Last year red carpets were full of froofy dresses with voluminous skirts. With the first major red carpet event of 2020, it seems like the tides are turning and fashion is returning to sleeker, more understated glamour.
The Golden Globes set the tone for red carpet dressing in 2020, giving us a glimpse at the trends we can expect at the Baftas, Oscars and beyond. Of course, the point of the awards ceremony is to celebrate the year in film and TV, but we’re really here for the outfits.
Here are the trends which ruled the red carpet on Sunday night.
This certainly was one of the more pared back red carpets we’ve seen in recent years, but famous faces proved sometimes the classics really are best.
Wearing a black strapless gown, Jennifer Aniston went down the simple but effective route. The dress is by Dior, and was topped off with a sparkly statement necklace and Aniston’s signature beachy waves.
Nicole Kidman chose something very much in her wheelhouse; a sexy red dress which was form-fitting, strapless and with a leg slit. Red tends to be Kidman’s go-to colour on the red carpet as it’s particularly striking against her porcelain complexion, and this Versace outfit didn’t disappoint.
Helen Mirren was another famous face who didn’t stray too far from her go-to style. She often chooses this kind of neckline cut across her shoulders and loves the opportunity to bring some movement to her outfit – and she found all of that in a burgundy custom Dior dress.
There was a distinct lack of tulle or puffy skirts on the red carpet this year, but famous faces well and truly made up for it with extra-long trains.
Scarlett Johannsson wore a form-fitting, strapless red gown with a plunging neckline and a billowing train. The dress is by noted bridal designer Vera Wang, and it could have passed for a wedding dress if it were white. With slicked back hair and a sparkly necklace from Bulgari, this look oozed Old Hollywood glamour.
Taylor Swift wore a dress by Italian fashion house Etro, which specialises in this kind of shiny jacquard material. Patterns are a rarity on the red carpet, and the singer brought a breath of fresh air with her floral design.
Without Timothée Chalamet walking the red carpet, it was shaping up to be a dull Golden Globes for menswear – until Billy Porter arrived. He styled a classic white suit with extra glamour thanks to a trailing, feathered white train, making Porter’s outfit the most angelic of the night.
Jennifer Lopez is known for her OTT approach to fashion, and considering she was nominated for best supporting actress it was unlikely she’d dress down for the occasion. JLo delivered in a Valentino outfit topped off by a truly huge gold bow.
It wasn’t all long trains and demure dressing on the red carpet – the trend for sharp tailoring on women shows no sign of dying down.
Awkwafina picked up the award for best actress for her role in The Farewell. Wearing custom Dior, she gave a classic suit a twist by donning a long black skirt with a matching tuxedo jacket and white shirt, complete with a ruffled neckline.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge wore a more classic suit, nodding to her English roots by going for a tweed Ralph & Russo outfit.
It wouldn’t be an awards ceremony without a bit of skin on show, would it? The nearly-naked trend is now a red carpet mainstay, and celebs have been finding new and inventive ways to bare flesh.
Kerry Washington opted against a shirt for the Globes, instead wearing a high fashion sparkly harness, paired with a satin skirt and matching black jacket from Altuzarra.
Normally known for her sleek and simple style, Gwyneth Paltrow took a complete U-turn in Fendi on Sunday night. The brown tulle layered outfit is at times completely see-through, showing a whole lot of the Goop founder’s enviable abs.
Saoirse Ronan’s interpretation of the nearly-naked trend was more traditional. Wearing a sleek backless and sideless Celine sparkly gown, she kept her hair in loose waves for a relaxed take on sexy red carpet dressing.
It was an undeniably subdued red carpet, with celebs instead focusing on simple glamour rather than meme-worthy outfits. Thankfully, it wasn’t all safe choices and there were some famous faces who really pushed the boat out.
Iris van Herpen is one of the trickiest designers for celebrities to wear. She creates intricate dresses which look like optical illusions, using forward-thinking processes like laser cutting. Joey King proved up for the challenge in an elegant monochrome minidress from van Herpen, surrounded by a delicate cape.
Normally known as a faultless dresser, Cate Blanchett’s dress proved one of the most controversial of the night. The lemon Mary Katrantzou creation involved a lot of pleating, unusually shaped sleeves and an uncomfortable-looking bejewelled bodice.
Mary Katrantzou was also responsible for another head-scratcher of the night, worn by Jodie Comer. The shape of the emerald dress had a sack-like quality to it, along with puffy sleeves and a high neck. Even more curiously, the green dress was accessorised with a yellow feathered bag and bright pink shoes.