Resurgence of glamour, romance in Hollywood

THE women of Hollywood turned to the boldest reds and the blackest blacks to evoke a bygone era of sultry sirens on the red carpet at the Golden Globe Awards for film and television.

“Poppy red, a trend colour for spring, was the tone chosen by stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Marion Cotillard, Claire Danes, Zooey Deschanel, Alison Pill and Jennifer Garner among others,” style expert and TV host Sam Saboura said. “Red is classic and celebrates Hollywood’s heyday when the most glamorous sirens often wore red.

“It’s regal and strong, but this new poppy hue for spring feels fresh, youthful and modern.”

With the unusually chilly California weather, Saboura said the blacks worn by Julianne Moore, Salma Hayek, Julianna Margulies, Rachel Weisz and singer Adele “felt right on this cold January night, not to mention elegant and chic”.

Contrasting with the reds was a smattering of pale colours, in what Entertainment Weekly’s senior editor Bronwyn Barnes called the “the fire and ice effect”. Those included Anne Hathaway’s “white-hot” Chanel Haute Couture gown and the blush tones preferred by Amy Adams, Megan Fox and Hayden Panettiere.

“No matter what the colour, practically every gown featured sparkling embellishments like crystals, sequins, beading and pailettes [spangles] that created a glitter effect,” Barnes said.

Stylist Elshane, who goes by that single name, said she saw prints and patterns make “huge comebacks on the carpet”.

The prevailing style was a romantic one, noted Elshane, describing the looks as having a “feminine innocence, nothing too revealing, but still body conscious in all the right places.

“It was refreshing to see romanticism without the tulle, ruffles and rushing that normally comes with it,” she said.

In keeping with the old Hollywood glamour, many of the stars opted for long, soft, wavy hair or side-swept, pinned up styles. Others wore high pony tails (Moore) and braids (Lucy Liu). “There was some amazing art in hair tonight,” she said.

While the carpet was missing high-wattage fashion icons like last year’s stars Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron, Saboura said Hunger Games star Lawrence might be the strongest contender to take this year’s fashion crown. “She is definitely fashion’s new darling,” he said.

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