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The Golden Globes 2018 Red Carpet Makes A Statement with #TimesUp

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This was the most unusual red carpet I’ve ever seen in my 10+ years of covering award shows. Every nominee and major star who walked the red carpet wore black in support of the #TimesUp movement in an effort to bring awareness to the cause. And that was great. As was the amount of famous women who brought activists  as their dates (a move that was reportedly led by Michelle Williams).

But it wasn’t without frustrations. As I worried about before the show, talking about fashion at all seemed to be frowned about — despite all the hard work the designers and stylists put into helping the stars make this statement. (This thread from the Go Fug Yourself ladies covers it more eloquently than I ever could.) And most frustratingly, the women seemed to be the only ones being asked about #TimesUp movement, putting the burden of solidarity totally on them, while men got the typical questions about their nominations and roles, which further made the movement seem more symbolic than transformative.

That being said, fashion-wise this might have been one of the best red carpets we’ve seen in a while. Perhaps because the gowns were all black, there seemed to be more focus on impeccable tailoring and stunning accents & accessories. Here are my 10 favourites of the night:

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Saoirse Ronan has been knocking it out of the park during her Lady Bird press tour and at the start of this awards show circuit with her dedication to mixing it up and keeping it fresh. She looks sleek and cool in Atelier Versace.

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Speaking of sleek and cool, this is a great look for Jessica Chastain. Her Armani Prive fit her like a glove.

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Pants was a big theme of the night, whether it was skirts over pants (Christina Hendricks, Alison Brie) or just a straight up lady suit. I don’t think anyone did it better than The Handsmaid’s Tale star Alexis Bledel in Oscar de la Renta.  

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Gawd, is there anyone cooler than Tracee Ellis Ross? The black dress code didn’t stop her from serving up a whole lotta look in Marc Jacobs.  

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I usually find Dakota Johnson a snoozefest at these things, but the back of her Gucci gown was stunning.

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Gal Gadot is all business in a Tom Ford column dress and blazer. I felt like the slit was a slightly awkward length, but she still made it work.

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Insecure’s Issa Rae takes a dramatic plunge in this stunning Prabal Gurung gown with perfectly paired Lorraine Schwartz accessories.  

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Allison Janney proved black doesn’t have to mean boring in this in Mario Dice with daring cutouts.

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Viola Davis was her usual stunning self. She’s pretty much the only person who can wear valor and still make me love it.

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Allison Williams stretched the black dress code further than most in this Armani Prive with a colourful bodice.

2017 Golden Globes Best and Worst Dressed

The theme of the 2017 Golden Globes’ red carpet seemed to be clavicles. There were so many weirdly similar plunging necklines that a lot of the dresses kind of started blending together. But there were still enough WTF? style moments to keep us awake throughout the inane red carpet banter. Nicole and I picked our best and worst looks:

BEST DRESSED:


Jen: There’s no question for me that Evan Rachel Woods’ custom tux by Altuzarra is the winner of the night by a long shot. I loved it on first sight, and then I loved it even more when she said she wore it as an homage to David Bowie and added, “I want to make sure that young girls and women know [dresses] aren’t a requirement and you don’t have to wear one if you don’t want to; you can just be yourself because your worth is more than that.” Preach!

Nicole: I’m totally with you on this! She was just so cool and made it seem effortless.


Nicole: I loved Kerry Washington’s Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda. The fit was perfect, it was so flattering and a great colour! I also appreciated that Kerry wore lipstick which because it just pulled the whole look together.

Jen: You like this more than I did. I think the bodysuit peeking out from underneath makes me side-eye it a bit.


Jen: I love me a sleek column dress and Amy Adams did it best in this Tom Ford stunner. I adore the square neckline, which makes it just a little bit weird.

Nicole: I was a bit bored by this. It fit beautifully and agree the neckline was interesting but it still wasn’t enough to make a black sequined column dress a standout for me.

