2014 Golden Globes Red Carpet, Part 1

Get ready for an unreasonably long walk to the stage, because it’s time to hit the Golden Globes! 

Best Dressed: LUPITA NYONG’O
gown by Ralph Lauren

Photo: Danny Moloshok/Reuters

ALL HAIL QUEEN LUPITA. I pretty much wet myself when Ms. Nyong’o hit the red carpet in this jaw-dropping gown (my Spring 2014 prediction for Zhang Ziyi). Everything from the Grace Jones-esque side-parted hair to the stunning diamonds on her fingers was flawless, in the truest, most Beyoncé definition of the word. Lupita had a glow about her that was impossible to look away from – she might not have taken home a trophy, but she was the clear winner of the night.

gown by Andrew Gn

Photo: Arroyo/AFF

A perfect gown for a winter red carpet event. (Julianna cannot wear black with gold branches during the summertime, like some commoner.) The earrings were a truly phenomenal styling choice, bringing a little more drama to the classic silhouette.

Honorable Mention: MICHELLE DOCKERY
gown by Oscar de la Renta, shoes by Christian Louboutin

Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty

I’ve loved this gown since the moment Karlie Kloss hit the runway in it, and I predicted we’d see it on Lea Michele. But Michelle Dockery has been a fashion force to be reckoned with this year, and I loved seeing her go full-on princess in this stunning gown. It’s the rare mullet skirt done right – that hemline hitting at the mid-to-lower calf is supremely hot right now – and her fabulous bob has never looked better.

gown by Reem Acra

Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage

Sorry, Mellie from Scandal, but House of Cards’s Claire Underwood is the best Lady Macbeth on television. Robin Wright looked positively regal in this shimmering column gown, but the neckline and seaming in the bodice are my favorite details. Almost obscenely glam.

gown by Proenza Schouler

Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage

I think I might love Khaleesi’s gown more than she loves her baby dragons. And that is saying something. This print is amazing, and she even makes the very tired peplum trend look marginally fresh and interesting. I don’t love how distracting the giant cuff bracelets are, but everything else is some of Emilia Clarke’s best red carpet work yet.

gown by Valentino

Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage

I’m so glad that American Hustle brought a new best friend into Amy Adams’s life – double-sided tape! It’s a union that’s working shockingly well so far, as Amy continues to keep us on the edges of our seats with whether or not she’s about to slip a nip. Anyway, the styling of this was a little underwhelming, and I would have loved a slightly more interesting skirt, but the red/burgundy combination is pretty on trend right now.

tuxedo by Armani

Photo: John Shearer/Invision/AP

Fun fact: Leonardo DiCaprio almost drowned in a vat of self-tanner on the way to this event.

gown by Daniel Musto and Michael Costello, purse by Deepa Gurnani, shoes by Barefoot Tess

Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage

GO AND GET IT, GIRL. Best she’s ever looked, hands down.

gown by Jenny Packham, jewelry by Bulgari, purse by Roger Vivier

Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty

Helen Mirren: continuing to look better as she approaches seventy fucking years old than any of us will ever look in our LIVES. I don’t think anyone else in Hollywood could make this much green happen, but Helen can.

tuxedo by Gucci

Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty

Always delicious, but I was hoping for something just a tiny bit more surprising, simply because Idris Elba is capable of serious fucking fashion. Also, bow ties make him horny. So there’s that.

gown by Lanvin, jewelry by Jennifer Meyer, purse by Kotur

Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty

Love the neckline. Hate the turquoise jewelry. I just think it’s been done so many times before. If you’re going to do it for a major red carpet event, it better be something new and interesting and not just loud and distracting.

tuxedo by Burberry

Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty

Look at this adorable bitch. Ugh, I love Aaron Paul. He instagrammed a picture of him holding an adorably fat baby the other day, and my ovaries nearly exploded.

gown by Viktor & Rolf

Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage

Lady Edith’s getting all modern on us! I absolutely hate the horizontal seam in the bodice – I can’t seem to look anywhere else – but this has a mod, architectural vibe to it that I enjoy. The styling is a little bit all over the place, though – a little art deco, a little old Hollywood, but a little too disjointed.

gown by Versace, shoes by Jimmy Choo

Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Listen, dear readers, I’m a Jewish girl from New Jersey. I fully subscribe to the maxim, “The higher the hair, the closer to God.” But even I draw the line at this.

gown by Marchesa

Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

I don’t think the beachy California girl hairstyle works particularly well with this vampire bride gown. All I know for sure is that I want to rip that giant tassel right off her necklace. It’s practically a crime against humanity.

gown by Atelier Versace

Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Weirdly stuffy and depressing, no? I just couldn’t get excited about this one.

gown by Thakoon, purse by Swarovski

Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Piper’s been in prison too long to tell the difference between a nightie and a red carpet gown, poor thing.

gown by Carolina Herrera

Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty

Oh, good lord. Did a middle school Valentine’s Day throw up all over Julie Bowen?

gown by Fausto Puglisi

Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

At a different event, I’d say Rashida Jones might be hipster-chic enough to pull this off, but these stupid fucking palm trees seem insanely casual for a black tie affair. It’s the combination of the soft white fabric of the dress and the wrap skirt – it makes her look like she’s wearing a sarong.

gown by Gucci

Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Aw, Mila Kunis is just the saddest little Christmas present in the world.

