The Best and Worst Dressed of the 2012 Golden Globes

I know some of my friends watch award ceremonies for the awards themselves but they only mildly interest me. What I love watching the awards shows for (and I’m sure there are many of us out there) is for the dresses and the odd fabulous suit. So I’ve broken down the 2012 Golden Globes into my top 10 Best Dressed, my top 10 Worst Dressed, and some Honorable Mentions.

Top 10 2012 Golden Globes Best Dressed:

1. Emma Stone in Lanvin – This dress just hits all the right notes for me. Her porcelain skin looks amazing and flawless against the rich, dark burgundy and red tones. I love the detail on the edge of the shoulders as well as the addition of the belt to emphasis her figure. The shoes and bag tie in nicely and her hair isn’t distracting from the amazing dress. I love her silver smoky eye as well, it seems to match the sleeves and belt detail. This girl does not seem to get enough credit for her sense of style. I mean who didn’t love her People’s Choice Awards number?

2012 Golden Globes Best Dressed award goes to Emma Stone in Lanvin

2. Sofia Vengara in Vera Wang – My god is this woman gorgeous! Her amazing figure and complexion; coupled with this amazing dress which has stunning detail, yet it’s not to over the top; and her perfectly straight, shiny hair. Wonderful! Her accent just makes her all the more sexy – the women want to be her and the men simply want her. I love her gorgeous white gold accessories too.

Sofia Vengara in Vera Wang

3. Kate Beckinsdale in Roberto Cavalli – Damn her good looks! Another stunning mermaid dress on another stunning lady. This is how you were neutral hues, ladies! Her tan is perfect because she’s just darker than her dress and therefore she doesn’t look naked (cough, Kristen Wiig, cough). The dress itself is stunning, all that detail while maintaining a simple cut. Her hair, make-up and accessories are also perfect – just enough to compliment the dress without distracting from the look. Easily my #3 best dressed!

Kate Beckinsale in Roberto Cavalli

4. Charlize Theron in Dior – Another girl showing everyone how to wear neutral hues! Perfection! Some people are hating this dress but I personally adore it. I love the sexy plunging neckline and thigh-high split contrasted against the cute glittery headband and blush colour of the dress. The floaty nature of the skirt means she’s being revealing without really being too revealing. Another example of good hair, make-up and accessories – not too little, not too much.

Charlize Theron in Dior

5. Viola Davis in Pucci – Burgundy Pucci accentuating all the right places on a gorgeous woman. Holy wow! The equivalent of Charlize in blush, this is the perfect neutral tone on her flawless African-American complexion. And looks at those arms! Fit, much? I love the lipstick/gloss they’ve used on her – it goes perfectly with the dress – and the rest of her make-up and hair and accessories go fantastically together as well. I also can’t help but hope she spikes her hair up for the MTV Awards or something later.

Viola Davis in Pucci

6. Salma Hayek in Gucci – I love this on Salma because it looks fantastic on her curvaceous figure. Her balayage hair also ties in nicely with the black and gold contrast on the dress. Besides, those curls are amazing. I loved that the light reflected on it differently each time making it more and more interesting. Like a modern-day Cleopatra and definitely a great pick in my books.

Salma Hayek in Gucci

7. Kate Winslet in Jenny Packham  – Now most people don’t usually pull off white bottom/black top without ending up looking pear-shaped, but luckily for Kate she’s hit the mark. The slit between the breasts is just right without being too raunchy and I love how elegant this dress is. Hair is lovely, another good make-up job and nice accessories. Well done, Kate.

Kate Winslet in Jenny Packham

8. Helen Mirrin in Badgley Mischka – Age appropriate, much? I adore this dress on her. The loveliest colour on her pale complexion, great hair styling and make-up and a bit of pizazz in the accessories. Fabulous!

Helen Mirren in Badgley Mischka

9. Jessica Biel in Ellie Saab – A lovely dress by designer Ellie Saab. Nicely contrasted against her hair colour as well. I love the detailing of the lace on the split – gorgeous!

Jessica Biel in Ellie Saab

10. Ricky Gervais in Ted Baker – What a fabulous men’s suit! I love that Ricky didn’t just wear black like majority of the males there. It suited his personality and it looked great on him – not too out there seeing as he wore a black shirt beneath it.

