The Oscars 2015: Red carpet

I think I have the Oscars all wrong. Yes, they’re the pinnacle of awards season, the big ones that finally tell us who is truly the winner of Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress et al.

But, if the past couple of years is anything to go by the Oscars are not the climax of the red carpet.

In my imagination as a celebrity I would pick three dresses each one better than the other, a risky but amazing look for the Golden Globes, something outstanding but edgy for the SAGs, then the absolute jaw dropper for the Oscars.

I fear this is not really how it works and obviously the women who are walking the red carpet to attend these events pick the look they feel happy and sexy in for that night. They all look beautiful in their own way and are really dressing for themselves and not for the media to pick them apart.

This was brought up by Reese Witherspoon this year with her social media campaign to #AskHerMore. She felt that actresses were being reduced to just clothes horses in pretty dresses and wanted to be asked questions about what they had achieved in their careers for which they were at the awards for.

For the record, I am totally on board with this. Why should women only get asked about what they are wearing yet men get asked about their craft and how they achieved success?

The thing is, as many pointed out on Twitter when Reese pretty much skipped the interviewers on the red carpet, those dresses they are wearing are given to them for free. In exchange for a dress, sometimes custom-made for that attendee if you’re a big enough star, designers who put in the hard work creating something special and unique expect a credit.

So yes, #AskHerMore but also ask her who the 25 people were that spent 987 hours (that’s 41 solid days!) creating a custom Chanel gown for Julianne Moore.

For this year’s red carpet, I didn’t really feel there was a clear standout. There are only two dresses that I measure my WOW moments on and incidentally they are both red (but I’m not opposed to yellow…)  – Nina Dobrev in her red Donna Karan Atelier dress from the 2011 Emmys and Lupita Nyong’o‘s red-caped Ralph Lauren that she wore to the 2014 Golden Globes.

So, if no dress matches the reaction I had to seeing both these dresses (gasps, slight screams and applause) then I’m not going to award you my top spot.

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The excitement was palpable on Twitter when Lupita Nyong’o appeared on the red carpet, she was returning as an Oscar winner and she oozed beauty and glamour in her pearl-adorned Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein Collection gown. Some said she was wearing all of her Grandma’s pearls, I think she rocked something unusual, modern and unique.

I hate reading this and also the amount of times it was said on E! etc but Rosamund Pike just had a baby and her body looked amazing. That red lace Givenchy flattered in all the right places, and her beauty game was absolutely on point.

Another woman who has just had not one, but two babies, was the only one of the whole night I actually did go WOW. As much as I am trying to stay away from judging skinny actresses, I personally thought Zoe Saldana was a tad too on the skinny side, so her pregnancy has given her boobs and curves and she still looks as gorgeous and fills out that Atelier Versace to perfection.

Oscars best dressed 3Emma Stone arrived at possibly the last minute. She was the one I wanted to see the most because she has worn so many different styles throughout awards season she was guaranteed to pick something unlike anyone else. It was difficult to work out the colour of her Elie Saab gown at first, some say gold some say green, but there’s a name for that and it is chartreuse. I loved this gown and in all honesty I would never pick this colour, but with her hair it’s a match made in heaven.

I was wondering how many times Jennifer Lopez has been to the Oscars, she even said on the red carpet it was too many times to remember. You can always count on Jenny from the Block to go big and normally its in skintight Zuhair Murad with lots of boobage and leg. But this year she went all princess on us in a blush Elie Saab Couture dress adorned with encrusted jewels and beads, with just a little boobage.

Dakota Johnson has been holding out on us for like, ever. She’s just finished her press tour for Fifty Shades of Grey and throughout that I felt a little bored by her picks, but then she appeared on the Oscars red carpet looking like that! Her Saint Laurent column gown is pretty simple but that one shoulder silver snake-like strap elevated the look to a whole other level. I do still have an issue with that hair though, the fringe is still a little meh.

Oscars best dressed 4I loved how simple Reese Witherspoon’s Tom Ford dress was. The black off-the-shoulder strap and matching black sash against the dove grey colour was chic and glamourous.

Jennifer Aniston didn’t wear black, but she wore her other failsafe colour – nude. I’ll give her the sparkles and the pattern of her Atelier Versace dress of course showcased her yoga-toned body, but it’s what we’ve seen before from JenAn and I like it but I don’t love it.

