Ayo Edebiri in Prada – All photos by Gilbert Flores/Golden Globes
The 2024 award season officially kicked off last night with the 81st annual Golden Globe Awards. Let’s get right down to the fashion. Sure, Margot Robbie was channeling Barbie in knockout pink, Taylor Swift glowing in shimmery green Gucci (green IS the color of money), Julianne Moore in chic and minimal Bottega Veneta, and Meryl Streep, looking every inch the star she is. I was generally underwhelmed, but that’s always the case. I always start out with such high expectations that I will inevitably be disappointed.
Where award shows go, fashion is inevitably a bit like “Groundhog Day,” with many identical gowns seemingly on repeat. Fortunately, in a sea of stale gowns, some women were a breath of fresh air. Unsurprisingly, several wore Prada.
Hunter Shafer in Prada
Hunter Shafer almost literally floated onstage when she and Justin Hartley presented the award for Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology Series, or a Motion Picture Made for Television.
The dress, in a whisper-soft (not “Barbie”) pink, was from the Prada spring 2024 ready-to-wear collection. Wonderfully non stereotypical, the dress was part of a group of beautiful organza and gazar dresses featured on the runway last September. They had “such gossamer fineness they seemed to float down the runway,” in the words of vogue.com’s Nicole Phelps.
Another wonderful Prada moment was courtesy of Ayo Edebiri, who won a Golden Globe for her performance in “The Bear,” she thanked all the assistants who kindly responded to her emails. The minimal yet impactful technical satin column gown, which hit her just above the ankles and featured a train, defines modern glamour. Ayo’s radiant smile was the perfect accessory, along with the matching high-heeled pumps (refer to lead shot).
Hailee Steinfeld in pink Prada gown
Hailee Steinfeld channeled Audrey Hepburn in her minimal pale pink Prada gown with a train. I could have done without the sheer black gloves, but I liked the choice, and I love the ankle length, which looks more modern and less cumbersome than the floor length.
Brie Larson in Prada
Brie Larson channeled Grace Kelly in her simple yet structured ankle-length Prada dress that looked more modern than retro. It didn’t have a train, but it did have a modified sweetheart neckline. I liked that Brie kept her hair and makeup simple and natural and wore minimal accessories.
Dua Lipa in Schiaparelli and Tiffany & Co
Dua Lipa was not wearing Prada but was an absolute knockout in a Schiaparelli “Skeleton Dress” accessorized with a Tiffany & Co necklace. Designed by Daniel Roseberry, the mermaid-style strapless gown is a remake of an original late 30s design by Elsa Schiaparelli in collaboration with Salvador Dali. It features a series of embroidered gilded bones made of gold and diamonds. I love that Dua kept the beauty natural and accessorized with only a gilded necklace from Tiffany & Co. Young, hip, modern!
Rosamund Pike in vintage Dior and Philip Treacy veiled headpiece
Another woman who stole the show in black was Rosamund Pike, who wore a vintage Dior black lace gown accessorized with a fetching veiled headpiece by Philip Treacy. As it turns out, the daring headwear had a purpose! During her red carpet interviews, the Saltburn star said that her black lace veil resulted from a skiing accident, leaving her face entirely smashed. While it luckily healed, Pike fell in love with the veil, and it stayed.
Keri Russell in Jil Sander
Black dresses are always popular at award shows but several women opted for white. I love Keri Russell’s playfully fringed white Jil Sander dress and Greta Lee’s Loewe gown with an arresting back detail. However, a few women looked like they were headed to the alter in white dresses resembling bridal wear.
Oprah Winfrey in custom Louis Vuitton
Speaking of weddings, sorry to say, but Oprah Winfrey’s purple beaded gown falls into the “Mother-of-the Bride” category. A svelte and sexy “MOTB,” but a “MOTB” nonetheless.
Helen Mirren in Dolce & Gabbana
Moreover, I can’t warm up to purple or lavender, touted as the ‘new pink’ thanks to ‘The Color Purple’ movie. Let’s face it; they will never replace pink, a color Diana Vreeland once proclaimed, “The Navy blue of India.”
Emily Blunt and John Krasinski
Several couples looked like they should stand atop a wedding cake. Among them are Emily Blunt and John Krasinski. I am a fan of Emily and usually like her fashion choices, but I did not love her gown even though it was designed by Sarah Burton in her last collection for Alexander McQueen. She could have looked better. And I hated what hubby John Krasinski was wearing.
Janelle James wearing Monsoori statement sleeves
Then, several guests apparently got the memo about statement sleeves, a big fashion trend, and the name and subject of an upcoming exhibition at the Museum at FIT, which is opening on January 24.
Jennifer Lopez in custom Nicole + Felicia Couture
Jennifer Lopez’s custom Nicole + Felicia Couture gown was a pale pink strapless number featuring a dramatic train and oversized rose-adorned sleeves. There were so many fashion trends in this outfit, you didn’t know where to look first.
Elle Fanning in custom Balmain with bow
The only thing missing were the bows. That being said, Elle Fanning was among those who know about “Untying the Bow,” an exhibition set to debut at The Museum at FIT in New York on March 1.
Just be grateful for the black thong…
PATHETIC, and embracing this hideous cry for attention as Best-Dressed is Beyond PATHETIC!!!
Excellent critique. Marilyn. Kudos! Great pics I’d love to see a slide show of just the outfits The show is…
Creative Self-Expression is fascinating!
This might go up twice, but Marilyn, you hit a chord. Thank you as always for your end-of-year summation, inspiration…
Great article! I enjoyed every sentence–so true, unfortunate as it may be. I even learned some new jargon. Hopefully, it…
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Cannot compare to the Creative Genius of Jean Paul Gaultier. His originality, humor, and flair is missing too.
Great article on this amazing woman!
Fabulous article! So well written, and telling of a quality life in fashion that transcends time!