Sometimes stars get it right, and sometimes they need another celeb to step in and show ‘em how it’s done. The Golden Globes kicks off a season of red carpet gowns and award-worthy beauty looks, and the star studded event had its share of sizzles—and fizzles. Here’s a look at the Golden Globes’ hits and misses, from Michelle Williams’ babyish headband and Zooey Deschanel’s sixties sideburns to Nicole Richie‘s va-va-volume and Tilda Swinton’s blue brilliance.
Trend #1: Headbands
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Miss: Michelle Williams is gorgeous, and her unique Jason Wu blue velvet-and-lace gown was one of the most refreshing looks on the GG red carpet. Her ensemble, unlike the performance as Marylin Monroe which earned her an award, wasn’t flawless—the sportiness of her Fred Leighton headband distracted from her ornate dress. In a sweet acceptance speech, the actress thanked her six-year-old daughter for her inspiration as an actress and mom, but unfortunately her headband looked like it was also inspired by her daughter, reminding me too much of the type that baby girls wear.
Hit: Stars probably won’t admit it, but this season’s headband trend is at least partly inspired by Kim Kardashian’s wedding look. The 1920s Cartier hairband that Charlize Theron rocked on the red carpet, though, succeeded where Kim’s failed. The sparkling band, daintily woven into her elegant low chignon made Theron look like a princess.
Trend #2: Blue Sleeves
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Miss: The delft color and draping of Emily Deschanel’s Max Azria gown looked beautiful with her fair skin and dark hair, but that sleeve made me do a double-take—and not the good kind. One-shoulder looks have found acceptance on the red carpet, but this one-arm dress just looks like something’s missing. I can imagine that with no sleeves this dress would look classic and Grecian, and with two long sleeves would pull off 80s sophisticated, but halfway there it just looks confused.
Hit: Tilda Swinton has true signature style. Her ice-blue ensemble by Haider Ackerman ticks off two trends—fishtail hem and menswear-inspired—to create the ultimate feminine silhouette that only Swinton could pull off. With that pose, her minimal makeup and that expertly swirled hair, the actress looks like a work of art.
Trend #3: Sixties Volume and Bangs
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Miss: I swear I’m not just hating on the Deschanel family, but Zooey took her whole cute n’ quirky thing past the cute part with her sixties-inspired teased hair. I consider the actress a bangs inspiration, but this odd style made her look like she either had poorly-disguised extensions or styled sideburns. Retro is great, but this look should stay in the past.
Hit: Nicole Richie made sixties-inspired bangs and volume work overtime with her sexy voluminized pony tail and long, sleek fringe. She knew the look was such a winner that she even name-dropped Suave Professionals on the red carpet.