Pink, purple provide the sunshine at rainy Globes
Pink and purple gowns were the bright spots at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night as rain darkened the red carpet in Beverly Hills, Calif. Sandra Bullock, Emily Blunt, Fergie, Diane Kruger and Maggie Gyllenhaal were leading the way on the trend.
The other hot look was black, mostly strapless or off-the-shoulder numbers, with Penelope Cruz, Kyra Sedgwick, Courteney Cox, Lea Michele and Heather Graham finding a way to make a statement with their versions of not-so-basic black. Cruz’s lace gown, from a 2005 Giorgio Armani Prive collection, for example, had a dramatic floral-pattern neckline and ribbon striping,
Amy Adams did the popular one-shoulder silhouette in a black Carolina Herrera that embraced her pregnant shape.
Meryl Streep’s black gown even slid off her shoulder.
Mariah Carey’s black, body-hugging Herve Leger gown gave a new definition to "open neckline."
Linda Wells, Allure magazine’s editor-in-chief, said black can be a little boring but it was a better choice than the beige and gray that also had a strong presence.
"The problem isn’t even the weather, it’s that those colors don’t look good on TV - and if it doesn’t look good on TV, you’ve missed the boat," Wells said. "Those colors look beautiful in real life but not on camera."
Wells’ favorites included Bullock’s bold orchid strapless gown by Bottega Veneta and Blunt’s pale-pink frothy gown by Dolce & Gabbana.
Those light-toned cosmetic colors, however, did catch the eye of InStyle fashion director Cindy Weber Cleary - and she liked what she saw, especially on Kate Hudson - in white Marchesa - and Nicole Kidman. She also picked Blunt as a winner.
"There wasn’t a lot of hideousness. People were tasteful, prettier, more feminine. ... It was overall less flashy than it’s been in the past," Weber Cleary said.
Ruffles replaced bling in many cases but ruffles in the wrong places can draw unwanted attention. Kruger, in Christian Lacroix, and Christina Hendricks, who wore a ruffle-covered Christian Siriano gown in a light apricot color, might want to remember that.
They both wore the trend-right up-do hairstyle and bright lipstick, though. But the must-have item of the night was the oversized red-and-white striped umbrella stamped with The Beverly Hilton logo.