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Who doesn’t love a little glamour on a Sunday evening? Awards season kicked off last night with the Golden Globes and the Hollywood starlets were ready, setting the bar for what the rest of the season will look like – fashionably speaking. Read on to see my favorite red carpet looks and what trends were popular with the Silver Screen elite.

Best Dressed:Awards shows are usually such predictable affairs…one-shoulder gowns, sweeping up-dos, loads of diamonds…then BOOM here come Anne Hathaway in her amazing Armani Prive gown to shake things up. Hands down best dressed of the night. It’s hard to do “fashion” on the red carpet because it really is all about looking pretty, not necessarily edgy or fashion forward. Anne strikes a perfect balance of the two with an interesting shape (big shoulders were definitely a trend this year) in a gorgeous and flattering color. By keeping the rest of her look really simple, she wasn’t overpowered by the dress and looked (dare I say) better than Karlie Kloss on the runway.

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The Minimalists: Tilda Swinton in Jil Sander, Emma Stone and Claire Danes both in Calvin Klein.
Sometimes it’s the simple things that make the biggest impact, and all three of these ladies looked sleek and modern without all the pomp and circumstance of fluffy gowns and intricate hairdos.

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The Experimentalists: I love the kookiness of Helena Bonham Carter – she is always truly a fashion individual. The mis-matched shoes and massive beehive hairdo are the perfect compliment to her Vivienne Westwood dress.
Between Julianne Moore’s Lanvin gown being a tad wrinkled, in a complicated (for most redheads) shade of pink and a poufy one sleeve silhouette, this whole look should have been a complete disaster, but she somehow totally pulls it off. Score one for confidence over intimidating fashion choices!
And while Leighton Meester wasn’t the only girl rocking long sleeves on the red carpet, her ruched version with a high neckline and modest slit was a nice change from the usually overt sexiness (ahem, January Jones) of glam award show attire.

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The Traditionalists: There are certain things you just know you are going to see on an awards show red carpet – hourglass shapes, serious cleavage and big jewels are just a few and it takes a certain something extra to make these glamour-girl standbys seem new and interesting.
The laser cut detail on Amy Adam’s one-shoulder Marchesa frock added cool texture to a frequently used shape, while January Jones brought the wow-factor with a flashy fringed number from Versace and Scarlett Johansson kept it sweet and sexy with fluttery 3/4 sleeves and intricate beading on her Elie Saab gown.

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The Trends:

Serious Shoulders
One often associates strong shoulders with bad padded blazers from the 80’s, but Angelina Jolie, Jane Fonda and Anne Hathaway make the trend look fresh, effortless and anything but dated.

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Ruching/Pleats:
As I’ve said before, ruching is some tricky terrain, except in the case of Elisabeth Moss, Mila Kunis and Kira Sedgwick, who all execute the trend gorgeously.

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Hollywood Glamour:
What would an awards show red carpet be without it’s fair share of one-shoulder dresses and Cinderella ballgowns?

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Other Favorites:
Julianna Margulies looks absolutely stunning in her vintage YSL dress, while newcomer Hailee Seinfeld not only stole the show in True Grit but also looks to be a budding style star in her adorable (and age appropriate) Prabal Gurung dress.
To be honest I don’t usually like Eva Longoria’s style (she’s far too safe and predictable) but this dress fits her like a glove and the sweetheart neckline and mini train makes for understated elegance.

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What were your favorite red carpet looks of the night? Which designers/trends/dresses would you like to see on the awards show fashion circuit?

(Photos courtesy of People, OK! Magazine and The Huffington Post)

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    Jan 20, 2011, 05.45 PMby mic9970

    If anyone’s interested, I wrote a quick blog about my favourites and also highlighted which patterns could be used to make them. See http://www.measuredandmade.co.uk/#/blog/

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    Jan 20, 2011, 05.02 AMby Kelsey Edwards

    i absolutely adore emma stone’s, leighton meester’s and angelina jolie’s dresses, they are amazing!!

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    Jan 19, 2011, 07.08 AMby Lucinthesky

    i must say emma stone..sleek simple, bright loved the color and perfect cut

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    Jan 19, 2011, 01.22 AMby shangrow

    I can’t stand watching awards ceremonies, so thank you for the photos. I have no idea who Leighton Meester is, but her dress is my favourite. Anne Hathaway’s dress does not appeal to me at all.

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    Jan 19, 2011, 12.53 AMby Pinkdiamonds245

    Love to see colour and sparkle! Ladies, please, ditch the boring beiges and frumpy skirts that look like crumpled lunch bags, oh, did I say Tilda? Who is she? Maybe she could go shopping with Scarlett, hmmm, probably not. Maybe next year we’ll see jewel tones, sparkle and some bling!!

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    Jan 18, 2011, 11.42 PMby leighr

    January Jones was channeling Six from BSG.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 09.46 PMby mollyapple

    I am completely in love with Leighton’s dress even if it does seem out of place on the red carpet.

