It's been so long since I've done a red carpet post that I'd forgotten how long it takes to do one! While I haven't finished evaluating all of the outfits, I've got through almost half of them and figured you'd like to see my progress so far.
So here you go.... my first red carpet post in I don't know how long. Enjoy Part 1; the second part will be up tomorrow or Sunday.
|Nancy O'Dell in Oscar de la Renta|
It's blue! It's sparkly! Best of all, it's a great colour for her, it's the right length, and it fits. Plus she's done her hair and makeup and looks perfectly put together.
|Savannah Guthrie in Badgley Mischka|
This is a lovely colour for her but the ruching over her breast looks kind of weird. The embellishments at the cuffs are pretty but look like an afterthought.
|Maria Menounos in Celia Kritharioti|
This would make a lovely, sparkly bridal gown, wouldn't it? It's flattering, at least, and it isn't puddling on the ground. She looks well put-together.
|Brooke Anderson in Rachel Gilbert|
I like sparkly things as much as the next person (maybe more) but there's something about this that's too much even for me. Could it be the different patterns of sequins? The fact that the top looks like it should be a sweater? The fact that the whole look is a bit sloppy?
|Giuliana Rancic in Celia Kritharioti|
I love black velvet and I love lace and so in theory I should love this. Sure, it fits her well, and isn't too long, but I just can't get past the weird Victorian turtleneck and open shoulders. Or the fact that it looks like didn't have time to do her hair.
|Nicole Ritchie in Naeem Khan|
Oooh, a fringed bag! I love pretty much everything about this look: the colour, the style, the fit, and her hair. However, while I love the way the makeup was applied, I can't get behind the matchy-matchy eyeshadow.
|Julianne Hough in Monique Lhullier|
There's something discordant about this look. The hair reminds me of a goth-type friend I had who had shaved the sides of her head and left the top long. The bodice of this dress appears to have been transferred from an ice-skater's costume and tribal bellydancers wear things like those bits of frippery on her hips. Perhaps she was getting ready to do a goth tribal bellydance on ice?
|Anna Gunn in Gucci|
It was really difficult to find out who designed this particular dress and it's easy to see why. The flowers around the neck are interesting but there is nothing flattering about this column of pepto-bismol pink.
|Michelle Dockery in Alexandre Vauthier Couture|
I don't love white and gold together. However, this dress is lovely. The turtleneck and slightly exaggerated shoulders and sleeves show that this dress was thoughtfully designed for maximum impact. The dress first her perfectly and is very flattering to her figure, and with the perfect makeup and hair. She looks beautiful.
|Kelly Osbourne in Zac Posen|
Am I tired of strapless mermaid dresses? Why, yes, I am; how thoughtful of you to ask. This one is a bit different because it's got the ruffle at the bust and unusual pleating at the skirt, but it's still a strapless mermaid dress. This colour isn't all that good for her, either.
|Carla Gugino in Rami Al Ali|
I think she's hoping they give out a sash with the awards. She's got a place all ready for it with that diagonal sashy thing.
|Alyssa Milano in Ports 1961|
No matter how beautiful a dress may (or may not) be, it's never going to look its best if it's not the right size. Usually people wear clothes that are too small for them so it's a refreshing change to see someone literally swimming in her dress. Sadly, this refreshing change means that we can't see how gorgeous this dress is.
|Isla Fisher in Reem Acra|
As much as I like the shape and sparkle in this dress, the deep vee neckline in the illusion netting looks weird. Also, her hair is a little heavy.
|Claire Danes in Atelier Versace|
The best part about this picture is that we can see the lining of the dress; it's like a little peek into the construction. I'm a sucker for that kind of thing. The rest of the dress is ok although it looks like it's sagging down or the neck came unclasped or something.
|Megan Fox in Dolce & Gabbana|
Oh look. Another strapless mermaid dress. This one looks especially bridal-like. She looks amazing in this perfectly-fitting dress, especially for someone who recently had a baby.
