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In Living Color

Some things never change, and that’s a good thing: Hollywood stars still look best when they dress like Hollywood stars; black is safe because it’s always right (unless you’re Sharon Stone); great jewelry saves any look. And a couple...

Some things never change, and that’s a good thing: Hollywood stars still look best when they dress like Hollywood stars; black is safe because it’s always right (unless you’re Sharon Stone); great jewelry saves any look. And a couple of great disasters make the Golden Globes even more fun than they already are.

On its 60th anniversary, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual love-fest has only improved with age.

After a year of somber, post-9/11 red-carpet dressing, rainbow hues taken from the spring runways looked new. Parker Posey had chosen her canary yellow Gucci only hours before. Halle Berry glowed in her pale blue taffeta Reem Acra. Nicole Kidman once again stuck with pastel, this time a lilac flamenco-inspired Tom Ford for YSL.

The most striking? The kaleidoscope of colors braved by Kate Hudson and Cate Blanchett, both in printed Valentinos. “I wanted to look a bit more loungey this year,” said Blanchett of her beaded sheath. Rachel Griffiths, on the other hand, showed up corseted to within an inch of her life wearing a ruby-red dress by Elie Saab. “Well, as they always say, it’s not an awards show if you can breathe.”

The major narrative may have been color — but the subplot was black.

“My dress was a chassis that they literally had to build on me,” said Diane Lane of her sculpted black Donna Karan. Renée Zellweger in vintage Valentino and Jennifer Garner in new Ralph Lauren boasted V-necks so deep they seemed to defy gravity. Uma Thurman’s “stretchy” Dior fit so snugly it all but diminished her ample bosoms, while Jamie Lee Curtis proved real women have curves in her Junya Watanabe. Even Cameron Diaz finally managed to look put-together with sleek hair and a neat black Chanel mini dress.

Then there was Sarah Jessica Parker, ever the maverick, who wore a satin Hedi Slimane corset and pants that showed off her slim-again shape. “I’ve done all the other looks,” she said, “so I wanted something different. But I balanced it out with Belle du Jour hair.”

A few went the opposite direction in bright white. Debra Messing showed up in a chiffon Vera Wang that she said made her feel “ethereal;” and Maggie Gyllenhaal looked fresh and lovely in Chanel couture. “When I was 13 I had this idea of what I wanted to wear to the Globes someday, but that all changed. Instead of Thirties, I went Eighties with a little punk.”