Best dressed

Published: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 7:40 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 7:40 p.m.

Rain on the red carpet was the biggest buzz at Sunday's Golden Globes Awards and unfortunately it might have lead to some of the stars' style being washed away.

A few gowns were amazing enough to cause a double-take, but overall most of the fashions were pretty but boring or too over-the-top for the masses. Here's a look at which dresses took my breath away and the ones that made me choke.

I knew my best-dressed pick as soon as I saw Toni Collette, who won Best Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical, hit the red carpet in a dazzling gold-beaded Elie Saab. The sleeveless v-neck dress had a stunning, sexy design and was fabulously flattering - two hallmarks of an Elie Saab gown. Penelope Cruz's lace Giorgio Armani Prive dress with a tiered fishtail also sent my heart racing. With her flawless makeup, wavy hair and classic teardrop diamond earrings, her total look exuded retro Hollywood glamour.

Emily Blunt's pink tulle Dolce & Gabbana gown was like couture cotton candy with its delicate color and raw-edged, but ravishing, asymmetrical ruffled skirt. However, her hair could have been better.

Jennifer Garner looked amazing in a slinky, sleeveless lilac Atelier Versace gown with subtle beading and asymmetrical neckline.

Cameron Diaz wore a bold red, satin short-sleeved Alexander McQueen gown with a cowl neck design. By only accessorizing with matching red lips, I thought the look was simple, clean and sophisticated.

Last but not least, Marion Cotillard showed how to pull off sexy and elegance. Her Christian Dior one-shoulder dress was made from a gorgeous dark "bottle green" satin and had a peek-a-boo slit revealing a short, black lace slip skirt underneath.

Worst dressed

Comedian Tina Fey's ensemble was surely something to laugh about - and I did. The Zac Posen dress had a very dizzy black and white pattern. Its stiff and full skirt, which stopped just above her ankles, was wide enough for the entire "30 Rock" cast to fit underneath. Her peep-toe champagne bow heels and umbrella just pushed the look into Mary Poppins-ville.

Lauren Graham's fuchsia pink dress with pleated bodice was less red carpet and more homemade prom dress. And on top of that it was wrinkled! Sigh...

Golden Globe winner Sandra Bullock's Bottega Veneta dress was a stunning deep orchid purple with a lovely sweetheart neckline, but the sheer chiffon skirt just really threw me off.

Christina Hendricks' red hair and pale skin weren't the best assets for her peach-champagne gown with a ruched bodice and layers of big ruffles cascading asymmetrically from the hip. Although the gown, designed by "Project Runway" winner Christian Siriano, was dramatic, it still didn't overshadow Hendrick's watermelon-sized cleavage.


Days later, I still have mixed feelings about Chloe Sevigny's ruffled chiffon Valentino dress, described as "rose" by some and "lilac" by others. I do appreciate the high-fashion design and incredible romantic feeling of the flowy dress, and it's the first Sevigny has ever worn that I remotely liked, but at the same time all the ruffles and material are a bit overpowering and doesn't give her a flattering shape. One fashion critic even said she looked like a sandwich because of how the flesh-toned mesh at the top of the dress holds the front and back ruffles together.

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