It was one of the nights we live for every year. The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards were held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on Sunday, January 12, 2014. As is always the case, there was a huge variety of remarkable (and unremarkable) dresses on display as the celebrities made their way down the red carpet.
I know that many celebrities put a great deal of time and effort – not to mention, expense – into the selection fo dresses, jewelry, shoes and hairstyling, not to mention assorted accessories. That’s just how it is. Within the spectrum of ensembles, I found it really easy to categorize some as obviously jaw-dropping. Let’s face it – Sofia Vergara, like Salma Hayek, Halle Berry, Scarlett Johansson and a select few others – just have to show up, and they own the venue. No doubt about it, Sofia wore two dresses – one at the arrival and another at the after-parties – that just come right out and knock you on your butt. Revealing? You bet – and in control of everyone around her.
Sexy but tasteful
Then there are other dresses that are sexy without necessarily being so remarkably revealing. Amy Adams’ two-tone red gown certainly was about as low-cut as she could get away with, but there was a certain sophistication to it, to my mind placing it in a bit of a different category. The same holds true for Kaley Cuoco’s floral gown. She, too, made a very decent display of cleavage, but it had a classiness that set it apart.
Reese Witherspoon looked terrific in a pale green gown that was at once simple, mildly conservative and sexy. Well done, Reese. Naomi Watts (shimmery in beige) and Robin Wright (in a paler white gown) wore dresses that were rather similar in style, and both looked as good as I can remember. I was pleasantly surprised to see them both looking so beautiful. I also liked Kristin Chenoweth’s form-fitting blue number. I’m sure that plenty of fashion experts will say it was too simple, but I think it was nicely done. She’s very petite, but she looked extremely attractive, and her hair-style added a very nice touch of class to the overall picture.
Amy Adams – arrivals
Robin Wright – arrivals
Reese Witherspoon – arrivals
Naomi Watts – arrivals
Kaley Cuoco – WB/InStyle after-party
Kristin Chenoweth – Netflix/Weinstein Company after-party
Odette Anable – WB/InStyle after-party
Odd – maybe not really bad, but not great, either
Of course, there were a few odd-looking gowns, from my point of view. I saw a few such outfits and found it somehow tough to decide if I liked them or not, and whenever I have to second-guess if I like them or not, then I know they don’t work for me. Jennifer Lawrence seemed to arrive to general acclaim, but I remain undecided about her gown. Sexy? Sure. Classy? Again, sure. But the circular black stripes – I just didn’t love the overall look. What can I say? Ok, I know – if were were out to dinner and she were wearing a dress anything like that one, I’d be knocked out. Even so, when compared to some of the dresses worn by other women at the event, I think it takes somewhat of a back seat.
I really like Alyssa Milano – I’ve liked her for a long time – but I don’t know what she was thinking. She’s got some figure, but this dress was ill-fitting and strangely conservative – almost dowdy. Nope, not a good choice, love. When I saw Julia Roberts arrive, I thought, at first, “What a stylish look.” Then I saw that she was wearing a very low-cut gown with apparently a men’s white white dress shirt, I reconsidered. Julia so often looks incredible that seeing her in an outfit like this is a disappointment.
Crystal Reed’s outfit was not a success, perhaps a near-miss. What seemed like horizontal-oriented stripes (maybe stripes is a bad description – ruffles?) were contrasted against a vest that was reminiscent of a bullfighter’s vest. The combination was simply not complementary. I couldn’t figure out Emilia Clarke’s gown, either. What kind of print is that? Protozoan? Jeez, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a single-celled animal print dress before. Leopard, zebra, tiger, even ocelot – yes – but never something like this. She’s a beautiful sexy woman who chose unwisely. The dress that Elisabeth Rohm wore at The Weinstein Company/Netflix after-party wasn’t exactly bad, but I don’t think it was successful, either. She looked very nice, but the dress seemed unremarkable to me, and the hairstyle wasn’t my cup of tea, either. We already have a Pink, and one is enough, thank you very much. That brings me to Taylor Swift. She looked wonderful in her arrival dress – which I’ll show below – but her short, black outfit at the WB/InStyle after-party didn’t work for me at all. I know what she was trying to do – wear something sexy, even a little edgy – but in the end, it was somehow too busy – if you want to make a statement, make a statement – but it might have a bigger payoff if you really commit.
Jennifer Lawrence – arrivals
Alyssa Milano – Weinstein Company/Netflix after-party
Crystal Reed – WB/InStyle after-party
Tayloer Swift – WB/InStyle after-party
Elisabeth Rohm – Weinstein Company/Netflix after=party
Julia Roberts – arivals
Just plain bad
There were several downright bad outfits, too. I can’t for the life of me figure out Patricia Arquette’s thought process. Her dress seemed to consist of a badly-fitting black, floor-length gown at the bottom, with a white satin top. She wasn’t done yet. SHe also was wearing vest-like cover-up with lace sleeves near the wrest, while the rest of it appeared to have gone through a shredder. This outfit was perhaps the worst dress of the night. Maggie Q’s outfit at the HBO after-party was very nearly a pants-suit. Black slacks and a black suit-jacket top – was that something she had in her personal collection or did a stylist “help” her shoose it? Either way, it was, I should say, ill-advised.
Maggie Q – HBO after-party
Let’s move on to happier results. First I have to mention Sandra Bullock. She was at the top of my “sexy yet elegant” list. I suppose it was a little more revealing than we usually see from Sandra, but the whole story – a beautiful gown with large, bold color sections and an elegant (there’s that word again) hairdo – but she was the very picture of style.