I don’t think Gwyneth got enough love for this Ralph & Russo creation. The designers who often dress Angelina Jolie are so talented, the creations they have sent down their couture runway are breathtaking. I agree that this isn’t Gwyneth’s best look, and some seem to be put off by the floral applique on the shoulder but I still like it.

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Anna Faris is another great plus one, often going unnoticed in her dress choices, she looked every inch the princess to her superhero Chris Pratt in Zuhair Murad. This is how you do Zuhair with sparkles and no leg slits and boobage…

Ahem Chrissy Teigen. She’s like the JLo of her time and she can easily get away with doing the double boob and legs on the Osars red carpet. She was plus one to Oscar winner John Legend after all.

Selma actress Carmen Ejogo kept it simple in her Houghton bejwelled dress which I adored. The hair, the dark lip and that necklace make this the perfect modern take on Old Hollywood beauty.

Do you agree with my picks? Do you think I missed anyone off my list? Let me know!

You can see the best of the rest from Awards Season 2015 over on my Pinterest board

Images from Zimbio

Golden Globes 2015: A very mixed bag

The Golden Globes red carpet this year was a variety of different colours, textures, shapes and lengths. I have to admit I was quite impressed overall because it’s made it considerably harder to pick just one best dressed.

For me I don’t think there was a wow moment this year like there was at last year’s ceremony with Lupita Nyong’o and Emma Watson. But there were plenty of celebrities who certainly brought their A-game like Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Kate Hudson, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Jessica Chastain and Felicity Jones.

Julianne Moore’s custom Givenchy gown had the designer’s trademark feather hem but with a lot of sparkle. This isn’t anything that new from the brand as we’ve seen a lot of their dresses for major events with the feathers, but I love how unique Julianne makes the look, and the high neckline is in keeping with her style.

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Julianne Moore in Givenchy at the Golden Globes

Jessica Chastain had an amazing red carpet game last year, her electric blue Atelier Versace dress and lilac Elie Saab gown she wore in Cannes made it into the history books. So while I did like her bronze Versace gown on the Golden Globes red carpet I felt like she’s done something similar before. But her hair looked luscious against the metallic colour and the homage to Marilyn Monroe was a great bombshell moment.

Jessica Chastain Atelier Versace proper

Jessica Chastain in Atelier Versace at the Golden Globes

There always has to be someone that forgoes a dress and this year it was another Emma. The Birdman actress took a night off from performing Cabaret on Broadway to celebrate her nomination in a Lanvin jumpsuit. I’ve always appreciated Emma’s style it’s on the right side of quirky, chic and fashion-forward, and her hair looked absolutely perfect.

Emma Stone Lanvin

Emma Stone in Lanvin at the Golden Globes

Of course Kate Hudson knows how to do sexy, she also wore Versace and much like Jessica Chastain flashed the flesh. What I like about this daring dress is that Kate kept her hair slicked back and simple and a ring, earrings and a delicate bracelet were enough in the way of accessories. Basically the opposite of Jennifer Lopez.

Kate Hudson Atlelier Versace

Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace at the Golden Globes

Speaking of JLo, when I first spotted her I thought she’d revisited the early 2000s with that beehive streaky highlighted hairstyle, but aside from that her Zuhair Murad gown is all kinds of epic.

Jennifer Lopez Zuhair Murad

Jennifer Lopez in Zuhaird Murad at the Golden Globes

I saw Naomi Watts in yellow and cheered a little, I always like an unexpected splash of colour and yellow is far from safe. It’s easy to go with red like Taylor Schilling did, so Naomi’s Gucci column dress with her Bulgari snake necklace was certainly at the top of the list.

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Naomi Watts in Gucci at the Golden Globes

And then I saw Leslie Mann’s tight-fitting Kaufmanfranco gown and it tipped Naomi off the top spot, both yellow but both so different. Leslie accessorised her dress with a jewel green clutch which just made it for me. And then I spotted Jenna Dewan-Tatum in her lemon yellow Carolina Herrera dress and I was torn again, I’m not sure I could choose between them both at all.

