Golden Globes 2018: Hollywood’s Powerful Blackout

Hollywood’s A-list women showed their solidarity with the Time’s Up initiative and the #metoo movement at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards last night by uniformly donning black dresses.

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 Bulgari

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 Golden Globes

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 Harry Winston
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 Tiffany and co

Greta Gerwig in an archival Tiffany & Co. necklace by Angela Cummings for Tiffany & Co. circa 1980, diamond ring, and earrings (Image: @tiffanyandco)

Kate Hudson Harry WInston

Kate Hudson in Harry Winston diamond necklace and earrings (Image: @j2smithnew)

Salma Hayek Ashley Judd Golden Globes
Salma Hayek in a diamond Harry Winston necklace and earrings with Ashley Judd (Image: @stellenevolandes)

Alison Williams Forevermark

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)

Color Factor

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 Lorraine Schwartz
Zoe Kravitz in Lorraine Schwartz emerald earrings (Image: @lorraineschwartz)

Mandy Moore Irene Neuwirth
Mandy Moore in Irene Neuwirth earrings (Image: @ireneneuwirth)

Debra Messing Lorraine Schwartz
Debra Messing in Lorraine Schwartz emerald earrings and ring (Image: @lorraineschwartz)

Issa Rae Lorraine Schwartz Golden Globes
Issa Rae in Lorraine Schwartz emerald and diamond necklace, ring, and earrings (Image: @lorraineschwartz)

Atypical Earrings

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 Tiffany earrings
Millie Bobby Brown in Calvin Klein dress and Repossi earrings (Image: @nymag)

Isabelle Hupert Chopard earrings

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 Forevermark

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 Golden Globes 2018
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)

JCK Magazine Editor

  • scarlet pimpernel

    So all the “me too” women that were molested are now upset? In other words; most did nothing at the time & left the evil in place to continue. “The evil that men do lives after them.” A political analogy is the thousands of politicians that spend too much money & then leave office before the bankruptcy or financial crisis.

    • Missing_Aria

      “Me too” isn’t just about women who were raped. I was trapped in a house with a guy & his friends who I overheard planning to assault me. I was lucky enough to get away, but I still tell that story as part of “me too”. I told all the right people but absolutely nothing legal was done until he succeeded in assaulting someone else a couple years later. But he didn’t even have to register as a sex offender for some reason I was never able to get a straight answer on. Something about “not enough evidence” which seemed like BS since they had enough to lock him away for a year.

      Now my dad had enough money to get the right legal help for me, and this guy lived in a glorified trailer so you do the math on how much legal help he could afford. I was advised to “let the matter drop” because it was just my word against his and his 5 friends and “really, shouldn’t I have known better than to be alone in a house with 6 guys?” Like guys can’t be held responsible for their actions against us.

      Now put these women in that situation. Many of them have been standing up and speaking now that they have the power to do so, but for nearly all of them they didn’t have any of the power when the events took place. Even with them speaking up now there’s little that can be done aside from shedding light on the situations. They don’t get money, they don’t even really get vindication. When the events happened the men who did these things had all the power, and most of them were insanely rich and could hire all the right lawyers. If the guy in the trailer couldn’t be stuck with worse than 1 year of prison for attempting to assault one girl and succeeding with another, what chance do you think those women had? And what makes you think that others didn’t come forward, only to disappear from the Hollywood scene? Reputations forever ruined.

      I don’t know what things were like for those women, or what their exact situations were/are, so I’m not going to pass judgement on them or their motives now. What I do think is that it’s about **** time us girls banded together for something meaningful instead of tearing each other down. Maybe you could learn from that example. Accept the good as good instead of trying to twist it into something bad.

      • scarlet pimpernel

        you missed my point, but best wishes to you & all women