~Emma Stone in Valentino Haute Couture~
The 74th Golden Globes began with a song and dance number lead by a host who loves to sing and dance (thank you Jimmy Fallon!), included an unexpected glitch for the opening monologue, toss in a bit of political humor from Fallon and political straight talk from none other than lifetime achievement winner Meryl Streep, a heart-warming acceptance speech from Ryan to Eva, a fun repartee between Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn and a record number of wins for La La Land and there you have it: A Golden Globes Award show that captured my interest most of the evening during the wintery weather advisory.
But I am forgetting the best part: the red carpet. The dresses, gowns, and suits were magnificent. Truth be told, how I zero in on a favorite has as much to do with the individual wearing it, how they carry themselves, their conversations with others and the journalists, and appreciation for being part of the evening as it does to do with the dress itself.
With all of that said, I have chosen to include my top eight gowns and women as their personalities as well as their talent were complemented with sartorial choices that cultivated a signature self all the more. Simply because others have not been included does not mean they didn’t look just as radiant – Judith Light you are timeless and stunning, Reese Witherspoon – choose yellow all the time always, you look stunning in your favorite hue – but after some contemplation, these are my choices.
~ABOVE: Emma Stone in La La Land truly shined. Her song and dance numbers in the seven-time award winning musical were playful as well as sophisticatedly sincere, much like her dress. The stars (perhaps an homage to the award-winning song in the film??), the muted hues allowed her red hair to shine and thus Emma to just be Emma.
~If you haven’t stopped into the theater to view Jessica Chastain in her recent film Miss Sloan, go. She is the smart, two-steps-ahead lobbyist that will keep you intrigued until the last scene at the Senate Hearings on Capitol Hill. Upon seeing her in a gown from Prada’s Resort 2017 collection, which caught my eye when it debuted last summer, she jumped to the top of my list.
~Paired with two beautiful speeches, winning for best supporting actress in a drama for Fences alongside Denzel Washington and introducing Meryl Streep for her Lifetime Achievement award, Viola Davis in Michael Kors exhibited the reminder that the right hue can make all the difference. No extra details, no extra textures, just a simple, well-tailored dress in a powerful hue complete a look that allows the amazing women wearing the dress to shine.
~In attendance with her husband Justin Timberlake (nominated for best original song), Jessica Biel in Elie Saab presented the image of strength and femininity, simplicity and regality. The plunging neckline was prevalent all evening (Mandy Moore and Kristen Bell), and while some grew tired of it, I became more and more appreciative. Small busts offer amazing styling options, further reminding each of us to play to our strengths and exude the confidence from within dismissing the naysayers and their calls for more curves. Some may agree, some may disagree, but Jessica Biel keep shining (see her beauty preparation here).
~I will admit, I had never seen or heard of Caitriona Balf who was nominated for best actress in a drama for Starz’s Outlander, but perhaps now I will have to check it out. Wearing a strapless navy and burnt red gown from Spanish design house Delpozo, the look is classic, yet modern, and absolutely gorgeous.
~When I first saw Kristen Bell arrive on the red carpet, I only saw her torso, and quite honestly, I was hoping she had chosen to wear a jumpsuit. However, while her Jenny Packham deep V sequin gown captivates with its drama and its simplicity, can you imagine this as a jumpsuit? I think it would be exquisite, daring and avant garde to be worn at the Golden Globes where more risks tend to be taken most likely to great applause.
~Ruth Negga who stars in Loving wore a custom Louis Vuitton gown. Yes, a custom LV gown. What a dream of a gift to wear. While metallic hues typically don’t attract my attention due to the blatant flash, paired with her pixie coif, winsome Josephine Baker eyes and sincere love for being in attendance, I became smitten with the entire ensemble.
~Oh Sarah Paulson, thank you for breaking the mold and reminding us that beautiful gowns worn by strong, elegant and eloquent women come in unexpected designs. Initially, the shoulder height jaded my full appreciation, but the complementary hue, the magnificent tailoring and the exterior cut-out reminded me that first-impressions can indeed be utterly wrong. Wearing Marc Jacobs and winning for best actress in a mini-series for The People vs. O.J. Simpson, Paulson charmed with her gracious acceptance speech and dazzled with her captivating smile and heart-felt laugh.
The first award’s show of the year has kicked off a bevy more. Mark your calendars for the following red carpet events (oh, and the award shows themselves of course):
- SAG awards – Sunday January 29th
- The Grammy’s – Sunday February 12th
- the 89th Academy Awards – Sunday February 26th
Images: Harper’s Bazaar