Golden Globes Fashion Review: It Was an Eclectic Red Carpet
The fashion was all over the place, and the political statements practically non-existent.
It was an eclectic red carpet at the Golden Globes Sunday night, all over the place, really — with old Hollywood-inspired, hyper-embellished, classic black dresses, bold yellow dresses, statement sleeves, off-shoulders, plunging necklines and more making fashion news.
And on the step-and-repeat it was business as usual — hardly any overt political statements, which is surprising considering how much hand-wringing has been going on in Hollywood about incoming president Donald Trump. The exception was Mozart In The Jungle actress Lola Kirke, who wore a "F — k Paul Ryan" button pinned to her Andrew Gn gown, to protest the House Speaker's pledge to defund Planned Parenthood along with repealing Obamacare .
A handful of pantsuits nodded to a feminist stance as well . Evan Rachel Wood wore a custom Altuzarra pantsuit she told E! was inspired by Victor/Victoria and David Bowie (not Hillary Clinton). “I have worn a dress every single time and I love dresses. I’m not trying to protest dresses, but I wanted to make sure young girls and women know that it’s not a requirement.”
Hidden Figures' star Octavia Spencer chose a navy pants suit designed by a friend Laura Basci, and Transparent actress Kathryn Hahn wore a Brandon Maxwell black tuxedo with a bandeau top underneath.
Before the show, stylist Karla Welch said that this awards show season, she and her client Golden Globe-winning actress Sarah Paulson (The People v. OJ Simpson) were "going severe" to reflect the current political mood. Of Paulson’s long sleeved, shimmery sequin Marc Jacobs look, Welch told THR, “We went with Edie Sedgwick as our muse.”
Ruth Negga’s custom silvery Louis Vuitton by Nicolas Ghesquiere gown, also styled by Welch, resembled chic armor. "Nicolas gave us a sketch and we said yes," Welch said of the Loving actress' look, which she calls "very Joan of Arc-meets-Metropolis."
Ghesquiere, who has been the subject of intense rumors that he's on his way out at Louis Vuitton, dressed three A-listers, including Michelle Williams in a lacy gown with a ribbon choker necklace (chokers were the main jewelry trend), and Sophie Turner in a deconstructed black-and-white look that was more runway than red carpet.
Gilt, dense embroidery and 3D texture were big, as seen on Priyanka Chopra’s hand-embroidered, gold- encrusted Ralph Lauren gown (which took 1600 hours to make), and Kerry Washington’s gold lace Dolce & Gabbana look, with its offbeat shoulder and crystal waist details. Nicole Kidman’s Alexander McQueen SS17 "shipwreck" gown was in a class of its own (not necessarily a compliment) with a ghostly, shredded tulle texture and bugle beaded extra-long sleeves.
On the other end of the spectrum was classically pretty, old Hollywood glamour. First-time nominee, The Rules Don't Apply actress Lily Collins, played the princess in a pink embroidered Zuhair Murad ballgown. Natalie Portman harked back to the ‘60s in a green Prada gown with Empire waist and Jackie-inspired hairdo, and Emma Stone, who dispensed with her now-signature red carpet yellow, opted for a starry Valentino haute couture gown that hinted at La La Land song, “City of Stars.”
The men were their own kind of peacocks, including Pharrell Williams in a wonderfully random Chanel look from the house’s 2012 Paris-Bombay inspired collection, Rami Malek sporting a midnight blue Dior tuxedo and chic black rose corsage and Donald Glover in a Gucci tobacco velvet tuxedo.