There was a lot of va-va-voom red, metallic beige and anything-but-basic black on the red carpet at the Golden Globes on Sunday night. And sure, Lupita Nyong'o's dramatic Ralph Lauren red silk cape gown, Cate Blanchett's luxe black lace Armani and Naomi Watts' white gold Tom Ford column looked perfect.
But what kind of fun is that?
Luckily, there were also plenty of fashion wild cards to heat up the night.
It looked like a ruffle was wearing Paula Patton. But no, it wasn't a dryer sheet — it was a dress by under-the-radar French fashion designer Stéphane Rolland. And it may have been the best thing to happen to an awards show since Björk laid an egg.
Jennifer Lawrence's ring of pouf by Dior was also odd. The Daily Mail likened it to "a glam coffee filter," and I'd have to agree.
Julia Roberts' black strapless gown-and-white shirt combo by Dolce & Gabbana was almost an antifashion choice. One keyboard critic said it made her look like a waitress, but it reminded me of Sharon Stone's 1998 Oscar moment, when she paired a Gap white button-down shirt with a Vera Wang ball skirt. Maybe Roberts is onto something. The 1990s, after all, are back in big way.
Then there was the controversy over Hayden Panettiere's black-and-white Ford gown. She told E! Entertainment TV that she had been "begging" for a dress by the American designer. "I'd wear a plastic bag if it was designed by him." But Ford's office did not dress the "Nashville" star. Could she have actually paid retail for the style? I actually think that's pretty cool.
The red carpet was also the site of a battle of the well-dressed baby bumps. Kerry Washington, who is expecting her first child later this year, enlisted Balenciaga designer Alexander Wang to create a bonded silk crepe gown in pale green with a flattering petal effect across the front. Meanwhile, Olivia Wilde, who is expecting with fiancé Jason Sudeikis, went to Gucci for her emerald-green metallic embroidered silk georgette long-sleeve gown, which created a serpentine effect. And Drew Barrymore, pregnant with her second child, wore a version of a spring 2014 Monique Lhuillier runway look — a short-sleeve dress with a high-low hem and all-over organza floral embroidery. All the dresses were terrific, but the sweet subtlety of Washington's won me over.
Zoe Saldana can always be counted on to rock an edgy look, but the collage-like Prabal Gurung gown she was wearing had too much going on. I preferred Sandra Bullock's Gurung gown, in a striking pink, purple and blue color block design that reminded me of a beach umbrella — in a good way.
My favorite out-of-the-box choice? Rashida Jones' white gown embroidered with gold palm trees by Italian designer Fausto Puglisi. Pure paradise.