The Golden Globes marks the beginning of awards season which can only mean one thing; red carpet dresses! Gone were the traditional blacks or neutral hues that usually overwhelm such Hollywood events, the big trend of the evening was colour and in particular luscious emerald green.
Here are a few of my favourites..
January Jones in Versace
My favourite look of the night, January Jones divided the fashion jury with this red-hot (I couldn't resist) Versace number. I'm obsessed with fringing lately so a sexy yet flattering dress made entirely of fringe is a hands-down winner. And it doesn't hurt that January Jones is just as annoyingly perfect off-screen as her Mad Men character suggests, no wonder Donatella has pegged her as "the perfect Versace woman for the 21st century".
Leighton Meester in Burberry
This was my other favourite look of the night - finally a starlet who knows actual designers from 'red-carpet designers'. Leighton Meester looks amazing and fashion forward in this nude Burberry dress, it's the perfect mix of understated cool with the extreme slit keeping a hint of sexy. I love her gold bag with the tassel too.
Mila Kunis in Vera Wang
The colour is perfection, the ruching is perfection and I love that she kept it minimal with the accessories and didn't overpower the look. Reportedly, Mila Kunis paid $7000 for a facial in anticipation of the awards show which involved someone rubbing her face with rubies and diamonds - I'm not sure that was entirely necessary but she's certainly doing something right.
Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace and Brad Pitt in Versace
Wait, has the world stopped turning? Angelina Jolie is wearing colour?!! After years of sticking to her safe (boring) go-to of simple classic dresses in neutrals and blacks Miss Jolie has finally dared to wear colour and of course she was right on-trend with her emerald green Atelier Versace gown. I love everything about it, the cut is very flattering, very reminiscent of a shorter Dior dress from Spring/Summer 2010.
Claire Danes in Calvin Klein Collection
Another girl who knows her fashion. This Calvin Klein dress is simple, understated flattering perfection. And a really lovely colour to boot.
Elisabeth Moss in Donna Karan
Another actress who opted for the colour of the night was Mad Men star and Golden Globe nominee, Elisabeth Moss. The ruching on her strapless Donna Karan dress keeps it from being too simple and is extremely flattering at the same time.
Robert Downey Jr. in Prada
As my boyfriend is always telling me, it's so hard for men to dress up for the red carpet as they have so few options, so when they do go for something a little different it's always appreciated. Other than the awful glasses, Robert Downey Jr. was the best dressed man of the evening in a lovely grey Prada suit.
Anne Hathaway in Armani Prive
On paper I should hate this dress - yet another floor-length gold sequin red carpet gown - but actually Anne Hathaway looks amazing in it. The low back keeps that understated sexy feeling and the colour is great on her.
Catherine Zeta Jones in Monique L'huillier with Michael Douglas
This colour is a revelation! It's so flattering on absolutely everyone. CZJ's strapless Monique L'huillier gown looks like a beautiful sculptural garden.
Tilda Swinton in Jil Sander
Tilda Swinton is like marmite for me, I often find myself either loving her or hating her. For the Golden Globes the androgynous star chose to wear a quirky half shirt-half dress from one of my favourite collections of Spring/Summer 2011, Jil Sander. If I were to go to an event like this I would absolutely love to wear Jil Sander, well done Tilda.
Amy Adams in Marchesa
This look is a bit safe but Amy Adams looks great. The cut-out detail keeps it interesting and the colour really suits her.
The Social Network's Andrew Garfield in Emporio Armani
The Social Network star looks nice in this simple black suit but arguably nothing special, however I was won over by how skinny the trousers are cut and also the fact that I'm pretty sure he's wearing my own latest footwear obsession, velvet slippers. I love when men make an effort.
Justin Bieber in Dolce & Gabbana
Don't laugh but, considering he's only 16, I thought Justin Bieber looked really good in this Dolce & Gabbana three-piece suit.
Glee's Amber Riley in unknown
Amber gracefully side-stepped the whole 'larger lady dressing for the red carpet' issue and picked a lovely dress that's also flattering for her figure. The belt does wonders for her.
Sandra Bullock in Jenny Packham
Sandra Bullock went for a pretty vintage-inspired nude Jenny Packham dress. A bit safe but it really worked for her, and I like her new fringe.
Mandy Moore in Monique L'huillier
The interesting texture and beautiful colour of this Monique L'huillier gown save it from being too boring, Mandy Moore looks great.
Kyra Sedgwick in Emilio Pucci
This Emilio Pucci dress is very flattering on Kyra Sedgwick and perfectly age-appropriate, not too young or too old for her. I'm in love with the colour and the pleats.
