He Said/She Said: The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards (Red Carpet) Edition

January 13, 2014 • Celebrity Style, Fashion Blog


Reader Poll:
Who does it better on the red carpet?
A.    Film Stars
B.    TV stars

Joseph Says: Film Stars all the way. The Emmy red carpet is like going to a fashion show in a suburban shopping mall.  The Oscar red carpet is the Fashion Olympics – Celebrity Edition. The Golden Globes are where these two worlds – film and television – collide (sometimes literally) on the red carpet. It’s like a fashion train wreck sometimes. You want to look away, but you just can’t tear yourself from the horror…

Lauren Says: What do you mean who does it better? Does what better? Oh you mean fashion! Well I agree, the Film Stars simply blow away the competition. In fact, it really isn’t a competition. Although, there were a few surprises. Read on…


The Preggos
Let’s address the proverbial “elephant” in the room… how did the pregnant actresses rate on the red carpet?

Olivia Wilde in Gucci
Kerry Washington in Balenciaga
Drew Barrymore in Monique Lhullier

He Said: Olivia looks horrible in this reptilian green gown by Gucci. You know that I’m a huge fan of long-sleeved evening gowns, but in this case some actual human skin would be a relief. The silhouette is terrible on her.

She Said: I have to disagree. I thought Olivia looked beautiful. I loved the way the green shimmered around her expanding belly. Yes, a little more skin would have been nice, but at least she didn’t replicate Kim Kardashian at the Met Gala last spring. Now that was a horror show.

He Said: Kerry did it best. The cutaway design of this Balenciaga gown celebrates her baby bump and the deep v neckline further accentuates her curves. She looks marvelous without trying too hard.

She Said: I agree Kerry rocked the bump the best. It was the perfect dress to come out and finally confirm she is indeed pregnant. Actually at this point there is no hiding it. However, upon further inspection I felt the gown looked a little cheap…and I can’t believe I said that about Balenciaga.

He Said: Drew is possibly my worst dressed of the evening. This reminds me of those white trash birthday cakes from the grocery store that are iced in lard and white sugar. It actually makes my teeth hurt looking at it.

She Said: Drew. Drew, Drew, Drew…that was by far the ugliest dress I have ever seen. I thought she looked like a 4 year-old art project. Trust me, I have them all over my house. I concur she was possibly the worst dressed of the evening. Yikes. I know dressing up and feeling sexy while pregnant isn’t easy, but there is no excuse for this except possibly blindness. Fashion roadkill.


Fashion War Z:  Zooey Vs. Zoe
Zooey Deschanel in Oscar de la Renta
Zoe Saldana in Prabal Gurung – presenter

He Said: I want to love Zooey in her ODLR gown. It’s everything I love: high fashion, exquisite workmanship, and a chic somewhat vintage silhouette. BUT – I just hate it. The color is all wrong for her and washes her out. The shape makes her look frumpy.  I would say it’s her posture, but honestly I think she just lacks the “carriage” to carry off this look. On Cate Blanchett this would be DIVINE, but on Zooey the dress falls flat.

She Said: I have to be honest, I didn’t like it either. Zooey always looks like a little girl trying hard to play dress-up and ODLR is just too old for her. She should go with a younger, quirky designers. I totally agree that on Cate Blanchett this dress probably would have been a winner. It’s so rare that Zooey gets it right, so I can’t say I’m surprised.

He Said: Zoe may have only been a presenter, but, in this dress by Prabal Gurung, she was a fashion winner. Young actresses should follow her lead in using fashion to her advantage. On a night where nominees steal the spotlight from their equally talented presenters, she shows us how to grab some attention – for all the right reasons.

She Said: On to Zoe…I really hated this dress and I usually love the way she’s styled. The dress looked cheap, wrinkled and had way too much going on. Talk about a cake confection! It also flattened out her chest – like she was being strangled. However, her makeup was flawless. She’s gorgeous.


Ladies in Black

Sofia Vergara in Zac Posen – nominee
Jessica Chastain in Givenchy – presenter
Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive – winner

He Said: Why would the newly slimmed down – yet still voluptuous – Sofia Vergara choose this dress? The skirt is ridiculous. It took not one, but two assistants to smooth it out when she got out of her car. To me, this dress was simply – like her accent at times – too much!

