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Best Dressed? Kidman And Berry

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Never mind that it's January - the red carpet at the Golden
Globe Awards was lined with springlike gowns in light colors and
floral patterns.

You could spot the Golden Globe winners well before the statues were handed out, if you were giving out fashion awards. Many stars made lovely and memorable entrances. While others took, shall we say, some fashion risks.

Nicole Kidman was according to fashionistas the best dressed of the night. Her lavender dress was stunning, when she walked on stage it just flowed, said The Early Show stylist to the stars David Evangelista.

"You felt her presence. It was overwhelming, she is so striking, she looked amazing," he added. Glamour magazine editor-in-chief Cindi Leive called it "not-a-shrinking-violet kind of dress."

Kidman said she knew exacly what she wanted to wear. Large, very old Indian earrings complemented the strapless lilac dress by Yves Saint Laurent, which was short in front and featured a long, tiered train in the back. "I love them," Kidman said of the jewelry.

Beyonce Knowles was not so certain about what to wear. "I tried on, like, 20 dresses," she said to Evangelista. Knowles was also one of the belles of the ball in a strapless gown that featured floral embroidery at the bust and a full skirt.

Another favorite in the best dressed category was Halle Berry. "She always looks good in color," Evangelista said, "she never misses." Her husband Eric Bonet said he did not help her pick the outfit, but he thought she looked great in it.

The straps of Berry's sky-blue dress had small beaded
flowers but she, like Catherine Zeta-Jones, opted for an old
Hollywood glamour look.

Visibly pregnant, Zeta-Jones wore a black gown with illusion sleeves, custom-made by Donatella Versace, according to Leive, who was tracking trends at the awards ceremony Sunday night at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Cynthia Nixon of "Sex and the City," who gave birth to a son
only a few weeks ago, chose a flowing, pale yellow dress, while
fellow new mother Jane Kaczmarek of "Malcolm in the Middle" wore
a sleeveless, V-neck, halter gown with tiered ruffles in navy by
Escada.

"I took my pajamas off for the first time," Kaczmarek joked. Well-known fashionista Sarah Jessica Parker, also with a new baby at home, wore black pants with a black corset top that she sometimes covered with a jacket.

Allison Janney's outfit by Gianfranco Ferre paired a seemingly
subdued white collared shirt - that was opened to form a sexy V -
with a black skirt and floral sash around her waist.

Besides the straps and the floral designs, white was a popular trend, with Goldie Hawn and Bonnie Hunt among the actresses in light-colored dresses.

Meryl Streep sparkled in Giorgio Armani's collarless silver-bead jacket and black evening trousers.

While some stars shy away from red to avoid blending into the
carpet, Salma Hayek, Susan Sarandon and Kim Cattrall stood out in
red tank dresses with plunging necklines.

Lisa Kudrow wore a red strapless column gown at the suggestion
of designer Heidi Weisel.

The process of developing the right dress for Kudrow was a
collaboration. The "Friends" co-star has a "very good sense of
what styles work for her," Weisel said. "I wanted color because
it's a festive night."

She added: "Color and simplicity on someone tall, blond and
gorgeous works. What could be more dynamic?"

But black was anything but boring on Jennifer Garner, who wore a
black silk crepe gown by Ralph Lauren with a deep neck and back,
and Diane Lane, who wore a strapless draped gown by Donna Karan.

Siourney Weaver also showed up in Donna Karan. The Early Show stylist not only complimented her impeccable taste, but also guessed right on the name of its designer. He was less lucky with Julianne Moore's outfit.

"You look beautiful. Let me guess, St. Laurent," Evangelista said.

"Prada, oh man. What's up?" she said.

Robin Williams decided to do a mix and match, a combination of Issey Miyake and Armani. Williams said he picks his own stuff. "No stylist would go, 'Wear the pasta,'" he said referring to his curly, string-like bowtie.

Ed Harris in Armani showed an amazing fashion sense, Evangelista said. Prada was Sam Rockwell's choice. Asked if he was into fashion, Rockwell jokingly said, "I like to throw on some duds, put on the lamp shade once in a while."

The star of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," Nia Vardalos wore Badgley Mischka. "They gave me the dress," she said very excited adding it is the very first one she ever received.

One actress who did not receive compliments from Evangelista was Lara Flynn Boyle. "I dub her the Bjork of the Golden Globes. At least she went all the way. Bjork did not wear the webbed feet," he said.

Flynn Boyle told E! that she was going for either a "prima ballerina or prima donna" look in a pink tank bodice, a tutu skirt and pink high-heeled ballet slippers with ribbons that crisscrossed up her legs.