Usually we have no problem criticizing fashion, especially the fashion of celebrities. But, with the devastating earthquake in Haiti it seems a bit silly — and mean — to attack the fashion choices of celebrities. Still, the show must go on and so we must temporarily put our sadness aside and judge the best and worst styles from Sunday's Golden Globes.
Basic black was the most commonly seen color on the red carpet. The black gowns certainly provided a neutral canvas on which to show-off the ribbon pins that many celebrities were wearing to raise awareness for the people of Haiti. However, without the right cut and accessories, some of the black dresses seemed too basic. Julia Roberts, we are talking to you. You're not on our worst-dressed list, but that short black dress was not fancy enough for the Golden Globes.
Here are the celebrities who get feature editor Dawn Minty's best- and worst-dressed votes:
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Sandra Bullock's deep purple Bottega Veneta chiffon gown was perfect for accepting the Best Actress in a Motion Picture/Drama award, which she received for "The Blind Side."
Toni Collette's Elie Saab gown was classy, glamorous and highlighted everything that's good about her figure.
On Penelope Cruz, black looked anything but basic. The Giorgio Armani Prive gown with a mermaid hemline, had a beaded, mesh off-the-shoulder detail that gave the dress just the right amount of sparkle.
Amy Poehler's bold red dress was an asymmetrical style from Jay Godfrey. The flower detail on the shoulder and the belted waist made the dress special.
Kate Hudson's structured, strapless white Marchesa gown was perfect for the petite actress despite what my co-workers think (see below). I will admit that the platform shoes were a bad choice. But that's all I'm admitting. I stand by my choice.
Anna Kendrick attached her "support Haiti" ribbon to her Marchesa gown near the waistline. She looked fashionable and concerned.
Julianne Moore's attire doesn't even deserve to be called a dress. I don't know what it is or who designed it, but I do know it looks awful.
Mariah Carey's black Herve Leger by Max Azria dress showed off way too much cleavage. A plunging neckline can be sexy, but that one was scary.
Anna Paquin's Stella McCartney gown just weighed down the tiny actress. The dress looked like it was made out of metal scraps and the cap sleeves were weird.
Here's reporter Sonya Sorich's fashion rundown:
Jennifer Garner: The sleek beaded sliver Atelier Versace gown flattered her figure without being gaudy or overbearing. Extra points for the silver earrings and elegantly styled hair.
Kate Winslet: Here's another look that topped best-dressed lists for its sleek elegance. Winslet wore a Atelier Yves Saint Laurent gown decorated with a slight string of jewels -- proof that you don't have to go the ruffle route to be memorable.
Marion Cotillard: What can I say? I'm a sucker for daredevils who can pull off a fashion risk. That's why I loved Marion Cotillard's one-shoulder Christian Dior gown -- a dress with a front slit that revealed her black lace slip. And I'll be fantasizing about those Jimmy Choo sandals for decades.
January Jones: A headband?!? At the Golden Globes?!? Sadly, the inexplicable hair accessory wasn't the "Mad Men" star's only problem. She also sported a black gown that was too morose for the traditionally festive show.
Chloe Sevigny: Too. Many. Ruffles. That's perhaps the best analysis of the "Big Love" actress' lilac chiffon Valentino gown.
Kate Hudson: Sorry, Dawn...Kate ends up anywhere but my best-dressed list. Sure, her bulky white Marchesa gown was great -- if you're looking for something that easily doubles as a college toga party getup. And don't even get me started on the stripper-inspired shoes.
Here's reporter/copy editor Katie Holland's picks:
I have to agree with Dawn on Sandra Bullock's purple Bottega Veneta chiffon gown - the color was perfect on her and it was the perfect rebound to her less-than-flattering People's Choice Awards ensemble - and Toni Collette's Elie Saab gown, which was definitely a highlight of the evening.
Olivia Wilde pulled off a stunning silver-sequined Gucci gown like it was made for her - not that she needs any help turning heads. To top it off, she's also auctioning the gown to raise money to benefit those affected by the earthquake in Haiti.
Perhaps my favorite of the night was Emily Blunt's pink tulle and chiffon strapless Dolce & Gabbana dress. Together with her diamond accessories, it reminded me of a 21st century Marilyn Monroe, circa "Gentleman Prefer Blondes."
Diane Kruger stood out in her hot pink tulle Christian Lacroix Haute Couture - like a sore thumb. I think my mom wore this same dress as a bridesmaid in her friend's wedding - in 1982.
Last night was not the night for the women of "Mad Men." Sonya noted January Jones' fashion faux pas, but I have to highlight Christina Hendricks here. She topped a lot of "bests" lists, but the peachy-champagne colored Christian Siriano just didn't do it for me. I don't get the ruffles.
Jenna Fischer: You are too cute to wear something that shapeless. The strapless Halston dress was just plain frumpy. Looked more like a beach cover up than a red-carpet worthy dress!
Here's arts writer Sandra Okamoto's picks:
Full disclosure: I opted to watch the season premiere of "24." So I didn't see these gowns "live." I'm relying on photos on the Internet. I thought there was more good than bad this year.
Tina Fey in Zac Posen was an inspired choice. The tea-length dress with its zig-zaggy patterns looked good on her.
I know some of my colleagues disagreed with me, but I thought Anna Paquin looked great. She's no longer that little girl who won an Oscar for her role in "The Piano." And maybe because she's in love, she was glowing. Wait! I just saw a full-length shot and she's wearing these horrible, black, clunky, gladiator-type shoes. Oh, Anna ...
Courtney Cox looked good in a basic black, strapless sheath.
And among all the flesh-tones, pastels and black, Cameron Diaz and Ginnifer Goodwin popped! Diaz in red and Goodwin in electric blue.
In green were a pregnant Amy Adams and the precious Gabourey Sidibe. It must be a real challenge to dress a pregnant woman and a woman of size. The designers (whoever they are) did a good job with both women.
Is Marion Cottillard's slip showing from under the Christian Dior gown?
Mariah Carey just doesn't know when to quit. Someone needs to tell her to stop wearing those plunging necklines. And to go ahead and buy something in her size; not what she wishes she could fit into.
Christian Siriano won "Project Runway" using lots of ruffles on his clothes. You'd think he's gone beyond that, but looking at Christina Hendricks in one of his gowns, he should have seen that the top didn't really fit right and all those ruffles. Please! She's not 3.
Jayma Mays of "Glee," a show I've never seen, made my spidey-sense a-tingle. The usually reliable Badgley Mischka missed with this black-and-white gown with a spiderweb overlay.
Here's copy editor/page designer Kara Edgerson's picks:
Sandra Bullock was by far my favorite of the night. She never gives too little or too much when preparing for award cermonies; we always get just enough. The purple gown was fitting of her frame, while the hairstyle and suttle make up complimented the dress.
Kate Hudson's gown is starting to grow on me -- although I feel some sort of way about someone wearing a bridal gown to an awards ceremony. But that's just me. And those shoes only belong at "after-hour" establishments.
Toni Collette's dress was absolutely gorgeous. I've always loved Elie Saab, who is one of Beyonce's favorite stylist.
Halle Berry was my second favorite of the night. That deserves no explanation.
Tina Fey. Was that a cloth off her grandmother's dining room table? When will she learn? Comedians shouldn't keep getting passes for fashion failures.
Mo'Nique, another comedian. I actually think the dress was beautiful on her -- and thought about putting her on the good list -- until she lifted up her dress to show off the shoes. The comedian doesn't shave her legs. That alone was enought to demote her to the bad list in my book.
Honorable mention: Mariah Carey. It's. Time. To. Cover. Up. Sweetie.