Ricky Gervais in Ted Baker

Top 5 2012 Golden Globes Worst Dressed:

1. Madonna in Reem Acra – I’m sorry Madonna but no. The top of the dress is nice enough, maybe a bit too tight in the bust but combined with the bottom it’s a big fat F from me. I also didn’t like her hair, gloves or the big shiny cross or the fact the hemline looks like it needs some taking up.

Madonna in Reem Acra

2. Lea Michele in Marchesa – Okay, Lea. I know you love Marchesa and should basically be their spokeswoman but wow bad choice. I had to put her #2 simply because she’s a gorgeous girl who usually makes such great choices. This dress ages her so much and I just feel in certain lights the dress didn’t work so well with her complexion. Up close the detail on the dress is stunning but overall the dress is a fail. On the plus side, the hair and make-up in fantastic. Let’s hope she comes out with a stunner next time.

Lea Michele in Marchesa

3. Mila Kunis in Dior – I love Mila Kunis, I really do and her hair and make-up were lovely. But alas, the dress was nowhere near as good Charlize’s Dior dress or as good as some of the stunners she wore last year. She wouldn’t be so high on my list had I not known she can do much, much, much better. Plus side? Things can only go up from here. The dress really didn’t flatter her little figure. Granted she’s put on a little weight since Black Swan (they required her to look very slim for the ballerina role), but the waist doesn’t seem to be sitting on the smallest part of her waist, she needs a good bra and the bottom of the dress has turned her into a pear. Poor thing.

Mila Kunis in Dior

4. Sarah Michelle Gellar in Monique Lhuillier – Cool print, really. Awfully bad cut. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what happens when you let your 2 year-old daughter pick what you wear to an awards show. Maybe if it had been fitted and above the knee it would have worked for another event?

Sarah Michelle Gellar in Monique Lhuillier

5. Sharon Osbourne in Naeem Khan – See above rant. Great print, awful cut, try again in a more fitted, shorter version. Simple really.

Sharon Osbourne in Naeem Khan

6. Kristen Wiig in Bill Blass – Great shape on her, shame about the colour. Not usually a good idea to be the same colour as your dress.

Kristen Wiig in Bill Blass

7. Heidi Klum – Once you see the back you understand why the front doesn’t seem to fit. I love the turquouise against the nude but the shape at the front kills me. Maybe in black it would have worked but I just feel like it needs to be fitted in the front. I’m disappointed she doesn’t look her usual fab self.

Heidi Klum in Calvin Klein

8. Naya Rivera in Vera Wang – So it’s got an open back… But seriously, yuk. Who decided to put her in this? I think I should have put this higher on the list.

Naya Rivera in Vera Wang

9. Amanda Peet in Marc Jacobs – Oh look, Grandma’s teapot cover finally made its red carpet debut. Who styled this? I have a feeling this should also be higher on the Worst Dressed List.

Amanda Peet in Marc Jacobs

10. Laura Linney – Instead of looking structured it looks a bit limp around the bust. And I really don’t like the whole thing to be honest.

Laura Linney

Honorable Mentions for looking lovely but not lovely enough to earn a Best Dressed placing go to:

Tina Fey for looking fabulous. Look at those ruffles!

Tina Fey in Oscar de la Renta

Maya Rudolph because I adore her pink lip and the detail on her dress. I also think the higher bust line is more modest seeing as she’s big busted.

Maya Rudolph in David Meister

Debra Messing – another lady looking fab but not obviously Best Dressed worthy. I’m not so sure about the ruffle mid-thigh height on the left-hand side but anyway.

Debra Messing Monique Lhuillier

Nicole Kidman in Versace. There are some aspects of this dress I don’t like; however, compared to what she normally wears it’s quite lovely.

Nicole Kidman in Versace

Jessica Chastain looking fabulous in a white number. I adore the subtle detailing.

Jessica Chastain in Givenchy

Evan Rachel Wood looking great in Gucci. Although I must say she maybe a little too much like a peacock but it’s a cool dress.

Evan Rachel Wood in Gucci

Meryl Streep looked lovely too.

Meryl Streep

Julianne Moore’s long side-swept red locks, green earrings and black dress looked great together. Simple but elegant in Chanel’s Fall 2011 Couture Collection.

