By Janet Bennett Kelly
Sunday, February 20, 2011; W10
At January's Golden Globes, hues of green, flirty pinks and light-reflecting crystals ruled the red carpet as stars, including Angelina Jolie in Versace, Anne Hathaway in Armani Prive and Scarlett Johansson in Elie Saab, said bye-bye, black. Does this mean a return to color and bling for next week's Oscars? We'll see. But for Washingtonians eyeing their own calendars of charity balls, fetes and fundraisers, here are suggestions for how to respond to a Ryan Seacrest-like question about what you're wearing.
This satiny, sleek BCBGMaxAzria evening clutch with a shiny stone closure can hold a hanky and a lipstick without stealing attention from a sequin-studded gown. $108 at www.bcbg.com.
The draped folds of Anthropologie's Emerald Wicklow silk jersey frock flatter the figure while camouflaging midsection faults. $158 at www.anthropologie.com and at the boutique's Chevy Chase and Georgetown branches.
Glossy red lips say glamorous. Designer Tom Ford's Private Blend Lip Color collection (shown here in cherry lush) is red-carpet ready in a luxe tube. $45 at www.neimanmarcus.com and Neiman Marcusin Friendship Heights and Tysons Corner.
Swan into a soiree in a silk-chiffon pleated gown adorned with silver crystals by Malene Birger. The ruffled shoulder detail calls to mind Johansson's retro look at the Globes, as well as some of the upstairs crowd in Masterpiece Theatre's "Downton Abbey." $695 at www.netaporter.com.
If you insist on black, liven it up with a citron suede peep-toe platform pump from Diane von Furstenberg. You can remove the ribbon strap, but why? It's what gives the shoe its sex appeal. For the more faint of heart, it's also available in mushroom and black. Eva shoes, $275 at www.dvf.com.