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.