|Lena Dunham in Zac Posen|
Oh, dear. The only nice thing I have to say about this dress is that the colour is lovely on her - well, and that she looks happy. Honestly, I'm not sure she could have found a style less flattering to wear. Now that she's won awards, I hope she's able to find something more flattering.
|Zooey Deschanel in Oscar de la Renta|
This is such a Zooey dress: cute and fun and just a bit quirky. The colour is lovely and unexpected and the pearls add that old-fashioned touch that makes this quirky in a Zooey way.
|Hayden Panettiere in Roberto Cavalli|
Sigh. Another strapless mermaid dress. The dress is pretty and fits her, and the layers on the bottom add softness to this look.
|Tina Fey (L) in L'Wren Scott and Amy Poehler in Stella McCartney|
From the knees up, Tina Fey looks gorgeous. Everything falls apart below that, however. The length of the dress doesn't work with the ridiculously high heels. Moreover, those heels make her feet look heavy and draw the eye downwards.
Amy Poehler, on the other hand, looks fantastic. Somehow the capri pant length works with the sandals.
|Tina Fey (L) and Amy Poehler|
I've been trying to find out who designed each dress because they're both beautiful. Tina Fey looks stunning in the green sequins. Amy Poehler's dress is beautiful; the deep vee neckline is perfectly balanced by the fuller sleeves.
We've already seen Tina Fey's dress. Looking at it now, I wonder if it would be better if it wasn't strapless and the hemline were about two inches shorter.
I don't know whether Amy Poehler chose her own clothes for the event or whether she has a stylist but her outfits suit her and are flattering. I love the neckline - open to the waist, like the other two outfits - and the fact that she's wearing nylons.
|Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Vera Wang|
The strapless ballgown silhouette is flattering enough but that print is drab and depressing. I could get past the print if her hair didn't also look drab and depressing.
|Olivia Munn in Giorgio Armani|
I want to like this dress but the style seems to straighten out all of her curves. It's like she wanted to look like a rectangle with no waist and she made sure to pull her hair back tightly so you could see it.
|Lousie Roe in Pia Pauro|
I don't know why anyone would wear what looks to be a donut on top of their head" hairstyle because it just looks like her head has a head. If I ignore her double head, the elbow-length sleeves, the exposed leg, and the gladiator heels, I might like this look.
|Carly Steel in Sherri Hill|
Even though I don't usually like gold and white together, I love this dress. It has am Elizabeth Taylor vibe that suits her figure. The donut on her head would go with this dress if it was taller and she was wearing a tiara or some kind of jewelry.
|Francesca Eastwood in Pronovias|
She is Clint Eastwood and Frances Fisher's daughter and was Miss (or Mr) Golden Globe, which is an honour given to a daughter (or son) of an actor who helps give out awards. Her hair is lovely but the wedding gown she's wearing isn't flattering through her waist.
I tried to figure out who designed this dress because it's (mostly) lovely. The sleeves and vee neckline don't quite work perfectly but the rest of the dress fits her very well.
Apparently no designer is willing to own up to designing this dress. True, the skirt does have a certain lampshade quality to it, the bodice belongs on a square-dancing outfit, and her waist looks disproportionately wide, but the colour is interesting.
|Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior Couture|
At least strapless ballgowns aren't strapless mermaid dresses, right? The skirt on this one is gorgeous and I love the black belt accent. The fact that her boobs are separate and individually covered is unique but that bodice really, really needs another layer of lining as we can see too much. Not even her weird eye makeup can shift my focus from that bodice.
|Rosario Dawson in Antonio Berardi|
Let this photo be a lesson to you: wear the size that fits you best. If the dress gives you a uniboob, it's too small. If you have horizontal wrinkles at the waist, the dress is too small. If the fabric in front bubbles to make it look like you have man-parts and you're not a man, the dress is too small. It doesn't matter how gorgeous the colour is on you - if the dress is too small, go up a size.
|Emily Blunt in Michael Kors|
I wish she'd left her hair down instead of wearing it as a donut because I think the dress colour works with her hair (and because the donut on the head looks silly). The dress fits her but the colour doesn't work with her skin and those waist cutouts look silly.
