The red carpet arrivals at the 75th Golden Globes did more than kick off the start of the awards-show season, it ushered in a new era of Hollywood power-dressing — especially for women — that emphasized the shoulder (to lead with or stand on, take your pick) and drew attention to the belted midriff in a way that evoked the notion of a superhero’s costume with a cape-wearing Diane Kruger and “Wonder Woman’s” Gal Gadot in a Tom Ford tuxedo-inspired dress further heightening the effect. All this was rooted in a color palette of black — a showing of sartorial solidarity organized to highlight the issues of sexual assault, harassment and gender inequality.
Leading the bare-shoulder brigade were Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington and Michelle Williams in strapless dresses, with Emma Stone and Reese Witherspoon in one-shoulder dresses. Kelly Clarkson and Saoirse Ronan added a dash of metallic flair to the one-shouldered look, the former in gold (along with an armor-like gold arm sleeve) and the latter in a black, one-sleeved custom Atelier Versace gown with angular Swarovski silver crystal mesh accents at the shoulder that gave the look a retro-futuristic feel.
Alison Brie wore a Vassilis Zoulias ensemble that paired bare shoulders up top with a pants and gown combination below.
“Tonight is about women wearing the pants,” Brie said on the red carpet, “so I chose to literally wear the pants.”
Claire Foy (“The Crown”) was also wearing pants — in the form of a strong-shouldered double-breasted Stella McCartney tuxedo. Foy chose to forgo a tuxedo shirt, which gave a dash of femininity to the otherwise masculine-looking suit.
There were other occasional flashes of bare skin on the red carpet, though the deep-V décolletage of past seasons was much less prevalent. One of the more memorable neckline plunges came courtesy of Margot Robbie, who hit the carpet clad in a custom black hammered satin V-neck Gucci gown with a crystal bow at the midriff that keyed into another of the evening’s noteworthy style trends — belts, sashes and assorted ornamentation at the waist that gave many of the outfits the aforementioned superhero vibe.
Standouts here included actress Elizabeth Chambers, who wore a black dress belted in baby blue; Mandy Moore, whose sleeveless black gown was accented with a wide, bright belt of red; and Dakota Johnson, whose black organza and velvet spaghetti-strap Gucci gown was embellished with a crystal buckle at the belly button.
Fabrication-wise, velvet and embroidered lace were noticeable on Sunday night’s red carpet, as were sparkly black sequins that could be seen festooning the frocks of Kerry Washington (in a strapless Prabal Gurung gown), Yvonne Strahovski (in KaufmanFranco), Octavia Spencer (in custom Tadashi Shoji).