2012 Golden Globes: Best Dressed

I know this post is about a week overdue, but refer to my Laptop Situation post to understand the delay. As stated in my Critics’ Choice Awards: Best Dressed post, I loved the fashion at the Golden Globes, and I’m eagerly awaiting the Oscars to see what these lovely ladies will do next. The gowns were gorgeous and varied (although nude was definitely the trend of the night); the hair and makeup flawless; and the accessories perfectly complimentary. Like the CCAs, I had a hard time putting the looks in order (it was difficult enough narrowing down the list to just 12 to begin with). What I basically ended up doing was sitting back and asking myself, “Who would I want to look like and which gown would I want to wear if I was on the red carpet?” and here’s the resulting list. 
#1 – Kate Beckinsale – Roberto Cavalli
Simply flawless in every way. In my opinion, Kate is one of, if not THE most beautiful women on the planet (AND she’s hilarious) which might give her an unfair advantage since she would probably look good in a trash bag, but she has fantastic style to boot. Some may complain that this look is boring or nothing special, but I love it. The gown’s silhouette is very flattering, and the beading detail is incredible. I LOVE that she left her neck bare but accessorized with huge, eye-catching earrings and bracelets. Her hair is pulled back in an updo, showing off her criminally gorgeous face.
#2 – Shailene Woodley – Marchesa
The more I looked at this gown, the more I fell in love with it. The detail of the bodice is simply amazing, and the color works so well with her skin tone. She made the right choice in letting this ultra-feminine gown be the center of attention by wearing light, fresh makeup and no jewelry but for some small earrings. She may be young, but Shailene has demonstrated great red carpet style this awards season so far, managing to look both classy and age appropriate – props!
#3 – Charlize Theron – Dior Couture
This look seemed to be the favorite of the night and for good reason! People were eagerly anticipating Charlize’s red carpet comeback, and she did not disappoint. With her light pink Dior gown, she looked like an ethereal princess among the sea of attendees. On anyone else, someone might say there is too much going on in this outfit with the plunging neckline, high slit, big side bow, headband…but Charlize wears everything with such elegance and confidence, and she makes it look effortless. Just gorgeous.
#4 – Felicity Huffman – Romona Keveza 
Why, oh why weren’t there any red carpet pictures of this GORGEOUS gown?? The moment Felicity stepped on stage to present, I thought to myself, “Wow, she has never looked better!” She looked downright stunning with her soft, wavy updo and natural makeup in this beautiful gold Romona Keveza gown. And how cute was her little ditty with her husband and fellow presenter William H. Macy?
#5 – Sarah Hyland – Dolce & Gabbana
I love, love, LOVE all the lace here. It gives the dress such an interesting texture and romantic look. I also love her wavy updo and smokey eye makeup with nude lips. Sarah is another young star who has a knack for choosing sophisticated yet youthful looks for the red carpet.
 #6 – Emma Stone – Lanvin
Speaking of young stars with great red carpet style… it’s always exciting to see what Emma will be wearing because you never know what she’s going to do next. She keeps it young and fresh, fashion-forward and always sophisticated, and the Golden Globes were no different. The two-tone plum and fuschia coloring is just fantastic and oh-so-flattering against her fair skin. The embroidered shoulders are an interesting touch as is the awesome eagle belt. Love the hair and makeup, as well.
#7 – Sophia Vergara – Vera Wang
This woman has such an amazing body! How can you be that curvy and have such skinny arms? It’s just not fair. But back to the dress…the deep blue mermaid gown definitely showed off her incredible figure, and I love the texture at the bottom. Her sleek straight hair, red lipstick, and big bold earrings were pretty standard Sophia, but hey, if it works…
#8 – Jessica Alba – Gucci
Jessica looks so girly and romantic here. The lavender gown with beading detail is so pretty, and her skin (and smile) is just radiant. It’s not a very daring look, and she’s definitely done this same hair and makeup combo before (it’s fabulous, nonetheless), but l love its softness.
 #9 – Salma Hayek – Gucci Premiere
Now to go from girly and romantic to womanly and fierce. Salma looked stunning in her beaded Gucci gown. I especially liked the design of the bodice. The only negative is her hair. While I liked her long wavy hair, and I’m usually a fan of ombre, the color change here is a little too abrupt for my taste. 
 #10 – Nicole Kidman – Versace
Nicole looked positively glowing in this grey column gown with intricate gold stud detailing. She’s had some questionable choices in the past, but totally redeems herself here. I could just stare at this gown with all its details for hours – it’s amazing. The hair, makeup, and accessories – all quite simple – come together to compliment the stunning look.
#11 – Reese Witherspoon – Zac Posen
Reese looked red hot in this Jessica Rabbit-esque, figure-hugging bustier gown. You can’t go wrong with a sweetheart necklines, in my opinion, and I’m really loving her beachy, tousled waves and natural makeup.
#12 – Evan Rachel Wood – Gucci
Such an interesting, modern take on an Old Hollywood-style gown! I love the emerald ombre-like coloring and the different textures of the sequins and peacock feathers. Don’t know how many people could pull such an exquisite gown off, but Evan looks sophisticated and confident as ever (check out that posture!).
Which is your favorite? Who are you most looking forward to see at the Oscars?
  • I absolutely adore all of them, but my attention is especially drawn to #6,7 and 12. I'm a big fan of darker tones as they pop to the viewer and make a dramatic effect!!

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  • I know exactly what you mean! I'm usually drawn to darker hues as well, but I was completely won over by the white/neutrals trend!

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