The text messages started as soon as we left Lyndsay’s baby shower on Sunday night.
– Emma Watson killed it.
– Yeah, but did you see Kate Beckinsale? A shame.
– Reese looks pretty food … Good. Not food.
It was the night of the Golden Globes, and while we missed part of it we were just in time to catch up on all the red carpet fashion. We know you have probably been bombarded with Best and Worst Dressed Lists galore, trend deductions, and who’s in and who’s out. It’s a bit much, even for us. (Although we admit to indulging in the day-after Fashion Police episode.) The truth is that fashion–particularly red carpet fashion–is truly subjective. What one very stylish person loves, another very stylish person may loathe. But that’s the beauty of it. It’s not serious; it’s just a bunch of beautifully crafted garments that are enjoying their 15 minutes of fame. So, despite some disagreement among The Shoe Hive staff as to what worked and what didn’t, here are our top picks:
Elizabeth’s Winner: Cate Blanchett in Armani
Cate Blanchett can simply do no wrong. She is seemingly from another era. She is more poised and glamorous than anyone else in Hollywood right now. And time and time again she hits the right fashion notes on the red carpet–she selects pieces that are both very pretty but always fashion forward, which is hard to do!
Elizabeth’s Runner-up: Olivia Wilde in Gucci
Simply put, if you are this beautiful while pregnant, you should always wear a floor-length, long-sleeved sequin gown. In green. Always.
Lyndsay’s Winner: Reese Witherspoon in Calvin Klein Collection
This dress got some Fashion Police hate but most of us disagree–Reese Witherspoon is a bombshell. Yes, it certainly helps that she looks rockin’ but the dress itself is gorgeous. The sporty cut, the bold color, the heavy fabric, and for heaven’s sake the absolute perfect fit. Yes, it’s unconventional and a bit of a step in another direction for Reese, but we think it paid off.
Lyndsay’s Runner-up: Tatiana Maslany in Jenny Packham
We still aren’t entirely certain who this is, but as Kate Middleton has taught us, you can’t go wrong in Jenny Packham. The dress is pure old school glamour. And the gray has a touch of lilac in it without anyone wanting to call it purple. We felt this one got mistakenly glazed over by the fashion crowd.
Sophie’s Winner: Lupita Nyong’o in Ralph Lauren
Lupita’s Ralph Lauren off-the-shoulder piece was everyone’s top pick for Best Dressed…and we absolutely understand why. Really, this one needs no further explanation.
Sophie’s Runner-up: Caitlin Fitzgerald in Emelia Wickstead
It is a testament to Sophie’s style sense that her two top picks are so different. We kind of love that. While clearly influenced my mid-century style, this gown still somehow feels fresh and modern. Furthermore, we saw lots of high-low interpretations on the red carpet this year, but few were as glamorous and effortless as this take on the trend.
Christen’s Winner: Emma Watson in Dior
Admittedly, we generally prefer the runway to the red carpet as the latter can get boring sometimes. Emma Watson ensured that didn’t happen this year. And boy, are we glad she did?! This particular dress/pants combination sparked controversy on Sunday night but we think that’s to be expected when anyone takes a risk like Emma Watson did. In this case, it paid off. It’s youthful, edgy, elegant and glam. She killed it.
Christen’s Runner-up: Julianna Margulies in Andrew Gn
And finally, the sign of a red carpet success? When the dress looks better on the red carpet than it did on the runway (as opposed to what Paula Patton tried to pull of this year). Well done, Julianna.