Did you watch the Golden Globes last night? Red carpet arrivals started 2 hours before the ceremony, which then last for 3 hours. La La Land won big as did The Crown and, Isabelle Huppert surprised everyone by taking home Best Actress in a Drama instead of sure-thing Natalie Portman for her portrayal as Jackie Kennedy. Portman maintained her commitment to the role and decade by wearing a 60s-inpsired yellow Prada gown. Meryl Streep delivered a moving message while accepting her Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award. With grace and conviction she Dame Streep used her moment to talk about all of us by taking this unique moment in political history by reminding us what doesn’t work in politics. “Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose.” Her plea for empathy wasn’t lost on me as her words are still with me now as I write this.
Now the dresses. I was hoping to be conflicted over the many best dressed, but unfortunately there was a small pool of favorites to choose from. This is why the accompanying visual to this post is trend-driven. Silver, gold, and touches of metallic were literally everywhere last night. The styles and body types varied, but most women were dipped in silver or gold. Emma Stone (in Valentino) Blake Lively (in Atelier Versace), Chrissie Teigen (in Marchesa), Felicity Huffman, Drew Barrymore (in Monique Lhuillier, who looked better than she has in years), and Isabelle Huppert (in Armani) didn’t commit completely to the all over metallic trend, and opted for a touch of it here and there. Blush tones and yellow were the runner ups for color.
Brie Larson in Rodarte, Keri Russel in J. Mendel, Judith Light in Balmain, Kerry Washington in Dolce & Gabbana, Evan Rachel Wood in Altuzarra were a few of my favorites. I also loved Viola Davis in her striking, yellow Michael Kors Collection gown. Most of my favorites defied the ‘slick look’ that the metallic trend implies by mixing fabrics or color in a way that provides texture and dimension. Qualities that make a look more dynamic and exciting. I always rely on Michelle Williams and Sienna Miller to bring the fashion but I was severely underwhelmed by the lace Louis Vuitton on Michelle and the white Michael Kors on Sienna. (Sienna’s entire look was no bueno.) I was hoping for some less predictable fashion; a little more Monse, Rosie Assoulin, Rodarte, Erdem, Delpozo – designers who’s looks set you apart from the others. Looks that require more interpretation than another long, shiny gown. Also, where was the Dior? No one wore last night? I guess the metallic trend is better than the nude dress trend that dominated red carpets for the last couple of years. And finally, I always want the younger stars to dress more youthful. They have the rest of their careers to wear floor-length gowns. Girls like Maisie Williams and Hailee Steinfeld should play around with hemlines and prints and fun designers. Wear some Miu Miu! Don’t be so serious!
Ok ok, I’m done…but here’s hoping the Sag Awards brings a few more risk takers.