Awards season is something I look forward to every year, especially when my favorite actors from my favorite TV shows and films are nominated. Like any fashion fan, it’s all about the pre-show than the ceremony itself—although a big win can be amplified by what the winner is wearing. It’s exciting see what everyone chooses to wear on the big night, and I love predicting whose red-carpet moments are those that will be remembered for years to come.
The only downside to big awards shows is that a lot of celebrities play it safe, with the women showing up in elegant gowns and the men in classic tuxes.
With a nod to the bold and unique in mind, here are my favorite looks from the 2019 Golden Globes.
I absolutely adored Sandra Oh’s performance as the titular character in Killing Eve. She’s charming, brimming with emotion and downright hilarious in the career-making role. She is also the first woman of Asian descent to win multiple Golden Globes (and the first in 39 years to win Best Actress in a TV drama). While somewhat subdued, this look sets just the right tone for her to accept her award—bold, classic, regal and high-fashion. Extra points to the hair and makeup team, especially for the perfectly achieved balance of the asymmetrical neckline with her updo.
The nominee pulled double duty as the show’s co-host, which gave her the opportunity to trot out some more fabulous looks. Again in Versace Atelier, this look is incredible on Oh. I love the bold color, the asymmetrical shirred waist, the strong shoulders and the tuxedo-esque lapels of this look.
And now, her award-accepting look:
I love this unique combination of a simple white column and glam gold sleeves.
As Sandra Oh’s nemesis Villanelle in Killing Eve, it’s no surprise that Jamie Comer (nominated for Best Supporting Actress) showed up for her major red carpet debut in a haute-couture frothy confection that her fashion-obsessed character would approve of. It’s a dark counterpart to the much-discussed billowing pink Molly Goddard gown that Villanelle wore on the show. Also, you’ve gotta love how the “good” Eve wore white and the “bad” Villanelle wore black.
Only Janelle Monae could make Chanel feel so fresh and futuristic. And on anyone else, I have a feeling I would have hated this look. Such is the power of Monae. I especially love the unexpected combination of the ‘60s-inspired hat, metallic collar and the tweed. She looks like she’s the captain of a very chic spaceship.
Crazy Rich Asians’ Gemma Chan chose an altered version of a look from Valentino’s Fall 2018 Couture collection, incorporating a front-slit and a mini-skirt underneath the gown. I prefer the original, but I love the drama, sweep of the skirt and the rich sheen and color.
Valentino’s over-the-top glamour is proving to be a win for Gaga all along her promotional red carpet tour for A Star Is Born. This sweeping periwinkle gown is clearly no exception. It appears to be a custom look based on this gown from the Valentino Fall 2018 Couture collection:
While I wish she would have kept the pintuck details from the runway original, Gaga’s periwinkle version is a spectacular choice for its grandeur and sweep. And it manages to stand up to her other stunning red carpet looks over the past year. The only question now is how can she possibly top this at the Oscars?
Edited to add: Instagram account @thevintagecostumecollector smartly pointed out this look appears to be a nod to the 1954 Judy Garland version of A Star Is Born (although Gaga reportedly says this is a coincidence).
Speaking of drama, Pose’s Billy Porter is giving us queer opulence and regal realness. Apparently, coming up with his red carpets looks is no easy feat compared to the typical actor or actress. According to the New York Times, Porter said that when he asked fashion labels for "male AND female clothes, we get the response, ‘We don’t think you should be wearing that.’” Fashion labels, snap out of it. Get with the times! I love how his look—custom couture suit and cape by Randi Rahm, Gucci heeled loafers and Oscar Heyman Bros. jewelry—strikes the perfect balance between red carpet formality with his decadent character on Pose (and his IRL personality). Werk, queen.
You can always count on Miss Lupita to knock it out of the park on the red carpet. I love the bold color and the curved bust, but it’s the textured metallic accents that made the look (see it in motion to see what I mean).
Does two make a trend? Like Lupita, Regina King’s dress featured an elegantly curved bustline, body-con silhouette and bold metallic details. A double nominee for Best Supporting Actress in a film for If Beale Street Could Talk (which she won) and Best Actress in a limited series or TV movie for Seven Seconds, King looked incredible in this dazzling Alberta Ferretti gown.
Call me crazy—it might be my love for Olivia Colman coloring my opinion here, but I think I kinda dig this Stella McCartney mesh turtleneck/off-the-shoulder gown. It doesn’t really make sense, but for some reason it’s just working for me. She looks great.
Leave it to another gay man to give us the evening’s other most-discussed menswear moment of the evening. While it appears he skipped the red carpet, he showed off her gorgeous beaded tux jacket when he picked up his award for Best Supporting Actor in a TV role.
As for my biggest disappointments of the night, I did not love Chadwick Boseman’s silver baroque patterned jacket—he usually blows me away with his style, and it feels a little stale here. Also was underwhelmed by the colorless gowns worn by Emma Stone, Saoirse Ronan, Emily Blunt and Constance Wu.