Golden Globes 2017: the amazing versatility of black

By Meli.

Usually, we like the first red carpet of the year because we haven’t seen one un months, but this year’s Golden Globes were special for another reason. Almost every celebrity in attendance wore black outfits in support of the Time’s Up and #MeToo initiatives.

For us, this is an effective way to turn the conversation towards these important subjects, but we must confess we feared the red carpet would be lackluster as black can become a safe bet so easily.

Instead, we ended up with a well-nurtured list of best dressed stars and the feeling that most of the actresses took advantage of the color chosen for the night.

Another surprise of the evening was good and bad at the same time: on one hand, velvet was overused (a fabric I despise) and half the dresses on the red carpet looked exactly the same; but on the other hand, I could finally see outfits made of this material that I didn’t want to burn.

See for yourselves: this is our selection.

Best dressed

Diane Kruger in Prada 
We almost missed her because we couldn’t spot her in the television broadcast, and that would have been a shame considering she took our breath away. Delicate and romantic, but interesting and attention-grabbing, this dress is everything that is right in this world.

Jessica Chastain in Armani Prive
Probably one of her personal bests. The silver panel covering the back and peeking through the sides accentuates her hour-glass figure. Pure perfection (and it’s velvet, can you believe it?).

Michelle Pfeiffer in Dior Haute Couture
Elegance in the flesh, and in a way that doesn’t always works out: skirt-jacket combo. Pieces combine harmoniously and details like the belt and the appliqués on the skirt really elevate the outfit.

Margot Robbie in Gucci
We are so sorry that no picture does justice to this beauty. In the television broadcast you could see the sparkle of the appliqués on the skirt and sleeves, and don’t get me started on the exquisite tailoring of those shoulders and neckline.

Saoirse Ronan in Versace
We still don’t know how to pronounce her name but that won’t stop us from appreciating the wonders of this dress. Being Versace, this could have gone very wrong, but the pronounced shoulders and geometric lines in the silver details make this a unique piece.

Nicole Kidman in Givenchy Haute Couture
If you don’t love it from the front, you will definitely love it once you see it from the back. The work on the upper half is dreamy and the silhouette is greatly flattering.

Christina Hendricks in Christian Siriano
This is maybe the most beautiful neckline I’ve seen in my life; the mix of fabrics turns out harmoniously and can you believe how perfectly made that overskirt is? She looks like a goddess and she wasn’t the only one…

Alison Brie in Zoulias
Same formula, same result. We never imagined seeing this bet twice on the same red carpet, less having them both looking so stunning.

Worst dressed

Halle Berry in Zuhair Murad
As Jen said: when she gets home, she only has to take off her shoes and make up, because she’s already wearing lingerie. 

Lily James in Valentino Couture 
Besides making her look 5’5’’, the dress is pretty much a goth version of Thalía's Quinceañera.

Maggie Gyllenhaal in Monse
Pants and heles, great; but the top has the appearance of trash bag that got stuck in a paper shredder. Besides, it gives her a weird lump on her abdomen that we are sure she doesn’t have. 

Kate Hudson in Valentino
She suffered the Samson Syndrome: cut her hair and all the amazingness disappeared. Don’t get us wrong, we love the haircut, but ever since she has it her red carpet choices have not been the best. The belt is too tight it gives her some sort of muffing top and granny panties are never a good choice.

Kendall Jenner in Giambattista Valli
She thinks is Halloween and dressed up as a “sexy black widow” and I-just-got-out-of-bed hair to glam it up.

Sarah Jessica Parker in Dolce & Gabbana
She pulled this franken-dress from Carrie Bradshaw’s closet, and we don’t say that in a good way. We were going to say the shoes come from the same place because they look like a black version of her famous Manolo Blahnik, but it turns out they are just a knock off from her own line, SJP Collection.

Caitriona Balfe in Chanel
Those floral pompons come straight from hell itself.

Speciales mentions

Elisabeth Moss in Dior Couture
Jen didn’t like it, but I loved it. Clean lines, polished, sober, with just the right touch of fun in the gorgeous collar.

Mariah Carey in Dolce & Gabbana
This is tricky, so let’s break it down: 1. Same tight dress as always. 2. Despite that, it looks good. 3. But not because it has a more flattering style than others she was worn, but because it fits, because it is her size. 4. The sad part is, it fits now that she lost weight, because if she had not lost weight, she would have put on the same dress in the same size, and she would have ended up looking vacuum packed, as usual. Let’s just say: ladies, embrace your size, whatever that size is.

Sharon Stone in Vitor Zerbinato
It gives me life! And despite Jen saying she has Woody Woodpecker hair, I still love it deeply, hair and all.

Sarah Paulson in Calvin Klein by Appointment
Another dress we can’t agree on. Jen says it’s a franken-dress, but I believe the mix of materials in top and bottom works really well. HOWEVER, what’s with the hair? It is as wrong as that dress is right.

Dakota Johnson in Gucci
Few dresses are so ugly in the front and so beautiful on the back at the same time. The brooch looks inexpensive and the straps make it look like those tank tops that go under shirts, making that gorgeous back go to waste. Besides, the same hairstyle AGAIN?

Allison Janney in Mario Dice
She didn’t make it to the best dressed list because it was already too crowded, but this dress is pretty much a work of art.

Millie Bobby Brown in Calvin Klein By Appointment
Fame and fashion apparently went to her head. Considering she is only 13 years old, probably an adult around her is responsible for this, but the result is the same: she played dress up as an adult and that is just plain sad.

Tracee Ellis Ross in Marc Jacobs
This is probably the most elegant turban created in the history of humanity, but someone had the great idea of putting an equally sized bow right next to it. No! the turban had to be left to shine alone! Stop messing with the turban!

This was our selection, do you agree? Did we leave someone out if this list? Tell us all about it in the comments below and don’t forget to follow us on social media to get the latest on the red carpet season that is just starting.

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