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Golden Globes fashion both unexpected and mundane

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/9/2017 By LEANNE ITALIE, Associated Press
Ruth Negga arrives at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Ruth Negga arrives at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Sarah Jessica Parker's Princess Leia hair. Ruth Negga's space-age silver gown. Evan Rachel Woods in a boyish-yet-feminine tuxedo.

Sarah Jessica Parker arrives at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Sarah Jessica Parker arrives at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

While largely a snooze, the red carpet fashion from Sunday's Golden Globes in Beverly Hills, California, did have its unexpected moments, along with some classic Hollywood style with modern twists.

Evan Rachel Wood arrives at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Evan Rachel Wood arrives at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Natalie Portman and Michelle Williams stole the heart of Rickie De Sole, the fashion market and accessories director for W magazine.

Natalie Portman arrives at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Natalie Portman arrives at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Portman wore marigold, a yellow Prada 1960s retro gown that directly channeled her "Jackie" role.

Michelle Williams arrives at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Michelle Williams arrives at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

"The color was unexpected. Prada has done that retro-meets-modern fashion so well. The fact that she's pregnant and still looks that knockout is incredible," De Sole said.

Nicole Kidman arrives at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Nicole Kidman arrives at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

For Williams, it was Louis Vuitton in girly off-the-shoulder gray, her platinum pixy hair perfect with her black velvet choker tied in a bow at the front.

Sofia Vergara arrives at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Sofia Vergara arrives at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

"It was sort of old world meets new world, a Victorian nod with the accessory of the season, the choker," De Sole said. "It was trendy without feeling trendy. It proves you don't have to wear the brightest, boldest colors to stand out on the red carpet."

Angela Bassett arrives at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Angela Bassett arrives at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Fashion insider Hal Rubenstein, a designer himself, said the lead-up to big awards fashion nights has raised the bar so high that it's difficult to stand out these days.

Jessica Chastain arrives at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Jessica Chastain arrives at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

"Look, they're dresses. They're not ugly people. No one's going to look awful. One major thing I noticed is ornamentation is everything. That world of sleek slip dresses or minimalism or just gorgeous easy slip on, that's done," he said. "Sofia Vergara, you could have probably seen her from space."

Ryan Gosling, left, and Emma Stone pose in the press room with the award for best performance by an actor and actress in a motion picture - musical or comedy for "La La Land" at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Ryan Gosling, left, and Emma Stone pose in the press room with the award for best performance by an actor and actress in a motion picture - musical or comedy for "La La Land" at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

By that he meant the embroidered Zuhair Murad Couture gown the bombshell wore in gold with long sleeves and cut out shoulders, the latter an element worn by Nicole Kidman, Angela Bassett and others.

Gina Rodriguez arrives at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Gina Rodriguez arrives at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Vergara went with a tight slick 'do — tight being the operative word. Jessica Chastain also wore her hair headache-inducing tight, paired with a blue Prada gown adorned with sequin flowers down one side.

Janelle Monae arrives at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Janelle Monae arrives at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Rubenstein WAS a fan of the Altuzarra tux worn by Woods.

Viola Davis poses in the press room with the award for best performance by an actress in a supporting role in any motion picture for "Fences" at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Viola Davis poses in the press room with the award for best performance by an actress in a supporting role in any motion picture for "Fences" at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

"I thought she looked sensational and I'm not somebody who loves women in men's tuxedos, but the hair and the styling was great," he said. "There were just enough feminine touches in terms of the tailoring, where it was pinched at the waist, in terms of the width of the lapel, in terms of the beautiful blouse with the great bow. It was just enough."

Mimi Valdes, left, and Pharrell Williams arrive at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Mimi Valdes, left, and Pharrell Williams arrive at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Rubenstein also liked Negga's bedazzled look, a silver short-sleeve column gown that she, too, wore with sleeked-back hair, along with a ruby-and-diamond cuff bracelet in 18-karat yellow gold from Fred Leighton.

Chrissy Teigen, left, and John Legend arrive at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Chrissy Teigen, left, and John Legend arrive at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

"It's incredibly intricately put together," he said of the dress. "There's wonderful tailoring going on."

Amy Adams arrives at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Amy Adams arrives at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Emma Stone earned a nod from Rubenstein, along with Joe Katz, a Beverly Hills stylist. She wore Valentino in pale pink with silver star embellishment.

Kristen Bell arrives at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Kristen Bell arrives at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

"She looked so elegant and perfect. It was a perfect 'La La Land' twinkle moment," Katz said.

Tracee Ellis Ross poses in the press room with the award for best performance by an actress in a television series - musical or comedy for "Black-ish" at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Tracee Ellis Ross poses in the press room with the award for best performance by an actress in a television series - musical or comedy for "Black-ish" at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Parker was a red carpet comeback kid as a nominee for her HBO series "Divorce." She didn't win, and neither did her dress among some critics. It was white Vera Wang Collection with cut-out shoulders that fell to bunchy long sleeves. The dress, paired with a Leia-worthy twist around her head, had a fitted waist and fell to a short, ample train.

Anna Chlumsky arrives at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Anna Chlumsky arrives at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Joyann King, editor of HarpersBazaar.com, said the blacks, grays and whites on the carpet, offset by shows of pink and yellow, might reflect the more polar elements of Hollywood's mood at the moment after a year of celebrity deaths, often premature, and the results of the presidential election, soon to be realized in Donald Trump's inauguration.

Millie Bobby Brown arrives at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Millie Bobby Brown arrives at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

"In general, America's attitude right now is a little bit more mundane. Some people were trying not to be, 'Hey look, we're Hollywood,'" King said. "The opposite of that is the Cinderella effect, the soft pastels and florals and people just trying to give the world a little bit of that optimism that we're all sort of craving."

Dev Patel carries Sunny Pawar as they pose in the press room at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Dev Patel carries Sunny Pawar as they pose in the press room at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
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