Golden Globes 2012 dresses: You don't have to be getting married to wear a wedding dress…bridal chic is this year's hottest red carpet trend

As award season gets underway, the Golden Globes is the first chance for Hollywood's elite to set the red carpet trend. Last night, the stars shied away from colour, stepping out instead in pale,
cool and snow-inspired hues for a series of white hot looks.


With the Royal Wedding, Twilight nuptials and Kim Kardashian's short-lived Hollywood extravaganza, it comes as no surprise bridal gowns are the hottest red carpet trend this year.

Bride-to-be Jessica Biel, who recently announced her engagement to Justin Timberlake, opted for a white lace gown by Elie Saab and Tiffany & Co. jewellery. The romantic vintage-style dress featured a high-neck and was split to the thigh – a hint at what is to come, perhaps

Kate Beckinsale opted a strapless, fishtail gown by Italian designer Roberto Cavalli. And with an up-do and sparkling jewels, Kate looked the most bridal of them all.

Supermodel Elle Macpherson wore a show-stopping Zac Posen corseted gown, featuring layers and layers of tulle underskirt. Actress Jessica Chastain chose a more wearabale but equally stunning white Givenchy dress.

Jessica Biel

Romantic bride: Jessica Biel wears a lacy gown by Elie Saab

Kate Beckinsale

Modern bride: Kate Beckinsale in a strapless dress by Roberto Cavalli

Elle Macpherson

Model bride: Elle Macpherson wears a show-stopping gown by Zac Posen

 Jessica Chastain

Vintage bride: Jessica Chastain looks elegant in Givenchy


Nude hit the catwalk in 2010 and seems to be the trend that keeps on giving.

The new black, celebrities just can't get enough of white shades and blush tones.

Nicole Kidman added some metal to her look with a Versace halter-neck dress. The
47-year-old also revealed some of her fitness secrets as she made her
way up the red carpet and said she likes to keep active to maintain her shape. 'I think it's
really important to put some time aside to do some physical exercise to
feel good. I do sport, I surf, I waterski, I ride horses, I do what I can, I
mix it up.'

E! presenter Giuliana rancic looked elegant in a white dress with gold detailing. Heidi Klum kept it simple in Calvin Klein but added a pop of colour with a statement necklace.

Actress Diana Lane opted for old-school Hollywood glamour with a Reem Acra gown.

Charlize Theron, who stole the show, wore an origami-style gown by Christian Dior. Angelina Jolie, in Atelier Versace, made a break from black, adding a pop of red to her white gown.

Charlize Theron

Angelina Jolie

Turn up the volume: Charlize Theron wears an
origami-style gown by Christian Dior, left, and Angelina Jolie adds a
pop of colour in Atelier Versace

 Nicole Kidman

Golden girl: Nicole Kidman in a halterneck gown by Versace

 Giuliana Rancic

Elegant: Guiliana Rancic works the red carpet in Basil Soda

Heidi Klum

Understated chic: Heidi Klum opted for Calvin Klein

Diane Lane

Old-school glamour: Diane Lane looks stunning in Reem Acra

Nicole Richie

Polished silver: Nichole Richie looks understated in Julien Macdonald

Wrapped up: Lea Michele wore an embroidered silver dress by Marchesa

Wrapped up: Lea Michele wore an embroidered silver dress by Marchesa

Shailene Woodley in Marchesa

Ice queen: Actress Shailene Woodley in strapless Marchesa


The failsafe red carpet colour, black is always flattering. But the dark shade can be ageing and younger stars often shy away from wearing black.

Not Rooney Mara, who wore a cutaway Nina Ricci gown, or Mila Kunis, who was wearing Christian Dior.

The Black Swan actress signed up to front the new handbag campaign, so it's no surprise she chose to wear the French label. Selma Hayek, in Gucci, and Julianne Moore, in Chanel, both opted for strapless.

Monochrome is always a good alternative to head-to-toe black, as demonstrated by Kate Winslet, Claire Danes and Colin Firth's wife, Livia Giuggioli, who wore a sustainable Armani dress made of frabic created using recycled water bottles.

