Toni’s Secret Passion Revealed: Golden Globes Fashion Report

It’s award show season, and the Golden Globes are my faves! But more than the actual awards themselves, I love the red carpet coverage. The fact is: My secret ambition in life is to be a red carpet fashion commentator. So here’s my fashion report for last night. And BTW, I am of the opinion that most official best dressed lists at these events are weighted toward the “really big stars,” but I call ‘em as I see ‘em – no special consideration based on how big a celeb you are. Colors were all over the board last night – I saw everything from pastels to jewel tones to metallic to basic black. And there were a surprising number of dark green dresses (this must be THE color in Hollywood this season or something), which I found interesting to look at and kinda liked, but wouldn’t go so far as to say I loved. Huge ruffles were also in vogue, and though I personally adore a well-placed ruffle, on many dresses it was JUST. TOO. MUCH.

On my best dressed list (in no particular order):

Sofia Vergara from Modern Family: She looked stunningly confident and sophisticated in a strapless mermaid gown of charcoal trimmed in red.

Fergie: I’m not a huge Fergie fan, but her dress was a delight: very Lavender Grecian Goddess; simple but elegant and just quite pretty. That said, thought her hair was too dark and plain and messy, not complementing the gown at all. Since it was raining, however, I’m going to try to refrain picking on people’s hair. But wait, I just did, didn’t I?Emily Blunt on the Golden Globes Red Carpet

Emily Blunt: OMG. Her peachy chiffon strapless mermaid concoction was just to die for.

Lauren Graham: This hot pink strapless mermaid dress (yes, strapless mermaid gowns were EVERYWHERE) was striking not only for detailed bodice but also for the color, and I just kinda admired the boldness involved.

Maggie Gyllenhaal: Peach, mermaid, lots of graphic angles and layers on this dress. I didn’t love it, and yet, I kept thinking it definitely had style.

Lea Michele: I don’t always find black striking on the red carpet because it can be hard to see all the details and nuances of black dress on TV. However, this black, fluffy, strapless chiffon princess gown was a pure confection, one I couldn’t resist.

Helen Mirren: Okay, another black gown. But here’s the thing. She, as always, looked absolutely stunning. The kind of stunning where, when I saw her, I said, “Wow!” Out loud.

Toni Colette on the Golden Globes Red CarpetToni Collette: This is probably my pick of the night, and not just because her name’s Toni, either. I’m not usually drawn to metallics, but this gown done in gold glittering stripes was truly an eye-catcher. Not only was it lovely, but it looked comfortable and very easy to wear, and it just so fit her – really gorgeous. Also, I commend her for not wearing a mermaid gown.

And here’s my not-so-best-dressed list:

Patricia Arquette: Mad Max Does The Red Carpet

Kate Hudson: Was that a dress or a wedding cake?

Tina Fey: Usually, I’m a fan of Tina Fey’s simple elegance. This year, hmm … that dress was just kinda weird. Not quite an animal print, not quite a stripe, not quite a suit of armor, not quite a bell. Again … hmm.

Mariah Carey: Just … no. Too much boob. No, wait. Too much low boob. Yeah, that’s it.

And I’m trying really hard not to pick on Julia Robert’s bizarre choice of apparel – because somehow she can pull off anything, and because I’m trying to believe she was toning things down and leaving the glamour for the people who were nominated … or something like that.

And last but not least, a special award for best accessory goes to Elisabetta Canalis. This is George Clooney’s girlfriend. And her accessory was … George Clooney. Enough said.

So there you have it – my take on Golden Globes fashion. And if you happen to be throwing a red carpet event with lots of big stars and are in need of a fashion commentator, good news – I’m available! Just have your people call my people and all that ; ) Until next time, happy reading and happy fashion-watching.

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