Despite a virtual ceremony, the glitterati of the film and television world were not found wanting and happily embraced the opportunity to dress up. Bairbre Power writes...
The Golden Globes have often been a red carpet ‘hit and miss’ affair in the Hollywood awards season as stars pivot between couturier loans and borrowed jewels.
The unwritten style rule in Tinsel Town is to keep your wow 'more is more' gown for the big one – the Oscars.
However, sometimes stars peak too soon which means the Golden Globes benefit from their sartorial elegance. Last night for the 78th awards held in a new hybrid format between New York’s Rainbow Room, the Beverly Hilton in LA and the stars’ own homes, the glitterati of the film and television world were not found wanting and happily embraced the opportunity to dress up.
But of course there was going to be a pair of PJs in there – and it came from Jodie Foster and her wife, Alexandra Hedison, who cuddled up on the couch at home had the best accessory of all, their dog.
Although Kyra Sedgwick looked like she was wearing pyjamas on stage in LA, it was in fact a cream satin halter-neck top and trousers.
Last night’s ceremony delivered a real injection of colour, volume and attitude on the fashion front that made TV viewers sit up, especially dresses like Rosamund Pike’s tulle Molly Goddard gown worn with lots of attitude and biker boots. This was tulle at its best and so much more fun than Gwyneth Paltrow’s ‘naked’, caramel-pleated tulle Fendi gown last year.
Nicole Kidman looked exquisite in a Nicolas Ghesquiere for Louis Vuitton black silk georgette gown with symmetric key design down the front and cut-out shoulders.
Elle Fanning delivered a masterclass in old-school glamour route in a Gucci, mint-green, satin gown. While I loved Anya Taylor-Joy’s 1950s style Dior dress and opera coat in emerald green. I must confess I didn’t like her as an ice blonde and missed her titian hair from The Queen’s Gambit.
Going back today for a better look at the dresses, Julia Garner’s plunging, drop-waist Prada flapper dress styled by Elizabeth Saltzman was achingly cool. Regina King’s Louis Vuitton dress looked like it was missing a section, while Margot Robbie’s pretty, slit-front Chanel dress had a ‘I could wear that’ fashion quality that many viewers could relate to.
Winners from The Crown, Gillian Anderson looked supremely elegant in her cut-away shouldered Dior gown, while young Emma Corrin collected her prize from her mansion flat in north London, looking fab in her Miu Miu gown which was inspired by a Pierrot clown. I do think Princess Diana would have approved.
I'm quite certain that Nicola Coughlan started planning her red carpet dresses when she was working part-time in a Galway optician’s office where she could practise her autograph while ‘resting’ as an out-of-work actress.
Petite at just 5ft tall, the 34-year-old Bridgerton star possesses the heart of a lion when it comes to fashion and with her choices, she constantly pushes the boat out.
Now while Nicola’s yellow Molly Goddard tulle gown with elaborate goblet-style pleating on the waistline and styling by Aimee Croysdill may not be everyone’s cup of tea, she is all about freedom of choices. The Derry Girls star will clap back at critics in her own self defence, as she famously did with the Daily Mail back in 2019. Just like the red eye shadow she wore last night, the Galwegian has no fear which only delights her whopping 1.1 million Instagram followers who will be waiting eagerly to see her next fashion offering. And for good reason too.
Lessons from the night included Jane Fonda who called for diversity in the awards and displayed a real belief in sustainability. The 83-year-old actress collected the Cecil B DeMille Award for lifetime achievement, re-wearing a cream suit from her wardrobe.
Dan Levy’s jumpers were always so amazing in Schitt’s Creek and last night he accessorised his lemon Valentino suit with a sequinned polo. Nice touch, true to his fashion DNA.
Irish designer JW Anderson from Magherafelt, creative director at Loewe, has been dressing actor Josh O’Connor since 2018. Josh collected his first Golden Globes, playing Prince Charles in The Crown, wearing a very dandyish two-button black jacket with contrasting white lapels, white loose-fitting trousers, silk cravat and bib front shirt.
I loved the simplicity of the semi-sheer Chanel dress worn by Shira Haas and the grey metallic tones favoured by Tiffany Haddish in Alberta Ferretti and Kaley Cuoco in Oscar de la Renta.
For colour, you had to hand it to Cynthia Erivo in neon green Valentino and Maria Tash nose ring, while Viola Davis rocked it in a striking fishtail gown by Cameroon-born, LA-based designer Claude Kameni.
There were the inevitable ‘escape of the boobs’ moments from Jamie Lee Curtis in yellow Alex Perry, Kate Hudson in Louis Vuitton and January Jones, always a style favourite of mine in her role in Mad Men who gave us a right eye full in Versace. Fair play to her, the red dress was a golden-oldie which she first wore to the Golden Globes awards ceremony 10 years ago.