Bright Dresses and Bow Ties at the HFPA Banquet

Last night, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association — the organization behind the Golden Globes — held its annual Grants Banquet in Beverly Hills. They raised nearly $2 for charity and ate lunch! It was fun, I bet.

And stars flocked to it, as is their wont, dressed in beautiful formal wear (and some kinda boring formal wear). Let's take a look:

Bright Dresses and Bow Ties at the HFPA Banquet

Sofia Vergara looked v. sultry in a slinky red maxidress with fishnet detailing (sort of an illusion crop top situation going on there, which I heartily approve of). Apparently, the dress is only $58 but I feel there are very few people who could pull it off as well as she does.

Bright Dresses and Bow Ties at the HFPA Banquet

Elle Fanning continues being a Young and Precocious Fashionista and a gorgeous, sculptural Vivienne Westwood dress. There's a lot going on, between the neckline and darted hem and the iconic print, so she wisely kept it minimalistic on the hair/makeup/accessories front.

Bright Dresses and Bow Ties at the HFPA Banquet

Here is Hailee Steinfeld in a flared A.P.C. dress with a leather trim. For me, the overall effect is too casual but she does look stunning, as usual.

Bright Dresses and Bow Ties at the HFPA Banquet

Kristen Bell wore a Andrew Gn gown with a beaded bodice and chiffon skirt (it didn't photograph well, I fear; here's a photo of it on the runway for full effect) and looked very glamorous indeed.

Bright Dresses and Bow Ties at the HFPA Banquet

Pretty, pastel, feminine: Katherine McNamara in a floral tunic dress by Ted Baker London, Jenny Slate in a shimmery pink tea-length dress, and Dasha Herman in a one-sleeved orange gown with a mermaid skirt (A LOT GOING ON THERE).

Bright Dresses and Bow Ties at the HFPA Banquet

Lookin' elegant in blue, we have Gina Rodriguez in a long-sleeved cobalt dress, Minnie Driver in a halter top with a mullet skirt,aand Anne Jeffreys in the Best Jacket of All Time.

Bright Dresses and Bow Ties at the HFPA Banquet

Womyn in suits! Abigail Spencer looks very classy in Dolce and Gabbana; Rose McGowan has the same idea, but with a kind of Hot-Topic-y execution; Chaz Ebert keeps it simple in a sheath dress and cardigan.

Bright Dresses and Bow Ties at the HFPA Banquet

Shades of grey: Jessica Parker Kennedy in a gorgeous strapless printed dress; Patricia Arquette wearing my dream red carpet outfit; JoBeth Williams in tiger print.

Bright Dresses and Bow Ties at the HFPA Banquet

Anne Heche (with partner James Tupper) wore a beauteous formal pantsuit; Franka Potente wore a dignified LBD.

Bright Dresses and Bow Ties at the HFPA Banquet

MEN: Channing Tatum looks goooood in a suit; Eddie Redmayne does not wear formalwear as well as Channing, but we can't all be Channing; Robert Pattinson is rolling his eyes, I think, in a very Pattinsonian manner.

Bright Dresses and Bow Ties at the HFPA Banquet

Suits I Like Less: James Marsden has TOO MUCH GREY and I disapprove of the shoes (but he's very cute); Nick Jonas' look is boring, Dan Bucatinsky is close to power-clashing his patterns but not quite there.

Images via Getty.