Golden Globes Well Played: Julianna Margulies


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This was definitely a year in which the fashion tipped toward prim fronts and open backs — I mean, in the final accounting, it may have been a record low in terms of cleavage (although those who went for it really WENT for it, ahem, Morena and Erin, although hers is less “cleavage” than “all of her skin”). I wonder if that means the traditionally less revealing SAGs will thus flip the script and be one giant nipple parade.

One of my favorite demure gowns of the night was on Julianna Margulies:

Awesome color, awesome shimmer, and her accessories are perfect with it. I have such a crush — and, she is another person I need to thank and embrace for being proud of her natural coloring. I like my Diet Coke cold, my TV soapy, and my Alicia Florrick NOT the color of a pumpkin candle.

The back is pretty basic but I will show it to you anyway, because I’m a completist.

Gosh, WHOOPS, how did that get in there? So very sorry for putting you through the agony of that much hotness. The close-up did make me wonder if I like the fabric as much as I thought, but… it’s unusual so I’m just going to ignore that and assume it was awesome in person and not at all tweedy. And also, I like tweed, so there you go.

See? Simple. I wish Rooney Mara had worn this. They have similar coloring, and obviously, this dress works with a dark ponytail. The SAGs are when Hailee Steinfeld busted out that awesome striped dress, so maybe Rooney will… hey, wait, when did this post become about her? Margulies: love it. Love her. Want to be this I grow up. Realizing I may have to give up that ghost because a) I am technically already grown, and b) I don’t look like her at all. Sad. Going to moisturize then fall into sugar spiral.

[Photo: Getty]

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  1. Fuh Ugh
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    This was my absolute favorite of the night, and it got hugely slammed by some others. Glad you liked it too.

  2. Miss Em
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    Meh, meh, meh. At least it fits her. But she could have done sooo much better.

  3. Stefanie
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    Her husband is SOOOO FINNNNNE. I cant even see her dress…

  4. Erin
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    Love the back, HATE the front. The fabric is weird and the cut of the dress does no favors for her figure. She looks like she has a little tummy pooch.

    • wtfnyc
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      I agree COMPLETELY, Erin. From the front it is NOT FLATTERING. Boobs look saggy, waist looks thick and tummy looks poochy. Which…. I’m not even sure how that’s possible, considering what a hot bod she has. EVIL DRESS OF EVILNESS BEGONE!

      Speaking of hotness, though, I ran into her, her hottsband and her adorbs little boy at my coffee shop in the fall, and WOW with the beautiful. All three of them. Just WOW.

      • Ruby
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        oh my rod totally agree! All I can see is her boobs sitting about 1 inch below where they should be. My boobs aren’t perfect, that’s why I don’t wear backless dresses. Sorry, but neither should she (unless she plans on only facing her back to people all night. Dammit now I wanna see someone do that.)

  5. Michelle
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    I don’t love it. There’s something off, primarily, about the fit for me, like it makes her look both wider and also flatter in the front (as if there was no distinction between the chest & stomach area). I also have issues with the color… something about that particular shade is throwing me off. I love the green earrings with a purple dress, in theory, but maybe if it was slightly more of a saturated purple? I don’t know. I wanted to like it more than I did.

    • Lisa
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      Maybe that’s the problem, the dress needed to be a saturated purple with those earrings! I don’t hate the dress and I love the color of the earrings, but together, something seems off. I would love to see the dress with different jewelry. Maybe she or her stylist is color-blind, I don’t know, but on some visceral level, this doesn’t work for me

  6. Mia
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    To me it looked like a skin-diving suit – albeit a sparkly one in a very flattering color with a fantastic choice of earrings to go with it. It covers too much… and while we’ve learned from Erin Wasson that less is definitely not more, I think this dress needs pared down a bit.

  7. Carrie
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    I love the color, sparkle, and back but I think the cut of the front makes her torso look blocky. Mostly I love her husband.

    • fritanga
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      Yeah, agree about the blockiness. You’d think they’d come up with some sort of backless Spanx for purposes like this (I know it can be done, with supertape or super-rubber or something). It’s too bad, because I love the color, the fabric and the basic style of the dress (if only Michelle Williams had worn something like this instead of her schlub-bucket dress).

    • fritanga
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      Yeah, agree about the blockiness. You’d think they’d come up with some sort of backless Spanx for purposes like this (I know it can be done, with supertape or super-rubber or something). It’s too bad, because I love the color, the fabric and the basic style of the dress (if only Michelle Williams had worn something like it instead of her schlub-bucket dress).

