Well, another major awards ceremony means another red carpet, and that means another edition of the Fluffy Awards! The stars strutted their stuff at the Golden Globes tonight. There was a lot of good, a lot of bad and a LOT of booooring. That happened last year with the Globes, as well, but I’m not getting my fluffy knickers in a twist and refusing to do a complete posting this time around– just suffice it to say if the dress didn’t make an impression on me in SOME way, it’s not included here. So without further ado, let’s start handing out these awards.
CATEGORY: MOST IMPROVED
Lena affronted my sensibilities with an atrocious black crocheted doily of a dress back at the Emmys, but all is almost forgiven now. This Zac Posen gown with structured bodice and full skirt makes me happy on so many levels. And this happens to be one of the few shades of purple that Fluffy can wear without looking washed out– this was SO almost the Fluffy Award winner. Way to go Lena– keep up the good work! You look awesome!
CATEGORY: THE LINEBACKER AWARD
Kristen is quite preggers, so I’m cutting her a little slack on this Jenny Packham dress. The bad part? The giant beaded bolero thingie. The good part? The giant thingie draws the eye to Kristen’s shoulders and makes her look not at all pregnant. I guess that’s the good part, anyway. Like I said, I’m not calling out Kristen for the dress– I’m calling out the designer. It’s Jenny PackHAM, not Jenny GreenBayPACKERS.
CATEGORY: THE MVP
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again– Stacy can ALWAYS be counted on to look jaw-droppingly fabulous. Here she’s wearing a gorgeous Armani Prive in black velvet with minimalist silver striping, keeping the look simple and sexy with just some cute earrings and scaled-back makeup and hair. And as always… her arm candy is prime.
CATEGORY: THE DARE-TO-BARE AWARD
Katharine is wearing Olivier Theyskens for Theory– what there is of it! This look definitely works for Katharine though– what could have been a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen looks instead smart and well-put-together. Nicely accessorized too, with a great updo and smoldering smoky eyes, and the coolest shoes on the carpet tonight.
CATEGORY: PLUM PERFECT
Taylor’s sense of style has had a major overhaul in the new year. While Fluffy loved the ultra-glitzy looks she favored before, this new, slick Taylor has really won me over. Her Donna Karan Atelier mermaid dress looks prim from the front but is completely backless. Paired with matching amethyst earrings and finished with fresh makeup and sleek hair, this look is a wonder to behold.
CATEGORY: THE QUEEN OF HEARTS
Zooey always looks adorbz, and this bright red Oscar de la Renta gown is a great color for her. Her pearl accessories are cute and classic, and the sweetheart neckline is always super-flattering. What’s not to love?
Halle looks like a tropical princess in this print Versace. Not everyone can pull off a look like this, but for Halle it’s no problem. The cutouts, leg slit and single shoulder bare a lot of skin, but when you’ve got it, flaunt it! She goes light on the accessories with simple earrings and a chunky bracelet, but a dress like this doesn’t need more, and the tousled hair completes a look that’s pure fun.
CATEGORY: THE BAG LADY AWARD
Oh dear, this seems to be a new permanent category. Marion is wearing a Dior flour sack with an unfortunate mullet hem and a bodice that looks like a tucked bath towel. It appears to be trying to have a belt, but half of it is misplaced– in the words of Yoda, Do, or Do Not. There is no Try.
CATEGORY: THE FAIRYTALE AWARD
After a slight misstep on the red carpet earlier this week at the People’s Choice Awards, Kaley is back in form with this lovely Zuhair Murad creation. I love this entire ensemble, which makes Kaley look as if she’s stepped right from the pages of a fairy-tale– as the wicked queen! The bold makeup is an unexpected juxtaposition that really shakes things up. Ah-mazing!
CATEGORY: NOT-SO-BASIC BLACK
For many years, black has been the go-to color for glam, but if you think it’s dull, just check out this Max Azria dress on Sarah. Anything but boring, this gown has tons of gorgeous detailing, yet doesn’t compete for attention with the beautiful young lady who’s wearing it.
CATEGORY: SURPRISE OF THE EVENING
Heidi has been showing off in some major revenge dresses this season, so it was actually kind of refreshing to see her covering a little more skin. Alexandre Vauthier designed this one-shouldered gown with a thigh-high slit to keep it from being too conservative. Pretty gold shoes to match the trim and some serious bling complete the look, which is an awesome one for Heidi!
