The 2012 Golden Globes are quickly approaching (the telecast airs January 15 at 8 PM on NBC), and I can barely contain my excitement! This year is bound to be especially entertaining, as controversial host Ricky Gervais returns for the third year in a row, and the Lead Actor in a Drama category features THE hottest men in Hollywood…including my future hubby Ryan Gosling. Loves it!
Though there is much to look forward to during the ceremony, I am most excited for the Red Carpet fashion! In anticipation of this year’s Globes, I’ve decided to take a look back at my Top 10 Golden Globes Red Carpet looks over the past decade. Enjoy!
10. Vanessa Hudgens, 2009 (Alberta Ferretti)
Vanessa Hudgens’ 2009 Alberta Ferretti ensemble elevated the High School Musical star from Tween Queen to Red Carpet Goddess! Though nude and champagne-colored dresses have been a staple at awards shows over the past few years, Hudgens stood out from the Hollywood pack because her gown flattered her petite frame, and her hair, makeup, and accessories provided the perfect accents. Her lengthy strand of beads gave the look a retro, Roaring ’20s flair, while her tousled locks and glowing makeup kept Hudgens’ look fresh and modern. Great work!
9. Anne Hathaway, 2011 (Armani)
Anne Hathaway’s 2011 Armani gown oozed Hollywood glamour! The ensemble represented the perfect combination of classic chic and sexy sophistication. Though Hathaway’s look fell into the champagne-colored trend as well, the actress stood out because of the unique cut of her dress (long sleeves, high neck), well-styled, loose hair and effortless makeup. This Red Carpet moment is not only one of my favorite Golden Globes looks, but it stands out as one of the best from the overall 2011 awards season. Props to Anne (and her über-stylist Rachel Zoe)!
8. Beyoncé, 2007 (Elie Saab)
Before she was a doting mama to new daughter Blue Ivy, Beyoncé turned heads in 2007 when she rocked a shimmering, gold ensemble by Elie Saab. The actress was nominated for the musical Dreamgirls, and even though she didn’t win that night, she earned the acclaim of fashion-lovers everywhere with her hot look! The performer’s incredible dress was complimented by perfect, flat-ironed, flowing hair, dramatic, Cleopatra-like makeup, and of course, her indelible, infectious smile. This is by far one of the most memorable Golden Globe looks of the past decade.
7. Jennifer Aniston, 2004 (vintage Valentino)
This vintage Valentino gown from 2004 is quintessential Jennifer Aniston: simple, sexy, sophisticated. Though the dress is a classic A-line silhouette, the details of Aniston’s look define her as a Red Carpet stand-out: the rhinestone buckle that breaks up the plunging neckline, the loose curls that offset the formal style of her full-length gown, and the breezy makeup that allows Jen’s natural beauty to shine through. The best Red Carpet moments happen when celebs feel comfortable in their own skin – and Aniston consistently stays true to her California-cool vibe. I can’t wait to see what she wears next!
6. Olivia Wilde, 2011 (Marchesa + Christian Louboutin Shoes)
Last year, House actress Olivia Wilde wore one of the coolest ensembles in Golden Globe history. Her sparkly, princess-style Marchesa dress dominated the carpet (literally…her skirt was huge!). I was already loving her look when, low and behold, she unveiled two statement-making Red Carpet accessories: her spiky, gold Christian Louboutin shoes. It was great to see Wilde take a fashion risk, and have fun with her look. It certainly paid off: the actress was featured on nearly every subsequent Best Dressed list for the 2011 awards season. We’ll see if anyone can top Wilde’s legendary look during this year’s Globes!
5. Jennifer Lopez, 2004 (Michael Kors)
By far, one of my favorite looks from Globes’ past was Jennifer Lopez’s 2004 Michael Kors dress. This Red Carpet appearance was one of the actress’ first since her dramatic breakup with Ben Affleck, but one wouldn’t know it from her effervescent smile and all-around glow. Her look was flawless from head-to-toe: the dress fit like a glove, the tangerine hue complimented her sun-kissed complexion, her hair was sleek and sophisticated, and her jewelry added the perfect amount of sparkle. J. Lo is known for making daring Red Carpet choices, and this dress was no exception.
4. Reese Witherspoon, 2007 (Nina Ricci + Brian Atwood Shoes)
Reese Witherspoon (circa 2007) also had a post-breakup, Red Carpet “wow” moment. The actress, who had recently filed for divorce from her husband, Ryan Phillipe, stepped out in a stunning, canary yellow Nina Ricci cocktail dress, perfectly complemented by red Brian Atwood sandals, and a set of chic side-swept bangs. Witherspoon took a risk by wearing a cocktail style among the droves of stars in full-length evening gowns, but she pulled it off with flying colors. Never before had she looked more confident or sophisticated. Definitely one of the most memorable Red Carpet moments at the Golden Globes!
3. Eva Mendes, 2009 (Dior)
Rachel Zoe strikes again! Her client Eva Mendes makes my list for her 2009 Dior stunner. Though I’m not a huge fan of the “structured dresses with appendages” trend, this ensemble won me over, mostly because of how it was styled, and how it fit Mendes. The white gown looked stunning against the actress’ olive skin, and hugged her curves in all the right places. Her 60s-style updo and makeup, along with the statement-making turquoise necklace by Van Cleef and Arpels polished off her look, and transformed the actress into a bombshell screen star, à la Raquel Welch or Sophia Loren. This is one Red Carpet moment I won’t soon forget!
2. Eva Longoria, 2011 (Zac Posen)
Eva Longoria stunned last year in her super-chic Zac Posen number. The actress stole the show in her black, mermaid-style gown. The dress stood out because of its dramatic train, capped sleeves, open back, and flattering satin sash. Not many actresses could pull off such a statement silhouette, but Longoria wore the look effortlessly – and her bouffant-style updo and smoky eyes added just the right amount of glam. Well done!
1. Eva Longoria, 2009 (Reem Acra)
Drumroll please…Ms. Eva Longoria dominates the top of my list! The Desperate Housewives actress is one of my favorite Golden Globes fashion icons, and what better way to celebrate her fantastic track record then by awarding her the top spot? It was difficult to choose between her 2011 Zac Posen gown and this red Reem Acra stunner, but I think Longoria’s 2009 dress can’t be beat! The mermaid-style, strapless gown fit the petite actress like a glove, and defined glam at the Globes that year. I love that Longoria kept her hair, makeup, and accessories low-key so that the dramatic red dress could speak for itself. Why has she continued to achieve fashion success? Simply, the actress knows knows what works on her body, and thus she continues to be a force on the Red Carpet. I hope Longoria makes an appearance this year – can’t wait to see how the actress tops this look!
I’m excited to see what the Golden Globes Red Carpet has in store this year. With newcomers like Rooney Mara (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Jessica Chastain (The Help), and Zooey Deschanel (The New Girl), alongside Golden Globes regulars like Kate Winslet (Mildred Pierce), Charlize Theron (Young Adult), Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn), there are bound to be some exciting Red Carpet standouts this year. Follow me on Twitter (@cinemacarly) for live updates and my fashion picks during the pre-show and the awards telecast. I’ll be live-tweeting on @bluefly_com too where you have the chance to win a $100 Bluefly splurge just for watching with us! Can’t wait!! Don’t forget to check out everything else I have to say on my blog.