The Best and the Blackest of The Golden Globes 2018 Red Carpet
Robbed of color as a crutch, let’s see how our stars did on a red carpet night that wasn’t supposed to be about fashion.
The coordinated effort by starlets across the spectrum last night and the Time’s Up movement to get every woman to wear black was, on the whole, a success. Yes, there were a few who didn’t. (Hollywood Foreign Press president Meher Tatna doesn’t count, India has an entire cultural thing about wearing black.) But when it came to those who were going to be shown on TV, every last one was dolled up in some sort of black something
It worked, up to a point. The visual of stars of all stripes, all in black, on the red carpet on TV made for a somber visual, but not a funerary one. There were enough diamonds, embellishments, sequins, and flair to make sure of that. Instead, it made the event look like a very serious one, and the female stars on equal footing with their tuxedoed and suited counterparts. (Personally, I think it would have been even more striking if all of the women on the red carpet had worn menswear, but sadly, not to be. Also probably would not have been able to pull in as much solidarity, and would have upset too many fashion houses.)
Robbed of color as a crutch, this was also a red carpet where the cut of dress (or the pantsuit) was far more important than anything else. To that end, let’s see who can handle their fashion when they’re required to think about how the lines of the piece flatter them.
Top look of the night: Viola Davis in Brandon Maxwell and her natural hair.
Gwendoline Christie’s significant other Giles Deacon finally figured out how to dress her.
Gal Gadot rocked a Tom Ford. Love the jacket.
Issa Rae’s plunging Prabal Gurung had all the sex appeal without being trashy.
Allison Janney’s Mario Dice dress was a masterclass in how you use white in an all black dress code.
Alison Brie in Surprise!Pants.
Saoirse Ronan’s Versace was also a masterclass: How to embellish without overdoing it.
Christina Hendrick in Christian Siriano’s version of surprise!pants.
Jessica Biel nailed the way to do undercolor. But I may never get over people calling her “Ofjustin” on social media last night after Timberlake never actually used her name, referring to her solely as “My Wife.” (She was nominated for Best Actress. He couldn’t even get to number one with his lead single this week because Bruno Mars’ song is better.)
Claire Foy, and dreams of what this red carpet could have been.
Tracee Ellis Ross’ dress was merely serviceable, but her headgear was head turning.
Helen Mirren. Here for all of this.
Mary J. Blige also rocked the embellishments properly.
I liked Dakota Johnson’s dress! It’s a first.
Kelly Clarkson, showing how to look elegant on the red carpet even if you’re not a size zero. (I wasn’t over the moon about the one gold sleeve though.)
Susan Kelechi Watson in disco globe pants.
I don’t know why Lena Heady doesn’t come to these things more often, her dress was quite lovely.
Mandy Moore, Matador chic.
Millie Bobby Brown, age-appropriate yet festive.
Chris Hemsworth, the flocking on his suit goes all the way down. Best Chris of the Night.
Sterling K. Brown, pettable.
Milo Ventimiglia, somehow making a pornstache work.
James Franco, Francoing.
Kit Harington, in perfectly cut pants.
David Harbour, in Chief Hopper Glam.
Common, anything but.
How do Aziz Ansari’s pants always make his feet look the wrong size?
Daniel Kaluuya, braving the white shirt.
Stranger Things Season 2. Collect all five.
Exactly As They Always Dress, Just Black
Reese Witherspoon’s go-to look, in black.
Nicole Kidman, dying her usual tea-colored frilly lace black.
Meryl Streep’s go-to look, in black. That being said, her date, Ai-jen Poo, was the director of Domestic Workers. (Streep was one of seven “Time’s Up” leaders who volunteered to bring feminist activists as their dates to the red carpet so that people like Ryan Seacrest would be forced to talk about real issues.)
Kerry Washington’s go-to look, in black. (Look at this and tell me you haven’t seen her in the same dress, just in a brightly colored version.)
Jessica Chastain literally just swapped her usually green for black.
Alicia Vikander’s usually severe twee look is far worse in black.
Same with Elisabeth Moss’ little girl demure style.
To be fair, Octavia Spencer always wears Tadashi Soji anyway, so of course, she would land in this category.
Sara Paulson’s neck bow doesn’t improve in black.
Debra Messing’s surprise!pants were not a surprise. They were her standard issue look. (That being said, kudos for calling out E! for their gender pay scale inequality on air to Seacrest’s face.)
Angelina in straight from the bedroom black.
Maggie’s surprise!pants are too short.
Sarah Jessica’s giving me Hocus Pocus flashbacks.
Terrible embellishments Margot Robbie.
Cinderella style does not work in black. Lily James looks like an evil stepsister.
Laura Dern needs fashion tips from Admiral Holdo.
Emma Watson is way too twee. She’s excusing it by hiding by her Time’s Up date, Marai Larasi, founder of Imkaan (UK).
Heidi Klum, tacky in all colors.
Same with Halle Berry. I mean damn.
One day, someone will teach Emilia Clarke how not to be boring.
Catherine Zeta-Jones, in nearly nothing.
And Caitriona Balfe, making us wish she had Claire’s closet in real life.
Hello, The Dress Code Was Black
Alexis Bledel, in too much white.
Alison Sudol, in too many colorful medallions.
Allison Williams, trying to pretend this beading wasn’t cheating.
Barbara Meier in “Wait, really? Everyone wore black except me and….”
Bianca Blanco in “Fuck you.”