Ladies in Black at the 2017 Governors Awards

Posted on November 14, 2017

It will be very interesting to see how the red carpet trends of awards season are going to shake out, since the entire entertainment industry (among several other industries at the moment) is being rocked by allegation after allegation of sexual harassment, abuse and assault by powerful men. And since it’s been mostly the women of Hollywood leading these charges, and they are the ones who receive the lion’s share of red carpet interest, we’re really looking forward to seeing how some of the major women players of the season decide to express themselves when all eyes are on them.

One way to go: a sober but chic black. It remains to be seen if this is the style brief going forward, but considering how colorful the red carpets of 2017 were, this slight uptick in not-so LBDs feels like a bit of a snap into formation going on.

And similar to the problem with a lineup of men in tuxes, there’s only so much two bitchy bloggers such as we will have to say about this kind of look. It’s hard to get wrong, but it’s even harder to make interesting.



Allison Janney in Monique Lhuillier

Mmm. Luv huh, but the sleeves are pure Mother of the Bride and we’ll never not wrinkle our noses in fussy distaste at a sheer extended hem.



Allison Williams in Brandon Maxwell

VERY New York socialite, which usually makes us wag our fingers at her, but this kind of works. Is that a sweater, though?



Holly Hunter

Gorgeous use of a halter neckline. This looks great on her.



Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton

It’s LV, so you just know a few details are off. She needs more of a shoulder and a couple more inches of skirt.



Salma Hayek in Gucci

Believe it or not, we think someone like Cate Blanchett or Ruth Negga might be able to make this work in a sort of gothy-prom kind of way. It’s a crazy dress and she’s just not the right lady for it. But kudos to her for not being boring.



Saoirse Ronan in Ralph & Russo

Not loving that keyhole at all and the earrings are simply too bright and pull too much focus.



Sarah Paulson in Miu Miu

Stunning. This is what Salma Hayek’s dress is trying to be. This looks absolutely gorgeous on her. She loves to go all over the style map and we’d never ask her not to, but if she really needs to define her go-to look, then we think this sort of Ominous Chic is hers to own.



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