Published January 12, 2009
Hollywood’s hottest stars arrived at the Golden Globes ready to rock the red carpet and outshine one another at the Foreign Press’ big event. The competition for best dressed was more stiff than ever, as movie and TV stars alike blew us away with their stunning styles.
Glamour was definitely in high gear, but for many of our favorite fashionistas, understated was the way to go. Nude and pale pink colored dresses were a popular pick and favored by stars of all ages including Vanessa Hudgens, Elizabeth Banks, Penelope Cruz, and Demi Moore. While Demi looked lovely in a Dior silk chiffon style, Penelope was the heart stopper in strapless Armani Prive with Swarovski crystal detail.
Also opting away from bright colors were those bridal wannabees in different variations of white like Salma Hayek, Kate Beckinsale, Sandra Bullock, Miley Cyrus and Eva Mendes. While there were few flaws in this snow-white group, Miley once again looked way too mature in Marchesa. She should have switched with mom who wore something short and sparkly and more appropriate for Miley. On the other hand, Eva won our award for white in a Dior silk taffeta gown and gorgeous turquoise and diamond necklace from Van Cleef and Arpels. Beautiful!
Some stars did choose color in lieu of neutrals including Kyra Sedgwick in strapless Oscar de la Renta and Eva Longoria Parker in drop-dead-red Reem Acra. The "Desperate Housewives" star showed off her hour glass figure like no other. Our favorite, however, was Cameron Diaz looking young and modern in a one shouldered style from Chanel Haute Couture.
On every red carpet, you can always count on a glittery bunch, and this year was no exception. Unfortunately, Beyonce’s Elie Saab number looked liked many choices from the past and her necklace was way too much for this beaded style. Jennifer Lopez also overdid it in gold Marchesa. Reminiscent of that famous Versace gown from years ago, this was a big miss for the new mom.
With that said, Angelina Jolie finally did not disappoint in stunning and simple Atelier Versace.
As for our best and worst…
Kate Winslet was certainly on cloud nine after winning not one but two awards and looking gorgeous, elegant, and classic in black, strapless Yves St. Laurent.
Amy Adams also in black strapless but with a full ballroom skirt looked like a fairy tale princess in Oscar de la Renta.
Our number one pick however was "House" star, Olivia Wilde in a lavender belted Reem Acra ruffled gown. This TV doctor was a red carpet wonder.
And while star style blunders were few and far between, there were one or two of our favorites who fell short this year.
While Drew Barrymore’s ice blue Dior Haute Couture dress was pretty, her teased bouffant looked silly.
Maggie Gyllenhaal looked overwhelmed in her printed Lanvin one shouldered style while Anne Hathaway looked basic and boring in Armani Prive.
America Ferrera’s short silver dress did nothing for her figure while Blake Lively’s style was way too tight.
As for our least favorite this year?
Our pick was — by far — Renee Zellweger who, in Carolina Herrera (as always), looked ridiculous. The dress resembled a project from a fashion 101 class, and her hair looked prom-like at best.