Golden Globe fashion fights gloom of Haiti, rain

Sun Jan 17, 2010 10:24pm EST
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By Sue Zeidler

BEVERLY HILLS, California (Reuters) - Hollywood's top actresses strode down the Golden Globe Awards' red carpet in vibrant gowns on Sunday as stars sought to boost spirits after the deadly tragedy in Haiti and brighten a gloomy rainy day.

Many stars, like Nicole Kidman, pinned ribbons of yellow, blue and red to dresses and tuxedos in a show of support for victims of the massive earthquake that rocked the Caribbean nation last week.

Nominated actress Glenn Close noted the irony of celebrating their industry's achievements against the backdrop of such hardship, but said performers have the unique ability to rally and make a difference in these times.

"My profession has always been sensitive," said Close on the red carpet, in a dark sequined strapless gown.

Style insiders said the awards show displayed deep and rich colors as stars and designers offered film and television fans Hollywood-style escapism from the realities of the Haiti quake, economic gloom and heightened security fears.

"A lot of people wore color but they were not flamboyant. There was a lot of attention to feminine details and not a lot of va va va boom," said InStyle fashion director Cindy Weber Cleary, who gave high marks to actress Kate Hudson in her pale structured gown.


There were some eye-popping moments though. Mariah Carey's black, tight-fitting, plunging neckline gown was deemed a show stopper.   Continued...

<p>Spanish actress Penelope Cruz from the film "Nine" arrives at the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 17, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>