• Melissa Imari Alvarez

Golden Globes 2018 Style Highlights- Pt 1

This part of the Golden Globes Style Highlights will feature trends from the night including subtle accents, sweet & simple silhouettes, and full-on sequins! If you'd like to see lady suits and menswear, check out Part 2.

As anticipated, the Golden Globes blackout happened and Hollywood's best and brightest did not let the somberness of the evening's chosen color stop them from standing out. There was a lot of skepticism about if and how the blackout would be effective. Even I had my doubts and knew that the success of this movement was totally incumbent on proper dialogue. Thankfully, celebrities were ready and willing to talk and I think the conversation became very clear for anyone watching that was previously unaware of the situation. It was refreshing to have so little of the red carpet conversation revolve around the whos and whys of what the stars were wearing. While it's important to highlight and credit the hard work of designers and stylists, I think they all understand and agree that the platform of the red carpet was not the time. And despite the fashions being all black, there was no lack of originality! I don't really want to dwell on "favorites" as I don't think that was the point of the evening, so instead, I'll focus on some of the trends I noticed on the Golden Globes red carpet, starting with subtle accents, sweet & simple silhouettes, and full-on sequins!

Elisabeth Moss, who won for Best Actress for Drama TV Series for her work on The Handmaid's Tale, wore a simple yet elegant gown from Dior Haute Couture. The dress has that classic Dior silhouette but the embellished collar gives it a modern edge. Styled by Karla Welch.

Another Handmaid's Tale star, Samira Wiley, also opted for a simple-silhouetted dress with bold accent by Romona Keveza Collection. The design and construction to keep that neckpiece attached is absolutely mind-blowing! Look styled by Sam Saboura.

Jessica Chastain's Armani Prive gown shifts the subtle touch of sparkle from the neckline to the side panels. Added bonus that the gown is velvet, a fabric choice that will show itself again throughout the night. Styled by Elizabeth Stewart.

I love Saoirse Ronan's asymmetrical Versace gown! It has a great balance of shimmer from the embellishment on the dress to the cuff bracelet worn on her unsleeved arm. Also, between her hairstyle and the way the silver coming around her side looks like a lightning bolt, I'm getting some Bowie vibes that I'm totally here for! Kudos to her stylist, Elizabeth Saltzman and congrats to Saoirse on her win for best performance by an actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy for her role in “Lady Bird.”

Of course, not all accents have to be shiny. The Rosie Assoulin gown worn by Mandy Moore is cinched at the waist with a wide, red belt and has a halter neckline that is also a cape. Also, POCKETS! Styling win by Erica Cloud.

Reese Witherspoon's gown from Zac Posen brings the drama, not with embellishment, but with its asymmetrical neckline and a mermaid skirt with a train! Styled by Petra Flannery.

Another way to add drama to an unembellished dress is with volume and texture. Tracee Ellis-Ross, in Marc Jacobs, demonstrates this perfectly! As much as I LOOOVE Tracee's natural curls, she sure knows how to rock a head wrap! That wrap and the bows on her shoulder really just prove that Tracee Ellis-Ross is a gift! Styled by Karla Welch.

Rachel Brosnahan in Vionnet also has some great one-shouldered drama. I really like the heaviness of the bodice contrasted with the light, airiness of the chiffon skirt. Styled by Sarah Slutsky.

Emilia Clarke looks stunning in a sleek Miu Miu gown whose angular bodice seems to defy the laws of gravity (thank goodness for fashion tape, am I right?). I truly love the whole look, styled by Petra Flannery, but what really brings it all together are her platinum locks and bold brows!

I am really loving all of the velvet that made its way onto the red carpet and Greta Gerwig's gown is no exception. I may also be a little biased because I love Oscar de la Renta, but I really appreciate the curves around the neckline. I feel like they help set this dress apart! Styled by Cristina Ehrlich.

And then on the opposite end of the spectrum is Geena Davis in this intricate, heavily embellished gown from Monique Lhuillier. It's got a wonderful Art Deco vibe with the lines at the shoulders and the long fringey strips of the skirt. Also, can we talk about how this woman doesn't age at all?!

Issa Rae also stuns in sequins wearing a custom Atelier Prabal Gurung gown. I love the emerald accent from her Lorraine Schwartz. Like Mandy Moore's dress, Issa has a bit of a cape going on. I don't hate this trend, but I also can't help but here Edna Mode's voice ringing in my ears, "NO CAPES!" Styled by Jason Rembert.

Allison Williams's intricate Armani Prive gown brought a touch of color that I thought was very tasteful! I don't know if the visual was intentional, but the orange and silver beaded bustier makes me think of the sun, like a new light! Or maybe I'm just grasping at nothing. Regardless, excellent styling by Cristina Ehrlich.

Two words: Sequined jumpsuit. This Is Us star Susan Kelechi Watson wore what is proving to be one of my favorite ensembles of the evening. The Monsoori piece is equal parts laid back and glamorous. I love the red clutch and the T-strap heels. And of course I love a woman who rocks her natural curls!

To wrap up sequins, Yvonne Strahovski in Kaufman Franco that is 100% covered in sequins from top to bottom. Again we see that less is more as her stylist, Cristina Ehrlich, keeps hair and jewelry simply elegant.

To quote Yves Saint Laurent, "a woman in a black dress is a pencil stroke". The solidarity on the red carpet from Hollywood's leading women certainly started a powerful narrative.

Wondering why everyone is wearing black? Want to learn more about the Golden Globes blackout? Get the scoop from my Everything You Need to Know post! And learn more about the Time's Up initiative here.

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