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Nicole: I was pleased with Emma Stone’s Valentino gown for tonight and thought that it was simple and flattering and just youthful enough to come across as fun.

Jen: I kind of wish it was a bolder colour but I dig Emma’s dress too, especially because it fit so well with the character she’s nominated for (but wasn’t as on the nose as Natalie Portman’s Jackie-esque dress).


Jen: I can already feel Nicole yelling at me for this pick, but I weirdly kinda dig Drew Barrymore’s weirdass Monique Lhuillier birdlady dress. Not many people can pull off the Vegas boho look but she kills it. I wish her hair was less messy and she’d toned down the contouring makeup, but I’m still tickled by this look.

Nicole: Good lord. I actually hoped she’d fly away with those weird wings.


Nicole: I fell in love with Janelle Monae in Moonlight and tumbled a little deeper after seeing Hidden Figures. She is stunning in this custom Armani gown and manages to invoke a bit of the time period while still being thoroughly modern. Love!

Jen: This dress is so weird but in a good way. Between Moonlight, Hidden Figures and her red carpet game this season, she’s on a roll.


Jen: She was a late arrival but Brie Larson saved the best for last in this perfectly fitted red Rodarte. One of my faves of the night!

Nicole: Agreed! It was a stunner on sight and the red stood out amongst the sequins, yellows and golds.


Nicole: It pains me to choose Jessica Biel as a favourite (mostly because of her spouse) but her Elie Saab was so cool and crazy and flattering. It’s a clavicle dress but I just loved the tailoring and the embellishments.

Jen: I can’t believe you’re stanning this one. Not only for the clavicle (see below) but this thing has FAKE GRAPES glued to it!


Jen: Insecure’s Issa Rae killed it on her first red carpet in this absolutely breathtaking beaded Siriano. Great hair, too.

Nicole: I thought it was simple and beautiful.

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Nicole: We both loved Viola Davis’s breathtaking Michael Kors Collection sequined gown that positively glowed. She was radiant and a unanimous pick.

Jen: Yeah, this was a such a great dress. Bold colour, perfect fit. I love that Viola is having such a moment right now!

 

WORST DRESSED:


Jen: How does a dress like Nicole Kidman’s McQueen happen to such a huge star? HOW?!? I want to rip off the sleeves and the hem and change the lining — just to start.

Nicole: What in the actual f*** was this mess? Another cold shoulder gone terribly wrong.


Nicole: I never really think of Natalie Portman as a star on the red carpet but this dress was just terrible from the colour to the fit. I understand not wanting to wear a super form fitting dress but this was a bedazzled Prada tent.

Jen: Hey guys, did you know Natalie plays Jackie Kennedy in the 60s? Did ya? Well, just in case you forgot, her dress is her to serve as a walking reminder.


Jen: I never really have high hopes for Carrie Underwood on a red carpet, but this was unusually bad, even for her. From the figure skating costume sheer back to the frilly front that kind of looks like a labia, this Iris Serban gown is all kinds of bad.

Nicole: Classic overdone Carrie.


Nicole: I always wish Michelle Williams would be more interesting on the red carpet and this year was no exception. I generally love the adverts she does for Louis Vuitton but this dress was blah, the choker was embarrassing and for the love of god, wear some colour on your face!

Jen: This was another dress that I wanted to rip the sleeves off of. And the chest was weirdly boob-flattening.


Jen: So many women were saddled with Louis Vuitton gowns that I didn’t like on this red carpet, but LV did Sophie Turner extra dirty with this mess of a dress.

Nicole: I get the desire to be different and youthful. This is not that.


Nicole: Let me preface this by saying I love me a cold shoulder. However, when executed as a gown, I feel like it doesn’t play well. Sarah Jessica Parker is a great example of this with her Vera Wang gown. It doesn’t work and I wish she’d just worn her Vera Wang wedding gown instead.

Jen: “Cold shoulder.” “Flu shot access panel.” Whatever this trend is called, I still hate it.


