The Golden Globes red carpet is always a bit of a mystery. It's not as formal or as weighty as the red carpet at the Oscars, celebrities often take more style risks or go much more casual. I'm no Rachel Zoe, but I picked out a few gowns I'd love to see on the red carpet this weekend from the 2011 Pre-Fall collections.
Reem Acra, Monique Lhuillier: Black on the red carpet can be risky--half the time you end up with people saying you look like you're going to a high fashion funeral. I like this black gown because it escapes that stereotype by having a young, slightly deconstructed hemline and cascading gold detailing down the skirt and bodice that really lightens up the overall look. This purple gown is so statuesque! The cut is very flattering, as is the jewel tone purple, and the richness of the fabric makes up for the simplicity of the cut. You could do this with a statement cuff or pair of earrings and look timelessly chic.
Monique Lhuillier: This first gown absolutely kills me. The cut alone is perfect--the balance of the sweetheart neckline against the corseted bodice and the pleating at the hip strikes the perfect note between sexy and sweet. But when you add in the gorgeous, rich color palette and then the ombre pattern...it's so unexpected, but it feels so spot on. That dress with some hardcore vintage diamonds...I might actually die. This second Monique Lhuillier isn't as much of a statement, but it would be such a lovely dress on an older actress. It's figure flattering, it's modern but not too edgy, classic but not boring, and it's easy to style in different ways.
Oscar de la Renta: Oh, Oscar. Wow. That fuchsia dress. Wow. The color is so bright and sassy that it wouldn't work if the fabric wasn't so light and airy, and the cut so simple but unique. The thigh-high slit is very sexy, but the modest neckline keeps it all from being too exposed, and the hint of bling at the waist gives it a much needed bit of glamour. This red gown is so classic screen siren. I'd love to see it on Christina Hendricks. She could totally rock it. The red hue makes a statement all in itself, but the classic fishtail silhouette is so va-va-voom and flattering that it doesn't feel retro or stuck in the past.
Pucci, J. Mendel: I would love to see a pregnant celeb in this Pucci dress. It's the kind of silhouette you can't wear unless you are pregnant or mind having people think you're pregnant. The cut is so easy and light, the fabric drapes perfectly, and the print isn't too crazy for the red carpet, but has an interestingly earthy, almost tribal vibe that we don't see often. This J. Mendel dress hits on a recurring trend, the half-gown, but in a much more subtle, chic way. The asymmetrical hemline in the front makes it a fresh take on the look, and the sliced and pleated chiffon gives it an organic but modern and minimalist feel that would work really nicely on a young starlet (and you need to be a young starlet to have the legs for this dress).
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