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Golden Globes

Sure, the Oscars get all the glory. But since the turn of the millennium, the Golden Globes have emerged as a big deal for red carpet dressing, and the events boasts its own long list of looks for the history books. Many of the most memorable gowns worn at the Golden Globes were designed by Valentino: Consider, for instance, two of the dresses that made a big impact at the awards show in 2005. On the one hand, there was Keira Knightley, nominated for her performance in Pride and Prejudice, wearing a demure, ivory Valentino gown with a glittery bow over the midriff; on the other hand, Scarlett Johansson looking bombshell-as-can-be in a body-hugging dress of va-va-voom Valentino red. A few years earlier, in 2004, Jennifer Aniston and Gwen Stefani presented a similar contrast, with Aniston turning up in black vintage Valentino with a daring “V” knifing down her cleavage, and Stefani making her own sexy statement in a high-necked Valentino column of bone white. Some other highlights? How about Cameron Diaz, briefly a brunette in 2007, wearing that one-shoulder, white Valentino gown with tiers of frothy ruffles? Or perhaps Kate Hudson in 2003, paying tribute to her mama Goldie Hawn’s boho icon status in a strapless Valentino of patchworked patterned silk? Meanwhile, the red, midriff-baring Valentino gown that Once & Again star Sela Ward wore to the awards in 2002 was a showstopper—and it stopped the show again five years later, when Claudia Schiffer donned the same look for the Valentino 45th anniversary gala in Rome. Really, given the entertainment value of seeing these and other Valentino gowns make their way down the Globes’ red carpet, it seems like an oversight that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which organizes the awards, doesn’t give Mr. Valentino an honorary statuette just for making actresses look fabulous.


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