This is my Second Annual review of the Golden Globe Fashions worn by the 40ish plus set.  Last year I was surprised by the sheer number of women over 40 at the event.  This year I was prepared.  And happy to see so many of these ladies win!! 

This year the trends were mostly around colour - Emerald Green, Red, Black, Nude.  There were also great fish tail and one shoulder dresses.  And a couple of long sleeves too.

I also noticed a few more foreheads moving this year.  Nice to see that there might be a trend away from Botox and plastic surgery.  Unfortunately the guys didn't seem to get this message.  But that might be another story.

Upon watching the Red Carpet with Ryan Seacrest I fell in love with Julie Bowen.  Ryan commented on how women might feel envy seeing how great she looked in her dress.  She said nobody should feel anything of the kind.   And that she wore spanks "all the time", even to bed.   I never realized how funny she was - in real life.  She is my new celeb BFF.

Top 10 Best Dressed

This was a tough category this year.  The ladies who made my best dressed list wore outfits that fit: their personality, shape and colouring.  They wore the dress with confidence and the dress did not wear them. 

My favourite this year was Sofia Vergara in a Vera Wang gown that showed off her curves (front and back), fit her fiery latin personality and still  seemed classy.  I will admit I cheated a bit here, because Sofia doesn't turn 40 until November. But since she does turn 40 this year I felt I could include her.  Plus she talked about her exercise regime, which I think demonstrates she has to work to keep her figure, and that is a good message.




Catherine Zeta Jones in an Emerald Green Monique Lhuillier.

Catherine Zeta Jones

Julianna Marguiles looking simply elegant in Yves Saint Laurent.


Best Foreign Language Film Winner Susanne Bier looking elegant in a simple white dress.


Golden Globe award winner Katey Sagal in a Douglas Hannant gown.  It seemed more red on TV, but love the bright colour whether orange or red.  It certainly is a long way from Peg Bundy.


 Actress/Producer/Director Jennifer Westfeldt looks stunning in white. And her husband Jon Hamm doesn't hurt either.


Jessalyn Gilsig in an elegant black fishtail dress.   But I think it might be the 282 karats worth of pink sapphires from Chopard on her arm that pushed her over the edge into the top 10.


Julie Bowen in a nude dress by Tadashi Shoji.  Still not completely convinced this is a strong colour for her. But how could I not include my new celeb BFF in the top 10.

Julie Bowen

Jane Krakowski is certainly owning her baby bump in this Badgley Miscka dress.


Edie Falco in a simple one shoulder red dress that shows off her shoulders and great pixie hair cut.

Edie Falco

Love it or Hate it

I don't like to say "worst" dressed.  In part because it seems mean to say it. But lets face it some of the ladies on the red carpet just didn't "make it work" as Tim Gunn would say.    These are the ladies that picked outfits that didn't fit their personality, shape or colouring.  They just tried something "different" that just didn't work.  Or just wasn't appropriate for a red carpet event.    On each of these Love it or Hate it outfits, I came out on the Hate it side.

In no particular order... 

I love Julianne Moore and I love her style. She takes risks.  I had a hard time decided about this outfit.  I loved the idea of this dress.  I loved the colour.  But in the end she never seemed to look comfortable in the dress. The Lanvin dress seemed to wear her.  So here it is on my list.

Helena Bonham Carter has her own unique look.  And she owns it.  But I wish she had edited her Golden Globe outfit a bit.  There was the hair, sunglasses, Vivienne Westwood dress, and mis-matched shoes.  Neither Helena, nor her dress, were  given a chance to shine.  But she does get points for owning her look.

Halle Berry looked fantastic, from the waist up.  But this Nina Ricci dress just didn't work from the waist down for me.

Tilda Swinton is another lady who I respect for having her own unique style.  I loved the idea of this Jil Sander dress. It is so simple, but Tilda seemed to swim inside it.  It seemed more like a sack than a dress.

Jennifer Lopez often seems to end up on this list.  Usually because I think she looks less than classy.  But this year her Zuhair Murad dress was lovely and classy. But the cape effect really did nothing for Jennifer's lovely shape.  It almost seemed to cut her in half. 

Dot Jones is hilarious and heartbreaking on Glee.   But her choice of Red Carpet outfit is really out of place.  It is especially difficult in this picture, where Jane Lynch looks so fantastic next to her.  We love you Dot.  But just because you play a gym teacher on TV doesn't mean you have to dress like one.

Jacki Weaver was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in Animal Kingdom.  I think she might have gotten her invitations mixed up and thought this event was a lunch.  She seems radically underdressed for the occassion.

Actress/Producer Jo Champa is an animal print dress.  Just not sure what else to say.

Sandra Bullock's new bangs.

Golden Globe winner Diane Warren.

 Great Looking Couples

A man can make a great accessory on the Red Carpet - even when they might be the Golden Globe nominee/presentor/celeb.  These ladies looked great whether they were the celeb working the red carpet or accompanying their spouse. 

Livia Firth started a Green Carpet  Challenge last year during award's season. She is continuing this year with a beautiful Peace Silk gown, from eco-designer Prophetik.   See more in her Vogue blog here.

Kyra Sedgwick, in a great orange dress by Emilio Puccci, and Kevin Bacon.  This dress was close to making my top 10, but I didn't love the detail in the front.

Rita Wilson, looking so much better than last year, in a black velvet Dolce & Gabbana dress.  And of course, accompanied by her husband Tom Hanks.

Jane Fallon, in a great red Marchasa dress, on the arm of her long time partner Ricky Gervais.

Jane Fonda looking very regal on the red carpet with Richard Perry.

Jo Andres and Steve Buscemi

Looooking Good

This is like the bridesmaid part of this post.  These ladies looked great, but not quite great enough to make the top 10. 

Annette Bening in long sleeve Tom Ford dress

Helen Mirren in Badgely Mischka Couture

Jane Lynch

Tina Fey always looks great on the red carpet.  This blue L'Wren Scott dress is no exception.

Vanessa Williams looks lovely in this simple one shoulder dress.

Melissa Leo celebrating her Golden Globe award win in a great navy blue gown.

Nicole Kidman in a cream 1 shoulder Prada dress accented with a lovely Fred Leighton pin.

And while I didn't love Sandra Bullock's new bangs I did appreciate her Jenny Packham goddess gown.

The TV Ladies

I also wanted to give some appreciation to the ladies who stand on that crazy, hectic and noisy Red Carpet for hours talking to celebraties.  They banter with ease and never seem to have a hair out of place.  I don't know who they were wearing because I didn't watch their introductions to their shows.  But I love the colours and simplicity of their dresses.

Lara Spencer from The Insider

Shaun Robinson on E!

Nancy O'Dell from Entertainment Tonight

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