The no-nonsense dress code reflected the long-overdue sea change—toward greater gender parity and against sexual abuse and harassment—many are hoping for in Hollywood. And despite the color’s funereal connotations, its embrace by some of the world’s most poised and outspoken women felt fierce, not somber.
“For years, we’ve sold these awards shows as women, with our gowns and colors and our beautiful faces and our glamour,” actress Eva Longoria told The New York Times last week. “This time the industry can’t expect us to go up and twirl around. That’s not what this moment is about.”
And while critiquing fashion at such a moment can feel frivolous, it’s important to note that celebrities didn’t exactly show up in nun habits, nor should they have. Fashion, at its finest, reverberates powerfully in our culture. And the red carpet was full of sartorial thrills—fierce odes to the evening’s message—that won’t soon be forgotten.
Predictably, the mega-watt jewelry celebrities donned, which ably pulled the eye amidst all that black, took center stage. Here’s how attendees used jewels to show their true colors last night.
The Mighty Necklace
We saw gemstone necklaces begin to creep back onto red carpets last year, wrapping up the near-total reign of the statement earring in Hollywood. And now it’s official: Necklaces are the red carpet jewel du jour. Yes, there were plenty of opulent shoulder-dusting earrings (see below). But the variety and sheer luxury of the evening’s necklaces were fantastic to see.
Alison Brie in an 80 cts. t.w. diamond necklace from Bulgari’s Le Magnifiche collection (Image: @we_aim_to_please)
Helen Mirren in a 46.94 cts. t.w. diamond and platinum Harry Winston wreath necklace, 8.25 cts. t.w. Secret Cluster diamond and platinum earrings, and ruby and diamond flower ring (Image: @keyleestyle)
Emilia Clarke in an 18.91 cts. t.w. Harry Winston platinum necklace and 6.32 cts. t.w. diamond and platinum stud earrings (Image: INSTARImages)
Viola Davis in a stunning Harry Winston chain diamond necklace. Davis’ stylist, Elizabeth Stewart, Instagrammed: “So much gratitude to…@harrywinston for holding my favorite necklace until its day could come.” (Image: @jhonhermano)
Greta Gerwig in an archival Tiffany & Co. necklace by Angela Cummings for Tiffany & Co. circa 1980, diamond ring, and earrings (Image: @tiffanyandco)
Kate Hudson in Harry Winston diamond necklace and earrings (Image: @j2smithnew)
Salma Hayek in a diamond Harry Winston necklace and earrings with Ashley Judd (Image: @stellenevolandes)
Alison Williams in Armani Privé and Forevermark Five Row Diamond Choker set in 18k white gold with 43.15 cts. t.w. diamonds. (Image: @pretareporter)
While colorless diamonds dominated, as usual, there were several stunning colored gem pieces, many of which came courtesy of stylist favorite Irene Neuwirth and Hollywood’s queen of Columbian emeralds, Lorraine Schwartz.
Zoe Kravitz in Lorraine Schwartz emerald earrings (Image: @lorraineschwartz)
Mandy Moore in Irene Neuwirth earrings (Image: @ireneneuwirth)
Debra Messing in Lorraine Schwartz emerald earrings and ring (Image: @lorraineschwartz)
Issa Rae in Lorraine Schwartz emerald and diamond necklace, ring, and earrings (Image: @lorraineschwartz)
Earrings at the Globes tended toward the drapey and arty, and they worked beautifully with the black ensembles.
Maggie Gyllenhaal in a Monse dress and Sophie Buhai pearl earrings (Image: @erinwalshnyc)
Tracee Ellis Ross in Irene Neuwirth pearl earrings (Image: @ireneneuwirth)
Millie Bobby Brown in Calvin Klein dress and Repossi earrings (Image: @nymag)
Isabelle Huppert in Chopard earrings with 34.88 cts. t.w. pear-shape emeralds, 21.43 cts. t.w. cushion-shape diamonds, and 1.36 cts. t.w. diamonds set in titanium (Image: @checkthetag)
Angelina Jolie (with son Pax) in Forevermark 12.5 cts. t.w. diamond drop earrings and Forevermark by Pluczenik Integré 3.65 cts. t.w. diamond Opulence ring set in 18k white gold (Image: @iconstyle_al)
Gal Gadot in Tiffany & Co. Chandelier diamond and platinum earrings. (Image: INSTARImages)
(Top image: Dakota Johnson in Nirav Modi Cascade earrings and Embrace bangles, courtesy of Nirav Modi)