The first night of Awards Season is always the most exciting. Sure, the Academy Awards may be what it’s all building up to, but the Golden Globes red carpet has the best energy. And often the most memorable fashion too.
Last night provided an even mix of standout fashion moments and ill-judged disasters (I hated Kate Hudson’s nude ensemble, and wish Rachel McAdams had done better), and it wasn’t hard to chose favourites. Here’s my 2016 Golden Globes Best Dressed List. See if you agree with my choices and let me know which gowns you loved and hated in the comments section…
Kirsten Dunst in Valentino
When I first started blogging in 2006 Kirsten Dunst was constantly topping best dressed lists, but over the last few years she’s slipped off the fashion radar. So I jumped for joy when I saw her step onto the red carpet. I don’t normally get excited about black dresses, but this Valentino gown has a lot going on. It was probably the sexiest look of the night, right? And the smokey eye makeup and vintage-inspired drop earrings were the perfect accompaniments. Clearly Kirsten hasn’t lost her style mojo – so I wish she’d step out infront of the cameras more often
Jennifer Lopez in Giambattista Valli
Thank GOD it’s not another naked dress. That whole shtick was getting old! I was thrilled to see Jennifer trying something new last night, and the risk paid off. She looked incredible in her Giambattista Valli gown and matching cape. The mustard/marigold hue came as a surprise (has J.Lo had a memorable yellow moment before? I can’t recall any), and the diamond necklace and side-sweeping hair gave the look a Old School Hollywood twist. I just wish the skirt didn’t feature a saucy cut-out, because it detracts from the top half of the look.
Kate Bosworth in Dolce and Gabbana
Kirsten Dunst, Jennifer Lopez, Kate Bosworth… It’s like this best dressed list has stepped back in time. It’s a very 2005 lineup, right? Kate Bosworth rarely puts a foot wrong when it comes to red carpet dressing, so it wasn’t exactly a huge surprise to see her looking great. But this pink sequinned Dolce design definitely feels like a step outside her signature style, which is why it caught my attention. And it also made a welcome change from all of the plunging necklines seen last night.
Olivia Wilde in Michael Kors
The idea of pairing a choker necklace with a plunging neckline sounds so wrong. But when the E! cameras caught a glimpse of Olivia Wilde stepping out of her car as she arrived on the red carpet I immediately knew she’d make it onto my best dressed list. The shimmering Michael Kors design is beautiful and really flatters her figure, but on the Golden Globes red carpet “beautiful” isn’t always enough to stand out. It’s the clever accessorising that really makes this look memorable. Such a shame about the clutch bag though – it breaks up the magic and feels unnecessary.
Saoirse Ronan in Saint Laurent
There was a lot of buzz around Alicia Vikander’s Louis Vuitton look when the stars first started arriving, but my favourite white gown came later in the evening when Saoirse Ronan stepped onto the carpet. It has a minimal, low-key feel to it, despite the fact there’s quite a lot going on. I feel like the drop-earrings distracted from overall vine a little, however, and would have preferred to see her wear edgier jewellery. Do you agree?
Who made it onto your 2016 Golden Globes best dressed list? And which red carpet looks failed to impress you last night