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Fashion risk-takers helped the red carpet at Sunday's Golden Globes live up to its reputation as the liveliest of the awards season, with Helena Bonham Carter leading the way in mismatched — one red, one green — shoes.

She topped her multicolored, printed cocktail frock with a wacky hairdo woven with black netting.

Slideshow: 68th Golden Globe Awards (on this page)

It can't be described as a do or a don't: It's just pure Bonham Carter.

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Olivia Wilde cleared her own path in an oversized chocolate-brown ball gown by Marchesa with beading that mimicked a starry night. "I'm a wide load — give me 20 feet," Wilde joked.

"I like wearing big dresses, it's fun. We go to so many parties in this town, the Globes are something to play with in terms of fashion," she added.

Still, there was room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., for waves of gowns in green, red, blue.

"I don't see an overall trend. It's not all about strapless or one look — the way it's been so clearly in the past. You always hope to see individuality and you got it," said Cindy Weber Cleary, InStyle fashion director.

She also noted there were more covered-up looks, save January Jones' strategically cutout top, and a rainbow of colors.

Angelina Jolie wore a long-sleeve, green gown with subtle shimmer that matched the old-school style of Brad Pitt, looking very much the classic movie star in traditional bow tie.

Meanwhile, Michael Douglas escorted Catherine Zeta-Jones in a green, textured-organza Monique Lhuillier with a textured skirt. As presenters, young Justin Beiber, in a three-piece Dolce & Gabbana tux, and Hailee Steinfeld in a Prabal Gurung ivory racerback gown, with a rubberized finish, were a glimpse at the future, though.

"Glee" stars seemed like they were everywhere on the carpet: Lea Michele in a salmon pink Oscar de la Renta, Chris Colfer in Dior Homme, Dianna Agron in a delicate, subtly shiny J. Mendel with a heavy chain necklace by Cathy Waterman, and a Giorgio Armani-clad Cory Monteith and his silver bow tie.

"I really was struck by the fact that so many men were in real bow ties," said Weber Cleary. "They have not been 'the thing' for a couple of years."

Elisabeth Moss, in custom Donna Karan, and Mila Kunis also did green justice, and Amy Adams went with a teal, laser-cut gown by Marchesa. Blue was electric on Michelle Pfieffer, wearing a simple, sexy Roland Mouret, and Tina Fey channeled another era in a navy velvet L'Wren Scott.

Several red looks commanded attention, especially Sofia Vergara's back lace-up corset by Vera Wang, Christina Hendricks' one-shoulder Romona Keveza with an oversized ruffled strap (to match her oversized 20-carat Chopard diamond earrings), and Jones' Versace. Jones actually requested this dress — originally on the Versace runway in blue — to be made in the bright lipstick hue.

Slideshow: Golden Globes red carpet (on this page)

Black wasn't boring on Halle Berry, who wore a lingerie-style, minimalist mini by Nina Ricci. Surely the five stacked Harry Winston diamonds cuff bracelets weighed more than the barely there dress.

Eva Longoria was voluptuous yet sophisticated in a black Zac Posen with a jeweled waistband and elaborate mermaid train, while Piper Perabo was sleek and chic in a black Oscar de la Renta with bows on the shoulder strap and hemline. The top layer of Christina Aguilera's strapless Zuhair Murad was jet-black beading but it was hardly noticeable against the champagne lining. Remember, she was there representing a movie called "Burlesque."

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Capturing a boho vibe were Sandra Bullock in a loose powder-pink, one-shoulder, crystal-encrusted gown by Jenny Packham, and Scarlett Johansson in a creamy, butterfly sleeve dress with a V neck in the front and back. She was one of Weber Cleary's favorites.

Natalie Portman covered her growing baby bump with a delicate, lengthwise flounce on her pink Viktor & Rolf that was adorned with a bright red flower at the bust line. "It was very suited for my body at the moment," Portman said. "I'm feeling good. It's kind of a disguise."

The chunky Tiffany & Co. diamonds around her neck also drew the eye upward.

Jane Krakowski, also pregnant, tapped Badgley Mischka for a one-shoulder gown made of feminine slate-blue silk chiffon, georgette and Chantilly lace.

There was no room for error on Claire Danes sleek, halter-top Calvin Klein gown in hot pink; Julianna Margulies picked pink as well.

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Leighton Meester, wearing a toffee-colored, high-neck gown with a high slit, and Anne Hathaway in a fully beaded Giorgio Armani Prive gown showed their emerging fashion cred in long sleeves.

Michelle Williams' flower-covered gown was "sweet," Weber Cleary said, but Nicole Kidman's close-to-the body Prada would have fared better with a darker color than light cream, even with its all-over embroidery.

Jennifer Lopez pulled off the white, though, thanks to a top layer of flounce and sparkle around the shoulders of her Zuhair Murad. Alec Baldwin took a moment away from his onstage duties to note how lovely his co-presenter looked.

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Photos: Best Globes hair and makeup

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  1. Best eyeliner

    Colored eye makeup doesn't have to be clownish. Take this look from Catherine Zeta-Jones, who rimmed her bottom lashline with a precise swipe of hunter green pencil. Not only did the tone echo her Monique Lhuillier dress, but it lent a playful wink to an otherwise formal look.