|Rachel Weisz in Louis Vuitton|
If this were a short dress it would be lovely. As it is, it looks like she realized at the last minute that this is a formal event and figured that adding a sheer skirt to the bottom of her dress would be ok. It isn't.
|Jacki Weaver in Pamella Roland|
Is it the camera angle or her wacky hair that makes her forehead look that tall? The dress is almost perfect except for those sleeves and the way they're pleated between the boobs.
|Kaley Cuoco in Zuhair Murad|
There are two different people here: the heavily-made-up goth above the neck and woman wearing a very pretty dress (although the colour doesn't quite work for her) below. It's a bit of a waste of a pretty dress.
|Jessica Chastain in Calvin Klein|
At first I thought that this dress was just too big but it seems to fit just fine around her hips. It seems that this dress was designed to be big and sloppy and unflattering in front. The dress is still too long for her even though she's wearing those ridiculous platform shoes that don't even work with the dress. What was she thinking?
|Sally Field in Alberta Ferretti|
Except for the fact that the dress appears to be sliding down her boobs, it's gorgeous. The colour is perfect for her and the style is flattering.
|Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen|
That midriff is unusual, isn't it? At first I didn't like this because I didn't like the bodice at all but I'm liking this more and more. The bracelets and the dress together read mild bondage. Maybe that was the point.
|Lucy Liu in Carolina Herrera|
Sometimes taking the risk to use upholstery patterns or fabrics in clothing is worth it because the results are unexpected and interesting. This is not one of those times.
|Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad|
I do love lace but this dress is borderline vulgar. It fits her well and she's completely covered, for which I suppose I should be grateful. Now can I just mention that the wrinkly zipper tape at the back looks tacky? If you're creating an illusion dress like this, either put the zipper on the side, cover the zipper, or use another closure.
|Helen Mirren n Badgley Mischka|
When she's bored during the ceremony she can create string art designs on her dress. Now that's a perfect example of form meeting function.
|Carey Lowell in Valentino|
This is pretty, it fits, it's the right length, and the colour works on her. Her hair is a bit messy but that could be due to wind and her makeup looks great. Well done, whoever you are!
|Anne Hathaway in Chanel Couture|
Women in various cultures wear fancy white dresses to celebrate different rites of passage, like birth, confirmation, marriage, and major award winner. The sequinned, stiff bodice towel still works for her as she celebrates her passage from working actress to major award-winning actress.
|Jessica Alba in Oscar de la Renta|
At least this strapless mermaid dress isn't white and she's wearing a necklace with it. The best part of this outfit is the fuzzy clutch she's carrying.
|Helena Bonham Carter in Dolce & Gabbana|
This is very Helena Bonham Carter with the crazy hair and shorter black dress. It's a shame that the dress is way too long (or her heels are way too high) and it makes her look thick around the middle.
|Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Saint Laurent (formerly Yves Saint Laurent)|
What does that vacant stare mean? If she's stoned out of her mind or is playing a robot on the red carpet or is she trying to pretend that she's not uncovering as much leg as possible? We'll probably never know. We do know that the ankle strap on those shes makes her model-thin leg look chunky and the front slit looks silly.
|Marion Cotillard in Christian Dior|
Apparently she was running late and chose to leave her hair unstyled and to drape a bright orange towel around her. Perhaps she thought that the asymmetry would fool people into thinking that the dress had been designed by someone.
|Helen Hunt in Dolce & Gabbana|
This dress belongs at a prom, not a major red-carpet event, mainly because that pink lining colour is much too twee to be worn at a grown-up event. Perhaps she's trying to feel younger?
|Taylor Swift in Donna Karan Atelier|
GASP!!!! She looks amazing in this style and colour! Even though this is a mermaid dress, it isn't strapless - and it isn't white or off-white. Taylor Swift is definitely an adult now and I hope we see more of this kind of gorgeous outfit from her.
photo credits: www.zimbio.com, www.tomandlorenzo.com, www.usmagazine.com
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