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What to wear to the Golden Globes? All black? “Me Too” buttons? Marchesa?
Despite the wardrobe war of words that erupted over the plan for actresses to dress in all-black at the Golden Globes to protest gender inequality in Hollywood, the red carpet blackout for Jan. 7 is still on track.
Representatives from L.A.’s fashion and accessory showrooms in the business of dressing celebrities are reporting a run on all-black clothing, from gowns to cocktail dresses to men’s suits. “Every request we’ve received thus far has been for black,” reports one publicist, noting that “it’s been quite a shuffle for fashion agencies.”
“We are working hard to get in more all-black options to support those who are adhering to the Golden Globes consensus,” and that includes menswear, said another rep, noting that Hollywood’s peacocks are turning it down a notch. “It’s going to be an inevitable thing out of solidarity. I think the majority of men are going go safe in a black suit with a white shirt so no one’s going to look the odd man out,” says New York-based stylist Michael Fisher, who is dressing nominees Hugh Jackman (The Greatest Showman) and Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri).
Although many A-list actresses team up with fashion houses months before the Golden Globes on one-of-a-kind, custom-made gowns — in 2017, Ruth Negga wore a custom silver Louis Vuitton, and Priyanka Chopra a custom Ralph Lauren hand-embroidered look that took 1,800 hours to make — even those special pieces are being ditched.
“We had a few custom pieces in the works that we’ve had to shift to the SAG Awards or Critic’s Choice Awards,” says a fashion publicist, adding that she expects accessories to play a more prominent role against the sea of black clothing, including “big and bold jewelry pieces and perhaps some custom clutches.”
The fashion frenzy started last week when reports surfaced about the planned protest, an idea that sources say originated with the prominently female Golden Globes nominated cast of Big Little Lies (Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern and Shailene Woodley) as a way to acknowledge the cultural awakening that began in Hollywood in October with sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein and has now touched nearly every other industry.
Almost immediately, a black-lash began: Hollywood Foreign Press Association member Jenny Cooney wondered on social media, “Why should women not stand proud and in living color to show we will not be subdued and held down?” Two days later, Rose McGowan, one of the most prominent voices in the #MeToo movement, posted a since-deleted Tweet criticizing women for speaking out with fashion instead of taking a moral stand. “Actresses, like Meryl Streep, who happily worked for The Pig Monster, are wearing black @GoldenGlobes in a silent protest. YOUR SILENCE is THE problem. You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly & affect no real change. I despise your hypocrisy. Maybe you should all wear Marchesa,” McGowan wrote, referring to the fashion label co-designed by Weinstein’s estranged wife, Georgina Chapman, which was once a red carpet staple thanks in part to Weinstein’s powers of persuasion.
Firing back with her own statement, The Post‘s Streep — who once referred to Weinstein as “God” in an acceptance speech and previously worked with him on August: Osage County and The Iron Lady — said she was “appalled” by his alleged misconduct and also added that “not everybody knew” about it. (An anonymous street artist who has plastered “She Knew” posters around Los Angeles picturing Streep arm-in-arm with Weinstein seems to think otherwise.)
Amber Tamblyn also weighed in on the great dressing debate, posting: “Our movement is big. And a black dress is just the beginning of the darkness that will be drained from every industry across the country by the time we’re done. That’s a promise.”
Still, most image makers, not wanting to spoil the impact of whatever happens on the red carpet, are keeping clients’ Golden Globes dressing plans close to the vest. Stylist Karla Welch, who works with The Handmaid’s Tale‘s Elisabeth Moss says, “I support all women coming together to collectively make a statement in whatever way they choose.”
Vincent Boucher contributed to this report.
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