Let’s just call the deep plunge passé. J. Lo did it way back in 2000 with her tropical print Versace, and now, to make an impression, the plunge is going deeper and wider to the point of ridiculous.
But a few new ideas emerged at Sunday night’s Golden Globes: particularly the cold shoulder with a covered up sleeve – in its worst incarnation by Sarah Jessica Parker in Vera Wang and a Heidi meets Princess Leia hairdo. Runner up: Drew Barrymore in winged, open-shoulder sleeves by Monique Lhuillier.
THE COLD SHOULDERS
There was the tux, certainly not a new idea, but worn with unparalleled panache by Evan Rachel Wood in Altuzarra.
And there was the pretty in pink brigade, led by two of the biggest winners of the evening, style and otherwise. Emma Stone was star bright in a twinkling gown by Valentino, the perfect look to pick up her award for La La Land, while Claire Foy’s pink sparkler from Erdem channelled ever so slightly – with its romantic sleeves – her role as the young Queen Elizabeth.
PRETTY IN PINK
Stone’s look swept the red carpet just as the movie did the awards. It twinkled, didn’t blind with its subtle sparkle. One quibble: the Valentino gown did not need the heavy diamond choker – a simple sparkling pendant of moon or star would have been perfect.
Speaking of chanelling, Natalie Portman’s retro-esque Prada was a nod to the era of Jackie O. Terrible colour, though.
Another notable pink frock was on Lily Collins, with a fabulous face and lips, and an overwrought pink illusion lace gown by Zuhair Murad. She’s so young and lovely, why go overboard on rococo details?
And then there was Carrie Underwood, in a ruffled rosette pink confection, very fashion forward, but she made it onto several worst dressed lists (I liked it). Also, Felicity Jones in pink and silver bowed Gucci, candy sweet and juvenile (I didn’t like it). Which just goes to show that runway does not translate to red carpet.
The red carpet started with a parade of black – Mandy Moore in a V plunge by Naeem Khan, Kristen Bell in a wide rectangular plunge by Jenny Packham, and Amy Adams with a shelf-like bodice by Tom Ford. Soon enough, like fashion itself, we were all over the map in colour, shape, and mood.
So the style winners:
Emma Stone, Claire Foy, Evan Rachel Wood, Naomi Campbell (duh), Kristen Wiig.
And the losers:
Sarah Jessica Parker, Natalie Portman, Felicity Jones, and Jessica Biel with ridiculous plunge, side boob and an incomprehensible skirt by Elie Saab.
And just one word about Meryl Streep. Wow.
PRETTIEST IN PINK
DON’T TAKE THE PLUNGE