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About Those Party Frocks at the Golden Globes

Hello-Hello, welcome to a bright and beautiful day here in The Great Midwest.

Did you watch the Golden Globes last night? We did not, being consumed with personal chores and then Downton Abbey, so we were forced to rely upon Twitter and then today’s newspaper and blog stories for updates.

It seems one of the big trends last evening was the number of nude or blush pink gowns, evidently there were quite a few more than one normally sees.

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The Times has a great slide show online, above they showcase the almost-nude trend, from left to right we see Elle Macpherson in Zac Posen, Julie Bowen wearing Reem Acra, Charlize Theron in Dior Couture, and Mary J. Blige wearing Michael Kors. Several more in neutral tones, also via The Times: Katharine McPhee wears Donna Karan, Jessica Chastain opted for Givenchy, and Amanda Peet is seen in Marc Jacobs.

Via The NY Times

In more pale hues, Nicole Kidman in Versace (many commentators thought she was a contender for ‘Best Dressed,’ I agree), Heidi Klum in Calvin Klein, it was Gucci for Jessica Alba, and Kate Beckinsale opted for Roberto Cavalli.

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Others in very pale pink or ivory, Jessica Biel chose a lacy Elie Saab dress, Amy Poehler in Naeem Khan, Kristen Wiig wore Bill Blass, while Busy Philipps went for an asymmetrical Temperley London.

Getty/Getty/AP/Getty via The NY Times

Rich wine and berry shades also were seen.

The NY Times

Above from left to right: Viola Davis wears Emilio Pucci, it was Oscar de la Renta for Tina Fey, Emma Stone chose Lanvin, and The Good Wife’s Julianna Margulies wore Naeem Khan.

There were also a lot of blue hues.


And yellow made a big splash, Paula Patton wore Monique Lhuillier, while both Maria Menounos and Mireille Enos were in Naeem Khan.

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There did not seem to be unanimity on who was the ‘worst dressed,’ although Sarah Michelle Gellar managed to land in that category on a lot of lists.

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Her tie-dyed Monique Lhuillier gown was widely panned, above we also show it as seen on the runway. From Jen Chaney’s Washington Post piece:

She told E!’s Giuliana Rancic that her daughter chose this tie-dyed gown. That explains it.

Ouch. Coco’s Tea Party was a little more gentle in its assessment:

….it’s just a really, really awful choice for the red carpet. The dress is overwhelming SMG’s tiny frame and the print just makes matters worse. Still, at least she’s smiling…

But the LA Times disagrees:

Sarah Michelle Gellar’s blue-and-white ink splotch Monique Lhuillier ball gown, which she said her 2-year-old had a hand in picking out, was another unconventional choice that paid off.

As did Tom and Lorenzo:

“We hate the big ponytail she was sporting but we kinda dig this dress for being bold and eye-catching.”

Perhaps the most polarizing gown was Piper Perabo’s, described by the aforementioned Jen Chaney this way:

The mysteries of the universe may well be hidden under that skirt. Lord knows there’s plenty of room.


I didn’t find the Theyskens’ Theory dress to be at all awful. Perhaps it was a little more sheer than what we’re used to seeing here at the Prepatorium, but it wasn’t ghastly.

The UK’s Daily Mail place Kelly Osbourne atop its worst dressed list, they (and many others) did not think highly of her Zac Posen gown.

The Daily Mail

But two of our faves, Tom and Lorenzo, disagree:

It was maybe a bit much for a job that mostly consisted of sitting down, but we like the shape and the color on her. The hair, not so much.

Others thought Madonna deserved that appellation for her Reem Acra dress, back to Jen Chaney’s WaPo column:

“The crucifix necklace said “Like a Prayer.” The single glove said “Like a Virgin.” The ruffles said distracting.”

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Perhaps this is the point where we should mention the story (with photos) about smushed…ahh, squashed…well, just click here and you’ll see the story about those who appeared to have almost crushed a certain part of their anatomy. (Ahem.)

There were oodles of compliments for Claire Danes in her J. Mendel dress.

AP via Washington Post

Cathy Horyn made a number of legitimate points in her review about the evening’s styles:

Quite a few actresses had hems spilling wildly behind them — Charlize Theron in a creamy Dior, Kate Beckinsale in a beaded Cavalli number. Fishtail dresses were definitely a trend on the Globes red carpet, but each time the camera panned down to them, the viewer seemed to end in the same old puddle.

And though Rooney Mara was probably the most fashionable young woman on the carpet, with a black cut-out Nina Ricci dress and her sleek ponytail and minimal makeup, the dress also didn’t fit her as well as it should have. What was that puddle at her feet?

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While there seemed to be almost universal agreement that Angelina Jolie was the smash hit on the red carpet, some liked Nicole Kidman, as mentioned above.

Via Just Jared

Back to Tom and Lorenzo:

This paraded across our screen before we could see who was wearing it and we were shocked later to find out it was Nicole simply because she’s so va-va-voom in it. This is a knockout; best she’s looked on the RC in ages.

Back to Ms. Jolie in Versace Atelier.

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A better view of the actress’s look via Grazia UK.

Grazia Daily UK

The most overwhelming commentary about Ms. Jolie referenced her weight, many said that the actress has become ‘scary skinny.’  An online post quotes a recent Us Weekly story:

The U.N. goodwill ambassador, 36, who travels the globe meeting the poor, ‘puts herself on fasts to make statements for the children she visits.’ She says, ‘If they can’t eat, I can’t eat.’ The busy mother of six ‘does different cleanses from around the world. It’s very dramatic, but that’s how she gets.’

Of course Ms. Jolie is also included on those lists of ‘power couples’ at the awards, below we see three such pairs via The Times.