She Said: Frankly, I always think Sofia Vergara is too much! That’s why I like her, but I never take her seriously when it comes to fashion. I think every dress she wears looks the same on her. It’s all about her boobs and butt. She’s one of those women that men obviously notice, but women don’t when it comes to fashion.

He Said: I feel like Jessica ALWAYS wears this dress. Givenchy now, McQueen before. The silhouette is always the same. I get sticking with what works, but must it always be black with similar embellishment? Branch out a little. Take a fashion risk!

She Said: Jessica? Meh. I totally concur. She always looks the same. Like Jennifer Aniston, she knows what works on her and rarely deviates. Odd, considering finding your perfect style is what we preach here at Second City Style, but when it comes to a red carpet and setting trends, it’s not that fun. A fashion risk would be a total shocker.

He Said: Cate Blanchett is simply sublime! This is the kind of dress that makes even the most jaded editors’ hearts melt. Valenciennes lace by Armani Prive, sculpted into the most divine confection. She literally took my breath away!

She Said: Cate Blanchett did take my breath away. In fact, I think I let out a squeal of delight when I saw her. She was my best-dressed pick of the evening. Well her and Lupita Nyongo in Ralph Lauren, but we will talk about that later. Armani is the man! No two ways about it.


Right Here in Black and White

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior  – best supporting winner
Julia Roberts in Dolce and Gabbana – nominee
Hayden Panettiere in Tom Ford

He Said: It’s a good thing the votes for Best Supporting Actress were already in or this dress would have made Jennifer lose. I should love this Dior gown and I probably did when it walked the runway. On her – especially with the short hair – this dress is simply unflattering. Perhaps the horizontal lines of this dress require the perfect proportions of a Parisian supermodel. The stripes make her torso look disproportionately long and her legs short. Hordes of young girls wearing this gathered flour sack look to prom should be the plot of a new episode of American Horror Story!

She Said: Hey! Don’t knock my favorite show – American Horror Story. I appreciated when her gazillion dollar bracelet fell off when she was talking to Ryan Seacrest. It makes her real that she has wardrobe malfunctions (it would seem at every award show). However, I have to agree that her dress was a serious letdown. A friend of mine joked that her dress was “surely inspired by those elastic armbands old-timey barkeeps wore around their biceps,” which was frankly dead-on. With her hair short (and incidentally what was with pulling it back into a barrette?) a strapless bodice was not the way to go. It was a total miss, which was very surprising for her.

He Said: I just don’t understand this look. Julia’s stylist should be horse whipped! Wearing a white shirt under a strapless Dolce and Gabbana gown is like throwing a sweatshirt over a Versace goddess gown. Is it some sort of fashion homage to the dysfunction portrayed in August Osage County? The proportions are really unflattering as well. Perhaps if it didn’t have the sparkly belt detail which cuts her body strangely…  I don’t know there’s something vaguely Bride of Frankenstein about the whole look.

She Said: OMG, Julia looked simply dreadful. Her stylist should be fired! Who wears a white, crisp shirt under a strapless gown? Does she think she’s having a Sharon Stone moment? She’s not. I wanted to cry when I saw her.

He Said: I’m conflicted. I love Tom Ford designs. I love how beautiful actresses over 40 look in his designs. I should be delighted that a young actress like Hayden is rocking this look, but – as I said – I’m conflicted. I know I would love this look on Julianne Moore. Why am I “eh” about Hayden?

She Said: You’re ‘eh’ about Hayden because she doesn’t wear Tom Ford well. I am actually shocked this is Tom Ford. She looked beefy in this dress and I hated her hair slicked back. Total hot mess.


Chock a Block of Color

Julie Bowen in Carolina Herrera
Sandra Bulllock in Prabal Gurung – presenter
Amy Adams in Valentino – Winner
Taylor Swift in Carolina Herrera

He Said: NO – just no!  Once upon a time… I loved the Juliette cap sleeve. Today it looks fussy and more apropos to a period drama. Maybe Julie’s trying out for a remake of Jane Austen’s Emma. Regardless, I think that the color combination is vile – and I’m a fashion child of the eighties!

She Said: I don’t know, I’m also a by-product of the eighties and I hate to admit, I kinda liked this dress. It reminds me of some Laura Ashely frocks I used to rock back in those days. Maybe it’s just nostalgia.

