Celebrities came out in the finest black couture at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards as part of the Time’s Up movement. The black dress code was suggested as a stand against sexual harassment in the industry. But did anyone not wear black to the Golden Globes? That would be a yes. We’ve got the scoop!
Hundreds of actresses, like Reese Witherspoon and Angelina Jolie, have publicly announced their support for the Time’s Up initiative against sexual harassment. The campaign involves spreading awareness, with celebs wearing black at the Golden Globe Awards, along with setting up a legal defense fund for victims. While the powerful men and women of Hollywood stepped onto the red carpet donned in black, some bold risk-takers stood out with their colorful choices. These are the celebs who chose not to abide by this year’s symbolic dress code.
Not a Total Blackout
Awards season is always an intense time for celebrity fashion with the Fashion Police watching the industry’s finest walk the red carpet decked to the nines. The Golden Globes was the first big awards show of 2018, and this time, fashion had a real purpose.
Powerful women in Hollywood (including names like Eva Longoria, Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, Ashley Judd, and many more) came together to launch the Time’s Up movement in the post-Harvey Weinstein scandal era. The actresses declared in advance that they would wear black to the Golden Globes to raise awareness against sexual harassment.
Stylists and Hollywood’s leading men also jumped on the noir movement in support of their female colleagues. Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Bacon, William H. Macy, Chris Hemsworth, and more stepped out in black alongside the likes of Meryl Streep, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Angelina Jolie, Emma Stone, Emma Watson, and Billie Jean King.
So, in this sea of black glam, it’s hard not to miss a splash of color! Hawk-eyed fashion police caught four non-black-wearing red carpet arrivals at the Golden Globes.
German model-turned-actress, Barbara Meier was the first offender of the suggested dress code. She wore a sparkly, feathery, color-ambiguous silver/beige/nude number, complete with a sheer skirt! She explained her choice of outfit in a lengthy Instagram. In summary, she wants women to be able to wear what they want while also supporting the Time’s Up movement.
— Duc C. Nguyên (@DucCNguyen) January 8, 2018
Even if she didn’t get the all-black memo, the Germany’s Next Top Model winner didn’t impress fashion lovers with her confused outfit, either. Perhaps she should take a cue from her mentor, Heidi Klum—who absolutely rocked the dark look!
Viele Frauen werden heute im Zuge der Time‘s Up Bewegung auf dem Roten Teppich schwarz tragen. Ich finde diese Initiative im Allgemeinen super und extrem wichtig. Trotzdem habe ich mich entscheiden, heute ein buntes Kleid zu tragen. Wenn wir wollen, dass heute die Golden Globes der starken Frauen sind, die für ihre Rechte kämpfen, ist es in meinen Augen der falsche Weg, sich nicht mehr körperbetont anzuziehen und uns die Freude am Ausdruck unserer Persönlichkeit durch Mode zu nehmen. Wir haben uns diese Freiheit lange erkämpft, dass wir tragen können, was wir möchten und es auch in Ordnung ist, sich sexy zu kleiden. Wenn wir das einschränken, weil sich einige Männer nicht unter Kontrolle haben, ist das in meinen Augen ein Rückschritt. Wir sollten nicht schwarz tragen müssen, um ernstgenommen zu werden. Wir Frauen sollten strahlen, farbenfroh sein und funkeln. So wie es in unserer Natur liegt! Das symbolisiert in meinen Augen unsere Freiheit und neue Stärke. Um das aber dennoch nochmal klar zu sagen: Viele schreckliche Dinge sind passiert und dürfen sich nie wieder wiederholen! Und wir sollten das immer wieder und direkt ansprechen und aufklären! Ich freue mich auf starke und inspirierende Reden heute Abend! (c) @gettyentertainment — A lot of women will wear black tonight to support the time‘s up movement! I think this is a great and extremely important initiative! Nevertheless I decided to wear a colorful dress tonight. If we want this to be the Golden globes of the strong women who stand up for their rights, I think, it’s the wrong way not to wear any sexy clothes anymore or let people take away our joy of showing our personality through fashion. We were fighting a long time for the freedom to wear what we want to and that it is also ok, to dress up a little more sexy. If we now restrict this, because some men can’t control themselves, this is a huge step back in my opinion. We should not have to wear black to be taken serious. US women should shine, be colorful and sparkle. Just like it is our nature. In my opinion this symbolizes our freedom and our new strength. But to make clear: A lot of bad things happened and should never happen again!!!
Actress Blanca Blanco —you might remember her little wardrobe malfunction at the 2017 Oscars— wore a risqué red number. Her outfit is currently the most polarizing ensemble on social media! While some are disappointed that she didn’t wear black, others have pointed out that shaming her and her revealing ensemble is part of what the Time’s Up movement is standing up against!
Putting the symbolic dress code aside, the Twitterverse feels Blanco looks swoon-worthy nonetheless. She clarified that she supports the movement irrespective of what she wears.
“I love red. Wearing red does not mean I am against the #TimesUp movement,” Blanco said after the show adding, “I applaud and stand by the courageous actresses that continue to brake the circle of abuse through their actions and their style choice. It is one of many factors leading women to a safer place because of their status in the acting world. I am excited about the ‘Times Up’ movement because true change is long overdue.”
Shaming is part of the problem
— Blanca Blanco (@blancablanco) January 8, 2018
Meher Tatna, the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, wore a dazzling Indian-inspired red ensemble. She said that she picked her dress with her mother, “As part of her Indian culture, it’s customary to wear a festive color during a celebration — in this case being the 75th anniversary.”
Tatna got some flack, but it’s worth noting that she did wear the official Time’s Up badge with her attire. She also publicly declared her support for the movement. Though she was criticized by social media, reporters have pointed out that in Indian culture, the color red carries significant cultural importance for women.
— S. Mitra Kalita (@mitrakalita) January 8, 2018
Also missing the memo was Gaten Matarazzo, who opted for a navy tux. He posed with his young Stranger Things costars, who were all decked in black. But before you go after the teen, just note that he did wear the Time’s Up pin!
No matter the reason for skipping the black dress code, celebs will find their own ways to support the wave against sexual misconduct. Last night’s awards extravaganza was only the start.