last year at the golden globes, i thought most of the looks were “nice,”, ie, people looked good but there was a lot of sameness. well what a difference a year makes. the theme of this year’s red carpet was individuality. julia roberts wore a strapless dolce & gabbana dress with a white button down underneath, diane keaton rocked her trademark ralph lauren suit, people embraced color (green and red were popular, but it was pretty much roy g. biv out there), colorblocking (see sandra bullock, taylor swift, amy adams, julie bowen, and aubrey plaza), embroidery/beading (rashida jones, helen mirren, zooey deschanel, julianna margulies, zoe saldana, and zosia mamet), and florals (kaley cuoco, drew barrymore, tina fey, and heidi klum). even the three pregnant stars—kerry washington, olivia wilde, and drew barrymore—went in three different directions (50s classic, sexy, and feminine respectively).

so who did i love? four women who took the theme to the highest levels. emma watson proved she is a style star by wearing a dior couture long tee dress with an open back and black cigarette pants underneath, topping off the look with the mise en dior pearl earring in one ear. it was a breath of fresh air. another young style star, lupita nyong’o of 12 years a slave, continued to blaze a trail of fabulous looks in a caped ralph lauren. some people on twitter called it out for being similar to gwyneth’s tom ford, but i disagree. the color, the off-the-shoulder silhoutte, plus lupita’s fab faux-hawk and minimal jewelry take this look to the next level. mad men’s elisabeth moss was nominated for the film top of the lake, and for her solo moment, she chose a bold two toned beaded dress with sheer panels by j. mendel. she also rocked another major red-carpet trend, the high/low hem, and i loved that she flipped off the e! mani cam (sorry, but i don’t get it). finally there’s cate blanchett. in black lace armani privé, she cements her legacy as fashion royalty and a true movie star in the old-school mold.

what did you think of the looks at the golden globes…and who were your favorites?

photos from getty images and the cut

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