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2012 Golden Globes Fashion: A breakdown of the night’s biggest trends + best and worst looks from the red carpet

Posted on January 16 2012

Charlize Theron is a vision in gorgeous blush Dior

Awards season 2012 is in full swing and the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards officially kicked things off this weekend as the stars descended upon the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. The red carpet was filled with soft, dramatic and elegant looks as well as surprising hits and misses. Stars like Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron showed why they’re known as red carpet royalty while new comers like Paula Patton brought a breath of fresh air and color to the carpet. Here’s a breakdown of the night’s biggest trends, hits and misses.

It was a night of gorgeously light colors. Lavender, blush and nude dresses ruled the carpet and this is just a taste of what’s to come this spring. The feminine allure of pastels is hard to resist and when paired with the right silhouette, it’s pure heaven. Above, nominee, Charlize Theron kicked things off in beautiful blush Christian Dior. Here are some more stand out looks featuring this trend…

Jessica Alba is lovely in a lavender Gucci gown

Shailene Woodley looks ethereal in a beautiful lavender Marchesa gown

Best Supporting Actress Winner, Octavia Spencer in lavender Tadashi Shoji

Jessica Biel is exquisite in ivory lace Elie Saab

Amanda Peet looks sweet in a tiered one shouldered gown

Julie Bowen channels old Hollywood glamour in a nude gown with embellished cap sleeves

Kate Beckingsale opts for an embellished cream gown

Katherine McPhee looked gorgeous in a nude strapless gown and matching nude pumps

Heidi Klum matches her tan to her dress and accessorizes with a pop of turquoise

In the midst of all the pastels was a hint of shimmer courtesy of a couple of metallic dresses…

Piper Perabo let her full metallic skirt do the talking and she seemed to be having a lot of fun with it

Nicole Ritchie glitters in silver Julien Macdonald

Nicole Kidman in a beaded metallic Versace halter

Salma Hayek sparkles in black and gold Gucci

Not a hit on the metallic side was Glee’s Lea Michele who went overboard in this silver number below…

Lea Michelle in a seriously sheer and embellished silver gown

The night was also all about drama and the stars definitely piled it on when it came to their trains. Texture was in and it was certainly all about about going big…

Elle's Macpherson's tulle train might just have been be a bit too much even for her tall frame

The top half of Madonna's dress was fine until her textured taffeta skirt took over the whole look

Tina Fey in a raspberry ruched dress and ruffled train

Helen Miren also opted for a textured train

Mary J. Blige in a gold gown with a feathered skirt

Stand out train of the night…

The perfect train - Sofia Vergara looked absolutely stunning in a textured blue Vera Wang gown with a structured mermaid train

Notable black looks –Afterall, what’s a red carpet without the pre-requisite black…

Rooney Mara continues to show her love for pieces with cut out details in a black tulle and taffeta Nina Ricci gown

Debra Messing in a one shouldered black gown

Julianne Moore pairs her ruffled and tiered gown with emerald accessories

It’s hard to go wrong in black but there were two surprising misses from some usually stylish stars…

Mila Kunis looked for from chic in this one shouldered chiffon Dior gown.

Morena Baccarin didn't get any points for this black dress with an awkwardly placed stripe either

Gorgeous splashes of color were the highlight of the red carpet…

Paula Patton is a ray of sunshine in gorgeous yellow Monique Lhuillier

Zooey Deshanel in Prada

Evan Rachel Wood takes the cake in risk taking for the night, donning a dramatic ostrich gown complete with feathers and scales

Sarah Michelle takes a splash of color to a whole new level in her unique gown

Michelle Williams in a burnished 3/4 sleeved Jason Wu number

Revenge's Madeleine Stowe doesn't miss a beat in her corseted periwinkle number

Diana Agron goes bold in daring red and an intricate laser cut pattern

Reese Witherspoon strikes a dramatically stunning silhouette in a floor length red taffeta Zac Posen gown

Angelina Jolie proves she's a style star in a beautiful Atelier Versace champagne gown accented with a red collar

Viola Davis goes grecian in maroon

Emma Stone accessorizes her gorgeous plum Lanvin dress with a dramatic belt

Jenna Dewan brings the glamour in a light teal number

Failing to impress on the glamorous carpet…

Claire Danes failed to impress in this black and white J. Mendel number

Sporting a similar black and white combo, Kate Winslet's Jenny Packham dress was just as uninspiring

Julianna Margulies flops in this glittering long-sleeved purple dress

Which looks were your favorite from last night? Share your thoughts below…



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