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The Ups and Downs of the 69th Annual Golden Globes

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There were movie stars on the runway at Miuccia Prada’s menswear show in Milan tonight, but with apologies to Mrs. P, she had nothing on the red carpet at the 69th annual Golden Globes in Hollywood. And for sheer star power, no one came close to Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, the former in Atelier Versace and the latter in Salvatore Ferragamo. Angie went home empty-handed (her directoral debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey, was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film and lost), but she won the evening's best-dressed competiton, no contest.

That’s not to say there weren’t plenty of knockout looks. We loved Best Actress winner Michelle Williams in her covered-up Jason Wu gown (long sleeves are a percolating trend: see Julianna Margulies in Naeem Khan and newly engaged Jessica Biel in Elie Saab). Tilda Swinton remained loyal to Paris designer Haider Ackermann and it paid off. And Claire Danes and Kate Winslet (who also accepted prizes) both looked great—not to mention occasion-appropriate—in their black and white columns; Danes' was J. Mendel and Winslet's was Jenny Packham.

Some actresses, on the other hand, let their enthusiasm get the better of them. Mermaid dresses are better suited to the Oscars, and ball gowns are better left for prom night. And there were a few too many down-to-the-navel plunging numbers for comfort. We must have the legacy of Elizabeth Taylor, as well as plenty of double-sided tape, to thank for that.

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