- Associated Press - Monday, January 13, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - Let the glam games begin!

The Golden Globes marked the start of red carpet season for Hollywood and we’ve got five stars to talk about, though no hot trends surfaced Sunday night around those big dinner tables where the booze flowed and the party vibe was more casual than Oscar or Emmy or Grammy.

“What I think you’re seeing is a lack of trends. People are really shooting for individuality,” mused Hal Rubenstein, editor at large for InStyle magazine. “There’s not one color that dominated, not one silhouette, one mood, one neckline.”

Style and beauty expert Mary Alice Stephenson saw a distinct lack of risk-taking for most carpet walkers.

“Looking pretty is not enough anymore. You need to make a statement when you have the world of style at your fingertips and all the tools you need,” she said. “They’re all beautiful women, but Michelle Obama, our first lady, takes more fashion risks in what she wears on a daily basis than those girls on the red carpet.”

Along with some reds and greens, celebrity stylist Robert Verdi noted a hint of “Gone with the Wind Fabulous” in full-on princess dresses worn by Sofia Vergara (Zac Posen), Tina Fey (Carolina Herrera) and the strapless floral confection of Kaley Cuoco by Rani Zakhem.

LUPITA NYONG’O

The up-and-comer who played Patsey in best dramatic picture winner “12 Years a Slave” stole the hearts of many in an orange-red silk column gown with a cape from the Ralph Lauren Collection.

“She was the best dressed of the night, without a doubt,” Rubenstein said. “She walked through that red carpet area and it was like waters parted, and most people don’t even know who she is because she looked nothing like the woman in the movie. She looked extraordinary.”

What made Nyong’o’s look, added Verdi, was simplicity.

“Her hair was modern, her earrings (diamond studs from Fred Leighton) were simple. I adored it,” he said.

Stephenson lauded her courage.

“I love it when a young actress dares to make a bold statement on her first big award show red carpet,” she said. “This dress would be hard to pull off for many women, but it was hard to take your eyes off this stunning look.”

CATE BLANCHETT

Black lace is nothing new but high-necked, peekaboo black lace on the winner for best actress in a drama offered something more. It was backless and lent the “Blue Jasmine” actress a modern twist on classic Hollywood, from Armani Prive.

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