The Golden Globes tend to be the most relaxed of the big awards shows - it's the first of the majors and there's food and drink aplenty - so some stars tend to treat as a sort of fashion warm-up for the Oscars. Tonight, there were a few great dresses, a few awful dresses, and a whole lot of safe dresses. Now, like many spectators, the Kiffen would rather see something outrageous than another basic black dress. Here are some of the standouts:
Emmy Rossum: Pretty enough, but kind of boring. And the color does nothing for her - this dress would have been better in a rich jewel tone.
Sarah Jessica Parker: Again, nothing truly offensive, but nothing fabulous or particularly flattering either. Did she learn nothing from her six years on Sex and the City?
Jessica Alba: One of the many wearing draped goddess dresses. Pretty enough, but she (and Versace) can do better.
Hillary Swank: She looks thin and elegant, but completely ummemorable. And she needs to work on her posture. However, she can do no wrong after her amazing backless Oscar dress last year. Hillary gets a pass.
Evangeline Lilly: Finally, someone is wearing a color, and a gorgeous color at that. One of the many women in goddess style dresses that night, her's is perhaps the best.
The Desperate Housewives:
Felicity Huffman looked amazing in her flowy white dress - although it does resemble a wedding gown, the look worked for her. Teri Hatcher's Art Deco halter gown was the best of the five, and one of the most interesting dresses of the night.
Nicolette Sheridan and Eva Longoria both looked nice but played it safe (isn't that red dress exactly what you would expect Eva to wear?), and Marcia Cross went out on a limb and choose a vivid coral goddess gown that worked surprisingly well with her red hair.
Zhang Ziyi: The Memoirs of a Geisha star had the best dress of the night. The color was amazing, the shape was perfect, and she wore it beautifully.
Fergie: The Black Eyed Peas singer always looks like an off-duty stripper or a tranvestite. At the Globes, she had a little of both going on.
Charlize Theron: She's a beautiful woman wearing Dior couture, and yet the look still went horribly wrong. The dress was unflattering and alarmingly see through.
Kate Beckinsale: Lackluster from the front, gorgeous from the back; she's one for two. Next time maybe she'll get the whole look.
Keira Knightley: One of the many who chose white, her dress had interesting details that almost kept it from being boring.
Mariah Carey: Somehow, she makes Chanel look like a J.C. Penney prom dress. Mariah needs to remember that she can actually sing, so she doesn't need to wear the sausage casing satin to sell albums.
And that's it for this year's Globes. By the way, if the Kiffen had been in attendance, the dress could be only have been one of these Versaces:
Say what you will about Donatella, but she does big night glamour like no other.