Critics’ Choice Awards 2019 Trends: Ladies in Black and White

Posted on January 14, 2019

The Golden Globes red carpet was a boldly colorful affair and, as is the way with these sort of things, the Critics Choice Awards swung hard in the opposite direction. Don’t be surprised if everyone’s wearing red at the SAG Awards and metallics at the Oscars. Not that we’re making hard predictions about either; just that when it comes to matters of awards track style, celebrities can be as trend obsessed as your average junior high kid.

But really, it’s all stylist-driven, as these things tend to be. It’s hard for us to even get into the mindset of what it’s like to do the awards season style poledance, but speaking as non-celebs, we think we’d be a little pissed if our stylist pushed us into the same color scheme or style that half the other attendees wore.

Anyway, line up, queens. The category is … BLACK AND/OR WHITE:



Allison Janney in Alberta Ferretti Couture

Even though we haven’t really loved most of the attempts, including this one, we’re kind of digging the red carpet trend of making pantsuits more dramatic by adding capes or trains. It never quite works for us, but we always feel like someone’s right on the verge of making a breakthrough.

Claire Foy in Celine

We’re torn, darlings. The asymettry is irritating and going sleeveless would look a little casually sporty to us. On the other hand, we hate that sleeve.

Issa Rae in Aliétte by Jason Rembert

Yow. We’ve been pretty uniformly supportive of every style choice she’s made, even if we didn’t like them, but this is stale and weird-looking to us.

Jodie Comer in Zuhair Murad

Pretty, but it looks a little bridal.

Judith Light in Christian Siriano

That’s how you do a B&W look that winds up turning heads. LOVE this. And on a lesser wearer, it might have come off a little clowny but she knows exactly how to work it.

Julia Roberts in Louis Vuitton

See what we mean? They keep trying it. We actually like this version a lot, except we think the pants should be black.

Kaley Cuoco in J. Mendel

It’s okay. That neckline in combination with the shoulder puffs is a tough one to pull off and a grid pattern isn’t the most fabulous way to highlight one’s natural shape.

Laura Dern in Saint Laurent

Flawless. We stan.

Laura Harrier in Louis Vuitton

She snagged herself one of the more low-key and tasteful LV gowns. It’s really pretty on her but are we wrong for thinking the shoes are too visually heavy?

Linda Cardellini in Zuhair Murad

Jesus Christ, no.

Mandy Moore in Michael Kors Collection

White’s not really the best choice for her and those side cutouts are awful.

Marin Hinkle in Safiyaa

We’re always shocked when we see Midge Maisel’s mom in real life. As fabulous as those mid-Century fashions were, they’re hellaciously aging to anyone over 35. This is pretty, if a little forgettable.

Nicole Kidman in Armani Privé

The more we look at it, the more we love it. Must’ve been a pain in the ass to sit in, though.

Olivia Munn in Andrew Gn

Honey, Judith Light owns polka dots tonight. Try again.



Rachel Brosnahan in Carolina Herrera

Normally, we’d rage against the big-ass bow, but since we just bowed down to Billy Porter’s peacocking, we’ll focus on how great the rest of it looks. Love the earrings and sandals.

Sandra Oh in Prabal Gurung

We like it, but for some reason, it doesn’t feel … resolved somehow? It’s like the styling process got interrupted and never picked up again. The earrings are great (green is a big ear trend rn) but the shoes don’t do much for it and the design feels like it’s missing a much-needed embellishment of some sort.

Sarah Silverman in Jovani



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