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By Kaitlyn Mitchell 

The lavish 3-hour ceremony of the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards is completed; therefore, it is time to goggle over the haute couture available to the public eye only during the awards season (there has to be something to make dreary January and February more exciting, right?). Golden Globes co-host Tina Fey quipped: “The Hunger Games is what I call the six weeks it took me to get into this dress,” to which her co-host Amy Poehler replied: “The Life of Pi is what the six weeks after I take this dress off are called.”

Best-Dressed Overall: Before being awarded Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical Motion Picture for Silver Linings Playbook, Jennifer Lawrence strutted the red carpet in a Dior Haute Couture gown, complete with a classic 1950’s bustier silhouette. Way to bring the femme fatale back, J-Law!

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Trendiest Color: Rosario Dawson’s baby blue peplum gown fit like a glove while Jessica Chastain’s ill-fitting dress in the same hue was less of a crowd pleaser…but lovely from the backside! Watch out for powder blue in the trends of spring 2013.

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Most Flattering Silhouette: At age 67, Helen Mirren may be even more gorgeous than she was in her 20’s. The fashion-savvy actress pays careful attention to silhouette, and the embroidery on her striking black gown proves that she has an eye for flattering body-con shapes. Modest, yet incredibly sexy. Kate Hudson also successfully rocked the black-and-gold long sleeved gown trend in Alexander McQueen. Her golden hair falls nicely over the golden collar, which is ornately baroque (a popular trend from fall 2012 runways).

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 Lovliest: Lea Michele wore an Elie Saab piece oddly reminiscent of a wedding gown while presenting onstage at the ceremony, but it was nonetheless dazzling. We’re coveting the collar neckline, well-placed slit, and lace detail on the train!

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Best Back View: Fresh off an alleged breakup with Harry Styles, Taylor Swift’s aubergine gown gave her that perfect hour-glass silhouette, but who was in charge of ironing it?! The wrinkles were unfortunately distracting, but the backside view was brilliant!

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 Best Mermaid: Amy Adams squeezed into a sleek nude gown that flared out beautifully into an eruption of tulle at the fin-tail.

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Cutest Man: Young Nolan Gould of Modern Family fame arrived on the red carpet in style with an adorable bow-tie that matched his orange checkered dress shirt.

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Best Sparkly Gown: Co-host Tina Fey wore an impressive display of glitter on her deep teal jewel-hued gown. The ceremony surprisingly adhered to Tina’s opening promise that “It’s going to be over by eleven dark thirty at the latest!” (In comedic reference to the Golden Globe-nominated film Zero Dark Thirty)

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 Best Red: There were a slew of red dresses on the red carpet (are all the actresses trying to camouflage themselves?), but Naomi Watts certainly wore the most stunningly detailed gown. The trend continues, however, where the back view of the dress is just better than full frontal.

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Best Floral: Lucy Liu stood out from the sea of solid mermaid frocks in her floral Carolina Herrera gown. Her fishtail side-braid and minimilist jewelry are perfect complements to the dramatic princess skirt. The punchy pattern is reminiscent of prints by preppy British retailer Ted Baker.

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The theme of the night was the mermaid silhouette, from Kelly Osbourne’s elegantly structured piece to Hayden Panettiere’s frothy pastel version. Overall, it wasn’t an incredibly stunning fashion turnout, but in the next six weeks the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards and the Academy Awards have the potential to surprise and delight gown mavens.

Who do you think was the best dressed at the Golden Globes? Do you disagree with any of our personal favorites? Please comment!

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