He Said: NO AGAIN! I loved this look when John Galliano designed it for Christian Dior. I loved it more when SJP wore it to the souk in SATC 2. Today, I’m not feeling it. I will admit that the color blocking creates an interesting silhouette and very flattering proportions, but the bright pink, baby blue, and black color scheme doesn’t feel fresh.

She Said: I’m having a love/hate relationship with Sandra’s Prabal gown. I can’t put my finger on it. I love the silhouette, but not on her? I think I begin to hate it where the light blue part of the dress kicks in around the bottom. However, she should give women approaching 50 inspiration. Julia Roberts, look and learn.

He Said: Ah- mazing! Amy’s Valentino gown is perfection and the ideal homage to the 70s themed American Hustle. On the red carpet she called out “good posture” as the best defense against wardrobe malfunctions. You go, girl!  The proportions are both interesting and flattering. The color contrast looked great against the stage as she received her award – although I’ll admit that the skirt got lost on the red carpet…definitely one of my best dressed for the evening.

She Said: Didn’t she just have a baby? I hate her! Kidding! She looked fantastic. I love that she dares to wear red with her hair color and does it so well. The plunging neckline was killer and the skirt flowed beautifully. Did you see her matching cape? I die. Even her hair style was utter perfection.

He Said: I’ll admit that I am not a huge fan of Taylor Swift’s music – and even less so of her fashion choices. She tends to choose dresses that are a little too mature for her. This dress has amazing proportions and the color is beautiful but she lacks the personality to seriously carry it off. She looks like just another blank canvas fashion model whose plain beauty doesn’t compete with the magnificence of the designer’s creation. The dress is a winner; she is not.

She Said: Joseph, I could not have said it better myself! That gown is gorgeous, but it was wearing her – not the other way around. Taylor Swift bores me stiff and radiates zero personality. That said, it was one of my favorite dresses of the evening. By the way, I could not name one of her songs either.


To Embellish or Not:  That is the Question!

Elizabeth Moss in J Mendel – nominee best actress mini series drama – Winner
Margot Robbie in Gucci
Mila Kunis in Gucci – presenter

He Said: I’m sure that I loved this dress on the runway, but on Elizabeth it falls flat. New York’s fashion crowd had our Gatsby moment last summer and Prada did it best (and for the actual movie). The sleeves and hemline are not flattering on her and the illusion beading doesn’t work.

She Said: I don’t know. This is one of those dresses that from far away doesn’t look good, but up close, when you can see the detail, you are slowly won over. Well at least that was me in this case. Besides, I will never be over a Gatsby moment. I have always loved it and always will. It’s timeless.

He Said: This is embellishment at its minimalist best for the season. I could do without the thigh high slit, but Margot looks modern and fresh in this charming gown. The better question to ask is plunging neckline or skyhigh slit? Pick one, just one!

She Said: OK, I admit you should go with either a plunging neckline OR a slit, but I was transfixed by her beauty. I also Tweeted that her butt (OK, I said ass) looked amazing in this gown. She is one of those women you don’t want to share the planet with, let alone a red carpet. I can’t remember what she was wearing. Who cares?

He Said: Ordinarily I love the fashion risks that Mila takes, but this silvered gown makes her look like the ghost of Christmas loser. It is all kinds of trying too hard and none of them is attractive.

She Said: Meh. I expected better. Not a fan of this dress on her. It was too mature and too slate. She should have worn something fresh and not so depressing.


Going for the Gold!

Emma Thompson in vintage Lanvin
Julianna Margulies in Andrew Gn
Monica Potter in Ramona Keveza
Lizzy Kaplan in Pucci

He Said: Emma looks radiant in this gown. When I first saw it I wondered about the length, but then “vintage” explains it all. Hemline aside, the bodice fits her flawlessly! She looks feminine and chic without being bare. Too many actresses choose a silhouette that flatters their borrowed jewelry more than their body (cf. Sofia Vergara). Good for Emma for bucking the status quo of Hollywood red carpet dressing.

She Said: I simply adore Emma for taking on high heels for women everywhere! That she ran down the red carpet sans Louboutins (which can be dreadfully painful) and then pitched them on stage makes her my hero. Did you hear her speech? “I’ve taken my heels off as a feminist statement really, because why do we wear them? They’re so painful. And pointless, really,” she said. “You know, I really would like to urge everyone to stop it. Just stop it. Don’t wear them anymore. You just can’t walk in them, and I’m so comfortable now.”

