White, light and bright: A look at the standout style at the annual Critics’ Choice Awards
The women in white at the 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards on Jan. 11 included Angelina Jolie (in Raph & Russo), from left, Kate Bosworth (in Brock Collection) and Greta Gerwig (in Fendi).(Jordan Strauss / Invision / AP)
Saorise Ronan (in Michael Kors Collection), from left, Diane Kruger in (in custom Vera Wang Collection) and Emma Roberts (in Giorgio Armani) also attended the Critics Choice Awards clad in white.(Frazer Harrison / Getty Images)
Kaley Cuoco, from left, Alison Brie (in Roberto Cavalli) and Rachel Brosnahan (in Zuhair Murad) went with light-colored dresses for the 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards in Santa Monica.(Andrew Gombert / EPA-EFE / REX / Shutterstock (left and right), Frazer Harrison / Getty Images (center))
Host Olivia Munn began her night in a red Prada sheath gown accented with a plexi and crystal embroidered necklace.(Matt Winkelmeyer / Getty Images )
As host of the 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards, Olivia Munn (pictured with Niecy Nash at far right), went through multiple wardrobe changes duringthe evening.(Kevin Winter / Getty Images)
Nicole Kidman (in Valentino), from left, Kiernan Shipka (in Delpozo) and Yara Shahidi (in Giambattista Valli) were some of the celebrities who enthusiastically embraced eye-catching color on the blue carpet.(Jean-Baptiste Lacroix / AFP / Getty Images (left and center) and Frazer Harrison / Getty Images (right))
Allison Janney, who took home the best supporting actress award for “I, Tonya,” was also a winner in the wardrobe department thanks to this bold, blue, crosshatch textured gown by Michael Cinco.(Jordan Strauss / Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Heidi Klum’s nude-colored, sequined-covered Georges Hobeika gown for the 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards had shoulder cutouts and a thigh-high slit -- a marked departure from the dark-colored and mostly covered-up look of Golden Globes’ red-carpet arrivals.(Matt Winkelmeyer / Getty Images )
Those whose Critics’ Choice Awards ensembles reminded us of the Hollywood glamour of days gone by included, from left, Mary J. Blige (in a bronze and gold iridescent sequin strapless gown by Vivienne Westwood Couture), Laurie Metcalf (in Cristina Ottaviano) and Betty Gabriel.(Jean-Baptiste Lacroix / AFP / Getty Images (left), Frazer Harrison / Getty Images (center and right))
Anyone wondering if the black-dress blackout of Sunday night’s Golden Globes was going to continue through the entire awards season only had four nights to ponder the possibility. That’s because the stars descending on Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar on Thursday seemed to put the issue to rest, some hitting the arrivals blue (yes, blue) carpet in white and off-white dresses, others in pale shades of pink or purple and some enthusiastically embracing bright, bold colors. Best supporting actress winner Allison Janney was in a blue Michael Cinco number, and Nicole Kidman wore a fuchsia frock from Valentino, to name just two.
Thursday night’s memorable women in white included Angelina Jolie in a custom Ralph & Russo dress with an asymmetrical hem and a feathered strapless neckline; Kate Bosworth in a lace Brock Collection dress with a sculptural ruffle at the waist; and Greta Gerwig in a pleated Fendi frock with a heart-shaped embellishment that appeared to float over her decolletage.
Other stunners in white included Saoirse Ronan (in Michael Kors Collection), Emma Roberts (in a sleek strapless Giorgio Armani dress), Diane Kruger (in custom Vera Wang Collection) and Alison Brie (in Roberto Cavalli). Adding to the lightness were dresses in a pale palette that fits somewhere between nude (Heidi Klum in a sequin-covered Georges Hobieka dress) and blush pink (Rachel Brosnahan in Zuhair Murad).
In addition to the pops of bold color mentioned above, another thing we noticed on the arrivals carpet Thursday night was a distinct dash of Old Hollywood glamour. Perhaps the best examples of the evening came by way of Mary J. Blige in a bronze and gold iridescent sequin strapless gown by Vivienne Westwood Couture and Laurie Metcalf’s pale-blue Cristina Ottaviano gown.
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