At the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards, fashion watchers turned a keen eye on best actress nominee Taraji P. Henson, whose “Empire” character, Cookie Lyon, has been heralded for her convict-meets-couture style. But there was nothing low brow about her cool, milky goddess slither by Stella McCartney with a billowy train, accessorized with huge emerald drops.
This night, white was right with nary a misstep. Alicia Vikander was demure in a ruffled, sparkly Louis Vuitton pinafore, Laverne Cox elegant in Elizabeth Kennedy, Saoirse Ronan restrained yet lovely in an airy Grecian-style Saint Laurent confection.
However, the real red carpet drama was red hot. Jennifer Lawrence killed it in a sculptural Dior with cutouts, a megawatt diamond choker, matching lipstick and a movie star upsweep. Emmy Rossum did slim Armani; Zendaya went for romance in Marchesa tiers and Amy Adams was on fire in hot orange Versace. Olivia Wilde’s baby weight was gone as her clingy wine Michael Kors proved, and hubby Jason Sudeikis (who wore sneakers) matched his socks to her frock.
Rose quartz, a Pantone color of the year, was popular, too. Kate Hudson was a knockout in the sleekest beaded crepe bandeau Michael Kors gown; Cate Blanchett fluttered in a lacy custom Givenchy; Rooney Mara wore shredded Alexander McQueen along with a too-massive braid; and Katy Perry did a body-con number and a beehive.
Jennifer Lopez cut the mustard in her caped yellow gown that came straight off Giambattista Valli’s runway. Kate Winslet’s crisscross Ralph Lauren royal blue job smoldered.
Black was anything but basic. Amy Schumer did a black-and-white off-the-shoulder confection with pockets by Prabal Gurung, and Lady Gaga channeled Marilyn Monroe in an hourglass black velvet gown by Versace Atelier.
Of course, what’s an award show without sparkle? Julianne Moore stunned in blue sequin Tom Ford. Brie Larson said her custom Calvin Klein crystal-laden gown with saucy cutouts was heavy, “Like I have Joan of Arc armor on.” And speaking of heroic women, well, Regina King worked her heavy metal caped get-up like a superhero.