FASHION

Golden Globes: Red carpet takes French flair to fashion heights

Booth Moore
Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
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The French fashion flag was flying at the Golden Globes red carpet Sunday night, with some of the best-dressed women in Hollywood wearing Paris haute couture by Chanel, Dior and Saint Laurent.

There were smaller statements of support of the French people in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo shootings, too, most notably the "JeSuisCharlie" button Amal Clooney pinned to her satin Dior clutch. Glove makers around the world should also rejoice at the fashion plate's choice to wear white gloves with her black silk crepe Dior gown and potentially kick off a trend of wearing gloves past the prom.

Other standouts in French fashion labels included Dakota Johnson in a Chanel haute couture gown with at least 50 shades of gray paillettes, Jennifer Aniston in a sexy, sophisticated and simple black Saint Laurent column with a chic halter neckline, and Emma Stone in a custom Lanvin jumpsuit with a crystal bodice and playful bow-tied sash.

There were lots of silver belles (Reese Witherspoon in Calvin Klein, Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad, Diane Kruger in Emilia Wickstead) on display, but it was Julianne Moore who created the biggest fashion frenzy in a custom Givenchy gown that showed off the best workmanship French ateliers have to offer — liquid-looking metallic embroidery, and fade-to-degradé feathers at the floor. Ooh la la, indeed.

As always, red dresses made a statement on the red carpet. Allison Williams' crimson strapless bustier gown by Armani Privé was notable for its shimmering tulle tiers. And Lena Dunham, pilloried for her fashion choices in the past, got it right in a ruby red duchesse satin Zac Posen gown. With flattering seams on the bodice, and a high-low hem that showed off her fun red shoes, this was a winning look.

Usually at the top of the best-dressed list, Rosamund Pike made an unflattering choice with an ivory Vera Wang gown with spaghetti straps, V-front and cut-out sides. Another typically no-fail fashion plate, Kerry Washington, missed with a Mary Katrantzou gown in an awkward length. It needed to be longer or shorter.

A risk that did pay off? Eighteen-year-old songstress Lorde made a black bra top and pants by American designer Narciso Rodriguez (plus a killer Neil Lane 100-carat diamond choker) the ultimate in tomboy chic.

booth.moore@latimes.com

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