Entertainment Celebrity Lady Gaga’s mega dress derails the mania for trains on the Golden Globes red carpet
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Lady Gaga’s mega dress derails the mania for trains on the Golden Globes red carpet

Billy Porter 2019 Golden Globes
Elisabeth Moss was tickled by nominee Billy Porter in embroidered suit, spangled slippers and cape. Yes, cape. Photo: Getty
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A year on from the Golden Globes’ red carpet blackout, stars grabbed the sartorial freedom of 2019 by going for dresses with plenty of oomph and plenty of fabric.

The bottom line? Like a suburban bridezilla with her one shot at glory, Hollywood’s leading ladies went nuts for trains.

Alison Brie, Danai Gurira and Lili Reinhart were among those who sported trains – some more discreet than others, but all of them undeniably of the ‘Make Way, Make Way’ variety.

The other big trend was the bow. From a string of skinny ones down the back of Dakota Fanning’s Armani Privé gown to the giant silk version on Charlize Theron’s dress (which also had a train), stars looked like they were auditioning for a job at Darrell Lea.

The queen of them all – very deliberately so – was Lady Gaga. The A Star is Born winner’s divisive sky blue Valentino came with oversized puffy sleeves and a train that was so long Gaga needed a wrangler whenever she left her seat.

The stonking dress was accessorised with a $5 million Tiffany & Co necklace, matchy-matchy blue hair pulled into a bun, and an earnest demeanour.

The full effect was kitsch Disney princess rather than old-school Hollywood royalty, except for the ugly Gianvito Rossi platform boots, which were pure Kiss Army.

Lady Gaga 2019 Golden Globes
Lady Gaga also took out the train award. Photo: Getty

Julia Roberts. Were you conflicted – pant or dress? Why not a valet parker’s pant with a homemade calisthenics skirt and sheer top with no bra? Done.

Julia Roberts 2019 Golden Globes
Julia Roberts.

The Good Place’s Jameela Jamil went for newly crowned colour of the year, coral, but anchored the softness of her Monique Lhuillier gown by wearing a jean underneath. Now, that’s a Golden Globes first.

Jameela Jamil
Jameela Jamil. Photo: Getty

Dakota Fanning was another faux Disney princess in Armani Privé with a ballgown skirt in bridal satin and her row of bows. Elegantly boring.

Dakota Fanning Golden Globes 2019
Dakota Fanning. Photo: Getty

Riverdale‘s Lili Reinhart made her Golden Globes debut in fabulous  Khyeli Couture with a floaty train. A teeny bit like a doll on the toilet roll, but in a good way.

Lili Reinhart Golden Globes 2019
Lili Reinhart. Photo: Getty

Australian Extra host Renee Bargh rocked a vaguely Grecian vibe in backless, plunging J Andreatta (designer of Jasmine Yarbrough’s wedding dress), which showed lots of skin but was still classy.

Renee Bargh
Renee Bargh. Photo: Getty

Alison Brie toughened up her girly gown with a metallic bandeau bra. We get what she was doing. Not sure if it worked.

Alison Brie Golden Globes 2019
Alison Brie. Photo: Getty

Host Sandra Oh’s first look of the night was glamorous slinky Atelier Versace with grown-up lady hair and a beaming co-host, Andy Samberg.

Sandra Oh Andy Samberg Golden Globes 2019
Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg. Photo: Getty

Outlander’s Caitriona Balfe was somehow contemporary and old-fashioned at the same time in strapless burgundy velvet with tulip skirt. And bobby pins! Did herself no favours but very Vogue.

Caitriona Balfe Golden Globes 2019
Caitriona Balfe. Photo: Getty

Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer (co-star Oh’s date for the night) killed it. It’s a lot – ruffles! spangles! high neck! – but her air of mystery made it high fashion.

Jodie Comer 2019 Golden Globes
Jodie Comer. Photo: Getty

Love you, Amy Adams. Hate this. Or at least, I will when I wake up.

Amy Adams 2019 Golden Globes
Amy Adams. Photo: Getty

Eighth Grade star Elsie Fisher went for head-to-toe red in a velvet suit by Kenzo, which was a touch Sergeant Pepper’s. She’s 15. She’s original. Keep doing you, lady.

Elsie Fisher 2019 Golden Globes
Elsie Fisher. Photo: Getty

Anne Hathaway played against type in mismatched animal print with generous skirt where someone else might have gone pencil. Love.

Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway. Photo: Getty

Halle Berry has been playing the same card forever: Peekaboo panels, statement bit coming off her skirt, hair extensions. Next.

Halle Berry 2019 Golden Globes
Halle Berry.

Black Panther’s Danai Gurira pulled off the bow and train combo in runaway style.

Danai Gurira 2019 Golden Globes
Danai Gurira. Photo: Getty

Jamie Lee Curtis was sexy in a Celine Dion way but needed to rethink the puzzling high school principal shoes.

Jamie Lee Curtis 2019 Golden Globes
Jamie Lee Curtis. Photo: Getty

Bohemian Rhapsody’s Lucy Boynton had a podium finish for best dressed in metallic gold with great sleeves, perfect shoes and unfinished hair. Chic squared.

Lucy Boynton 2019 Golden Globes
Lucy Boynton. Photo: Getty

Jessica Chastain channelled a bedside lamp from a prairie brothel.

Jessica Chastain 2019 Golden Globes
Jessica Chastain. Photo: Getty

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s winner Rachel Brosnahan went for a dressed-up variety of the dress you take to wear at the Club Med buffet.

