City Pulse

By Allison Warenik-Queenan

Admit it. One of the major reasons you watch awards shows, if not THE only reason, is too see the gowns. We all are dying to know which red carpet look both our most loved and our most hated stars will chose (or should I say that their stylists will chose for them). The right girl in the right gown can make or break a designer’s sale numbers for the upcoming year so needless to say this night is big business. Award show red carpet looks are a hot topic around the water cooler and I naturally have a strong opinion as well. Here are my thought on this past weekend’s 2011 Golden Globe Awards.

GREEN WITH ENVY

The plethora of emerald and forest green dresses on the red carpet took my breath away. As a dark haired brunette with green eyes, this is personally a great color for me. And clearly a great color for many stars. Angelina Jolie in Versace, Mila Kunis in Vera Wang, Catherine Zeta Jones in Monique Lhuillier and Elisabeth Moss in Donna Karen all hit the nail right on the head. Dramatic and classic. I hope that we will be seeing a lot more of this color available in stores.

MORE HITS

January Jones ROCKED this red cut out Versace gown. Who knew she had this body under all of those constricting Betty Draper dresses? Well, I say, if you’ve got it flaunt it. I also say; if you’re going to show a lot of cleavage, don’t show any thigh. January obeyed all of my fashion rules and the red color beautifully compliments her blonde hair and alabaster skin. When I first saw this, it made me think back to Elizabeth Hurley’s dramatic red carpet debut, on the arm of Hugh Grant, wearing the Versace safety-pin gown that no one else wanted and it made me shiver. In the best possible way of course.

Loved Jenny from the Block (ah hem) in this classic, old-school Hollywood white gown from Zuhair Marad. I could totally see this having once been worn on a young Lauren Bacall and Jennifer’s classic beauty totally brings back the look. I only wish that her hair was in its usually soft hot-roller curls, or maybe a Veronica Lake-type wave. The ponytail just isn’t working for me with so dramatic a dress.

Another red carpet hit from Monique Lhuillier. Mandy Moore looks stunning this royal blue mermaid gown. My eyes are just gravitating to the abundant jewel tones and eating them up like candy. Mandy suddenly looks grown up to me. Well done.

BATTLE OF THE REDHEADS

I hate to even go here because I am such a huge fan of Julianne Moore and Lanvin. But her one shoulder Lanvin gown is nothing short of a mess. And I can’t bear to see hot pink with her pale freckled skin and light red hair. It’s just the wrong color and the wrong cut for her. Amy Adams however, is rocking her strawberry coloring in this royal blue Marchesa one-shouldered gown. Perfect gown for a perfect redhead.

THE MISSES

Okay, I won’t spend too much time on this because I don’t like to criticize a busy lady for following what her highly paid stylist told her would be best. However, Halle Berry, seriously. We get it. You like to show off your body. Class it up a bit. A curtain wrapped around the waist of lingerie does not make a red carpet dress! Natalie! I love you! And I love Victor and Rolf (usually)! And I don’t like having to hate a pregnant woman’s attempt to look smashing at a black tie event. But seriously, a pink dress with a rose between your bosoms? There are no excuses for it.

Speaking of pink dresses, I’ve had an aversion to them ever since Gwyneth Paltrow wore that horrendous ill-fitting princess number when she robbed Cate Blanchett of the Academy Award back in 1998 (it helps to get Academy votes when you can hardly act to have parents in the business).

Lea Michele, this Oscar de la Renta dress belongs on a teenager at the prom, not on the back of one of the lead actresses of one of the most popular shows on television. The super large ruffles are overwhelming and take away from your cute little face.

Finally, Nicole Kidman, you are usually one of the most stunningly dressed A-listers in town. Your pale yellow Prada gown BORES ME TO TEARS. It screams Stepford Wife garden party with dainty finger sandwiches no one really enjoys eating. Now hearing that your surrogate just gave birth to your second child with Keith Urban (congrats!), I will excuse you for having other things on your mind. But just this once!

THE AFTERPARTY

Now what is an Awards gala without a few kicking after parties? My favorite after-party dress by far was Kim Kardashian in Nina Ricci (I can’t believe I just gave a best-dressed shout out to a Kardashian!). This stunning black layered floor length gown is the absolute cat’s meoooow. And the Lorraine Schwartz oversized platinum and diamond jewelry compliments perfectly. It’s very Parisian and very sophisticated. I want the entire look! Hayden, I don’t know whose dress you are wearing and I don’t really care. I actually don’t see what your wearing. All I see is that you have a sheer top on with nipple flowers underneath. SURELY you made enough money on Heroes to afford a proper mirror with proper lighting. Oh I know. Those flashbulbs can be so mean to a gal. Think ahead and prepare yourself for them!

THE UNDECIDED

I love Heidi’s Marc Jacob’s halter dress. It’s breezy, colorful and makes me smile thinking of Spring. I also think it’s a refreshing red carpet choice. My editor thinks it looks like a losing Project Runway challenge disaster in the tones of a Ben and Jerry’s ice cream flavor. What do to you think of it?

I think it’s safe to say that no matter what side of the fence you are on about the dress, that her arm-candy husband Seal just looks hubba hubba! Love the black shiny suit, the black unbuttoned shirt and the cute attempt he made to match his shoes to her outfit.

So there you have it. I have dozens of more that I would love to gab about as well. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Would love to hear from my City Pulse readers.

Originally published January 2011
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