If we’re being honest, the choice of the colour black for the red carpet is a bit of a no-brainer. Chic, elegant, and the undoubted choice of Coco Chanel, black is no stranger to award winning moments. But a whole red carpet devoid of colour (with a few exceptions) was, at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards, a political and social statement, one that showed women of Hollywood standing together to show solidarity and support for the many women who claim to have been victims of sexual abuse and harassment in Tinsel Town and beyond.
Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Diane Kruger and Angelina Jolie were just some of the Hollywood megastars who ditched the coloured dresses in favour of classic black, with many actresses partnering with other stars to appear together on the carpet, rather than with their husbands and partners, or their male co-stars. Other stars partnered with activists against sexual and physical abuse of woman, this included Michelle Williams, who teamed up with Tarana Burke, who had founded the powerful #METOO movement where women told of their own experiences of harassment and abuse.
Whilst there is no doubt that the sea of black on the red carpet was a striking and powerful statement, some questioned whether black was the right colour for showing #westandtogether and that #timesup. I chatted to one tweeter who suggested that to have chosen one striking colour, like a bright yellow, or deep purple, would’ve been far more potent and noticeable, rather than opting for what is a chic but quite common choice on the red carpet. I think angry red would’ve been a good choice too, showing that woman are not prepared to be wallflowers any longer.
Whatever your opinion, it was interesting to see the beautiful and diverse range of looks on the red carpet last night.