Worst Dressed: BÉRÉNICE BEJO
gown by Giambattista Valli

Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty

No. I totally get what you were going for, and I even respect the effort at some drama, but NO. Absolutely not.

There’s so much more to come in Parts 2 and 3 of the Golden Globes, dear readers. Until then, leave all your most judgmental feelings in the comments!

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8 responses to 2014 Golden Globes Red Carpet, Part 1

  1. I’m gonna be honest….I was little underwhelmed by the ensembles this year. Nothing so memorable. Where’s the drama? Where’s the glitz? Where’s the pizzazz?

    • democracydiva – Author

      I love you. In their defense, it’s the Globes, not the Oscars. And it’s the first awards show of the season so I think people might be trying not to set expectations too high. If they do all the glitz and pizzazz here, there will be nothing left for the Oscars in March.

  2. I gasped out loud when I saw Lupita. Of course, she is beautiful, maybe the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen. I think this red carpet buzz will help her career. She is a Yale grad, too. My second choice is Cate Blanchett. They showed her gown on Fashion Police–and they SAID NOTHING ABOUT THE BACK OF THE GOWN. I honestly don’t think they saw it. More about this gown if you happen to post about it; lol. I agree with you about the worst look except for Paula Patton, who is so stunning that she just doesn’t realize that less is more, especially on her. I spent quite a few minutes writing a blog about this topic and decided I couldn’t do it justice without investing at lot more time. You are smart to divide this topic into three parts. That way your blog is timely but thorough.

    Heidi doesn’t look that great, does she? She isn’t wearing my favorite Marchesa dress but it’s her styling that is less than appealing. I’m trying to be less critical of Heidi. I’ve always expected her to be on top of her game because she ought to have lots of connections (from her panels alone), but she has so many appearances, if you count her show. She does have lots of hits, but this is a MISS.

    • democracydiva – Author

      There will be two more posts, so don’t worry, you’ll get to read all my Cate Blanchett and Paula Patton feelings soon enough! I’ll stay quiet on the subject until those posts are up, though. And yes, the biggest events always get divided into multiple posts. I don’t like to discuss more than approx. 20 looks per post because honestly, nobody wants to read something that’s that long, even if it has pictures! As you said, this way, I get to be timely but thorough, and not torture everyone with unreasonably long posts. Everyone wins!

      Lupita…. I really don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone so beautiful. I also found out during the Globes pre-show that she’s a Yale grad – just when I didn’t think I could love her any more, it turns out she’s brilliant too!

      I have a lot of issues with a lot of Marchesa dresses – there are too many that look like fussy cupcakes, and there was an entire collection that just seemed like one gigantic McQueen rip-off – but there are some I like, and some I love. This one is only okay. And you’re right, Heidi does have a lot of appearances, and part of this is a numbers game, but unfortunately, I think she has a lot more misses than hits.

  3. Polge Clément

    Wow, I don’t know who Lupita Nyong’o is, but that dress is wonderful indeed. It reminds me a bit of what Storm from the X-Men sometimes wear for the “cloak-like” thingy on the side: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:X-Men_Storm_Main.png (not the best image I could find, but searching storm x-men on google apparently give some very raunchy and not very dressed results, so…)

    • democracydiva – Author

      Thank you for your commitment to questionable google searching. Lupita Nyong’o is an actress from “12 Years A Slave.” It’s her first major film role and everything she’s worn on the press tour for it has been amazing, culminating in that red gown/cape. She’s basically my new hero.

  4. Besides Emilia Clark, Lupita’s dress was the only one I really liked out of this post, and I’m not blown away by it: didn’t Gwyneth Paltrow wear some white cape-like dress a little bit back? Berenice Bejo reminds me of Sofia Vergara for some reason; I don’t know who convinced her to wear such a gosh-awful dress!

    • democracydiva – Author

      Yes, Gwyneth wore this Tom Ford cape gown at the 2012 Oscars: http://bit.ly/1fQY07R. Lupita’s dress definitely made me think of Gwyn’s, but I think they were different enough that Lupita’s still blew me away.

      And poor Berenice Bejo. She needs someone who loves her to tell her that dress is stupid and she’s way too lovely for it!

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