    I made a dress last year in the same shade of crepe as Emma Stone’s dress, I love that colour and I think she gets away with it, the cut is very flattering. I don’t think Eva Longoria’s or Mila Kunis’ dresses do anything for them, make them look very short and not so flattering on the curves either.

    Anne Hathaway looks amazing, I wouldn’t like that dress if it wasn’t on her, I think it looks terrible on the runway model but Anne has the curves to rock it!

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    Jan 18, 2011, 07.47 PMby carottesauvage

    I usually like Tilda Swinton’s style but she looks a little too ‘android’ in that dress. I love the YSL vintage dress, that’s my favorite. Shrugging is the next best thing so those A H shoulder pads are great. Jane Fonda has a great plastic surgeon.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 06.34 PMby frkbustad

    Scarlett Johnson is my favourite. January Jones’ dress just looks like a joke. Too bad, because she is beautiful. Elisabeth Moss looks very comfortable and relaxed – that’s great!

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    Jan 18, 2011, 06.31 PMby amaydak

    I loved Natalie Portman’s dress! The progress maternity clothes have made in the last ten years, style wise, is absolutely amazing.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 05.49 PMby PATRICIA OYOLE-MAAL

    Helena looks like she came straight from Hogwarts, I think different shoe colors is not for red carpet. And I bet if Angelina Jolie knew she could look so classy, she would never had got so many tattoos!!

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    Jan 18, 2011, 01.32 PMby tletroisebrown

    I love the Scarlett Johanssen dress. I wonder are there any patterns out there similar?

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      Jan 18, 2011, 09.49 PMby mollyapple

      Looking at it, I think she’s gone for ’30s inspiration and there are definitely ’30s / ’40s vintage patterns with that look, but if you look through ’70s patterns I think you will find a lot like it too, the cape bodice/angel/flared sleeves were tremendously popular then.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 11.54 AMby susanne2011

    1. Eva Longorio (love the fit), 2. Scarlett Johansson (love the retro feel), 3. Kira Sedgwick (love the color)

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    Jan 18, 2011, 11.32 AMby janul

    I love Scarlett Johansson´s look! The dress is so beautiful, I like that it has sleeves.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 10.24 AMby pambox

    hm, i hated emma stone’s dress. the back is interesting but i thought the cut overall was a bit dull, and i thought the colour was awful and made her look so washed out, especially with the bleached hair. she looks better in this photo because you can actually see the colour in the dress and everything doesn’t fade completely together, but i still really dislike it. i also hated january jones’ dress. i’m not a fan of the obsession with showing lots of skin and trying to out racy last awards night’s racy dresses. i find dresses like that just tacky. what i loved, however, was scarlett johansson, with her beautiful mid-late 30s style. jayma mays looked absolutely amazing too in her deco-style dress, and kyra sedgwick! i’ve never taken any notice of her really, but wow, that dress was gorgeous.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 10.04 AMby ladyshape

    Scarlett Johansson usually wins in my books but it has to be the Emma Stone CK dress, although she could do with toning down the tan a shade or two. It is a beautiful shape and colour. I would quite happily wear that dress anywhere and everywhere, from the supermarket to the ball.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 07.54 AMby mixtlii

    Amy adams, the green cinderella ballgown, and… Eva longoria’s dress is amazing!

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    Jan 18, 2011, 03.58 AMby cantare

    Just what I thought, Mrsnkwong! I adored Emma Stone’s dress because I adore CK…always classy and simply elegant. Though I could do without the bright shade of salmon, my personal taste of course. Hailee Seinfeld, wow! Very lovely. I’m glad her dresser (and her parents) didn’t let her walk out trying to look like a 25-yr-old, though she is taken seriously as an actor. And Jane Lynch stepped out in Ali Rahimi (again!)…whom I have had the pleasure of meeting! He’s extremely kind, as is his partner, and the dresses he brought made me die and go to couture heaven! His studio is Mon Atelier (.com) in LA—check it out!

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    Jan 18, 2011, 01.19 AMby artemis-ivorywings

    Tilda Swinton wears way too many white clothes. They make her look ill and old. If she wore something in a dark blue, she would look fantastic. Too much white and drab for her. Love the back on Anne Hathway’s gown

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    Jan 17, 2011, 11.56 PMby mrsnkwong

    Emma Stone in CK is gorgeous. I love how it’s so simple and achieves a seamless looking drape. The color is very different for Red Carpet wear, but she owns it and with her own style. I really see this actress going somewhere and with style. Sandra Bullock’s dress is also gorgeous, too bad she’s hiding that beautiful face of hers behind all her hair. Also a fan of Natalie Portman’s dress. A would be cliché motif but done up beautifully.

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    Jan 17, 2011, 11.25 PMby missp-2

    Tilda Swinton,such a goddess, but I really don’t like the white shirt ensemble. It looks unfinished to me. Px

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    Jan 17, 2011, 10.43 PMby ladykatza

    I love Helena. This just makes me love her more.

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    Jan 17, 2011, 10.04 PMby ruthw

    May I say how very thrilled I am that sleeves are back! I always love HBC’s flair, but Leighton Meester and Angelina Jolie get my call this time. Angelina by a nose, I think.

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