Monday, January 14, 2013

Best (and Worst) Fashion and Beauty at the 2013 Golden Globes

It's so much fun reading and watching opinions on the "looks" at the Golden Globe Awards. You'll never find universal reactions. Here are mine, many awarded with BTiB medals to recognize the best looks. Feel free to chime in with your reactions in the comments section.

I'm feeling pretty good about my predictions for the fashion - as opposed to those from the "expert" from Marie Claire.  I wrote, "We will see breathtaking color; clean, simple lines that flatter a woman's curves; embellishment, a bit of red, white, and gorgeous shades of gold. There will be black and white, but they won't be paired." I think I came much closer than she did. The two notable prints the expert predicted were both, in my opinion, fails. More on that below.

Stacy Keibler wore an Armani Privé Fall 2013 black velvet column gown featuring silver piping in horizontal stripes, accentuating the column silhouette, and ending in a cascading train. With our without George Clooney's arm, she would have caught my eye. She seems so "real" too. While chatting with Ryan Seacrest, Stacy shared that the dress was “fresh off a plane from Paris.” That remark, plus her sleek, straight, schoolgirl hair, and fresh makeup (including Armani's Lip Maestro and Luminous Silk Foundation, I'm told), allowed her to earn one of my BTiB medals.

Jodie Foster - I've never seen her more beautiful. The first thing that caught my eye on the red carpet was her Giorgio Armani gown. I'd kill for that dress. I'd invent an occasion to wear it. The diamond bracelet wasn't shabby either. Like Keibler, her hair was straight - an easy bob that moved with her and blew in the outdoor breeze. It was hard to get a good glimpse of her smoky eyes, but her eye shadow looked stunning on television. She earned a BTiB medal.

Forget her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, when she confused some and surprised others. Everyone has and deserves their own forms of expression. No matter what words she used, she conveyed to her own satisfaction what she wanted to say. Bravo, Jodie! I admired her lifetime of work before; now I bow to her good soul. The show ended with Amy Poehler's quip, "We're going home with Jodie Foster."

Anne Hathaway was a picture of Chanel sophistication in her columnar white gown. It needed little additional adornment. Again, simple hair, simple jewelry, and a magnificent, BTIB medal look. She wore the statement look of the season, a red, matte lip.

I've read comments that she doesn't have the body for the gown. Malarkey!  The gown would have looked all wrong with curves. She wore it to perfection.

I told you I'd be watching for makeup and hair, and designer and Fashion Star mentor Nichole Richie's hair caught my eyes early and big-time. So did her gown. I loved everything about her look except for the ultra-blue eye shadow (the reason I'm not awarding a medal). Richie wore one of my favorite dresses of the night - by Naeem Khan. Her old Hollywood-inspired waves were gorgeous. Suave Professionals Stylist Jenny Cho created the look. I'll share how it was created in a few days. Some may disagree, but I think the blue eye shadow didn't work. I think she would have glowed in a white-silver blend - or a toned-down look that would let her hair and beaded gown shine.

Year after year, Claire Danes dazzles on the red carpet. This year, her appearance was more impressive than ever; she gave birth three weeks ago. She killed it in a red Versace dress with a plunging neckline. Her hair? Simple with a loose wave.

To hide the need for a root touch-up (which has hardly been her highest priority), she used an old, but effective trick of randomly alternating her part. It worked. She looked lovely and deserves a BTiB medal for so many reasons.

Naomi Watts' casual side-swept, retro up-do was sensational. Everything about her look clicked. She was wearing a Zac Posen Pre-Fall 2013 oxblood gown with a keyhole detail, open back and dramatic train. In typical Posen style, the gown was fitted to perfection, hugging Naomi in all the right places. She styled the look with Casadei heels, a gold Ferragamo clutch, and ruby earrings that were magnificent. Her makeup accented her blue eyes, her Giorgio Armani Maestro foundation made her skin stunning, and her rose pink lipstick was perfect. She gets a BTiB medal.

I must mention at least one man who caught me eye? Bradley Cooper! That slightly scruffy face, brilliant blue eyes, and carefully coiffed carefree hair paired perfectly with his Tom Ford tux. Oh yeah, he gets a BTiB medal. I just want to touch his hair. I felt the same way as the hilarious woman who heads the Foreign Press Association, who said to him from the stage, "Call me, baby."

There were so many stars who were at their best. Helen Mirren has never looked prettier. Her Bagley Mischka gown was a killer, but her hair style took at least 10 years off her appearance. Her (and others') long sleeves were perfect for the chilly night.

