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Keira Knightley Golden Globes Dress

The 74th annual Golden Globe awards take place on January 8th – which means that Hollywood's red carpet season is officially in full swing. And thus the question hanging in the air is, what are the stars going to where? Nominees—including Outlander star Caitriona Balfe, a former model who walked in Valentino shows when Mr. Valentino still helmed the house—would do well to take inspiration from one of the best-ever Globes looks, worn by Keira Knightley in 2006.

On the face of it, Knightley's Valentino gown is simplicity itself. A strapless white column, from Mr. Valentino's Spring/Summer 2006 Ready-to-Wear collection, it's made of crepe satin, and features one stand-out element: A petal-shaped bow accentuating the waist. Here, the details sing: The bow was formed by two padded "torses," i.e., padded ribbon, that wrap around the dress and then fall in two long tassels meant to look a bit like stems. The bow and tassels are embellished with crystals and bugle beads. Neatly fitted at the bust, the gown gains a sense of movement both from the tassels, and the subtle train draped off the back.

This gown was a particularly clever choice for Ms. Knightley: It's empire-waist shape was lightly reminiscent of the costumes she wore in Pride & Prejudice, the film for which she'd been nominated. She didn't win the award that year—but has taken home umpteen prizes from fashion arbiters such as Vogue and Marie Claire who have listed her 2006 ensemble in their round-ups of best Golden Globes looks ever.


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