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Fashion and Faux pas at the Golden Globes, 2009

Classic blacks and muted metallics seemed to rule the roost at the 66th annual Golden Globe awards, 2009. My personal favorite was Kate Winslet’s severe, but sophisticated strapless black column by Stefano Pilati at Yves Saint Laurent. With a subtly crossed-over bodice, and a belt that added just a light touch of sparkle to interrupt the long column of black, Winslet displayed neither too much bust, nor too much bling. Indeed, the lady who took home two globes this year also got it right with accessories and the appropriate hair do—her alabaster neck bare, chic diamond danglers falling scarcely below her ear lobes, and hair softly swept back into a chignon. The chignon in fact was in my opinion the hairstyle of the evening, from Eva Longoria parker’s architectural chignon styled by Ken Paves, to the carefully placed loops in Aussie actress Melissa George’s low bun and even Anne Hathaway’s somewhat boring, tightly pulled back ballerina bun, the perfectly classic twist put many an exquisite neckline on tasteful display. This is also why despite Drew Barrymore’s rather glamorous tight smoky-blue Galliano for Dior, her bird-nest blond coif suggested a state of wanton dishabille that at best stood out like a sore thumb amidst the elegance of the chignon. Apparently it was an effort by Barrymore’s stylist to take the iconic Marilyn Monroe hair do and loosen it up a little for a ‘modern’ effect, but as one columnist put it, this only made the star look like she’d arrived at the awards evening in nothing short of a convertible limousine. Be that as it may, I do have to point out that the bright red Roger Vivier clutch with glitzy buckle splendidly off-set the filmy fabric and ethereal effect of Barrymore’s dusty blue ensemble.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the lack of statement necklaces at the 2009 Globes was a sign of the times. Whether that is an accurate diagnosis or not, it was clear that apart from Beyoncé, Applegate and Mendes who costumed themselves quite generously with heist-worthy jewels, most of the other stars preferred ear-drops, so dainty they were hardly noticeable in full-length shots, with only some favoring oversized chandelier earrings. Make-up followed suit with the natural-looking sort holding sway and anything too heavy or bold being rare to say the least. Of course the fire-engine red lipstick did make its presence felt, Anne Hathaway’s choice being a case in point, but then Hathaway also stayed away from anything too dramatic on her clavicle or even on her lobes. In fact, make-up artist Vanessa Scali who gave Kirsten Scott Thomas a strong lip and clean eyes said that they consciously “did a '40s-style look, which is actually wartime makeup”. As far as I am concerned however, this “nod to the times” so to speak, was somewhat blunted for Thomas also accessorized her garb with almost $1.5-million worth of Martin Katz jewelry in a brooch, bracelets, earrings and a 15-carat Cognac diamond ring. Ah well, I feel like a little spitfire already, so I think I’ll stay away from the other fashion faux pas of the evening, at least for now… 

 
 
* I want to thank Meheli Sen for her very valuable advice on archives I could research for this piece.
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GG fashions!

Lovely piece! And can you believe that it's time to check out the carpet at the SAG awards already. Oof, when is a fashionista to rest!

The Globe fashions were thought provoking: the minimalist, austere use of bling is particularly worth noting. Except Beyonce didn't receive the brief obviously. Absolutely gorgeous as the woman is, will someone please ask her to retire the Dreamgirls wardrobe? So last year!

Phew! When indeed is a

Phew! When indeed is a fashionista to rest? Actually, I know the answer to that question--when her girfriends come to the rescue and fill in for her!

And yes, the 'less is more' mantra does seem to have made a comeback. In my universe of course, that can only be a good thing.

Sign of the Times?

Quite interesting take by the WSJ on the absence of 'statement necklaces'. Hollywood took a very different tack during the Depression; it upped the glamour and elegance quotient--think Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The industry recognized it's escapist role, rather than being a realist reflection of the hard times. Are ticket sales and DVD rentals truly down now? One would think they would provide a cheaper entertainment than many other possible options. Or is this a performed humility?

Regardless, this is a very fun take on the golden globes!

Interesting indeed,

Interesting indeed, especially I think, because the larger issue that your comment brings up is the question of realism. When, oh when, is this commitment to realism (however defined) going to take a back seat?

Well if this is about fashion faux pas..

Then I think Rene Zwellweger deserved mention as the official worst dressed-even beat Drew Barrymore's bird nest for a hair-do.
It was good to see SRK on the slide show and in that note Tom C and Robert D Jr deserved their share as the best and worst suited men...
Why didnt Manisha talk about the men?

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