1. Metallic Embellishments
Kate Hudson and Nicole Kidman both looked striking in dramatic Alexander McQueen gowns, while a punk-chic Julianne Hough wore a gold-studded tulle gown by Monique Lhuillier.
2. Nude Tones
Megan Fox and Amy Adams, in Dolce & Gabbana and Marchesa, respectively, embraced a nude hue and mermaid silhouette. Also on the neutral mermaid train was Hayden Panettiere in light pink Roberto Cavalli.
3. Basic Black
Golden Globes host Amy Poehler looked the power girl part in a jet-black Stella McCartney suit with a deep V. Meanwhile, Modern Family actress Sarah Hyland softened a stark black Max Azria number with a jeweled belt, frilly bodice, and subtle peplum.
Kristen Wiig and Emily Blunt both wore sexy cutout gowns by Michael Kors, but to different effects. Blunt looked regal in brocaded gold lace while Wiig looked every bit the effortlessly chic California girl.
Though she had more than a few wardrobe changes, Tina Fey walked the red carpet in an L’Wren Scott beaded dress. The look was very old Hollywood and suited Fey to a T. Julianne Moore, too, wore a black-and-white number, made especially for her by Tom Ford.
6. The Color Red
Just one month after giving birth, Claire Danes was ravishing in a red Versace gown. Also in red: Jennifer Lawrence looked practically sculpted in Dior Haute Couture, Zooey Deschanel played princess in Oscar de la Renta, and Jennifer Garner radiated in Vivienne Westwood.
7. Barely There
Kerry Washington’s diaphanous Miu Miu gown had a modern flapper appeal. But Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad was sheer genius.
8. Winter White
Foregoing the dominatrix boots she wore to the Les Miserables premiere, Anne Hathaway wore a snowy Chanel gown to pick up her best supporting actress award. Meanwhile, Lea Michele showed some leg in her glittering white Elie Saab gown.