Lupita Nyong'o - Giambattista Valli Couture
This woman, for real. ONLY Lupita could pull off this dress, and on anyone else I might have hated it.
It's perfect for the Globes, which is an award show that doesn't take itself too seriously; it's definitely not a "serious" dress, and it's flawlessly fun and flirty. The color looks miraculous on her skin, and as always her styling is phenomenal.
Some said she should go back to her simple iconic red look from last year and that this was too busy, but I disagree. She made her mark by pushing fashion boundaries and doing things that no one else does, and this dress continues to do just that.
Amy Adams - Versace
If we're being real, Amy Adams can do no wrong. She hasn't missed at any award show in recent memory, but this look could go down as one of her best, and it was certainly a great gown to wear whilst winning a Globe (congrats, Amy!)
Everything about this look was on point. The cut, the color, the jewels, the hairstyle - EVERYTHING. Amy wins my heart this round, and I can't wait to see what she has in store the rest of the award season.
Emma Stone - Lanvin
I have never been one to like pants on the red carpet, but I am one to like Emma Stone, and somehow Emma makes the androgynous tuxedo look WORK.
When I first saw her get out of her limo, I only saw the top half, and thinking it was a gown, I was instantly obsessed with the silver beading on her skin tone. Then when she hit her interviews and I saw it was a jumpsuit? OBSESSED. Without the sash and the bow in the back it might have fallen a little flat, but with it and with her superb styling, she's a knockout.
Overall it's something that we've never seen before, and her risk paid off.
Naomi Watts - Gucci Gown, Bvlgari Jewels
Naomi always brings it during awards season and this look was no exception. Neon yellow is a tough color to wear, especially when you're blonde, but somehow Naomi managed to pull it off.
Maybe it's the simple silhouette, maybe it's the styling (red lips always help,) or maybe it's the PHENOMENAL Bvlgari snake necklace, but regardless it's a great look. She looked like a high-glam movie star, which is always great to see.
Christine Baranski - Zac Posen
Aside from her initial red carpet entry, I haven't seen anyone talking about this look. Obviously, since Christine stars in The Good Wife and The Good Wife is my jam, it seems only appropriate that I give her a nod here.
This is perhaps the best red carpet moment we've seen from Christine. Zac Posen's dress not only fits her perfectly, but the color is perfect, the cut is perfectly age appropriate, and her hair and jewelry is perfectly on point.
Diane Lockhart is my aesthetic.
Julianna Margulies - Ulyana Sergeenko
It would be a grave mistake to mention the Diane Lockhart look without mentioning Alicia Florrick's. This was another look that didn't get mentioned much on the "best and worst dressed" lists - such an oversight.
Pulling off a tea-length dress is difficult, to say the very least. If it's even an inch too short or too long, it looks weird. If you put the wrong shoes with it, it looks weird. If the skirt itself is cut the wrong way, it looks weird.
Did Julianna make any of these mistakes with her dress? NOPE! Julianna has always been one to take fashion risks, and often unsuccessfully, but this was a definite win.
Helen Mirren - Dolce & Gabbana
Seriously, does this woman ever age?
With age comes both beauty and grace, and Helen proves that continually. She knows what color looks good on her, what fits, and how to stand like a flawless movie star.
Always a pro.
Allison Williams - Armani Prive
This was definitely a love-it-or-hate-it dress, and I landed on the "love it" side. It's a huge honor to wear Armani Prive in the first place, and I think putting that level of couture on Allison was a wise choice.
I'll fully admit, I wasn't 100% on board with the hair (could have used a little more volume on top, not so much forehead.) That said, the idea of the old-school Hollywood waves with a dress that has a subtle hint of 1950s glamour was smart. The slightly orange shade of red could have gone horribly wrong, but on Allison's skin tone it looks fantastic.
George and Amal Clooney
It really is no shock that George Clooney would end up on my best dressed list, but this award show in particular was special because it was the FIRST award ceremony for George and his new WIFE, Amal, to attend as a couple!
For those not realizing what a big deal this is, I went through every award season since 2001, and George has had a different girl every year, except for Stacy Keibler who showed up two seasons in a row. The fact that George has a WIFE is a BIG DEAL.
I'll fully acknowledge these looks were good* (with an asterisk.) George's tux had a little more sheen than usual, and Amal's gloves could have been left at home. I'm willing to overlook the minor details, however, because of their overall demeanor. It was a great first look at them as Hollywood's First Couple and I can't wait to see more!
Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter
Benedict looked phenomenal on his own (gotta love when a guy keeps it classic) but he looked even better with Sophie by his side. Floral prints can be difficult to pull off, but the metallic, block-colored floral made the look more modern, and the pockets were a sweet touch.
Also, can we talk about how this woman is pregnant?? She rocks the new baby bump for sure.
Chris Pratt and Anna Faris
These two are simply the cutest in every way. Every time I hear Chris Pratt talk about his family in an interview I just want to squeal.
Anna's gown is something I would totally get married in, and it made her look like a tall glass of water in all her tiny-ness. Chris kept his tux simple and was her perfect compliment.
Jamie Dornan and Amelia Warner
I'm definitely not one to want to give ANY of the actors in 50 Shades of Grey any credit whatsoever, but Jamie Dornan really turned it out. I wouldn't go for Christian Grey, but I'd definitely go for whatever he's bringing.
And can we discuss Amelia Warner's look? She's like a flawless modern flapper princess. The dress gives a subtle 20s nod without being a costume, and the bag, shoes, and lipstick gave a perfect punch of color without being overwhelming.
Best TV Show Host / Best Kid
Kelly Osbourne - Edition by Georges Chakra
I've been loving Kelly Osbourne's "classic with a twist" look for a long time now. I never would have expected the emo punk teenager could turn into a glamourous punk goddess!
Somehow Kelly's purple mohawk simply works, and the unconventional (potentially gimmicky) clutch with such a classic, navy dress adds personality and character.
Quvenzhane Wallis - Giorgio Armani
Quvenzhane has frequented a lot of worst dressed lists in the past, but there's no way she'd land on one this time.
This look was so girly and sweet, and really reflected her age (11) and the movie she was in (Annie.) With her hair and jewelry, it made for a great overall look.
Keira Knightly - Chanel
Apparently it took more than 30 people to slave away at this dress to make it for Keira in a week. Or was it 1 person working 30 hours? I forget, because I'm too distracted by how awful this dress is.
Yes, it's custom Chanel. Yes, if Chanel offers to make you a custom dress, you'd take it. HOWEVER. If this dress was just the middle section with the butterfly beading, no one would have had an issue. It's the Little House on the Prairie top and bottom that was the issue, along with the butterfly bracelet/clutch detailing.
It's all just too much of a bad thing. Keira is far too beautiful to wear a dress this horrifying.
Lana Del Rey - Vintage Travilla
Bad Dreamgirls costume. 70s mermaid. Priscilla Presley.
Is there anything else to say?
Lena Dunham - Zac Posen
This isn't a bad dress in and of itself - I saw Coco Rocha wear it in Zac's runway show and I liked it quite a bit. On Lena, however, it just doesn't quite work.
The boat neck makes her shoulders look wider and her bust look smaller, the paneling throughout the midsection only emphasizes her hips and stomach, and the high-low design makes her look shorter. In the end, she just looked like a red sack. Not ideal in any circumstance.
Also...someone REALLY needs to teach this woman how to stand on the red carpet, especially in a dress like this.
I know Zac Posen has dressed Lena before, and he's dressed her WELL. This just wasn't the right choice.
Jennifer Lopez - Zuhair Murad
If I've seen one sparkly gold and silver dress on J-Lo cut down to her waist and up to her crack with a crazy cape on it, I've seen ten dozen.
I'M TIRED OF IT.
WE KNOW YOU'RE NOT 20 ANYMORE AND YOU STILL LOOK HOT.
TRY SOMETHING NEW.
At least she knows how to stand in it. Take notes, Lena.
A Bonus: Perhaps the Best AND the Worst
Dakota Johnson. Dear, poor, Dakota Johnson.
Don't get me wrong, this is a beautiful dress. It looked amazing on the red carpet and her styling was perfect.
HOWEVER. I know her 50 Shades of Grey character is a fanfic version of Bella Swan from Twilight, and poor Dakota was channeling Bella Swan all. Night. Long.
It could be because the dress was clearly too small for her bust, but she stood SO. STIFF. When she was presenting she was SO. AWKWARD.
It was like Bella went to the prom with Edward and he dropped her off on the red carpet afterward to fend for herself.
This dress was like Lena's - the right dress on the wrong girl. Bella can't carry a dress like this, end of story.
But oh...it was entertaining.