Awards season is nearly upon us, and proceedings are kicking off with the Golden Globes on Sunday January 5.
This will really set the tone for the red carpets of 2020, showing us how experimental celebrities will go and what trends will reign supreme.
Before we get a glimpse at what celebs will be wearing this year, let’s take a look back at fashion from the past five years – and you might be surprised how much style has evolved.
Nowadays we’ve become so used to seeing famous faces take risks on the red carpet, but this hasn’t always been the case. While celebs looked good at the 2015 Golden Globes, you can’t deny sartorial decisions were a lot safer. Take Gwyneth Paltrow, who kept things classic and modern in a bright pink Michael Kors gown…
…or Reese Witherspoon, who went for the red carpet staple of sparkles in a metallic Calvin Klein dress.
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One of the most interesting outfits came from Naomi Watts purely for her colour choice. She wore a bright yellow strapless Gucci gown, elevated to something even more major with an iconic Bulgari snake necklace.
The next year was pretty much a continuation of the trends we saw in 2015. Kate Bosworth was pretty in pink in a sparkly Dolce & Gabbana gown…
…and Brie Larson also went for glitter in a Calvin Klein halterneck dress. Her fashion choices basically predicted what would happen on the night as Larson was awarded the best actress gong for her role in Room, receiving a trophy which looked suspiciously like her dress.
Jennifer Lopez provided a bright pop of colour in a yellow, semi-caped gown. She’s nominated at this year’s Golden Globes, so we can only imagine how hard she’s going to bring it on the red carpet.
2017 had one major theme: sparkles, and lots of them. Sofia Vergara and Priyanka Chopra basically matched in gold, form-fitting dresses…
…and Chrissy Teigen wasn’t far off in a bronze version of the trend.
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Tracee Ellis Ross went down the silver route in a Zuhair Murad column strapless gown. It was made more modern than some of the princess dresses we’re used to seeing on the red carpet, by cutting short just above the ankles.
2018 was a particularly important year for fashion on the red carpet as it was used as a political statement. The Golden Globes saw a ‘blackout’, meaning the majority of stars wore all-black in support of the Time’s Up movement against sexual harassment in Hollywood.
In a tweet after the event, Reese Witherspoon remembered the night “when we stood together in solidarity to fight for equality, parity, safety and inclusion”.
One of our favourite looks came from Zoe Kravitz, who accessorised her elegant Saint Laurent dress with some seriously major emerald earrings and a matching ring.
Tracee Ellis Ross also brought it on the accessories front, wearing a chic turban with her Marc Jacobs dress.
Last year’s Golden Globes saw a definite move towards more experimental and interesting fashion choices. Timothée Chalamet set the tone for the year in a sparkly Louis Vuitton harness, showing how menswear wasn’t going to stick to boring suits and ties any longer. Since then, Chalamet has proved himself a veritable style icon and has been paving the way for androgynous dressing.
Lady Gaga shut down the red carpet in a periwinkle blue Valentino gown with an extra long train. Last year voluminous, OTT dresses like this were everywhere. We can only wonder if the trends are going to get bigger in 2020, or whether dresses will take a complete U-turn and become much more pared back.
The classics didn’t completely leave the red carpet in 2019. Sometimes simple is best – as seen on Regina King in her pink, metallic and sleek strapless Alberta Ferretti gown.