The 71st Annual Golden Globes: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Lawrence and More

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler

The Golden Globes were upon us again and you know what that means – time to talk about celebrity style at the show.
I’m not sure what the readers are going to say about my opinion this time around – but I’m just going to come out with it. The show itself was good, but the fashion wasn’t – at least where the A-listers were concerned. I did not like many of their looks and I felt they were outshined by the not so well known stars. That’s a nice way of putting it. What was once a fabulous fashion year for celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock and more was not so this time around – at least not at the Golden Globes. Maybe you beg to differ. Let me know if you do.
Did These A-Listers Look Their Best? 

Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive
Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive

Cate Blanchett, while always a standout in my book, depressed me with this disappointing lace number from Armani Prive. I know that she loves wearing the label, and I know that the brand was trying to do something different, but I felt like it was too goth for the style star.
Julie Bowen in
Julie Bowen in Carolina Herrera

The Carolina Herrera gowns at this year’s Golden Globes (in this case, Taylor Swift and Julie Bowen) had one thing in common. Color blocking. Carolina Herrera is the premiere ladies who lunch designer and her gowns always follow suit, but in the past few seasons, it seems like she’s pursuing a younger crowd and a vibrant color scheme. For example, someone like Taylor Swift can wear one of her gowns – but someone like Julie Bowen, not so much. This doesn’t seem to be the right look for the Modern Family star. The cap sleeves in combination with the color and the velvet and her hair, make it look like she’s trying to be girly when in essence she’s a beautiful grown woman. Still, the gown, in essence, is stunning.
Sandra Bullock in
Sandra Bullock in Prabal Gurung

Color blocking was totally in trend at this year’s awards show. Not to say that someone like Sandra Bullock can’t pull off the look, but for some reason, it’s still surprising to actually see it on her. While in theory, I’m glad she’s taking it outside her perfectly ladylike and tailored comfort zone, I don’t like the wrinkles in the front of the dress. I also don’t think it’s the right dress for her.
Kaley Cuoco in
Kaley Cuoco in Rani Zakhem

I know what you’re thinking…is Kaley Cuoco really considered an “A-lister?” Well, her recent wedding has certainly put her everywhere in the news as of late. Not to mention that people seem to be criticizing her every style move. I’m not sure how I feel about this colorful number. Granted it’s unusual and vibrant and fits her perfectly. Despite that fact this designer is certainly talented, this dress screams rumpled and girly Kaley Cuoco. Is that necessarily a good thing?
Zoe Saldana in
Zoe Saldana in Prabal Gurung

In theory, this dress is gorgeous and experimental. But for the Golden Globes? While this is totally in the style of Zoe Saldana, I think the actress made a big boo boo.
Uma Thurman in
Uma Thurman in Atelier Versace

Again, another dress that looks great IN THEORY. But I think Uma could have wowed with a better choice. I can’t believe so many A-listers missed the mark this time around.
Jennifer Lawrence in Dior
Jennifer Lawrence in Dior

And now the statement-making Dior dress worn by Jennifer Lawrence. This dress earned many an imitation picture on Twitter. And I can see why. While the tulle is pretty, it is completely akin to a trashbag. I know JLaw said she wanted to be experimental, but this just isn’t cutting it. Raf Simons, I insist you remove that second black strap at the bottom because it completely ruined the dress!
Allison Williams in
Allison Williams in Alexander McQueen

Allison Williams once again pulls out the edginess for the awards show. She did it at People’s Choice and now she’s doing it once again at the Golden Globes with a zebra print. Do I think she made the right choice with this Alexander McQueen number? Not exactly. I’m used to her streamlined looks and this fuzzy one doesn’t cut it for me. I do like the structure of the gown but the fuzziness threw the whole thing off in my book.
Lena Dunham in
Lena Dunham in Zac Posen

Yes, this is Lena Dunham and no, she doesn’t have a stick thin figure but at this point, I’m not really surprised by anything she wears. I almost feel like this yellow number is something she’s worn before. Or maybe it just looks like something she’s worn before. The fabric is nice and its the beauty of a Zac Posen ball gown but honestly, it’s also been there, done that.
Sofia Vergara in
Sofia Vergara in Zac Posen

I hate to say it but before Sofia Vergara it’s another been-there, done-that look. I was hoping she would go a little out of the box. I know she cuts a mean figure, but the ball gown overwhelms and there’s nothing impressive about the detail or the black, except that the turquoise necklace caught my eye. But it’s not totally horrible either. Sofia Vergara could look gorgeous in a brown sack.
Emma Watson in
Emma Watson in Dior