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  2. Best peachy glow

    Best actress nominee Michelle Williams paired her neat platinum pixie with matte peach lips and a soft tawny shimmer on her cheeks. The overall effect was sweet and polished with a shy appeal. (Steve Granitz / WireImage) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Best red carpet bangs

    Hairstylist Terry Millet took one look at Olivia Wilde's perfect haircut and knew better than to hide it away in a stuffy updo. Instead, he blew it out straight, letting her long, airy bangs and below-the-chin layers do all the work.

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  4. Best one-tone look

    Makeup is usually about the contrast between light and dark. But if you're Emma Stone, it could be about the perfection of a single gorgeous color: peach! Her sherbet-toned dress inspired her makeup artist Mai Quynh to keep the makeup in the same palette. "I defined her eyes and created golden, dewy skin," she said. As for the lips? "It's mark Lipclick Full Color Lipstick in Bare Hug -- an absolute must-have nude!" (Kyle Rover / Startraks) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Best sleek ponytail

    If you saw Hailee Steinfeld in "True Grit," it might be hard to recognize the sleek fashionista that showed up on the red carpet at the Golden Globes. Her ponytail was super high and super straight -- all the better to show off her adorable face.

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  6. Best bright lipstick

    A swipe of shiny fuchsia lipstick was just the touch best actress winner Natalie Portman needed to top off her pink and red Viktor & Rolf gown. Because her hair was fixed in a classic twist and her eyes were bare, the color was flattering and not one bit over-the-top. (Jason Merritt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Best beachy updo

    According to Dove hairstylist Mark Townsend, a single time period didn't inspired the look he created for best actress nominee Lea Michele. "We really wanted to go for something organic, young and modern," he said. Townsend blew the hair dry, twisted in tiny ringlets with a 1-inch curling iron, and then pinned the hair back into a messy chignon, leaving out the layers in front. He misted those pieces with Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray and scrunched them for a lived-in feel.

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  8. Best eye shadow

    A wash of shimmery silver shadow had a refined feel when paired with Jennifer Lopez's sleek ponytail and soft pink lipstick. The shade brightens her face and contrasts just so with her chestnut eyes. (Mario Anzuoni/Landov / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Best nude lips

    There's just something downright sophisticated about a fully muted lip like Eva Longoria's. We love the way it fades almost imperceptibly into her skintone -- the perfect understated complement to the plunging neckline on her black gown.

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  10. Best retro look

    Hairstylist Renato Campora took inspiration from the '60s in creating January Jones's soft set. He parted the hair on the side before blowing it dry and setting it in hot rollers. Once the rollers cooled, Campora brushed through her strands and finished with a blast of Fekkai Coiff Sheer Hold Hairspray. (Jason Merritt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Best sideswept waves

    Because nominee Anne Hathaway's dress was such a statement, her hairstylist Adir Abergel wanted to give the star relaxed waves. He doused wet hair with Fekkai Advanced Full Blown Styling Whip before rough-drying it. "I wanted to let her natural wave surface," he explained. He set the still warm hair in pin curls and let it cool. When he took the pins out, Abergel let Hathaway's hair fall haphazardly rather than giving it a formal part. "I think it gave the style a bohemian vibe," he said.

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  12. Best hair accessory

    "I was really inspired by a classic set that still could swing and move," said Pantene hairstylist Danilo about the look he created for Dianna Agron. "She was wearing a strapless dress, so she wanted her hair down but still off her face." A curly down 'do topped-off with a crystal and diamond brooch was just the solution. (Jason Merritt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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Video: Fashion hits and misses at the Golden Globes

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    >> on fashion at the golden globes let's welcome in bobbie thomas, hall rubenstein from "in style" magazine as well. good morning to both of you.

    >> good morning.

    >> good morning.

    >> i thought everybody looked really good. bobbie, your overall impressions?

    >> individuality and it's refreshing. that's what style is about. there was something for everyone because it seemed as if celebrities really loved their dresses. you heard them say time and time, i just love my dress, i'm comfortable in it. everything from sleek minimalist looks from calvin klein to olivia wilde 's marchesa ball gown that was so grounand. i loved it.

    >> olivia wilde , hal , what do you think?

    >> it's a magnificent dress. it looked black in the photo but it's a great deep chocolate brown. it has extraordinary detail work. it follows with fashion. not real sparkle but heavy metallic that's being worked into it. it's an extraordinary piece of work and a lot of dress. i think it's hard to show up sort of just on the confines of a stage but in person it's quite something. she knows how to carry it off.

    >> go ahead.

    >> you know what i loved? she left the hair simple and effortless and fresh makeup. she found a way to make this big ball gown sort of look playful and easy because normally people would think, wow, that's a dress. she said, give me 20 feet, i'm a wide load.

    >> you think about the stars and all the designers want them to be seen in their designs. they have lots of choices to make. hal , kyra sedgwick , why did you like the choice she made?

