2013 Golden Globes Red Carpet

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The 2013 awards season began with a bang last night, sartorially speaking. The conservative styling of the 2012 season returned in force as did shawl collars, bow ties, shirts with turndown collars and fly fronts, square-fold pocket squares and, sadly, exposed shirt navels due to absent waist coverings.  There were some new variations though. Midnight blue surged in popularity as did slim-fit cuts which were often so extreme that trouser legs bunched up over the shoes. (Both trends no doubt received a boost from the Tom Ford tuxedo featured in the latest James Bond film.)

Best of the Best

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Black Tie hall-of-famer Sean Combs nails the look once again, this time with a midnight-blue shawl collar suit.  (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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Another great midnight-blue shawl collar, this one from “Modern Family”‘s Jesse Tyler Ferguson. (JustJared.com)

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Jason Bateman models yet another slimline shawl collar – a very popular style on the red carpet this year. (JustJared.com)

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Max Greenfield from “New Girl” rocks a more virile interpretation of the shawl collar complete with buttonhole. (JustJared.com)

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Another perennial member of the best-dressed list, Bradley Cooper in Tom Ford.  (Steve Granitz/WireImage)

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Dustin Hoffman looked very much at home in his classic one-button peaked lapel.  He could have shown a bit of shirt cuff but then again so could just about everyone else.  (Kevork Djansezian/NBC via Getty Images)

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Hugh Jackman’s lack of waist covering is obvious here but we’ll give him credit for a midnight-blue link-closure dinner jacket (From Louis Vitton). (Axelle/Bauer-Griffin)

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Similarly, Daniel Craig’s 2-button jacket and bunched-up stovepipe trousers from Tom Ford are counterbalanced by a covered waist – just about the only one in sight. (Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Aziz Ansari (Alexandra Wyman/Getty Images)

Aziz Ansari looking very smart. (Alexandra Wyman/Getty Images)

Off the Mark

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Ben Affleck was possibly the only other celebrity to wear a waist covering – only to negate its benefits by wearing his trousers down at his hips. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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George, what happened?  Armani deserves better. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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Representing the waiter contingent this year is Nathan Fillion from “Castle”. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Out to Lunch

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The normally debonnaire Victor Garber appears to be moonlighting as a Vegas magician.  (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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Perennial worst-dressed nominee Quentin Tarantino. (Alberto Rodriguez/NBC via Getty Images)

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Jeremy Irons: The ’80s are calling and they want their creative black tie back. (Getty Images)

Taking pot shots at Robert Downey Jr. 's formal fashion sense is like shooting fish in a barrel.  But I think that's exactly how he likes it. (JustJared.com)

Taking pot shots at Robert Downey Jr. ‘s formal fashion sense is like shooting fish in a barrel. But I think that’s exactly how he likes it. (JustJared.com)

Special Mention

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Here’s a great example of how to pull off a velvet dinner jacket – and how not to.   Courtesy of Eddie Redmayne and Kunal Nuyyar.  (Jeff Vespa/WireImage | Jordan Strauss/AP Photo)

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Amy Poehler makes a statement. (Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Finally, I should note that there were plenty of perfectly respectable outfits which I had to omit simply for space considerations. The fact that Jon Hamm, Tyler Burrell, Bryan Cranston, Daniel Day Lewis, Tate Donovan, Diego Klattenhoff and Sam Fox did not qualify as first-place finishers is less a criticism of their choices and more a  testament to how high the bar has been raised as of late.

5 Comments

  1. Cygnus

    Out of the ones you showed here, I think Max Greefield was the best turned-out. The style and fit of his tuxedo are spot on and he appears to be wearing a cummerbund (you can see it just peeking out of the jacket closure), which nets him extra points in my book.

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  2. Rishi

    I don’t understand Clooney… He’s always better-dressed than that. Even when he wears a notch tuxedo, he still looks sharp.

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  3. Jeremy Chan

    Ben Affleck is also either wearing a belt, or his trousers have a satin-finished waistband.

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  4. Jesse MacLeod

    Although there shouldn’t ever be a legitimate excuse for dressing poorly at such events, I wonder if a lot of Hollywood stars put less effort into their outfits for the Golden Globes as they view it as somewhat of a sideshow?

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  5. Adam Williamson

    On the waist covering front – score another point for Max Greenfield, if you look close, he’s got one (looks like probably a cummerbund). His is my favourite of the lot, in fact.

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