I am a big fan of laying low on a chilly Sunday in the dead of winter… I admit, I enjoy a little hibernation from time to time. Its not laziness, just a great way to recharge the battery for the busy week ahead. This Sunday was particularly rejuvenating as I hit the trifecta…NFL Playoffs, Golden Globes and my favorite comfort food. I am that rare female; part fashion-adoring, girly-girl, part insane football fan. I don’t need a man to force me to watch this brutal sport, in fact I always say bring it on! I grew up in a football fanatic household and was a covert by the ripe old age of about twelve. My ex was a die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan and his love of his team was contagious. Although, we are not together anymore, I just can’t get them out from under my skin. Maybe it was witnessing the team’s greatness in person in 20-degree weather one December day, or maybe it was experiencing the Terrible Towel visual barrage in one of the historical stadiums in the NFL. Either way, they are in my blood and I love it!!
OK, OK, I know you don’t want to read a story about football, so I am going to use this opportunity instead to discuss my other favorite sport, the female version of the playoffs, the Golden Globes Red Carpet…perhaps a preview to the Oscars, always a signal of fashion trends to watch for. It’s so much fun to pick and pan, so of course this event is a blogger’s dream!
The big trends on the Red Carpet for the ladies were metallics, ruching, draping/sculpture, va-va-voom shapes and strapless necklines. The Big Screen sirens chose dramatic yet classic black, navy and shades of white, while the TV starlets experimented with jewel tones and pale colors. The result was one of the strongest Red Carpets in years. I could barely choose my top picks.
That being said, my favorite women, in no particular order, were Olivia Wilde in that to-die lavendar Reem Acra gown, so Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette and Eva Longoria in a perfect red Reem Acra mermaid column. I adored the scalloped bodice and you know how I love those red dresses. Kyra Sedgwick also looked phenomenal in Red Oscar De La Renta. Christina Appelgate was the ultimate golden girl in Roberto Cavalli and her Lorraine Schwartz floral necklace was my favorite of the night. Beyonce’s Lorraine Schwartz was also spectacular. Kate Winslet looked so beautiful in her understated YSL black gown; a true movie star. Finally Dior’s ivory gowns looked chic on Sandra Bullock and Eva Mendez and the pale grey on Drew was etherial and dreamlike (hated her hair though). I am never a fan, but I sort of loved Renee Zellweger’s Carolina Herrera, girly-goth look (vampire chic, but really bad hair). The critics may hate it, but I commend her for trying something out of her comfort zone.
The big winners of the night were Anne Hathaway in that show stopping navy, embellished Armani Prive column and Elizabeth Banks in a blush J. Mendel; beyond feminine, beautifully detailed and the sweetheart neckline was young, yet provocative. And thank god for my go-to rule breaker, Cameron Diaz in Chanel Haute Couture for shaking things up; her bright watermelon number rocked my world. Finally, of the ladies glowing in ivory, Kate Beckinsdale's J. Medel, sculptured flower of a gown was the clear winner.
Male trends are harder to pin down, as the classic penguin suit is the norm, but a few call outs were straight ties, narrow lapels and clean simple lines. Though nothing drastically new, the look was youthful and modern and in many ways fresh. The best of this bunch were Kevin Connelly, in Calvin Klein, Leonardo DiCaprio, and David Duchovny. Aaron Eckhart and John Hamm were classic perfection in their quintessential Hollywood bowties. The Jonas Brothers win the award for alternative black tie, with red shirts, velvet jackets and compact small bowties (the perfect expression of youth) and I sort of loved the newly slimmed down Seth Rogan in a modern shawl and white tie. Finally, what can I say about Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise (the only star to don a DB) and Patrick Dempsey. They can do no wrong and represent the best of classic Hollywood.
Overall it was a great day for me, (the Steelers killed the Chargers) and an even better day for fashion. I hope you had a chance to revel in the perfection that Hollywood served up and that as always you were truly inspired!!!!