She needs to stick with this look, and I'm going to try it. She gets one of the few glam hair style of the night BTiB awards. Nicole Kidman gets another. While I didn't really care for her Alexander McQueen gown, I loved her flippy hair style and simple makeup that accentuated her unquestionable beauty.

There were so many other women who were at the top of their game - Jessica Alba in Oscar de la Renta, Kate Hudson in Alexander McQueen,Olivia Munn in Giorgio Armani, Jessica Alba in Oscar de la Renta, and more. It's ashamed I don't have all day to write. I'd love to show you more beautiful looks.

I had mixed feelings about Jessica Chastain's look. Her hair and makeup were stunning. The gown? Not so.

The Calvin Klein gown was a beautiful color, but the loose, almost dowdy fit of the plunging V was less than flattering. I loved her ruby red lips with her center-parted red hair, and her eye makeup flattered her without wearing her. The color of the gown was perfect for her. The fit was its failure.

There were some looks I disliked - some intensely. Unfortunately, the talented Lena Dunham's was one of them. Why? It wasn't her pretty Zac Posen gown. It was her tattoos. They were exposed and distracting on her arm and back. They looked trashy. As I tweeted last night, she showed young ladies the perfect reason to skip the tattoos.

Unlike the majority, I really disliked the triple-tiered boob look of Jennifer Lawrence, provided by Dior Haute Couture. It was low on her body, structured, and way too retro for the night.

I did like her Chopard earrings, and her casual up-do was very flattering. She also showed great taste by wearing Giorgio Armani Maestro foundation. I couldn't get past that dress.

Who told Lea Michelle she had to contrast with her Elie Saab dress? She looked silly, when she should have (and could have) been a bombshell. Supposedly, that's a tan from a trip to Hawaii. Hasn't anyone ever told her about sunscreen and wrinkles?

Poor little Lucy Liu was worn by her Carolina Herrera draperies. It's hard to believe that I could find the worst-dressed in a Herrera dress, but that's the way I saw it last night.  Another perpetual winner, Halle Berry, wore a cut-out Versace print and looked like a patchwork quilt. If Lucy Liu was wearing the draperies, Halle Berry was wearing the wallpaper.

I never thought I'd find myself placing Halle Berry on a worst-dressed list. She does not need to mimic the Angelina Jolie leg. Her figure speaks for itself.

I'll wrap up with the stars of the show: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. I think they set the bar for future awards shows. I only wish we could have seen more of them. I'd gladly have watched for an additional 15 minutes last night if they had had more air time. Both were glamorous, with Tina in glittering navy and Amy in a burgundy short-sleeved gown. Total class = two BTiB medals.

Photos from all over the place, including the Huffington Post


Evelyn said...

I'd like to see Tina and Amy at the Oscars, we'd might actually have a pleasant night.

I really loved some of the dresses I saw on Nicole Kidman, Jodie Foster (I swear someone put her on a worst dressed list and I don't know why) and Naomi Watts. I liked Anne Hathaway's dress but I thought it was smushing her bust a bit but maybe that's just me that expects a little more curve on a figure. I think you could channel Helen Mirren, she is very beautiful and classy.

I'm surprised when petite-ish actresses chose gowns that swallow them up. You don't want to be overwhelmed by your dress (Lucy Liu) or have it distract from your beauty (Halle Berry). Both attractive, don't know what happened. But that's the fun of the awards, to see the dresses and those gorgeous jewels! The awards, eh, well, not as exciting. lol

morelikespace said...

I'm glad to know that I wasn't alone in thinking that Jennifer Lawrence's dress was a huge mistake (along with her acceptance speech). I found that the structure of the bust made it look like she was "droopy"- hardly an effect you want at 22.

Lorna said...

I agree with all your comments, except Claire Danes. I didnt't like her make up, she looked like raccoon. Her dress was nice though.


Eileen said...

There was nothing over-the-top glamorous or too gimmicky this year which was very refreshing. The more successful dresses all had the same thing in common--clean, elegant, deceptively simple lines. And, I loved the different shades of red and tangerine that we saw. Glowing skin, shinny hair, beautiful makeup dominated. All considered, the ladies were lovely and the gents weren't too shabby, either! ;-)

My one complaint: Why, oh why, designers do you think it's OK to create dresses that make our breasts look saggy? So many beautiful young women were sporting boobs that looked droopier than mine--and I'm 68! And stylists, why on earth would you think to put your clients in dresses that are less than flattering? Isn't your job to make your client look stunningly beautiful? Hopefully, things will be looking up by the time the Academy Awards roll around. LOL

Charlestongirl said...

