Shailene Woodley had a lot of work to do to get back in my good books after wearing those Vibran five finger running shoes with her Calvin Klein gown to a Golden Globes after-party and unfortunately, this look didn't cut it. The actress chose this pre-fall Valentino dress, which isn't the most flattering shape on her, to attend the 23rd Annual Producers Guild Awards.
Where the AFI Awards failed to excite in the red carpet outfit stakes, the W Magazine pre-Golden Globes party definitely made up for it. Emma Stone, Elizabeth Olsen and Ali Later stole the show but strong looks also came from Charlize Theron, Emmy Rossum and Rachel Zoe.
Michelle Williams and Jessica Szohr turned up to the InStyle Golden Globes event in completely different outfits. Williams was perfection in this white Versace dress with satin ivory open toe heels; while Szohr followed her bohemian instinct with these wide leg trousers and relaxed feminine sheer button down.
The big award shows are where style stars are born - fact. 2011 marked the first time that we seriously stood up and paid attention to Jennifer Lawrence. That navy Louis Vuitton gown she wore to the Golden Globes was unconventional but worked, the hot pink Oscar de la Renta dress she wore to the SAG awards definitely made a statement and of course, nobody can forget the red Calvin Klein creation that she wore to the Oscars. Having got it right at all three big awards ceremonies, Lawrence seemed to explode this year and the same is true of Hailee Steinfeld.
With that said, all eyes are on Rooney Mara, Elizabeth Olsen and Felicity Jones for the coming awards. All three got it right in one way or another in 2011 but none have had a big red carpet moment. While Olsen should be the front runner simply because, well, she's an Olsen, my money is on Mara. Her recent choices for the promotional tour of 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' have worked perfectly and her slightly dark and brooding aesthetic makes me think that she'll be brave and do something interesting and different this award season. In the last few weeks she's worn Givenchy twice and something makes me think that Tisci will be the designer of choice for her big Oscar moment and the partnership would make sense. The Tisci for Givenchy woman is always sexy but in a dark romantic way and that's Mara all over.
A bit of a matronly choice, and the slightly extended shoulders didn’t help. Why would arguably the sexiest star in Hollywood go for something that looked as if it had been recycled from the back lots where Adrians or Orry-Kellys might have been discovered at the last minute?
The possibility of hostess Oprah being dressed by Gap (well, Patrick Robinson) for this year's Met Ball has been quashed by WWD, who reports the television tycoon will be dressed by Oscar de la Renta for this year's event. In other 'who's dressing who' rumours, Christian Siriano - winner of the fourth series of Project Runway - has tweeted he has a dress for the Met Ball in the works.
It could be likely that Christina Hendricks will sport Siriano again, proving the critics who slated the creation she wore of his to the Golden Globes wrong? However, as it currently remains to be seen who the American designer will be dressing, and the yearly Met Ball rumours beginning to fly, watch this space...
Sunday's Golden Globes ceremony kick-started the beginning of awards season. The awards are a fixed staple in any fashion lover's calendar, as we look forward to seeing what or who the screen sirens are wearing and eagerly await the release of the best- and worst-dressed lists. This year's Golden Globes gowns, however, lacked the usual dramatic fanfare. Gone were the big-name designer gowns, and in came a dowdy replacement. The likes of Cameron Diaz, January Jones and Kate Hudson opted for more 'demure', or in our eyes, boring creations, which left a lot to be desired.
Cathy Horyn was severely unimpressed by the lack of standout gowns. In her esteemed opinion, Sandra Bullock's dress was "just badly designed." Halle Berry's fishtailed, low-cut number was described as an "ill-proportioned cleavage dress...a mixture of drag queen and pool hustler." Christina Hendricks didn't escape criticism either. Dressed in Christian Siriano, Horyn had this to say about her ensemble: "You don't put a big girl in a big dress. That's rule number one."