On to the gown. I know women over a certain age want to wear long sleeves and there are so few options, but I thought her sleeves were a tad too tight. That said, I can’t say anything bad, because I LOVE HER now.

He Said: Julianna – not to be confused with that talking scarecrow fashion commentator – looks marvelous in this gown.  I thought it was one of my fashion favorites at first – Catherine Zeta Jones – and that’s a great compliment from me.  The perfect plunge, the gorgeous shoulders and just the right amount of volume to the skirt all combine to make this a gorgeous look for a woman of any age.

She Said: That was funny Joseph. Someone needs to force feed Giuliana Rancic. Anywho. I rarely like what Julianna wears unless she is wearing Narciso. However, I adored this dress. One of my picks for best dressed for sure…and she’s on the TV side!

He Said: Yuck!  I think I just threw up a little bit. The textures and the proportions are completely off. Monica looks short-waisted – and wide. Just what every woman wants. This particular designer – Ramona Keveza – is probably best known for her work with Real Housewives. She should stick with that and stay off the red carpet where her dresses are – quite simply – fashion roadkill.

She Said: I hate to say it, but you are right. I adore Monica in Parenthood (except for her political career storyline) so I hate to trash what she is wearing. I like the idea of the top of the dress. OK, maybe the cut. The gown was just a total miss. I’m sorry.

He Said: Hands down – Lizzy is one of my Best Dressed for the night! The illusion of this gown works perfectly. The diminutive (5’4”) Caplan looks positively statuesque. So beautiful. The workmanship of this Pucci gown is indisputable. This is the perfect example of how a runway look adapts to real life – if you can call a Hollywood red carpet real life.

She Said: I am in complete agreement and can’t really add more to what you said. This gown was a work of art and she wore it well. Very well.


Color of the Season: CORAL

Lupita Nyongo in Ralph Lauren – nominee best supporting
Emma Watson in Dior
Julia Louis Dreyfus in Narciso Rodriguez

He Said: We’ve seen this look before – see Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford for Oscars 2012 – but somehow this feels completely fresh when Lupita wears it. Perhaps it’s the color which perfectly complements her skin but I think it’s the completely off the shoulder effect of the cape. This first time nominee may not have won the trophy but, in my opinion, she beat out everyone on the red carpet. She’s my Best Dressed of the night!

She Said: Yes, I thought Tom Ford when I saw this gown too, but was even more surprised to find out it was Ralph Lauren. That said, Lupita looked STUNNING! Absolutely one of my best-dressed nominees of the evening. If you didn’t know her name before, you know it now.

He Said: The fashion jury is still out on Raf Simons for Dior and dresses like this don’t help his case. The dress is a little too sportif for such a young actress. I know I probably dinged Emma Watson in the past for dressing too old for her age in Chanel, but this goes too far the other way. I half expected to look down and see trainers on her feet. Maybe she thought it would be just “good enough” to mix among the hoi polloi of television.

She Said: This gown was like a mullet. Serious from the front and a party in the back. There were pants under there! That’s so NOT OK for an awards ceremony. Well maybe the MTV Awards, but not the Golden Globes! I actually really liked this combination. Just not appropriate for this event.

He Said: JLD looks amazing!  So many of my New York friends relate to her.  She clearly watches what she eats, works out – but not too crazy. She really embodies the “medium maintenance” woman whose life is not completely ruled by trying to stay fit. She’s only 5’3” but she carries this dress with great confidence in her body and her personality.  The color is right on for this season and the silhouette is the right balance of sporty and feminine! Not in my top 5, but she looks great.

She Said: JLD admitted that she basically hasn’t eaten since Christmas! It shows. Yes, she looks like most New York City women. Too thin, pale and in need of a non-vegan meal! Just kidding. She looks fabulous! She wears a lot of Narciso Rodriguez because she knows she wears it well. You need to be stick then with no boobs to wear his clothes and she fits the bill. Not one of my faves of the night, but not Lena Dunham horrible either.

– Lauren Dimet Waters & Jospeh Ungoco

Photos: Just Jared

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