Rich Texture and Dense Sequins Rule the Golden Globes Red Carpet

From left: Janelle Monae, Olivia Culpo and Kristen Bell

Can you say bling?

Long before the statues were handed out, the Golden Globes red carpet already was bursting with sparkle and shine. A-listers and nominees sported plenty of high-wattage jewels, of course, but they also donned gowns with excessive amounts of 3D texture, embroidery and paillettes.

Hidden Figures actress-singer Janelle Monae worked with her stylist Maeve Reilly and Armani to bring their joint vision to life for her first Golden Globes. Her black sequined bodice and white mesh skirt — covered in oversized black paillettes — was eye-catching in all the right ways. Olivia Culpo’s criss-cross Zuhair Murad ballgown also was a head-turner with its rich tapestry of beading and embroidery.

Several stars — such as Kristen Bell in low-cut Jenny Packham, Amy Adams in structured black Tom Ford and Gal Gadot in a swirl of platinum and black — opted to go for straight sequins, which were just as reflective as their collective star power.

Priyanka Chopra and Kerry Washington both shone in golden gowns by Ralph Lauren and Dolce & Gabbana, respectively, with Chopra’s featuring a glimmering embroidery and sequins, and Washington’s in metallic lace with jeweled detailing at the shoulders and waist. Chrissy Teigen’s platinum-hued lace Marchesa worked in an intricate floral motif, feminine peplum and gleaming finish. Sheer, shimmery and figure-hugging was the M.O. of Sofia Vergara and Nicole Kidman (in Alexander McQueen), both showing off their sculpted shoulders while keeping their forearms warm.

Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown, at her first awards show, went with a glamorous sequined Jenny Packham frock — age-appropriate in its length — that was like a younger version of Black-ish star (and winner) Tracee Ellis Ross’ Zuhair Murad. Gina Rodriguez, too, wore a glitzy number with lots of movement, featuring shimmering white beads that fell like fringe.