2017 Golden Globe Awards Fashion Critique

The Golden Globes may be the most important fashion event of the year because it sets the tone for the rest of the award season. If an actress wows the crowd at the Golden Globes, she is likely to stay faithful to that designer for the rest of the award season including the Oscars. However, if the outfit fails, stylists are fired, fittings are cancelled and new designers are chosen. Lets take a look at our most noteworthy looks from the 2017 Golden Globe Awards. 

The Best

Lily Collins looked fresh and stunning in a dusty rose Zuhair Murad gown. The lace detail on the skirt gives the dress some whimsy while the overlay on the nude backing keeps it fresh and young. To ensure she wouldn’t be washed out by the colour, she used a bold red lip and a burgundy eye.

Annette Bening demonstrated you can be sexy at any age. You can tell she feels gorgeous in this Pamella Roland metallic gown that fit her like a glove. Get rid of mismatched clutch and this is a total homerun. 

Blake Lively showed us that Hollywood glamour is still alive. Her black velvet Atelier Versace gown was dazzling embellished with gold details. She looked confident and sexy as she worked the carpet. If that wasn’t enough, check out those incredible emerald and diamond cuffs. 

Yellow was a popular colour on the carpet tonight but Reese Witherspoon earned top marks with her Atelier Versace. Versace knows how to properly fit a gown and this number shows off Reese’s figure to perfection. The shade of yellow is perfect for her and her choice of canary diamonds is spot on. Her beachy hair and light make up are the perfect fit. Elle Woods would totes approve.

Some men took a moment to shine as well. It’s always nice to see who will take a risk and stray from the classic black tuxedo. This year, we had a few brave contenders who rocked colour on the red carpet: Ryan Reynolds in a custom off-white Gucci tuxedo and Christian Louboutin shoes, Justin Timberlake in a charcoal grey Tom Ford, Rami Malek in navy Dior Homme, and Donald Glover rocked a funky brown velvet Gucci tux. 

The Boring

Thandie Newton looked beautiful on the red carpet. However, her copper-dipped Monse gown clashed with the redness of the carpet The dress is stunning but it should have been worn to walk across the stage, not the red carpet. 


Emma Stone may have won a Golden Globe but this Valentino dress isn’t doing her any favours. The colour is too close to her skin tone and washes her out. And while the stars may pay tribute to her movie LaLa Land, they come across as cheap and tacky. On the positive side, her hair and jewelry were beyond perfection.

Kerry Washington is usually on top of the best dressed list but this Dolce & Gabanna yellow lace dress didn’t make much of an impact. The shoulders seem a bit too heavy and the length of the skirt makes her appear short. I’m not a big fan of the black waist detailing or the dark plum lip. 

Carrie Bradshaw didn’t choose to wear a Vera Wang wedding dress in Sex and the City. I wish Sarah Jessica Parker had made the same decision at this year’s ceremony. The dress screams bridal and the sleeves are the saddest thing I’ve seen this year. The hair was a tribute to Carrie Fisher but that wasn’t enough to save this look. 

The Bad

Felicity Jones’ hair and make-up were on point…unfortunately I can’t say the same about her Gucci dress. This is the perfect example of a couture dress being on the wrong person at the wrong event. If Nicole Kidman wore this to Cannes for a movie premiere, it could have been brilliant. Unfortunately, it came across looking frumpy and sad. 

Jessica Biel missed big time with her Elie Saab dress. From the waist up, its perfection. The voluminous skirt swallows her frame and the embellishments look like they were glue-gunned there by her son. The heavy platform heels also add extra clunkiness. 

Kerri Russell. Such a talented actress. Such an ugly dress. This belongs on Sofia Vergara as she is getting groceries at Whole Foods. The J. Mendel dressed flopped on it’s own, but the black choker and dark make-up didn’t help the situation. Leave the leopards alone. 

Nicole Kidman and her MacQueen gown just didn’t hit the right notes. I really wanted to love this dress but there is too much going on. The sleeves are terrible—from the poofy top to the overly long fringe bottom. The visible corset is distracting from what is otherwise a beautiful silver pattern. Hair and make-up great as always.