Julianne Moore in Chanel

Last but not least is Amber Riley wearing the most divine Badgley Mischka strapless red dress with long wavy locks and simple accessories. Perfect for her figure and for the Globes.

Amber Riley in Badgley Mischka

Hopefully you enjoyed my 2012 Golden Globes Best and Worst Dressed list. Comment below if you disagree or agree with my picks or tell me of any I’ve missed out on. I can’t wait to do another best and worst list after the Oscars in February!

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The kitten heel’s purr is heard once again

Over the last couple of years, heel heights have been on the rise. The heel slowly rose to a height of 10-12cm, before gigantic platforms started being added by designers to beat the rest, in a competition to see who could make the highest heel. The late Alexander McQueen seems to have won that competition in late 2009, with the introduction of what was dubbed the ‘armadillo’ heel. A staggering 18cm (12 inches) in height, it’s any wonder how the poor models who walked for him made it down the runway without breaking anything.

My grandmother continually remarks how ridiculously high the heels had become. And when I’m around her I’m usually only walking around in 8.5-10.5cm (3-4 inches) heels. I’ve been in love with some of the gorgeous 12cm platforms available for a while, but until the last few months I’ve never really been keen on them. My aversion of the 12cm heel was due to a couple of reasons.

Firstly, I had issues with walking in a platform. All the shoes I owned that contained a platform, I couldn’t walk properly in. I seemed to need to have some part of my foot touching the ground. Or so I managed to convince myself.

The other reason I avoided a 12cm shoe with a platform was due to everyone else who wore them. These girls would totter through the nightclub strip, holding onto their male counterparts, often falling in the many cracks and grooves of the street, and it was clear as day to anyone watching that while the heel height gave them a very sexy leg line – they could by no means, gracefully walk in them. Because I can’t be bothered with modesty, I will admit I have worked out how to walk with a fair amount of coordination and grace in heels. Although, this could be attributed to the fact I have 15 years of ballet under my belt; therefore, was taught to be stable on the balls of my feet from a young age. Still, I choose to avoid 12cm heels until very recently, for fear that 1 too many drinks would make me look like an idiot stumbling around in heels that are clearly too high.

However, I recently stumbled (not literally) across a cute pair of wooden platforms by Australian brand, Natasha, that were on sale at work and the heel height wasn’t actually very high at all – if you don’t include the platform it’s only a 9cm heel. So I started wear them to work and after a few ankle-rolling-incidents, I had managed to find a way to walk in a platform. This then lead to the purchase of a pair of very cute Tony Bianco black suede heels with an in-built platform for the races, which I also worked out how to walk in over the past weekend. But while I have mastered the art of the 12cm heel with a platform, I was more than pleased when I saw the number of smaller heels in designers latest collections at fashion week this year.

The kitten heel and the mid-height heel have both managed to make a comeback. Beautifully designed and ridiculously comfy, the kitten heel came about in the 1950’s as an alternative for young girls who would otherwise be frowned upon for wearing high heels. No more than 7cm in height, the heel commonly has a stiletto heel and a pointed toe. Mid-height heels are around the 7-8cm mark. The mid-height heel was the more common of the two at fashion week. They’re elegant and a hot little number look for spring!

If you want to try one of these runway looks, Christian Louboutin has some gorgeous leopard -print wedges at the moment, with a heel height of 7cm. And trust me ladies, even a change from a 8.5cm heel to a 7cm makes a huge difference. 7cm heels are amazing! Not only can you stand in them all day (I tried it at work, running around in my little retail store, it was like wearing flats), but they give you just the right amount of added height. In fact, if you check out Net-A-Porter.com you’ll notice he has quite the collection of the 7cm heel. Other designers bringing sexy back with the mid-height heel are Lanvin, Marni, Valentino and more.

But at the moment, small heels at the moment are lacking in supply. Especially in Australia. And if you do happen to stumble across an abundance somewhere, chances are they will be for the older market and unattractive, boring designs. But since they have only just hit the catwalk at fashion week’s around the globe, it could be a while before they hit the market. Especially Australia, who are a season behind the rest of the world in fashion. Therefore, I’m expecting not to see any kitten and mid-height heels in my city for a solid year or two. In the mean time, keep searching for some cute heels that won’t break your neck or back and don’t forget it’s not the high of the heel but how you wear them that counts!