* Hollywood's top actresses wear color to lift spirits
* Many stars sport yellow, blue red ribbons for Haiti
* Haiti earthquake relief effort big topic on red carpet
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By Sue Zeidler
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Jan 17 Hollywood's top
actresses strode down the Golden Globe Awards' red carpet in
vibrant gowns on Sunday as stars sought to boost spirits after
the deadly tragedy in Haiti and brighten a gloomy rainy day.
Many stars, like Nicole Kidman, pinned ribbons of yellow,
blue and red to dresses and tuxedos in a show of support for
victims of the massive earthquake that rocked the Caribbean
nation last week.
Nominated actress Glenn Close noted the irony of
celebrating their industry's achievements against the backdrop
of such hardship, but said performers have the unique ability
to rally and make a difference in these times.
"My profession has always been sensitive," said Close on
the red carpet, in a dark sequined strapless gown.
Style insiders said the awards show displayed deep and rich
colors as stars and designers offered film and television fans
Hollywood-style escapism from the realities of the Haiti quake,
economic gloom and heightened security fears.
"A lot of people wore color but they were not flamboyant.
There was a lot of attention to feminine details and not a lot
of va va va boom," said InStyle fashion director Cindy Weber
Cleary, who gave high marks to actress Kate Hudson in her pale
There were some eye-popping moments though. Mariah Carey's
black, tight-fitting, plunging neckline gown was deemed a show
Rain fell on the first major fashion parade of the
Hollywood awards season and soaked the red carpet, a showcase
for the entertainment industry's top talent and a perfect
launch pad for designers. But under umbrellas, the A-list
celebrities still managed to dazzle.
Sandra Bullock, nominated for two Golden Globes including
best actress in a film drama for "The Blind Side," wore a deep
purple, strapless gown because it "made me feel good."
"Every single person here has Haiti on their mind," said
Lawrence Zarian, a TV Guide Network fashion expert, said he
saw lots of jewels, one shoulder dressing, tighter fitting
bodices, flowing skirts and cascading fabrics.
"Sexy, sexy and sexy. Due to the recession, we're trying
to escape more so than ever, and Hollywood is just knocking it
out," he said.
As always, black gowns were out in full-force, on the likes
of leading actresses like Julia Roberts and Penelope Cruz.
Most of the men stuck to black as well, although some like
Mickey Rourke embellished their suits with some fun touches,
such as a black leather snake-like lapel.
But Ali Rahimi of Mon Atelier, who designed gowns for Jane
Lynch for both the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild
awards, said he was glad to see color come out.
"Stars are a little happier about wearing color and
recognize it makes them cheerful with all that's going on in
the world," he said.
(Editing by Bob Tourtellotte and Mary Milliken)