Rooney Mara

Cutaway: Rooney Mara, in Nina Ricci, wears her favourite trend

Mila Kunis

Playing it safe: Mila Kunis, who is the face of Christian Dior, wearing the label

 Salma Hayek

Black and gold: Salma Hayek defies her age in Gucci

Julianne Moore

Classic: Julianna More, in Chanel never fails to impress

Claire Danes

Monochrome magic: Claire Danes does grown-up glamour in J. Mendel

Kate Winslet

Golden girl: Kate Winslet looks elegant in a Jenny Packham gown

ivia Giuggioli

Eco chic: Livia Giuggioli Firth wears a sustainable Armani dress

 Giuliana Rancic

Outfit change: Giuliana's first dress was by Monique Collignon


Pink was the freshest hue of the night, with new mother Natalie Portman channelling Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen prefer blondes.

The actress looked stunning with an updo and simple make-up.

Emma Stone opted for two shades of berry, looking chic in Lanvin. Jessica Alba played it safe in embellished Gucci while Tina Fey took a risk in strapless Oscar de la Renta.

Natalie Portman in Lanvin

In the pink: Natalia Portman channels Marilyn Monroe

Emma Stone

Fashion forward: Emma Stone wears a Lanvin dress

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba opted for a Gucci gown with a hint of pink

Tina Fey

Birds of a feather: Tina Fey, wearing an Oscar de la Renta strapless dress


They say never match your gown to the red carpet, but these actresses broke the rules – and it paid off.

Reese Witherspoon looked fresh in a Zac Posen fishtail gown while Glee star Diana Agron opted for a haute-couture look in British designer Giles Deacon.

Her co-star Amber Riley poured her curves into a strapless dress by Badgley Miscka while TV presenter Jeannie Mai opted for a backless gown with crystal detailing.

Actress Stacey Kiebler wore a stunning red Valentino column dress and one of the most coveted accessories on earth – George Clooney.

Reese Witherspoon

Laid-back glamour: Reese Witherspoon looks fresh in Zac Posen

Dianna Agron

High-fashion: Glee star Diana Agron wears Giles

Amber Riley

Curves ahead: Glee co-star Amber Riley in Badgley Mischka

Jeannie Mai

Red alert: Jeannie Mai shows off her back with crystal detailing

George Clooney and Stacy Keibler

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Blue swan: Sofia Vergara shows off her figure in Vera Wang

Freida Pinto

Cerulean goddess: Freida Pinto opts for a strapless Prada gown

Madeleine Stowe

Deep blue: Revenge star Madeleine Stowe in a corset gown

Helen Mirren

Queen of the night: Dame Helen Mirren looks stunning in Badgley Mischka

Kelly Osbourne

Structured: Kelly Osbourne wears a fishtail dress by Zac Posen

Sarah Michelle Gellar

Splash of paint: Sarah Michelle Gellar wears a gown by Monique Lhuillier

Michelle Williams

Blue velvet: Michelle Williams wearing an animal-print Jason Wu gown


While it was last year's hottest red carpet trend, green appears to have had its moment. Only a handfull of actresses opted for the colour last night.

Madonna wore Reem Acra capped-sleeve dress, while Laura Dern opted for long-sleeved Andrew Gn.

Evan Rachel Wood, who perhaps made the biggest statement of the evening, showed off her figure in a halter-neck Gucci feather dress.

New Girl star Zooey Deschanel wore bespoke Prada.

Features, sequins or ruffles, the message was clear when it came to texture – there is no such thing as too much.


Ruffled: Madonna wore Reem Acra silver and green gown

Laura Dern

Bright spark: Laura Dern in long-sleeved v-neck Gucci

Evan Rachel Wood

Mermaid beauty: Rachel Evan Wood wore a feathered Gucci dress

 Zooey Deschanel

Neon know-how: Zooey Deschanel in bespoke Prada


It may be fashion forward, but canary yellow isn't an easy red carpet look to pull off.

That didn't stop some from trying.

Superbad actress Lauren Miller, TV personality Maria Menounos, Mission Impossible 4 actress Paula Patton and Emily Blunt all made a bold statement in the sunny shade.

Lauren Miller

Sunny side up: Superbad star Laura Miller wears an elegant dress by

 Maria Menounos

Bright as the sun: TV presenter Maria Menounos made a bold statement

Paula Patton

Canary queen: Actress Paula Patton is happy with her strapless number

 Emily Blunt

Yellow diamond: Emily Blunt presents an award wearing Elie Saab