The lukewarm chardonnay Jennifer Lawrence prophesied may not have been served. But the 81st Golden Globes featured a little of everything: frivolity, seriousness, history, a few brilliant jokes and many horrible ones, plenty of stars, and Taylor Swift, who didn't present but made her presence felt as only Swift can.
Lily Gladstone, a red carpet debutant and “Killers of the Flower Moon” heroine, donned Valentino, a white gown with a black cloak. Colman Domingo wore a Nehru tuxedo with pins to commemorate activist Bayard Rustin. Later, she won a Globe for best actress in a serious picture wearing a Bulgari diamond necklace.
The latest “Wonka,” Timothée Chalamet, wore a bedazzled black jacket, thin black pants, and a low-buttoned black shirt. His designer: Celine Homme. Gucci's Sabato De Sarno stunner has three back straps for Swift. The star and producer of the popular and widely nominated “Barbie” film, Robbie, donned a hot pink sequined gown with a pink tulle boa. She looked like 1977 Superstar Barbie.
Having Taylor Swift wear Gucci was a triumph for Sabato De Sarno. According to InStyle news director Madeline Hirsch, he's already clothing one of the world's most recognized pop stars only one season at the legendary mansion. The outfit was Taylor-esque. She likes glitter, but its brilliant color and slinky silhouette made it one of her most fascinating ensembles recently.”
In Beverly Hills, California, “Anatomy of a Fall” actress Hüller picked a Louis Vuitton hue between emerald and sea green. Her bodice had thin straps and a train-length skirt with delicate pleats.
Christian Friedel, Matty Matheson, Daniel Pemberton, Justin Hartley, and show host Jo Koy had large tuxedo lapels. Pharrell Williams, Louis Vuitton's new men's design director, gave Colman Domingo a unique black style. His accessories were pearl pins, crimson gems, and a pearl earring.
In bespoke Schiaparelli, Dua Lipa wore a 1962 Tiffany necklace. Helen Mirren chose two Dolce & Gabbana purples, including a coat. Julia Schlaepfer wore a Danielle Frankel white Old Hollywood gown with a perfect high neck drape and no back.
In strapless pale pink with large flowery sleeves by Nicole + Felicia Couture, Jennifer Lopez went Old Hollywood. “Barbie” director Greta Gerwig wore bespoke Fendi couture in black with long black gloves for a sculptural silk duchesse look. Jennifer Aniston wore a strapless black dress with a scallop-pattern skirt. It was D&G. She wore her “Friends” vintage “Rachel” hairdo.
“It may sound cheesy but it really is true that Old Hollywood glamour is making a comeback on the post-writer strike red carpet,” said Harper's Bazaar fashion news director Brooke Bobb.
Gillian Anderson dominated themes. The “Sex Education” heroine wore a Gabriela Hearst white strapless gown with vaginas. Why? She told Deadline there were several reasons, including “It’s brand appropriate.” Quinta Brunson, a fashion icon, donned a champagne Balmain gown with a crossover collar and modest glitter to her ankles.
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