Hi Evelyn!

Does Hathaway have boobs? I can't remember. It might have smushed her, but I can't imagine JLo in that dress. I did like JLo's gown. Thank God it was lined.

I love the loaned jewelry. I was watching it with a hawk's eye.

Charlestongirl said...

Well, thanks, Kate. It seemed like I was the only one who really disliked it. Yeah, droopy at 22 is really not good. :)

Charlestongirl said...

Hi Lorna,

I read someone who said that. Maybe she could have eased up on the liner. It's the MUA who did that to her. I suspect she didn't specify heavy liner. Which brings up an important point. Always know and trust your MUA BEFORE a big event.

Charlestongirl said...

Eileen, I was just discussing droopy boobs with Kate. I thought they put boning in those gowns to hold them perky. Apparently not.

One of the problems with the Jessica Chastain look was that her boobs were "unenhanced" in that minimal CK gown. One commentator even noticed that Halle's perfect bodice looked a bit uneven.

I also loved (and expected) the clean, simple lines and natural makeup. Glad to see it come to life on stage.

Melanie said...

The dresses were lovely last night. Claire Danes is three weeks post-partum? Wow! Amazing! It's funny -- I noticed the arms as opposed to the breasts (although not a lot of heaving cleavage was a good change, I thought). Not much of that Hollywood, bulging deltoid this time. The only one who stood out as a shock for me was Nicole Kidman. What is she doing to her face! And I simply ♥ Helen Mirren.

Evelyn said...

I don't think even an enhanced bust would have helped Jessica because the line of the drapes, how they stopped and bagged at her waistline would make them look saggy no matter what. It seemed to have a bit of a high waist as well. I might have liked a bit more dip at the back rather than a straight waist too.

Being that I'm a curvy person to begin with I'd never have a "lean" look in a dress but at least I'd like something that would give me some balance, i.e. a longer line, keep my bust in the proper place and not look as if I were going to explode out of it. I really thought JLo would bust out of the back of her dress, it was so tight. lol

Jessica Alba's diamond necklace! Oh my! Amy Poehler was wearing a great necklace when she was in her tux before the show started too. Really some great pieces out there.

Eileen said...

That necklace was to die for! I think that Jessica Alba actually had one of the most beautiful looks of the night.

Jo said...

I think Jody Foster was best dresssed and her makeup looked great. I agree with your other choices of Helen Mirren, Nicole Kidman and Stacy Kiebler too. I also liked Rosario Dawson's light blue dress. I felt so bad for Lucy Ling she seemed to think she looked great in the dress and was flaunting it everywhere but it just did not work. The brown Zac Posen on Lena was a mistake too. I wasn't that crazy about Jennifer Lawrence's dress either.

Mamavalveeta03 said...

I agree with all of your choices and think that you can attend the "Best Things in Beauty" awards show in Jodie Foster's dress. But you could do Helen Mirren (although she's older than you). She looked amazing! Actually, you left out one that I loved: Julianne Moore. Classy, chic, not screaming "Look at how sexy I am!" (talkin' to you, J Lo and Katherine McPhee). And someone PLEASE teach Lena Dunham and Julia Roberts how to walk in heels!!!

grlnxdor said...

My secret girl crush is the French actress Marion Cotillard. Usually she is stunning in Dior, but last night I thought she looked way too plain-jane. I didn't like her dress or her hair--probably the first time that I've ever felt that way about her!

Charlestongirl said...

Hi Melanie,

Yep. She's amazing.

Charlestongirl said...

Eileen, I adored that necklace, but I examined her look without it. The gown was definitely nice, but I didn't think her look was world class without the diamonds. :)

Charlestongirl said...

Agreed, Jo.

Charlestongirl said...

Hi MamaVal,

I agree. Julianne Moore looked gorgeous. Just a little too structured for my tastes.

Was that Lena trip over her dress or a shoe issue?

Charlestongirl said...

Hi grlnxdor,

Lesson in how to take a stunning woman and turn her into ho-hum.

Anonymous said...

Great commentary on last night. I loved J. Alba's look and am curious about her lipstick. K. Hudson looked smashing as we'll, rested, young, vibrant!
I was staring at Halle's bust and not in a good way. "Uneven" is a good term for it :)
Have a good week, Tanja

Eileen said...

Hi Tanja,

Jessica was wearing Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Riviera. You can read the complete rundown of her makeup on Temptalia.

Paula said...

Anne Hathaway exuded class.

Jennifer Lawrence's gown was a picture of absolute glamour.

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