Why Allison Williams Went Understated at the Golden Globes

01/17/2013 at 11:00 AM ET

Allison Williams Golden Globes
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Allison Williams’s flawless hair, makeup and gown at the Golden Globes appeared to be carefully cultivated … but in reality, the whole look came together in mere hours.

“I found out I was going to the Globes four days before the event,” Williams admits to PEOPLE. “So my amazing stylist pulled some sort of magic rabbit out of her hat, and had a bunch of dresses waiting for me once I got to L.A.”

The Girls star says that when she saw the plunging black J. Mendel gown, “I knew it was it. It was elegant, simple — I was just drawn to it.” That simplicity made it perfect for Williams’s purpose: “It was Lena [Dunham]‘s night, and I was there to celebrate her.”

Williams called upon makeup artist Julie Harris to make her face flawless — “We focused on the eye,” she says — and enjoyed feeling a bit star-struck as the night went on.

“I couldn’t believe I was on the carpet with these movie stars I’ve looked up to my entire life,” she says. “I just wanted to watch and observe, and tell them what their work has meant to me.”

She also experienced a red carpet right of passage. “My train got stepped on a whole bunch,” she jokes. “But it held up well.” Tell us: Did you love Williams’s Golden Globes gown?

–Kate Hogan

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Camille on

Did you check this out People Magazine? NO, you aren’t about the truth —- let’s get Gawker (whoops, no, they are in the tank for Brian Williams) or the New York Times (whoops, no, they are in the tank for Brian Williams) or the New York Post or New York Daily News on this. Allison Williams went understated because she WAS NOT INVITED to the Globes. HBO was sending Lena Dunham only. Big Daddy Brian Williams was mad and called HBO executives, reminding them how he did stories for his loser magazine show Rock Center on Boardwalk Empire and many of their specials and movies. WOW!.!.!. Suddenly, Allison Williams had an invite to the Golden Globes, as did the other cast members /// too late for Shoshanna to change plans.

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