Julianne Moore in Lanvin
It looks like Julianne Moore's love affair with Lanvin isn't ending any time soon, choosing it for yet another red carpet event. Although many critics are getting a bit bored, I can't fault it. The bright colour is very on-trend and works well in contrast with her pale skin. I just wish she had steamed her dress..
Kelly Osbourne in Zac Posen
This Zac Posen gown is so interesting to look at and incredibly flattering. Kelly Osbourne's new svelte figure is definitely working for her.
Emma Stone in Calvin Klein Collection
Another understated Calvin Klein Collection gown with a hint of sexy in a great colour. This would definitely have been a contender for my favourite look of the night if only someone had taught Emma Stone the cardinal rule of dressing: don't match your dress to your fake tan..
Glee's Diana Agron in J. Mendel
After a string of disastrous red carpet outfits, Glee's Diana Agron finally got it right with this simple J.Mendel gown. The subtle pleats keep it from being too boring.
Now for a few of the worst outfits of the night..
Tina Fey in L'Wren Scott
I don't even know where to start. I love Tina Fey but this dress looks like something she found in her great-grandmother's attic. So hideously unflattering. I can't believe Mick Jagger's girlfriend designed this.
Natalie Portman in Viktor & Rolf
Natalie Portman looks radiant but I just don't get this Viktor & Rolf dress, the rose seems so out of place.
Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad
Sheer, crystal-embellished poncho. Need I say more?
Heidi Klum in Marc Jacobs
Oh Heidi, I see what you're doing, but jumping on the 70's bandwagon doesn't automatically make this look a hit. The colours are absolutely hideous. Maybe if she wore this on holiday in St.Tropez it would look ok? It just doesn't work on the red carpet.
Gabourey Sidibe in Marc Bouwer
There are no words. I understand it's hard for the larger ladies but maybe she should take a leaf out of Amber Riley's book..
Scarlett Johansson in Elie Saab
What is going on with Scarlett Johansson here? Everything from the lacklustre hair to the way-too-old-for-her dress just isn't working. Bring back the bombshell!
Johnny Depp in Ralph Lauren Black Label
Yes, it's a given that Johnny Depp always looks incredible but I can't quite put my finger on it, I think maybe it's the shirt that's slightly too much? And is that a chain?! Just no.
Christina Hendricks in Romona Keveza
The colour of the dress combined with her beautiful pale skin and gorgeous red hair is just a little jarring. The dress is very simple and then is overpowered by the Sex and the City movie-esque head-sized corsage. Of course you can't fault her unbelievable figure, it is impossible.
Jennifer Love Hewitt in Romona Keveza
Why does Jennifer Love Hewitt always dress like she's going to a tacky high-school prom?
Olivia Wilde in Marchesa
Olivia Wilde looks amazing as always, she's a beautiful woman, but this dress is a little too 'red carpet Barbie' for me.
Christina Aguilera in Zuhair Murad
I'm really not a fan of the standard fish-tail gown and this nude lace number is lacking in class and subtlety.
And finally the mediocre ones..
Nicole Kidman in Prada
Nicole Kidman looks lovely but this Prada dress is just a bit too simple.
Megan Fox in Armani Prive
Megan Fox would look hot in anything but I'm a bit bored of the safe 'nude gown with slit' thing, it would have been nice to see her take more of a risk.
Julia Stiles in Romona Keveza
A very nice, if not a bit standard, red carpet gown but it's a bit simple and I wish she'd gone for some colour.
Michelle Williams in Valentino Resort
This beige Valentino dress made Michelle Williams look a little washed-out and it just doesn't feel glamourous enough for the Golden Globes.
Lea Michele in Oscar de la Renta
A very pretty, safe red carpet gown - asymmetrical gown with ruffles and a train, in a pale colour - a bit boring.
Helena Bonham Carter in Vivienne Westwood
I love Helena Bonham Carter but even without seeing this photo I could have told you exactly what she wore - yet another wacky corseted Vivienne Westwood gown. I like how eccentric she is though, she's always fun and relentlessly sticks to her own indvidual style, the quirky mismatching shoe colours are cute.
Eva Longoria in Zac Posen
Eva Longoria looks amazing but I'm tired of seeing yet another boring black 'red carpet dress'.
Halle Berry in Nina Ricci
Halle Berry looks phenomenal in this show-stopping Nina Ricci dress, the sheer layers keep it really fresh but the under-as-outerwear feel coupled with the short-than-short hemline is a little too young.
Carrie Underwood in Badgley Mischka Couture
Carrie Underwood is very pretty in this Badgley Mischka Couture gown, it's just a little too safe and simple for my taste.
All this red carpet action is making the anticipation for the Oscars all the more exciting. It will be interesting to see what the ladies take from this, and if the emerald-green trend is here to stay. More soon.
Photos from Vogue.co.uk and TMZ.com