It was a golden — and silver — night on the red carpet at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards. There weren't a lot of bold colors, but there were a lot of cold shoulders. Gowns tended to be less form-fitting, but were more likely to have a plunging neckline. And surprise of surprises — Sofia Vergara didn't wear a fishtail mermaid gown.
While it was a bit of a blah evening fashion-wise (it seemed like the specter of the upcoming Trump presidency cast a gloomy shadow on the evening among the strongly pro-Hillary Hollywood crowd), there was still plenty to dissect. Here are some of our favorite looks of the evening, along with some fashion misses and a few pleasant surprises.
Just like her Sex and the City character, Sarah Jessica Parker looked like a distressed bride left at the altar again in an ill-fitting white Vera Wang gown with what looked like torn sleeves. Some fashion critics thought her braided hairstyle was a tribute to Princess Leia in the wake of Carrie Fisher's death, but the actress, who now stars in HBO's Divorce, said it was modeled after a photograph of Parker's mother "wearing her hair like this.”
Emma Stone, who was named Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, was one of the evening's fashion winners in a starry pale Valentino gown that mirrored the spirit of her movie La La Land.
La La Land's Ryan Gosling, who won Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, was also the best-dressed man of the evening in a white custom Gucci dinner jacket and tuxedo pants, with a dash of red (it looked like a small flower tucked in his upper pocket). He even remembered to button the jacket as he made his way to the stage to accept his award.
The only hint of discord came as a Stallone daughter, Amy Schumer, and Goldie Hawn — all dressed in somber black —looked on like extras in a Shakespearean play.
Brie Larson, last year's Best Actress Oscar winner, was one of the few actresses at the Globes to successfully channel Old Hollywood glamour in a strapless red gown by Rodarte.
It was a good night for Blackish star Tracee Ellis Ross, who was the first African-American woman in 30 years to win the Best Actress in a TV Comedy at the Globes. Ross sparkled in a silver strapless Zuhair Murad custom gown and a ring on every finger.
Evan Rachel Wood channeled Marlene Dietrich in a custom tuxedo by Altuzarra with white bow blouse and a message that it's okay to be different. "This is my third nomination, and I've been to the Golden Globes six times," she told E! News' Ryan Seacrest. "I've worn a dress every single time, and I love dresses. I'm not trying to protest dresses, but I wanted to make sure young girls and women know that it's not a requirement."
Viola Davis, who won the Best Supporting Actress award for her role in Fences, was among a handful of actresses who wore bold colors. The actress stood out in a good way in a custom canary yellow paillette-embroidered stretch-tulle one-shoulder gown from Michael Kors Collection.
Olympic gymasts Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, and Madison Kocian showed their glamorous sides as special guests at the Golden Globes.
A number of actresses wore plunging V-neck gowns, but none dipped lower than the black Naeem Kahn gown worn by This Is Us co-star Mandy Moore, whose cleavage looked strangely airbrushed.
Kerry Washington had a bit of a princess warrior vibe in a golden Dolce and Gabbana gown with jeweled shoulder pads.
Nicole Kidman's Alexander McQueen silver wave sequin embroidered gown with distressed tulle train followed the exposed shoulder trend, but it had a little bit too much of a western saloon owner look to it.
The best shoes of the night were worn by young Sunny Pawar, who showed them off when he was picked up by his Lion co-star Dev Patel.
Hailee Steinfeld had the princess look covered with a lavender Vera Wang gown, with the evening's longest train. While it was pretty, it seemed a bit overdone for the Globes.
Sofia Vergara eschewed the strapless mermaid silhouette that she usually wears to awards shows for a gold Zuhair Murad couture gown with open shoulders, long sleeves, and gold embroidery covering up all the right places. But the Modern Family star pulled a major faux pas when she said "anal tradition" rather than "annual tradition" in introducing Sylvester Stallone's daughters as this year's Miss Golden Globe.
In place of his famous Canadian Mountain hat, Pharrell Williams wore a Chanel beanie to complement his stylish paisley embroidered white tuxedo jacket from the 2012 Chanel Paris-Bombay Métiers d’Art collection, accessorized with a bejeweled broach and draped rosary beads.
Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown is only 12 (almost 13), but she outshone many others on the red carpet in a sequin-emblazoned silver dress from Jenny Packham that mixed a classic look with a fun, fresh attitude.
Natalie Portman, the star of Jackie, channeled the former first lady in a 3/4-length-sleeved yellow Prada gown with beaded embellishment that had a '60s vibe. The gown was accessorized with Tiffany & Co. diamond fringe earrings, a white and yellow diamond ring, and a Tiffany Archival platinum and diamond bracelet from 1910, she told E!'s Ryan Seacrest. "I'm very lucky to borrow things Cinderella-style," she said.
Portman is pregnant with her second child.
Loving's Ruth Negga got some red carpet attention in a distinctive custom sequin Louis Vuitton gown with a gold center zipper and intricate side panels embellished with gold buckles.
Actress Isabelle Huppert, who won Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama in the controversial Elle, showed sophisticated French flair in a pale blue gown with a sheer, jewel-encrusted long-sleeved top and smooth skirt.
Jessica Chastain usually is a fashion winner, but this beaded powder blue Prada gown with floral embellishment and low-cut bustline didn't do the trick. And it looked like fellow presenter Eddie Redmayne had an off night too, lacking his usually polished fashion flair.
Reese Witherspoon, who presented an award with Nicole Kidman, wore a strapless yellow Versace gown with a thigh-high slit up the front that reminded some fashion veterans of a cocktail dress she wore in the same shade at the Globes a decade ago. She accessorized it with a Tiffany & Co. Archival necklace, yellow diamond earrings, and a selection of rings.
Naomi Campbell proved she can rock an awards show just as much as a runway. Her Atelier Versace silvery pink and black gown was one of the evening's most interesting. And fellow presenter Matt Bomer held his own in a classic black tux.