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Leslie Mann in Kaufmanfranco at the Golden Globes

Jenna Dewan Tatum Carolina Herrara

Jenna Dewan Tatum in Carolina Herrera at the Golden Globes

Here are the best of the rest; from Kate Beckinsale who always does Hollywood glamour to perfection, Felicity Jones looking very regal in Dior, loving Lorde’s masculine Narciso Rodriguez tux, Kerry Washington was the marmite of the night in Mary Katrantzou but I loved the colours and the risk she took, Helen Mirren working it and even beating her younger peers in Dolce & Gabbana, and so many more.

You can see all my favourite red carpet looks from Awards Season 2015 over on my Pinterest board

Sources: RCFA, Zimbio

Met Gala 2014 ‘Charles James: White Tie and Decorations’

This year’s Met Gala theme was in honour of Charles James, a British-born fashion designer known as ‘America’s First Couturier’. So you’d think that the dress code of ‘white tie and decorations’ would be pretty straightforward to follow.

I mean I was expecting so many big puffy ballgowns long sleeve gloves and jewels dripping everywhere. It’s just a shame that so many celebrities flouted the dress code and just treated it like any old red carpet event, I mean I guess I go on about the theme every year, but why is it so seemingly difficult to stick to a simple rule?

There was such a mish-mash of looks for the Met Gala 2014 that I’m not sure where to begin. For some attendees they went all out and worked a ballgown to the max. Sarah Jessica Parker, Arizona Muse and Karolina Kurkova were stand outs for me. From SJP’s over the top hair do, the extravagant graphic print train adorned with Oscar de la Renta’s signature in red and those white gloves; Karolina Kurkova wore the best Marchesa of the night (Katie Holmes looked a hot mess in her yellow confection) of course this gown was made for an event like this, could you imagine it on any other red carpet without people claiming she was being OTT… And Arizona Muse looked beyond perfection in a gorgeous red Ralph & Russo creation from their debut couture collection which I simply adored.

SJP // Karolina Kurkova // Arizona Muse - Being Oreo

At first I was very much on the fence with Emmy Rossum’s Carolina Herrera gown, it reminded me a lot of Lucy Liu’s Golden Globes 2013 dress which I fell in love with at first sight. This yellow floral design was very much in keeping with the theme and it was very spring-like, so well done Emmy because technically you ticked all the boxes. I really liked Hailee Steinfeld’s Prabal Gurung monochrome dress, but again it struck similarities in shape with Sandra Bullock’s Golden Globes dress from this year, maybe tried and tested works for this designer now but I miss the drama of his RTW collections. Another designer that absolutely sticks to a tried and tested formula is Zac Posen, his signature red carpet gowns are unmistakable, however his teal creation that Liu Wen wore was stunning.

Emmy Rossum // Hailee Steinfeld // Liu Wen - Being Oreo

Honourable mention must go to Greta Gerwig who could have easily been missed had it not been for her modern take on couture in her Theory by Olivier Theyskens’ one shoulder monochrome gown. Also to the Topshop girls who worked the theme to a T, with Kendall Jenner, Toni Garn, Jourdan Dunn and Chanel Iman all looking like sheer perfection in their respective looks. Ever since Topshop created that first stand out Met Gala look for Ginnifer Goodwin in 2011 they’ve just gotten better and better at this event.

Greta Gerwig // Topshop girls - Being Oreo

Now for those with the best plus ones. The ever flawless and with hands down the best accessory ever (her hubby), Blake Lively. It’s so nice to see her back to her best and also with Ryan Reynolds who so often eschews these types of events. Another couple who worked the magic of the Met Gala red carpet was David and Victoria Beckham in her own custom design. I liked their return to that matchy matchy best because it proves how far they’ve come that they can still rock it without the horrors of the past rearing it’s ugly head. Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield also looked adorable on the red carpet together, with Emma in a cute two-piece pink Thakoon look and let’s not forget my absolute faves Josh Jackson and Diane Kruger in a very pretty Hugo Boss dress.