    >> because i think the coloring of the -- that sort of mustard-melon color she wore just fit her perfectly. number one, it's a very grown-up dress. she's not a child but she has a great air and energy about her. this color just made her happy. it was great with her hair. she had beautiful green lorraine schwartz earrings, one of the few people who wore a lot of jewelry last night. the jewelers must be weeping. it wasn't a night for grand jewelry which took away some of the fun. this was a great dress because it worked in her color.

    >> and the great ruffles. i liked the ruffles. matt and i both liked anne hathaway 's dress. what did you think?

    >> one of my favorites of the evening. this really spoke to the one trend i did notice is that the carpet felt more modest, covered up. the long-sleeved gowns.

    >> what about that one?

    >> that's the exception. we don't stare at the back much but when the girls turned around, whoa, what a statement a bare back can make. she looked like an old hollywood siren, just gorgeous head to toe . i loved the shoulder pads. she looked beautiful. it was armani.

    >> if somebody was making a list of how people looked last night, natalie portman , who is pregnant -- and there's a red carpet challenge. how do you think she did?

    >> so much pressure. all eyes on natalie. her fans would be so excited. this was still so her. it was fun to see everybody step out on the carpet. when you saw the unexpected red applique on the viktor & rolf gown it was a nice combo. she did well. she always pulls it off as herself. i really liked the dress. some people were unsure, but i think she hit it out of the park.

    >> she looked so happy wearing it. we have emma stone who is a newcomer to the golden globes . she was nominated for "easy a." hal , what did you think? she wore color.

    >> i thought she looked sensational. she's a newcomer. i saw "easy a" on the plane coming over and i was knocked out by her. she has a great whiskey and soda voice and yet she showed up in a transformation with the hair blond for the shooting of "spider-man" and the calvin dress is so clean, so simple and modern. once again, very little jewelry. sorry, jewelers. but she looked young and smart and like the next generation of hollywood which is what i think all these young stars should do instead of emulating older stars.

    >> bobbie, let's bring it back to you.

    >> i want the viewers to know what you were doing. matt is shaking his head going, oh, yes.

    >> i love simple. i'm not a ruffles person. i think that's simple and stunning.

    >> less is more. this is a big trend you will see this year. minimalism will be huge. a lot of people have seen overembellished looks and this is fresh.

    >> hayley steinfeld is 14 years old. how do you dress in a way that's appropriate for 14 and appropriate for an event with great tradition in hollywood ?

    >> imagine the pressure on her parents. your 14-year-old is going to the golden globes . she nailed it. this was so age appropriate . the ponytail was youthful and fresh. she looked clean. this is going to be such a great picture for her to look back on. she's on point completely.

    >> let's speed it up a little bit. scarlett johansson .

    >> loved her nod to the vintage look. she was in ellie saab. a lot of people were surprised by the hairdo. it was avant-garde. i thought it was fun to see this -- once we get footage of her, i hope. it was a vintage dress -- vintage-inspired.

    >> there you go.

    >> it was a fashion-forward hairdo. i liked that she went different. i loved the hair. some didn't. i really liked it.

    >> hal , i hope the control room is following. let's talk about january jones , one of the stars of "mad men." what did you think of the bright red dress?

    >> the bright red versace . that sure got your attention. she had seen it on versace 's runway in blue. she's one of the new faces for versace for the ad campaign . she asked for it in red. i think it worked about 80%. i think maybe it was cut possibly a little bit too low. she's very thin. maybe a little bit too low, but the hair and makeup were sleek and went with it nicely. i wish there was a little bit -- i think the panelling on the sides could have been taken in more and it would have fit her better.

    >> halle berry , another risque dress.

    >> as al said, i don't think al noticed the dress at all. she's so ridiculously beautiful and, yes, it's like the dress only partly showed up. the corsetry on top is fabulous, but the bottom is like not completely there. but her hair and makeup looked incredible. every man's jaw dropped on the red carpet . i won't criticize what she wore.

    >> now we'll talk about the color green making a big splash on the red carpet . why and did you like it?

    >> this was the jewel tone. we didn't see blue or purple. the emerald green was great. catherine zeta jones was one, mila kunis and angelina jolie all stepping out in the bold, regal -- even elisabeth moss here.

    >> helena bonham carter . she wore something quirky.

    >> i would be so disappointed -- and i think hal would feel the same, if she didn't show up in her own sense of style. she's got this victorian sensibility. i loved the mismatched shoes. it's so her.

    >> wanted to go over other concepts of the evening. lots of sleeves, more covered up. what about nicole kidman ? what did you think of her look?

    >> i hate -- i was a little underwell. ed. i love nicole kidman . i felt this was a dress that really didn't flatter her silhouette as much. i wasn't a fan. hal , what did you think?

    >> hal ?

    >> i was a little underwell. e ed. she's one of the people you look to to do something special. she and angelina played it safe and slow. they're great beauties, great stars but you want more wow. like bobbie said before if helena bonham carter showed up in calvin klein it would have bummed me out.

    >> it was nice to see everybody do their own thing.

    >> thank you so much, both of you this morning. it was fun.

    >> yeah.

    >> we're coming back with much

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