  8. Cathy
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    While I think the dress made her seem larger on television than she really is, I did like the dress and the whole look. Loved the color and the shimmer. It seemed like a dress that would actually feel good to wear.

  9. Nina
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    It gives her a great silhouette, especially with her legs, and the shimmery color is pretty. But the front is too demure, and it ages her. There is a happy medium between showing no skin and too much skin. Just look at Laura Dern’s dress.

  10. Billie
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    Meh, all I see is a gymnast’s leotard turned into a dress.

  11. Sajorina
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    I like the color & the fabric, but the dress does nothing for me! Her husband, on the other hand, gives me lady wood! I find it blah, so I’m going to FUG her! Her husband gets a FAB!

    • Bubba
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      hahaha. Ditto. I don’t like the way it fits her between the bust and hips – she looks rectangular. Love the color though, and the sparkle and the back, and the man candy.

  12. mhorv4
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    I like that it looks comfortable and the fabric is awesome but it is doing something weird to her boobs. Although she is so pretty and her husband is so dreamy, it’s hard to take issue with any of it.

  13. nichole
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    She and Diane Lane were my favorites of the night. I love the cut and the color of this dress. The fabric is different enough that it elevates the simpleness of the cut of the dress and those earrings set it off perfectly.

  14. maryse
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    i found this dress to be meh. i’m beginning to think that i just don’t like a crew neck. i love her though.

  15. Cat
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    Love the color, love the back. She does look lovely. However, I dislike the front of the dress and think it’s not doing her any favors– in that first picture the dress is making her look wide, which I highly doubt she is. I really really want to love this, but it’s not really flattering her figure in the front. It’s making her look like a box, which is not attractive.

  16. RedWeatherTiger
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    In the pic with her alarmingly attractive husband, is the fabric playing tricks, or do I see a nip?

  17. The Other Molly
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    The dress looks awful on her and she gets an F+ for those ghastly green earrings.

  18. Stephanie
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    Really, a well-played? I did not like this at all…to me it looks like what 7 of 9 would wear to a formal event on Star Trek: Voyager.

  19. Lynne
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    I’m not crazy about this one. I think the colour is kind of washed out, actually. I would have preferred a more saturated purple. Also, I don’t think the shape is doing anything for her at all.

  20. Nancy
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    Dress is definitely FUG. The front makes her look old and shapeless, the back makes her bum flat and wide. Her hair is boring, I am offended that she straightens the bejeezus out of her naturally curly hair.

  21. schadenfreudelicious
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    while i like the back, the front does nothing for me, it makes her look somewhat thick and shapeless which she is not…as for hubby..that accessory gets full marks….

  22. Juanitatres
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    I liked this initially but now I’m having reservations. The color works for me, but the cut is off somehow. I know the undergarment situation is tricky on these backless dresses, but the boobs are not looking their best here. Also, the ponytail is a miss. I like the idea of showing off her face, it’s a great face, but this style is a little boring and not altogether flattering.

  23. TaraMisu
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    I love the color but the fabric is burlap-y, boo :( But thank you for the hubby shot :D

    And I do wish she had embraced her curls too… but as a curly girl who straightens, I’ll give her a pass.

  24. Victoria
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    I like the idea of the dress, the color and the back, plus accessories, but I don’t like how it gives her no waistline at all, and weird underlining of her stomach.

  25. Me(lissa)
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    Amen. Wish orange skin would go the way of tidal wave hairdos.

  26. Sandra
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    Love the color of the dress and REALLY love the arm-candy! She’s worn better dresses but she herself is so lovely that I don’t really care about that.

  27. gryt
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    She is STUNNING. Loves the dress, especially the color.

  28. Marvelous A
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    Yeah, every early picture I saw of this made it look WAY too tight, and with fabric this textured you can’t just slap seamed darts right down the midsection. I almost wish the very distinct grain of the fabric was used to better advantage and rotated vertically, but it probably doesn’t stretch in that direction… it looks like she can hardly move her arms as it is. I’m also not on board with the severe hair. Dig the pony, but loosen it up.

  29. Anne B
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    My goodness, what a lovely woman. (He’s cute too. Whoever he is.)

    She’s so pretty, she can even pull off Stretchy Column of Lilac Tweed, here. I have no idea why she picked it (friend’s a designer and she’s being nice? Lost a bet?), but if anyone can wear the seams out of this, Julianna can.

    Well played, indeed.

