Golden Globes: The Top 10 Best-Dressed Women

5:02 PM 1/7/2018

by Booth Moore

The all-black statement didn't disappoint.

Solidarity. It was the single biggest fashion statement on the Golden Globes red carpet, as women wore all-black to show support for the Time’s Up initiative to fight sexual abuse and promote gender equality in Hollywood and beyond. Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and more walked alongside racial justice, farm and restaurant worker activists including the mother of the #MeToo movement Tarana Burke, challenging the idea that the red carpet is only about female appearance, and instead using it as a platform to talk about females for change.

Although it was a bad night for designers looking to have their names dropped on the red carpet (Hollywood stylists and beauty pros were also usually quiet), actresses did communicate the idea that fashion can make a difference in telling a story, following more than a year of protests on the fashion runways and in the streets beginning with 2017’s monumental Women’s March. And brands who dressed people for the red carpet, including Calvin Klein and Prabal Gurung, announced they were making donations to the Time's Up legal fund.

In light of the cultural awakening to gender issues, some wondered whether it was right to do best and worst dressed lists. (Rather than asking, "What are you wearing," E! red carpet hosts asked, "Why are you wearing black?") While we didn’t feel like undercutting people by doing a worst-dressed list this year, we did compile a best-dressed list because Hollywood, like fashion, is an industry built on image, and the designers who made these all-black looks deserve to be recognized for their (largely last-minute) work as well.

Even if not everyone agreed with the all-black color dress code (Rose McGowan was one of the biggest naysayers), the palette was refreshing from a fashion perspective, putting an emphasis on silhouette, trim and sumptuous details, that let individual style flourishes shine in the way that they can only do when you see a powerful group dressed in uniform. Fight on!

Here, the top 10 looks of the night.

  • Debra Messing

    First out of the gate and onto the red carpet with an eloquent explanation of the Time’s Up initiative, Debra Messing chose a masculine-meets-feminine look, a densely- embellished black cutaway tunic and trousers ensemble by New York designer Christian Siriano, a longtime crusader for inclusivity in fashion.

  • Jessica Biel

    Jessica Biel’s artfully draped strapless black tulle Dior gown is classic dressing at its best.  

  • Millie Bobby Brown

    Millie Bobby Brown continued her streak with Calvin Klein (she's models for the brand) in a buoyant  silk mini dress.

  • Allison Williams

    Leave it to Giorgio Armani to design a unique statement piece for Get Out’s Allison Williams – a crystal-encrusted strapless dress with a flash of orange for action.

  • Dakota Johnson

    Dakota Johnson wore Gucci (she’s the face of the brand’s perfume Bloom), and designer Alessandro Michele didn’t skimp on the details, tying her up in a giant crystal bow on the train in back.

  • Alexis Bledel

    Alexis Bledel’s black-and-white floral embroidered satin bustier and pants by Oscar de la Renta was a unique take on the evening’s pants trend.

  • Saoirse Ronan

    Lady Bird's Saorise Ronan rocked a futuristic single-sleeve Versace look with crystal studded padded shoulders and flashes of silver.

  • Mandy Moore

    Mandy Moore’s halter neck gown by New York designer Rosie Assoulin had a powerful pop of color—a red belt—and a cape back making her look like a superhero.

  • Caitriona Balfe

    Coco Chanel practically invented the fashionable black dress so it's only fitting that Chanel would design this stunner for Caitriona Balfe with extraordinary chain details and feathery arm bands.

  • Tracee Ellis Ross

    Tracee Ellis Ross worked her own quirky brand of glam like a champ, wearing a Marc Jacobs gown and turban.