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Golden Globes 2011: Belle's Worst Dressed

Last night was painful.  Not only was I drinking pink champagne on an empty stomach (no bueno), but I also had to suffer through two hours of Seacrest’s Viagra jokes and inappropriate humor.  It’s a miracle that I survived. 

So since I’m feeling a bit punchy this morning, I thought we’d start with the actresses who set out to bring the goods to the red carpet but only brought the LOLs.  Style is subjective, but sometimes a gown is so ugly that even those weirdos who think that Heatherette is fashionable find themselves in a critical mood.  Here are the starlets, icons and wannabes who’ll be firing their stylists come Tuesday.

In the weeks leading up to the Globes, there was breathy speculation about what Natalie Portman would wear.  Would the stylish starlet wear Lanvin or Armani Prive? Perhaps, Dior would be in order.  And how would she conceal that baby bump?  

Why, with a Valentine’s Day-themed bath towel with a large red, sequined rose cinching the bust.

I have such a bone to pick with Viktor & Rolf.

I love Burberry Prorsum, but this dress is too casual and too drab for the red carpet.  

Leighton Meester also achieves a fashion non-sequitir by pairing this school-marmish dress with a tasseled, gold-paneled clutch and sequin Jimmy Choo’s.  Perhaps, she should have asked Blake Lively’s stylist for some advice?

The caption for this photo is, “Jennifer Lopez is celebrating her Quincenera 26 years late.”  I would also have accepted, “J.Lo tries subliminal messaging to convince Hollywood executives that the world is ready for a Dynasty remake.”  

Like the shimmery white eyeshadow that she seems to adore, J.Lo should go back to 2001, when people gave a damn about who she was wearing.  I don’t even care enough to Google the designer’s name.

One of the things that I was looking forward to most on this year’s red carpet, was the triumphant return of Red Carpet veterans Nicole Kidman and Halle Berry.  But instead of trumpets, I got crickets.  

Halle (in Nina Ricci) looks like she’s reliving her days as Catwoman in a dress that she could have brought at Frederick’s of Hollywood.  But at the very least, this dress proves that some women are just too damn hot for their own good.  

  Nicole’s dress (Prada) is perfectly schizophrenic with a pretty bow at the waist and dark metal, turquoise brooch on the shoulder.  Perhaps these ladies should have taken a lesson from Brett Favre, sometimes a comeback is just overstaying your welcome.

While the veterans certainly had their fair share of misses, some of the worst fashion faux pas on the carpet were made by actresses (?) trying to climb the ladder to stardom.  And no one embodies the sociopathic social climber trying too hard to wind up on the best dressed list like Julianne Hough.  

So while the ass kissers over at Fab Sugar may have called this dress “dramatic” and “statuesque.” I find that it’s difficult to be statuesque when your slightly taller than an Oompa Loompa, and being weighted down by a 20lb jewel-encrusted horse collar.

Michelle Williams was another actress who I was dying to see, until I did.  I have no idea why she chose a khaki, daisy-printed dress, but hopefully, Valentino can live with himself for killing her chances at becoming a fashion icon. Having a failure like this on your fashion resume is like admitting that you worked for Jack Abramoff.

But while all of these gowns certainly belong on the Worst Dressed List, one faux pas stands above (or is it below?) the rest…

When you’re bouncing back from an ugly divorce, you want to make a splash on the red carpet in an outfit that will make your ex say, “Whoa.”  Sadly, ScarJo fails to meet this threshold in a look that can best be described as Bride of Frankenstein does Spring runway.  Surely, this ensemble will elicit more of a “WTF?”

It really doesn’t help that her ex’s (rumored) paramour Sandra Bullock showed up looking boho-chic in a soft Jenny Packham gown that makes this dress looked like a tulle and sequined bathrobe.  Better luck next time, honey.



  1. j says:

    ScarJo looked fabulous. You must be smoking crack Belle. While the others on your “worst list” (where's Helena?) I would agree with, Scarlett looked beautiful The hair was a little “bride of frankenstein” but I loved the nude floating sequin sleeves. You preferred the ones who put it all out there?

    November 30, -0001/Reply
  2. Allie says:

    What no mention of Sandy's ridiculous bangs to cover up some cosmetic surgery that went wrong?

    Julianne Hough's dress reminds me of a dress I wore to a fraternity formal… in 1993. I seriously need to find a picture of it – only difference is that my collar was all pearls and the slit was in the front. I think it was by Zum Zum and I bought it at Merry Go Round.

    Natalie's dress would have been lovely if she didn't have that dreadful sequined rose. Why do designers think they need to “distract” when it comes to maternity & plus size formal gowns? Why not just put her in a polyester muumuu and call it a day?

    January 17, 2011/Reply
  3. Kristin says:

    Michelle Williams literally made me cringe. She is so pretty; why go for a drab, shapeless dress that looks like a Contempo Casuals clearance-rack reject from 1995? The color is bland and the cut is incredibly unflattering. But from the neck up, she looks fabulous!

    January 17, 2011/Reply
  4. Johanna says:

    I actually really liked Julianne's Marchesa. Reminded me of this, which I loved: https://www.bestweekever.tv/bwe/images/2010/08/MAD-MEN-CHRISTMAS-COMES-BUT-ONCE-A-YEAR-017.jpg

    January 17, 2011/Reply
  5. Debbie says:

    I've never really liked Nicole Kidman's looks. They're always pretty, but accentuate her stiffness. I felt this year's was no better or worse than others.

    January 17, 2011/Reply
  6. Belle says:

    Johanna-I think Julianne Moore's Marchesa was just different enough that it wasn't faux pas. Sometimes, a dress that would be a failure is so interesting, you can't hate it.

    Allie-I had bad bangs once, not so very long ago, so I tend to cut people a little slack when it comes to a bad cut.

    January 17, 2011/Reply
  7. Jennelle says:

    I LOVE that all your worst dressed were on some of the other best dressed lists on the internet. I HATED Natalie Portman's, Leighton's, J Lo's and Scar Jo's, but they kept poping up as best dressed. What are these other critics thinking?!? Atrocious!

    January 17, 2011/Reply
  8. dm58 says:

    I LOVE reading your worst-dressed list . . . it is my favourite thing about awards season . . . the snark is so up my alley. and the perfect amount.
    thanx for a good chuckle — you wrote what I was thinking last night!

    January 17, 2011/Reply
  9. j says:

    ScarJo looked fabulous. You must be smoking crack Belle. While the others on your “worst list” (where's Helena?) I would agree with, Scarlett looked beautiful The hair was a little “bride of frankenstein” but I loved the nude floating sequin sleeves. You preferred the ones who put it all out there?

    January 18, 2011/Reply
  10. Belle says:

    j-Her dress didn't bother me so much, but ScarJo's hair was pure Bride of Frankenstein and I have the photographic evidence to prove it. https://bit.ly/fXiaqp

    And mentioning Helen Bonham Carter is a given for worst dressed. Her selection is so obvious, I felt it went without saying.

    January 18, 2011/Reply
  11. Lou says:

    “Bride of Frankenstein does Spring runway”

    Lol. That's almost exactly what went through my head. You slay me, Belle.

    January 19, 2011/Reply