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Pictures: 2012 Golden Globe Awards' Red Carpet Fashions

Awards season is finally upon us and the 2012 Golden Globe Awards were held last night in Hollywood. And while the best of the best were acknowledged for their work in movies and television, it's only appropriate that recognition be given to the best of the best on the red carpet. 

But I must tell you it wasn't easy choosing just one or five gowns from last night.  Especially where a variety of style of colour reigned the red carpet.  However, one trend was clear.  And to give you a hint, they're a girl's best friend.  That's right.  Bling, and lots of it!  So put on your sunglasses, sit back and enjoy my top 10 picks from last night!

Actress Charlize Theron is the epitome of what Hollywood dreams are made of!  For her look at last night's Golden Globes, Charlene turned to The House of Dior who came up with a paler shade of pink chiffon Haute Couture gown that turned her into a modern-day Grecian goddess.  The gown features a dramatic low cut front with an oversized but elegant bow on the side at the waist ornamented with just the right touch of bling.  The gown also features a thigh-high slit and a train that rules the red carpet.  For a finishing touch, Charlene graced her swept up golden tresses with a 1920s diamond Cartier headband, which could make any royal princess turn green with envy.  

She is the star of television's hit comedy Modern Family, but when it comes to the red carpet, fashion is no laughing matter for actress Sofia Vergara.  Sofia showed off her famous curves in a jaw dropping, midnight blue Vera Wang gown with a one-of-a-kind fishtail hemline.  Keeping her hair very simple and swept over to one side, Sofia completed her look with  ̶  hope you're sitting down for this one  ̶  160 carats of Harry Winston jewels, including chandelier earrings and stacked bracelets.  Or, let me explain it to you this way – more than $5,000,000 worth!  And a hundred bucks says she had more security surrounding her than the President.

When a three-year old darling tells her mommy that she looks like a mermaid, there's only one thing mommy does and that's listen.  Such was the case for actress Jessica Alba who was perfection in this gorgeous greige beaded Gucci gown in one of the most beautiful shades of lavender to ever grace the red carpet.  The dress showed off Jessica's post-baby figure and the colour is quite flattering to her tanned skin tone and sculpted arms.  Jessica completed her look with Roger Vivier clutch and Bulgari chandelier earrings and bracelets.  Hmm … something tells me that little Honor Marie is following in mommy's fashion footsteps.  

Known for her unconventional red carpet style, actress Tilda Swinton is a winner in this sophisticated and elegant light blue dress and jacket ensemble by Haider Ackerman.  To add sparkle to her look, Tilda wore a 1940s sapphire, diamond and 18 carat gold coil cuff bracelet with Edwardian style diamond and platinum brooches, all by Fred Leighton.  Tilda is one of the most fashion-forward fashionistas in Hollywood and usually sticks to a very avant-garde style.  So this look is quite a change from what we're used to seeing her in.  Nevertheless, fashion is all about taking risks and this one worked very well in her favour!  What do you think?

Making her return to the red carpet after the birth of her son Aleph in June, is last year's Golden Globe and Oscar Best Actress winner, Natalie Portman.  Natalie channels old Hollywood in this stunning strapless, silk fuschia gown by Lanvin trimmed in red, matching her clutch.  The waist features a side bustle, which really adds charm to the gown.  (Without it, the dress would lose its appeal.)  Natalie completes her look with Jimmy Choo sandals, Tiffany & Co. clutch and more than 55 carats of Harry Winston diamonds. (Hmm … does that include her engagement ring?) Yes, diamonds are indeed a girl's best friend!  

At just 20 years old, actress Shailene Woodley, is quickly becoming a red carpet favourite.  The 2012 Golden Globe nominee chose an age-befitting gorgeous pale lavender, art deco style gown by Marchesa Spring 2012, opting for a minimal amount of jewellery, and keeping her make-up soft and natural.  Despite the fact that the diamonds were flowing all over the red carpet last night (and not that I'm complaining), Shailene still looks stunning.  And although she didn't win last night, she's definitely a winner on the red carpet!  Looking forward to seeing her at the Oscars.

While most actresses chose colour last night, Debra Messing strikes a stunning silhouette in black Monique Lhuillier.  The one-shoulder couture creation features asymmetrical ruching that shows off Debra's svelte figure, with a fully draped skirt and train with a gently lifted bustle to offer just the right amount of elegance and drama without over doing it.  To complete her look, Debra chose a pair of unique amethyst and emerald earrings with matching emerald ring.  Definitely one of the best looks of the night!

Modern Family star, Julie Bowen, channels Grace Kelly (upper right) in this ethereal nude-blush gown by Reem Acra.  The gown features a full tulle skirt and bodice with sweetheart neckline and beaded short sleeves.  Keeping her jewelry minimal, Julie completed her look with Judith Leiber clutch.  Julie truly looked like old Hollywood especially with her luscious curls gently flipped over.  In an interview with Ryan Seacrest before the ceremony, Julie told him that she thought the gown was "very girlie" for her tastes.  I say nonsense!  It's refreshing to see the style of an era gone by brought back to life.  Don`t you?

Does Kate Beckinsale ever disappoint?  Obviously not.  Kate was, once again, picture perfect in a stunning strapless Roberto Cavalli couture gown.  The body-hugging silhouette releases into a beautiful cascading fishtail train with delicate crystal embellishments throughout the dress.  As you can see, Kate was also adorned in stacked diamond bracelets and oversized (and I mean that in the  nicest way) earrings by Lorraine Schwartz.  Check them out above.  Aren`t they magnificent?  (Now, if Sofia Vergara was sporting $5,000,000 worth of diamonds last night, I can`t even begin to imagine how much Kate was wearing.)  I guess a girl can never have enough bling-bling.  However, something tells me that Kate (and her friends) had to return the gems by midnight.  

She may not be starring in any television or movie roles, but George Clooney's leading lady, Stacy Keibler, takes centre stage in this body hugging red-hot number last night that showed off her model assets, complimented by Chopard jewels.  The no-fuss dress features just a slight fish tail hem with bow-tie back and low cut bodice which gives it an essence of simple elegance.  Stacy is a sweetheart and carries herself in the most distinguished manner, which begs the question.  Can you believe this woman was once a wrestler?  Truth be told, Georgie boy better not step out of line.  Just sayin'.

That's a wrap for another awards night!  I hope you enjoyed my picks.  What are your favourites?  In my opinion, they're all winners. 

I'll see you here at the end of the week and until then, live, love and laugh!


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