There's an old adage that unless you understand the past, you're condemned to repeat it.
It's certainly true when it comes to errors in fashion judgment. That's why it's often wise to revisit the ghosts of red carpets past in order to avoid making the same mistakes again.
A flattering color, cut or style may also mean that an actress will revisit that particular style or stick with one designer overanother.
Look at Renee Zellweger's steadfast commitment to designer Carolina Herrera. Witness Beyonce and her addiction to snug strapless gowns with fishtail hemlines. Remember Reese Witherspoon, who wore the same darn Nina Ricci silhouette -- in yellow, purple and gray -- to three awards shows in a row. But it's doubtful Teri Hatcher will ever wear another scandalously sheer Jean-Paul Gaultier gown with boy-cut panties underneath. Lesson learned.
A critically-hailed dress may cause an actress to forge a new fashion "liason" with a designer.
For instance, Keira Knightley, who has worn several designers including Chanel for years, recently became Chanel's newest fragrance face. It's expected that she'll wear a Karl Lagerfeld creation to the upcoming Globes, whether it airs on NBC or not.
It's easier to predict what nominated actresses will wear whom on the Jan. 13 red carpet by checking out their track records.
Cate Blanchett wore two winning Armani gowns to the 2007 SAG awards and the Oscars. Natch, she's stayed under his wing. Now she's even more beholden to him for that huge donation he recently made to her beloved Sydney Theater.
Let's look back at what the 2006 Golden Globe nominees, including Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Felicity Huffman, and, Katherine Heigl, wore last year. What worked, what didn't and what should never ever-ever be repeated!Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times