J.Mendel and Audi stepped up to the plate last night co-hosting a Golden Globes “kick off” party at restaurant du jour Cecconi’s. With plenty of red carpet glitz and glamour, it was a fitting way to begin a week of frenzied preparations for Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards. Among the suitably chic guests in attendance was Zoe Saldana, who, not surprisingly, looked stellar in a taupe leather dress from J.Mendel’s pre-fall collection. Actress Paz Vega paid homage to the night’s host too, wearing a demure white frock also from the pre-fall line up. But not everyone jumped aboard the J.Mendel train. Brittany Snow, who shared some red carpet love with Zac Efron, chose instead a French Connection dress she’d had squirreled away for more than a month. With J.Mendel putting out some of the season’s best red carpet-worthy looks, it begs the question, why? We’ll just have to keep our fingers crossed and hope someone opts to wear one of the designer’s pretty gowns Sunday night. Anne Hathaway, perhaps? Let the guessing games begin.