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Last night kicked off what looks set to be a bumper year for everyone’s favorite pastime: judging dresses from the comfort of our couches. “The star wattage at the Golden Globes was the best I’ve ever seen,” E!’s Ross Mathews told Fandango. “You had the biggest movie and TV stars there—and the higher the star wattage the higher the fashion stakes. The theme of the night was glamour, glamour, glamour.”
With less sheer-Vegas-showgirl looks than in recent years and more high-fashion influences (to varying degrees of success) there were only a few style misses and plenty of fashion wins. The stars had fun with their looks, stylist and television personality George Kotsiopoulos told us. “While the Golden Globes is still a super-formal red carpet event, it's not as serious as the Oscars, allowing actresses to be more daring with their fashion choices,” he said. “They will wear the high fashion look they love to this event because it's too risky to wear it to the Oscars. The pressure to look perfect is there but it's not as heavy, which makes it more fun for the viewer.”
The trends for the evening quickly made themselves apparent on the carpet, and were heavily influenced by Spring 2016 looks, says Kotsiopoulos. “Plenty of off-shoulder gowns, soft romantic styles and of course loads of sparkle.”
There was also a ton of winter white. Hello, Laverne Cox in an incredibly chic, cowl-backed Elizabeth Kennedy, punctuated with elegant green chandelier earrings. Winner Taraji P. Henson posed up a storm in ivory Stella McCartney, complete with another trend of the evening: cape detailing. Fashion darling Alicia Vikander won over the style set with her delicate white Nicolas Ghesquiere for Louis Vuitton gown, while Twitter branded it an “apron.” Presenter Lily James, in sheer Marchesa and nominee Saoirse Ronan in a Grecian-inspired Yves Saint Laurent number rounded off the white trend.
The carpet also saw a slew of jewel tones, like Olivia Wilde’s dangerously sexy Michael Kors dress (which combined another trend of the evening: the very deep V). “The makeup matching her dress kept it fashiony and cool—and burgundy is the color of the season,” says stylist Anita Patrickson, who dresses Chrissy Teigen, Chanel Iman and Julianne Hough; we loved Zendaya’s take on the tone, too. Other brilliant hues took a boring turn, like Kate Winslet’s sapphire Ralph Lauren and Gina Rodriguez’s stiff princess prom dress (but props for the pockets).
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The style winners of the night made choices that were both bold and classic. “The right moment and the right statement goes to Lady Gaga,” says Mathews of the winner’s Old Hollywood-inspired black velvet Versace. “She’s a theme dresser, but last night she was dressing like a movie star.”
Jennifer Lawrence made cut-outs look elegant in her red Christian Dior column, a look that Mathews believes is “her best ever.” Kirsten Dunst also won fashion points in her not-so-basic black Valentino. Jennifer Lopez’s marigold Giambattista Valli got in on what Patrickson calls the “draping and caping” trend of the evening, looking all the better for showing less skin in her sculptural choice. “Her accessories were on point and the pop on the lip was really cool,” Patrickson adds.
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And while anyone else wearing Cate Blanchett’s couture Givenchy number would have looked like a curtain, the queen of risky style had another win with the intricate detail and flattering color
There were, of course, some misses to keep the couch critics happy. Kate Hudson’s odd Michael Kors choker-bandeau skirt combo was one, although Mathews concedes, “her body is phenomenal and her makeup and hair were beautiful.” Eva Longoria’s intricate George Hobeika gown was “too much, and didn’t feel age-appropriate” says Patrickson, who added, “Julia Louis Dreyfuss played it so safe, again, it’s just exhausting. Amy Adams is the same, so safe, you almost forget that you saw them on the carpet.”
Brie Larson’s deep gold Calvin Klein might have looked better on someone with more confidence, but her posture and the ill-fitting bust made it look like it was wearing her. “She looked really pretty and I was glad to see her take a risk but I’m not sure about wearing that much gold to the Golden Globes… and that dress overwhelmed her a little,” Patrickson said.
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Amy Schumer’s Prabal Gurung gown gave us black-and-white cookie flashbacks (but again: pockets for the win) while Rooney Mara’s high-fashion Alexander McQueen was better left on the catwalk (same goes for a seemingly identical McQueen miss for Amanda Peet).
While we loved that Bryce Dallas Howard bought her blue Jenny Packham lace and sequined dress off the rack, we hated how much it aged her. Says Patrickson, “Howard was not my favorite, there was a lot going on and it felt a bit fussy.” And Natalie Dormer looked like she’d raided the wardrobe department of Game of Thrones for her black and red J. Mendel gown. We still love her anyway.
For all the night’s biggest fashion winners (and a few losers), check out our red carpet gallery. For all the night's big winners, see our show recap.