10 standout dresses that really caught our eye on the red carpet over the past decade.
- Faye Brennan, BettyConfidential.comEvery year stars like Olivia Wilde make the Best and Worst-Dressed lists based on award show red carpet appearances. But what about those fabulous outfits that have withstood the test of time? Don't they deserve their own special list?
In preparation for the Golden Globe Awards this Sunday night (at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC), we put together our own list of the 10 best-dressed stars over the past decade of Golden Globe ceremonies. These dresses are the standouts that we can't seem to forget, and no one has been able to top. That is, until we see what everyone's wearing this year!
Here are our choices:
When Halle Berry stepped out in this red and white number with exquisite sequin detailing for the Golden Globes in 2000, every woman in the room - and across the U.S. - experienced immediate dress envy. While we would have given her award just for the gown itself, Halle walked away a winner that night as Best Actress in a Mini Series or TV Movie for Introducing Dorothy Dandridge.
Before Debra Messing wore this Ralph Lauren dress to the 2001 ceremony, we thought no one could pull off horizontal stripes. She told InStyle about her fashion choice, "It was the first time that I felt like I was really taking a risk. It made me feel strong and confident in a way that I had never felt before in my entire life."
Short dresses are rarely seen on the Golden Globes red carpet but Heather Locklear proved in 2002 that short could be both sexy and appropriate. The champagne color of her dress paired with turquoise accessories, accentuated her tan and made her look sexier than women half her age.
We needed a cool glass of water after seeing Salma Hayek in this skin-tight Narciso Rodriguez dress in 2003. She looked hot hot hot! The dress clung to every curve Salma has, and the bold red color added to the wow-factor.
Always one for pushing the fashion envelope, Gwen Stefani didn't disappoint on 2004's red carpet. Her white Valentino dress was futuristic and unexpected with its high-neck and straight lines. She proved that you don't have to show a lot of skin in order to sizzle.
2004 proved to be a big year for fashion at the Golden Globes. Queen Latifah dazzled in a light pink Bradley Bayou for Halston dress and Chopard jewelry. The cut of the dress and its matching shawl flattered the Queen's curves, and the airy fabric brought a refreshing calm to the busy red carpet madness (and all that black).
Jennifer Lopez was another 2004 red carpet hit. She has a reputation for experimenting with her wardrobe choices at awards shows throughout the years, and while some of them have been misses, this one was definitely a hit. The unique orange hue of J. Lo's Michael Kors chiffon dress was covetable enough, but the gold leather empire waist catapulted this dress into the hall of fame.
We never thought we'd see the day when someone would wear peacock feathers on the red carpet and be called a fashion winner, but Nicole Kidman surprised us in 2005 in this deep blue Gucci gown.
Heather Locklear made short dresses acceptable back in 2002 (see above), and Reese Witherspoon showed everyone how it's done in 2007. She looked super trendy with her statement-making bangs, canary yellow Nina Ricci cocktail dress, and gorgeous red Brian Atwood heels.
Unfortunately we missed a Golden Globes red carpet show in 2008 (remember that writer's strike?), but Eva Mendes certainly made it up to us the following year. That crisp white color, that beautiful turquoise necklace, that wonderfully huge bow! Her silk and taffeta Dior gown was the most show-stopping look of all on the red carpet that night.
Tell us: Who do you think will be the best-dressed this year?
Faye Brennan is an assistant editor at BettyConfidential.
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