  30. Lisa T
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    The only good thing about this is her man. I think the color of her dress is beautiful, but the rest is atrocious… SO unflattering on her figure.

  31. Lina
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    I love how understated and lovely this is. I also envy her ability to wear that shade of purple.

  32. Taryn
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    As soon as I saw the front of the dress I thought “I bet the back is open which is supposed to make it interesting.” Obviously it was. So I don’t like the front (boring, bland, unflattering) AND it’s predictable. Good color choice at least…

  33. vandalfan
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    I’m surprised to hear the love on this one. I think it’s horrid. It does not flatter her figure, I mean, I’m sure they make bras that you could wear with that? And this svelte gal should not need Spanx, but there you go. And I’m not buying a ponytail on the red carpet, or anywhere other than cleaning the closet or sweeping the kitchen floor.

  34. mepe
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    The dress isn’t “tweedy” it’s beady and super lovely. Totally agree that she looks awesome!

  35. corriner
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    I saw a photo of the back of this first, and went, ‘WOW!!! BEST OF THE NIGHT!”

    Then I saw the front. :(

    But I’m just proud of her for getting out of bed. If I had that husband I would never leave home.

  36. Melly
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    I felt about this dress like I felt about Michelle Williams’s tight long-sleever–they’re not right for short-waisted figures. And they don’t look very comfortable.

  37. Big Noise
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    This is a winner. J’adore her AND the dress (and the hot hubby, that goes without saying).

  38. Lisa
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    I don’t mind this dress, but is it me, or do the earrings totally clash?! The two colors of the dress and the earrings together just really bother me– in theory they should work, but in reality, they seem to detract from each other. There’s just something really wrong with this picture!

  39. Allie
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    I loved this dress when I thought it was hot pink. Hot pink + jade + her skin tone + her hair color = fiercely hot. I’m less in love with this kinda weird muted purple shade. I love this idea so so much in theory, I just wish it were brighter.

    Oh, whatever. She’s hot. Her husband is hot. And Josh Charles is hot. Basically, it doesn’t suck to be her.

  40. Cranky Old Batt
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    Do.Not.Like.

    The color is not good. A rich wine red. She pwns that color. And the cheerleader ponytail is just shameful. Shameful, I tell you!

    She looks better as Alicia.

  41. Kyasarin
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    I like this better now that I’ve seen a few full-body shots of it. Initially, I thought it was unflattering and made her look wide. I still don’t think it’s ideal on her body, but it’s better than I thought it was.

  42. Brooke
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    I CANNOT stop think about the color of that dress with the color (and shape) of those earrings. I love it so much! I want to buy clothes and accessories in only those colors. I want to paint a wall that purpley color (I’ve been trying to think of an actual name for that color and I can’t) and then put a huge mirror with a really ornate frame painted sea foam green on it. Color is always a welcome addition to the red carpet (enough freaking nude already! BLEH!) but bold color combinations like this are even better. Hooray Julianna!

  43. julie Walsh
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    Awful! Absolutely awful. What color is that exactly? Does nothing for her figure. Terrible neckline, poor boobs. To top it all, she’s huge in it! Never seen her so poorly dressed.

  44. TonyG
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    Like the dress, but not crazy about accessorizing with these particular earrings. The earrings distract from the dress somehow.

  45. Elizabeth
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    Crew necks are not flattering and just don’t belong on a gown.

  46. Rubee
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    I get the idea on the dress, which is the old trick of the back as a sexy surprise after a demure front view. That’s very oomph on the runway, where the models inavoidably turn around at the very end of it. However, it doesn’t work so well at the red carpet , where you are supposed to be most time in front of the cameras. I wish the frontal modesty of the dress would have been achieved in a less boring way, like a lower draped/ assimetrical neckline. The color is great for her complexion and, contrary to most readers, I love the ponytail… and the green earrings.

  47. yeahandalso
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    she looks like Grimace

  48. Maryscott O'Connor
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    Another one. Good god.

    No waist. Terrible.

    Great colour, great fabric, great dress… for someone ELSE.

  49. Nicole
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    How is this a well-played?!?! This is one of the most unflattering dresses I have ever seen. The cut and shine of the material definitely do not go easy on her flaws and you have to have the body of a supermodel to pull off this one. It’s a fug for me.

  50. Alichia
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    This was my absolute favorite look of the night! Maybe it’s the purple and the turquoise. Maybe it’s the fact that it is modest. Maybe it’s the fact that these colors look amazing on her. Maybe it’s all of the above, but I LOVE it!!! kudos!