Jen: Lately, Felicity Jones seems to be trying to be on a personal mission to get her photo placed next to the word “dowdy” in the dictionary, and she might just succeed with this atrocious Gucci gown.

Nicole: I’m with you. I love the Gucci playfulness and tromp l’oeil but this mess? No.


Nicole: I wish Winona Ryder had worn something… less interesting? It looked like my Junior Prom dress (from the 90’s) and even though it’s Victor and Rolf and fit beautifully, I just wasn’t won over, especially with what looked like a terrible ass bow.

Jen: I didn’t dislike this one as much as you did. The bow on the back was a little much, but otherwise I thought it was Old Hollywood classy.


Jen: I didn’t hate Kristen Bell’s Jenny Packham dress as much as my other picks, but I was so bored by this unflattering neckline. Mandy Moore and Jessica Biel also rocked a similar look. Since when did the top of bellies become a must-show-off body part?

Nicole: I actually loved this. It was young and fit impeccably and I thought she was having a ton of fun in it.


Nicole: Gucci had some crazy dresses on the red carpet tonight and they also took Zoe Saldana down with them. This frilly mess had gorgeous colour going for it but failed to flatter and the cheap bow really did this in.

Jen: This was extra disappointing because she’s usually one of my faves.

Golden Globes Best and Worst Dressed 2016

It was a weird night at the Golden Globes. The people we expected to kill it were disappointing, but there were still some favourites who continued to knock it out of the park. Here’s our look at our favourite and least favourite dresses of the night:

BEST


Jen: It’s got a peplum, it’s nearly backless and it has hip cutouts. On paper, Jennifer Lawrence’s dress sounds like it shouldn’t work. But wow, it’s stunning. I’m not totally sold on the hair, but otherwise, this is the best Dior has ever treated her.
Nicole: Its definitely better than most of the Dior over the last year but I wish the fit was better around the waist. Otherwise the colour and styling for JLaw are solid.

 


Nicole: There are a lot of first timers on the carpet who are flat-out nailing it. Blindspot’s Jaimie Alexander’s Genny gown is a gorgeous cut, and the colour is a standout.
Jen: Yup. I gave up on her show but I really like her as an actress, so I’m glad she’s killing it here.

 


Jen: I usually hate the princess-y look, but this Zac Posen dress on Gina Rodriguez is so very flattering. Love the colour, love the pockets, love the actress!
Nicole: Gina was on my long list for bests. The dress is amazingly flattering, the colour is so rich and she looks so beautiful.

 


Nicole: I love Jennifer Lopez’s Giambattista Valli gown and cape. It’s feminine, beautifully cut and she’s goddamn wearing the hell out of it. The colour is a risk, but the style is more subtle than we expect from her.
Jen: Everyone on Twitter loved this too but I’m not sold on it. I’ll forever associate a yellow gown with Michelle Williams’ (much better) one, and I think this look would have worked better if her gown was a sleek column underneath the cape.

 


Jen: I already know Nicole is going to fight me on this, but I love this Calvin Klein on Brie Larson. This is her big moment and she needed to make a splash, which this ab-tastic gladiator dress achieved in spades.
Nicole: Maybe I was just terrified of her abs? The colour was a little me-too but the fit was lovely. I hope she nails it on the Oscar red carpet.

 


Nicole: Mr Robot’s Portia Doubleday is it with this mirrored dress. The fit is exquisite and this is different than anything else on the carpet.
Jen: Agreed! This silver Naeem Khan almost looks futuristic, which fits with her show.

 


Jen: Liquid sex. That’s what Olivia Wilde’s red halter Michael Kors is. The fact that she’s pairing it with Aldo shoes makes it even better.
Nicole: I made some very inappropriate comments about Oscar Isaac earlier and the same comments apply to Olivia Wilde. So, so hot. Very well done.

