While the 2018 Golden Globes red carpet saw most actresses dressed in black gowns in support of the Time’s Up movement, lending their solidarity to victims of sexual assault and harassment, the red carpet at this edition held on Monday morning, was a riot of luscious colours and interesting silhouettes for the most part.
Kristen Bell’s Zuhair Murad gown that had a plunging neckline wowed onlookers, but it was Constance Wu who wore the nude trend best in her custom Vera Wang ball gown. With noodle straps and a sheer bodice, her floor-length tulle skirt featuring an attractive orange velvet bow, made her look like a princess straight out of a classic fairy-tale.
Blue’s the hue
If there’s one celeb who took the cornflower blue game to the next level in her Valentino gown, it had to be Lady Gaga. Dramatic, thanks to those exaggerated sleeves, her blue hair complemented her outfit perfectly, as did her jewellery. Giving out that edgy yet soft vibe was Alison Brie’s Vera Wang number. Everything about her outfit was top class, from the pastel blue tulle and a ball gown skirt to the peek-a-boo styled embellished bodice. Another winner in the category was Yvonne Strahovski who donned a custom strapless silk chiffon Alberta Ferretti design in a gorgeous seafoam hue.
It can be rather tricky to play around with those half-pant, half-skirt outfits. You either make a fashion statement or go down in the records for being among the worst dressed, but trust an A-lister like Julia Roberts to flaunt the trend effortlessly and ever so stylishly. We couldn’t help but fall in love with her black and tan Stella McCartney ensemble that featured a single-shouldered bodice in a shimmering tan shade. The black tailored pants were stitched to perfection as was the tan tulle skirt behind it. Her Chopard jewellery and side swept wavy hairstyle added to her overall getup.
Emma Stone is almost always a winner when it comes to nailing red carpet looks. This year was no exception. She looked flawless in a pale pink Louis Vuitton Atelier gown that supposedly took 30 embroiderers over 800 hours to craft. Intricate twisted glass tubes were used to create the gown's scale-like pattern. Kiki Layne also looked stunning in an off-shouldered pale pink Dior design. The tulle sleeve detailing was a hit as was the blush tulle skirt and the unique corset. We also adored Emmy Rossum whose Monique Lhuillier ball gown was a show stopper.
Sparkle and Shine
Sequins and beads are a given at the Golden Globes. And “Bohemian Rhapsody” actress, Lucy Boynton, glimmered in a chic gold gown. With that plunging neck-line, thigh-high slit that showed off her long legs, and the bishop sleeved detailing, she was a vision on the red carpet.
Lupita Nyong’o has always been our favourite on the red carpet. Her deep purple beaded Calvin Klein by Appointment gown was ethereal. Steering away from the typical gold and silver was Regina King who dazzled in a well-structured strapless rose gold gown by Alberta Ferretti.
Cape or Drape?
We aren’t sure what Lucy Liu was thinking when she stepped out wearing that disastrous Galia Lahav cross between a dress and cape. The one-shouldered outfit in that nude shade and neon coloured embellishments, unnecessarily veiled by a see through floor-length cape draped over the front, didn’t quite impress anyone, nor did her neutral makeup. Looks like she walked away with the worst dressed award. Glenn Close stole the show with that stellar speech after her win, but though her Armani Privé dress wasn’t too bad, somehow that black cape like outfit had the least appealing silhouette. Julianne Moore's Givenchy gown was super boring. The white dress that highlighted a halter-style neckline, an outlandish cut-out below the waist and a cape-like detail behind, was easily among the worst choice of outfits for the night.
Leopard Print Loathing
Anne Hathaway has a way of winning our hearts most of the time with her sensible and unique fashion choices so it was rather disheartening to see her sashay down the red carpet in that hideous sequinned leopard print number from Elie Saab. Looks like she needs to hire a new stylist!
Don’t get us wrong. We absolutely love the colour but we detest the way some A-listers wore it on the red carpet. She was the belle of the ball last year, but this season, Nicole Kidman failed to make a statement in that extremely fitted Michael Kors gown. With the high neckline, long sleeves, and way too many sequins, it looked rather suffocating for her as well as for those who had to see her. Another let down came in the form of Caitriona Balfe’s custom made Moschino burgundy design that also had black velvet on it. The colours and the textures were fine but what was with the pleated bodice and that horrible silhouette that did nothing to accentuate her hips in the right manner? Halle Berry ‘s Zuhair Murad gown had too much going on. Again, we loved the colour on her but the stripes all over, long sleeves, ruffled detail, and broad belt just didn’t work for her or us, for that matter!
Mundane in Monochrome
There’s nothing to dislike about monochrome if the overall look is sleek and stylish but then we saw Rachel Weisz whose black and white off-shouldered confection had way too many ruffles on the top and a then a fitted bottom half. Amber Heard has never really won the best dressed award and she might not ever make the cut. Her Monique Lhuillier dress was rather perplexing. What started with a black tailored, strapless bodice broke into a white gigantic ball gown skirt.
Leave me be, said the LBD
Short dresses are chic but definitely not on the red carpet. However, it looks like Elisabeth Moss doesn’t quite agree. Hers was a rather forgettable look as she wore a strapless Christian Dior mini dress to one of the biggest events hosted by the industry.
Off to prom, are we?
Jameela Jamil did look pretty in that strapless coral ensemble but outfit but most of the important folk in the fashion fraternity felt like this was a throwback to one’s senior prom, thanks to her full skirt dress that featured strangely positioned floral flourishes.