2014 Golden Globes Red Carpet

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Yesterday’s Golden Globe ceremony launched another Hollywood awards season and featured an encore presentation of the conservative black-tie styling that has been gracing red carpets for the past few years.   In fact, it was a virtual re-run of last year’s formal styles.  Peaked lapels seemed to dominate followed by notched versions and a healthy dose of shawl collars.  Bow ties continued to hold their own against the long tie, jackets varied almost equally between one and two buttons, and midnight blue suits and fly-front shirts were once again very popular.  Unfortunately the exposed shirt waist – the formal version of “plumber’s crack” – also returned in force.  One welcome change from 2013 is waning of the vogue for sausage suits (the ones that men squeeze themselves into like sausage into a casing).

Best of the Best

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Bradley Cooper in his trusty Tom Ford single-button peak lapel. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Chris Pine in Ermenegildo Zegna.  ( Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Chris Pine in Ermenegildo Zegna. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Saturday Night Live star Will Forte in MB RL BL with dark blue bow tie. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Saturday Night Live star Will Forte in midnight-blue Ralph Lauren Black Lapel with dark blue bow tie. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

The Good Wife’s Josh Charles looking smart in a well-fitted midnight-blue ensemble. ( Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

The Good Wife’s Josh Charles looking very dapper in a well-fitted midnight-blue ensemble. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Tom Hanks in Tom Ford.

Tom Hanks in Tom Ford.

Matthew McConaughey in dark green velvet by Dolce & Gabbana (Getty Images)

Matthew McConaughey in a dark green velvet jacket and waistcoat by Dolce & Gabbana. (Getty Images)

The perennially sharp-dressed Martin Scorsese ( Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

The perennially sharp-dressed Martin Scorsese. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Black Tie Guide hall--of-famer Sean Combs, presumably wearing himself.  ( Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Black Tie Guide hall-of-famer Sean Combs, presumably wearing himself. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

I never thought I’d be putting Mike Tyson in this category.  Love the brocade jacket. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

I never thought I’d be putting Mike Tyson in this category. Love the brocade jacket.
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Of Note

Matt Damon in Calvin Klein. ( Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Matt Damon in Calvin Klein. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)(Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Orlando Bloom and Jim Parsons both in link-front jackets and both in desperate need of a waist covering. ( Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Orlando Bloom and Jim Parsons both in link-front jackets and both in desperate need of a waist covering. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Michael Fassbender throws off a smart Tom Ford tuxedo with overly long shirt sleeves and trouser legs. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Michael Fassbender throws off his smart Tom Ford tuxedo with overly long shirt sleeves and trouser legs.
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Mark Ruffalo dares to wear brown in town - and pulls it off.  (Getty Images)

Mark Ruffalo dares to wear brown in town – and pulls it off.
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Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson in Giorgio Armani.  Note the velvet bow tie. ( Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Modern Family‘s Jesse Tyler Ferguson in Giorgio Armani. Note the velvet bow tie.
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Ferguson's co-star Ty Burrell in a striking tuxedo that would look so much better if it fit properly.   (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Ferguson’s co-star Ty Burrell in a striking tuxedo that would look so much better if it fit properly.
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It may be notched lapel and two-buttoned but Liev Shrieber makes this tuxedo anything but pedestrian.  Partial credit goes to having the common sense to wear a cummerbund.   (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

It may be notched lapel and two-buttoned but Liev Shrieber makes this tuxedo anything but pedestrian thanks to an excellent fit and waist-covering tuxedo among other natty details.  
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Although Thor star Chris Hemsworth is one of the few men to cover his waist, his business-suit-style waistcoat can't meet the formal standards set by the rest of the outfit.   (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Although Thor star Chris Hemsworth is one of the few men smart enough to cover his waist, his business-suit-style waistcoat isn’t up to the formal standards set by the rest of the outfit.
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Singer Usher's outfit was on a lot of critics' best-dressed lists but with its total lack of contrast it's certainly not going to make mine.   (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Singer Usher’s outfit was on a lot of critics’ best-dressed lists but with its total lack of contrast it’s definitely not on mine.
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NCIS star Chris O'Donnell in Ralph Lauren Black Label. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

NCIS star Chris O’Donnell in Ralph Lauren Black Label.
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Kevin Spacey tends to push the formal envelope a little too far but this year he reins it in with this velvet Burberry tuxedo. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Kevin Spacey tends to push the formal envelope a little too far but this year he reins it in with this velvet Burberry tuxedo.
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If 15-year-old Modern Family actor Nolan Gould can dress this well there’s no excuse for grown men to get it wrong. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

If 15-year-old Modern Family actor Nolan Gould can dress this well there’s no excuse for grown men not to do the same.
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Special Mention

It seems that every Hollywood awards ceremony must have a beautiful actress sporting a tuxedo and Diane Keaton played that role last night. (Getty Images)

It seems that every Hollywood awards ceremony must have a beautiful actress sporting a tuxedo and Diane Keaton played that role last night. (Getty Images)

Worst of the Worst

That rock-star slob look is getting really tired guys.  (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

That rock-star slob look is getting really tired guys.
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Proof that good looks don't trump bad clothes: Chicago Fire stars Jesse Spencer and Taylor Kinney modelling poorly fitted rental clothes and poorly chosen monochrome prom wear. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Proof that good looks don’t trump bad clothes: Chicago Fire stars Jesse Spencer and Taylor Kinney modelling poorly fitted rental clothes and poorly chosen monochrome prom wear.
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Beau Bridges is another stalwart of the banal black-on-black look.  (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Beau Bridges is another stalwart of the banal black-on-black look.
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Actor Joaquin Phoenix finished off this number with black Converse running shoes, apparently channelling Mr. Rogers.  (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Actor Joaquin Phoenix finished off this number with black Converse running shoes.  Mr. Rogers would be pleased. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

4 Comments

  1. David V

    For Spencer and Taylor it was worse that rental. They got them from Chicago Fire’s Wardrobe Department

    Reply
  2. Jovan

    Wow. Have any of these actors, who make way more than us, ever heard of tailors?

    Reply
    1. Duncan Pike

      RIGHT!? If I had those resources, I’d employ a full time tailor.

      Reply
  3. AdamW

    “Beau Bridges is another stalwart of the banal black-on-black look. ”

    Aw, now, c’mon, be fair – he is wearing co-respondent shoes.

    Good lord.

    Reply

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