Our favorite 2020 Golden Globes fashion trends

On-trend looks at the 2020 Golden Globes
Cynthia Erivo in Thom Browne, left, Greta Gerwig in Proenza Schouler, Kerry Washington in Altuzarra and Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Ralph & Russo were among the on-trend attendees at the 2020 Golden Globes on Jan. 5, 2020.
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times (right); Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

Cynthia Erivo, the star of “Harriet,” made a memorable entrance at the 2020 Golden Globes on Sunday night, partly because she was one of the first nominees to hit the red carpet, and partly for the simple but stunning custom-made, hand-beaded Thom Browne off-the-shoulder gown she wore, which included floral embroidery both inside and out.

Mostly, though, it’s because she was wearing black and white, and it called to mind elements of the tuxedo — which, over the course of the red carpet’s two hours, proved to be the evening’s takeaway trend.

“The inspiration for Cynthia actually came from the idea of doing something that is quintessential Thom Browne, who is a dear friend,” Erivo’s stylist, Jason Bolden, told The Times by phone on Sunday, “and a great play on mixing great materials like pearls, sequins and crystals.” Bolden added that Erivo’s gown required more than 800 hours of labor from 11 people to complete.


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With Browne’s reputation for making memorable menswear, it would be easy to see why the black dress with a strip of white at the bodice might echo a deconstructed take on the tuxedo. But then Greta Gerwig hit the red carpet in a custom, black-and-white, crystal-embroidered, off-the-shoulder gown by Proenza Schouler that likewise riffed on the trappings of the tuxedo — a wide strip of white fabric at the bodice of a black dress that moved even further into tux territory with crystal embellishments where the side stripe on tuxedo trousers would be.

In other instances, the take on traditional men’s formalwear was more overt, like Kerry Washington‘s Altuzarra black satin skirt paired with a black tuxedo-like jacket worn sans shirt and accessorized with a rope-chain-like diamond necklace that knotted at her sternum like a bedazzled necktie.

Lorene Scafaria arrives at the 2020 Golden Globes.
“Hustlers” director Lorene Scafaria mines the menswear motif in a black-and-white gown with an exploded houndstooth check pattern at the Golden Globes.
(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

Then there was “Hustlers” director Lorene Scafaria, whose dress mined the menswear motif by way of an exploded houndstooth check pattern, and Awkwafina in a spring-summer 2019 Dior two-tone cocktail dress, pleated top with bowed collar and a black wool jacket.

The statement maker of the night, though, was Phoebe Waller-Bridge, whose Ralph & Russo tuxedo pantsuit (black with embroidered detail) set off a social media frenzy of appreciation — which she promptly leveraged backstage for a good cause after her outstanding actress win for “Fleabag.”

“We’ve hatched an amazing plan with Ralph & Russo, our Australian designers, who made this incredible couture suit, which is the most extraordinary thing I’ve ever worn. And we’re going to auction it, and the money that is raised from it will go toward relief in Australia. I’m really excited to be part of that,” Waller-Bridge said. She was referring to the wildfires devastating that continent.

Billy Porter at the 2020 Golden Globes
Award nominee Billy Porter (“Pose”) in a custom Alex Vinash tuxedo with a zip-off train arrives at the 77th Golden Globe Awards.
(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

Billy Porter, who set the bar for melding elements of traditional masculine and feminine formalwear at the 2019 Academy Awards, kept that streak alive — and on trend — by opting for an all-white custom Alex Vinash tuxedo that trailed a massive train of ostrich feathers from the hem of its notch-lapel jacket. (Porter told E!’s Ryan Seacrest that it took three months to complete and he explained that the train zipped off to make it easier for him to sit down.)

Joey King at the 2020 Golden Globes
Joey King walks the red carpet in an op-art Iris Van Herpen dress at the 77th Golden Globe Awards.
(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

Joey King’s black-and-white dress by Iris Van Herpen was doing some bending of its own — bending not gender but perception as black lines seemed to curve around her in impossible ways in an optical illusion of a gown. And Zoë Kravitz was another to do black-and-white her own way — in a Saint Laurent off-the-shoulder top with small polka dots paired with a white column skirt festooned with joyously oversized black polka dots.

Although black-and-white takes on the tuxedo certainly dominated Sunday night’s Golden Globes, there was no shortage of color coming down the arrivals red carpet. The pops of color seemed to break in two directions: bright pinks, lilacs and a couple of canary yellows and a vault’s worth of dark and dusky jewel tones, dominated by emerald greens and ruby reds.

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Priyanka Chopra Jonas in Cristina Ottaviano, left, Kirsten Dunst in Rodarte and Tiffany Haddish in Galia Lahav at the 2020 Golden Globes.
(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

Among those in the first camp were Kirsten Dunst (in a custom pink ruffled lace Rodarte gown); Priyanka Chopra Jonas (in a stunner of a pink, off-the-shoulder gown by Cristina Ottaviano); Dakota Fanning (in a Dior Haute Couture lilac tulle dress); Tiffany Haddish (in a pink, sleeveless confection of a gown from the spring and summer 2020 Galia Lahav collection); and Isla Fisher (in a sangria-colored, off-the-shoulder column faille gown with puffed sleeves from the fall and winter 2020 Monique Lhuillier collection).

Standouts in the second trendlet were Jodie Comer (in an emerald green, puff-sleeved gown from Mary Katrantzou) and Jennifer Lopez, who wore a Valentino gown that sported not one but two super-sized bows (one in emerald green and one in gold) that made her look like the last unwrapped Christmas gift under the tree.

Underwear as outerwear at the 2020 Golden Globes
Gwyneth Paltrow in Fendi, left, Charlize Theron in Dior Haute Couture and and Cate Blanchett in Mary Katrantzou were among those who made an “underwear as out-there wear” statement with their gowns at the 2020 Golden Globes.
(Marcus Yam (left and center) and Allen J. Schaben (right) / Los Angeles Times)

Charlize Theron also opted for green, though her one-shoulder Dior Haute Couture look — a silk long dress and a black tulle bustier — was more lime than emerald, a shade that when paired with flowing black, cape-like fabric gave her a decidedly superhero vibe.

Theron’s bustier-style top put her on board with another of the evening’s noticeable mini-trends: underwear as out-there-wear, which also could be seen in Gwyneth Paltrow’s caramel-colored pre-fall 2020 Fendi gown, with a top that looked like transparent tulle layered over a sports bra, and Cate Blanchett’s butter-yellow Mary Katrantzou gown, which sported a bejeweled metal bra-like top.

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The men at Sunday night’s Golden Globes also seemed to relish the opportunity to spin the color wheel a little bit. Both Eddie Murphy and his “Dolemite is My Name” costar Wesley Snipes opted for tuxedo jackets in a shade of burgundy; Chris Evans chose a ruby-colored Isaia corduroy tuxedo; and Jason Momoa turned out in a green velvet Tom Ford tuxedo jacket paired with black Valentino trousers and, to the delight of Twitter, a tank top.

Khanh T.L. Tran, Sonaiya Kelley and Kevin Smothers contributed to this report.