The rumors of a red carpet “blackout” to protest sexual harassment in Hollywood were true and every single star this evening turned out in every single black dress stylists could find.
This red carpet is an interesting and tricky one to cover. Some people might say that focusing on clothes right now is superficial given the much more impactful conversations happening right now around #MeToo, #TimesUp, and the need for more powerful and respected women across all industries. Some might say that it’s sexist to focus on how women look, now of all times. But if I agreed with that, then I guess I wouldn’t have a fashion blog.
I don’t think I can say it better than my hero’s from Go Fug Yourself who discussed the particular challenges of covering this event, saying:
“The idea that being interested in clothing is somehow anti-woman is absurd to me. Men are allowed to be interested in all kinds of things which are patently unserious without it becoming a debate on whether or not their hobby is letting down their gender; fashion is an art form, and the red carpet is often where it gets the greatest amount of exposure to the masses. It is not a personal or intellectual weakness to like clothes and be interested in them….The wardrobe for a red-carpet event is given a great deal of thought by stylists and managers and the actors themselves — and to assume that all of those people are operating from a perspective where objectification is the primarily goal is inaccurate, in my opinion.”
With that out of the way, let’s dive into the potentially shallow waters of red carpet fashion and take a look at how stars and their stylists took the blackout and ran with it.
Thankfully, a few folks added dashes of color to their black, which helped make the parade of gowns a little less monotonous.
Allison Williams in Armani PrivéEmbed from Getty Images
I love this dress. She took the sartorial guidelines, but made it interesting, vibrant, and her own. The texture of the beading is so beautiful and the orange brings some joy to the red carpet.
Mandy Moore in Rosie AssoulinEmbed from Getty Images
This is less effective for me, but her lipstick and earring game is on point. The silhouette is nice, but the fabric and construction looks sloppy and takes this look down a notch for me.