Blake and Ryan // David and Victoria - Being Oreo

Diane and Josh // Emma and Andrew - Being Oreo

Obviously Beyonce killed it like only she knows how in one of her favourite designers, Givenchy. What elevated this look was that netted veil and dark lip, some may say so what Jennifer Lawrence wore a half veil last year but I say so what this is Queen B we’re talking about. Another one of my favourite looks came from the ever sexy Olivia Munn, she wore a yellow very very very deep-v Diane von Furstenberg dress which admittedly erred on the slutty side but the girly hemline and cute Hollywood curls helped her veer away from that. But I mean when you look as good as she does and is as smart, funny and clever as she is I can only say WOW. Jessica Alba was like a golden goddess on the Met Gala red carpet also wearing Diane von Furstenberg. I am in absolute awe of her make up though, that bronzed smokey eye is literally the perfect look ever. FLAWLESS.

Beyonce // Olivia Munn - Being Oreo Jessica Alba - Being Oreo

Of course I can’t go onto the best of the rest without including Lupita Nyong’o. Her stylist, and Prada for that matter, did not get the dress code memo because she turned up in a 20s style flapper dress complete with jewels, feathers, a headpiece and brown slip dress. Of course she secured herself some column inches from this get up but I think I’ve come to the conclusion that in the search of something epic to follow up the Oscars Prada gown they’ve gone way off book and came up with this. But guess what, Lupita is fashion’s dahling at the moment and she can more than get away with this by sweeping it under the rug and adding it to her very very small pile of mishits.

Now someone who just added to her big massive long list of mishits and mishaps was Katie Holmes, and that hot yellow mess she called a Marchesa gown. When will she ever learn?!

Lupita Nyong'o // Olivia Munn - Being Oreo

 For more red carpet fashion visit my Met Gala 2014 Pinterest board!

 

 

All images from Zimbio

New store launch: & Other Stories

There’s been a lot of buzz around the internet for the launch of this new brand from the team behind H&M, & Other Stories launched simultaneously in London, Berlin and Copenhagen last week as well as online.

As soon as I saw the site I fell in love. The look of the homepage is more like a Tumblr page, very visual with a ‘story’ for certain themes and collections that links through from the one item of clothing or beauty you are looking at and shows you the other features in that same ‘story’. It’s so easy and accessible you could get lost looking through each and every picture.

And Other Stories

Online shopping has become so samey and boring that when a new website like this comes along you want to lap it all up and blow all your money on every delicious thing you see.

& Other Stories hasn’t just started with clothes, it’s launched your whole wardrobe. From a minimalist sleek Ready-to-Wear collection brimming full of dresses, tops, knitwear and trousers; to shoes, handbags and other accessories. And all of it looks like it belongs on a designer runway. Some of the prices reflect the quality of the pieces, and for anyone thinking that’s a bit steep, why are you still paying upwards of £40 for jeans at Topshop?!

There is even a beauty range which will give Topshop’s make-up collection a run for its money, created by make-up artist Lisa Butler (who has worked as consulting colour director and Prada and Helmut Lang) it includes gorgoeus lip colours, glosses, bright blushes, serums, body creams, pearly eyeshadows, oils, popping nail colours as well as foundations and concealers. The list is endless, and you could really find yourself adding more and more to your basket as you venture through the whole of the site, you even get a free sample of body lotion with your order.

Below are some of my favourite beauty picks, the lipstick promises to be long-lasting and matte but still moisturising which is always a plus for me, the blusher has a cute inscription on it “Go girl, seek happy nights to happy days” I mean I don’t think I’d want to get rid of that, the pigment in the creamy eye colour is so bright and promises to be long-lasting with a “lustrous effect”, and I’m intrigued by the concealer quad because there are so many different tones in our skin it is nice to be able to mix our own perfect shade.

And Other Stories make up

Calamanco Coral £12 // Ecarlate Pink £12 // Moreen Blue £7 // Concealer Quad £15

There are so many things on this site that I love, but the things that are already on my to buy list are the grey marl panel top (£39); the plain yellow cotton t-shirt (£12); this very risque contrast knit dress (£45); and the go-with-everything Clare Vivier white python clutch (£55).

And Other Stories clothesI expect to see my bank account looking very unhealthy when payday arrives… Go check out the store now it’s a refreshing change from trawling through ASOS and Topshop!

