Katherine Heigl’s stylist went on vacation last week to Mexico. Makeup artist Pati Dubroff’s cell phone and BlackBerry have gone extraordinarily quiet.

A change in format for Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards from a jovial awards dinner and ceremony to a news conference didn’t just mean disappointed award winners — it meant a rolled-up red carpet.

Think of all the glorious gowns and jewelry that went unworn.

Celebrities — even the nominees — wouldn’t cross a picket line of the Writers Guild of America, and the actors’ own union encouraged its members to skip the event in a show of solidarity.

That means no wardrobe analysis this morning, no best-dressed/worst-dressed lists, no new designer name on the lips of every fashion fan, no knockoffs of fabulous frocks. Stylists, makeup artists, hairdressers and all those that run the marketing machines in Los Angeles found themselves with unexpected time on their hands.

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