Ariel Winter selected an off-the-rack Valentino Resort 2013 dress. The Modern Family actress looks overly youthful, the dress doesn’t fit her well, and it is way too simplistic for an event of this magnitude. It really is a day-into-cocktail-hour dress, not an evening gown. A fitted dress to show off her silhouette in a solid color would have been a better choice. Some are calling her “cute as a cupcake,” which I agree with, but she should have exchanged the cupcake style for an elegant sit-down-dinner look. Perhaps though, it was done to speak more directly to her fan base, which typically is more youthful than those who are watching Lincoln or The Newsroom. So, while the garment isn’t quite as dressy as the Globes generally demands, the multi-colored floral jacquard fabric shows a dose of Ariel’s quirky personality and may appeal to her fan base.
This Golden Globes season presented a wide variety of shapes, colors, textures, and styles, but overall, it was a much less impressive display of really classically beautiful garments than in the past. It may have to do with the teetering economy, or the celebrities not wanting to come across as too overwhelmingly luxurious, but part of what these seasons are meant to do is to create a dream, a fantasy untouched by economic factors. Remember, even after 9/11, the showmanship of high-end fashion still remained on display at the awards seasons in 2002. This year’s selections were not all misses of course, but, as a whole, it was definitely less than what I expected, and I hope the designers and celebrity stylists will up the ante at the Oscars and bring back the old Hollywood glamour these events demand.
— Bradley Scott is a winner of the Fashion Group International Rising Star Award and a New York native.