HELENA BONHAM CARTER
It’s not a secret that I love, love, love Helena’s style– she does not conform to anyone else’s idea of what is “appropriate” and wears whatever she damn well pleases, and it always looks great on her– and this Dolce & Gabbana puts a typically Helena spin on the LBD with lace sleeves and overlay and tons of chiffon ruffles. And that lips clutch is TOO cute!
CATEGORY: THE EFFORTLESS AWARD
All the buzz may have been about Jodie’s speech and her big revelation, but she couldn’t have chosen a better look for the proceedings! Her gorgeous deep-blue beaded Armani with its unusual silver strappy trim, echoed in her silvery accessories, truly brings out the beauty in a way which looks so unfussy, yet perfectly polished. Note to the youngsters– this is the way to do it right.
CATEGORY: THE DIVALICIOUS AWARD
Lea is another of my reliable red carpet faves, and she’s got it going on in this spectacular Elie Saab halter-neck gown. Everything about this look just comes together so well– the understated makeup and loose, beachy hair along with the sparkling jewels and strappy heels, gel into the overall look for an impression of sun-kissed perfection. This is what glamour looks like.
CATEGORY: BELLE OF THE BALL
I’m usually not a fan of floral prints on the red carpet. This Carolina Herrera ballgown has really grown on me, however. When I first saw it, I thought immediately, “I love the dress itself, but the flowers have got to go.” The more I look at it, though, the more I like it. For one thing, Lucy looks SO pretty and happy in it. The cut is amazing and super-flattering, and while the gown would have looked nice in the solid blue, I think it’s really the floral that makes it pop. It’s a HAPPY dress, which can’t be said for a lot of red carpet looks. Lucy probably knew she was taking a fashion risk by wearing it, but the result is actually so fun and bold that I give her mad, mad props for it and declare an epic win.
CATEGORY: DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE EVENING
Anne’s Chanel dress is just kind of hangin’ there. It’s not doing a thing for me. For someone who usually looks beyond perfect, this look is incredibly dull. Anne herself looks fine– I like the jewelry and makeup and she’s rockin’ that pixie bob– but… she can, and frequently has, done SO much better. Not inspiring at all, and wouldn’t have even shown up in this entry if it weren’t for my shock that this was Anne Freakin’ Hathaway looking so blah. Step up the game, sweetie, the Oscars are coming…
OMG. Just OMG. NO. NO. NO. OH GOD I’M IN CAPS-LOCK MODE. JUST NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Louis Vuitton should be ashamed of themselves. Just GAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH. (I’m back. Having ranted myself into gibberish, I had to regain composure.) All I’m going to elaborate is that waaaay back in the 80’s I had a pair of stockings made of the exact same fabric as the bottom of this dress. It was the 80’s, and they were stockings. Even in the 80’s, it would never have crossed my mind to say, “Hey– let’s make a whole dress out of this stuff! Oops, I don’t have enough. Let’s make HALF the dress out of this stuff! BITCHIN’!”
(TIE) JENNIFER LAWRENCE AND JENNIFER LOPEZ
J-Law and J-Lo have both outdone themselves in a major, major way. Our Hunger Games heroine is wearing a Dior ballgown in a red that’s almost coral, with a beautiful structured bodice, perfectly flowing skirt and on-trend metallic belt. Accessories are minimal; I mean, who needs accessories with a gown like that? Her hair and makeup are just flawless too. J-Lo stands out from the crowd in a Zuhair Murad mermaid dress that appears barely there– the lace looks tattooed straight onto her glowing skin. Add loose wavy curls, a few gorgeous jewels, and voila!– glam-tastic.
SPECIAL CATEGORY: THE FLUFFY AWARD
Julianne is having a wonderful season on the red carpet, and she’s the first-ever repeater for the Very Special Fluffy Award! The VSFA is, of course, the gown which best exemplifies my personal style (and which I’d have picked for myself). Sometimes it’s even fluffy, like this one– a Monique Lhuillier confection of champagne and gold that’s absolutely stunning. I can’t say enough good things about this dress, yet I’m completely speechless at how awesome it is. I just want it. Seriously.
So there we have it, kids– these Fluffies are a wrap. However, award season is far from over, so I’ll be seeing you again soon…