Red-Carpet Hits and Misses
A review of the Golden Globes’ best and worst dresses


Bradley Scott

The 69th annual Golden Globe awards saw the best of Hollywood dressed to the nines in some pretty amazing — and in some cases, daring — fashions. Not surprisingly then, the talk of the town tends to be all about who wore what, rather than who took home the evening’s awards. Let’s dive right in, analyzing what stood out color-wise, the trends at the event, any hits and misses, and my pick for the best- and worst-dressed actress.

Blue reigned supreme on Sunday night, shining more than any color on the designers’ palettes. From solids and prints, to silks and burned-out velvets, it was an across-the-board winner. Let’s start with Michelle Williams, who donned a very pretty, velvet-patterned, indigo-blue dress from Jason Wu. The fabric was really quite extraordinary if you think about how burned velvet is created (through carefully orchestrated and planned chemical alterations and reactions to artfully designated areas of the fabric length, which leave only some velvet remaining, creating the pattern). If you recall, Jason has become the “it” designer, scoring a career catapult by crafting Michelle Obama’s ivory inaugural dress, so it is no surprise celebrities flock to his showroom with hopes of wearing his work.


From burned-out velvet to vivacious prints, our focus turns toward Sarah Michelle Gellar, who wore a floor-sweeping Monique Lhuillier ball gown. The print is both abstract and modern, almost tie-dye-like, but more closely resembling a paint-splatter pattern. It’s truly sensational in every way, from the fit and drape, to the color placement, which creates a slenderizing effect. What makes it very special is that while it appears to thin the actress, it still exudes the trend of volume and luxuriousness while not being overdesigned or too much like a Halloween costume. Some might say she has too petite of a frame to wear such a large dress, but I applaud her for allowing her daughter to select her gown, and I truly think she wears the dress well.