Best & Worst of the 2015 GOLDEN GLOBES

by Tracy James


If I had one word to sum up the red-carpet looks from the 2015 Golden Globes Awards, it would be "underwhelmed." No celeb wow'ed me nor was a clear front runner for Best Dressed. Not sure what is going on with the Hollywood stylists this year. For what it's worth, here is this Southern stylist's take on the best and worst of the night:

BEST DRESSED (in no particular order) 

1. Sienna Miller in a Miu Miu gown and Tiffany & Co. jewelry

This embroidered gown achieves the popular “cut down to there” plunging neckline while remaining sweet and ladylike. I give it props for its uniqueness among the others of the night.

This embroidered gown achieves the popular “cut down to there” plunging neckline while remaining sweet and ladylike. I give it props for its uniqueness among the others of the night.

2. Taylor Schilling in a Ralph Lauren gown with Salvatore Ferragamo shoes and clutch

Apparently red is actually the new black.

Apparently red is actually the new black.

3. Emma Stone in a Lanvin jumpsuit

Daring and playful with fitting hair and makeup complimenting the look.

Daring and playful with fitting hair and makeup complimenting the look.

4. Salma Hayek in Alexander McQueen

Many thought she over-accessorized or looked too bridal, but I liked the departure from her usual va-va-voom vibe, and thought she looked fresh and 10 years younger.

Many thought she over-accessorized or looked too bridal, but I liked the departure from her usual va-va-voom vibe, and thought she looked fresh and 10 years younger.

5. Kate Hudson in an Atelier Versace gown and Forevermark jewels

Trying too hard? Ok, maybe...but when your bod can look like this, who cares. That said, I would have much preferred a less severe hairstyle; a messy bun would have been a nice contrast.

Trying too hard? Ok, maybe...but when your bod can look like this, who cares. That said, I would have much preferred a less severe hairstyle; a messy bun would have been a nice contrast.

6. Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Narcisco Rodriguez

Talk about aging gracefully! Julia has never looked better. THIS is how you make white look flattering (finally, someone with the right undergarments!)

Talk about aging gracefully! Julia has never looked better. THIS is how you make white look flattering (finally, someone with the right undergarments!)

7. Eddie Redmayne in Gucci

Dashing and dapper, the actor’s perfectly fitting satin edged velvet jacket is a standout.

Dashing and dapper, the actor’s perfectly fitting satin edged velvet jacket is a standout.

8. Reese Witherspoon in a Calvin Klein gown and Tiffany & Co. jewels 

Safe, yes, but her classic look is well executed. (And includes $1.5 million in jewels!)

Safe, yes, but her classic look is well executed. (And includes $1.5 million in jewels!)

9. Kate Beckinsale in an Elie Saab gown with a Rauwolf clutch and Bulgari jewels 

Love this look - from the sparkly yet neutral gown to the smoky jewels and dark nails.

Love this look - from the sparkly yet neutral gown to the smoky jewels and dark nails.

10. Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad with Stuart Weitzman shoes

I hesitated putting JLo on the list because I’ve seen this over-the-top look from her before. However, this diva IS over-the-top, so the look is fitting and she does look amazing. Plus, she’s wearing one of my favorite red-carpet designers (see the runway version on right). So she made the cut. BUT...where was an on-set stylist when you needed one to fix the wardrobe malfunction going on around her cleavage? I’m glad she avoided a nip slip, but it looks like a painful poke.

I hesitated putting JLo on the list because I’ve seen this over-the-top look from her before. However, this diva IS over-the-top, so the look is fitting and she does look amazing. Plus, she’s wearing one of my favorite red-carpet designers (see the runway version on right). So she made the cut. BUT...where was an on-set stylist when you needed one to fix the wardrobe malfunction going on around her cleavage? I’m glad she avoided a nip slip, but it looks like a painful poke.

WORST DRESSED (in no particular order) 

1. Keira Knightley in Chanel 

I don’t care if she’s pregnant, there is no excuse for this god-awful frock. Leave the butterflies for the baby mobile.

I don’t care if she’s pregnant, there is no excuse for this god-awful frock. Leave the butterflies for the baby mobile.

2. Amanda Peet in J.Mendel

Blousy, frunpy, rumpled, BLAH. Why an attractive, fit woman would choose to put herself in this is beyond me.

Blousy, frunpy, rumpled, BLAH. Why an attractive, fit woman would choose to put herself in this is beyond me.

3. Lana delRay in Travilla

Priscilla Presley, meet The Little Mermaid.

Priscilla Presley, meet The Little Mermaid.

4. Ruth Wilson in Prada

I think I made that dress in Home Ec circa 1987.

I think I made that dress in Home Ec circa 1987.

