There is a list of rote, yawn-inducing adjectives that are dusted off and trotted out during award season every year: “Glamorous,” “pretty,” “classic,” and “lovely” top the list. And those words could certainly be attached to a number of the perfectly serviceable gowns at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards. But what a relief to see a woman take a seismic risk on the red carpet in an avant-garde design.
Hit: Emma Watson
“The Bling Ring” star and presenter Emma Watson did the unthinkable. She wore pants. In what will most likely be viewed as the most divisive sartorial choice of the evening, the 23-year-old arrived in a Christian Dior pant/gown hybrid. Elegance in the front, party in the back. She sported silk cigarette pants (and a lot of skin) behind what, at first glance, was nothing more than a simple short-sleeve gown. Let the debates begin about this hybrid’s merits. Was it gimmick or gorgeous? Either way, it is a risk that should be applauded heartily.
Hit: Lupita Nyong’o
Vogue named Lupita Nyong’o as one of its Top 10 Rising Style Stars of 2014, and the recent Yale graduate owned that title in a simple, dramatic Ralph Lauren column dress. Its shoulder-baring cape was the epitome of sleek and modern.
Hit: Zooey Deschanel
It’s time we stop calling “New Girl” star Zooey Deschanel “adorkable.” Not only has the portmanteau grown tiresome, it no longer applies to Deschanel, who sparkled in an Oscar de la Renta crop-top gown.
Hit: Michelle Dockery
“Downton Abbey” star Michelle Dockery was snubbed as a best actress nominee, but she took honors last night as best dressed in an Oscar de la Renta gold sequin embroidered gown.
Miss: Julia Roberts
One of the evening’s biggest disappointments was “August: Osage County” star Julia Roberts. She looked like a poker dealer circa 1968 in a very flat, black and white Dolce & Gabbana gown. The hair was the only salvageable part of this look.
Miss: Sandra Bullock
There was nothing flattering about Sandra Bullock’s Prabal Gurung gown, which drooped like a sad tent around her waist. There were many disappointing looks on the carpet, from Amy Adams to Jennifer Lawrence. But we expected more of Bullock.