There was a blackout at the Golden Globes tonight: The majority of the attendees wore black to promote the newly established Time’s Up campaign against sexual harassment in all industries.
The Time’s Up initiative was announced Monday with an open letter signed by 300 prominent women in the entertainment industry. It includes a legal defense fund that has already raised (as of this writing) $15.9 million of its $16.5 million goal. The GoFundMe page explains the effort:
“Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund will provide subsidized legal support to women and men who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace and while in pursuit of their careers. The Fund will ultimately be housed at and administrated by the National Women’s Law Center, an established, national women’s rights legal organization. A network of lawyers and public relations professionals across the country will work with the Center’s Legal Network for Gender Equity to provide assistance to those ready to stand up.”
Off to a good start!
“We chose black because we know pretty much everyone, everywhere owns a piece of clothing in black … and we want this to be a special night and a moment of solidarity for people everywhere … we will not be mourning. We will be celebrating many talented people and this exciting campaign that we are all building together.”
As a longtime New Yorker, I wholeheartedly approve of head-to-toe black and pretty much everybody looks fabulous to me, meaning it was a challenge to bestow my
totally made-up extremely prestigious Best Dressed/Wear What You Want combo award. As I’ve explained before, my award doesn’t require that a look be “beautiful,” or “flattering,” or in any way acceptable to the vast majority of people. I don’t deduct points if you happen to look pretty, but “interesting” is more important to me than “attractive.” (Extra credit goes to anyone who is simply shocking, as you can see here.) But I’m going to manage somehow!
Before I get to the big award, I have to give some special love to the best of the statement jewelry — even though said jewelry didn’t include any by a certain designer who has been devoted to women’s stories since she began designing jewelry in 2005. She’s not bitter at all! Anyway! Zoe Kravitz was wearing luscious emerald earrings by red-carpet-staple Lorraine Schwartz.
Emeralds became a significant awards-show alternative to diamonds when Angelina Jolie wore another set of Lorraine Schwartz to the 2009 Oscars.
Extra-long earrings always give me Edie Sedgwick vibes, and you know how I feel about Edie Sedgwick.
That’s why I coveted Maggie Gyllenhaal’s earrings so much.
Saru Jayaraman was also wearing impressive shoulder dusters.
Jayaraman, who accompanied Amy Poehler, is an advocate for restaurant workers and one of a number of activists who joined stars at the Globes. Tarana Burke, the founder of the #MeToo movement, accompanied Michelle Williams.
Getting back to the jewelry, I’m a fan of hair ornaments. A piece of hair jewelry was one of the first things I ever tried to design. I wasn’t satisfied with how that effort turned out and I never got back to that particular piece … but I did finally get to do a tiara.
Katherine Langford wore Jennifer Behr clips.
They reminded me of the ones famously worn by the 19th-century Empress Elisabeth, also known as Sissi.
In addition, Langford had a major earring moment thanks to Chopard.
My gorgeous jewelry-expert friend Becky Stone of Diamonds in the Library has declared sizable jewels in multiple piercings to be an official red-carpet trend. Jamie Chung, like Langford, was in Chopard …
… while Rachel Brosnahan wore Colette Jewelry.
Viola Davis’s multiple diamond necklaces took her stunning look to the next level.
But, after all that stellar jewelry, it was another accessory that determined my award winners. What can I say? I’ve got a weakness for hats and headpieces. They’re always so eye-catching. With that in mind, my runner-up is writer/director/producer Amy Sherman-Palladino, who won a Golden Globe for her new series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (which really is marvelous).
I can’t top the way Esquire’s Tyler Coates described Sherman-Palladino’s ensemble, so I won’t try:
Amy Sherman-Palladino always looks like Bernadette Peters's character in "Sunday in the Park With George," but in mourning.
— Tyler Coates (@tylercoates) January 8, 2018
My ultimate winner is — for the second consecutive year — Tracee Ellis Ross. The turban and halter-dress-over-pants, all by Marc Jacobs!
Plus red lipstick and long pearl earrings!
She’s fashion royalty, and that’s that.
Oh wait! I’ve still got to shout out to the people who wore Time’s Up pins, including Michelle Pfeiffer …
… and Globe winner Gary Oldman.
You like how I slipped a final thought in there like a non-actor desperately shouting his/her last thank you over the “get off the stage” music? Hey, it’s my blog and no one’s going to Tommy Wiseau me!
when u want to give credit, but not too much credit pic.twitter.com/tzR1Jep1ui
— David Mack (@davidmackau) January 8, 2018
P.S. Oprah for president!
P.P.S. Just kidding! I adore Oprah but I want someone with political experience in the job. But imagine Oprah giving a rousing speech for, perhaps, Kamala Harris. That would be powerful.