The Golden Globes were teeming with FOFs this year. Between Meryl, Tilda, Madonna and Helen, there were so many FOFs center stage that we started to wonder: What happened to all the Hollywood ingenues? Not that we’re complaining.
When it comes to awards-show fashion, FOFs have to tread a fine line: age-appropriate but not dowdy; sexy but not “trying too hard;” sophisticated but not boring. Did they succeed? Read our take and then tell us, what did you think?
As is her wont, Madonna let her cups runneth over in this sequined gown by Reem Acra. We like the way she made a classic shape edgy with fingerless gloves, exposed roots and her signature cross. But the skirt overwhelmed her, and that bodice looked too tight which is . . . insane, considering that Madonna appears to have a .05% body fat percentage.
Tilda is not everyone’s cup of tea, but, quite frankly, we adored her tousled pompadour and menswear-inspired look, designed by Haider Ackermann. She appears ageless and avant garde but also comfortable and oddly . . . beautiful.
We love Meryl, and we were charmed and sympathetic and when got up on stage to receive her award and panicked because she’d forgotten her glasses. In fact, we’d like to give her a pass because she’s so good at what she does, who cares what she wears? And yet . . . this Western-inspired belted dress by Allesandra Rich just didn’t fit her right. It pulled in the wrong places (stomach and chest) so that by the time Meryl got on stage, we were seriously concerned that the button at her chest would burst and show producers would have to employ a strategic black bar.
When it comes to 74(!)-year-old Jane, we are just going to agree with what George Clooney said in the press room after accepting his award for best actor: “Jane Fonda in that dress. My God,” he told reporters. “She looked great, didn’t she?”
At first glance, we were slightly disappointed that Helen Mirren went more mother-of-the-bride than sex bomb. I mean, it’s not every FOF who has a body like Dame Helen, and we’d like to see her show it. But our expectations aside, she looked stunning in this navy Badgley Mischa gown, and her sleek hair and accessories are very cool.
Diane Lane was flawless in this gold Reem Acra dress which looks both form-flattering and comfortable (at least as black-tied dresses go). She also knows just how to accessorize it . . . with smoldering FUF husband, Josh Brolin.
Jodie Foster’s well-tailored aqua gown felt straight-outta 1988 and could have used some better styling. (The office-wear shoes were a definite don’t.) That said, she looked pretty and strong, and even smiled gracefully through a series of cringe-worthy jokes about her sexual orientation, courtesy of host Ricky Gervais. Most important, she looked blissfully unaware of anything except for her two adorable sons–her dates to the event.