From left to right: Dakota Johnson in Gucci, Kate Hudson in Valentino, Angelina Jolie in Versace, Margot Robbie in Gucci, and Gal Gadot in Tom Ford. (image via 8 Days)
By Milla Freeman
As Hollywood gears up for the Oscars, many pairs of watchful eyes are looking out for the latest awards fashion. Shows such as the Emmy Awards, Golden Globes, BAFTAs, and Academy Awards are prime sites for the appearance of new trends and styles for the coming year.
This year, fashion choices on the red carpet were used as a call for change. For the most part, attendees of the 75th Golden Globe Awards, which took place on January 7th, donned black in solidarity with the Time’s Up movement that was formed at the very beginning of the year in response to the increasing number of sexual harassment cases revealed in several industries and to #MeToo.
However, the movement is not only contained to the film industry and celebrities. Across the globe, women of all walks of life are rallying for gender and racial equality in the workplace and beyond, as well as a world without sexual harassment and assault.
Apart from wearing black, some stars even brought social justice activists as dates to the ceremony, including such influential women asAi-jen Poo, former tennis champion Billie Jean King, and #MeToo movement founder Tarana Burke. In their acceptance speeches, the majority of actresses spoke out against the gender pay gap and sexual misconduct. Most notable was presenter Natalie Portman’s jab at the all-male Best Director nominations, which snubbed talented female directors such as Lady Bird’s Greta Gerwig and Wonder Woman’s Patty Jenkins.
Male actors also sported black outfits, and many were also decked out in Time’s Up pins in support of the movement.
Despite the unstated dress code, A-listers still managed to dress in their very best. Gowns, jumpsuits, and suits in several shades of black and a variety of patterns all stunned, each with a unique style.
Three attendees decided not to dress en noir, and all opted instead for bright red or floral ensembles. HFPA (Hollywood Foreign Press Association) president, Meher Tatna, chose a brightly colored outfit in honor of her culture but still showed her support for the movement by wearing a Time’s Up pin. Actress Blanca Blanco, who wore a plunging red gown, and German model Barbara Meier, wearing a sheer floral dress, asserted that their choices in attire did not mean that they did not support Time’s Up.
Hopefully, now that there has been such a display of support advocating women's’ rights, industry leaders will take action to alleviate the disparity in the pay and treatment of men and women in not only the entertainment industry but others as well. This year’s golden globes continues a long history of fashion being used to make visible social and political statements
Here are some of my favorite looks from the show.