LOS ANGELES -- They're on the front lines of the red carpet battle for best-dressed. Here, Hollywood's top stylists size up the Golden Globe dress code.

Jessica Paster, Luxe agency, dressing Allison Janney, Peri Gilpin, Jane Leeves, Megan Mullally: “Wearing Paris couture from a show the day before the awards is crazy. No [celebrity] is going to wait that long to get a dress. Hilary Swank did that last year with Versace, but the show was a week before. Designers just want to get over their runway shows. The last thing on their minds is an awards show. They’re not going, ‘Oh my God, we need to dress an actress for the Golden Globes!’ The couture shows are their Golden Globes, their Oscars.”

Fahti Parsia, Rex, dressing Catherine Zeta-Jones: “I’m inspired by the old-fashioned studio system where they turned out these exquisite creations. I want to buy that fantasy, that image. Have you ever seen a bad picture of Bette Davis or Rita Hayworth? Catherine is the same way. For her, I always go couture because I like the extra oomph. It’s like a second skin. Clearly, she was born to wear it. She just popped out of the womb and was like, ‘Where are my high heels?’

“If you’re going to go through the trouble of getting ready, don’t go halfway. I’m not looking for something that already exists on the runway and I’m not about the latest looks. The Golden Globes is not a parade of the latest trends.”

Ricci De Martino, Cloutier: “I would go to whatever length it took to get the right dress for the right person, even if it meant going to Europe and plucking it off the rack. It’s a big business, and a lot of people forget it’s not just about glamour and glitz — it’s about getting that dress on the right person at the right time. It doesn’t have to be the trendiest dress, but I do like to showcase the latest looks on my clients rather than something everyone has seen before.”

Jeanne Yang, Cloutier: “It’s really hard because there’s enough pressure as it is to have a certain look. But once in a while, it’s great to go out there and do something unorthodox, like Lara Flynn Boyle [last year]. She wore a crazy suit and rhinestones. At first I thought, ‘What is she doing?’ But it was in keeping with the whole idea of looking great and standing out. Imitation is not the sincerest form of flattery at awards shows. You have to walk that thin line between trying to be cool and unique and yet not stick out so much that people will be tearing you down.”

L’Wren Scott, dressing Sandra Bullock and Sarah Jessica Parker: “The Golden Globes feels a little more casual, but it’s in the attitude — not the dress. Just because it’s a relaxed venue doesn’t mean it has to be a relaxed dress. It’s about whatever you feel gorgeous in. If it’s couture, it’s couture; if it’s diamonds, it’s diamonds. If you feel gorgeous, go for it, honey! I like to have an open mind.”

Phillip Bloch, Cloutier, dressing Kim Cattrall: “Celebrities don’t need me to find Randolph Duke, Giorgio Armani and Valentino. They go after stars themselves. My job becomes about finding new designers people don’t know.

“I feel like the Golden Globes are somewhere between the Oscars and the MTV Awards. Movie stars should look romantic, feminine and sexy. Young women should not look like debutantes, and mature women should not look like they are going to a fund-raiser. I want people to have fantasies about these stars when they walk across the stage. When celebrities pretend all this fuss about getting dressed doesn’t matter, they’re kidding, because let’s face it, they’re all people-pleasers at the end of the day. They do it for the fans. That’s the driving force right there.”