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WHO WORE WHAT?.....2018 Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet: Top 10 Gowns

Golden Globe Awards 2018: The "All Black Dress" Red Carpet

At last night's 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards, one color dominated the red carpet: Black. The actresses wore black gowns in support of the Time's Up movement, standing in solidarity with victims of sexual assault and harassment. Leading up to the show, many actresses were in a tizzy, having to do last-minute gown swaps from what they originally had planned or had top designers custom-make for them to something in the shade of black. 

Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria Baston, Salma Hayek Pinault and Ashley Judd on the red carpet of the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards

There were also rumblings from stylists and A-list Hollywood "Glam Squads" complaining that there were no black gowns to be had in Hollywood (say what??!!). In the end, the actresses found a way to don their best black gowns on a night filled with glamour as well as Women Power. 
Let's take a look at my TOP TEN picks for BEST GOWNS:
1. Diane Kruger in Custom Prada--Diane Kruger wore my FAVORITE gown of the night in this black custom Prada design. The gown featured a point d'esprit silk tulle lace fabrication, gathered cross-over halter neckline, a softly dramatic cape and gorgeous hand-sewn crystal trim accenting the edges of the cape, waist, sides and top. Kruger looked every bit a Hollywood star, above it all; elegant, sublime and UBER upper class. Even though this style and design really had nothing whatsoever to do with the Prada brand (and I'm always at a loss to understand when designer brands make dresses that have no connection to what their brand really looks like), it was still a stunning look.

2. Nicole Kidman in Custom Givenchy--I LOVED this gown worn by Nicole Kidman to last night's 2018 Golden Globes. On the red carpet, she looked like a statuesque Black Swan/ Goddess and then once inside when she got up to accept her award, I loved it even more! the design was a custom Givenchy gown from newly-appointed designer/creative director Claire Waight Keller (Claire was the former design director for Chloe), and featured a black fit-and-flare sweeping dress with a sequined stiffened lace top with "wings" accenting the back. I assume that this darkly magical design is a preview of what is to come from Waight Keller's Spring 2018 Haute Couture Show scheduled to be shown in Paris on January 23rd. 

3. Jessica Biel in Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring 2017--Jessica Biel wore my third favorite gown of the night in this Christian Dior Haute Couture ballgown from Maria Grazia Chiuri's Spring/Summer 2017 Haute Couture collection for Dior. The gown was inspired by the original Dior Gowns of the late 40's/early 50's the designer was famous for like this:

Christian Dior "Cygne Noir" (Black Swan) Silk and Velvet gown, 1949/1950

Jessica Biel's gown featured a hand-pleated silk tulle sweeping skirt, delicately gathered tulle top over a nude Dior "Corsellette", and a silk velvet half-moon panel. She looked very "Old Hollywood Glamour"-like...very elegant and chic.

4. Penelope Cruz in Custom Ralph & Russo--The Spanish actress who will play Donatella Versace in the upcoming "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: An American Crime Story", wore a black sequined lace gown from British designers Ralph & Russo. The custom-made dress featured an off-the-shoulder neckline and silk satin side drape/train. The design reminded me of the Spanish Toreador costumes with the lace and satin, and therefore I loved its subtle EspaƱa inspiration, perfect for Cruz.

5. Angelina Jolie in Custom Atelier Versace--Angelina Jolie was vibing a "Valley of the Dolls" 70's Diva in this black silk chiffon gown custom-made for her by Atelier Versace. So yes, this was not only Versace Haute Couture (all hand-made, custom fitted, etc.) it was also CUSTOM, so really one-of-a-kind. The gown featured ostrich feathered trimmed cape-like sleeves, twisted drape blouson top and softly flaring skirt. The look was Retro elegant and I loved it...all she was missing was a Dirty Martini and possibly a very un-PC long cigarette! 

6. Heidi Klum in Ashi Studio Fall 2017 Couture--It seems that Nicole Kidman wasn't the only red carpet diva vibing a little bit of a ""Black Swan" look at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards, as Supermodel Heidi Klum joined in with this black lace and feathered gown from Lebanon-based ASHI Studio Fall 2017 Couture Gown designed by Mohammed Ashi. The strapless dress featured a hi-lo hem, stiffed lace with black pearl-and-sequin applique, cinched waist and feathered bustline trim. I thought this was one of the BEST looks Klum has worn in a while. 

7. Kerry Washington in Prabal Gurung Pre-Fall 2018--Actress Kerry Washington looked 70's Disco Chic in this shimmering sequined jersey dress from Prabal Gurung Pre-Fall 2018 collection. The strapless design featured a draped side, exposing one leg, and was cut to hit the ankle, showing off those FABULOUS ankle boots. I thought she looked modern and Disco Retro. Also, in case you want to know...

Prabal Gurung Pre-Fall 2018_ The dress is actually shown as a tunic top in Prabal Gurung's Pre-Fall 2018 Look Book (above photo).

8. Saoirse Ronan in Atelier Versace--The minute I saw Saoirse Ronan in this gown I knew it was Versace and I LOVED it! In fact, this was from Atelier Versace, the couture arm of the Italian fashion house. The black column silk crepe gown featured one long sleeve, shoulder drape detail and that Swarovski crystal-encrusted shoulder pad, reminiscent of Gianni Versace's last Couture Fall/Winter 1997 collection: 

Atelier Versace Fall 1997. Yes, kids, this is TWENTY YEARS OLD...yet SOOOO NOW!

9. Tracee Ellis Ross in Marc Jacobs Spring 2018--My 9th favorite gown on the 2018 Golden Globes red carpet was this look worn by actress Tracee Ellis Ross. Many might find this a polarizing choice, but Tracee is a fashion risk-taker and because of the color constraint, I like that she found a way to express herself with a unique silhouette. The dress was from Marc Jacobs Spring 2018 collection and featured a tie-neck detail, draped side and straight-falling silhouette. Naturally, she topped it all of with this fabulous turban/headdress, beautiful makeup and stunning pearl-and-gold earrings. In case you are wondering, the dress was originally shown in a beautiful pink color:

Marc Jacobs Spring 2018
and Tracee actually wore it with harem pants!....

10. Jessica Chastain in Armani Prive--My last gown to make my Top Ten List is this black velvet dress worn by actress Jessica Chastain. The gown was from Armani Prive and fit Chastain to perfection (as it must since it was Haute Couture!). While I wished there was something a little bit more interesting in the gown, in terms of detail or uniqueness, it was still a beautiful red carpet look.

Which ones were YOUR Favorite Black Dresses at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards red carpet?

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