Golden Globes Fashion: The Dashing, The Dull And The Desperate

Portia de Rossi is night's big winner — on the red carpet at least.

"Sideways" may be the most nominated — and perhaps most heavily favored — film going into Sunday night's 62nd annual Golden Globes, but let's face it, there are bigger things to be concerned about.

Namely, fashion.

Portia de Rossi of "Arrested Development" was the stunner of the night. In a Valentino dress and simple ponytail, she stood out among a sea of black and (surprisingly) purple in a wide-necked white short-sleeve dress with gold and pearl accents around the waist, finishing with a bow in the back.

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Other head-turners included Nicole Kidman preening in a deep blue dress, which is fitting because it was adorned with a peacock feather; Minnie Driver wore a deep-V-necked silver lace dress with a trainlike back panel; Jennifer Garner made it out to the festivities in a vintage backless red tank dress with a ruffled can-can-esque skirt; and Felicity Huffman of "Desperate Housewives" wore a nude bejeweled dress à la Britney Spears.

A spate of purple people (no eaters in this bunch) roamed the Globes' red carpet. Mekhi Phifer mixed casual and formalwear with a black tuxedo with a two-tone purple striped shirt, black tie and deep purple pocket square. Virginia Madsen of "Sideways" wore a simple lavender Calvin Klein halter dress, while Denis Leary also got in on the act in a black suit with a pale lavender tie. Mariska Hargitay donned a satin column Vera Wang dress, Claire Danes and Kristin Davis both wore plunging plum numbers, and Cate Blanchett was bedecked in a grape-hued, high-necked, one-sleeve Jean Paul Gaultier dress with flowers adorning her chest, waist and train. Laura Linney just squeaked into this category by the inclusion of a small purple flower on the strap of her black dress.

Though they looked good, most of the guys boringly opted for the classic black suit, white shirt, black-tie get-up. Among them, Tim Robbins, Jeffrey Tambor, Julian McMahon from "Nip/Tuck," William H. Macy, Topher Grace, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kevin Spacey, Orlando Bloom, Paul Giamatti, Will Ferrell, Kiefer Sutherland and David Cross, who embellished his, for better or for worse, with a vest and a set of chains linking both sides of his collar.

At least Samuel L. Jackson gave the classic look a little personality by sporting a velvet tuxedo jacket.

The guys who decided to go out on a limb opted for either all black or navy blue. Daring, dudes.

Photos: Golden Globes' red carpet fashion trends

Mos Def and his shorn head wore a black suit with muted polka dots, a black shirt, and a green-and-crimson pocket square. Also in funereal gear were Will Arnett ("Arrested Development"), Ewan McGregor, Don Cheadle, Usher, Debra Messing in a simple black tank dress and wrap, Renée Zellweger in a black strapless dress with two velvet stripes on the bodice, and Eva Longoria ("Desperate Housewives"), who wore a short black strapless dress with eyelet and tulle details on the skirt.

Meanwhile, Jamie Foxx wore a black suit with a navy shirt and a tattoo adorning the back of his head, Jeremy Piven of "Entourage" wore a slim navy suit paired with a silver tie, and Dennis Haysbert from "24" wore a navy suit with an electric blue tie.

Some of the more daring outfits that failed included Paula Abdul's peach strapless dress with a gold sequined asymmetrical skirt and Robin Williams' (no shock here) cropped tuxedo jacket with tails and a lumpy silver bowtie. And finally — though Mr. Blackwell may disagree, this is MTV's game now — Teri Hatcher's silver halter dress was more desperate than her TV show is.

For a rundown of who took home the night's hottest fashion accessory — a Golden Globe trophy — see " 'Aviator,' Jamie Foxx, 'Sideways,' 'Baby' Win Big At Globes."

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