They don’t call it the Golden Globes for nothing. Awards season opened last night with a checklist of the fashion season’s biggest trends. Colors ranged from deep oxblood to palest nudes and there was everything from sharp, sculptural masculine tailoring to hyper feminine silhouettes and prints. But we think the fashion story belonged to the deep plunge that left both “golden globes” on full display.
Amy Poehler took the plunge twice and walked the pre-show red carpet in a Stella McCartney suit that showed off a sparkling diamond necklace and much more! And to open the show, she kept the motif going in a plunging deep red gown that was cut just as low as her jacket.
How low did they go? We spied the deepest plunges (almost to the waist) from funny girl Kristen Wiig and chanteuse-turned-starlet Katharine McPhee, who both had dramatic black gowns. Wiig’s Kors creation combined a plunge with an of-the-moment cutout, whereas McPhee opted to show skin down south with an up-to-there slit. She’s also mastered the Angelina Jolie-style leg pose, because without Jolie in attendance at the Globes, someone had to flash some gam for the cameras.
Whereas Wiig and McPhee went all the way, Kate Hudson (who wore McQueen) and Naomi Watts, who wore Zac Posen, opted for skin-baring keyhole cutouts. Hudson’s McQueen featured gold beading, another big trend we saw, while Watts showcased a deep burgundy hue with a dramatic train and a cutout that was more demure but no less dramatic. Both actresses tempered their sex factor with long sleeves and more casual hairstyles, giving them both a fresh, modern look. Recreating even the most “effortless” looks at home can be tricky, but we love the video tutorials on the Web site for London’s Rush Reading salon. If nothing else, a sleek pony will do.
And while she might actually be completely covered up, Jennifer Lopez’s Zuhair Murad gown left little to the imagination. Her skin-tight embroidered gown featured a stylized V and curve-hugging embellishment that showed off her curves in the best way possible. We’re sure that her dancer beau Casper and her personal trainer keep her tight and smooth, but Wacoal, the shapewear experts, suggest that when mere humans try something figure-hugging as J.Lo’s gown, they should opt for something such as the iPant Anti-Cellulite Hi-Waist Long Leg Shaper, which keeps things smooth, tucked and taught from waist to knee. Girls co-star Allison Williams showed just a peek of chest in her dramatic J. Mendel gown, showing the flashbulb set that a peek makes just as big of a statement as a dramatic plunge.
For those who want to dive into the trend but can’t bear to bare so much flesh, opt for looks inspired by Kerry Washington and Amanda Seyfried. Both of the starlets wore dresses that were cut low, but also featured panels of sheer fabric over the exposed skin, giving the illusion of a plunge without the revealing flash of skin.
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