Head over to my Pinterest page to check out all my latest looks from awards season and the rest of my wishlist…

And don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @nlcorner

MET Gala 2012

This year’s Costume Institute Gala held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York was held in honour of Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli – I’m not going to pretend I’m totes fashion and had heard of the latter until this exhibition – andwith rumours abound that Miuccia was running a tight ship, it was with a hush of excitement that news of who was dressing who began to filter through.

The biggest news before the Gala went ahead was that the head honcho had put a stop to Coco Rocha being dressed by her designer bessie Zac Posen, she instead had teased on Twitter she was wearing vintage Givenchy. Now in my mind vintage Givenchy would be elegant, dramatic and gorgeous, what Coco Rocha wore was far from any of this… A vintage suit previously owned by Elizabeth Taylor may be majah but she looked like a hot mess and to top it all off she added some poor 13 year-old girls bubblegum pink clip ins. If there was ever a Worst Ever Dressed Award it would go to you Mrs Rocha, please stick to what you know.

Coco Rocha in Vintage Givenchy at the MET Gala 2012

To follow on from my Worst Ever Dressed, I’ll direct you to my next worst dressed. If you read my previous post on this young woman you would probably see who I was going to say a mile off.

Kristen Stewart in Balenciaga at the MET Gala 2012

Honestly the dress isn’t really that bad, I think the red next to the blue is sending me shivers but I like the bodice of the dress.  It’s just those SHOES. They could honestly be the most horrific shoes ever made on earth. And of course you know I’m going to have a problem with that hair, yes I know if she’d had it all posh and preened it would not be her style but surely something like her hairstyle from the BD premiere could be done here.

Everyone else seemed to think that Karolina Kurkova looked uh-mazing, but I really think Rachel Zoe was given too much creative control with a roll of tin foil. The turban Kurkova sported was an almost spit of Kate Moss’ Marc Jacob’s ’09 MET Gala outfit, and if Zoe had just left it off I would have let her get away with the standard gold sparkly dress that every designer has to make.

Karolina Kurkova in Rachel Zoe at the MET Gala 2012

It’s easy to pick apart the looks you don’t like, it always is but when it comes to those jaw-dropping dresses there can only really ever be one that just made you wish you could wear that dress. That’s the only way I can pick which celeb knocked it out of the park…. Or maybe there will have to be a three-way tie…

For me Beyonce’s Givenchy Couture gown was a jaw-dropper, that train, the sheerness, and her post-baby body, but when you think about it as stunning as she looks she has worn just as risque outfits on stage. So to me this is a normal look for B, in fact I think I prefer her Emilio Pucci from last year’s MET Gala.

Beyonce Knowles in Givenchy Couture at the MET Gala 2012

Someone who never fails to look smokin’ hot is the ever sexy Rihanna, her Tom Ford dress fit like a second (snake)skin. It was on par with her black lace Stella McCartney look from last year, still with the crazy hair but a little more toned down, despite the one inch talons adorning her hands.

Rihanna in Tom Ford at the MET Gala 2012

Now my number one Style Crush let me down a little on the night, after her showstopper Jason Wu number last year, Diane Kruger rocked up in a purple Prada number. Not the usual high glamour she goes for on the red carpet, in fact it was a little dressed down. The skirt half was gorgeous but the top half was a little on the slouchy vest side, not something I would expect from such a first class dresser, still I can’t bring myself to say I hate it…

Diane Kruger in Prada at the MET Gala 2012

Two very different women, two very different dresses, one designer. Cate Blanchett and Florence Welch were both guests of Sarah Burton, they both wore Alexander McQueen gowns, one I adored the other was a little extreme but to be fair suited the wearer’s personality down to the ground… Can you guess which I liked?

Florence Welch and Cate Blanchett with Sarah Burton in Alexander McQueen at the MET Gala 2012

Yup you guessed it… Cate Blanchett!

Cate Blanchett in Alexander McQueen at the MET Gala 2012

One of my main contenders for Best Dressed was, surprisingly enough, Gwyneth Paltrow, going for a shorter length than her fellow attendees, she wore a Prada dress with embellished pockets. I really like the shape of the dress and if I had a body like that at 39 I would be proud of it too. The hair and make up along with those earrings really top off a fantastic look from Gywnnie, almost harks back to that Balmain dress at the Iron Man premiere in 2008.

