Image: actress Lola Kirke and Transparent director Jill Soloway wearing their matching ‘Fuck Paul Ryan’ pins. Image source.
The Golden Globes just went down at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in LA and, although La La Land cleaned up in the awards department, there were a few other standouts in the style stakes. Evan Rachel Wood, for example, rocked a sleek black pantsuit — proving that red carpets aren’t always just for fairy tale princesses. Meanwhile, Lola Kirke wore her political beliefs on her sleeve, donning a ‘Fuck Paul Ryan’ badge for the occasion.
In other words, there were plenty of talking points in the wardrobe department. And the five outfits below each demonstrated that the red carpet has once again become an exciting site for inspiring female style. But a special mention also has to go out to Meryl Streep, for keeping it real on the red carpet by refusing to remove her spectacles. And not to mention sticking it to Donald Trump in her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award.
1) Evan Rachel WoodImage source.
Evan Rachel Wood was a total boss babe at this year’s Golden Globes, taking inspiration from the late David Bowie (whose birthday fell on the day of the ceremony). Wearing a custom-made tuxedo suit by Joseph Altuzarra, Wood explained that she wasn’t trying to boycott dresses per se, but was trying to send a positive message to young girls. “I want to make sure that young girls and women know [dresses] aren’t a requirement and that you don’t have to wear one if you don’t want to,” she said. “To just be yourself because your worth is more than that.”
2) Millie Bobby BrownImage source.
Millie Bobby Brown couldn’t really have taken things further in the opposite direction to Evan Rachel Wood, but we loved her silver-sequined futuristic princess vibes just as much. Wearing an embellished dress by Jenny Packham, there was something a bit Old Hollywood glamour about the look, with a slightly off-the-shoulder silhouette and sheer mesh detailing at the top. Posting a 36-photo collage of her night, the actress said “this has been the most incredible and overwhelming few days of my life! I cannot believe I had the chance to meet these amazing actors.”
3) Lola KirkeImage source.
Lola Kirke’s outfit may have seemed fairly straightforward upon first glance: a floral bustier dress that was quite literally pretty in pink. But look a little closer and you could see a small button in a matching shade of pink, which read ‘Fuck Paul Ryan’. Wearing her politics on her ‘sleeve’ (read: chest), the actress told ELLE.com: “I’m wearing a Fuck Paul Ryan pin. Paul Ryan is talking about defunding Planned Parenthood. I think that, along with a number of other decisions that are being talked about being made by the new administration, is atrocious. As a person with a platform, no matter what size it is, I think it’s important to share your views and maybe elevate people that might agree with you, that maybe won’t feel like they can have the same voice. My body my choice, your body your choice.”
4) Tracey Ellis Ross Image source.
Tracey Ellis Ross took home the Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy TV Series award at this year’s Golden Globes, but it was her statuesque gown and sparkling knuckle-duster diamonds that really stole the spotlight. In a figure-flattering dress by Zuhair Murad, the Black-ish actress and self-proclaimed fashion addict was nothing short of dazzling. And yes, she did have a diamond ring on every single finger, because she’s just that bad ass. “This is for all the women, women of colour, and colourful people whose stories, ideas, thoughts are not always considered worthy and valid and important,” she said while accepting her award. “But I want you to know that I see you. We see you.”
5) Winona RyderImage source.
My favourite thing about Winona Ryder’s Golden Globes look was that she seemed to embody a fairy tale princess turned bad. In a voluminous black gown, she looked both slightly spooky and yet darkly romantic. Somehow the overall effect felt utterly appropriate for the Stranger Things star and also reminded us that red carpet fashion doesn’t always need to be so bright and stereotypically feminine. In her strapless gown by Viktor & Rolf, we like to think the 45-year-old was throwing it back to some of her epic red carpet moments in the nineties.
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