Rachel Brosnahan 2019 Golden Globes
Rachel Brosnahan. Photo: Getty

Rosamund Pike looked Photoshopped. Dramatic skirt and halterneck and the only cutouts to pass muster on a red carpet. Smile next time.

Rosamund Pike 2019 Golden Globes
Rosamund Pike. Photo: Getty

There’s always someone who wears the dress you love and hate in equal measure. Lucy Liu put her hand up at the Globes, in an embellished one-shouldered dress with shower curtain cape.

Lucy Liu 2019 Golden Globes
Lucy Liu. Photo: Getty

“I feel fabulous,” said The Handmaid’s Tale Yvonne Strahovski, in Alberta Ferretti. “It’s just fabulous.”

Yvonne Strahovski 2019 Golden Globes
Yvonne Strahovski. Photo: Getty

Penelope Cruz (The Assassination of Gianni Versace) chose a shimmery deep purple halterneck Ralph & Russo dress that could change the course of bridesmaid dresses in 2019.

Penelope Cruz 2019 Golden Globes
Penelope Cruz. Photo: Getty

And the winner is Sofia Carson. Cool, fun, daring, modest, hypnotic.

Sofia Carson 2019 Golden Globes
Sofia Carson. Photo: Getty

Model Irina Shayk and A Star is Born supremo Bradley Cooper were couple goals. At least he looked a winner, and she nailed her audition for Victoria’s Secret.

Irina Shayk Bradley Cooper 2019 Golden Globes
Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper. Photo: Getty

Catherine Zeta-Jones borrowed something from Melania Trump’s pre-White House wardrobe.

Catherine Zeta Jones 2019 Golden Globes
Catherine Zeta-Jones. Photo: Getty

Regina King wasn’t just a winner on the stage. Simple silhouette, flashy sequins, understated accessories, terrific colour.

Regina King 2019 Golden Globes
Regina King. Photo: Getty

Crazy Rich Asians’ Constance Wu in demure Vera Wang. Pretty but meh.

Constance Wu 2019 Golden Globes
Constance Wu. Photo: Getty

Calling Professor McGonagall! Had Melissa McCarthy come fresh from Hogwarts?

Melissa McCarthy 2019 Golden Globes
Melissa McCarthy. Photo: Getty

Taraji P. Henson tested the Hollywood Tape most on the night.

Taraji P. Henson 2019 Golden Globes
Taraji P. Henson. Photo: Getty

Nicole Kidman was vaguely reptilian in ox blood Michael Kors with semi-matronly heels. Cute bag.

Nicole Kidman 2019 Golden Globes
Nicole Kidman. Photo: Getty

Kate Mara wore what appeared to be a bejewelled nightgown from Elizabeth Taylor’s deceased estate.

Kate Mara 2019 Golden Globes
Kate Mara. Photo: Getty

The Favourite’s Rachel Weisz was both fussy and simple. Fabulous.

Rachel Weisz 2019 Golden Globes
Rachel Weisz. Photo: Getty

Olivia Colman (The Favourite) had a mini train and maximum charisma, in a dress with 2019 chain mail neck and sleeves.

Olivia Colman 2019 Golden Globes
Olivia Colman. Photo: Getty

Lupita Nyong’o chose a shimmering sea anemone Calvin Klein sheath worn with $63 Aldo sandals. Divine.

Lupita Nyong'o 2019 Golden Globes
Lupita Nyong’o. Photo: Getty

Emily Blunt (Mary Poppins Returns) pushed the envelope with a handkerchief hem – almost as terrifying as a mullet dress – and spider web lace.

Emily Blunt
Emily Blunt. Photo: Getty

Sharp Objects’ Patricia Clarkson was the human embodiment of a tequila sunrise. That’s a good thing.

Patricia Clarkson 2019 Golden Globes
Patricia Clarkson. Photo: Getty

Claire Foy (First Man) wore a divine 1940s-style dress with sunburst embroidery that swamped her a touch. Next time, let’s go modern.

Claire Foy 2019 Golden Globes
Claire Foy. Photo: Getty

Charlize Theron wore sophisticated black and white with the night’s best bow.

Charlize Theron 2019 Golden Globes
Charlize Theron. Photo: Getty

Amber Heard was Charlize Theron two hours after the after party.

Amber Heard 2019 Golden Globes
Amber Heard. Photo: Getty

Covered in 63,000 twisted glass tubes to create a scale pattern, Emma Stone’s Louis Vuitton Atelier gown took 30 embroiderers more than 800 hours to make. And it still washed her out.

Emma Stone 2019 Golden Globes
Emma Stone. Photo: Getty

Allison Janney had faith in gravity in a body-con duck egg blue dress.

Allison Janney 2019 Golden Globes
Allison Janney. Photo: Getty

Janelle Monae appeared to have come back from the Crusades via a Paris atelier. Literally nobody else could wear this.

Janelle Monae 2019 Golden Globes
Janelle Monae. Photo: Getty

Despite overtones of a stage curtain, Saoirse Ronan’s metallic dress was both modest and racy and was styled perfectly with irreverent platforms.

Saoirse Ronan 2019 Golden Globes
Saoirse Ronan. Photo: Getty

But even among the celebrities, the woman who made the biggest splash on the red carpet was an until-now complete unknown who quickly became The Fiji Water Girl on social media.

The at-first unidentified woman, wearing a tiered royal blue dress and holding a tray of water bottles, photobombed a heap of red carpet shots including Idris Elba, Jim Carrey and Judy Greer.

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