Why Was Everyone in Black at the 2018 Golden Globes? Inside the Bold Fashion Statement
By Liz Calvario
Women are joining forces to say “time’s up” in a distinctive style.
The 75th Golden Globes will be unlike any previous awards ceremony in that women from all areas of the entertainment industry are taking a stand against sexual misconduct and harassment in the workplace by opting to wear black on the red carpet.
For this year’s celebration, the females behind the newly-created Time’s Up initiative have encouraged attendees to wear the dark hue as a way of expressing solidarity for the victims, but also changing the narrative on how things are done in the industry.
Following New York Times’ Harvey Weinstein expose and the countless other women who have come forward with their own stories of sexual harassment, the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements mark a new era for Hollywood -- that begins with the 2018 Golden Globes.
Time's Up's goal is to expand the conversation beyond accusations of sexual harassment to include advocacy for those affected by it. And, on Sunday wearing a black ensemble will be one way to show support.
"This is a moment of solidarity, not a fashion moment," Eva Longoria, who is among the prominent women who started the movement and is expected to walk the red carpet with Reese Witherspoon, explained to the New York Times. "For years, we've sold these awards shows as women, with our gowns and colors and our beautiful faces and our glamour. This time the industry can't expect us to go up and twirl around. That's not what this moment is about."
Stylist Erica Cloud -- who is dressing Mandy Moore, Connie Britton and Hong Chau for the ceremony and Abigail Spencer and Mickey Sumner for the after parties in all black -- told ET over the phone earlier this week that she has seen how the stylist community has come together for this occasion.
“It really is about the unity and it’s definitely about the individuals that make it up,” she expressed, adding that the “massive sea of black will have much of a great presence that it will feel bigger than just one person.”
"It’s a form of army, in the best possible version. Fighting for a good cause," Cloud said. "The greatness that’s involved in this is bigger than the dress. It’s almost great to have that simplicity about it and I have so much respect for it. It is almost freeing [and] at the same time we are all in it together.”
Additionally, actors and actresses will also have the option to wear a "Time's Up" pin, commissioned by Witherspoon and designed by Arianne Phillips, in hopes that it will provide an alternate way of supporting the cause, for those who won't be wearing black.
But the overall sense, according to Cloud is that a good number of celebrities will be wearing the somber color -- and looking to female designers to lend a hand.
"I’m tending to go towards more female designers. Represent and support. But that said, there have been many, many, very strong advocates for this cause that have been male designers,” Cloud explained. “I’ve heard quotes from Prabal [Gurung], other people that are very supportive. So not to take away from the men, because I think it is wonderful that they feel so strongly about it."
While Cloud has no male clients, she does know a handful of them who will be standing alongside the women in black.
“I think whatever color would have been chosen, [the men] would’ve been supportive of that color as well. Say it was red, there probably would’ve been red suits and red shirts and red ties and everything,” she continued. “It just happened that they chose black and I think it’s very cool that they are participating.”
Stylist Ilaria Urbinati confirmed via her Instagram that her clients, such as Dwayne Johnson and Armie Hammer, will be supporting the movement.
"Because everyone keeps asking me… YES, the men WILL be standing in solidarity with women on this wearing-all-black movement to protest against gender inequality at this year’s Golden Globes,” Urbanati wrote. “At least ALL MY GUYS will be. Safe to say this may not be the right time to choose to be the odd man out here… just sayin…"
Cristina Ehrlich, another stylist to the stars, is also a supporter of the Time’s Up movement, sharing a photo of a showroom filled with black gowns, tagging actresses Alison Brie, Laura Dern, Penelope Cruz and Yvonne Strahovski.
Celebrities, of course, aren’t shying away from expressing their feelings regarding their decision to wear black.
“[It's] a really positive moment, one that's going to change our culture forever,” Allison Janney, who is nominated for her portrayal of LaVona Golden in I, Tonya, recently explained to ET. “I think the #MeToo movement showed how pervasive sexual harassment has been, and now Time's Up is a call to action. I'm very excited to be a part of that and stand in solidarity with all of the women that are going to be at the Globes wearing black dresses. And I'm proud. It's a proud moment.”
Saoirse Ronan, Golden Globe nominees for her work in Lady Bird, told ET that “it’s been incredible as a young person … to really feel a part of a community of women.”
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“It's been a really interesting time to actually open up the conversation and have it open your eyes to the environment and how it needs to change,” she added.
Timothee Chalamet, nominated for his role in Call Me By Your Name, told ET how honored he was to “be part of this new wave, new generation of show business that’s way more conscientious about these things."
Meanwhile, Mary J. Blige, who is nominated for a Golden Globe for her supporting role in Mudbound, told ET at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Gala that you can also expect her to be participating.
"Yes, I’m going to be wearing black and standing with all the women. Absolutely," the singer said.
While a handful of people have expressed their dislike for the all-black attire, the carpet will be doused in dark tones but it’s not meant as a somber occasion.
“No one’s in mourning, it’s not like we have to wear black at all times,” Cloud explained. "Black is also very respectful. So I think there is something to be said about the formality for this event."
“You’re going to see a lot of variety,” she continued, adding that celebs will still incorporate their personal style to what they wear. “We’re all in this together, but we’re all different. I think overall it will be a beautiful scene,” Cloud perfectly summed it up.
The 75th Golden Globe Awards will air live on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, from the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, on NBC at 5 p.m. PST/8 p.m. EST.
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