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Golden Globes' fashion winners and losers on the red carpet

From elegance to fussiness... Frances Burscough casts her expert eye over the frocks on display at the 74th Golden Globes as stars glammed up for big awards night.

Best Dressed

Naomie Harris: The 40-year-old actress, who was nominated for her role in Moonlight, bucked the trend for lavish extravagance in a very simple yet perfectly-styled sheath-dress by Armani Prive made from pale gold taffeta decorated with pearl beading. The plunging bodice enhanced her perfect figure beautifully, while her chandelier diamond earrings - on loan from Tiffany - completed the sleek and chic look to perfection.

Brie Larson: This actress, who won last year's Golden Globe for her performance in Room, was the Belfast Telegraph's favourite outfit of that evening. So it was no surprise to see her scoring top marks once again as she returned to present an award this year, decked head to toe in a sumptuous swathe of scarlet chiffon by Rodarte. The strapless bodice combined a sweetheart neckline encrusted in rubies and garnets with pin-tucked shimmering silk that flowed down into a floor-sweeping fishtail hemline. Absolutely stunning in every way and from every angle.

Lily Collins: The daughter of pop star Phil Collins has made a name for herself as both a model and actress in recent years. At this year's Golden Globes she was nominated for Best Actress - no less - in the rom-com Rules Don't Apply, and she broke a few rules of her own in spectacular fashion, choosing a full-on ballgown by Zuhair Murad Couture to make her grand entrance. Apparently, it took 10 assistants to dress her in the heavily encrusted number, comprising of sparkling irridescent gemstones set into intricate embroidery atop a confection of transparent silk tulle. Meanwhile, her brunette hair was swept up into a braided concoction that would not have looked amiss on the set of War And Peace.

Emma Stone: Winner of the Best Actress award for her part as the leading lady in La-La Land, Emma Stone chose a dress encrusted with stars to launch herself into the stratosphere. When asked by Ryan Seacrest about her outfit, all Emma (who is not a fan of fashion reporters) would say is: "Well, it's pink and there are stars on it." However, I can confirm that it was designed by the house of Valentino from pale pink silk georgette in superfine sunray pleats, with a cascade of stars hand-stiched in shimmering silver threads across the surface and diamante beads in between. Very eye-catching and very appropriate for such a star-studded occasion, too.

Chrissy Teigen: She has only just given birth to her first child with superstar husband John Legend, but she certainly pulled out all the stops to be noticed at the Globes. Her gloriously feminine Marchesa gown was so different from anyone around her, with a bronze lace bodice encrusted with red and gold roses and finished with a flouncy high neckline and bustle, but completely backless from behind. She completed the look with drop earrings of garnet set in gold and matching garnet coloured lipstick.

Emily Ratajkowski: This gorgeous silver and gold number was another absolute winning combination on the night. Designed by Reem Acra, it combined shimmering silk satin draped around a diamante-encrusted jewellery collar that reached from her neckline to her waist, with two daring side slits at either side. Certainly not for the faint-of-heart, but it probably caused a few gasps on the red carpet, especially when she did a Marilyn Monroe with the skirt accidentally revealing her underwear.

Worst Dressed

Sarah Jessica Parker: She is known for her daring choices, which either work or don't. In this case it was the latter, when she appeared to have swamped herself in a gigantic linen tablecloth tent. Meanwhile, her fancy plaited hairdo, which I think was meant as a tribute to Princess Leia, just looked daft.

Anna Kendrick: She did herself no favours whatsoever with her asymmetrical Grecian gown by Vionnet made from sunray-pleated crepe de chine in a dull sludge grey colour. It not only drained all the colour out of her, but also made her chest look as flat as an ironing board.

Nicole Kidman: She is more often than not a winner in the style stakes, but personally I didn't like the fussiness of her chosen gown by Alexander McQueen, with it's puff sleeves, frilly neckline and flouncy hemline, all coated in sparkling sequins like a confection dusted with caster sugar.

No surprise to learn that her young daughters had chosen it, as it was like something out of a Disney cartoon. However, her hair, make-up and jewellery were all as immaculate and flawless as ever.

Catriona Balfe: The star of the TV series Outlander also opted for a soft-furnishing feel, wearing a dress made from a thick orange and navy blue fabric that looked just like she'd somehow become entangled in a reversible duvet cover.

Sophie Turner: A talented actress who plays feisty characters quite brilliantly, but she really ought to sack the stylist of this horrendous outfit, which looks like an assortment of off-cuts from a fashion college cutting-room floor.

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