 

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Nicole: Our hometown girl Rachel McAdams stuns in Lanvin. The lip completes a simple but beautiful look.
Jen: Yup, she is definitely one of the best dressed of the night (and I think the only one who dared to do floral).

 


Nicole: Julianne Moore is stunning in her bestie’s navy sequin dress. The hair isn’t fussy or overdone; she looks quite simply glamorous.
Jen: I love this Tom Ford dress. It’s somehow both demure (she’s completely covered) but still really sexy.


Jen: I’ve got to say, it was really hard picking a fifth dress I liked because I was so unimpressed by this year’s red carpet, but Kate Winslet looked lovely in this halter Ralph Lauren, so she’ll do, I guess.
Nicole: It’s a lovely, predictable look for Winslet. She played it safe but it pays off.

 

WORST:

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Nicole: What the holy god is this monstrosity on Kate Hudson? We get it…you exercise all the time. Eat a cracker and maybe indulge in a bit more material.
Jen: You know what was a bit weird? She’s super super super skinny but during a few points during her red carpet interview she looked…not. So screw that Michael Kors dress.

 


Jen: Because the Golden Globes has a history of recognizing little known WB/UPN/CW actresses, I had a hunch the Crazy Ex Girlfriend star would win (and she did). Which is why I wanted her to kill it on the red carpet, seeing as it was many people’s first introduction to her. But this dress did her no favours.
Nicole: She looked messy or sloppy? It’s really too bad because she’s so cute and funny.

 

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Nicole: Jenna Dewan’s Zuhair Murad dress had great promise until I realized it’s essentially a sequin tornado design on the skirt of the dress. Yikes.
Jen: This dress reminded me of Viola Davis’. That’s not a good thing.

 


Jen: Another star who should have killed it on the red carpet because it’s her first big one is Saoirse Ronan, but I’m bored to tears by this pale Yves Saint Laurent Couture gown. Even if she’s just saving up the big guns for the Oscars, she’s young enough to have a lot more fun and be risky at the Globes.
Nicole: Agreed. This strategy of saving it up is garbage. Remember Lupita? There is such a thing as crushing it multiple times.

 

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Nicole: I’m almost offended by Alicia Vikander’s blandness. Her Louis Vuitton is putting me to sleep.
Jen: Yeah, isn’t this supposed to be her year? She’s nominated for two awards and she shows up in this? Yawn.

 


Jen: Is Rooney Mara cosplaying as Miss Havisham? This drab yarn scrap mess of an Alexander McQueen dress, combined with her dour red carpet attitude, left me cold.
Nicole: TOO THIN. She looks cranky all the time. Maybe eat a bag of chips?

 

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Nicole: I feel like Kate Bosworth’s Dolce and Gabbana dress might have been made in an atelier filled with blind couture artisans. Like that might have been a special selling feature. Their blindness.
Jen: Frankly, I’m still trying to figure out why she’s here. Does a Crackle series really count?

 


Jen: If anyone was entitled to have a little fun on the red carpet (and has the ‘tude to pull it off), it’s Taraji P. Henson. So why did she pick a white dress that’s both boring and unflattering? The only thing that saved it was her ridiculous try-hard posing.
Nicole: That feels like a theme… some of these worsts aren’t so much terrible as disappointing.

 

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Nicole: Calista Flockheart is wearing my grade 9 prom dress. True story. I had mine custom made too! Twins!
Jen: This is terrible. They dress her so well on Supergirl; couldn’t she have just borrowed something from the set?

 


Jen: Nicole’s going to yell at me for this, but I hate Cate Blanchett’s shapeless pale Givenchy. I like that she tried something different, but different should also be flattering. Instead, her butt looks like it has a heart on it. She’s heart-butting.
Nicole: I saw the top of the dress and was all ready to hate it but when I saw the full dress, it somehow works together quite beautifully. I think it’s quite flattering without being skintight. I heart it. Cate is so damn crazy and cool.

 

Want more? Check out our picks for last year’s best and worst dressed at the Golden Globes.