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Posted at 9:10 PM ET, 01/17/2010

Golden Globe fashion: Robin Givhan's top 10

By Liz Kelly

Updated photos: January 18, 2:16 p.m.

January Jones walks the red carpet in Lanvin. (Getty Images)

The Golden Globes red carpet was a blur of purple, which seemed to be the color of the evening, worn by everyone from Fergie to Sandra Bullock. And frankly my head is still throbbing from the sight of Mariah Carey and her breasts. There's decolletage and then there are times when you're just begging for a charge of indecency. Here are my nominees for red carpet fabulousness.

10. Sofia Vergara in a strapless gray Carolina Herrera gown with a dramatic bustle.

9. Ginnifer Goodwin in a short, ink-colored, silk Grecian-style dress by Vionnet.

8. Jennifer Morrison for having the nerve to wear her own dress.

7. Colin Firth in a Tom Ford tuxedo with reproduction 1920s studs and cuff links.

6. Kate Hudson in a sculptural white strapless gown.

5. Marion Cotillard in midnight asymmetrical Christian Dior.

4. Sandra Bullock in a purple strapless Bottega Veneta ballgown.

3. Tom Ford in Tom Ford.

2. Maggie Gyllenhaal in pale peach RM by Roland Mouret.

1. January Jones in extremely chic black Lanvin.

-- Robin Givhan

Gallery: Red Carpet Fashion


Fergie in lavender. (Getty Images)

Sandra Bullock in Bottega Veneta. (Getty Images)

Marion Cotillard in Christian Dior. (Getty Images)

Sofia Vergara in Carolina Herrera. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

Ginnifer Goodwin in Vionnet. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Jennifer Morrison in her own dress. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Colin Firth in Tom Ford. (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

Kate Hudson in Marchesa. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Tom Ford in Tom Ford (with Julianne Moore). (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

Maggie Gyllenhaal in RM by Roland Mouret. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

By Liz Kelly  | January 17, 2010; 9:10 PM ET
Categories:  Awards Season, Celebrities  
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Really? You post this with just a few photos?

How useless.

Posted by: clarkjerome | January 17, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

I agree. The article should at least have photos of all those mentioned, including the men.

Posted by: dotellen | January 18, 2010 12:35 AM | Report abuse

Sandra Bullock's Bottega Veneta gown is one of the most gorgeous gowns I've ever seen-without question, it is numero uno.

Posted by: Spring_Rain | January 18, 2010 1:03 AM | Report abuse

Guys, you need more photos.

Posted by: wsblount | January 18, 2010 7:13 AM | Report abuse

Kate Hudson and January Jones, both may be cutting edge, but are truly hideous.

Posted by: anorris583 | January 18, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

No pix = ridiculous

And seriously, no Emily Blunt?

Posted by: Stormy1 | January 18, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Christina H - va va voom!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: hootie1fan | January 18, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Ick. Hated Kate Hudson's dress. Ruffles should not be on the breast, it makes them stick out further. Plus it draped funny.

My favorite was Rose Byrnes. Purple, very plain except for a clutch of flowers on the hip. Draped well.

Penelope Cruz's was also breathtaking. Bordeline frou-frou but she carried it off well.

Posted by: epjd | January 18, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Def. need pictures or links to these dresses.

Posted by: Guest1234 | January 18, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Penelope Cruz's dress didn't do a lot for me, perhaps because it was a version on an earlier black dress she wore, at any rate, it was not a favorite, although she styled it well.

Emily Blunt's pale pink frothy D & G gown was simply stunning-it comes in numero 2 after THE gorgeous purple BV gown-purple has always been my favorite color-like black.

Posted by: Spring_Rain | January 18, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Wow, Robin. Usually I agree with you (at least on fashion), but not so much today.

Sofia Vergara's dress deserved higher than 10. That color combo was amazing and sophisticated in a night of glitter and pink.

I wanted to love Ginnifer Goodwin's dress, but ultimately, the bubble hem just didn't work. Color and neckline were fabulous, though.

Jennifer Morrison's dress was beautiful on her. I don't think it took nerve to wear it - her boyfriend had excellent taste in buying it for her. Of all the ruffles last night, those were my faves.

Kate Hudson's dress was interesting, but it just screamed socialite wedding gown.

Liked Marion Cotillard's dress - won't argue there.

Sandra Bullock's dress was wonderful from a dead-straight-ahead angle. That color was amazing on her. The sheer of the sides and that overly tight sheer panel and bustle in the back though, were NOT good. And someone needs to tell her she needs to commit to loose and wavy or a sophisticated, soft up-do - those combos do her no favors.

I think Maggie G's dress would have been better as a column - the severe up do with the tight fish-tail didn't work.

And while January Jones' dress was interesting, the head band was not. With her fair hair and that tight up-do, it just destroyed the whole effect. She should have had classic Hollywood waves with that dress - it was NOT a flapper-dress.

Personally, I thought Toni Collette and Jennifer Garner did body-hugging sequins well. I loved Kristin Bell's white cocktail dress - it didn't scream wedding dress and the hemline gave it motion. Julie Benz's asymmetrical champagne colored fishtail dress looked lovely on her (a more subtle fish tail instead of being too tight), and Christina Hendricks used the ruffle trend to balance out her "girls" beautifully. And whoever styled Glee's Amber Riley did a wonderful job of making her look sophisticated and pretty - not something the "plus size" female stars always get to do.

Heather Graham's black dress may have not been overly original, but it fit her perfectly. Lisa Edelstein's beautiful silver dress made Giuliana D.'s overly shiny silver dress look like she had actually made it out of tinfoil. Diane Kruger's pink confection grew on me - I don't know if anyone else could have worn it, but she was working it (Joshua Jackson as an escort probably helped). And my husband walked into the room as Jodie Foster went on stage and his jaw dropped - she looked incredible.

And hey - Sophia Loren ALWAYS looks fabulous.

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | January 18, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Oh yeah - and Anna Paquin's dress - my GOD that girl looked gorgeous.

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | January 18, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Also stunning were Colin Firth's wife; Jennifer Aniston; Jennifer Garner; and as always, Helen Mirren. Surprisingly, I'd also say Cameron Diaz.

I also thought Nicole Kidman looked fabulous. She's so fair I wouldn't have thought that nude color would look good on her, but it totally did -- and I *so* love that she is back to her natural red hair. Looks so much better on her!

Posted by: Californian11 | January 18, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Colin Firth's wife DID look stunning-as for Vergara's gown-it was allright-if you like a duvet cover wrapped around you, that is. As for Ginnifer Goodwin[s dress-you've got to be kidding, RG-I mean REALLY! The dress was HIDEOUS-overdone shocking blue short toga dress? with bare legs and black heels? AWFUL!

Posted by: Spring_Rain | January 18, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

It's so fun pretending to be a fashion critic.

I agree re. Kate Hudson -- too weddingy.

Va-va-voom queens: Halle Berry and Jennifer Aniston!

Drew Barrymore is cute as a bug's ear, but what's with the hedgehogs on her shoulder and hip?

Heidi Klum: bad, bad bridesmaid's dress.

I liked Fergie's dress, but not the fit (bodice squished halfway down her "shoes") and not on her -- her look was way too hard and didn't go with the feminine dress.

Posted by: Californian11 | January 18, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

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