Gwyneth Paltrow in Prada at the MET Gala 2012

I loved Kate Bosworth’s Prada look. Yes I said it I loved what Kate was wearing, the dark ombre feathered dress, the Miu Miu shoes the flawless make up and the slicked back hair. I want it all, I want it all NOW!

Kate Bosworth in Prada at the MET Gala 2012

It was nearly a draw with Kate, but I think Camilla Belle just pipped her to the post in her Ralph Lauren silver fluid gown. The fact she went full length adds even more glamour, both had similar make up looks – it seems that wine coloured lips were the majah look of the night – and Camilla’s hair just topped off that old Hollywood glamour that I adore so much.

Camilla Belle in Ralph Lauren at the MET Gala 2012

Here are the best of the rest from the MET Gala 2012:

Lana Del Ray in Altuzarra, Fashion Critic over at Red Carpet Fashion Awards made the genius comparison of Lana being the Bad Witch to Gwyneth Paltrow’ Good Witch at the Oscars this year.

Ginnifer Goodwin in Monique Lhullier. I really love this look, the colour suits Ginnifer down to the ground and her pixie cut is as perfect as ever.

Bianca Brandolini D’Adda looks verrrry gold in Dolce & Gabbana the epitome of their label really. I kinda like it on the Italian socialite, glitz and glam in the most obvious way.

Nina Dobrev in custom-made Donna Karan. Nina knows how to do the red carpet, ever since she wore that red Donna Karan at the Emmy’s this was a match made in heaven.

Victoria Justice in McQ by Alexander McQueen. The young star dresses her age in a beautiful McQ dress, the colour explosion and the puff ball skirt make a really great look.

Solange Knowles in Rachel Roy. Amazing colour.

Emma Stone in Lanvin. I enjoyed this look, but Emma can do sooo much better than this.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Burberry. We get it R H-W has the perfect body, but this look really bores the hell out of me even if I do love the make up.

Spring Couture 2012

It was a couple of weeks ago in Paris, but haute couture was delivered despite (as so many keep reminding) the economic downturn. Yesss we know we can never afford the £25,000 dresses Donatella is sharing with us but some people can, and even if those some can’t they’re allowed to borrow them for the awards season. And in most cases they’re given to those walking the red carpet for the publicity so who cares, as long as we get to see them on some beautiful actresses I say gimme. Especially the orange Versace and any of the amazing, jaw-droppingly perfect Elie Saab gowns.

We’ve already seen a fair few couture pieces already (with my fave lady Diane Kruger wearing a Giambattista Valli in Berlin) but who will wear what to the Oscars? There are already rumours flying around that Gwyneth, Charlize and Cameron have requested Victoria Beckham to design something special, but Cameron was at nearly every couture show with her pick of what she wants so I don’t see that happening…

Here are my favourites from Paris…

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Images from Style.com

Golden Globes 2012: A success!

I refer you to my post on the Golden Globes 2011, where I was extremely disappointed in the dresses, very few celebs displayed any show stoppers and it was a struggle to form a best-dressed list.

However this year was very different… the stylists stepped up their game by a long shot. I think last year has been vaporized into oblivion by this years array of stunning gowns.

My one to watch last year was Michelle Williams, and again this year I’ve really enjoyed seeing her red carpet choices leading up to the Globes. She’d been sticking to a palette of monochrome and so I was hoping for some colour and I was not disappointed, Michelle demonstrated that understated glamour she is so good at (ignoring the Valentino from last year) with a purple velvet Jason Wu column  dress and picked up the award for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe. 9/10

Michelle Williams in Jason Wu at Golden Globes 2012

Evan Rachel Wood was my favourite of the night, she is never afraid of wearing a show-stopper and this Gucci Premiere gown was simply beautiful. She reminds me of a mermaid, with feathers. 9.5/10

Evan Rachel Wood in Gucci Premiere at the Golden Globes 2012

Dianna Agron wasn’t featured prominently on any best/worst dressed lists, I suppose her star power is still at a B- for a television actress, but her red laser cut Giles dress is a star to me. Very reminiscent of the Marchesa dress that Rachel McAdams wore at Cannes but edgier. I think it would have worked even better if it didn’t have the slight train and was cut with a flare at the ankle. 8/10

