Blackout at this year’s Golden Globes
Designer Yves Saint Laurent famously declared his love for black, saying, “I love black because it affirms, designs and styles.”
It was also a sign of solidarity at the 75th annual Golden Globes held Jan. 7 (Jan. 8 in Manila). Earlier this month, Hollywood’s most powerful women launched Time’s Up, an action plan that targets sexual harassment and unequal pay.
Golden Globe attendees were asked to wear black and, save for a couple of women who didn’t get the memo, everyone followed the dress code and wore Time’s Up pins.
The stars still dazzled on the red carpet, thanks to their respective dates, the cut of their gowns, or the borrowed bling on their ears, fingers and necks.
Michele Williams arrived with Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement. Amy Poehler was accompanied by Saru Jayaraman, a workplace justice advocate for restaurant workers. Meryl Streep brought Ai-Jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.
Emma Watson came with Marai Larasi, director of UK-based organization Imkaan, which responds to and prevents violence against black minoritized women and girls. Susan Sarandon brought Rosa Clemente, whose advocacy is political prisoners, voter engagement and Puerto Rican independence. Emma Stone arrived with tennis legend and advocate for women’s and LGBT rights Billie Jean King. And Laura Dern brought Monica Ramirez who works to end sexual violence against women, particularly farm workers.
“Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot chose a fitted jacket and sheath dress that made her look taller and sleeker. Golden Globe winner Saoirse Ronan wore a dress with a sculptural silver shoulder. “The Crown’s” Claire Foy wore her hair slicked back and paired it with an all-black pantsuit.
Hollywood royalty Nicole Kidman and Angelina Jolie went for old school glamour—a lace bodice with ruffle detail on the shoulders for the former, and feathered trumpet sleeves and ruched waist for the latter.
Halle Berry and Kate Hudson turned heads with their revealing lace dresses. Halle chose an above-the-knee number while Kate wore a long dress with a plunging neckline. “Stranger Things” star Millie Bobby Brown, at 13 years old, looked grown up in a short ruffled dress that revealed and concealed.
Bling was big on the red carpet as evidenced by the millions of dollars’ worth of jewelry worn by Salma Hayek, Jessica Biel, Dakota Johnson and fan favorite Viola Davis.
This year was different in many ways. Aside from Oprah Winfrey’s valedictory speech after receiving the Cecil B. DeMille award, Time’s Up supporter Eva Longoria said: “This is a moment of solidarity. For years we’ve sold these awards shows as women, with our gowns and colors and our beautiful faces and our glamour.
“This time, the industry can’t expect us to go up and twirl around. That’s not what this moment is about.”
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