This weekend, while most of Hollywood is pre-Globe partyin’, crack teams of stylists are racing all over town, making last minute decisions, decisions, decisions on gowns, shoes and jewelry for their star clients to wear to the increasingly important 63rd annual Golden Globe Awards.
Come Monday, we will enjoy the fashion fruits of their frantic labors when nominees like Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Keira Knightley, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Williams, Maria Bello, Charlize Theron, Gwyneth Paltrow, Felicity Huffman, Eva Longoria, Mira Sorvino, Teri Hatcher, Halle Berry and Marcia Cross walk the long red carpet outside the Beverly Hilton.
But until then, no one worth their steam machine dares breathe a designer name for fear an actress — even a contracted spokesmodel actress — may change her mind. But most stylists are happy to talk general trends, color, shape, and mood.
According to several L.A. style seers, the carpet will be awash with silver, black and white. With maybe shot of green, red, some soft pinks.
“Last year, everything was nude and gold. Now it’s silver with black and white,” revealed fashion flack Marilyn Heston, during a pit stop at the Vanity Fair-sponsored MAC cosmetics party at the Chateau Marmont Friday night.
“It’s still three days out (meaning until the Globes show) but those are the colors of the pieces (gowns) that people (stars’ stylists and PR reps) are calling in (asking to have sent over for the star to look at).” Man, this fashion speak takes time to learn.
But Heston should know.
Photo: Eva Longoria and Maria Bello do Black & White at the GQ party for Globe nominees at the Regent Beverly Wilshire on Friday night. But will they wear it to the Golden Globe Awards on Monday?(Jeff Vespa / WireImage)
]]> Heston reps Beirut-born designer Elie Saab and Aussie designer Collette Dinnigan, both of whom show their collections in Paris. Saab just dressed “History of Violence” star Bello in a glam gown for the New York Film Critics Awards. Dinnigan is dressing Olivia Newton-John and her daughter, Chloe, (who is releasing her first album soon) for the Australian Penfolds Icon Gala Dinner at the Hollywood Palladium Saturday night.
Heston hints that the hot new black/white fashion palette even extends to diamonds. “There’s a big demand for black diamonds this season,” says Heston. “H. Stern is doing them. So is Stephen Webster."
Expect less skin than last year. And more structure to the gowns. But with softness, says another stylist. “Lots of silk charmeuse and chiffon,” insists yet another insider. And the hair? “Soft. A lot of actresses will be wearing their hair down this year,” Heston reveals.
One thing stylists do agree on is that they’re not thinking Oscars right now. The next film awards is the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Then there’s a bit of a break, they say, until the March 5 Oscars. And Oscar gowns will look very different from the Globes.
“It’s a whole new ball game for the Oscars,” says one top level fashion femme. “With international couture showing in January and the New York ready-to-wear shows coming in Feb, you need the very newest, latest thing. The Oscars look will be totally different and fresh.” And that means one-of-a-kind, never-been-seen couture creations for all the top actresses.
The same is true for jewelry. H. Stern has a unique Oscar jewelry collection that will not be shown to anyone for weeks and weeks. In fact, some pieces are still being made.
Awards season is an important time of year for fashion designers, jewelry and accessory makers. Mega bucks depend on an actress wearing their wares on the carpets. Luckily, this year, there are a lot of young, pretty sample size actresses to dress. “It’s not about dressing everyone anymore,” insists one designer rep. “It’s about finding one actress who is right for your clothes and who will look beautiful in them.”
All we know for sure is that by 3:30 p.m. Monday afternoon — when the Globe-ready actresses are safely strapped in their limos and heading to the Beverly Hilton — designer’s reps and PR folks will breathe a giant sigh of relief and start emailing the stars’ final choices to the waiting world.
Until then, mum’s the word.