Award season is underway for another year, and we are all ready to dissect the most important facets of the Golden Globes – the fashion! This year the biggest trends on the carpet were shorter hems, crimson hues, intricate lace, and as always, a touch of old Hollywood glamour, with some of Hollywood’s (and fashion’s) biggest stars all vying for the coveted prize – landing on the Best Dressed lists.


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L to R: Michelle Dockery in Oscar de la Renta, Caitlin Fitzgerald in Emilia Wickstead, Zooey Deschanel in Oscar de la Renta

 One of the biggest trends in the red carpet was ankle-height hemlines – all the drama of a gown, but with a contemporary twist. Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery, New Girl‘s Zooey Deschanel, and Masters of Sex‘s Caitlin Fitzgerald all opted to raise their hems in pieces from Oscar de la Renta and Emilia Wickstead respectively, creating interesting silhouettes amongst more traditional floor length looks.


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L to R: Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Roberto Cavalli, Zoe Saldana in Prabal Gurung, Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive

Lace has never been a stranger to a red carpet, but these ladies took the trend forward, with their gowns applying lace in a new way. Witches of East End star Jenna Dewan-Tatum upstaged her husband in a classic Roberto Cavalli mermaid gown, with a twist. Layers of netting created the foundation and lace appliqué added extra glamour to her look. Star Trek star Zoe Saldana showed a sexier side of the trend in her Prabal Gurung cocktail dress, with an exaggerated lace slip peeking from the hand-embroidered bodice, completed with Swarovski crystals and painted brush strokes. Golden Globe recipient for Best Actress, Cate Blanchett was a winner in the fashion stakes as well, with her nude and black lace gown from Armani Privé.


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L to R: Lizzy Caplan in Emilio Pucci, Allison Williams in Alexander McQueen, Lily Rabe in Georges Hobeika

A classic black gown is a staple for awards shows, but this year, women injected metallics, embellishments, and illusion panels to their  looks to make them anything but basic. Masters of Sex‘s Lizzy Caplan’s Emilio Pucci gown took what could have been a simple halter dress to a show stopper with the inclusion of a gilded cage-esque sleeve and embellishments. Girls star Allison Williams took a simpler, but not less stylish take with a black and white organza bodice and full length skirt from Alexander McQueen, and Lily Rabe embraced the dark tone of her show, American Horror Story with a witchy black and nude gown with heavy beading around the neckline.


L to R: Emma Watson in Dior Couture, Lupita Nyong'o in Ralph Lauren

L to R: Emma Watson in Dior Couture, Lupita Nyong’o in Ralph Lauren

By far my two favourite looks came from Emma Watson and newcomer, Lupita Nyong’o. Both ladies embraced the colour of the night, crimson, but with their unexpected silhouettes, stole the show from their contemporaries. Perks of Being a Wallflower star, Emma Watson appeared to have chosen a simple cut red gown, but when she turned, the true nature of the Dior Couture look was shown. Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave set the bar high for her first major red carpet look in a caped Ralph Lauren gown, complementing her skin tone perfectly and adding drama to the streamline look.

With the Oscars just around the corner, the bar is set pretty high for fashion. What were your favourites? Let us know!

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