Dianna Agron in Giles at the Golden Globes 2012

I loved Claire Danes‘ neon pink Calvin Klein from last years Golden Globes, this year she picked a monochrome J. Mendel dress. I loved it but I think that’s because of the back, I’m a lover of bare backs and this was a hit purely for that reason and the red lips. Still she went on to pick up the Globe for Best Actress in a TV Drama for the epic show that is Homeland, congratulations. 7.5/10

Claire Danes in J. Mendel at the Golden Globes 2012

Kudos to Paula Patton for daring to wear THE brightest dress ever made. Her sunshine yellow Monique Lhullier dress showed Sarah Michelle Gellar how to do the designer the correct way. Honestly, SMG turned up in a godawful inky blue and white dress with a huge bustle around the waist which just totally overwhelmed her and then she made the excuse that her daughter Charlotte picked it out… Yeah put the blame on the innocent child poor thing. SMG gets a ridiculously low -2/10 whilst Paula shines with 7/10.

Paula Patton and Sarah Michelle Gellar in Monique Lhullier at the Golden Globes 2012

Salma Hayek looked gorgeous in Gucci, I don’t think I’d be able to guess how old she is when she busts out a dress like this. Sleek and sexy, gorgeous but no mutton. An easy 8/10.

Salma Hayek in Gucci at the Golden Globes 2012

As a rule to myself I never EVER include Tilda Swinton on any lists, because she is a force of her own making. An individualist at heart she just refuses to conform. This time however her Golden Globes outfit was by no means extreme nor was it simple and boring, but a light blue Haider Ackermann creation which she carried off without breaking a sweat. I really liked the styling, the matching cuffs and quiffy ice blonde hair (it’s like she’s always the White Queen) , an icy 7/10.

Tilda Swinton in Haider Ackermann at the Golden Globes 2012

The best of the rest include:

  • A stunning Kate Beckinsale who really doesn’t seem to age in Roberto Cavalli a graceful 8/10.
  • Katherine McPhee in a shock horror mid-length gown by Donna Karan. A refreshing change but the colour was a bit drab 6.5/10.
  • Nicole Richie is a favourite of mine, I liked her Julien Macdonald dress but I didn’t love it, the bling was fantastic though 7/10.
  • Madeleine “Victoria” Stowe, the Revenge actress didn’t scoop any awards but looked electric in a cornflower blue Vera Wang custom creation 7.5/10.
  • Although I don’t favour this dress on Lea Michele because she just sexed it up way too much, the pose, the smoky eye it just doesn’t sit right. I love the green cocktail ring and the dress itself but really not her, one day she will do something simple and understated and will still look amazing, a stingy 6/10.
  • Diane Lane really shows everyone else how to do it, the actress looked elegant in a gold embellished Reem Acra gown 8.5/10.
  • Emma Stone’s Lanvin gown kind of underwhelmed me, I love her and the make up was gorgeous but I was expecting something showstopping, maybe she’s saving it for when she’s nominated, 6.5/10.
  • Mila Kunis rocked up in a black Dior dress, she looked nice but clearly was there in a supporting capacity and not to steal the scene, a lacklustre 6.5/10.
  • I was really on the fence with Jessica Biel’s choice of Elie Saab Couture. He makes THE best red carpet dresses and she chose this? It’s kind of old lady up top with this beautiful skirt. Sort it out Jess you’re not going to wear this at your wedding I hope, 5.5/10.
  • I would like to say to Nicole Kidman to get rid of the long hair and tight dresses, and wear something that makes you look your age and not a tacky wannabe. 3/10 just because it’s Versace.

Kate Beckinsale in Roberto Cavalli at the Golden Globes 2012

Katherine McPhee in Donna Karan at the Golden Globes 2012

Nicole Richie in Julien Macdonald at the Golden Globes 2012

Madeleine Stowe in Vera Wang at the Golden Globes 2012

Lea Michele in Marchesa at the Golden Globes 2012

Diane Lane in Reem Acra at the Golden Globes 2012

Emma Stone in Lanvin at the Golden Globes 2012

Mila Kunis in Christian Dior at the Golden Globes 2012

Jessica Biel in Elie Saab Couture at the Golden Globes 2012

Nicole Kidman in Versace at the Golden Globes 2012