Taylor Swift’s dress showed how well simplicity can be executed. Simple in design, perhaps, but sophisticated and very attractive. Top it off with a very appropriate hairstyle and you have a winner.
Hayden Panettiere was possibly the biggest, happiest surprises of the night for me. She wore a dress that was form-fitting without being skintight, with a thigh-high slit. This was such a good choice! She is another petite celebrity, and this outfit seemed to make her look taller. The accessories – large, ball-shaped earrings and a large diamond brooch were fine additional touches. I liked this one a lot.
Maggie Grace and Juliana Margulies looked terrific, as well. From what I’ve seen so far, a lot of people were far more taken with Juliana than I was, but I have to give credit where credit is due – she looked beautiful. At the WB/InStyle after-party, Amanda Righetti wore a slinky, pale gold dress that showed off her incredible figure. Along with Hayden, Amanda was probably my second happiest surprise. This was some dress! Paz Vega, also at the WB/InStype after-party, looked positively glamorous. And that smile! It was nice to see someone who looked genuinely happy to be at the event.
Sandra Bullock – arrivals
Juliana Margulies – arrivals
Hayden Panettiere- arrivals
Amanda Righetti – WB/InStyle after-party
Taylor Swift – arrivals
Paz Vega – W/InStyle after-party
Jaw-dropping incredible display
We now come to the “Oh my God!” portion of our show. I admit – and I’m sure many, if not most, of you have to agree – these are the dresses we’ll talk about the most. Usually this means Cleavage City, but it ani’t necessarily so. Let’s take a look at the perhaps unsubtle, knock-you-right-out dresses that make us watch these kinds of awards shows.
First up is Kate Beckinsale. Kate, all I can say is, “Thank you!” For whatever reason, she’s never been a favorite of mine – there are too many other celebrities that I like a lot more – but when a beautiful woman wears a dress like this, it makes me very happy.
Next, at the WB/InStyle after-party (Good grief, this must have been some party! Can you say “Eye candy?”) we have Julianne Hough, Vanessa Hudgens, Miranda Kerr and Sofia “I own this place!” Vergara. I’ll get back to Sofia in a moment.
It seems that Vanessa used the occasion to make a statement – “Hey! I’m not a little girl any more!” Vanessa, we know! Ever since seeing her in a bikini in Spring Breakers, we’ve known! I don’t need any more convincing but it certainly is welcome, so long as she doesn’t go over the edge a la Miley Cyrus.
Julianne Hough found a form-fitting – dare I say, tight-fitting – black dress that managed to be revealing, and see-through in parts, yet covered – a very fine discovery, if you ask me. Supermodel Miranda Kerr wore a dress that perhaps few other woman could wear. It looks as if it’s made up of separate front and back sections, laced together, showing her bare back, hips and legs – incredible!
Now for Sofia. What can I say? Some pundits have criticized her for always wearing the same kind of dress at these events. My reply is, “Yeah? So?” I say, “Oh, Sofia!” At the after-party she wore a very slinky , sparkly dress with a very wide, deeply-plunging cut that showed off her celebrated assets. That would have been enough of a triumph for some women, but that was merely Chapter 2 for her – take a look at the much more elegant, arrival-appropriate but still knockout-quality arrival gown. Do you have any doubt that everybody whipped their heads around to ogle Sofia when she arrived? You probably wouldn’t want to place any bets on that.
One of the first arrivals was The Big Bang Theory’s Melissa Rauch. Melissa may be petite – for Heaven’s sake, they’ve used the quip “teeny, tiny body” on the show – but when she’s on the red carpet, she’s dynamite. She wore a canary yellow dress that had some toga-like features, yet must have been from a stylist who normally works with Sofia Vergara. This dress sure got my attention.
There were two others in the “jaw-dropping” category that I want to mention. Cassie Scerbo wore a black dress with such a large slit that almost seemed as if she could remove the skirt section of the dress, revealing culottes underneath. Of course this wasn’t the case, but it sure made me sit up and take notice!
This brings me to Margot Robbie. She was in the short-lived TV series “Pan Am” but because it wasn’t around for so long she still seems like a newcomer. Her thigh-high slit, sparkle-trimmed, almost skin-tight white dress will no doubt be talked about for a long time. I know I’ll be happy to talk about it. The slit – not exactly on the side – showed lots of leg as she walked down the red carpet, and she looked so stunning that the phrase “head-turner” couldn’t have been overused.
Julianne Hough – WB/InStyle after-party
Sofia Vergara – arrivals
Sofia Vergara – WB/InStyle after-party
margot Robbie – arrivals
Melissa Rauch – arrivals
Heidi Klum – arrivals
Miranda Kerr – WB/InStyle after-party
Vanessa Hudgens – WB/InStyle after-party
Best of the night
Maria Menounos will probably never win an Oscar or an Emmy or a Golden Globe award or a Tony or a BAFTA award or even a Deutsche Fernsehpreis, but she is spectacular. Her fuchsia-colored gown, with numerous strategic cut-outs, was, for me, the most amazing-fitting dress I saw all night. It wasn’t exactly tight – rather, it was molded to her amazing figure. Top that off with a simple but refined hair style, and you end up with a goddess-like aura that not only knocked me out, but knocked me out way more than anyone else. It definitely wasn’t the most revealing dress of the night, but to me it was the sexiest, and the one out of all of them that I have the hardest time forgetting.