded dress you need only earrings and a ring or two. With silks, satins, and velvets, bring on the bling.
The fit of a strapless or any bare evening dress is vital. The top must support your breasts, show off your waist, and glide over your hips. The top should stay in place without tugging. To obtain this type of flawless fit your dress, may need to be altered by an expert dressmaker. It may need and additional bra, padding or hooks. Without such adjusting, the dress may hang and make your breasts look flat or saggy, or your body look slack or worse. This can happen even if you have a great figure because the dress fits like a sack. Or, you may risk over-exposure.
A deep décolleté may need fashion tape and special bra to keep it in place. Consult a good lingerie store. Lightweight Spanx can also help many dresses hang better as they smooth out the body.
When it comes to looking fabulous, simple is best and the devil is in the details!