Lebanese designer Elie Saab has long been a leading name in haute couture in the Middle East, where his romantic, crystal-encrusted gowns attracted princesses to his Beirut atelier, opened in 1982 when he was just 18 years old. His ready-to-wear line, which launched in 1998 in Milan, heralds the same feminine aesthetic as his couture dresses, with brightly colored silks, chiffons, pearl beading, and embroidered lace. With their Middle Eastern detailing and European sensibility, Saab gowns are also at home on the Hollywood red carpet; Halle Berry famously wore one to pick up her Academy Award in 2002.
For this Fall 2009 runway show, he took the designs by the reins and came up with brilliant crisp white gowns. Every model in the show walked down the way looking like an edgy ice princess.
The Golden Globe Awards are presented annually by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) to recognize outstanding achievements in the entertainment industry and to focus wide public attention upon the best in motion pictures and television. The formal ceremony and dinner at which the awards are presented is a major part of the film industry’s “awards season”, which culminates each year with the Academy Awards.
While the awards are extremely important, the fashion plays an enormous role in the Golden Globes. Everyone wonders who will wear what. This year was especially important because, in 2008, due to the writers strike, the 65th Golden Globe Awards was not telecasted live. So all of the fashion-lovers were all excited to see all of the fashion for the year, the 66th Golden Globe Awards.
Here are a few of what I call the Best Dressed:
Amy Adams looked stunning in this beautiful Oscar de la Renta dress. It brought out her fiery red hair and she stood out on the red carpet.
Kate Beckinsale styled a J. Mendel gown with Fred Leighton jewels.
Debra Messing came in a navy Vera Wang with Fred Leighton jewels and a Judith Leiber clutch.
America Ferrera showed up in a one-shouldered silver Oscar de la Renta dress with Fred Leighton jewels and Jimmy Choo shoes.
Laura Linney glowed in an egg-shell yellow Elie Saab Haute Couture gown with a Ferragamo clutch.
Anne Hathaway looked dazzling in Armani Privé with Van Cleef & Arpels jewels.
Eva Longoria showed off a flattering mermaid-style red Reem Acra with Verdura jewels and a Swarovski clutch.
Rumer Willis looked beautiful in a plum Reem Acra with Neil Lane jewels.