Musings on Omissions in Red Carpet Coverage of the Golden Globes

Heavy rain complicated the toilettes of the attendees at yesterday evening’s Golden Globes. Any dress with a train was a goner, silk chiffon became marked with water lines as it sucked up water like a sponge, and many a pair of designer footwear had its last hurrah on the drenched red carpet. Some attendees seemed to have had contingency plans in place for their hairstyles, if not necessarily for their ensembles, and the planning paid off. One element – perhaps the only element – of every ensemble that was impervious to the weather was the jewelry.

From a fashion perspective, despite last-minute weather-related changes of style strategy, there were many, many winners. Among the Golden Glove award winners who also shone from a fashion perspective:

  • Sandra Bullock looked stunning in a beautiful diaphanous skirted gown of an amazing almost surreal magenta-purple by Bottega Veneta and jewels by Lorraine Schwartz.
  • Toni Collette wowed in a stunning golden beaded gown by Elie Saab with Neil Lane jewelry.
  • Meryl Streep, grande dame of American actresses, was elegant in … umm, who was it who designed her dramatic black dress and exquisite, possibly antique, gold drop earrings?
  • Mo’Nique, long-time spokesperson for the plus size market, wore … hmmm, who designed her gown of draped golden satin and diamond earrings?

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Watch the red carpet coverage and witness the same omissions again and again. Esteemed actresses of a certain age who could be, indeed are, style inspiration to millions of women, when they are interviewed at all, are rarely asked about the designers of their gowns and jewelry. Do the broadcasters think we are not interested in what Meryl Streep is wearing? [Hint: We are interested in every scrap of information about Meryl Streep.]

Indeed, among the most flattering dresses of the evening, accessorized beautifully with diamonds, was the sweetheart neckline black gown worn by Helen Mirren. I watched her red carpet interviews on two different stations, and nary once heard a question or even a compliment about her look, which was sheer perfection and most certainly merited comment.

Full-figured actresses similarly receive short shrift. I was not a fan of Gabourey Sidibe’s bright green gown, which fared poorly in the rain, but her necklace was spectacular. Given the complete silence she encountered about her jewelry, when it should have been drooled over, I wondered if it possibly was faux. Only when the Diamond Information Service released its list of diamond-wearing celebrities at the Golden Globes was I able to ascertain that the stunning necklace, along with her line bracelet and earrings, was indeed diamond jewelry by Kwiat.

The Screen Actors Guild awards are next weekend. Let’s see if the hired guns on the red carpet do any better next time.

p.s. I’m still hoping to learn something about those gold earrings worn by Meryl Streep.