Hollywood caught scarlet fever at this year's Golden Globes, with countless stars choosing crimson for the red carpet. Fashion’s newest darling and Best Supporting Actress Nominee Lupita Nyong’o was ablaze in a crimson caped column from Ralph Lauren’s Spring 2014 runway. The 12 Years a Slave star was expected to make a splash tonight, and though she didn’t take home the coveted Globe, her minimal red gown will most certainly go down in award-show fashion history as one of the best.
Amy Adams, who won for her role in American Hustle, seemed to channel the '70s all over again in her plunging red Valentino colorblocked halter. Adams was sexy and effortless in the simple gown, which showed off her toned arms and décolletage. Her look was a sharp contrast to the pretty, polished confections she’s favored in past years, and we’re loving this new sultry version of the sweet star.
Taylor Swift and Emma Watson also donned the night’s hottest color trend. But their looks couldn’t have been more different. Swift, who was nominated for Best Original Song for the film One Chance, was regal in a voluminous Carolina Herrera strapless gown from Pre-Fall 2014. While Swift went for Old Hollywood glamour, Watson made waves in a super modern pant and dress ensemble from Christian Dior Couture, which she cleverly revealed as she turned around for her obligatory over-the-shoulder shot. Watson’s backless dress over slim cropped trousers set the blogosphere on fire. And we loved the risk – right down to her violet-blue Roger Vivier pumps. Well played, Hermione!
Cate Blanchett took home the prize for Best Dramatic Actress and made her triumphant return to the red carpet. The Blue Jasmine star was flawless in her net-and-lace Armani Privé gown, landing her atop our Best-Dressed List.
The fluttery cap sleeves and minimal high neck made us swoon, and Blanchett owned the step and repeat like a seasoned pro. We’ve missed her keen eye and fearless fashion, and can’t wait to see her again come Oscar time.
Jennifer Lawrence also took home gold for her supporting role in American Hustle. Once again, the outspoken young star chose Christian Dior Couture. Her white strapless gown from Fall 2013 was gathered with black ribbon details that created a dropwaist-flared silhouette. Though Lawrence’s dress wasn’t a huge departure from her previous red-carpet looks, and dare we say a bit safe, she looked beautiful as always and we give her props for the gown’s simple elegance.
Two of the night’s most beloved nominees, who are veterans when it comes to award-show dressing, certainly raised eyebrows with their fashion-forward selections. Sandra Bullock, who was nominated for her riveting performance in Gravity, turned up in a colorblocked Prabal Gurung high-low gown from Pre-Fall that will undoubtedly cause a big debate among the fashion set.
August Osage County nominee Julia Roberts surprised us in a Dolce & Gabbana white shirt and strapless dress combo that we didn’t quite understand. While we love a dash of menswear on the red carpet and applaud the risk, this look was more confusing than couture. We hope she returns to her roots for SAG and the Oscars, calling upon Mr. Armani like she used to in the good old days.
Speaking of the good old days, has Robin Wright aged at all? The 47-year-old House of Cards star and winner for Best Dramatic Actress tonight, recently announced her engagement to boyfriend Ben Foster, 33. The statuesque blond was stunning in her shimmery Reem Acra halter from Fall 2014. We loved the simplicity of Wright’s metallic gown, another trend this evening. Her short hair and sexy athletic build flattered the slinky gown perfectly.
We also loved the metallic trend on Kate Beckinsale, who presented in an amazing pewter Zuhair Muhair fit-and-flare style.
Wolf of Wall Street newcomer Margot Robbie was one of the first ladies to hit the red carpet tonight. Even amid a sea of A-list actresses and major designer gowns DiCaprio’s 23-year-old co-star managed to have a stellar fashion moment all her own. Robbie’s chic one-of-a-kind Gucci plunge column was embellished with green and white gemstones that played up her bombshell curves. Her muted makeup and clean updo balanced the subtle sexiness of this simple dress — thigh-high slit and all.
We couldn’t take our eyes off of Reese Witherspoon’s custom aqua Calvin Klein T-back gown. The presenter showed off her curvy silhouette in the simple bright frock that bared all her best assets. We also loved the springy hue on Dame Helen Mirren, who continued to defy her 68 years in a gorgeous Jenny Packham draped beaded number.
A very pregnant Olivia Wilde rounded out the trend, in an emerald green Gucci Premiere long-sleeve gown. The star, who’s due on May 4, looked positively radiant in the body-hugging dress that put her tummy proudly in the spotlight.
A bevy of black dresses showed up on Amy Poehler and Sofia Vergara, who shined in a dramatic full-skirted Zac Posen gown. The look was a refreshing change for the spicy Modern Family star who normally favors a more fitted silhouette. Vergara’s bold turquoise statement necklace from mega-jeweler Lorraine Schwartz could be seen from miles away and added some much-needed flash to the semi-safe look.
Poehler, who has never looked better, co-hosted the hilarious show with pal Tina Fey and finally won the Globe for her role on Parks and Recreation. For her walk down the red carpet she wore a modern Stella McCartney black gown with an asymmetrical halter and cutout at the waist. She looked utterly fantastic.
And while we weren’t in love with Fey’s Carolina Herrera floral print gown on the red carpet, she was svelte and gorgeous in that burgundy embellished number she changed into for the show’s opening monologue.
Overall the evening was full of great fashion with lots of variety and dresses that delivered. Now that we have our feet wet, we’re ready for the SAG awards!
Sam Saboura is best known as the host of TLC’s hit series "Something Borrowed, Something New." He has appeared as the fashion and style expert on numerous entertainment, news, and awards programs, and his sought-after style advice regularly appears in national publications. He is a personal shopper and stylist for celebrities in the film, television, and music industries, and the author of Sam Saboura’s Real Style.