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Golden Globes 2013 : Worst Dressed 
Tue, 22nd Jan 2013
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Here's part 2 of my look at the first really major awards ceremony of the season - the Golden Globes, and what people really should have thought twice about wearing - in my opinion !! My Top 10 Worst Dressed stars of the day...

Well - I couldn't decide whether this was a huge bow of fruit and flowers strung round her neck, or whether it was actually a misguided bit of over-design on the part of the dress designer - doesn't matter actually, because it's simply hideous anyway !! Now I'm not averse to a bit of fruit here and there really, but this is a veritable cornucopia...


In addition to which the dress itself really doesn't fit that well - at least it just hangs down with very little shape round her legs and looks to be a bit too high under the arms - a puzzling mess...

In case you are unfamiliar with this good lady, as I was, it turns out that she is nothing less than a Presidential Historian, and it was her award-winning book "Team of Rivals" that Steven Spielberg's film 'Lincoln' was based on...she was also Consultant and interviewed extensively for PBS and the History Channel's documentaries on LBJ, the Kennedy family, Franklin Roosevelt,
Abraham and Mary Lincoln, and Ken Burns' "The History of Baseball." So she is a force to be reckoned with - if you want to make a film for cinema or telly about any past president, and need to know the facts, she is yer woman !!


For a red carpet event though, she may not be the best person to go to for advice - this little jacket and trousers were just way too under-dressed in my view, glittery though they may be  - she just looked much too casual - and I like trousers on the red carpet, as you all know !!

To call this dress ill-advised for any public appearance, never mind the Golden Globes red carpet, would be something of an under-statement !! Designed by Celia Kritharioti, it creates the illusion of a droopy bosom where there - um - most probably isn't one...


It's all in the lace pattern, you see !! This would have been a great choice, were it not for that braless effect caused by the pattern of black on white lace...

The other thing is that the messy updo is one thing, but the 'scraped back in a hair-band, to apply make-up Look' is another thing entirely !! What a pity she got them confused...

Halle is usually on my Best Dressed List, isn't she - it's a rare red carpet event that she attends where she doesn't anyway !! Well, this is definitely one of those rare occasions, because this dress really didn't do it for me at all...


This was from the Atelier Versace 2012 Collection, and features the usual thigh-high split - often a Versace design detail, but now looks like a caricature of itself after Angelina Jolie posed endlessly all evening, at the last Oscars ceremony - remember that ?!! This kind of thing has been done to death now I feel, and it would be nice to see some new ways of revealing legs in a long dress.

That's not really the main gripe though - the colours and the prints itself is a bit too all over the place - it's very sketchy and looks like two distinct prints anyway, which I always think looks confused and messy !! Halle could definitely have done better in my view.

As could Jessica here - what is it with dresses that have just two strips down over the bust, and very little else ?!! This is not a great look - nor even a mildly good one - so what she was thinking, we'll never know...


Not really convinced by the strange 'pulled-back-at-two-corners' hairdo either - it gives her a weird pointy look that I suspect she would be mortified to see...if only she could have seen it in the mirror before she left the hotel !!

My Goodness - here's another black lace dress waiting to trip up the wearer - this time, it's the fact that her underwear is far too prominent. I hate this trend for showing off the undies, even if it is just an anonymous black strip cross her bosom!! The lower part looks alarmingly like granny pants to me, or perhaps one of those 60s style girdles...


She did choose a scary pair of shoes too - all those spikes !! Great big square studs along so many straps of narrow black leather looks a little like overkill to me...

As promised in the comments column of my last post, here's Lucy in her ultra-chintzy gown designed by Carolina Herrera from her recent Pre-Fall 2013 Collection...


I guess you could say that this looks just like a huge rose bush viewed against a pale blue summery sky - on the other hand,  you could say, as I did - 'What a truly hideous print !!
You see, what I see is a design that is so utterly chintzy - like grandma's particularly dreadful garish sofa, but the thing is that if the colours were different, it would probably have been lovely !!
In my opinion, what we have here is what I would definitely call a 'Marmite' dress - you either love it to bits and covet it beyond any reasonable bounds, or hate it - and can't even stand to look at it - and I'm afraid that I fall into the last category...

Lucy herself, looks marvellous of course - with her expertly done fishtail plait and her refined make-up, she could have taken a Gold Star easily, had her dress been - say, luscious pink and cream roses on a charcoal grey or pale green background...but there you go - dark green leaves with pink and yellow roses, on a pale sky-blue background just looks garish to me, and I know that some of you really liked this - as I said, a Marmite dress !!

Marion Cotillard is still the face of the Lady Dior handbag range, through the three designers that have been responsible for their ranges since 2008 - now she has had a hand in designing a bag herself for them, and she loves the Dior brand so much that she rarely wears anything else !!


Here, she wears a rather weird little red cocktail dress, which is clearly designed by Raf Simons, as it has his handwriting all over it -  however, I really didn't think this was either elegant enough or dressy enough for such a big event - after all, the Golden Globes are second only to the Oscars, and the statement red-carpet gown is de rigeur...
Some fashion critics didn't like the fact that her shoes seemed to match her dress pretty much exactly, but I did - they are wickedly pointy and orangey-red - what's not to love ?!! How she managed to stand like this for a photo though, is a mystery !!

Rosie went for one of the beautiful new black gowns with wide quilted leather cummerbunds from the recently revamped Saint Laurent label, designed by Hedi Slimane, and very good it looked too until...


Well - until she was photographed from the side - did she know just how much side-boob was on show ?!! I'll warrant not...'tis a great pity, because were it not for that small detail, she would have ended up in my Best Dressed list for sure !!