Ahhh another experimental Dior look. I know that people will be talking about this gown today because it’s quite controversial. The split open back and the pants showing makes it look quite unusual but also quite too casual for the Golden Globes at the same time. I’m torn.
Taylor Swift in
Taylor Swift in Carolina Herrera

As mentioned, present day Carolina Herrera suits Taylor Swift, but I was hoping for more glitz and glam.
Kerry Washington in
Kerry Washington in Balenciaga

I know that when pregnant, dressing for an awards show can be difficult for a celeb. But there are the celebs who kill it (Jennifer Garner, Jenna Dewan-Tatum) in a good way and there are the celebs that don’t. I hate to say it but Kerry Washington, who normally impresses me with her ensembles does not dress well for a pregnant celeb. At least not where this Balenciaga gown is concerned. It doesn’t wow me at all.
Kate Mara in
Kate Mara in J. Mendel

I’m impressed by this dress on Kate Mara except for the fact that her hair is so white blonde at this point, it almost matches. Never wear white when your hair is that light. If she was still a redhead, her tresses would pop against this dress.
Reese Witherspoon in
Reese Witherspoon in Calvin Klein

Nice color and nice streamline on her dress, but blah and boring for Reese Witherspoon.
Amy Adams in Valentino Couture
Amy Adams in Valentino Couture

Does Amy Adams suddenly think she needs to consistently show off her cleavage? She looked great in American Hustle, but I would have preferred her in something more risk-taking in the design department and less plunging to make a statement.
Drew Barrymore in  Monique Lhuillier
Drew Barrymore in Monique Lhuillier

Another pregnant look I don’t like and this time it’s not because it’s too minimalist. In fact, this Monique Lhuillier gown on Drew Barrymore is not minimalist in the slightest. it’s too overdone, too babyish, too bohemian and too girly. I would have much preferred her in a look like the one from the People’s Choice Awards by Vionnet. That one was also casual, but at least it was pretty and not too over-the-top.
These Stars Impressed 
Not all of the following celebs are considered A-listers, but their fashion impressed me far more than some of the A-listers last night.
The ladies who make us laugh are also wowing in the style department. I’m pretty fond of Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy‘s fashion lately, but it’s Amy Poehler and Tina Fey who really wow as of late. Amy always looks good in her top choice Stella McCartney and Tina Fey has been kicking it up a notch for a while. I love she always plays up her feminine side with design
Amy Poehler in Stella McCartney
Amy Poehler in Stella McCartney

Tina Fey in Oscar de la Renta
Tina Fey in Oscar de la Renta

Amber Heard in Atelier Versace
Amber Heard in Atelier Versace

This is probably my favorite Atelier Versace dress of the entire evening! Love the color!
Elisabeth Moss in J. Mendel
Elisabeth Moss in J. Mendel

There’s something about the styles chosen by Elisabeth Moss that are just so perfect. To be honest, I have no idea if she has a hand in picking out her ensembles or if it’s her stylist’s job, but I always think she looks stunning in whatever she chooses. She always has that right hint of statement and everything she wears seems to fit her like a glove!!
Heidi Klum in Marchesa
Heidi Klum in Marchesa

I haven’t been a fan of anything Heidi Klum has worn as of late, especially in the past few years at awards shows. Even when it’s Marchesa, there’s always something wrong or a little too much cleavage showing. I can’t say that about this black and white floral stunner because it’s absolutely stunning, feminine and I even like her hair down. What do you think?
Julianna Margulies in Andrew Gn
Julianna Margulies in Andrew Gn

This dress has everything from gold detail to the right amount of skin showing and the perfect fit for Julianna Margulies.
Lupita Nyong'o in Ralph Lauren
Lupita Nyong’o in Ralph Lauren

I’m in love with this color, this minimalism and the off-the-shoulder cape look. WOW!
Helen Mirren in Jenny Packham
Helen Mirren in Jenny Packham

Seriously, does Helen Mirren ever do anything wrong? She’s probably the only woman her age who can pull off a look that is typically worn by someone many years younger and still make it look age appropriate and not over-the-top. I don’t know what it is!
Emilia Clarke in Proenza Schouler
Emilia Clarke in Proenza Schouler

Not a huge fan of the slit, but I do like the design of this dress and I think it works well on Emilia Clarke.
Jessica Chastain in Givenchy
Jessica Chastain in Givenchy

The detail of this bodice is just exquisite.
Olivia Wilde in Gucci Premiere
Olivia Wilde in Gucci Premiere

Without a doubt, the best dressed pregnant woman this entire evening!!!
Michelle Dockery in Oscar de la Renta
Michelle Dockery in Oscar de la Renta

There’s no better way to end this post then with this beautiful Oscar de la Renta dress!
–Simona Kogan
 Photos: Just Jared,, Huffington Post, The Guardian