The 2014 Golden Globes: Trends In High Places

The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards were an action- and fashion-packed affair helmed last night by besties – and now trusty hosting duo – Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. From Aaron Paul’s “Yeah, bitch!” to Emma Thompson’s bare feet and martini, the awards night earned its reputation as the biggest Hollywood party of the year, full of laughs, lauds, and of course looks.

What we cared about most? The fashion, obvi! Which turned out to be not-so-obvi. The only sure thing about this year’s fashion roundup is that there were way more wild cards than sure things, with multiple stars landing simultaneously on Best and Worst Dressed lists, their gowns a mixed bag of style, shade, and silhouette. Here are a few trends we gathered from last night’s red carpet and some key pieces from each that we think are worth a second-day look…

Red Zone

Emma WatsonSince the Golden Globes seem to deliver that kind of lighthearted, party atmosphere, some like to debate just how casual or formal one has to dress for this event to still hover in the realm of appropriate. Could an actress ever wear, say, pants to the show? Emma Watson says yes, and so do we, if the look is anywhere as stunning as hers. Watson wore a Dior silk crepe gown with a front slit which turned around to reveal a center strap, completely open back, and — surprise! — navy cigarette pants. It had a chic, effortless, modern-day Audrey Hepburn feel and must have been one of the most comfortable ensembles of the night.

Lupita Nyong’oA sprinkler mishap may have flooded the red carpet yesterday afternoon, but some of the actresses in attendance created their own crimson tide. One scarlet starlet who will only appear in the Best Dressed column (we’d put money on it) is Hollywood newcomer Lupita Nyong’o, nominated for her role in 12 Years A Slave. Nyong’o cemented her position as fashion it-girl with a flawless awards night performance in a standout of a dress that even stood the test of a carpet in the same shade. The sleek, cloaked, off-the-shoulder number by Ralph Lauren has us all wanting to join her on her caped crusade.

Julia Louis-DreyfusFrom up-and-coming to someone who has come and seen and is still conquering — TV and film double nominee Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Narciso Rodriguez. The funnywoman may have turned 53 today (happy birthday!), but her toned arms, shown off by her halter gown, seem to say otherwise. And she was a ceremony highlight, providing comic relief from below the stage as her fellow female SNL alums lovingly poked at her from above. (We’re betting hoping she was the only one who smoked an e-cigarette and ate a hot dog at the tables last night.)

Gleam Come True

Olivia WildeWith the glitz and glam of a Hollywood awards night, a little sparkle is inevitable, and these stars decided to shine, shine, shine. Olivia Wilde, who can do no wrong in our book (Jason Sudeikis, anyone?), took us to Emerald City and stunned in a glittery, bump- and body-hugging sequined Gucci gown, which was embroidered in crystals and included a low scoop back. It was the perfect color against her ombre hair, left loose and luscious, and proved that a mostly covered-up mom-to-be could still be the sexiest siren in the room.

Zooey DeschanelUnfortunately for Zooey Deschanel, who we can always expect to add a vintagey vibe to the red carpet, sparkle could not save her matchy-matchy Oscar De La Renta ensemble. The glittery tulle of her tea-length skirt may seem like the stuff of fairies and pixie dust, but paired with her embroidered cropped top and similarly embellished shoes, its effect is simultaneously childish and matronly, more so than anything worn by the expectant mothers in attendance.

Michelle DockerySimilarly colored Michelle Dockery also went with a sparkly, pale, Oscar De La Renta look with a high-low hem that’s tea-length in the front, but where Deschanel misses, Dockery delivers. The Downton Abbey star allows her dress to shine by keeping her ensemble clean and simple, going necklace-less and choosing shimmery satin pumps to peek out from under her skirt. The princessy end result is exquisite.

It Doesn’t Matter If You’re Black Or White

Cate BlanchettTrendy colors may come and go on the red carpet, but black and white remain classic choices, and as seen last night, winning ones. Regal beauty and awards show frequenter Cate Blanchett picked up her third Golden Globe in a delicate but striking Armani Prive dress, looking gorgeous and ethereal in the intricate floral lace gown and emitting both old and new Hollywood glamour.

Jennifer LawrenceJennifer Lawrence may have gone home with another acting accolade last night, but her Christian Dior couture gown was not a complete winner. Even though the fittingly statuesque starlet could wear a garbage bag and still look good, it doesn’t mean she should, and her full white dress has since brought on comparisons to numerous household items, namely Hefty bags, tissues, and coffee filters. What we did love? Getting to see her beautiful shoulders, bared by her strapless neckline and short, boyish haircut.

Amy PoehlerFirst-time winner Amy Poehler also found black and white to be a lucky color combo when she won for Best Actress In A Comedy Or Musical after a massage and makeout sesh with Bono. (And the best thing about her winning? Tina Fey’s subsequent subtle little F-you to Taylor Swift.) Poehler may have stopped the show with her comedy (like her bit as Fey’s disgruntled teenage son, who wore Justin Bieber’s old haircut), but the real showstopper was the dress she wore entering the event — a belted, asymmetrical, cut-out number by Stella McCartney.

Colorblock Party

Amy AdamsAnother Amy who had a great night was Amy Adams, donning a flowy, two-toned Marchesa gown with an open back and a pluuuuunging ruby bodice not unlike the risque necklines sported for her award-winning role in seventies crime dramedy American Hustle. While the breezy attitude of the dress and jewelry was a breath of fresh air (love the extra long, strategically placed, dangling diamond pendant) the hair might have been a smidge too…prom. DIY prom updo, to be exact.

Sandra BullockGravity star and Best Actress nominee Sandra Bullock didn’t win as many good reviews in her tri-colored, candy-hued, and apparently wrinkle-prone Prabal Gurung dress, which featured a deep-V neckline and a full, high-low skirt complete with pink lining. Perhaps if she had dismissed the high-low hem, the look would have been more colorblock confection and less Mad Hatter tea party. The Oscar-winning actress deserves better, and we’re hoping to see it come Oscar night.

Julia RobertsAlso going for a two-toned look but not faring well at all was another Oscar winner, Julia Roberts, nominated at the Golden Globes for her role in play-turned-movie August: Osage County. We’re not sure why she decided to tuck a stuffy collared shirt underneath an otherwise polished Dolce & Gabbana dress (is she back to not shaving?), but it looked more like a piece from the awards show closet of Meryl Streep, who we all know can do whatever she wants and who this time smartly opted to go, well, shirtless.

Check out the gallery below for more photos from the 2014 Golden Globes and after parties…

Click here for a complete list of the 2014 Golden Globe winners! Who were the winners and losers in your opinion? We want to know! Best and worst dresses? Best and worst moments? Rant and rave away…

Photos courtesy of Huffington Post, NY Daily News, and E! Online

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