The NY Times

For those keeping track, Brad Pitt wore Salvatore Ferragamo, George Clooney was in Giorgio Armani and his date, Stacy Keibler wore Valentino, on the far right host Ricky Gervais was said to be in Ted Baker at one point, Jane Fallon looks to be wearing a black version of the Pippa Middleton bridesmaid gown by Alexander McQueen.

Other ‘power couples’ included Dustin Hoffman and Lisa Gottsegen, Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw, Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith.

All Getty Images via The NY Times

We’ll close with Natalie Portman, we thought she was definitely Pretty in Pink.

Via Grazia Daily UK

And to think this was merely a warmup to February 12th’s Grammy Awards, followed by the Academy Awards on February 26.

One related story we wanted to mention looks at the very big business of jewelry on the red carpet.

It comes by Brink’s truck and is hand-delivered by security guards.

For last year’s Academy Awards, Tiffany & Co. reportedly paid Anne Hathaway $750,000 to wear Tiffany jewels onstage while she was hosting the event. And Gwyneth Paltrow was rumored to have picked up a $500,000 paycheck to wear pieces from Louis Vuitton’s L’Ame du Voyage fine jewelry collection.

Booth Moore’s piece in the LA Times sheds light on the inner machinations involving upscale jewelers and their gems, celebrities and their agents, and the deals they make during awards season.


Filed under preppy, Pretty in Pink

Party Frocks, or When Bad Dresses Happen to Good People

Hello-Hello and welcome to a Monday. Most. Assuredly. A. Monday.

However, it could be worse, so we moved ourself to the NWZ (No Whine Zone).  How about we chat about party frocks instead of weather, shall we? (Of course you know right where this is going, no surprises here.)

Of course – last night’s Golden Globes!  But first and foremost, we do have something for our Help Us Understand category: can someone, anyone, help us understand how event planners responsible for the Red Carpet portion of last night’s festivities did not order a tarp? No one at the Hilton thought it a good idea to have a Plan B? Perhaps a tent? Anything? Below, Jessica Lange arrives amid a sea of umbrellas.

Danny Moloshok

We understand the sun was out most of the day, but as Women’s Wear Daily put it:

“…stars running for cover and publicists unfurling umbrellas as they tried to salvage the red carpet photo opportunities. (Although rain was predicted for over a week, producers decided not to tent the hundred foot long red carpet at the Beverly Hilton hotel.)

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Look what it did to Gabourey Sidibe’s lush green gown by Kevan Hall:

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As George Clooney said:

“We’re idiots standing in the rain out here.”

Of course we were delighted to see our beloved Mad Men take home an award for best Drama.

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Some were surprised to see Don Draper Jon Hamm sporting a look considered ‘bohemian’ and probably not allowed at any ad agency in the early sixities.

Danny Moloshok/Reuters

Mr. Hamm is seen with his wife, Jennifer Westfeldt.

Regular readers know how highly we think of Mad Men’s Joan Holloway Christina Hendricks, but we were not fond of the garment created for her by Christian Siriano.

But Ms. Hendricks’ hair and makeup were nothing short of spectacular.

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As The Consort said, “She looks like porcelain, doesn’t she?”

We are on the fence about the Lanvin dress Betty Draper January Jones chose for the evening:

Tyler Boye for WWD

There’s no waffling on where we are with that headband — it did not work with the dress (too much going on) and detracted from Ms. Jones’ stunning looks.  We thought it was sweet her father was her escort for the evening, he looked just happy as a clam.

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In our “was this really necessary?” category, Jennifer Anniston:

Much as we adore Valentino, it seems the actress could do with a “less is more” refresher class.

We were also happy to see another favorite win, Julianna Margulies took home the Best Actress in a Television Drama award for her starring role in The Good Wife. More good news for the show, CBS has ordered a second season of episodes for the hit Tuesday night series.

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This is going to sound awful, but as soon as we saw darling Jayma Mays in this gown we thought about spider webs.

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The folks at PopWrap make the point well that in this case, it wasn’t Pretty in Pink:

WireImage via PopWrap

From their post on Globes fashion:

“The night’s least flattering shade turned a duo of dresses, and the divine women wearing them, into prom night casualties. We’ve come to expect much better from both Diane Kruger and Lauren Graham!”

And is there any point in us commenting on this young heartthrob’s spiky do?

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For those keeping score, Mr. Lautner was in Calvin Klein Collection. Also in attendance and presenting an award, Gossip Girl’s Chace Crawford.

Frazer Harrison/Getty

Ummm… he looks rather dashing, no?

Victoria Beckham’s growing emphasis on elegant lines is evident in the dress selected by Courteney Cox-Arquette:

We believe it is dress #48 in the current collection.

This is a very busy time for folks in the entertainment industry with the Critics’ Choice awards on Friday. Below we see Marion Cotillard wearing Christian Dior at last night (L), the French actress also wore Dior at Friday’s gala (R).

A few questionable designs made their way to last night’s after-party, beginning with Ashley Olsen, in a dress from Erdem.

Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Regular readers can guess what The Consort said as soon as he saw Malin Akerman: “oh, she got it at the drive-through car wash!”

Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Generally Vanessa Hudgens looks lovely, but not last night in this Alberta Ferretti

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Another not-quite-right look from Valentino on Amanda Seyfried:

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There you have it.


We leave you with a little something to brighten a rather dull and dreary day:

Leather Prince at etsy

This is the Umi Whale key fob from the Leather Prince on etsy.  Wouldn’t it be fun to have him swimming around your palace?

Until next time dollfaces, g’bye!


Filed under Gossip Girl, Help Me Understand, preppy