High fashion alert: Golden Globe gowns take over the red carpet

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High fashion alert: Golden Globe gowns take over the red carpet

Angela Perez de Tagle, Staff Writer

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Awards season kicked off with the Golden Globes, showcasing the latest fashion hits and misses from the red carpet.

Several trends made their appearance at this year’s Golden Globes award show, including the return of the always timeless red dress, along with various new styles that have proven to be somewhere between the range of genius and atrocious.

Red-carpet rookie Lupita Nyong’o looked absolutely fabulous in a red Ralph Lauren gown. Nyong’o received well-earned attention from critics due to her American film debut in “12 Years a Slave.” Simple yet elegant, she stunned reporters and has since then claimed the ‘Best Dressed’ title of Globes red carpet.

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Senior Nicole Elia agreed with the press. Elia said, “Lupita looked incredible in her gown. For a newcomer to the American film industry, I was surprised to see her gain so much popularity. But she deserves it because her look was so unique and chic.”

 

In contrast to Nyong’o’s Ralph Lauren success, “Enchanted” actress Amy Adams has received mixed reviews.

Adams modeled a two-toned, red Valentino gown, which has been labeled “too revealing” and “boring.” However, before Adams arrived to pose for red carpet photographers, she was seen sporting a red cape to match her plain dress. To her dismay, taking off the cape may not have been the right decision. Perhaps she prefered not to compete against Nyong’o’s radiant victory?

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Apart from the red carpet’s red clothing, the evening also featured a new trend prediction: color-blocking. While color-blocking is often considered relatively stylish, it can sometimes be a treacherous attempt.

“Nashville” television-star Hayden Panettiere arrived in a color-blocked Tom Ford gown, a seemingly safe black and white ensemble gone wrong.

In one respect, the dress itself maintained its designer reputation by demonstrating proper color-blocking style. Unfortunately, Panettiere’s too-short-for-this-dress height and added jeweled broach made a Tom Ford original look, well, let’s face it–cheap. And that’s just wrong.

“The dress would’ve probably worked well on a tall supermodel, but Hayden’s build made the dress look unflattering,” Elia said. “I also wish she wore shoes that were a little more elegant for the affair she was attending.”

Luckily, pop-country idol Taylor Swift arrived just in time to clean up Panettiere’s color-blocking disaster.

Swift, as expected, was yet another fine fashionista on the red carpet this year. She flaunted her short-haired look with a Carolina Herrera black and pink two-toned gown, a refreshing change from her usual cream-colored attire.

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Color-blocking aside, one of the night’s most triumphant trends had to be glitz, glamour, and glitter.

Some of the red carpet’s most memorable gowns were Oscar De La Renta, gorgeously worn by Michelle Dockery and Zooey Deschanel, Zuhair Murad marvelously displayed by Kate Beckinsale, and Gucci, which looked sensational on mother-to-be Olivia Wilde.

 

Sadly, the color white was not a winning trend at the red carpet. “Hunger Games” hero Jennifer Lawrence disappointed fashion critics alike in a somewhat awkward-fitting, somewhat coffee-filterish Christian Dior gown.

“I wish I saw Jennifer in a more extravagant gown. It wasn’t terrible, just kind of boring,” said sophomore Kelly Liu.

While Lawrence could have benefited from a more impressive gown, Paula Patton could not have gone more overboard in a Stephanie Rolland creation resembling a massive pile of used-Kleenex.

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“I didn’t think the ‘Lady Gaga look’ would make it to the red carpet this year. Kind of wish it didn’t,” senior Jorge Rodriguez said.

But of course, no carpet is complete without a wide array of designer black attire.

“Modern Family” beauty queen Sofia Vergara looked ravishing thanks to her makeup artist, and yet failed to impress with her Zac Posen gown. The gown was simply too wide for the evening’s affair and her necklace, though striking, was not suited for the refined look she was attempting.

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On the other hand, red-carpet queen Cate Blanchett looked remarkable–not surprisingly–in fully-laced Armani Prive, proving yet again that black (when done right) will forever be the most classic, undying trend on and off the red carpet.

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