In terms of ensemble casts, the fashion stakes were always going to be a two-horse race between Crazy Rich Asians and Black Panther. So, let’s break it down.
We have Lupita Nyong’o in fringed, electric blue Calvin Klein (more on that later) and cat-eye glasses, barely edging out her co-stars Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, in burnt orange Rodarte and one of the gowns of the night IMHO, and Michael B. Jordan.
And still. Crazy Rich Asians’ Michelle Yeoh and Constance Wu brought actual Hollywood glamour to the event, with Yeo scoring the winning move by wearing that emerald ring from the film (which is actually from Yeoh’s personal collection). Slam dunk.
Time’s Up went ‘beyond the pin’
The movement, which was born out of #MeToo, was always going to feature on the Golden Globes red carpet, since last year’s event was its official launch.
In recognition of the expansion of Time’s Up, stars not only wore pins this year but also had the option of wearing wristbands (although rubber and couture are always a funny mix) and elegant ribbons, as seen on the wrist of Australian actress Yvonne Strahovski, who stars in A Handmaid’s Tale.
Beyonce had an influence
While the singer wasn’t physically at the awards, some of her favourite designers were represented. Of note was Israeli designer Galia Lahav, who made the dress Beyonce wore to renew her vows with husband Jay Z. The dress had been seen by fans during the pair’s On The Run tour but was only revealed in full in recent days. Lahav’s turn on the Golden Globes red carpet went to actress Lucy Liu.
The ghost of Raf Simons loomed large
Speaking of designers who were there but not there, if you read me, Calvin Klein sent out a press release crowing about the stars it had “wardrobed” for the event. But social media was quick to point out that a lot of the looks, including Nyong’o’s, was the work of Raf Simons, who was ousted from the label shortly before Christmas.
And ICYMI … someone wore jeans (and ‘hoof’ shoes)
Watching the broadcast at home during the Australian summer, it’s hard to believe that the weather in Los Angeles is anything but glorious. But our weather watchers tell us that it was about 12 degrees at the time of the red carpet, meaning many of the the stars would have been freezing their butts off. Not so The Good Place star Jameela Jamil, who shared a little secret with her half-a-million Twitter followers: she was wearing jeans under her gown to stay warm. Clever.
And then there were Australian Cody Fern’s”hoof” shoes by Maison Margiela. We love Cody (especially for smashing gender norms on the red carpet) but don’t think the trend will take off.
Melissa Singer is national fashion editor of The Age and Sydney Morning Herald.