I really don't know what it is about Sarah Hyland, but remember, she is only 22 - believe it or not...
There's nothing actually wrong with her dress, and I reckon, say a forty year old would enjoy wearing it a lot, showing off a really good shape too.
Her make-up too, is way, way too old for her pretty little baby-face - she really doesn't need to have it trowelled on in this early 60s style !! Also, her hair has been styled rather like a 1960s vamp - think Gina Lollobrigida in her early 60s heyday...


I can't quite square this vision of busty vampish sex-siren with the little teenaged daughter of 'Modern Family' - how is it possible to make a 22 year old look about 35 like this ?!! Her face looks like one of those toddler Beauty Pageant Queens - weirdly unnatural in make up at the age of six, don't you think ?!!

Anyway, she is the last of my Worst Dressed list, although she wasn't, strictly speaking, badly dressed - just badly styled and over made up !!

Hope you enjoyed this - next up will be the first of my Couture Fashion Week runway-show reports for Spring 2013...

Tue, 22nd Jan 2013 (UTC)
I actually really like Guiliana's dress. And Lucy Liu's dress reminds me of wallpaper, perhaps the wallpaper from Willy Wonka.
Sat, 26th Jan 2013 (UTC)
LOL - yes, Willy Wonka wallpaper appeals to me in a strange sort of way !! As for Giuliana's dress - it would have been lovely actually if it didn't make her look like she wasn't wearing a bra of any kind...
Wed, 23rd Jan 2013 (UTC)
I'd cut some slack for Dolores Kearns Goodwin... she's not a professional clotheshorse, and she wore a similar outfit on the talkshows I've seen her on. She's a fun interview and sounds like an amazing lady with a great sense of humor

but yes this crop is filled with head scratchers.. and yet Halle Berry still looks amazing in a bad dress.

Hyland looks about 35. So wrong

and Cotillard and Rosie just look flat out BAD

thanks for the post! its a nice pick me up after a bad day... it was a tough day but AT LEAST I LOOKED GOOD lol ;)
Thu, 24th Jan 2013 (UTC)
I have to agree about Goodwin; she did pretty well for a first-timer. She probably didn't have designers lining up to dress her, but she's on trend, it fits well, its age appropriate, *and* she avoided some of the more hideous faux-pax we usually see in these pages.
Thu, 24th Jan 2013 (UTC)
Yes - you're probably right actually, and it's very true that she didn't wear anything that wasn't age appropriate or worse - too revealing or badly fitting !! I do think she wasn't quite dressy enough, and I might take issue with the fact that she doesn't do this kind of thing on a regular basis - as she is consulted on many, many US TV dramas and Hollywood films, she attends these things more often than you would think...
This would be the first time a book of hers has been adapted for film and subsequently up for an award, and therefore the first time she has been up there in her own right, I think !!
Thu, 24th Jan 2013 (UTC)
My first thought in reply was that, sadly, she doesn't, unlike us, have you to run to on the remote chance that we'd be on the red carpet.

My next thought is to wonder if you could start a career in fashion advice to people new to the red carpet?
Wed, 23rd Jan 2013 (UTC)
The pale blue flatters Chastain immensely, and the earrings are lovely, but the dress itself is really all that is wrong with draping and folds and low necklines. Every way one of those elements could have gone wrong - it did.
Thu, 24th Jan 2013 (UTC)
Oh yes - I had no issue with the colour at all - in fact, it's a brilliant colour for her as it's the complementary range of shades for her red hair - always a good thing !!
Wed, 23rd Jan 2013 (UTC)
Jessica Chastain's dress is just weird. It looks unfinished, it looks like a beginning mock-up of a dress that got pulled off the dressmaker's dummy and sent to her by mistake.
Thu, 24th Jan 2013 (UTC)
Actually, you've hit the nail on the head there - that's exactly what it looks like...
Wed, 23rd Jan 2013 (UTC)
I actually liked Lucy Liu. I know that the print is very wallpaper-y, but I think that's half the fun of it. Its not a traditional print you'd think of for a dress and I like that.

And I liked Rosie Huntington, too. I think the side boob was just a dress malfunction. If you look at the picture of her front, her left breast is fully covered and the right one is showing a little through her hair. I doubt she could just adjust herself out there in front of the cameras (if she even noticed that her dress was lopsidedly showing) so she had to own it, but I don't think it was intentional.

Edited at 2013-01-23 02:20 pm (UTC)
Wed, 23rd Jan 2013 (UTC)
Lucy Liu's dress very nearly works for me. The shape is gorgeous, and I can live with the print, although I agree with you that a different print would work better. But I don't hate it.
Thu, 24th Jan 2013 (UTC)
Just wish to venture an opinion on Goodwin. The lady is a scholar, and if she has been to an awards ceremony, it would be quite a different kind. I think she can be forgiven.
Fri, 25th Jan 2013 (UTC)
Some of these aren't too bad, but I can see why you chose them for your *Worst Dressed* list!

Marion Cotillard's shoes may look glamorous, but to me they say *painful*... Guess I'm just old! ;0)
Fri, 25th Jan 2013 (UTC)
I am still loving Lucy Lui's gown so we must agree to disagree on that one. Jessica Chastain's dress is such a lovely color but so oddly and unflatteringly draped. I don't know how she could have chosen it.
Sat, 26th Jan 2013 (UTC)
I agree with everything you said! From Lucy's print on her dress to the awful heavy makeup looking so unnatural...I couldn't agree more! I do love these posts :)
Mon, 28th Jan 2013 (UTC)
Again, proof that fashion is in the eye of the beholder...I loved Lucy Liu's dress...I heard it panned everywhere the day after...but, me, I just thought it was so pretty....*grin*