5. Amal Clooney in a Dior gown and Harry Winston jewels

I am so happy that when ultimate bachelor Clooney finally chose a wife, he chose an intelligent, accomplished woman over mere arm candy. But I am not happy about this look. It's surprising that the woman who dresses so impeccably in her real life, would look like she's playing dress up on the red carpet. The bridesmaid-ish black gown seemed to overwhelm her slim frame, especially when combined with her hair loose and long (don't even get me started on the chunk of visible hair extensions from the rear view)...but the white gloves are what solidified her spot on this list for me. All of that said, I think Amal could've cared less about this party - with the intellectual and important work she does, it must've seemed downright silly.

I am so happy that when ultimate bachelor Clooney finally chose a wife, he chose an intelligent, accomplished woman over mere arm candy. But I am not happy about this look. It's surprising that the woman who dresses so impeccably in her real life, would look like she's playing dress up on the red carpet. The bridesmaid-ish black gown seemed to overwhelm her slim frame, especially when combined with her hair loose and long (don't even get me started on the chunk of visible hair extensions from the rear view)...but the white gloves are what solidified her spot on this list for me. All of that said, I think Amal could've cared less about this party - with the intellectual and important work she does, it must've seemed downright silly.

6) Kate Mara in Miu Miu

WTF is up with that belt?? Add to that the multiple stud earrings and cuffs in each ear, and she looks like she raided Forever 21.

WTF is up with that belt?? Add to that the multiple stud earrings and cuffs in each ear, and she looks like she raided Forever 21.

7. Jennifer Anniston in St. Laurent by Heidi Slimane and Neil Lane jewels 

OK, there were probably worse dresses, but Jen is on this list because she can and should do so much better. Here she looks like a soccer mom who picked up a Jessica McClintock at Macy's for her husband's office Christmas party.

OK, there were probably worse dresses, but Jen is on this list because she can and should do so much better. Here she looks like a soccer mom who picked up a Jessica McClintock at Macy's for her husband's office Christmas party.

8. Rosamund Pike in a Vera Wang gown and Fred Leighton jewelry

Who in the heck convinced her that this gown (with its bodice seemingly made of 2 surgical masks) fit properly?? This look is so bad, I honestly don't know what else to say.

Who in the heck convinced her that this gown (with its bodice seemingly made of 2 surgical masks) fit properly?? This look is so bad, I honestly don't know what else to say.

9. Lena Dunham in Zac Posen

Bad shoes, bad hair and an ill-fitting, oddly shaped dress. Ugh.

Bad shoes, bad hair and an ill-fitting, oddly shaped dress. Ugh.

10. Julianna Marguiles in Ulyana Sergenko dress and Bulgari jewels 

Love Julianna, LOVE The Good Wife. But I do not love this retro look with its tea length and dark shoes. If she borrowed Amal's white gloves, she could channel a 1950's cotillion.

Love Julianna, LOVE The Good Wife. But I do not love this retro look with its tea length and dark shoes. If she borrowed Amal's white gloves, she could channel a 1950's cotillion.

11. Robert Downey, Jr.

Johnny Depp didn't show up this year, so Downey clearly felt the need to fill his usual role of donning "quirky" menswear with disastrous results. Between the bell-bottom pants, overlong jacket cuffs, terrible accessories and grotesque beard...it’s all a big “don’t.” 

Johnny Depp didn't show up this year, so Downey clearly felt the need to fill his usual role of donning "quirky" menswear with disastrous results. Between the bell-bottom pants, overlong jacket cuffs, terrible accessories and grotesque beard...it’s all a big “don’t.” 

The "I COULDA BEEN A CONTENDER!" List

During the show, my girlfriends with whom I have watched the show for at least 10 years and I serve as the ultimate fashion critics, voicing our displeasures and disbeliefs aloud. Many times, I lament over looks that could have been worlds better had just a few changes been made. Here are 2 examples from this year's collection:                                                                                                                  

1. Claire Danes in a Valentino gown and Lorraine Schwartz jewels

I want to like this ornate gown that brings to mind Frida Kahlo. Lose the matchy-matchy earrings and ring, cut out that mesh to reveal a sexier plunging neckline, and tighten up the bodice and skirt....then we might've had something special.

I want to like this ornate gown that brings to mind Frida Kahlo. Lose the matchy-matchy earrings and ring, cut out that mesh to reveal a sexier plunging neckline, and tighten up the bodice and skirt....then we might've had something special.

2. Katie Holmes in Marchesa

What was the deal with women foregoing jewelry? For those who choose to wear absolutely none at all, I can't help but believe they are attempting to make some sort of statement. But in Katie's case, because she does have on 2 random bangles, it looks like she just forgot her earrings and/or necklace, either or both of which this look desperately needed! Add some jewels, chop off that horsetail of a hair extension, and put a little color on her cheeks, and this lovely dress could've shone. 

What was the deal with women foregoing jewelry? For those who choose to wear absolutely none at all, I can't help but believe they are attempting to make some sort of statement. But in Katie's case, because she does have on 2 random bangles, it looks like she just forgot her earrings and/or necklace, either or both of which this look desperately needed! Add some jewels, chop off that horsetail of a hair extension, and put a little color on her cheeks, and this lovely dress could've shone.