The Golden Globes boasted some red-hot arrivals to kick off the Hollywood awards season even as the fashion chatter among top movie and TV stars was largely about an unusually chilly night. Heat lamps warmed up the 50 degree-red carpet, a chilly night for Los Angeles. Jennifer Lawrence, Claire Danes in Versace and Zooey Deschanel in Oscar de la Renta were among the early birds to arrive in red at Sunday’s show at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Danes said she had some challenges getting dressed for an awards show a month after giving birth to her son. “I am very strapped into this dress. It’s Versace and they are masters of illusions,” she said after her win.
Megan Fox in Dolce & Gabbana, Amy Adams in Marchesa and Hayden Panettiere in Roberto Cavalli fueled an early mini-trend in delicate blush-colored gowns. Debra Messing said it was the New York setting of her show, “Smash,” that influenced her selection of a black Donna Karan strapless gown. Show co-host Tina Fey showed up in a L’Wren Scott-designed cream gown with black-lace embroidery, and her on-camera partner Amy Poehler wore a black tuxedo suit – with a neckline that showed off an 83-carat diamond lariat necklace by Chopard.
Adding sparkle to anything-but-basic black was Kate Hudson, wearing a high-neck, sexy keyhole black gown with gold embroidery, and Nicole Kidman, in a gown with a stretch-mesh bodice and gold beading. Both were by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. Anne Hathaway went in the opposite direction in an unfussy beaded white look by Chanel. Jennifer Lopez’s champagne-colored lace gown by Zuhair Murad was just what you’d expect from J.Lo: a second skin. Sofia Vergara veered a little from her signature mermaid gown in a black sparkly strapless with a straighter skirt, but she didn’t lose any va-va-voom. The glitzy platinum-and-diamond earrings by Lorraine Schwartz didn’t hurt, either.
Katharine McPhee of “Smash” wore a modern black high-slit gown with a plunging V-neck by Olivier Theyskens for Theory. Lawrence, sporting a strapless red Dior Haute Couture gown and Chopard jewels, said she only tried two dresses on – and made a very last-minute decision. She told E! News, “I don’t really know what ‘haute’ means.”
Adele made her post-baby red carpet debut, wearing a black Burberry dress. Jodie Foster hit the red carpet wearing a blue jewel-filled dress. When asked who she was wearing, Foster said, “Giorgio Armani, of course.” Presenter Salma Hayek wore a Gucci Premiere midnight blue silk georgette strapless gown fully embroidered with micro glass beads. “Girls” creator Lean Dunham, meanwhile, was decked out for the occasion, donning a brown Zac Posen gown. Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Vera Wang sweetheart gown was delicate blush covered with black lace and a floral Chantilly lace overlay.
“I’d rather be nippy than boiling hot. No, I’m not wearing any leggings or long underwear,” she said. Amanda Seyfried struck a vintage vibe in the same palette in a high-neck gown covered in lace by Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci. Jessica Chastain’s Calvin Klein sea foam-blue halter gown was custom-made for her by designer Francisco Costa, and Julianne Moore said she sent an email request to friend Tom Ford to make her gown. She wore a black gown with an open cowl back and contrasting white around the waistline. Also in sea foam-blue? Rosario Dawson. Michael J. Fox’s family had a unified look – all in Ralph Lauren. Of course, it’s Tracy Pollan’s one-shoulder purple dress that set the standard.