Ahh, Award Show season. That magical time of year when stars slap on the Spanx and get ready to hit the red carpet full force, and this year it's all about the va-va-voom glamour we've so desperately needed after these dreary winter months. While some stars opted for brighter hues (hello Reese Witherspoon in that ravishing red Zac Posen mermaid gown), others looked simply sweet in shades of blush pink (Kate Beckinsale's Roberto Cavalli nude bustier number was absolutely stunning). And yet there are always bound to be some serious fashion faux pas...hard to watch but oh so delicious to enjoy. Ladies, there are times when no amount of Fred Leighton diamonds or Lorraine Schwartz jewels can make up for what I like to refer as "designer disasters". This year the red carpet at the 69th Annual Golden Globes was no exception. Here are Her Campus Auburn's list of the stars that shined and the very worst of the fashion offenders.
1. Nobody does sultry vixen quite like Modern Family star Sofia Vergara. Showing off her killer curves in this gorgeous Vera Wang gown, Vergara proves that funny is sexy.
2. Presenter, Nicole Kidman graced the red carpet in this studded Versace gown. A timeless beauty, Nicole has never looked better.
3. Charlize Theron was right on trend with this pale blush Dior Couture number. Complimented by a barely there makeup and that super-high slit, Theron proves that less really is more.
4. Red carpet veteran Clair Daines looked elegant in this black and ivory J. Mendel gown. I loved the beaded detailing, but the cut-out back was surprisingly stunning.
5. Supermodel Elle MacPherson looked stunning in this Zac Posen gown. Think Old Hollywood does Spring 2012 couture.
6. Angelina Jolie was the vision of perfection in this one-of-kind Atelier Versace gown, not to mention she had the best accessory on the red carpet (arm-candy Brad Pitt).
7. Zooey Deschanel's backless Prada gown was by far my favorite look of the evening. The bright green detailing gave a unique spin on what could have been a boring black dress. Staying true to her 60's inspired style, she even donned an adorable tuxedo manicure!
8. The always darling Emma Stone took our breath away in this Lavin number. The statement eagle belt added a modern twist on a classic silhouette.
9. Octavia Spencer was a winner both on and off the carpet. This lavender Tadashi Shoji gown was perfectly fitted and left her skin looking simply radiant.
10. Heidi Klum was perfectly chic in this backless Calvin Klein dress. I loved the pop of color against the nude with the turquoise necklace. For Heidi, the red carpet is her runway.
11. Its become quite obvious that Rooney Mara has taken a note from her latest role channeling "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" meets designer couture. I liked her no jewelry approach since this Nina Ricci dress speaks worlds on it's own, but she could have traded in the pony-tale for a more sophisticated 'do.
1. I wish that Michelle Williams' red carpet style would reflect just how sexy she can be (if you haven't seen "My Week with Marilyn" get in your car and go see it now). We have seen her wear this kind of three-quarter sleeve Jason Wu gown so many times that I'm beginning to think it's the only thing in her closet! We would love to see her step out-of-the-box next time and go with something a little more daring.
2. Tilda Swinton always goes for an edgier look, but this Haider Acherman ensemble is frightening. Enough said.
3. Ariel Winter's Dolce & Gabbana dress looked more like a bad prom dress than something you would expect to see on the red carpet.
4. Jessica Chastain's white Givenchy gown was pretty on camera, but it just did not photograph well. The color was too light against her already pale skin, and the sleeveless high-neck style didn't compliment her slender figure. My biggest issue with the whole ensemble wasn't even the dress, but the slicked back hair. Better luck next year.
5. Plunging neck-line, sequins, and feathers oh my! Evan Rachel Wood's Gucci creation looked more like a costume than an award show gown.
6. Kelly Osbourne's Zac Posen dress would have been so much prettier without the pointy futuristic shoulder-sleeves! I am all for playing around with hair color (thank you Katy Perry), but this lavender look comes appears gray making her look 67 rather than 27.
7. Sarah Michelle Gellar boasted that her daughter helped pick out her Monique Lhuillier gown which was sweet...but it showed. From the tie-dye-esque blue and white swirls to the tiers of bubble hem, this dress was a complete mess.
8. Madonna is known for taking fashion risks, but this Reem Acra gown just didn't deliver. There was so much going on that the gown became overwhelming, and the short-sleeves made Madge's toned arms look masculine.
9. Normally Lea Michele knows how to work a red carpet like it's nobody's business, but this metallic gray Marchesa gown really hit a low note.
10. Amanda Peet is usually so spot on when it comes to red carpet fashion. This lace dress by Marc Jacobs was anything but romantic.
11. Jessica Beil's Elie Saab lace gown looked like something out of a "Little House on the Prairie" nightmare. She is too pretty to look so matronly!
While there were so many well dressed (and not so well dressed) stars, the true test comes in just a few short weeks. Move over Golden Globes, the Oscars are on their way!